Posts tagged ‘snakeskin’
The Maxi Wins Again
Well isn’t this curious. Back in October when the weather was transitioning from summer to fall, I wrote about the maxi dress being a great transition piece. And now, as the weather switches from winter to spring, I am here again promoting the skirts of a longer length. Only this time, instead of a dress, I’ve hiked up my maxi skirt so that it functions as a moomoo tube dress of sorts.
Now, a couple of things about wearing a maxi skirt as a dress. Unless you are a twigster, this type of silhouette can be uber unflattering. So to combat looking like a tree trunk, I stress the importance of a structured, hip length jacket. This not only adds some dimension to your look and says “hey I actually do have some shape I just chose to wear this snakeskin potato sack,” but also adds to the whole notion that we are in a climatic transition here and certain limbs must still be covered.
And while we’re on the subject of covered limbs, let’s take a moment here to appreciate how maxi length dresses and skirts allow us to go tightsless while still covering the deathly pale color of our legs. I’m honestly shocked you can’t see the brick wall through my kneecaps.
So, while you’re busy covering up your gradually tanning limbs, let your mini-limbs (aka fingers and wrists) take the spotlight with extra bulky accoutrements that allow you to track your tan as the day progresses. Ring tans are the accessory of spring/summer 2013. You heard it here first.
Maje jacket | Michael Kors skirt worn as a dress (on sale!) | Rag & Bone boots | Coach bag | Vintage rings
// photos by Emily Malan
It’s Not What You Wear
If you had asked me a few years ago if I would ever wear gold snakeskin pants, I would have laughed in your face. For a Lil Kim costume, why not? For everyday Sonia wear? No ma’am.
I believe that much of this hesitance was due to sartorial ignorance. While I’ve always been experimental with styles and pieces, I was often repelled by certain apparel stigmas. As far as I was concerned, bodycon dresses were reserved for the likes of Paris Hilton, polo shirts were for prepsters (which I would never be), and denim-on-denim was forever a no.
If you’re an active follower of my blog, you’ll know that I’ve gotten over all of the aforementioned “stigmas” and embraced each look with an open mind, proving to myself that it really isn’t about what you wear but how you wear it (preach!). So, when I received these gold snakeskin pants, there was a mere half-second where I thought “oh, hell no“. But the doubts were crushed by giant dinosaur feet as my style imagination started creating multiple looks with these Lil Kim stunners.
Almost all the looks I cooked up include more conservative pieces on the top (blazers, button downs, sweaters, etc), but the fun with my disco-worthy pants has only just begun. Gold on gold on gold? Why the heck not?!
// photos by Anna Kelman
Go Bulk or Go Home
I’m convinced that more women are afraid of testing the maxi trend than they are peplums. Everyday I get on the subway and have to meander my way through endless ruffles and peplums on everything from jackets to skirts to blouses to dog collars (fact). Now, before I go any further let me just say that I have nothing against peplums. It’s a trend I still have yet to try for fear of the accentuating affect, but it’s only a matter of
days time before curiosity gets the best of me.
More on that later though as I’d like to discuss maxi lengths here.
I’ve mentioned before that they’re the perfect transition piece from spring to summer before you’ve applied a sufficient amount of self-tanner to the legs, but what about in the fall/winter?
I’m all about toying with proportions and in the past have found that a maxi skirt paired with winter appropriate tops can be unflattering in the sort of way that you never want to look like a tree trunk. But when I received this Michael Kors skirt, I knew there was no way I’d let it hang in my closet until next spring/summer. So to the drawing board (otherwise known as the closet) I went and began testing out different looks.
I tried everything from short sweaters to fitted tees and had zero luck. It was then that I decided it was go bulky or go home and I opted for a longer and slightly slouchy sweater with a more structured blazer on top. Jackpot! All this time I’d approached the winterizing of maxi skirts by trying lighter pieces on top like I do in the summer, when in actuality all I had to do was embrace the bulk!
// photos by Emily Malan
Hand(bag) it Over!
Well ‘ello there, Proenza Schouler pre-Spring 2012 handbags!
It’s no news that I’ve got a
serious bit of a bag obsession, so I’ve got no shame saying that I’d love to add these two beauties to my collection! Who needs Vitamin C when they’re carrying a neon/citrus PS11 bag! And I may hate snakes more than anything in the world but I sure wouldn’t mind walking around with this PS1 canvas/snakeskin tote.