On Edge, in a Good Way: European Modernized Vintage

Modernized Vintage European Edge

Ever since this one particular pair of boots, I’ve adored camel leather. I suppose these boots were the first real “grown-up” boots I had, and I put them through hell, even after square toes were out of style, even after one of the vamps got a little too wet and changed colors, even after I let my queen friends in Paris hobble around in them to try their best “pirate”.

Camel leather works so well in shoes and accessories because, well, it’s color, but it’s neutral. It will always be chic, and you can use it as a base to hold down anything a little more feminine, or to lighten anything a little edgy.

In this case, it is Lady Justice, blindly holding the scales between feminine monochromatic layered depth and classic CBGB edge, perfectly tailored and proportioned. I for one know that if I were to see a girl out and about wearing this outfit, I’d glare at her jealously, wanting to either run her out of the room, so my relative style returns, or to be her best, best friend. Wouldn’t you?

The cream belt on the feminine pleated dress hints at updated propriety, with the tassel detail and gold buckle adding interest to the depth that monochromatic layers provide. You could even go with a whiter shade of cream, but Polyvore only works so much magic. The cropped jacket adds a sense of cool and continues the natural waist darts in and proportions of the dress, making you look leggier than Angelina Jolie at the 2012 Oscars. The wayfarers, when paired with the rest of the outfit, make you appear as though you’ve recently stepped out of a lesser-known Truffaut film, and I never say no to that. The bag is roomy and adds the perfect amount of feminine color to accent the balance of the rest.

$1800 for a bag, I say? Never fear, world, I have not forsaken you! I certainly can’t afford to spend $1800 on something I’ll end up melting my lipstick in. For you, lipstick melters, I present the “lesser evil” set, each item $50 or less:

LESSER EVIL: Modernized Vintage European Edge
Swap out the laces in the booties for a camel grosgrain ribbon, setting you back a whopping $0.75 at Michael’s, to enhance the detailed femininity of the shoe.
What’s your favorite unexpected combination of girly and edgy?
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About theStylistQuo

I'm a twentysomething living in Memphis, TN committed to the idea that we've lost the art of living. I'm here to help you bring it back! I adore food and entertaining, classic style steeped in a little bit of trendiness, and traveling. I'd be delighted to show you how to prepare the very best filet mignon, style trends in a way that won't make you groan when you see photos in ten years, and create the perfect playlist to set the mood for a party. I am the Stylist Quo. This is my answer to the lost art of living; this is my idea of how to bring style into every crevice of your life.
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