Same Coat, Different Look

Today I'm wearing the same coat I've been wearing for probably two weeks straight because it goes with everything. It can turn even the most bla·sé outfit into an #ootd worth photographing. And you really cannot beat the price for a wool blend coat that is lined and well made (right now, just over $10 on Dresslink).

I've had this Diesel sweatshirt since 2001 (what is that, 15 years?!), and it still looks brand new. Love its muted green hue and the high neckline. It's perfect for refined sporty looks.

Just got these gorgeous boots from Ralph Lauren. They were on sale and a half size too small, but when I tried them on they fit perfectly. Meant to be. Wasn't the Ralph Lauren Fall Winter 2016 Collection glorious? His use of brown hues and metallics blew me away. You should go to ralphlauren.com just to see the video on the home page. Definite website design goals (part of what I do for a living, so I'm allowed to geek out).

Okay, on to the necklace from By Invite Only. You may have seen this before on my blog because it's one of my favorite pieces of handcrafted jewellery. The founder of By Invite Only, Trixie Khong, is uber-talented and self-taught! You should buy her jewelry. That is all.

My eyeglasses are from Polette, and right now I'm hosting a Polette Eyewear giveaway. Get your buns over to this page to ENTER TO WIN A PAIR OF POLETTE GLASSES OR SUNGLASSES!


The Breakdown

Round Gold Glasses  Polette Eyewear

High-Neck Sweatshirt  Diesel

Wool Blend Coat  Dresslink

Sweatpants  Target

Moto Buckle Boots  Ralph Lauren

Amethyst Geode Necklace  By Invite Only


The Art of Distraction: Styling Tips from Whitney

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While it goes against a human's survival instincts, I love wearing bright, bear-attracting, colors in the snow. It's a great way to lift your spirits in the frigid weather, and it reminds you that spring will come, eventually. Today, I went with berry hues, paired with a heather-beige suspender dress and a wool coat. You can't really tell from my photos because, as a photographer, I know how to work my angles (ha), but I have gained several pounds over the past year or so. What can I say, I love cooking, and I love to eat! Plus, once you get to a certain age your metabolism stops replying to your texts and eventually puts you on Do Not Disturb, and you have to work out twice as hard to make up for it (which I've been doing, and if I'm successful I will let you guys know what I did so you can do it too). And for some ladies like me, we don't have baby weight to blame. Just food. And Game of Thrones, Nurse Jackie, Jessica Jones, etc etc. And working on a computer most of the day. A recipe for body disaster!

As such, I have been forced to change my style somewhat to accommodate my newfound curves, and this look exemplifies this shift. I've found that when you are petite, even the slightest weight gain can be appear drastic. (Yay.) And even though many people may not think that I have anything to complain about, it's all relative; and I know many of you are in the same boat. None of your cute jeans fit and you resort to the dregs of your closet, you avoid social outings until you can get your body right again, etc. It can be a very isolating feeling when you put on the pounds, and no one is there to support you if you feel uncomfortable with your newfound inches; only to say "I wish I looked like you." or "You were too skinny before." (Nope! I was healthy then too.) But I refuse to sacrifice my personal style now that my closet options are limited, and I refuse to spend a ton of money on all new clothes. So I'm getting creative with what I have and thrifting what I don't.

I do not subscribe to the idea that certain body types should not wear certain clothes. I think that's bullshit Cosmo propoganda that forces women into unhealthy choices in order to attain the "perfect body". I'm petite and curvy, and my outfit advice may be a little biased in that regard. But having styled outfits on ladies of all body types, I have a few styling tricks that work for almost anyone (SANS PHOTOSHOP) so you can keep the fun in dressing up. The art of dressing can be similar to painting or photography: It's all about tricking the eye. My goal with this outfit was to subtly mask my derriere, midsection and chest without wearing a burlap sack. The way I accomplished this is through the art of distraction. By wearing bright lipstick, a pretty cowl neck sweater and bug-eye sunglasses the eye is drawn to the face, and then the eye is led to my legs with bright tights and adorable vintage boots. My dress and coat are still there, still stylish, but they aren't the main focus. Speaking of the coat, I really love that it has this tailored look without being too form-fitting. I can wear it will almost anything. Having a piece like this in your closet can work with casual or business looks.

