All my life, I couldn’t help but think that maybe I really wasn’t cut out for a career in fashion. I mean, who was I kidding? My sense of style was just never what it was supposed to be and typically, I received negative comments on my outfits like “that’s too big for you”, “you need a smaller size”, and “that looks like pajamas”, “it just hangs on you”, to finally, “Is that the trash bag style?” How is it possible that a girl
so interested in what she’s wearing and the manner in which she presents herself could quickly be deemed as ‘Pajama Girl’?
Before boarding my 7-hour connecting flight to San Diego the other day, I decided at the last moment that my iPad and MacBook may not be enough to pass the time, so I grabbed for the first Magazine that caught my eye at the Newstand: ELLE Magazine with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis gracing the cover.
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A typical flipper, I found that I was thoroughly reading article after article. Then, something strange happened. My heart started racing and I became extremely excited – I was reading “American Splendor” by Irina Aleksander. Was this love? Michael Kors remarked, “After seasons of girly ruffles and skintight vixens, the new sexy to me is all about liquid shapes that play off pajama dressing with a sporty ease”
…the new sexy to me is all about liquid shapes that play off pajama dressing with a sporty ease…
… Yes Michael, your words of wisdom are still running sensuously through my head!
I cannot tell you what this means to me – my love for “liquid shapes” and “pajama dressing” is actually trending on the runways and as it turns out this is a style that 40+ women know very well…so why then Mother did you always try to squeeze me into body-con, figure-hugging dresses? You always say to “leave something to the imagination”…isn’t that what I was doing when I tried to pair my drapey “garbage bag” dress with a structured ¾ quarter length Chloe jacket and chunky flat boots?
As it turns out, Anne Klein (formerly Hannah Golofski) actually invented Women’s Sportswear during the 60’s with 3 premises in mind: Life, Dressing, and Ease. I LOVE IT! I LOVE YOU ANNE KLEIN! Until now, I didn’t really understand the concept of designer “sportswear”, but now it makes so much sense! Sportswear is everyday wearability and it is so “American”. I appreciate a well-dressed woman, I really do, but when that woman looks like she spent the majority of her day getting dressed, her appeal fades quickly away. I hate to see a young girl walk into Starbucks around noon in sky high heels, short body-con skirt (normally high waisted), tight white button-down blouse that is showing the cleavage, overly-done “perfect” makeup, and either majorly curled or ridiculously straightened hair. NO! I HATE IT!
So, you’re probably thinking, now, is this girl crazy? What’s so bad about having a perfectly done-up look?
My explanation for a perfect beauty – and this is subject to debate – is a woman who walks into Starbucks around noon and suddenly heads turn. Why can’t you take your eyes off of this natural beauty? She’s not overly done-up and you’re not sure what to think of her because it looks like she may have just thrown on the most comfortable silk blanket she could find in her closet. It appears that she’s wearing a touch of makeup and may/may-not have pulled a brush through her somewhat messy bun. You are being drawn to her because there’s just something about EFFORTLESS and COMFORT, when done in the right way, that looks incredibly SEXY! What’s more, she looks like she could go all day long in her heels and you could probably stare at her all day without being blinded by excessive prints, colorblocking, cleavage, and foundation. Her monotone color palette, consisting of all nudes/mustards/yellows or blacks/browns/creams, is so refreshing! Her effortless makeup is created through light/translucent foundation, powder, blush, natural black lashes, and glossy pink lips! Kate Bosworth and Doutzen Kroes are great examples of fresh faces!
It takes longer to look like you’re not wearing any makeup than it takes to look like you are.
I cannot tell you how excited I am to be able to pull out my curtain dresses, structured baggy jackets, high heels, and tall boots! (I prefer combining masculine pieces with feminine sophisticates when creating my outfits). For several years, I have tried SO HARD to wear tight little dresses, figure-hugging tops, caterpillar skirts. Ugh! I have really tried hard! Not only have I hated my wardrobe, but I have dreaded getting dressed everyday…until now.
Once I get back to Boston, I’m heading straight to my closet to rearrange. The nice thing is, I won’t have to buy a new wardrobe because baggy, drapey, muted tones – these items are timeless! They are best refreshed with a new tailored jacket from Chloe, 3.1 Philip Lim, or French Connection, and luxe nude Brian Atwood pumps or Valentino Burgundy Python 5 inch boots! OMG! Aldo also has nice options 🙂
Moral of the Story: Pajamas are in! Hot A** miniskirts are Out! I love my life!!!