April 18, 2014

From The Office To The Club: The Sleeveless Oxford

After laying in wait all winter for the skin-bearing seasons to commence, I’m annually bemused to remember that conservative workwear isn’t seasonal. My side-boob baring tanks and snarky crops have no place among white-collar office workers, who are still tied down by puritanical values and pleated khakis. At heart, I’m a jeans and a tank top sort of girl. So what top type translates (SAY IT THREE TIMES FAST) from lunch with the boss to drinks with the girls? You guessed it: a sleeveless oxford. The sleeveless oxford’s defining element is structure, which represents something much different than your standard tank or tee.  It’s the ideal combination of casual and formal, suited to a vast array of social and work occasions. Simply switch your work blazer for a leather jacket and you’re ready to hit even the most hipster-plagued social scene.

Here are 7 handpicked options for the stylish and versatile sleeveless oxford.

1. Alexander Wang 

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2. 10 Crosby by Derek Lam

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3. Catherine Malandrino

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4. Designers Remix Aless

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5. Acne Studios

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6. Opening Ceremony

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7. Free People

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April 16, 2014

All About Marina: Kimonos & Bed Jackets

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I’m an over-scheduled, under-sleeping multi-tasker in 24/7 smoky eye, so when I get home you know I’m not just going to throw on a stained sweat suit. Some women might find baggy, unflattering clothing helpful while working from home, but frankly I find it depressing. How could I instruct clients on living the glam life while dressing like a depressed farmhand? Even in private, your personal style should- and easily can- remain true. Loungewear should not be boring. Comfort should not be bland. Sweat suits should not be worn.

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Silver screen sirens such as Bette Davis in All About Eve or Faye Dunaway in Mommy Dearest are the icons when it comes to glorious loungewear. They may not have been good, but they were something far more interesting: glamorous.

My at home uniform consists of leggings, an ultra soft T, and the defining piece: a kimono or bed jacket. Toss on a shiny silk kimono or rich velvet bed jacket and my bedroom becomes a boudoir. I instantly feel sophisticated and prepared to face an overflowing inbox with grace- not guilt. Even if reality television remains playing ever so softly in the background.

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Kimonos also made an appearance on the Spring/Summer 2014 Runways, signaling an incoming trend. Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, L’Wren Scott, and Emilio Pucci all used kimonos in their Spring/Summer 2014 collections.

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via sydnestyle.com

Best of all, kimonos and bed jackets are available in every price range. No matter who you are, you have no excuse to wear some terry cloth monstrosity while working from home or just vegging out in front of the TV. Kimonos and bed jackets will save you from a home life of fashion frump.

April 16, 2014

Spring 2014 Hat Guide: 5 Trendiest Types

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Hats often intimidate girls because it’s very easy to look like an asshole in a hat: one false selection, and you’re that girl at the party who tried way too hard and wore a tacky ass hat. I’m not here to tell you that anyone can wear any hat and, with a little confidence, look amazing. That is patently untrue. I’m here to tell you that with a little information and a lot of restraint, you can select a fashionable and affordable hat that even your haters will covet. Whatever style you select, remember the one golden rule of modern hat wear: don’t get crazy. An accessory that sits atop your face is not an opportunity for unbridled creativity. 

Panama

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via flip n style

The Panama hat has been a staple of summering elites for over a century now, but in Spring 2014 the style is gaining favor among the young and fabulous.  Panama hats are brilliant in their simplicity: woven straw, medium brim, and understated ribbon streak. Since the Panama hat exudes Gatsby era vintage charm, it’s best paired with classic or minimalist pieces for understated elegance. Beware of pairing the Panama hat with loud patterns or anything 80′s/90′s neon.

Baseball

via Rodarte

via Rodarte

There’s nothing more American than a baseball cap, and designers put their spin on the sporty staple all over Spring/Summer 2014 Runways. Tibi showed Italian-made wooden baseball caps, Lacoste color-matched hats with outerwear, Rodarte channeled street style with backwards baseball caps, and DKNY accessorized the accessory with printed bandanas. Under no circumstances wear a baseball cap emblazoned with an actual baseball team. Backwards baseball caps pair well with a 90′s look. If you’re going for a hip hop/urban look, wear the peak folded or curved.

