I have been meaning to do an outfit of the day for a while now and since June has been less than seasonal, I thought this would be a great style option for cooler weather. What I really like about this outfit is the marriage of different textures, despite the solid color scheme. I have a nearly all-black, monochromatic wardrobe so I think it’s interesting to play with patterns and textures to make up for the absence of color. I usually like to alternate between a semi-formal and casual state of dress with a lot of classic, pin up and Gothic elements being the main focal point of my clothing choices.
I try to avoid labeling my style simply because it changes so often. The Gothic, rock and pin-up aspects have always been prevalent throughout my experimentation with fashion, but I find I’m always exploring new combinations and really attempt to create a mood when I put an outfit together. Perhaps the greatest appeal of this outfit is that it’s comfortable, yet doesn’t require me to sacrifice an ounce of my personal style. I really dislike not feeling polished on a day to day basis so this is one of the ways I compromise with the part of myself that always wants to be dressed up. Fashion has always been a large mode of self expression for me and I think it’s important to always put your best foot forward, no matter the occasion.
As I already stated in my video, the Phantomlovely ‘Darkness’ jacket is really the showstopper of this entire outfit. I attempted to build a look that would adequately complement the beautiful fluidity of this piece. The black tank top from H&M was a clear starting point for me because of the flowing empire waist and the sheer, layered material on the bottom half of the garment. I wanted to stick with the black and silver aesthetic, so I paired it with a three buckle corset belt to give the top a bit more of a tailored look. I also acquired the belt from H&M last season for about $20 and I must admit, it has been a staple in my wardrobe ever since.
I was recently sent these sheer leggings for promotional purposes from the Born Pretty Store. I cannot even express how perfectly suited they are for the initial look I had in mind. I like how the criss cross pattern and transparent material breaks up the opaque black color scheme and lends it a bit of detail. Honestly, when I first put them on I felt like one of the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus, so I cannot deny that this particular detail didn’t somewhat influence my decision to include them in the video. I picked up the motorcycle boots from an online sale last summer at a Canadian shoe store called Spring. The multiple buckles and straps are somewhat of a prerequisite for me when shopping for boots and with the added sale price of $40 I knew I couldn’t pass them up. The comfort factor is like nothing I’ve experienced, so I definitely got my money’s worth for a year of wear with little to no damage as of yet.
In regards to my accessories, I’m sporting my two usual silver rings. The amber stone that I wear on my ring finger was a gift from my boyfriend for our first anniversary and the other ring with the opal stone in it, I happened to pick up at a jewelry booth when visiting Key West a few years back. I decided to go with a crescent moon necklace as it was a simple statement piece, yet really solidified the mystical theme I had envisioned. A friend of mine picked it up for me in Illinois at a local new age shop for $12.00 so I’m afraid I’m unsure of what specific shop it’s from.
Top – H&M ($35.00)
Corset Belt – H&M ($20.00)
‘Darkness’ Jacket – Phantomlovely ($120.00)
Leggings – Born Pretty Store ($11.32)
Boots – Spring ($40.00)
Necklace – New Age Shop ($12.00)