I’m a little bit of a fashion geek. I love flipping through big, fat fashion magazines. I love seeing what’s shown at Fashion Week (ummm, hello Kate Spade! Heeeeey Marc Jacobs!). And, much to my husband’s chagrin, I love watching red carpet coverage (hey, if I can sit through football of all things, he can listen to Giuliana Rancic a couple of times a year). The thing is, you wouldn’t know I’m well versed in fashion by taking a look at me.
Let’s be real. I’m a mother of two small children. We are not rolling in money. These two things shape my wardrobe more than anything else. My clothes need to be comfortable (I can’t deal with worrying about what may fall out if I bend a certain way) and they need to be affordable. The last thing I need is to be perpetually worried about getting a stain on something. I mean, you’ve seen the pictures of my monster baby!
In short: I’m no glamour puss. I’m a glamour wuss.
But the more I think about it, the more I realize that the average woman is probably more like me than a lot of the other fashion bloggers out there. I try to draw inspiration from the fabulousness on the runways in a way that will work for my lifestyle and my budget. Hopefully this new series will help inspire other ladies who are lacking in the dollar bills department.
When I saw this Jason Wu dress on Pinterest (via W. Magazine) I’m pretty sure I sighed audibly. It’s so freakin’ pretty! I’m honestly madly in love with it (tulle + vintage-inspired sweetheart top? Yes, please!) but there is nowhere I would ever wear something like this. First of all, I don’t do hot pants. I’m not Lady Gaga. That doesn’t make it any less pretty. It just makes it a little inappropriate for my daily life.
I decided to create a more realistic version–you know, one that I might actually wear out into the world. I decided to take Jason Wu’s very fabulous high society lady and turn her into a former ballerina.
I found a reasonably priced sheer maxi, a scoop neck t-shirt (way more practical for everyday wear than the strappy top) and a pretty metallic belt for contrast. Throw a pair of leggings underneath, a pair of black ballet flats on your feet and add a top knot cherry on top. Perfection!