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‘Cause It’s Friday: Let’s Talk Butt Pockets

August 23, 2013
tags: , butt pockets, , essay, , , , , , perfect, perfect pair of jeans, , , , , small butt pockets, , ,
by Sonia

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I take jeans shopping very seriously. It takes time and energy to find “the perfect pair of jeans,” and as far as I’m concerned, anything that takes time and energy should be taken seriously. Except for jury duty, that’s a waste of time and energy. When it comes to finding the PPJ — Perfect Pair of Jeans — I go by a few key assessments:

1) Is this a brand that I like? — It’s very rare that a brand of jeans will fluctuate depending on jean styles. If I like the fit of J Brand’s Mid Rise Skinny Jeans, chances are I’ll like their flared denim as well. Once I find a brand I like — Paige Denim, J Brand, Hudson, Rag & Bone, Rich & Skinny — I make them my go to. This makes the process of the denim department in megastores like Bloomingdale’s much more doable. It also helps with online ordering since you’re not gambling on an unknown.

2) The Stretch Factor — Where were we before stretch in jeans? I’m by no means condoning jeggings, but a little spandex in those thigh squeezers? Yes, please! Jeans are supposed to be comfortable, so why concern yourself with whether or not you’re butt is going to burst a seam when you can just buy a pair that has, oh, 2% elastane? Just that small percentage makes all the difference.

Which brings me to…

3) The Butt Pockets — Apple bottom jeans had their moment, but it was a moment I never took part in. When it comes to the butt pockets of jeans, I like full coverage. I  find few things more infuriating than when a pair of jeans has some half-assed (pun intended) pocket situation that is barely the width of your hand and not remotely close to the width of a cheek. The gluteus maximus deserves a maximus sized pocket.

I recognize that this last detail on the butt pockets may not be one of your major concerns when finding the PPJ. Many of us are more concerned with muffin top control, length of zipper, and/or cut, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But let me ask you this, have you ever experienced tiny pocket syndrom? If you have, you’ll know exactly what I’m referring to when I say that a tiny pocket makes the butt look like it’s going to burst out of the seams because said tiny pockets make the butt look ridiculously larger than it really is. Now, I also recognize that not all of us are Beyonce and that maybe want a little more junk in the trunk, but a tiny pocket is not the way to do it. The tiny pocket will distort your rear. It will make it look like your jeans don’t fit you properly. And most importantly, it will attract attention to your derrière in a negative way. You don’t want people staring at your hindquarters wondering how you managed to jam your iPhone into one of those midget pockets; you want them looking at it and thinking, “Baby got back.”

So if you’re going to take anything away with you this weekend, take this: PPJ’s don’t involve FSPs — Freakishly Small Pockets. Now stop what you’re doing and listen to Sir Mix-a-Lots “Baby got back.” Why? ‘Cause it’s Friday!

The 10 Piece Wardrobe

May 14, 2013

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Clockwise from top left: Topshop blazer | Isabel Marant shirt | Issa dress | Isabel Marant boots | Proenza Schouler bag | Asos belt | Ray-Ban sunglasses | Asos heels | Equipment blouse | J Brand jeans

 

The other day a friend of mine put me up to a challenge; she asked me what items I would choose if I was limited to a 10 piece wardrobe. Naturally, my first thought was, “Joseph’s beard! I can’t even limit myself to packing 10 pieces when going on a weekend getaway!” But I was into this challenge.

Before giving her my answer which, mind you, took about 30 minutes to put together, I made sure that I could leave items like underwear and socks off my list. Obviously those are “essentials” but that just seems too obvious to me. Once I got the go ahead to exclude the under-pieces, I began reciting my 10-piece wardrobe list, which I kind of want to turn into a song to the tune of Beyonce’s “Count Down”, but that’s for another time.

Now let’s break this ultimate wardrobe down.

1. The Black Blazer — Boring? Yes. Necessary? Abso-freakin-lutely. I cannot list the amount of times I’ve reached for my hip-length black blazer to add some polish to a look. The fact that it works with dresses, basic blue jeans, and even sweatpants is enough justification for me to own at least five of these, but we’re dealing with a 10-piece wardrobe so let’s just say I own one.

2. The White T-Shirt — Another basic necessity. Much like the blazer, I’ve found that the white tee can be dressed up and dressed down,  and functions as one of the more comfortable pieces in my closet. Suffice it to say, I wear my plain white tees as pajamas too.

3. The Day-to-Night Dress — Everyone believes the LBD (Little Black Dress) to be the ultimate wardrobe staple. I used to be one of those people, but I’ve changed my ways. I think that every woman should own a dress that transitions from day to night seamlessly. You want a dress that you can wear to brunch with the ladies before meeting up with Jack from Friday night for drinks. If this is a black dress for you, that’s fine, but don’t feel the need to limit yourself; hence my choice of a bright red Issa number.

4. The Ankle Boot — I never thought of boots as a year-round staple, but ones that let your ankles catch a breeze are comfortable and extreme climate friendly. I tend to opt for ones in a neutral color with a modest heel so that they go with everything and are easy to walk in.

5. The Shoulder Bag — Ok, this Proenza PS11 has been at the top of my must buy list for easily three years. When I first set eyes on it I knew it was the ultimate everyday bag. It’s a reasonable size, sits perfectly at the hip, and literally goes with everything. I know it’s on the pricier side,  but for something that’s going to be worn on a daily basis is worth a splurge (though I have yet to pull the trigger). For a more reasonable option, I suggest trying this Rebecca Minkoff cross-body that’s just as versatile and chic.

