When I started this blog, I had the hope, of course, that people would read it. It would be disingenuous to pretend I had any desire to write into a void. But I never dreamed that one bonus outcome would be that I’d get to raid my stylish friends’ closets and put together outfits for them to model–much less that these stylish friends would ask me to do this. So I was very surprised (and pleased!) to encounter the following question from the author Kelly Luce on my Facebook wall:
The color! The fringe! The suede! The fact that Kelly had a pair of boots she didn’t wear astounded me, because she is the Boot Queen. She even wore boots at her wedding. This was an honor, people.
But before I show you what I chose for Kelly, I want to let her tell you in her own words about her personal style philosophy. She was kind enough to answer a few questions for me (with charm and smarts to spare, naturally). Here they are:
Kelly’s closet bears all of these philosophies out–it’s bursting with color, full skirts, and boatneck shirts. It’s a closet that you immediately want to step into and say, “Oohhhh,” while you run your fingers through the hangers. (Which I did.) One of the fun things about getting to dress someone from their own clothes is that I get to play with styles and textures that I love but don’t wear myself. Even though I’m partial to darks, neutrals, and metallics in my own wardrobe, I was magnetized by all the romantic, slightly bohemian silhouettes Kelly had and couldn’t wait to try them on her.
Isn’t it gorgeous?
The first look I put together incorporated Kelly’s newest summer staple, a cool, classic pair of white shorts. I knew the green would pop against them, and that the navy button-up would ground the ensemble. Plus, navy and green always make a great pair, if you ask me.
Next we went for something a little girlier–the crop top was fun, and the green in the boots picked up the green in the print. The skirt is lightweight, made of a cool, easy fabric, and works as a neutral. Kelly also let me raid her jewelry box, where I found these great yellow earrings–they provided a great pop of coordinating color while breaking up the matchiness of the green on top and bottom.
Finally, I put Kelly in a pair of jeans. These aren’t really weather-appropriate, since it is way too hot for pants in Texas right now, but my real interest was trying something a little out of Kelly’s wheelhouse; as she said above, she’s much more likely to wear a dress or skirt than pants. I thought these boots might look great with a slouchy boyfriend cut (I told you I’m obsessed with the boyfriend cut), so we improvised with this pair of straight-leg Joe’s jeans by rolling up a loose cuff. The real inspiration here was the top, though–I was totally enamored of it and was surprised by how well its more muted color palette played with the vividness of the boots. I’m not sure I managed to make a cuffed jeans convert out of Kelly, but there’s no denying she looked awesome.
Once again, I’d like to thank Kelly for her adventurous spirit and sharing herself and her wardrobe with me. I had a blast. And if you haven’t picked up a copy of her book, a collection of short stories entitled Three Scenarios In Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, do yourself a favor and click the link. Read it while you savor these last few weeks of summer.