Today’s Outfit: OMG, DVF

28 Nov

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

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Today’s Outfit: Costello Tagliapietra for Uniqlo

15 Nov

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

 

Today’s Outfit: A Funky Sweater

11 Nov

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.

Today’s Outfit: Knit Poncho

9 Nov

What did I tell you about how many ponchos I own? I said I have many and I wasn’t lying.  Today’s the perfect day for a poncho like this. The wool/cotton blend and chunky knit keeps the slight crispness away from me and at the same time, the arm holes and thin modal T-shirt make things breathable.  Plus, I love the over-sized style and slouchy hood. Why? Who cares? I just do.  See below for some a few other suggestions on the over-sized poncho.

Oatmeal colored poncho by Free People | Turquoise tunic by Mavi | Leggings by Lululemon | Booties by Kelsi Dagger

 



A better look at the hood (and my cute, chocolate brown wedges)

 

In case you want to find your own:

Fringed Wool with Pockets

Shawl Collar Poncho

Long Cascade Poncho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Outfit: A Guest Appearance in a Pink Dress

7 Nov

When someone walks into the room in a hot pink dress, you take notice. At least, I take notice. Then you notice that this someone is wearing a super-precious dress with tough, over-the-knee boots and you get even more excited! It was I who was excited and it was my co-worker Lisa who was that “someone”.  Check out her fantastically fun, super cheerful and very urban take on a sweet, pink, A-line frock.

 

The simple, girly dress has been kicked up in interesting-ness because of the large black polka-dots on either side. You only need two when they’re that big!  It’s wool, so it can be paired with thick black stockings in the winter months. But for now, these gray, distressed leather boots are the perfect pair to go with her dress – just enough knee peeks out so you get brief  glimpse of her enviable gams. Thanks Lisa!

Dress by Lisa Perry  |  Boots by Duccio Del Duca

Today’s Outfit: A Gray Poncho

4 Nov

What’s not to love about a poncho? The dramatic silhouette, the easy, fluid draping, the endless femininity and softness.  I ask you again – what’s not to love???? Answer: nothing.

I have many in my collection of ponchos. Knit and chunky, ones with armholes and ones without, silky off-the-shoulder ones, ones that tie at the waist, jacket ponchos, and now this one – a soft, T-shirt jersey in a dark heathery gray.

Poncho by Vivienne Vivienne Tam  |  Jeans by Gap (Long & Lean) | Necklace from Banana Republic

Today’s Outfit: The Midi Dress

2 Nov

What an odd length for a dress, I have always thought.  And I kind of still think that to hit the mid-shin is in fact, a strange place for a dress to settle.  But who am I to argue with trends? So, I bought this dress – simple, t-shirt style, midi-length, and slouchy – and I will tell you that while I’m still a little unsure, the midi may be growing on me (just a midi-bit).

Dress by Factory by Erik Hart | Belt from The Limited | Tights by Banana Republic | Booties by Steven by Steve Madden | Necklace bought at a jewelry vendor trade show (couldn’t remember who made it if I tried)  |  Cardigan by BP from Nordstrom

 

A little closer on my necklace – multi-strand, shiny black beads that make that “jingle” noise when I walk. I love jewelry with jingle 🙂 Y’gotta have something to liven up a simple black dress, right?