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OUTFIT// NORMCORE REVISED

Remember when everyone was talking about "normcore"? Meaning it was trendy to wear non-trendy things and to take it to the extra normal extreme? I think the point was to look like you were a middle-aged white man living in Beaverton, Oregon. (Not racist) 

That moment missed me for sure. Who's really gonna wear a fleece vest, cargo shorts and Skechers to make a statement? Anyhow. This is about as normcore as I'm ever gonna' get.

I call this look - everything is wrong, so it's gotta' be right! 

What you see here are super baggy boyfriend jeans worn with a super tight basic long-sleeve top and BOOTLEG Nikes! Awwwwwwe shit. 

Let's address the elephant in the room (or outfit) These kicks are straight outta' Shanghai China, obviously bootlegged, because this shoe has never existed in the history of Nike sneakers. They were gifted to me because apparently, only I have the "gall" to wear such things. 

Check out the janky construction and stitching, but YES these are amazing! 

Your eyes don't deceive you - those stars in the swoosh! 

For the record (Nike, if you're listening) these were a gift. Don't judge me please. Also, they must be worn. 

SHOP OUTLANDISH NIKES

These are not bootleg-but they are wild!

Now for the rest of the so wrong - it's gotta' be right look. An ill-fitting jean, anyone? 

Already a "boyfriend" style, but slung super low on the hips, to make it look more "skater-y" is that a thing? These jeans are actually fantastic! By RTA Denim - with the right kind of distressed details. 

SHOP GREY BOYFRIEND JEANS

And finally - pairing it with a super tight top (only to be worn on the days my tummy is behaving) 

Is it wrinkled? Yes. Super wrong, right? 

SHOP LONG SLEEVE TOPS

So long kids! 

What do you make of this? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 

HOW MUCH FUN ARE YOU HAVING WITH YOUR CLOTHES?

I've heard women from all walks of life tell me how uninspired they are with their wardrobes. That's no good and should be remedied, stat.

But digging deeper, there's another layer- which is literally having fun with clothing because what you're wearing has a story, makes you laugh, is ironic... you see where I'm going right?

It's important to have a little fun with your wardrobe. Enter this 1980's bootleg Gucci sweatshirt!

This sweatshirt is hilarious because Gucci didn't make this. It was a bootleg made in the 80's, which was found on Ebay, made it's way into my closet and then onto my body. It's vintage kinda' and confusing for sure. Anywhere I wear it, it either starts a conversation, furrows brows of people trying to figure out if it's "real" or side eye from people who think I'm really wearing a Gucci sweatshirt. Jokes on you suckas... or me... whatever.

Check out the baggy 80's fit! YES! Paired with baggy RTA jeans to balance proportions and make the "slouchy" thing, a THING.

Pulling from the color/theme in the sweatshirt - my jeans and my kicks are faded black as well. Nike SBs picking up the yellow and red. Also, notice the gold lace accessories? Again, bringing old things back for fun!

Speaking of old things as the theme. Remember the first generation IPOD? OHHH! You don't? Sigh.

Finally topping off the look with a fun camo jacket in the same color family, but refining the look some. Leather sleeves and great construction add some luxe to my look.

Thatsaboutit!

Wearing Gryphon jacket | RTA denim | Nike dunks

MINIMAL PACKING FOR A CITY TRIP

When it comes to city trips, I still keep packing minimal. BUT there's a different logic!

Instead of putting 7 random outfits together, which can lead to "too many clothes in a suitcase" syndrome and random looks. I choose one color palette and pack items within that palette to mix and match all week long.

What I end up with is a cohesive collection of separates that will look good no matter how they're paired. BOOM!

 MINIMAL PACKING LIST

4 pants | 5 basic tops | 4 sweaters | 4 layer pieces | 1 thin jacket | 1 coat | 2 pair shoes

PANT BREAKDOWN and PURPOSE 1 boyfriend jean (casual/loose outfits) 1 leather jogging pant (edgy outfits) 1 coated skinny jean (nighttime outfits) 1 sweat pant (stylish/anytime)

TOPS BREAKDOWN  1 green tank | 1 green muscle tee | 1 black muscle tee | 1 black men's crew neck | 1 black V neck - all of these are basic.

SWEATERS BREAKDOWN and PURPOSE 1 black asymmetrical  (edgy outfits) 1 basic mohair (dressy outfits) 1 cropped geometric print (anytime/for interest) 1 green (adds color/anytime)

SPECIAL LAYERING PIECES BREAKDOWN and PURPOSE The point of this category is to spice up the basics. I grab my most fun, bold pieces within the palette! 1 bold button up, 1 long sleeved top, 1 kick ass vest, 1 black button up. Mix and match.

COATS BREAKDOWN and PURPOSE 1 thinnish wool jacket (layering/anytime) 1 coat (overcoat/anytime)

This strategy works for me. Do you see how every piece could work with the others? I threw in a black cashmere scarf and am good to go!

LAYERED UP PROPER:: PUFFY MENSWEAR STYLE

If it's raining, gloomy and soggy outside... this is what you get from me. A multi-layered, menswear look. I don't mind if the outfit is puffy and shapeless - in fact, I'm taking the puffy, shapeless, guy's thing to the max!

What you're seeing is a printed wind breaker, with a men's aviator style jacket AND a men's rainproof puffer vest.

Layer 1: what do most people's raincoat/windbreakers look like? Could you imagine how blah this outfit would be without the color and print? Exactly.

Layer 2: Instead of ye ol' field jacket, picked up a men's aviator inspired jacket, with SICK details.

Layer 3: a men's puffer vest in the same colorway but slightly darker for dimension.

Style Note: keeping the men's theme going with these RTA denim boyfriend jeans worn SUPER low on my hips. Tush? What tush? You can't see it!

Those are my rainy day vibes! Questions, comments, jokes? Leave a comment why dontcha'

Wearing RTA jeans Similar Gap| Alexander Wang boots On Sale! | Nom De Guerre vest | N. Hoolywood jacket | Pierre Louis Mascia windbreaker