Archive | November, 2013

red lips + hologram

24 Nov

red lips + hologram  |  longleggedlady.comI really like hologram stuff.  Like a lot.  I realize it’s probably a flash in the pan trend, but I’m so into it.  The part of me that wanted Lisa Frank notebooks in junior high just can’t get enough.  You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve scoured Ebay for a reasonably-priced Comme des Garçons hologram clutch.  Spoiler alert:  no one is giving up that clutch for a reasonable price.  So, I settled for an Asos version.  I suppose that’s for the best, given my propensity for losing any purse that isn’t strapped to my body (crossbody bags FTW).

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Bing Bang necklace, Amatoria vest, BB Dakota blouse, ASOS clutch, Kill City leggings, Senso shoes

leathers

23 Nov

leathers  |  longleggedlady.comWhen I was a kid, I spent a lot of time snooping around in my mom’s closet, as daughters are wont to do.  In particular, I was in love with a black leather skirt she had (probably still has, she could totally pull it off).  It just seemed like such a badass thing for a mom to own.  I could never wear hers, so I grew up sort of always on the lookout for the perfect replica.
After 15 years of coveting, I finally found it.  High waist, perfect mid-thigh length, it’s almost exactly like the one in my mom’s closet.  It’s Charlotte Ronson, and I got it in a thrift store, which makes the whole thing even sweeter.  Fashion win.

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Lush top via Need Supply, thrifted Charlotte Ronson leather skirt, Alexander Wang bag, Senso shoes

fall basics

17 Nov

Plaid Skirt  |  longleggedlady.comYou can’t really go wrong with a plaid pencil skirt in the fall, and particularly not this year, since the 90’s are back in full force.  I snagged this one on Threadflip, and it’s not great quality (as evidenced by the blatantly un-matched seams), but for the price it was totally worth it.  The high waist, snug fit, and just-below-the-knee length makes it feel sexier than your average pencil.  I’ll be keeping my eye out for an upgraded version eventually, but for now this is my go-to fall skirt.

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American Apparel sweater, skirt via Threadflip, Alexander Wang bag

organic

12 Nov

Amatoria Organic TeeAmatoria Organic Tee  |  long legged ladyLong live the tuxedo stripe.  I love love love this trend.  It automatically makes any pair of pants 10x more interesting.  This particular pair were another of my Ebay steals.  They’re a size too large for me, but the price was so good that I bought them anyway with the intention of getting them altered.  However, now that I have them, I sort of like the looser fit.  Perhaps my days of worshipping painted-on skinny pants are coming to an end?  Doubtful.

My tee shirt is Amatoria (told you I was obsessed).  It’s incredibly soft, and fits perfect because it’s made to order, so I was able to specify my measurements.  I’m a bit of a tee shirt collector, and am occasionally guilty of splurging on expensive designer ones.  I won’t name names, but Amatoria is definitely better quality than a few of the pricier brands out there.  Oh, and she’ll customize the design on the front, so you can change the word or select a different fabric for the lettering.

Rebecca Taylor pants, Zara shoes, Amatoria tee

vintage score

9 Nov

long sleeve printed maxiThis dress is by and far my favorite vintage find.  I hunted for ages for the perfect long sleeve printed maxi, and fell in love with this one for it’s mock collar and jungle-leopard print.  It’s always so satisfying to find a vintage version of what I’m looking for, knowing no one else will have the exactly the same dress is priceless.

We ran out to snap these pictures before the sun went down, but this is actually my date night look.  Derrick is in town for a whole weekend for the first time in over a month (work & music travel), so we’re taking full advantage and cramming in all the random activities we’ve been wanting to do for weeks.  Today we biked around Golden Gate park and saw the bison, which Derrick didn’t believe were really going to be there, and tonight we’re having a super romantic movie date.  To Carrie.  Because Stephen King is romantic in my world.

I did a little closet cleaning this week and listed some pieces on Threadflip.  Most of it’s things I’ve worn a few times but don’t use anymore, with the exception of a really badass pair of thigh high platform boots that were gifted to me by a vendor I work with last Christmas.  I love them, I really do, but I cannot for the life of me put together a look with them that feels like me.  I don’t believe in hoarding things that someone else could be using, so I’m selling them off.  Those boots are meant to be out somewhere turning heads, not sitting in my closet gathering dust.    

vintage dress, random clutch, Chloe sunnies

how to choose clothing that won’t fall apart

2 Nov

Amatoria organic cotton maxi skirt, vintage scarfAmatoria organic cotton maxi skirtAmatoria organic cotton maxi skirtI have a new girl crush.  Her name is Monica Rojas.  I first “met” her through Instagram (read: stalked all her style posts for months), and eventually we exchanged emails and started chatting.  She has killer personal style, an extremely enviable wardrobe, and on top of that she makes clothing from organic, recycled, and upcycled materials.  Her line is available on Etsy, it’s called Amatoria Clothing, and I’m pretty much in love with it.

