Fashion and Big Ideas

I admit it. I love it. It does matter. For a long time, I could not utter those words in reference to fashion in the academic world where I work. So, the articles in the NY Times in preparation for fashion week struck a chord with me. They correspond with one of my purposes for starting this blog. One person is quoted as saying that in academia, fashion is “very much denigrated.” She goes further saying, “The academic uniform has some variations but basically is intended to make you look like you’re not paying attention to fashion, and not vain, and not interested in it, God forbid.” This has been my experience.

I have begun to acknowledge that my style is crucial to my cultural identity. And as NY Times writer, Guy Trebay, rightly observes, “Clothes are ideas.” Agreed. Thus, fashion (and this blog) provide me with ways of thinking about the world.

Admit it. You love it. It Matters – New York Times

Uncomplicated

I swear. I don’t usually shop in juniors, but the clearance tag on this Mossimo Supply Co. halter dress made me take a second look. I had seen it before and the long fit, navy print, empire waist, and braided halter were quite striking. However, juniors sizing is often deficient in some areas for me. To my surprise, the dress fits like a glove. I paired it with patent navy flats. Now I am ready for an unfussy day of running around.
Dress – Mossimo for Target
Flats – Banana Republic factory store

A Love Affair

Ah love. An afternoon wedding gave me the perfect opportunity to unveil this Max Studio cotton voile sundress. Its cream base with a striking yet very delicate floral print -a harmonious mix of brown and green- gave the dress sophisticated appeal. The obi (sash) at the empire waist yielding the fit-and-flare shape rendered the dress perfect for the affair. 4 inch Tahari Mecca d’Orsay pumps and 14K freshwater cultured pearls finished the look.

Dress – Max Studio via Marshalls
Pumps – Tahari via Nordstrom (annual sale)
Pearls – Overstock

To the Market in Style

Sigh. Stuck in the Midwest I was not able to get my hands on the sought after Anya Hindmarch “I’m not a plastic bag”. However, inspired by the idea of making it fashionable to forego using plastic bags, I decided to search for an alternative. I found ‘it’ in the Michael Kors medium canvas tote. This bag is khaki with screen print “MK” in brown and dark green (Go Green!). It features a top snap closure along with side snaps to expand or reduce the size of the bag. The wide straps fit snuggly over the shoulder and the bag tucks comfortably under the arm making it the perfect shopper. I have not used plastic bags since.

Michael Kors tote – a steal on ebay

Right on Target?

Surprise surprise! So Isaac Mizrahi really hits the mark with these oh-so-stylish leather pumps. This pair features an exotic black with a classic yet very of-the-moment snake skin pattern. The best thing about these pumps though is that Isaac did not compromise comfort for style. With a 3.25″ heel, and cushioned insoles, they surprisingly provide all-day comfort.

The vintage inspired shift dress with the feminine ruffle detail, also Isaac Mizrahi for Target, initially caught my eye. But when I tried it on at home, I could not reconcile the poor fit around my hips. I typically love Isaac’s work; I just wish his designs loved my body type. But I am sure I will give him more chances to woo me in the future.