It’s not surprising that “You Wear It Well” by Rod Stewart has been stuck in my head ever since I settled on a title for this site, so I think it led me to subconsciously choose a retro-inspired two-piece look for a birthday celebration last Saturday.
“A little old fashioned, but that’s alright”
I love how elegant and sexy this look is! That’s ideally how I’d always like to feel…elegant and sexy. I paired the periwinkle crop top and wide leg pants with oversized gold earrings and chunky open-toe heels to complete the 70’s inspired look in a simple, chic way that didn’t feel too costume-y. I don’t usually wear makeup but I added a little on my eyes to make it all a bit more striking. I was in a bit of a rush so I let my hair fall how it was, a little messy with a little wave in it.
The birthday celebration was great, with pre-dinner vegan donuts from a cute little coffee shop followed by a feast at a funky Ethiopian restaurant. I’m allergic to dairy and eggs, and fairly sensitive to gluten, so dining out can be hard for me. Vegan restaurants tend to be the best option, because they eliminates any chance of eggs or dairy being used as ingredients. I’ve found some cultural cuisines tend to be more naturally accommodating than others, too, simply because some cultures naturally use these ingredients less in their cooking, which was the case with Ethiopian. Unfortunately, these pants are a little tight in the waist, and they expose the uppermost part of your stomach, so by the end of the night I’m not sure I was wearing them so “well”…
…Still looked great from behind though! And the best part? No bra required, or even possible really with the open nature of the back.
As for my song of the night…I love Rod Stewart’s music, I think it’s so fun and romantic and great to dance to. I don’t know too much about him as a person, but my former coworkers had an idea for an Old Western-style tv show called “Sheriff Rod,” where Rod played every single role and constantly referenced his songs while slinging a gun and chasing after “banditos”…so that’s how I like to picture him, like an out-of-place, bumbling British cowboy.
“You Wear It Well” is one of those deceptively sad songs, where the tune is so upbeat and happy but you hone in on the lyrics and are like, “Oh…” Trying to get a letter to a girl he “ain’t forgetting” was once his? Swooooon. Love the reference to Minnesota too, being a Midwestern girl and all. Blasting this song makes me feel happy and hopeful, and it gives me that heart-swelling-in-chest feeling, connecting to that so-in-love euphoria and the excitement you get from acting on it. The nostalgia factor in the lyrics is really brought out with the guitar and violin notes, and when he sings, “Since you’ve been gone, it’s hard to carry on,” you can’t help but ache a little. It’s just all around a beautifully done song that’s perfect to sing your heart out to when you need a little emotional release.
This outfit really evokes the spirit of the song to me. It’s fun, it’s romantic in a dreamy way, and it’s, appropriately, a new take on an old-fashioned style. I love picturing myself rocking out to Rod in this…preferably in a public venue, and not just in my apartment, alienating my neighbors.
“There ain’t a lady in the land so fine”
Listen to it here! “You Wear It Well”-Rod Stewart