Top - Cable & Gauge
Skirt - The Limited
Shoes - New York Transit
Closeup of the embroidery
A little bit ago I posted a potential outfit that I attempted to wear this skirt, but I did not think that it looked very good, so I changed out the skirt. Here is the picture of the other outfit:
I really like the skirt, but I don't like it in the above outfit. I do however really like it in the main photo for this post. I think the difference is that with the pink sweater, I am wearing a black tank top and the black of the tank with the black of the skirt sort of blend together whereas the top from Cable & Gauge provides for a clear break between the two. The Cable & Gauge top also has a slight flair to the bottom of it that helps to add a bit of a curve to the hips.
I recently purchased the Cable & Gauge top along with two other tops at TJMaxx. I brought them home and showed Jules my treasures. I relayed the story of the guy at the checkout counter. I set down my three items and he said, "Oh, just the one dress today?" He then picked up, what he thought was just one dress, and discovered that it was actually three different tops. He then said "Oh, no, I see, all the tops are just black and white." It was then that it occurred to me that everything I bought was black and white. And in fact, often many of the main items in my outfits are either black or white.
I began to consider if this was a problem for me or not. Maybe I am limiting myself. Maybe I need to branch out more and push myself to embrace the vast array of the color spectrum. But then again, while writing this and pondering this color conundrum, I've had a realization. The longer I have been dressing as both genders, the more my female outfits often resemble my male outfits. I mean my female clothes are clearly female and my male ones are clearly male, but the colors are almost the same. I tend to wear mainly black or white and use a deep rich single color.
And ya know, I think this works for me. I like my male outfits, and I like the fact that my female outfits are finally becoming an accurate reflection of who I am and not just simply what I think female me should wear. It's sort of becoming like my clothes are simply my clothes and not what I think I should wear. Hmm... Am I even making any sense anymore? How about this, I like my style!
How about you? Do you tend to have a distinct style? Do your female clothes look anything like your male clothes, or are they on completely different ends of the spectrum?