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Monday, June 6, 2011

Sometimes a girl needs a hat

No, I wasn't having a bad hair day, but this outfit, while cute in theory, was lacking something. That thing which transitions an outfit into a Look.
I'm not saying this outfit has really reached Look status, but the straw fedora definitely helps.
I like hats. A hat is a very deliberate accessory. I know people who will insist that they don't look good in hats (I was once one of them) but you can look good in a hat - even you, you hat hater. You just need to find the right one. This straw fedora stolen from the mens section of the Gap, is so the hat for me.
Sometimes a girl needs a hat oh yes, hat bird necklace that hat Sometimes a girl needs a hat
The Rundown
Top TJMaxx - Striped Skirt Gap - Sandals Onex Nile - Straw Fedora Gap - Bag Big Buddha Zippy - Belt Urban Outfitters - Ring Kohls - Earrings Lia Sophia - Bird Necklace Made by Me - Nail Color Essie's Turquoise & Caicos

In other very important news, check out this lace Talbots top I found at Coco's On The Green today for $10!
Lace top
If you are thinking what I am thinking, then you know that this top shares a striking resemblance to the Bebe lace top that was featured in Lucky Mag last month that I was in love with. Only it was $98 (and is now out of stock).
My top also has silk covered shank buttons all the way up the back, which means I can also wear it backwards, cardi style, which might be fun.
lucky 5
There is just one annoying problem with the top - it has side and front seams and a lining that is sewn into them, which makes me worry that it won't look as awesome as I'd like if I cut the lining out. But OBVIOUSLY the lining must come out, layering different colors and things under the top is the best part.
Sadly, the only person in my family who sews at all, is me. So I can't just pass this top off to some crazy talented grandma to work her magic on it. It is just up to me. And I'm of course worried that I'll ruin it somehow. Long lost seamstress extraordinaire auntie, are you out there?


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41 comments:

eek said...

I am sure you will be able to work your seamstress magic on your new top and it would look fabulous! And yes, I do agree that the hat adds a little something something to your look :)

hurricanekerrie said...

I can't wait till you refashion this top, too! I'm sure you'll do great. :)

And I absolutely agree about the hat. It just livens up an outfit and gives it a completely different vibe.

Mrs. J said...

I love hats and I'm determined to feature one in a post this week. I love the whole looks especially the stripe skirt! You look very pretty! :)

BTW, Target has straw hats on promotion for $10.

ps. Great score! Are you going to shorten the sleeves or leave them long?

Iris said...

I really like the black and navy color combo! I haven't been that brave yet...

Closet Fashionista said...

Love the outfit! :D I still say I look bad in hats but I guess I just haven't found "the one" :)
oooh score on that top!!! *crossing my fingers that you can fix it how you want it* :)
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Sil said...

That hat looks great on you. Personally I think you can pull off anything you want because you always pose with this awesome confidence.
Good luck with the lace top.

Fashion Meets Food said...

Loving your outfit and paired with the hat thats absolutely fabulous!

xo

Rebecca said...

I have that hat. Sometimes a hat just adds something to an outfit.

Frannie Pantz said...

What a great look for you! I love hats too and this one is def made for you!

Alex Elizabeth said...

Ahh so cute, I love that top, it reminds me of Anthropologie. I don't think I look that good in hats, but during the summer I wear big floppy ones anyway just because I feel sort of glamorous! Glad you found a lace top too!

Shelby said...

Good luck with te top... I'm sure it will come out looking gorgeous. Can't wait to see you style it! Love this look, the hat def makes it a look. Gorgeous <3shelby

www.makemesparkly.blogspot.com

Courtney Erin said...

Okay, that find is incredible! Damn! And I so wish I could pull off hats like you...color me jealous!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

I really wish I was a hat kind of girl. It looks great on you! And your photos keep getting better and better!

I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to comment very much lately. Life's been a bit of a whirlwind, but I'll catch up soon - promise! xoxo, Jessica

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

your skirt is so cute!

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

20 York Street said...

Oh that is fantastic babe! I love hats, I have quite a few but for some reason, it doesnt seem to look too good on me!

Love the purple!

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The Fancy Teacup said...

Such a gorgeous new lace top you got, crossing my fingers for you that the altering will work out. And adore your hat and sparrow necklace!

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Rachel said...

As crazy as it sounds, I think hats make my head look small. XD
I really like the hat with this outfit, though! It really is a nice touch. :D

Terri said...

I have a large head...but it had never occurred to me to think of men's hats.

That top is a real find. You CAN do it.

Krystal said...

I love the color of that hat! and good luck miss seamstress, i hope it goes well!

jamie-lee said...

I think you're right - I love the hat with the outfit. As for the top, bargain! I'm sure you can work your magic on it so it looks just as cute if not more so x

the nyanzi report said...

beautiful pictures. love your style.

Style Eyes said...

I love wearing hats too! Blue is most definitely your colour

Ariana said...

Great find with the lace top! I like that it's so versatile that you can wear it backwards as a cardi!

But seriously, I look so bad in hats, lol!

two birds said...

i'd definitely say this outfit is a Look! i think it is a great outfit (love the colors of the skirt) and the hat definitely adds to it. love!

*Glam Chameleon* said...

Gorgeous skirt, so good for combining and such a pretty lace top!:)
xoxo
Jelena
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Anne said...

Cute look! I love hats, but for some reason fedoras never work for me. I really like the skirt in this outfit too, it looks so fun!

jesse.anne.o said...

I really love this skirt and wish I had something similar in my closet!

Tinfoils Tiaras said...

I almost bought that men's fedora from GAP and now that I see how cute it looks on you I might just have to go back! I am a huge fan of hats- like you said they can really complete the look. Great skirt and that necklace is adorable!

FashionJazz said...

You can pull off anything babe! : ) Happy Tuesday xx

Amber Blue Bird said...

i have faith in your sewing abilities. You can work your magic on that top and it will come out brilliantly!

Julie said...

That hat makes the outfit! Are the front seams darts or is it an actual seam, like a princess seam? If it's just darted, you could rip the seam out and that would make it easier to cut the lining out. I would suggest taking it to a tailor to see what they suggest/could do. It's such a beautiful top!

silvergirl said...

great look
the fedora definitley adds a little somethin, somethin
love that necklace you are wearing
can you give me the deets?
brett

Lorena said...

Now that I am older I appreciate hats even more. Before I thought only crazy old ladies wore them, maybe I am getting there !
I like your new top, I say wear it a few times as it is and then alter it, slowly. I know you can do it !

The Urban Fashion Gal said...

Love it! And that top is brilliant.

Isabel said...

i really love that skirt!

Shea said...

Ooh, I really felt like you were talking to me! Okay, I'm convinced--I'll try to find a hat that I can pull off :) You though, have no problems rocking that hat--that is a great hat for you!! And I love the lace top you found!

Oh, My Darling said...

Hats off to you for that great find!

Becky said...

adorable look!

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Vanessa said...

I love that skirt! Stripes are a favorite pattern especially in the summer. Can't wait to see how you rework the lace top. It definitely looks cool with the layering potential (as styled in Lucky!)

DaniellaBella said...

Sweet Sassy Molassy! You look amazing!

specialsparklecarnival said...

You are so pretty! I love your necklace!! And of course.. the hat!!