A colleague just asked me, "Where did you find those opaque, black stockings? They're soooo dark!" I shrugged and answered, "Target. But I buy my tights big so they stay true to color since they don't stretch."
So there's your tip for the day. Buy your tights big - more opaque (and comfy).
I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I work in a corporate office during the day and I get to see all kinds of beautiful, stylish women move through the 9 to 5. I find constant inspiration in the creative ways these ladies honor their aesthetic within the boundaries of the office dress code and flourescent lighting.
What makes someone stylish is not the quantity or even the quality of their wardrobe. Style is in the way a woman wears her clothes; it's in the details, the fit, the movement (of the woman or the clothes), and the attitude. Natalie Joos is a Casting Agent in New York and runs one of my favorite style sites, Tales of Endearment. I admire her sartorial choices for all of the quirks and turns and wide range of expression. Joos manages classy, cheeky, sexy, smart style in all of her outfits.
And beauty? Beauty is something really really special and I don't see it in the perfectly executed cat eye or the photo ready beach waves -- those things are pretty, and anyone can do pretty. Beauty is found in the freedom of choice. I am most enthralled by a woman who smiles wide, moves with ease, laughs easily, commands a meeting room, and forgets she's wearing make-up. Leandra Medine is the founder of Man Repeller, a truly influential style site, and listed by Forbes as a Top 30 Under 30. She is all that I find beautiful in a woman and she wrote about it in exquisite, painful detail here. Medine is fully aware of the socially rated pros and cons of her visage, but her beauty is in her acceptance and eagerness to push past the judgment of others.
Hey! Summer dresses are on crazy sale and chances are that you have some Fall/Winter cardigans hanging out from last year(s). This is the time to ride the cusp of both seasons. Here's how to dress for the season of NOW.
These dresses -
With these cardigans -
Add boots and tights!
And just like that you're dressing for Sautumn...Falummer...Suminter...well, you'll look good.
Rachel Comey just gets me. Her RTW collection for Spring/Summer 2015 is my dream wardrobe for warm weather days and nights. But what is it about this collection that excites me? At first glance it's shredded, frumpy, and bland.
It's in the deliberate slivers of skin. Shoulders, arms, tops of ankles, and toes. The belt pack works hard to pull it together (and succeeds)!
It's about the simple styling of the hair, the makeup, the jewelry, and the shoes. The dress is just a canvas that lets the lady shine.
Feminine but not girly. Sexy and strong. Modest enough. The slight exaggeration of the volume actually highlights the female form.
The delicious juxtaposition of the unraveling cotton (is it denim, is it canvas?) over slightly sheer sequin pants is blowing my mind. The copper shoes pick up the model's skin and the sheen in the sequins perfectly. I imagine that this outfit is like a dream in person.
Why not give it a try? Pair two fabrics that share an element - like color, but have dynamic feels. Try wool with the faintest chiffon, or leather with flannel. Mix it up. I dare you.
During my post-work web wanderings, I bumped into this charming video of 20 strangers tasked with sharing a kiss. It was fun to walk with them through the stages of acceptance, inhibition, exhibition, and (the most beautiful) letting go.
Earlier today I was waiting for my super nachos and distractedly watching the basketball game that was on the restaurant's TV, when it came to me: athletes love compression tights. They're covering their bodies from forearm to shin with these stretchy pieces - even if they technically don't coordinate with the team colors. Comfort over fashion! I also noticed that in the S/S 2014 Prada line, Miuccia sent her models down the runway in legwear that looks remarkably like compression tights. I like to think that Miuccia is doing her models a favor, though in reality, they're just for looks. But how do they look? You be the judge. I like the nod to all things sporty, think Alexander Wang, S/S 2010; think, ballet. Think, compression tights. Will you wear them this spring?
There are times when I worry that I dress too weird for my workplace. Today I selected a wool blend jumpsuit that calls to mind Rosie the Riveter gone lux. I paired the charcoal piece with sky high heels (so I'm a creature of habit, sue me) and a layered necklace. The reason I say it might be too weird, is my clients' running commentary on my ensembles, which range from "Wow, you look like you're ready to jump out of a plane" to "That's a weird outfit". The latter client is known for getting to the point quickly.
I am currently transferring to a more creative position within the same company, but feel like I might need to pull in the reins on my weird outfits (harem pants in the corporate world might not be the best idea). I decided to do a little virtual window shopping, but can't stop leaning into looks that are loud and fun. What I have arrived at, is, well - I gotta be me. I'm not comfortable wearing someone else's styles, so I won't. If I had my choice, here's what I'd wear on Day #1 of my new job:
chunky necklace image from google search :: topshop contrast collar blazer :: pixie market iris dress :: rachel roy heels
Or maybe this:
topshop contrast collar blazer :: zara boys oxford shirt :: ysl leopard belt :: sissii tan shorts :: b-store x underground debbie 2 heels