As many of you may have already seen, Mr. Scott Schuman ran a great post today on The Sartorialist featuring some “transitional dressing,” as he called it. Before I even saw Scott’s title of the post, let alone his description of the photos, I was intrigued by this first photo:
photo property of The Sartorialist
There’s something just so unconventional and captivating about wearing an oversized sweater the “wrong” way. Immediately, I couldn’t help but think if I own anything in my closet that would work for recreating this aspect of the look. The more I thought about it though, the real question became, “What would people think?!” I’m all for taking risks with what you wear and wearing what you love with confidence, but when you live in a pretty non fashion-forward place, you can’t help but ask yourselves these types of questions. Anyone have thoughts? I just thought this was an interesting question in this case, and I’d love to hear your answers!
But back to the post from The Sartorialist…
Scott pointed out perfectly the seeming contradictions in the two photos he posted, saying, “I love the idea of mixing the lightness of your favorite summer dress with a chunky cardigan sweater…or with your boyfriend’s tweedy jacket.” I have to admit – there really is something so compelling about this juxtaposition of an outfit. When I read this line, I also promptly thought of a chunky sweater used in the styling request I recently did, and how wonderfully that sweater would work for this outfit idea proposed by Scott.
I love the proportions of a look like this…the flowy dress just barely exceeding the chunky, oversized sweater in length…it all feels just a touch naughty, but it’s totally chic, not to mention gorgeous. To add to the unlikely pairing of the sweater and dress, I pushed the envelope a bit further by adding a sparkly clutch. And yes, I completely and fully envision this outfit being a wearable day look – the no-sparkles-allowed-in-the-day rule is a rule meant to be broken!
What do you think of outfits such as this styling and the ones featured on The Sartorialist today? A fan? Not a fan! Spill! 🙂
Hey, everyone! As you’ve noticed right off the bat, there have been some big changes here, design wise and title wise! Yes, I previously was known as “The Anthropologie Connoisseur,” but as my personal style has been evolving and the content which I wish to share with you as changed somewhat as well, I’m now known as “The Style Connoisseur!”
Why “The Style Connoisseur,” you ask?! Well, I’ve always been a huge fan of the quote, spoken by Yves Saint Laurent, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” I, personally, try to have my own personal (yet ever-evolving!) style in not only my wardrobe, but in other facets of my life…such as interior design and baking, another huge passion of mine. On “The Style Connoisseur,” I hope to share with you primarily fashion related content, with a dose of these other aspects thrown in.
In the coming days, there will likely be a few more visible changes to the site’s design/layout, but after that, I will dive right into this “new” space of mine! I will also most definitely be sharing more with you about this transition, but for now, I’d like to offer you a warm welcome here! I hope you’ll stick around!
P.S. Styling requests, the Get the Look feature, and more of the other features you’ve come to enjoy on The Anthropologie Connoisseur will continue! 🙂
This is one chic look. Although, overall, it may seem simple, this look is really all in the details. The pencil skirt is spiced up with some origami-like detailing; the top has such cute, subtle cut-outs (see picture below); the bag has delicate topstitching; and the bracelet is really a bunch of bangles with different shapes. It’s small things like this that add an unbelieveable amount of interest to an otherwise simple – in basic silhouette – look. And even with those details, this look still maintains a classic feel.
(notice the cut-outs?!)
*I know I’ve said this before with other stylings, but can’t you see Anh rocking a look like this?!
I’ve got an exciting Anthro sighting for you today!
Lifetime now has videos featuring Project Runway’s upcoming season’s contestants. Well, unsuspectingly, I found something of interest in Fallene Wells’ closet tour video!
Let me type a transcript of part of it:
“I’m obsessed with Anthropologie. One time I told, um…one of my friends…swas like, ‘Are you ever gonna have kids?’ and I’m like, ‘Not until I can fill my closet with Anthropologie!’”
“I was obsessed over this dress from Anthropologie but it was $400…I’m like hell no I’m not gonna buy that dress…that’s insane. And so, um, I found it on eBay and I was like ahhhh, it’s only $120, I can get it! It has sort of an art nouveau feel and it’s Anna Sui and she’s my favorite designer…hopefully I didn’t butcher her name too much.”
Isn’t that awesome?! I love the lines about her friend asking her about having kids…priceless!
I’m eager to see her designs now – I wonder if I’ll love them like I love Anthro?!
*To see the video, go here, and scroll down to click on “Fallene Wells’ Closet Tour”.
