No Longer Grey

The sartorial experiments and ramblings of a girl named Sarah

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, 2 comments

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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Style Secrets: Finding Your Lane

by Sarah on December 9, 2017, 2 comments

Often ignored: style and fashion are not the same thing. Fashion refers to the clothes, the industry, and the endless trends. Style is personal. It’s not so much the clothes, but the attitudes, the feelings the clothes evoke, and the story they tell. Somewhere in the intersection of fashion and style comes the idea of being fashionable; having one’s personal style match what designers are showing. “Fashionable” is the sweet spot, and is the area that modern day influencers capitalize upon. But is it really worth it to be wearing all of the trends at all of the right times?

I think there’s a shift in the industry towards answering no. Street style has gone from dressing in head to toe flashy, to more discreet, personal looks. Project 333, the 5 piece French wardrobe, and, to a degree, the idea of Marie Kondo-ing one’s wardrobe all point towards consumers wanting less, wanting more personal pieces, and valuing style over fashion.

So how do you cultivate this mysterious, wonderful style?

Catwalk to Walking the Cats

Designers often show pieces in their runway collections that they have absolutely no intention of mass producing and selling. Truly. These pieces are meant to generate press buzz, round out the collection, and make a statement without losing the designer money. Clearly, not everything consumers are shown should be taken at face value. If you have an interest in fashion, you may have noticed that every season, there’s a list of must-have items. These lists are compilations of runway trends, predicted trends, or products that advertisers are paying to have featured.

The beauty of style is that you can interpret those lists in any way you wish. Combine trends! Put your own spin on other people’s ideas! When you’re looking at fashion blogs, glossy magazines, somebody’s private Pinterest board, or runway images, take everything with a pinch of salt. Remember that what’s being shown is presented to inspire, but not necessarily for direct copycating.

You don’t have to embrace every trend to be fashionable. I don’t think I’ll ever be comfortable wearing cold shoulder shirts. It’s just not for me. So I don’t buy it, even though I’ve practically been force fed cold shoulder shirts for the past year. Don’t feel that you have to fill your wardrobe with trends. Choose pieces and styles that you absolutely love. If you don’t want to take it off when you sleep, it’s meant to be.  

Suit Yourself

When you’re young, it’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else is wearing. That’s why I wore a pair of dark denim, ripped knee flare jeans from Abercrombie and Fitch all through seventh grade. As you get older, you’ll probably realize that some things suit you, and some don’t. Case in point: those jeans are long gone. Wearing clothes that you personally like on you will actually, thanks to enclothed cognition, make you feel more confident. Seriously. Don’t wear clothes that don’t suit your individual taste just because they’re en vogue. In a perfect world, every single thing in your closet should excite you, or at least feel like an old friend.

Broaden Your Horizons

I just moved from New Hampshire to New York. And beyond the obvious changes of 12 people versus 8.58 million people, one of the most different things has been the availability to shop. I just went to my 24 hour bodega and bought pears. Pears! It’s 10:05 pm, and I bought pears! Everything is available.

The internet makes pears available to even New Hampshirites. When it comes to clothing, regardless of your physical location, explore. I tend to still do a lot of online window shopping; everything is online. City Chic tops. Vintage fashion boutiques. Somebody’s ebay that is advertising vintage Dior dresses. Changing the way you shop can open you up to a much wider range of options and help you source unique items that will help build a truly personal style.

Try Before You Buy

Fitting rooms are basically a free gift. I know; sometimes you don’t have time, or there’s a line, or the fitting rooms are the scary tiny Zara ones. But trying things on truly is invaluable. The key word there is try. Not sure if you can pull of velvet pants? Try them. If you’re feeling too much pressure from other people, try shopping alone so that you can truly look at all of your opinions. Be open-minded and take any item that turns your head into the fitting room. You never know what something is going to look like until you try it.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help from people who work at a store. Even strangers can help you to develop your style.

Alright guys, that’s all I’ve got. What has been the most helpful for you in developing your personal style?

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