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July 06, 2013
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summer storm uniform

Summer storm uniform

“Is it going to rain for the rest of summer??,” reads many a concerned New Yorker’s Facebook status, and sadly this is not hyperbole. Our iPhone weather apps have predicted doom and gloom for weeks now, the thunderstorm emoticon becoming the norm. And while April showers bring May flowers, wise women everywhere know summer storms wreak hellish havoc when it comes to our hair, and more importantly wardrobe choices. Schlepping an umbrella through steamy subway stations is torture enough, but a trench coat in July? No thanks. Wellies with shorts only look good on Tweens, or Kate Moss at Glastonbury ten years ago. Make the mugginess stop. Or at least give me the right gear to withstand it.

Sonia Rykiel‘s olive anorak is our first saving grace. Light as a feather, the exaggerated size also gives it a street wise appeal that sets it apart from other sad-sack jackets on Broadway. Imagine my delight upon discovery of the sandal from the Kirna Zabete for Nine West collab specifically designed for summer rainstorms. A cross between a jelly and gladiator, you’ll be able to show off your pedicure as you puddle jump. White jeans and a striped linen tee keep it clean and crisp even on the soggiest of days. The final touch is a pop of color by way of a bright cobalt bag– the antithesis of rainy day blues.

June 29, 2013
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love letter to love leather

Love letter to Love Leather

Dear Love Leather,

Full disclosure? My summer wardrobe was lame until you came along. I’ll admit it. Filled with the predictable preppy pieces, the sweet cotton sundresses, and an over abundance of stripes that borders on an addiction; my closet lacked a certain edge post Memorial Day. Then you showed up in store, controversial as you were, a whole slew of leather pieces in the midst of summer. I knew just what this collection had to give me– freedom from the banal, albeit respectable, summer outfit offerings.

The key is the breeziness of these pieces, they’re wearable even in these soaring temps. I’ll be sporting the skater skirt with any of my old summer tops that are in heavy rotation for an instant update, but pair with the mesh leather tank top repping NY for Rihanna-level cool.

So thank you, Love Leather. My Soho stroll just became a strut.


June 15, 2013
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what to wear: the summer wedding

What to Wear: the Summer Wedding

Tis the Season! Wedding season is upon us once again: When the invitations begin to stack up, when it feels like everyone you know is getting hitched. As if this isn’t stressful enough for any woman, that old familiar fear of having nothing to wear rears its ugly head. I always love an excuse to go shopping, yet how to not upstage the bride– but secretly do– and attract all ex-boyfriends within a five mile radius? Whether the ceremony takes place on a beach in Barbados, a barn upstate, or the French countryside, ShopGirl’s got ya covered.

The Breakdown:

1. A Party-Ready Dress: Proper for the church, but with enough flair for the dance floor– your dress should strike just the right balance. She’s fun, but she’s a lady! Look for structured cocktail dresses that can go more formal or less dressy. Regardless of the dress code, be sure to make a statement. A bright jewel tone and some ruffles make the right entrance.

2. Some sparkle: This is a celebration, dress up for it! Add a dramatic pop to your dress with some bling, like these black and white drop earrings from Fenton. Whether your baubles are costume or not, this is your chance to dive into your jewelry box’s depths and have a little fun.

3. Break out your box clutch!: A little lady clutch is a great add to your wardrobe for occasion dressing, but she doesn’t have to be demure by any means. Edie Parker has become the go-to designer for the cheekily modern minaudière; she designs for the downtown girl who has to attend an uptown fete. Or the reverse.

4. Fanciful Footwear: Infuse some whimsy to keep from looking too staid in your eveningwear. Your shoe is your chance to let your personality shine. And a feathered mule makes a great talking point!

5. Social lubricant!

June 08, 2013
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black & white feels so right

Black & White feels so right

Summer is upon us and it is glorious in all its promise and potential: weekend jaunts to Montauk, picnics in the park, lobster rolls, gelato, rosé… I become positively giddy with anticipation, dreaming of all the possibilities. The days might be longer and filled with adventure, but with rising temps comes the inevitable outfit backlash. As in, how to look chic when you’re wilting in the heat? I can’t stand to spend another summer in droopy tank tops and denim cutoffs.

