Last weekend we went upstate with a group of friends for a favorite fall tradition: Apple picking. I love getting out of the city every once in a while, and even the drive up was scenic with the changing fall foliage. The day started out with less than ideal weather, but by the time we got to the orchard, there was just a low mist hanging over the hills in the distance. [Read more...]
This is my new go-to look for a laid back weekend: Boyfriend jeans, a tank, and a flowy kimono cardi. It was perfect for a casual lunch date in the West Village. Summer may be officially over, but the temps in NYC have not gotten the memo (it was actually hot this week), so I don’t think I’ll be retiring this combo any time soon. When it cools down more, I’ll sub out the kimono for a cozy longline cardigan and the flats for ankle boots.
Kimono cardigan: Bobeau (via Gwynnie Bee)
Cami tank: Forever 21+
Boyfriend jeans: H&M+ (size up on these)
Cobalt handbag: Botkier (gorgeous snake embossed update here)
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It’s official. I’ve found the perfect crop top for fall. And no, “fall crop top” is not an oxymoron. Designer Elizabeth Denneau, the mind behind indie brand CandyStrike, has made the cool weather basic I’ve been waiting for. This top is made of medium weight stretch ponte knit, giving it more structure and warmth than the typical thin jersey of crop tops. I love the high neckline and cuffed half sleeves, and I am already plotting all the ways I am going to wear this. With comfy harem pants and a serious statement necklace? With my favorite leopard and leather skirt from Mynt 1792? With boyfriend jeans, an animal print coat, and ankle booties? Yes, yes, and yes! And that’s just the beginning.
In addition to the myriad styling ideas I have for this, I love that CandyStrike is available in sizes Small to 4X. I love the price too – Denneau produces everything locally to her in Arizona, and it is only $34! Also, how great are these lookbook shots? Check out the rest of the pieces from the latest “Ghost Girl” collection, and let me know your favorite.
I started my busiest day of NYFW at the Fashion Law Institute show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. I have a fond place in my heart for the Fashion Law Institute, as my first ever MBFW show was their designer showcase last fall, featuring a larger scale first: The first plus size designer to show a collection at an official Mercedes Benz Fashion Week show, the stunning Cabiria – something I am still grateful to have been a part of. The Fashion Law Institute continued their streak of firsts with the FW 2014 show, where designer Carrie Hammer included a model in a wheelchair, something never before done in the tents.
For this September’s SS 2015 show, the FLI had Carrie Hammer return, and continue to redefine what types of models to expect at NYFW. Instead of a traditional casting of professional models to showcase her chic workwear, Ms. Hammer decided to present her Spring/Summer collection on women she considers role models. This included a diverse range of innovators, leaders, and professionals. Geena Rocero, founder of transgender advocacy organization Gender Proud, and lawyer Uduak Oduok were both models in the more traditional sense as well as being role models for their work. Oduok opened the show in a fun newspaper print dress, and Rocero encapsulated the celebratory atmosphere of the show with her animated strut.
The collection itself was full of sharp, professional styles, including many perfectly tailored dresses and structured jackets. Whereas much of the fashion shown at NYFW is purposefully over the top, Hammer’s designs were eminently wearable. Nearly every piece could go straight from the runway to the most demanding corporate office, while retaining some personality – something so often absent in workwear. Indeed, Carrie Hammer launched her line after struggling to find “fashionable, professional women’s clothing, with a contemporary fit.” Her designs fill that gap, for all types of professional women.
Excitingly, Hammer’s philosophy of embracing diversity continues off the runway: She offers clothing in sizes 0-36, and each piece is bespoke, tailored to your individual measurements.
I am no longer working in a corporate office environment, but there were things in Hammer’s SS15 collection that would work for every life and style. My hands down favorite was the perfect tan trench coat with a sweet bow detail in the back.
Hammer closed the show with Karen Crespo, a bacterial meningitis survivor and quadruple amputee – another NYFW first. Aside from just being a fabulous red dress, this was an important reminder that fashion is for everyone, and that representation matters (two tenets that I live by when it comes to what I do).
Bloomingdale’s, one of my favorite department stores for plus contemporary, has just marked down their sale items in a major way! Tons of items I’ve worn and featured are on sale, like the perfect DKNYC print dress below. Both current and past season pieces are on sale, but sizes move fast, so check it out ASAP!
