Yesterday was my birthday. I celebrated by catching up on all my magazines. There was an unnerving stack piling up, and I’ve just been too busy to comb through them.
Honestly, I’ve been disappointed with the fashion industry in the past few months. Everything that I see in stores recently is lackluster. The quality is poor. The cut is worse. Retailers have cut corners in ways I never imagined would become acceptable.
I recently bought a pair of pants at Zara only to get them home and find a hole in the seam and the rivet fell off almost immediately. I had no desire to shop on my birthday. Instead, I hoped the endless stack of magazines would give me inspiration to style things I already own. These were my major inspirations:
The image above is from Raf Simon’s collection for Dior. Models sashayed down the runways with beautiful scarves tied about their necks. If you know me, I’ve got a small (insane) obsession with scarves. So shopping my closet for this look won’t be a problem. I have an entire suitcase of drool-worthy scarves. The only problem is many of them are so beautiful and artistic I’m afraid of ruining them. (Yes, the suitcase is full.)
- Leopard & Cheeta Prints
This was in just about every magazine I opened! This is a print that I only do in small doses. It’s easy for it to look overdone or just tacky. I always stick to animal prints in my accessories. Happily, I can bring out some of my old favorites: d’orsay heels, a Marc Jacobs cuff, and a Dolce & Gabbana scarf!
- Touches of Red
So classic! I love red. Red dresses. Red skirts. Red accessories! Bright red never goes out of style. It’s just nice to be reminded to wear it again. Sometimes, I get so caught up with daily life it’s easy to wear the same few outfits and accessories as a routine. It’s especially easy to forget when you have the kind of schedule I do. I barely even know if I’m coming or going I’m so busy. I’m definitely making an effort to wear some (maybe all) of my red accessories this week.
In my collection? Clockwise from center back: Narciso Rodriguze cutout peep toe heels, Giuseppe Zanotti tri-color pumps, Louis Vuitton epi leather purse, Foley & Corrina leather belt, vintage leather gloves.
Jessica Alba was interviewed in InStyle. This picture of her was super adorable! I loved her plaid skirt paired with a black leather jacket. It reminded me of a skirt I bought a few months ago and still haven’t worn. And on the topic of leather and plaid together, I played around with my skirt. I usually wear my red leather skirt by Luca Luca with a black bustier top. But isn’t it really fun with this vintage plaid shirt?
- Black & Blue
Hurray for this trend! Blue is my favorite color. I don’t think anyone can go wrong with pairing an icy blue with black. It’s just so beautiful! I love that these two dresses have a sort of painterly textile print. There’s a lot of visual movement and color variation. It adds a lot of interest, and the black details give it an extra pop. This gave me an idea to layer my Brian Reyes sheath dress with a black long sleeved shirt.
I can’t wait to wear all of these new looks! And they were already in my closet. :)GHTime Code(s): nc