Fashion Over Reason: Check Mate

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Check Mate

Fashion Over Reason under the Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan at nighttime, sundown, sunset, black & white look

Ain't no thang to look like a human checkerboard if you're going to be doing it according your personal style convictions. In this instance, I am relishing in my unintentional channeling of Hedi's Saint Laurent girl -- I swear, I didn't mean to! -- with my pairing of the two most basic hues in history. How cool of me. A classic combo of black and white, with a rock n' roll, modern boho twist (how's that for a definition?). Because something as timeless as those two shades can also be inadvertently trendy, as demonstrated to us by Slimane himself.

The most important "lesson" (I'm putting that in quotation marks because it is to be loosely interpreted) to take away from this outfit is that my checkerboard look is a discerned variation of the penguin suit, a woman's riff on the tuxedo, if you will. As a self-proclaimed [high-maintenance] tomboy, I have an innate gravitational pull toward all types of menswear, whether it's baggy trousers, impeccable tailoring, oversized anything, you name it.

The tuxedo is something so very intrinsically manly, forever the peak on the fancy scale for our male counterparts. Adapting that vibe to an ensemble that is all woman is not only incredibly fun, but also a bit unexpected, which is always a good way to stand out. But what's even more amusing about the whole thing is that while my outfit is reminiscent of Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent, it also borrows something from Yves's woman, the one he imagined wearing Le Smoking, that legendary woman's wear play on the tuxedo. Check mate.

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Blouse - Joe Fresh (this one is far better)
Shorts - Stefanie Biggel
Denim jacket - Gap
Shoes - Jason Wu (these are amazing and have a similar essence)
Hat - Topshop (this one's awesome)
Choker - Vintage (I love this one)
Watch - Vintage Seiko (this one is similar)
Rings - Mix of vintage (these are cool) & Chic Peek

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Unknown said...

Gorgeous pics!

Ana said...

Beautiful back drop in your pictures and I like the boho take on a black and white classic. Great stuff!


JANICE G said...

great look~

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Trudy Danso said...

The photos are beyond stunnin! you look classy girl!

Jeanne said...

Amazing shorts and sandals!

elle said...

Those shorts are to die for! You make everything look so effortless.

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Tanya said...

So chic, love everything you are wearing, especially the shoes:).

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Nicole ♡ Photogenici said...

Amazing photos! love it (:

Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

Gorgeous outfit! And yes can absolutely feel the Saint Laurent's vibe, especially the Hedi's influence. x

stone fox interrupted said...

Woah, woah, woah! Your blog is amazing! So in love with your style...and you are so lucky to be able to shoot against such a gorgeous city line!

Absolutely love your blog, by the way! Just bookmarked it...would love you to give me some advice on my blog :) would be amazing if one day it can get as good as yours

ALLIE NYC said...

Great look! And love the Stefanie Biggel shorts! Very nice!

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Unknown said...

You look very chic, and love the background of course !!

Lisette Pool - 24/7 STYLISH said...

Those pictures are stunning. I love the outfit! You look gorgeous :)

Unknown said...

Such a great outfit, you have a great style and a perfect sense of fashion, not everyone have it ;) by the way I love that short, so chic!

Have a good day


Samantha Mariko said...

your style is impeccable! love the oversized/baggy shorts with the clean shirt. the hat also adds a nice touch tough to the night-out look :)

Unknown said...

Great outfit and fantastic pictures! You just can't go wrong with black and white :) I'm especially loving the shorts though...I guess the flash really makes them pop! xx

Coco said...

I love how you described your outfit, you are so nice and fun. You don't look like a tomboy at all :-) I love this elegant mix of black and white, and the jeans jacket adds and edge to the whole look, while the hat gives that boho mood you were mentioning. Going to check out your amazing shoes!!!
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Johanna said...

I love that you rocked some night photos. This whole look is so great - hope you went out for drinks after!

Jamie said...

Black and white will always be classy. I love this outfit!
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Sam said...

How amazing are these shorts!! Absolutely love them and you make them look even chicer with your fantastic styling. Thanks kindly for your comment, hope your week is going well :)

Mica said...

Love the addition of the denim jacket :) Such a nice take on a classic black and white outfit :)

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A Very Sweet Blog said...

it's very saint laurent. looks awesome. i love it. fabulous tie front shoes too. your night photography is brilliant! :D

Bianca Nieves said...

Killer heels, Helene! xx

Sybil said...

such a chic look. love the backdrop!! so stunning!! :D

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