2016 Summed Up In One Outfit

George Michael 1980s inspired outfit Monkey white button up jeans suspenders flair pork pie hat red lipstick

As the old saying goes.. wear your heart on your sleeve and your life on your suspenders?

It’s the time of year when everyone looks back to reflect on what the heck just happened.

While I do plan on coming up with a proper round-up post, this outfit is a more literal approach to looking back at 2016. Turns out, most of life can be summed up in one cleverly written button!

George Michael 1980s inspired outfit Monkey white button up jeans suspenders flair pork pie hat red lipstick George Michael 1980s inspired outfit Monkey white button up jeans suspenders flair pork pie hat red lipstickGeorge Michael 1980s inspired outfit Monkey white button up jeans suspenders flair pork pie hat red lipstick

The inspiration behind this outfit came from the music video for the song Monkey by (the now late) George Michael. He’s an icon to me both through his music and in his fashion so it feels fitting to pay my respects to him through what I’m wearing.

I just received the black suspenders for Christmas and dreamed of covering them in enamel pins. Maybe I should add it to my list of fun ways to wear flair?

Of course I had to add my thrifted George Michael pin but then I added 10 others that embodied a moment in time from my life this year. It’s daunting to wear your emotions on your clothes!

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This year was full of really high highs and super low lows for me. I look forward to reflecting on the positive fashion-related ones in my next post.. and forgetting about all the awful ones forever.

But if George Michael taught us anything it’s that we gotta faith! Faith that everything will work out and that all the heartbreak and crappy feelings we have are just preparing us for a big, bright future.

And even in the tough times, at least we can dress cute, right?

white button up black suspenders vintage thrifted flair buttons enamel pins outfit outfit-details-imageThrifted button down, $1.23 (shop similar blouse)
AMIClubwear jeans, paid with gift card (shop similar jeans)
Walmart black flats, $6 (shop similar shoes)
Black suspenders, gifted (shop similar suspenders)
Thrifted/vintage/gifted pins
Black ASOS pork pie hat, paid w/ gift card (shop exact hat)
MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo (shop exact lipstick)

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  • It was so sad to learn of his passing.

    This is a very fun totally 80’s quirky outfit. Half the time when I visit your blog it is like I’m living my youth ; P That’s not a bad thing.

    Here’s to a much better 2017!

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • Thank you, Suzanne! I hear that often that I remind people of their ’80s youth. I think that is so cool! Cheers to the new year!

  • What a cute tribute to George Michael – he was a favorite in my house growing up as well. I love this look on you – I have a pair of suspenders from years ago…perhaps it’s time to dust ’em off and get them incorporated into my wardrobe again! They’re so fun!

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    • Thank you, Sara! I can totally see suspenders adding an unexpected edge to your retro outfits. Very rockabilly!

  • Um, you look amazing! I love these suspenders.

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