Saturday, December 31, 2011

Print on Print; The Monochrome of 2012

Happy almost New Year! I'm typing this post before I return to the dungeon that is my sewing room. I have been on a perpetual sewing binge for the past week and a half. Ive made some good shit, I'm excited to share it as soon as my college portfolios are finished; knowing me, ill last about ten days. 
 (French Connection denim jacket, Versace for H&M shirt and silk scarf, Target cargo pants, Urban Outfitters boots, vintage Roni Berg suede bag)
I wore this yesterday to grab lunch and go to the tailor with Summer. We frequent Whitneyville market for what we've coined as the "Wednesday Special" sandwich which includes a baguette, chicken cutlet, cheddar cheese, prosciutto, and balsamic vinegar. So good, its the infinitely perfect sandwich. Anyways, Ive been wearing this scarf nonstop, I think this alligator and palm tree print is fantastic. It was only a matter of time before both printed pieces came together in one outfit. I cant wait to get a picture with me in the shirt, mom in the skirt, and my dad in the scarf. No one is aware of this, but that could very well be our first holiday card. Plans are currently in the works.
 Can you tell I took two weeks of ballet when I was eight? I thought it necessary to put my training to the test; what place better than a parking lot? All for now, my new years eve will include Chinese food, brownies I made last night, and yards and yard of chiffon.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Stark White

(Michael Kors leather bomber, Versace for H&M shirt, Frye studded boots, Hermes Kelly)
Today, Patricia and I decided to head into the city to take advantage of after Christmas sales. Believe it or not, I didn't buy a thing. Ive been shopping quite a bit recently, and Ive just didn't see anything that was nearly as nice as what Ive bought in the last month or so. I had to clean out my car so that it could go to the body shop. I haven't worn my studded Frye boots in forever, and it was nice to pull them out again. 
I know this shirt has been publicised to death, but I am in love with it. When I went to shop the collection, this was the one piece that I refused to live without. The print is awesome, the white is unbelievably stark. The cotton has a bit of stretch, which is great, but undoubtedly, the best part is the accent on the collar. I really appreciate the planning that went into a detail like this; its always really amazing when high end details like collar tips are brought down and applied to a lower price point. 
(Photo Credit-Village Voice)
Whilst thumbing through the sale rack at Loehmanns, I saw a familiar face. I am a huge fan of Hedda Lettuce, and I realized that I was standing a few feet away from Hedda! Except he was out of drag and so sweet. We chatted for a few minutes, definitely one of the nicest person I've met in a long time!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Quite Regal in Fact

So excited to post this! I recently shot a few of my newer pieces for some college applications. I didn't get any good pictures of this outfit last spring, so my friend Simona was gracious to put on seven inch heels, run through active traffic, and waddle around in dresses full of pins. Until my applications are finished, this is the only piece I can show; Simona is wearing a Fringe by Jacob Z Shanbrom ruched one shoulder pink chiffon blouse with gold ballroom skirt. This look was inspired by older women. A strange inspiration, but I have always been obsessed by the general concept of a mens white button down with an exuberant evening skirt. I wanted to do a skirt with tons of volume, so I cut the skirt with large triangular panels. To avoid any bulk over the "Problem" area, I sewed the front panel flat and pleated the back two. This way, the skirt has a super flattering shape, but retains the extravagant glamour and fullness the evening skirts should always have. The blouse was draped and smocked by hand over a stack of shoulder pads to create a dominant and strong one sided blouse. I actually created the pieces separately, the top was initially a dress, but when I was the two together, I scrapped both ideas and put them together. They were essentially inadvertently made for each other. Isn't this picture to die for? We shot four looks this day, and when the pictures were uploaded, a heavy sigh came out. I had no idea how I was going to narrow them down. The other three looks were a pain, but this look could not have been personified in a better picture; it was a no brainier.  

