The busy-ness of the outfit, although cohesive enough on the model, seems doomed to chaos for a shorter, sturdier physique such as mine, although Duchesse points out in the comments that she often sees women of my build layering up in her city, Montreal. She did acknowledge that doing that successfully might require boots, and I think if I tried a similar combo, I'd be in my Acne pistols. . . .
But the image and Duchesse's unpacking of it must have stuck, because when I saw this image at Garance Doré a few days later, I found myself making some connections.
Not necessarily the same connections that Duchesse made, but her recognition that freshness can be found in the recombination of wardrobe items rather than in buying (into) new trends stuck with me. Obviously, the striped, textured sweater above and the skirt, the leopard scarf, and the patterned oversize cardi in the top photo are standout pieces. Equally obvious, for Duchesse, was that these outfits offered what she called a "winter surprise."
The graphic layer came from an oversized shawl my daughter gave me Christmas before last. It's a piece I find a bit hard to work with -- Aritzia's more recent versions have been made in a lighter weave, but mine is an earlier prototype, not quite so easily wrapped into submission. Something about the Sartorialist photo that Duchesse posted, though, let me think I could perhaps let the shawl play a bigger role, as long as I kept the rest of the outfit simple.
Finally, time to put on one more layer. . . .
Honestly, I have to chuckle a bit at how far my outfit is from those top two polished combos. . . . But they're probably not biking in the pouring rain, on muddy roads, are they now?! (In fact, I ended up covering this whole get-up with one of those huge, floppy stadium rain ponchos, the ones with attached hoods, and big enough to cover my backpack. I did take that off and tuck it away when I got to the ferry.)
So are you chuckling as well? Can you see any connection at all between top and bottom photos? Or is it all in my mind, too big a stretch for credibility?
And do you find yourself taking inspiration from Style Blog looks and then translating them for your everyday life? Do you translate them down quite this much?