Outfit Post: 4/17/14

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Shirt: Target — Skirt: Gift — Heels and bangle: Thrifted — Socks: Sock Dreams — Earrings: Vendor on campus

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The other day on Twitter, Bergie (you remember Bergie!) suggested to friends far and wide that we should all do a “subversion” outfit day–basically, to either subvert your appearance through style (such as punky-haired Bergie herself going preppy for the day) or subvert your usual style by doing something unexpected.

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For me, that turned into high high heels and red lips.

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It was an informative experience, actually. When paired, strong makeup and high heels signal “sexiness” to me, and I have a big tangled snarl of emotions about performing sexiness!

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I honestly couldn’t make myself leave the house until I added socks to the heels, which toned things down in my mind. (And this is, of course, setting aside the complications of sexiness and being “too sexy” in an office environment, which are legion.)

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At the end of the day, though, I was feeling more confident about this particular look, and I’m glad I pushed that particular comfort zone a little bit. My thighs are pretty grateful I’m wearing flats today, though.

When was the last time you practiced appearance-based subversion?

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5 thoughts on “Outfit Post: 4/17/14

  1. I love the socks and heels! (And I’ve loved the socks & shoes you’ve been doing with skirts recently.) I like that idea but haven’t made it work for me yet.

  2. Subversion day! What a cool idea. For me, that’d have to be a lot of fancy makeup, heels, and maybe tight pants? Or just anything very demure and sweet.

    As with yesterday, look at the way your dusty skirt and shirt harmonize with your skin.

  3. rubybastille says:

    You look so great! I love how you paired the red lips with a red bangle. I kind of dress the gamut from Loft-dressy-casual to geek-t-shirt-punk, but I think wearing something sexier would be a challenge for me, too. I have a sexy-secretary skirt that I rarely wear because, well, that’s how I describe it, but a subversive outfit for me would definitely including wearing – and owning – that skirt.

  4. The socks look so cute with those shoes! I have a pair of sexy red peep-toe heels that I wear very rarely because they are often too sexy for certain situations. This has given me the idea to pair them with cute socks. I’ll have to try this soon!

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