Who doesn’t love a good monochromatic outfit? White-fit, grey-fit, blue-fit, green-fit, it’s hard to not look endlessly chic when decking yourself in different shades of the same color. That being said, I’m having a hard time picturing a green-fit so let’s strike that from the record.
I may just be desperately broke, but I’ve always found that Forever21’s faux leather items have a great texture and feel to them. They’re not that stiff plastic material but they’re soft and buttery. I found this dress as the Forever21 on Michigan Avenue a couple months ago in the clearance section for $10. Needless to say, I grabbed hold of it and sprinted to the register.
One of the perks of living in a city like Chicago where it’s winter 7 months out of the year is you totally benefit from seasonal sales. In order to clear out the store to make room for spring and summer merch, they clearance out their winter-wear in October and November, aka Fall in Chicago. So, that’s my glass half full perspective for ya!
The great thing about this dress is that its layering combinations are endless. I’ve worn this with a graphic t-shirt underneath, a collared button down, turtlenecks (one of my favs,) and even maxi dresses if you’re feeling like pushing the boundaries.
I hadn’t thought of pairing it with a chunky knit until I saw them hanging on my clothing rack next to each other, both sporting the same eggplant hue. It’s hard to not feel like a complete dummy when venturing outside sans tights, so I figured the thick knit turtleneck would make up for it. I originally thought grey suede knee-high boots would be the perfect complement to my ensemble, but after trying them on I felt like I needed something that contrasted a little more (so much for that monochromatic thing, right?)
I landed on a vintage pair of brown suede ankle booties with fringe-lined sides. I instantly got a seventies vibe so I threw on a pair of reflective raybans and big hoop earrings and strolled down the street jamming to Kool & the Gang. And scene.