The month of November calls for comfort with a capital C.
Running around the city going from point A to point B, in a grid-like city like New York, your feet become your car and the vehicle that transports you around. Unless of course you have an Über account.
Although I will most probably resort to wearing sneakers for December’s gift-buying season, I am now addicted to flat, lace-up black boots. They have become my go-to footwear of choice as good old black remains a big favorite. I have had my eye on these mukluks for city-dwellers by Penelope Chilvers for a while, but now that they are finally available in the US, I no longer have an excuse whether these or not these will be mine.
Wearing flats aren’t the best option for the vertically challenged, but my feet will thank me come December.
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From left to right:
Asos Acting Up suede ankle boots
Saint Laurent buckle lace-up boots
Sam Edelman black combat boots
Giuseppe Zanotti black boots
Penelope Chilvers calf-hair ankle boots
Saint Laurent Patti Lace-ups
No matter how vociferously designers, stores and the press promote color, good old black remains a big favorite. Certainly, living here in the big city, black for fall transitions so smoothly to the whipping winds and cold city streets that beckon at our doorstep. So, what do we do? We blend in with the landscape.
“The color black does not make mistakes”, said Caroline de Maigret, model and muse, in an interview for How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, a guide to French secrets, which she wrote with three friends. While it’s no secret that inky tones never go out of fashion, there are some gems in the book as a reminder that when in doubt, go back to black.
You may think wearing head-to-toe black is quite boring, but the look can actually be pretty badass. It is simply a matter of styling, and mixing textures, fabrics, and shapes. Curating a monochrome wardrobe will keep you from milling over outfit options in the morning, since nothing can ever mismatch. And, black just looks so damn chic 24/7.
Here is how I styled an almost all-black head-to-toe look, sans the denim jeans, transitioning from summer to fall working with a slip dress, a black sheer top, black jeans, and Birkenstocks. And then adding layers on top of layers.
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Photos: Lydia Hudgens
Abiding by rules can be limiting, whether at school or at your job, yet with the restrictions come a sense of cohesiveness in our lives. Without those rules, most of us would be lost. The same does not apply to fashion rules which can equate to a pedestrian sartorial existence. Whether you feel obligated to store away your whites after Labor Day or believe you should only wear a gown with heels, put away those thoughts for a minute. Thankfully it only takes a little moxie to veer from convention to original, and if so inclined, to move towards an unorthodox way of thinking.
There are just so many ways to wear a simple shirt and a pair of pants but I find it so normore to wear what everybody else is wearing. Yes, I follow the trends, but I try to do so keeping true to myself. As I learned yesterday in the dressing room of life, not everybody can look fab in a maxi dress.
Fashion is also an art, meant to have trials and errors. I tested the untrodden waters of wearing a bralet over an old vintage shirt. I am still on the fence whether I liked it or not, but it empowered me to break some long-adhered-to fashion rules. My goal was to emulate the runway of the Dries Van Noten show, where life is a breezy fairy-tale aura, as if from some faraway time or place. But life isn’t a runway, and sometimes, the looks do or don’t translate on the streets.
In spite of the warmly welcome three days of strange spring-like heat we’ve been lucky enough to endure, the Weather Channel informed me that it is supposed to rain and snow this weekend. Yes, you will have to replace your blazers and leather jackets with heavier coats, sweaters and turtlenecks. Until then, let’s revel in this Spring-like weather and wear nothing but a bra outdoors.
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Photos: Lydia Hudgens
Fashion has a way of weaving itself into one’s life dictated by something as simple as our daily rituals. Brands are getting in on the action, creating content in the form of short videos as part of their seasonal advertising campaigns. Some brands are pushing the boundaries with novel narrative content, like Miu Miu and Alexander Wang using big budget directors. Looking at the current crop of fashion films, evidently Chanel’s “The Colours” got it right.
This morning, as I was reading BoF, a daily must-read, I thought this tidbit of information was fascinating. Black was primarily worn by servants and those in mourning until Chanel made the shade synonymous with elegance and used it to reveal “a women’s radiance”?
This fact is amongst other pearls of wisdom revealed in “The Colours” by Chanel, which, in three minutes, explains the history of each of Chanel’s iconic shades. Educational, yet fun and easy to absorb, the short clip is part of a chapter of the hugely popular “Inside Chanel” series, consisting of 12 original films that recount Coco Chanel’s life and the history of the house she founded.
If I had to live by one code, it would be the Chanel code. I live by these emblematic colors as evident in my wardrobe. Black. White. Beige. Gold. Red.
The short film below explains the five emblematic colors behind the storied house. It’s time to revamp my closet. Yet again. Watch.
I might as well face it, I’m addicted to my iPhone. Although I try to let go, the constant stream of information is my digital security blanket. It lights up in the palm of my hand, gives me notifications and likes!, and takes on a life as its own. Why can’t I, you, we, collective us, let go and just say no?
To be transparent, I’m trying hard to wean myself off this habit, and unplug. Anytime I find myself in a quiet moment, I find it almost impossible not to check my screen. Lately though, I have been putting it face down on a table when I am sitting with somebody, in an effort to resemble an engaged human being.
