Shopping is a highly addicting habit that will temporarily medicate situations, but the guilt will, in a surreal sense, haunt you forever. I don’t mean that the Sacai Luck faux leather mini skirt that I purchased for myself for my birthday last month wasn’t well-deserved. I can think about whether I need it over and over in my head, until it’s in fact, gone, and then I ultimately get that fear of missing out, the FOMO disease. Especially in the highly competitive, fleeting field of fast fashion, where one day its hot, and the next it’s not, I’m doomed. There should be a drug for this problem to combat this addiction.
As self-proclaimed fashionistas, we like to display our skillful abilities to put together outfits.
I’m a stylist!
I’m a blogger!
I’m an artist!
Hey, I’m just into it?
These function as a testament to our being “good” at fashion. In order to do that though, one must wear clothes that will help enunciate the points we’re making, and to wear those clothes, we need to have acquired them. That acquisition comes often by way of purchase. Or even begged and borrowed. And for obvious reasons, that can be confining.
So very recently, instead of buying things, I’ve been trying to own them emotionally by posting pics, owning by way of Pinterest and Polyvore, and confessing my newfound love for them. This experiment is in order to determine whether I have the FOMO disease, if I will feel a sense of proprietorship, and therefore appease my desire for brick-and-mortar ownership.
I’ve succumbed to an all-black everyday simple black knit, a trusty flippy skirt (whether leather or faux), black combat boots, and knee-high socks. Because you don’t want to be the only moron on the streets without leg coverage. Luck has it that now that it is getting cold out, hello Mid-October, and black is such a staple.
Emergency red lip butter, black eye pencil, and a spritz, for the pre-holiday press appointments, when they want to take your photo for their social page, and a clenching bite for Halloween that says, I’m all teeth for Halloween.
2. Alice & Olivia box pleat skirt
5. NARS eyeliner
6. Charlotte Olympia Sucker for Pandora box clutch Limited edition
7. Uniqlo knee-high socks
I’m trying to stay within the confines of those great pieces in my closet, and the quirky at best, that I currently own. This should be able to take me through the chilly weeks ahead. For the record, I caved last weekend and got a Helmut Lang black chunky turtleneck sweater, and a pair of J. Crew white toothpick cords that I have been highly coveting and Pinning for the past few weeks.
The jury is still out but I’m leaving my credit card at home when I go out and just window shopping. At last glance, this is still in BETA version–a test drive is currently taking place. How about you, what drives you to shop?
Whatever, here goes.
Just because fall is here doesn’t mean you have to get all blah with your clothing. Au contraire! Thanks to the unexpected hues on this season’s runways—like pale pink from 3.1 Phillip Lim—these colorful Prada totes out now, its time to break all those old dumb rules like about not wearing white after Labor Day.
The transition to fall/winter clothing isn’t easy to digest. Because you know right in front of us is a season of pale skin, frigid temps, and the non-ability to recognize anybody outside of their respective hat and scarves. Until Google Glass comes out, that is. There is always marrying the coat, with the sweater, with the bag, with the hat that makes is so challenging. You can stay opt to stay in your pajamas – a la Alexander Wang SS14 style, or venture out.
Today on the Fashion Hunter, in a tribute to the legendary rock star Lou Reed, who if you haven’t heard passed yesterday, let’s all skip our go-to black tote bag and drab brown coat combos and get a little more adventurous, shall we?
How about in the form of a Rachel Comey floral sweater, and Derek Lam plaid pants from last fall, the backpacks I talked about Saturday, (loving this fur rucksack by River Island), and a pair of Camper black ankle boots that are so comfortable they are my new go-to boot.
Here’s to inspiring some new autumn dressing rules. I love the combos of yellow and camel, naves and burgundys, and black florals mixed with orange and navy plaid. It’s time to take a walk on the wild side. End scene.
photos: lydia hudgens
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It’s Saturday afternoon and what a better way to spend it than sitting back and relaxing with a bloody mary in hand, laptops open, and embarking on this beautiful fall day. And why not go hands-free…with a backpack!? Our lives are so mobile, life is just easier commuting hands-free. The effortless of the sack makes it so successful. It’s time to step outside of the literal fashion curriculum and strap one of these on.
The best news I’ve heard all season? Sure, why not. School is for kids, but especially on a weekend day, you can feel comfort and ease, even if you’re not heading to fashion school.
