playing stylist

I’m pretty sure everyone with a fondness for fashion has had an idle daydream or two about being a stylist. I know I’ve seen plenty of stars on the red carpet and thought “…honey no. Who told you that was a good look?”

Well, now is finally my moment to play stylist…pretend stylist, at least! In honor of the Oscars, I was invited by Tommy John to play dress up with the hunk of my choice, and I jumped at the chance to look at beautiful pictures of suits (and, y’know, the guys who wear them).

The Victim:

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I’m a huge fan of Sebastian Stan’s work in the Captain America movies, and since he’ll probably be at this year’s awards with the rest of the cast of The Martian he seemed like the perfect choice. Sebastian often looks very sharp on the red carpet, but I’d like to offer my own spin on it.

The Look:

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Even if no one sees them, fun undergarments really set the foundation for a good look. So why not go bold? I love the fun polka dots on these; a little playfulness on the biggest night in Hollywood is just what the doctor ordered.

And speaking of going bold…

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Image source.

The Oscars are traditionally pretty staid as far as men’s fashion goes but…that’s boring! As much as I love a classic black tux, an event this special deserves some fashion adventures. Why let the ladies have all the fun? When I started with this post, I went straight for Tom Ford; he’s definitely one of my favorite menswear designers, and I love how many colorful, inventive creations he has in his collections. I think this gorgeous textured blazer would look amazing on Mr. Stan as well as being truly brilliant on camera (an important consideration for an event airing live!).

Finish it off with some fun socks for the perfect extra peek of personality (I couldn’t find a pair quite the right shade, but if I was a Hollywood stylist I’d probably have an assistant to send scurrying around to find those for me…), and my client is ready to strut his stuff on the red carpet tomorrow night!

aesthetic: labyrinth

The news of David Bowie’s death yesterday hit me harder than I expected, in part because it was so sudden. Just days before my social media had been full of tributes wishing him a happy birthday, and then he was all over my feeds again for a much sadder reason. I’ve read lovely remembrances of Bowie, feelings about how much he inspired a generation to feel free to be weird, and of course listened to a plenty of my favorite songs (and maybe cried a little to a last pre-bedtime listen to Under Pressure…here’s hoping those two are jamming together in rock n’ roll heaven), but I have to pay tribute in my own way.

Let’s talk about Labyrinth.

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Oh, Labyrinth. The movie’s actual release was a bit before my time, but cult films live forever. I watched Labyrinth for the first time in middle or high school and didn’t properly appreciate it (though I was, even then, enraptured by David Bowie’s appearance in the film)…I really came into Labyrinth fandom properly in college, and one of my best memories of this past summer was watching the movie with hundreds of other fans at Film on the Hill in Humboldt Park.

David Bowie and his ridiculous outfits are to this day one of my favorite parts of the movie – a leather vest with ridiculously poofy shirt and knee-high boots? Yes please!

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Just hangin’ out in my navy blue sequined frock coat, like you do. Jareth’s eye makeup choices in this movie (an ultra extended/almost vertical cateye with super short straight brows) are not ones that I would emulate for myself, but I love the otherworldly, feline appearance they give him. Plus, that hair!

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This movie is so gloriously 80s. If I had a giant white fur cape, I would wear it everywhere, and probably try to steal children and entrap people in my mystical labyrinth. Maybe it’s best that I don’t have one.

And the piece de resistance, the hands down best part of the movie, the scene that ignited romantic stirrings in a million teenage hearts…

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The masquerade fantasy. First off: any nerdy fantasy-loving girl who tells you she doesn’t love over-the-top masquerade scenes is lying to you. (Maybe she’s not, I don’t know her life, but she probably is.) In fact, I had to take a break watching this post to go watch the scene again. Feel free to take a break from reading it to go check it out. Masquerade scenes are my bread and butter, and a ridiculous glitzy 80s fantasy masquerade is like taking that bread and butter and pouring glitter and sprinkles all over it. The only thing bigger than Sarah’s sleeves in this scene is her hair, and the only thing more fluffy and ridiculous than both of those is the waterfall of ruffles that Jareth is using as a cravat. Plus SEQUINS. and LACE. and MORE GLITTER. Also, check out those blue highlights in Jareth’s hair – now that’s commitment to a look.

Although obviously I didn’t know David Bowie personally, I’ll be sad knowing that we’ll never see anything new from him again…I’m grateful he’s left us one more album. There’s one less fabulously weird, creative person in the world, and that’s always a sad thing. May we all work to add a little bit more weirdness to the world in our own small ways.

my winter fashion gamechanger

In honor of the blizzard that we’re dealing with in Milwaukee right now, I wanted to share the discovery that has totally changed the game for me fashion-wise this year. This may be old news to most of you, but every time I’ve mentioned these in the comments on other blogs or in real life, ears start perking up, so I thought I should write up a little post. Are you ready for this?

Fleece-lined leggings.

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I’m the only one who knows how warm and comfy I am!

I’ll tell you again: fleece-lined leggings. The world is just a little bit brighter since they came into my life. I’m someone who really enjoys dressing up, and I always feel at my best in skirts and dresses. But I do not feel my best when my legs are about to fall off from the cold. So every winter, I eventually find myself giving in to the warm allure of pants, abandoning my style principles. It’s a total bummer. This year I resolved to keep workin’ my favorite parts of my wardrobe, even if it meant going cold. Luckily, it never had to come to that.

I bought my leggings at Target, and I wear them practically every day. They are the perfect substitute for tights when it gets cold out. I’m warmer in my leggings than I used to be wearing jeans. They’re comfy and snuggly, and you feel like you’re secretly wearing your favorite pair of sweatpants at work. Now that’s some quality winter wear. As a Wisconsin girl who doesn’t see a move to warmer climes in her future any time soon, these are going to be an indispensable part of my winter wardrobe going forward.