I don’t need to ask whether it rings true for anybody else. Just look at yourself and around you. We are all in a collective daze as we pass each other by.
Similar to the days of sneaking notes blatantly in class, no one seems to adhere to the rules. But if it really is having a legitimate effect on our relationships that matter, maybe it’s time to flush our phones down the proverbial toilet in the presence of friends, business partners, and loved ones who we’d like to stick around.
This weekend, I am going to try an experiment, to use my phone as little as possible. When I come up for air on Monday, I will let you know the blow-by-blow results.
How will I be able to control myself when e-commerce site Moda Operandi will be selling an 18-karat gold iPhone 6, on sale this Thursday, that is sure to be the perfect chichi gadget of the year. Ee Gads!
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Photos: Lydia Hudgens
Did this morning’s alarm clock hit you on the head like a hedge hammer? Check. Me too. It is very hard to adjust back to getting up at 7am, pumped and ready for the daily grind when the thermometer hits 40 degrees as a high, to first start thinking about getting dressed. What? I know what will go into my Matcha Tea smoothie, but can’t figure out what to wear. You with me?
I would so love to constantly be inspired by my wardrobe angel and have the garments in my closet come to me and figure it all out for themselves. But where’s the creativity in that? Getting dressed can be such a drag and sometimes you just want to throw in the proverbial towel and call it quits on this thing called fashion.
Everybody has a different lifestyle, places to go that demand different protocol. But if you practice at pulling things together, it can become clearer how to work your wardrobe to its maximum potential.
Here’s a first stab at how to dress this week tapping into fall’s trend for wide leg pants and monochrome dressing. Bright cobalt blue is on the color wheel for Fall, and I didn’t think I could pull it off especially by infusing an unlikely white to balance it out. And that wall? Swear it wasn’t planned.
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Photos: Lydia Hudgens
Just a quick reminder that it’s sale time on one of my favorite sites, SHOPBOP. Whether you’ve been holding out on your favorite basics for the upcoming winter season or lusting over a new bag for the past few months, there’s really no better time to pull the trigger than sale time at 25% off site-wide. Personally, I spend most of my time perusing through the site for good basics like striped tees and pajamas. And let’s be honest, I’m always looking for more stuff and my wish list is never-ending… here are just a few of my favorite picks! CHANEL CC bucket bag // AUDEN earrings // DANNIJO sami ear cuff // ALEJANDRA J sandals // ELIZABETH AND JAMES ring // T By ALEXANDER WANG // TORY BURCH leather belt bag // DITA VON TEESE sunglasses // PAULA BIANCO wrap scarf // KATE SPADE blue embossed croc watch// SALVATORE FERRAGAMO slip-ons
Fall is here and although this morning’s high of 50 degrees is as chilly as I want it to ever be, consider what is on the horizon. Old Man Winter. Ba humbug. Overall, it’s no fun to look at Fall without seeing a silver lining, which is in this case, how to start your wardrobe off with good basics and layer everything you own on top.
What does this mean? Pull those white shirts and denim jeans in the forefront of your closet where they will serve as a reminder that maybe they need a refresher course. Perfect timing because right now, what I refer to as the BASICS, crisp white shirts, turtlenecks, denim of all types, and outerwear is on sale right now through Columbus Day. Natch.
Ready to raid your closet?
First, identify your favorite jeans and put them on. Make sure they fit and flatter. Next, put on that white crisp shirt. Let it loose. Put on heels and a mini cross body clutch. Put a necklace on. Layer a sweater over the white shirt, a scarf over that, and consider a hat and an oversized coat.
And what a better way to celebrate the good times than a day off? You tell me.
Click below to get your basics on during the Columbus Day salesssss!
Here’s the scoop:
There you have it: now go enjoy!
Photos: Lydia Hudgens
Refreshingly down-to-earth or absolutely out of this world, however you take it, Fall is about warming up to new ways to wear last season’s must-haves, and updating with cozy knits, pops of color, slip dresses, and back to the 70′s fringe! Then Normcore was born. And here we are.
Here is my hit list of the most wanted trends. Choose wisely.
Deciding to wear a single color from head to toe takes commitment and a dash of daring. There is a reason most women seeking monochromatic outfits immediately gravitate towards an all-black ensemble. The color black does not make mistakes,” said Caroline de Maigret, model and muse, and author of “How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are,” a guide to French secrets, which she wrote with three friends. While it’s no secret that inky tones never go out of fashion, her advice — and there are some gems in the book — is a reminder that when in doubt, go back to black.
As a fair-skinned, golden blonde girl, an all-black look can definitely overwhelm my face, not to mention my small frame. Always testing new waters, I decided to try navy with black accessories instead. The blue hue often gets overlooked, but navy is a fresh alternative to harsh black. Plus, the shade is completely classic, and paired with black, it’s the subtle contrast that makes the navy stand out. I am also open to scarves in hues of blue like teal!, and gold accessories that enhance my hair color.
The look, relaxed but put together, is quirkier than your office-appropriate work wear, but polished enough for an unexpected encounter with the boss. Here are my looks to help you pull off a head-to-toe dark look.
Photos: Jeff Thibodeau