Note: I originally posted this on Friday. I have some updates though, so scroll down to see! Thanks!
Today my heart nearly stopped when I saw this fabulous look on Blair of Atlantic-Pacific:
(pictures belong to Atlantic-Pacific)
Okay, maybe that was a bit of exaggeration, but it’s true that I adore this dress and Blair’s styling of it.
As soon as I saw it, I remembered that Jen of Jen Loves Kev wore this exact dress for her anniversary day while recently in Paris. Take a look:
(picture belongs to Jen Loves Kev)
Suffice to say that I want – no, NEED – this dress. There are a few problems: a) I’m not sure it would even look good on me (but there’s no harm in trying!), b) the smallest size ASOS has is a size 2…although because it’s European sizing, it might run small which would work for me (size 00-0, barely 5 ft)….so those two problems seem workable, but, c) the dress is sold out in the size 2!!!!!! Nooooooo!
What do I do?
UPDATE: After searching ASOS website, my heart nearly stopped again when I found a seemingly exact version of the dress in a solid color…but, none of the colors had a size 2 available either! The real bummer? This one was on sale for $35!
I now have sent a desperate plea for help to ASOS, but I doubt they’ll be able to do anything…
UPDATE NUMBER TWO: I now just found a petite version of the dress…but again, it’s not available in a size 1 or 2! :
UPDATE NUMBER 3: I heard back from ASOS (timely!) and I got what sounded like a somewhat generic email…their mission is to stay ahead of current trends, so they probably won’t restock. I emailed back to this, very respectfully, pointing out that fashion bloggers have recently wore it, and if they were to add more inventory of this specific dress, I’m sure they would sell-out once again, without a problem. The reply to this was that they had forwarded this to whom is applies at ASOS. I still have a twinge of hope left, but, sadly, I’m afraid I won’t get my hands on this beauty!
Idea: If you would be interested in ordering this dress, would you please consider sending ASOS a message requesting they restock this dress (and mention that fashion bloggers have worn it super recently)? Maybe if ASOS feels the pressure, they may relent. Anyways, that’s just an idea. If you feel like doing it, great (and THANKS!!!!!!!!), but if you don’t, I completely understand! 🙂
This morning I got up a tad early and headed out to a morning yoga class outside. The temperature was lovely, and it truly was the perfect way to spend an early Saturday morning, let alone the first official Saturday in summer.
Is anyone else doing anything lovely this weekend? Relaxing? Big or small, I’d love to hear what you’re up to!
Before that though, have a look at this styling. If I could be wearing this right now, you bet I would! It’s care free enough, yet still put together – the exact way one should look on a weekend!
I envision possibly scrunching up the sleeves (messely…not in too neat a fashion) and leaving the pullover tucked out and loosely draping over the skirt. Belt slightly below the natural waist, but not too tight so as to maintain the flowing look (and can I tell you how much I love the brass on the belt? it truly helps make the look!). The “wow” statement necklace is then toned down, considering it adds interest to the similarly colored pullover, but doesn’t distract from the rest of the look. The perfect accompanying heels and bag finish off this perfect weekend wear look. Gorgeous!
There is absolutely no missing the bright ensemble the young lady is wearing. I do, however, have to take a slight side track here and just also comment on the young man’s outfit as well…perfection!
There are several things that really make this look: 1) the bright colors 2) the effortlessness of it – the loose, baggy, pullover knit sweater with the light, airy, draping skirt 3) how polished it is…and in an unconventional way, with the seemingly casualness of it 4) the simple hair and makeup that does not compete at all with the rest of the look 5) the shoes…love the play of the floral print with the striped knit sweater.
I wanted a styling to reflect the young, funky vibe of the look, but polish and effortlessness were mandatory as well. I ended up coming up with several different stylings…some more daring than others, but all with the feel of our inspiration:
While the colors are more muted in this look, it still boasts loads of drama with the long skirt and just plain intriguing nature. With the texture/pattern of the knit layered over the striped top, this look does still take quite a bit of confidence to pull off.
And did you notice the cuff?! Is that not the perfect fit for replicating our inspiration?! I used it in all of the stylings…it’s that great!
This next looks really captures the boldness of the inspiration:
This is the same exact look as before, but by switching out the shirt for a solid color, the look packs just as much wow factor as before, but in a different way, with a bold color instead of the striped shirt which added texture. The way the shirt and shoes almost match might appeal to those worried about rocking a super bold look. And taking the look in this direction is not necessarily a bad thing at all!
