Y’all, I cannot handle this dreary weather anymore! What is going on? I’ve loved that Houston has actually had a winter this year, loved bundling up and building fires, loved wearing sweaters and boots. But I need a little sunlight! When it comes back, here’s what I plan to wear: white, white, and more white! White linen really is the epitome of springtime, and my favorite way to transition to the warming weather is to pair it with a little leather and some black accessories. It says “I’m so over winter, but I’m still too chilled to bare my toes or expose my arms.”
Spring in Texas can be confusing…85 degrees the day before school let out for spring break and down in the 40s once the kids were out! So aggravating! But the one thing we can always count on is rain. I have a severe aversion to the air conditioning settings most places utilize on a good day, but when I’m wet from rain and have to be indoors, I can get chilled to the bone. I’ve learned to just cover up. No matter what season we’re in or what the thermometer reads, I need my arms, legs, and toes covered when it rains! This is the perfect outfit for a day like today!
The bow blouse has been around since at least the days of Coco Chanel. Dubbed the “pussy bow,” this look no doubt drew inspiration from men’s neckties, providing women with a prettier and more ladylike version of the menswear office staple accessory. Not to mention giving the ladies another option for neck bling aside from necklaces! These tie neck tops became ubiquitous with the 80s ladies — Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin certainly took full advantage of this look while outsnakin’ Moramax and doing their best to save Jupiter Hollow from strip mining in “Big Business.” Although it never really went away, the pussy bow has made a pretty big resurgence in the past few years, and I couldn’t love it more! (As evidenced here.) What I love about this WAYF tie neck dress is that it offers the ladylike look of the classic style while also giving it a modern edge with the cut of the dress and the black lace tie. It feels a little “Working Girl” meets “Reality Bites”/”Singles,” no?
I took these pictures with one of my favorite fashion photogs, Justin James, a few months ago. I adore everything about this outfit, but I haven’t posted it here yet because I was waiting for the right time…a relevant fashion moment I suppose. I feel like most fashion blog posts are driven by the weather or holidays and events, and this outfit is really just for fun! I decided that most everyone will be dealing with a case of the Mondays as we approach Thanksgiving break, so I figure now is as good a time as any to post about something that is just for fun, no?!
I know crop tops give most anyone over 25 a slight wave of anxiety, and I am no exception. First of all, baring your whole belly is not very ladylike, and more importantly, who has that kind of time to dedicate to the requisite ab work? The solution is simple: pair your crop with a high waisted bottom and keep the details ladylike and the belly button covered. Truth be told, the belly button should never be seen in public outside of the beach or pool scene unless you’re performing in Vegas…and even then, your name better start with Britney!
A pencil skirt always fits the bill for ladylike, and it is a staple in my closet for those days I am practicing law (a little bit more lately!!), Sunday church services, and really any event where I want a classic, pulled together look. The one I’m wearing is the black version of this Derek Lam skirt. If you want to go slightly edgier, the zipper detail on this 5th & Mercer option is so good.
Crop tops are a dime a dozen these days, but before you pull the trigger, make sure you’re choosing a top that is well made and otherwise modest. The last thing you want is a plunging neckline, spaghetti straps, AND a bare belly! The pretty lace, long sleeves, and high neck of this Asilio crop keep it feminine and flirty without crossing into “too much skin” territory! I linked a few other options I’m currently crushing on below.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Just don’t consider this look for your Turkey Day festivities; drawstring waist pants are a much better choice for pumpkin pie!
