Normally I love lots of structure with a defined waist and tailored details. This, although not outside of my comfort zone, is definitely not the look I have honed on YLF for the past year. My inspiration was a clothing line I used to wear when I first started high school called Multiples. All the pieces were knit jersey and many of them could be worn multiple ways because they didn't have a lot of structure. I thought the fun I remembered having with those piece then, was a good starting point for this new wardrobe. I've accepted the fact that I'm going to lose my waist. With such a short torso, bust line and tummy will eventually merge. So I decided that waist surrender would be the best way to go. Although I am not sure dropping my waist for this outfit actually counts as surrendering completely, I won't tell if you don't :-).

So I am wearing one of my new flowy tops from Old Navy. I have a copy of this one in a flat gray. The material is a soft drapey knit jersey and is a size XXL. As a result I needed to do something, hence the belt, to keep the top from looking like a potato sack. As it get warmer I will wear it with a basic tank in either white or black. Currently I have my white cuddle duds thermal v-neck paired with this. I wasn't sure it would work when I pulled it out this morning but I wanted to be warm without the benefit of a sweater. I think the look works and provides the drama that I like without a lot of accessories. I am also wearing Old Navy skinny cords with timberland boots and my boot socks (Thanks Astrid!).

The second photo is what I wore outside to run today's errands. I feel like there is a military theme (combat boots and coat -- the belt is arguably my holster ;-)). Perhaps my new evolving style could be called "urban renegade"?

Do you think this shift in style is me? Why or why not?

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