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How i Wore It: Sequin Skirt

Selfies! Is anyone else as confused and embarrassed about this new phenomenon as I am? An interview that has remained vivid in my memory is one with J. Crew’s Creative Director, Jenna Lyons. The woman is the Einstein of the fashion world, she created the perfect equation for everyday attire, and it is when she described something as making her day “sparkle” in an interview I can’t seem to find now. I loved her use of the word sparkle. There are lots of things that can make a day sparkle – food, the sun, a  bike ride, and fashion. And wearing sequins, wherever – shoes, skirt, or pants, will absolutely make your day sparkle both literally and figuratively. This skirt comes from an online boutique that I just discovered – Dahlia. They’re a British fashion brand that has a playful personality. Their clothes have a quirky twist but are still traditional and affordable. And for the seamstress out there, the construction warrants the price. This skirt was fully lined, even the waistband was even clean finished! With spring just inches away, I’m already visualizing what I’ll be wearing this skirt with – a cotton blouses with lots of ruffles – and the selfies I’ll be taking (that was a joke).

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What i Heart Now: Bodysuits

Amy beat me to the punch when she posted about bodysuits in her series Lingerie Friday’s but it just meant that great minds think alike. Or maybe it meant that great minds think a lot about lingerie. Considering the fact that my eight month anniversary sewing lingerie is coming up, it’s an obvious progression that my mind wandered to bodysuits. It wandered but it quickly got stuck because like many of you, body suits are questionable. How do you wear them? What do you wear them with? Are they outerwear or inner wear? How are VPL’s (visible p**** lines) and flat chests avoided? And the issue of going to the bathroom. Eek… let’s not go there. But I want to like bodysuits. I really, really do. They have a connotation of being only over seductive and I’ve been trying to prove that thinking wrong. I believe that just like any trend, bodysuits can be luxe as well as everyday, if worn correctly. The history of the bodysuit is just as interesting as its mode of wearing, mostly because it has crossed into many categories of clothing. The exact moment or era bodysuits were born is difficult to pinpoint but it’s a safe to say, at least for the purpose of this post – a history lesson on fashion, that their life began as activewear. The French acrobat Jules Leotard wore a two piece, body-hugging garment (this is where the term leotard comes from) and ballerinas have been wearing them since the nineteenth century (look at a Degas painting). Since then, bodysuits have been worn as loungewear, activewear, innerwear, and outerwear. In the 1950s, Claire McCardell became famous for being the anti-Dior, making sportswear and everyday wear popular, and one of her favorite silhouettes was the leotard. In the 1980s, Donna Karen launched her simple…

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How i Wore It + Giveaway

I channeled Michael Jackson. I mixed black and white, incorporated sequins and fingerless gloves, and scrunched my socks low, real low. Don’t give me that look. This is how I do comfy and cozy. I don’t even need to grab my crotch to make a statement. I am a Floridian only by birth and definitely not by skin color. When I moved to Philadelphia, mittens were a new fashion accessory. How, when, and with what were questions I had to work through via trial and error and I erred very wrong in my early mitten-wearing days. It was my first winter in Philadelphia and I was an Assistant Technical Designer for Alla, Senior Technical Designer for Jackets and Outerwear (capitalization intended). She was Russian, knew her shi…stuff, and I often made her laugh unintentionally with my questions and statements. “Maddie, where should the stitch line be on this sketch? To the left or to the right of the placket seam line?” Alla asked. “To the left,” I answered. “Haha…” was her response. My answer wasn’t right. That was the type of relationship we had. Our bonding came to a peak when I showed up to work one day with a new pair of yellow fingerless mittens. Thinking that they were next best thing to brussels sprouts (sliced bread sucks), I said, “Look at these mittens! They have pockets where I can store a key or a credit card. That’s so clever of them. I bet they stole the idea from Lululemon.” Alla really started laughing. “No, Maddie, that ‘pocket’ is a cover for your fingers. You unbutton it and fold it over your fingers. See…” She demonstrated my stupidity. Stupid Floridian. Stupid, stupid Floridian. I have since learned the do’s and don’ts of mitten wearing. I have tried many, tossed many,…

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