Friday Frocks: Skin in the Game

By |August 31st, 2012|Friday Frocks, Why Did You Wear That?|

leather dressIn 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.

leather dresses 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



WhyDid or Why Don’t: Jam Packed

By |August 22nd, 2012|Why Did or Why Don't?, Why Did You Wear That?|

back to school backpacksSpeaking 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.

backpack purse trend1. Topshop Studded Denim Backpack, $70, 2. Alexander Wang Marti Backpack, $850, 3. Theyskens’ Theory Vera Backpack, $695, 4. Rag & Bone Coated Backpack, $275, 5.3.1 Phillip Lim Drop Down Backpack, $995, 6. Madewell Leather Backpack, $248, 7. Topshop Large Washed Clip Backpack, $72, 8. Pierre Hardy Leopard Print Suede Backpack, $1,650, 9. MCM Backpack Stark, $850, 10. Foley & Corinna Simpatico Backpack, $450,

What do you think?  Will you be tossing your tote for a backpack?




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Why Did You Wear That: NY State of Mind

By |January 3rd, 2012|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

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.

1. Theyskens’ Theory Black Button Down Sheer Blouse, $385, 2. 7 For All Mankind The Skinny in Black Shiny Featherweight, $169, 3. J Weber Etched Starburst Locket, $475, 4. Alex & Ani Nile Expandable Wire Bangles, $158, 5. Steve Madden Outrrage Black Leather Bootie, $189.95

It’s up to you New York…




Friday Frocks: Witchy Woman

By |October 21st, 2011|Friday Frocks, Why Did You Wear That?|

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.

1. Camilla and Marc Courtesy Frock, $492, 2. Plastic Island Gatsby Lace Dress, $180, 3. Rebecca Minkoff Frida Lace Dress, $428, 4. The Battalion Marion Lace Maxi, $99, 5. Insight Rouched and Ready Dress, $66, 6. Free People Floral Lace Fit and Flare Dress, $128, 7. One Teaspoon Sweet Lace Mini Dress, $108,8. Theyskens’ Theory Knock Yara Sweater Dress, $395, 9. Forever 21 Lace Peplum Dress, $19.84, 10. Free People Bell Sleeve Lace Trim Tunic, $183.33

The best part about a freaky frock?   If you happened to have a slumber party with your very own Edward Cullen, you simply must wash your face to make the walk of shame home at the break of dawn.