Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Fashion Self-Informed vs. Mr. Navy Blue and Black



Outfit Details:
disco craziness - thrifted
jeans - sold design lab (from a gift bag)
belt - vintage, borrowed from one of my dresses
Blanca platforms - courtesy of Nine West
top - H&M
Groupie bag - R&Em


I don't have an astutely fine-tuned aesthetic, even if I go through phases that heavily rely on certain details: muted palette vs. vibrant color, overtly girly ruffles and lace vs. that leather jacket I wear too often. I'm hesitant to pigeon-hole myself, because it ends up being really limiting to someone as antsy as me. It's easy to get used to a person dressing a certain way and assume that's what defines them (I do that all the time), but what if you just want to wear things you like, regardless of how well it suits your usual pattern? I didn't think twice about putting this outfit on but when I looked at the pictures, I thought, "this might confuse some people - it's not girly enough."

As with every other aspect of my life, my personal style evolves. I'm still into that same old girly crap that I force-feed you on a somewhat daily basis, but in the end, I wear what suits my particular mood on a particular day. I always respected the people who have such identifiable style, because I'm not sure I have that - or will ever be decisive enough to stick to it. I like it, I wear it.

Maybe this is one of the many things that sets me apart from the real professionals (much respect): I don't really have much rhyme or reason to my style of getting dressed. I just wear whatever the heck I feel like wearing, whether I miss or make the mark. And goddangit, sometimes a girl just wants a little disco in her life. We didn't all get to live in the 70s.

74 comments:

  1. i am very much the same way. When i was in highschool I was all about having a 'defined' style. now i mix it up all the time and wear what i like that particular day. it is so much more fun!!

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  2. i totally agree! i think we all have a defined style we tend to stay within, but hey, if we wanna be a rocker chick or disco queen now & again, i say GO FOR IT! i love you in these flared jeans!

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  3. i know i say this every time but YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! i am a big fan of girly girl pretty outfits but am trying out other looks that are totally out of character for me as well. you look adorable, btw.

    ~xo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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  4. Some people (me) read your blog late at night, so these midnight posts are great!

    Have a lovely day!

    Linds
    http://myialife.blogspot.com

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  5. Absolute beauty! This outfit is incredible from top to bottom. Loving the flared jeans along with the platforms. The cardigan is truly lovely to go along with the tunic. In addition, lovely hair and face to compliment this look all the further.

    johnbmarine.blogspot.com

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  6. love this... that's the best part about fashion, dressing to fit your mood and having fun! i've been searching for the perfect pair of 70's inspired flares and the platforms and fringe add the perfect touch without being costumey!

    Krystle

    http://dearwinsome.blogspot.com/

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  7. it's so funny you say this, love, because i see you as a very fine-tuned aesthetic! whether the base is 70's-inspired or ultra feminine, it's always styled in a very 'keiko' way, which is what pulls together the outfit and makes it shine!

    keep it up. i love a fickle dresser! :)

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  8. I hear what you're saying, but I don't think this outfit seems that out of place. There's still pieces of 'you'- the airy top in a soft color, platforms covered in girly hearts vs. an edgy studded black bag. Though it may seem like just pants and a top, your style is still evident in the details, and the way you've paired them.

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  9. I love that you mix it up. I follow a few other fashion bloggers and I'm always hoping to see them wear something out of their normal 'style'.

    So please, keep at it, wear whatever your heart desires and I'll love seeing you blog about it :)

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  10. Those jeans are awesome. Wear what you want to wear - that's how it should be done! :)

    http://aprilialove.com

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  11. I get into a pattern as you have described. But I do break from it and wear whatever I want. I have missed the mark many times but some don't think so when I thought I did. Funny, isn't it?

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  12. i love your jeans, very 70's :)
    http://sarassweetstyle.blogspot.com/

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  13. I like having a little disco in my life, too :) You look fantastic in those flares, and your Nine West platforms are total eye candy.

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com
    much love.

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  14. i'm so in love with this purse!! the studs and fringe combo is simply amazing.

    cute & little

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  15. Ha ha Keiko! It's all you! I picked up an old copy of "what I wore today" in my room. And there you were. You have your own fingerprint. It's just hard for you to define because it's you! It's like, you can't describe your own voice, or your own smell. But other people hear it, see it, smell it.

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  16. I completely agree with you. Style evolves, and I feel like a lot of that evolution is from trying new things. It's great to change things up every once in a while, and if you feel like wearing something different, do it!

    But this outfit is amazing, I absolutely love your shoes!

