It’s Groundhog Day! And with Punxsutawney Phil predicting six more weeks of winter, I give you a fun, respectable, wintry going-out outfit. Okay, these are my much delayed pictures of my holiday party dress (sorry for the poor quality; we were running late), but here they are, nonetheless, on the cutest American holiday of the year (note: I get a kick out of seeing furry, mammalian creatures, that think they are people).
I changed my outfit at the last minute. I originally wanted to wear the dress that I ended up wearing for Cool Look for the Cold, but then I realized that it was a tad too short for a company event. Instead, I opted for a more demure look. The lace trim is my favorite part of this dress. I bought this dress for about $7 at Target a couple of years ago. I think this was one of my best finds.
I covered up with a light sweater and black tights. Sweaters and tights are my clothing of choice this season; I like how you can feel dressed up but still be relatively comfortable. I just might have to buy myself a pair of sweater tights to get the best of both worlds.
Speaking of comfort, I hope to end my day with a yummy dinner and a viewing of the highlights from today’s Groundhog Day events. Think warm thoughts!
P.S. When I heard of Potomac Phil, a groundhog that made its appearance in DC, I was not anticipating this.
Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):
Sweater: Julie’s Closet/Marshalls
Shoes: Steve Madden/Marshalls
Lately, I’ve been on a color kick. I caught the end of The Royal Tenenbaums the other night, and I was mesmerized by the bold palette and the stylish direction. Although it’s been awhile since I’ve seen the movie in its entirety, I think the costumes and the soundtrack still have a magnetic appeal. To me, the film resembles a musical, moving collage of ironic photos.
I suppose I’m also intrigued by the unconventional outfits. When this movie originally came out, I didn’t have the same appreciation of style that I have now. Now, I see the beauty in a blunt bob and a polo shirt dress or the awesomeness of an all red get-up (even if the outfit in question is a tracksuit).
I’ve definitely become more daring as my taste for the unique and eccentric has developed. Nowadays, I look for colors and designs that stand out when shopping for clothes and home decor. I’m very easily drawn to whimsical images amidst a sea of primary colors. Hence, if the item is cute and has red in it, the chances are pretty good that I will buy it.
In conclusion, a film that is artfully directed can be a complete design inspiration. I love to see vibrant hues and vintage pieces in real life and on my television screen. Because let’s face it–it makes a great backdrop and it gives me yet another reason to go shopping.
*Mark Poulin designs
I enjoy being inspired from unlikely sources. However, I don’t usually know when or what will intrigue me until I see it. So, color me surprised, when, this past weekend, my fashion inspiration came from two ’80s movies: St. Elmo’s Fire and Heathers. Ally Sheedy’s character, Leslie, donned feminine blouses and a long-stranded pearl necklace (with the latter baffingly worn during some intimate moments) in St. Elmo’s Fire. Conservative yet sophisticated, Leslie’s style sense is perfect for a young woman trying to solidify her status as an adult. Similarly, Winona Ryder’s character, Veronica, showcased a tremendous assortment of mature blazers and sweaters with full shoulder pads in Heathers. The exaggerated broad shoulder-look appears to emphasize power and superiority (both attributes essential to the plot of the movie).
These styles share the look of commanding respect while still appearing respectful (when fully clothed): two traits that I value, particularly when dressing for the workplace. Pearls provide a touch of added femininity to a business-type ensemble. Also, although the shoulder pads were massive in Heathers, I believe that they can still be tastefully used for subtle impact with a well-fitted blazer.
Other favorites: the colorful tights and pleated skirts worn by Veronica and the Heathers and the ties and tweed worn by Judd Nelson’s, character Alec. The ’80s…so very.
What do I love more than great clothes? Great music (note: these loves are different from the love that I have for the people in my life in case you were wondering where my priorities were). I’m currently playing in my car Little Anchor’s CD, Sunland. It’s a great CD to listen to as you’re driving on a sunny, fall day (full disclosure: the lead singer is an in-law, but I am really digging their music).
I wanted to have fun with my outfit by matching my clothes to the colors on the tote bag. Usually, I’ll match my bags to my clothes, but the logo on the bag inspired me to come up with an outfit that I wouldn’t have originally worn. I chose a navy-blue striped blouse with a sweater vest and decided to wear my favorite pants for the flowy comfort. I added a pair of vintage of boots to top off the look.
This outfit was perfect for playing around and taking pictures:
A fun way to spend a beautiful afternoon!
Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):
Top: Max Studio/Marshalls
Pants: Patrick Robinson for Target/Target
Boots: Enzo Angiolini/vintage
Bag: Little Anchor show