At first I thought this ’90′s fashion revival was just a passing fashion mood, but it seems to have caught up and keep expanding. Of course ’90′s fashion was not really the best, yet there’s something about the grunge meets girly decade that has us all going back and reminiscing on our teenage years. I can remember Prada’s famously understated backpack - made from functional waterproof nylon version. Launched in 1984, it wasn’t until 1990 that I could actually afford the over $500 price tag and it was just about then that the bag achieved “it” status.
By contrast, today’s fashion backpacks are luxurious. For those of you are wary of reaching for an accessory they rocked as a 6-year-old, consider the fact that high-end designers from The Row, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Christopher Kane, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, and Prada have all created luxe rucksacks.
Chanel Spring 2014
If you’re anything like me, you’re starting to worry that our bodies will end up tilting to one side if we keep wearing our too-heavy totes. Luckily, you’re never too old to carry a backpack.
ora delphine backpack
Here are some of my favorites out there right now. See you Monday!
One of the most avant-guard designers around today, Jean Paul Gaultier, the groundbreaking French couturier, will be exhibiting around 140 pieces of art at the Brooklyn Museum. This multimedia exhibition which kicks off today, is organized around seven themes tracing the influences on Gaultier’s development, from the streets of Paris to the cinema, since he emerged as a designer in the 1970s to the present.
I am getting sneak peek tomorrow night at the collection, which is displayed on custom mannequins with interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections. What? Judging by all the buzz surrounding this, his persona, and the capital F fashion, it should be somewhat of a spectacle. Now the bigger question is, what am I going to wear to such a high-profile event? Maybe a Rick Owens piece, one of his favorite designers would suffice. From men in skirts, to comical bras, I will need to push the boundaries. I can pull of this “street” look from his Spring ’14 collection with ease. Jeans, layered over a leather sleeveless vest cum dress, with leopard flats, duh.
But only Karlie Kloss can pull this off, whose elongated frame was heaven-sent for voguing.
Moving on, The Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition dedicated to the man himself. Gaultier’s superbly crafted, transformative, and detailed garments are inspired by the beauty and diversity of global cultures. The exhibit will feature accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, and documentation of runway shows, concerts, and dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who stepped into Gaultier’s world.
Judging by my Twitter feed, I know this will be amazing. Any Madonna fans out there? I expect to be surprised, in the most unexpected ways.
“What is art?”
I consider myself lucky to live in a city that has four seasons, not four-button suits. For us style mongers, they are so passé. Frankly, I started really appreciating the fact that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for the sake of expressing uncalculated style. Here’s Susie Bubble who is a pro at mastering this chic-to-the-next-level-cozy mix in bubble gum pink.
Fuzzy bags, duh. From the streets of Paris.
Now that I whipped out my boots, jeans, and a beanie this morning, fall has officially arrived. Yeah! My wardrobe is filled to the brim with fuzzy sweaters and nubby knits, but those closet doors are just a bit more cramped. Boo!
Ready for layering or wearing alone, these six things below are brightly colored, finely detailed, and look pretty darn chic, too. Most importantly, they’re also as comfortable as pajamas. I put together an aspirational collage that is for your shopping pleasure. We are all so aspirational in our thinking, trying to fit our lives into that perfect page. Life doesn’t always go perfectly, but you can dress to feel your very best everyday which makes us feel like we have it all. Am I right?
Feel free to pin the below looks to your refrigerator, or Pin it to your Pinterest page.
Better yet, go shopping!
1. proenza schouler lunchbox shearling tote
2. isabel marant owel color block sweater
3. topshop slouchy mohair coat
4. topshop fur pom-pom beanie
5. maiyet wool skirt
6. fendi mini monster baguette bag
October is one of my all-time favorite months. The weather has been so delightful, sunny and in the high 60′s during the day, and crisp and cool and night, the perfect layering weather. I love watching the leaves change, picking ripe apples, and an early sunset. Just kidding about the early sunset, but when my wardrobe shifts to comfy sweaters, skirts, and boots, my mind and body is ready to take on the fall months. This month will also bring us Halloween, pumpkins, creepy crawly things, and all things built around the consumption of candy. Candy equals rotting our collective teeth and gums, and for me, an additional layer of skin that doesn’t belong there. There’s no give for my longing to wear the crop top.
In the all-encompassing case of getting dressed: if jeans won’t cut it and a blazer can only play supporting role in your outfit’s film, look into your closet and cue into the forgiving skirt. Go for the poof, the color, the evocative flip. While the flippy skirt isn’t a new trend so much as a style that’s becoming increasingly more popular, I took another one for a test drive last week. The findings? When these photos were snapped, I was just meandering through the West Village, tricking humanity into thinking I’m heading to a corporate job on my green bike.
