When Did I Start Paying $200 for Jeans?

My favorite item of clothing in my wardrobe is a pair of Signature Bootcut Elm Dark Blue jeans. And they should be. I paid more for them than most things in my wardrobe! I believe I even got them on sale with an additional 10% discount on my Macy’s card and they still cost me around $150. And the craziest part? They aren’t the top of the list for most […]

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She Wears the Pants in the Family

[big ups to Belinda Darcy for pointing me to the inspiration to this article] Us girls can pretty much take it for granted that we have the choice between wearing pants and skirts in most situations. Even the most formal occasions can be met with a glamorous pantsuit or a lovely tuxedo fit to our bodies. I, for one, have enjoyed the attention I get from wearing a lovely tuxedo […]

 

10 Iconic Shoes That Stole the Show

I just finished reading the amazing and entertaining book, Women from the Ankle Down: The story of shoes and how they define us. Besides being a fun read, I found the history lessons incredibly enlightening (it’s made me download a whole bunch of fashion history books). One of the major lessons was around how shoes have played a pivotal role in shaping our culture, both popular culture (movies, music, etc) […]

 

Fabulous Fluting

Flute? Flute? Or flute? The image of a musical flute or a champagne flute doesn’t exactly conjure the image of a fluted skirt, but that is what you call this incredibly flattering cut of a skirt: a fluted skirt. Other names it is known by is a mermaid, trumpet (more apropos, right?) or a flared hem skirt. The fluted pleat on the skirt is universally flattering. It can give shape […]

 

The Charm of the Breton Stripe

[Today's post is written by our special guest Madelaine Veenstra of the amazing resource WikiFashion. I get much of my information for posts from her project, so I suggested she write something and cross post it here. SO glad I did!] Audrey made it look gamine, Coco introduced it to the fashion world and Brigit Bardot made it synonymous with French chic, but where did the Breton stripe originate? The Breton stripe […]

 

Lovely Lovely Lace

Much like lace itself, this is a complex subject. SUPER complex. Lace has a long and luxurious history, starting as early as the Roman Empire, but recorded as early as the 14th century, it is a textile that has found itself in the middle of class wars for centuries (7 centuries – starting in Flanders). As Gemma Champ recently wrote in an article in The National (Fashion’s Enduring Love of […]

 

Tiffany Blue

Who can possibly claim that they don’t see the that special blue/green color (HEX #81D8D0/R129 G216  B208/Pantone 1837, btw) and instantly know that it’s Tiffany Blue. Or relate the Tiffany brand with sophisticated, spendy elegance? That little blue box is a loaded image, indeed. Even most men know the signifcance. The color itself was trademarked in 1837 when the company, itself was established. And you won’t find it’s exact match on […]

 

Great Gatsby! We Heart Flapper Dresses!

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved the beaded, dropped-waist dresses of the roaring 20′s, so you can imagine how incredibly excited I was to hear that Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby is coming to theatres! Catherine Martin, known for her amazing work on Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom and Romeo and Juliet is doing the costumes again (LOVE her) and whether or not they are true to period doesn’t […]

 

I'm a Sucker for Seersucker

On the topic of lightweight summer fabric patterns, I was browsing around some shops this afternoon whilst running early for a meeting and saw that there are some VERY cute seersucker suits in stock. I love this textured pattern for summer suits (and beyond). What on earth is a seersucker, you ask? Seersucker is the name given to a puckered light cotton (and now sometimes linen) fabric, usually striped. The […]

 

Gaga for Gingham

I was at a startup festival event filled with VCs and geeky startup people last summer and one person’s shirt caught my eye. I saddled over to him and said, “Nice gingham!” He looked at me awkwardly. Two things to note here: the startup world isn’t always hip on fashion AND the word gingham isn’t used in everyday language. I’m not sure what he thought I meant by the comment, […]