Outfit of the Day: Féline Purris

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Thanks so much to AWEAR 2014 – a project intended to help us think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who made them – for including me in your inspiring efforts. Guys, follow @awear2014 for daily sustainable fashion inspiration.

Outfit Details

Trench coat: Fox Run, purchased at Fox and Fawn vintage shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Purse: Vintage Moschino Redwall
Blouse: Chloé, purchased at Beacon’s Closet in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Tank: Refashioned by moi from an old shirt.
Skirt: Vaute Couture
Tights: Don’t really remember
Boots: Purchased in Japan many years ago. They’re not really eco-friendly in any way but, hey, I still have them and wear them often so that definitely counts for something!
Gloves: Belonged to my Grandma Alice

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50 Shades of a Grey: The Many Ways I Rocked This Polka Dot Dress to Exhaustion This Summer

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It’s the final day of my month of fashion dieting*, and as you can see, I’m jumping for joy! I also have a beard for some reason (see pic 5). Challenging as it might have seemed, the limitation of only being able to wear 6 items of clothing was actually quite liberating. In fact, I re-counted today and realized I didn’t even don my 6th garment at all, mostly due to the fact that I wore my handy dandy polka dress to almost every function fathomable. From birthdays to weddings to bridal showers, the dress acted as my sidekick for the month and showcased once again that fashion is all about fun and function, not quantity.

* In case you don’t yet know the backstory of what the 6 Items Fashion Diet is and why I’m doing it, click here to get the whole scoop.

Day 31 Outfit:

– Grey (ok, I guess it’s really more like a taupe) polka dot dress: H&M
– Ivory purse: Prada
– Avarcas slip-on sandals: Riudavets (check out the always knowledgeable Emma Grady’s article about this new, ethically-made fashion sensation, which has actually been a staple in Menorcan wardrobes for years, here)

It may sound daunting, but I really encourage you to try out the 6 Items Style Challenge yourself. We live in a society that’s so used to fast fashion, that simply being photographed in the same dress at two different weddings results in an “OMG, I die” moment – but why? What is so terrible? I hope that everyone who steps outside of this bizarre mindset for even a month by taking the challenge can come to a place where they’re able to be more resourceful and creative with a more pared down, quality wardrobe. And after you’ve tried it, please come back and comment on how you felt after – I feel confident that it’ll inspire a positive change in you. Plus, you just have a lot more time in your life when you don’t have to decide what to wear everyday. : /

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6 Items Fashion Diet Day 5: The Angry Snowman’s Revenge

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It’s Day 5 of my fashion diet and it’s hot as Hades, so I decided to don my Clossette angry snowman dress. Why is he angry? Well I think that’s obvious, but I’ll leave it to you to come up with your own back story.

Day 5 Outift: An Angry Snowman’s Chance in Hell

Angry snowman reversible mini dress: Made from a $4 t-shirt following these DIY instructions.
Coral bib necklace made of tagua: A gift from The Andean Collection
Wooden bangle: Purchased in the Bahamas
Nautical wedges: TOMS Shoes

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Wondering what my 6 Items Fashion Diet is and why I’m doing it? Click here to get the whole scoop.

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6 Items Challenge Fashion Diet Day 1: Kaleidoscopic Kimono Flow

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I’m officially on a diet! If you think that’s pretty uncharacteristic of me, hear me out. For this diet, I’ll be counting clothes instead of calories. For the whole month of July, I’ve pledged to wear only 6 items of clothing to show that true style isn’t about having more clothes; it’s about having a curated closetful of quality garments – and knowing how to make a little go a long way. Follow me and my fellow fashion dieters as we challenge ourselves to mix and match our 6 items and get creative to craft 30 different outfits using our limited garb.

So why are we paring down our wardrobes like this? The 6 Items Style Challenge was started by Labour Behind the Label, a campaign that supports garment workers’ efforts worldwide to improve their working conditions through awareness. Most people don’t know how little these women, men and in many cases children get paid so that you can buy a skirt for $12 or a shirt for $10, but if you’re reading this, I hope the one thing you take away is that our desire for cheap, fast fashion is hurting people around the globe. Although having just 6 items to wear might be on the extreme side, the point of this exercise is to show that it can be done and also hopefully will make people see that we simply don’t need that many new clothes!

Check out my very first outfit below and if you’re interested in learning more about the cause, read an interview about why I decided to take on the 6 Items Challenge here.

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Day 1 Outift: Kaleidoscopic Kimono Flow

Multi-colored sheer top: Thrifted for $6
Mom jeans: Thrifted for $4
Eat a Dick heart pendant necklace: $40 from In God We Trust
Tory Burch flip flop sandals: Gift from Krissy on her bachelorette party
Plaid purse: Rugby by Ralph Lauren
Sunglasses: Chanel

The sheer top and mom jeans are 2 of the 6 garments I’m allowed to wear this month so I’m sure you’ll see them again…

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HOW TO: Make Your Boyfriend’s T Shirt into a Cute New Tank Top

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Step 1. Steal your boyfriend’s shirt. I’m just kidding. Don’t steal. But if you notice that your boyfriend (or husband, brother, friend, dad, guy on the couch) has an old t shirt that they hardly wear anymore, they should be fine with you taking it as long as you ask nicely. And this project will work just as well with any oversized t shirt you already have in your own closet too. There are only a few steps and when you’re done, you’ll have a cute tank top just in time for summer. Read on for the full instructions!