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Bad Boys of Fashion

This is just a quick post I took from an article I wrote for my schools paper the Advent. I was prompted to write about the "Bad Boys" of fashion

 Everyone loves bad boys. It’s a known fact and anyone who tries to argue the opposite, you could but I wouldn’t listen.  Just think,  Twilight, Gilmore Girls, any  more relating at all to teens, the list goes on and on. At the request of Senior Osborne, I decided to take a look at fashions notorious bad boys, there highest and lowest moments typed out in black and white…with just a bit of sass and sarcasm.
                To start off, a personal favorite; John Galliano. I remember being in sixth grade when I saw my first Dior Haute couture fashion show on YouTube. Never before in my life had I been so awestruck and amazed. I would sit and re-watch every show that I could find until I was able to list off the order of models before they stepped foot on the runway. An old friend who lives in Paris once gave me a Dior catalogue from the store in France. I remember it coming to me wrapped perfectly in tissue, I sat and carefully opened it up to reveal one of the best Spring couture look books that was ever created. The back page shined with a model adorned in seven inch woven ankle boots in Fuscia and a Python trench coat. Ever since, I have been obsessed with his work, not so much that done under his own line, John Galliano, but everything he did for Dior. Every collection was better than the rest and every season he would make one unbelievable shoe in a myriad of colors that I would dream about for months.  John Galliano re-created Dior into something I don’t believe Monsieur Dior himself could have imagined. After years and countless seasons of dreaming and obsessing over the unreal work that Galliano created, you can only imagine my horror when I heard of his anti-sematic dirtied mouth.
                Yes I know, everyone was upset, but no one more than I. I looked up this man, I idolized him, and I wanted to be him. When a personal hero does something so horrendous, there is a level of disbelief that undoubtedly ensues. It seemed as if my fashion dream world was crashing in on itself; the worst part being that no one understood just how I felt. I refused to believe it until I saw the footage for myself; I fought to not actually cry.
                That being said, Dior obviously lives on. For a while I tried to not care about Galliano’s remarks, he was drunk and frankly, if someone filed everything I said, I would be in deep shit. I was ready to write the whole thing off until I heard his comments about the holocaust and Hitler. After that, I decided that what the house of Dior did was right. Galliano needed to go. All in all, I believe he deserves a second chance. Think of all of the celebrities and athletes who have done similar things. Tiger wood royally screwed up, but there he is, endorsements and all still playing golf. Dior will never be the same, all I can say is that I hope it will be better than before (although I don’t think it can)
                Ah, Marc Jacobs, one of the most visionary designers of our generation. With multiple lines including but not limited to, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jacobs for Marc Jacobs in collaboration with Marc by Marc Jacobs, Stinky Rat, and Louis Vuitton, he really knows his stuff and that is a secret to no one.  With the strain of designing as many collections as the Duggars have children, Jacobs had a very hard time taking care of himself. Physically ill and overweight, Jacobs decided to start working out and eating right. After some time lurking in the fashion underworld, Jacobs emerged. With a hot cropped haircut, muscles for days, and calves so stunningly toned that he could only bear wearing kilts…I had no problem with this.
                It took little time for Jacobs to pick himself up a new man. With an appearance like his, it was only a matter of time before a hot boy latched on and held for dear life.  In comes Lorenzo Martone. I remember the day when I saw the first extremely public picture of them, a smiling photo at a Louis Vuitton show, with Lorenzo wearing a pink graffiti Louis Vuitton shirt designed by no other than his beau Marc Jacobs. Did I mention that they were holding a baby? That’s a pretty important element to this story. Anyway, the world soon knew about them being fianc├ęs, and it lit up like wildfire. This all occurred when gay marriage was becoming legal, and the thought of this stunning couple leading the way was exciting to all. Sadly, they broke up and Martone began dating Lance Bass…go figure
                Last, but certainly not least, is Alexander McQueen, RIP.  Always the bad boy of fashion, his creations had the ability to transport the wearer and onlooker to another world, one of fantasy, beauty, and extravagance. Without getting too emotional, his passing is one that saddened the world. He will be missed, but the memory of his genius will carry on for generations to come.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Chloe Knocking off Jessica Simpson?

