Sunday, June 30, 2013

OOTD - Remember Me

Dress - Modcloth
Pantyhose - Levante
Shoes - Madden Girl

I saw this dress on Modcloth last week, and just absolutely had to snatch it up. I'm really loving the nautical trend that's going on right now, and a-line dresses are a constant love of mine. I decided to keep this one pretty simple and just let the dress shine, so I've kept my jewelry to a minimum and only wore a single gold bracelet. It's a nice touch of simplicity, I think, and black pantyhose with nude heels seemed the best way to complete the look. 

Unfortunately, I'm still sick with a head cold as I mentioned in my last OOTD, but I think I did a pretty good job of hiding it here. Getting all dressed up and looking super cute has really helped me feel better, and I think keeping in good spirits will help me get better soon.

I decided to try a different locale for this photoset, and took these pictures out on the lake in our backyard. It was one of the main features we really liked when we bought this house, but sadly we haven't used it very much. I've actually tried to take photos out on the dock before, but they've never turned out so well. Given the nautical flare of this dress, it seemed the perfect setting. I'm really happy with how these turned out, and I feel super cute, haha.

As I was heading back inside I suddenly felt inspired to take a photo walking back down the dock, so I set the timer on the camera and tried my hand at strutting down the wooden catwalk, haha. I was a little concerned going barefoot, but surprisingly no pantyhose were harmed in the making of this photo, haha.

That's all for this set, ya'll. As always, let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

OOTD: Only Forever

Hat & sunglasses: Domino Dollhouse
Dress: Asos Curve
Polish: OPI
Shoes: Crocs

So, recently I've become pretty obsessed with a few things, sartorially. In no particular order, I've recently been obsessing over pink, blue, Japanese fashion / lolita, and color mixing. I'll leave it up to you whether any of that comes through with this outfit, but that's where my head has been lately.

Speaking of my head, sadly it seems I'm coming down with a bit of a head cold. It's been travelling around the Spookshow family for the last week or so, and although I managed to hold out it turns out I haven't escaped. What better way to combat a stuffy nose and sore throat than to get all prettied up, haha?

I went on a bit of a shopping spree last week, and I've picked up a lot of cute items. I've been enjoying myself a lot sartorially recently, and as a result I've started to feel a lot freer while shopping. Used to be that I would try to avoid things I thought were too "cute" or "sweet" (whateva that mean!) in favor of darker, edgier, or more mature things. I blame my recent obsession with sweet lolita fashion, but anyways I think my wardrobe may have taken a more playful turn.

Before I wrap this up, I do want to give a quick shout out to Domino Dollhouse. I'm continually impressed with them, and couldn't believe how fast my order arrived from them. I ordered this hat, the sunglasses, and a couple more items last as far as my recent buying spree went, but they were the first items I received out of anything. Very impressive! Thanks, Domino Dollhouse!

Anyhow, that's all for this one, ya'll. Let me know what you think of this outfit as well as the new OOTD post format in the comments below, oooookay?

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

OOTD: Collective

A few weeks ago I was asked by a reader on my Tumblr to post my take on business attire. It's not a style I'm very familiar with, but I decided to give it a shot anyhow. Let's get to it!

Blazer: Forever 21+
Top: Macy's
Skirt: Macy's
Shoes: Madden Girl

Over the past few years of writing His Black Dress, I've steadily been working on shifting my wardrobe to skirts & dresses. When I started out, I only had a few items that I felt good about, but a little while back I finally reached a point where I felt I had a fully developed wardrobe. While I still make occasional purchases of garments I really love, my focus largely shifted to filling in any gaps in my closet, and one such gap was professional / business attire.

I've not interviewed for a job in well over ten years, and I've never worked in an environment which required professional attire, so it's a sartorial area that I've never really explored. Earlier this year I decided that it would be a fun experience to try to find at least a few items that I could wear if the need arose for business attire, which is what led to the purchase of all of the items I'm wearing here. 

I've actually started to love the look of blazers, so it was only a matter of time before I picked one up. Once the weather cools down a bit here, I'll probably try to incorporate blazers into my casual attire, but for now this one is all business. I've always been really angered by the idea of dress codes and the like (it's part of my nature to rebel against conformity, ya'll), and as looks like this are a staple of that scene, it was usually my tendency to dislike them.

