Yesterday, one of my readers asked for my fashion advice. I’ll call her Ms. Librarian–because, well, she is one.
“I recently purchased these fabulous all black, Converse high top boots that I have wanted for literally years. So how do I wear these without looking like a 12 year old? I need some hip punk rock librarian but classy girly fashion advice.”
Well, Ms. Librarian, you threw me for quite a loop. You’re right–one false move and it would be easy to look like an angsty middle-schooler with these bad boys. To that end, I would definitely recommend avoiding the following: Beetlejuice-style striped tights, flouncy miniskirts, graphic, cartoony tees, cropped hoodies, chains, neon colors, overly busy patterns and anything branded with that Twilight movie. This is what you’d call a statement shoe–it’s got balls-out attitude and will draw attention, for sure.
To that end, the only practical advice I can give you is to tone down the rest of your outfit–don’t overdo it with overly busy patterns, since they will compete with the attention-grabbiness of these shoes. I would do dark skinny jeans, a slouchy top in neutral colors (maybe with a simple stripe pattern or something), a boyfriend blazer and a circle scarf–oh, and a satchel bag. You could also do a cute grandpa sweater or a longer plaid shirt in lieu of the slouchy top and blazer for a weekend look. Another suggestion would be to replace the white laces with black for a more streamlined look.
Here’s something I slapped together on Polyvore.com to give you an idea. Hope this helps! And if anyone out there has other suggestions, please feel free to help a sister out. Good luck, Ms. Librarian!
(Oh, and if anyone has a style conundrum, drop me a line and I’ll try to help!)