#1. If I’ve learned anything over the last 10 years, it’s that boys are scared of fashion. Maybe not fashion, per se, but they’re scared of microtrends. If you show up at a blind date wearing mismatched patterns, a high peter pan collar, neon peplum, and ombre lips, we might think, “Whoa! Look at that ballsy style! Lady Gaga watch-the-eff out.” But a man might think, “Oh my god, how would I ever undo that top? What is wrong with her lipstick? Does she moonlight as a traffic controller?” They don’t get it. So what we have to do, if we wish to be truly “understood” by all (But let’s face it–there are many things men will never comprehend. Like why you couldn’t get a reservation to that killer place on Valentine’s Day. I mean, he called forty-five minutes before you wanted to eat! What is the world coming to?), is balance trendy pieces with a classic look.
Unless you’re going out dancing with your gays. In that case, hold back nothing.
#2. Blazers are one of the most palatable trends this fall. Why? Because they blend in-the-know with totally timeless. You’ll wear these again, probably at the very least several times per year. For the rest of your life. If you go with a flashier blazer–bright orange with gold pyramid-studded lapels and micropleats in the back–maybe not. But if you stick with a trim, tailored basic, or a sexy boyfriend blazer, you’ll get good use out of it. This is one of those times when it’s OK to spend a bit more on a seasonal piece than you otherwise should (Neon peplum? Don’t take out a loan for that.). However…
#3. I found this rad sale. I love sales. It lets me say, “Hey, I was going to buy you next month. BUT NOW I CAN HAVE YOU ALL TO MYSELF RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT NOW.” I say that to everything on sale, and all in caps. It gets the point across, I think. Moving on, I found this rad sale at www.sheinside.com: 40% off blazers to the first 40 customers per day. I was planning on saving my blazer posts for a little later in the season, but I can’t resist. I am forced to share.
This piece, as shown in the set at top and in a package with my name on it over at sheinside.com, is regularly $47.12; with the 40% discount, $28.27. Use the code fallsuit2012 until the 15th. I’m literally compelled to buy, like I’m possessed by something so delightfully evil, yet reasonable. Of course.
In honor of you, Sale, I’ll be writing all about blazers. All weekend long. Tomorrow I’ll survey the season’s blazer as a whole, but today, I need you excited about how killer and absolutely un-frumpy blazers can look put together.
Why does this set work? The monochromatic top and blazer highlight your attention to the detail, yet create interest in conjunction with a rich, bold jean. The tie neck and bare shoulder pump up the femininity, when a boyfriend blazer might otherwise box your figure. The red sole of the shoe is a detailed nod back to the statement of the jean, while the suede adds much-needed texture. The gold buttons, again, add much-needed detail, after the bold, but flat, plane of the red jean; they relate back to the minimalistic jewelry–a geometric gold ring and freehand-style gold stud earrings. Pair with a structured tote that’s the perfect shade of grey–not too empty, not too pale.
I’m going to really go out on a limb here, but… I totally think Kate Middleton would rock this.
The set works well for an elegant date night that’s not too formal, and goes well from work. Wear a nude lip and simple cat-eye liner to work; slick on a deep red, matte lipstick to take it out. If it’s a first date, smudge the eyeliner into a smokey eye and keep the nude lip. Men are scared of lipstick.
How did they make it back in their hunter days, scared of neon peplum and of lipstick and of girls going into the bathroom and shutting the door?0