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 

Light Metal

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Happy Saturday! It's starting to feel more like winter here in Tennessee. How's the weather there?

Here's a simple look with one of my favorite vintage finds: this silver cape jacket. I paired this with a plunge-neck 80's bodysuit and super basic khaki shorts from early 00's Gap. The nude platform heels by Boutique 9 add a little sassiness that is definitely, always necessary.

Alright, back to spending time nursing my plants and wrapping up a website for a client who just sent me some cookies in the mail; love my job!

x

Whitney

Jacket Saved my Life

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Dear Jacket,
How did you not come into my life sooner? I mean, I never knew I'd love embroidery this much until I met you. And while I would wear you with nothing else, I must share you with other clothing items, like these beautiful Vagabond boots. And these black cropped jeans. And this wide-brim wool hat and ring by Sophie Harper (from Rocksbox). I'll go without a shirt though; that's how close I want to be to you. I mean, jacket, I never knew true love until I met you. 
Forever yours,
Whitney

SERIOUSLY THOUGH...My love for thrifting was revived when I found this jacket; so much so that I scream-whispered "LADYWOLF!" when I saw it. And since I've had this beautifully quirky vintage jacket/blazer/whatever you want to call it in my life, I cannot stop doting on it. You guys understand. To be completely honest with y'all, it was the discovery of this jacket that brought Ladywolf back to life, so everyone should be writing letters to it.