Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Bell Curve

With one notable exception during my scholastic endeavors, I was never a fan of bell curve grading (ironically, the exception was a statistics class)...  but I do love the curve of this bell-shaped ponte knit skirt from Anthropologie.  To be honest, I didn't expect a skirt shaped like the Liberty Bell and stiff enough to stand up on its own to be flattering (true story - it looks like a little green shrub in the corner of my closet).  But, the store's online reviews for it are almost universally glowing - with every shopper touting the high waist and bell shape as most loved features.  It's been offered in different colors over several seasons, all of which have sold out quickly, and second-hand options from eBay are selling for near retail price.
Blouse (Tommy Hilfiger);Skirt (Anthropologie); Bag (Bodhi); Belt (eBay); Watch (Embassy); Necklace (Grace Boutique, vintage)
I chose it not just for the unique shape and fabric, but because it was the perfect complement to this circa 1997 Tommy Hilfiger blouse, a favorite purchase from my law school days moonlighting as a sales clerk at the now defunct Parisian.  In fact, I like it even more now than I did when I first brought it home 17 years ago (I guess polka dot prints really are timeless).
Typically, I'd have reached for my kelly green suede Coach bag to finish the look (see it below), but I decided to break the curve with a bold tangerine safety pin clutch from Bodhi.  The result is much more fun and highlights the truly unique bag.  Don't be afraid to add the unexpected!

Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!

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