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…

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into the fringe

When I saw my girl OP rocking this fringe skirt along with some other snazzy ladies, I knew it was going to be one of my more daring fall purchases. theres something tough and western but distinctly feminine about the look. I first discovered a lux one at Scoop and was mulling over a splurge purchase when I luckily found Zara’s copycat last week (what did we do before inditex??!)—three clicks later its on the way to me. Love the idea of pairing the dramatic fringe with a simple cotton T.

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black fringe skirt

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i figured it has been a while since i did a little splurge vs. save post, so channel the looks above, no matter what your budget
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tshirts: splurge on an alexander wang (pricey but last forever) or go more basic with j.crewimage003

skirts: scoop keeps it classy in a more tailored style while zara offers an identical style for less

**third option by alice + olivia if you’re looking for a mini

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bags: dying for the combo of red/green + camo/studs on this last season valentino, but BR’s stripe offers a citron pop

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shoes: to master the fall transition, stick with a open toe bootie to transition from sandal weather. keep it sleek in the Vince addie or save with a similar style at urban outfitters (in a dream world, channel OP in these alaia

p.s.– don’t these new fall clutches at BR take a page from Anya Hindmarch?!

the homeless librarian look

Anddddds the blog is back! Thanks for hanging in there while my site mimicked my life for a while and looked like a hot mess.

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since my work day starts at 5:45, my typical outfit selection process goes like this…

a. “im cold, i need something warm”

b. “im tired, i need something comfortable”

c. “im cold, tired, AND late, shit, i have to put on the first clean thing i find…GO”

and this is why i often refer to my office wardrobe as “homeless librarian chic,” with the chic part being verrry ironic (see an old post on the same topic here).

since i am in major need of an office ensemble reboot (i’m under the impression looking put together may lead people to think i am put together), i need pieces simple enough to mix and match a million times, but they need to be special enough not to need many accessories (thus eliminating an entire step and 2-3 precious minutes), while maintaining the always precious comfort factor. here’s an idea of the upgraded vibe i’m going for.

office attire1. pearl ear jackets

2. M. Gemi black mules (obsessed with this new brand! more on this to come)

3. striped pencil skirt

4. silk tank

5. grey cardigan (more comfortable than a blazer and worthy of the librarian title)

hopefully i can get my blog, myself AND my work wardrobe organized. Wish me luck! Xx