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Style: Trailer Chic

After wasting spending time watching reruns of My Name is Earl on Hulu, I was inspired to dress like Jamie Pressly’s character who, let’s be honest, is a l’il trashy. Trashy can be fun when it’s done right, though! Let’s take a look at some of the key elements:

1 & 2 “A-line” Tank top Shown: American Apparel 2. Hanes
To keep it simple, go for the ol’ standby classic: a ribbed cotton wifebeater. If you don’t like the idea of wearing such violent-sounding clothing, try to find something that looks like it was procured at an impromptu roadside biker rally. I picked up my combination tie-dye/bald eagle flyin’ atcha duck! ribbed tank top from a mall in New Jersey. ‘Nuff said.

Bonus points: Tube top or bikini top–anything that opens the possibility of “accidentally” exposing boobs.

3. “Gold” accessories Shown: earrings, girlprops.com
You can’t go wrong with a cheap gold accessory in this case, so I say doorknocker earrings for the win! You could also try hoops the size of a small foreign car–as long as they’re not real gold. Because really, what would be the point then?

Bonus points: Wear a several pairs of said oversized earrings.

4. Cutoffs Shown: Ksubi, LaGarconne
I made my denim cutoffs from an old pair of jeans–my “8th grade jeans” to be exact. I remember roaming the halls of WWMS thinking I was hot stuff when I wore those jeans, but eventually I, er…”outgrew” them. Not to worry! A few rough measurements and handy pair of scissors took care of that in less than two minutes. You can buy ’em or do it yourself–they’ll fray and fade nicely after a few washings.

Bonus points: Cut the leg higher than the bottom of the pocket lining for a Britney pre-comeback look.

Note: If you stop here, you’ll probably fall into “trailer” side of this look, which just so happens to be all over the runways right now so score! If you prefer to add a bit of chic, keep going.

5. Add a cover up Shown: Lux, Urban Outfitters
I know I said the point was to show skin, but limiting the exposed skin to one body part (legs, shoulders, back, etc.) will keep you from getting arrested while standing on the corner waiting for your bus. I chose a black open cardigan because it’s easy to put on and remove. For when I get hot, not to fool the cops! Jeez…

Bonus points: Wear a well-cut designer piece like Nini.

6 & 7 Keep the remaining accessories sleek Shown: Belle by Sigerson Morrison sandals, Shopbop; Michael Michael Kors belt, Bluefly
A simple black belt with a gold buckle, strappy black sandals, a vintage cuff…I wore these because black leather is always trailer-appropriate, but also because of the streamlined silhouettes. In this case, too many accessories can look busy and distracting.

To achieve style harmony you must balance the trailer and the chic, grasshopper.

Do you ever get inspiration from unusual places? What are your tips for mixing seemingly disparate styles?

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8 Comments
  • Alicia

    July 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm Reply

    Stripper heels. LOL

    They look great with blazers and jeans. =D

  • Fajr || Stylish Thougth

    July 21, 2009 at 10:43 pm Reply

    This is too funny! And I ain’t mad at cha for still fitting in your “8th grade jeans”!

  • Kyla

    July 22, 2009 at 11:59 am Reply

    Love, love, love, freakin’ love this! It’s the cover-up and awesome sandals that make it so awesome. And it helps that you have great legs!

  • San Francisco Stylephile

    July 22, 2009 at 12:02 pm Reply

    I was dying reading this! Awesome post. And I seriously doubt you could ever look trashy.

  • Gisela

    July 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm Reply

    first of let me say i love your blog! you have a great sense of style! and those cut-off shorts look perfect on you! interesting where you find inspiration isn’t it? I’m a fan of mixing hi and lo fashion, to me the juxtaposition creates wicked contrasts! btw, thanks for visiting my blog, hope to see you there soon 😉
    xo!
    -Gisela
    http://www.heightsoffashion.typepad.com

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