I attended a Chanukah celebration at my kid’s school, and it was the perfect occasion to finally wear my white MIMU MAXI Cascade dress. I am proud to call the MIMU girls my friends, but I also have to say, they do know how to design a versatile and beautiful dress. This piece served me expertly, as I completed Chanukah projects and decorated donuts, all while covering knees and keeping me chic.
I obsess a perfect white dress to pair with black leather accents for Fall, but this will be equally prodigious in the warmer months ahead; seasonally transcendental, as are most of the MIMU MAXI designs. A modest fashion girl’s year-round must have. I was able to keep the rest of the outfit classic with simple accoutrements, and allow the volume and drape of the dress to stand out.
By now most of us have seen (and gasped over) the caped creations presented at the Valentino Couture show in New York. While the message was definitively bride-worthy, the universal sartorial inspiration was palpable and left me no choice but to don my own modest rendition. This cloaked coverup can be worn in virtually any style capacity ranging from formal, à la last week’s Valentino, to cozy like a Chloé girl off the 2014 Pre-Fall runway. Part of the allure of a cape is that what you wear underneath is almost irrelevant; your outerwear is making the greater statement. All the other details are your personal expression of style that make the look your own.
I find myself reaching for one of the capes in my closet most mornings, in an almost instinctual attempt at keeping warm yet retaining my wardrobe aesthetic. This morning I chose to wear it buttoned-up, with a green (faux) leather skirt and completed the look with a vintage broach from My Mother’s Armoire.
By now the alleged fashion faux pas of simultaneously wearing black and navy together has been deemed undeniably antiquated, and completely inaccurate. Pairing the two creates a fresh, and modern contrast of color, and brings an element of the unexpected, which can prove invaluable when picking your pieces; they don’t need to be detailed or intriguing, simply because the dark disparity of color does all the work. Subtle, yet effective. Part of what has been so exciting about fashion recently is the breaking of rules and the license for creativity and expression. There are not too many sartorial laws that are still applicable at present, and the trends seem to be turning towards a cleaner, unhampered approach to getting dressed. We are editing our wardrobes to make ourselves happy, rather than to fit a certain mold or style du jour.
I wore this outfit for a Sunday at Barnes & Noble with my kids, and it provided a perfectly comfortable and chic ensemble to chase small children in a teeming bookstore. The whole outfit felt very 60′s, so I wore my wig with bangs and round oversize sunglasses.
Fall is beloved. We pine for it, plan for it, shop and blog for it. It can also allow us a wider margin of options within our modest closets, and for that we are grateful. Yet somehow in our haze of crunching leaves, crisp air, and our favorite knit, we tend to forget that too soon after Autumn comes Winter. The trends remain, but the large (albeit fabulous) coat thrown over can slightly obscure our efforts at achieving sartorial freedom. So while the chill is still tolerable, now is the time to indulge in the best of the Fall fashion we’ve been coveting.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve worn a few of my favorite trends of the season, including stark white shirtdresses, fall florals paired with paper-thin turtlenecks, monochromatic chunky sweater and leather skirt combo worn with suede boots for texture, and matching printed separates.
Shirtdress: Theory Runway / Hat: H&M / Belt: Chanel / Booties: Christian Louboutin / Sunglasses: Fendi
Part of what makes those special pieces in my closet so significant is there ability to transition seasonally, and an element of the unexpected. This skirt from MIMU MAXI embodies all of these things and more. I like to dress with an ounce of drama so the color, and length of this skirt gave me exactly what I was looking for. While it was designed with Spring in mind, bringing out the lighter colors for Fall is on my list for the cooler season ahead, and I cannot wait to pair it with boots, for a quintessential layering effect.
I wanted to do so many things with this skirt and had a plethora of outfits in my mind, but I narrowed it down. Ranging from rocker chic, to buttoned up in a blazer, and a sweatered ensemble I cannot wait to wear come colder times, this skirt stood up to the test of style and season.
Leather Jacket: Zara / Skirt (worn throughout): MIMU MAXI / Fringe T Shirt: Stella McCartney / Shoes: Tibi sim