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Trousers, Michael Kors

Trousers, Michael Kors

Perhaps it was watching the 1934 film, The Man Who Knew Too Much. Since that moment I have been pining for a pair of man-style trousers. I found them in this plaid pair by Michael Kors. I bought them a bit too big around the waist but I saw their potential, and had them taken in – voila!

I love mixing man-tailored clothes with feminine touches so I paired the trousers with a soft tie and heels.

Trousers, Michael Kors; shoes Missoni for Target; tie; Who What Wear for Target

Photo: Abrina Hyatt

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“I’m not buying that!”

 

P1000049 3On February 9th, British designer label, Peter Pilotto, will launch its collection with Target and for once, I won’t be there. Even with a new twist – the collection is simultaneously available on Net-a-Porter – I still won’t be there. I was there for the Missoni for Target launch; I was there for the Prabal Gurung for Target launch; I was there for the Phillip Lim for Target launch; I was even there when Target and Neiman Marcus launched its Holiday Collection. I fought the crowds and the crazy, just to have a chance to own high-end designer originals at a fraction of the price. Was it worth the hassle? I think so, because I love what I own and I know that I could never have afforded these pieces without Target’s prices. But now I would say no. Why? The collection is full of vibrant colors and campy prints, but it’s just too young for me. It’s made for a woman who doesn’t mind wearing crop tops and surf-inspired summery blends. The collaboration is fast-approaching but I prefer to dress my age. “I’m not buying that!”

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The Target/Designer mystique

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Wearing my Phillip Lim for Target French Terry Sweatshirt, Boom Print

Wearing my Phillip Lim for Target French Terry Sweatshirt, Boom Print – Photo by Alexandra

Last Sunday I witnessed another launch of a Target/Designer collaboration, as I had done before. First, two years ago with Missoni, followed by Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung and now … Phillip Lim. And I am asking myself, why? Why did I participate in the crazy, the lines, the waiting, the anticipation and often, the disappointment? Here is what I think …

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Shop your closet first …

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I want to put on the clothes and let them do their job … you shouldn’t have to work too hard for clothes.” Kim, fashion stylist

How well do you know your clothes? When was the last time you checked what was in your closet? I thought I knew my clothes and I thought I knew what was in my closet. I am often telling people to shop their closets first before heading to the store to make a new purchase. But what did I really know about my own closet? It turns out, not as much as I thought, and today was the moment when I put my money where my mouth is! My new friend, Kim, a professional stylist with Style for Hire, a company co-founded by Stacy London and Cindy McLaughlin, came to my house where we spent a few hours editing my clothing and performing a closet audit.

I was nervous and I didn’t know what to expect. First, I worried about how I was dressed. Would Kim think I was dressed appropriately for a closet audit? What is appropriate anyway? (in turns out that it didn’t matter because I was dressing and undressing the entire time!) And what would happen if Kim removed clothing to which I was still attached? I had too many questions, but fortunately for me, Kim was delightful and warm and funny and kept the mood light, which really helped. What also helped was that she knew what she was doing. Here is what we did: we pulled out everything in my closet and Kim looked it over. And if it was a ‘no go’ I said a quick good bye and didn’t look back. If it was a ‘yes,’ I tried it on. But here is where the magic came … Kim showed me surprising and unexpected ways to wear my own clothes. She styled everything with a twist and by the end of my time with her I had new outfits and was seeing my clothing in a completely new light. It was exhausting and draining and uplifting and fulfilling and emotional at the same time. Kim took pictures too, so that I could recreate the looks on my own. Continue reading

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Rainy days and Tuesdays …

… always get me down. Actually, I am not down today, because I have some great rain boots to help me weather the storm. They are treats from my Missoni madness shopping adventure at Target (see A Tale of Missoni Madness, September 15, 2011).  The idea for rain boots came from my younger friends and now I think everyone should have a go-to pair. They make all the difference on a rainy day. That, and a cup of coffee with a friend, helps too!

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