we’ve spent a lot of time talking about fashion during the “new normal”. i’ve asked you all whether it still matters at all, and we all seem to agree that what matters most is looking and feeling our best. i want to take that a bit farther today in the hopes of putting a smile on your face: during these times, let’s add as much levity to our daily lives as possible. and one way to do that is through what we wear. by no means is it the only way, or even the best way, but it is a way. and each way matters. have fun with fashion.
today’s OOTD hopefully does just that. in a lot of ways, it’s a bit of a nod to the era in which i became a young adult: the 70s. and i have to admit, i was inspired when my oldest son recommended Dazed and Confused. for those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s a coming of age story documenting the last day of a Texas middle and high-school in 1976 directed by Richard Linklater (Boyhood). the music. the cars. and the fashion! totally captured what it was like to become a young adult in that era. i highly recommend it if you’re looking for a good laugh, and possibly, a trip down memory lane.
this post brought to you by Ann Taylor
it’s always a good day when i partner with a favorite brand. and Ann Taylor has been a go-to retailer of mine for years. when we lived overseas, the boys and I would fly back to the states each summer to visit family and friends. mr. style would join us for several weeks before returning to work. but one of the first things on my to-do list when i was back home in the good old U.S. of A. was shopping. you see, we lived in Asia for the better part of ten years. i was definitely the Amazon woman towering over the major part of the population. i definitely stood out from the crowd due to my height close to 5’8″ along with blue eyes and blonde hair. but shopping was next to impossible for a size six or eight as most of the shops carried zero’s, or even sub-zero’s.
but not to fear. as i mentioned once my feet hit US soil it was time to stock up on clothes for the coming year. and Ann Taylor was one of the first stores i hit. i loved the color combinations that could be mixed and matched with previous years. i adored the way Ann’s pants fit. and i could always count on Ann Taylor to carry an extensive selection of the basics along with a few trends thrown in.
paisley is fun. wide-leg pants are fun. that means paisley wide-leg pants are a must. if the paisley feels “too much” for you, don’t be afraid to neutralize the pattern with a black (or white) lace ruffle mock neck shell like this one. and these sandals are perfect for working from home and will transition into summer perfectly. today’s outfit definitely put a smile on my face—bringing back all of the memories from 1976. i hope it brings one to yours.
have fun with fashion this spring. we’ve all got extra time on our hands right now, let yourself get lost in your closet—mixing and matching. take a trip or two down memory lane and don’t be afraid to recreate some of those memories. i’m willing to bet that not only will it bring you a little bit of joy, but it will bring some to those around you as well. after all, it’s gonna bring back some of those memories that i’m sure the people in your life are going to want to hear.
a big thank you to Ann Taylor for this sponsored post. and thank you, lovely readers, for supporting the brands that allow me to bring you fresh ideas. and if you’re looking for more inspiration, i’ve put together some comparables and other fun items i’ve got my eye on below.