Gorpcore and After

I love a great brand collaboration. It has grown into an obsession ever since the Lilly Pulitzer x Target debacle of 2015. Given that I have written about Pendleton x Gap, Karl Lagerfeld Paris x Long Tall Sally (twice! thrice!), Lilly Pulitzer x S’well, Lilly Pulitzer x Goop (twice!), Lilly Pulitzer x Pottery BarnVineyard Vines x Target, Tory Burch x Kenneth Jay Lane, Issa x Banana Republic, Prabal Gurung x J.Crew, Hunter x Target, Kate Spade x Beyond Yoga (twice!), New Balance x J.Crew, Draper James x Jack Rogers, and the list goes on and on, I was jazzed to read about Opening Ceremony‘s collaborations. First it was Esprit and then Birkenstock and as I found out today, a second season of the latter as well as collaborations with two classic gorpcore brands.

Last summer Opening Ceremony collaborated with Birkenstock on a capsule collection of Arizona sandals and Boston clogs. I would have indulged in the collection but I have a pair of glitter Arizona sandals that have barely even been broken in. I came of age in the late 1990s to the early 2000s and these styles were especially popular among those at my public high school so even if I did not indulge in the product, I indulged in the nostalgia.

Though it may technically fall into normcore, I consider Birkenstock to be gorpcore. Perhaps it is because the sandals go so well with the outdoor staples. The Opening Ceremony / Birkenstock collaboration opened up a Pandora’s Box of bookmarking the best iterations of the sandals. Neon, iridescent, glitter, hologram, metallic, and animal print, Birkenstock served up all peacocking variations.

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I am also loving the Marmot and Columbia collaborations with Opening Ceremony. While I resisted falling down a rabbit hole – this time – I rounded up my favorite items.

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Are you as obsessed with collaborations as I am?

Is this an ailment that only affects me?

Sound off in the comments.

A Fab Collab: Hunter x Target

I was just talking to my husband about buying a pair of low cut Hunter rain boots. (My calves have just gotten especially thick lately, okay? Lay off.) I want a pair of dark green to wear with black leggings and a black raincoat in lieu of a pair of sneakers I am okay with trashing. RIP Tory Burch skater sneakers; they had a great run!

Back to the Hunter boots. While the Hunter x Target collaboration (available on April 14) does not offer a pair comparable to what I have been coveting, the collaboration offers a ton of new product that I did not know I needed. These are my picks:

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rugby // I am really into rugby shirts these days. I would buy this for my husband and “borrow” it.

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boot // A steal at $40; I definitely paid over one hundred for similar, albeit purple, pair.

dress

dress // Interesting that this collaboration does not outwardly have any Target branding.

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jacket // shorts // Both pieces are available in plus size.

navy outfit

sweater // skirt // I love that this does not have any branding on it and it is size inclusive.

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baby boot // Adorable rainy day footwear for every one of my toddler nieces and nephews! 

hammock // sun shade

All You Tweed Is Love

The husband and I made our way to Center City on Sunday. I had plans to hit A.C.Moore and stock up on arts and crafts supplies to put under the trees of less fortunate families. This year has been so full of blessings that I could not help but pay it forward.

As we walked past Philadelphia City Hall, we noticed the Dilworth Winterfest. Dilworth Park has been converted to accommodate a ice skating rink, cocktail and food tent, garden maze, and local vendors. Very festive and it adds more zest to Center City! I can practically smell the cedar and balsam just thinking about it. 

Despite getting into the holiday spirit, the temperature was fairly temperate. Just looking out the window, I knew that I wouldn’t need a winter coat. I have been wanting to break out the Karl Lagerfeld Paris for Long Tall Sally tweed blazer since I received it earlier this autumn. Pair it with the Karl Lagerfeld Paris for Long Tall Sally houndstooth cardigan over a studded dress (last seen here) and patent heels, perfection. I would wear this outfit every winter day in perpetuity; this is how much I adore the combination.

tweed blazer (℅ Long Tall Sally) // houndstooth cardigan (℅ Long Tall Sally) // studded dress // tights // sunglasses // heels (old, similar) // purse (similar, similar) // necklace // ring

As a Lady Dresses

Can you tell that I am stoked on the Long Tall Sally x Karl Lagerfeld Paris collaboration? If writing about the part one and part two releases was not an indication, consider this the formal notice. Along with my wedding, the collaboration has been a highlight of 2017. 

This tweed set was the first thing that I put in my online shopping cart. I love the lady-who-lunches vibe it exudes, while being completely appropriate for the office. This was the outfit that prompted my husband to comment that I looked ready to take on the world. The tweed fabric is sturdy, yet soft, I love the fringe and the pearl trim on the pockets.

I used to look for old Milly (with the old script label) to get a Chanel-like look. I would constantly run into the issue that the styles were not necessarily cut for a taller woman, and eventually Michelle Smith abandoned the ladylike aesthetic for something more modern and streamlined. While I know designers must evolve and I could find older styles on eBay, this transition was incredible disappointing to me.

