I’ve been a little MIA from the blog this week, which isn’t ideal because I only just launched last week. Normally, I would be going in strong because that’s just how I like to set things off, but I’ve been up at my summer place since Thursday due to a wedding over the weekend, and if I arrived up here with a pair of platform shoes, people would probably tell me to GTFO of their bars and go back to Hollywood, because that’s the type of vibe up here. If you can’t chill, don’t come. So I don’t have much with me by way of blog-worthy clothes. I’m also lazy AF about packing, so that played a strong hand in my ‘chasm of bloggable shit’ situation. Regardless, I’ve come to the conclusion that I have no business calling myself a semi fashion blogger (of sorts) if I can’t find a way to make any and everything dope. Thus, I would like to introduce you to my first running series: TOBY K vs. In this series, I will meet the fashion challenges the world throws at me head on, make them my bitch, and bring you along with me one step at a time so that you too, can make fashion your bitch, and make any piece/outfit have your own personal feel. So, in this very special, introductory edition of TOBY K vs, I am going to take down: my moms closet. But not JUST my moms closet, my moms closet at my summer house. I should note that I’m a bit lucky since my mom was a buyer for Lord and Taylor in NYC back in her day, so she has some fun clothes that she’s saved over the years because much like myself, she has a funky style, and is a bit of a hoarder, SO, starting out, I had some fun things to work with. The piece I chose for todays post is an 80’s style, red linen jumpsuit, and the look we’re going for is one I like to call “hip toddler at a festival”. I love jumpsuits. More than anything. This will soon become abundantly clear if you keep up with the blog. But, since it’s not quite hot enough for bare arms up at my summer place, we’re going to need a base (which is all the better, because TOBY K fashion is about wearing as much stuff as possible, at any given time). Red can be a hard color to work with, but remember kids: red and black will always work. Every time, I promise. They’re also my moms staple colors, so since this post is about her clothes, the choice seemed fitting. First let’s add a basic black t shirt as a base. Next: add more black. This jumpsuit actually does have a ruched elastic waist, but for the sake of fashion, go ahead and tie a light-weight long sleeved black jacket around your waist to accentuate your figure, and break up that red a bit. Also, as I mentioned before, when it come to getting dressed: the more things you’re wearing, the better. Next step is my favorite part: accessorize that bitch. Luckily my mom had a pair of old school black and tan boat shoes which matched a black and tan backpack I have, but feel free to improvise with whatever you’ve got. Do note that a backpack is highly recommended for not just this outfit, but for your wardrobe in general. If you don’t already own a nice leather one, make the investment. It will change your life, I swear. And lastly, to really take it to that ‘Michelle Tanner on an outdoor field trip’ type look, throw on a baseball cap. +2 points if you wear it backwards. And there you have it, you’re ready to go make friends with a 4th grader.