In closing, even if your body is changing (losing weight, gaining weight, or your body shifts in a way you never could have imagined), you can still wear clothes you love. Just try to stay positive knowing that other women are in the same boat, and if you find that your favorite clothes don't fit, try to thrift replacements or learn some basic sewing skills. If that still is not possible, I recommend pairing some of your less-favorite pieces with stand-out "distractions". 

x

Whitney


The Breakdown

Round Oversized Frosted Clear Sunglasses: vintage (60s)

Muted Pink Turtleneck Blouse: vintage (70s)

Structured Wool Coat: Dresslink

Pinafore Ribbed Knit Suspender Dress: vintage (90s)

Bright Berry Tights: We Love Colors (very well-made. Highly recommend!)

Burgundy Ankle Boots: vintage Etienne Aigner

 


Don't forget to enter my giveaway. Time's running out!



GIVEAWAY! #LadywolfXPolette

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I can’t think without my glasses.
— Vivienne Westwood
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DIY Tutorial on Succulents in Seashells coming soon! Check back this week.

DIY Tutorial on Succulents in Seashells coming soon! Check back this week.

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Picking out new frames -- when you are like me and actually require eyeglasses to see things like mountains and your lover from across the room -- is an event. And unless you have a disposable income, those new glasses you choose will be, in essence, your new eyes, so you must choose carefully. Where I live, most local eyeglass shops just don't cut it when it comes to chic frame styles, so shopping online for new glasses is essential.

I have a rather large, imposing face, so I need glasses that balance that out to avoid looking ridiculous (not that there is anything wrong with looking ridiculous). Polette Eyewear to the rescue! After spending hours on polette.com browsing their beautiful array of glasses, I narrowed down my selection to a pair of lovely round frames in gold. Once I received my glasses in the mail, I was elated with my decision; perfect fit, shape looks just right on my face and the color goes well with my daily wardrobe. And they are so well made!

A leader in the French market, Polette offers a wide selection of beautiful, elegant, timeless eyeglass frames and sunglasses that you can try on virtually. For trend-lovers, they have a lot of fresh, fashion-forward frames to choose from, too. Plus with their customization options, you can choose the level of tint, in all sorts of colors. I chose no tint for mine this time around, but I'm itching to get a second pair that I can wear on bright, sunny days. You can even shop for lenses that protect your eyes when your staring at a computer or phone screen all day in the e-Polette shop. I've yet to mention just how much the quality outweighs the price. Polette's glasses are so affordable (price of lenses ranges from just $9.99 to $89.99). Polette is an eyewear shop that is in place to be a revolution in the optical world. Highly, HIGHLY, recommend shopping here.

I can wear these glasses with just about anything, but today I decided to pair them with a gray bodysuit from We Love Colors (you all know how much I love going braless, and in this fabric, you can), turban headband by Kristin Perry, a vintage skirt (that I altered for my petite frame), and wood wedge platform shoes by Esska shoes.


The Breakdown

Glasses: Polette.com

Bow Headband: Kristin Perry Accessories

Wooden clamshell Cat Purse: vintage

Gray Leotard/Bodysuit: We Love Colors

Wooden Wedge Platform Loafers: Esska Shoes


Want your own pair of Polette glasses or sunglasses? Here's all you have to do to ENTER TO WIN:

FIRST THINGS FIRST:

1. Follow me @Ladywolf on Instagram

2. Follow @poletteeyewear on Instagram & Twitter, and LIKE Polette on Facebook

3 WAYS TO ENTER:

1. Go to Polette and pick out your favorite frames. Comment below with a link to your FAVORITE PAIR of Polette glasses. -- 1 ENTRY

2. INSTAGRAM: Like THIS PHOTO on my Instagram (@Ladywolf) and tag three friends -- 1 ENTRY

3. Complete above steps and SHARE this blog post on Twitter and/or Facebook with the hashtag #LadywolfXPolette for two more chances to win! -- 1 ENTRY PER NETWORK

The winner may choose the frame he/she wants among all of Polette's collections, adjusted to his/her eyesight, or just for fashion.

