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FASHION: My Style is All Grown Up!

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MY LI’L STYLE HAS GROWN UP. It was a big day for me when I donned the above-“2010s Annie Hall” outfit this week. It was not only one of the most fashion-forward looks into which I have ever slipped (I usually lean toward a more minimalist outlook on accessorizing and layering), but that was the definitive day on which I matured from a fashion-loving young-adult into a fashionable adult.

When I was just five years younger, single or not, I always utilized the clothes I wore to seek out attention from everyone, both men and women (of all sexual persuasions), but always with one eye firmly planted on their effect on heterosexual men.

THAT WAS THE DAY ON WHICH I MATURED FROM A FASHIONABLE YOUNG-ADULT INTO A FASHIONABLE ADULT.

I look back on that little girl, sitting pretty and dumb-but-so-focused in her early 20s, who dressed, consciously or not, primarily for men. I was afraid to not conspicuously show off at least one part of my body on a daily basis, whether this was achieved through baring skin or bearing skintight silhouettes.

WHAT WAS I THINKING? I WAS SO. TERRIFIED. OF NOT LOOKING “HOT ENOUGH” THAT I REFUSED TO WEAR SCARVES TO INSULATE MY COLLARBONE, EVEN IN SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES.   

Little by little since that age, I have gained more and more self-possession and learned “hot” really doesn’t have to entail running around in a miniskirt. There are many more subtler ways of simultaneously getting on “Best Dressed” lists and men’s dating radars. I would love to personally mentor any young Padawan who finds herself in a similar situation and guide her toward the light of her own adult, stylistic path.

You know where I am.

IN THIS POST:

vintage Panama hat // SHOP SIMILAR • Freedom by Topshop choker // SHOP SIMILAR or HERE • byCORPUS blazer // SHOP SIMILAR Naked Zebra embellished blouse // SHOP SIMILAR custom-made leatherette leggings // SHOP SIMILAR Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers // SHOP IT •

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FASHION: White Socks? A Win for Both Sexes

WHAT’S THAT EXPRESSION? “Once you go white, you don’t go around spilling wine and spaghetti on yourself.”

Well, we have stumbled upon an inadvertent trend in WHITE SOCKS when Lillian randomly grabbed a pair one day and wore it with her blue Topshop loafers. The surprising result? It was much more handsomely stunning than if worn with socks by any other color:

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Don’t just take our word for it (although our word on style should be enough. Just saying!). Peep these fashion-forward idols who had the same idea:

Gwen Stefani:

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Chanel Runway 2014:

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Sarah Jessica Parker wore dotted ones with distressed denim and cut-out clogs.

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AND GENTLEMEN, WHITE SOCKS are the signature look of the boyish elder statesman of Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio:

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Leo deliberately wears cropped hems to maximize the white down under.

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ONLY Citi Bike with white socks.

 

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FASHION: Get Dressed In Less Than 15 Minutes… or Less

 

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Happy Sunday, Lillers! (A nickname I’m trying to get off the ground)

THIS COMING WEEK, Colin Quinn and I will both answer the question, “Vaseline or Lubiderm?” …Right before that, I want you to meet another side of me. You have encountered insecure Lillian, crazy Lillian… Now, meet Lazy Fashionista Lillian. On average, as many as five people a year ask me from where I summon the imagination and creative genius to throw my various get-ups together. I owe it to these five fine individuals to clear a few things up:

I never lay my outfits out the night before and if I take longer than 15 minutes getting dressed in the morning, I’m doing it so wrong. In fact, my only method to the madness of morning assembling is to have one color (or one certain item) in mind. From there, I construct my ensemble one piece at a time, each new element clicking with the last while complementing my garb wholly. It’s not the friggin’ Sistine Chapel but my outfits are not bad for a girl who used to wear baggy turtlenecks with Dungarees to middle school EVERY. DAMN. DAY. So, if you will, 3 recent examples–all items accessibly priced:

1. DIP IT LOOOW

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THE CENTRAL PIECE: LUSH Crochet Waist Maxi Skirt in Black, $80.00 (closest style at ShopBop)

TOP: KIMCHI BLUE Scalloped Bralette, $28.00 (Shop it!)

TOP: AMERICAN APPAREL Fine Jersey Racerback Tank Dress, $18.00 (Shop it!)

ACCESSORY No. 1: NAKAMOL CHICAGO peach crystal-bib necklace, $65.00 (closest style at Nakamol)

ACCESSORY No. 2: BANANA REPUBLIC Zigzag Cuff, $49.50 (Shop it!)

SHOES: LUCKY BRAND wedge heels, $110.00 (closest style at Lucky Brand)

2. THE TALE OF THE TRIBAL VEST

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THE CENTRAL PIECE: A Tribal Vest my mom foraged back from China (closest style at Anthropologie, ON SALE for $18.00!)

BOTTOMS: 7 FOR ALL MANKIND cut-off shorts, $168.00 (closest style at 7 for All Mankind)

TOP: LUCCA COUTURE crop bustier, $68.00 (closest style at Nasty Gal)

ACCESSORY No. 1: KAIA PETERKA Revolution cuff in Rain, $68.00 (Shop it!)

ACCESSORY No. 2: Native American Turquoise Beaded Cuff from Arizonian Reservation (Shop this handcrafted similar cuff before it closes out!)

SHOES: VON DUTCH Black Leather Freerider Bootie, $135.00 (UPDATE: Sold out everywhere but on Amazon!)

3. THE “I SLEPT OVER AT THE BOYFRIEND’s”

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THE CENTRAL PIECE: MAX STUDIO Grey Silk Oversized Button-up Shirt, $158.00 (closest style at Max Studio)

TOP: ABERCROMBIE & FITCH Celeste tank, $28.00 (Shop it ON SALE!)

BOTTOMS: WILLOW & CLAY Huggy Leggings, $58.00 (Shop the WC Classic Legging here!)

ACCESSORY: NAKAMOL CHICAGO peach crystal-bib necklace, $65.00 (closest style at Nakamol)

SHOES: ARTURO CHIANG Black Fire Studded Moto Boots, $150.00 (UPDATE: Sold out everywhere but EBay-Hurry, homegirl!)

Much love,

Lil xx