Yet, I can't help but love this look. It feels pretty fun, and is pretty different from what I usually wear, so I'm kinda digging that. The hot pink shirt probably doesn't hurt either, haha, and man this top photographs brighter than the sun.

I seem to be tucking in my tops a lot recently, which is a bit odd to me because that's also something I haven't been prone to do in the past. Being completely candid, I've always been a bit self-conscious about my belly, but I'm beginning to think that I've finally managed to get over that. Yay for body acceptance, ya'll!

These heels are part of a quadrilogy of awesome in my closet, as I have this same style in three other colors (and you've seen them all on the blog by now, ya'll). I think this picture turned out pretty great, anyhow.

If you've made it this far, here's a little bonus factoid about my life. While I'm a makeup artist by trade, I also have a data entry job that I do from home to help pay the bills. I've got a monumental amount of work to get done today on that front, so I thought it might be fun to try to "dress the part" so to speak to inspire myself to work better. Of course, I've now taken up a good chunk of that time getting dressed, taking & editing these photos, and writing this post, but hey! I'm off to go focus on that now though, so let me know what you think of this look in the comments below while I sit here and type type type.

OOTN: Parley

Hey, everyone! So as promised, it's time for an Outfit of the Night post! I think I've only ever done one other OOTN here on the blog, so let's get to it!

Top: Marshalls
Dress: Macy's
Tights: We Love Colors
Shoes: Target

So last night I had a work meeting to attend. There wasn't any sort of dress code, so instead of trying to put together something business-y and such (like I did at the last work meeting, here), I decided to go for something casual and cute. 

I've had this dress in my closet for a long while. It was originally going to wind up on the blog way back in February when I had my first ever jury duty summons to attend. Sadly, I talked myself out of wearing a dress that day because I was worried about the possibility of being unjustly punished for stepping outside of accepted social norms in such a setting (next time, though, I'm so wearing a dress, haha), so I put together a fun kilt look that was slightly more conservative while not entirely compromising my values. Anyhow, I'm digressing a bit here, so back to this dress. I've always really enjoyed the look of pinafores layered over a top, so I bought this dress in hopes of experimenting with that style. I've got a really nice sheer navy button down that works really well with this dress, but I decided to try something a bit more whimsical for this look. I'm sure I'll show the other top with this dress on the blog at some point here, though.

I suspect some readers may be wondering exactly what type of job Mr. Spookshow could have that would allow a boy to wear a dress without any issue. I'm a makeup artist. For as long as I've been employed at this particular company, we've always been allowed a lot of leeway in terms of self-expression, which is great. While I'm sure I'm no doubt not likely to be used for any media or on camera-related gigs, I'm okay with that.

Anyhow, the meeting went very well, and I actually received a lot of compliments on my attire from fellow artists. I felt this ensemble really showed off a good eye for color coordination, as I'd managed to repeat each color twice in the outfit, with I think is fun. One girl in particularly gave me some very nice compliments about this outfit and all of my fashion pictures that I post to Facebook as well, and I was really flattered because I love all of her outfits she posts as well, haha. It's always nice to hear you are doing good from someone that you admire as well, right? So thanks for that!

There was one guy at the meeting who gave me a lot of shit over my outfit, but he's one of those jokester guys anyways, so I've learned to not take it personally. There's a lot of easy, if lame, material to use about a guy in a dress, so I can't fault him too much, haha. There was a bit of patriarchy reinforcement to it all though, which is a bit unfortunate. I like him anyways, though, and I know I looked damn cute so ... whateva, haha!  

This has been a pretty wordy post so far, so apologies for that. I've actually managed to be pretty brief with most of my OOTDs lately (does anyone really read all this? haha), but I've got a good amount of photos in this post too for those of you who just scroll through, haha. These shoes are really fun, and I really love them. Unfortunately, they aren't exactly massively comfortable, so I don't wear them as much as I'd probably like to. They are stretching and becoming more comfortable as I wear them, though, so that's nice. I actually did a lot of Google searching about white tights for this outfit, because I had some concerns about wearing opaque tights in the middle of summer, and if that was super weird. That's ironic in itself, I guess, since I'm already a man wearing a dress, which is already pretty high on the weird-o-meter for some folks. Anyhow, I knew I'd be chilling in an environment that was well air-conditioned anyways, so it seemed acceptable. I actually saw a lot of posts saying that white tights are a "no" anyways, unless you are a little girl or nurse, haha. And that they make your legs look fat (to which I will resist posting a long body acceptance rant in this already long post). Well, I think they are super cute and I'll continue to wear them without shame, thank you very much, haha.

