knit is it

for those diligent fb stalkers out there, you may have noticed (but hopefully not!) that one of my best friends and I frequently mail each other boxes of clothes and often get snapped in the same stuff. we both are over-shoppers and under-wearers. hehe, yes, we wear undergarments 😉 — i mean we share to double our closet, get more use out of certain things and save some dough in the process. in nyc, i know of a few girls who do this through hosting “clothes swaps” at different peoples apartments, which is a game in town i would also like to get in on. thoughts?

in my mailbox i usually find her recently worn pieces, mostly printed tops and party dresses, but occasionally there are basics. i gave myself the rule that everything she sends me must be worn at least once, so i’ve had to get creative. having someone picking out your clothes for you has definitely made me step out of my comfort zone!

one such piece, a grey knit short sleeved dress (worn by gigi hadid below) was sent, accompanied by the text “its too tight for me, but i know it will look great on you!” errr…thanks gf?! we are exactly the same size. body-con styles are definitely not my thing, i literally detest and fear the lower abdomen pooch that inevitably comes with them. but i made myself follow the rule, and figured some layers with it (tights, leather jacket, scarf) would help me leave the house in it.
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fast forward four months, the joke is on me, because i’m wearing this dress on regular repeat. i can’t get over how versatile of a piece it is (truly as basic as a t-shirt) and i know it will be a building block for my spring wardrobe as well. since i am now a clingy dress convert, here are a few tips for styling them:

  1. going it alone is tough- unless you have a rocking supermodel bod or a boatload of self-confidence (or hopefully both! like our girl gigi), these dresses are going to be tough to wear alone. they tend to emphasize every bump and bulge, and the fabrics are usually sheer. if you can find a thicker material, score! but if not, don’t be scared like i was, and read on to tip #2…
  2. jackets are your friend- the key to making myself comfortable in this style was putting something over it. Initially I tried a soft iro blazer for work followed by a leather jacket for night. For warmer weather, I’m thinking a duster cardigan, jean jacket or even trench vest will all do the trick.
  3. so are heels- as with anything tight, heels lengthen and lean you out. as i’ve gotten more comfortable in the dress, i’ve also done a pointed toe flat which has a similar effect.
  4. look for a longer hemline- in this kind of style that is already tight in the booty, the last thing you want to be doing is tugging it down all day. i love how the dress CHG sent is a longer length, and you can always scrunch up this type of fabric somewhat to shorten it. long sleeves can help you feel more covered too.

intrigued? sold? a bunch of options: this white style with a slit, this A&F (which looks shockingly similar to this much more expensive opening ceremony dress), a sleeveless turtleneck, a $59 steal, stripes from our friends at club monaco, a classic version by the gap and a daring raspberry bcbg.

for work…

trench bracelet shoes

for play…

sneakers bag jacket earrings sunglasses

gaga for gucci

In the challenging world of retail, Gucci has made one of the biggest design comebacks in recent years. Led by new design talent, Alessandro Michele, the brand has been revitalized by taking “out there” risks (fur slides anyone?), retro silhouettes and not shying away from color and print. The result is so fresh, unusual and unequivocally Italian, its not hard to understand why the brand has been popping up on fashionistas and style mavens errrrrywhere.

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gucci 3

gucci bag

gucci spring '16

you can shop the whole fall collection here. and for those who can’t drop dolla dolla bills on the real deal, luckily for us, there are some great gucci-inspired pieces available to get the same look…

hmprod

h&m patched pilot jacket

mangoskirt

mango metallic skirt (2nd option)

zarabag1

metallic embellished bag

paisley

  paisley print blouse (another equipment version)

jc shoes

cross strap mules

gucci bag3

gucci sylvie embellished bag

striped pants

tapered trousers (even better, these bcbg striped pants)

sweatshirt

floral sweatshirt

kors slides

michael kors leather slides

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embellished gucci pouch

Happy first day of September to all, and happy 101st post to the Chic Pea. i’m off to santa fe for some sunshine and shopping. Jave a great long weekend and follow along with my trip on instagram here! Xx

suede-y lady

now that we are in the crux of fall layering, playing with different textures and materials (hello suede + silk) is one of my favorite ways to make a basic outfit more interesting. first, a little inspiration…

alexa chung suede skirt

lowland boot

suede-y lady

here are a few of my favorite suede pieces for fall…

#1 suede eyelet top (wear it to work with a turtleneck underneath)

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#2 sigerson morrison strappy flats

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#3 ralph lauren boxy tote (while i doubt id go for such a bright color, itd be so fun to mix it up)

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#4 faux suede leggings

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#5 suede tie shift dress by lover

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#6 rumba cherry band watchScreen Shot 2015-10-26 at 7.34.23 PM

#7 intermix suede shorts (d.i.e. with these paired with the sweater from the last post)

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#8 minnetonka double fringe booties

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#9 bcbg drapey suede vest

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#10 the ever covetable SW lowland boots (pictured above, dying for the olive colored)

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#11 blank denim suede moto jacket

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which piece is your fave?! better question– CAL/LARS/crew– does anyone even read this anymore??