Instead, I’ll be making a strong sartorial statement this season in graphic black and white pieces. This is a trend worth revisiting, the combo feels fresh and fierce especially in these muggy months. Keep accessories minimal, the snappy color contrast is your impact. Bonus points for crisp fabrics and clean lines like this Christopher Kane tape dress.

June 01, 2013
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best of sale

Best of Sale

A special dress: It’s occasion season. Graduations, weddings, parties, parties, parties. Ugh. One can become overwhelmed, unless you have that one special dress that goes everywhere. A multi-tasker, she has to be special enough to please co-workers, in-laws, boyfriends, even ex-boyfriends. No one has to know you got her on sale.

Whimsical necklace: Alber Elbaz dreams up the most whimsical fairy tale pieces for Lanvin. Investing in exaggerated fashion jewelry is a great way to add a playful element to any pretty dress, as well as kick up your casual summer basics.

A Pierre Hardy bag: I love how Pierre Hardy bags are still flying under the It-bag radar. The messenger strap makes it user friendly, a plus when it’s blazing hot and you don’t want to be fussing with anything. But mostly I’m just a sucker for cobalt blue ostrich leather.

Evening Oxfords: Introducing the Evening Oxford. I know, bear with me though. There’s something so modern and surprisingly sexy about a cut out flat as opposed to heels for summer nights. They lend a cheeky schoolgirl appeal to any skirt or sundress.

Leather boxers: Leather is so unexpected and chic when worn in warmer months. With shorts just make sure they’re breezy– the stick factor! The length should be less Daisy Duke than urban appropriate. Pair with an airy top for contrast… and ventilation.

Frankenstein tee: I love this t-shirt! You’d think a giant Frankenstein graphic wouldn’t work, and yet in Christopher Kane‘s hands…monster magic. The genius of a fashion tee is this is your one extreme style statement, you’re allowed to tone it down everywhere else.

May 25, 2013
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new season, new bag!

New season, new bag!

I’ll admit it. I have a Céline bag addiction. I am constantly carefully and covertly plotting my next addition to my carryall arsenal. My boyfriend rolls his eyes (my friends do too, now that I think about it.) But can you really blame me? I work at a veritable candy shop, surrounded by these delectable treats all day long. I hold out until the next perfect one comes along, and then I seriously bite.

Fortunately, a new season equals a new handbag as far as I’m concerned. Start fresh! I’m ready to punch up my look with a saturated pop. Summer is a time to brighten up; now, more than ever, eschew the expected everyday boring black for a zing of color. Citrus is the new black. I’ve had my eye on this fluoro baby from Céline, but my head is spinning with the kaleidoscope of colored bags in store right now. You’ll find that no matter what you’re wearing—on your schleppiest, grubbiest, most casual days—a bright bag will make you feel dressed, polished, and best of all chic. Rocking head to toe MSGM, Kirkwoods and a set of Anndra Neen bangles never hurts, however…

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May 18, 2013
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the necessary extras

The Necessary Extras

1. A Lace Panama: The quintessential dash of whimsy you lack for Spring, a grown-up upgrade from your usual straw fedora. Maison Michel‘s beautiful designs would make even a stroll to your local bodega for a quart of milk feel downright romantic.

2. Colored Aviators: Candy colored aviators are so much better than regular ones. But seriously, injecting a little color into your frames adds visual interest and can be really flattering against the face.

3. A Pouch that Pops: If a zippered clutch pouch isn’t in your life yet… get thee one ASAP. They are genius little multi-taskers, slipping into your giant tote by day for organization and holding all the essentials for night. But try lightening up and carrying one this weekend to brunch. You’ll feel all floaty and cool.

4. The Statement Necklace: Nobody does statement necklace like Shourouk. The line’s signature combination of Swarovski crystals and neon accents has enough attitude to elevate any loveless look. Truly. Try one with your oldest, rattiest t-shirt and jeans and voila, you are French Editor Chic!

5. Easy Espadrilles: I’m obsessed with espadrilles. There, I said it. They are the beachy, bohemian, cooler cousin of the slipper/loafer I wore all Fall, and a fun alternative to your standard ballet flat. Equally effective with a rolled skinny jean or airy sundress.

