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Leather Weather

September 24, 2013

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Now that it’s officially Fall, I am officially back in my comfort zone. No more beads of sweat gathering on my forehead. No more sidewalk saunas. No more excessive overheating. I’m back in my happy climate and as I’ve done every year when the season changes, I celebrated by wearing leather the first day that I can. This day was yesterday.

My instinctive leather go-to is usually in the form of a jacket, but yesterday my leather pants were calling to me so I said, “See you tomorrow, Leather Jacket,” and slipped my hot dogs into their fall casings. My first fall outfit almost always dictates my “uniform” for the season, and since I spent most of the summer accumulating boyfriend blazers and comfy t-shirts, something tells me this is going to be my version of Doug Funny’s t-shirt, khakis and sweater vest. Of course I will always bring you variety in my outfit posts, but if you’re wondering what I’m wearing on a day-to-day basis this autumn, well, this is it.

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Zara blazer | Marc by Marc jacobs t-shirt | Paige leather leggings | Kelsi Dagger boots (these are awesome, too) | Mulberry bag | Warby Parker sunglasses

 

// photos by Christine

It’s a Pant Revolution

September 4, 2013

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Shopping for pants can be a bit daunting — OK, a lot daunting. With inconsistent sizes, unflattering fits, and frustrating fabrics that leave seam imprints on your skin, it’s no wonder sweatpants and pajama-style dressing has become a trend. Pants are supposed to be comfortable and flattering, so why do I find myself shuddering at the thought of trying on a few pairs for the upcoming season? Well, because a lot of the time pants are uncomfortable and detrimental to the beauty of our legs. For example, you will never see me in a pair of flared denim without heels because my legs more closely resemble that of the Michelin Man than they do the set I was born with. In short, they look stumpy and bulbous and last time I checked I had a 36″ inseam. But just as I was ready to throw in the towel and give elastic waistbands a more prominent role in my daily attire, LOFT announced the launch of their “Love Your Pants” campaign.

The brand teamed up with research company, Fortini-Campbell, to discover and understand exactly how women feel about pants, and as it turns out, most women find shopping for pants more unbearable than shopping for a bikini. That means that most women would rather be almost naked than have to play Goldilocks, sliding their thighs in and out of multiple pairs of trousers to find style that fits juuuust right.

Hearing the roar of over 10,000 women from coast-to-coast, LOFT reinvented their pants this season, applying all the things women wished their pants would do to their legs into the new collection. They removed excess fabric in the thighs for a slimmer look, lengthened the leg by lowering the knee break to make our stems appear longer, widened the waistband for a flatter, smoother stomach, and lifted and angled the rear to get rid of any sagginess. The result? A pair of pants that I’ve come to live in, be it at a casual brunch, late night dinner and drinks, or lounging on my couch watching Breaking Bad. They’re just that comfortable, stylish, and versatile.

Here I’ve paired LOFT’s Marisa pant with the aforementioned casual brunch look followed by a late night dinner and drinks look to prove that they work with flats, heels, a worn in tee, and/or or a sheer tank top. I would have included the look of me in the Marisa on my couch, but I think I’ll let your imagination run with that one.

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Feasting with Friends Look: Vince shirt | LOFT pants | Office brogues | Mulberry bag | vintage hat and sunglasses

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Whip Your Hair Back and Forth Look: BCBG blazer (similar!) | Enza Costa tank topLOFT pants | Zara heels

Subway Gear

August 14, 2013

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Perhaps the title of this post made you think you were about to see images of me in some sort of scuba suit stuffing my face with a Subway sandwich a la Jared Fogle, which let’s be honest, is entirely possible. Or maybe you thought I would be dissecting the MTA’s orange vest and blue polo uniform, which is less likely but still a possibility. But alas it’s neither of these. Instead, I’m here to fulfill a reader request inquiring about an outfit I might wear while commuting around the city. (Hear that folks? Reader requests are granted. So if you’re wondering what I wear to the gym or what kind of tampons I use, go ahead and ask.)

As much as I’d like to tell you that I wear intricate outfits and 4-inch stilettos while riding the L train, I just don’t (ok fine, sometimes I do). Until I can ditch my $112 Metrocard for a daily driver named Sal or Tony, my feet are sticking to flats during the daytime. And though the low soled footwear may not be my favorite kind of jam, my toes certainly dig them (insert toe jam joke here).

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This is a very standard outfit for me: some type of skinny jean, a boyfriend blazer, sneakers (or boots in the fall), and a large bag to carry unnecessary things like torn up boxes of gum covered in sand. It’s pretty ideal for when you’re trekking around the city, though depending on the meeting I might bring a pair of heels with me since these Converse have been around since 2004 and are probably the reason my subway car was so empty the other day.

I should also note that because the subway is at least 20 degrees warmer than the temperature outside and about 100% more humid, pairing a blazer and tight jeans in the dead of summer may result in a shiny forehead (see below image), but that’s nothing an airconditioned subway car won’t take care of. This brings me to the realization that New York is actually really gross in the summer, but whatever, I love it anyways.

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BCBG blazer | Helmut Lang shirt (yup, same one I’m wearing here and nope, I haven’t washed it) | Paige jeans | Converse sneakers | Zara bag | Tom Binns & 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