The whole time I was taking these pictures my sister referred to me as John Hamilton. While this outfit definitely has some colonial vibes to it, I still love the delicate femininity it brings to the table.
It looks like a sea of cars surrounds me, but let's just ignore that and focus on that sick lace detailing in skirt. Yes totally love it, nice shot 😉
On a serious note, I love that the cotton blouse has a delicate mesh around the décolleté, and that the blending of the different fabrics, not only in the shirt but within the whole outfit, is truly unique and plays with textures while not being totally obvious about it. The skirt is black velvet with lace panels between the pleats. While the images may not capture it perfectly (because it's black #duh) it truly is a unique piece that complimented the black collar of the blouse.
(Also, let's not focus on the trash can. Gawd, it's impossible for me to get my shit together. Bare with me.)
There is nothing I love more than mixing a pattern or texture. I feel that it can give the outfit a dynamic edge. While mixing patterns can most times be a daunting task, mixing a heavier fabric, like velvet, with something light, like cotton, can be a stepping stone towards branching out into uncharted territory with your closet. Also, mixing and matching unexpected pieces can help to revive a closet that can at times seem boring.
I can definitely attest to feeling like I have a "boring" closet, since I wear the same black shirt and jean combo at least 1728923 times a week. It's hard to find inspiration when you look at the same pieces again and again. However, when I paired this outfit, I literally just pulled at random. I felt like I was in a rut and I wanted something new. I know I have so many unique pieces, which prevents me from finding anything that pairs well together most of the time, but when I decided to just choose at random I found a great combination. What initially made me pair these two pieces was that the black from the collar complimented the black skirt, and the white/black pairing made the whole look a little monochromatic.
Sometimes it's a simple match that can help spark a whole new ensemble.
Hope this post helped to breathe a little life into your closet.