Blazer, Talula (thrifted); top, Wilfred (thrifted); pants, Club Monaco; shoes, Sam Edelman (thrifted); bag, Gucci (via consignment); necklace, Tiffany
Blazer, Talula (thrifted); top, Wilfred (thrifted); pants, Club Monaco; shoes, Sam Edelman (thrifted); bag, Gucci (via consignment); necklace, Tiffany

Can it be called monochrome if it involves a floral print? I guess that’s a rhetorical question; Imma go ahead and file this under “purple”, which may be more generalization than truth. What’s for sure is this is another Peak Adina outfit. I like the slightly offbeat proportions, and the fact that it’s undeniably feminine without being at all girly. I note, with some concern — she says, tongue firmly in cheek — that it features pants, just like the last outfit I tagged as most representative of my current sartorial aspirations. Since my love-hate relationship with pants is well-documented on this blog, what does that mean?

purpliest purple that ever purpled
purpliest purple that ever purpled

Best as I can tell, it means that I’m still figuring out how to translate my new interest in unusual and/or architectural silhouettes to dresses and skirt outfits. For example, while I love sheath dresses and pencil skirts, it’s too easy to default to my old trusted outfit formulas when I wear these pieces; those resulting outfits, while certainly figure-flattering and suitable to my lifestyle, don’t excite me all that much anymore.

Here are some dress/skirt details to which I find myself drawn these days: (knife and regular) pleats, paperbag waists, tulip skirts, two-piece dresses (aka dresses that look like separates, with the top part “untucked”, but which are attached — is there a term for this style??). Some of the details can be found on pieces I already own, and I am by no means rushing out to replace everything else. It’s just taking me a while to figure out how to remix my favourite pieces in new ways that let me explore some new sartorial territory. And what could be more fun?

Another thing I want to explore these days is playing with volume and texture, rather than colour combinations and print mixes as in the past. This outfit is a good example of that, too. Who says monochrome has to be boring?

4 Comments on Peak Monochrome

  1. I love this outfit, and those colors are gorgeous on you! I’m currently making my way through your archives and reading more about your long-standing love-hate relationship with pants. I have always liked pants, but I find that it’s more for practical reasons than sartorial. In the summer, for example, while others extol the virtues of skirts (they’re so breezy!), I only think about chafing thighs. In the winter, when my office is blasting the A/C despite the arctic temperatures outside, I can’t get past the idea of legs protected only by tights. I want to wear more skirts and dresses, but when push comes to shove, I find myself choosing pants 9 times out of 10.

    That’s a crazy long way of saying that I am loving your pants looks and hope to see more of them!

    Also, since this is my first comment, I just want to let you know that I love your blog and appreciate all of the well-written, thoughtful, and enjoyable content you put out there–especially knowing that you do it all for free! So, thank you!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words, Lauren. It’s always lovely to hear from new readers.

      I think it’s a safe bet that you’ll be seeing more pants outfits in the future 😉

  2. This is a great colour on you! I like it almost as much as a sort of mossy green you have previously worn.

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