I have been very into skirts of all colors, textures, and lengths with chunky, cozy sweaters. It’s a look that creates interest through contrast. After all, wearing a girlish skirt with a lacy top topping it with a flannel shirt or a heavy, loose knit is the best of both worlds — sexy and alluringly masculine all at once. Whether you prefer a mini or longer length, this combo will become your new go-to fall outfit.
Here is the same look after adding the ubiquitous flannel shirt.
And I’m wearing a sea ny lace sleeveless top // 3.1 phillip lim green wool flare skirt // paige flannel shirt, get a similar one from elizabeth and james // manolo blahnik pumps // ps 11 wallet clutch
I especially love the idea of keeping things fresh by mixing it up with a pair of white shoes. Happy Monday!
photos: Lydia Hudgens
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I love the way a chic navy dress has such a pulled together simple look yet can be the perfect complement to the rest of your daily wardrobe. I especially love ACNE’s take on the clean understated look, especially when their clothes fit me like a glove. This dress has a slim-cut, a round tight neck, cap sleeves and figure-hugging darts on shoulders and breast. There is even a continuous two-way-zipper which is hidden from view, on the back which lends a sporty vibe. I can see wearing this laid-back with sneakers or sexy with single-sole pumps. A convertible navy dress is something you will harbor in your closet for at least the next few years.
There are times when you need to be or pretend to be the lady who lunches. There are plenty of women who do this for a living, yikes! but for those of us that don’t, or have back-to-back meetings, throwing on a dress is the easiest way to accomplish the simple task of getting dressed. I threw on an ivory cable knit sweater, a snake skin clutch, and metallic booties to complete the look.
Any person worth her sartorial salt knows that true style doesn’t come from what clothes are in your closet, it comes from how the pieces are put together. After all, clothes can be bought, but style has to be learned.
photos: lydia hudgens
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There is nothing better than Columbus Day, (yeah a day off!) than to have to chance to clean out my closet and do a mini-shop before fall sets in. I take a survey of what’s missing in my wardrobe, or what needs to be freshened up and hunt for the sales. For those of you wanting to venture out, I know Woodbury Commons, and Century 21 would be great options to hit the sales, but I have a feeling you’ll be spending your day either in traffic or online. So why not hit the world-wide web and shop from your laptop? That is where you’ll find me.
Everything below is on sale or just under $100!
Tibi oversized Quilted Bomber now at $385.00
ZARA pony hair loafers, $99.00
Splendid T-shirt, $70.00
Mango super-slim jeans, $39.99
Repossi silver ring, $455.00
Marc Jacobs khaki tote, on sale for $899.00
Here are other sites you might want to hit today:
Barneys Warehouse is always having a sale
Club Monaco is on sale until October 15th!
With the looming threat of rain constantly over our shoulders, (wasn’t it supposed to rain this week?), I am always confounded as to how to dress appropriately, albeit chic, under the angst-filled umbrella. Inclement weather really isn’t a particularly easy feat to tackle–humidity bastardizes our hair, our bodies and clothing own that dewy sensation that harbors this terrible sense of, get me in a plane to California where the sun is shining, and umbrella etiquette just doesn’t exist on the streets of New York. Nor anywhere. It just sucks.
So how about that throwing on that familiar trench coat? It’s a classic no-brainer. It will cover up what may be wet, miserable clothes and nobody will know except you.
When I started this post, I searched for rainy day style cues on the web as I look towards Alexa Chung and her rainy-day style so alluring. She always wears trench coats, whilst looking impeccable. But no matter how much you spend, umbrellas just aren’t cool.
And here is the super-glam Miroslava Duma, former Harper’s Bazaar Russia editor and current freelance writer who has the wardrobe of a queen with an emerald-green, sequin pencil skirt, and pumps to match. And a simple trench thrown over her shoulder.
photos: we the people style
The similarities in the above pics, is the bare legs, and the right shoes, proving that the rain is really just an illusion. Let’s say you have a meeting to attend, and you want to look show-stopping good. Take these cues. Throw on a vintage-inspired ivory lace dress, a pair of Valentino rock studs, and you’re golden. I did, and here’s what happened.
For your sake, I did not attempt to fix my humidity-laden hair to in any way shape or form.
Rain will not ruin your shoes, they will just be wet. I would not recommend jumping into puddles, but water never hurt anyone. I plan on treating a rainy day like any other day and not letting a few drops hurt me or the blahs of the clouds get me down.
photos: Jim D’Angelo
And then of course there’s my favorite reason for loving trench coats, Inspector Gadget. Because nobody does it better.
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