Aw I just love her! Something about this look made me really happy when I saw it. And this is a good example of how to wear orange and black together without reminding everyone of Halloween, distract the eye with a woolly mammoth. So good.
So I don't really dole out true styling advice ... I feel confident recommending this item or that, but when it comes to putting together outfits with that je ne sais quoi factor, I just don't think I have the gene.
I was surprised, therefore, to come out of a "nothing to wear crisis" the other day with a new realization, a great outfit, and a super simple styling tip. Here it is:
TAKE EVERYTHING NEUTRAL YOU HAVE AND PUT IT ON
Besides disagreeing with her opinion on her genes, I could not agree more. I would take it a step further though and say take everything in the same color and put it on. Of course the easiest "color" to do this with is black, and neutrals would be the next step up from that. It's a pretty safe, close second. You can't really go wrong with camel can you?
Having an outfit that is all one color is the equivalent of losing a sense. All of the other senses become heightened. When everything is the same color it is easier to appreciate the cut, texture, and fit of the outfit.
The problem I'm actually having when I have "nothing to wear" is usually a lack of confidence. Some days I can walk into my kloset (kitchen/closet) and yank out a purple scarf, black sweater, fire engine red coat, and camo denim with cognac shoes, slap it on and walk out the door confident. Some days? Grey feels like a risk. These days occur every couple of weeks... 3 to be exact. Anyway, even if emotionally you feel you have nothing to wear, intellectually you probably realize that's not true.
Call it a momentary lapse in your sartorial coordination, get your inner ear checked, and make it easy on yourself by trying this trick. I promise it will work. Mix textures and add a basic such as a white tee or black shoes to break it up if need be.
YES! Finally! I have been dying for a pair of waxed denim but the ones I've found are mostly available at J Brand (don't fit my calves) and Zara (don't fit my ass) OR they cost over $200. I'm not saying they're not worth it I'm only saying I'm cheap.
If you haven't seen Bill Cunningham New York you're really missing out. It is a fantastic documentary that made me laugh and cry at least once that I'm willing to admit. Oddly, it made me want to be a better person, be better in my work, be more connected to my loved ones. Take life more and less seriously all at the same time. The film is set to be released in the UK and last I checked it was still available for live streaming on Netflix.
"If you don't take money, they can't tell you what to do. That's the key to the whole thing." Bill Cunningham
"Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life." Bill Cunningham
So as I said, moving my closet into the kitchen and it has to be done by July so obviously I started in January because that's how long it takes... isn't that how long it would take you? No? Let's pretend.
I mean... adjustable shelves... suddenly the solution to my shoe storage seems so obvious.
Dark wood + fluffy rug means I'd rather sleep in my closet than in my bed. Always put a rug in your closet even if its wall to wall carpeted already. It will instantly make your closet look and feel like a room you spent time and money on which you probably did, instead of feeling like storage.
Why not put your desk in your closet? It's where I do most of my good thinking anyway.
Dedicated sections are key to being organized. Gowns, jackets, shirts. It's the solution to the old "I forgot I had that" dilemma. You can't forget you have it if every time you need a shirt you have to rifle through the shirt section. You're bound to come across it eventually.
closet organization = risk management = making the world a safer place.
I actually prefer my bag storage, a series of sliding baskets available here.
Found these two in a women's only Forever 21. I didn't ask but my guess is they either work there or were waiting to flirt with a woman that works there. They were too well-dressed to just be following their girlfriends around at the mall.
I passed them while I had a monstrous armful of clothing to try on and I said to myself, "Self! Be brave. You know you want to take their picture so do it!" and when I ignored that I heard, "do it. do it! DOOO ITTTT!"
So I whipped around and walked back, iPhone in hand and said...
"Hi. I have a really strange question and feel free to say no butcanItakeapictureofyouformyblog?!"
Then I snorted and pushed my glasses back up my nose.
They said yes.
I said smile.
Then I snapped and promptly walked away. Completely forgot to give them the web address of course which almost completely defeats the purpose.
I was immensely flustered and completely red in the face so I high-tailed it to the fitting room where I heard my dumb ass asking the sales associate for a piece of paper and a pen like some kind of out-of-body experience. I wrote the completely illegible address on the back of a receipt (probably for condoms) and ran out of the fitting room half-dressed to give it to them. They had since been replaced by two white guys in sweatpants and Abercrombie t-shirts.
I'm just going to go ahead and file this under the "you only live once" self-indulgence category.
Leave it to the ladies over at Bleach Black to beat me to it. I was hesitant about the shape. I hate making my feet look smaller than they already are in comparison to my cankles but I'll be too distracted by the studs to notice and so will you.
Speaking of studs, I'll be pairing these with this...
tucked away inside this...
while attempting to cross the border with this guy. Wish me luck!
Textile Elizabeth and James Pre-Spring Presentation
Look at the height difference between Ashley Olsen and the model. I would love to work with them. I've worked with pocket pals before and they just make the day more enjoyable. I once had a boss, she actually owned the entire company, and she would take her heels off when she was about to leave the store and she only came up to my ribcage. That was my favorite time of day. Ahhh memories. Love it.
I thought Aimee of Song of Style was a sharp dresser but check out her dad!
Amazing. I mean really... that's how he actually dresses on a daily basis apparently. Talk about tough to buy for. I don't know what I'd do if the men in my life actually had an opinion about the clothing I pick out for them. Disastrous!
Good Morning! I was up all night moving my closet...
into my kitchen...
to prepare for a new roommate!
It's going well so far. I took the black racks and put them in an L formation against the wall. My roommate will be using the cabinets and drawers for his clothing because he is incapable of keeping his clothing organized. Maybe we'll use the sink as a vanity!
My only problem so far is what do to with winter coats. Right now they're in an external wardrobe seen on the right. It's big and it won't fit in the kitchen/closet (kloset?) so what to do what to do. I'll figure something out and when I do I'll let you know. For now, some inspiration.
Mariah Carey's closet. Obviously.
Organized / Categorized / Bliss.
Small space solutions.
A kloset may sound weird but at least it's not a bathset (bathroom / closet).