Archive for April, 2009

Tossing the Winter Scarves

Brown multi winter scarf; hmmm, cashmere?

Brown multi winter scarf; hmmm, cashmere?

(Erika/Mom) I was running the other day and spotted this mound of clothing on the side of the road. I stopped to inspect and saw that it was a woolen scarf. “Aha,” I thought, “a sign that winter is over” and went on with my run. Later as I was driving the same route I saw it and decided to stop and take a picture. It looked so picturesque lying there in the grass and dead leaves. (There was an old grungy glove nearby but I didn’t deem it as blog-worthy and didn’t really want to touch it.)

Lizzi and I got a kick out of this scarf as we visualized some guy who didn’t know or care how much scarves cost, flinging it out the window while driving way over the speed limit.

And yet…must scarves be stuffed into drawers until October? No way–stick out your neck and wrap something heavenly around it! I love how scarves bring insta-class to a mediocre shirt or boring jacket. They are unparalleled for enhancing eye color. I met an artist in SF recently who creates felted scarves with ruffled edges and variegated color. They have the extraordinary effect of rose petals wrapped round your neck.

Rose Petal ScarfA few years ago I spotted a wonderful ruffled scarf in Paris and picked up one as a gift for my sister-in-law. These things are so ultra-feminine it isn’t funny. I wonder why I didn’t get one for myself. They are readily available all over the place now.
Ruffled ScarfOh well. I should march back upstairs and dig out a pretty spring scarf for my very boring outfit. Lizzi is wearing a sherbet-orange LV scarf that her friend Cassidy brought her from Italy. It looks great. Meanwhile, the brown cashmere castaway is in my trunk. It’s actually a pretty nice scarf. An appt. with the dry cleaner and it’ll be waiting for me when the leaves fly next year.

How Do I Wear Thee?





(Erika/Mom) Hmmm. This is interesting. Lizzi and I were shopping at King of Prussia mall recently when the magnetic force of Urban Outfitters swept us into its current. I came around a corner and spied this top. Er, dress. Tunic? I was instantly attracted to it. The softness of the fabic suggested dupioni silk yet it was stretchy, almost like Danskin material. I thought briefly of the wraparound pants not too far away. Showed them to Lizzi and she didn’t get it. “Why are they wraparound?” “Well, because they wrap around you, like this,” I demonstrated. “But what if it’s a windy day?” she asked dubiously. “Yeah, well, there are risks involved,” I said, and gave up.

But back to the mystery tunic. It came in three or four luscious colors, including aubergine. I love it, but don’t know how to wear it. Lizzi?

(Lizzi) I have a very similar dress from American Apparel. Only, this item is a tunic. It can be worn as a dress or top. I remember Mom dragging me over to that section to look at the dress and tell her what you could pair with it. Thinking it was a dress, I immediately thought of a cropped leather motorcycle jacket to toughen it up and make it a little more edgy. I had trouble with thinking of shoes, but I eventually had the idea of suede slouchy boots. 

We finally ended up on this:

Silence + Noise Coated Tunic $32.00

Donna Karan Leather asymmetrical zip jacket

Donna Karan Leather Asymmetrical Zip Jacket $4,200

(or for something cheaper try… Made Me- Womens Leather Motorcycle Jacket (black) at 80s Purple for $622)

Urban Renewal Levis Ruffle Shorts $48.00


Flat Leather Ankle Boots $402.76

(please know that this website is a Japanese website. I added the link for the boots, so they are easy to find)

Classic Bead Earrings $3.80

Rib Beanie Hat

Rib Beanie $16.00


Experiment with this dress… er, tunic! Remember to have fun and stay in style.

Panty Who Knows?

suntan pantyhose and white sandals--nothing more to be said.

suntan pantyhose & white sandals--nothing more to be said.

(Erika/Mom) Since winter has decided it doesn’t want to leave the party, we are still faced with crappy weather in mid-April. That means our alabaster legs must be covered with something. Jeans usually do the trick but every once in awhile some inconvenient dressier occasion (like Easter Sunday) brings back the old familiar agony–pantyhose or no pantyhose?

My ears still ring with the embarrassed whisper of a colleague back in the mid 90s who told me that “um, no one wears suntan pantyhose anymore.” What? How come no one told me? I’ve been paranoid ever since. Eventually I came up with two solutions–find the absolute sheerest of the sheer hose or lose myself in trusty opaque tights.

I can’t always rely on Lizzi for objectivity. The idea of wearing pantyhose is so coming-of-age that she can’t resist, even if the object of desire is suntan-brown and comes in an egg. But she has opened my eyes to the possibilities of leggings and tights in other colors than black.


(Lizzi) For a while, I thought, “Wow! Pantyhose are a great solution to having “bare” legs during cold weather!”

But then I discovered “NOW”: bright tights and leggings. 

Now, you’re probably thinking, “Alright. You told me to wear bright tights. But, how?”

I’ll show you:

How To Wear Bright Colored Tights

Made by me and my mom.

What to wear with red tights:

– Bold strapless dress (with hints of red)

– Black patent leather ankle boots

– Leather clutch

– Small earrings

How To Wear Bright Tights 2

Made my me and my mom.

What to wear with turquoise tights:

– Simple white blouse

– Black mini skirt

– Decorative metal belt

– Glitter clutch

– Bib necklace

– Simple black heels

– Fun (military, vintage, etc.) jacket


Have fun and play around with your choices!

Fashion Bridging Generations


freepeoplehangers(Erika) Welcome to our dual-perspective fashion site. My daughter Lizzi and I are an ordinary mother and daughter, living in the suburbs, pursuing school and jobs and dreams like a lot of other people we know.  If you came here to get scoop  on the newest Sonia Rykiel couture line or glean tips from our fabulous buying trips to Italy…you won’t get that here. We aren’t giving out coupons or touting our own store or clothing line, either. So if we aren’t doing any of that, why should you care?

Well, you might consider us a really well-crafted reality show, an insider’s look at two women of drastically different ages, body types, and taste who are learning about fashion from each other. In my view of things, dressing well is a never-ending challenge. My body is thicker than it was in my 30s and I’ve just emerged from breast cancer and subsequent reconstructive surgery.  I never was model material, and never will be. But I love the colors, the silhouettes, the textures of clothing. I’m fascinated by how one dress can drown a personality while another makes it dazzle. It’s a never-ending alchemy and experiment. Lizzi and I check out each other’s outfit each morning and we can tell by the tilt of the head or the burst of admiration in eyes or voice that we’ve nailed it. It’s better than caffeine to start the day right.

(Lizzi) Taking two perspectives on fashion is different (and better) than one. For instance, if you take a little black dress, the girls (or boys) in our age group will want to know what to wear with it, why to wear it, when to wear it, where to wear it, etc. Having two way different opinions actually helps, believe it or not. If you take one perspective, you don’t have any choices to choose from.

This blog is all about fashion, in a different way than you’ve ever seen before. So take advantage, and enjoy. 😉