God knows how you’re supposed to wear a bra with this thing, but there is something irresistible about this Dolce Vita Nellie One Shoulder Sequin Top. One shoulder dresses/shirts/etc are such the rage these days, and I’m seriously loving the deep drape back. Clever tailoring abounds, and the sequin detail is a nice finishing touch.
Gilt, $54, down from $143, and totally worth the price in my opinion.
Marc Jacobs currently has a shirt running around out there that looks something like this, but honestly this incarnation (the Alec Tuxedo Top) from SNT Workshop is much more attractive, both from a look and price point perspective. Not sure if the tie is attached or not, but for a measly $24.30 (down from $81) small detractors are totally negotiable. Heart~
I have a few misgivings (minor) with this shirt, but overall, I rather like it, so here goes: the Ella Moss Jersey Fringe Tank. I was really excited by the thumbnail because i thought that the neckline that had been slashed to resemble fringe, but on closer inspection it’s just a normal neckline with fringe attached, so imagine the disappointment. Still, the overall effect is still quite nice, and what I really appreciate is that they bothered to make the back interesting. There are so many interesting tops whose personalities seem to go to sleep the moment you make a 180. Still, I think I might have preferred a more fringe-related back. This is looking more like ruched-bebe-top-circa-‘98, which, if the year is any indicator, went out of fashion over a DECADE ago. Also, that bubble hem? Ruinous for anyone with a healthy hip ratio.
PS: How FUGLY are those animal print leggings? Like, Lindsay Lohan shitshow ridiculous, amirite?
Get the shirt while you still can over at Gilt for only $58 (down from $121.50!).
I am *super* excited about Nannette Lepore’s new t-shirt diffusion line, Oonagh. If it’s anything like A.Wang’s, then we are in for a fashionable ride.
This Ruffle Halter Blouse from Lela Rose is unimaginably romantic, and cleverly tailored to boot. The asymmetric ruffle hem is to die for; so perfect for the office or an upscale evening date!…
…is what I want to say, but honestly, at the particular price point this shirt presents at, you probably stumbled upon an oil geyser in your backyard and retired at the ripe old age of 22. Or maybe your parents did. Discounted from $795, this halter will still set you back a pretty $249. Still love it, but I might be better off sewing this on my own. O_O Available at Rue La La now.
Apparently I’m in a long tunic + leggings kind of mood recently, because I went on a shopping spree last week and got three tunics in one day. No lie. The look is just so great for winter because tunics increase the body length illusion and leggings stuff themselves so easily into snow boots, which as it turns out, are way more important to conserving body heat than thick jeans. Whodathunk? Newai.
If I had any money left over, I would seriously consider investing in this galliano Creme Corset Tee with Bow. It looks like the perfect tunic length, and I love the girly-sexy feel—puff shoulders, lace trim on the neck and arms, and the corset detail down the front. This is classic edgy galliano, but the end result is much less punk than I would have expected, which I actually like better. On a tangent, I also really like the brown smokey eye on the model; so romantic! <3
It’s been a long day, so lemme keep this short. This Cynthia Steffe Yulia Chain Strap Top (yes those are chain straps!) = amazing. Heather gray keeps it casual, but the amazing drapery makes it work appropriate. Best day-to-night look I’ve seen to date. Imagine: by day, you rock this with your best blazer, pencil skirt, and black tights; by night, you drop the jacket and skirt and paint the town red. I especially like the high ponytail … all the better to see the strap detail with, m’dear.
Manoush the brand doesn’t always come through for me, especially when I see them pairing really bright colors with gigantic ruffles—honey, that ain’t no “Bohemian soul with a side of gypsy.” (straight from their website, go high school French! -_-) When they stick to their simple girly aesthetic however, I can’t fault them. Such is the case with this Petite Sirene Cardigan. On first glance, I thought the the scalloped edges in three different colors and rounded cut of the neckline were the perfect twee yet grown-up workplace look, or even daytime date look. Closer examination revealed that the scalloped edges were actually paillettes. Imagine my thrill and surprise—this time of year, I love paillettes, and the matte shading on these (which were what fooled me into thinking they were cloth at first) are utterly fantastic. The best part is that they bothered to go around the back of the neck with the pailettes; that kind of attention to detail is wonderful.
As for the color, I love me some pale turquoise, and the lavender and pale yellow allow for some additional points of matching without being overly gaudy. This cardigan comes in black too, but why would you opt for that when you could be all cute with this? This and other pieces are currently deeply, deeply discounted, so get your Bohemian gypsy vibe on now! Cardigan: $55, down from $310, over at ideeli.
PS: Dear ideeli (because I couldn’t fit this into the body of this post), thank you for finally doing a photo shoot with a background color and some accessories. The pink back lighting and flowers in the braided hair of the model really sold the clothes, unlike some of the retarded washed out white backgrounds you guys are so very fond of. Lovelove, me
The story: yesterday I was browsing idly on theoutnet.com and I came across this fantastic Chloé ensemble. In an antithesis to the punk movement, the brand has managed to pull together scallop edges in a way that is both modern and age appropriate.
- Chloé Scalloped Silk Sheer Top
- Chloé Scalloped Polka Dot Skirt
- Chloé Bay Small Leather Tote (I don’t care too much about this bag, but for inclusion purposes mention it here)
- unknown shoes, probably Chloé (…and actually, I HATE these shoes, especially with this outfit)
The problem: Any outfit that reasonably exceeds $100-$200 without any real reason is just throwing money down the drain for me. This is not even a red carpet look! At best, this is a business casual, weekday “I just came from work” date night, although it does fill this niche in quite nicely. So a-trolling I went. The results? Well …
- Forever 21 Pintucked Lace Silk Top (believe you me there is nothing that really resembles the original top at all, and I looked for over an hour)
- Anthropologie Scalloped Dots Skirt (!!!)
- Moschino Cheap and Chic Canvas Peep Toe Heel (in water, which is a color name I adore)
Final thoughts: my first real attempt at replicating an entire outfit was very educational. Some luxury name brand looks are well-nigh impossible to completely copy, which I suppose is what happens when you have copyright infringement laws as well as the whole design-craftsmanship-limited production thing. However, I was super happy to find a skirt that is almost an exact replica of the former, overlooking the fact that the polka dots are bigger and the color is black. I actually even think that the Anthropologie one is more practical because if you wanted to shorten it you could just pin up one of the scalloped layers … as usual, I love multifunctionality.
As far as the top goes, I loved the original’s big scallop edges down the middle, but the sheerness was extremely puzzling (what, exactly, are you supposed to wear under it??? I have always wondered this about sheer tops) and I think that F21 provides a very suitable replacement for a teensy fraction of the price, plus no sheerness!
As for the shoes, I have no apology. I like ‘em immensely. I’ve always loved contrast edging, and the adjustable crossover strap matches the entire outfit’s quaintness without reducing the luxury feel. (That and, I could find no real alternative, but at that price, who wants to?? Psh!!)
Viva cute and creative scallop edging for spring! Plzkthnx.
What is it? A.B.S Woven Blouse (yep, this brand again)
Why is it awesome? In five words: Ruffles. Unique cut. Side ties. Oh, and who doesn’t love a semi-sheer plaid fabric?
How much is it? $98, down from $196
Where can it be acquired? Hautelook, of course