Thursday, November 15, 2012

Walk Like a Man | Tuxedo Stripe Pants

ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | Gwen Stefani

Ladies, it may seem counterproductive to look to the opposite sex for style tips, but I think this time they're on to something. After poring over hundreds of illusion/colorblock dresses and skirts last time, I thought my picks could have benefited from some two-legged selections. It wasn't until I saw a photo of Victoria Beckham leaving the Barbra Streisand concert in her loose-fitting tuxedo stripe pants that I was struck by the simple and sophisticated silhouette, yet modern asymmetry of the side seam. They were one part tailored trouser and one part tearaway track pant. I was hooked. The Joie "Katrice" style (number two) calls my name for its slight harem silhouette, versatile fabric and black/camel color scheme. Try this look in a less literal incarnation by scoping out a printed pant, a bold color or a wider leg.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Illusion Dress | Colorblocking


What's that you say? A dress that's actually cut to accentuate and flatter a woman's curves? I've never heard of such a thing! Sure, there are certain styles that we curvier girls have learned to embrace so as not to a.) look like hookers or b.) look like sausages stuffed into (albeit couture) casings. Finding the fine balance between sexy and sophisticated has alluded many a fashionista (see: Victoria Beckham, et al.). But, when I first got a gander at Kate Winslet's Stella McCartney "Miracle" dress last year, I thought, "I have a shot!" And then I noticed the pair of subtle black panels that slimmed her silhouette and gave her the figure that we all wish for and envy. Cheating? Hardly. Not only does this style taper your waist and frame your hips to give you that perfect curve, but it also falls into this season's colorblocking trend, of which I am a huge fan. I actually own two of these dresses and they flatter my figure like no other. So, next time you feel like your waist and hips look like they are one, try this trend. I dare you not to stare at your reflection wondering where that invisible belt cinching in your midsection is.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Another Year | The Meaning of 27

Through the years my birthday has become less and less exciting. Maybe it's because I'm getting older (sob), maybe it's because it's the end of an era, maybe it's because that stubborn wrinkle on my forehead keeps getting deeper and deeper and no amount of miracle cream or laser beam will rid me of this mark of old age. Though I am approaching the end of my twenties (cue the tears), I still feel like a little girl finding my footing. I'm still a little bit awkward, a bit loud at times, self-centered, unsure, naive, and quite, quite optimistic. Maybe this will be the year that I will embrace these qualities that might be a little bit less endearing as the clock ticks on, but are the characteristics that have peppered the more mature aspects of my personality. 

So, as I embark on the beginning of the end (too dramatic?), I have to figure out how I want to proceed. Twenty-seven is certainly not a universal milestone as far as birthdays are concerned, but as far as my faith is concerned, 27 is revelation. Perhaps this year will reveal things that will help me grow and progress. Its impending arrival has definitely required me to reflect on my 26th year, which was not without its own growing pains. While my insides are dying for retrospection, introspection and some deep, dark soul-searching, my outsides are looking forward to celebrating this great transition with some cake and champagne. The brooding and sulking must wait, I suppose. But of course!
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