The lace-up style we saw all over Spring 2015 runway, (Gucci, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton to name just a few) is still going strong and truly one of my favorites because it is so romantic. I love romantic fashion but on a personal level I don’t think I would classify myself as a romantic, in fact I’d probably make my husband spit out his drink if I suggested that. No, I’m more of a sarcastic realist, not in a mean way, but more in a playful British or New Yorker kind of way, if that makes sense. It might seem easy to pull off the romantic lace-up style but I think the key is to be sure it doesn’t look to costume-y – like you are attempting to channel Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean, or for you older folk – trying to imitate Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘puffy shirt‘ episode (starts at 2:21) which is actually a current Halloween Costume. So you can understand how I was so excited when I found this blouse because it has a nipped waist, and the silk fabric lays flat on the arms and really flatters the figure.
The bomber jacket is one of my must have styles for Fall – it has a certain casual vibe to it but looks equally cool and nonchalant (if a jacket could be described as ‘nonchalant’ this would be the one) over a party dress, as we just recently saw Elie Saab’s Spring 2016 Ready to Wear collection. Historically the style was created for military men but later favored by more of a rebellious and punk youth culture of the 80’s, which pretty much solidified its cool-factor in the fashion world. Even now it is a favorite of artists and musicians like Kanye West, who – side note – even dresses little baby North in them (adorable)! I’d even venture to say it has bypassed the blazer as a closet essential, because though a blazer is versatile, it is also a tad more formal and therefore does not exude quite the same amount of effortlessness, and isn’t that what we are all striving for really?
Today I’m teaming up with Lulus.com and my favorite bloggers from across the country to show you our favorite pieces for Fall. What really sets Lulu’s apart is their curated selection, I especially love their sweaters and outerwear. This jacket I went up a couple of sizes for the oversized look. When I go oversized on top, I like to keep the rest of the look streamlined so I paired with skinny jeans and sleek chelsea booties.
As always, click on the link below the blogger to get details on their look! Also – scroll down for details on an awesome giveaway for two sold out tickets to the Gilt City Warehouse Sale in Chicago~ you don’t want to miss!
** Also, for my Chicago girls (and guys!) – I am giving away two VIP tickets to the Gilt City Warehouse Sale – this is for the Friday, October 16th 9:30 p.m. VIP entrance which is SOLD OUT. It is so important to get there sooner than later so you can be the first to pick your favorite items in your size. Last year I scored major deals on a pair of Isabel Marant suede pumps and a Leather dress by Helmut Lang. The key to getting great deals is to go in with an idea of what you are looking for, and don’t waste too much time hanging at the bar or chatting with friends because it is definitely a shopping ‘party’ and trust me you will be tempted. Just be sure to get everything you want first, then hang with friends. Good luck!
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White jeans are a closet staple for me year round – and side note: if I hear someone refer to the ‘wearing white after labor day’ rule and how novel or rebellious it is to break it – I will definitely scream. Now if you are not in the fashion world you may have not heard this statement very often, but for someone who has been blogging for 3 years, I’m so over it. What would really be novel, in my opinion, would be to reinstate this rule, and then boldly announce it every time you don’t wear white. Just KIDDING…but seriously – wearing white is always a good idea.
Now, as I type this I am also anxiously awaiting a delivery – one of the burgundy leather variety. I’ve been a member of Vestiare Collective, the luxury consignment retailer, for years but I just made my first purchase and I couldn’t been more thrilled – not only was it exactly what I had been looking for, but it was less than 1/3 of the price of the one I was going to buy. The jacket has been in transit for almost a week which is an agonizing eternity for this instant gratification seeker. They say anticipation of something makes the reward so much sweeter, I’ll let you know if that is true, that is if I don’t perish before it arrives…
P.S. Something else I waited patiently for is making an appearance in today’s post. In this case it was well worth the long wait – nine months to be exact!