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Working the Slouch and Chunk

November 12, 2013

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One autumn morning several years ago, I stepped outside my Alphabet City apartment to grab coffee with my boyfriend at the time. He was waiting for me downstairs and upon seeing me told me that I looked like a lumpy pillowcase. I was wearing an oversize chunky sweater and drop-crotch harem pants, and though I was extremely comfortable — and why shouldn’t I be?! We were just going to get coffee! — I glanced down and realized he had a point. It looked as though I’d robbed the local coffee shop and stuffed multiple loafs of poundcake around my middle section. The only area of me that was slightly defined was my ankles since the drop-crotch pants tapered around there. I shrugged off his observation — again, we were just grabbing coffee (and poundcake?) — but that was the end of pairing tent pieces together.

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I’ve more or less graduated from my days of harem pants (I say more or less because I have a feeling they’ll come back), but oversize chunky sweaters remain a crucial part of my fall and winter uniform. There are the obvious benefits of wearing bulky sweaters — warmth, the concealing of muffin tops and stolen poundcakes, did I say warmth? — but I’ve also discovered that, after failing miserably with harem pants, when styled with something a little more body skimming on the bottom (i.e. skinny jeans, flared denim, mini and/or pencil skirts) they can actually be quite leg-slimming. So, with Thanksgiving a little over two weeks away and your inevitable debacle of, “What can I wear that’s flattering but still allows me to stuff as much turkey, stuffing, and pie into my person without bursting a seam?” allow me to recommend a slouchy sweater paired with something slightly more dressy than the cargo jeans I’m wearing here. Or just keep something like this close by for next day tummy coverage as you will most likely still be full from the previous day’s gorging. Or is that just me?

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Rag & Bone hat | Mango sweater | Rich & Skinny jeans | Kelsi Dagger shoozies | Proenza Schouler bag

 

// photos by Victoria Tsigonis

 

Coordinating Pink

October 30, 2013

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I was back at home in San Francisco a few weeks ago doing what I always do when I find myself sitting indian style in my childhood domain: reminiscing. I skimmed through old, embarrassingly honest diaries (shout out to my 4th grade crush, Jonah!), dug through boxes of saved memories (see: my first bra), and flipped through yearbooks of my awkward youth. While looking through class photos, I noticed how considered and coordinated each of my classmate’s outfits were. Plaid bows matched plaid smocked dresses, ruffled socks matched ruffled blouses, dimpled chins matched runny noses, and then there was me, the girl standing front row clashing in floral leggings and a striped t-shirt, an overly excited grin spread across her face. Of course I thought I looked awesome, and given the return of 90s fashion in today’s trend-o-sphere, I suppose you could say that I looked awesome by today’s standards, too; but in the eyes of parents, mine included, I’m confident that I looked more like a colorblind and confused kid who ate boogers for breakfast. However, where once I rejected even the thought of coordinating my days of the week underwear with their coinciding day, I now find myself drawn to matching pieces together as if they came in a set.

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Another fashion element that I once rejected but now embrace is the color pink. Until recently, the girly stigma-ridden hue was only faintly represented in my wardrobe. Sure I had the occasional pink sweater or pink pants for days when I felt particularly…”girly”…but those days were about as common as a dog walking on its hind legs. This infrequency was largely due to the fact that I just couldn’t figure out how to wear the color. A pink blazer paired with my go-to black pants felt a little too, “Prima Donna Punk.” A pink shirt styled with a pencil skirt looked too “Mildred Goes to High Tea.” And pink pants worn with just about anything screamed, “Hello, Valentine’s Day!” So, though I found myself accumulating pink pieces against my better judgment, I was more or less unable to wear said pieces because I was never satisfied with how I styled them. That’s where the coordinating came in.

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It was a typical morning for me as I reached yet again for a pink blazer hoping that today might be the day that I break through my style block (similar to writers block). Seemingly endless frustrations of testing out clashing looks and overly simplified outfits amped up with the pink blazer resulted in piles of clothes strewn about my floor as beads of sweat consolidated on my forehead and upper lip. But just as I was about to give up, I noticed a pop of pink poking out from the back of my closet — a pair of pants trimmed with a hue undeniably identical to the blazer I was currently battling! I instantly knew that pairing the unexpectedly matching pieces together would not only yield a look that implied I purchased them together, but would also finally give me the opportunity to wear pink. You see, the pink on it’s own was too loud, too in yo’ face, but with the hint of the same hue poking out around my waistline (or hipline? I really can’t tell these days, too much cheese), the bright fuchsia color adopted a more subtle tone.

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Oh, and the fact that the bows of the shoes matched didn’t hurt the coordinated pink situation either.

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Maje blazer | Splendid shirt | Mikkat Market pants | Sophia Webster heels | Zara clutch

 

// photos by Emily Malan

 

The Knee-Length Denim Skirt

October 9, 2013

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Here’s something I never thought would make its way back into my wardrobe: the knee-length denim skirt. The last time I wore one of these was circa 2001 and let’s just say it hit the donation pile in 2002. But my interest in the durable knee-grazer reawakened last year when Acne came out with the ultimate, and I mean ULTIMATE distressed denim skirt and, in what seems to be a theme this week, I neglected to purchase. While there were plenty of other knee-length denim skirts around at the time, none spoke to me quite as much as the Acne one, so I decided to wait until I found one with the kind of distressing I like.

