Bohemian Tendencies

February 23, 2014

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Today was the day.  I was going to purge my closet, reducing the contents to mostly black and white.  I’d wear black eyeliner and red lipstick.  I would be liberated and chic; getting dressed would be effortless.   Um, yeah…

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Then I noticed I had quite a few things in a soft shade of blue.  I like that color.

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I also noticed that I liked the blue with this wine color.  This skirt has served me well (shown here), as my weight has fluctuated considerably this past year, another reason I’m purging my closet.

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Well, one thing led to another.  After adding a few more layers, I realized I liked this look.  No, it wasn’t that cool minimalist aesthetic I’d been craving, a kind of style palate-cleansing if you will, but perhaps this was more in my zone.  I know that of all the things I tried on today, this was the only outfit that felt good enough to share.

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On a final note, these newly thrifted shoes are going to be seen here a lot.  They are comfortable(gasp!) and I love their versatility.  They’ll even look good with those slick, artsy outfits I keep seeing in my head.

If nothing else, I’m pulling out that red lipstick.  I bet it’ll look even better with a little bohemian flair thrown in.  Revlon, here I come.

Outfit details: Scarf, lace inset top, navy jersey vest, bracelet, shoes, vintage cotton gloves-all thrifted.  Skirt and underskirt-thrifted and upcycled/refashioned, hat-DSW, tin earrings-purchased in the 80’s, necklace-consignment shop.  The drapery hook skirt clips, also seen here, were inspired by Sheila of Ephemera.

Hey Patti!!  I’m heading over for Visible Monday.  Can’t wait to see everyone there.


42 Responses to Bohemian Tendencies

  1. Aya in Couturgatory on February 24, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Yay! I love soft blue/grey, and that paired with wine/burgundy is one of my favorite color combinations. I’m glad you didn’t purge them from your closet; that scarf is too gorgeous to get rid of!

    • Jean on February 24, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Well, I think I’d have kept the scarf anyway.:-)

  2. Natalia on February 24, 2014 at 1:48 am

    What a beautiful look, Jean! Simply gorgeous! I love how you play with colors and textures, and you are a master of layering. I will be taking some lessons here. :) Very bohemian, very chic! What is intriguing about your outfits – they tell stories… Shoes are a treasure, I’d but them too! Natalia @ In The Writer’s Closet

    • Jean on February 24, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Yes, they definitely have stories behind them. I prefer things that have some depth/soul.

  3. sandra on February 24, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Those shoes are gorgeous! and red lipstick with a bohemian flair sounds wonderful, I love you in all your beautiful colours! and I’m so happy you kept your layers, you always look so fabulous! x x x

    • Jean on February 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      I just have to figure out how to layer in the heat!! It’s coming and I dread it. XXOO

  4. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style on February 24, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Boho or bohemian, your style always says “you.” And I agree that red lips are *always* a game-maker. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, you look gorgeous!

    • Jean on February 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Your pink lipstick looked great. Might have to try that too.

  5. Grunge Queen on February 24, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I love your boho look, Jean, don’t change a thing! Lovely thrifted shoes too. Many of my shoes and boots are, and they’re surprisingly comfy (worked in?). Xoxo

    • Jean on February 24, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      I’m always delighted to see your shoes and boots!! Oh, and let’s not even begin to mention coats!!

  6. Suzanne on February 24, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Why on earth would you want to illuminate colour from your wardrobe? Say no to black and white and yes to vibrant colour!

    The outfit is gorgeous.


    • Jean on February 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you Suzanne! I do love the very graphic look of black and white together. I guess my mistake would be in passing on color for the sake of simplifying. Thanks for cheering me on. :-)

  7. Janet on February 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Please don’t go minimalist! It is so boring and your wardrobe and self presentation are anything but.
    Keep on: you are of my favourite

    • Jean on February 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Awww, thank you. XXOO

  8. Glenda @ So What to Twenty on February 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Jean…what I would do with those gloves. I LOVE THEM!!!

    • Jean on February 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      They are pretty special, huh. I love them too.

  9. Vix on February 24, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Those shoes, those shoes! I need to work out the US/Brit shoe sizes so i can keep my eyes peeled for you!
    Loving the teal-y blue with the wine colour, I’ve never thought of putting those shade together but they work beautiful! You are a work of art! Love you! xxxxxx

    • Jean on February 24, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Yes, please!! I wear an 8 1/2. Every so often if the shoe is open I can wear an 8. If it’s a slightly narrow shoe, sometimes a 9. Love you too!!!!

  10. Forest City Fashionista on February 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I keep saying I’m going to minimize and streamline my closet by paring down to black, grey and red, but then I see something that is green or blue and realize I love it, and the whole plan goes out the window….

    This is a wonderful outfit on you, and I love the shape of those shoes. What brand are they?

    • Jean on February 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      It says Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole on the inside. The quality is wonderful and I’m guessing once upon a time they were pricey. All I know is, my feet love them.

