Since I only post three outfits each week, I end up photographing many more than are seen on the blog. (And, of course, I wear plenty of stuff that I don’t have the time or inclination to photograph OR post! Life and blog do, in fact, diverge.) Some of those photos end up in the newsletter, but many more end up in a purgatory I’ve called “seconds,” which basically means, “I don’t think I like this … but I’m gonna come back to it later and decide.”
I don’t think a single outfit has ever made it from the “seconds” folder onto the blog. I should just re-label it “duds.”
And since I’ll be publishing a list of my favorite posts from the past year in a couple of days, I thought I’d take this opportunity to show you how frequently I wear things that just don’t work. Here are some of 2013’s outfit duds:
This falls under “looked SO cute in person …” That drapey metallic top is wonderful in motion, but wow does it look weird here. Also will probably work better when it’s warm enough to wear with a tank instead of sleeves that peek out awkwardly.
I love that necklace so much, but man it can really look like a lei sometimes. A glowing neon lei.
I’m not sure if I grew several inches or just got older, but this dress was given to a friend after I saw this outfit shot. It’s so cute, but it’s so SHORT. Passable with tights, but still shorter than I’d like for modesty and proportional reasons.
Still haven’t mastered the curly look for my short hair, and it can look extremely poofy on day two. Oh, so poofy and strangely heart-shaped.
I saw this combo – cornflower blue, leopard, and dusty red – in a J.Crew catalog and became obsessed with re-creating it. Somehow their version seemed less blocky, more seamlessly related. Also that bag isn’t quite right, methinks.
So close! But I got really hung up on the green legs. GREEN, GREEN LEGS. That sweater got donated shortly after this for being seriously hard to style. Too short to wear with pants, and just a wee bit too boxy to work with most skirts.
This outfit eventually became this outfit, which works far better. The blazer is a bit too long and loose to work here.
I have a pin of an outfit with pale yellow, mint, and gray that I kept coming back to … and yet this was as close as I came to making the combo work in real life. Proportions are a bit off – if the cardi was longer it would have been better.
I can’t really put my finger on what’s wrong here. I love the colors, but something is just slightly off. Might be the boots, which seem somehow incongruous color-wise.
So cute in person! Somehow slightly prom-like here. Also my right hand looks kinda … missing.
I wanted to make those capris work, but they hit at just the wrong spot. And pairing them with sandals that cut me at the ankle didn’t help matters any.
There wasn’t anything in the “seconds” file that was so hideous and embarrassing that it made me truly cringe. The vast majority were outfits that didn’t photograph as well as they wore, had one element that was somehow out of whack, or that looked slightly wrong but for vague, unidentifiable reasons. And lest you misunderstand, this is NOT me beating myself up. This is me showing you that I don’t know everything, that I am still learning, that I have “off days.” Just like you. And everyone.
But I still have fun getting dressed. And I aim to keep it that way!