Here’s another daring ensemble, but with just four pieces, it seems even more effortless:
Color, color, color! You cannot be afraid of color with this look! I love how it captures the vibrancy of our inspiration! The one downfall – if you can even call it this – of it is just that the top is a floral print…and in our inspiration, I admired how the floral print shoes contrasted with the striped top. This is just something to note, but as we are only being inspired by the inspiration, taking a bit of liberty is just fine!
Yet again, here is a four-piece ensemble that is just so chic!:
For me, this look in particular captures the effortlessness of the perfectly loose knit pullover in the inspiration.
While I do really like the above four looks, I understand that for some of you they just wouldn’t be practical for everyday life. That’s why I’ve created some even more toned-down versions that still capture the original look’s feel:
To maintain proper proportions, tuck this boldly colored top into the yellow skirt. Pairing the same floral shoes from the above looks really helps to finish off the look and, simultaneously, reference our inspiration.
By layering the translucent gauzy top over the bright red top, you get the geometry of the pullover in our inspiration. If the color is still too much for you, consider swapping the red tee for something more subdued…a light green could be pretty.
I most definitely am switching up the color palette a bit here from the rest of the post…but it still works equally as well! The colors may be bright and bold, but the simplicity of the cut of the pieces help keep the look from becoming too much. And that is one of the key aspects of our inspiration!
Instead of pairing a red tank with these yellow trousers which would have followed the color scheme I’ve been using for most of the rest of the post, I decided to use a blue-green color instead. This way, it doesn’t get too McDonald’s-y. And anyway, the green is still a color pulled from the inspiration!
If there’s only one lesson to be learned from our inspiration, it’s that one should not be afraid to take risks with color! In the summertime, I think you can feel even more encouraged to experiment with color…so go for it!
Although I appreciate all of the looks, my favorites would have to be the fourth and seventh looks. What about you? Which look(s) is your favorite?
I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed this first post of this brand new feature! I hope you’ll consider submitting a look you’d like recreated (to learn more about all of this, you can go here). I should also mention that while the primary focus will be recreating the entire look, I will also replicate individual features of the inspiration as well. Thank you for your help in making this a successful feature!
Disclaimer: Before publishing it, but after writing it, I went back and read this post. Well, I can probably safely say this is just one of those posts where the writing follows my train of thought as I was typing – which, quite possibly, is not the most well-organized thing in the world. Forgive me (you might just find it a bit funny!)! Nevertheless, enjoy…
I told you on Friday how I was going out of town for the weekend…well, guess what? On my little trip, I saw a celebrity.
Okay, maybe she’s not a celebrity celebrity (know what I mean? like Angelina Jolie? Sandra Bullock? etc?), but a lot of you will probably know who she is. So does that count? Does that mean I saw a celebrity? Side note: Now that I keep typing “celebrity,” I’ve realized it’s quite a funny word. Don’t you think? Am I crazy? Try typing it 20 times in a row…okay, tangent=over.
Anyway, this is the lady – celebrity, or not – whom I saw:
Originally, Tabatha, a hair dresser, was on the Bravo reality TV show called Shear Genius. Famous for being so harsh and outspoken, she got her own TV show (which I’ve actually never watched…) called Tabatha’s Salon Takeover.
So now, I ask: do I have any Tabatha fans? Or are you all going, “She is not a celebrity…who is she?!”
….But back to my sighting…
I was sitting in a hotel, by the elevators, having just eaten a delicious brunch in the hotel’s restaurant – light, airy waffles with a blueberry compote and mango crème fraiche, to be exact. Then, a woman started walking towards the elevator…and instantly, I recognized her as Tabatha (no last name was needed – simply, Tabatha). As she got in the elevator, I tried to peak once more at her, without being too obvious, of course. I think I managed to not be too creepy or anything, but my guess is she noticed me looking. After all though, don’t you think she’s used to it? She’s pretty darn recognizable! (In case you were wondering, her outfit wasn’t anything extremely unforgettable or drop-dead-gorgeous, but she looked put together…her clothes definitely matched her edgier hair cut.)
So no, I did not attempt running up to the elevator to talk with her or even say “hi.” Would you have tried to? Or would you have tried to play it cool like I did? Or, would have no idea in the world who she was?! Be honest! I’d love to hear the answers to these questions, as well as stories of any of your own random celebrity sightings!