Fashion Over Reason: September 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Field Fairy

Fashion Over Reason in the OTTE New York white silk Ellen dress and bolero hat

It's crazy to think that fall has official claimed its stake and that just a mere couple of weeks ago I was frolicking about the fields near our cottage Upstate in the most dreamy of flowy silk dresses, on a beautiful warm, sunny day. In fact, this OTTE NY silk dress just makes you want to twirl around and do nothing else thanks to its amazing suppleness and fluidity. It just moves perfectly.

Certainly doesn't mean that it has to retire now that autumn is here and that the chill is setting in. It just means that it now needs to be layered with a big chunky knit and maybe a scarf. And I should probably throw on some shoes, too.

Also, if you're interested to know about what's on my radar this fall, head over to OTTE's blog to read about 5 things that currently make me tick!

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Hat and dress by OTTE NY
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Fresh Pin Set

The Fresh Pin Set

If, like me, most of your memories from the 90s were split between crushing hard on uncle Jesse and reciting lines from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, then you're going to really, really like this post.

I recently encountered a friend of a friend who created pins inspired by the iconic Fresh Prince theme song (!!!). Contain yourselves. They're so dope, you're going to want to get your hand on them. This is your lucky day, as he's running a Kickstarter campaign to get his project off the ground.

So head on over there, get yourself a Fresh Pin Set and be the envy of all your 90s compadres.

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Comme des Garçons Play top
Trash & Vaudeville faux leather pants
Reebok Classics sneakers
Raen Garwood Sunglasses

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Chambray Stance

Everydaymadewell, Madewell chambray top, J Brand cutoffs, Zara gladiators, Bottega Veneta crossbody bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

I think it's safe to say that everyone has a type of garment they always fall back to whenever sartorial inspiration fails to strike. For me, it's anything black or anything chambray. In the case of this particular outfit, it happens to be both.

Nothing snaps me back from out of a rut like throwing on a chambray shirt. In fact, if you'd ever catch a glimpse of my closet, your reaction to the amount of light blue denim-looking material protruding from my tops section would likely be bewilderment.

That said, when I acquired this super snazzy frayed top from Madewell mid-summer, I was initially attracted to it for obvious chambray reasons, but scratching beyond the apparent surface, I just thought a loose tank version of my favorite type of shirt was a refreshing iteration, ideal for warm summer evenings.

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Madewell chambray top
J Brand cutoffs
Zara gladiators
Bottega Veneta crossbody bag
Ray-Ban sunglasses

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rainy Day Renegade


Zara grandpa sweater, Ann Taylor dress, Birkenstock Arizona sandals, Whipping Post leather tote

You know those days when it's raining, but for some reason, the sun is still feeling super bright behind those clouds and without sunglasses your eyes just hurt? That's pretty much how I feel every time it drizzles (not downpours), so while it was spitting in my face -- not enough to warrant an umbrella -- it was still necessary to shade my orbs.

That said, when it's rainy and brightly grey outdoors, the one thing you want to be wearing is cozy stuff and be comfortable, which is exactly what I am donning in these photos: an oversized dress (looks like a skirt under my big sweater, but it is indeed a dress), an extra large grandpa sweater and Birkenstocks (the slippers of sandals).

Doesn't get much more comfortable than that, sunglasses and all.

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Zara sweater
Ann Taylor dress
Birkenstock sandals
Ray-Ban sunglasses
Whipping Post tote

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Funky Wall and a Neck Tie

Converse street art mural in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

I'm kind of usually averse to colorful schemes and overly funkified (made up that word just now, so what) sartorial contraptions. But here I am, posing in front of a wall that seems to have vomited the rainbow -- it's a super rad Converse mural in Brooklyn, actually -- and wearing (gasp!) prints with layers around my neck.

I do very much enjoy that boho sensibility, and while I'm not full throttle with it, I do like to dabble in that aesthetic at times. Hence my skinny scarf, round sunglasses, scraggly hair parted in the middle and Birkenstock sandals. In fact, if you didn't know any better, you'd probably think that I had briefly traveled back in time and was headed to Woodstock in the summer of '69.

That may not be case, but I was feeling quite groovy nontheless.

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Ann Taylor cami
Vintage leather skirt
Birkenstock sandals
Ray-Ban sunglasses
J.Crew choker
Bottega Veneta bag

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Branded

Madewell Monogram Chambray, AC for AG denim skirt, Ray-Ban Lennon sunglasses

It's been discussed time and time again how us ladies have a very personal relationship with clothing. Emotional attachment, if you will. We cherish every piece thanks to all of their baggage, as though it's a way to time-travel back into the experiences we had while wearing them. There is sentimental value that we attribute to every garment as a way to keep memories alive.

And while your clothes are most likely worthless to every other mortal, it simply remains impossible to put a price on sentimental value. How many times have I finally made the excruciating decision of parting ways with a [fill in the blank because I wore it on my first date with my husband], only to have it be adamantly rejected by the too-cool-for-school buyer at Buffalo Exchange, dismissed as utterly unsalable.

What had given me extreme grief due to my head and my heart battling it out in the war of reason, knowing full well that I would never don X piece again and that it was taking up precious real estate in my closet, was rendered futile -- moot at best -- by some chick with the authority to accept or refuse my wardrobe rejects. "It's not really a reject! Do you know how cool this piece is/once was?!" I want to say each time this happens. Alas, no one else cares.

And all sentimental appropriation starts somewhere. Whether it's a hand-me-down from your mom, a piece that's been in your family for ages, or the top you were wearing the day you met your soulmate, there was a point where that item was just another rag.

Unless your item came tailored to you with a monogram. It doesn't get much more personal than that. Maybe one day, someone from my family will hold on to the shirt I'm wearing in these photos, which bears my initials on each side of the collar, and feel a deep connection to it.

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Photographed by Ian Rusiana


Details:
Madewell chambray shirt
AC for AG skirt
Superga sneakers
Whipping Post tote
Ray-Ban sunglasses
MAC lipstick in Lady Danger

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It Ain't Over til it's Over


J.Crew v-neck pink swimsuit, Levi's cutoffs, Raen sunglasses, We Are Summer round Marfa throw

Summer: the most elusive and joy-inducing season fur us Northeastern dwellers. Afflicted with cold for more than half the year, once the sunshine starts to become a mainstay and the rays feel powerful enough to burn your skin should you omit SPF, that's when the true moments of pure magic are felt.

While the rest of the country is lucky enough to have ongoing weather clemency (somewhat), our reality is that once Labor Day has passed, it's becomes about mentally preparing ourselves for what's coming our way: months of darkness, painstakingly chilly days and frigid nights, never-ending snow hindering on all aspects of our existence. I assure you, I am not being dramatic.

Labor Day weekend is so close, I can see it, I can touch it, in fact, I can alomst taste it. But the sun is still shining, I am still sweating, and I refuse to start thinking about fall/winter layers until I absolutely have no other choice. And yes, that means frolicking where I see fit in a swimsuit, cutoffs, a straw hat and my favorite acquisition of the season: my Marfa throw.


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Details:
J.Crew swimsuit
Levi's cutoffs
Raen sunglasses
Dorfman Pacific hat
We Are Summer Marfa throw

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