Friday, February 14, 2014

About Built-In Bra Tops

So it's Valentine's Day! Everyone celebrates differently (or not at all). When I was in middle school and high school, my friends and I had something like Galentine's Day (any Parks And Rec fans?) wherein we exchanged gifts and cards and generally tried to make each other feel awesome. These days, all my friends live in different cities and I just have to make do with spending February 14th with my beau. Oh, well. 

We made the best of it, though, and planned to spend time at the harbor restaurant/bar and on his parents' sailboat. It wasn't quite as cold as it had been, but it's super windy by the ocean. Because of all these factors, I didn't want to do anything super fancy, but I still wanted to put in some effort and look nice. 

A red-and-black color scheme, natch, mostly because I wanted to incorporate this built-in bra cami from PanacheThis top is a total game-changer. I always really liked the idea of a top with a built-in bra (No visible bra straps! No bra!), but after my first foray in high school and the almost obscene amount of cleavage it gave me, I hadn't been back since. I just had to accept that those tops were made for girls that didn't necessarily need to support their bosoms like I did. I just had too much boob for that little shelf of fabric to contain. 

But no more! When I found this gem via Ideeli, I was in shock and awe that there was a built-in bra top made in BRA SIZES. Incredible! AND IT WAS IN MY SIZE! Egads! I bought one in navy and soon bought another navy and this one in red. I was lucky enough to find them for such a low price: $15! Ideeli is definitely worth scouting for lingerie and shapewear. 

There is an actual bra inside these tanks, underwire and back hooks and all. The only difference is that the straps are just little (adjustable) cami spaghetti straps. These are full cups, but I think they give you nice, non-obscene cleavage. Sexy, not overt.

My beau surprised me with this dope pave chain-link bracelet from Target. I'd been eyeing similar styles elsewhere... how did he know?! I decided to stack it with my favorite men's-style rose gold watch from Asos. I feel no shame in mixing metals, by the way. That's another old fashion rule, like white shoes after Labor Day, that's going the way of the Dodo. You should just wear what you like!

Since this is the first appearance by my beloved Michael Kors Hamilton, I have to share the story of how I snagged this beauty.
Four years ago, Michael Kors did a Facebook costume contest. I sent in this photo of me as Linda Richman and... I won! Michael Kors himself has seen THIS VERY FACE and loved it so much he gave me a sexy black patent quilted Hamilton. 

It's the first really, really nice thing I ever owned. I had no idea about all the little details and luxuries that go into this kind of purse as opposed to a cheapie from the department store. A little lock and key! Little metal feet on the bottom! All the pockets! Before this, my only experience with patent leather was the faux kind, so I had worried about it cracking or ripping, but this thing is in amazing shape, and the leather is so much softer than it was at first.

I told you it was windy!

These Jonathan Aston tights are kind of insane, right? I had to keep the rest of the outfit simple, so I chose this wrapped high-low hem skirt (belted, duh) and a blazer. 

I know the idea of the high-low skirt, dip hem, mullet skirt, whatever, can be polarizing, but I just love them. Nothing makes me feel fancier or more glamorous than walking around with a small train billowing behind me. What do you think?

Top: Strappy Camisole Top by Panache, can purchase at Bare Necessities, but keep an eye out on Ebay.

Blazer: British Khaki via TJ Maxx. Found similar styles here (97% off!), a Nine West version here, and a slightly longer style here.

Skirt: Asos. They don't sell the same one anymore, but they do have a printed one by River Island that's half off, a slightly shorter version if you don't want to jump in head-first, a metallic version that leaves liquid silver in your wake, and a pencil skirt version if you're not into all that flounce.

Shoes: Forever21. Similar styles by Nine West here, a patent version here, and a Fergalicious version here.

Bag: I found the MK tote that I have on Ebay! I also found some cheaper versions here, a patent version here, and this one for $25!

Accessories: Pave Stone Link Bracelet at Target. Tights by Jonathan Aston at Asos. Forever21 lucky necklace here, faux quartz necklace here and the other is thrifted. Watch at Asos. Here is a rose gold version, a silver version in a smaller size, a gold one with pretty pastel-colored bits, and this rose gold sports watch is $25!

1 comment:

  1. "Your living photograph will be displayed in the house as digital art!"