Sometimes the best outfits come together accidentally. By chance this tweed jacket and striped sweater were hanging next to each other in my closet. I was just beginning to think that I had nothing to wear when I spotted them. A pair of distressed denim, lilac studded boots, and a vintage purse later, the rest is history. This is the perfect combination of pulled together and comfortable for a rainy afternoon spent at the museum. I knew that I probably did too much outfit planning in my head, but now I know I’m doing it subconsciously as well.
I’ve been a longtime admirer of Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, the design duo behind the Peter Pilotto brand, so I was thrilled to learn about their recent collaboration with Target stores. The designers are known for their thoughtfully printed women’s wear pieces, which always make a statement at London Fashion Week. Their beautiful clothing also comes along with a hefty price tag, so I never thought I’d get the chance to call a piece my own, until recently that is. I love the feminine shape of this dress, with a belt to accentuate the waist, and the sporty racer back top with cut-outs at the shoulder. The printed lace sleeves are an unexpected touch and make it the perfect spring time dress. I’m not usually a Target shopper, but they’re doing some pretty great stuff with their designer collaborations lately.
Temps are still hovering around freezing in Boston, but there’s no denying that I’ve got Spring Fever! I’m itching for warmer weather to wear all of the new clothes I have my eye on. This gingham floral dress would be perfect for a spring wedding, as would this satin stripped number, tie dye dress, or color-blocked sheath. And a cut-out denim dress would be ideal for a lazy Sunday brunch. A sheer inset sleeveless top, a floral baseball T-shirt, and a lace up faux leather top are fresh and classic at the same time. I would wear all three of them with a pair of light pink Chloé trousers. I die over this organza Erdem top and skirt combination, but, unfortunately, I think they’ll remain on my wishlist forever. I plan on upgrading my shoe game for spring and these pink ankle boots, slingback oxfords, d’orsay flats, and lace up strappy sandals would each make a welcome statement to my fantasy closet. Nothing goes better with imaginary new shoes than imaginary new bags, so I picked out a couple that I think would compliment my new wardrobe: a Pierre Hardy shoulder bag, a 3.1 Phillip Lim cracked leather satchel, and a Diane von Furstenberg clutch. As we all know, and may even still be experiencing, spring can get off to a pretty cold start. That’s why I’ve picked out some sweaters and coats for chillier weather. A sleeveless trench, a floral kimono, a striped split-front sweater, a mint pullover, a patterned cardigan, and a leopard peplum sweater should do the trick. And just for fun, some stackable gold rings, gingham cat eye sunglasses, and a pink plastic bow tie.
Knit-wear can be tricky. Yes, it’s very cozy, but there’s always the potential of an itchy, bulky, Grandma-esque sweater situation. I prefer to wear a lightweight sweater with a tank underneath to minimize the bulk, and I always look for soft fabrics, such a cashmere, to avoid constant fidgeting. That’s why I love this sweater from Lord & Taylor. It’s thin, velvety soft, and very modern with the color blocking and asymmetric hem. It meets all my knit-wear needs!
I love a head to toe black look. It makes me feel strong, confident, and pulled together. And my favorite thing to do is to combine a bunch of different textures to make the monochrome look feel fresh. For instance, a cashmere sweater with embellishments on the shoulder, worn with a tweed skirt with lace panels, and patent leather lace up heels is chic, not dull. I topped it all off with a vintage beaded bag. My intention was to exude a less witchy and more of a bewitching vibe instead.
I’m a lady who likes to dress up, but every so often a casual day is in order. If I’m staying home all day, leggings and Uggs it is, but if I’m heading out I’ve got a few easy pieces that I’ve been reaching for lately. My Zara sweatshirt has bead embellishments on the sleeves that give some effortless sparkle to my look. My wine colored cords have a slight paisley pattern that’s adds an unexpected element to a cozy staple. And my suede booties are the most comfortable, socially acceptable shoes that I’ve ever put on my feet. I might feel like I’m wearing pajamas, but not everyone needs to know that.
When I was much younger and first discovering my love of clothing, I was very into matchy-matchy outfits. I only wanted to wear distinct sets (I think I learned this at Gap Kids). One top went with one bottom and they were not to be mixed with other pieces. Ever. I’ve since grown out of that phase, luckily, and my wardrobe options grew exponentially! Mixing and matching pieces is the most fun and inexpensive way to create new looks. And playing around in my closet one day is just how I stumbled across my “old” peplum top and my “new” leather skirt. Together they look like they were made for each other and separately they’re stand out pieces. Tastes change, and that’s a good thing, but I would be remiss not to mention how happy Little Diana would be with how perfectly these separates match.