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On 365 Days of Style from Lloyd Boston

In On Fall/Winter, On Fashion, On Style on January 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm

A very Happy New Year to you all!

“Claim this year as your most stylish ever. Make a pact with yourself to explore new ideas, break bad habits, and be open to Change.” (Lloyd Boston)

I stumbled across this book, “Before you Put that On” by Lloyd Boston, when I was religious poring over any material about fashion and style I could find, the time detailed in “The Evolution of Personal Style“.

Lloyd Boston styling inspiration

I am returning to this book, to follow through with what I planned then for when I’d have time. How lucky that I worked out for the first time in ages yesterday – the suggestion Lloyd makes for January 2nd.

I’m right on track.

Now it is January 3rd, and today I am going to “Add Prints and Patterns to the Best Effect.”

Today I plan to mix and match two prints. Since I’m a beginner, I confess I will likely match my printed dress to a printed scarf – but it’s a pretty good start. Especially considering I’d likely not do it otherwise. Usually I pair this dress with my beautiful coral J. Crew woolen scarf – it has become a staple in my dressing.

I might wear my fabulously colorful Kate Spade snood, actually known as the prize ball infinity scarf. It’s a soft merino wool, and will likely feel wonderful considering today’s temperature is below freezing.

“The key to looking fabulous […] is balanced proportions and an overall look that doesn’t overshadow your personality.” (Lloyd Boston)

Who knows? Maybe I’ll tweak his suggestion and wear my striped dress with a tailored blazer and jeggings instead. Oo, maybe I’ll wear my plaid shirt.

Ignore anyone who might tell you that you can’t match multiple stripes or prints, because that’s their rule – not yours. If you like what you’re seeing in the mirror, why shouldn’t you try it out? Come on. Have you seen Anna Piaggi? Enough said.

The beauty of this book is that it motivates you to play with your clothes, and wear something special, something borne from inspiration. It makes choosing what you’re wearing less boring, even if you’re just working at home.

Maybe you might want to join me, and match multiple prints today?

AKG

On V For Vanity

In On Fall/Winter, On Style on December 23, 2011 at 4:10 am

I always laugh a little when I hear or read about “the biting cold” my friends and family in California or India are facing. Try -6 and -12 temperatures, on good days. The sun is so deceptive, shining through the window in your home. Believe me; it does not mean you’re in for a warm day. The Boston winter is here. More posts about beautiful warm layers upcoming. Today, is all about my discovery of A&F sweatpants.

Abercrombie & Fitch makes sweatpants that have a perfect butt fit, with a banded hem. There are options for the looser kinds. But they have these skinny and super skinny sweatpants that are warm, comfortable, AND they look good – just like leggings. Believe me. It’s sweat-pant perfection.

(Take a look here if you’re interested.)

We were walking around one evening to get some fresh air during the week before finals week when a friend of mine joked that I was being “vain” – I had refused to walk into a restaurant wearing these.

I realized then, that, – vanity, in small doses, is important. If I didn’t have a little bit of vanity, I would never want to play with my clothes, and experiment with the different ways I could wear my new black sequin dress, or my sleeveless tweed dress. I wouldn’t care about what stared me back in the mirror.

Without vanity, I wouldn’t care about any weight gain, or about a bad haircut. While I strongly dislike the men, women, girls, and/or boys who are truly vain, I appreciate modest vanity. It’s what gives people the oomph.

C’mon people, have a little a pride. Try a new hairstyle – find a new nail color. Find something that makes you feel a little brighter, something that puts a bounce in your step. Like a new shoe? Or even if it’s the new Lancôme mascara. Sample something new. I found this fur poncho, a fitted blazer with a knotted back, and wine colored shoe – all by BCBGMaxazria. I’m in love.

Find out what makes you feel better about “you”. Perhaps change the light in your bathroom? What about taking a DIY tip to your old bag or shoe? Or experimenting with new eye shadow?

There’s a world full of options – have a little fun with this tempered vanity. Like the sweat-pants, it’s perfect in small doses.

AKG

On Coats a la Carrie Bradshaw

In On Coats, On Fall/Winter on November 9, 2011 at 1:11 am

There’s a kind of magic that Carrie brings to Paris. In the last two episodes of the show finale (Season 6 was the last SaTC season before the two movies), she wears a number of spectacular outfits. I cannot even attempt to pick favorites, because each of them was fabulous. There’s a different appeal that Carrie has in Paris, in her relationship with the Russian. She is classier and  more chic relative to her more daring look during the earlier seasons. The styling of Patricia Field and the “Carrie” style is still existent, but there’s a layer of sophistication.

What inspired me today is what she wears when she goes shopping into Dior. The umbrella, the boots, the coat.

Lesson 1: If you don’t want to embarrass or hurt yourself, do not wear stiletto heel leather boots out when it’s raining. The water makes any surface slippery and unsafe to walk on. Especially find alternative chic footwear to places where you know the floor has the possibility of becoming extra slippery with water, such as places with marble/granite/tiled flooring. (Doi?) I guess that was the comedic dose of reality that SaTC needed.

Regardless…

I really draw inspiration from the way Carrie balances the volume of the heavy coats. (Picture to left) She tucks her sweetheart neckline tube top into a black pencil skirt to create a fitted silhouette underneath the coat. There are many woolen skirts available now at retailers such as J.Crew and Zara, and in all department stores. It’s a great alternative that will still keep you warm.

Winter coats add a definite bulk, but another example of how Carrie balance this is in the center picture. The signature red umbrella stays. Her beautiful polka dot dress has tulle underneath. To balance this volume on the bottom, Patricia Fields draws the eye upward to the brooch/button at the neckline, and has a very fitted upper half.

 

I would like to add that my approach to these pictures is an example of the fact that not only does everyone see fashion differently, but the same person will see fashion differently over time. The last time I saw the show was over a year ago, and I distinctly remember that my focus during this episode was not on the belts or the volume. I don’t even think I necessarily noticed those things as much; I was more taken by elements such as color and tulle. As we change, so does our take on style and inspiration.

AKG

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