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Working the Slouch and Chunk

November 12, 2013


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.


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?


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


// photos by Victoria Tsigonis


Flashback or Flashforward?

February 19, 2013
tags: alexa, altuzarra, , , boots, c wonder, colorful, , deep freize, , , , gap, , , , , karen walker, , orange coat, , paul and joe, , , pictures, polka dot, preppy, red coat, romwe, running late, , , , , ,
by Sonia


I have been sitting at my computer eating multiple bowls of Raisin Bran for the past 20 minutes trying to think of something to say about this outfit. Attempts at discussing my qualms with polka dots, need for color during the dark days of winter, and that the above photo kind of looks like I’m scratching my butt have all been made; but what’s really going on here is an outfit that came together when I was running late for a runway show last week.

That instantaneous panic moment when you realize that you have hit snooze 8 times too many and have about 30 minutes to turn your bedhead self into something remotely presentable for the outside world has me running around my apartment like a chicken with her head cut off. And while this situation usually forces me to reach for the classics (white blouse, black jeans, leather jacket, et al), there was something about that morning that told me to ignore my running late dead chicken routine. So instead I honed in on the colors that were speaking to me and how they matched up with multiple pieces in my closet. Tomato reds, navy blues, and woody browns came together to produce an outfit that a preppier Sonia would have worn in college had she not thought ripped t-shirts and smudgy eyeliner the end all be all of fashion. So what say you? Too preppy magoo for me to pull off or something I should emulate more often? Tell me all your thoughts.




Paul & Joe coat | Romwe sweater c/o | C.Wonder shirt | Gap jeans | Dolce Vita boots | Mulberry bag | Karen Walker sunglasses

// Photos by Emily Malan

A Living

October 25, 2012
tags: author, bag, , , business, c wonder, denim and supply, editor, , , , job, journalist, , , , , , , Ralph Lauren, , , steve madden, , , , , watch, ,
by Sonia

I often get emails asking me a) what I do for a living outside my blog and b) how I dress for my job.  Today I shall answer these questions for you.

a) For a long time I worked full time on my blog and did freelance writing on the side. It wasn’t until a little over a year ago that I decided to venture away from my pajamas all day freelance lifestyle to work in an office. I am currently the Editorial Director of a fashion site based in New York City. And if you’re now wondering how I manage to do both, allow me to confirm that I often pressed for time; hence the question in yesterday’s post regarding covering up under eye circles.

b) This is a pretty standard outfit for my day job: jeans, blazer, some kind of heel. Though to be honest a lot of the outfits I share on here are what I wear to work. I may dress things up if there are important meetings that day, but for the most part I’d say this is my “working girl uniform.” You should see what I wear after midnight…just kidding.

BCBG blazer | Topshop sweater | Denim & Supply jeans c/o Ralph Lauren | Steve Madden booties | Zara bag |Kenneth Cole watch | Bracelets by Noir Jewelry, C Wonder & Tiffany

// photos by Emily Malan

Repeat Offender

March 26, 2012
tags: acne, bag, batman, blank denim, , , , , , , , , , Photographer, pistol boots, repeat offender, , San Francisco, skinny jeans, , , , tee, , white jeans,
by Sonia

This is essentially just a spring rendition of my go-to uniform consisting of a tailored blazer, comfy t-shirt, skinny jeans and a pair of ankle boots; simple, easy, and effortless both in mind and silhouette. Ever since I brought white jeans back into my life, I can’t get enough of them! While I can only really wear them once before having to put them in the wash - such is the life of a New Yorker with a cuddly dog -  I’ve found that I reach for them almost as often as I reach for my black skinny jeans, and we all know how much I love those.

As I continue to pack for my big move and am forced to divide my wardrobe into pieces that I’ll wear to pieces that can be put away in a box, these white jeans will most certainly stay on the top of my suitcase. But the point of buying clothes is to love them and wear them, so I have no shame in knowing I’ll be victim to some outfit repeats in the next two weeks.

{ Club Monaco blazer, Vintage t-shirt, Blank Denim jeans, Acne boots, Zara bag }

// photos by Emily Malan

Back to Black

February 27, 2012
tags: , arrow ring, ash, back to black, best bloggers, , , , blue nails, , cashmere, catbird, down jacket, , heart ring, , leather leggings, , , , , , , , , , puffer, , , , sneakers, , , , , waterfront, wayfarer, wedge, wedge sneakers,
by Sonia

Behold the quintessential all black New Yorker outfit. No, not necessarily “exciting” (hey, Rooney Mara gets away in all black all the time!), but when you’re hitting the pavement searching for apartments all day you gotta go with something that provides at least one of the following: comfort, functionality, and spandex. I went with all three.

There’s something to be said for all black ensembles (though I’ve said it before here and here…and here…), for though they can at first appear Boring with a capital B, you’ll soon learn that it’s all about the details.

Continue reading, young grasshoppers.

Take these pants that want to call themselves leggings. Leather paneling on the front, stretchy spandex in the back, thus separating them from the Ugg boots and sorority sweatshirt requirements — or so I like to think. Then you have the sweater - which isn’t really pictured here as it was too cold to remove my sleeping bag parka and I was suffering from a caffeine high (see penguin photo below) - featuring the wonderful inside-out look where hemlines and seams get a standing ovation. And lastly, the shoes. I’ve wanted wedged sneakers since Spice World came out and my Mom refused to buy them for me. Well look at me now, Ma! Wedge sneakers on me feets!

And there you have it; a basic outfit that gets its thrills in the details. Note: colorful nails and some jewelry always help, too!

Impersonating penguins standing on one foot is one of my specialties.

{ Moncler Jacket, Vince Sweater, Paige Leather Leggings c/o, Ash Sneakers, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Proenza Schouler Bag, Catbird Rings, Forever21 Bracelets }

// photos by Emily Malan