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Why a Red Poppy Should be Your Accessory of Choice for Memorial Day

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This article is dedicated to Dave You and the other courageous men and women who protect our country. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and the city is swarming with a wonderful servicemen! There are tons of events to attend and let’s face it… you don’t know what to wear. Whether it be casual chic for a BBQ or sexy sultry for a night out, how many times do you have to hear it? It’s all about the accessories!

I’m hoping to see a lot of red, white and blue this weekend as I frolic in the streets of Manhattan and also hoping to bring back a Memorial Day tradition that was forgotten some time ago… the red poppy. No, not the kind of poppy you see every morning on your bagel but the red poppy flower. In 1915 Moina Michaels wrote a poem after being touched by “In Flanders Field” written by World War I Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon with Canada’s First Brigade Artillery.

“We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.”

Moina Michaels was the first to wear a red poppy on Memorial Day to honor those that gave their lives serving our country and she sold artificial poppies to her friends and family and donated all proceeds to orphans and families of servicemen. This tradition of using red poppies to honor the fallen and to raise money for the families of servicemen has lost its popularity but has not been totally forgotten.

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24 Bright and Bold Summer Outfits to Wear on a Beach Vacation

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The Bahamas – check, the beach – check, the beautiful bachelorette – check. My girlfriends had all of the ingredients to make our friend Christina’s final hurrah nothing short of LEGEND-ary, but the question remained – what should we wear?! After frantically asking one another for outfit advice, we were finally able to stuff our suitcases full of 24 bright and bold beach vacation looks for sitting by the pool, walking around the Cove and taking Christina out for a simply cray cray time. Click through the pages all the way at the bottom of the post to see each one and get some fashion ideas for your own resort wardrobe!

Outfit details from left to right: On Yuka: black and white sequined dress by Parker (borrowed from my very generous friend Diana) + black sandals by Prada, on Amy: flowy white dress with flower print by Halston Heritage + wedges by Charlotte Ronson, on Ruth: chartreuse Herve Leger dress purchased from Paula Abdul, black heels (still waiting on the other deets so stay tuned).

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Outfit Idea: Lace Up Leggings in Yufuin Japan

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Just stumbled upon these old photos taken last year in Hakata and thought they might make an interesting outfit idea post. I broke out the same black lace up leggings this weekend (almost forgot I had them), and got mixed reactions. I had to stop by David’s Bridal for a bridesmaids dress fitting and got a lot of compliments there, but my own friends seemed confused by the laces. What do you think? Would you wear lace up leggings?

Outfit details:

Silk print top: Purchased at Mint Thrift Shop in Katano, Japan
Lace up leggings: Purchased at Daiei
Gold sandals: Arden B.
Bag: Rugby

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The rest of the pics in this album were taken in Yufuin, Japan, which is famous for its relaxing hot springs. There is even a mini footbath hotspring for people to rest their weary feet while they wait for the green Yufuin no Mori (Forest of Yufuin) train. It’s very romantic!

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Sneak Peek: CARRIE PARRY Fall Winter 2012 Collection Lookbook

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You’d think that Brooklyn-based fashion designer Carrie Freiman would have stopped by Disney World or something after taking home the gold at Amsterdam Fashion Week’s Green Fashion Competition but being the trooper that she is, she came straight back to Bushwick to shoot the lookbook for the Carry Parry Fall/Winter 2012 collection. In typical Carrie Parry style, the colorful caboodle of clothes was totally wearable, very refined and all of the fabrics were sourced sustainably. Carrie wanted the looks – which range from super saturated orange and magenta color-blocked tops to easy-breezy one-piece dresses in beautiful prints – to be modeled by real women, and I went to excitement level 3,000 when she asked me to be one of them!

The whole lookbook hasn’t been released yet but check out this sampling of all of the vibrant shots of some really cool NYC ladies modeling Carrie Parry FW 2012. The photos were taken at Running Rebel Studios in Bushwick in collaboration with The Self-Portrait Project, and the whole experience was a blast. I think Carrie purposely put us all in skyhigh heels so we wouldn’t run off wearing her amazing clothes!

Shoutout to Kestrel Jenkins who always manages to stay stylish herself while styling others and Amanda Coen, whose amazing jumping photo skills could never be matched.

See more about the collection at Green House of Fashion.

CARRIE PARRY >

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How I Bought Paula Abdul’s Herve Leger Dress for $144!

