There’s something about wearing vintage clothes in the middle of Soho, NY. Maybe it’s the cobblestone streets or imagining the lives of the individuals within those streets, but vintage suits just fine. That’s the thing about vintage: it’s not like anything else you will see at a mall and you probably won’t see another person wearing the same thing. It’s unique for you. This soft, leopard jacket that I purchased at my friend Gabrielle’s store, The Collective, is one-of-a-kind. I almost didn’t get it because of the extreme 1980’s style shoulder pads (which I thought were too much for me), but Gabrielle encouraged me and I am thrilled that I did. So when I found myself in Soho on a beautiful and amazingly warm day for October, I smiled in my shorts, knowing that I was the only one in that moment who looked like me!
Spring is making its debut and this first sunny day I am exposing my toes! Like a tortoise peaking its head out from behind its shell, my toes are the first to warm up. I am tired of wearing heavy socks – so open-toed shoes seem like the perfect transition piece to lead the way to the light. It’s just the beginning of wearing lighter clothing and less covering. But it is a start and I am ready for it! Add open-toed shoes to your wardrobe arsenal and come out of your shell! Happy Spring.
Photos: Kendra Olson
Here is one of my fashion secrets (I have shared it before but it’s worth mentioning again): I love to mix high-low dressing. What do I mean? I will spend more money on certain clothes and bargain-shop for others, and then mix them together in a blended marriage of high-low dressing. And why do I it? For two reasons: because dressing high-low saves me money and because I can express myself more individually and eclectically. This outfit is a perfect example: I paid a higher price for the jeans and the boots and I saved money on the jacket and the sweater. Denim is an essential part of my wardrobe and something I wear most days. If I purchase a quality pair of jeans I know I can wear them often and they will hold their shape and fit. Continue reading
Last night I had an intimate conversation with Diane von Furstenberg. It felt that way as I watched “Shop the Hangout with Diane von Furstenberg,” a new online shopping experience with Google+, in partnership with The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). This was the first of what will be several future ‘Shop the Hangouts‘ with designers. Interviewed by Eva Chen, Editor-in-Chief of Lucky Magazine, the conversation became a global hangout as special guest, beauty expert and entrepreneur Michelle Phan and five women from around the world had questions for Diane. It was 40 minutes of pure magic. That’s because Diane von Furstenberg is wise and witty and wonderful. Here are some DVF thoughts, life advice and uplifting inspirations:
On the wrap dress: “A good thing is good forever … So many people have wrap stories … I decided that to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress we are collecting stories and photographs. Continue reading
1970s’ fashion – Huarache sandals, Huckapoo shirts or simple sweaters and high-waist, wide-leg jeans. Really wide-leg jeans, preferably with a crease down the front. This is how I dressed in 7th, 8th and 9th grades (and probably beyond) when I was first discovering the importance of jeans to my wardrobe. So it seems only fitting that I should conclude my Five Days of Denim recreating this look etched in my memory. I bought these jeans two years ago at the Gap: they are Gap 1969. The minute I saw them I knew they were just like the jeans from my young adulthood and I wanted to go back to that time, the 1970s. So I did. It is the crease in the center that does it.
With a high-waist and very wide-leg jean wearing a shoe with a bit of heel is important as is keeping your top simple. The pants are doing a lot of the work so you want to keep the rest of your look less fussy because less is always more! I chose this rag & bone sweater because it is casual and hits just at the top of the jeans.
Do you have a favorite pair of jeans? What is your story of this quintessential American fashion favorite? I would love to know!
All five days of denim photos by Alexandra