    Kelly
    Enterkelly.blogspot.com

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  17. oh i love those platforms - and esp in love with wide leg jeans these days!

    and yes im with you - i wear whatever the heck i feel. it's liberating!

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  18. i feel the same way! i love and admire the girls who have a certain fine tuned aesthetic but never feel like i can settle on a certain focus in my own. I think this is the case for most people. It's just kinda fun to test out different looks and do what ya feel. go girl.

    xo
    i wander, i wonder

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  19. Keiko, Your eclectic style might set you apart but its what I like most about you. And I'm sure many others will agree.

    xxoo
    www.paperplanesandmaryjanes.com

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  20. Anonymous: You have a great point! I think you're right about that. It's always easier to identify others' nuances than your own.

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  21. Anonymous: You have a great point! I think you're right about that. It's always easier to identify others' nuances than your own.

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  22. Thanks for all of the kind comments and input. I'm glad other people stay up late like me;)

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  23. Erin: The next time someone asks me to define my style, I'll just say it's very "Keiko" - haha!

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  24. siilenti: Personally, I really love when people have super defined styles - I envy it. What's even better is when they have that, yet completely surprise you with every outfit (in a good way). Some of my biggest style crushes have completely different styles than me and I find myself wanting to drift into their lane.

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  25. I'm that way too. Dress to fit your mood! I like my clothes to reflect who I am or how I feel.. and that cannot be narrowed down to one style. :)

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  26. I wear whatever I feel like wearing as well! Fashion is about self expression on the first place!

    You look lovely!!! Thank you for being such an inspiration!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://fashion-thrill.blogspot.com/

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  27. You are so pretty, as always. Love your photos and outfit. Just wondering how do u take the photos? By urself or somebody helps u? Ur photos everytime looks so nicee....

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  28. LOVE what you said.. I completely agree :) x

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  29. Great outfit, i love the 70s inspired detials!

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  30. You look great dear! I really love how those pants suit you ;)

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  31. I like your outfit a lot! Maybe that's because I'm not THAT all the girly clothes in general :-)

    Relatable Style

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  32. It looks great! The purse is lovely!

    www.stylemesteph.com

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  33. I love that you're not pigeon holing your style, makes me feel better about my eclectic tastes. I sometimes think I'll stick to a certain style but then I discover other things that I love & this goes for both my wardrobe & my home. I dont think this outfit isn't girly enough either, your so pretty & feminine that I think any outfit would still be nice & girly on you!

    I'm stopping by all my fav style blogs, hoping you could all help me out- I'm a very small scale blogger & my new regular contributor Belinda Luby, fashion designer of her own label will be answering reader questions on my blog next Wednesday (13th April)They can be about fashion, business, sewing whatever you like. So far I only have one question on there & I'm a bit worried that I'll have to ask all the questions myself! Would be great if you or some of your readers submitted a question (by next Tues Australian time). .

    Questions can be submitted :(dont need to be a follower can be anon)as a comment on the following post:
    http://tinyurl.com/4cjtzjn

    Thanks so much,
    Katie of Sweet Rustic

    http://sweetrustic.blogspot.com/
    http://twitter.com/sweetrustic

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  34. Gorgeous outfit, and you have no idea how much I am in love with those wedges!!!

    http://itsthedollhousebaby.blogspot.com/
    x

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  35. Great post. I agree completely. Sometimes, I don't purchase items because while I really like them, they aren't "my style." And then I end up wishing I had gotten them.

    Briggs
    http://shortsisterstyle.blogspot.com

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  36. Wow, I don't think I've seen you in wide-legged jeans before! Then again I am a relatively new blogder..

    I never thought a tunic could look flattering w/ flared jeans, but man you sure taught me otherwise! Love the tunic's slightly-pleated texture too BTW.

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  37. Gorgeous outfit!
    I love that bag ♥

    & Well said, you should definitely just wear what you want.
    I dress according to my mood most of the time.

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  38. Love your platforms!

    You remind me so much of my cousin in the Philippines. You're both gorgeous! :)

    xo Nicole

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  39. i think this outfit is just girly enough and it makes sense for you! i love how you look in the bell-bottomed pants, and the oversized cardigan is too cute!


    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  40. Fashion is about expressing your personality and mood through clothing, I bet your style changes daily cuz you are a vibrant exciting person (that's what I think about myself anyways). Love the look, great bag!!

    www.makemesparkly.blogspot.com

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  41. Those jeans just look stunning on you xoxo

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  42. I think this outfit suits you so well! Even though it's not super girly, it has such a pretty quality to it. You pull of those jeans so well!

