Did anyone watch the VMAs this weekend? Even more than scoping out the red carpet looks, I love to see what the artists wear to perform. I loved the whole concept of Katy Perry in the boxing ring and her back up dancers in stylized sweatshirts and sweatpants, complete with faux sweat, of course. And I thought Justin’s black and white look was so effortlessly cool and loved the way each of the N’SYNC band mates had different versions of the same black and white shirt concept — and let’s be honest, that little performance just made all of my teenage dreams come true again!

I have so much respect for the costume designers and stylists that work with these artists to essentially create these amazing pieces of performance art. Maybe not to the same conspicuous extent, but every person’s individual style does the same job of telling a story — a crisp collar tucked into a perfectly fitted pencil skirt says “I mean business,” while a sheer cotton maxi dress might say “Don’t bother me, I’m on vacation.”  I wore this mix of patterns and colors to visit the Getty Museum, just to push my own more minimalist tendencies.

My favorite thing about the Getty is that the museum itself is as much a work of art as the masterpieces that it houses.  There are so many strong lines and textures at play, as well as the softness of all of the lush plants and flowers that are speckled throughout. This look is similar in the sense that it has a lot of straight lines and metal hardware mixed with the softness of the floral patterns and ruffled peplum.

If style is art, then there are no hard and fast rules. It’s okay to push your own comfort level every once in awhile and try something new. How else would our personal style continue to evolve?

Get the look!

Top, Zara / Pants, Gap / Bag, Purchase in Italy / Shoes, Anthropologie / Necklace, Realia by Jen

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    Marie | August 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I love how you define style, as telling a story. I’m the least stylish person in the world, so that’s a reframe that I might be able to get on board with 🙂 Also, big props on talking about the VMAs without mentioning The Incident!

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    Quyen Nguyen (@LiveItinerantly) | August 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I love the mixing of the prints. I wish I could pull that off!

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    Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls | August 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I love your style philosophy, Jen! My style tends to reflect my mood, but I always make an extra effort on those “blah” days (I don’t want to look blah, in addition to feeling blah, if that makes any sense 🙂 Anyways, I really love this ensemble: I tend to play it safe when it comes to prints, but I think I’m ready to push myself out of the style box, and experiment a little bit. I love that your outfit is edgy, but not over the top. A great source of inspiration!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

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    Supal {chevrons and éclairs} | August 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I’m loving all the colors and patterns!!


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    All in a Soiree | August 27, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Such cute style loving all these prints

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    Anouk | August 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    This is an outfit that on paper, should work, but doesn’t in person. The patterns look great together and the silhouette is flattering and modern. But I think all that floral with a peplum, makes the whole outfit look dated.

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    Erin | August 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    If style is art there are no rules- love that!

    xx Erin

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    kelsey | August 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    such a sweet look! love the top!
    kw, ladies in navy

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    that'd be perfect | August 27, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    gorgeous–i completely agree, you must try something new in order to evolve in fashion!

    tara :: that’d be perfect

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    Camila Mensah | August 29, 2013 at 11:06 am

    LOVE the green pants 🙂

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    Katie | August 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I love that outfit so much! Those shoes definitley complete it! I have similar ones in brown now i need that shirt!

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