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The Hoodie

October 17, 2013

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I wore so many hoodies throughout college and high school I may as well have been Eminem in 8 Mile. While most hoodie-wearers paired the cozy tops with equally cozy bottoms — i.e. gut-expanding sweatpants or leggings — I took my hoodie cues from the homelessly chic Olsen twins; these sweatshirts weren’t just about comfort, they were style.statements. Hoodies were a more important component to my day-to-day look than shoes (guilty!), and I paired them with everything from fitted blazers to flared denim to cropped t-shirts that exposed my peach baby-fuzz snail trail.

This all began to fade away however, when I graduated from the days of textbooks and cafeteria food to day planners and martinis. Suddenly an outfit paired with a hoodie was no longer a desired look; it felt too youthful and casual for my New York City life. And soon, the hoodies which once took residence in one of the more accessible drawers in my apartment moved to a plastic bin under my bed.

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In the past year, the relaxed, casual trend has made a comeback and consequently slithered its way back into my day-to-day style (let this be a lesson to all of you out there who love to throw things away. Things do come back into style!). I’ll still always have an affinity for sky-high heels and more sophisticated pieces, but it’s refreshing to have the option to wear, say, a fuzzy camouflage hoodie, and not look or feel like a complete and utter college-campus-bum. Other perks to the reintroduction of hoodies is the convenient kangaroo pouch (hello, cell phone!), the hood (hello, nap time!), and the sheer softness of the fabric (this isn’t your average itchy mohair sweater).

When it came to styling said hoodie, I opted for pieces that one might not immediately assume to pair with a sweatshirt (i.e. not jeans). After a few trial and error periods — the jeans were just so tempting! — I went with this crisp white pleated skirt, the heeled booties you’ve likely grown sick of, and the leather jacket that I may remarry this weekend just to make sure it knows the level of my devotion.

Do I think this trend will stick around? No, probably not. But hoodies, no matter how you wear them, be it curled up on your couch on a Sunday night or attempting your best Carrie Bradshaw strut down 5th Avenue, will always be a staple in everyone’s wardrobe.

You can quote me on that.

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Alternative Apparel hoodie | Schott jacket | Supertrash skirt (this one is awesome, too) | Kelsi Dagger booties

 

// photos by Emily Malan

The New Casual

March 11, 2013
tags: , , bright sneakers, , catbird, cool, , , , , msgm, nike, number shirt, orange bag, , , ready to wear, running shoes, , sneakers, , sportswear, , , testing the trend, track pants
by Sonia

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There are only two scenarios where you will find me dressed without thought: when going to the gym and/or when walking Finn. It’s not that throwing on a pair of leggings and some comfy shoes doesn’t cross my mind on a regular basis, but I like to look good and find I’m more productive when showered and “properly” dressed.

The last few runway seasons however, have blurred the line between sportswear and ready-to-wear. Colorful running shoes have become as much of a staple for the fashion elite as they have for gym rats. Track pants are no longer just paired with soccer cleats, they’re worn with designer heels. Sports bras have become a new sort of crop top, though you had better have a six-pack to go with them. And that’s just the thing — are all these new athletic style statements boosting peoples interest in exercise? I have no idea. Though I will say that people are far better dressed at the gym (myself excluded). It has also brought a new appropriateness to street style (myself somewhat included).

A few years ago I would never have considered running shoes and athletic-inspired pants as a feasible outfit for anything other than the gym or walking Finn. I have always shunned those women who wear sneakers for their commute to work and I was never one of those girls who looked good in oversize basketball shorts and a hoodie. So how could sportswear as ready-to-wear ever be right for me? I decided to test the trend this weekend.

I felt a little strange at first, mainly because never in my life have I worn running shoes for anything other than working out. But after a couple of hours I felt pretty cool — like one of those aforementioned girls who looks good in mens basketball shorts and a college hoodie. I was also ridiculously comfortable. Like I could have curled up and taken a nap or gone on a run. Had it not been for the blazer however, I would have felt a little slobbish. And that’s where the fine line is. I’m all for this sportswear trend, but if you’re going to wear it for a purpose other than exercising, at least throw something a little tailored and polished in with the mix.

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BCBG blazer (similar) | MSGM shirt | LNA pants | Nike sneakers | J.Crew bag (similar & on sale) | BCBG watch | Catbird rings

// photos by Emily Malan

Style Icon: Isabel Lucas

October 7, 2010
tags: adrien grenier, , , , , isabel lucas, marchesa, peasant, pucci, , , , , , transformers 2, vintage dresses
by Sonia

While now quite famous for her role in Transformers 2 and as a past love interest of Adrien Grenier, Isabel Lucas has been one of my style icons for quite some time. Much like Isabel I am a lover of vintage dresses but I often find their hemlines to be frumpy and unflattering, so I shorten them like nobodies business. Isabel however, manages to pull off that Little House on the Prairie look and manages to make it look both feminine and chic. When roaming the streets you’ll rarely see her wearing anything but billowy skirts and long dresses, but once she hits the red carpet she glams things up with tighter silhouettes by some of fashion’s most noteworthy designers like Marchesa, Pucci, and Chanel.

While there are some people whose wardrobes I would like to raid and others whom I’d like to go shopping with, it’s only with Isabel Lucas that I’d like to take on flea markets, thrift stores, and vintage shops. She certainly knows how to scour the racks for those one in a million pieces and you just know she has a couple of secret vintage shops where she finds only the best of the best second hand items.

But what I love most about Isabel’s style is that it’s one that I can really get behind/relate to. It’s not overly girly, it’s relaxed and comfortable, and it’s a look that transitions throughout each season just by adding or removing layers! A California girl’s dream come true!

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photos via tfs