Dress Relief

Since I have been on my Sex and the City diet, I have been trying to hunt down a silk slip dress. But not in poly-silk. I am sure you know what I am talking about. The fabric is listed as “satin” or “silk” on the website item description, but when you receive it in the mail, not only does the tag say “polyester,” but when pick it up out of the box, it is an unmistakably cheap synthetic version of the natural fiber. I am just working on restraining my shopping and fabric content has been a great place to start being more discriminatory.

Back to the dress hunt. I initially ordered a black Vince slip dress last summer. I purchased it online from Saks Fifth Avenue and was dismayed when I received it. What is this polyester garbage? The item description called out “silk” as the fabric. Needless to say, the dress went back.

This dress, however, did not go back. In fact, it has prime real estate in my closet these days. I love that it is purple in lieu of black. More spring / summer friendly, less pajama feels. With this coat? Oh, I have been obsessing about it for awhile and finally pulled the trigger when a sale, promotional coupon, and Banana Republic Card rewards aligned bringing the grand total to under five dollars. #chaching

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Pivot Cable: Part II

Is copying an outfit nearly piece by piece a cheap move? Not if you obsessed so hard about a certain combination and the person you are copying is yourself.

Not only is the combination a copycat, but this is the second time wearing this exact skirt on the blog. It is only $20 (less if you can score it during a clearance promo), has an elastic waist (a buffet skirt, if you will) and a total winner. While I have eradicated nearly all turtleneck styles in my closet (I just hate feeling like I am being strangled by a super weak person), I kept this particular one as J.Crew has discontinued the Cambridge Cable Knit Sweater line. The fact that I even had it monogrammed gave me all the more reason to hold onto it. 

sweater (similar) // tank // skirt // handbag (old, similarsimilarsimilar) // sunglasses // watch // earrings // cuff // bracelet (budget) // ring // heels (old, alternate colorway)

How to Make Print in America

How excited I was to score this dress on deep discount from the Pink Pelican in Huntsville? Very. With the code 35closing, you can score an additional 35% off already marked down priced at this Lilly signature boutique. I was lucky enough to get in early enough to grab this dress, this dress, and these wedges. Sizes are limited these days, so act fast. Or diet down to a size extra small because that is all that there seems to be left.

The particular dress featured in this post caught my eye because although the colors are bright and the print is a eye-catcher, it isn’t outwardly Lilly Pulitzer. It truly is the perfect dress when you want to wear something vivid but at the same time, doesn’t scream, “I am a basic white woman.”

Several years ago, 2012 to be exact, J.Crew dominated the ikat print and put it all over that summer season from shorts to espadrilles. I distinctly remember being envious of a friend, Christine, who found that most amazing ikat print swimsuit from that line. The print is pretty phenomenal no matter which brand produces it, so this dress is my way of catching up with that 2012 FOMO.

 

dress // sandals // sunglasses // handbag (℅‎ Foley + Corinna) // earrings (alternate colorway) // necklace (old, Gemma Redux) // watch // knot ring // wire ring (old, Banana Republic)

No Rest for the Cricket Sweater Dress

I have been coveting a cricket sweater for the longest time. Ever since I re-binged the later seasons of Sex and the City and noticed how chic Charlotte looked showing Elizabeth Taylor Goldenblatt in the athletic-inspired staple, I have had my eye out for one. For some reason, there is a gentlemen’s version in several price points every season. Not the case for the ladies.

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Credit: HBO

Last weekend I went to a matinee of Thoroughbreds. Highly recommended. It was the one of the last film appearances of Anton Yelchin prior to his untimely and tragic death.

The character of Lily had the most phenomenal wardrobe, though the outfit change seemed low. It was very Blair Waldorf, and I love Blair Waldorf style. During the scene where she is wearing a cricket sweater dress, I Googled for an similar style. In the middle of the theater. It is a sickness.

