Plaid and Rad

A couple weeks ago, I went to the Scottish-Irish Highlands festival in Estes Park with my family and it was the coolest event! I've never studied much of my heritage or ancestral culture so to witness the festivities, eat the food, and see the differences in all the tribes was intriguing and beautiful. Besides the hardcore Irish bands and kids performing jigs (pretty adorable), I was fascinated by the beautiful tartan patterns that each tribe wore to represent their region or territory. The tents were lined with woven striped patterns of vivid color. There were members in each tent sporting their colors and luring in festival goers with food and drink. 

Seeing everyone rep their prints reminded me how we are to clothe ourselves as Christians; not our physical dress but figuratively. 

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
- Colossians 3:12-15

People should recognize us by how quickly we forgive each other, the grace we extend, and the love that we possess for others unconditionally. That love is what makes it possible to put on all other godly pieces of "clothing." May we remember that it is fun to dress up, it feels great to look your best, but above all, your character and the love you display is the most valuable and beautiful representation of who you are because of the God who loves you. I pray God continuously reminds me that in everything I do, sharing God's truth is the point, and those that I interact with recognize my compassion over my fashion. 

I love a great trouser and wanted to see how I could style it more lax for a Saturday or conservative, cool for the office. Pairing them with a loose white tee and sliders looks tomboy chic! My mom has a beautiful vintage Chanel handbag that we polished and it breathed new life into it. It's perfect for any situation, but I love the contrast of casual with luxury. For my office look, I paired the trousers with a light-weight thin striped turtleneck from Nordstrom. Instead of the patterns competing, the size of the stripes complimented the green and navy tartan pattern. Throw on a pair of heels, glasses (mine serve a purpose but I totally support wearing glasses as an accessory even if you don't need them) and BAM! office ready. 

Photography by Noah Berg

Tartan Trousers: Urban Outfitters (old)
Vintage Chanel bag
Vintage Blue bag

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1 comment:

  1. That bag is INSANE!!! Obsessed with this whole look pretty girl! And the message!