WIW 11/27: Polished UWP, statement basics, hypermatchy, and rubric

Is there such a thing as polished Urban Warrior Princess? I don't have a speck of RATE in my style--I'm quite polished and ladylike, but my shadow or aspirational style persona is UWP. I felt rather UWP in this outfit today because of the lack of color (black and more black), exposed zipper, spiked metallic cuff bracelet (defensive weapon?), apocalyptic dead tree branches on the skirt and earrings, and black boots. But I don't know whether the UWP brigade would consider this UWP enough to pass muster and join the warrior ranks, or whether I'm just a poser recruit? LOL!

I was also thinking about the concept of "statement basics" after I posted on Shannon's thread:
Like Una once said about herself, I hate shopping for basics and have a closet full of statement pieces. Even with my "basics" I like to have some sort of interesting twist or detail that makes the item a little unique. Like this black cowl neck top I just got from Target---it's otherwise pretty plain, but it has an asymmetrical zipper going up the side which makes it fun. I don't feel quite as fab when I just wear a bunch of plain solid neutral colored pieces, so I like to wear "statement basics"!

Another thing--I'm really into matchy matchy, if you can't already tell. I bought these tree branch earrings last year at Nordstrom but never had the occasion to wear them. But they're a perfect match for this Rachel Roy tree branch skirt so I couldn't resist! I was somewhat matchy matchy before YLF, but in a frumpish way (ie cardigan twinsets and buying outfit sets like an Ann Taylor printed bias cut skirt and matching twinset). But now I'm into "hypermatchy" (like this Kate Spade Japanese floral outfit http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....ypermatchy), which could either be ridiculous or fashion-forward, depending on your point of view ;) So this earring/skirt pair tickles my matchy matchy bone!

Finally, even though this outfit is very dark and drab compared to my usual colorful style, it still follows my rubric, so it felt very me:
Color or contrast--contrast with the black and white skirt (and do red lips count for color?)
Matchy matchy--tree branch skirt and earrings; grey bracelet and socks
Pattern--tree branches
Fitted--my clothes have definitely become more fitted and body-con since I'm still trying to wear non-maternity clothes, LOL!
Flair--the skirt and the bracelet

Target Converse One Star Larissa zip up top:
Nordstrom Rack Rachel Roy Tree Skirt
Nordstrom tree branch earrings (sorry, forgot the designer)
Forever 21 spiked bars stretch bracelet
Mia Nanette black lace-up ankle booties
Gap grey trouser socks
Le Sak black purse

Thanks for looking and commenting!

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  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    I love it, Natalie!

    As for UWP... Well, we've discussed that some of us are more urban, some more warrior, and some more princess! So this seems to me like the emphasis on P (polished princess) in a good way! Leather and laceup boots... I think I'm channeling a bit of this vibe today though my boots are more RATE - I mean, I'm wearing a DRESS. :)

  • annagybe replied 7 years ago

    Oooh I really like this. You look tough, but you're pregnant. Such a great juxtaposition.

  • Sylvie replied 7 years ago

    Now that's the sort of matchy-matchy I like! The earrings + skirt are brilliant.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    I love it, Natalie. I don't know what you call it, but it's good!

    That skirt is so gorgeous. Even though I have no place really to wear more pencil skirts, I still wish I had ordered it!

  • Mo replied 7 years ago

    My favorite outfit of yours! I agree with both Una and Suz - the emphasis is on polished, not so much warrior, and I also kinda lusted after this skirt although I have no need for one either!

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    OH, I'm dying over the earrings with the skirt! And the others are right: you are just heavier on the P in UWP. A warrior in her dress uniform! :)

  • bj1111 replied 7 years ago

    my fave of all the outfits thus far. the red lips are the icing.

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    I see what every is saying more princess but touches of UW - this is a fantastic look on you!

  • Gaylene replied 7 years ago

    A polished look with a flash of danger--that's a look that every pregnant woman ought to wear. And you do it so well here, Natalie. I love it.

  • ManidipaM replied 7 years ago

    I love the tough pregnant princess! :-D And I'm not very matchy myself, more mix-y(?), but I don't think I could resist picking up the skirt's tree motif in the earrings either! Continuity ties things together, no?

  • Day Vies replied 7 years ago

    I am definitely getting a clearer picture of UWP based on this outfit which I love -- especially the earrings.

    I think the organic twists of the tree branches keep this outfit out of biker babe territory (not that it would be a bad thing!). However the metal details and the organic branches are a very nice juxtaposition. Bravo!

  • Kat replied 7 years ago

    Gorgeous UWPP (polished princess). Love everything individually and together (and you make that top look seriously improved from the website model's version). Well done.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    Oh this is so cool....I'm not sure I see alot of Warrior in this particular outfit, but I do see Urban and Princess. And my goodness...THOSE EARRINGS!!! Gorgeous and perfect with the skirt. This outfit is stylish and yet looks comfortable. Fabulous!

  • Sona replied 7 years ago

    super LOVE. very very polished UWP.

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    Jeepers creepers, this is amazing! Maybe my favorite outfit of yours ever!!

  • Raisin replied 7 years ago

    I am loving this outfit! So cool! B&W is always great and all the touches are just icing.

  • replied 7 years ago

    This looks great, Natalie!

  • Ariadne replied 7 years ago

    I love everything about this outfit and I want to steal it allll!

  • Jewell replied 7 years ago

    Well I'm a fan of this look- whatever it's called! There are so many details here that I love especially since our rubrics share a few common elements. Having been away from the forum for a while I can see how you've grown even more in tune with your personal style. You articulated your thought process and what you learned like an expert fashion blogger yourself!

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