Monday, June 29

Obsessions: Tibi Agathe Pleated Culottes

1940s culottes sewing pattern via Pinterest
Tibi Agathe Pleated Culottes, $287.50,

Culottes – a.k.a. the coolest pants for summer 2015, both in temperature and in chic – have enjoyed a long history in fashion. Originally “culottes” referred to men’s knee-length trousers, but the term was co-opted for womenswear in the nineteenth century, when women adopted long split skirts (“culottes”) for horseback riding. Since then, they have popped in and out of women’s fashion, and in an array of silhouettes and patterns. I am currently smitten by modern-day culottes with vintage vibes, like this splurge-worthy pair by Tibi. With its crisp pleats and streamlined silhouette, it evokes the sleek styles of the 1940s -- making it a timeless style and worthy wardrobe investment.  $287.50,

S.S.W. Asks: Would YOU splurge for this trend?


Sunday, June 21

Sweatshirt Weather

Wearing Nectar sunglasses, Lobo Mau sweatshirt, F21 skirt, Nine West sandals, Alexander Wang wristlet

If you have been keeping up with STYLE, SHE WROTE., then you know that my hubby and I recently moved to San Francisco from the East Coast. After a lifetime of dressing for snow, sand and everything in between, I am now learning how to dress for SF living.

SF’s constant spring-like temperatures mean I can actually wear most of my wardrobe – something I have not enjoyed on the East Coast in many years, as the seasonal changes have basically been from winter to summer and back again – but the city’s many micro-climates create fluctuations in the scheduled forecast at every turn. I have had many outfit misses over the past month because of these atmospheric changes, like roasting in a thick cable sweater and velvet pants in one of the city’s sunny sections, and freezing in an embroidered top and skinny jeans in the foggy Outer Sunset. A stereotypical ex-New Yorker, I also have a penchant for wearing black -- a color not often found in the land of chambray shirts, military green jackets, white jeans, and tan suede boots.

But ever persistent, I decided to concentrate my styling efforts to create a great look for date night with my husband this weekend. Inspired by the budding oversized-sweatshirts-as-dresses trendI paired my FAVORITE oversized sweatshirt by Philly-based label Lobo Mau with a black mini skirt and bright red lace-up sandals. I kept warm in the cold ‘hoods, cool in the hot ones, and no longer looked like a member of the Addams Family. Even better, I felt comfortable and confident everywhere we went -- which felt very good indeed. 


P.S. Like this look? Try it for yourself with these similar styles:

Sweatshirt Weather

Thursday, May 28

Tried & Tested: What to Wear on a Road Trip

At Elvis Presley's Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee

Long time, no post! I apologize for the long hiatus, but this past month has been crazy -- in the very best way. My beau and I recently completed a road trip across the United States, which was amazing! If you have not road tripped yet, I highly recommend it; America is truly a big and beautiful country.

But before we left for our grand adventure, I had a small fashion crisis: I had no idea what to pack. We were traveling for eight days across a span of the country that ranged in temperature from the low 50s to the low 80s, and could only pack one small carry on suitcase each. Before I left, I scoured the 'net for ideas, but was disappointed by suggestions I found, from the impractical (different accessories for each outfit, dry clean-only clothes) to the outlandish ($1,000+ dresses). So I made my own guidelines and am happy to report that my packed wardrobe worked out just fine

My best tips? Stick to one color palette so all items coordinate, select items that will mix-and-match and layer together easily, bring accessories that will match all of your outfits, and remember that comfort is key (you will be sitting in a car for long stretches of time). Another tip: Pack clothes that are machine washable as they will undoubtedly get dirty along the way. Halfway through our journey, we stopped at a laundromat to wash all of our threads, which worked out very well. 

Need more help? Check out these wardrobe suggestions - based on my own road trip suitcase - for inspiration.

What To Pack for a Road Trip