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 ūüėČ — 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…

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par-tayyyy

happy august cps! where has the summer gone? i had originally rounded up the items in this post fantasizing about my birthday a few weeks ago, but alas time has slipped by and it is not even my birthday month anymore, much less the actual day.  still- a girl can dream- and this CP dreams big. here are the little numbers my heart desires. wear these items for your birthday, a bachelorette, or a night on the town when you need a little extra sparkle.

outfit numero uno

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 6.39.14 PMlet’s start the night ruffling some feathers- with a Phillip Lim feathered dress that screams for attention- usually a good thing on your birthday. pair with some simple blue heels that won’t detract from the dress, but are bold enough to make you fully commit to the look. top it off with some geode sparklers by Elizabeth Cole that mimic the feather-y feel.

outfit numero dos 

 

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feeling more gilded than feathered? in need of something a little more demure? this tulle tiered dress meets the bill without giving up all the glitz. love me some druzy earrings and a silver sandal (or these golden Loubs) to round out the metallic palette.

outfit numero tres 

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too much is never too much. top off some major cant-pay-your-rent-for-three-months wow-sa shoes with a ruffled silk Tibi dress (on major sale!) give the party some extra pop with a patent YSL clutch,

outfit numero quatro

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be short and chic and equally fab in a beaded shift by Isabel Marant, some bold rhinestone earrings, a boxy clutch and barely there sandals.

another show stealing options? this slinky¬†haute hippie dress with a slashed out back (reminds me of early 90s Carrie in SATC). there ya go- 4 drool worthy outfits ready for table dancing, limo riding and whatever else your birthday night brings…