tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:/posts Wearability.us 2016-12-14T03:11:01Z tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/8916 2012-08-15T07:41:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:48Z Jean-Paul Gaultier Outing at the deYoung

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/8928 2011-07-28T14:51:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:48Z I shouldn't, but I really want to.

I saw and tried this coat on at the AllSaints store in NYC a couple months ago. It was bewitching then, and it's even more alluring now. Something about the tailoring and classical lines reminds me of McQueen's work. 

“I design from the side; that way I get the worst angle of the body. You’ve got all the lumps and bumps, the S-bend of the back, the bum. That way I get a cut and proportion and silhouette that works all the way round the body.” – Alexander McQueen.

Update: This one is even better.
tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/8936 2011-07-22T08:28:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:48Z Yes, sequins, yes.

Carolina Herrera

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/8942 2011-06-27T07:20:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:49Z Vintage whimsy at J. Peterman Co.

I discovered this site through, of all places, Catalogs.com. It's an extraordinary site with an extraordinary story. Built from the ground up by a former ballplayer, it went bankrupt once before coming back stronger than ever.  What I love most is the romance surrounding all of its pieces - from the beautiful watercolor illustrations to the story-like item descriptions. I'm so intrigued, and will likely make a first purchase soon. Hope the quality of the clothing lives up to the persona of the brand.


“A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.”

—Charles de Gaulle

I was thinking of the great leader since I was in “his” airport studying a young woman in front of me. Don’t know if she was a true leader, but I know I would have followed her anywhere. I watched her stride off; her pants clinging, but flowing at the same time. A body-skimming blouse on top. Very attractive look, I thought. Suddenly there was a large gap in the line in front of me. My French ferret, who knows me only too well, said, “Stop outfitting.” Anyway, I know these items will surprise you and keep your public breathless and excited. 

Plaid Taffeta Blouse

Plaid Taffeta Blouse 

(No. 2919). Plaid meets 100% silk taffeta and you never have to ask where’s the party. You’re in it. With shawl collar. Two-button closure with tie front. Long sleeves with a demure slit and button. Front and back princess lines. Shaped hem. Looks fantastic with anything, especially pleat-front pants. Imported.

Women’s sizes: 2 through 18.

Color: Red, Black, Cream Plaid.

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/8948 2011-03-11T10:57:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:49Z I am seriously considering making a trip out to NYC this summer to see the Alexander McQueen retrospective, "Savage Beauty"

If it were any other artist but McQueen, I would call me crazy. But as he was one of the most revolutionary designers of our time, and I personally felt a deep affinity for the dark, elegant, poetic beauty of his work, and he's no longer with us, I'd say this trip would be justified. I can't pass up this chance to see so many groundbreaking, heartbreaking works in person, and all in one place!

Showing May 4 - July 31, 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/8955 2011-02-24T23:19:29Z 2013-10-08T15:23:49Z Outfitting: These tights make me look like I have jaundice.

I definitely got stares on the walk from the train tow ork. They also make my dress extra clingy. But the dress is one of my faves because it's so comfortable and easy to wear.

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/8967 2011-02-22T02:30:12Z 2016-12-14T03:11:01Z Outfitting: A cozy standby

I wear this when I can't think of anything else to wear.

  • Anthropologie wrap dress
  • Gap jeans
  • Target flats
  • Some knit cardigan I swiped from the office 'warmth library'
tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/8977 2011-02-18T09:35:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:49Z Outfitting: Home on the range, part 2

I guess this scarf kind of makes me look like a cowboy. Also: I love these boots.

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/8988 2011-01-31T07:34:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:49Z Outfitting: Playing with proportions

In this case, a rather long cardigan + short shorts + chunky boots. Interesting, but perhaps more autumn than spring.

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9002 2011-01-28T07:14:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:49Z Outfitting: Channeling Little J

I was walking to work with my fiance and he remarked that I looked a little like Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl, what with the dominatrix-style wedges and rocker bag. All I need is a maneful of blonde hair and a ton of makeup, though the constantly annoyed look I could maybe pull off if I tried hard enough.

Somehow, this ensemble made me feel more svelte than usual, though I've been like a bottomless pit for the last few days.
tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9009 2011-01-27T10:43:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:49Z Outfitting: Flight attendant or high school teacher?

Not sure which look I'm channeling with this outfit. It all came about in my determination to give my closet thorough cleaning/organizing, when I came across this pretty awful light blue polo shirt from J.Crew that I've worn maybe twice in the last six years.

