Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thoughts on Wardrobe Staples (See Jane Wear)

Kenna-T leather moto jacket (old but similar), Forever21 sweater (old but similar), J Crew skirt (on sale and just worn here), Zara chelsea boots (old but similar), Mansur Gavriel bag
As much as I love how social media and fashion have become intertwined, the competition for the next big thing has become even more fickle.  You know that awesome bag that you bought last month?  It's already out of style because the masses have moved onto something else.  Blogs and instagram are amazing platforms for connecting with people and bringing style to anyone's fingertips, but the constant need to purchase more and more gets exhausting.  At the end of the day, what are we gaining other than an overstuffed closet that's full of things that we no longer want because something new online has caught our eye?  

I won't get all sanctimonious because the truth is that I'm just as guilty as the next person.  I've loved shopping my whole life and my early love for fashion singled me out me as a mega-consumer as soon as I had my first dollar to spend  (plus, I work in the retail industry, so it's like I'm extra guilty).  But do you know what feels better than a new pair of boots?  Wearing and loving the boots you bought ages ago and feeling confident in your ability to choose closet staples.  Three out of four things (boots, sweater and leather jacket) in this outfit are 4+ years old and the fact that I can seamlessly pair them with items I've bought in the past couple months feels pretty good.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Wedding Guest Attire (See Jane Wear)

dress / shoes / bag / ring / ring / ring / wrap

Aren't weddings the best? If you're in the wedding, it's a blast to be part of the couples special day.  If you're just an attendee, you get to relax and take it all in--with delicious food and fun dancing.  And well, if it's your wedding, it's your freakin' day.  I went to a dear friend's wedding this past weekend and when I posted a picture wearing this dress on instagram, I thought I'd blog about it.  A few of my go-to rules when dressing for weddings (when you aren't a bridesmaid):

1.) If you have to ask whether or not it's inappropriate, it probably is.  "Is this too white?"  Probably.  "Do you think the bride will care if I wear this?"  Who knows, but probably.
2.) Bring a wrap--even if the wedding is inside.  Temperatures can never be predicted, even in the great indoors.
3.) Your feet will always hurt from your heels--because, dancing (unless you're BeyoncĂ© or something).  I've personally come to realize that there is no such thing as a comfortable heel, especially when you're standing/moving for hours on end.  Suck it up or wear shorter heels/flats so you can cut a rug pain-free.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mid-Length (See Jane Wear)

Three dots dress, BDG cardigan, Coach shoes (sold out but similar), Mansur Gavriel bag, Saint Laurent sunglasses
Mid-length hair, mid-length dress and mid-length cardigan.  Come to think of it, I probably should've posted this mid-week.

Happy Monday.