Independence Day

Vogue, point of view, July 2013 Issue:

The average American closet is a creative cauldron.  Who would we like to be this morning- a preppy in shrunken blazer and driving loafers?  An haute hippie, trailing handkerchief hems along with the sound of bangles?  An eighties rock-‘n’-roller in black lace?

Standing out as an individual is what we all want and need.  The key is to home in on your own distinct look- and then write your own rules around it.  Forget what anyone else says or wears- this is the true soul of chic.

Independence Dayphotos: Pinterest

The word independent means ‘not subject to control by others: self-governing.’  Independence Day fashion is not about how many variations of red, white and blue we can combine to create a patriotic ensemble.  It’s not about wearing an American flag or the strategic drape of its stars and stripes.  To this fashion-obsessed lover of the U.S. of A., fashion on Independence Day represents the nature of who we are as a nation; self-governing.  I am inspired by the independent thinkers of fashion, the mavericks who break the mold and push the envelope like those pictured above.  I love the motorcycle jacket with flat sandals and a girly skirt… and  how about the floor length skirt with a flannel shirt?  Brilliant!  I was so inspired by the middle look that I styled a shoppable evening version…

Independence Day Ensemble

1.  Plaid Chiffon Shirt, $15, delias.com
2.  Silvia Silk Maxi Skirt, $210, reiss.com
3.  Saint Laurent Leather Cuff, $595, ysl.com
4.  Bottega Veneta Clutch, $1393, farfetch.com
5.  Stuart Weitzman Silver Pump, $335, zappos.com

The Cell Phone Wristlet

Michael Kors Gold Phone Wristlet

Simply genius!  This phone case that doubles as a wallet is the best invention since the money clip!  I never leave home without my ID, credit cards, business cards, phone and lip gloss.  Now I can grab and go!

Phone Wristlet Ensemble

1. Vienna Silk Dress, $256, whistles.com
2. Cutout Gold Cuff, $8.80, forever21.com
3. Michael Kors Phone Case Wristlet, $88, zappos.com
4. Jeffrey Campbell Gold Sandal, $140, pinkmascara.com

Runway Translation: The Bare Midriff

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Bare Midriff
runway photos: style.com

Here’s a spring trend that dominated the runways and simply will not go away on the streets… the bare midriff!  You may think this trend only works on the young, thin, modelesque types, and you’d be totally correct.  I do not recommend you try this one unless you are completely comfortable with showing some skin.  Here’s why I can’t hate on this look- because if done correctly it looks fabulous!  My two rules for pulling off the peek-a-boo belly style are #1 make sure the skirt is high-waisted enough to cover your belly button and #2 the bottom of the crop top should almost touch the waistline of the skirt so you just show a sliver of skin.  Here’s my dressy version…

Spring 2013 Translation- Bare Midriff2
1. Tribal Stud Crop Top, $26, newlook.com
2. Nine West Caged Sandal, $89, ninewest.com
3. Coral Pleated Maxi Skirt, $46, riverisland.com
4. Bar III Bracelet Set, $32, macys.com
5. Sklerijenn Bracelet, $15, aldoshoes.com
6. Jessica Simpson Smash Hit Clutch, $26.95, dsw.com