I remember where I was when I bought this BCBG floral print silk blouse. I was shopping in Duluth, MN where Patricia, my high school best friend, lives. There’s something so familiar about shopping with her. It’s like we’re in high school again.
I found lots of things that were cute on her (she looks great in EVERYTHING) but didn’t find much that worked on me. But there was this sheer blouse that I circled a few times before zeroing in on it.
The floral silk blouse started talking to me
It was certainly different from things I usually buy. It was so light and feminine. I had really tender feelings about the print. It made me think about my mom for all the gardening she did. (She was alive and well at this time.)
On a practical level, it would be a great summer top to wear when I wanted to reach for something lightweight while still covering my arms.
It was a love purchase
More than anything, I think I wanted to buy something while shopping with my best friend even if it was just for old times’ sake. And I wanted to privately honor my feminine, flower-loving mother. I knew I’d think of both of them every time I wore it.
Besides, maybe it was time to experiment with the softer Brenda and focus less on the rock ‘n’ roll Brenda. It was just a thought.
I bought it.
Now we’re here in September…
Faced recently with a warm September day, I decided to work this blouse into an outfit. I put it on and it felt insubstantial by itself, not complete. I needed to toughen it up a bit in order to feel more authentic.
What I ended up with is a girly rock ‘n’ roll look that suits me just fine. I like feeling pretty (which this blouse makes me feel), but I also like feeling warrioress strong.
Satisfying my warrioress
I went to my accessories and started pulling out gunmetal pieces. I chose a necklace that fits like a collar. It’s made of four thick casacading rows of circular discs. The fact that it peeks out of the blouse instead of taking over the blouse is the perfect ratio for me.
My bracelets are a cluster of gunmetal bangles as well as a hammered silver bangle, a hematite cuff and a narrow rhinestone bangle. (Warrioresses can wear sparkly things, right?)
My biggest ring is shaped like a leaf and is full of itty bitty diamonds. The other ring is a talisman for me: I never take it off. On the other wrist I’m wearing a bangle that has a horn shaped piece on top that’s strapped down with two rows of diamonds.
My gunmetal framed bag is compact, no nonsense.
Pretty and strong
I like it! By wearing it this way, I honor myself while also sending love to both Patricia and my dearly beloved Mother – the two strongest female influencers in my life.
What about you? What elements need to be present in an outfit in order for you to feel authentic?
I’d love to hear the combos that feel right to you!