Lately, I’ve felt the desire to pretend I’m a badass, living in a post-apocalyptic world. Think Mad Max meets Anthropologie. Maybe it’s the influence of my latest forearm tattoo. Or maybe it’s the leather open-toe shooties I recently purchased. But, whatever the reason, I am enjoying this in-real-life dress up game. And like all outfits, your jewelry can often make or break it. To accessorize my badass heroine chic look, I often wear the ear cuff I picked up from H&M a few months ago.
I wore this ear cuff to a fashion show/flower show event at The Walter’s Art Gallery and it was a hit. I received a lot of compliments on it, and a few lingering stares. With my tribal print tunic, leather shooties, and vegan leather leggings I was proud of the Mad Max/Rocker babe look I had achieved.
This trend is perfect for you if you’re also in the mood to funk up your look and step a little out of the box.
As a lover of fashion, I never even considered downplaying my affection for getting dressed. It’s honestly my favorite part of the day. Although, it often starts the night before. I check the weather forecast the night before and think about my schedule for the upcoming day. Then, I consider my mood and who I want to be that day. It’s almost as if I’m playing a character. Sometimes I want to be a 1950′s Rockabilly girl. Other times I want to be a 1960′s socialite vacationing in Italy. I use my style to convey the many facets of my personality. It honestly never occurred to me that I should hide my enthusiasm for fashion. But, that’s exactly what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie felt she had to do in order to be taken seriously as a writer.
In an Elle article, Chimamanda talks about how she finally let go of her fear of not being taken seriously and decided to wear the clothes that she wanted to wear. We, as women, are often so focused on being taken seriously that we try to fit into whatever prescribed mold is available to us. I think it’s about time we stop letting other people’s perception of how we should dress or act influence who we are. My work should be able to stand on its own. Meanwhile, I’ll be standing in my peep toe pumps and pencil skirt.
Read the entire Elle article here.
*photo credit Elle.com