When I was a kid my mom had a pair of flamingo earrings that I was obsessed with. I loved holding them and squealed with delight whenever she would let me wear them. Around that same time she also had an amazing hot pink pair of Reebok high tops. It was the height of the 80s and she was a Floridian at heart. I am sure to our small, Midwest town those earrings and shoes seemed out of place, but to me they spoke of the glamor and sophistication my mother exuded and must have surely picked up when living in places like Key West. I admired her ability to wear them with ease, even if she was just running into the store to buy milk. Watching her wear what she liked with abandon gave me the courage to see fashion as a way to be someone else or, even better, transport myself out of the ordinary.
When I saw this Kate Spade purse I immediately thought of my mom’s earrings, which have long been lost, and knew it had to be mine. It makes me smile and so even though there really is no practical reason for owning a flamingo print purse I splurged a little! If my mom of the 80s could time travel to 2015 I think she would give me a high five for going for it and indulging in something completely ridiculous and totally fun.
I’ve long been keen on them, but this has truly been the summer of the flamingo and so because I am my mother’s daughter, I also picked up this fantastic flamingo print skirt. It’s midi length and over-sized A-line shape is not for the faint of heart but are totally me. I love the uber feminine silhouette contrasted with the print of an awkwardly interesting bird.
Since the skirt is a classic cut I wanted to pair it with something feminine on top, but I didn’t want to go too sweet. This black and white striped knit in a t-shirt shape adds another classic element while retaining a bit more of a casual vibe. The addition of a statement necklace would help dress things up for a night out on the town or for a fun event. Here I paired it with a fun poof that is a playful nod to the flamingo’s feathers! Why not have a little fun, right?
The flamingo print makes such a bold statement that I didn’t want to get too crazy by adding in another color or print with the shoe. I’ve had these kitten heel striped sandals for ages and they make for the perfect compliment to the t-shirt knit on top and ensemble as a whole. I really like the way the black and white stripes of the shirt and shoes play off the crisp white and hints of black in the skirt.
Style Notes: Loft sweater (summer 2015; purchased at 70% off) / Chicwish skirt (summer 2015); Dillards heels (old; similar) / Kate Spade purse (summer 2015) / Kate Spade bracelet (summer 2015; purchased on sale) / Ban.do poof (old) / MAC Diva (spring 2015) / Essie Brides No Grooms (summer 2015)