We’ve all awoken as the morning sun manages to creep through the black out shades rendering us nearly blind to the startling realization that the water glass on the nightstand is empty and that nightstand is not our own. The second pang of panic comes barreling through shortly after groggily recalling that what we deemed appropriate attire for a late evening dalliance may not exactly translate to daytime, let alone during the morning commute with other responsible, gainfully employed adults. I was not a Girl Scout, but I am always prepared. 98% of the time, there is a pair of sunglasses stashed safely in my bag (I painfully learned this lesson during that other 2% of the time). Sunglasses are essentially a real life force field. Whether they actually prove to disguise your appearance from curious onlookers or not is irrelevant so long as you feel like they do. As you carefully tiptoe your way to the restroom only to discover that your previously perfect blowout more resembles Bob Marley’s dreadlocks, you breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you have a hair tie on your wrist and a collection of bobby pins in the bottom of your bag. This is when when a top knot comes in handy (tutorial here). The only problem left is somehow making that tiny crop top look less Pretty Woman and more Carrie Bradshaw.
One of my favorite outfits and favorite shoots (which you can see in totality here) is a perfect example of something that would garner compliments post sunset and could attract clientele come morning if you’re seen standing on the corner too long awaiting your Uber. Whether your evening prior to sunrise had been raucous or rather innocent, sometimes you’ve got to borrow from your boy’s closet to save some dignity, but how does one do so without looking like a total shacker? In this instance, wearing a belted pair of shorts with your crop top and pulling your hair into a squeaky clean top knot will certainly fool any innocent bystander into believing that you did, in fact, wake up like this.
top: American Apparel, shorts: Hurley, belt: similar by Rag & Bone, shoes: Jimmy Choo, bag: vintage, similar by Barney’s, sunglasses: Ray-Ban
photography by Michael Stiegler
Being the third born and first girl in my family, I really made it known that I was, in fact, female. When my mom prudently and practically attempted to put me into some of my brothers clothes, I went ahead and turned up my tiny freckled nose at the sheer thought of wearing something that had belonged to a boy. This is also the same reasoning I used in pre-school when I decided I would no longer be addressed as K.C. because there was a boy in my class named Casey. I would be called Kirsten and pink dresses and ruffled panties it was. I may have scaled citrus trees and caught lizards barefoot, but I did so wearing a dress. And while I still prefer a dress (as of late a coordinating crop top and skirt), there are times (much like the ones mentioned yesterday) wherein, I must put on my big girl pants. And this summer it’s all about a printed palazzo pant.
1. Ella Moss Biarritz Print Wide Leg Pants, 2. SW3 Bespoke Pembroke Pants, 3. Rachel Pally Grady Wide Leg Pants, 4. Topshop Paisley Wide Leg Trousers, 5. Clover Canyon Byzantine Scarf Print Wide Leg Pants, 6. sass & bide The Royalist Pants, 7. MSGM Tie Dye Pants, 8. Lovers + Friends Willow Pants, 9. Trina Turk Perleen Knit Pants, 10. Theodora & Callum Cypress Palazzo Pants
Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don’t. The beauty of matching separates is that the ways in which they can be worn allow for a bit of creativity. Of course you can wear them as they were meant to be- matching, or you can always mix things up and wear them as the name implies- separately. Just as shown this week, a top can be dressed up, a bottom dressed down simply by remixing your basics. And honestly, who doesn’t love a remix? I’m talking to you, Too $hort.
This week was the beginning of the season wherein New Yorkers take to social media to remind you of how hot they are. Remember when we swore we wouldn’t because the winter was so wretched? Well, just like the Maury Show, the lie detector has determined… That was a lie! As we strolled through the back streets of the Meatpacking District to snap these shots, It’s all I could do not to just melt into the puddle of sweat that I was becoming. But alas, I do it all for you. The irony in all of this being the beautiful vegan handbag I received from Like Dreams having been shot in the middle of the Meat Market. Don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the production of this shoot… unless you count me and the blister on my arm from my curling iron.
top: similar by Parker here, skirt: similar by Parker here, shoes: L.A.M.B. similar here, clutch: c/o Like Dreams
Photography by Michael Stiegler
As much as I like contradictions and mixing things that have absolutely no business swinging from the same monkey bars on the playground, I also love a good pair. Separates aren’t reserved only for suiting anymore and with the surge in popularity of crop tops (thank you, fashion gods), designers have capitalized on one of this season’s biggest trends: tops with shorter silhouettes worn with long line skirts and shorts.
Not all separates may be office appropriate, but these sets sure do add an unexpected take on cocktail attire (little black what?). And when you mix and match these separates with some closet essentials, you’ve tripled your look. That’s my kind of retail math. A crop top can easily be converted to casual by pairing it with your favorite jeans and heels or give a full skirt a Saturday brunch vibe while wearing it with a white t-shirt and sneakers. (Remember my experiment in dressing down a sequin crop top?).
1.Endless Rose Cropped Sleeveless Shell, Endless Rose A Line Skirt, 2. For Love & Lemons Sporty Knit Crop Top, For Love & Lemons Sporty Knit Skirt, 3. Nicholas Bonded Silk Crop Top, Nicholas Bonded Silk Zip Pencil Skirt, 4. Tibi Cropped Top, Tibi Pleat Skirt, 5. Robert Rodriguez Chambray Crop Top, Robert Rodriguez Chambray Track Shorts, 6. BB Dakota Seraphina Crop Top, BB Dakota Jaz High Waisted Skirt, 7. T by Alexander Wang Classic Jersey T-Shirt, 8. Frame Denim Le Skinny de Jeanne Mid Rise Jeans, 9. Superga Lace Sneakers, 10.Carvela Kurt Geiger Girl Strappy Sandals
Due to my computer’s inability to function last week, I was unable to finish my three part series documenting how a crop top and pencil skirt could be reincarnated quite easily. Not that last week was any warmer, but the fact that my face froze off yesterday afternoon as I ran errands, it seems a little odd to be posting about crop tops. Especially since the inclement weather has prevented me from prancing ’round town in one, but if Jenn keeps it up, I’m gonna have no choice but to walk around topless… and potentially pantless.
So, how can one dress down a sequined top that is cropped? Pair it with destroyed denim, motorcycle boots, and a tough leather jacket to look more downtown than bridge and tunnel post Bagatelle brunch. It’s just that simple.
top: Express, jeans: 7 For All Mankind, boots: Frye, jacket: Andrew Marc, bag: Balenciaga, dog: Smitty
I will have another mimosa though.