Determined to make it work somehow, I tried what has proven to be a pretty reliable tactic when trying to make an awkward collared shirt work: tuck it in. This I tried with a rather sculptural high-waisted pencil skirt from Zara (too bad you can't see the details in this grainy photo), and added this scarf, which I have also worn maybe twice, but in the last nine years. Two birds with one stone, this outfit!
  • J.Crew polo
  • Zara pencil skirt
  • Gray pumps from Hotwind in Beijing
  • Random scarf I bought on Canal St. in NYC, circa 2002
tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9019 2011-01-25T07:50:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:49Z Outfitting: Oodles of Poodles

Ever since Miu Miu came out with their fanciful cat prints in Fall '09 (and various bloggers started sporting those pointy collars), I've been seeing tiny animal prints all over. On ModCloth alone we have this blouse, at least two pieces with miniature stallions all over them, a bug shirt, a cat top, and even a dress with red bananas on it. Well, the red bananas aren't really a part of the trend, but just thought I'd throw those in there.

I loved this blouse as soon as I put it on. Silky-feeling (though made of polyester), super easy to wear and pair with pretty much anything. I love the blouse-y little details like the ruching on the sleeves and the bow-tie in the back. Paired it with a prim navy skirt and my absolute favorite gold flats from Diba.

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9033 2011-01-23T23:58:37Z 2013-10-08T15:23:50Z It's official: I'm in love with Alanna Bess designs

Organic, curvy, and deeply beautiful. That is all.

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9049 2011-01-23T23:40:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:50Z Outfitting: In the swing of things

I tried to be very good and went a good few weeks without making another ModCloth order. But I broke down recently and got a couple coats I'd been coveting, as well as some odds and ends. Put together this outfit for an easygoing weekend.

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9058 2011-01-08T01:47:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:50Z Outfitting: First (Noteworthy) Outfit of the Year

No real story here, just one of my new favorite dresses. Ah, buffalo plaid. Man, I need to so something about my hair.

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9068 2010-12-21T02:12:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:50Z Outfitting: Mixing neutrals

Catching up with today's outfit and Friday's outfit. Firstly, a sweater dress:

This dress is so weird. I think it's suppose to be off-the-shoulder because one whole side of the dress is shorter than the other. It's quite roomy on the top and fitted around the hips. I own another dress like this, but I might like the other one better; this one is a bit too fussy, though the material is nice and cozy-soft. One of the few days I am totally ModClothed-out.

And next, a Friday outfit that layers ruffles upon ruffles:

Maybe it was ruffle overkill, and the outfit was rather fussy also, but I think the overall effect was interesting. I really like this new cardigan I got the tiered ruffles are really sweet and the color is neutral enough to pair with so many things. Someone commented that the blackness of the boot was too heavy for the airiness of the top, but I beg to differ.
tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9079 2010-12-16T00:06:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:50Z Outfitting: Shoulder pads

I haven't worn this blazer outside in almost ten years, and I'm pretty sure the last time I wore it was for an internship interview for Los Angeles Magazine. The guy who interviewed me, some cocky editor, was kind of a butt-face and sauntered out in jeans and generally made me feel really lame for wearing a skirt suit. I mean it was lame of me to wear a skirt suit, but he could have been a little nicer about it.

I'm surprised the blazer looks decent when worn open like this; not nearly as stuffy as when I button it up. The rhinestone necklace I also haven't worn in forever, though I spent a laborious eight hours searching for it on eBay. I guess when I want something specific, I stop at nothing to find it.
tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9086 2010-12-15T06:46:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:50Z Outfitting: My favorite colors

Lavender and lime green (well, I suppose this is more like chartreuse). That is all.

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9096 2010-12-09T07:14:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:50Z Outfitting: Sunshine on a rainy day

The weather was so nasty all day today. Luckily my rain boots kept me pretty happy despite the rain.

  • Thrifted Moth by Anthropologie top
  • Forever 21 dress
  • SockDreams herringbone socks
  • Nomad 'funky' rain boots
tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9105 2010-12-08T02:32:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:50Z Outfitting: Bottom-heavy

Playing with textures, but only on the bottom half. Haha!

  • H&M t-shirt
  • Thrifted Elie Tahari skirt
  • Forever 21 zig-zag tights
  • Corso Como boots
  • Vintage owl pendant
tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/8945 2010-12-07T07:18:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:49Z Outfitting: Fresh snow

I snapped this dress as soon as it went live on the ModCloth site. Something about the lacy flowery thing on the front just caught my attention and imagination. I liked the shape of it too - one thing about working with a bunch of women with great style is that I notice they are very careful about the cuts, shapes and silhouettes that work with their bodies. I'm still trying to figure this out for myself, but this is one that I feel comfortable in.

The only complaint I have is that the fabric of the skirt clung ferociously to my tights, and would ride up in a kind of unflattering way. I guess I'll have to try it with high socks next time.

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/8960 2010-12-06T09:59:22Z 2013-10-08T15:23:49Z Anthro strikes again: this time, a children's shop So disgustingly genius, the Anthropologie team. Pitch-perfect, cuddly plus toys made with all natural (and in some cases, reclaimed and otherwise eco-friendly) materials. So romantic they look like characters out of your favorite children's book.  I am positively green with envy... and covetousness.

