Awkward is the New Black: Episode Two

Greetings, fashionistas!

Get ready, get set, and go ahead and click on the link below to watch the second installment of my YouTube series, Awkward is the New Black, where I interview Meileena of The Sartorial Muse and she dishes about her five favorite wardrobe staples.

Meileena's style is, like mine, wonderfully eclectic and tends toward classic vintage pieces.  But wait, there's more! If you'd like to squeeze in your daily workout routine, feel free to dance along with me during the opening sequence.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Black, White, and Red All Over

My friend Meileena of The Sartorial Muse recently gifted me a big bag of her clothes.  Slow fashion friends, this is the best gift possible! Obviously I'm very excited by the shop the closet / secondhand aspect of this gift, but I'm also surprisingly excited about the way this has become an unexpected catalyst for helping me to switch up my looks and get a little more adventuresome.

polka-dot-top.jpg
polka-dot-top.jpg

For starters, it's only recently that I've become really into wearing red. It's such a classic bright shade, and can be worn in so many elegant ways, but my face tends toward the red naturally and I have always avoided wearing things that I thought brought out that tone in my face. I got these Forever 21 shorts from Meileena and I love them! I find them as easy to dress up as to dress down, and am looking forward to styling them lots of different ways this summer.

polka-dot-top.jpg
polka-dot-top.jpg

Obviously, I'm wearing the best sunhat ever. I love summer (and winter, for that matter) hats, but I never thought I could pull off one so large with my small frame. But I was positively in love with this hat as soon as I put it on.  I'm a total introvert, and I expected to feel like I might as well have been wearing a big sign that says "look at me!" with this large hat on, but in reality, I felt like I had my own private universe from which to safely peer out at the real world beyond the brim. Definitely a Security Hat.

polka-dot-top.jpg
polka-dot-top.jpg

It's kind of funny that I'm nailing two trends in one with this top - the swimwear as outerwear trend and the polka dots trend - because I really make zero efforts to be on trend.  In fact, I am kind of a terrible classics snob who goes out of her way to make snide remarks about trends (and since I'm shy, the remarks are usually just to myself, inside my head). I just loved the contrast of red against the black and white, and geometrics are still one of the only prints I can wear with confidence.

And thus, a perfect lakeside summer outfit was born.  Happy weekend, everyone!

His and Hers

My friend Damien and I met up in San Francisco to collaborate on one of my favorite types of look: his and hers suits. I love classic style, and I love menswear.  Probably, one love informs the other, since suits tend to hold classic colors, shapes, and cuts decade over decade.  The timeless look is always the best look.

blue-suits.jpg
blue-suits.jpg
blue-suits.jpg

A pantsuit is my very favorite way to dress for work.  I also love more feminine clothes, and I actually wear dresses and skirts on the regular.  But if I'm totally honest with myself, the pantsuit is my ultimate workwear look.  I just feel so confident with one on.  I would wear a pantsuit every day if I thought I could.  It's probably a construct of my own mind to believe that I can't.  And also, there's a slim chance I might eventually get bored, and I can't bear the thought of becoming disillusioned with my very favorite look.

blue-suits.jpg
blue-suits.jpg
blue-suits.jpg

I'm happy to report that I am slowly overcoming my print phobia.  I have always loved plaid (which I guess is technically a weave, not a print) because it is such an organized, geometric visual.  Big florals are kind of the final frontier for me.  I love Damien's houndstooth blazer and a very daring version of Rebecca would pair it with pants of the same design; although probably not for work. I'm a shy person that way. Solid pants would be my security blanket for sure.  And also, they do look awesome.

blue-suits.jpg
blue-suits.jpg
blue-suits.jpg

Let's talk about loafers. There's kind of two ways a girl can wear her menswear: with or without feminine touches. For this look, I decided to forgo the feminine touches for the most part.  In other words, I'm not wearing heels.  I often do wear heels with a pantsuit to balance out all the masculinity. But loafers have taken women's fashion so much by storm as of late (nice work, Gucci) that I actually think they have a pretty neutral-to-feminine association at this point, and don't at all make me look like a girl who is deliberately doing the tomboy image (which, by the way, is a fantastic look; it just doesn't happen to entirely be my look).

ferragamo-loafers.jpg
blue-suits.jpg
blue-suits.jpg

Happy Sunday, everyone! 


My look:

Banana Republic jacket // Banana Republic pants // Salvatore Ferragamo shoes (old) // Celine sunglasses // Vivienne Westwood bag (updated version) // Theory blouse (secondhand) // Salvatore Ferragamo belt (secondhand) 

Damien's look:

Zara blazer and pants