I wasn’t really a Theory girl until this month.
I work from home, which means I don’t need work clothes, and for the past couple of years, I’ve rarely needed professional-looking separates: I can usually get buy with skinny jeans and boots or a nice dress for 99% of my cool-weather, dressier occasions.
But now that I’m inching into my later 20s (my birthday is next Monday!) I’m starting to welcome a few more tailored pieces into my wardrobe. Back-to-school time is my favorite season for shopping and reinvention, and Theory’s mix-and-match separates have me drooling. The brand seems to have stepped up its creativity in styling and its youthfulness in marketing and design: just check their blog for constant inspiration this season.
Most pieces are still in the investment category for me, but last week I snagged a great pair of silk cocktail pants at a Neiman’s sale and am vowing to one day stock up on their suiting separates, like the ones below.
Theory’s taken on a playful, buoyant tone that’s needed even in the professional sphere, without compromising its very serious commitment to quality. I’m a Theory girl.
The September Issues — aka the fall fashion issues — are the biggest issues all year in fashion and beauty, in size and importance. Unless you’re scheduled for a round-trip to Tokyo, you probably don’t need them all, so which ones are best?
- Marie Claire: It’s got Mary-Kate on the cover, and while her interviews are always a little obnoxious, her spread is great, and the overall coverage is so complete and well-edited, I actually bought this issue twice, after losing my first half-read copy at my boyfriend’s apartment.
- Vogue: If the September Issue documentary didn’t convince you of all the work that goes into this bible, then maybe you’ll pick up Vogue because Halle Berry’s the first second ever African-American woman to grace the magazine’s September cover.
- Harper’s Bazaar: If you’re not into the Jennifer Aniston-as-Bahbrah thing, buy this one for the Ralph Lauren at-home feature.
- Glamour: Again, you might want this one for what’s inside: Leighton Meester on beauty, Tommy Hilfiger on dressing classic, and Michael Kors on fall. In other words, advice from the people you really care about.
- Vanity Fair: VF is actually quite awesome at fashion, and Lady Gaga’s their September girl. Plus, this one has the International Best Dressed List.
Any other gems I’ve missed?
Do you likey?
Or does it make you think of a pimp shoe? Still on the hunt for the perfect brown bootie for this fall.
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Last year, gray and plum tights were catching everyone’s eye, but this year I’m on the hunt for a navy pair.
I’m still going to hold on to my black, gray and chocolate tights, but I think navy will look good underneath cute minidresses in fall colors and patterns (like small flower prints and stars), and with flats, boots or even pumps. I found this pair at Old Navy for just $6.50, and I think they’re a perfect deal for adding a little surprise to an everyday outfit.
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Check out New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham’s audio slideshow of his latest trip to Paris, On the Street: City of Sights. He notes that women all over the city (or at least the Tuileries) were wearing a reincarnation of Dior’s 1950s asymmetrical dresses, buttons and all.
I’ve always thought the New Look was a beautiful trend but best left to the 1950s. I do love, however, these sleek day dresses, perfect for work, parties and as Cunningham notes, bicycle riding, in 1950 and 2008.
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You can thank me later: today only on Shopbop.com you can get a 20% discount on your total purchase (sale items not included) by entering in this special code: TREATS2008.
Eligible contemporary and Designer Boutique merchandise include Brian Reyes cashmere, Thakoon pants, Kiki de Montparnasse sets, and this lovely Temperley London Ruby Clutch.
Apparently Yale brings out the worst in New York prep school kids. Fashionwise, and Gossip Girl speaking anyway.
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Serena looked pretty hot in her bandage dress and the blazer/v-neck combo, but it got me thinking, how far would you go for a logo? Or a fake crest, for that matter? Serena’s striped blazer fit well and was vaguely preppy enough for an Ivy League (but not nearly dressy enough for an interview with the dean, mind you), but what was with the massive crest on the left side?
I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable wearing a big fake symbol on my clothing — even on what we can assume was a designer jacket. I’m pretty sure that Serena’s crest wasn’t a Bass family heirloom, and wouldn’t it make you feel sort of like you’re wearing Abercrombie or Old Navy, no matter how much you paid for the piece in question?