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Credit: June Pictures / B Story / Big Indie Pictures

You will never guess where I found this dress. I did not see it coming. It is available in tall and petite for my shorter friends. I was shocked to see this brand offer beyond standard sizes. It is starting to overcome the reputation that it earned during the aughts. Bonus: the dress is 100% cotton. I can only hope to soon find a pair of 36″ inseam slouchy bootcut jeans in the most perfect faded wash in seasons to come.

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Hungry Like the Wolfstooth

Do you want to know what is better than houndstooth? Wolfstooth. It is the hotter, younger sister of the traditional tweed. I should state for the record that I have no hate for houndstooth. Wolfstooth merely turns up in collections less frequently, which is why when it does, I jump on the chance to add it to my closet. Amongst the many times I wore it were my engagement photos and when I registered for my wedding. I frequently spot it out in the wild in applications other than clothing.

 

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Back in 2008, Marc Jacobs released a line chock full of designs in “squiggle” wolfstooth for his Marc by Marc Jacobs label (R.I.P.). I was working at the Cusp in Georgetown during the summer between undergrad and grad school and I died when I unboxed the shipment containing the graphic designs. Later than fall, two pieces from this collection and another wolfstooth piece from L.A.M.B. wound up on Blair Waldorf. Eric Daman is a genius. I said it. I meant it. I am not taking it back.

 

Credit: The CW

I uncovered this navy / black wolfstooth dress from the Marc by Marc Jacobs line NWT on eBay. When I find pieces that I am obsessed with years down the road and at a competitive price…it is more like eBae, amirite? I love mixing navy and black. This shape from the collection, at least, is the most appropriate to integrate into the every day. The banded bottom reminds me of a subtle bubble hem, which I understand is coming back in style. The middle of the dress has a bit of volume. Awesome for hiding any winter weight.

dress (old) // coat (his, old, similar) // scarf (old, similar) // tights // ballet flats (old, similarsimilar) // earrings // sunglasses // watch // handbag (old, similar) // gloves (old)

New Year, New Blue

Long before J.Crew started releasing coats and skirts in tall, the company designed a series of tweed suits. Every season as far back as 2012, even in the summers, the company had at least one amazing tweed set. This blue set was the second one that I had to add to my closet, regardless of the fact that it was not available in tall.

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The details on this blue set are fantastic. Both pieces are trimmed in black grosgrain ribbon and rather than buttons or snaps down the placket, the jacket can be fastened with hook and eyes. The skirt has side vents, albeit minimal.

The skirt is mini length, which can get dicey when worn by someone over 6′-0″ like myself. A shorter length skirt calls for a pair of flats. To wear a pair of heels with a mini would be inappropriate, especially for daytime. Conversely, I never wear flats with a midi length skirt. Hashtag proportions.

tweed suit (old, J.Crew) // sweater (similar) // pearl necklace // pearl bracelet // pearl earrings // quatrefoil ring // green stone cuff // pearl cuff // black diamond cuff // tights // shoes (old, similarsimilar) // sunglasses // watch // handbag

The Colour and The Cape

Do you remember back in the day (by that I mean, a decade or so ago) when you couldn’t get a dress sized for a tall framed female to save your life? Yes, there were “tall” pants available, but those typically had a 34″-35″ inseam. Pairs eventually were available in longer lengths, and eventually dresses and woven and knit shirts followed. I suppose a tall torso was an afterthought for many a label.

These days not only do mall brands offer tall dresses, albeit exclusively online, but there have been many a boutique line that offer clothing for the exclusively for the tall female. Meghan Evans Clothing is one of these lines. The first collection was released earlier this year and consisted of a peplum top, tweed wrap blazer, and printed shift dress. Restrained, but well done. The second collection was just released: a faux wrap dress, stripe knit dress, and a surplice neck top.

Meghan saw a void in the market for professional wear for the tall girl and is doing something about it. In a world where fast fashion is king, it is so refreshing to see a line produced in an ethical manner. Furthermore, as a gal who spent her twenties within the Beltway, I love that this line is locally produced in Washington DC.