Anyhow, I think I've gone on long enough in this one, ya'll. If you've made it this far, thank you, and why not talk to me below in the comments? I really dig this look a lot, and I'd like to know what you think as well. See you soon, everyone!

Monday, June 10, 2013

OOTD: Tend

Hey, everyone. Time for another OOTD! Let's get to it!

Top: Macys
Belt: Forever 21+
Skirt: ASOS Curve
Shoes: Payless

I'm finally starting to feel like I'm getting the hang of dressing for the summer heat here in Florida, or at least that I'm not battling it as much as usual. It's probably just because my skirts have gotten shorter lately, haha. I've had this top in my closet for ages, and haven't ever figured out anything cute to wear it with. I think it goes pretty nicely with this wet look skater skirt, though, so it was time to finally pull it out.

The addiction to skater skirts continues. I'm crazy excited that they are so available right now, as I've always loved that style of skirt. It's hard not to buy them all, ya'll, haha.

Another thing I really love is gladiator sandals. I think they are a really cool look, although I don't have many pairs or wear them often because I feel they don't interact so well with tights, which I wear like all the time. They're fun to bring out every once and awhile though, so I couldn't resist wearing them with this outfit to kinda "summer" it up a bit. I like it.

That's really all I've got to say for this one, so that's it for another OOTD. Stay tuned, because later this evening (or tomorrow morning-ish) I'll be posting an OOTN featuring my look for the work meeting tonight. See ya'll soon!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

OOTD: Airwaves Remix

Today was just one of those days where it took me forever to figure out what to wear. Gotta hate that, but in the end I decided to remix a look that I wasn't quite happy with the first time around. Let's get to it!

Shorts: ?
Shoes: ?

So, I totally can't remember where I got these shorts or shoes. Oops. The top, however, was made by Mrs. Spookshow, and is the main focus of this remix anyhow. I first wore it here, and in retrospect after posting it I wasn't entirely happy with the proportions of the outfit. It's such an awesome top that it's a crime I haven't remixed it into something better before now, but here we are now.

I'm not quite sure how to pair a top like this with a skirt (can it really even be done?), so I decided to just let it be the star here and put on my short shorts, haha. I think it would work really well with pants (or more likely leggings, as I don't really wear pants ever), but it's summer time here and I wanted to show some leg anyways, heh.

Speaking of legs, here's a closer shot of these shoes. I've somehow managed to not photograph these for the blog either, as they've just kinda lurked in my closet since I bought them last year. Truthfully, they've been neglected because more often than not the pantyhose I wear have a reinforced toe, but since these barely black pantyhose have a sandal foot it seemed a perfect time to give these shoes a spin. It occurs to me now that you can't really make out the details of the shoe much in the photo above, but it was my favorite leg shot so there you go, haha. You'll just have to trust me when I tell you that the shoes have a low heel on them (about 1.5 inches, I'd guesstimate).

That's all for this one, ya'll. I hope you enjoyed this little remix OOTD. I think I should try to do more remixes here on the blog, so if you're up for a His Black Dress adventure, why not go take a look through the rest of my OOTDs and let me know what pieces you'd like to see remixed!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

OOTD: Bonehead

Hey, everyone! Time for another OOTD, okay? Let's go!

Top: ASOS Curve
Belt: ASOS Curve
Skirt: ASOS Curve
Shoes: Madden Girl

Whoa, spamming ASOS a bit today, eh? Ah, well, I love it! I think I've got a theme going on here at the blog, as I feel I'm posting a lot of  looks with similar silhouettes lately. I never really knew the terms for it before, but I've always really enjoyed skater / fit & flare skirts, and thankfully they seem to be pretty hot right now, which means more availability! Seems clothing that I really like has been "in" over the past few seasons, which has been great for building up my wardrobe (but bad for my finances, haha).