When I first starting talking with Monica about Amatoria, she mentioned that she’s been learning to sew the “right way,” i.e. in a way that ensures a garment will look nice and last long term.  As a girl with limited closet space, quality clothing is important to me.  While I’m pretty good at selecting clothing styles that I’ll want to wear for years, but I’m not always so good at knowing which pieces will actually last for years.  So I asked Monica to give me some tips, and she delivered.

Here’s what she had to say:

1. Fabric

Inspect the fabric whether the garment be cotton, gauze, silk, linen, wool, twill, polyester, velvet, and so on. Natural Fabrics are more expensive.  The fabric should hold its shape fairly well if you grab a handful of it, bunch it together, then let it loose.

Fabric should be cut and sewn on the grain. If you have ever had a garment that kept twisting, it’s because it was not cut on the grain. I recently had a customer return a pair of designer jeans because they kept twisting around her leg. When laid down, the jeans looked fine, but on the  body, the fabric wanted to lay the way it was woven.

Patterns and stripes should match all over the garment.  Not run against each other.  Plaid is the most difficult to work with, to get the pattern to match.  I have a dress by H&M that I have only worn once, because I realized that the stripes in the fabric did not match in the front.  It drives me crazy!  I may be tearing it apart soon.

2. Seams and Hems

The edge of seams and hems of a high-quality garment are always sewn straight.  They are also “finished”.  They should only be left “raw” if it’s on purpose to achieve a certain look.  Other fabrics should have either surging (like you see on t-shirts) or pinking.  This prevents the seams from unraveling. Seams and hems should also be pressed so they lie flat.

If a garment has a hem that’s at least two inches wide, that’s another indication you are buying the best clothing available. Wide hems allow the clothing to be easily altered.  A good garment should have a 5/8 of an inch seam allowance (except for knits which usually have surging).

Grab the fabric at the seams with both hands. Gently pull it. If the thread in the seams pulls apart a bit, they’re not sewn properly. The seams should be reinforced and the thread should hold securely. Stitching should be small and tight (you can sew much faster by using a larger stitch, but obviously this means less stitching and a weaker seam).  The quality of thread is hard to tell by sight, but silk thread is stronger and more expensive.

3. Fasteners

Any buttons, hooks, et cetera, on the dress, skirt, suit, blouse, slacks, et cetera, should be sewn on securely. Check the garment for loose buttons and other fasteners. The button holes in a high-quality garment are often bound with thread for durability. Zippers should also move freely up and down without hesitation. YKK zippers have a good reputation, but it also depends on how the garment was made to prevent the zipper from getting caught.  We had to RTV a few different garments from Elizabeth and James because the seams were sewn so that they would catch on the zipper.

4. Trim

Any trim that a high-quality piece of clothing has should be sewn on securely. Gently pull on the trim at different places to test it.  If something has embellishments, it should come with spare beads/sequins, so that it can be repaired.

5. Linings

No matter what type of fabric the linings in suits, blazer, and jackets are made of, the material should be dense and opaque. If the lining was properly sewn into the garment, it will not be tight. Instead, it will hang with a bit of give so it doesn’t rip or tear.

It takes a long time to put lining into a garment, because you basically have to make two garments and then sew them together. Any piece with lining has more work-hours into it than one without. It will lay better on the body, and look better when layering. Any high-waist skirt that you want to tuck things into should have lining, otherwise it will show the wrinkles of your shirt (unless it’s thick like denim).

This skirt I’m wearing in the pictures above is my first Amatoria piece, and it’s dreamy.  The material is an organic cotton, and it’s so soft and flowy that I just want to live in it forever.  I wore it to brunch today, and a French woman named Gigi complimented me on it (in my experience, compliments from French men mean nothing, but compliments from French women mean everything).

For style inspiration, I highly recommend following Amatoria Clothing on Instagram, and check out her Facebook page as well for a 30% discount on your first order 😉

Amatoria organic cotton maxi skirt, vintage scarf, American Apparel top, Need Supply sandals