I don’t usually have an urge to dress up like a crayon, but this oversized sweatshirt from UNIF was much too bright to be ignored. It’s so bold and simple that it requires absolutely no work to make it work, if ya know what I mean. And that’s precisely the way I like my outfits.
In fact, what does this sweatshirt NOT have going for it? It’s oversized (no pants required), has bold color-blocking (no other colors required) and with those giant stripes and textured knit, wearing it feels like you’ve wandered into a rainbow and found a pot of colored gold.
How can you not say ‘ola to the cray in this sweater?!
UNIF Crayola sweater, Black boots (old).
Photography by Christopher Michael Photography
My photographer and I fondly refer to this series of pictures as ‘Breaking and Entering’, mainly on account of the fact that we may have had to do some trespassing to get to this amazing background. For those of you who have never been to Vegas, a festival called ‘Life is Beautiful’ takes place once a year downtown. It’s a three-day event devoted to music, food, art and ideas. Luckily for those of us who live here, some of the art gets left behind (and enclosed behind wire fences that may be totally ineffective against acrobats).
As I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to bring you more outfits devoted to the recent Kenzo x H&M collaboration. As a devotee of Kenzo’s vibrant style, I was over the moon to find some beautiful new pieces that are quintessentially Kenzo AND H&M affordable. The collection is a pattern-heavy delight, with a dizzying array of neon stripes, tiger emblems and floral prints layered into bright sweaters, fluffy bomber jackets and structured, Kimono style dresses.
I fell in love with this quilted pinafore dress that’s at once understated and dramatic. The full skirt gives it a seriously grown-up feel and the pinafore styling means that any top you put under it will give it a whole new look each time. I went for a cocktail dress feel with a Sonia Rykiel striped turtleneck and red heels. When you wear something this fun and creative and you feel this good in it, you don’t need a wall to tell you that life really is beautiful.
What can I say about this outfit, other than it was a lot of fun to put together and looks pretty sophisti-CAT-ed walking down the street going nowhere in particular? Well, as usual, I can say a lot.
All the pieces here work together as a triad of tie-dye, houndstooth and plaid patterns with the jacket and heels really stealing the show. The jacket is from DOMA and is a tie-dye lamb leather made to look like acid washed denim. It’s pretty spectacular when you get close enough to see the texture. The shoes are vintage Vivienne Westwood and were found in an LA thrift store for a bargain price (truth!). If the jacket and shoes are framing the outfit, then the indigo t-shirt and houndstooth pencil skirt are the content blending it all together. In fact, there’s really nothing like a good blend in an outfit to give it the most sophisticated look. Meow.
Let this photo be a warning about the dangers of a hairstyle that is much taller than one is used to:
DOMA leather tie-dye jacket (old), California Tailor Indigo Blue T-shirt, American Apparel Pencil Skirt (old), Vivienne Westwood heels (old), Plaid clutch (old).
Photography by Christopher Michael Photography
In case you’ve forgotten my first ever outfit post ‘Florals and Leopards and Bags, Oh My!’ (Part I), here’s another ode to print mixing. This time with a giant graffiti reptile thrown in.
There is something creative and wonderful about putting together two seemingly disparate prints and finding the thematic commonality between them. It can sometimes be difficult to know exactly what holds the two things together but when you feel it, you feel it.
This little fashion love child is the result of mixing a piece of H&M’s new collaboration with Kenzo (more posts to come on this later) with something from Coach’s 1941 collection. It’s tribal neon meets floral americana meets tiger stripes meets biker chic. How can you possibly go wrong?
Kenzo x H&M beaded jungle print silk shirt (no longer available except on ebay), 1941 Coach floral skirt (old collection), Diesel boots (old but similar here), Kenzo x H&M clutch
Photography by CM Photography
As far as closet staples are concerned, the shirtdress is near the top of my list. It’s a versatile, compliment-inducing kind of item: style it with sneakers and a vest in the day or wear it with heels and a leather jacket at night.
This structured shirtdress is from clothing designer Marissa Webb. Many of her designs play around with masculine/feminine elements and mix soft/hard edges to create interesting juxtapositions. With its crisp tuxedo bib and long sleeves, it hints at formal business attire. In contrast, the curved edges of the tiered shirttail hem and the waist tie-back give it a feminine feel.
Whatever the style, always say yes to the shirtdress.
Marissa Webb Long Sleeve Tuxedo Bib Shirt dress (old), Marissa Webb Black Leather Lace Up heels (old), Coach Coach Leather Icon Moto Jacket.
Photography by CM Michael Photography