Always a strong transitional piece in a wardrobe, a belted jacket is a classic trench coat’s mini me without the rainy weather.
Smooth or lug sole, a leather ankle boot with buckle hardware is a classic transition boot. Equally smart with jeans or long skirt.
The beauty of social media is that I can see what is featured on the runway during fashion week through my favorite influencers’ posts. Another gain is seeing what they wear on the street. It may be something I can tweak for my own style or just a trend of which to be aware. This week’s takeaway is tall, high heeled snakeskin boots over the pant leg.
Jennifer Chamandi is a Lebanese born, London based designer. Her shoe collection bears the unique (and technical prowess) of her signature “eye of the needle” design. A gold plated “eye” is cut out of the stem of each heel. The Italian produced collection is carried online, and only in brick and mortar stores in NYC or Los Angeles so far. I haven’t yet seen her collection in person but I am so taken with their beauty.
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.
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.