6. The Neutral Belt — Belts are one of those accessories that add dimension and breaks up silhouettes. An outfit consisting of jeans, a white t-shirt, and some ankle boots (all members of the 10-piece wardrobe) looks far more stylish when the tee is tucked into the jeans allowing the neutral belt to show. At least in my opinion, which is why you’re here. OK…moving forward…

7. Aviator Sunglasses — I’ve never met a person who doesn’t look good in aviators. Their tapered shape and slim frames are flattering on every face shape and aren’t the kind of shades that steal the spotlight like cat eye sunglasses or giant round ones as favored by Paris Hilton.

8. The Simple Heel — It’s up to you whether you prefer the pump or the sandal, but a straightforward heel is as necessary in a woman’s wardrobe as underwear. Just make sure that they go with everything and are one of the more comfortable footwear options in your closet — no one wants to wear shoes that make them walk like a drunk camel.

9. The Classic Button Down — I wear a button down almost every day, but reach for the one with blue and white stripes more often than not. The vertical stripes are flattering, it can be dressed up or down, and if you’re lucky, your boyfriend already owns a few so you can just borrow right from his closet. Whoa! Did I just narrow this down a nine-piece wardrobe!? 

10. The Skinny Jean — As much as I love the Mom Jeans, there is nothing I wear more often than skinny jeans. Once you find a brand and cut that fits you like a second set of skin, I guarantee you will wear them until the butt rips. This just happened to me with my favorite pair of Hudson jeans, though I am also a huge fan of J Brand, Rag & Bone, and Paige Denim.

Do you think I’m missing anything? I’d love to know what you think is the ultimate 10-piece wardrobe! TELL ME PLEASE!

Camo Bo Bamo

March 25, 2013
tags: , , , bucket, , celine, coat, , , green bag, , , , , lace up, leopard, , pinstripes, , schutz, , , sunglasses, ,
by Sonia

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Trends are bullshit. You know why? Because the minute you say “I would never wear that” you find yourself coveting a similar item only a year or so later. Case in point: the camouflage print. I can attest that back in the day when items from Delia*s and Abercombie + Fitch dominated my closet there were indeed some camo pieces, but it has been over a decade since I even considered wearing it.

Until recently, the print reminded me of my not so stylish pre-pubescent days where braces were color coordinated with holidays and butterfly clips surrounded my ballerina bun. But now I find myself strangely attracted to the print and its surprising versatility. Like plaid or pinstripes, camouflage can stand as well on its own as it can when paired with equally busy prints — i.e. leopard. And so here you see me betraying my previous sentiments of hatred regarding the camo print and wearing it like it’s a necessary staple in my day-to-day wardrobe.

This not only supports my initial statement that trends are bullshit, but also that fashion is fickle. One second you’re swearing off anything snakeskin and then you’re wearing gold snakeskin pants that Snooki probably wore in the first season of Jersey Shore. Oh fashion, you trickster.

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Zara jacket & shirt | Hudson jeans | Schutz shoes | BCBG bag | Celine sunglasses | Kenneth Cole watch

// photos by Emily Malan

 

 

 

The Unexpected

October 15, 2012
tags: arrow, , coral coat, eat sleep wear, eugenia kim, , , , , , kim pesch, , orange coat, outerwear, , , , red coat, , , , waxed
by Sonia

Sometimes you don’t realize you were missing something in your closet until it’s there. This is the case with this Paul & Joe coat I picked up at a press preview last week. An orangey red coat por moi? Never did I think I need one, but now I’m not so sure how I got on without it. It’s the perfect transition coat as it’s not too heavy, but loose enough to fit a chunky sweater underneath when it gets a bit more chilly. But I think what I love most about it is the pop of color it gives to any outfit. Take today for example: I’m wearing a pretty standard Monday outfit (jeans and a simple shirt), but once I throw on the coat it’s like BA-BAM! Hello outfit!

It’s times like these that I realize I should take more chances with my shopping, as sometimes it’s the most unexpected of pieces that end up being a classic staple.

Paul & Joe coat c/o Caro Marketing | Rag & Bone shirt | Hudson jeans | Acne Boots | Eugenia Kim hat | Proenza Schouler bag | DIY necklace

// photos by Kim Pesch

Cozy in Amsterdam

October 8, 2012
tags: Amsterdam, bracelet, cold, , eat sleep wear, fisher, fur jean jacket, gypsies and debutantes, hooded scarf, , , , jennifer fischer, kim pesch, kimberly pesch, medium, morphine generation, , , , , skull, smiley face, , , watch,
by Sonia

I usually pride myself on packing well. I look ahead at the weather, make endless lists, and tend to overpack just enough so that I have options. This was not the case last week in Amsterdam. Despite Kim relentlessly telling me how cold it was going to be, I was convinced that 50-55 degree weather was nothing for this San Francisco raised lady. Wrong-o. I was freezing.

It was seriously cold and rainy on our last day, so I bundled up in a furry denim jacket that I’ve had since high school, and one of my coziest scarves that doubles as a hood. Though I could have done with a down jacket, I was significantly warmer than the previous day when all I wore was a thin linen blazer.

Earl Jeans jacket | Rag & Bone shirt | Hudson jeans | Acne boots | Proenza Schouler bag | Morphine Generation scarf | C.Wonder, Gypsies & Debutantes, Jennifer Fischer bracelets | Vintage watch

//photos by Kim Pesch