Posts tagged ‘the sartorialist’
I guess I’m on a color binge right now; first pink, then white (no that’s not a color, but relatively speaking), and now bursts of red. I think it’s because I’m trying to add more color in my life, and there’s nothing figuratively speaking about that statement. I literally want to start wearing more color and want to introduce more color into my apartment, but bright, bold looks just aren’t what I immediately go for! That’s where the baby steps come in.
Yesterday I wore a pretty neutral outfit, black and white – go figure, and just as I was ready to give up on an exciting look, I grabbed my bright red leopard print scarf and pop! goes the weasel, I was totally satisfied with my getup. A lot of people shy away from red, but it happens to be the color I flock to the most. From a strong red lip to a powerful pair of red pumps, here are some ways I’d like to continue adding this cherry colored hue to my daily ensembles.
Out on a Brim
Yesterday as I was doing some of my Christmas shopping at All Saints I couldn’t help but try on their Salerno Fedora, a perfectly sculpted menswear inspired hat that I ended up wearing around the store while shopping for friends and family. I didn’t end up buying it which I now kind of regret, but it reminded me just how much I love a good fedora. In the summertime I’m rarely seen without one of my straw ones (see here), and in the fall/winter I find nothing adds texture to a bundled up look quite like my vintage felt fedora.
While some trends may come and go, the fedora trend has stood the trend test of time in womens wear. In 1937 silver screen siren Carole Lombard looked particularly fantastic wearing a fur fedora (see below), and today it’s impossible to browse through a street style blog or tabloid magazine without seeing at least one style icon sporting one of these gangster-inspired hats. So, in my efforts to find new ways to wear my fedoras instead of buying a new one, here are some sartorial inspirations for rocking these ever popular sturdy brimmed, wooly felt hats.
Carole Lombard, 1937– photos via google image search, refinery 29, stockholm street style & fashion toast
One of my favorite pieces in my closet is my black Morphine Generation cape. While not easy to pair with everything, I find that whenever I wear it my level of chicness increases by a great degree. The only real issue with wearing a cape is figuring out how to carry your handbag, which Garance Doré articulates beautifully in her recent blog post “My Cape” (see here). I’ve found that the best bags to carry while donning a cape are ones with short handles that can either rest on your wrist or be carried in your hand – anything else just hangs awkwardly or has to be hidden underneath the cape which just looks weird. So although not the most practical garment to wear (they’re not very warm either…), there’s no denying that capes look unwaveringly stylish. Like a sky-high pair of stilettos, a cape may not be very comfortable but it will always look good. All for the sake of fashion, right?
photos via harpers bazaar, the sartorialist, stockholm street style & google image
I blame myself for this drastic temperature drop in New York City. Ever since I wrote about my interest in buying a new winter coat I’ve been petrified that Winter would come far too soon, and now with temperatures in the mid 30s it feels like the cold weather is here to stay. While I stick to what I said yesterday about my love of cozying up during the cold winter months, I would have preferred for Autumn to have hung around a little longer. Everyone looks so cute in the fall with their obvious layers and dark, rich colors, but come winter people are walking with their heads to the ground, covered up in big black coats that are oh-so-dreary. Such is the case until you look at some of Fashion Week’s biggest style mavens who bust out some of the most luscious coats that are no doubt as equally warm as they are stunning. While I understand that not everyone can have as fortunate a closet as fashion icons like Giovanna Battaglia and Jen Brill, even adding just one bold and different coat to my closet would make such a difference when getting dressed on these cold, drab days. Perhaps I had better re-evaluate my must-have coat list.– photos via the sartorialist, tfs & street peeper
Suspenders are easily the most underrated accessory for both men and women. I myself almost always grab a sturdy leather belt to keep my pants in place instead of a pair of springy suspenders. In fact, unless the pants have buttons specifically designed for suspenders I’m not so convinced they function as anything more than a bold, contrasting accessory. But since when is there anything wrong with that?
Although rare, whenever I do reach for a pair of suspenders I’m always blown away by how easily they jazz up a boring outfit or add some edge to an otherwise feminine look. However, even though they quickly spruce up an outfit, they’re not the most versatile accessory. I find that they’re best paired with high-waisted pants, skirts or shorts; anything lower than my belly-button and I could easily pass for Humpty Dumpty. But even if you have to go through a few trial and error ensembles before getting the suspender look down right, once you do I guarantee that you’re going to want to incorporate these stretchy straps into your outfits much more frequently.– photos via chictopia, just jared & tfs