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/8970 2010-12-06T07:23:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:49Z Outfitting: Playing catch-up

Hung out with Izzy and Hava, who was all dolled up for a holiday party. I on the other had was ready and rarin' for the rain.

And from Friday... channeling Michael Jackson, or Adam Ant, or Sargent Pepper...or something.

  • Banana Republic tee
  • 'Press Darling Jacket' from ModCloth... also seen here.
  • Express houndstooth pants
  • Dolce Vita studded flats
tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/8980 2010-12-03T18:15:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:49Z Inspiration: Eva Green in 20s-style menswear

How gorgeous does Eva Green look in this stylized photo? I love all the details, from the beautiful cut of her blazer, to her flat oxfords, to the stripey vest. And the necktie! Genius. I will have to try a look like this soon, though I'm sure I won't look nearly so slender and lean.

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/8990 2010-12-03T03:21:22Z 2013-10-08T15:23:49Z Outfitting: Check, please

Damn I love these shoes - comfortable, sassy, and goes with everything. I also love the combination of this bolero with this tunic/dress. The tunic was one of those wonderfully rare scores at Old Navy - rather plain an neutral but beautifully versatile. It's got a great swingy comfort that makes you feel confident all day. I'm sure you'll see it in many other iterations on this here blog. And the tights, a heavy argyle knit, keeps me warm on a chilly San Francisco day.

  • Dress/tunic from Old Navy
  • Houndstooth bolero from Forever 21 from a few years ago
  • Argyle tights from from Forever 21
  • Fluevog 'Aquarius' heels
  • My own little combination of random heart pendants
tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9039 2010-12-02T09:27:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:50Z Outfitting: Professorial

It's the knit waistcoat, pocket watch, and blazer with suede elbow patches. Doing some catch-up and posting outfits from today and two days ago.

  • No-name tee from Mervyn's
  • Rock & Republic knit waistcoat
  • AG jeans
  • Kenneth Cole leather aviator jacket
  • 'Cognitive Ability Necklace' from ModCloth

  • No-name tee
  • No-name crochet knitted tank from a store like Forever 21
  • AG jeans
  • Aerosoles brown oxfords
  • Tova agate necklace
  • Echo lime green gloves

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9046 2010-12-02T09:25:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:50Z Outfitting: Home on the Range

I didn't really intend to look like a character from Little House on the Prairie... it just kind of happened. I had the dress, I needed a belt, and the boots happened to be the same shade of leather as the belt buckle. Ah wells.
  • Thrifted vintage-style dress from Hong Kong
  • Urban Outfitters belt
  • 'Harney Peak Boot' from ModCloth
  • Vintage flower brooch on a chain from allencompanyinc on etsy
tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9057 2010-11-27T20:10:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:50Z Outfitting: Flight lessons

Another one of those pieces that just hasn't seen much wear in the last couple of years, but for no apparent reason - this jacket is actually quite wearable despite being made out of leather. It was also a steal - $150, down from $400 at the Kenneth Cole store on Union St. in Pac Heights.

  • Kenneth Cole leather aviator jacket
  • No-name (yet oh-so-warm and cozy) sweater from Mervyn's a while back
  • AG jeans
  • Aerosoles oxfords (so grubby but so comfy)
  • Tova agate necklace
  • Burberry scarf pilfered from our employee clothing exchange rack
tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9064 2010-11-27T08:41:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:50Z Stuff I scored at the ModCloth 'Tis the Season Sale

Okay, I may have gone a little overboard, but a lot of things I'd been eyeing went on sale this Black Friday... and I was undecided on a couple of dresses to wear to some holiday parties, and I had to get both so I could try them on. I promise this kind of indulgence happens only once in a blue moon ;)

tag:wearability.slimmette.com,2013:Post/9077 2010-11-27T00:54:00Z 2013-10-08T15:23:50Z Outfitting: Reflections...from Wednesday

It took me so long to figure out how to wear this darn top from J.Crew. I bought it because I fell in love with the ruffles and pintucks, and because it was made of silk, and because this color was on sale for half the price of the normal colors (blue, black, etc.). And so it sat in my closet for probably two years, and I tried to get rid of it a few times, but had no takers.

I knew I had to pair it with either gray or other stark neutral, and finally decide to try it tucked into a skirt. Lo and behold, it worked pretty well, sort of like an updated take on Park Avenue 'princess' style. Got lots of comments on it!

  • J.Crew victorian ruffled blouse
  • 'Orion's Belt' from ModCloth
  • Black and white skirt form H&M
  • Corso Como boots
  • Silver necklace bought from Silk Market in Beijing