Also known as: my new favorite thing.
I have this bad habit of eschewing any odd trend that makes me feel buttoned up, suffocated, or particularly unsexy. I heard it best on EliteDaily, and while I believe that site is an excuse for men to essentially carry on a pretentious form of collegehumor.com, I completely agree on this point:
“The last thing anyone would ever want is a girl that dresses like a circus clown and calls it fashion, like most fashion students do. Keeping it simple but still classy and sexy is the key here as we’re sure most men would agree with us.”
OK, so “the last thing anyone would ever want” might be hyperbole, but you get the picture. There’s a reason I feel like one should wear collars with caution and not mix prints, no matter how cool it might be. Call me old-fashioned, but I think classic and sexy is best.
Enter my new favorite thing: the split maxi.
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying maxis for long enough, and I now feel completely robbed of that time. How difficult was it for someone to come up with the idea of cutting a damn slit in the front of that ankle-biting skirt? Was it seriously Angelina’s legbomb that did all of this? I have to make up for lost time.
O and I are going to New Orleans this weekend, and while I’ll surely pack a fifty-pound bag of clothes, “just to have options”, I’ll surely end up living in my new split maxi from asos. However, I completely believe that, despite the unexpected sex appeal of the skirt, you can take it from day to night, and it works perfectly for your late-summer/early-fall urban travel uniform.
For daytime, keep it simple with a flat, but interesting sandal, since the rest of the outfit, though a bit different, is very visually flat. Pair the fitted high waist of the skirt with a relaxed pocketed white tank to balance the up-to-date sexiness of the skirt with a bit of casual cool. Aviators mean West Coast cool, which I think works better in this case than wayfarers.. because, apparently, those are the only two options in the world (They are). Pair with a neutral tote that’s just structured enough to work with the relaxed nature of the rest of the set. The gold bracelet adds a touch of femininity and a bit of needed hardware. Pull your hair into something–either a sleek ponytail, a fishtail braid, or an upside-down french braid knot. If you like, add a simple, lightweight scarf–preferably a geometric print, like this for instance–which somehow downplays the sexiness just a bit.
For nighttime, switch out the shoes for a pair of classic green pumps, with a vintage tinge to take the entire set just a little closer to a classic timelessness. If you need any outerwear, try a camel leather jacket, or a white asymmetrical biker jacket. Lose the scarf and take down the hair. If you’ve got a bit of time in between the site-seeing, shopping, and dinner, fluff the hair a bit and give it a slight curl, for ultimate sex appeal.
The most important part of the outfit is total, utter confidence. If you feel the least bit iffy about the slit, forego it. To pull this off, you’ve got to be totally undaunted.
This, dear readers, is the definition of sexy: simple, effortless, totally confident.
Standby for photos of me in total uniform glory!