Wrapping-Up The Runways + Resurgence Of The LBD & Fabulous Ways To Wear It
(Fall Ensemble Ideas — The Little Black Dress — Fashion-Week Recaps)
“Say No to ho and yes to eccentric glamour”—Simon Doonan—might, loosely, be a theme here for the remainder of the year, in one form or another, because we all want to be an insanely more fabulous us, right? We’ll be covering portions of advice from his book Eccentric Glamour. We’ll also be covering wonderfully unconventional ways to wear stuff. BTW—Conscious Commerce & Eccentric Glam can go hand in hand, oui? I want YOU to explore this idea and come back here with a report ... or at least a comment below. In the last issue I asked what eccentric glam means to you. I'm hoping you have pondered it a bit, or will.
Simon says —“Why the hell wouldn’t you want to be one of the fabulous people, the life enhancers, the people who look interesting and smell luscious and who dare to be gorgeously more fascinating than their neighbors.”— He would advise us all to not give in to conformity, to develop a fab personal style, and not to dress like a ho or a humdrum. First, I love the term Life Enhancer, a description with such panache! Second, Mr. Doonan is not referring to celebrity culture when he says ‘fabulous people’, and he fears too many women are dressing like hoochie blow-up dolls (his words). You do not want to look like one of those! This is an ongoing topic —why?— It’s fun and life-enhancing.
Let’s talk LBD — This is also a fabulous Summer-into-Fall idea. How great, again and always, is the little black dress? In a sea of MAXIMALISM, right now, with bells and whistles around every corner, I can see why there’s a resurgence of it. (On the streets of Paris in our last issue) And what great timing — a perfect opportunity to buy an LBD or two if you don’t already have one, or refresh what you already own. You can seamlessly mix it up with all the fabulous maximalism going on, or do your version of minimalist (or existentialist, or socialite, or gypsy —dressing themes a la Simon Doonan & Eccentric Glam). The little black dress can be the perfect backdrop for lots of maximal ideas ... like brightly colored or tricked out shoes, statement jackets and coats, chunky sweaters, cool hats, scarves, etc. In fact, lets put aside our jeans, just for a little while, (they’re overworked and over-worn) and try making dresses the go-to canvases for other fabulous accoutrements. It’ll be eccentrically glamorous, too.
Ideas: Take one Little Black Dress (gray can work, too), add the following items for Fall-Winter wardrobe styling. Do put your own twist on these ideas, ignore my advice where it may not apply to your personal vibe, but do heed some of it, it will help. I love a combination of polished and haphazard, so much more eccentrically glam than looking too put together or looking like you’re trying too hard. So I recommend not dressing like a teenager, nor a prostitute, nor too much like a rocker (there’s cool, then there’s sad). Also, I said polished, not uptight, so keep it fun with plenty of joie de vivre! *Below, the featured dress is an easy pull-on with pockets, and the adjustable waist-tie is removable + a list of good suggestions for fall-winter and the LBD.
*Questions? — I’m here to help. Take your time, think of clothes as beautiful service items that enhance your life. You can build an entire wardrobe around a LBD.
“The eye has to travel” — said Vreeland. So do it, make it interesting and pretty and glam and fun.
Tights — choose color according to what else you’ll be wearing. Gotta keep those legs warm. Go with thigh-high boots if tights are not your cup of tea.
Sweaters — I like a big chunky cardigan in varying lengths, but a fine-knit will work, too — these are great for work and going out, day and casual evening. Even a nice big pull-over is good, maybe for weekends.
Jacket — almost any kind of jacket can work with a LBD, depending on the occasion and the weather. A tailored blazer in various fabric options, long or short, a leather jacket, a quilted jacket, denim jacket ... you get the picture. PS —statement jackets are a 'thing'.
Scarf — this is a no brainer. You should have (get) several scarves in a variety of fabrics, lengths, sizes, and vibes ... if you get my drift. Wool and silk and cashmere ones are a must. You need different ones for different weather and occasions, any kind you love, for day, evening, casual, dressy, whatever. Pashmina style ones are absolutely indispensable, if you didn’t already know. You can buy these almost everywhere.
Coat — can be longer or shorter, dressy, casual, in-between. It can be in wool (my personal fave), or cashmere, or quilted, etc. — depending on what you already own. A few good coats will serve you long and well for years to come. This should be an investment piece, don’t skimp, go with well made in good fabrics.
Hat — depending where you live and how cool it gets, you might like to have a few good hats that are for cold weather. Depending also on your style preferences, be it a wool-felt fedora, a beret, a beanie, a newsboy, a cloche ... pick styles that make you feel good and keep your head warm — looking fabulous is a bonus.