Long Tall Sally x Karl Lagerfeld Paris has settled my woes. This collaboration, and specifically this outfit, references Chanel while cuts fitting for a six-foot-and-over frame. As we were walking around town this afternoon, I commented to my husband that I wanted this set in powder blue, deep purple, and a gold-laced ivory. Long Tall Sally and Karl Lagerfeld Paris: ball is in your court.

jacket // dress // shoes (last seen here and here) // shoes (similar) // sunglasses // bag (similar) // bag (similar) // scarf (vintage) // pearl necklace // pearl earrings // green stone cuff // pearl cuff // black diamond cuff // quatrefoil ring

A Fab Collab: Kenneth Jay Lane x Tory Burch

I was obsessed with nearly all of the pieces in the Kenneth Jay Lane for Tory Burch the minute that I saw the collection. This collaboration has not gotten the attention it deserves. I expected a Lilly Pulitzer x Target-level stampede when the collection became available, but perhaps the price point was just too high to warrant that type of attention. Regardless, it is getting all of my attention. The cuff and the gray pearl crystal cluster earrings and the green leaf earrings and maybe the pink ones too? I NEED. 

clockwise from top left: cuff // light dragonfly pin // dark dragonfly pin // light pearl earrings // green earrings // pink earrings // crystal cluster earrings // gray pearl earrings

A Fab Collab: Jack Rogers x Draper James

Yes, it is old hat that Jack Rogers and Draper James collaborated on a set of three whipstitch sandals and duck boots. Did you know that they just released a set of two velvet smoking slippers? And at an economical price and limited quantities, you better act fast!

Feast your eyes:

black // navy blue

In case you missed them:

duck boot // pink stripe // white script // blue gingham

A Fab Collab: More LTS x Karl Lagerfeld Paris

Over a decade ago in 2006, and again in 2010, I found myself envious of those who were short enough to fit into Karl Lagerfeld’s collaboration collections with H&M and Macy’s. When the Long Tall Sally and Karl Lagerfeld Paris collaboration was released nearly a month ago, I nearly lost my mind. After I collected myself, I purchased this tweed dress and the matching jacket. (My husband commented that I looked ready to take over the world when he saw me in the ensemble. He gets it! But more on that outfit at another time.)

We returned from our honeymoon last Thursday. Upon unpacking my suitcase, which was full of summer items, I started to crave some new fall things. Long Tall Sally was amongst the first sites I checked for New Arrivals and I am so glad that I did, because there had been a few items added to the Karl Lagerfeld Paris collection. I visited the online store again today to buy a few of the items I couldn’t get my mind off of, when I saw that even more styles were released!

Today they went on a 20% off promotion. Act fast, because the reduction is only until this Thursday.

I have my eye on these:

 

convertible coat

pearl-embellished dress

lace trim dress

faux mink coat 

pearl yoke dress

A Fab Collab: LTS x Karl Lagerfeld Paris

I have frequently discussed my love for a good (and maybe not-so-good) designer collaboration in the past. You can imagine how I audibly gasped when I saw the Long Tall Sally x Karl Lagerfeld Paris email hit my inbox this morning. I am fairly certain that those outside my office heard me, and I am not even ashamed.

I clicked the link and y’all, every piece was better than the last. Several items will be making a home in my closet this fall. I have dreams of mixing LTS x Karl Lagerfeld Paris tweed on other tweed pieces I collected over the years. Tweed on tweed. Radical, right? More radical that an insane collaboration with a brand exclusively for tall ladies? Doubt it. Let’s all high five Long Tall Sally for bringing this our way.

These are my picks from the collection:

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cardigan

tweed dress

dress

pearl collar blouse

pearl dress

Tori Praver Seafoam Marked Down

Earlier this summer I discovered that Tori Praver has a Target line. Named Seafoam, there are several different colorways and styles. Now that the pieces are marked down, I am more obsessed than ever with scoring some more great swim pieces. Swim is one of the only categories of clothing that being 6′-2″ does not affect pieces fitting me appropriately; therefore, I get more excited about shopping for it.

These are my favorite pieces from the 2017 Tori Praver Seafoam line:

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aqua set

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printed top // solid bottom // solid top // printed bottom

Sidebar: I stalked the printed pieces of this set until both of the pieces were available. This is what internet browser bookmarks are for, people!

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teal set
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A Fab Collab: Beyond Yoga x Kate Spade

 

My Sunday mornings are for yoga. Sometimes brunch afterwards, but always yoga.

Last Sunday, I deviated from my standard wunder under-based ensemble to try out a pair of yoga pants that I purchased over a year ago, yet still had the tags attached. The first Beyond Yoga x Kate Spade collaborative collection was released in the fall of 2015. Since then, there have been at least three more releases.

