I can’t abide by real fur (no judgement, just my personal preference). But I do love pretty much anything reminiscent of animals in fashion – prints, fur, skins, and the like. So I made my first step into faux fur with this vest. And, even though it’s fake it is still remarkably warm and soft. I can’t say much more (because the vest really speaks for itself) except this: if you haven’t yet tried some faux fur, be fearless and give it a shot.
Vest by Collection 18 | Pants by Kenneth Cole | Boots by Pour La Victoire | Belt by Calvin Klein | Chain necklace from Forever 21
To be honest, the stripes on this vest are entirely too symmetrical so I’m not certain what animal I’m supposed to be representing. But really, who cares? It’s meant to be fun. Aren’t we having fun?
Fair Isle is a highly complicated, very involved technique in knitting. My novice hands cower at the thought of the intricacy of this stitch so I leave it to the experts (i.e. not me). This open-front, draped cardigan is of the Fair Isle kind and I fell in love with the bright colors (pink and blue? yes please!) and homey, comfy feel of the yarn. Thrown over some black skinnies and a tank (also complete with draping across the front) and I had one of the world’s simplest outfits. Oooh, then uplift me with those 5″ heels.
Cardigan by Asos
Pants from Gap | Top from Nordstrom house brand
Pumps by Pour La Victoire
Q: What’s the fastest way to make a simple outfit come to life?
A: Wear brightly colored tights.
It’s a no-brainer, really. If I don’t want to think too much about piecing an outfit together, I go all-black and pull on some cheerful tights. Color blocking (juxtaposing large areas of bright colors in one outfit) doesn’t ever seem to go out of style, and this is a subtle approach to that trend. Besides being a fantastic cobalt blue, my tights are soft, supple, and super opaque (not to mention, warm).
Sweater dress by Mango (via Bogota, Colombia) | Tights by Wolford
Shoes by Karen Millen…it was one of those moments where I popped into a store I’d never noticed and the stars aligned. Last pair. About 90% off retail (we’re talking under $50….I know!) and they fit like a glove. Patent leather, 5″ heel, 1.5″ platform and a fitted ankle strap. Can we say “magic”?
Who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day? Or when it’s raining? Or, on a day other than your wedding? Whoever that person is, is downright crazy. There’s something about white that is always fresh, clean, and airy. White breathes and feels approachable and unfussy. This dress, a short, baby-doll style, inspires a little bounce in my step. I wear this dress and immediately want to throw my hair up in what a co-worker calls my “fun bun”.
In my mind, defying the gross, gray weather outside with a white dress is the right way to keep one’s spirit uplifted. You’d be surprised what kind of impact our clothes have on our mindsets (and others’ as well). Plus, wearing all white catches the eyes of people around me. I appreciate that kind of attention. If you’ve never worn all white, hop to it.
Dress by Jil Stuart | Tights by Spanx | booties by Report | Scarf…unknown
Break up a monochromatic outfit (which can be flat, sometimes) with a cheerful bit of color, like my scarf. It adds a spark of interest and will bring out the rosiness in your cheeks (and everyone has a little rosiness to give).
Part kimono-style, part wrap-style. Bought in a random boutique on the upper west side, I was enamored by the black and white print and the drapey silhouette. It has a ton of volume without looking huge, due to the heavy, jersey material that weighs itself down. Plus, a little Japanese-Kimono inspiration never hurt anyone, right?
Top byAlessandro Miele | Jeans by Gap | Booties by Steven
It’s an easy throw on top that has a dramatic quality to it. Note: black and white is always dramatic because of their high contrast quality, so if you want to be bold, that’s your ticket.
Earrings picked up from the NYC Young Designers Market
Though I didn’t wear this top in the spirit of the coming holidays, it just so happened to go with the tree in the lobby of my office building. That said, bring on the holiday cheer! It’s red, it’s happy, it’s energizing, and in China, it’s good luck. Everyone has a shade of red that works for them; we just have to be smart about how to find it. Here’s good rule: If your skin has pink or bluish undertones, go with reds that fall into a purply-berry category (I’m speaking non-scientifically now; bear with me). If you have yellow undertones in your skin, go with more firey, tomato-y types of reds. My top walks the line between the two categories of red but that’s just my style…now go find your own red.
Top by Walter | Jeans by Mavi | Shoes by Calvin Klein
Diane von Furstenberg knows women and how women want to dress. Besides perfecting the wrap dress (the most iconic design and universally flattering dress), DVF knows what’s up with a woman’s body and she intuits how women want to feel when they get dressed. We want to feel like ladies – sultry and strong, impactful and feminine. Her designs are classic in silhouette but current in color, print, and style (read: they don’t ever go out of style – EVER). I bought this dress at a crazy 7th on Sale sample sale maybe four years ago and it’s still a favorite–hands down.
Dress by DVF | Boots by Steve Madden
Tuxedo ruffle collar, Psychedelic print, Stretch silk
No one loves a good designer-for-mass-retail project like I do. I think it’s terrific when a high-end name decides to thread the essence of his/her talent through stores like Target, Uniqlo, Urban Outfitters and JCPenney. Costello Tagliapietra is one of those names and last summer, I stumbled upon this line in Uniqlo. Made from soft, stretch jersey cotton, this dress has a very unique silhouette, a rich color, and a lovely feel when I wear it.
Update: I’m going to be investing in a new camera soon…so the quality of my pics is going to get infinitely better Stay tuned.
I love the shortened dolman sleeves. I love the draping on the hips. I love the pockets. and I love the built in belt that ties in the back. I just love this dress because it’s more than just a jersey dress in blue. Instead, the exaggerated design makes it special, but still really simple and un-fussy. I like un-fussy.
Dress by Costello Tagliapietra for Uniqlo | Tights by Spanx | Shoes by Steven by Steve Madden
Casual Friday. Whipping wind. Must. Wear. Sweater. The problem? Chunky knits make me feel, well, chunky. They add bulk, they don’t fit under my coats, and they just plain annoy me. But once in a while, I find a sweater that accomplishes warmth without making me feel like I’m in a sumo suit (though if I ever was, I’d absolutely take a photo and post it here because those are just funny). This funky sweater is one of those sweaters.
Bring on da knit, bring on da funk.
Sweater by Lumiere | Jeans by Mavi
It’s funky due to the asymmetric knit (a knit 1/purl 2 stitch for those needle-knowers out there), uneven dolman sleeves, and an off-the-shoulder neckline. Super warm, but not overly thick (makes me happy in this unpredictable office climate).
Even funkier because one of the shoulders has an open, non-patterned weave, exposing just that one arm. Lastly, one sleeve is longer than the other. You have to get used to the way this sweater feels on your body – one arm is more exposed, one sleeve hits my wrist and the other, just at my elbow. But it’s a really cool option for feeling cozy.
Get down. Get funky.