Death by Elocution-Inspired

The simplest outfits are often the best outfits. It’s hard to keep this in mind when whatever is trending is the opposite of simple, but when I look back at outfits that I’ve worn and felt really good in, the uncomplicated ones come to mind first.

That being said, Death by Elocution has been a major source of not just style inspiration, but wardrobe editing as of late. Her account is a great reminder that, if the cut is good on you and the fabric is high quality, you don’t need all of the bells and whistles of trend pieces.

Who or what is your style inspiration these days?

Outfit Post: Labor Day Weekend Dinner in the Hamptons

V and I have been trying to relax lately, which of course means that we have been as busy as ever. This weekend we were at a dinner party in Brooklyn on Friday, the Hamptons on Saturday, entertaining friends in RVC on Sunday, and Monday we sat in the stifling heat at the U.S. Open, despite the fact that neither of us knows a thing about tennis. The only thing we were missing was a trip to the beach (it was Labor Day weekend, after all).

Saturday night we decided to be brave little Hamptonites and go to dinner at a restaurant that doesn’t take same-day reservations. It’s called Cowfish and it’s in Hampton Bays and, despite being a total sh*t show, it was totally worth it. (There was a debacle with an older couple over seating, but I’ll just say that we took the high road – and our seats – and leave it at that.)

The restaurant is on the water and, while the vibe is relaxed, the crowd generally goes for that “summer chic” look (I am aware that this term is slightly bougy, that’s why I used it). This outfit is extremely comfortable and I feel like it looks pulled together, but easy-breezy (“Hey, you can’t say you’re breezy, that, that totally negates the breezy.”). This Linea Pelle belt was a consignment score from Lucky Finds in RVC and I wear it all the time – I don’t think I’ve ever worn this skirt without it. BTW, if the colors look a little off it’s because I had to play around with filters and contrast when using PicStitch (don’t judge me for using filters, the florescent lighting in my parents’ basement is harsher than Tye from Clueless).

As much as I enjoy my summer wardrobe, I’m ready for the fall, aren’t you?

T-shirt: Isabel Marant for H&M Maxi Skirt: MINT Belt: Linea Pelle Sandals: Naturalizers “Naya” Bag: Tory Burch

Outfit Post: Something Missing

There are some pieces that are difficult to style. You want them to work in a certain way and they just don’t quite come through. This gray, sheer Vince top with keyhole back is one of those pieces. There was a time in my life when a sheer top paired with a black tank were all I needed in the world (Express was also my favorite store, don’t judge) and every so often I go back to those roots. Unfortunately, when I go to wear these items I have trouble reinterpreting them; the 16 year-old inside of me instinctively reaches for black
ass-pants or flared jeans and black belt with a huge buckle. (Hey, at least I’m not busting out the platform Steve Maddens and, on an exciting note, flares are rumored to be making a comeback this fall.)
In an attempt to make this top appropriate for dinner with the girls at a casual restaurant on the South Shore of Long Island (The Boathouse in Merrick for you fish lovers out there get the Chilean Sea Bass over fresh spinach, it’s delicious) I wore it with simple J. Crew crops and flat sandals. I like the look, I just don’t love it. It’s hard to tell here, but the neckline is beaded, so I feel like a necklace or earrings would be too much and I don’t really love the idea of tucking it in because then you miss out on the back detail. Suggestions on how I might style it would be greatly appreciated. Help a sister out and leave some love in the comments.

Top: Vince Tank: Excellent question, I’ve had it so long that the printed tag has worn off. Pants: J. Crew Sandal: Nine West Bag: See by Chloe Bluebell Small Bag (it’s new and I got it on sale and I love it!)

Outfit Post: Sunday Funday in NYC

This past Sunday V and I went into the city with some couple-friends of mine (now ours) who had yet to meet his acquaintance. The game-plan was brunch at Catch in the Meatpacking District, a spot I was happy to revisit as I had only been when they first opened, and while brunch is casual, Meatpacking is scene-y. My compromise? Sporty-chic.