Slam the brakes! Sexy pose time, haha. I'm not quite sure what possessed me, but it seemed fun, so here you go. I really love these Madden Girl heels (I've got them in 3 other colors, yowzah!), and couldn't resist picking them up in nude. I'm not entirely sure what I'll pair them with, but I'm pretty pleased with the purchase anyhow.

Skulls rank pretty high for me too (hey, I am Mr. Spookshow, after all), so I'm wearing this cool blue skull print top today. I think the dark blue and wet look skirt look really awesome together, something about the texture just works really well. I think gold and blue is a pretty good and seemingly underused combo, so I decided to throw in a gold belt and bracelet to the mix.

Oh yeah, so I also thought it would be fun for little Bridget to make her OOTD debut today! She's wearing a skull print as well, although it's a bit hard to tell from the photo. It's hard to believe it's been over four months since she came into our lives, and it's been quite an adventure already, haha! Thankfully, she's pretty much the happiest baby I've ever met (although you couldn't exactly tell from this picture, but she was waking up from a nap, haha), so it's been a pretty good situation. I've managed to adjust relatively easily to my new role as a stay at home dad (I should probably do more vacuuming, though, haha), and it's been great. Running after a baby in heels can be a challenge, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

That's it for this one, ya'll. Hope you enjoyed, and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below! See ya soon!

Playing Dress Up with Mr. Spookshow!

Hey, everyone! It's time for something a little different from what I usually do here on the blog ... I've put together four looks to choose from, and instead of making the choice myself and posting an OOTD after the fact, I've decided to let ya'll decide what I will wear! Oh my, haha!

So, I've got a work meeting to go to on Monday evening. It's not anything formal and there's no dress code. It's largely just a get together with management to discuss events over the rest of the year. Anyhow, I'm sure most people will just wear jeans and a tee or some such, but not Mr. Spookshow. That's where you come in! I've spent the morning today putting together four looks to wear, but I'm leaving it up to ya'll. So, without more rambling, let's get to that!

Here's look number 1. I've worn and talked about this dress a lot on this blog over the years, and it's one I feel very comfortable in, so it seemed right to include it. 

I did, however, decide to change it up from my usual by pairing it with nude pantyhose and nude high heels. Fun! That's look 1!

Here's look number 2, a bit of a classic Spookshow look (I guess that's a thing now? haha). I've got a sheer black button up shirt over a skeleton print tee. The skeleton print doesn't show through in the photos as well as in person, though. Ah, well.

A faux leather tiered skirt and black wedge booties complete this one. I decided to throw in this new gold belt at the last minute, just for an extra pop of something. There's look 2!

Here's look number 3, which I feel is a little bit more casual than the previous two. This one started with the shoes, a rockin' pair of red and white sneaker wedges from Target! This skirt is a lot of fun, and I wanted to try it out again here, having previously only worn it for a bit of an experimental look a month or so back. 

This one's got some fun details, and for whatever it's worth I think it's probably the most comfortable to wear out of all of these looks (although the next one is a close second there, I think). Anyhow, there's look 3!

Time for the final option, look number 4! This one is probably the most "out there" of this collection, and most represents what I've been doing with my style lately. Anyhow, this is a navy pinafore dress over a black and white stripe top, with white tights and blue striped flats. This dress has been in my closet for a while without showing up on the blog, though I was going to wear it for jury duty back in February (albeit with much different style and accessories).

I had a lot of fun putting this outfit together, and it feels like the most fun outfit of the collection to me. I tried to make sure to work in every color twice in this one, so I've got navy in the dress and shoes, Black in the top and left hand bracelet, white in the top and tights, and ocean blue in the right hand bracelet and shoes. I should have taken a closer shot of that blue bracelet, 'cause it's little blue skulls, ya'll! Anyhow, that's look 4!

So, now it's time for you to let me know what you think in the comments below! Tell me which outfit is yout favorite and which one you think I should wear on Monday. I'll be tallying votes here and on Tumblr and whichever look has the most votes will be what I wear. I'll feature that look in an OOTD on Tuesday (with more poses and details shots and all that fun) and talk a bit about what my experience was like. I'll most likely feature each of these looks at a later point on the blog, so don't feel too sad if your choice doesn't win! Anyhow, that's it for this one. Time to play dress up with Mr. Spookshow in the comments below, ya'll!