A few weeks ago when I was browsing my Pinterest feed, I came across an image of a colorful stone. It turns out that this stone is actually a fluorite crystal that was artfully photographed by Britt Adair. This type of photography and the actual crystal itself are items that I would definitely pull for a design for a client to place in their home, so it is no surprise that I took this image and decided to create an outfit inspired by it.
There were several attributes that I looked at when I viewed the fluorite that I took into consideration when I selected each piece for this ensemble. Texture, color, translucency, shape, and the overall organic nature of the crystal took influence. The ethereal feeling of what the piece exudes also had a place in my mind when I pulled this outfit together.
First feature up is texture which is present in the crochet lace top and faux leather jacket and satchel. Next, the violet, purple, white, and orange color palette is shown throughout the entire look. The translucency of the lace top is reminiscent of the light shining through the crystal. I love how the orange base of the conjac items give a nod to the color without being so jarring.
Shape comes in to play first through the layers of items and then a little more literally through the pattern on the skirt that has the jagged edges of the fluorite. The organic flow between the layers from jacket to top to skirt fits me perfectly. I love the scalloped edge of the top and how it flows over the full skirt. I also enjoy the fact that you can see the skirt through the lace from just my waist down, giving a gradual change between the top and bottom since I am wearing an ivory tank underneath that is tucked into the skirt.
To me, I love the total ethereal feel of this look. The hard and soft together give an interesting and romantic feel without being too fussy for daytime. This necklace is one of my oldest costume jewelry pieces I have in my collection that I got probably over six years ago. I think the tortoise shell hoops have always kept me from getting rid of it and I am happy it is still a part of my wardrobe. I also like how the gems on this piece are very fluorite-esque.
A friend and fellow blogger commented on my What I Wore: Mother’s Day post and brought up a very good topic when it comes to full and A-line skirts. She mentioned how she always tucked in her tops into those shape shirts because she felt it would look messy or unfinished if she left them out. In a way, I agree with her. I typically stick to the rule of wearing either a “full” untucked top over a slim fit bottom such as skinny jeans or pencil skirt and visa versa with a fitted, more tailored top paired with a fuller bottom like an a-line skirt or soft, baggy pants. The outfit she was referring to has an a-line skirt I topped with an empire shaped top. I think what made this work there was the combination of the fitted top on the bust and the cropped denim jacket I wore. And like that look, I believe that is what is going on here. Without the jacket layer, this loose top would not make this outfit look as finished as it is.
I am happy I was able to just shop my closet to put this look together all from looking at a picture of a piece of fluorite. It goes to show that you can find inspiration anywhere!
Tortoise Shell and Gem Necklace: LOFT (similar)
Today’s Postivity Note
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