what i wish i was wearing wednesday

on monday night I got the chance to attend the opening of sotheby’s newest prints show, which was done in partial collaboration with DVF’s creative director Jonathan Saunders. for those of you who don’t him, you can read about my obsession with his new collection for the brand here. it was a cool event that featured looks from the newest DVF summer collection to browse and pre-order in addition to the art for auction. much of his fireside chat was dedicated to talking about his unusual color pairings and it got me itching to add some brighter hues into my work week mix.

this sandro set is slightly retro and the perfect spring alternative to a dress. pair with a long boyfriend blazer over the shoulders and some chunky gems to avoid looking a little too preppy. also, as with any event filled with the “fashion crowd”, i got to see the latest fads in action– including the shoe du jour, the low slide. not the sexiest of looks, but i’m tempted to try nonetheless. luckily i found this pair of nude slides at payless, which are doppelgangers for these much more expensive Philip Lims. definitely worth trying at just $29!

 

1- sandro knit top

2- sandro skirt

3- julie vos chunky bracelet

4- christian siriano slides

5- theory boyfriend blazer

 

happy humpday CPs! what would you like to be wearing today??

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

fashion editor

in my daily struggle to be more chic (kidding, but not), i have been attempting to abide by my fashion resolutions. this philip lim shirt dress checks two of the boxes– it’s classic, structured and completely wearable, but with an unusual enough twist to be very ‘fashion editor at work’…and stripes always feel french

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i plan on wearing it belted, with some chunky heels (stolen from le catch!), a cheeky ring and some other gold jewelry

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ladylike

after last weekend’s booze-filled debauchery (S- late night gus burgers were NOT in the itinerary),  i was actually somewhat relieved to come home and get back to normal adult life (whoa- when did this happen?!) returning to work and attempting to get my butt in gear, at home as well as in the office, has made me crave some refined, ladylike sophistication. while overhauling my behavior is in the cards, I think purchasing some timeless staples might help motivate me to get there.  dressing the part is half the battle- right chic peas?! here are a few things that might class me up a bit in the coming weeks:

jackie o shift dress

#1 a lady-like dress- cream, lace and a collar make this the perfect frock for church or lunch- or anywhere else a classy lady would need to go. don’t worry, the length is much better in person- the amazonian model makes it look a little hoochie.

lace collar dress

#2 a nude pump– their leg lengthening and go-with-everything abilities makes these the perfect spring shoes (in my hunt for comfortable nude heels i also tried on this jimmy choo pair and loved the almond toe)

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#3 big girl investment bag – bonus season is upon me and i fully plan to take advantage by adding a serious piece of cow hide to my handbag collection. options include this top-handled prada and an always timeless 2.55 bag

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#4 a structured sweater- a good cardigan is a no-brainer for work, but lately ive been loving some of the more structured styles. H wore this ribbed banana republic one to the office yesterday and i fell in love. I’m also lusting after a frayed joie style

joie frayed jacket

#5  a dainty bracelet- what could be more ladylike than a dangly linked bracelet hanging from your wrist? im a huge fan of julie vos jewelry and have been wanting this bali bracelet for years. Screen shot 2014-05-03 at 11.21.12 AM

CPs- any tips for how to step up my sartorial game and get back in the good graces of the fashion gods? what are your go to pieces to feel pulled together?!