It’s a Jungle Out There.

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There’s not much I love more than an opportunity to mix pieces that we don’t normally visualize to go together. I love taking busy prints and putting them side by side, and without realizing it, when I made this outfit it came back with a bit of a “wild jungle” theme with the bright and colorful exotic leaf pattern in my blouson shorts (extremely comfortable by the way), and the leopard print of my dolman sleeve top. Totally unintentional, but I was ok with the result!

Normally, two very busy prints in two looser-shaped pieces would be a lot on the eyes, and a lot to lose your body shape within, but these shorts happen to be fitted with a high waist.  Not wanting to pull my shirt down into the shorts with a tight fit, I opted to accentuate with this super cool studded belt I found on ASOS and leave the shirt tucked, but tucked loosely, using the belt to define my waist.

I thought this belt was really unique at the time, and I was on the hunt for something a little different that also fit very small at the waist for all of my high-waisted outfits. It can be challenging to find “waist belts” that go as tight as you need them to when your natural waist is pretty high, like on my body. I have long legs, and a pretty short torso, so there isn’t a lot of wiggle room to manipulate where my waist appears to sit within an outfit. I only have one small area that works for belting, and this belt worked perfectly. Not to mention, I was kind of digging the warrior belt style that was happening in recent months. This ended up being the perfect way to break up this outfit. Combined with some jewelry, my favorite black wedges to give me some height, and a pop of pink lipstick, this was a fun little Friday night bar-look.

 

Shorts: Urban Outfitters (circa 2010, similar herehere, and here)
Top: H&M (similar, as a crop, and similar here, tee)
Belt: Minkpink, via ASOS
Wedges: Steve Madden (similar here and here)
Necklaces: H&M, 2020ave
Bracelet: Nasty Gal
Lipstick: MAC “Impassioned” 

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