|Mika & Gala Dress, $10, Vinnies|
The Outfit Algorithm series would also be perfect if you feel immense guilt over splurging on a particular item - like myself and possibly for travel. Now, this acts more of a loose guideline than an actual set of rules so feel free to run wild with it. The dress I chose for the first post in the series is fairly simple in its shape, an A-line silhouette, but unique in its pastel mint colour with a leopard print. Of course you could opt for more classic colours but I thought it'd be fun to play around with such quirkiness.
Level 1: Shoes
With this level, I wanted to stray as far as I could from the more typical versatile colours like regular blue and black denim. However, distressed denim would be a great foil to that with its provided edge. The Topshop shorts lends a nautical vibe to the outfit due to the buttons on the front and that it sits fairly high on the body, elongating your legs to the extreme. The Antipodium shorts provide a softer form of colour blocking that is only achieved through pastels whilst the Motel Rocks pants offer more of a wackiness to it.
Level 8: Belt It Up
Cue Peplum Bustle Belt (eBay)
I don't even want to think about how much I spent on this belt. Denial. Denial. Denial. But just look at that shape! It explains itself really, adding another dimension to simple outfits. And it just gives you this amazing silhouette. I tracked this belt down for months on eBay, to the point of obsession and when I finally landed it I didn't know whether to feel intense joy or regret. But having it in real life, quelled all my misgivings about it. Do not feel obliged to stalk this belt down, a regular belt will do. I do quite like the appearance of thin belts, as I believe that they look quite dainty and refined.
So that wraps up the first in the series. I do hope you enjoyed it, this was incredibly fun to do even if my room looks like a bomb filled with clothes had exploded in it. Regarding the levels, they are either standalone or mixable so I believe the combination would be 1 + 2 + __ + __ = Finished Outfit. Until next time!
As it so happens, I thought of a few more outfits that could be done, answering the question once and for all why I have insomnia. The next few exemplify how the levels could be taken up a notch.
Bonus Level 1: Lace
Lace Long Sleeve Shirt (Summer Hill Anglicare) $1.45
I just love how the addition of dark lace just vamps up an outfit whilst still retaining some of that elegance - only there's an edge of subtle sensuality. You could also wear it off shoulder to increase that effect, by utilising the contrast of skin and the dark fabric.
Bonus Level 2: Blazer/Vest
Wish Blazer Vest (Vinnies) $15
Hmm, I suppose this is already an existent level but I felt I needed to exemplify just how a blazer could toughen the look.
Bonus Level 3: Layered Chiffon Shirt
American Apparel Sheer Shirt (Glebe Markets) $10
I originally had this shirt in mind for one of the levels but I found it was much too oversized to wear underneath so then, stroke of inspiration that had me itching for the sun to rise, I tried this out. With the pattern only slightly obscured it makes for an interesting look. Or you could wear the shirt unbuttoned like a jacket so it would resemble something like a kimono. And it's not just sheer materials, you could do with with a plaid shirt, denim, etc. only the effect would be slightly different. I would say it's perfect for summer/spring but not in Australia where even the thinnest layer is suffocating, hence why I worship the aircon fervently during that time.
Stay tuned for the next in the Outfit Algorithm series!