I’m never going to claim to be a fashionable girly, but when inspiration hits, it hits hard. While it isn’t always a nail on the head, you always have to appreciate what you get when you get it. The story goes that in the face of all my recent moving and unpacking, I came across a hat that inspired a whole outfit.
I talk about how the look came together in today’s blog post, so keep reading to learn all about it, and to see how you can get the look too.
For a lot of the looks I wear, I typically get inspired by something that I’ve seen on TV. While watching television didn’t inspire this entire look, I can say that it definitely gave me a theme. One of my comfort shows to watch is Girl Meets World, and I’ve rewatched it several times through the years. It’s probably why I believe that I really need my Disney+ subscription at this point. Anyway, I would say that this particular episode had some influence in my outfit, where Auggie Doggie Matthews constantly sings, “Whoo done it?”
Anyway, the Hat
I was tasked with unpacking all the things into our shared closet, which includes my boyfriend’s entire wardrobe. Of course, we both have a lot of things, and in the middle of everything, I find a hat that I hadn’t seen before. So I put it on, and between the hat and the glasses, I feel like a detective. So of course, I walk out into the living room to tell my boyfriend. And he just smiles and pulls the cap over my eyes. After I have organized a majority of our clothes (we ran out of clothes hangers), I start pulling together the outfit.
With no idea how old this hat was, I was surprised to find that it is still in stock. That has to mean that it isn’t that old, but I will say that I typically would not buy myself this color. Luckily, it’s my boyfriend’s, and he got it from Express. I initially thought that $34 was expensive for a hat, but upon research, that is a pretty standard price for a corduroy hat. The color of the hat I have is Sienna, but it also comes in black. I’ve linked it here.
A Collared Shirt with the Essential Bow
My instincts told me that I definitely wanted some sort of knot feature around my neck, and living in Florida, it would have been insane to wear a scarf in the middle of summer. It would’ve quickly turned into a sweat rag, and I would’ve looked like a melting Wicked Witch of the West. So of course, I wanted a neckbow. Or maybe, if we want to stay on theme, think of Fred Jones and his ascot from Scooby Doo.
That being said, I definitely would’ve needed a collared shirt, and luckily I owned a bunch in a multitude of colors. The one I’m wearing in the photo is from Forever21 a few years ago, but a majority of my button-ups are variations of the Portofino Shirt from Express. I have it in several colors, some of them sleeveless, and even a few patterned ones. Then if you’re looking for a neck bow of your own, you can browse through Etsy for some really unique ones. If you also want to create this look without purchasing these things separately, Amazon has a cute shirt and neckbow set here.
High-Waisted Paperbag Shorts
When I think of detectives, I think of how they have to run around searching for clues, sometimes having to get down and dirty. So for me, I wouldn’t want to do that in a skirt (Velma and Daphne deserve a lot of props). I chose paperbag shorts because I like the scrappy look of them, and they had to be high-waisted because I’m trying to hide my tummy a bit.
I probably purchased my paperbag shorts when they were in style, so mine are a few seasons old. I don’t remember where I got them, and I have to say that I am struggling to find a pair from a place that I would recommend. I searched up to page 5 on Google, to give you an idea of how much effort I was willing to put in trying to find a nice pair for you.
Some final words would be that I am not sponsored by any of the companies that I mention in my post. These are actual places that I shop, and other than that, I am not affiliated with any of them, and they are not yet affiliated with me. I say yet, because there is still a possibility of one day.
How do you think I did on my first fashion post? Where do you like to shop for clothing? What inspires your fashion sense? I would love to know in the comments below!
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