Top: Van Heusen dress shirt from JC Penney
Jacket: Sheer stripe moto jacket from Ashley Stewart
Necklace: Looted from Mrs. Spookshow's jewelry box
Skirt: Made by Mrs. Spookshow
Tights: Kunert satin look 20 in black
Shoes: Mia flamenco wedge pump from DSW
I've been looking forward to wearing this look for a while now. I wanted to make sure that I ended this month of OOTDs with something I was really proud of. This look is a perfect expression of my personal style. I really love the jacket here. I've never worn it zipped up before, but I really like how it's rockin' with the dress shirt. The star here, however, is definitely the skirt ...
I found this fabric while on our trip to Tampa, Florida, earlier this month. When I go looking for fabric, I'm often rather hasty about it. I like to quickly look at a shelf of fabric, and only really bother with fabrics that immediately catch my eye. I couldn't grab this one faster. This fabric is actually part of the Project Runway line, specifically credited to my favorite designer of all time on the show, April Johnston. As if the deal wasn't already sealed with buying this fabric, ha.
I immediately knew I wanted to use this pocketed skirt pattern for this fabric, pairing it with a shiny black material for the accents. It actually took us a few trips to different fabric stores to find the right black fabric, but it was well worth it. Mrs. Spookshow rocked this one out as always; it's so awesome to have a costume designer for a wife!
I previewed these shoes on Twitter last week (you do follow His Black Dress on Twitter, right?), and am excited to finally get to wear them. I picked these up from DSW with a gift card Mrs. Spookshow gave me for my birthday. At 5 inches these are the highest heels I have! The most exciting detail about these shoes for me, though, is that they are size 11m. I typically find I need to wear a 12, which often just barely cuts me off from most designer shoes. The reviews for this shoe said that they ran a bit large, however, and I find they actually fit me perfectly. The design is also killer, and I really love the criss-crossed straps.
So, this is the last look of my Fashion Freedom February event. It's been such a fun ride, and to be honest I'm not ready for it to be over. I want to say thank you to everyone who has followed this little event, taken the time to comment, and shared my OOTDs across the web. I want you to know that I have received many messages from people saying that what I've been doing here has affected them in positive ways, giving them confidence or courage to be themselves. That is why I write this blog. Without you, the readers, that message would not spread. Thank you for following & promoted this blog!
What happens now? Well, honestly I would really like to know what you would like to see on this blog in the future! Seriously. More OOTDs? Wardrobe remixes? What topics do you want me to talk about in future essays? Do you want to see more interviews? Got another challenge for me? Please let me know, either in the comments below or (if you'd like to do so more privately) email me at HisBlackDress@gmail.com. I want to know what you think!
Thank you again for all the success this month has brought to the blog. I hope you've enjoyed the event, and I look forward to sharing more with you all throughout the rest of the year & beyond!