"Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking."
Do you remember the line in The Devil Wears Prada that Miranda Priestly says when she sarcastically replies to the fashion editor who suggested doing an editorial on florals for spring? "Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking." Miranda's snarky comment was what came to mind when I was composing this post. Okay, so it might not be the most novel idea to do a post on florals for spring (especially while posing against a floral backdrop), but whatevs, Miranda. Florals and spring are a timeless match, and we're all thinking it.
Because I've been so obsessed with minimal fashion these days, I've resorted to this simple mom jeans and white blouse combo multiple times when I have a creative outage and can't figure out what to wear. Another way to elevate a minimal outfit is by adding statement jewelry. I added these rose gold dangling hoop earrings to give the outfit a more feminine vibe. I've been in love with minimal and geometric jewelry lately, specifically ones of this nature. I feel that they add a super chic element to the outfit without being overly-gaudy or attention-seeking.
I am such a big fan of biker jackets because of how versatile they are and how they seem to work for every occasion. Throw one over a casual jeans + T-shirt outfit to elevate it, or put it over a feminine dress to make it edgier. I love mixing different style elements together—masculine with feminine, classy with street—and a biker jacket really helps out with that. In this outfit, I layered a rather outlandish and flashy embroidered biker jacket on top of a minimal white button-up and mom jeans to give a modern spin to this classic combo.
Embroidery has become super popular thanks to Gucci in the past year. I'm usually not a big fan of bold patterns or prints, but seeing them show up on more masculine items like loafers, jackets, and jeans has really gotten me obsessed with this trend. Yes, florals might be trite when it comes to putting them on feminine dresses and blouses. But when you put them on a pair of ripped jeans or sneakers, they suddenly turn into something very badass and unique.
In spite of how versatile biker jackets are, this one in particular was a bit tricky to style. I decided to go super minimal and basic underneath and tried to balance out the masculine and feminine elements of the outfit as much as I could. The sheer blouse and the hoop earrings can be considered feminine, while the pair of baggy jeans and black leather loafers can be considered masculine. (Now that I think about it, the sheer white blouse could actually work as either masculine or feminine... It's very hard to tell with such a classic piece like this!)
Makeup: Lips (M·A·C Viva Glam I) | Brows (Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown + Glossier Boy Brow in Brown) | Eyeliner (Clio Kill Black Waterproof Pen Liner) | Under-eye Concealer (Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard)
I want to mention that proceeds from every purchase from M·A·C's Viva Glam line is donated to the M·A·C AIDS Fund. All the more reason to buy this lipstick... plus it's the perfect classic red lipstick that even Jeanne Damas recommended.
Location: These photos were taken in front of a mural in a secluded alley in downtown Los Gatos. Contrary to San Francisco, Los Gatos is a very residential and quiet neighborhood, it was difficult to find grungy and artistic backgrounds to shoot at. Luckily, we found this colorful blue wall a few blocks past Main st., which also happened to be super close to a bakery that sold the most delicious maple pound cake (which was the best part of the photoshoot, hands down).
Don't you think the addition of florals on more masculine pieces and the trend of making embroidery look more edgy kind of alludes to how women are feeling these days? Like, let's throw all of the traditional perceptions we have about women out the window, just like how fashion is throwing out all the traditional perceptions we have about flowers.