The Holiday Edit: Go Bold or Go Home

Lights up on a woman dreaming of silk, fur and sartorial twists on holiday dressing. She is cold. She is tired. She is running late for the next big thing.  

Nursing heavily spiked egg-nog, she surveys her closet and looks at her phone. Cringes. “The best laid plans…” she thinks, shaking her head.  Feeling like she’s drunk dialing an ex, the woman reaches for her LBD. A quiet surrender. How did it come to this???

This holiday season, we invite you to subvert this story with Four Ways to Inspire Your Inner Wintour:

One Thing Vintage: add a single, unique vintage piece (a Lanvin necklace circa 1972, a mink stole, a brocade Dries jacket from seasons ago) and throw it over classics you own (a slip dress, a crisp white button down and a black pencil skirt, skinny trousers, or 501s). Keep the face bare. Add a red lip. Brava!

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Winter Floral: take (or find) a ‘90’s inspired floral dress (think Anna Sui or Reformation), add black opaque tights, a formal shoe (I love a dressed up Mary Janes), rhinestone jewels and/or a bit of fur or consider a floral maxi skirt with a metallic beaded top or simple black or white tee, and accessorize as above. Finish with loads of eyeliner and a nude or berry lip. Done.

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Goth for Days: if you must rely on the LBD (and let’s face it, there are days…), go ALL THE WAY and pair it with black tights, black heels, black moto jacket, a black velvet beret, black mani, and sunglasses at night. Finish with a top knot or a sleek low bun, naked or smoky eye, and vampy lipstick. C’est bon.

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Unexpected Twists: when all else fails, do one unexpected thing. Throw a field jacket over a gold lame dress, break out a Canadian Tuxedo and load your arms with too many gold bangles, wear a smoking jacket or a men’s tuxedo shirt as a dress with seamed black hosiery. Why not?

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PS: You can shop these looks at Common Threads Boulder and Common Threads Denver (specifics referenced are available in store now).

An Ode to Fashion Bloggery: The New Weekly

It’s easy to tear down the internet: the irony of use is palpable. Although it provides mind-blowing access to people and perspectives, studies show time logged online leads to more group-think and less empathy; more comparison and less meaningful connection to all walks of life. AND YET: there is unimaginable opportunity to learn, to share, and to engage. In our world, that means disrupting staid concepts of fashion, closet and wardrobe virtually and virally.

Before ushering in our new Weekly Blog (our focus: lives lived fiercely and fashionably with sustainable sensibility), we pause and pay due respect to our lineage. Here, an ode to Five Favorite Fashion Blogs (may we someday join them in the annals of Fashion Bloggery).

1.  The Classicist: Wardrobe Icons by Laura Fantacci:

2.  The Subversive: Man Repeller by Leandra Medine:

3.  The Realist: The Frugality by Alex Stedman:

4.  Timeless Inspiration: Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen:

5.  The European Flair(ist): The Fashion Guitar by Charlotte Groeneveld:  

Join us each Thursday for our Weekly beginning next week; meantime, enjoy the spoils of our passion. Kiss, kiss - enjoy!