Dress // Tunic thing: AllSaints Spitafields
Cowl (c/o): Hendrik.Lou
If you haven't noticed, I buy a lot from eBay. Mostly from eBay, actually.
So most of my outfits tend to have something precious and handmade (and usually over my budget) from a designer I know well or from somewhere I just really like and just have to have. I feel that this is completely justifiable since we just established that everything else I buy is from eBay. Right?
My point is; invest in some versatile statement pieces and pair them with a number of cheap no name brand items and you can never go wrong. You'll (1) have a ton of options, (2) won't look too cheap or too gaudy, and most importantly (3) I think you'll look like you have much better things to do rather than spending all of your money and time trying to look better than everyone. Don't try too hard and balance everything out, you know?
This look is a prime example of my theory.
My hoodie and my dress are both spendy designer pieces. But as you have seen (or will see anyway), I wear them all the time with anything and they never fail to make what I'm wearing feel out of the ordinary and unique. Now, I have paired this dress with leather leggings, giant boots, and an ornate handmade headpiece before -- which was just about over the top, but it all depends on the context, I suppose! (I spend every one of my birthdays at The Edison.)
Maybe I'll break out the big boots again someday.
My birthday outfit pre Edison last year! See!
Side note: I think this look is kind of hilarious when paired with the undeniably Californian scenery behind me. It's a little obvious I don't fit in well here. Sorry guys, I left my surf board and self tanner at home.