outfit: loose associations


Here’s a quick outfit post with a top from Kowtow that was meant to replace my retired, beloved, tattered and torn French Connection top (see below).  By the time I recycled it, it had been worn on at least a biweekly basis for 7 years!  It had about 10 holes in it (I know, shameful!).  My BF bluntly told me it had to go.  He was right.  I don’t get why I liked this top so much.  Technically, it’s ugly.  But I thought it was interesting.  I’m not into prints usually, but something about a bold black print, that isn’t full of motifs, and isn’t symmetrical, I found intriguing.  I liked how it seemed to tell an abstract story and felt sort of like a Rorschach test.  And of course, I’m always a sucker for a loose cotton boxy top that looks good tucked and untucked.

french connection top retired prints
Anyway, when I first saw this flower Kowtow shirt… actually I had been stalking it for quite some time.  It didn’t leave my mind for loosely associated qualities I found in that old top.  The flowers look hand drawn, each a little different from each other.  It reminded me of a little girl daydreaming in class, doodling at the corner of her notebook.  And although a print, I think it’s lighthearted enough to wear over and over.  Anyway, it ended up being a good purchase.  I’m actually starting to experience how being aware of my own nuanced style preferences has been a big help in making better choices.  And by the way, Kowtow has some great basics and nice looking trousers; if you’re in need of filling some wardrobe basics gaps and want to stay ethical, that’s a good place to start.

[outfit: kowtow flower top, Levi 501 CT, New Balance 999, Cluse watch, APC half moon bag]


2 thoughts on “outfit: loose associations

  1. So cute, of course I’m biased as I have the black tee with white flowers version and I love it! The cotton is a great weight. Kowtow are one of my favourite brands, their trestle pants are great if you like a drop crotch.


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