Porkpie

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via Keikolynn

Unfortunate name aside, Porkpie hats are the new hipster fedora. Just last week I was rifling through Barneys in a last minute Coachella shopping frenzy and spotted some ubercool porkpies with a subtle black sheen. Porkpie hats are not for the faint of heart or prepster girly girl. A porkpie says: I’m here and I’m cooler than you. Since the very shape makes a strong statement, choose a dark, unpatterned, unembellished porkpie. Think glunge: glam meets grunge. Combine a porkpie, leather jacket, and combat boots for a badasss moment.

Floppy

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via luxuryqueen

Oversized floppy hats remain a fashionista must, especially in California. There’s something sexy and 70′s about a wide-brimmed hat carelessly folding over a youthful face. Of course, wearing a wide object that bends over your eyes provides some strategic difficulties. Situations with shoulder-to-shoulder crowds should not be attended in the floppy hat, as there is no room. Driving in a floppy hat sounds like a very poor idea indeed. If you wear a floppy hat to the office, you will look weird. My point is that while floppy hats look fabulous, they should really only be worn outdoors. Floppy hats are best in a neutral shade (beige, brown, black) and look gorgeous with a maxi dress.

Fedora

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via madamelulu

Much ado has been mad about the humble fedora, yet the omnipresent style is still popular among fashionable women around the world. Men, on the other hand, should probably stop wearing fedoras; the ‘douchebag dude in fedora’ meme is too powerful. While I still personally believe that classic straw is the best fedora material, fabric is more than acceptable. Patterned fedoras are a style don’t, and for the love of God do not stick a feather in it. You aren’t Robin Hood.

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April 15, 2014

Style Recap: Chicest Coachella 2014 Performers

Last week I cast a style forecast for the 10 chicest Coachella 2014 performers of week 1: AlunaGeorge, Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey, Dum Dum Girls, Haim, Jhene Aiko, Kate Nash, Banks, Warpaint, and ZZ Ward.  How accurate were my predictions? Let’s find out.

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Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Coachella

Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Coachella

Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Coachella

Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Coachella

Forecast: Cropped black sleeveless top with strategic pops of flesh, high-waisted shorts, bold gold statement jewelry.

Reality: Black jacket covers details, but yes to bold statement jewelry, yes to high waisted shorts, yes to black.

Verdict: 90% ACCURATE

Ellie Goulding

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via Mashable

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via Paste Magazine

Forecast: Graphic or text tank, black shorts, colorful kicks.

Reality: High waisted black leather shorts, cropped black leather top, black leather jacket a la Matrix, brown & black kicks.

Verdict: 70% ACCURATE.

Lana Del Rey 

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via telegraph.co.uk

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella

Forecast: Polished pastel sundress or ripped denim shorts with graphic, vintage inspired tank. Enormous hair.

Reality: Bright floral sundress in pink & orange, camel colored heeled sandals, enormous hair, pout. 

Verdict: 50% ACCURATE.

Dum Dum Girls

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via Flickr

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via Getty

Forecast: All black, patterned tights paired with shorts or dress, winged eyeliner, strategically mussed bedhead.

Reality: All black, patterned tights, sheer tops, pasties, dark lips, winged eyeliner, bedhead.

Verdict: 90% ACCURATE.

Haim

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via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Forecast: Vintage, patterned tops, artfully distressed denim, lady-like flats, 70′s straight center-parted hair.

Reality: Flowing tops, 70′s straight center-parted hair, artfully distressed denim, heavy on black and neutrals.

Verdict: 65% ACCURATE

Jhene Aiko

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via trendrender

Forecast: Flowing bohemian shirt over cuffed denim shorts, pops of bright color/pattern, a few select items of statement jewelry.

Reality: Floor length white dress with slit & stomach cut outs, knit skirt, floral chest detail, delicate up d0.

Verdict: 0% ACCURATE.

Kate Nash

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via desertsun

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via Scott Roth/Invision/AP

Forecast: Eye-catching mod dress under art-pop bright accessories.

Reality: Hot pink silk, lace, and God knows what else dress, pink face jewels & hair, bright accessories.

Verdict: 95% ACCURATE.

