Posts tagged ‘black’
Camo Bo Bamo
Trends are bullshit. You know why? Because the minute you say “I would never wear that” you find yourself coveting a similar item only a year or so later. Case in point: the camouflage print. I can attest that back in the day when items from Delia*s and Abercombie + Fitch dominated my closet there were indeed some camo pieces, but it has been over a decade since I even considered wearing it.
Until recently, the print reminded me of my not so stylish pre-pubescent days where braces were color coordinated with holidays and butterfly clips surrounded my ballerina bun. But now I find myself strangely attracted to the print and its surprising versatility. Like plaid or pinstripes, camouflage can stand as well on its own as it can when paired with equally busy prints — i.e. leopard. And so here you see me betraying my previous sentiments of hatred regarding the camo print and wearing it like it’s a necessary staple in my day-to-day wardrobe.
This not only supports my initial statement that trends are bullshit, but also that fashion is fickle. One second you’re swearing off anything snakeskin and then you’re wearing gold snakeskin pants that Snooki probably wore in the first season of Jersey Shore. Oh fashion, you trickster.
// photos by Emily Malan
Worth the Wait
With each season comes a trendy silhouette; the satchel bag, the ankle boot, the wide leg pajama pants, etc. And under this silhouette “umbrella” reside specific must-have items: the Mulberry ‘Alexa’ bag, the Alexander Wang bootie, the Marc Jacobs pant.
Sometimes I stand beneath this umbrella, decorating myself in as many trendy silhouettes as I (a.k.a. my bank account) can manage. Other times, I stick my nose in the air and let the rain fall in, unmoved by the current fads. And then there are those times that I am so late to the trend that I may as well have been living in a mole hole for the past few years unaware of any popular silhouettes settling beneath a season’s umbrella. Such is the case with my recent acquisition of this green parka jacket.
The selling point for me after all these years was the furry hood. I love how giant it is, and that it sits upright and perky around my shoulders (wow, it really sounds like I’m talking about an erection here, but let’s move beyond my word choice).
Growing up, I loved watching old movies with women dressed in luscious fur coats that practically engulfed them with their volume and buoyancy — kind of like a squirrel tail. So, when I saw how this fur hood encompassed its model, I knew my search for the human eating furry parka coat had come to an end.
This trend may have been around for awhile, but I’m glad I waited until I found the exact parka I was looking for.
//photos by Emily Malan
This outfit is a bit confused. It’s like Snooki on the top and Preppy McBetty on the bottom, and while neither of those styles are anything close to what I usually wear, I can’t say that I hate the two together. I also can’t believe I’m writing something about Snooki on here…but moving forward…
In a perfect world Snooki and Preppy McBetty would hang out. They’d be friends. They’d drink lattes (er…spiked lattes for Snooks?). Maybe get their tizzle tan on at the beach. But this ain’t no perfect world, and Snooki and Preppy McBetty have absolutely nothing in common. Which brings me back to square one: this outfit is confused.
But sometimes confused outfits are the best. They make people do the double take: is she really wearing that? Is she blind? Is she really going out with him? What am I talking about? Again…moving forward…
Will this outfit be on heavy rotation? An unlikely story. But on a day when I woke up thinking it was Saturday on a Thursday and put whole milk in my iced coffee instead of soy, a Snooki Preppy McBetty outfit is a-okie dokie in my book.
// photos by Emily Malan
Shorts Suit At Last
My Mom and I stopped in a few outlet shops this past weekend where I ducked my head into BCBG to see if I could find a bargain on any flowy maxi dresses. Maxi dresses there were not, but beautifully cut blazers there were aplenty. I walked around the store with two blazers (one black, one white) for awhile before stumbling upon the perfect pair of black shorts that went hand-in-hand — or should I say seam-in-seam(?) — with the black blazer I’d found. This was one of those few instances where I didn’t even bother trying anything on — when you know, you know…am I right? — and I’m delighted to say that they both made it into yesterday’s work outfit.
Though summer may be coming to an end, the heat is not, and I can guarantee that this suit will be in heavy rotation for many months to come.
//photos by Emily Malan
Cropped and Bare
Let’s keep the whole cropped trend going here, shall we?
First you saw the swan pants and now I share with you the swan cropped top. I have been known to wear them together but it’s so hot outside that the sole thought of wearing pants is frightening. What can I say, I like a breeze on me knees.
The whole “cropped top” trend scared me at first. Bare tummy? Hell no. But then I remembered the delightfully high-waisted pieces that are slowly taking over my wardrobe. You’re telling me that instead of doing the peek-a-boo-look-at-my-belly-button look, I could do the sliver of skin peeking out between my top and skirt? Deal.
This has since been a pretty go-to look for me (I even cut a t-shirt in a moment of frustration because I didn’t have enough crop skin sliver tops), and have to say that extra bit of breeze on the upper midriff is as good as it feels on the knees.
Even the arrow points at my midriff!