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How To Look Like Trouble

How To Look Like Trouble

She has a look that tells you you’re in the best kind of trouble; the kind you never want to get out of.” – J. Iron Word

Several weeks ago, I went for cocktails with my photographer friends Dave and Fay at Riviera. On the way back to my car, some lecherous guy hissed at me with an amorous look on his face: “You look like trouble.” As I ran away in fear and disgust, I started wondering what he meant.

I’m a self-professed scaredy cat. I do not like the dark, insects, kale (that’s the Devil’s lettuce, for reals), heights or my feet touching the bottom of lakes. I’m also a bit of a goody goody, so his comment really stuck with me. What exactly does trouble look like anyways?

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When I think of “trouble”, I think of a pack of 15-year-olds smoking together in the mall parking lot. I also think of the 40% off sale at J.Crew…so, who knows?

The day that gross guy hissed at me, I was wearing this lovely black jumpsuit from Melanie Lyne with the frills, see-through sleeves and off-the-shoulder detail. Swinging from my shoulder was my Gucci purse that I’m clearly immensely proud of. My lips were a shade of hot pink and I pulled out the silver leopard print Jimmy Choo flats I scored in Vegas (where else – they’re bananas). This outfit is quintessentially me – “ a little bit classic, a little bit over the top” and all girly-girl.

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To this day, I’m still sort of wondering about that trouble comment and have chosen to take it as a compliment, because hey – I looked awesome that day. In fact, now that I think about it, this little experience makes me smile. That weirdo on the street is kinda making my day!

What is your definition of “trouble”?? I asked my girlfriend. Without skipping a beat, she said “Zac Efron”. I’m still laughing…

*Photography courtesy of Worn Leather Media

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. May 9, 2017 / 11:38 am

    That’s so cute! Love the purse and shoes, too. 🙂

    • Dominique
      May 9, 2017 / 12:18 pm

      Thanks, Tami!

  2. Priti Panchal
    May 9, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Like the blog, love the outfit and interesting topic as well… I have many questions and comments, I’ve had varying situations like this as well.
    When you know you look classy and sexy with a whole lotta style and the way you carry yourself, it’s a compliment (of course delivered in a rude and inappropriate way) but nonetheless take it as that. You’re trouble because you have confidence, class and style and the “guy” would fall in love you with fast and be in “trouble”
    My response – “of course I’m trouble, aren’t we all?” OR “Thank you, you look dull” have a nice night.” with a smile and a wave .. lol

    • Dominique
      May 9, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      Haha!!! Priti – you’re the best! “Thank you, you look dull” – classic…ouch!!

  3. May 9, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Oh, don’t let that guy get to you. Guys have a way of giving their opinion when it’s not asked, lol. I think you look like a dream. This is a classic outfit.

    And I love your friend’s Zac Efron comment and your J. Crew sale comment. Both can be trouble in their own right (I’m more of a Chris Hemsworth kind of trouble though, lol).

    • Dominique
      May 9, 2017 / 4:21 pm

      Oooh. I like Chris Hemsworth trouble too. Liam or Chris?? The one who’s Thor. LOL! Mmmmmmm…..

      Thanks, Cheryl!

  4. May 9, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    The jumpsuit is so alluring and feminine Dom! I love the soft ruffles but the black adds an edgy appeal that is sexy! I love the purse! Oh, I need one myself! Trouble is chocolate donuts and online shopping!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

    • Dominique
      May 9, 2017 / 4:22 pm

      I agree with your versions of trouble too! LOL! Thank you so much, Debbie. That jumpsuit would be lovely on you!

  5. May 9, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    Haha I love your post title! You don’t look like trouble so much as you know how to stop trouble in it’s tracks with your boss-ness! Love a good jumpsuit and this one is slaying it on you!

    • Dominique
      May 9, 2017 / 4:17 pm

      Thanks, Rachel! I think about that experience and laugh now at how I reacted. He was so gross. Thanks for your sweet words!

  6. Jocelyn
    May 9, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    You seriously scored a ‘jaw-drop’ from me when you walked out of the change room wearing that spectacular black jumpsuit. Rockin’ this look, any words exchanged have surely been compliments!

    • Dominique
      May 9, 2017 / 4:17 pm

      Aww, J! How fun was that night? I can’t thank you enough for coming out! The jumpsuit is such a hit. So glad I got it!! xoxoxoxo

    • Dominique
      May 9, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      Ha! Maren! You made me bust out laughing. That guy totally looked like trouble! Thank you so much for reading!

  7. Kaite
    May 9, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    Love the jumpsuit, D! I’m on the hunt for something black for Andrea’s wedding and never considered Melanie Lynn but maybe I will now. Funny story too, btw!

    • Dominique
      May 9, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      Hey Katie! Thanks for your kind words! That jumpsuit is amazing. If you want to borrow it, let me know! xoxox

  8. May 9, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Well, you look fabulous! I know that whenever I put on red, I will literally stop people in their tracks. For this reason only, I refuse to wear any form of a red dress at work! lol But when it’s time to have fun, I have no problem pulling it out so I can look like “trouble”. Now that I am sporting blonde hair? Watch out world!

    • Dominique
      May 9, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      This is the BEST COMMENT EVER.

  9. May 9, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Ha ha, what a cute post! I totally relate to your idea of trouble! You look amazing in that off the shoulder look and Vegas has the most amazing shopping. want to move there!!


  10. May 13, 2017 / 4:17 am

    Haha, I love title & the story behind the post. You look absolutely stunning in that dress, and the shoe & bag combo is very pleasing.
    Even if the guy looked gross, just know that you are way up-class for guys like them, so they have to drop a stupid comment 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

    – xx amanda

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