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

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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Starman

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Didn't know what time it was and the lights were low
I leaned back on my radio
Some cat was layin' down some rock 'n' roll 'lotta soul, he said
Then the loud sound did seem to fade
Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase
That weren't no D.J. that was hazy cosmic jive
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie
I had to phone someone so I picked on you
Hey, that's far out so you heard him too!
Switch on the TV we may pick him up on channel two
Look out your window I can see his light
If we can sparkle he may land tonight
Don't tell your poppa or he'll get us locked up in fright
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie
- David Bowie, Starman

 

It's been a day filled with sporadic tears and listening to Bowie. I woke up at 6:00 AM to the news, and ever since I've been reminded just how many times I've been influenced by Bowie since 1984. His music made me feel okay about being strange growing up; about staying home, listening to music and putting together weird thrifted outfits instead of partying after school. He no-doubt influenced my decision to pursue art and fashion as a career. Bowie had a way of allowing you to escape your problems by contemplating the vast expanse of the universe, yet inspiring you to be your best, weirdest earthling all at once. Because there is a place for each and every one of us here on this earth. He's also proof that getting older is not the end of the world; the older we live, the more time we have to explore, to create! I cannot believe we are so lucky to have existed on this earth at the same time as this wonderful human. I dedicate this outfit to you, Mr. Bowie. May you rest in peace.

 

And, you know, despite the sad news this morning, today turned out pretty okay. I felt like the whole world came together in celebration and remembrance. The Internet was filled with nothing but videos and photos of David Bowie. And the rest of it was GIFs of Leonardo Dicaprio being adorable. Yep, today was a good day. Maybe Bowie planned it this way. 

Much love to you guys,

Whitney

 

  

The Breakdown

Denim Button-Down Shirt: Levi's 

Cropped Jeans: Max Jeans

Black Turtleneck Tank Top: NY&Co 

Black T-Strap Heels: BCBGeneration 

Round Blue Sunglasses: vintage

Burnt Sienna

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Burnt Sienna was usually my shortest Crayola crayon. It may have been due to my love for autumn leaves; leaves are most beautiful just before they fall after all. This vintage cableknit sweater that my mom thrifted for me in the 90's is the item in my closet that most closely matches the brown-red-orange hue. Unfortunately, the hue is a rarity in fashion, but I have always found it to be such a warm, happy, romantic color; I want to see it on the runway more.

It's finally feeling like winter here in Tennessee, so I can safely wear wool without feeling like a sweaty fool. These culottes magically appeared in one of my vintage storage bins. I must have acquired them years ago but have only just now fit into them; the wonderful thing about gaining weight! Which, by the way, I've heard a lot of "You were too skinny before." these days. Having always been a healthy, food-loving person, I believe that while folks are just trying to give a compliment, it's actually quite hurtful to say a person looked underweight until now. Being thin does not equal being unhealthy! The underweight/overweight shaming should really stop. Giving someone a compliment is quite easy. Much easier than punctuating it with an insult, don't you think?

Anyway, I digress...back to these fabulous culottes. The proportions of the culottes, resting just below the knee and with a high waist, can give the illusion of being inches taller. Petite girls rejoice! I really like pairing them with knee-high boots, like these Farylrobin lace-ups. Although, I think these wide-legged cropped pants would look lovely with tall socks and loafers too.

I normally keep accessories minimal, mostly because I spend so much time picking out my clothes that I'm too exhausted or have no time to pick out accoutrements later. So it's unbelievable when I actually have some on. Same goes for bras...Really, I only wear bra for that moment at the end of the day when you get to free yourself from the chains and take it off. Best feeling ever; am I right, ladies?! I have an affinity for jewelry nonetheless. My friend lent me this beautiful African necklace, made of brass. It's heavy and substantial, and beautifully crafted. When I wear it, I feel very important. Like, Khaleesi important. The golden leaf wrap ring is by Gorjana (from Rocksbox).


The Breakdown

Cable knit blouse: vintage

Cardigan: Tiny (by Karyn Craven) from Anthropologie -- This is the softest, prettiest cardigan and is made so well! I can wear it with anything from loungwear to a business look. Highly recommend Karyn's designs.

Culotte pants: vintage

Boots: Farylrobin

Necklace: handmade vintage

Ring: Gorjana

 

x

Whitney

#LADYWOLF

Look: Plum Wine

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Today's look is inspired by Patrick Nagel,  and is comprised of 80% vintage. Every day, actually. Mostly because it's cheap, but also because you can make this kind of outfit.

The Breakdown

These are some old Nike track pants in a pretty damn terrific maroon hue. I happened to have a little thermal BDG shirt in the exact damn color too. What luck! It's the little things...No, really; this made my day. Kid you not. The purple drawstring hooded jacket is vintage, no tag except "Made in Korea", which makes me sad. I really want to know who made this glorious jacket that I found at a thrift shop in 1999. Thrifting in the 90's makes me a true OG, man. And I have these golden chandelier earrings on which I haven't worn since 2003...How?!...And last but certainly not least, the shoes: they're vintage, from the 80's, and made of mesh and cork. I'm feeling so fly today in an outfit that probably cost me $6 altogether and is years in the making.

x

Whitney