Styling Opposites

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One major difference I’ve noticed while living in Nashville is people fully embrace the art of dressing up. I don’t mean dressing up for date night, but presenting a full look everyday. In our South, rarely do you see someone out and about in non-work-out-work-out clothes. In the midwest, I think after dealing with harsh winters, there is a tendency to resign oneself to super casual basics.

After getting a taste of this aspect of Southern living, I’m embracing this new lifestyle! I feel more put together and ready to tackle whatever life may throw at me when I am fully dressed.

You know the fashion theory that talks about playing with opposites? Lace and leather; sleek and voluminous; soft and hard etc. My style is neither regularly soft nor hard, but it’s always fun to play around with different combinations. This is my version of a hard and soft look with a 90’s flair.

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I bought this dress when I went shopping for a new outfit to wear to a friend’s wedding. Ultimately, I chose to wear a navy dress, but this black number would have also worked! It’s easily dressed up by adding the right accessories and shoes, but we were running errands this day so I slipped on flats.

Styling around my denim jacket is always fun for me. I love this jacket. I bought it for $14.00 at Old Navy nine or ten years ago! It’s perfectly worn in and I’m always looking for excuses to wear it. Jean jackets add an air of effortlessness to any outfit.

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Vinnie Louise Dress (sold out) | Old Navy Jean Jacket (old) | Nordstrom Rack Flats (old) | Mac Lipstick in Craving

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25 thoughts on “Styling Opposites”

  1. Love this look on you! The lipstick is a great touch. And I know what you mean about dressing up– I actually had the opposite experience after moving from New England to Southern California. Things are so much more laid back here! Goodbye, high-waisted skirts!

    1. Thank you! I used to own a lot of business casual pieces, but they don’t make sense for my life now. I did keep a basic black blazer because that works with everything.

    1. Edgy! That is the word I was looking for. Thanks friend. I have a love/hate relationship with my hair — when it’s good, it’s good, but it can also get crazy. haha

  2. Your observation about the Midwest is spot on! I rarely want to put together an outfit if I’m just running errands because 9 months of the year I have to cover it with a coat anyway! I love your transitional solution to style with an opposite to dress down a fancier piece!

  3. I love this look! I’m so bad at putting opposite styles together and always just stick inside my comfort zone.

    I’ve also regretted SO many times that I got rid of all my old jean jackets. Who knew that they would come back in style? Guess I will just need to go get one, :).

  4. Love this look !! I do always feel so much more capable when I’m dressed well..when I worked from home a day or two a month I realized I needed to still get ‘ready’ for work and look as if I still was going in, to be in the right frame of mind.
    The denim and black dress combo is effortless and totally cute!

  5. Love love LOVE this outfit and this photoshoot!!! Definite professional model vibes! I really want a denim jacket now and I’ll totally be bringing out a half-up half-down 90s hairdo soon!

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