How to Not Dress for the Occasion…Oops

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If there’s anything I’ve learned about making it in fashion, it’s that the trendsetters are the ones that don’t follow the rules: they wear what they feel confident in at their desired venue.

Now, I am not talking about wearing a ball gown to a coffee shop, or a swimsuit to the office—please, please don’t do that. There is a difference between bending/breaking the rules and making a mockery of them completely. I’m just saying that just because you’re going on a day trip to a coastal town doesn’t mean you’re required to wear jeans and sandals.

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On a trip to Monterey last Saturday, my aunt (whom I love dearly and am not trying to call out!) joked with me by saying my outfit looked like I was going to work. In my mind, I said, “I may not be going to work, but I am trying to work it”—and yes I hate myself too for saying such a cheesy thing, but if you’re just stumbling onto Keeping it Krischic for the first time, you’ll soon find that I am both a whimsical word woman and a pun pen(wo)man, so you’ll get the poetic and the punetic in one eclectic marriage with the fashion/lifestyle advice as a common denominator between them.

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Monterey, California, coffee shop, Water and Leaves, Fisherman's Wharf

Anyway, as an ode to my consistent lifestyle of wearing things that I feel like with some consideration to the rules, (if you want another sassy fashion post about my outfit choices, please go read this one from a year ago) here is my guide to dressing wrong for the occasion—for those days when you feel rebellious.

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Sensible Shoes? Kick them to the Curb.

I completely agree with my sweet aunt that I was dressed inappropriately for our family outing—something that was clearly proven when we decided to go down to the beach and my polka-dot two-inch heels (I promise they’re comfortable for most activities) were likely to be ruined in the endeavor, and prohibited me from hiking down to the beach, so I beheld the water from the charming bed and breakfast in these photos instead. But no matter, I had a pleasant time touring the vintage B&B and enjoying a coffee at a waterfront café all the same—and felt chic in my ill-chosen look while doing it. 

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The All-American Uniform? I don’t wear uniforms.

A t-shirt and jeans are a solid go-to—and I’ve sported many times before. But on this particular occasion, I was feeling my personal favorite go-to: a button down with fun trousers. But like a rebellious fashion-girl who hates uniforms (I went to a Catholic elementary school, so I can say this from personal experience), I decided to wear a white button-down with art-pop evoking patches and pick up on their vibrant colors with these red-hot trousers. Needless to say, I felt like a style superwoman.

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That was so last season? Honey, I wear things that were so last century.

 From an array of fashion movies, there is a common stereotype that certain styles go extinct after a season. But fashion doesn’t expire as fast as milk—trends tend to reincarnate. The runway brings back trends from the seventies and even the 1700s. This is good news for someone like me who is incredibly nostalgic. Exhibit A: My fifties affinity for red lips and cat eyeliner—or my need to carry a historical fiction book with time travel like an extension of my arm.

I hope you enjoyed this slightly satirical piece with some actual fashion advice sandwiched in between!

How do you try to be the trendsetter of your own life?

Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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