  11. Helga on February 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Love the new shoes!
    Ha, the best laid plans go astray often enough!!! You can’t fight who you are, and WOAH you look beautiful! Blue is wonderful on you, and I am besotted with your earrings! XXX

    • Jean on February 24, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      I’m so glad I saved the earrings. I wore them constantly all through the 80’s. XXOO

  12. pao on February 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I know that story. In fact, I sorta started Project Minima with the possibility of minimal something in mind. All cottons, or all black, whites and grays, or everything going together. But, like you, I almost immediately realized that I’m simply not like that. I’m glad you let yourself be free to love what you love. Me too. I choose to limit what I buy instead, and to make stuff out of what I already have which has felt great all this time. You are an inspiration with your layering and alterations. Yeah Jean.

    • Jean on February 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      I love the way you became “minimal”. The instant before your comment popped up, I finished an upcycle that took me forever. However, I love it more than anything I could’ve purchased. I like your version of simplifying. Thanks for giving me some clarity. XXOO

  13. The Style Crone on February 24, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    So happy to see that you didn’t purge to total black and white. You have a gift for choosing color combinations, as evidenced by the blue and wine in your ensemble. Topped off with the blue fedora, of course.

    I’m totally in love with the gloves and your newly thrifted shoes! XO

    • Jean on February 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      I love my fedoras but I wish I had a fraction of your hat inventory!! The vintage ones are tiny, and even the contemporary ones are generally too small. Oh well, I’ll keep showing up in my fedoras. For some reason, I can find ones that fit.

  14. Curtise on February 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I know you love the monochrome, but I can’t imagine you totally pared down and eliminating colour, Jean! I think you have way too much warmth and flare for that, your bohemian soul will crave the layers and details and textures and yes, colour!
    As always, you put together an outfit with great style and panache which is completely and utterly YOU. Love it; love the new shoes; love you too! xxx

    • Jean on February 24, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Yes, my bohemian soul. That pretty much sums it up, I guess. I hope all’s well with you!! I’ve been thinking of you this week. XXOO

  15. Olga on February 25, 2014 at 7:49 am

    You are so great at layering, Jean! Great combination of colours as well. Love the skirt-underskirt look and the hat and the scarf make the look complete. Beautiful!

    • Jean on February 25, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks Olga!! Hope all’s well in your part of the world. XXOO

  16. Jan Graham-McMillen on February 25, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I get the need for simplicity, Jean, I really do, and the urge to embrace minimalism. But, YIKES! I hope a complete color purge won’t happen … you are one of those incredibly lucky women who can wear whatever your taste and inclination of the moment lights upon. And you’re always spectacular. Doesn’t matter which style you embrace.
    I’m reassured that you haven’t made the complete leap yet, so let me reassure you in turn that your personal presence is so clear that no matter what you wear, your essence shines through completely. Your clothing enhances, and never wears you .. I know you get what I mean.
    You look lovely in the rich, yet subtle choices above … as always, dear Jean!

  17. Feda on February 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Love your attitude!!! You have such a fun and carefree vibe to your writing. It’s very soothing to read. Black and white! nooooo, but I know the feeling! The trend is getting more minimal these days and it’s hard to balance with our eclectic taste right? I feel ya! We just love what we love! I think you still look minimal but with a Jean twist. I’m sure you’ll find the right outfit for those red lips! Looking stunning as always!

  18. WendyB on February 26, 2014 at 12:59 am

    There’s more to life than black & white.Dress the rainbow! 😉

    • Jean on March 1, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Yeah, but I just saw those white boots of yours on IG. THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about. XXOO

  19. MIS PAPELICOS on February 27, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Thank you sooooooooooooooo mjuch, my dear Jean for your lovely comment. It makes my day.
    You are always glorious.
    Love and sunshine.

    • Jean on March 1, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Sending it right back to you!!! Thank you. XXXOOO

  20. Krista on February 27, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    But black and white would be so black and white, I guess you did say you would add the red lippy for interest:) I am loving the simple feminine vibe of this outfit. It is comfy I’m sure but looks dressy too. Often times when I’m playing in my closet I try things on I’d never pair together and then I love it! I say let your gut be your guide just like you did here!

    • Jean on March 1, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Hey Krista! You’re right, it did feel super comfortable. I frequently end up being more “dressy” than I need to be or really want to be. Not quite sure why. Maybe it’s because I love skirts for comfort, and I just add on from there. Have you seen They have a Second Skin series, where people switch wardrobes for a week and talk about the psychological impact it has on them. Pretty crazy. Can you imagine if we did that? XXXOOO!!!

  21. Emalina on February 27, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Your bohemian look is creative, warm and beautiful just like you Jean! No need to limit yourself to black and white when colour calls!

    • Jean on March 1, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks sweetie!! That’s how I would describe you. XXXOOO

  22. Rose on February 28, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Black and white is for zebras, my dear! Why restrict yourself? Go with what makes you feel like a million bucks. I bet most of your items are fabulous beyond compare. Just get a bigger closet. There, problem solved!

    I have been doing a lot of re-fashioning of clothes lately (taking a leaf from your book). Some really interesting looks have evolved too!

    Cheers from England,
    Rosemary of

    • Jean on March 1, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      I want to see them! I’ve been cramped on time so I haven’t been getting around to blogs as much as I’d like. I’ll try to come by soon to say hello. Looking forward to “our” birthday? XXXOOO

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