Despite the Spring/Summer fashion we are looking at on the runways, SS15 fashion week street style is usually all about fall. So when we had a ridiculous heat wave for the first half of NYFW, all my autumnal, layered outfit ideas went out the window, and I was left feeling somewhat uninspired. And then! On Friday night, after 7 shows in a day, I arrived home to find a package from indie designer Liesl Binx, and suddenly felt re-energized. I was so excited it arrived in time! Her AW14 collection is one of my absolute favorites, and this sheer organza tank dress has such a fashion forward, ethereal yet edgy feel to it.
The combination of a loose shift dress and sheer fabric highlighted my figure in a way that was provocative but not obvious – I would not wear the accompanying tube skirt and top on its own, but together with the dress it was perfection. The quality was also fantastic, as my blogger babes can attest to – I got more outfit love from fellow bloggers for this look than any other in my career, and every one I talked to was impressed with the fabric and cut.
I wore this look to a day of plus size fashion events (the NY Curvy Closet Sale and Plus Night Out), as well as the Herve Leger show at Lincoln Center. Watching a parade of bandage dresses come down the runway at MBFW, I was very happy that the plus size designer I was wearing was not just following old trends, but setting them. This type of edgy, interesting fashion in plus is what I’ve dreamed of, and it is now a reality. I am so excited to see what Liesl Binx has in store for Spring, and looking forward to styling this dress for cold weather as well – you will be seeing this again!
Photos by Shainna Tucker of A Thick Girl’s Closet - thank you!
Now for the outfit details:
Sheer organza dress: Liesl Binx
Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar)
Suede ankle booties: ASOS (similar)
Oversized chain link necklace: Urban Outfitters (old; similar here)
We are moving to a new apartment Wednesday! I am doing a serious closet purge, including tons of pieces I love but just don’t wear often enough to justify taking up limited Manhattan closet space anymore. I love my readers, so I am giving you all a first shot at these goodies, and special reader-only prices. Email me at email@example.com with any questions, or Paypal me at the same email at the price listed below + $7 US shipping to instantly buy a pair (I will update the listings immediately when sold). All size 8 or 8.5. [Read more...]
I have a tradition of trying out something new for me during fashion week. For SS14, it was my first crop top (a piece that has since become a wardrobe staple). For AW14, it was pants under a dress, a la Manrepeller. For this sweltering SS15 NYFW, I decided to break out the undeniably bold tiger print jumpsuit that had been languishing in my closet for months. I had a jam packed schedule of shows ahead of me (seven in one day!), so I needed to be comfortable without spontaneously combusting from the heat. Turns out a silky jumpsuit was just the ticket – surprisingly easy to wear. I loved it so much I’m now on the search for more (I’ve listed some of my faves below).
My day started at Carrie Hammer, presented by the Fashion Law Institute at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. The show was fantastic – full of chic workwear and a diverse runway [full post coming soon!]. Now for the outfit details:
Handbag: Kate Spade
Animal print is on trend again this fall (which begs the question, when isn’t it?), so I was immediately drawn to this flowy animal print trench while perusing Igigi’s “Urban Jungle” collection. The pattern is oversized and a bit of a statement, but the palette means it can be worn like a neutral.
The weight of the trench is lightweight and perfect for early fall days (when you want to layer without broiling), or for those in warmer climates (something I’ll be envying as soon as the temps fall below 50 degrees in NYC). The flowy material and wrap shape makes a perfect fit easy. It still has all the classic features of a trench coat, including a double breasted collar and the signature storm patches in the front, giving it the illusion of structure despite the silky fabric.
For a more casual look, the trench also looks great tied at the back in a loose bow and worn open – giving it the same laid back feel of a kimono cardi, but fall-ready. I’ll be wearing it this way with a fitted black top, dark jeans, and oxblood booties.
Even though it will be part of my upcoming Fall Workwear guide, I can’t end this post without giving the perfect LBD I was wearing under the jacket its due. It is a substantial ponte knit, giving the dress a structured appearance without feeling restrictive. The classic sheath style, cut specifically for curves, makes this a truly timeless piece. The lace panel on the front is a pretty detail, without being too frou frou for even the most conservative of offices. With a sharp blazer, this would be courtroom ready. On its own, paired with my Miu Miu pumps, I felt chic, sexy, and powerful – ready to take on the world. A bit like Claire Underwood, but without the evil (always my sartorial goal for workwear). Highly recommended.
*Clothing courtesy of Igigi. All opinions my own (as always!)
The focus of Fashion Week is always on clothes, but fashion does not start below the neck. As someone who is just getting over my hangup of thinking I look weird in hats, it was fun to attend the SS15 presentation of Gigi Burris Millinery. It was held at the gorgeous rooftop spot Gallow Green. The fairy garden atmosphere and streaming sunlight set the tone for the dramatic and pretty Spring Summer 2015 collection. [Read more...]