Boots vs. Boots

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by Leandra Medine
September 2, 2014
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Sentence vs. Syntax

Style, man.

It’s so…personal.

But when you’re trying to make a point and you want your clothes to punctuate that point and you know very well that in order for that to happen efficiently you can’t quite imagine the world as the expansive oyster that Sir Cliché has made it out to be, what are you supposed to do?

[Thinking]

[Still thinking]

In an immediate past, I’d have probably suggested you consult a friend or an opinion that you have come to respect. Today, I will not do that.

Why?

Because Amelia.

What?

We butt heads where ankle boots that sound like a horse’s hoof-clack while in motion are concerned.

Take this post for example — I’m trying to make a point here, right? And to make this point — that fall is around the corner but summer isn’t over yet — I could have issued any number of different, let’s say, sartorial tactics amounting to same pair of winter-appropriate footwear.

Think three tone dresses or maybe blue jeans and an additional cardigan — linen blend! So end-of-summer chic! — with a plaid shirt around my waist and so many bracelets on my wrist and like, 16 shades of lipsticks ranging from purple to red across my pucker and a hat. No, two hats. Fine, one hat and a neck scarf. No! Necklace. Necklace and neck scarf. Yeah.

But noooooo. Because I consulted the opinion of Resident Asshead (trademark pending) I turned up in white high waist jeans, a t-shirt, a blazer, a fanny pack and duh, the boots.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing technically wrong with this look. As a matter of fact, there is a 0% chance I won’t wear it at some point between now and December. It is, after all, still a sentence that I’ve written. But I wanted to say this stuff more dramatically. I didn’t get a chance to confuse it/myself with overly flowery prose and words that, frankly speaking, don’t really deserve a chance to be used as frequently as I try to use them.

But I tried to add a hat — call it the four syllable word equivalent of the outfit’s sentence. You know what Amelia said? That it gave me triangle head. Frustratingly, I totally agreed. So I stuck to the single, above-eye-level syllable-ers. Then I was like, how about a plaid shirt over this tee? That looked fine, but she was all, “Look, you can and should do you,” which I took to mean, “HAGFGDASBBJyoulooklikeafuckingtreecarfreshenerHAGHAJAJSHVDJAHVA!” So I took that off too.

By the time we were ready to shoot I was wearing the equivalent of a four word sentence and I know she was satisfied and I know the point we wanted to make was going to be made — and clearly at that, but before the camera would click, out from my pocket emerged a little red scarf to tie around my neck. The boots deserved it, ya know?

Now here’s the important part: would you wear this? What would you change? And, of course, can I get yo’numba?

Stella McCartney blazer, Blk Dnm t-shirt and jeans, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Reece Hudson fanny pack and Freda Salvador boots. In partnership with Freda Salvador

REPLIES
  • Jen

    I love it. Love the white, the scarf and the boots.!!!

  • GapToothedGirl

    I love this look. The color (white above all colors!!), and the boots… It’s like The Lord of the Rings, but in fashion!!

    XOX, Gap.

    http://www.gaptoothedgirl.com

  • ee_by_cc

    I’m pretty impressed that you manifested a red scarf out of your pocket…magic trick!

    http://www.enduringethereal.com

  • Ajnira Muminovic

    I feel you? So this is what I get for loving fashion, my bf who I adore, annoys me how my dressing is well…. too patterned or too.. whateva, so even though I don’t care and I do whatever I want every once in a while I have outfit like that, point is there butttt….

    majnira.com

  • http://www.duchessoffashion.co.uk DuchessOfFashion

    I like the outfit, just unsure about the boots. I literally live in ankle boots during Autumn, so comfortable, yet stylish!

    http://www.duchessoffashion.co.uk

  • http://Medium.com/@hager_emma Emma Hager

    Flapping Fanny to go with your Flapping Annie’s.

  • http://www.janaleemiller.com/ Jana @ One Drawing a Day

    I’d wear it but with white chucks!

  • María

    The most beautiful boots I’ve ever seen!
    Lots of love, xx

    http://marysreturn.blogspot.com.ar/
    http://marysreturn.blogspot.com.ar/

  • diane

    Great boots. Do they run true to size? I see they come in American sizes, which seem to run larger than European.

  • http://www.dominiquecandido.com Dominique

    gotta love this outfit

    xxxx

    http://www.dominiquecandido.com

  • http://www.joellehyman.com/ Joelle

    The fanny pack is very important here.

    • Leandra Medine

      I saw a man wearing one this morning on 53rd and Madison. He looked at me, I looked at him and in a bout of unflinching solidarity, we both nodded.

      I think we know the moral of the story here, right? Fanny packs = the only answer for the cause of world peace

      • http://adeliberateimagination.wordpress.com/ CJKEYS2

        kind of like the jeep wave

  • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

    Huh, what was that, I thought a second ago, before looking again … Boots vs. Boobs? Yeah, well, it’s been a long bay… :-)

    Love the boots, they look Medievalish to me and I like that.

  • http://www.littlewildheart.com Alexandra Puffer

    The coat is amazing.

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
    http://www.littlewildheart.com

  • Autumn

    I don’t understand a damn thing you just said (wrote?) but I lerv dem boots.

  • jaclyn

    I absolutely love you! …your style. I try to mimic but its not the same.

    check my blog: http://stylevolver.blogspot.com

  • http://thestylishislander.blogspot.com/ The Stylish Islander

    I love the outfit! It´s very fresh. You could wear a sleeveless coat like this one

    http://www.zara.com/de/en/woman/coats/%27hand-made%27-long-waistcoat-c269183p2075046.html

    and I´d love it even more!

    P.S. thestylishislander.blogspot.com :)

  • olive

    Ooooo somebody’s wearing white after Labor Day, REBEL! just kidding I love the outfit :)

  • http://tongueburnt.blogspot.com/ Sarah Elise

    Love love love the bandana w/ the blazer. Very “I need to go to a business meeting but I gotta ride my stallion over the dusty trails to get there.” My favorite thing is a good ol’ oversized blazer with a little baby bun. WORK. THAT. UP. DO. Everything rocks. You rock. Okay

  • http://jiaachacruz.blogspot.com/ Jia Achacruz

    I love this look! I was confused at first what kind of bag that was lol

    ROUGH & TOUGH☯ // I`m on Bloglovin! // IG: @jiaachacruz:disqus

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  • EarthFriendlyMomma

    Love the jacket, boots and fanny pack. Not sure about the white T. It makes it look too put-together…you know?

  • Tess Hinterbichler

    defintely would wear it, love everything about it. Aren’t fanny packs the bomb? AND those boots, I die.

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