We took advantage of the stellar outdoor space outside of The Soda Parlor for these outfit photos. The little patio is right under a water tower and there are cafe lights strung about the support beams. It's all kinds of wonderful to hang out there for a while. It happens to be the reason I fell Alanis Morissette style head over feet in love with the city the first time we came through. Can I just hobo it up and squat in that water tower? I can just tell it was meant to be my home.
Our first time visiting Nashville, we were driving home from Georgia and we arrived in full road trip attire. Comfy, frumpy, and slightly smelly. I really didn't think anything of it because it's Nashville, right? Home of country music. Besides some long gone artists from another era, I can't think of a single country music artist that I personally would consider a style icon. Real talk here. I don't really consider country music very cool. However, when we arrived, I was surprised to find the locals to be much like Milwaukee city dwellers. They had a creative, current, and unique flair to their style that isn't exactly meant for the streets of New York or Paris, but it's all about personality. These were my people and I was in road trip clothes! I immediately went into emergency mode; cuffing and tying things into a suitable outfit. It's not that I think it's some huge faux pas not to be dressed to the standards of those around you. Seriously. Eff that. For me it's about being a part of the fun and I was missing an opportunity to be a part of a scene that I connected with!
I was not going to make that mistake the second time around. I packed my new favorite outfit in a bag and changed from my wrinkly road trip clothes in a truck stop bathroom because this was going to happen! And, yes, this outfit was worth a truck stop change. I am in love with circle skirts, but the weight of this slinky fabric has the most amazing fluidity to it. Combining that with the twirl-ability of a circle skirt and you've got nirvana.
Of course, that wasn't enough for me. Adding the clashing red shoes (I created cohesion by wearing a matching red lip) and the boater hat took the outfit to a spunkier, quirkier level that made me oh so very happy. Especially because both were totally practical choices. The hat provide sun coverage for my sun phobic skin and Saltwater Sandals form to your feet, guys! Just by following the instructions included in the box, they fit perfectly. Which meant they were so comfortable to walk in all day. The marriage of form and function just gets me into a happy place.
No regets this time around. I did it up. Check out yesterday's post to see the photographic evidence of our fun!
Shirt: Target (exact in stripe pattern, similar in plus) | Skirt: Modcloth (similar colors, similar style) | Shoes: Modcloth | Hat: Thrifted (similar) | Lips: Colourpop's Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Succulent