Outfits that use feminine pieces with rougher, edgy details make for a little mystery. This blouse from LF Stores is the epitome of the hard and soft look: the cream chiffon and floral embroidery combined with the cropped cut and faux leather collar results in a kind of sexy that’s both dainty and badass. Pairing the feminine top with distressed jeans (also from LF)—and the details of the jeans themselves—create the same effect: the subtle high waist and ankle length balance out the holes and loose fit. My black lace bra from American Apparel follows the same contradiction…and it helps a pale person like myself avoid looking like a topless woman with elaborate breast tattoos and a leather choker.
Photos by Mike Lanzillo