Wednesday, March 13, 2013

{styling notes} to thine own self, be true

"It's like Hamlet said, 'To thine own self, be true."
"Hamlet didn't say that."
"I think I remember Hamlet correctly."
"Well, I remember Mel Gibson accurately, and he didn't say that. That Polonius guy did."

The title of this post might suggest a deeper, more soulful introspection into dressing, but alas - I'm just talking about sticking to a uniform. A fit. A style that's so you. Remember Cher Horowitz? She had a thing for matched sets, plaid and thigh-skimming skirts. She knew what worked and she werked it

As I'm sure you have, I've tried many times to push the boundaries of my usual silhouettes and go-to pieces. While occasionally this results in a whole new perspective, I always feel most confident and comfortable in the things I know best. So on that note, I'm planning to update my Spring wardrobe not with too-trendy seasonal pieces, but pieces that provide a little bit of both - a go-to with a twist, if you will. A favorite shirt in a new color; a fancy flat in an unusual print; an LBD that's exactly my cup of tea. Cher Horowitz they ain't, but here's a selection of things on my shopping list of late:

spring updates

Okay, now I am aware that I already have the Madewell ex-boyfriend shirt in two colors (light and dark), but I wear them both at least once a week. I can see this linen wash version being so brilliant for spring with my white Paige jeans and natural-hued sandals. These pointy-toe flats from Zara are different enough to make a great statement with cropped denim or a swishy skirt, and their shape and menswear detailing will keep them in rotation for seasons to come.

While I definitely own enough gold jewelry, sunglasses and t-shirts already... Like I said: updates!  After seeing TOMOTOM Jewelry at Capsule, I'm obsessed with their bold, linear pieces like this one. Lately, there's a been a huge rise in tongue-in-cheek tees that seem to both mock and praise the designers they imitate, and a favorite of mine is this black "Ain't Laurent Without Yves" shirt. Perfect with distressed jeans and cool, reflective Oakley's, yes?

Lastly - this dress. I tried on this little frock on at Urban Outfitters in DC over the weekend, and I was completely obsessed. A low-cut, drop-waist mini actually makes me feel feminine and girly, despite my lack of bodacious curves. In fact, I loved this dress so much I bought it (on sale for $29) in both colors. If you ask me a girl can never have too many LBDs, and one that inspires a new feeling of confidence while also being insanely comfortable? Please


  1. Great post - Nothing like a little Cher in the morning. I'm madly in love w/ those Zara flats, so cute!

  2. Argh! Heartbroken that chevron piece is a ring and not a cuff. A cuff would be amazing.

    And I'm feeling you on sticking to the same silhouette and not venturing too much from it.... maybe that makes my closet like a uniform, but I'm okay with that.

  3. Cher is the greatest style icon of all time

  4. Love this - I am just now starting to own my "uniform" of button downs and colored denim. It's what I love, better make the most of it!

    Enter my Scarf giveaway

  5. Nice collection. The black dress is adorable.