You must follow the instructions to be entered. Giveaway ends March 13, 2016 at 11:59 EST. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on or around March 14, 2016.

GOOD LUCK!

Whitney

Dear Frances

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Just taking a moment to talk about my newfound love for the brand Dear Frances. Slipping into these boots, I realized why gals pay big bucks for shoes. And while this is coming from a girl who mainly buys vintage or deeply discounted shoes, I've tried on my fair share of the fancy kind, and these? Well, these take the cake. They conform to your delicate feet as if made of clouds, and the look is sophisticated-yet-edgy, futuristic-yet-timeless. NOTE: I wasn't paid to say this. 

Get these Dear Frances Boots here http://www.solestruck.com/dear-frances-fly-boot-caramel/index.html

The rest of my look: vintage, with the exception of my white v-neck tee. That's from Aerie.

Tons of new posts coming this week because FASHION WEEK!!!!!!!!!!

 

Much love, 

Whitney

First Snow: Outfit of the Day

The other day I tried to summon snow by layering myself in white clothing. Well, I am happy to say that it worked, and it is now revealed to the world that I am, indeed, a witch. I can hear some of you now yelling "CALLED IT! Told you she was a witch." I can also hear someone correcting one of you, "No, you said she's a bitch." I try not to be, I swear!

I wrote a little essay today about my approach to fashion, if you would like to read what I really think about getting dressed.


The Breakdown

Puffy Plaid Kimono Coat: vintage (sorry)

70's porn-mustache-guy Sunglasses: vintage (I'm so sorry!)

Gold Geometric Belt: vintage (I'm getting to the ONE item you can buy. Promise)

Blue sweater: Pierre Cardin from TJ Maxx

Combat Boots: Easy Rider, vintage


Why I REFUSE to say, "I would never wear THAT"; an essay

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Some would say this jacket wouldn't work for them. Some would say a girl who is 5' 3" like me shouldn't wear it. I have something to say to those people.

Growing up petite, fashion magazines would always be telling me that I cannot wear this or that because of my height. It made me feel shitty. And I try to avoid anything that makes me feel that way, but at the same time, I do not think it is wise to ignore something simply because you do not agree with it or makes you feel uncomfortable, or less than. So I didn't unsubscribe to those magazines that told me it isn't acceptable to wear those clothes on those models. Instead, I decided to take inspiration from what made me feel happy, from what I found interesting. Currently, it is sculptural pieces, but mostly it is whatever fits me that day and makes me say "That's so LADYWOLF." To me, that is fashion: Wearing clothes for the love of clothes. The body comes second to the art of dressing.

In that vein, fashion is a shield for me, a confidence builder. Any time I hear

"That is different."

or

"I could never pull that off, but it looks good on you." (You know, the ol' compliment-but-not-really-a-compliment),

it is fuel for me to dress even more "different". That type of sentiment bums me out too though; when one limits themselves to a certain mold, I believe that narrows their horizons and opportunities to connect with others. It's the same with food:

"I would never eat olives."

Me: "Have you tried them though?"

"No, but I know I wouldn't like it. Gross."

Or my favorite: naming "best friends". Announcing your BFF's is really exclusionary to me, and limits the possibility of making deep connections with new people. Unless, of course, you call all of your friends your "best". Anyway, that's another topic for another day.

This same mentality applies to fashion. When we decide to dress one certain way and to chastise certain clothing, it limits us in other ways. Saying you would never wear wide brim hats to a person wearing that hat, also says that you would probably not connect with them in other ways in life. Not wearing something because it is "out of style" works the same way. Trends exist because brands want us all to buy the same shirt at the same time, so they can make those dollar bills. And the people with the most money, and the most fear of not fitting in, are the ones who adopt those trends, making those of us who are less fortunate feel like we are missing out. Would I call you "basic" for doing that though? No. I think there is much more to you than wearing the latest trends. Would I do the same if I had a ton of money? Probably.

