Empty Street Style

NYC 2020

As I mentioned in my last post, I am having panic attacks of late but I must be feeling better if I am cleaning my shower grout with a toothbrush and micro needling and then applying vitamin C serum to my skin. But that’s a whole other diagnosis.

I wonder what we will want to be wearing when this pandemic is over? Will the trends we saw prior to the shelter in place orders be long gone? Will we have a great desire for structured clothing when all we have been wearing at home are casual comfy things–on our bottom halves at least– for Zoom calls? Will the gravity of this event make fashion seem frivolous?

While style never goes away–it reflects the wearer not the trends, I do think of fashion as a reflection of a hope providing an expression of identity, creativity and freedom. Our concerns for health and stability are more dire now, but I bet they will inform, in some way, what we will be wanting to wear when we get through these trying times.

Denim

Wide leg, straight, boot cut, flare–I love them all (just not a skinny ), but the le crop mini aka the kick crop flare, aka the demi cali, is my favorite jean style of all. It’s flattering and can be styled with boots, sneakers, sandals and flats. My long waisted readers will be served well by Madewell, and my short waisted readers by FRAME denim.

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Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks are completely valid on their own but how they make a spaghetti strap sundress or a camisole top work in the winter is their real magic.  A turtleneck under a cotton blouse, jumpsuit or dress adds depth in addition to warmth.

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Closet Hacks: Do’s and Don’ts

DO: Use velour hangers, they are slim, cheap and colorful so you can organize your closet by hanger function. For example: use pink for hot weather items, beige for evening wear, and black for business.

DO: Have a full length mirror very close by with ample light.

DO: Put a wastebasket in your closet for clothing tags, pins and dry cleaning refuse.

DO: Put a pair of scissors in your closet for snipping tags or errant threads. 

DO: Have double stick tape and a lint brush in your closet.

DO: Put a hook in your closet for gently worn clothes or a cozy bathrobe.

DO: Build essentials to create foundation wardrobe. 

DO: Assess whether you would buy that item again today.

DO: Subscribe to one item in, one item out when purchasing new items by taking an item out of your closet when you purchase one of a similar category.

DO: Wear your newly purchased items as soon as the opportunity allows. Don’t save new, beautiful pieces for a better day. Today is the best day.

DO: Know where to donate your discarded items so you feel purposeful while editing.

DO: Find a great tailor. The cheapest clothes get elevated when the fit well.

DO: Place new items in a spot with their tags on so that if you find you haven’t worn them within a week or so you can return them within the store’s return policy. Tape the store receipt to the hanger.

DO: Built a capsule travel wardrobe and store it in your closet for efficient packing.

DON’T: Expect your closet to look like a boutique unless you have the energy to keep it up that way.  It’s is a working space and need not be photo ready unless that’s your pleasure.

DON’T: Place any thing you try on and take off without wearing back onto the shelf or rod until you can evaluate why those pieces aren’t working for you. 

DON’T: Forget to turn around and check the back of your outfit. Rear zippers, buttons and slips sometimes get forgotten.

DON’T: Forget appropriate undergarments when trying on clothing.

DON’T: Hold onto anything that is damaged or stained.

Selfie, #OOTD

Every day for the last few years I take a quick pic of myself before I leave the house. Sometimes it causes me rush back into my closet to change. Looking at a photograph of your outfit of the day (#ootd), gives you a different and more productive perspective than just looking in the mirror. You can examine the elements together instead of piece by piece. Seeing yourself in a mirror image photograph isn’t perfect. It can highlight a curve to look out of proportion when in real life it looks perfectly normal. I try to remember that I am a 360° person and the one dimension is helpful but not wholly accurate. It does give me a catalogue of outfits that have worked and ones that didn’t. It allows to see my style evolution: which item of clothing or accessory is in constant rotation and which items I am forgetting are a good option. I also take a pic of myself when I am trying on clothes in a dressing room. I can visit that image and decide if I really love/want/need the item I am trying on. I created an Instagram account for all of these images so they are easily accessible to me. Of course, you can just create an album on your phone.