I love this pic that Streetstyle Aesthetic snapped during London Fashion Week:
While I would love to lounge around in my high heels and silk ruffled top carrying everything I need in a bright clutch (sigh)...it's sooo not gonna happen.
However, this girl is rockin' it. And her color choices are nothing but totally inspired.
I love the loose definition of a suit here - khaki pants and army green jacket, paired with the bright pops of color. And animal print shoes? They are just off enough (yet match enough) to work. Perfectly imperfect.
To make this outfit mom-friendly...well, it's easy: Swap the heels out for flats, the clutch out for a larger bag, and throw on a washable yellow top.
Per usual, I have a little collage (below) to translate this into a mom-friendly look. However, I thought it would also be fun to try and see if M and I could use this pic as inspiration for our own outfits, using what we already have in our closet.
Here's what we came up with:
(wearing: wilster cotton anorak from Nordstroms, J. Crew hubby beater tank and ballet flats, Gap skinny khakis, Banana Republic scarf, Forever 21 belt, Bloom bangles)
I liked that our inspiration paired a silky top and heels with comfy, casual khakis. I'm not about to run around in a silk top with a five-month-old drooler, but I can evoke a similar feeling with a silky ruffled scarf. And my old Stella McCartney for Adidas bag is actually a pretty perfect diaper bag. Animal print flats would be amazing with this outfit...but eh. My printed flats are close enough.
The point here is to show what a loose style translation looks like...with no additional purchases required!
Now M took this look in a slightly different direction. We all know how fabulous she and her bum look in their Houlihans, so she swapped the khaki-army combo around and used them instead of khakis. No leopard print flats? No problem. A bright flat and leopard print scarf fit the bill. And, since it's M, a gorgeous bag is always involved. Nylon duffle? Pshaw! Buttery leather and fringe are waaay better. (I'd kill for this girl's bag closet.)
Lastly, for the purist, here's a direct translation: