By Marcie Everhart
I snagged these black floral embroidered jeans at the local JC Penney in September, six months ago, no big deal, and snapped these pics after meeting a friend for lunch near downtown.
At the time I thought, that’s a LOT of flowers right on the hip of a short-legged girl! I was going for an all-black canvas to allow the bright flowers on the jeans and booties to really stand out.
I felt I needed to think of ways to minimize what at the time looked like an overly generous amount of embroidering to me.
This poncho has a ruffled hemline constantly in motion, hiding then revealing the flowers on the hip.
I’m holding it up here, but I like how the flowers peek out when I’m moving. It intrigues the eye.
To explore mixing the red floral with a red plaid, I tried a red and black buffalo plaid shirt first, and it wasn’t quite right, then found this one in the closet with a touch of turquoise. Its wash of colors more closely matched the flowers.
This outfit made me really happy — thinking about my home of wild prairie flowers, red-white-and-blue Americana, fringed little cowboy boots, and a necklace charm of a red and turquoise chief’s headdress. I’m reading a historical book about Quanah Parker and the Comanche tribe right now. The belt is Reba McEntire’s I picked up last year I think. Reba’s an Oklahoma girl, too, right! #muricah
Hold on to your hat, here comes spring in Oklahoma! With a black tee or tank under this lovely sheer floral duster, you can go right on in to summer looking like a wild, beautiful thunderstorm.
I dub these pictures the Wicked Witch of the West Wind, :^).
I appreciate how some women find the best way to style a piece and it’s perfect, just hit repeat. I tend to keep tweaking and experimenting, playing. In this case, I think each outfit gets stronger, reflecting different moods, as I went along, moving from rocker through western to bohemian.
I think I may be a terrible laundress, haha, and I washed them inside out in cold water and everything! But both the black fabric and red embroidery threads have weathered over time, and the contrast is not so intense. I like them better this way actually.
The Real-Real Behind the Scenes
At one point, early in my career while working for newspapers (as an arts/entertainment/lifestyles reporter then in advertising and in-house promotions), I designed “rack cards” like this…it’s the card on the front of old newspaper racks that is switched out every season. So when I saw this rack downtown, I began waxing nostalgic, lol.
An old newspaperwoman, re-inventing for today’s bloggy world.
A Little Background Music
Oh, but you can change it and rearrange it.
a.n.a. Embroidered Jegging, JC Penney, $22. *these ones are mine
Chelsea & Violet Floral Duster, Dillards, $22. *this one is mine
Apt. 9 Ruffled Ruana, Kohl’s, $27. *this one is mine
*Photos of Marcie by Tammy Seibert