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.
Speaking of the end of summer, looks like school’s back in session. And even if you aren’t actually headed back to class, it seems that backpacks are making a bit of a comeback for fall. You may remember the tiny backpacks of the mid-90’s having a moment (oh, yes you do, Cher Horowitz), but this rendition is a bit bulkier and crafted in leathers and coated fabrics rather than canvases and corduroys… meaning you might actually be able to fit more in them than lip gloss and a tampon. Dare I say even a real— book?! And while these aren’t your run of the mill Jansports, I’m not sure I can get on board with the book bag look.
Nothing is stranger than returning to the city that you love as a tourist. This past weekend, I was back in the Big Apple, but no longer as a resident of the best city in the world. Though I did stay at The Standard only a stone’s throw away from my last apartment, it was so peculiar to be just another person visiting New York City. I haven’t even been gone an entire year (I gave up my apartment last January), but things have already changed (there’s now a Sephora on the corner of 13th and 9th. Do you KNOW how much better this would have made my life?).
As bittersweet as my visit was, I still love New York City unlike another other city. There is something so magical, so indescribable, that one must experience it to truly understand it. While it’s not for everyone, the people who it affects, will be affected forever. There is just something that gets under your skin and you’ll never ever be able to shake it. As much as you may tire of the hustle, bustle, and constant struggle, you’d miss it if you were to be transplanted elsewhere. I can certainly attest to that.
So when spending the afternoon at a ballet in the city, what else should one don but basic black? Now, we all know that black is the New York uniform, but how do you do it without being boring? Try mixing different textures to add depth and definition. Mix leather or coated denim with something sheer, shiny accessories and a fishtail braid for a truly city chic look.
It’s that time of year again. It’s always some time of year again though. Anyway, the time of year I’m talking about is Halloween. And while some of you may be crotch deep in slutty costumes, some of us are a little tired of plopping down 50 bucks for a pre-packaged costume the size of a dinner napkin from Ricky’s only to exile said costume to the far corners of our closets the day after fright night. Luckily, there are quite a few frocks that can do double duty. Not only are they spot on for Fall, they’d also make for very good witchy, vampy costumes with the right makeup and props. Now to be clear, vampires just really aren’t my thing, but I’m not here to judge. I’m in front of my TV every Monday night for Gossip Girl… so…
Anyway, wearing a black lace or deep red velvet frock with some snagged stockings, smokey eyes, and maroon lips would make for a very sultry, very sexy (not slutty) Halloween costume. Pop some vampire teeth and fake blood in your clutch for added effect and you’ll be utterly bewitching.