My birthday caught me a bit out of sorts this year, with no will to celebrate and not much money to do so. It seemed fitting it was raining during the day, making my choice of a comfortable leggings and sweater combo actually practical. Of course, being in a mood didn't mean I would step down my style. If anything, it made me want to look like a different version of myself. Recognizing the roughness and suiting myself up to face it. Tougher, edgier, reminiscent of the sounds of Sleigh Bells' noise pop and M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls". Suffice it to say, I didn't wear just any pair of leggings.
I'm usually happy being a distant admirer of the "street style" that's majorly hyped on lookbook, but I had to make an exception when I fell in love with these leggings. The stained-glass print is just too cool: the vibrant colors are lovely, the regal heart on the crotch and the angel wings on the butt are a welcome inside joke. I've worn them with different tops before (the image above is from one of those occasions), but for some reason my favorite way of wearing them is with this sweater.
Leggings: Sock Dreams
I found this sweater in my mother's laundry. Turned inside out, I didn't notice the Christmas appliques, and I resolved to wear it that way. I think what drew me to it is the interesting cut: the tunic-like shape with slits on the sides possibly made me imagine Joan of Arc's warrior wear.
Rings: Torrid, H&M
Bracelets: Charlotte Russe
No chain-mail, but still sporting chains. Of course, every urban warrior needs their bling, the flashier the better. Gold reigns, even on the small sunglasses. I've noticed round shades and boots/booties (Jeffrey Campbell's Litas are the most common) are a staple of the "street style" looks. The aesthetic can be appealing at times, there's something empowering in the "tacky or flashy, I give no fucks" attitude. Clothing myself in it gave me the illusion of security that I needed to brave the day.