Monthly Archives: December 2012

Quick Tip: Tights on Tights

Living in a cold weather state can be nice (there’s nothing like a nice cup of hot cocoa after a cold walk), but it also comes with some problems. For the fashion-conscious, winter is like a dangerous game of Would You Rather in which style and comfort are constantly pitted against each other. If you’ve ever chosen a stylish, flimsy jacket over a warm (but inelegant) puffer coat for a night out in February, you definitely understand how cruel the fashion gods can really be. In recent years, however, I’ve begun to really grow tired of sacrificing one thing for the other, and I’ve been trying to blend the two elements together. Although some attempts don’t yield a harmonious marriage of style and warmth, others have been pretty successful.

Take, for example, hosiery. Not all tights or stockings are warm enough for the winter, but there is a way to make them so, and it’s SO. EASY. All you need to do is layer tights over tights. That’s it! It’s a trick I picked up a few years ago from a friend of mine, and I’ve been doing it ever since! Just take two pairs of tights, like this black pair and this blue pair….

Image

and layer them to make navy… I wish that the picture had turned out better, because the result is really cool in person…

Image

You can even try this with textured tights for a more funky effect. Again, I apologize for the crappy lighting of the photos.

Image

Image

Image

The photos can’t properly demonstrate just how awesome the effect is. I encourage you to try it yourself! Not only will you be warm, but you’ll be adding a little bit of freshness to your style.

Black and blue tights: Hue
Black leggings: Guess
Black fishnets: Marion

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Winter Flowerlandia

When I think of Christmas and all of the things that announce it, these things come to mind:

1. Everything peppermint and chocolate!
2. Really bad holiday-themed Larry Levinson romcoms on Lifetime. (“Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus” starring Steve Guttenberg, anyone?) To be fair, this one is a pretty recent addition to the list c/o my cousin Lisa.
3. Christmas cards.
4. Drag queen Rastafarian Santa!

Probably my favorite part of holiday decorating

Probably my favorite part of holiday decorating

5. Holiday shopping, naturally.

Speaking of holiday shopping (of course), I recently caved and purchased a pretty awesome dark floral blouse from H&M for around $15.

Blouse: H&M, Pants: Adriano Goldschmied, Jewelry: Gifts

Blouse: H&M, pants: Adriano Goldschmied, jewelry: gifts from family and friends

Now, I know that I should be abiding by my rules here, but it was only $15 and it was one purchase for myself. I don’t even feel guilty about having made the purchase; although, I did initially feel a little bit of guilt about not feeling guilty about having made the purchase. Who saw that one coming?

To be fair, I gave myself those two rules as guidelines to help me save money and feel less guilty about what I buy. So far, this plan has been working. I haven’t made any impulse purchases, and I haven’t spent money on anything that I might’ve subconsciously believed would hide or, at least, compensate for any inadequacies I might’ve perceived in myself.

Jewelry: gifts from family and friends.

Jewelry: gifts from family and friends.

Purple accents, like amethysts, play off of the purple and blue in the blouse.

Purple accents, like amethysts, play off of the purple and blue in the blouse.

On a technical note, this floral print blouse also has an interesting stripe pattern. Based on this, I thought it would be appropriate to pair it with some geometric accessories with more linear patterns and grooves. I also thought that a floral pattern was worthy of some romantic accessories, like my silver bracelet with the heart charm and the Celtic-style engraving or my floral brass and pearl earrings.

My brother bought these earrings at a flea market in Florence. They were supposedly inspired by the design of a pair of earrings worn by Caterina de' Medici.

My brother bought these earrings at a flea market in Florence. They were supposedly inspired by the design of a pair of earrings worn by Caterina de’ Medici.

Blouse: H&M, pants: Adriano Goldschmied, shoes: Tory Burch, jewelry: gifts from family and friends

Blouse: H&M, pants: Adriano Goldschmied, shoes: Tory Burch, jewelry: gifts from family and friends

Am I still a shopaholic? Let’s just say that I’m making great strides in my recovery.

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Cape Tips from Little Green Riding Hood

If you’ve read my first post, you would know that I have been fortunate enough to inherit some beautiful clothes from my mother. If I had to describe her style, I would say that it seems like stuff one would pack to a British castle for a weekend of garden parties and dangerous dalliances in hedge mazes (read: pastels, paisley, pleats, charms and capes). Being the type of person who feels that every day should be lived like a movie or a fairy tale, I’m especially happy to be able to break out the green cape-coat set when it starts feeling a little nippy, and when I’m itching to meet a big bad wolf (just kidding — sometimes I just want to get a cup of coffee in town).

This cape and coat set belonged to my mother. It's 100% wool with a suede border.

This Loden cape and coat set belonged to my mother. It’s 100% wool with a suede border. Boots: Fratelli Rossetti

Despite having a red interior (there’s no lining), neither the cape nor the coat is reversible. Regardless, I think that the pop of red is really cute and rather festive! 🙂

Tips for wearing capes:

1. Look for cape-coat sets. You’ll get more bang for your buck, since you’ll essentially be getting two pieces of outerwear. I’ve worn each piece separately before, and they’ve worked with my outfit each time.
2. A long cape-coat set makes quite a statement, so pair it with simple, quality accessories in neutral colors to let it do the talking while still looking elegant.
3. Look for quality outerwear. Capes are generally very tasteful, and can add an element of luxury to any outfit. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that cheap quality materials will make the cape look anything but luxurious. Age and the signs of lesser quality are more apparent on longer capes like the one I’m wearing, which is why it’s very important for the capes to be made with good quality materials, like wool, silk, leather, suede, or a heavy duty cotton, at the very least. If you pick up a cape and it’s cotton-polyester-rayon-spandex blend, you’re better off leaving it on the rack. It won’t look so great after a couple of wears, so you will have wasted your money, even if we’re only talking $25.
4. Avoid wearing any non-waterproof capes in the rain or heavy snow. The water will weigh down the fabric, making the cape pretty cumbersome.

IMG_1297

IMG_1296

5. Wearing capes should always be FUN. So much fabric creates so much movement! It makes me want to pack up a picnic basket and head over to my grandmother’s house… in Genoa, Italy. I only wish I had a hood!

IMG_1289

Do you have a cool cape? Do you have any tips for wearing one? What other outerwear shapes do you like?

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,
%d bloggers like this: