Fashion Over Reason: July 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Graphic Game

I wasn't able to get a good shot of this look, safe for the blurry selfies you see below, but I felt like it was one of those fun summer outfits that was worth the gallery anyway, should it rustle up some ideas for your own ensembles when at a loss for what to wear. This graphic skirt is the only piece I kept from my Peter Pilotto x Target order and I'm glad I decided to step outside of my patternless comfort zone -- while still staying in line with my love of neutrals -- and held on to this fun, playful summer piece.

The menswear oxford offsets the femininity of the prominent leg display and just like that you have the perfect fusion and girlie and boyish.

Selfie, OOTD, tied oxford men's shirt, YSL Rive Gauche, graphic wrap skirt, Peter Pilotto for Target black and white skirt, Vince double strap Genna leather heels, nude sandalsFashion Over Reason selfie, Yves Saint Laurent men's oxford short-sleeved shirt, tied at the waist, Peter Pilotto for Target graphic black and white wrap mini skirt, Vince double strap Genna nude leather heels, flesh colored sandals, Ray-Ban aviators, summer look
Oxford shirt - Yves Saint Laurent men's (try this for a fraction of the price)
Skirt - Peter Pilotto for Target (this skirt is essentially the same idea)
Shoes - Vince (these are pretty much the same)
Tote - Suburban Riot (this one is great)

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Check Mate

Fashion Over Reason under the Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan at nighttime, sundown, sunset, black & white look

Ain't no thang to look like a human checkerboard if you're going to be doing it according your personal style convictions. In this instance, I am relishing in my unintentional channeling of Hedi's Saint Laurent girl -- I swear, I didn't mean to! -- with my pairing of the two most basic hues in history. How cool of me. A classic combo of black and white, with a rock n' roll, modern boho twist (how's that for a definition?). Because something as timeless as those two shades can also be inadvertently trendy, as demonstrated to us by Slimane himself.

The most important "lesson" (I'm putting that in quotation marks because it is to be loosely interpreted) to take away from this outfit is that my checkerboard look is a discerned variation of the penguin suit, a woman's riff on the tuxedo, if you will. As a self-proclaimed [high-maintenance] tomboy, I have an innate gravitational pull toward all types of menswear, whether it's baggy trousers, impeccable tailoring, oversized anything, you name it.

The tuxedo is something so very intrinsically manly, forever the peak on the fancy scale for our male counterparts. Adapting that vibe to an ensemble that is all woman is not only incredibly fun, but also a bit unexpected, which is always a good way to stand out. But what's even more amusing about the whole thing is that while my outfit is reminiscent of Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent, it also borrows something from Yves's woman, the one he imagined wearing Le Smoking, that legendary woman's wear play on the tuxedo. Check mate.

Black & white look, Joe Fresh silk blouse, Stefanie Biggel sheer liquid black shorts, nighttime shootVintage gold choker necklace, white silk blouse, Chic peek thin rings, gold and black vintage ring, outfit details, modern boho chicDowntown Brooklyn waterfront, DUMBO Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge at sundown, modern feminine tuxedo, black and white, lower Manhattan, what i wore, Saint Laurent by Hedi SlimaneWide Brim felt hat, Topshop, white silk Joe Fresh blouse, vintage gold Seiko watch, Yves Saint Laurent mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils, nighttime shoot, dragging the shutter, flash photography, modern tuxedoJason Wu tuxedo black leather heels, python textureBlack and white outfit, modern feminine shorts tuxedo, black sheer shiny Stefanie Biggel shorts, Jason Wu heels, Joe Fresh silk blouse, Topshop wide brim hat, Brooklyn Bridge, fashion blogger, personal styleVintage gold choker, silk blouse, denim vestBlack and white look, Stefanie Biggel sheer black foil shorts, wide brim hatBrooklyn at night, dragging the shutter, flash photography, fashion over reason photographed by Ian Rusiana, wide brim felt hat, white blouse, Stefanie Biggel foil shortsBlack and white look, updated tuxedo, Stefanie Biggel black sheer foil shorts, white silk blouse, gold chokerBrooklyn Bridge, Downtown Manhattan, New York City, black & white outfit, tuxedo dressing, foil shorts, rock n roll chicStefanie Biggel foil shorts, sheer black, white silk blouse, Gap denim jacket, Topshop wide brim felt hat, nighttime flash photography, Ian Rusiana portraiture photography, street styleJason Wu black leather python textured heels, tuxedo shoes
Blouse - Joe Fresh (this one is far better)
Shorts - Stefanie Biggel
Denim jacket - Gap
Shoes - Jason Wu (these are amazing and have a similar essence)
Hat - Topshop (this one's awesome)
Choker - Vintage (I love this one)
Watch - Vintage Seiko (this one is similar)
Rings - Mix of vintage (these are cool) & Chic Peek

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Daze

Summer Daze, Fashion Over Reason, Joie striped chambray sun dress, Vince silver toe ring sandals, Bottega Veneta intrecciato cross body bag

Things are always a bit worse-for-wear in ye olde cranium when resurfacing from a vacation extending beyond a long weekend. When you're away for less than four days, the brain is a little mushy, but bounces back easily enough, not having had time to rejuvenate. You may be somewhat hazy on the Monday, but the transition doesn't require any real necessity to grease the grind wheel.

On the other hand, when you leave for ten days (as I just have), a few things happen: the break has been lengthy enough to transport your existence into an alternate territory, thus refueling your mind with things that have pushed everything else into a far abyss. Being gone for a substantial amount of time actually makes you feel revitalized, armed with a renewed desire to get things going. You come back reinvigorated, complete with endless motivation to take things on. The only roadblock is getting into that headspace to seize the momentum without succumbing to being overwhelmed by the multiple tasks that have stacked up during your absence. Transitioning from vacation head to work mode while staying on top of things is the most challenging part of homecoming. To me, anyway.

And with that said, while I had the most amazing time (I'm assuming you've been following my adventures in Europe? ), I am incredibly happy to be home and to proceed with summer, right here in the city. There really is no place like it.

Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks while I roll out some of my looks from this eurotrip (and bear with me while I get settled back into the groove)!

West Village, New York City, summer heat, summer dress, lightweight chambray dress by Jois, Vince silver & grey toe ring sandals, sunshine, summer in the cityRay-ban Wayfarers, summer heat, summer essentials, New York City, summer in the city, Joie dressJoie sundress, chambray ruffle summer dress, Bottega Veneta intrecciato cross body leather bag, Vince silver toe ring sandals, New York City, summer days, fashion blogger, personal style
Dress - Joie
Sandals - Vince (these are similar)
Bag - Bottega Veneta
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Badge Of Honor

Who better to carry the Fashion Over Reason name on their person than yours truly? Thank you, Bow & Drape for making this possible. Make your own hat, too, and feel the pride take you over when you wear your own creation (so to speak).

Fashion Over Reason Bow & Drap chambray baseball cap, nighttime, Brooklyn, New York, summertimeBow & Drape baseball hat worn backwards, nighttime, Brooklyn, New York
Fashion Over Reason baseball cap by Bow & Drape

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Classic Case

Another quickie this Thursday, selfie edition. Just a classic, clean look worn on a chilly summer day, and that carried over to cocktail time seamlessly. Booties with a mini skirt and an oversized chunky knit is forever my go-to combo. Hope you guys are having a great week!

Fashion Over Reason selfie, walk-in closet, open wardrobe, Zara chunky elbow patch knit, T by Alexander Wang wrap skirt, Rachel Comey Mars booties, Veramean elephant necklace pendant
Knit - Zara (this one is exquisite)
Skirt - T by Alexander Wang (this one is great)
Boots - Rachel Comey
Tote - Suburban Riot (just as good right here)
Necklace - Verameat (this one is great)

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watch Your Step

Fashion Over Reason, watch your step, Soho, NYC, Crosby Street

Playing with proportions is something I have a particular fondness for. You can make completely simple pieces look that much more interesting if you wear them in an unexpected way. This easy summer look is a good example of giving a little twist to otherwise very basic items: a billowy tank paired with a flared mini skirt, which together produce a double triangle shape (also allowing for more eating thanks to not putting any accent whatsoever on my waist, ha).

Black and white are probably my two favorite colors to wear and therefore finding simple tricks to bring a different dynamic into the mix becomes imperative. A little underpinning lace peekaboo also alway ads a little je ne sais quoi. Maintaining the casual, minimal vibes I consistently stick to also meant sliding into, well, my slides. These cheapy poor man's Birkentsocks from H&M are probably my favorite purchase of the season thus far. Ringing in at 25 bones, their comfort level is unparalleled.

Taken on a stroll in the mean streets of Soho.

Wildlife Works loose white tee, Zara skirt, H&M cork slide sandals, Bottega Veneta intrecciato cross body bag, vintage gold necklaceBlack and white summer look, black mini skirt, white Wildlife Works tank top, H&M slide sandals, Ray-Ban aviatorsOn the front steps in NYC, Soho, New York city, brick wall, Crosby street
Tank - Wildlife Works
Skirt - Zara (this one is way cool)
Sandals - H&M (these!)
Necklace - Vintage (this one's really cool)
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Bag - Bottega Veneta

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Turn Up the Volume

Turn Up the Volume by Fashion Over Reason, Photographed by Ian Rusiana in DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York City

Truth be told, I've never been a bodycon kind of gal. Through the years, I've owned a few spandex numbers, but those pieces never made it out onto the streets (not on my body, anyway) -- they always hung in my closet as fillers. The thought process behind having tight mini dresses was that every woman should be the proud owner at least one. I now scoff at this clueless supposition.

There are ladies out there who couldn't fathom the thought of wearing anything other than curve-hugging, crotch-grazing items on a night out, but personally, that scenario would be my nightmare come true. If I wasn't comfortable making public appearances in what could be described as Hervé Léger's legacy while in my heyday (that's arguable, I suppose), it only makes sense to say that I never will be.

I much prefer the volume to be turned up in the form of a structured silhouette and loose locks ran amok in the wind. Long live the potato sack dress! And bonus points if it comes in white neoprene with pockets -- you know, to give it a true boxy marshmallow paper bag look. This dress qualifies as nothing less than a fashion dress (as opposed to a bait for the opposite sex) and can therefore be paired with full confidence to impress all of your girl friends.

That's not to say that I have Amish tendencies (I mean no offense to the Amish, they are very nice people). While I don't care to reveal the fact that I might have eaten too much at lunch with a belly-caressing garment, I have no problem whatsoever in showing as much leg as I possibly can, sometimes often pushing the boundaries of appropriateness. For very obvious reasons, this dress could not exist as it does if it wasn't cut above the knee.

It's a dress that should probably be avoided during mating season, but if, like me, you just don't care about those things, strap on a pair of alluring high heels (I didn't say you had to be completely void of sex appeal) and slip into your least shape-flattering shift. Allez, hop!

Under the Manhattan Bridge, DUMBO, Brooklyn, cobblestone streets, white dress, summer, golden hourMessy blond hair, white boxy neoprene dress by Stefanie Biggel ss14, Vince Genna sandals in nude leather, cobblestone streets, BrooklynHélène Heath from Fashion Over Reason, messy blond bob, bed head, hair flip, YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara, pink lipsStefanie Biggel spring summer 2014 boxy white neoprene structured mini dress, Vince Genna sandals, pink and silver Saint Laurent Arty Ring, Coordinates Collection bangle, Jenny Bird snake cuff, brick wallWhite neoprene Stefanie Biggel t-shirt dress, gold Coordinates Collection cuff, golden hourFashion Over Reason, voluminous structured neoprene dress, Stefanie Biggel summer 2014 collection, Vince Genna Sandals in nude leather, sling back heelsBoxy mini dress, lots of leg, Brooklyn New York, cobblestone, photographed by Ian RusianaOn the street in Brooklyn under the Manhattan Bridge, white dress, gold banglesAction shot, trying to manage the cobblestones in heels, Vince Genna sandals, Stefanie Biggel dress, neoprene, gold jewelry, minimalist chicVince Genna sandals, white dress, walking away, sling back heels, pink & silver Saint Laurent Arty Ring, street styleOn the cobblestone street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York City, street style by Ian Rusiana, mini dress, legs, sexy heels, fashion dress, man repelling, Vince Genna sandals, Stefanie Biggel boxy dress, messy hairVince Genna sandals, nude leather, strappy heels, sling back high heels, sexy shoes, summer 2014, Trust Fund Beauty nail polish in Skinny Jeans
Photos by Ian Rusiana

Dress - Stefanie Biggel (this one is stunning and on sale! OR this one is a wallet-friendly option)
Heels - Vince (diff. model but essentially the same)
Bracelets - Jenny Bird (this one is awesome & super affordable) & Coordinates Collection
Ring - Saint Laurent
Nails - Hands: Trust Fund Beauty in I Look Good Nude / Toes: Trust Fund Beauty in Skinny Jeans

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Affair

I only have a single shot of this outfit so it'll be just a quick one today. I know a lot of you can be at a loss for what to wear when it comes to a casual-yet-still-make-an-effort affair, am I right? You don't want to be too laid-back but feeling overdressed can be a little uncomfortable for most people. My rule of thumb in those instances is go with a skirt and flats and no one can accuse you of any sort of faux-pas.

I wore this to an in-law family gathering where the focus was showing off a very adorable baby. It could also work for a casual date, meeting the parents, a summer soirée and could be kicked up for any other occasion if you swap the cork slides for a pair of heels.

Ann Taylor fluttery skirt, midi floaty skirt, h&m slip-on slides sandals, J.Crew carrie cami, Bottega Veneta intrecciato crossbody bag, Ray-Ban wayfarers, baby party outfit, summer dressy casual look
Cami - J.Crew
Skirt - Ann Taylor (this one is really great)
Sandals - H&M (THESE are far better!)
Bag - Bottega Veneta
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Shady Lady

Casual t-shirt and black pants, brocade ankle pants, Zara zebra print pony hair sandals, Marc Jacobs tee, graffiti wall, Brooklyn New York, street style, shady lady

On a grey, chilly, unpleasant summer evening, one might find themselves at a loss for what to wear. You don't want your beautiful leather shoes to get wet, or any form of raindrop coming near your suede sandals (we all learned that lesson thanks to Seinfeld). And let's face it: rain makes everything more complicated, so the last thing you want to do is get all fancy whilst water is falling from the sky, am I right?

In my attempt to get myself together on one of those nights, my laid-back instincts got the best of me and I stepped out in what you see yonder. All things said, a cropped brocade pant in a flattering silhouette is one of those savior pieces -- they'll make you look appropriate for anything, even if you're wearing a loose t-shirt with a hole in it (yep, that's a legitimate hole in my neckline). But in a subconscious attempt at bringing no effort at all to the sartorial table (while secretly planning every.single.move.), the juxtaposition I so often discuss on this blog of two discording items prevails yet again.

Dressy trou meets loose worse-for-wear tee? Check! And a little pony hair zebra print on the paws serves as the bow on this package.

Marc Jacobs innocent civilian t-shirt, Zara brocade ankle pants and zebra print sandals, minimalism, graffiti wallBlack ankle brocade trousers, flat zebra print sandals, Bottega Veneta intrecciato cross body leather bag, casual loose t-shirt, Marc Jacobs tee, blond bob, graffiti wall, Brooklyn New York
T-shirt - Marc Jacobs (kind of the same right here)
Brocade pants - Zara (these are amazing)
Sandals - Zara (love love love these)
Bag - Bottega Veneta

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy Hour

Fashion Over Reason happy hour, H&M pinstripe pencil skirt, Vince silver toe ring sandals, Dorfman Pacific straw hat, ASOS quilted leather jacket

Summer in the city can bring on a bit of sartorial confusion: dressing like you're about to hit the beach just doesn't make sense in any scenario (unless you're indeed getting on the A train headed to Far Rockaway). On the other hand, in order to remain New York-dwelling-relevant, you can't exactly just put away all of the dark hues that your wardrobe encompasses. It's all about remaining city chic in the blistering heat. Not an easy feat, but doable.

While pinstripe was a huge trend this winter, there's no way it shouldn't extend to the warmer months in spite of its usually very wintery vibe. And there's no reason it has to look like you're headed to your 9 to 5 either. The key to balance, as always, is to juxtapose unexpected pieces together, like the irony of a happy hour tee (the softest ever, btw) paired with an office girl boss pencil skirt. A (not so?) subtle nod to summer equating to play time.

Summer in the city means not channeling Baywatch, but ain't no harm in throwing on a straw lid for the hell of it.

Under the Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, New York city, summer night, pinstripe pencil skirtShaggy messy blond bob, chunky Rings & Tings ID necklace, Happy hour t-shirt, Chic Peek rings, Chan Luu beaded braceletASOS quilted leather bomber jacket, H&M pinstripe pencil skirt, Happy Hour t-shirt, Chan Luu beaded leather wrap braceletVince silver toe ring sandals, Asos quilted leather jacket, Happy Hour t-shirt, Dorfman Pacific straw hat, Suburban Riot canvas tote back, DUMBO brooklynDorfman Pacific wide brim straw hat, ASOS quilted leather bomber jacket, chunky silver ID necklaceAsos quilted leather jacket, pinstripe pencil skirt, Vince toe ring sandals, Dorfman Pacific straw hatWide brim straw hat, Brooklyn NY, high waisted pinstripe skirtQuilted leather jacket, Vince silver toe ring sandals, pinstipe skirt, wide brim straw hat, Brooklyn NYHigh waisted pinstripe pencil skirt, loose teeBrooklyn, New York, pinstripes & leather, straw hat, Vince sandalsDorfman Pacific wide brim straw hat, happy hour tee, chunky silver ID necklace
Photos by Ian Rusiana

T-shirt - South Parade (or get this super cute tank)
Skirt - H&M (this one is awesome)
Sandals - Vince
Leather jacket - ASOS (this one's pretty much the same)
Tote - Suburban Riot (I love this one)
Hat - Dorfman Pacific (same idea)
Necklace - Rings & Tings (this one is amazing!)
Bracelet - Chan Luu
Silver rings - Chic Peek (I love this ring)
Wooden ring - Vintage
Sunglasses - Gap (these are killer)

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