Sexpot-ism

8 Feb

“In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, but now god knows….”

I’ve decided to attack the modern notion of the popular term “sexy”. Not sure when it became such an alluring concept, but this particular adjective often consumes a woman’s entire self image and dictates the way she makes herself look. Outwardly, we are compelled to show this trait via the clothes we wear. However, that “sexy” feminine silhouette that takes shape when I’m in my favorite LBD doesn’t happen on the hanger, so it’s not inherent in the clothing itself. Naturally, it’s a woman’s aura – her energy, her confidence, and her shape – that picks up where the fabric leaves off.

From corsets and bustiers to miniskirts and push up bras, we have come a long way. Back in the day, just a glimpse of an ankle or a v-neck would suffice to elicit a blush or catch the eye of a “gentleman caller.” Those were simpler times. How, I wonder, did we ever get from that to, well, this:

via Twist

Love you, Amanda, but something’s been lost in translation. This piece of fabric leaves nothing to the imagination – one wrong slip and it crosses that thin line from sexy to “I can see your lack of undergarments.”

Where oh where did we go wrong? What Ms. Bynes seems to be missing here is that sometimes what you don’t show can be sexier. The attention you get from showing just a glimpse of your shoulder will be much more well received than the attention any lady would get strutting down the street in that little number. And I use the term “lady” quite lightly…

If you’re gonna strut your stuff, choose one part. This is sophisticated sexy. This will find you a husband, as opposed to, well…

Nothing is sexier than a bare shoulder. So bare it. Go Kim K with a one-shoulder dress, but keep it classy with a longer hem, or pair it with tights:

River Island Oragami Dress via Asos – chic and sophisticated, but shorter, so she paired it with deep tights.
Alice + Olivia Striped Skye Dress – longer hem, fitted silhouette, and a cap sleeve. It’s clean cut and sexy

If you want to do the bare legs, do bare legs. But don’t sacrifice other exposure too – cover the shoulders, don’t show off the girls, or try a looser fit:

Zara Tulip Dress – old time sexy silhouette and plenty of leg, but conservative elsewhere
Asos Chiffon Panel Dress – flowing comfy, casual, and sexy
Black Halo Mary mini Dress – tight at the bottom, loose and comfy at the top. Perfect mix

Third area is the top. Cleavage does not equal sexy. If you are going to show skin on top, balance it out by covering up elsewhere – sleeves, pants, a looser fitting top, etc:

Donna Mizani Cutout Top: open back is sexy, but not if paired with a mini skirt.
Max Studio Cashmere V Neck Top: long and lean look, paired with skinnies.
Nightcap Clothing College Cardigan Dress: Effortless, casual sexy. The high socks with a hint of bare leg are perfect here too.

Show off your sexy side without showing too much. Let your confidence and femininity do the rest.

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Girl power-ism

4 Feb

Perusing through the epitome of my fashion and life inspiration, Vogue Italia, this image popped out at me. Let me shake things up and take un momento piu serio.

Look hard at this image – it reminds us why we are women; how fierce we are, how feminine, how daring, how utterly unique. Woman is bold. She is confident. She is alluring. The bright, almost luminous red hue of this peek-aboo sheer dress, pleated in a most sophisticated manner, billowing up like the famed Marilyn Monroe post of yore. Woman spreads her wings. Woman’s reach is wide. The hot red stiletto heels only aid in her effortless slide down the banister. She is in control. Don’t mess with those shoes. And a peek of sheer bright blue to mix it up underneath. This is fashion, my friends. This is utmost feminine. Perfect with a pouted lip for a look that can transcend the decades.

I am woman, hear me rawr.

Chloe-ism

3 Feb

Obsession of the day/week.

Chloe, oh chloe:

I was just casually strolling through Chloe’s Summer 2011 collection when my heart momentarily stopped beating and my eyes bulged out of my head like they tend to do after I down my morning double espresso with just a hint of milk.

Let me tell you WHY these bags are perfect: the soft, neutral pinky-beigy leather, the rich, elegant gold chains, the perfect size and shape, and the ever-classy just-enough beaded embroidery. It’s my grandma’s favorite bag from the 1930s, reworked into a modern classic. Delicious, sophisticated, very Chloe.

A girl can dream.

