Don’t get me wrong, I love a good heel. But as a fan of menswear, something about the whimsical-yet-no-nonsense vibe of shiny metallic brogues adds just enough machismo (and comfort) to keep an outfit from getting too sweet.
I have this weird habit of editorializing my personal style–it comes with the job, I guess. Though I don’t go quite as far as wearing the same thing every day like this art director (which actually seems like a good idea), I like creating a look each season because it makes it easier for me to shop and edit my wardrobe. The benefits are small but meaningful: In addition to saving time getting dressed every day, I save money by trimming down my shopping list!
Here are four reasons that explain the logic behind the madness:
Vision boards! Editorials! Online window shopping! It’s like being a magazine editor in your own closet. You know those front-of-book product pages with inspiration photos and styling suggestions? This is like the real life DIY version of that.
Focusing on what I really want versus what I kind of like keeps me from getting distracted by things I probably won’t wear. Sure I like those peach silk culottes, but if they don’t fit with the overall look, they go back on the rack. No wasted money, no buyer’s remorse.
When everything has been curated with an entire look in mind, it’s much easier to create outfits that work. Complementary silhouettes, a (mostly) predetermined color scheme, and a good foundation of basics means not having to think too much about what goes with what and takes the stress out of getting dressed.
I’ve always seen fashion as a form of personal expression. Sure I get inspiration from runway and street style trends, but those things don’t necessarily dictate my style mood. Creating a look encourages me to poke around my own psyche for a bit and think about the best way to express what I’m feeling. Via shoes.
Am I the only one who does this or do you have a look in mind for each season, too?
On one of my first trips to Camargo Trading Company, nosiness/curiosity led me on a dizzying exploration of wedding registry plates, plaid picture frames, and other tchotchkes and gifts for the ladies-who-lunch-in-yoga-pants set. I’d seen just about everything when, lured by a “Sale” sign, I cautiously headed towards a quiet corner in the back of the store.
“There’s more upstairs,” a friendly voice chimed in from behind, and for the first time I noticed the staircase tucked against the far wall.
I politely obliged, tiptoeing up the stairs to what was surely a room full of engraved serving trays and pewter candlesticks…and was instead greeted by a room full of fashion!
A surprisingly comprehensive selection of drapey tees, essential blazers, soft knits, and basic denim was spread out before me like a Pu-Pu platter of stylish basics, alongside practical bags and simple accessories. The boutique carries lines like Three Dots, James Perse, and Bailey44–all good brands for pieces that feel up-to-date without being overly trendy–and serves as a reliable source for the essentials that form the foundation of a modern wardrobe.
Go, explore–and feel free to pick up a plaid picture frame or two if that’s your thing.
Camargo Trading Company, 7744 Laurel Ave in Madeira, www.camargotrading.com
It’s that time of the year and I’ve got warm weather on the brain! For Spring, I’m obsessed with tropical prints: lush greens and blues with bright coral and tangerine accents, all tempered by contrast-y black and white. Yes, I’m fully aware that orange makes me look like a corpse but I don’t care! I have a whole Elvis-in-Hawaii-meets-downtown-it-girl thing in mind and I’m determined to make it happen. Here’s what’s been swirling around in my head:
What’s on your radar for Spring?
With fashion month under our collective designer belts and Winter a not-so-distant memory (hallelu!), it might seem weird to talk about Fall when everyone is so desperate for Spring. Real talk, though: It’s not exactly hot outside. In fact, this transition period is one of the few times of year when we can mix winter and summer gear and not look completely crazy. Wanna wear a tank top with a faux fur chubby and boots? Go ahead, work it! Plus, this is the best time to take advantage of cold-weather gear on clearance.
So while the temperature takes its sweet time rising to my 80-and-sunny ideal, get a jump on next season’s trends with these three easy pieces:
Think more Love Story, less middle school yearbook photo. Layer a knit turtleneck under a blazer for a sexy professor vibe, or wear a cotton version under a crisp button-down and a longline vest for extra warmth.
J. Crew showed several variations of multi-colored faux fur stoles–the more unbelievably-hued, the better. Luckily, you can get them for relatively low prices at several online boutiques, so take advantage of end-of-season sales and get a jump on these.
One of the easiest ways to add interest to a basic outfit is a pretty silk neck scarf (un foulard if you’re nasty). Another nod to the ‘70s, designers showed how a simple silk square can be folded and knotted in imitation of the also-popular-again choker necklace.