A Classic Menswear Silhouette

When you wear an outfit that feels quintessentially, undeniably, you, it feels fantastic.  Menswear has been a longtime favorite of mine for everyday wear.  When I was teaching, one of my go-to looks was the dress shirt and tie combo.  Definitely unexpected on a female, but with a pair of heels, you tell the world (and more importantly, yourself) that you have exactly what it takes to get the job done.

I have always been drawn to the fabrics, tones, and shapes of menswear. I love the streamlined simplicity of a neatly tailored jacket, and the way that light layers sensibly transition into the cooler months. Years ago, someone dear passed away and willed me an incredible collection of neckties. It's always with a nostalgic fondness that I put together a look that incorporates one of them.


Happy Monday, everyone!

Jaxon hat // J.Crew blazer // Banana Republic Factory shirt //Ann Taylor pants // Cole Haan shoes //Tory Burch bag (old) // Oakley sunglasses // Lacoste watch (old) // Tie (old) //Suspenders (borrowed)

The Beauty in Buying Thrifted

Just a quick post today giving a nod to one of my favorite ways to make purchases: at thrift, consignment, and vintage stores.  Thrifted goods have long experienced a bad reputation as tragically uncool, rejected wares. I'll say thanks in part to Macklemore, the thrift store is finally getting the credit it deserves as a place to find some real treasures. In order to shop the thrift store, you need a lot of patience; on any given day, you don't know what you'll find, and if you do find a real gem, it may or may not be your size.  The beauty, of course, is twofold: first, the thrift store is a great price point, and second, most items can be custom tailored and still come in at a price that is considerably less than original retail value.

My wardrobe contains a few items that I really love and purchased second hand. I got this BCBG dress used.  It's such a great party look! I wore it to Dita von Teese's book signing at the Grove in Los Angeles.

The original post about this cute, thrifted party dress is here.

Another purple dress (favorite color, for sure) I purchased secondhand is an elegant lilac silk Diane von Furstenberg number that can be styled so many ways.  I have used it at work and for evenings out several times.  It is such a clean, lovely base layer that it can be accessorized in many different ways to achieve lots of looks.

Here it is on the job, on a date, and out with friends:

I very recently blogged about this cute strapless Anthropologie dress I found at a consignment shop:

The full post is here, and you can see it styled on a trip to Punta Cana my husband and I took last May. The linen fabric was perfect for the humid, beachy weather. 

I have a gorgeous green silk Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent slip dress that I have worn out to dinner a few times.  However, I didn't take any pictures.  Here is is, though, pictured next to the linen dress from Anthropologie:

The cut and color make for a very sexy, breezy summer evening look.  It is probably the most comfortable dress I own.  I love the stitching details and the lace trim.  The first time I wore it, my husband said, "Wow! Is that a dress, or is that lingerie?" It's definitely a dress, but you get the idea.

Here are another couple thrifted favorites:

Joie silk top in Tilden Park on Valentine's Day.

Joie silk top in Tilden Park on Valentine's Day.

Goofing around with my brother in secondhand Splendid pants.

Goofing around with my brother in secondhand Splendid pants.

The final thrifted item I'll share is not only the cheapest one in my wardrobe, coming in at the low, low price of $6.00, but it is also the dearest of all my thrifted dresses. I used it for my wedding!  My husband and I got married at City Hall in San Francisco, which is an absolutely stunning building.  We wanted a vintage inspired feel to our wedding, which was an extremely modest event. This pre-owned cotton J.Crew dress was exactly what I wanted.

I'm very fond of this final dress, but I haven't used it since we got married five years ago because it hits mid-calf, which isn't practical for someone petite to use out of such a formal context.  I finally got around to having it tailored to a shorter, more useful length, and I'll be sure to take some pictures of it once I get it back!

Happy weekend, everyone! Get out there and get thrifting!

Work Presentation

I had to give a big presentation at work. Here's what I wore.

I most definitely biked to work, and I pulled my two oldest children in the Burley trailer behind my Faraday bicycle.  And yeah, I changed my shoes once I got there.

Blazer - Banana Republic * Blouse - J.Crew Factory * Pants - Banana Republic * Shoes (similar) - Coach * Watch (link to black band, not pink) - Kate Spade