J. Crew shirt (2) + BR Factory pants (16) + Enzo Angiolini peep-toes (25) + vintage belt + random ball-chain necklaces
B is for basic. Basic as opposed to boring. Because the two are not the same. I've struggled with my wardrobe at different points in time because either a) I didn't have enough basics (I didn't own a single plain black t-shirt or khaki pants until about 4 years ago...everything was colorful, graphic, or patterned) or b) I didn't have enough variety (everything was solid). Slowly, but surely, I am trying to find a balance between the two.
Today is more of a reflection of my current state: I have a lot of basics. Which is not a bad thing. I like basic. I like basic because you know it's going to work, and when you pick the right basic pieces fit-wise you know it's going to work well. I like basic because it provides a good backdrop for accessories. Most of all, I like basic because it reflects my personality. No, that doesn't mean I have no color to my life. But I can be honest to a fault.
I wasn't always that way. When I wore more prints and colors, I was a lot more hyper and always aflutter, but not always genuine. It hid my discomfort as an awkward teenager and college student. As I've grown into my personality, I've developed a deep appreciation for basics...white t-shirts, unadorned jeans, the classic ponytail. That isn't to say that I don't throw it all in and let go every once in a while (or pretty regularly). The key is comfort, and I'm not talking physical. I feel like I could lead a meeting, interview a story subject, or jump around with glee in this outfit.
Enough rambling, though. Today my outfit definitely screamed me. It was basic, with a bit of surprise thrown in...I know most people gave up ball-chains around the time Blink 182 broke up, but I still wear them on a regular basis and have them in multiple sizes and metal-tones. The only difference is that now instead of piecing together segments from keychains and backpack pulls to make a full necklace, I buy these clasped ones from the department store (or did years ago). Why do things have to get more pricey as we get older?
What type(s) of clothing reflects your personality best?