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Monday, August 4, 2014

Black and White

A.L.C. chunky knit crop tank top (on sale!)
Chanel wallet on chain
Christian Louboutin "Half d'Orsay" pumps

I wore this outfit to the Nordstrom Designer Preview (post here). Before deciding, I posted two outfit options on Instagram to get another opinion about which I should wear. About 80% of commenters totally preferred the other option. Someone called this outfit "grandma-ish" and one of my girlfriends said it was "basic" lol. I do appreciate all of your honesty.

At the end of the day, I guess I just went with what makes me feel most comfortable in my skin. While a crop top, 4-inch heels, and a body-hugging skirt are by no means "comfortable," what I mean is that this outfit felt very "me." Dress to impress, sure, but mostly yourself!

What's your thought process when getting dressed up?

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64 comments:

  1. Beautiful, this outfit is very nice, elegant girl!

    L.A

    http://www.itsaboutla.fr/

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  2. so pretty!! Love this outfit. Long time no see Carolyn! Lemme know if you're ever heading back to HK or Shanghai :)

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  3. Wow, such a stunner! You look very cool in this :)


    Lisa – AT LEAST BLOG

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  4. ooo really like the knit top!!

    http://theundercovergiraffe.blogspot.com/

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  5. So beautiful, classy and chic!

    http://www.eyelikefashion.com

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  6. Wow, gorgeous look!

    Jules x

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  7. Wonderful blog, just love it! you're so beautiful.

    www.am-kubicowelove.blogspot.com

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  8. Cool texture on that top!

    www.charltonlee.com

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  9. Love this set of photos!!

    xx
    Xin

    http://xincerely.blogspot.com

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  10. I agree! Wear what makes you feel comfortable. I like your outfit! I especially love those d'Orsay pumps!!

    http://sincerelyrenay.blogspot.com/

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  11. Such a gorgeous outfit and love this! It's always most fun to wear what you're really feeling.

    xx Sarah | Loser Girl Wins

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  12. Omg those shoes, I love those shoes!!!

    mfashionfreak♥blog

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  13. I absolutely adore this look! That top is so cute and different. I love it paired with a sleeker pencil skirt and heels—perfection! Yes, always go with what makes you feel "you" and best. With that comes confidence and nothing looks better on anyone than self-confidence! xo

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  14. This outfit is simple but very classy and well thought out. Absolutely love it! x

    http://whitexorchid.blogspot.com.au

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  15. Very chic outfit. You made a great choice by wearing the one that felt most like "you".

    www.girlinahotcity.com

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  16. Love the chunky knit tank soo much!
    xo, Van

    www.forevervanny.com

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  17. This outfit is so chic and elegant! You have to go with what makes you feel most comfortable. I love those shoes!!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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  18. Your so elegantly beautiful in this! I love it with those darling shoes! :)

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  19. What a classic yet chic outfit! Always so beautiful! :)

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  20. Very chic and adorable look! I love it very much!

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    Zhuo

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  21. This outfit is great and the shoes is amazing!

    http://industrialbarbie.blogspot.com

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  22. I LOVE this look! You look stunning, the shoes are incredible!

    Shot From The Street | Fashion Blog

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  23. You rocked this look! Can't believe people thought it was grandma-ish. I think it looks great!

    xo
    Mandy
    Saguaros & Stilettos

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  24. gorgeous photos, and loving the knit crop!

    christie | christieashley.ca

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  25. Loving the whole outfit. :) Definitely wear what you feel most comfortable with!

    Vessi :: arts & petite style blog

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  26. Love this look. The cropped sleeveless sweater is versatile piece that can go from causal to simply chic which, you beautifuly displayed this this look. Love!

    Jessica
    the way to my Hart

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  27. You look perfect here... So feminine and chic! I do love this outfit! <33

    Trend-Mae

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  28. Beautiful photos! You are so chic. The classic pencil skirt looks so fierce.

    Sofia
    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  29. You look so beautiful!! What a stunning outfit :) X

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  30. I love that knitted top with the pencil skit!
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  31. This look is in no way 'grandmaish'. It's really great and elegant.

