But I need to return to what I was originally blabbing about; I need separates. I was never good at math but I do remember vaguely in statistics we were trying to figure out how many possible combinations we can get if we have a certain number of one thing and another number of another thing. If you don't know what I'm talking about, don't worry, like I said, I was awful at math.
Anyway! If you like clothes like I do, mixing and matching to create more outfits out of less things sounds like a grand idea.
The notion that I "love" clothes sounds very materialistic of me. But I don't think that statement is as accurate as it could be. A more concise statement would be: "I love how clothes help me maintain a healthy level of self esteem." When I wear a particularly pretty outfit, I feel confident and happy with myself. I find myself staring at myself in the mirror admiring my ensemble. When you are happy with how you look, it in turn can feel like a suit of armor. No matter what happens, I am happy with the me I am presenting to the world right now. And if they don't like it, they don't have to look at me, I don't want people with mal attitudes to look at me anyway. Also, as I consider myself a creative person, I think that my sense of style is another outlet for self expression. I like to look different, stand out, you know, be someone that easy to spot in a crowd. It reminds me that I'm special, which is difficult to remember when there are so many people in the world.
aqua twist scarf - american apparel
pastel plaid shirt - urbanoutfitters
denim pants - pin up BOO-tique
black velvet heels - thrifted vintage
Okay so before I spin off into an existential crisis I'll talk about my outfit. I've had that super thin plaid top since I first discovered Urban Outfitters during my first year of college. I was going through my plaid grunge phase, and was a bit of a tomboy. I was in college, I was trying to rebel against something I assume. I guess rebelling against the fact that I have and will continue looking like a little Asian girl for god knows how long. tangent warning!...Kirsten Dunst in Interview with a Vampire knows how I feel... This outfit is particularly awesome since I'm wearing pants! I never wear pants because I tend to feel free-er with skirts and dresses. So free, I tend to accidentally flash people my undies every so often. But these pants are amazing. There is a good deal of stretch, a nice denim look, and an adorable contrast red stitch and zipper. And they are so comfortable! I got them at this fairly new pin up/rockabilly clothing store in Ontario Mills, an outlet mall that can be found in the Inland Empire. It's like a retail oasis in the desert. But the crowds, sheesh, if you suffer from claustrophobia, run the other way. If you can stand the drive, the middle of no where, and the insane amount of people, a visit to the store is worth it for any pin up or rockabilly Betty. The store is called Pin up BOO-tique. They carry a good variety of pin up brands, like Bettie Page Clothing, Stop Staring!, and Hell Bunny. And if you are into retro clothing, you know that these reproductions cost a pretty penny. This is where the fact that it's an outlet is a bit of a godsend. If you're in the area I say go look, but unless you intend to stock up on clothes, the savings won't be worth the drive if you don't live a reasonable distance away from it.
Okay, I love these pants, and hey it's a "separate." :)