A fashion mistake: Tory Burch shoes that were lovely but hurt my feet! Photo: Abrina Hyatt
I have gotten much better at knowing my style and buying the right things. Much better. Fewer bad calls, fewer disasters. And yet … I still make fashion mistakes. I get impulsive. And, just recently, I purchased something on Ebay – something I have never done before. That, of course, should have been my first clue – it’s always tricky to buy something without seeing it and touching it (I am not a fan of buying online.). But, this was a velvet pant from the Altuzarra for Target collaboration and I was hopeful. A few years ago I had purchased things from this collaboration (in the Target store!) and I had great success with each piece. And because I want to add more velvet to my wardrobe this fall and the color was an inciting maroon-red, I gave it a go. It arrived and it seemed to fit, but when I wore it there was something wrong: a hard-to-describe-something – too big in places, perhaps? – but something just the same and the fit was off. After wearing it just one day, I resolved that it was not for me and put it in the pile of clothes-to-go.
Even as we age and mature and begin to know our style, fashion mistakes WILL happen. The always do. And when they do, I recommend giving it to someone else who will enjoy it. Please don’t give yourself a hard time about it. Rejoice that you are keeping only the right things for you. No almost-right. Almost-good-enough is not good enough for you.
I have a history with the Fair Isle sweater: it involves a short-lived obsession my freshman year in college and my beautiful and devoted mother – you may remember that I shared it with you in a podcast with my mom on TFIO. At that time, I had at least four Fair Isle sweaters in my possession (thanks to my mom), only to lose them by the end of that freshman year. I have no recollection where they went but the memory of them has lingered, almost as if I was waiting, anticipating owning another one sometime in my life. Here it is, 30 years later – what?!– and I have finally found a Fair Isle sweater again! It is Italian-designer Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and more sophisticated than my college sweaters – but a Fair Isle sweater just the same. I went back to school on this snowy day, to recapture that moment so many years ago and to finally give this fashion story a happy ending!
Sighted at Paris Fashion Week: oversized belts. I can embrace this fashion trend and here’s why: oversized belts accentuate the waist and can transform your wardrobe in an instant. And you don’t need to spend a lot for them. I found this oversized belt last fall during the Altuzarra-Target collaboration and I look forward to wearing it as much as possible. Don’t wait to belt yourself in this spring, summer and fall!
My podcast returns this week, and I am thrilled. I have been nervous to produce my own podcasts, since my engineer and my podcast-parter-in-crime, my son Eric, left for college. But I am a big girl, and I know that I can do it. Here are this week’s fashion stories that are on my mind. So glad to be back!
The pencil skirt is a solid addition to your wardrobe and a chic choice for fall. It’s traditional, with added style. Paired and belted with a cardigan, gives it polish. This outfit is a combination of two favorite designers: Tory Burch and Altuzarra. The wonderful thing about this look is the high style without the high price. The Tory Burch cardigan is vintage, that I purchased at a consignment shop. And the Altuzarra pencil skirt, belt, and blouse are pieces from the Altuzarra for Target collaboration.
Rounding out the look, are the accessories: Michael Kors clutch, and shoes, Taryn Rose, another consignment store find.