Bag, Dress, Kimono: The Guild Shop, Houston, Texas http://www.theguildshop.org
Bracelet: Genny Gallery, Giza, Egypt http://www.gennygallery.com/gallery.php?dir=Jewelery
Favorite book since I was 11. While I try to not place one spiritual text above another, for as they say, “when the seeking ends, arrogance begins,” if there was one book I reference as my Bible, this is it. This book is perhaps the greatest spiritual guide of our time. http://www.nealedonaldwalsch.com
My Dearest gold lamé,
Welcome back, WELCOMMEE BACK! It’s been a tough road– keeping my forbidden love for you hidden away all these years. I survived, finding quiet solace in frequent episodes of the Golden Girls, your beauty and charm kept faintly alive by Blanche Devereaux in hot pursuit of her next gentleman caller. Though too, and to a less desirable extent, I could always count on Scarface and Cocktail to offer glimpses of your long forgotten glory days. But I did not forget, gold lamé, I did not. And when my college friends laughed aloud at you in what they so wrongly assumed was one of my “costumes,” I held steadfast to your shiny, flashy sass and WORE. YOU. ANYWAY. First, you’re welcome. Second, thank your old pal Karl Lagerfeld for your revival, in a most fabulous Texas rendition. You never looked better. http://www.chanel.com
Cinco de Mayo may be over, but you can celebrate all summer long with (pro-Latin) Australian line Zimmermann’s Riot Eyelet dress. Leave it to Zimmermann to sufficiently fulfill my unrequited feelings for the Quinceanera I always wanted, everything they do is magical. http://www.zimmermanwear.com
Goes well with: Cuba http://www.cuba.com & spectacles http://www.sundaysomewhere.com
First, let’s talk about what it is: Boxy shapes worn in black, white, or black and white. Black and white was big last spring and it’s BACK, again. Which is good because it makes transitioning from winter to spring fairly seamless. It’s also not too hard to pick out two colors in your pre-caffeine-fix-coffee IV-mess-of-yourself state in the morning.
Fashionfrixtion via Instagram & Armani www.armani.com
My cute co-worker Devon in said minimalist attire showing us how to work said coffee maker…
Second, here’s how to wear it:
1) Black and white is boring. BUT the reason this look isn’t is because it incorporates wearing cool SHAPES. The boxier/odder/more masculine the cut the better. Now is NOT the time to show off your figure– looking hot is never as intelligent, nor nearly as fun, as looking interesting (in a fashion forward way). Who cares if any of the males in your life understand what you have on. Just ignore them per usual.
2) DON’T approach this like trends past: don’t add a bunch of accessories, in fact, zero is a totally appropriate number.
3) DON’T add pops of color– unless you are a genius and you really know what you’re doing, but even then, I might refrain. It’s been done, and now it’s predictable.
4) Keep make-up to a minimum– no bright red lips with this look. It plays well with others, but not this one. This look works best with nude lips and a tan. If your DNA comes from the North Pole like mine, get a spray tan and be done with it.
$$$$: Tibi www.tibi.com
$$: Zara www.zara.com
$: Target www.target.com
Christopher Lemaire’s Spring/Summer 2013 Collection, Images from Vogue Paris
How lingerie was appropriate in public before pajamas I know not– I don’t make the rules– I imagine some male or someone trying to please one probably did– whatever the reason for the delay, pajama dressing was totally worth the wait. How to wear it: Grab a pair of your grandfather’s slippers (that is sarcasm, please don’t do that) or something resembling them, a pair of his pajamas, your grandmother’s robe, and you’re good to go. The last few seasons have presented this look via mix-matched prints. This season’s twist continues the trend by adding more layers– this time with a morning coat.
And on that note… re: general fashion trends, where previous seasons suggested adding more accessories– to the point I often scolded my sister for sporting too much flare– this spring suggests you add more cloth: not the former layered look, but rather, longer hemlines on skirts and dresses (mid-shin), long sleeves, and shirts buttoned to the very top button. Being covered up is oh so chic. I expect headscarves are next.
Pajamas: Salua www.shopbop.com Shirt, Pants: Tibi http://www.tibi.com Vintage Kimono: The Guild Shop, Houston Shoes: Prada http://prada.com Shoes: Jenni Kayne www.shopbop.com
Photo by Griffith Greer
Soooo I recently found myself ordering a pair of women’s pantyhose ankle socks like my 80 year old babysitter used to wear. I decided I had to have them, like, right now. And when Amazon couldn’t hand them to me through my computer screen (when is Amazon gonna be more like pizza delivery? seriously what is taking them so long), I found myself in the Wal-Mart parking lot asking myself if going in there at midnight was really worth a pair of old lady pantyhose anklets. Of course it was. So here I am– wearing them with just about anything I can find, open-toed sandals included, and here is my fashion icon behind the look, my beloved Lillian Branch.
Photo by Griffith Greer.
Tee: Victoria’s Secret www.victoriassecret.com
Sweater/Boots: Forever21 www.forever21.com
Pants, vintage: Bluebird Circle, Houston, Texas
Socks: L’eggs for Wal-Mart www.leggs.com