This morning I was in the mood for a dark lip and bang collaboration and I needed my outfit to express the same moody sentiments. This weather is cold but it brings with it the sartorial advantage of wearing whatever you feel like. Bohemian to classic, vintage to avant-garde, everything makes the cut. Because that’s the kind of season Fall is; fashion freedom with no rules.
I took a page out of my style hero Christine Centenera’s book and went for leggings under a skirt and tossed a blazer on top. Wearing pants or leggings under a skirt gives me an alternative to the traditional black tights I wear ad nauseum this time of the year.
**This is a judgement-free blog. There are many different opinions pertaining to the wearing of pants or leggings under a dress or skirt. Consult with your rabbi on what is best for you.
I am only blogging about this today, but this vintage sweater duster coat saved me last winter during my pregnancy. I wore it to Fashion Week, to pick the kids up from school, grocery store errands. Everywhere. I fell in fashion love. It was everything I wanted in cold-weather wear, and coincidentally, everything I needed. It kept me so warm but gave me that shot of sartorial satisfaction we sometimes lose out on during the winter months. I continue to hunt down similar pieces in the hopes that i can carry on donning these winter wonders, and keep my seasonal depression at bay. I have been using Etsy as a main source for sweater coats (and many other pieces) as I posted in the past, which you can try along with the traditional brick and mortar vintage shops.
Most of us have been to a vintage shop or two (or ten), and the treasure to be found is endless. But what if you can’t just get up and run off to a store to hunt through racks and piles of suede, leather, fringe and floral chiffon? The alternative is a surprising trove of those piles waiting to be picked through on the world wide web with just as much success as you would in the real world, with the added benefit of a global reach. You can literally shop vintage pieces in Italy and France, and have it shipped to your door.
The greatest resource I’ve found in online vintage shopping is www.Etsy.com, but you can also try Ebay and Google with similar success. Keywords like ‘secretary dress’, ‘printed silk dress’, ‘silk wrap dress’, ‘leather skirt’, ‘fringe’, ‘tassel’, and ‘Diane Frese’ are a great way to start your search on Etsy. Make sure to filter under the ‘Vintage’ tab and you will open up a quest with hundreds and thousand of results. The best part is that the majority of items are under $150, although designer pieces run for more.
It’s no secret to anyone who knows me (or reads this blog) that I love ASOS. Highly coveted pieces, such as full midi skirts, are staples among the thousands of affordable fashion offerings on the site. With a cult-like following that includes almost every blogger on the planet and celebrities as well, the only thing that can make the ASOS shopping experience even sweeter is a sale. A big sale. 70% off to be exact. So here are my picks, and a few pieces that I own and love (spoiler alert: there is a lot of leather).
When I wore these outfits I felt somewhat confident I was portraying Spring/Summer ensembles. Loading them onto my laptop made me feel like they may belong to a cooler season, and should be worn in the Fall and Winter. Which can only mean one thing: Leather is one of those things that ultimately exists without the encumbrance of season. It can be successfully executed in any weather, any time of year. Some may drop it during the warmer months, but the almost incongruous feel it lends to Summer makes me want to wear it even more. An appropriate shoe helps ground this look and bring it back to your respective season. So swap the knits on top for something lighter, or wear this skin in a color, and it can look completely contemporary even when the temperature rises.