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The Perfect White Tee

November 11, 2013


Clockwise from top left: Etoile Isabel Marant | Rag & Bone | R13 | Topshop | T by Alexander Wang


There are a couple of things I consider to be essentials in my wardrobe — a leather jacket, flattering jeans, a classic black bag — but I’ve found none to be as versatile and important as the simple white t-shirt. Worn casually with a basic pair of jeans or dressed up with a floor-length skirt, the options for styling a plain white t-shirt are literally endless — it’s the finding of the ultimate PWT (plain white tee) that can be tricky.

I used to wear white Hane’s t-shirts exclusively — they’re just so affordable and easy to find! — but realized that their boxy fit and crunchy fabric wasn’t the most flattering to my shape. I then turned my attention to American Apparel tees that feature a softer fabric but still have the unfortunate quadratic fit. Knowing fully well that I needed a better option/go-to for a white tee (and aware that I wasn’t alone in the quest to find the perfect one), I started to think about all the qualities I look for in a good tee. The first thing that came to mind was thinness; I want the fabric to be worn-in enough that you can see my areolas bra beneath it. The next thing that perked up in my noggin was obviously the shape of the tee. I don’t want anything too fitted, but I also don’t want to look like I’m wearing a shirt made for Spongebob. A slight tapering at the waistline with a looser and wider fit at the hemline is ideal. Then there’s the sleeve situation. I hate when sleeves are baggy and long, fitting like an extra large sweatshirt sleeve cut just above the elbow. But I also hate when the sleeve is so tight it looks like it’s pinching my sagging tricep arm. There should be a happy medium between the two where the hem of the sleeve sits about 4-5 inches below my shoulder and has room to slip one to two fingers between the fabric and my skin. I’ll bet you never thought someone could get so particular about something as simple as a white t-shirt; or maybe you have and that’s why you’re still reading this post. The good news is that there are multiple brands that understand the art of the perfect white t-shirt and though they’re not as accessible as a Hane’s t-shirt at your local Duane Reade, they’re just a click away from your fingertip (after you put in your credit card number and billing zipcode but whatever you know how to online shop).

My favorite t-shirt brands include but are not limited to: Etoile Isabel Marant, Topshop, T by Alexander Wang, R13, Rag & Bone, Wilt and LNA and can be shopped in the slideshow below.


The Fall Edit

September 19, 2013


A brown leaf fell on me the other day which I took as a sign that not only is fall upon us, but that it’s also time to start accumulating the seasonal goodies. Whenever a new season comes around, I try to break down my shopping needs into essentials. Though there will always be particular items on my most-coveted list — hello, Chanel Boy bag — when it comes to wardrobe update shopping I like to make more general bullet points regarding the things missing in my closet. So, in case you couldn’t see where this is going, below is that bullet-pointed list about the above collaged image of clothing.

1. The Fedora - As Panama hats and straw fedoras go out of season, in come the wooly brims that keep our noggins warm against the crisp city breeze. Though I already have my fair share of fedoras, I’m convinced that one can never have enough, and since a navy hat is missing from my collection, I’m going to go ahead and say that this J.Crew one is a necessity to my “fall look.”

2. The Cardigan - I’ve been waiting for Grandpa dressing to come back in style, and since that whole punk Kurt Cobain aesthetic is now trending, so too are the cardigans those punkies borrowed from their grandpas. Though some of the best cardigans can be found at your local thrift shop, I’m liking the slightly more fitted version by Topshop.

3. The Short Jacket - One of the best things about fall is the endless options in jackets, but since we have all winter to cover our bums with longer coats, I’m looking to shorter jackets to add proportion and layers to my casual day-to-day autumnal outfits. And let’s be honest, it doesn’t get better than this Thakoon blanket-style number, which I’m going to go ahead and say is right up there on my most-coveted list with the aforementioned Chanel Boy bag.

4. The Giant Earrings - As my rings and necklaces become more dainty, I’ve become drawn to chunky, oversize earrings that will no doubt make my lobes hang like the breasts of an 80-year-old woman. BaubleBar, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Elizabeth Cole make some great lobe-pullers, but no one does oversize statement jewelry like the Dannijo sisters, as is evident by this mohawk pair.

5. The Plaid Shirt - Another item you can never have enough of. Every plaid emulates a different look, and while I have quite a few punk-inspired hipster plaid, I like the more masculine prep of this specific plaid by Equipment.

6. The Black Loafer - I’ve sworn off flats like I’ve sworn off cheap vodka; I hate the way they make me feel so there’s no point in wasting my time with them. But loafers? That’s a flat I can get down with. There’s something about the higher vamp that doesn’t make me look stumpy the way that basic ballet flats do. And though I have yet to buy a pair, something tells me that it won’t be long before this Church’s pair finds their way to my feet.

