*Note. I was not paid or compensated in any way by Urban Outfitters for this post. I am just literally obsessed with them. All opinions are my own.
In my opinion, all fashion trends start as a crazy, out-of-the-box idea – something cutting edge that hasn’t been done before. Or they are a happy accident. I mean, did the inventor of the ripped jeans all of a sudden spark the idea that a bunch of ragged holes in her pants would be mega-stylish? Or was she just really freaking clumsy? Whether a brilliant idea or a marketable mistake, all fashion trends start at weird.
I like weird. I love weird. In the guys I date, in the friends I keep, and in the fashion I choose. I tend to buy items that stand out, because just like Tinkerbell, if I don’t get enough attention, I die. And there have been plenty of hungover mornings where I have stumbled into my closet and with half a brain, chosen items that matched just enough to get by. Then halfway through day and several compliments later, an outfit I never would have paired together is suddenly genius.
So I decided to go to the mecca of all things “weird,” Urban Outfitters. It’s true that I will wear literally anything that Urban tells me too, because just like all the other wannabe hipsters out there, I believe that their clothes make me unique and edgy (umm, they do.)
Silence + Noise Mock Neck Cold Shoulder Jumpsuit
This look takes my favorite trend for this season (off-the-shoulder and cold shoulder tops) and turns it into a full on foxy jumpsuit. I love that you can be totally casual with it, or you can add heels and take it for a spin on a night out. And wide-legged hems are always a good way to distract from a growing waistline due to too many French fries. Price: $79
Silence + Noise Side-Slit Muscle Tee Maxi Dress
Get this look wrong and you’ll look like a Buddhist monk about to play a baseball game. But get this look right and not only will you be stylish, but you’ll enjoy pure comfort. As I sit here typing this blog outside in my office (aka Subculture Coffee, thanks for allowing me to purchase the cheaper item just so I can sit here and take up one of your tables for 5 hours a day), an airy, light dress sounds like the perfect outfit to stay cool in. In order to make a daring outfit like this not look like a nightgown, I would pair it with a wide-brimmed hat, a bold arm cuff, or a chic belt. Price: $59
Keepsake Come Back Pleated Mini Dress
Not all heroes wear capes, but fashionistas do. IDK about you, but my trainer makes me do like 10,000 push-ups a day and not the wussy girly kind, so my back is jacked, and I like to show it off any chance I get. So I love this dress. It just gets me. It’s like, “hey, let’s be all Victorian and conservative in the front, but wild party in the back.” It’s literally fashion’s translation of lady in the streets but a freak in the sheets. Price: $170
Somedays Lovin Darnell Denim Mini Dress
Australians have cool accents, hang out with koalas, and eat Blooming’ Onions, so basically I trust anything Australian. Australian label Somedays Lovin designed this part overall, part dress denim piece that is giving me slutty construction worker vibes, and I love it. Price: $109
Silence + Noise Charlotte Longline Pull-On Short
Everyone knows I love an outfit that allows me to eat a 10-course meal and still feel like my clothes fit, so these drawstring shorts are definitely on my wish list. They’re very unique both in color and cut, and I never would have thought knee-length shorts where in style until Urban told me so. But they are, and I’m okay with that. Price: $49
This look has to have been created by someone stuck in a hair emergency who pulled a total MacGyver. Edgy, unique, and a conversation starter! Price: $10
Quay X Desi Perkins TYSM Cat-Eye Sunglasses
If you’re looking for something that screams, “I’m a crazy cat lady and I wear BAE on my face,” then these glasses are for you. Seriously though, everyone knows that I’m a sunglasses whore and own (no exaggeration here) at least 30 pairs of sunglasses. And I like my sunglasses to make a statement. Think about it – the eyes are the window to the soul – so if you’re covering them up, your glasses better say something about you! These glasses say I’m wild, edgy and the best kind of weird. Price: $60
Matiko Studded Toe Hold Sandal
I can only guess that the inspiration for these sandals was 50 Shades of Grey, and although the movie was about as exciting as a day at the DMV, these sandals really turn me on. The straps are so unique and they can be paired with all kinds of bottoms, from cargo pants to miniskirts to leather leggings if you’re really wanting to get in to the spirit of things. Price: $120
I just have this theory that if I wear what I’m craving on my clothing, that it will come to me. So while I should be donning a t-shirt with a handsome, rich and faithful Jewish guy, instead I found this hot dog cell phone case. Don’t judge me. Price: $28
Finally, here are a few recent off-the-wall outfits of mine for you to enjoy:
This is traveling chic for me. The outfit as a whole is all over the place and mostly just thrown together to be functional, but somehow it works. I don’t know if I’m too lazy or too cheap to get a proper hat box, but it’s the reason you’ll always see me in a hat at the airport. I also go for cute and comfy, so the funky workout leggings were perfect. Jacket is necessary in case it’s cold on the plane, and Thug Life t-shirt because I like to keep airport security on their toes.
Hat: Lord & Taylor, Pants: Mossimo, Jacket: White Crow, Thug Life muscle tee: Forever 21
I already explained why I can’t get enough of food clothing. It makes me feel awesome to be covered in pizza.
Shirt: People’s Project LA, Shorts: Design Lab by Lord & Taylor, Sandals: Target
Sometimes you just need to break out your inner Charro.
Bracelet: Boho Betty – reminder, you can get 20% off by using my code “Jilly” at checkout! Top: Kendall & Kylie (no direct online retail shop but available at any major department store), Pants: Design Lab by Lord & Taylor
Hope you weirdos enjoyed! Stay tuned for Keep Fashion Weird Part 2, featuring my favorite crazy cosmetics and makeup looks!