One of my favorite articles of clothing has always been a classic Shirtdress. With a take on menswear I cannot resist, I am always on the hunt for different colors and versions of this staple. It is a chic minimalist aesthetic that can transition seamlessly from Fall to Spring, and can be dressed up or down. In the world of Fashion, a piece that can be transformed so easily to suit any situation is superlative, and thus invaluable.
So you can imagine my excitement when the MIMU girls created the MIMU MAXI Jean Husband Dress. Combining the cool factor of your husband’s favorite button-down, with the perennially perfect choice of denim, the result is a major revelation for your closet. It also doesn’t hurt that it is comfortable; something we all look for when getting dressed.
I styled it to emulate a rocker chic vibe, and paired the dress with leather leggings, booties, and a motorcycle jacket. I belted it, wore a black turtleneck underneath, topped it off with a silver collar, and flipped my cuffs up to emphasize the layering. I love the longer length in the back, not to mention the pockets…pockets are everything. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of their spring line, and I have my eyes on the new dresses coming out!
But the best part of this is that MIMU MAXI is having a surprise flash sale any day (this $72 dress will be $40!). Get on their e-mail list at mimumaxi.com to get the details soon!
Human Beings are interesting creatures. We are constantly in pursuit of that which we do not have. Rarely aware of the Here and Now, we tend to perpetually look forward and yearn for what lies ahead, instead of appreciating and savoring the present moment. If it is Summer, we detest the heat and long for the days when we can pull our parkas out of storage and skip down the street in boots and tights. The same thing goes for Winter, as we wait every day for a rise in temperature so we can shed our cumbersome layers and finally be free. Nonetheless, I find myself somewhat frantic over the fact that winter is coming to a close, and a significant portion of my cold weather wardrobe has gone unworn, and the same feelings usually arise at the end of the Summer, as Fall approaches.
Ergo, due to my mind being set on the future of fashion and meteorology as of late, I forgot to be in the present, and fully appreciate the chill, and all its sartorial advantages. It is a constant battle between what I already miss from warm seasons past, and what I know I will miss, come Summertime. This post contains both concepts: things missed (denim skirts), and to be missed (utterly oversized and über-plaid statement coats). A mix of emotions captured in one outfit.
The lack of light may make it hard to see the sweater is a navy knit and I liked the monochromatic palette it created when paired with the dark denim, and blue suede shoes. When I have to wear a coat, I like to achieve two things: an overall look that includes the coat in its persona as a whole, and the ability for the outfit underneath to stand on its own two feet. In short I want it to achieve fashionable heights with the coat on, as well as off.
In a world where our every whim can be tailor made to fit the mood of the moment, it would only make sense that our shoe designers would inevitably follow this bespoke trend, and present us with the opportunity and responsibility of designing our shoes, just the way we like them. I imagine the novelty of being able to have a say in the design of your designer shoes will never wear off. Especially in our culture where the pursuit of individuality is almost in tandem with the allusiveness of being one-of-a-kind; it seems the harder we try to stand out, the more we end up blending in.
Thankfully, the chance of your foot’s lifetime is upon us and both Stuart Weitzman and Manolo Blahnik are offering the option of a customizable pair of shoes. We’re not talking about your made-to-order Chuck Taylors girls; these are the Blahniks and Weitzmans of your dreams, quite literally, as you pick the heel height and color or print and, presto, you’ve got a shoe.
So go for a pair of The Nudist single-strap stilettos from Stuart Weitzman, or perhaps you prefer the pointy-toed silhouette of the Manolo Blahnik BB, and make your mark with your very own customized pair.
Thanks to a collaboration with Pink Label, I was afforded the opportunity to cover some shows this season at Fashion Week and it was, in a word, sublime. Seeing the slideshows via Vogue or Style.com is one thing, but witnessing it unfold in the front row of a live show is a completely different experience. What these designers do season after season is a veritable talent; they can spark in us the desire to see Winter once again, with fresh eyes and renewed enthusiasm. Even in the midst of a seemingly never-ending winter vortex of historical proportions, we cannot help but genuinely look forward to next year’s seasonal drop in temperatures, so we can don the knits that marched down the runways of Delpozo, and Ohne Titel. Or the outerwear in army green and baby blues shown at Wes Gordon’s super chic assemblage.
Not to mention the overwhelming abundance by which we were shown our beloved Skirt. The Midi seems to have become a staple as sure and steadfast as classic Americana county rock, and it does not appear to be budging in the near future. The modestly clad are in a good place sartorially speaking, and this movement of knee-coverage seems heaven sent. Sifting through the shows, I was pleased to find the vast majority was modestly fashioned, and the overall feeling was one of cool elegance. Here’s what you have to look forward to for next Fall…
Delpozo Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: Expect to play with proportions, and color; a spectrum of vibrant hues to cool neutral tones were seen in this collection, and it was a refreshing prospect for next Fall.
Clover Canyon Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: Always true to its precedent prints, the show had a more refined silhouette for this collection. Just when you thought they couldn’t get any better, they add inches to their modest separates and dresses.
Ohne Titel Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: As it is their modus operandum, the line showed chunky knits and textured prints, with maroon, cobalt blue, black and white, along with leather and metallics in the mix.
J. Mendel Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: Two words: Leather, and Fur. It’s what winters were made for.
Carolina Herrera Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: This collection showed us a peak into a winter of geometric prints, color, and Karlie Kloss in boiled wool.
Wes Gordon Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: Gordon’s collection showed us a lighter side of Fall with cool colors and airy fabrics. He focused on textures, and the ever-present midi length we have been seeing across runways everywhere.
Michael Kors Falls 2014
Modest Forecast: Kors created a collection which melded the worlds of unpretentious luxury with classic fall attire. Next Fall will be full of the things you want to wear on a chilly day: cozy oversized knits, dark floral dresses, A-Line skirts, fur, shag and fringe. A whole lot of gray and brown, with small doses of the classic white button down and black skirt thrown in for good measure. The perfect and complete winter wardrobe.
Milly Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: Designer Michelle Smith sent endless possibilities down the runway. The message was winter-wear can be fun; full of texture, fabric, shine and volume.
BCBG Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: The label’s twenty-fifth anniversary show was a reason to look forward to another Fall come next year, showing an uber relaxed silhouette with midi lengths, cool color-blocking, fur details, and piled layers.
It has been Winter for what seems like forever. We are most certainly living within a vortex, and it seems to be never ending. Even the CFDA for Fashion Week is full of meteorological trepidation, and we are all running the risk of a stiletto slip with the icy conditions upon us.
For the time being we remain within the parameters of winter dressing, which appropriately involves knits, tights, furs and gloves. Yet I was still driven to inspire some life into my wardrobe, if only for a day. I wanted to feel that Spring may be nearer than reality is dictating and so I donned the celebrated White Dress in an attempt to ward off the bout of inevitable Seasonal Affective Disorder we are all slipping into. I paired it with some black fringed boots and my current leather obsession, the biker jacket. Wearing white in the Winter, with some black boots for contrast, can feel fresh and fun even in the midst of this freezing whirlwind we now call Home.