No Longer Grey

The sartorial experiments and ramblings of a girl named Sarah

Midwinter July

by Sarah on January 21, 2018, no comments

shirt that is actually a body suit- c/o Tobi, pants- thrifted, shoes- Everlane, belt- thrifted (but it’s Céline)

IT FELT LIKE SUMMER TODAY!!! Which is concerning because it’s January and not July, and means we should all be very worried about the earth. It’s kind of hard to worry though while sitting out on one’s front stoop taking in the sun. Which I did my fair share of today. And I didn’t even need a jacket!

This outfit felt appropriately whimsical to celebrate the unseasonably warm temperatures. The shirt is actually a body suit from Tobi that I can’t wait to pair with jorts, a crisp white button down, and the accessories pictured here. It’s slinky and cool and very ballerina-y. The pants are these ridiculously voluminous pants I got in a thrift store that are more parachutes than actual bona fide legwear. I teamed them with some backless mules for more summer vibes, and white 60’s earrings. Oh, and a scarf. Who can forget the scarf (especially seeing as it’s tied front and center).

What’s your Midwinter-summer look?

 

Boxy and Bitty

by Sarah on January 17, 2018, no comments

shirt- c/o Tobi, pants- thrifted, jacket- Everlane, shoes- Everlane

Oversized blazers are to fashion bloggers as parmigiano reggiano is to pasta. Which is to say that they make the object of their adornment infinitely better just by being there. I teamed this oh so classic and yet oddly trendy blazer with a little dress from Tobi. It’s the sort of dress Black Widow might wear to go on an interrogation. I wore it with some jeans, because I figured blazers and jeans are a classic, as are jeans and little shirts and little dresses and blazers, and by the commutative property, it all had to work out. Honestly, even though I absolutely love the oversized blazer and dainty shirt look, if it weren’t so cold in New York right now, I might have thought about ditching the blazer and going for another gourmet cheese esq piece, probably in the form of a neck scarf. However, it’s currently snowing buckets outside and woolen layers are not a want, but a need.

Impracticality of a Beret

by Sarah on January 6, 2018, no comments

shirt- thrifted, beret- street vendor, jeans- Everlane, shoes- Everlane

I know berets are ridiculous. They don’t keep anything warm, they look like little floppy patches of fabric, and they’re nothing more than a Pinterest board-esq attempt at mimicking the enviable style of a French woman.

That being said, I bought a beret, and I completely and totally unironically love it. I love it so much that I would even recommend that you pick up a beret and give it a spin. Sure, it’s about as practical as Crocs in a blizzard, but aesthetically, it’s a wonderful accessory.

 

2018

by Sarah on January 2, 2018, 2 comments

shirt- Zara, pants- Everlane, shoes- Everlane

Happy 2018! A very blurry OOTD, from me, for you. I’ve officially jumped on the wide legged crop bandwagon, and haven’t looked back. My calves have turned to icicles without their usual smothering denim coats, but sacrifices must be made. My concession to the cold was wearing a turtleneck, instead of some silky nonsense that would turn me into an icicle  that would forever stand on the corner of Houston and Lafayette.

It’s been my custom to make a “resolutions” post every year. Looking back, I think I did pretty well. I finished highschool and never wore the same outfit to school twice. I explored my style and found the pink fuzzy coat of my dreams. I put out more content (okay, not recently, but it happened. Really). And right now I work at a brand that, very candidly, I believe is changing the entire fashion industry for the better.

What’s up for this year? More posts. Less total clothing, but more clothing that makes me feel inspired and like I could star in a movie about myself while wearing it. More writing, even if there are less outfit posts, because that’s what I love to do the most. Something a little more tangible, too. And, of course, I intend to keep redefining my personal style. Stay tuned to see!

 

The procrastinator’s guide to gifting

by Sarah on December 20, 2017, one comment

In a perfect world, everything you give someone for Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or any non-denominational holiday gift giving festivities) is perfect. It’s personal, something he or she wants and can use, and is unique. However, that gumdrop and swirly twirly candy cane dream often seems far from achievable. And as the days grow shorter, and the shopping lines grow longer, it’s harder to get truly great gifts. But does it really have to be this way? Here are some tips, so that gifting procrastination can become a thing of the past.

Personalization station

Picture this. It’s Christmas morning, and your aunt/ brother/ significant other’s uncle is unwrapping a gift you gave them. Which would you rather your aunt/ brother/ significant other’s uncle be unwrapping: a plain white t shirt, or a monogrammed plain white t shirt one? It’s fun to see your name on something. Colleges name their libraries after donors, and if it’s good enough for the American education system, it’s good enough for me. Monogrammed pieces are basically a cheap library (ish).

Feel like monograms are a little 2012 J Crew? Find your gift-ee’s pinterest board of inspirational quotes and frame one. Buy him or her a mug that says either “Crazy cat lady” or “I <3 My 12 Pugs”. Personalizing a gift is what makes someone feel that a gift was actually meant for him or her, and was not just something you dug out of your closet. I made the below ~quotable poster~ in five minutes, and not to applaud myself, but I would pin it.

Go for the bling

Jewelry as a gift is so cliche it’s cool again, and for good reason. Jewelry is an easy gift because jewelry styles are easy to read. If the recipient wear lots of earrings, get him or her earrings. If her thing is bulky rings, get her one. Stick to the recipient’s pre-established color family and level of daintiness and you can’t go wrong. If you’re looking for something truly unique, combine tactics and get a personalized piece of jewelry. Custom made earrings are like a monogram, but more subtle, and certainly more shiny.

Use your resources

The first time I bought a Christmas present on the internet it was 2011, and I was buying a scarf for my mom. I browsed the pages of Etsy for hours, and finally landed on a blue one that was minutely different from the other thousands of pages of blue scarves. That’s the beauty of the internet. With actually and literally billions of options, it’s easy to be unique. Plus, on sites like Etsy, you can get one-off products, where nobody can ever have a duplicate, because only one piece was ever made in the first place. And two day shipping is a thing, which makes it altogether too easy to be a procrastinating gifter. It’s a little bit of a chicken and the egg situation.

 

What’s your procrastinating gift shortcut? Any tips? Let me know in the comments!

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