While perusing Netaporter, which I do on a daily basis, I stumbled upon these sandals by See by Chloe. I thought, "These are cute, but Ive seen these before". It then hit me...
Those cute new three hundred and fifty dollar sandals look almost identical to these Jessica Simpson "Dany" platforms from a few seasons ago. Ive always liked these shoes, in fact, I was about to bid on a pair on ebay in purple velvet until my friends got me the Lita boots which essentially have the same profile and heel. I thought it strange that the tables have been turned. Typically, you would expect to see Jessica Simpson copy a Chloe shoe, but this time, the opposite has this a sign of the Apocalypse?!?!? The funny thing is that I prefer the Jessica Simpson version of the style; I will always go for a higher heel. 
(Photo Credit-Netaporter,
On a completely unrelated note, how much would you love to have this suede trench by Ralph Lauren Collection hanging in your closet? To die for!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Two Days in a Row

(Missoni cardigan, F21 tee shirt, Gap corduroy trousers, vintage Andrew Marc Fox fur collar,  Pour la Victoire boots)
I wore this out the other night to grab Mexican food with a few friends. Gap had a great sale, making it the perfect time to get these beautiful cranberry corduroy skinnies that I have been obsessing over since September. The color is exquisite, ill have to re shoot some detail shots, they're to die for! The rest of the outfit is super casual and comfortable, my yummy Missoni cardigan, one of my many ambiguously printed black tee shirts, and some favorite heels. I threw on the fur for an added touch of glamour, and really, when does an outfit not get better from a bit a fur? The correct answerer would be never. I cant to wear these pants again! They're amazing and I think they may have started a corduroy obsession. I actually ended up wearing this outfit two days in a row. Ive been cleaning my closet, and I have so many great things that I end up wearing the same thing over and over because I cant decide what to wear. All for now, I'm going to go finish my closet and then I'm going out dancing!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Leopard Obviously

(Image Credit-Netaporter)
I really didn't want to like them. However hard I tried, these Current/Elliot jeans have been haunting my dreams, and I feel safe saying that I'm not the only one who is now unhealthily obsessed with the prospect of leopard jeans. I love these so much, the grey colorway is perfection, and the super skinny fit is to die for. After searching high and low for leopard skinnies I found myself in a deserted Gap, grunting in the fitting room. Amongst a myriad of different animal prints, I found my denim savior. I left with a pair of indigo marbled leopard skinnies (thank you Simona) that any fashion obsessed, leopard freak would die for. I'm still working on the perfect ensemble, photos to follow! On the other side of the spectrum, I am not the only one obsessed with the idea of finding a leopard blazer. Brad Goreski's commercial for Its a Brad Brad world, inspired me to let put my inner freak and find a leopard jacket. I'm pretty sure that a men's jacket is out of the question, most super high fashion men's items don't hit stores like H&M or Zara until well after they hit their peak in popularity. As per normal, I am once again reduced to pillaging the women's section and hoping for the perfect fit. All for now, I have to write my last paper before xmas break!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Galleries and Such

On Thursday, I went on my school's annual trip to New York 
to visit the galleries in Chelsea. I took this picture of this gorgeous Thom Browne add when we walked uptown.
I have always loved Allen Edmonds; his work is perpetually at the top of my list when it comes masculine footwear. I would wear everything in the window. 
(French Connection trench and star print knit, Eileen Fisher cowl, Nicole Miller bag, Aldo brogues)
Its always annoying trying to dress for this trip. Last year, it was like thirty degrees, it was supposed to rain when we went, and we walk essentially the entire city. The trench and sturdy brogues were chosen for rain appropriateness, this sweater is one of the warmest I own (my friend actually told me that I wore it on the trip last year) and the cowl was picked for warmth, and who could ever turn down chartreuse? This is the third cowl that my mom and I got to share. This is the new version of the cowl, its actually a large scale cable knit. I love these, but I need to be careful as to not wear them with too much stubble because I end up with large mohair balls hanging form my face. It was really nice to pull this bag out, I haven't worn it since the summer.
My friend Maddie working on bring back chenille
From what I understand, this was a drive by "yarn bombing". I personally think all shopping carts should be covered in yarn. All for now, I'm prepping for a Hannukah party!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Somewhat Manly