I, personally, never grew up with a lot of money and had to get creative with my attire. So much so, that I remember kids thinking I had a ton of money. I remember one girl in 8th grade saying, "I don't think I have ever seen you wear the same outfit," and remarked that my family must have a lot of money. In reality, a lot of my clothes were thrifted or bought on discount and wouldn't last long enough to make a second appearance in my #OOTDs. Don't get me wrong, my mom did buy me some clothes at NY&Co and American Eagle, but I never got the type of reaction to those as I did when I'd wear something from the thrift store. Unique always won over fitting in. 

Don't get me wrong though, I'm not hating on trends. You should just wear whatever you want and not feel restricted. Our society pushes us into these molds though, and even someone like me who is okay with whatever you are wearing, is forced to fit those molds from time to time.

Let's fast forward to my life as a creative professional, working as a photographer and designer. I live in east Tennessee, so sometimes wearing low-cut shirts or ragged denim just because I like them isn't good for business. Let me tell you guys though, the close-mindedness in my neck of the woods goes even further. Yes, I have a story. One day a year or so ago, I went to present a website to a client (mother-daughter owners; The daughter in her 40's, mom in her 60's.). I was dressed in my regular modest powersuit that works well when meeting with clients and keeps the focus on my work, but that didn't stop the judgmental comments that day. As I was opening my laptop to show them the product of my hard work, the daughter looked as my nails and said, "Mother calls that nail color 'Whore Red'. She really doesn't like that color. She's very particular about colors." I looked at the mother and said, "Well, I'm not." I could have said more. I could have said, "Putting absolutes on a color and attributing it to a woman's sexual lifestyle makes you a shitty person. And it is harassment. Did you know women can harass other women? Did you know that being a 'whore' isn't actually a bad thing?" But I wanted them to like the website I made for them, so I kept my mouth shut. I definitely had the "You're a whore." vibes from them the entire time though. When I got in my car, I realized I also had a lighter shade of Whore Red on my lips, which I was vehemently proud of. I gave this whore a kiss in the mirror and carried on.

To sum it up, don't dress by the indoctrination of others. You are much more than your outfit of the day. Wearing a trend doesn't make you "basic". Wearing red lipstick doesn't make you a "whore". And don't dress like you are a superior being because of your outfit, and most certainly, do not shame others because they choose to dress differently from you. You are a multi-faceted human who is naked underneath all of those clothes after all. Wearing clothes should be fun, and I'm thankful to have the closet full of clothes that I do; moth holes and all.

I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.
— Groucho Marx

Spread kindness,

Whitney


Want details on this #OOTD? Go this this page, and I'll tell you all about it.

Sir Cuffs a Lot

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Cuffs: How Long Can You Go?

Tried to summon snow by layering myself in as many white pieces as possible. My white skirt didn't fit today though, so naturally, I went with black. Pretty sure I cursed our snow opportunity by doing that.

Let's talk about this wrinkled button down with the long French cuffs for a second. It's vintage Cavalli, and it used to be Gabe's. It's pretty unique, so I decided to interview him about it.

 Terrible Rider: Why are you asking me about this shirt? Are you making fun of me?

Ladywolf: No. I seriously love the shirt and want to know. Where did you get it?

TR: At Century 21 near the World Trade Center in 1999.

LW: What made you want to own this shirt? 

TR: The Perma-wrinkle thing just happened. And I needed a shirt with French cuffs.

LW: Ah, I see. Did you get compliments? 

TR: Yes. And I was a hot gender bender. I blame Bowie. 


And I thank Bowie. Because now it's mine. I've always wanted a shirt with cuffs that cover my delicate fingers.

 

The Breakdown

A lot of this look is vintage. The black felt-like wool mini skirt: 90's gap. The hat: from the 60's. The striped shirt: 90's.

Perma-wrinkle button down shirt: 90's Just Cavalli

The boots are by Farylrobin.

 

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