I received the faux wrap dress earlier this week and was pleasantly surprised by the fabric. It reminded my husband of neoprene and I agree. It is the type of fabric that will hold you in (no Spanx necessary!) and keep you warm. The sleeves are extra long and the body is long enough to wear to the office. I loved that the dress moved with me; if I can wall sit in this dress, no doubt will I feel comfortable wearing it to any meeting.

Now, let’s all smash some glass ceilings in this dress.

dress (℅ Meghan Evans Clothing) // cape (similar) // cape (similar) // cape (similar) // purse // tights //  heels (simlar) // heels (alternate colorway) // heels (alternate colorway) // heels (alternate colorway) // heels (alternate colorway) // heels (alternate colorway) // sunglasses // pearl earrings // pearl necklace // pearl bracelet // gold pave bracelet // gold pave bracelet (budget)

Four Degrees From Kevin Bacon

I studied historic preservation and architectural history in graduate school. One of the classes that made a huge impact on me was a 500 level Urban Design seminar. And this is when I hit y’all with some next level seven four degrees of separation. The gentleman who taught the Urban Design seminar, Karl DuPuy, was a protege of Edmund Norwood Bacon. Edmund Norwood Bacon is a native son of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is also my current city. More notably, Edmund Bacon, whom his theories I studied and wrote extensively about in blue book exams, is Kevin Bacon’s father.

Let’s review that:

 you • me • Karl DuPuy • Edmund Bacon • Kevin Bacon

Congrats! You are four degrees from Kevin Bacon.

Back to urban design. I love walking through cities. You experience architecture differently than driving or biking through them (though I highly recommend the former). Add to that, that you experience architecture differently walking on either sides of the street and walking either way. While I could regurgitate that after the Urban Design seminar, I only understood it after I started long distance running while I was living in Washington D.C.

This is one of my favorite corners in Philadelphia and not only because there is a Starbucks location. I don’t love walking this neighborhood but I stand by this corner being boss.

sweatshirt (alternate colorway) // long sleeve tee // vest (similar) // leggings // boots // sunglasses // tote bag // earrings // ring

A Philadelphia Stepford Wife

I was so excited to join Long Tall Sally at the Philadelphia pop up shop this past Saturday. Initially overwhelmed by the selection of product at the shop, I spent the first 45 minutes of my time there publishing Instagram stories of the standout items, and guys, every piece was better than the last.

I had a great time interacting with so many other women who were members of #teamtall! I mean not only those who were shopping the pop up, but the Long Tall Sally team too. I will say that I was initially surprised that not everyone on the Long Tall Sally staff was physically part of the six foot club, but their entire team was most definitely part of it in spirit. The energy at the pop up shop was so remarkable; even my husband could not keep from tapping his toes to Olivia Newton John’s Physical.

I paired the leather coat with a Stepford Wife-esque shaped dress. I love that it makes the dress a touch edgier. A note about the cut on the coat: perfection. Long in the torso, long in the sleeves. The armpits do not fall towards the ribcage in the way that standard sizes do. As I mentioned to Courtney, one of the Long Tall Sally team members, I cannot wait to wear the coat over a gown to the ballet this winter!

The husband and I took a second to take a walk in the park across from the pop up shop location, just before joining the pop up. While many people walking around outside were bundled up, the sun was shining bright and warming the park. This might have been the last day this year for me to go bare-legged though. I nearly turned into an icicle during the ten foot walk from the restaurant door to the Lyft later that night.

dress (℅ Long Tall Sally) // leather coat (℅ Long Tall Sally) // pump (old, similar) // sunglasses // necklace // bracelet // earrings // black diamond cuff // green stone cuff // pearl cuff // quatrefoil ring

Houndstooth Remix

When I shop, I seek pieces that I can foresee transcending not only seasons, but years. When markdowns are posted at the end of winter (and summer), you can believe that I snag the items that I believe are classic or are not so strongly tied to a certain moment in time. This goes back to my declaration that I will wear whatever I damn please, even if it isn’t “this season”. Nothing is the post is younger than a year old. 

