As mad for plaid as I am? So are Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent, Rossella Jardini of Moschino, and Mr. Lagerfeld himself. But if you tossed that old school uniform or it doesn’t quite fit the way it did as a teen, do not fret. Perhaps it’s time to be the teacher rather than the pupil and there are some very grown up ways to add plaid that are more collegiate than kindergarten. Let me school you for a moment. Pop a varsity jacket on with distressed denim and pumps, add a plaid jumper over a turtleneck, or polish off those penny loafers- but never forget your over the knee socks. (Pro-tip: for cooler climates, layer over the knee socks atop sheer stockings in the same shade or patterned color family). Pick a piece or two to achieve the look, but don’t go for extra credit by overdoing it. You should look subtly nostalgic, not like you just stepped out of a time machine.
1. Rag & Bone Raquel Boiled Wood Varsity Jacket, 2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Maya Plaid Wool Skirt, 3. Rag & Bone Beeman Velvet Tassel Loafers, 4. Theory Nikay Catalogue Cotton Blend Dress, 5. Saint Laurent Two Tone Leather Penny Loafers, 6. Missoni Shimmer Stripe Thigh Highs, 7. J. Crew New Schoolboy Brushed Stretch-wool Twill Blazer, 8. Vivienne Westwood Rocket Tartan Mini Skirt, 9. Robert Clergerie Serana Leather Wedge Pumps, 10. Elkin Basset Dress, 11. Gucci Beverly Patent Leather Pumps, 12. Plush Fleece Lined Thigh Highs, 13. J. Crew Wool Varsity Jacket, 14. Free People Lady Macbeth Skirt, 15. Bop Basics V-Neck Cardigan
You’re dismissed. xx, WhyDid
It’s easy to get melancholy over the falling leaves and temperatures when autumn rolls around. It’s stayed strangely warm this year, but it’s merely a matter of time before you are going to be swaddled in cashmere and merino. I may be biased having spent a portion of my professional life in knitwear, but there is not much I love more than a giant cozy sweater. With destroyed denim, sleek leather, or simple legwear, knitwear is nothing less than versatile. Embrace the chill and find yourself a cozy sweater to snuggle up in.
Helmut Lang Boucle Cotton Blend Sweater, IRO Piper Knitted Sweater, Equipment Asher Cashmere Sweater, Theory Zambra Chunky Knit Sweater
Bundled up, boo boo.
Yesterday was Labor Day, which everyone seems to think means summer is over, but I have some news that may make your return to the cubicle slightly less depressing. The last day of summer actually isn’t until September 21st, so everyone, chill. You still have about three more weeks of summer to revel in even if your summer rental has expired. For some reason, September has a way of feeling like going back to school. Even though you’ve probably not had much more than a few Fridays off, returning to work today probably feels reminiscent of the first day of school. In that sense, it’s a good time to update your workday essentials with a tailored tote, classic pumps, chic spectacles, and the ultimate outfit topping blazer. Who’s the boss?
Mansur Gavriel Large Leather Tote, Elizabeth and James Chrystie Glasses, Jimmy Choo Anouk Patent Leather Pumps, Theory Lanai Leather Trimmed Blazer
The quote above from Karl Lagerfeld has been passed around the internet faster than an Anthony Weiner dick pic. And while I first snickered when I saw it, I couldn’t help but wonder what Karl might think about one of this fall’s must have items: the sweatshirt.
I can just picture him fanning himself with leather glove clad hand whilst flipping through September’s issues. But put down the paper bag, big K. These aren’t the Champion sweatshirts of gym class past. Nor are they the Juicy Couture velour tracksuits that I was certain were the fashion apocalypse. This season’s reincarnations feature more structured silhouettes, lace insets, and little details that will have you sweating them, not sweating in them.
When worn with the skinniest of skinny jeans, leather leggings, or a pleated skirt rather than their fleeced counterparts, the sweatshirt is more fabulous than frumpy.
1. T by Alexander Wang Crew Neck Sweatshirt, 2. Helmut Lang Leather and Wool Sweatshirt, 3. By Chance Jenna Oversized Sweatshirt, 4. A.P.C. Atelier de Production et Création, 5. Chaser Nat Geo Logo Sweatshirt, 6. Kenzo Striped Lining Cotton Sweatshirt, 7. Wildfox Basic Baggy Beach Sweatshirt, 8.Theory Janelo Long Sweatshirt, 9. Funktional Discovery Sweatshirt
In case you didn’t get the memo last fall, you’re going to need a leather dress come this autumn. The ultimate update to your standard LBD, leather will not only keep you warm thermostatically speaking, but will also have you looking hot literally speaking. Should you opt to go all in, a leather shift is a fantastic transitional piece that can eventually be layered over a turtleneck and tights. Feeling more modest? Opt for a frock with leather details or panels to achieve the same leather look.
I’m a huge fan of basically leather anything and have been pushing the trend since I was sixteen. I wore a leather dress to my sophomore year homecoming… and while that went over like a lead balloon with teachers and students alike, this season’s must have frock is sure to be a bigger hit with your classmates.
1. Theyskens’ Theory Noel Dhidas Leather Dress, $537, 2. David Lerner Strapless Leather Dress, $264, 3. Raquel Allegra Heavy Rib Dress, $596, 4. Faith Connexion Leather Paneled Ruched Jersey Dress, $445, 5. Valentino Lace Paneled Leather Dress, $5,380, 6. Theory Solara Stretch Cotton and Leather Dress, $495, 7. Rag & Bone Adeline Paneled Satin and Leather Dress, $505, 8. Shakuhachi Leathergoods Shift Dress, $504, 9. DKNY Leather Sleeved Jersey-Twill Dress, $495, 10. MICHAEL Michael Kors Leather Dress, $495