Month: August 2013

A Slouchy Transition to Fall

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I’ve been searching for a while now for a pair of army green jeans that would be slouchy and loose for heatwaves worn with sandals, but would easily make the transition to fall with some short booties. I took a look at  a number of pairs – the Gap Broken In Straight Khakis Pants, Current/Elliott The Army Pants, and the Zara Slim Fit Trousers in Khaki – but ended up with the Rag & Bone pair since I loved the gray/green/no brown shade of army green, horizontal seams and boyfriend fit. The fit also looked like it would work with the pants both rolled and unrolled which was important for my summer to fall transition plans. I sized up to make sure they were extra slouchy, and definitely need a (hot pink) belt to hold them up. I was a little concerned that they were too big when they arrived, but after wearing for a couple weeks I feel like they have broken in just right. The above photo was taken on a recent hot summer day – now that the evenings are getting cooler I need to figure out how to style for the fall.

Pants: Rag & Bone/JEAN Brigade Pants (c/o Shopbop – on sale!)
Belt: Pink belt from H&M (Reviewed here)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses (c/o Shopbop)
Bag: L.L. Bean Boat & Tote, Open Top with navy blue trim
Shoes: Salt Water Sandals – thrifted from EBay. My are way too large, make sure you size down!
Shirt: Gap, old. But if I could do it all over again I would get the Striped Short Sleeve Tee by T by Alexander Wang

Salvaged: Steven Alan Reverse Seam Shirt

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One of my favorite things about living in Brooklyn is the “Free Baskets” that everyone puts out for the world. Since moving here I’ve both picked up and given away some good stuff. But the best find was a few weeks ago when I peeked in a paper bag left on a stoop and found a Steven Alan Reverse Seam Shirt in light purple. It was pretty much brand new, and my size. I had picked up a plaid Steven Alan shirt last year on Ebay, and am still convinced that this style is too boxy for us tall girls who need a longer shirt that hits below the hips. And so not a style or color I would have chosen myself, but I decided it was definitely a shirt I would happily wear for free!

The bag is the Farmer’s Market Tote from J. Crew that is now sold out, but I grabbed it for about $20 at a recent sale. They only had blue which I liked, but would have preferred the natural color. Turns out this is actually only a bag for carrying produce back from the farmers market, as I tried to use it as a daily commuting bag and the bottom and sides stretched way out from the weight of all my contents. So overall a great bag, but don’t use it for anything heavy for long periods of time. In this case I was actually headed to our local farmer’s market so it was the perfect bag to carry.

My cut-off shorts look pretty ordinary but they are actually very special to me as they are the first pair of designer denim I ever bought. Back in 2004 (wow almost 10 years ago!) I saved my pennies and headed over to Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston and bought this 7 for All Mankind pair that I wore near daily for years. About 3 years ago as I was long over the trouser cut I sliced them into cut-offs. But not just any cut-offs: my inspiration were the denim shorts worn by Parker Posey’s character in Broken English – a movie that has an amazing outfit in pretty much every frame. I had the movie on pause when I cut them so I could get them to hit in the exact same spot that Nora’s shorts do in the move.

Shirt: Steven Alan Reverse Seam Shirt, similar here
Tank: White Gap tank top
Bag: Farmer’s Market Tote from J. Crew – sold out!
Shorts: 7 for All Mankind Dojo Original Trouser (Cut off – obviously)
Hat: No name brand – impulse purchase from Bolton’s on 57th street
Shoes: Tom’s Shoes in Navy Umbrella Classic – but I wish I had help out for the camo pair
Coffee: Large with milk – no sugar. From Ladybird Bakery

Summer in the City: Thrifted Army Vest

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I’ve had a rotating set of army jackets for the past couple of years that made an appearance in probably 60% – 70% of all my non-winter outfits. There is just something about the color olive-green that I love, and find ways to work into almost every outfit. I started with a fitted jacket from Forever21 that I wore like a blazer to work for three summers in a row. Considering the jacket was about $15 I got a pretty good cost per wear out of that purchase. Last spring I upgraded to a Gap army jacket that it a little more over sized – more like an actual jacket, than a blazer. I still love it but it has quickly become too hot in the city to wear for the summer.

Enter The Army Vest, a perfect compromise to include a dose of olive-green in my daily outfits, but still keep cool. Originally I had planned a quick DIY and scissor off the army of my old Forever21 standby thinking I had gotten all the use of out it in blazer form. But then before I could ever get that far I stumbled across this vest in the Chelsea location of Buffalo Exchange.

Vest: Thrifted at Buffalo Exchange, by way of now defunct Daffy’s, brand is Renuar Collection – similar here, here, and here
Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs – similar here
Dress: Splendid Maxi Tank Dress (c/o Shopbop)
Bag: Bookhou Zip Tote in Grey Triangle – reviewed here
Shoes: Worishofer 251

Photo note: I waited all day for the light to be exactly right for these shots, ran up on the roof, and took these three pictures – right before my battery died. Luckily I was fine with these shots, and could call it a day. Note to self: pay closer attention to the battery icon on the back screen!