It’s been said that a blogger’s outfit not posted is an outfit not worn. Which means that my daily grind of outfitting myself is completely lost on the blogosphere since it never existed here to begin with. It sounds like a small slice of sartorial quantum mechanics, yet somehow I get it. If I wore it, but you didn’t see it, then does it make a sound?
So in an attempt to remedy the situation, I decided to record some of my daily ensemble choices into a theoretical diary of “What-I-Wore”s for an occasional post. It has been some time since I have graced the pages of my blog, and my unintentional sabbaticals do cause me some angst. The itch my fingers feel when I place them on the keyboard is a tell all on its own as to the withdrawal I suffer as a result of my absence; a writer needs to write. Thus, I will try to make up for the lost time in spades and present a compilation with the first batch of outfits I wore as of late.
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.
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.
It is not a new concept by far (Leandra Medine’s Man Repeller has created an entire empire from this one abstraction alone), yet it’s staying power is an enigmatic anomaly for sure. You would assume that, scientifically, Women should be dressing for Men; yet Fashion dictates a separate set of rules that we can’t help but follow. We dress for ourselves, even when the men in our lives don’t really…get it. From anything oversized, the sweatshirt and button-down pairings, to full midi skirts, oxford flats and socks, and the occasional furry oddity, the fashion we so desperately love is not necessarily what screams femininity and grace. It is on a much more powerful level that calls to us straight from the runway and pours out onto the streets. We abandon all sense and science for these things, and it is a fabulous liberation for our closets and ourselves. It transgresses the typical rules of proper proportions, color, pattern and beauty, and we embrace it regardless.
Suffice to say, this is a fashion revolution of the best kinds (especially for the modest fashion clad as the most recent bout of trends cater to the tznius fashionista). Just ask the likes of Phoebe Philo of Céline, and Stella McCartney, whose Fall 2013 collections turned the world of street style on its head; what with their truckloads of plaids, pinstripes, tremendously cocooned menswear coats, and midis, midis everywhere, it’s hard not to notice, and covet, the styles that have taken over and left most men pondering…What on Earth is she wearing? However, if it sets your heart into a fit of palpitations, and you Need. It. Now. – then wear it, and remember that translating the high fashion and seemingly preposterous onto a women who is happy and confident in her clothes is all that really matters. And that is a beautiful thing.
Shirt: Zara / Sweatshirt: Zara / Skirt: Vintage / Shoes: Fendi / Sunnies: Prada / Hair: Mazali
Sweater: H&M / Skirt: Tibi / Shoes: Lanvin / Choker: via Gilt / Hair: Mazali