Thursday, June 9, 2011

HIWWI: Alice + Olivia Brooklyn Flutter Kimono

Before we get started, I'd like to clear up an administrative item: I have officially abbrev'd (abbreviation of "abbreviated") this regular installment of "How I Would Wear It" to "HIWWI." Because everyone loves an acronym, am I right?!

With that out of the way, how much do you effing love this Alice + Olivia Kimono?? I lovey it so much, I would  gladly enter into a civil union with it and adopt a variety of children from third-world countries. I mean, could you blame me? 

Okay, so it's $246...and it's sheer...and covered in sequins. But that's exactly why it's worth the investment!! And anyway, in the imaginary world I live in, buying clothing is far more important than saving for a vacation or, ya know, paying rent. Hear me out. 

This Kimono is the kind of thing you can transition season to season, day to night. Literally, you could wear this every single day of your life. I want you to know that I just did the math, and it comes out to 69 cents a day...a DAY, people. You can hardly feed a starving child in Africa for 69 cents, and yet for just that much, you could look fabulous 

Starts to make sense when you think about it like that, now doesn't it? (Welcome to my world of rationalization.)

The model in this photo is wearing all white, and frankly that's not a bad idea...the top I like for this kimono is also white, but it's a little more quirky, which I think plays well with the sequins, who are taking themselves way too seriously.

Look at your top. Now back to this top. Now look at your top again. Back to this top. Now look at your wallet. This is the top you could be wearing if you stopped reasoning how expensive this top was and just started living. Eyes back to the top. Now back to the wallet. Your money is gone. I'm on a horse...

How adorable is the eyelet detail of that top?? I just wanna pinch it's proverbial wittle cheekies!!

Rounding out the clothing, these pewter metallic shorts:

Forget that belt...or any belt, for that matter. The top will likely hit just above the hips and since it doesn't get tucked in, a belt would be superfluous (really, I just wanted to use the word "superfluous". You can do whatever you want).

I've kept this look pretty neutral with the intent of bringing a splash of color in on the feet. To me, gold and silver tones pair incredibly well with turquoise and aqua shades, which is why I especially like these:

If you don't already know how I feel about jewelry, you should. Forget "more is more"; I'm a firm believer that gaudy is more! These rings would be a good way to draw in some more color without overpowering the outfit:

{ASOS ring, 21.41}

And last, but assuredly not least, for the touch of whimsy that I so appreciate, these sweet little turquoise bird earrings:

Because nothin' says summer like...earrings that look like birds. DUH!

What do y'all think? Would you wear this outfit? How would you style it? Can you imagine spending $300 on one top?? Have you lost all faith in my common sense and good judgment?? Tell me everything in the comments.


Katie said...

I could totally see myself spending $300 on a top, but just not that one. I'm not that high fashion of a gal. I am more of a preppy/yuppie asshole.

Unknown said...

I would give easy $$$ for the blue shoes and the blue ring! beijoss


Meg O. said...

I love your reasoning on why to buy this kimono. I need to look at fashion that way more often (after I close on my house and have to throw down some major cash, of course). Love those blue shoes! Never thought I would love baby blue shoes like that, but I would totally wear those.

Josie said...

I LOVE that top! So chic. I think it would be super pretty with dark denim leggings and a simple white tank... Obsessed.
xo Josie

Monika said...

Wow, I love those wedges. Their colour is amazing!

Monika Dawidowicz from

Chicca said...

Love that top!!!Too expensive but simply amazing!

Gorgeous Glam said...

I would wear it! Fabulous blog doll! New follower ;) xo Keep it Glam!

Flight of Fancy Boutique said...

My favorite in all of these are the accessories. I also love the other things, like those shoes. xx

Audrey Leighton said...



Eugenia Woods said...

Yep, I would definitely wear this outfit. Also, I am headed to now to order those awesome wedges!!!

Sunshine - said...

love love the shoes and the rings!

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