Monthly Archives: July 2011

How to: Wear A Backless Dress at Work (and still be professional)

I love the pattern of this dress, but the back wasn’t suitable for office attire.  Enter the multi purpose woven.  Tied at the waist, it just looks like a skirt.  Full dress seen at the bottom of the post.

<Dress: Urban Outfitters, Woven: H&M, Heels: Nine West, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Earrings: Banana Republic>

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Although I love skirts and dresses, there are few things more comfortable than cropped cargos.  I also love how they can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the type of top and shoes chosen. For a casual day at work I went with a linen safari shirt and wedges. 

<Top: H&M, Wedges: Chinese Laundry, Bag: SR2 Sondra Roberts, Earrings: Banana Republic, Belt: J. Crew, Watch: Forever 21>

 

Coral and Co

White jeans are a great way to showcase color.  A 3rd color in rotation with the coral and green would look too muddy, but against the crisp white, they both pop.  It’s my version of tropical for work in the city.

<Top: American Eagle, Jeans: Ann Taylor, Bag: Cambridge Satchel Co, Bracelet: Vintage, Watch: Michael K0rs, Belt: J. Crew, Sandals: Target>

 

Fire Island

We spent the day on Fire Island over the weekend.  Fire Island is a barrier island located off the south shore of Long Island.  The island spans 32 miles in length and averages less than a mile in width.  No cars are allowed on the island so wagons and bicycles are everywhere and you need to take a ferry to access the island.  Once you’re there, it’s a wonderful place to enjoy the surf, sand and quaint details of a seaside spot.

How To: Wear a Lace Crop Top at Work (and still be professional)

I bought this  top from TopShop.com and didn’t realize it was a crop top until it arrived.  However, I really really liked it, so, I took to my closet to devise a way to wear it to work.  I chose a jersey dress with the same racer back as the top, belted it, added a pin and wore leopard flats.  The belt made it look as if it was all one piece and adds some polish for the workplace, while the leopard keeps it a little fun.

 <Dress: Gap, Flats: Banana Republic, Top & Earrings: Top Shop, Pin: Ann Taylor Loft, Belt: Ann Taylor>

McQueen at The Met

“I want to empower women.  I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.” – McQueen

I went to The Met on Friday night to see The Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition, and I was blown away.  The wait was only 30 minutes (Museum Members skip the line or you can pay $50 to go on Monday when the museum is normally closed).  However you choose to go, this is a must-see. 

 I had no idea the exhibition would encompass so much.  Each room focuses on a different type of McQueen’s romance (Mind, Gothic, Nationalism, Exoticism, Primitivism, and Naturalism).  There are so many garments, accessories and runway experiences to take in, it’s a sensory overload in the most amazing way. 

What blew me away most was how many elements were incorporated into each garment, yet it still looked so cohesive.  And while each room looked and felt very different, there was still a high level of continuity present, a skill that is rightly coveted because it is so difficult to achieve (especially in such a beautifully crafted way).  McQueen was constantly playing with opposites, extremes, taking inspiration from nature, animals and creating an environment through fashion that might have made you uncomfortable, but also made you think. 

I also recommend the audio in which you hear accounts from people such as Sarah Burton, Philip Treacy and Sarah Jessica Parker who had first hand experiences with the legendary man.  We literally finished the exhibition as it was closing and I managed to buy a small replica of the famous Armadillo shoe before the gift shop closed. 

The exhibition ends August 7th.

Neon / Neutral

Lightweight 3/4 length sleeves are perfect for the city living when you have to go from 8am to 8pm for a work event.  For work attire, I like to ground bright colors with neutrals, which helps ensure you’ll be memorable for all the right reasons. Pink shirt also worn 3 ways here.

<Blouse & Khakis: Banana Republic, Bangles: H&M, Clutch: BCBGeneration via Piperlime, Belt: Vintage: Bracelet: J. Crew, Watch: Michael Kors, Sandals: Ann Taylor Loft>