Best of Basics: Striped Shirt

I know you’ve heard me go on and on about the perfect striped shirt, and thanks to my friend Bryn, I found it! Made in a classic blue and white menswear stripe, the fabric is substantial enough to hold structure, without instantly wrinkling upon wearing. It’s one of those fabrics that you know will only get softer with each wear. Believe me, I know because I haven’t taken it off in almost two weeks and it already feels like my second skin. The length is long enough to tuck into jeans or wear layered under sweaters. The price tag is the best part, at only $50 (but wait, it is on sale right now for $40!) I could stock my whole closet with this shirt.

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Are you looking for a perfect basic piece? Let me know and I’m happy to do some research for you, your request might even end up published here.

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Last Minute Halloween Costumes

I’m a little late on the Halloween ideas this year, but I always love to look into my closet for last minute Halloween costumes. I often pull inspiration from fashion, pop-culture and art… here are my ideas this year…

Fashion editors are always a great go-to. This year, thanks to Gaultier’s runway tribute to them, I feel like Grace Coddington would be fun to impersonate for the evening. A little red hairspray, a minimal ensemble and a fluffy stuffed animal cat would do the trick. Personally, I would fashion a clutch out of her book cover GRACE, to easily appease those who will inevitably ask, “Who are you supposed to be?”

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long black coat // oversized white shirt // GRACE book // black wide-leg trousers (budget here) // Bumble & Bumble red hair powder // fluffy cat // Vans sneakers

Be sure to continue reading for a few more last minute Halloween costumes…

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Must Have: Deconstructed Denim

Perfectly polished or deconstructed denim? I love them both equally. At the moment, I have an affection for the refined yet deconstructed denim pieces à la Vêtements and Marques’Almeida (pictured left to right respectively). The simple silhouettes with small touches of deconstruction is the definition of laid back luxury. If I were to splurge on a pair of jeans, it would be hard to choose between the two.deconstructed-denim-vetements-and-marques-almeida-desmitten

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Vêtements available at Farfetch  and La Garçonne // Marques’Almeida available at Matches and be sure to check out the exclusive collection for Topshop

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Now and Then

It’s no secret that history repeats itself, and it’s especially true in fashion. The proof? These ads and editorials span the last two decades of the 20th century, but aside from the baby-faced famous models, they could be mistaken for current editorials. Chunky rib knits, minimal wrap coats and tie around the waist styling is all so relevant at the moment.

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Vogue 1986 // Shalom Harlow by Tom Munro for Vogue UK, 1997

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 Kate Moss for Calvin Klein, early 1990’s // Shalom Harlow by Kelly Klein for Harper’s Bazaar, September 1997

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Amber Valletta by Patrick Demarchelier, Harper’s Bazaar, October 1996 //Kate Moss for Vogue UK, March 1993

For more inspiration from old editorials, visit my Pinterest board, < old good things >

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Alaïa Abode

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What better way to start off the week than with some major interior inspiration from Azzedine Alaïa himself. The fashion designer rents out three 1,100 square foot apartments located next to his Paris atelier in the Marais. Converted from a  loft in a 17th century building and furnished with the finest pieces from his private collection. Jean Nouvel, Arne Jacobsen, Marc Newsom, Pierre Paulin and Charlotte Perriand pieces transform the apartments into inspirational abodes. Each space has its own kitchen but breakfast is served from Alaïa’s personal kitchen each morning. The neutral color palette and minimal design of each piece of furniture and accessory has me longing for a Paris getaway.

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To view more images of the apartments, visit The Wall.

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