your best body

this sounds random, but i have been on a bodysuit buying rampage lately, which may or may not be partially inspired by lauren bushnell (which i cringe to admit). while they can get a bad rap for being very 80’s jazzercise, the seamless smooth look achieved when tucked into high waisted pants or shorts can’t be beat. the photos below show just how versatile a bodysuit can be — from tucked into a dressy skirt, worn under a baggy sweater, paired with a leather jacket for date night, or put beneath a blazer for the office.

the tip to keep from looking too kardashian (unless that’s the vibe you’re going for) is of course something looser over top. my favorite picks so far? a simple asos tank (which i’ve now ordered in 3 colors), a scoop back american apparel, this plunging alice and olivia, a deep double V with long sleeves (which did need a little altering from my tailor), a bright ruffled free people, and a soft j.crew knit (on sale). try one and see, i guarantee it’ll work its way into your weekly rotation and you’ll be stocking up on a few more.

knit with it

as is usually true with fashion, everything eventually comes full circle. however, this micro trend takes me wayyy back to the 9th grade, when my daily school uniform was a pair of true religion flared jeans, clarks wallabees, a black north face jacket and one of my many many pastel colored lacoste slim cut polo shirts. i thought this ensemble qualified as the HEIGHT of fashion??! sick.

this spring, however, polos are very much baaaack. but in a fresh new fash-shun way, with a nod to the 70s, more knit fabric constructions, banded stripes, and bolder primary colors.

the vibe reminds me of this blue sandro set i wanted last April and waited too long to buy (#sad).

besides pulling out your old faithful lacoste from the closet, here are some newer options out there to try– a slim fit tory burch, a classic white fred perry, a ladylike reiss, this ribbed yellow or an open weave version, both from zara, a printed stella jean, an uber chic striped lacoste, and a clearance steal at sandro. as many of the CPs above did, i recommend tucking them into a sleek skirt for an athletic/ladylike mix.

flower power

as you know, statement earrings have been having a big moment of late, and rebecca de ravenel’s bon bon earrings were last year’s star of the show. for spring 2K18, supersized is still hotter than ever, but taking a more organic silhouette- meet the statement flower.

lucky for us, the chicas (and chicos) at zara are on top of it, with their own $20 version for a similar look (there is also an exact dupe on etsy here). i plan to double up 2x the flower power, with a breezy floral dress, straw bag and textured slides.

1– topshop (similar to this one i wore)

2– sam edelman

3– aranaz sierra

4– johanna ortiz

5– loeffler randall

6– mar y sol

cuckoo for cobalt

i usually tend to gravitate towards the younger, edgier red carpet looks over more traditional “pageant gowns.” kiernan shipka is always a favorite of mine, as is emma stone, but it’s still unclear WTF happened to emma watson last sunday (did a toddler attack her bangs?… blechk). so i know this pick will be contentious, but nicole kidman was easily my best dressed from the Oscars. the shape, the sheen, the bow, the boning, the color, the shoe….and lets not forget, HER BOD. all flawless. 

i mean??????????? i would die a happy woman if i looked half as good as her on my wedding day, let alone AT AGE 50.

jennifer garner and several others also wore this shocking shade and killed it…which is making me feel the need to infuse a little cobalt into my own wardrobe. try it for yourself, with a few more plebeian picks.

#1 the draped top. for a cocktail party or GNO, how effortless and breezy.

#2 the body con dress— doesn’t this remind you something blake lively would wear? love the vintage inspired cut and long sleeves.

#3 the cute suit. i bought several one pieces last summer and am unlikely to turn back anytime soon. try this strappy version or a budget friendly find, both of which can go straight from the pool to lunch with a skirt, jeans or shorts.

#4 the extraaa earring. ostrich feathers? yes please. these would be so fun with a basic white dress and a low pony or bun. if tassels are more your style, try these instead.

#5 the monochrome outfit. i fell in love a few weeks ago with this bold monochrome look. the OTS top would be great stand alone with white jeans, but the matching wide leg pants make it feel very miami-ish.

#6 the heeled mule. how amazing would these be with a pleated skirt and baggy sweater? or as the perfect pop to any all black outfit.

#7 the mini. get the hue and the bow like Nicole with this black halo option.

ok now it’s time for input, what was your favorite look of the night?