7. The White Wide-Leg Trouser - I’m not even going to bother talking about white after Labor Day because it’s a no brainer that that rule is broken forever. What I will talk about is my excitement to warm up whites in the fall and winter (like maybe with a Grandpa cardigan?) and plan to do so with a pair of trousers that’s wide-legged and high-waisted.

8. The Ring Stack - As I said earlier, my rings and necklaces are on diets and consequently much thinner. But what’s fun about the lack of bulk is the opportunity to layer and stack like a carpenter with bricks. However, should you find yourself troubled at the idea of creating a stack, then look no further than this Elizabeth & James ring that does the building for you.

9. The Small Crossbody - I’m not sure how this happened, but my need for oversize tote bags seems to have disappeared. I now find my bags on the emptier side, which means I can finally justify my desire for a smaller bag like this oxblood piece by Rebecca Minkoff!

10. Sharks - This requires no explanation, sharks are always a must-have, no matter the season.


Calling All Ankles

August 20, 2013


For many years I have sat in my robe at this very computer screen, preaching that come summertime I am all about the “Little Summer Dresses.” But today I’m here to tell my past-self, and those of you willing to read The New Testament, that I am now sitting in a new official robe (just kidding, it’s the same one covered in stains) and have made it through almost the entire summer having stepped foot into onemaybe two, LSDs, which are not to be confused with the hallucinogenic drug. Yes, it’s true, I’ve hung up my LSDs (Little Summer Dresses) and miniskirts for pilgrim-length hemlines that may not put a ring on my finger but do allow me to bend-and-snap as much as I please.


No underwear peek-a-boos there!

Of course I haven’t abandoned leggy pieces entirely — there have been plenty of camel-toe inducing shorts on my person this summer — but when it comes to kilts and skirts and dresses and such, give me something that tickles my ankles. Last year’s thigh is this year’s tibia. Last season’s knee is this season’s first metatarsal. See where I’m going with this?


But even as my shorter-hemmed pieces gaze at me as I sift pass them while getting dressed each day, I can’t help but think that with fall just around the corner (ugh, crap, no, kill me) I’ll be reaching for the thigh-grazers sooner than I think since boots paired with midi-skirts feels a little too Anne of Green Gables for my liking. But who knows. That’s another day, in the same robe, pondering heavy-handed questions like, “Should I do a post on the importance of owning many pairs of nude underwear?”


Vintage shirt (similar here) | Topshop skirt | Pierre Hardy heels | Asos bag | Hermes cuff


// photos by Emily Malan

Sweet Knockers

August 15, 2013


Clockwise from top left: Oscar de la Renta, Feverish, Topshop, Delfina Delettrez, Asos, The 2 Bandits, Elizabeth Cole, BaubleBar, 2020, Mario Testino for Mate, Dannijo


Would you look at that? Another post with a misleading title! You may have thought this was going to be a dedication to breasts, but I’ve got you again; I’m talking about oversize statement earring knockers. Though come to think of it, extra large earrings and breasts may be more similar than we think seeing as how the weight of gravity will eventually pull either your lobes or your feedbags down over time. But enough of that. I’m still perky.

After spending freshman year of high school through freshman year of college wearing oversize plastic earrings in the shapes of airplanes, hearts, guns, and shoulder grazing hoops, I’ve taken a sizable break from the sizable lobe pullers. Not only was the plastic I was wearing worthy of a Barbie’s shoe, but even when I tried to venture into something more sophisticated like a simple gold chandelier earring, I felt that they aged me. The earrings may have been glamorous but my smudgy eyeliner, ripped t-shirts, and tangled hair were not. But the times have changed; I’ve gotten older, my taste has become more sophisticated, and I’ve gone so far as to purchase a more powerful and expensive vacuum. So obviously reintroducing statement earrings into my wardrobe was the next logical step.

Here I’ve compiled a jumble of earrings that will not only compliment a look but also detract from the horrendous thing that is mid-to-late-twenties acne. No one is going to be looking at the volcano on the center of your forehead when you’ve got a Swarovski encrusted unicorn on one of your lobes. Nor will they notice the forest of blackheads on your chin when a colorfully woven pair of earrings are dangling well below your shoulder line. But this of course is not only about acne, many of these earrings provide the exact amount of glamour you may need for that black tie affair or date night at McDonald’s. Oscar de la Renta may as well be the king of female elegance as is evident by the top left pair of icy blue chandelier earrings, while Delfina Delettrez takes the lead in appealing to the younger side of the spectrum making pearls cool again and eyeballs still an important accoutrement.