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  43. I LOVE this outfit! Maybe it didn't confuse me, but it definitely made me think that it was different from your more "normal" choices. I love them all. And not having one set style is great; it's just another little bit of freedom. I really need to learn to make thrift store finds a little better...

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  44. I love the way you mix it up! Your style is amazing whether girly, or disco or anything!

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  45. I really like this outfit - the waistline, the flares, and the platforms all go really well.

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  46. As always, you are wonderful and one of my favorite things about your blog is not knowing exactly what to expect. That said, no more jeans, you are far to stylish to waste a day in such attire.

    As for your style, sharp & sofisticated is how I would describe it.

    http://idontwearjeans.blogspot.com/

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  47. This is a nice change and you look perfect in this outfit style!

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  48. I absolutely love this outfit you put together and think you look darling!

    http://www.stylethroughhereyes.com

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  49. I think it's great that you wear what you like and don't force yourself to stick to only one look. How boring would that be! I'm the same way, that's why the name of my blog is Eclectic Flair, because I like a lot of different styles and I want to wear them all!

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

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  50. lol, I love that you're just confronting the thought head on instead of waiting for a snide reader to make a remark like, "hey, why aren't you wearing a dress?"
    wear what you want. you have the freedom and the gams to look good in pretty much anything, so we're all living vicariously through you. Well, I am at least because I work in a very conservative office. Besides, isn't personal style just that - personal? Eras, genres, silhouettes - choose the things that make you happy, not what other people think is your "type".

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  51. First that look is awesome! I really just love these flared jeans on you. Second I think most people actually dress like they feel, the only difference is that we all feel different and following wear different things. Which is nice, I think.

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  52. You look great dressed in this way!
    I don't like the shoes under the flare jeans but They makes you sooo tall!!!
    Bye!
    Take a look to my blog....I Would be honoured!!!
    Bye

    http://many-margherita.blogspot.com/

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  53. Ah-greed! I dress in a different style almost everyday! And i like it that way :) I love your style no matter what!
    La Petite Marmoset

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  54. A+ on the Q and Not U reference!

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  55. The bag is really beautiful !


    http://cuteredbow.blogspot.com

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  56. Love this outfit! Those shoes are so cute and inspired me to go to Nine West!
    xo
    http://www.hourglass-fashion.blogspot.com

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  57. I definitely appreciate people who try new things with their looks, though I don't necessarily agree that the super-fashionistas all have a definitive "look." Look at Anna della Russo, for example; she may be known for her extravagance, but she can also wear a chic suit damned well. So while I applaud you for doing your own thing, the many caveats following the pictures seem a bit... defensive?

    Anyway, I love the thrifted disco jacket and the Nine West shoes. Though the black fringed bag throws off the airiness of the ensemble a bit, I think.

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  58. I think this looks great--and still looks like your style, even though it's 70s-ish (the 70s can be girly!) :) I'm the same way about sticking with one consistent aesthetic (wild oscillation between extremes every other year is more my deal). Honestly, I think it keeps things interesting if you're not forced into one style, but can let new things blend in at will.

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  59. love the outfit you look great! same i usually just dress depending on the way i'm feeling

    http://kc-citystyle.blogspot.com/

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  60. LOVE LOVE the whole outfit!

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  61. I love that you're mixing it up. This outfit rocks!! You are a true fashion and beauty inspiration.

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  62. You look wonderful in this outfit and I think it is also girly! more subtle, but very girly :) It suits you so well and btw gave me a great inspiration how to wear my flare jeans! Thanks so much.
    Don't be afraid to show us your new style encounters. We all go through the same phases and every person's style evolves. Wear what you feel like and show it all! I love this on you and it would be great to see more of it!!!

    Anja
    www.aheartandsoulstory.blogspot.com

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  63. I totally know what you mean - I have no idea what "my style" is, and then I wonder, should I *have* a style? Would having a style make me more stylish? And then I wonder, do I really care? Because why limit yourself when there there are so many moods and so many styles to fit them? :-)

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  64. I love your usual girly style, but it's also really cool to see you in jeans, too. :) You look fabulous no matter what.

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  65. I think if we allow ourselves to be boxed in to any one category (be it by society or by ourselves), it defeats the whole purpose of fashion. Fashion is not to prove to the world who we are, it's an extension of all parts of us, a playground for all our personalities, a way to have fun and project different personas and energies. I may be preppy one day and rocker the next, but that doesn't mean I don't know who I am, I'm all of the above! So I say, you go girl, rock whatever you feel in the moment.

    http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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  66. I want that exact same design jeans!!

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