So much to say today! Bear with me…
I am wearing high waisted culottes, fact. I have read some polarizing reviews about gauchos/culottes and how many women think that they are the most unflattering trend and that if Olivia Palermo doesn’t look good, then how possibly could a normal person? My answer to that is that some trends aren’t always about being flattering. Some trends are about comfort (uggs and leggings, looking at you), some are about highlighting certain body parts (crop tops), and some are about masking body parts (maxi dresses, peplums). If I dressed only for flattery, skinny jeans would not be in my wardrobe and I would wear tight dresses everyday. Instead of for flattery, I dress for 2 things: discovery and confidence. Discovery because we are growing, learning, evolving people and I never want to be the same person I was yesterday. I try to progress my wardrobe the same way I do my career, my friendships, and my cooking skills. Similar to all of these -and especially the cooking- you experiment! Sometimes you take a step forward and sometimes you take a giant leap backward, but’s it the discovery and journey (or…. safari?) that help you find your style path. Confidence is vital because on this style discovery (you get why I named my blog now, right?) eventually you will find your stride and find something that just makes you feel good. Maybe these culottes gave me a bit of a camel toe, and maybe they give me mom/pancake ass, but you know what? I kind of felt edgy and weirdly sexy and mysterious. I went to an scene-y NYC modern art show where I was completely an imposter, and yet somehow, these pants made me felt like I belonged. These culottes gave me the confidence I needed to walk tall and feel like I was a cooler version of myself. And now that I have that initial discovery out of the way, I can’t wait to incorporate them into my work wardrobe with killer heels and a more demure blouse. They may not be the most flattering, but I didn’t put them on to pick up a man! I put them on for myself. So I encourage you to stop listening to the haters and if there is a trend or a style out there you really want to try but aren’t sure if it works, just go for it and see how you feel. You might surprise yourself!
As for the Frieze Art Fair, Angie and I had a blast goofing off around some of the weird art, and we took a personality test maze that told me I like candy (fact. you should have seen the bowl of pretzel M&Ms that I downed while typing this). But the real question was, is anyone actually buying any of this? Apparently so, as a walker with an American flag went for a whopping $1.5M. I’m holding out for the pilgrimage of the bowing beer cans (or so I’ve named it) which is apparently being saved for a famous Museum. All in all, a really fun NYC experience, made better by Angie, our Momofuku compost cookie break, and of course, my culottes.
Sadly can’t find either the exact color of the pant or top online, but another color of the Necessary Clothing top is here, and the white version of H&M culottes are here, ASOS snake sandals, Coach mini duffle bag (similar here), Vanessa Mooney gold cuff from Rocksbox, Jenny Bird Frida Collar from Rocksbox (don’t forget you can still get one month free using my special code stefschoenxoxo), Express hand bracelet. Quay Australia sunglasses.