Banks

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via zimbio

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via hitfix

Forecast: All black, stick straight hair, form-fitting dress, minimal jewelry.

Reality: All black, stick straight hair, form fitting skirt/dress combo, minimal jewelry, wide brimmed hat.

Verdict: 90% ACCURATE.

 Warpaint

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via oregonlive

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via Heather Kaplan / consequenceofsound

Forecast: Dark denim, fitted tees, converse, and delicate jewelry.

Reality: Medium wash denim, schoolgirl skirt, basic tank top, delicate jewelry.

Verdict: 80% ACCURATE.

ZZ Ward

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via gotceleb

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via zimbio

Forecast: Black hat, black tank, black jeans, pretty blonde waves, natural makeup.

Reality: Black hat, sequined silver romper with plunging neckline, pretty blonde waves, natural makeup.

Verdict: 40% ACCURATE.

While there were some slip ups, I’m pretty impressed by the accuracy of my own style predictions. Personal style stays true… Even at Coachella.

April 14, 2014

Model Monday: Esmeralda Seay Reynolds

Vogue Germany March 2014 by Mario Testino

Vogue Germany March 2014 by Mario Testino

Doe-eyed Nordic waif Esmeralda Seay Reynolds skipped her way down the F/W 2014 Runways and into my heart. A Marc Jacobs girl to the core, Esmeralda recently scored the coveted spot as Miley Cyrus’s sidekick in the new Marc Jacobs Campaign. The gamine stunner strutted F/W 2014 Runways for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Moschino, Fendi, Anna Sui, Giles, Vionnet, Fausto Puglisi, Maison Martin Margiela, and Creatures of The Wind. So what now? One word: Editorial. Advertising and Runway are a fabulous start, but any model worth her size 24 jeans know the real credit comes from appearing in Magazine Editorial spreads. Esmeralda is already poised to make a strong start, with upcoming appearances in hipster publications like Garage, i-D, Fat, and LOVE. All before her 17th birthday.

Vogue Germany March 2014 by Mario Testino

Vogue Germany March 2014 by Mario Testino

Esmeralda Seay Reynolds – full name Esmeralda Tatiana Athena Sahar Seay-Reynolds – might look like an angel, but she sounds like just another gothic-inclined teenage girl. In a recent interview with i-D magazine, Mac Jacob’s latest muse quipped “My parents say Pennsylvania, most other people say Transylvania, but I say where I really came from is Tim Burton’s sketchbook.” Even in her early teens, Esmeralda knew that she wanted to become a model. “I knew that I wanted this, and so I went banging on doors and emailing photos for almost a year non-stop until I found the one that would take me, I was a girl on a mission!”

Vogue Germany March 2014 by Mario Testino

Vogue Germany March 2014 by Mario Testino

 

After signing with Next Models NY and walking her very first show on the Marc Jacobs runway, Esmeralda lived today’s teen dream by modeling alongside Miley Cyrus for her fashion fairy godmother Marc Jacobs’ latest campaign. It turned out to be a bonding moment for the young super-starlets. Esmeralda spilled the details to i-D:

“Actually had no idea prior to the shoot that Miley would be there, nor did I know as much about her as most others to be honest, since I never had cable growing up. Most of what I knew was what I heard people say on the radio, like “she did something at something called the VMA’s and she sings well,” was my basic idea of he. But then, as I was in the studio, doing my math homework – bam! – Miley Cyrus walks up, somehow making a Chanel shirt work as a crop top with a pair of overalls, and was just like, “hey, what’s up, I’m Miley,” and I was just like, “say what?” She turned out to be one of the nicest and also most intelligent people I’ve worked with and I now absolutely “ado-o-o-ore” her music!”

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2014

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2014

Esmeralda also discussed a less-than-Orthodox Runway mindset:

“I think the most random things when I’m walking the runway in order to try and distract myself, like “what color would I paint a cow if I could?… hmmm… maybe pink or possibly rainbow?” If I actually thought about where I was and the fact that my childhood idols are sitting five feet away watching me, I think I’d start to cry and then my make-up would run and we can’t have that, so rainbow cows it is!”

Like many young models, Esmeralda hopes to eventually make the leap from fashion into acting. Hopefully we’ll be seeing her in Tim Burton’s next fabulous flick!