Black, White, and Red All Over

My friend Meileena of The Sartorial Muse recently gifted me a big bag of her clothes.  Slow fashion friends, this is the best gift possible! Obviously I'm very excited by the shop the closet / secondhand aspect of this gift, but I'm also surprisingly excited about the way this has become an unexpected catalyst for helping me to switch up my looks and get a little more adventuresome.

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For starters, it's only recently that I've become really into wearing red. It's such a classic bright shade, and can be worn in so many elegant ways, but my face tends toward the red naturally and I have always avoided wearing things that I thought brought out that tone in my face. I got these Forever 21 shorts from Meileena and I love them! I find them as easy to dress up as to dress down, and am looking forward to styling them lots of different ways this summer.

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Obviously, I'm wearing the best sunhat ever. I love summer (and winter, for that matter) hats, but I never thought I could pull off one so large with my small frame. But I was positively in love with this hat as soon as I put it on.  I'm a total introvert, and I expected to feel like I might as well have been wearing a big sign that says "look at me!" with this large hat on, but in reality, I felt like I had my own private universe from which to safely peer out at the real world beyond the brim. Definitely a Security Hat.

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It's kind of funny that I'm nailing two trends in one with this top - the swimwear as outerwear trend and the polka dots trend - because I really make zero efforts to be on trend.  In fact, I am kind of a terrible classics snob who goes out of her way to make snide remarks about trends (and since I'm shy, the remarks are usually just to myself, inside my head). I just loved the contrast of red against the black and white, and geometrics are still one of the only prints I can wear with confidence.

And thus, a perfect lakeside summer outfit was born.  Happy weekend, everyone!