May 11, 2013
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what to wear: the first date

What to Wear: the First Date

A recent post on Natalie Joos’ charming blog Tales of Endearment sparked much debate at Kirna Zabête. In “Skirting around the Issue,” Natalie details a first date that went badly after her dinner companion gave her much-labored-over outfit a negative review. Like Natalie, us gals here at KZ dress to impress our girlfriends. We decidedly do NOT dress for men. This isn’t a feminist stance, but a fashion one. Men are clueless when it comes to Christopher Kane, they lack Lanvin knowledge, are unaware of Jason Wu. We wear these favorite designers proudly for those moments when a fellow fashionista recognizes and gives props. But once in a while that treacherous and tricky event known as the “first date” arises, prompting many a fashion quandary, and often a full-on crisis. Below are some ideas the fashion forward gal can use for dressing for a casual-but-vague night out. I’d like to think this is still dressing for the occasion, not the man. And if he doesn’t like it, surely he’s not The One.

When a dress or skirt feels too effortful/poser, shorts can be a modern choice for a look that still gives serious leg. Seek formal fabrics like a woven or silk to keep it playful but polished– this is not an excuse to wear your old denim cutoffs. Add your favorite slouchy designer tee for a look that’s relaxed and comfy. Boys love that.

Our favorite scarf is a safety blanket, a shield against the world. You should have one that is luxuriously soft and generously sized, so that it may transition into a shawl should the temperature drop.

You gotta have some sparkle, but serious bling will intimidate. Keep it light by layering delicate pieces that enhance, not distract. You should be his only focus.

Unless a formal dinner is the plan, ditch the predictable date night clutch for a more action-y (no hands!) cross body bag.

When you’re unaware of the agenda, a sexy skin baring flat can be your friend. It seems counter-intuitive to forgo the expected stiletto, but you should be able to dart around the city with your guy, Roman Holiday-style, should the night lead to an impromptu adventure. Do a low heel if you need the extra height, but just remember stumbling over cobblestones after drinks in Meatpacking is never a good look.

May 04, 2013
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easy does it

Easy does it

As the weather continues to warm (thank the Lord and knock on wood), I’ve been eyeing my closet’s contents with derision and disdain. Maybe it’s End of the Season Blues, but I can’t stand the sight of my jeans and knits that have carried me so faithfully through these frigid months. These old friends just aren’t cutting it anymore. Or maybe they just need new friends to play with.

Designed by W editor Karla Martinez and Cecilia de Sola, Piamita is a line of pajama-inspired silk separates with louche tailoring, the perfect spring pick-me-up I’ve been searching for. These breezy basics will effortlessly glide right into my wardrobe and freshen up my stale standards, but I really aspire to rock a full look like my Street Style favorites. How to keep it more daytime than bedtime? Sleeken up the Carmen long sleeve top and the Clemence sunflower print short with a smart little linen blazer from Veronica Beard (ruched sleeves keep it playful), and an edgy kitten heel from Givenchy. One serious statement cuff from Aurelie Bidermann is all you need to walk out the door in style.

April 27, 2013
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i lust, i must

I lust, I must

Occasionally, an item lands in the store that is so tempting, so Must Have This Now, there follows a collective oooh-ing and ahh-ing on the floor. Clients and staff alike flock to said item in a frenzy to fondle, and slip on, and admire its perfection. Such was the case the other day when 3.1 Phillip Lim’s flower print biker jacket was unearthed from its inconspicuous packaging. And for good reason.

This jacket is exactly what I want to be wearing right now. I’ve been in the trenches for far too long (albeit Céline), and my own black leather jacket has become more of a workhorse than a piece I lovingly select while dressing. The love child of Jane Austen and Joan Jett, Lim’s jacket has all the floral romance you want injected into your wardrobe come spring, toughened up with his signature biker jacket detailing. The cording makes it feel Victorian, and gives the jacket serious gravitas. The peplum element and zipper detailing modernize it just enough, and the washed-out lavender gray is a lovely choice. For day, I’d keep it fresh and airy in a neural monotone outfit. Pair with any of the similarly washed-out gray jeans from Christopher Kane for J Brand, the new light pink tee from T by Alexander Wang, and the nude suede cage sandals from Givenchy (so comfy and sexy on the leg, you won’t take them off this season). Tom Binns’s shark necklace is your final touch.