Monthly Archives: April 2009

The perfect summer LBD

It’s not often you come across a dress that ticks all the boxes. Flattering fit? Check. Versatile? I think you could wear this for day or evening, so… check. Price? At $98, I’d say that’s a check.  The embossed cotton Lorelai dress from J.Crew fits the bill for pretty much any summer occasion.  

Image courtesy of J.Crew

Image courtesy of J.Crew

 

Wear it with embellished flip flops for a lazy Saturday picnic.  Dress it up with some standout jewelry for Sunday brunch.  Keep the jewelry on and trade the flip flops for a heel for date night.  This is an all-around great dress and every girl needs this or something like it in her closet.

 

While I know this is technically an LBD post, I thought it was worth mentioning that this dress actually comes in a rainbow of colors.  Check it out at JCrew.com.

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Say it ain’t so

Unfortunately, I have another awful trend to report.  Apparently, crochet is back.  Ew.   

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I’ve just barely gotten over the embarrassment of the horrific crochet halter top I wore to every single outdoor concert in the summer of ’96 and now, I’m expected to live it all over again??  No thank you, I say.  This is not a look I wish to revisit.  It just screams “I watched the movies Reality Bites and Clueless and listened to Lisa Loeb every single day of my teenage life!”  While I’m at it, why not throw on a flowery baby doll dress and some hiking boots?  Or maybe you’d like an oversize flannel short to layer over that?  

Once again –  No, just…no.

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What I’m wearing – Lazy Sunday afternoon

So, I probably won’t do this often but I sometimes get questions from friends along the lines of “What do you wear when you —– ?” or “How would you dress for —- ?”.  So, on Sunday, the husband and I were hanging out on the front porch at Brooklyn Heights on Glenwood South and I got to playing around with the iPhone camera.  I took a couple of photos of what I was wearing, figuring I could angle a post out of it…

Here you have it – my ideal outfit for a lazy Sunday afternoon of drinking bloody marys and reading.

Bag – Kooba; Sandals – LK Bennett (London); Pedicure – OPI Strawberry Margarita; Maxi dress – Target 

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Earrings – Gigi’s Boutique (Raleigh); Sunglasses – Ray Ban New Wayfarer; Messy ponytail and flyaways – courtesy of riding around with the car windows down

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Discount doesn’t have to look cheap

Those of you who have been reading this blog from day one might remember that one of my very first posts was about the Thakoon for Target diffusion line.  Specifically, this post about the gorgeous trench that was the centerpiece of the collection.  Well, I purchased the jacket ($45) and I remember thinking that it really was beautifully made – moreso than you would expect from a discount retailer.  The lining is a stunning shade of blue and feels totally luxe.  The print just screams Thakoon, the cut is flattering and I get at least one compliment from a total stranger every single time I wear it.

So you can imagine my interest when I read on The Cut that the Wall Street Journal conducted an experiment to see if fashion experts could tell the difference between a regular Thakoon piece and a Thakoon for Target item (obviously, with all identifying labels and tags concealed).  You may be surprised by the results…

The fashion experts in question were Simon Collins, the dean of fashion at Parsons the New School for Design, and Randi Rahm, a Manhattan-based designer.  The Journal mixed a $1,145 Thakoon dress with several items from the Target collection and asked the experts to pick out the expensive piece.  The designer was able to correctly identify the mainline Thakoon dress but Collins thought the trench was the real deal!

It just goes to show that you don’t have to shop at Barney’s to look like a thousand bucks.  Just know how to shop smart. Look for attention to detail with seams, linings and findings (buttons, zips, etc.).  Go for fabrics that feel nice and don’t look cheap.  And, if you’re able, mix in designer accessories.  I once read a quote that basically said “If you’re carrying an expensive bag and wearing designer sunglasses, everyone will assume the rest of your outfit cost a fortune too.”  (Just don’t ever, EVER do fakes.  Seriously.  It’s just gauche.)  Above all, no matter if you’re sporting $500 Manolos or $25 Payless, wear it with confidence.  Because that’s always in style.

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Attention Triangleites – Anthropologie is finally here!

 

AnthropologieTriangle-area fashionistas have something to smile about.  The first Anthropologie on our side of the state finally opens at Southpoint Mall today!

If I remember correctly, I had my first run-in with Anthropologie when I was visiting my friend Shanna in Miami several years ago.  I was a smitten kitten from the moment I crossed the threshold.  I’ve spent the years since then trying to satisfy my Anthropologie hunger whenever I traveled to cities that were lucky enough to have one.

I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a store opening since Banana Republic showed up in London.  See you there this weekend!

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Matthew Williamson for H&M drops today

The much anticipated Matthew Williamson for H&M capsule collection will finally hit select stores today (with the rest of the collection, including Williamson’s first foray into menswear, arriving on May 14).

Matthew Williamson for H&M

I’ve trawled around online for photos of the pieces and there are some stunners in there for sure.  A few of my faves are the peacock dress ($79.90), the pink and yellow silk tops ($59.90), and the peacock cardigans ($79.90).  If you want to see these pieces and lots of others, head over to Fashionisima where they’ve compiled a good collection of the looks.

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File under: No, just…no

Let me be clear.  I’m not a fashion drone.  I don’t fall all over myself trying to stay on top of every trend that comes down the runway or shows up in the pages of the magazines.  I don’t believe something is attractive just because a designer or editor decrees it so.    

Let me be even clearer.  I think sometimes, high fashion is downright ugly and unflattering.  Cases in point:  one-piece jumpsuits, harem pants, the return of massive shoulders and these atrocities:

Image courtesy of Style File

Image courtesy of Style File

Seriously???  Hooves???  This is just wrong.  Wrong, wrong, wrong.  WRONG.  And that’s the best I can do.  I have no idea what else to say about this.  The Raleigh Fashionista is officially left wordless.

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