It’s in our nature as humans to want what we don’t have. When I was in elementary school, I desperately wanted glasses and braces. You would think I would have been elated that I didn’t need either, but of course not. I wanted them both. I wanted them so badly that I would often wear fake glasses and makeshift braces. Finding faux eyewear was easy. Constructing your own braces out of paper clips and masking tape without making your gums bleed, not so much.
I guess some things you never outgrow and even now I get the occasional urge to accessorize an outfit with some eye candy. Point and case, this week’s Friday Forever 21 Fashion Find. This ensemble began with the winter white striped pants. I decided to pair them with a front pleated black shirt and black satin trimmed, dark green jacket. I knew from the beginning I wanted to incorporate a little vintage and a little red into the look. I ultimately decided the best way was to paint my lips and to brush through my hair after curling it with a large barrel curling iron.
I wanted the accessories to be big and bold so I opted for a chunky black necklace and matching bracelet, gold faced skinny belt, t-strap ankle cuff black pumps and most importantly, black framed glasses. (And yes, I am wearing an early Christmas present on my wrist. Thanks Dad!) And since we’re finally experiencing some colder weather in North Carolina, it’s only appropriate to wear a fur leopard winter coat. I didn’t realize until everything came together just how appropriate this outfit is for Christmas given the green, red and white color scheme and minus the leopard.
This outfit is my ode to me as a seven-year old. I may have cared then if people knew my glasses were fake but now I wear them with pride in the name of style. I think the biggest fashion rule is there are no rules. Be who you want to be. Merry Christmas my fellow Forever 21 Fashionistas!