No Longer Grey

The sartorial experiments and ramblings of a girl named Sarah

Balletic

by Sarah on July 9, 2018, no comments

top- Reformation, shoes- Kenneth Cole, skirt- DIY

I looove this shirt, but always feel a little too aged-12-Anne-of-Green-Gables when I wear it. It’s fine with jeans, but when I tried it on with this little skirt I made, I finally could be rid of feeling like Anne. The overall effect of this outfit is quite balletic, and feels a little high fashion without being too much for rural New Hampshire. I paired the look with these great Gucci dupes from Kenneth Cole. Though I’m not absolutely crazy about the birds eye view of them, as the sides are considerably more bulky than their Gucci counterparts, the side silhouette is lovely, and makes up for it. I also always feel a little odd when I wear knockoffs. I wrote a piece about it here, and I still am not decided. Thoughts?

Blaze

by Sarah on July 2, 2018, no comments

blazer- Everlane, shorts- American Apparel, top- Everlane, belt- Target, shoes- Everlane, sunglasses- Forever 21, necklace- DIY

I amĀ exhausted from listing out all of the pieces in this outfit. Seriously, I can’t remember the last time I wore something with so many pieces. Normally, I subscribe to the 3 piece outfit (which actually doesn’t include shoes, so we’re really talking about a 4 piece outfit), where you have a top, bottom, and one more thing to add some interest. Fun fact; this is how J. Crew and Madewell employees are instructed to dress. Give it a try!

bienvenue

by Sarah on June 18, 2018, no comments

shirt- Everlane, shorts- American Apparel, shoes- Everlane

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the fashion industry and sustainability. Here’s the thing- a brand or producer can have as many fair trade materials as they want. They can ship in brown bags, they can minimize water use, they can tell you how much CO2 was expended in the creation of a garment. They can even offer to take clothing to recycle. But in many cases, recycling is just postponing waste. It’s like giving clothing to a thrift store. You don’t throw it in the trash, but eventually a piece will probably end up in a landfill anyways. It creates an open loop, where no matter how many times something cycles- from a plastic bottle to a sweater to wherever, it ends up as waste.

In order to be truly sustainable, we need to create a closed loop system, where the fabric from a garment can be used over and over to make new garments, without deterioration. I’m not doing a great job of explaining, but this explains it really well. Thoughts? Ideas? I want to keep exploring these ideas and trying to come up with viable solutions, because it’s pretty clear that we have to do something.

I wore this outfit on my birthday, to go out to breakfast at this lovely cafe in Brooklyn Heights called Iris cafe. I felt sufficiently old in it. These shoes are like a superpower- whenever I put them on, I feel incredibly graceful and full of energy. The graceful part is probably due to the slim silhouette, while the energy is due to theĀ invigorating red and power-inducing block heel.

Slip dress

by Sarah on June 11, 2018, one comment

dress- Grana, shoes- Vans

The last vestiges of normcore have left me craving the awkwardness of a midi dress with flat shoes, and this dress really fulfills that purpose. That being said, it would be just as gorgeous with a pair of two inch satin mules. It’s a basic piece, with absolutely no bells nor whistles, but the spaghetti straps, seam down the back, and double lining up top all make this dress seem special. Oh, and it’s on sale right now, so don’t walk, run.

I bought these vans my first week in New York. Prior to that, I had been a strict converse wearer (and my true loyalty will always be to Chuck Taylor), but I succumbed. They’re cool shoes. They’re not the most comfortable sneaker, nor the best for running or standing a really long time, but they look really cool and sometimes sacrifices must be made. I’m a sucker for a good monochrome look, and so the white stole my heart. Be it Converse or Vans, what I really love is a high top sneaker. I really think their low-rise counterparts are just kidding themselves.