I meant to post this picture a while ago when I posted about the vintage Pendleton tie. I got these the same day that I bought my new favorite lace up boots. I wore my other Bass driving loafers into the ground, and when I went back to the store they were out of the same style. I got this seasons new version, I love the two tone detailing; my dad got the same pair in the reverse color way. I want to be careful with these, I abused the other pair so much! I think I sometimes get overexcited about the prospect of comfortable shoes and then go overboard. All for now, I need to go recover from an all nighter.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I'm With Child

(Vintage leather jacket and silk shirt, H&M top, Banana Republic bag, Isabel Toledo boots)
Just a super, super quick post tonight. Between finishing off a term paper and caring for one of those fake crying babies with computer chips and such, I am very behind work and very, very sleep deprived. I wore this outfit over the weekend to a play and dance. I had been meaning to get this leather jacket out for some time, sadly, there is a tear on one of the pockets, I need to consider alleviation methods. All for now, I have a screaming baby on my hands.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


 (Photo Credit-Stylewatch)
Hi guys! Just a quick update, I've already sold three pieces of the Versace for H&M collection that didn't work for my mom and me. I reduced the rest of the prices, take a look if you're interested!
Studded Pink Silk Dress
Studded Silk Top
Leopard Print Silk Skirt
Optical Print Scarf
Optical Print Tee Shirt
Studded Leggings

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Tie Started a Snowball Effect

(Marc Jacobs bag, French Connection shirt, vintage Pendleton wool tie, Bass driving loafers, vintage rabbit fur clutch, Urban Outfitters belt)  
Last week, my friend Ellen gifted me this beautiful vintage wool tie by Pendelton. I squealed with glee when I opened the package. I was a huge fan of the collaboration between Pendleton and Opening Ceremony, the shorts and jackets were pure perfection. I built my outfit around this tie, using grey as the central element, again with my math filled, brain squeezing fashion equation that ends in a proof aka and outfit. 
 The shirt was picked by default, being that I wear this shirt on an almost daily basis. Then I fully committed to adding to the grey trifecta. I think grey is a very under appreciated color. I think charcoal grey is one of the most flattering colors, and I haven't met anyone who doesn't look great in grey/It is the all time best neutral color. The bag is almost grey, and I wanted something mildly nondescript to keep the focus on the tie and my beautiful new driving moccasins, pictures to follow! I just got my hair re-done, I went a step lighter and I love it so much. I was definitely born to be a red-head. If you're in Ct, you have to try the Hairspa in Milford, Stephanie my hairdresser is a genius colorist and stylist, if you're looking for a new hairdresser, give the Hairspa a try. All for now, I need to go sew a few dresses.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Why Yes, They Do Hurt

I've been pining over these boots by Pelle Moda for months. I first saw them last August, but being the good boy that I am, I waited until they went on sale.  I love the super pointy toe, double platform, snakeskin accents, and buckles to die for. They are really quite excruciating, but I'm hoping to break them in soon. I thought these would be the perfect shoes for fashion week, and yes, I already have many, many outfits picked out and stored in garment bags. All for now, I just got my hair done! Photos to follow

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Life's Necessities: Hairspray, Feathers, and Magic

