Mar 29, 2009

Why You Should Dress Up when Feeling Down

The natural reaction when waking up feeling blue? Putting on the most comfy clothes possible. Wanting to be at ease when feeling down is of course desirable, but frumpy should not be confused with cozy since it can backfire at you. We often dress like we feel and attention must be paid since what we end up wearing could in fact deepen our negative outlook. This ultimately means that a sloppy selection can end up making us feel sloppy when we least need it and so the vicious cycle continues.

The solution? Go closet shopping and select pieces that yes, are comfortable and easy to wear but will serve as an instant pick-me-up. The actual process can be fun and distracting but don't stress if you're not in the mood of creating a new outfit from scratch, you can always resort to something that has made you look or feel great in the past.

The outfit you choose will be interacting with you throughout the day and can therefore transform your mood. If it doesn't feel right, you will be uncomfortable or self-conscious all day. If it's lively and uplifting, chances are you will end up believing it and feeling likewise.

Clothes are great tools for faking attitudes and you can always fake a positive one to trick yourself.




"Uninspiring" Outfit:
Aerie Embroidered Hoodie by American Eagle; Lacy Camisole by Abercrombie and Fitch; Linen Shorts by Kitica; Batik Print Flip Flops by Wet Seal; EROL Mini Canvas Tote by Hayden-Harnett.
"Easygoing" Outfit: Cropped Cotton Jacket by Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti; Double Layer Blouse by Vanessa Bruno; Temira Cotton Skirt by Theory; Patent Jewel T-Strap Sandal by Go Jane; Boho Canvas Tote by Forever 21.
"The Extra Mile" Outfit: Kaolin Cotton Blend Jacket by Maje; Jersey Linen Tank Dress by Alice + Olvia; Leighton Large Tote by Rafe New York; Idonia Sandal by Kate Spade.

Mar 20, 2009

Luscious Contradiction






Contradiction is present everywhere. A fine reflection of it is Stella McCartney's undeniably current Cupro Bomber Jacket. Gorgeously silky yet easy to understand thanks to its simplicity, this piece represents ambivalent feelings that take form depending on who wears it and her state of mind. Is it casual or modernly elegant? That answer will vary constantly: much like your take on a glass' half-emptiness or half-fullness.

The question remains: Is it gray or silver?

Mar 8, 2009

A Transitional Season Outfit Dissection

Finally: spring is almost here. The first rays of sunlight are starting to be seen and become our rays of hope amidst turbulent times. Creating an outfit that works well right in between winter and spring is not easy. Our inspiration for this outfit dissection comes from three key pieces: a great Plaid Blouse by Matalan, the beautiful Sara Flap Over Bag by Nica and See by Chloé's go-gaga-for Cut-Out Panel Wallet to go inside it. With just these pieces, our outfit is pretty bare, but is just enough to built a great one around them.

Not quite warm yet for an airy outfit? Choose an ever-convenient Pip Cropped Tuxedo Jacket by Twenty8Twelve to keep you warm, add a great pair of Skinny Jeans by All Saints and Topshop's to-die-for Cut-Out Shoes with contrasting ankle socks. For accessories, a Turquoise Rose Necklace by Forever 21 and Giles & Brother's wonderful Spiked Brass Oxide Bangle are enough.

A Transitional Season Outfit Dissection


When sunshine finally comes, make a few adjustments to your outfit core by adding: Diesel's fresh Cotton Blazer, a beautiful pair of cropped Silk Trousers by Stella McCartney and the comfy-yet-stylish Mock-Croc Sandals by F-Troupe. Grab Dorothy Perkins' Graduated Wood Bead Necklace and Banana Republic's Square Bracelets and you are ready to go out in the sun.

It's all about making key pieces work with any season or weather and renewing your look by mixing and matching pieces you already have with seasonal ones.
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