Outfit Of The Yesterday: White + Black + Coral + Valentino Rockstud Zebra Flats (& How To Break A Blouse)

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♪: Tender (live) - Blur

I have a confession. I am a bit of a bad fashionista; I am notoriously hard on nearly all the clothes that I wear. I really like to use things, you see–use them to their fullest extent; so if that means accidentally getting Pepsi dumped on a pair of nice flats at a concert by a friend (they were fine and isn’t sticky is the new pointy?), climbing through a high, greasy window in a silk blouse + poofy skirt + high heels after accidentally locking myself and one dog (Petunia) out of the house on a 95-degree day (appropriately, like an over-dressed ninja), or bringing my Chanel handbag along on a summer boat ride from holy, watery hell (okay, actually, I won’t do that again ever)–so be it. Life happens, and I happen(s) to own lots  of Tide To Go Pens.

But Tide To Go Pens can’t fix everything. I grabbed this blouse from Zara when it first popped up in the new arrivals,  and I was pretty disappointed when it arrived. To be clear, I never really expect blouses to fit well due to my short stature, but this blouse took ill-fitting to a whole new level–the sleeves were ridiculously long, the body billowed awkwardly, and it was wrinkly. So, so wrinkly. 

So I did what I normally do when faced with such perilous situations: I squinted and read the ‘care tag’, saw something about blah-blah-hand-washing & derp-derp-hanging-it-dry, eschewed all rational thought and reason because I’m a risk-taker and as a 30-year old this is apparently how I now get my heart-pounding kicks and thrills, and threw the blouse into our washer.

After that, into our dryer.

So I really can’t say that I am wholeheartedly shocked that this happened:

 

But, looking on the and-now-you-can-never-return-it-because-they’ll-know-EXACTLY-what-you-did-because-you-yourself-used-to-work-retail-and-hated-this-shit-motherfucker bright side–the blouse shrunk (a lot) and actually fits better. 

The fraying gives it…character? Darn it:

 Jacket: Mackage Asymmetrical Jacket (similar here) (similar under $100) (similar at GAP + take 30% off with code “GAPLIST”)

Top: Zara (buy it here) (similar under $30) (a great option here) (similar here)

Leather Shorts: Urban Outfitters, old (similar under $100) (similar under $100) (similar here + take 10% off w/ code “BACKTOSKOOL”) (last worn here)

Shoes: Valentino Zebra Flats (buy them here) (similar under $100) (similar here) (similar under $50)

Bag: Proenza Schouler PS1 Pochette in Neon Coral (similar here) (similar here) (similar for $25) (last worn here)

Nails: Chanel Le Vernis in June (buy it here) (similar by Essie)

 

 

  • http://thepetitefittingroom.blogspot.com Michelle

    That is awesome that it turned out like that! Loving it with the edgier items!

    Btw…the berry blue pants I ordered from LOFT did not work out. :/ The ones you got would probably work better for me. Hoping I can find them during a good sale/free shipping deal.

  • http://twitter.com/PPFGirl PennyPincherFashion

    I actually love the fraying and have done this on purpose (washed something when it wasn’t supposed to be) knowing that it would shrink! :) Totally obsessed with this jacket, btw

  • http://twitter.com/sarahsreallife Sarah Harrell

    Haha this is hilarious. But honestly it really does look good!! I have a Theory t-shirt that’s cotton on the front and silk on the back. I forgot about the silk part and used Downy wrinkle releaser on it. Woops…stained. So what did I do? I got a bowl of water and poured some wrinkle releaser in it, the soaked the whole damn shirt. If the whole shirt is stained, then really NONE of the shirt is stained :) I did this once in college after a vodka-and-orange-juice incident. Soaked my clothes in a screwdriver. Whatever works!

    Sarah’s Real Life

  • Daisy Nguyen

    I LOVE it so much better now that it’s shrunk enough to fit you and now that it has so much more character! LOVE it! And the little zebra print shoes with the studs? GORG!

    XOXO-Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:http://psbananas.comBLOGLOVINFACEBOOK

  • http://respecttheshoes.blogspot.com respect_the_shoes

    I’ve shrunken wool trousers before, but mostly because I needed them clean and was lazy and thought, “beh, they can’t shrunk that much in the dryer.” Well, the trouser part actually ended up being shorter than the lining.

  • http://twitter.com/stylishhwife stylish housewife

    girl…you CRACK me up. i worked in retail before as well and what killed me is how many people wore the clothes…then ironed them. the tag was always black when they did this. LOL. i cant believe how good the shirt turned out after washing it! love the extra fringe! =) i am drooling over those shoes btw.

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • Stacey B

    Haha I love you, you always make me laugh with your posts! I think the shirt needed up looking amazing on you!

    xoxo
    Stacey

    http://fiveminutestyle.blogspot.co.uk/

  • lindsay

    This post made me laugh. I love to take risks with washing/treating my clothes! Sometimes they turn out just fine-thank-you-very-much!

    Lindsay
    LindsayJEverday.blogspot.com

  • beautygirl24

    Hehehe, this cracked me up! I love your writing ;) Well, I happen to have the same mishaps, in particular with Zara clothing. Not sure why, but it happens! I still think you look beyond gorgeous! Who’s going to notice when the other outfit details are so fabulous?

  • http://www.thespanglishlife.blogspot.com/ Maca Barnes

    Hahaha I think I would have done the same thing! it does look like it fits you really well now though and being totally honest here, the fraying doesn’t bother me at all! You look fab as always!

  • createthatoutfit

    This post seriously cracked me up! I love the outfit, and the fray looks fab…totally intentional :)
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

  • Janet Mandell

    OMG OMG this is the coolest outfit I have seen today!! You rock it girlfriend!!!

    LOVE LOVE your style!!!! Uhmmm I gonna have to do that next time cuz Zara can fit awkwardly as I am petite and short legged. Long torso too!!! HAHA….your funny!
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