(Gap jacket, French Connection shirt, H&M pin, Brahmin bag, Bass boots)
This is the second installment of my weekend outfit. Going out outfits can be difficult, especially when "going out" can mean a myriad of different things. I chose to bring out my favorite Gap jacket, sans shoulder pads. Every time I wear it I get reminded of countless collections by Phillip Lim. This is one of those pieces that looks infinitely more expensive than it was. The shirt was for color, I wanted to wear it without any neck adornments; Ive missed showing off the pink facing/ nothing says party like a half tuck. Its design details like this that make pieces that much more exciting. Sadly, this is probably the most exciting that menswear gets. This is my perpetual beef with menswear, its so binding. Its a bit sad when lining is the most riveting part of an outfit. I threw on the pin as an afterthought, being one of the many random accessories I always have shoved into my purse and glove compartment. I uncuffed the boots and put my wallet, chapstick, and business cards into my favorite purse and TAH DAH! There you have it, the perfect day to night outfit perfect for long car rides to chicken wings and dancing. All for now, I desperately need to write my term paper and unfortunately English teachers don't consider fashion blogging a form of grade-able work.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Somewhat Counter-Productive

 Just a quick post in between human sexuality and french homework. I stumbled upon these Giuseppe Zanotti pumps on Net a Porter tonight. Ive seen them a few times before, but I always wait to decide if I like something, because i prefer to see it on Net a Porter. I love these shoes so much. I think the mix of lizard embossed leather and fishnet is genius. Plus, I am partial to any shoe with an ankle strap. I got to thinking about how to winterize these shoes, and I realized that the clear solution is grey cashmere. Being that nude pumps are supposed to look invisible, the immense amounts of grey sort of throws a monkey wrench into the equation.
Start with dark denim, then move on to the socks. The ivory leather is clearly calling for the yummy aspect of the grey cashmere. As you all know by now, I think socks and pumps is a stellar look, extra points for a peep toe with leg wear.  
{Photo Credit-Netaporter, Black, Prince Inspector)
The prefect finishing touch would be this Ralph Lauren Cashmere cardigan. Some pearls would be nice too...and red hair (getting re-done on Thursday...jealous). This look is the perfect mixed message outfit, perfect for all elements of life including but not limited to frolicking through autumnal foliage, grocery shopping, and giving PowerPoint presentations and such.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Avoiding a Bag Lady Situation

(French Connection sweater, F21 tee shirt, Calvin Klein bag, Bass boots)
I am a very good packer. That is, I'm great at packing for two or three days, any more than that I get anxiety and end up packing like one pair of pants, thirty pairs of shoes, and a fur coat. I went on a quick trip to Wesleyan University to visit a friend and I devised the perfect packing plan. This is my traveling outfit, I'll post the going out outfit soon! The thought behind this look was the overall slimming and flattering effect of all black, which lends itself to having really good basics at my disposal, I also wanted a blank canvas to show off the cuffed boots, I am so in love with the plaid flannel lining. I love this bag for traveling, as much as I hate PVC bags, the pleating detail and chain straps make it OK for schlepping toiletries and underwear. All for now, I'll be doing homework until tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

He Lives in a Log Cabin Upstate...

(Banana Republic sweater, Urban Outfitters tee shirt, Bass boots, vintage bag)
I wore this outfit to school a few days ago; I swept up on Black Friday weekend at an outlet mall. I saw this sweater in cream first, tried it on, and just as I was about to get it, I saw the green and made a quick swap. I didn't realize it until I got to school, but this look is much better suited for cutting logs or whatever people do in their country estate. Minus the purse that is. Anyways, I'm really into olive green right now, can you tell? All for now, I desperately need to start my term paper!

