Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Best Form of Flattery: 1st edition: J. Crew

Today marks the 1st edition of the Best Form of Flattery!!!
The Best Form of Flattery series is all about finding inspiration from a variety of sources.  Today's inspiration photo came from J. Crew's Fall lookbook.  Here's what I came up with:
Button down - hand-me-down from Mom
Theory sweater - FC ($18)
Vintage leather skirt - FC ($12)
Vintage Dex boots - FC ($24)
Vintage clutch - FC ($10)
Wrap bracelet; Vintage watch-bracelet; Thrift cuff; Belt from shorts

I took the inspiration to layer a button down (buttoned all the way up) under a slim-fitting sweater, and adorn both arms with "wrist candy" from this J. Crew look:

About my outfit:  I, like many of you, absolutely adore today's inspiration look.  I'm just crazy about her pants (mental addition to the wishlist) but since I don't have any similar, I found inspiration in the layers.  You all know how much I am loving the button-down-layered-sweater trend, well I had never buttoned it all the way up until now and I am pleased with the result!  I usually wear bracelets only on one wrist, but after being inspired by this look, I added my watch-bracelet to the empty wrist.  I wore my new leather skirt as a contrast to the prim-and-proper upper half and finished the look off with my favorite new boots in a similar color to the inspiration photo's pants.  The belt (stolen from shorts) ties the unique color combination of lavender and brick-red together.  Later in the day, I lost the sweater and the outfit was still very cute, BF actually loved it, and we usually have completely opposite tastes :)

The Best Form of Flattery:  2nd edition: Atlantic-Pacific
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Atlantic-Pacific is one of my favorite blogs.  Bee is a constant source of inspiration, popping up all over my pinterest boards.  So, let's see what you can come up with and how you can be inspired by this!  Remember, the Best Form of Flattery does not have to be an exact rendition of the picture (though it can be), you can break it down and be inspired by any piece of it!

Just follow the froggy link below to add your own J. Crew-inspired look, and be sure to come back next week to link-up and find out who's inspiring us next!  Can't wait to see what you guys came up with!


Camber said...

Get it, girl! That look is fabulous! Love the boots!!!

Faye H said...

love the colour of these boots, such a rich looking colour.
the outfit looks amazing as usual, the shirt under a jumper is a really different but gorgeous idea!
can't wait to see the next outfit aha.
f XO

Style Journey said...

I know I will definitely link up! I will get something ready for tomorrow to link up. This is a great inspiration photo. Your take on the look is great! Thanks for letting us know :)


Andrea said...

That is a great collar/ jumper combination, big fan

Hayley Lynn said...

your outfits are all so cute and creative! i love your ideas!!!!

Molly said...

These are the boots you were talking about? So cute! And they do look really cute with that! I wouldn't have thought to put it together that way! Love it!


Tinfoils Tiaras said...

I absolutely love your look- the purple and red look great together! I have so much fun gathering inspiration from different sources! I'm participating in another blogger challenge this week but would love to participate for the next edition! :)

TaraMixandMatch said...

This is gorgeous...especially love the tie at the waist :) Mix and Match Fashion

Mongs said...

very preppy chic outfit, I kinda like yours more because of the textures and colors. The red boots shouts fabulous. I like the Atlantic pacific outfit too, the layering is clever, androgynous yet feminine at the same time. Thank for the inspiration.


Kat said...

You did a fantastic job styling this outfit! I love the perfect cut of your leather skirt (and that you thrifted it!), the unusual-but-delightful colour combo, the buttoned-up top, the repurposed belt...lovely head to toe!

If I come up with anything clever this week I'll be sure to link up!

Baby Budget Blog said...

Those reddish boots are fantastic! An absultely perfect color for fall and great for a pop of color in the winter! Love that they're flats too which means that they are super comfy!!! Great styling!!

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Gracey said...

I LOVE your version of the J Crew look. You look absolutely amazing - all of the pieces are just perfect together.

I'm sorry I missed this week's link up - I'll try to figure something out for next week's look!

Meagan said...

I think this is a really fun idea! I won't be able to participate this week because I had to take my photos in advance, but I'll definitely try to get a look together for next week's inspiration photo!

Alison said...

What a great feature idea. And you did an awesome design recreating the look with what you have.

Laura said...

Amanda I need those boots! Now! I'll find you trousers and you find me boots! Deal? :)

Julie said...

Just discovered your blog through Style Journey. Love what I see. I will definitely link up. Love your take on the image and that leather skirt is fantastic!


kileen said...

i love the sash tied around the skirt and the layering of the button down under the sweater adds a nice preppy touch. love it!

cute & little

Sam said...

This is so cute! I wouldn't have known it wasn't J.Crew if I hadn't look at the item list. I probably would go with a regular pencil skirt, not leather, but you are killing it! Also, I have to ask, what does FC stand for?

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