    TRENDGALORE

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  32. Wow you are so pretty amazing!!! Stylish and chic look!!! I love Louboutins!
    xx
    cvetybaby.com
    Instagram Facebook

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  33. This outfit is super fab! Your rockin it!
    www.kissthechic.com

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  34. I love the elegant but simple look this outfit has! Love your blog!

    xx, Tiffany | www.sunshinedaydreamphotography.com

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  35. You look so elegant! Love the outfit and the pics!

    Xoxo
    dogma96.blogspot.pt

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  36. That whole look is killer! I'm such a fan of black and white because it's so chic and timeless--you really can't go wrong. And that ALC knit is amazing! I love knits like that where you can wear it in the summer and colder months. Great post and great pics!
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  37. Such beautiful pictures! I love your shoes!

    Emma| With A City Dream

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  38. This outfit is by no means basic! I absolutely love it <3

    Sweet Madame Blue

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  39. Came across your Blog from zoella I would just like to say that your blog is amazing..I love the design and the pictures.. Just amazing


    If you have a minute please come over to my Blog http://myroutinesjade.blogspot.co.uk/ leave a comment if you would.... it would mean a lot


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  40. Gorgeous knitwear top! I LOVE those Louboutins!!! SEXXXXY! and fabbb skirt! Love your photos and your blog is rockin!
    Kisses
    xoBeckerman Girls

    www.BeckermanBlog.com

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  41. not a basic look at all! love the knit top and your louboutins! let me pick my jaw up from the ground...

    tiffany / tiffanyeatworld

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  42. Gorgeous! I love simple chic looks like these. And those Loubis are just to die for!

    ♥ Gita @ mimiandchichi.com

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  43. Love how you paired a cropped top with a longer skirt, the proportions balance out perfectly and you look stunning!

    xx Ella
    Ella Et Cetera

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  44. This is so chic!! I love the detail of the top. GORGEOUS!!

    xo,
    Amy
    STYLEchocolatechip.com

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  45. Well, I've seen the other outfit and it's really cool, but I prefer this one. Pencil skirts have been a wardrobe staple for me for years and the crop top is gorgeous.

    Jasmine x
    For a Real Woman
    So easy Spanish!

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  46. You are my inspiration!! Love your style and your photos <3

    Jessica | streetandsheer

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  47. You look perfectly hot and classy! Love this look
    Have a stylish and lovely week!

    xx Cissy
    www.idreamofbunnies.com
    Follow on Facebook

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  48. You look so pretty, love the classic black and white! Hope you're having a wonderful day! xo Hannah

    p.s. I am holding a giveaway over on my blog for a $50 gift card to my vintage shop, a flower crown, and a handmade necklace if you feel like stopping by :)
    http://thebraidedbandit.blogspot.com/2014/08/super-summer-giveaway.html

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  49. Oh I love this outfit! I'd say more classic than basic ;)

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  50. I also love a good long pencil skirt, very chic dear. So glad I clicked on your comment on KARLA'S CLOSET's blog and got led back here to yours. It's seriously full of GREAT info and juicy pics here! Just followed you on GFC and bloglovin', be sure to see more of you soon. By the way, please do check out and comment on my newest and MOST provocative summer outfit to date! I guarantee! Featuring HERMES wrist bandanas, plus Chanel SS14 pearl gloves, SOPHIA WEBSTER clutch, and ALEXANDER WANG runway mid-heels, if you're into that sort of 'thang'. Hope you enjoy the humorous writing too! #PROVOKED
    xx The Provoker
    http://www.the-provoker.com/2014/08/hawt-diggity.html

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  51. Ur hair is so fab, and love that long pencil skirt!

    xx Mess Addicted

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  52. Love this whole look, so beautiful and classic!

    Fashion Blogger
    www.holliehobin.co.uk

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  53. Both of the outfits look amazing on you but I'm so glad you picked the one you felt most comfortable in! I totally agree with your philosophy. My getting dressed motto is to always dress for yourself... and no one else. :)
    Kali

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  54. Really elegant ! I love your shoes !

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Thank you for commenting!
Love, Carolyn