Photos by Justin James Photography
Lace Top: Asilio (similar looks by Asilio and Saylor, and this version by Stone Cold Fox is pretty too) | Skirt: Derek Lam (Black no longer available. I also love this Black Halo option, and the zipper detail on this 5th & Mercer skirt is so fun!) | Bag: Chanel (similar and less expensive option by Rebecca Minkoff) | Cage booties: Zara (these are old, but there are several similar and super cute options by Sam Edelman, Schutz, and Vince Camuto) | Earrings: Impressions of Santa Fe
Many moons ago, with braces on my teeth and freckles on my nose, I caught the Seattle grunge bug — pretty hard! Still too young to drive, my best friend and I spent hours in my bedroom memorizing the lyrics to the entire Pearl Jam “Ten” album, and the revolutionary sounds of Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Soundgarden were favorites as well. It’s true that this music defined a generation — mine! My family couldn’t quite understand my desire to stalk Gadzooks in the mall for their new shipment of Doc Martens, while I not-so-patiently waited for my size to arrive. When I finally got my coveted pair, I tried them on with everything in my closet. Some of my favorite looks included the OG 90’s version of “boyfriend jeans” (Levi’s 501’s in a size or two larger) with a bodysuit (of course) and a flannel (natch), cut off Levi’s with a crochet sweater, and of course the ubiquitous 90210-inspired baby doll dress. My favorite was white with a small clock pattern all over. That dress was so rad – I wanted to wear it everywhere! I was thrilled to be featured in our school newspaper “The Eagle Beat” wearing the clock dress with my Doc Martens for a feature on fashion of the times. (The other outfits included Cross Colours, Girbaud jeans, and Justin Ropers – a truly on-point cross section of the grunge scene, hip hop culture, label-conscious preps, and Garth Brooks wannabe cowboys that made up our school! Not one to be pigeonholed, however, I did cross over quite a bit…I totally wore my Cole Haan loafers with striped Hilfiger shirts, khaki shorts, and a weave belt with regularity that same year!)
The recent resurgence of the baby doll dress is a win-win for all ladies. This style exudes an effortless vibe with its forgiving silhouette and draped ease. Club Monaco nailed it with this version, and I know this is a dress I will wear over and over. Maybe not with Doc Martens, but definitely with my favorite booties! And since fall weather remains elusive in Houston, a great gladiator sandal is another option for styling and is the perfect transition footwear, giving this dress an updated look. Truthfully, I won’t rule out throwing a flannel over my shoulders! Now if I can just figure out the words to “Yellow Ledbetter”…
The updated baby doll dresses fit slightly closer to the body, making them appear a little less maternity than the 90s versions. I do, however, think this would be a great style for mamas-to-be or new moms in that awkward to fit stage! So many designers have embraced this look; a few of my favorites include these pretty jewel-toned numbers by Alice & Olivia and Rebecca Taylor and these harvest-inspired dresses by Topshop and Vince Camuto.
I would be remiss to wrap up this post without discussing everyone’s favorite fall footwear — the bootie! I’ve been a fan of ankle boots for many years now and have accumulated several pairs in various styles, from a flat, suede everyday pair to several heeled pairs (including the Rag & Bone Margot bootie worn here) and my favorite buckled moto bootie. They are definitely what I reach for the second the weather turns ever so slightly cooler. The options are endless when it comes to booties, but I have narrowed down the choices and linked several of my favorites below. Don’t forget the classic Doc Marten combat bootie — Brenda, Kelly, and Donna will be so proud!
//OUTFIT 1// Booties: Rag & Bone (all black Rag & Bone, less expensive and super cute similar booties by Sole Society and Vince Camuto, and I love the studded detail on this pair by Frye and the Western vibe of this Joie pair) | Bag: Chanel (similar and less expensive option by Rebecca Minkoff) | Cuff: Free People, no longer available (similar bangle stack by Amrita Singh) | Ring: similar by Erin Wasson and James Avery | Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarers
//OUTFIT 2// Gladiator sandals: Aldo (also love this more understated pair by Steve Madden) | Clutch: J. Crew, sold out (similar by Clare V. and Steve Madden ) | Hat: J. Crew | Necklace: similar style here | Python cuff: similar by Kenneth Jay Lane | Sunglasses: Ray Ban Aviators