When constructing an outfit, I usually try to add one “opposite element”. So, if it’s a casual outfit, I add one formal piece, and vice versa. I have a sort of go-to collection of “uppers” and “downers” that can easily add just enough juxtaposition to make it interesting.
Uppers: 1. A big vintage costume-jewelry necklace—ideal for t-shirt/sweatshirt days. 2. Winged liquid eyeliner. 3. My wonderfully structured, retro-feeling used Coach handbag. 4. My mother’s floral silk scarf. 5. A long black wool coat.
Downers (just occurring to me now how much this is sounding like the drug unit of my 10th-grade health class): 1. Brown, flat leather boots and wool knee socks. 2. A big grey sweatshirt of cardigan. 3. A ponytail (now that my hair can do that!). 4. The presence of shorts. 5. Something manly (suspenders, bow tie).
Anyway I am stoked to have recently acquired an item that can fit into either category: black oxford wingtips. Mine are Land’s End Canvas (sidenote: I have mixed feelings about Land’s End, but their shoes are good. My highest heels are from Land’s End, which Jackie finds endlessly amusing), but sadly they seem to be sold out. Whatever, how hard can they be to find?
I feel strongly and positively about black oxford wingtips as both an upper and a downer. They make jeans and a t-shirt dapper, and a glamourfest of a dress playful. And who doesn’t need a dose of dapper and playful? No one, that’s who.
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