When in London, my mission was to do some Paul Smith shopping. He has become my favourite designer, especially after visiting the Hello My Name is Paul Smith exhibit, so I figured I could afford a splurge.
Well, the splurge was a bit too splurge-y.
Besides, nothing really suited exactly what I needed, so I shall wait. One day. Nonetheless, it was a great experience, shop-hopping.
And in the meantime, I’ve taken extra care to incorporate some Paul into my looks – but with pieces from my already-existing wardrobe.
Paul Smith is classic with an edge of whimsy. It’s all about dependable sophistication with the shock of a patterned lining or a tailored suit with multi-coloured socks peeking out.
I bought this [^] Ralph Lauren Rugby blazer when I was in seventh grade. [Yup]. I stopped wearing it for a while because it was too full-on posh, but this weekend thought, hey. This might just work. Now I’m obsessed with classic-on-pattern. Just like Paul:
^ Paul and Pauline Smith!
Photos from PaulSmith.co.uk
For the past three years, my stuff has been spaced out across the ocean. I still have some things stored in Monkey’s room, and the goal was to take as much back as would fit in my suitcase.
So, for a 10-day visit to the UK, I based my outfits around three dresses.
I had some things waiting for me, like my Fluffy Thing and a pair of shoes. I also bought some new shoes in London. Here’s a video with each piece packed:
1. Layer Upon Layer
I have been living in these boots, which keep my calves ever-so-slightly warmer, and when in doubt? Add another layer.
2. Bunker Hill Bridge
My American Apparel beret just happens to match my new gloves from Ibex – a merino wool shop based in Vermont, stationed on Newbury Street, that I was super excited to discover. I love knowing where my clothes come from, and look what Ibex advertises in its very storefront!
The striped top pictured above is also Ibex, and is super warm. An excellent base layer, especially because it’s stylish enough to wear every day – not just in the mountains!
1. New Dress
Modcloth shipment alert! My new dress emulates springtime, even though I’m standing on an ice block of snow.
Why it’s fashionably light: my fabulous dress is Made in the USA (California!), out of some sturdy 100% cotton. When buying a new dress, I look for durability as well as pretty colors.
2. Old New Blazer
For an afternoon of catching up on some writing, I dressed the part.
Why it’s fashionably light: I do love shopping in Mama’s closet. This blazer from decades ago is 100% wool, and super warm. Also, shoulder pads. Gotta love the 80s.
For a morning at the Museum of Science, I wore back-to-school brights.
Why it’s Fashionably Light: I bought this dress for a formal dinner and dressed it down by pairing it with buttoned-up plaid.
I stood still long enough for Mama to snap this bundled-up photo before bustling along in the Boston cold.
Why it’s Fashionably Light: Since my one winter coat is black, I tend to opt for bright knitwear. Even though the pieces aren’t matchy-matchy, they do complement each other – not a coincidence!
1. Anime Class
What better excuse to wear bright colors and sparkly things than an anime class at the library? The dress was made in Korea, purchased in Hong Kong, and worn to a Japanese drawing class. Very well represented, Asia.
Why it’s Fashionably Light: I have referred to said dress as my Little Green Dress.
2. The Puppy of Wall Street
To see Wolf of Wall Street at the new Superlux cinema, I brought out the Betsey python dress and my go-to 80s pullover. Once again, Puppy photobombed.
Why it’s Fashionably Light: while I wear the jumper frequently, the dress is in my secondary wardrobe section. It was necessary for dressing for the occasion, however.
3. Rehearsal Time
Perhaps you’ve heard; I’m a theatre person. This is my dramaturgy outfit.
Why it’s Fashionably Light: This is my one skirt right now (I am looking for another…), so the challenge is to make it look different. Thank you, Madewell top, for being oh so versatile.
P.S. Another pink skirt look…
In this video I reflect on Project 333, and how I’m incorporating what I learned into my current closet:
I mention Dressing for the Occasion, and here’s a perfect example:
To see A.R.T.’s The Heart of Robin Hood [Bostonians: go see it before it closes! It is awesome.], I went for Sherwood Forest Chic.
The Betsey Johnson top, Burberry jeans, and Exeter scarf are in my daily rotation, and I accented with my lesser worn Top Shop necklace and Crown & Glory headband (which especially matched the show). The Betsey Johnson hoodie and yellow Docs are not warm enough to be in my current winter selection.
Why it’s Fashionably Light
Mixing summery pieces into my winter wardrobe expands the range of options for Dressing for the Occasion.
P.S. Last week’s Occasion was seeing the film Saving Mr Banks…
1. Saving Mr Banks
On Christmas day, I wore vintage dots and my new bottle necklaces to see Saving Mr Banks [my favourite film of 2013].
2. FabulosiTEA Episode 1
I believe in dressing for the occasion, even if I don’t plan to leave the house. To record episode 1 of Caroline and my new podcast, I debuted my new popsicle shirt from Paris. [Psst - the episode debuts tomorrow, so follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop!].
Why it’s Fashionably Light
- the pink skirt is a hand-me-down from Halmoni, and is currently my only winter skirt.
- the pink belt is my only belt – it does the job!
P.S. Last week’s Wardrobe Weekly, in warmer climate!
1. Magic Kingdom
For a merry Christmas in the Magic Kingdom, I wore a Minnie Mouse-inspired outfit of Commando dotted tights, my Ms Pac Man dress from Jones & Jones, topped with my signature Crown & Glory bow. Also, meet Jack, my elephant.
2. Hollywood Studios / Animal Kingdom
First I met my heroes, Ralph and Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph, then headed to Animal Kingdom to ride Everest and meet more new [FLUFFY] friends. I went with safari-print glam.
My favorite parks are Epcot and the Tomorrowland section of Magic Kingdom, because I love all things retro galactic. [Did you know that Epcot stands for "Experimental Prototype for the Community of Tomorrow? Yeah.]. I happen to have rocket socks and a Unicorns in Space dress. Perfect.
Why It’s Fashionably Light:
- While I usually base my travel outfits around one or two main dresses, I assumed Orlando would be super sunny and hot, so I brought three for the sake of cleanliness. Turns out I was actually a bit cool!
- I brought two pairs of shoes to give my feet a rest, and planned outfits around them.
- My safari dress is from a clothes swap with Joanna, who found it at Oxfam – looks homemade!
- Remember my blouse from last week? It transforms.
- I didn’t buy a single souvenir from Disney World. When I was there I was tempted by the array of adorable ear options but stuck to the Crown and Glory and Janine Basil pieces already in my closet!
1. Purple Girl Group
For my first Blue Man Group experience, bathed in purple light above, I went Christmas classy.
Why it’s Fashionably Light:
- I’m wearing my mom’s old Jos. A. Bank blazer, now back in oversized style.
- My cashmere leggings are a cold weather miracle. I wear them as pajamas and on especially chilly days in the city.
2. Christmas Tree Shopping
Tis the season to pick out a tree! Or… drink hot apple cider and sample whoopie pies inside while everyone else browses the trees.
Why it’s Fashionably Light:
- More borrowed clothing from Mama – this was her sweater from years ago [when sweaters were actually made with thick, good quality wool]. It is super warm.
- My button down shirt is a mens shirt from Urban Outfitters that I picked up on sale about seven years ago. It is surprisingly intact and functions as a jacket as well.