Blue Lace Slip Dress & Moto Jacket: A Moment In Time

Blue slip dress, moto jacket & combat boots. How to layer lace pieces.

Most of what we see on social media (Instagram, Facebook, blogs) is the shiny, happy, pretty side of things…

THE STORY

…and there is not a thing wrong with that. For the most part, we all want to put the best of ourselves out there for the world to see. If you think about it, it’s really not so different from a large part of our real lives. Sure, at home perhaps we schlub around in our ratty sweats. And it’s okay that those who live with us see us when we we’ve had the flu and haven’t showered for two days. But when we go to work or school or out in public in general, most of us try to put on some presentable clothing and spackle over the rough spots. We want to look good. Because if we look good, we feel good.

Here’s the thing to keep in mind though. What you see on social media or when you pass your coworker in the hallway at work isn’t the entire picture. The funny thing about this particular topic is that I was kicking it around in my head, but wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go with it when I came across this article on Huffington Post. Kudos to this girl for driving the point home, and with over 80k likes on her post I’d say she did just that. Oftentimes though, the other picture, the one that you aren’t seeing, isn’t of the physical realm.

No one’s life is perfect. No one. On any given day you have absolutely no way of knowing what is hiding behind someone’s beautiful smile, beautiful outfit, or the belly laugh they share with you over something ridiculous at work. Not everyone shows their inner turmoil on the outside. Sometimes it’s the person who seems the happiest who is actually hiding the darkest secret. Just something to keep in mind the next time that you’re tempted to compare yourself to another’s “perfect” whatever. What you are comparing yourself to, in reality, is simply a moment in time; one perfect seeming moment. And that is not a fair assessment of the situation; yours or theirs.

THE OUTFIT

The loads of lace provided by the blue lace slip dress paired with the black lace skirt extender was just crying out for something from the masculine realm. Since all of that lace is so, well, girly, I love the juxtaposition of the moto jacket (which btw is on sale for under $60 at the moment!) and combat boots. I also love cobalt blue and black together. Something about black really adds an additional pop to cobalt making it all the more eye-catching. Although they aren’t exactly fur lined leggings, the sheer tights/hose add a little extra warmth when the weather isn’t exactly on the warm side.

THE TIP

Lace on it’s own can be beautiful. Adding an extra layer though can really make it sumptuous. For example, the blue lace slip dress I’m wearing today is gorgeous on it’s own like I wore it last summer. But adding the additional black lace extender just adds something more to it; more visual interest, more layers, more prettiness.

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Slip dress: Free People;  Jacket: Blank NYC;  Boots: Kohl’s;  Skirt extender: Grace & Lace

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10 Comments

  1. 02.22.2017 / 10:18 pm

    I have a love/hate relationship with all social media and even my blog sometimes.

    I don’t necessarily post photos of myself looking like crap but I have blogged about my illness and also took a photo afterwards where I wasn’t feeling very good just to show I was still alive.

    I must say that I enjoy my forced breaks from all of it. I’ve taken a few lately and have a few more scheduled. I didn’t use my phone or computer at all when we were in Cuba and I used it very little when we were in Phoenix for the blogger meet-up.

    I go away again in 10 days and probably will step away from it all again. It just feels overwhelming and shallow at times.

    I’m curious Debbie, who do you blog for? I’ve asked this question to a few other bloggers and I’m thinking about writing a post on it.

    bisous
    Suzanne

  2. 02.23.2017 / 5:47 am

    Love that blue lace and fringe peeking out….so fun! You’re so right, I a,ways to,d the boys that everyone you see has something they are dealing with and its real life that matters!!
    Andrea Nine recently posted…FUR AROUND MY NECK RE-CREATE, WUW & LINK-UPMy Profile

  3. 02.23.2017 / 8:07 am

    You are so right! We are only seeing a snapshot on time and have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes. I love this mix of lace and leather! This is such a fun look!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink
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  4. 02.23.2017 / 7:13 pm

    Cute outfit. You’re right about some people revealing only what they believe is positive about themselves. I’m more candid because I believe it’s healthy to be honest about our shortcomings and struggles.
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  5. 02.24.2017 / 12:06 am

    Wise words. Timely words. I used to giggle when I heard this expression, “Don’t touch the face” but these days, never have words rang more true. Of course, you could substitute face with other parts of the body but the message is clear. Looks (be they facial or physical) have become such a financially viable commodity with the advent of social media boom. To the point that many only present the good, leaving out the not so good because, you know, that doesn’t sell. On some level, we could call it as being inspirational and aspirational but where does one draw the line between that and deceit? No one, not a single person, has a perfect hour, let alone a perfect day or a perfect life. I personally find myself more drawn to someone who lets me in on his/her real world. Real ups and downs. So authentic, so relatable. I’m with Suzanne on this, I grow weary of the shallowness, you know, but there is an upside, i.e., it allows me to appreciate honest writing, and genuine souls that much more.

  6. 02.24.2017 / 4:21 am

    So coincidental you would write on this topic today – only showing the shiny happy side of life – as I am just about to write about how my month has S*CKED!!! It can be hard to find the balance, I don’t want to be all “wah wah poor me,” even though right now that’s exactly how I feel, ha. You don’t want to turn people off by being negative but it’s also nice to show that HEY, I’M REAL LIKE YOU AND CRAPPY STUFF DOES HAPPEN TO ALL OF US.

    I have to give it a little more thought on how to deliver it, but, yeah. It’s NOT all shiny and happy, not for anybody.

    But I have to say you look like you could kick NOT-SHINY HAPPY’S BUTT in this outfit!

    Bettye

  7. 02.24.2017 / 7:54 am

    Loving the rocker chic vibes on this! I need to check out that article. It is so true how social media isn’t an accurate rep of life, but rather what we want it to be.e