In high school, I “discovered” the movie Top Gun thanks to a long over-due rental copy of the film (which still may be somewhere amongst my stuff in my parents’ home) and wanted All Things Fighter Pilot. I became obsessed with the F-14 Tomcat, I seriously looked into the qualifications for Annapolis, I bought aviator sunglasses, collected naval air squadron patches (VF-1 wolfpack!) and sported personalized dog tags that I got while on a tour of the Intrepid. Somehow at the time I felt like I could fool people into thinking that this gawky 15-year old could be the next ace of the skies.
Summertime brought about swimsuit tan lines and over-use of Sun-In in my hair (Sun-In is meant to help lighten blonde hair, ladies, it has the most “flattering” effect of turning dark hair into weird brassy shades of orange) – partly because I wanted to seem like I was carefree and spent my Augusts laying out by the water with the sand between my toes, not working part-time at a card shop and staying clear from the water because I couldn’t swim.
I played lacrosse in college, so of course I had to stress that to the Nth degree by hanging around and go to class in LAX team shorts, cleats slung over my shoulder, and/or my banged up stick with the dirty grips sticking out of my gym bag. Forget that we sucked, I was a collegiate athlete.
I think I’ve come quite a ways since high school and college and actually try to avoid looking potentially like something I’m not. So I was hesitant at first when it came to acquiring this camo jacket (though I’ve wanted a camo something forever). To keep the whole feel more fashion statement-y than tour of duty though, I’ve been keeping the look more girlie than tough, accessorizing with pink and big flowers.
Have you ever found yourself “faking it to make it” with fashion?
Jacket: J.Crew camo (worn here - sim, sim, sim, studded)
Shirt: LEC gingham poplin (worn here - sim, sim, neon)
Jeans: J.Crew vintage destroyed matchstick (worn here - sim, sim, skinny)
Brooch: Broochmaker via Etsy (worn here - sim, sim, luxe)
Bracelets: Asos (set or single), J.Crew (sim), Target (sim)
Bag: Holding Horses via Anthropologie tasseled leather (worn here - sim, sim, quilted)
Shoes: Seychelles ring in the new year (worn here - sim, wedge, solid, luxed out)
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