Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fancy Pants

tunic-Wild Fang(similar here), vest/pants-Mango(similar here and here), loafers-G.H. Bass, necklace-J.Crew Factory(similar here)

I've always had a soft spot for "fancy pants" as seen here, here, and here. This brocade pair is the latest addition to my collection. I was going for a long n' lean silhouette with the button-down tunic and oversize sweater vest, which are semi-casual and offered a nice contrast to the fancy bottoms. Wearing the vibrant necklace OVER the shirt works as a fem take on a bow tie, don't you agree? Again, it's about striking a balance between formal/casual, cropped/long, comfortable/fitted, and feminine/androgynous. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Silver Stripes & Mermaid Necklace

Why yes, that IS a mermaid necklace!

cardi-Forever 21(similarish here), shirt-J.Crew Factory(more options here), pants-Uniqlo, boots-Zara(similar here), necklace-Betsey Johnson via Le Tote

This silver-striped tunic is surprisingly versatile, you may recall I wore it here with a white blazer. In this outfit it was the starting point for some master-level print mixing. There are several ways to approach mixing prints and patterns in one look, here I based my approach on color: navy, burgundy, and silver/grey. The shirt is the only garment to have all three, hence the basis for the other pieces.  True, the sweater sports more of red shade, but its in the same family as burgundy so close enough! 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Faux Hawk in Full Effect

My trusty old weejuns!

Some closeup shots of this epic hair! 

blazer/cardi-J.Crew Factory, tee/pants-Uniqlo(similar tee here), loafers-G.H. Bass, watch-Michael Kors(similar here)

The faux-hawk hair is really making this outfit, because let's face it, we've seen how many iterations of this look? At least a dozen... which isn't a bad thing by any means. I definitely have a androgynous/school boy aesthetic. And this punkish hair pushes that further, and gives these classic pieces (plaid blazer, cardigan, trousers, loafers) more of an edge. The graphics in the T-shirt also help to elevate this look from being boring office wear. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Currently Craving

Yes, technically I'm in the midst of another Year of Not Shopping, but a girl can browse can't she...

I've been seeing so many chic, patterned midi-dresses out and about. This faux-wrap version from Target sports a V-neck which is my go-to neckline, and the polka dots have a gold sheen, which gives it a bit of subtle glamour. 

Speaking of patterned midi-dresses, here's a floral number from Zara that caught my eye. The print feels 30's vintage to me, probably because of the pink undertones in the flowers. This is also a shirtdress so you can create a V-neck up top, and a slight on the bottom if that's your preference.  

A good, flat brown ankle boot can't be beat! I like this slip-on silhouette in particular, as Mommy doesn't have time for laces and zippers. 

And now for a few aspirational pieces!

Ganni available at Need Supply

A plaid trench coat, YAS please! Of course, this would be great for fall and early winter, but I can also seeing it work for spring as well. I'm a fan of plaid for 3 out of 4 seasons, and I'm willing to hear arguments for summer plaids! Oh wait... I'm already an advocate for warm-weather plaids as seen in this post from June!

This jacket is REVERSIBLE, done give me five! Also, loving the zippers and ribbed cuffs, and obive this will fit right into my androgynous chic wheelhouse. 

Speaking of androgyny...

Hello workman-inspired jumpsuit! Jumpsuits and rompers have been popular for years now, but I still can't seem to find one that best serves me. Either they are too tight, or too baggy. Don't get me wrong I can make them WERK. But, the whole point of a onepiece is ease and comfort. With too many bells and whistles the whole look becomes tacky. This piece feels like it would be easy and flattering. 

And speaking of chic! I'm not a huge fan of fur in general, but a navy faux-fur stole would be a luscious guilty pleasure for my neck and shoulders. And a very ladylike addition to my accessories game. 

Of course, these are all pipe dreams. I'm going strong in my retail hiatus, but can't help imagine the outfits that could have been with these pieces... if only... 💗😏