I initially bought these leggings in a medium and had to exchange for a large. I usually do not love cropped leggings (#tallgirlproblems) but these were long enough that they did not turn into Bermuda-length bike shorts. The rise on these leggings is particularly low. Compounded with the facts that the waist ran large and the fabric didn’t have enough stretch to bounce back, I found myself repeatedly pulling up the leggings throughout the class. Flowing through chatarunga to up dog, my pants definitely creeped when they caught on my yoga towel. I regretted going up a size while trying to mellow out in down dog; however I think sticking with the medium would have made the leggings too tight throughout the legs. If you have slim legs, these are the leggings for you – just err on the small side.

They are cute leggings, but unless every other pair of leggings are in the hamper, I will not be wearing these to yoga or any other fitness class again. Breaking from down dog to pull up your pants…ain’t nobody got time for that!

gray tank // capri legging (similar) // yoga mat // yoga towel

A Fab Collab: New Balance x J.Crew

 

If there is one thing I love, it is a good brand x brand collaboration. Lanvin x H&M? I experienced extreme remorse that I did not get in line for that. L’Wren Scott x Banana Republic? I absolutely bought every item released in tall. (RIP L’Wren Scott. You were my tall woman spirit animal and your collab with BR was absofuckinglutely ingeneous.) Lilly Pulitzer x Target? My alarm was set for the early morning online release and once I realized what a dumpster fire the Target website had become, you bet your money that I sprinted to be first in line at the Hyattsville, Maryland Target and had the then-boyfriend / now-fiance stalk his then-local Target on the west coast for the items that I hadn’t procured (nail polish, hats, headbands).

You can understand that I was thrilled when my go-to brand, J.Crew, collaborated with New Balance, to release an active line. As difficult as it is, I have done my best to put out of my mind the political stance of the New Balance brand, as touched on in What I Returned and Why: A Feedback Story. As a result, I have become especially discriminate in whether I keep items from the line.

As discussed in a prior blog entry, I returned the seamless pants. Something about sporting a unibutt is just unsettling. The tops, however, were a homeIf there is one thing I love, it is a good brand x brand collaboration. Lanvin x H&M? I experienced extreme remorse that I did not get in line for that. L’Wren Scott x Banana Republic? I absolutely bought every item released in tall. (RIP L’Wren Scott. You were my tall woman spirit animal and your collab with BR was absofuckinglutely ingeneous.) Lilly Pulitzer x Target? My alarm was set for the early morning online release and once I realized what a dumpster fire the Target website had become, you bet your money that I sprinted to be first in line at the Hyattsville, Maryland Target and had the then-boyfriend / now-fiance stalk his then-local Target on the west coast for the items that I hadn’t procured (nail polish, hats, headbands). run. I purchased two hoodies of the same style and two tanks of different styles. I love that all of these items run long in the torso. What I love even more is that the tanks do not let gravity take over while I am in down dog.

I bought the colors that I just had to have during my initial New Balance x J.Crew haul. I am keeping my eye out for the yellow hoodie and tank and any other items that get marked down. Let me know if you catch on to a sale before I do, because these items have made getting ready for a work out all the more fun. As far as I am concerned, if that makes me motivated to work out, then count me in!

Featured items: hoodie // ruched tank // basic tank


The items on my shopping list: jacket // tank with built-in bra // printed long sleeve tee // printed sports bra // running shorts

A Fab Collab: Gap and Pendleton Had a Baby!

I don’t shop for jeans often, but when I do, Gap is my first stop. I really appreciate that they design full length jeans that have consistently long inseams. Not naming names, but when other brands started cutting their skinny and straight cut jeans / pants / cords with shorter inseams, eventually their bootcut and wide leg options adopted those lengths too; tall length pants in those cuts were stopping short at 34″ inseam. I have a strict Say No to Floods policy, which is how I found myself shopping Gap for my denim needs.

Gap killed it when they partnered with Pendleton. Gap hit it out of the park by including tall lengths in the denim jacket, boyfriend shirt, shirtdress, and the jeans. While I don’t typically love a skinny cut, I purchased the jean immediately. (Sizing note: I had to return my original pair and go up a size.) Something about the plaid patched denim feels especially right in the fall. The best part is that they are marked down now, reduced by an additional percentage.

I paired the Pendleton x Gap denim with a cashmere sweater, purchased last fall, again from Gap. This brings me to something else in which Gap excels: providing sweaters in tall sizes. Not only cotton or wool or blends, but 100% cashmere! Last year I managed to score three cashmere crewneck sweaters on promotion; however I missed out on the boyfriend hoodie in navy. Let it be known that once Gap posts a cashmere item, it sells out nearly immediately. As for quality, I bought a Gap cashmere hoodie back in 2006. I wore it until the elbows thinned last winter. Ten years is a good run right?

jeans // tank // ballet flats // gloves // sunglasses // pearl cuff // Gap + Pendleton boyfriend shirt // Gap + Pendleton long sleeve shirtdress // Gap + Pendleton 1969 icon denim jacket // earrings // necklace