The last post featuring this blouse was at the end of last summer. I wouldn’t recommend it for a taller frame, as the sleeves run short. Unfortunately I bought it on a final sale, so I decided to make the best of it. I have worn it (with the sleeves pushed up) enough times to justify the price per wear so I am content. I have said it once and I will say it again: I am all about the data.

I have posted on this skirt not only once, but twice. In the past year, I have worn it at least ten times as much. I love houndstooth; it is just such a classic print / tweed. Most of all, I love that the skirt was released in tall!

The structured bag is everything. I wish I had purchased it in black as well, as it is the ultimate boss-woman vessel of carrying one’s possessions and most of my professional-wear skews in black and grays. I break out this burgundy version whenever it matches with my outfit.

Lastly, can we talk about the shoes? I wore them twice last year, but since they are suede, never when it rained. They are so good and so classic that they were not only remade with an update for this year but also in an outlet version.


blouse // skirt // skirt (similar) // skirt (similar) // heels // tank top // purse (old) // heels (similar) // heels (similar) // sunglasses // tulip ring // rose gold cuff // bow cuff // pearl bracelet // earrings // necklace

Print + Stripes

The weekend before our wedding, the fiance and I had to run a few errands. One of them was exchanging a few bowls gifted from our registry that were crushed in the mail. Dang USPS! Trips to Scarlett Alley, where we registered for dishes, are always a treat even under unfortunate circumstances. The owner always recognizes and warmly greets the now-husband and I, and she was beyond helpful in assisting our wedding guests in ordering from the registry.

I am obsessed with the style of this top. I wore the yellow oxford cloth version out and about in NYC about a month ago. That fabric was stiff enough to sculpt the perfect bow. The silk fabric of the sister shirt that I wore on Saturday was not as easy to manipulate. After getting frustrated with my fiance’s execution of the bow and then my own, I left the tie undone. I planned to wear my hair down anyway; this style allowed me to do so and show off my favorite part of the shirt.

I was thrilled when Mignon Faget released their new wire bracelet collection. While it is not a secret that I am a sucker for the tulip collection, I opted for the bow wire bracelet. I knew it and the banner ring would coordinate nicely together without being too matchy-matchy. Lucky for you, right now, the banner ring is available at a markdown price in limited quantities.

top // shorts // sandals // bucket bag (similar) // sunglasses // earrings // bow cuff (℅ Mignon Faget) // banner ring // tulip ring

Let Your Style Speak for You

I have written about my dislike for the ‘Kardashian’ look in the past, and that preference certainly will not change for my wedding day. I prefer a more classic, traditional look on me. When one is 6′-2″ tall and wearing super dramatic makeup, complete with smokey eye and heavy contour, one risks being confused for a transsexual and I do not mean that in a derogatory way. That just is not the type of look of which I feel comfortable wearing.

 

To underscore what I planned to ask my makeup artist and Drybar artist for, I kept my outfit super classic on the day of my trials. A very wise woman once said that style is a way to say who you are without having to speak. (Rachel Zoe in 2008, but also Blair Waldorf in 2011.) I channeled this philosophy when choosing the outfit to wear to my bridal makeup and hair trials.

Cut to selecting the preppiest dang oxford in my closet (originally seen here)! The shirt is available in tall and the pastel colors can not be beat. The shirt married perfectly with a pair of 4″ inseam chino shorts (last seen here, in pink). Recently I realized that I surpassed the age threshold for wearing 3″ inseam chino shorts, so I stocked up on the longer shorts in several colors.

The makeup artist completely understood the look I wanted. The few times I felt uncomfortable with the intensity of the makeup, she removed the makeup and adjusted it accordingly. Unfortunately, I was not as lucky with Drybar. My experience from the day of my trial is a lot of information to unpack, but I will leave it at this: if I am asking for a blowout and schedule a trial, I absolutely expect to have my hair washed first.

shirt // shorts // bag (similar) // shoes // sunglasses // pearl necklace // pearl bracelet // pearl earrings // quatrefoil ring // black diamond cuff // prasiolite cuff // pearl cuff