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After a year of mild searching — a denim skirt wasn’t exactly at the tippy top of my must-have list since it’s life span was all of a year in my closet — I finally decided on this distressed design by Free People.

I thought that styling a denim skirt would be super easy. It’s denim, how hard can it be? But because the denim skirt has as much of a stigma as Jnco jeans and scrunchies, I found myself repelled by many of my tried combinations. The nineties may be back in a big way, but that doesn’t mean I want to look like Kelly from Saved by the Bell, or maybe I do and I should just come to terms with that and start wearing scrunchies again. Either way, I decided to use the styling in J.Crew catalogs as my inspiration and went for a look that was on the neater, more simple side. I guess you could say, I played it safe. But give me a break, it’s the first time I’ve worn one of these in over a decade and sometimes it’s better to start on the small, more practical side, before diving headfirst into a look that makes my own dog question the sanity of my sartorial decisions. But it’s not like he was born in the 90s and has any idea what he’s talking about so know that next time you see me wearing this it will be with a plaid shirt, an acid washed denim jacket, and a new feathered haircut. Ok, I’ve officially lost my marbles and therefore am done.

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 J.Crew sweater | Free People skirt | Isabel Marant heels | Zara bag & belt | Tiffany & The 2 Bandits bracelets

 

// photos by Emily Malan

H&M Launches E-Commerce, The Butt-Mold on my Couch Deepens

August 1, 2013

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Today’s the day folks. No, I’m not pregnant, nor am I referring the fact that it’s Jerry Garcia’s birthday, I’m talking about the launch of H&M’s e-commerce site. Commence the excessive online shopping!

I remember what it was like when Zara launched it’s e-commerce site on September 7th, 2011. Just as with any other major day in our national history, I marked my calendar and did what so many other Americans did that day, I checked to see what all the fuss was about. Well, the fuss was about a lot of things, most notably that the way I shopped was about to change drastically. Though I’ve been an online shopping enthusiast for years now — eBay was my kryptonite in college — my go-to store, Zara, still had me going to its various locations. In fact, a frequent topic among friends was deciding which Zara had the best stock and what times were best to avoid endless lines and crowds. But now that they have an e-commerce site, I really only step foot in a Zara when I have to return something that I’ve ordered online — one of the many perks of their e-commerce experience.

Now, with H&M’s new site, I imagine that my entry into any of their numerous locations will decrease significantly. No more lines. No more horrible fitting room experiences. Just me, my computer, and my loyal UPS guy, Jared. And what’s more? The Isabel Marant x H&M collaboration will be available online on the same day it’s available in stores, November 14th, 2013. Hopefully they’re prepared for the masses to invade their site and won’t have a situation similar to the fateful Missoni x Target crash of 2011.

But what I can’t help but wonder is if this is just another step toward ridding myself of one of the greatest things about shopping: the experience. I used to love the act of going shopping. When you go into a store you can sift through the racks, you can feel the fabrics, you have the option of trying on multiple sizes, you can actually become tired after a day of going in and out of stores. After all, it was Carrie Bradshaw who said, “Shopping is my cardio.” But now I’ve been presented with yet another reason to deepen the mold of my butt on my couch cushions. However, maybe this means less people will be in H&M stores thus making the experience of going into one of them much better? I don’t know. What I do know is that I already have six items in my cart and there’s no line for check out.

Clash of the Textiles

July 31, 2013

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When you say plaid, the first things that come to mind are: kilts, Kurt Cobain, hipsters, and Elmer Fudd. What doesn’t come to mind is florals and a classy broad strutting down the street; but Dries Van Noten’s Spring 2013 collection changed all that. Silky plaids were sewn onto the same garment as silky negligee-esque florals and like any good unexpected combo — oreos and peanut butter, oily stickers, blankets with sleeves — I was into it! So much so that I happily plucked the plaid shirt I thought I’d tucked away until the fall/winter and paired it with floral diaper shorts that could have easily been pulled from my grandmother’s closet.

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When I first marched down the stairs in said outfit, my mom looked at me and said, “I don’t know about that one, Sonze.” And though I might be able to see what she was saying, I think it has more to do with that she secretly thought I was wearing her mom’s bloomers. But alas I am not. They’re a solid pair of floral jacquard shorts that poof in all the areas you don’t want them to and yet I find myself turning to them when I’m in the mood for something a bit more outlandish, which plaid and floral certainly is.

What I love about the combo is how each textile retains its defining aesthetic. The plaid, though featured in a much more lightweight fabric than normal buffalo plaids, still looks durable, boyish, and, thanks to recent generations, a bit punkish. And the floral jacquard shorts do their duty in looking feminine and slightly underwearish. The overall result? A drastically contrasty look that has me wondering, What else can I clash in my wardrobe?

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Zara shirt | Asos shorts | Alexander Wang heels | Céline sunglasses | Hermes, Tiffany & Co, Giles & Brother bracelets