2016 has been a very strange year. It seems like every week there is something happening that is at the least bizarre and at the worst a total tragedy. Something that I count on the tragic end of things is the loss of two legends who were true icons in every way – Prince and David Bowie.
These two men changed pop culture in countless ways and inspired millions and millions of people with their music and their fashion. They showed the world that not only is it okay to be different but that it’s extraordinary and AMAZING to be different and that is why this post, ‘dearly beloved’, is dedicated to them.
First things first. We have GOT to talk about The Patch. I saw this beautiful post of this graphic on a black bomber jacket scrolling through Laser Kitten on instagram one day and I’m not exaggerating when I say that right away my heart started beating faster. I immediately went to the link but having just purchased some bomber jackets was a little hesitant of another one. Then I saw it. The Patch. I saw it and my mind went to the Pull & Bear denim jacket I have lying in the back of my trunk just waiting for some magic to be done to it and it is safe to say I have never checked out of a store so quickly.
At 10″ it is a definite statement piece so you will want to make sure you have an item that has enough surface area for it to shine. It is also very high quality and pretty heavy so I found denim to be a perfect backdrop for it’s sturdiness. Twenty minutes and a quick ironing job on my kitchen counter and this beauty was born.
One of the most inspiring ways Prince and Bowie experimented with fashion was their complete disregard for what was “for men” and what was “for women”. If they liked it, they wore it, end of story. Often this ended with a mixture of masculine and feminine details in their looks and that is what I set out to achieve with my own outfit here. Since there is a lot of color and texture to the overall look, I kept the basics minimal with some legging bike shorts and a plain black tee. The Pull & Bear denim coat is actually from the men’s section of ASOS and I loved the oversized feel of it from the moment I saw it. A secret tip of mine is actually always checking the men’s section (especially coats and tops) at ASOS and FOREVER 21. Accessorizing came quickly for this ensemble – Aviators have a traditionally unisex feel to them though these HIGHKEY by Desi x Quay beauties are certainly more glam than most others. The velvet tie corsage from ASOS and leather bow hair tie from Sephora brought the feminine energy in and completed the overall look.
For makeup I went with drama – a dark, defined brow (lately I have been loving Colourpop’s brow pencil), heavy bronzer and a bright pink lip which is a mix of Candy Yum Yum and Saint Germaine, both by MAC.
In keeping with the fun and vibrant tone of the overall outfit, for my hair I kept it simple with natural curls pulled into a high pony. This also lets the jacket shine without a ton of texture covering it up and also let the makeup stand alone as well.
Ready to put your own spin on things? To recreate this look you will need:
Laser Kitten has this and quite a few other types of patches available via their website and there is a goldmine of patches on etsy as well. If you aren’t quite ready for the committment of an iron on patch, there are thousands of amazing hand designed pins out there that can tell the world who you are just as well. Find the one that speaks to you the loudest and make it your own.
Though the loss of these two icons is felt on a daily basis, we can help keep pieces of what made their spirits so special around for many many more years. Neither Prince nor Bowie could be summarized in one particular genre – not musically, not in fashion, not in their personal lives. It’s impossible to describe either one in any certain category because they defy them all. Loving them for my entire life, and losing them within just a few short months of each other this year, has definitely reminded me that we should be spending our time here doing things that make us happy, embracing our passions and celebrating the things that make us unique.