Shooter-ism

2 Feb

Boom boom pow.

Picture holding an old vintage cast-iron pistol. Can’t you just feel the cool, sleek, powerful metal? It’s the refreshing allure of that old gunmetal that always gets our goat. What if you could harness that energy and keep it by your side? Lucky for us, gunmetal chic is all the rage in the fashion realm. Take aim and shoot your fashion prowess to a new level.

I was inspired and intrigued by the intensity and drama of this gorgeous knotted clutch by Bottega Veneta. Solid rectangular clutches have always struck me as so fierce, so dramatic… and so non-practical. But hey isn’t that the point?

While we drool, check out these gunmetal-inspired pieces guaranteed to add some flare to your ensemb:

Pack heat at all times.

1. Noir Jewelry CZ Pyramid Ring.
2. All Saints Rajani Earring.
3. Leslie Danzis Gunmetal Chain Necklace.
4. Tasha studded head wrap.
5. Foley + Corinna metallic plated disco city bag.
6. Talullah tu jewelry vine cocktail ring.
7. Michael Kors Vienna Sandal.
8. Giant silk bow elongated flap clutch.

Furry-ism

1 Feb

Lovin that shag. Me-ow.

For the umpteenth time since the decade itself, That 70s Look is back in swing. Time to be hip to the hippie and rock those forehead bands and wide leg jeans over 6-inch platforms.

One element from the era of peace and love that has picked up a lot recently is fur. Preferably faux fur for our tree-huggin PETA lovers out there, but fur nonetheless. Vests are a really simple and chic way to incorporate it, but there will always be those that take it to new levels with floor length coats, big fur skirts, and those shaggy boots we all love to hate.

Check out these friendly furry finds and plan to snuggle up:

Vest: Kensie Faux Fur Vest. Easygoing accessory.
Snood: ASOS Long Fantasy Fur Snood. For fur in the face.
Jacket: Twisted Heart Biker Jacket. For just a hint of wild animal.
Bag: Wabags Yvette Fur Handbag. Makes an impeccable accent.
Hat: ASOS Fantasy Fur Cossack Hat. To top it off.

Go fur it.

Crowd Power-ism

28 Jan

Today’s great debate: is Groupon the be all, end all?

Sometimes us women require more than clothing. We like to eat. And drink. And get massages. And be overall merry. And we like to do it for a discounted price, at a highly recommended spot that’s close to home, which others like ourselves enjoy. Is that so much to ask? The social world says: certainly not.

We are all aware of the vast power that coupon-clipping moms wield in high numbers. This has allowed sites like Groupon to blast into instant fame and fortune. And, of course, riding on the 54% off coattails of its launch come similar sites by the hundred. Today, I highlight one that seems to have it all.

LivingSocial is my match.com for the goings-on in my city. It’s loud, it’s vibrant, it knows what I want, what I like, how much I want to spend, and where I want to spend it. It’s like they read my diary. It works just like Groupon only better. And more delicious. Best part is their 365 things to do list, which highlights 365 things you never thought you needed to do but realized you can’t live without, and where to do them. Genius.

And, of course, these things will always include shopping. Like where to get some shnazzy boots (#211 – Tip Top Shoes). Now I subconsciouly desire a new pair of fancy leathers. Thank you, LivingSocial.

Ah, the digital world at its finest: Are you a groupon guru or are you livingsocial?

Snowpocalypse…ism

27 Jan

It’s finally happened. NYC is BURIED in snow. There are big puddles of death at every street corner deep enough to swim in. I am ashamed to say I wore Uggs (and shall later inflict self-punishment for even owning them) and they are annihilated. The patches of snow on sidewalks in front of certain buildings are threatening to have me on my derriere before the day is over. What is a poor little fashionista to do?

Those on the runway would suggest this:

Karl, I applaud the effort. These are beautiful garments, but feel free to laugh with me. Apparently her knees require no protection from the surrounding ice structures. And I assume the fashionista that wears this ensemb didn’t kill those animals herself nor is she the kind of gal who will be trudging through the murky sidewalks of Herald Square anytime soon.

For us lowly citizens, might I suggest the following:

And a purdy view of our beloved park.

Gloves via Rag and Bone. Boots via Blondo. Hat via Max Studio. Not my ideal outfit but you gotta do what you gotta do.