Monday, November 28, 2011


I picked up these boots yesterday at Bass at an outlet mall. I love the rugged and lived in feeling; the olive suede is so beautiful. They remind me of an amazing pair of Frye boots that slipped away a few seasons ago. The top of the boot also folds down to expose a plaid exoskeleton, I wore them up today and I'm already planning on what to wear them with when they're cuffed. Just like the grey boots I bought this pasts summer, I love these because they are so utilitarian and tough, these will definitely put up with a ton of abuse. All for now, I had my first day of varsity Dance team, and my legs feel like they're going to fall off.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


So to step back in time a few weeks, I found myself in my friend Ally's apartment in NYC, getting busy with a plate of sushi and duck spring rolls and looking at the Versace for H&M collection, I stumbled upon this coat. It was love at first sight. At $300, I really wanted to hate it. Everything I had on my wish list came in at thirty or fifty dollars; I couldn't see spending three hundred on something retail. I am a firm believer that if you stick it out and wait through a few sales, there is almost never a reason to pay retail. In the frenzy the following morning, I ended up grabbing one of the coats thinking, "Ill try it on and hate it, if i don't try it on ill regret it." I slid my arms into the buttery leather and immediately regretted it. I have some pretty amazing pieces, but this is the first "Manly" piece I have ever bought that I have no desire to make more feminine. I love my arsenal of blazers and trenches, but each one gets a touch, whether it comes from brooches, a wide waist belt, or heels. This coat says man, and screams for fashion week front row seats. Hands down, bar none, its a bitching coat.
{Photo, frenchconnection}
I am beyond happy with my coat purchase, the only downside is that I wont be able to buy the Restrain wool pea coat from French Connection. I have loved this coat since the summer, I had a thirty minute conversation with the male employees at the SoHo store in August about how much we all wanted this coat, the olive color is so beautiful in person. If anyone stumbles upon one in a size medium, please don't hesitate to ship it my way. All for now, I have to figure out how to read mid eighteenth century French literature.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

{Photo Credit-Netaporter}
Stella McCartney's Plexiglass clutch=Obsessed

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Alligators and Palm Trees

(Target velvet blazer, Versace for H&M top, Chico's satin pin, Nike belt, Sam Edelman boots, Whiting and Davis bag)
Yes, this outfit was put together around this top. I only kept three pieces for myself; this top, the matching silk scarf, and the optical black and white button up. I am obsessed with the black wool coat with the leather sleeves, but I need a few more days to decide on that one. My mom kept the skirt version of my top, I cant wait for us to match! This jacket was one of those perfect purchases that happens very seldom happens. I was shopping around at target, and marched down all the way, wedged on a shelf next to a loaf of bread and some underwear lay this jacket, in my size and calling for a home. It took some convincing from my mom to buy; I thought, how good could a Target blazer be? Very good, thank you very much. I also love that it has green tartan lining. I have always loved this clutch that belongs to my mom, she has had it for a very, very long time, and I remember watching her get ready and putting her lipstick and such when I was little. This pin is amazing, I have it in purple too and I love the bouncy and vibrant feel that it has, it is actually mounted on a very strong magnet instead of a pin. All for now, I have to go fabric shopping!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Aftermath

On Saturday, after the Versace for H&M madness, a short nap, some ravioli, and enough coffee to kill someone, Ally and I decided to go to the Daphne Guiness exhibit at the FIT museum. It was so amazing, I will be going many more times.
(Streets legal leather jacket, Adrienne Vitadini sweatshirt poncho, H&m top, Frye boots, vintage necklace, Regina bag)
This outfit right here was very calculated for ample buying power. Black was a total necessity, no nonsense, and the biker jacket was to look tough(ish). Boots were to avoid any pain from getting stepped on and maybe cause some pain to someone else. I threw on the poncho to look fashionable and junk/its the warmest and most comfortable thing I own. I wore this to wait in line, but when it got time to enter the throng, I took off the poncho, necklace, and left my purse in my friends car. There can be no extras when fighting for fashion.
In line at 4:45 with my new Friends Stacy and V. All for now, I have so much work to catch up on!!
Ps. I bought way too much the other day; I put some pieces up on Ebay, take a look if you're interested!
Pink silk dress with studs
Black silk top with studs
Leopard print silk skirt
Black and white scarf
Black and white tee shirt
Leopard tee shirt
Studded leggings

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's Quite a Juxtaposition Really

