May 15, 2012

Dressing Down

I know...I know...
a lot of you probably think this is pretty ugly.
I couldn't say the same for myself, however.

When Alexa Chung wore this ensemble
to the 2012 Met Ball,
I found it to be quite strange
in the best of ways.

See, I'm all about finding different
and unexpected ways to style clothing.
And this suited my criteria perfectly.

So here, you take this dress
from the Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 collection...
with it's seductive shape and sultry leather fabric,
it's quite femme fatale:

...but then you throw this mannish white blouse
underneath it and button the thing all the way up.

I'm not one for inserting $5.00 words
in order to give the effect that I'm
well-spoken or anything...
but my gosh, the juxtaposition!
It's odd.
But it works, IMO.
In fact, I rather like it.

This, dear reader,
is a prime example of taking a fancy piece
and doing my favourite thing of all: dressing down.
Like I always say, be unexpected.
If there's another way you can wear something
other than how one would normally style it,
do it.

Here's the actual dress on the actual runway:

they're both similarly styled,
with the exception of the print
(and Mad Hatter hat, leprechaun shoes,
and furry-ass bag).

If any one of you are daring enough
to rock something like this
but are still uneasy about the whole thing,
I would suggest wearing
a blouse with slimmer sleeves,
making the silhouette
less boxy and pouffy,
and more streamlined.

And if you look closer,
Ms. Chung's "mannish"
button-down also has
a dainty peter pan collar,
consequently giving
a bit of a feminine touch.

Those little details are
really important when you're
trying know,
juxtapose stuff.

- Leira

(But anyone actually considering doing this?)


  1. I am still torn if I like it or not. Alexa wears it well and I like the white blouse more than the runway look. What I just can't get used to is the cut/fabric. It looks so bulky and like it doesn't fit. But I still love Alexa!!

  2. Such a gorgeous look - Alexa always gets it so right <3

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  3. I usually love her looks very much!! but this one is not my favourite! but style always depends on who wears it, and she makes it work:)


  4. I don't think many other people could make this work the way she did.

    - Shannon

  5. I think this is unusual..when i first saw it i wasnt like ahh gorgeous but i thought interesting and she pulls it off so im not opposed to the outfit :)


  6. It looks great on Alexa! I can't picture myself in it, but maybe if I would be a little older and I would've already totally find my own style... ;)


  7. I think this is one of those things that you like more once you take a moment to inspect it a little closer.

    At first, I was hesitant - but it's growing on me.


  8. She work it out quite well!!!

  9. ya i agree it is dressing down in an odd weird way

  10. Hey, Leira!
    I'm glad I discovered your very enjoyable and inspiring blog thanks to Hanneli's! You obviously have a fashion sense and cool attitude. I value that!! Plus, you have a witty style concept, which makes your blog far more interesting!
    I'm following you now, and I'd like to invite you to visit my blog. Then,if you like it, I'd be thrilled to have you among my followers, too!
    XOXO, Maria José

  11. The more I look at it, the more I like it, strangely enough. I'd consider giving this a shot if I found the right dress! Actually... I might go looking for one right now...

    Great blog by the way, come and visit mine if you get a chance :)

  12. ahhh i love alexa chung's fashion sense :)

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  13. I like Her in this look.. I however could never pull this off. I love her hair and make up! So sultry-naughty-but-nice

  14. i think is just perfect!!


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