What I want to wear now: Less is more

I advocate a fashion “uniform” with my clients. I believe firmly in an easy closet of mix and match basics that can go anywhere in the course of a normal day’s adventures. So barring a quick jet to Cannes or an invitation for an audience with royalty, you’re ready to go in a matter of minutes. My personal uniform is all about denim most of the year, but summertime in the south and a pair of jeans just don’t strike the right chord of comfort.

So, in honor of the season of stickiness and sweat, I am dreaming of and advocating a less is more approach. With a few barely there accessories and some adorably chic flat sandals, a light, breathable sundress is the perfect summer solution.

  
Crochet Lace Sundress

Bahama Babe Navy Blue Print Dress

Roxy Tidal Wave Dress

Dyes on the Prize Dress

Soft Pleated Skater Dress

Opening new windows

I am a little late curating my collection of things to love for April. 

I’ve been tied up with another project and an exciting new gig. 

I started on April 1 as the marketing director of the Huntsville Ballet Company. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks as the company led up to the spring production of The Sleeping Beauty, but some beautiful images came out of the weekend and I thought I would share them here. The photos aren’t mine, they are by the multitalented Mike Lyman.

I promise to get back to style soon, but in the meantime enjoy these beautiful images from backstage at the ballet. If you like what you see, check out the ballet’s Instagram account @huntsvilleballetcompany. 

 

  Ballet Master Desmond Nunn as a suitor and Featured Dancer Sarah Pautz as Aurora in the Rose Adagio

 The talented Susan Kelly as Carabosse, the Evil Fairy.

Taking the plunge

The plunging neckline: A strong trend for 2015

I am a fan. Though It’s not for every occasion, I love the combination of a demure hem and a deeply plunging neckline for evening events.

It’s not a cut for everyone. It looks patently less attention-seeking when sported by a woman with a smaller bust and the proper application of double-stick fashion tape prevents wardrobe malfunctions. It also requires a certain amount of confidence. This is not one for the faint of heart.

Scroll down for a bit of runway, red carpet and everyday inspiration.

inspiration

 

Rodarte Fall 2015

Rodarte

J Mendel

J Mendel

Untitled

BCBG

yellow dress

Rosie Assoulin

Sienna Miller Golden Globes

Sienna Miller Golden Globes

Of course there are ways… A plunge neck jumpsuit becomes a wear-anywhere option with the simple addition of one of fashion’s most modest items–in a suitably thin fabric, of course.
jumpsuit and polo neck edited

TOTÊME Courchevel Micro Modal and cashmere-blend turtleneck top

FRENCH CONNECTION Jumpsuit 

Street style with a twist: How a war changed the way a nation dressed

My first love was history. My first official research paper was on WWII’s effects on women’s fashion in the U.S and the subsequent societal changes that “wearing the pants” inevitably inspired. As I was a junior in high school steeped in floridly-written historical romance novels, I am certain that it was riveting–Sorry, Mrs. Chabreck.

For better, or more likely worse, I was inspired to the topic by a collection of Life magazines from the period loaned to us by a British neighbor who had been a child evacuee from London in the early days of WWII. So, I can’t help but love this Guardian UK article on  the Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style exhibit at London’s Imperial War Museum.

From lingerie made of outdated silk maps (genius) to a virtual Capsule Collection of sleek, stylish clothing created by a consortium of government-directed fashion designers that has in its description the feel of modern catwalks, the article is a lively lesson in history and a study in the simple joy of looking smart.

Read the article here and see a few featured images below.

Lingerie made from outdated silk military maps.

Lingerie made from outdated silk military maps.

Utility clothing went on sale in spring 1943. The Utility scheme was developed by the Board of Trade and introduced a range of quality- and price-controlled clothes. Utility clothing came in a limited range of garments, styles and fabrics. The range was designed by some of the leading names in fashion, including Hardy Amies, Digby Morton and Norman Hartnell.

Utility clothing went on sale in spring 1943. The Utility scheme was developed by the Board of Trade and introduced a range of quality- and price-controlled clothes. Utility clothing came in a limited range of garments, styles and fabrics. The range was designed by some of the leading names in fashion, including Hardy Amies, Digby Morton and Norman Hartnell.

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An official Ministry of Information Photo Division wartime photograph showing four fashionable young ladies enjoying a stroll in the spring sunshine Photo: Imperial War Museum

Hooked on a Feeling: Channeling the 70s for S/S 2015

As I type this, I am listening to Led Zeppelin’s “Ten Years Gone” from Physical Graffiti. I was four in 1975, so I wasn’t really a Zeppelin fan then. That came later. At the time, I listened to a lot more of The Captain and Tennille,  Olivia Newton-John and The Carpenters in the back seat of my mom’s green Grand Tourino.

Whatever your music taste or exposure and whether or not you were alive in 1975, for spring 2015 the 70s are alive and well. This is excellent news, because unlike many trends inspired by the past, this one is ageless. Wide leg silhouettes and wrap dresses work whatever your decade of origin.

So this spring, without the Tab and Virginia Slims, I’ll channel the glamour of the ladies I looked up to in my youth.

70s 2015