{Banana Republic turtleneck, Gap shorts, vintage necklace, Charles David clutch, Urban Outfitters)
I was really inspired by this clutch. I bought it for my mom a few years ago, I remember saving my allowance forever to buy it! Anyways, its on loan to me and I wanted to milk the days that I had it in my possession. I thought, "What better to accent a raspberry patent clutch than all black?" I also wanted to juxtapose the winter aspect of a Merino wool turtleneck with shorts, you know because i am such a rebel. I am heartbroken to say that two of the three beaded tassels of the necklace broke today, I tried to act nonchalant when a myriad of beads ended up flying across the room in my math class. All for now, I have many hours of homework left. The only thing that is getting me through is my sheer excitement about the Versace for H&M collection, and yes I will be that crazy person in line before the sun rises.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Approximately 100 Years

This is just a quick post, I wanted to share an article I wrote for my School's newspaper about how fashion has changed/stayed the same over the last century
From 1912-2012, Fashionably of Course
Time sure flys! I thought it would interesting to take a look at the way fashion has changed, and stayed the same, in the past 100 years. Undoubtedly, everything comes back; no trends ever die. On to the turn of the century.
            Fashion in 1912 was in no way thrilling. Fashion was in a weird growing stage, like when a girl with bangs has to continually clip them up with barrettes and other crap when they’re just too long to wear down. Fashion was in a stage of removing feminine bondage fashion and entering a time of leisure. For the past four hundred years or so, women wore corsets and cumbersome undergarments. Around this time in history, women started taking off corsets and embracing easier styles with an eye towards exercise and menswear.
            Right at the turn of the century, fashion was at a high point. The Triangle Shirtwaist factory, yes the unfortunate one that burned down and killed many, created disgustingly beautiful blouses; fitted in the back and bloused in the front. These were paired with long hip skimming skirts, ending in a full bottom. This style of look, done in many variations, including suits, separates, and dresses, is the most popular and well-known silhouette of the time. In these years, corsets were still worn, but the shape was different than before; they were slightly longer to accommodate ensembles that showed off the hips. This silhouette was often referred to as the S-bend. This type of corset made the bust and torso flat; the bum and busts then created an “S” when the wearer stood in profile. These styles of dress are very, very relevant now. With high-end lingerie brands like Agent Provocateur and Kiki de Montparnasse, corsetry has started to come back. These extravagantly expensive corsets aren’t just for the bedroom; many are suitable for wear in real life. Corsets can now be styled tucked into skirts, or layered under a menswear inspired blazer. As for fit and flare skirts? They happen to be one of the most popular cuts for wedding dresses. Designers like Lanvin, Erdem, and Jason Wu have just released floor length ballroom skirts. These are now being styled with button down wovens; many very similar to those made by the Triangle Shirtwaist factory. As for shoes, forget about it. Victorian shoes often featured a heel around 2 inches. Wanna wear those? We just may start to have friendship problems. Just kidding…but not.
            As for right when the school opened? Some were still wearing styles like those discussed above, but those more fashionably-with-the-times adopted a more relaxed style. As a reference point, think of the movie Titanic. The costuming was very well done; the looks that the female cast wore are awesome visual aids for the type of clothing worn around 1912. Fashion revolved around suits. The typical style included a straight skirt, around calf length, and a slightly longer jacket with a bit of tailoring. Corsets were much softer, or not worn at all. The skirt style can be worn today, it is less attractive and sexy than the aforementioned style, but for those who enjoy the art of fashionable “Man-Repelling”, this skirt is great. For those not so interested, this midi-style skirt can be sex’d up with a crop top, fitted jacket, and sky-high sandals. I would say to stay away, but if you have a great desire, go for a very strappy, open shoe. The goal is to show skin, foot skin counts and frankly, a bit of toe cleavage is always welcome in my book. The other route is to go covered sexy; a leather jacket and high-heeled leather boots. Essentially what I am saying is that when faced with a hyper conservative skirt, there are two routes; show everything (think bandeau and…gloves} or super covered up to leave the lovely body underneath to the imagination. Men love to dream. Carven and Hussein Chalayan put out some great skirts, if you're up for the challenge. Go ahead, I dare you.
            Fashion is continuously circular. Just think, one day, our clothes will be vintages and designers will say how much they were inspired by out decade. Crazy, huh? Allez Viens! Experimentation is always a plus; I can’t wait to hear the results. Ill be the control, run free my independent variables, you have my blessing!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Nope, It's a Headband