Dressy track pants have been the rage for awhile now and I’m happy to see that this trend will be continuing into the fall (partly because they’re comfortable and partly because I overpaid for the ones I’m wearing here). I was originally going to pair these pants with white Converse, but I changed my mind last minute and wore these sandals instead. In my last outfit post I neglected to call attention to them, but they’re new, they’re super comfortable (it’s better than wearing slippers) and they were only $27. I couldn’t resist, I bought them in black too (last I checked they were still available on the Naturalizer website). It feels like you’re wearing slippers out, seriously, your feet will thank me.
Top: Project Social T from Urban Outfitters Pants: Theory from the Theory Outlet in Riverhead Glasses: Prada Sandals: Naturalizer Watch: Michael Kors from Nordstrom Bracelet: Vintage

Outfit Post: Adventures in Conservative Crop Topping

Crop tops have been all the rage for awhile now and, while my first instinct was to groan at the thought of exposed, dangling belly-rings (sorry, my last mental image of this type of top is from the 90’s), my second thought was that this could really work in my favor. You see, at 5’1″ I am petite. When paired with high-waisted pants and skirts, a crop top can really add length to my little frame. And so I began to experiment…

Here I am in Montauk back in June. V and I went out late Friday night and stayed at a fabulous little place called Hartman’s Briney Breezes. The room and grounds were immaculate, the view was spectacular (an unobstructed view of the ocean, which was just across the street, no complaints here), and the location was great. While Montauk has gotten a bit more scene-y in the past few years, it still has a reputation for being laid-back, so I figured this was the perfect place to try out this trend.

Outfit #1 Lunch at Navy Beach
It was a bit chilly so I actually layered a Ralph Lauren Supply Company “Boyfriend” button-down over this look (not pictured). The outfit was super comfortable and I almost didn’t want to change for our evening out (almost). Crop top: River Island Maxi Skirt: MINT Shades: Ralph Lauren Sandals (not clearly pictured): Nine West

Outfit #2 Dinner at Clam and Chowder House at Salivar’s Dock and out (The Harbor Raw Bar & Lounge, The Electric Eel at Ruschmeyer’s*, and The Surf Lodge)
I’ve never been one for dressing scantily-clad on my birthday (did I mention that that’s what this staycation was for?). Instead I usually opt for light-weight tunics or feminine separates. This year I decided to mix it up and go for a look that could probably be best described as Jenna Lyons-inspired (I dunno, you can see it, if you have something more clever feel free to leave it in the comments). I love every single item that went into this outfit and I was beyond comfortable. Every outfit should feel like this. The only bummer is that you can’t see how adorable this crop top truly is in this photo since I layered my favorite drape-y cardigan over it. Oh well, I’ll just have to wear it again… Tank: Nordstrom Pants: Banana Republic Petites Cardigan: All Saints Kicks: Converse Crossbody Bag: Tory Burch Specs: Chanel

*Fun fact: Ruschmeyer’s is an old summer camp that was turned into a hotel with cabin-inspired guestrooms.

Verdict: I “heart” crop tops.

Fire Island Style

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a bachelorette party for one of my nearest and dearest friends, J. With more than a dozen girls in attendance, we were traveling as a fairly large pack and it was a blast.

To those of you who are not familiar, Fire Island is the large center island of the outer barrier islands parallel to the south shore of Long Island (thanks, Wikipedia!). It’s a great place for families to go on vacation, I’ve been going to Fire Island since I was seven years old, but it’s also no stranger to bachelorette parties. This weekend we saw several other brides-to-be and each one was having a great time.

Many groups donned matching t-shirts, but we declined in favor of breezy maxi dresses, sundresses, and chic shorts outfits. I’ve included my outfit from Saturday night in this post. The dress is from the Old Navy petite department and it is beyond comfortable! It has this lightweight mesh lining that allows it to float away from your body, even on sticky summer nights. Last I checked it’s still available on their website, I highly recommend purchasing one for yourself before they sell out.

Sunset view from our dinner table at Schooner’s our first night
Black maxi dress twins

Dress: Old Navy Sandals: Prabal Gurung for Target Cross-Body Bag: Tory Burch Earrings: Random boutique in college (Sorry, every once in awhile I forget where exactly I bought something.) Sunglasses: Rayban

Gray hair, don’t care
Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I’m going prematurely gray. Last time I asked my colorist for a percentage she told me about 80% – that was a few years ago. While I used to be religious about getting my roots touched up, lately I’ve been embracing the silver streaks. Who knows, after the wedding I might let it all go!

Getting silly with the adult ring toss game at Flynn’s
Taking it down to the beach on our last evening.