I know we have it better than most of the country, but here in southern California we’ve been getting our first “real” winter in quite some time. We had snow in Los Angeles yesterday! It’s been cold enough that I have ice on my windshield when I leave for work each morning, so you can bet I’ve been bundling up more than usual. Here are a few pieces I’ve had in heavy rotation lately: a cozy sweater, wool coat, comfy boots and denim, and a little yellow bag from MCM to brighten these chilly days. Happy weekend!
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I had a personal triumph on Friday and just had to share. Yes, that’s right… I successfully navigated, in fact NEEDED, to transition from day to night! Now, I know what you are thinking: is that really a thing? I hear you! I didn’t think so either. Margaret Lyons and I have clearly been on the same page thus far. But Friday night I had a concert performance, and of course I had work during the day. Behold! A day-to-night opportunity was born.
For my orchestra concerts I need to wear all black, but at the office I prefer not to look like I am going to a funeral. Also I prefer not to wear evening wear to the office (for obvious reasons). My outfit for the evening consisted of a silky black top with a dramatic tie-waist, slim cigarette pants, a trim black blazer, and black heels. To day-ify it, I swapped the blazer for a medium wash denim jacket, and wore leopard loafers instead of the heels. My same pair of filigree earrings went from slightly bohemian to elegant with just a jacket change.
Virginia Margaret, there is a Santa Claus need for day-to-night outfits. I am living proof — AND I lived to tell the tale.
The Women’s March 2019 is coming up on Saturday, and I’ll be marching again in support of women’s rights and gender equality for all. With these issues on my mind, today I am wearing my Madewell x Girls Inc. sweater. Proceeds from sales go to support Girls Inc. and its mission of empowering young women through advocacy and education. Cozy, chic, and a force for good.
Welcome to Wednesday, where the clothes are classic and it seems like an eternity away from the weekend (both last and next). It’s the perfect time for a no-fuss outfit, with a touch of fun to remind us that Saturday will eventually come back around.
Today Universal Standard launched their most inclusive collection yet: Foundation. I know I have mentioned US a couple of times before, but in case you are new to the brand, they have been doing amazing things to improve inclusion in women’s fashion in the last couple years. With Foundation, they are even closer to their goal of breaking down existing barriers and giving all women fashion freedom. US is now offering 7 new wardrobe basics from size 00 to size 40, with each being custom designed for fit and comfort. I find their attitude and aspirations so inspiring! Not only are they offering clothes for as the widest range of sizes, ages, and body types that I know of, but they are thinking hard about good fit, good construction, and great style in the process. Bravo, US! You are a much-needed voice in the fashion world.
Today I am all about easy classics with a hint of shine, and studs to toughen it up in a playful way. Welcome to Wednesday.
I. Love. This. Jacket. It’s new at J. Crew for fall. And it’s already sold out! My heart!
I’ve always had a soft spot for leopard, so I’ve been very excited to see it gaining traction again this fall. This velvet blazer has everything I want, from a lovely rose hue to a not–too-big, not-too-small print to a soft, easy drape. I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed that it gets restocked…
ETA: I called J. Crew, and a very kind associate said they did, in fact, have my size available! I’m so excited! If you love this jacket as much as I do, try calling to order. Maybe you’ll get lucky as well.
While it is still warm here, by mid-September my thoughts always turn towards autumn. Fond back-to-school shopping memories bubble up, with sweaters and corduroy and new jeans just begging for cooler weather to make their debut. Even though I’m not in school anymore, shopping this time of year has such a nice nostalgia element to it! I picked out a few new staples recently in honor of fall, and plan to incorporate them bit by bit as the weather allows. Honestly, though, can’t wait to wear them all together — latte in hand on a crisp fall afternoon.
I’m always a fan of leopard, so I’m excited to see it getting more traction again. These loafers are perfection. And the softest cardigan in a mossy green, an excellent pair of skinny jeans, and a cute backpack to schlep my things in day-to-day? Not a bad way to kick off fall, if I do say so myself.
(By the way, major kudos to Madewell. Not only have they been offering a wider range of sizes, but they are also currently offering samples in store to try on for sizes that are normally only offered online. Definitely a step in the right direction.)
It’s been hot and unusually humid, so constricting denim has been last on my list. I found the perfect pair of wide-leg jeans, though, that are breezy enough that I have been wearing them constantly. The most flattering, perfectly soft tee, wide-leg jeans, sandals, and my old Coach Bleecker duffle have been my late summer uniform. Oh, and pretty gold earrings, just for fun.
I am rather late to the party, but I have finally joined in on the jumpsuit trend. It took me ages to find anything that fit and I felt good in, but now I am the proud owner of not one, but three (!) jumpers. They make getting dressed a breeze — one and done — and they dress up or down nicely. Here are the ones I wound up with, below:
It it notoriously difficult to find well-cut clothing in larger sizes, so it feels like that much more of a victory to find clothes I am happy in. I am pleased to see more brands widening their size ranges, though, and am hopeful it will continue. Women come in far more shapes and sizes than the runway ideal, and we should all be able to feel confident — every day.