Sunday, January 26, 2014

One Fish, Two Fish, Blue Fish, Blue Fish

Dress: L'Amour by Nanette Lepore for J. C. Penney's
Jacket: L'Amour by Nanette Lepore for J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Betseyville, Macy's
Bag: Nordstrom
Belts: Izod, gifted

Blouse: Kohl's
Cardigan: Kohl's
Skirt: L'Amour by Nanette Lepore for J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Alloy
Bag: Kohl's

Blouse: L'Amour by Nanette Lepore for J. C. Penney's
Cardigan: Kohl's
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: BCBG, Macy's
Bag: Target
Belt: J. C. Penney's

 Retro Remix Necklace

Blouse: Delia's
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Nine West, DSW
Bag: Kohl's
Scarf: Marshalls
Jacket: XOXO, Macy's

Dress: Gifted
Turtleneck: Gap
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Nordstrom
Yellow/white scarf: A. C. Moore
Red/white scarf: Wet Seal

Echoing the eccentric spirit of Seuss himself, this week's outfits capitalize on a fresh kind of crazy.  Skirts in subzero temperatures are just the tip of the iceberg.  We also have a healthy helping of hot weather motifs, as presented by the nautically nuanced cross section of Nanette Lepore's feted (if only by me) L'Amour line for J. C. Penney's.  I had first seen the "fish suit" of the opening outfit (ideal for aquarium attendants and marine enthusiasts alike!) on a clearance rack well before Christmas.  But I waited to make my move until after the holidays, all the while fearing that when I finally got around to my just-for-me shopping spree the treasured garments would be lighting up some other clotheshorse's closet.  Yet, I need not have worried.  I was greeted by a whole rackful of the silky sapphire (not to mention even more deeply discounted) separates upon bustling into JCP one otherwise bleak afternoon.  (Apparently, no one had been as anxious as I was to don a deep blue sea something in the dead of winter.)  

So, am I actually going to wear the dress and jacket together?  The jury is still out on that one.  I realize that they're (probably - because one can never be sure when it comes to fashion) not supposed to be a set.  Although the L'Amour line is crammed with pieces so matchy-matchy that they rival Garanimals, I think its aesthetic is meant to be more about options than one-to-one correlations.  For example, I also have a pair of skinny jeans (posted here a few weeks ago) and a button-down mullet-style blouse in the same kaleidoscope gemstone print.  Upon opening them on Christmas morning, one of my loved ones commented that to wear them together was to enter Howard Wolowitz territory.  Oh, I don't know, I objected, maybe with the right belt . . .   But in the end, that was a catwalk I never traveled.  I wore the jeans with a solid yellow top and the top with solid yellow jeans, and that was that.      

And they say that canary's for cowards.