Stripes have always been my go-to pattern but lately, I’ve been having a checkered moment. While stripes are the ultimate classic, checkers have a little more pizzazz and I can’t get enough.
I found this checkered dress on a Zara sale rack in New York last summer (now sadly out of stock) and have since packed it with me from London to Australia. Belted and paired with heels, it becomes dressy. Loose and combined with a cardigan and boots, it becomes every day wearable.
In an ideal world, I’d also have my kitchen floor redone in a checkerboard pattern. This week while I’m in LA, visiting the brand new Ace Hotel downtown is at the top of my list — newly opened, it just happens to have checkered floors.
These are a few of my favorite checkered things: 1. Emily Shur. 2. Kate Spade. 3. Winter Bird Co. and 4. Wallpaper.
Have an awesome Monday! My stay in Palm Springs is coming to an end but this video will always remind me of what a truly great getaway it’s been.
Photos: Corey Sleap Photography.
If you’re interested in fashion illustration, Modesquisse (French for sketch fashion) is for you! The site is dedicated to curating fashion illustrations on magazine and book covers and what’s especially wonderful is that it doesn’t just cater to current issues — instead, the collection goes back over a century! I love seeing what magazine covers looked like a hundred years ago and it’s interesting to note the lack of headlines cluttering the covers. Back then, the covers were works of art in themselves.
* All images via Modesquisse.
Walking through the streets of New York late last month, this advertisement grabbed my attention. Lipstick red heels, tight type and balloons?! Aldo is celebrating their 40th anniversary in style. Though I don’t own anything by Aldo, the bold simplicity of this campaign definitely struck a cord with me.
Readers: Are there any particular campaigns that have stood out to you as of late?
I’m really excited to be sharing this outfit post today because I’m wearing the item that’s been in my wardrobe the longest. This white dress is a vintage gym uniform (I’m guessing it’s from the 60s based on the tag) and I picked it up at a Goodwill for a few dollars when I was 16…which was 14 years ago! My friends from high school probably remember it well — I wore it all the time, mostly with a bunch of Red Cross buttons affixed to the pocket and paired with striped tights.
One of my constant style inspirations has always been uniforms. Perhaps part of the appeal of creating a uniform-based look is the fantasy of not having to think about what to wear every morning and instead refocusing that time and energy on other creative endeavors. I’ve noticed that a lot of fashion designers and artists seem to have a daily uniform, probably because it gives them a clean slate to focus solely on their new designs.
Vintage Uniform, Thrifted
Tights and Headband, H&M
Patent Belt, Vintage
White Wedges, Olga by Deandri
Sources: 1. Kate Moss by Craig McDean, 2. Helvetica by Anthony Neil Dart, 3. A look from Kanye, 4. The Cure by Alex Cayley, 5. Magdalena by Ben Hassett for Vogue Germany, 6. Sheer (designer unknown).
Readers: Do you have a daily uniform?
And, what item have you had in your closet the longest?
It’s been a busy week so far — I leave for LA Friday morning and have been focused on wrapping up projects, catching up with friends from out of town and excitedly packing so apologies in advance if there’s a bit of a slowdown around here. I’m desperately in need of a team of helper elves!
I wore this gray flannel and vinyl dress with interwoven straps over the long holiday weekend. It pretty much sums up my style direction at the moment, which I’m calling classic avant garde. I’m really interested in simple shapes and materials with a twist that are edgy but still comfortable — for instance, this dress which is made of flannel…which can be pretty boring in most cases but with some modern details, it gets a new life. It reminds me of something one of my favorite Belgian designers would have designed but with a price tag of less than $100.00, is much more in line with my budget.
Cut-Out Flannel Dress (on sale!), ASOS
Wedges, Acne Atacoma
I like clothes I can wear throughout the seasons — I’m planning on layering this dress up with a cardigan and cable knit tights for Fall. Maybe if I add a black beret, I can channel a French schoolgirl from the future?
This mood board sums up my style direction at the moment:
1. Sofia Coppola on Italian Vogue in 1992. 2. ASOS Cut-Out Flannel Dress. 3. Warhol made basics fun. 4. Maison Martin Margiela boots. 5. Just love this type (source unknown). Basic sweater with a twist (source unknown). 6. A.F. Vandevorst Belt. 7. ASOS Full Skirt with Mesh Stripes (similar + better price).
Readers: What are you feeling style-wise for this summer? Anything that’s influencing you and catching your eye? I try to keep a running list on Pinterest of my favorite fashion moments.
Remember my post a few weeks back about subscribing to free catalogs for inspiration? Well, this is one of the issues I’ve received since then. Honestly, you can’t really ignore a catalog that shows up in your mailbox with a blazing deep tangerine cover proclaiming, “NICE TO MEET YOU.” I was smitten from that alone!
J. Crew has a knack for curating the basics into lust-worthy objects of desire and, well, they know what they’re good at. In this latest issue, J. Crew says, “Today, we’re so much more than a catalog — in fact, we hear it from you every day…so really, we’re just catching up with you by calling this book what you’ve been calling it for some time: a style guide.”
The type treatments, photography and layouts feel worthy of a glossy fashion magazine moreso than a catalog so I can see why they’ve elevated it to a ‘style guide.’ Designers, if you’re ever working on any look books, this is a great starting point for inspiration. I especially love the spread featuring a grid of swimwear options (above). They keep it simple with their layouts. Nothing more, nothing less.
J. Crew knows its audience and has fun with the basics without feeling overly trendy. The tone of their style guide matches this aesthetic perfectly and needless to say, though I don’t own much in the way of J. Crew, I’m a big fan of their design aesthetic. Get your copy of the catalog here (because there are a ton more pages that are just as awesome lurking inside).
Yesterday morning, I got quite the surprise when I was digging through my sock drawer and came across this amazing scarf. Long forgotten, I have no idea where it came from or how long I’ve had it! But wow, what a score. The scarf is vintage but reminds me very much of one of my all-time favorite collections. Now, I just need to figure out some new and creative ways to tie a scarf because this one is surely going to get a ton of wear.
Readers: Are there any scarf-tying tutorials out there that you swear by?