Posts Tagged ‘casual’

Simple + Sophisticated = Fab

05/27/2009

(Lizzi/Daughter) When you hear “tank top”, do you immediately think…

-comfy

-jeans

-sweatshirt

-flip flops

… or when you hear “black pencil skirt”, you think…

-business

-matching blazer

-white button-down

-black mid-heels

Well, it’s time for a change, my fellow fashionistas!

My mom and I were at the mall and we browsed through Macy’s admiring each mannequin whether it was wearing a floral maxi-dress or a summer blouse and denim shorts. We passed by an outfit that amazed us for some odd reason. I’ve seen it before, but I never really thought about how trendy such a simple, classic thing was.

Picture 35I have no idea if your eyes bugged out of your head either, but mine sure did.

So, leave it up to me to show you how to dress like this chic little mannequin.

Outfit 1 * Outfit 2 * Outfit 3

Outfit 1 * Outfit 2 * Outfit 3

(From left to right)

Outfit 1:

From your closet: a black tank top

From the store: Bright red mini skirt with detail

From your friend: Classy black pumps

A trendy piece: Gold chain necklace

Tip: Tuck in the tank top and make sure to keep the skirt right below the belly-button.

Wear to: a cocktail party

Outfit 2:

From your closet: solid or graphic tee-shirt & thin black belt

From the store:  leather boots

From your friend: silver rhinestone rings

A trendy piece: Pleated pencil skirt

Tip: Keep the t-shirt over the skirt and wrap the belt around your t-shirt, waist level.

Wear to: work or school or even just walking around in town

Outfit 3:

From your closet: white chiffon blouse

From the store: small clutch with hearts

From your friend: classic navy blue skirt

A trendy piece: Oxford heels

Tip: Wear the blouse tucked in and  the skirt MAY be above the knees.

Wear to: a luncheon or any semi-fancy restaurant

Mom, take it away!

(Erika/Mom) Uh, how do you know about cocktail parties? Sorry, shake it off.

Using the old Stevie Nix/Don Henley theme of “Leather and Lace,” there’s something wonderful about pairing formal and casual. I wouldn’t advocate going back to the Brooks Brothers skirt with running shoes that we did in NYC in the 80s. The good news is that there are so many camisoles, tanks, tees, and tunics that are soft and comfortable–AND that look smashing with your best skirt or slacks. Sometimes an old piece in your closet that you are about to throw away can get a new life with the right new piece.

classic skirt paired with floral tank; rugged cutoffs and bow-tied tank

classic skirt paired with floral tank; rugged cutoffs and bow-tied tank

These are small and hard to see. I’m still figuring out Polyvore. If I figured it out any more, I might as well kiss any productivity goodbye.

Thinking of the old days, when nothing was casual, or comfortable.

Oooh, it's all about formal and fabulous with this doll.

Oooh, it's all about formal and fabulous with this doll.

Lookin’ good, but feeling trapped. Not wishin’ I lived in the 19th century.

So, the lesson here is using one piece as an anchor point–tailored, impeccable, well-fitting–and pairing it with the fun, the unexpected. With the ultimate goal of making it all look intentional. It’s a goal I strive for every day. I’ll end on a fine note–sleek black hoodie dress and a puffy, roomy, slouchy leather bag. Mmmm….like peanut butter and chocolate.

St. Tropez combo from Flickr; sleek black dress with slouchy bag

St. Tropez combo from Flickr; sleek black dress with slouchy bag