(Forever 21 headband, H&M top, Ben Sherman sweater, DIY Social Collision jeans, Perry Ellis belt, Dolce Vita brogues, Regina bag)
A few months ago, my friend Janie came over to my house for a dinner thing and wore this headband. After many compliments, she confessed that she wore it as a joke, guess who reaped the benefits? I've wanted to wear it for a while, and I woke inspired to create an outfit based around it. This Ben Sherman sweater is one of my favorites in my arsenal, I love the medium weight cotton and the deep V-neck, a feature that isn't usually featured in menswear. Get ready for more headbands, I'm currently obsessed with hair adornments. A couple of nameless adults at my school tried to get me to take it off, did it work? I DON'T THINK SO...some people just don't get fashion. All for now, I'm up to my eyeballs in silk shantung.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Only One is Actually a Plaid

(Target red flannel, French Connection blue check shirt, Gap top, Social Collision burgundy jeans, Frye studded boots, Brahmin bag, vintage beaded cuff)
I got dressed half asleep, cant you tell? That aside, I am obsessed with this outfit, despite a certain teacher saying that my prints weren't well mixed. I found myself going to the bathroom a lot to look at my outfit, I am now obsessed with buttoning up my shirts all the way. I am so glad it was a little chilly today, I threw on the red shirt as an after thought, and I don't think the outfit would be nearly as good without it. Nothing is better than print mixing...and vintage jewelry.
Have a good day! I'm really excited for tonight, a bunch of my friends and I are going to see Mike Posner tonight at Toads!

Monday, November 7, 2011

 (Photo Credit- Netaporter)
Miu Miu's suede and felt boots= Obsessed

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Its Actually a Belt...

(DNKY canvas jacket, Gap shirt, Nike belt, Target pants, DIY necklace, H&M scarf, Polo Ralph Lauren shoes, vintage acrylic clutch)
Earlier this week, I became infatuated with the idea of wearing a headscarf. When my mom showed me the necklace she made out of an old belt, I started to brew up my outfit. You can basically say that my outfit equation started with the necklace and headscarf, and then I finished the proof. Can you tell that Ive been studying for math? This jacket was one of my first investment pieces. I saved and saved for in and I think I bought it in seventh grade. It came with a hood, but I took it off a long time ago.
 I bought these shoes over the summer and I have worn them like crazy. I had never been into a boat shoe, but the second I saw these with the shocking yellow panel, I was sold. They're more preppy than I typically go, but I like to have options for when I feel like dressing up. All for now, I'm off to look into a Chartreuse trench coat

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Carrot Top

I have been enjoying my new hair to the Nth degree. Its clear that this is that color that I wanted from the beginning, it just took me a little while to fully commit. This shade has already faded a little bit; it was a fun surprise for my parents when they got back from Turkey. 
{Gap jacket, Sovereign Code shirt, old Social Collision jeans, rubber bottom Aldo brogues, Coach bag)
I wore this to school today, I really had to dress up. It had been a while since I wore something really cute, and I was about to lose my mind. I was doing laundry last week and found this shirt, beautifully dry cleaned in the back of my closet. I wore it with my current favorite sweater jacket that benefited greatly by the removal of the shoulder pads. Because its a woman's jacket and my shoulders are broader than those of a woman, the shoulder pads hit me at a really bad point. 
Happy Hump day! I am so excited to have a long weekend, thank God for parent teacher conferences. My sewing machine just got sent away to be fixed and I feel like I'm missing a limb..I cant wait to be reunited next week.