Basic. I like to think that I am anything but BASIC. While I love "basics" or a "basic" color scheme, that doesn't mean I have to BE basic. Right? Right. Why would I confine myself to being basic? As cheesy as it sounds, my parents told me to always be extraordinary, and until the recent years of my life, I never understood what that meant exactly. Growing up, extraordinary was someone that I simply couldn't be. Those people saved lives. They walked on the moon. They won championships. Extraordinary people just weren't me. I was ordinary, I was basic. But why couldn't I be extraordinary? What was holding me back? Myself. I was the one who was limiting myself. I thought I was basic, therefore in my mind I couldn't be anything more. Well, I am here to tell you that I don't want to be basic. I want to be extraordinary. I don't have to save lives on the operating table, nor do I need to walk on the moon. But being some that takes chances and makes the most of life...that counts. I want to be someone that outsiders look at and say, "she's doing something." I want my kids to one day look at me and say "mom, you made the most of life." I want me parents to look at me and say "she's more than we dreamed she would be." I am vowing to not be basic. I am vowing to not restrict myself anymore. Because really, there is a difference in loving the basics and being BASIC. And basic is not what I want to be.
So with all of that being said, even though I do not want to BE basic, I can still love my basics in my wardrobe. Exhibit A, this camel sweater dress. This dress is a classic number with a twist and it is the perfect staple to add to your wardrobe. The simplicity of the dress goes a long way, but the tie detail on the sleeves definitely brings a special touch. You can easily pair this dress with tall boots (as I did here), or you can dress it up with a pair of booties. By adding the right accessory, this dress can easily go from casual to fancy. Or from basic to extraordinary. And I love it!
Photos by Darian Kayce Photography