how to do J.Crew better than J.Crew. i figured it out!
start with an amazingly sexy pencil skirt in a cray-cray pattern. this one is Versus Versace with a high thigh-slit and a knotted waist. the fluorescent and seaweed tones turn into flames licking at your hips. (i’m wearing this in a post from the springtime, too. it’s a great skirt.)
then add a casual t-shirt. this one is basic black and white stripes, stolen from my dude’s closet. it’s a micro-knit with the perfect drape, and of course it looks better with the sleeves shoved up on the shoulder.
finish with vintage cut-away pumps (fuschia will do, but anything bright should work) and a non-matchy clutch. for example, amazing vintage python. (this one is beyond.)
why this works for me, i don’t know. there’s no fashion math going on…besides perhaps the scale of the patterns. skinny stripes, small white flames. the vintage accessories add interest, but don’t distract from the main dish, which is the skirt. also, that selma blair hair is fine, basic, easy.
finish with a power stance and you’re set!
when i put this look together, my intention was not at all to look like a mashup of barbershop quartet and soda jerk. is it the bowtie? is it the cuffed sleeves on the shirt dress? i guess this is an accident that i thought looked cute. it happens.
these shoes, btw, are totally schizophrenic. gold and silver lace-up sandals on a striped espadrille wedge. thank you h&m.
recently i came across a survey which stated that most women are of the opinion that bare toenails are not to be tolerated. really?? i always thought that going without paint was modest, natural, and elegant…
i’m not pregnant. the look here was inspired by a mix of the Precisionism movement and American Constructivism. i say this even though the tones are very plain and the shapes are soft. you still get a lot of impact with homespun fabrics that hang away from the body, which is akin to how craftspeople and the workingclass dressed at that time. while i wouldn’t claim that waffle-knit cotton and chambray betoken a socially conscious ethic, there is an element of the ascetic and modest.
it is still cold enough to chicago to wear sorels. it hasn’t been a very snowy winter, relatively speaking, but it’s been damp. i haven’t been wearing heels except at home, since i walk, or take public transit everywhere. the elizabeth and james heels give a completely different interpretation of the skirt and shirt, and work with the color blocking and neutral tones.
free people draped waffle knit shirt – a dropped shoulder is always romantic
american apparel chambray full skirt
elizabeth and james gathered suede taupe heels
crystal bullet-casing necklace from anthropologie