Eclectically feminine style by Mary Gui

Taking Fashion Risks: Big Circle Skirt & Neoprene Top

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A big part of why I started my blog is to encourage others to step outside of their comfort zones when it comes to style and take fashion risks. I’ve never been a conventional dresser, and I hate the idea of having to dress a certain way. I usually don’t care about what strangers think in terms of how I dress, but one of my most vivid memories was when my ex-boyfriend made a snarky comment about my outfit (hence he’s my ex ha!). That day I was wearing this exact neoprene top, paired with a floral skirt and spiky leather leggings. I remember how he said the outfit was “so strange, everyone is looking you” but it was the way he said it in such a derogatory tone. At that moment I kind of knew he was not the right guy for me (although it took me a few more months to really figure that out), because it wasn’t even what he said, but the way he said it. I hated that he felt like I had to dress a certain way or couldn’t dress a certain way, and that he didn’t understand how I felt about style. Style has always been so personal to me and is an expression of who I am. Why do we have to conform to society’s standards of what is acceptable to wear? There’s freedom of speech, shouldn’t there be freedom of dress without being judged?

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So my point is that it is OK to take fashion risks, and more importantly it is fun! I get a weird satisfaction from walking down the street and having people stare. Sometimes I want to shout at them “What are you staring at? You’ve never seen a fashionable girl?!” I get a lot of comments from you guys about how you feel like you could never pull off certain pieces or looks. Well, I disagree. You can, it is all about your mentality. Embrace the risks, embrace being different and standing out. That’s my challenge to you.

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Now a few words on this dramatic outfit. This big vintage circle skirt is one of my oldest and most beloved pieces. When I wear it I feel like I can fit a small child under my skirt! To balance out the big proportions, I paired with with a crop neoprene top. For my accessories, I went with fun tassel earrings and mirror sunglasses for a street style cool vibe. I completed the look with black and white platform sneakers for a sporty touch. A special shout-out to MB45 for doing my hair and giving me a fabulous braid and waves. If only my hair could look like this every day!

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Thanks for reading,

Mary

Photography: Suzanne Spiegoski

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24 responses to “Taking Fashion Risks: Big Circle Skirt & Neoprene Top”

  1. Taking a fashion risk is always hard but I’m always happy I did later!

  2. Emily Soto says:

    This is such a beautiful skirt!

  3. Jessica says:

    I love how you take risks every single day! You are so bold. Love that skirt and those platform sneakers!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

  4. Kimberly says:

    I love this look! It’s still classic but edgy! It looks amazing on you 🙂 you definitely pulled it off

  5. Dee says:

    Life’s too short to worry about what anyone else thinks of us – wear what makes you happy and rock it! You look great!

    xo Dee | http://www.linerglittergloss.com

  6. Linda says:

    I think taking fashion risks is so important! I’m loving how you styled this outfit.

    Linda
    https://lindatenchitran.com/home/2017/5/19/crop-sweaters

  7. Tsvetelin says:

    Your outfit is so pretty, love the top and the shades.

    http://www.cecilfashion.com

  8. Jana says:

    You do such a great job styling fun pieces! I love it! xo Jana | http://www.janastyleblog.com

  9. Jana says:

    You do such a great job styling fun pieces! I love it! xo Jana | http://www.janastyleblog.com

  10. Wonderful and smart styling. Sometimes, guys don’t get it, haha. My bf does, fortunately. You look great. x
    FASHION TALES

  11. What a wonderful look. I absolutely love it and your attitude about clothes. So much of life is so serious, I also like to have a little fun my clothes every now and then. Awesome post. Awesome attitude.

  12. I totally agree with you! You have to be what you are, no matter what. Love the look and the attitude!

    Have a great weekend!

    Brigita #scsister
    http://www.mjzfashion.si

  13. Theresa says:

    I love this outfit! I never would’ve thought these two pieces would work so well together.

  14. Ruthie says:

    Your posts are always so fun!! Such a beautiful look babe!

    • Sondra says:

      Hey sorry to high jack your comment.

      Just wanted to contribute to the conversation.

      Her glasses and these photos are amazing.

  15. Sondra says:

    Your sunglasses are amazing. These photos are also just beautiful.

  16. sondra says:

    Your glasses are amazing. These photo’s are also beautiful.

  17. Sondra says:

    Love the glasses and the photos.

  18. Lauren says:

    Love love love this look! And I need to learn how to do my hair like that with the braid in the middle! Stunning!

    Lauren
    http://www.basicbabelauren.com

  19. Amanda Kruse says:

    Those shoes are so fun! You always style things perfectly.

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  20. Jocelyn says:

    Its great to take risk from time to time. Fashion should be fun! (Love your earrings and skirt)

  21. Jessica says:

    I love your bold take on fashion. This is exactly what makes fashion so much fun to play with!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  22. I really love your style girl! I feel like all of your looks are super interesting and unique! I love the shoes in this look!

  23. adriana says:

    This look is so cute! You pull it off so well, it’s so pretty!