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.
It is a common and revered staple for every modest girl’s wardrobe and we are always keeping our eyes open for the most perfect version of this foundation piece: The Shell. I have steered away from using it as a top on its own as of late, but it has not become any less integral for me and my dressing needs. For reasons of tznius (modesty), a shell provides the necessary inches for covering elbows and collarbones, and proves invaluable in completing certain pieces in our closets. What’s a girl to do if her favorite vintage maxi is sleeveless? Or she needs a basic layer to don under a blazer and scarf combo? And so the shell remains a beloved item in our lives, for the simple reason that it allows us to wear the otherwise impossible, and grants us a degree of sartorial freedom.
When I tried the CHI CHI shells, I found them to be soft, with a generous stretch, and provided the perfect coverage for the dresses I was wearing. When I try a shell for the first time, I want comfortable sleeves for my on-the-go life as a ‘Yiddishe Mama‘ (as my friend Sharon of Fashion-Isha puts it), and that it yields a seamless blend with the clothing I am topping it with. The CHI CHI shells fulfilled those requisites and were simply a relief to have in my closet when I needed to grab a layer and run.
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
At the beginning of the year I waxed philosophical and posted a rainy day inspiration mélange in the hopes of lifting the gray spirit of the wet meteorological marathon we were experiencing. We are having a similar week now, and this post is not entirely on the same romantic note as the aforementioned, but simply a grateful ode to my raincoat, with whom I have grown considerably close to this week. It doesn’t seem to look like it will let up until the weekend, so to post pictures of sunshine and fluffy green grass seems futile and irksome; thus I am just going to go with it. Three consecutive days of rain is tiresome but to wear a beautiful weather-appropriate topper is the best medicine.
These are two outfits this week that I felt epitomized Spring in one way or another. I was trying to find the common thread between them, but I was unable to find anything concrete enough to give the topic any air. So after a short deliberation over the subject matter, I realized that the similarity between the two of them is simply their seasonal appropriateness. It is finally Spring, and as long awaited as it was, it was well worth it. And there are outfits to prove it.
The first ensemble is semi-reminiscent of the D&G Spring 2010 RTW collection, which featured humongous tiered skirts, denim shirts, and eyelet everywhere. The second features a current wardrobe favorite of mine: the sleeveless trench. It is incredibly versatile, and I plan on wearing it as long as the weather remains tepid enough for me to withstand the layering.