Though punk continues to be a hot theme in the world of style, I understand if you’re not willing to go so far as Miley Cyrus and give yourself a mohawk. But with an ear cuff by the very affordable 2020 that may as well be inspired by Rufio’s mohawk in Hook, you can get that punky look without grabbing the razor. And if you think two mohawks are better than one, then look no further than the edgy black pair by Elizabeth Cole that hug the lobe and dangle mid-way down your neck. RU-FI-O! RU-FI-O!

Then there are those situations, like the coronation of your goldfish or a belly-dancing class, where we require something gold and intricate. You could go the Dolce & Gabbana route since that’s their shtick, but I prefer the more pocket-friendly outlets like Topshop and Asos who do a phenomenal job with inspired replicas.

Lastly, there are the geometric silver biddies for those of us who prefer the more sculpted things in life like David Beckham’s butt and Frank Gehry. And while such architectural shapes may not be the defining feature in brand’s like Dannijo, The 2 Bandits, and BaubleBar, they certainly know how to construct such pieces.

Four Unobnoxiously Festive Outfits for the 4th of July

June 25, 2013


I’m a big fan of holidays. The abundance of stuffing at Thanksgiving. The decorating of the Christmas tree in December. Challenging myself to a Peep eating contest during Easter. Like I said, I love the holidays. But there’s one aspect of these seasonal festivities that I loathe, and that my friends is a holiday’s representational colors. How often have you put on something red and green only to find yourself nixing the whole outfit not because it looked bad but because there’s no way you could walk 10 feet outside of your house without someone telling you that you look “Christmas-y” today. The same goes for orange and black – Halloween. Pink and red — Valentine’s Day. And of course, red, white, and blue — the Fourth of July.

It’s not that I dislike these color combos; in fact it’s quite the opposite, I love them. But I hate that they are almost unwearable because of their holiday association. Red, white, and blue look good together, so why should I be forced to only wear them on our nation’s day of Independence? And furthermore, come Independence Day, why would I want to look like someone who has a separate closet solely for holiday wear? You all know exactly what I’m talking about, the denim shirt with an embroidered American Flag stitched to the breast pocket. The white turtleneck with  Christmas trees printed all over. The pastel yellow cardigan with little beaded easter eggs on the sleeves. Ugly sweater parties aren’t just for the winter holidays, they’re applicable year round. But I’m getting off topic here.

The point I’m trying to make is that not only should we embrace holiday colors outside their season (wear red and green in August, I dare you), but that we too should be able to dress festively without looking like a model from an Oriental Trading catalog. With that I bring you four somewhat festive outfits for the Fourth of July or any other day of the year because why the hell not?


Golden Goose shirt | Jennifer Meyer bracelet | Asos bag | Topshop shorts | Steven heels | Deborah Lippmann nail polish

1. Though not in your face with red, white, and blue, this outfit still manages to pull in all the necessary colors (aka no one can yell at you for not being patriotic) and even has a star bracelet to tie it all together. The silk shorts and blouse are also ideal for a cool summer night and are pale enough to hide any of those sweat stains that plant themselves in the more awkward places of our bodies. Remind me never to tell you about the time I wore kelly green silk pants to a bridal shower only to have sweat lines make a frame around my nether regions.


Richard Nicoll blazer | Isabel Marant shirt | Richard Nicoll pants | Dolce & Gabbana lipstick | River Island heels | Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses

2. As with any suit, this looks is a bit more of a “class act.” Throw on a straw panama hat and I might even call you Frank Sinatra. But the one-shoulder blouse breaks up the look implying that maybe you’re more of the Nancy Sinatra type while simultaneously adding in a pop of red that only gets further complimented by a smidge of red lipstick.


Modcloth dress | Dannijo bracelet | Garrett Leight sunglasses | BaubleBar studs | Topshop sandals | Serpui Marie bag

3. I understand that not everyone wants to wear something so formal to a 4th of July affair, so here I present you with a simple red dress (extra points for stars on the collar!), and a comfy pair of flat sandals that are appropriate for everything from the beach to the deck to the side of the pool. Though this look lacks a bold American blue, I find that a red dress is festive enough to stand on its own.


Genevieve Jones earrings | Topshop shirt | Dorothy Perkins skirt | Reece Hudson bag | Christian Louboutin pumps

 4.  You didn’t honestly think I’d put together four patriotic-ish looks and not include some sort of denim and/or bandana print, did you? This outfit clearly speaks for itself as the most festive of the group, but I wouldn’t mind seeing it in mid-March either.