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I was giggling with glee this afternoon when the Herve Leger dress that I purchased from Paula Abdul’s closet arrived, but before I get into how/where I got it (what you really care about), I just want to take a few sentences to talk about how that relates to my passion for preloved clothing. If you’re reading Clossette you probably know that this site all about taking fashion into your own hands, hunting for secondhand and vintage pieces you love instead of fast fashion you’ll throw away and using fashion for good instead of evil. But I know that shopping at thrift shops and wearing stuff that other people already did hardly seems glamorous, which is why I think a lot of my friends don’t do it. That’s why I’m really excited to see more celebs selling their own used clothing online and giving more people a reason to try out buying secondhand. Not only are the pieces usually like new, but they’re deeply discounted too. If I’d bought this Herve Leger dress brand new at a store, it would have been more than $1,000! Instead I bought it for just $144, it’s practically new and what’s more, it was worn by Paula Abdul! So if you’re reading this and thinking, hmm, I want to pay much less for something designer that was worn by a celebrity, I really urge you to consider getting into secondhand shopping. It’s true that most of the time, the things you find weren’t worn by celebrities but you’ll find amazing deals on stuff you would never be able to afford otherwise (at least not on a writer’s salary like mine).

Anyhoo, read on for the deets of where I scooped up my beautiful new Herve Leger (my very first one!) or read my interview with Paula Abdul about how she feels about vintage fashion here.

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Quick Fashion Fix: Do You Ever Wear Your Clothes Backwards?

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Have you ever purchased a top or dress because you loved the print or fabric, only to realize that it was too low-cut or that the shape was unflattering when you brought it home? That was the issue we faced when Ruth brought this lovely watercolor print shirt to our last swap party. Everyone loved the print and the drape of the fabric, but the dashiki-like cut paired with the super low slit at the bosom was kind of strange. You might know that at Clossette, we’re in the business of repairing and refashioning preloved clothes and making them desirable again, so I played with the idea of sewing the slit in the front up or hemming the sides of the top for a more slim fit, but then it donned on me – why not just wear the shirt backwards? There is a really pretty lace inset that’s meant to sit at the back of the shoulders that could get a lot more attention in the front of the shirt, and this quick fix required zero sewing! Click the […] below to see how the shirt looked after we simply put it on backwards and tell us in the comments if you’ve ever employed this DIY quick fix on your own wardrobe instead of just throwing a garment away.

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Today’s Look: Plaid Romance

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Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-ohhhhhh ~ caught in a plaid romance. Sorry about that. I got a little too excited about today’s outfit idea. You might recognize this preppy midi skirt from my 1950s sockhop sweetie Halloween costume, but pairing it with a lady-like grey blazer gives it a totally fresh spin. As you might have noticed, I’m really feelin’ the polished grown-up look for fall (especially since I’m officially old now), but I’m doubly bubbly about this outfit because its one of the ones I put together for Naya’s Renew Your Soles Style Challenge where they asked green style bloggers like yours truly to donate 5 pairs of old shoes in exchange for one beautiful, well-made pair from their new line. The challenge will raise awareness for America Recycles Day and echoes an ideal that I’m all about: quality, not quantity! One pair of beautiful, versatile shoes that you actually want to keep wearing for years can replace a closet full of throw-aways and help you leave a softer footprint on our earth.

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Pink, blue and tan plaid wool skirt: Purchased as part of my 1950s sockhop girl Halloween costume at Unique Thrift Shop for $4.99. I took this pic right before it found a new home with Jeanne‘s cousin.

Grey blazer: This is such a unique lil’ number with its military-gone-femme appeal. I got it at a Korean shop a few years ago and wear it with everything from jeans to shorts.

Slate booties: These Genesis peep-toe booties are so comfy and really go with just about anything, as you’ll see from the four other looks I put together around them!

Gold Libra medallion: This vintage Tiffany pendant belonged to my dad who was a Libra – just like me. Pretty pimp if I do say so meself!

Lavender camisole: A gift from my mom’s friend Mrs. Ho, who works for Ravel.

Tan bag: I’ve had this suede bag for so long and have carried it to so many places that it’s as dirty as Linus’ blanket*. I still think it looks great though and love how soft it is now. Some things just get better with age!

*EDIT: For some reason, I combined the characters of Linus and Pigpen from Peanuts above! I think what I wrote still makes sense (sort of).

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Today’s Look: Jumper

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So here’s something you might not know: In American English, the term jumper refers to a dress meant to be worn over a sweater or a shirt, but in British English, a jumper is a sweater. Both languages also recognize the word to mean “a person who jumps.” But you probably already knew that.

Steering back to the point of this post, I recently scooped up this dark navy jumper (American English usage) at my neighborhood thrift shop to wear over my favorite olive green jumper (British English usage), and I’m liking the posh (though verbally confusing) result. Jumpers are really easy to wear but they haven’t been en vogue for a while, so it baffles me that their frumpy country cousin, the overall, keeps making its way back into seasonal trends. So this winter, I challenge all you stylish ladies to try out a jumper (you can even just take a summer dress, wear it over a sweater and call it a jumper) and see how you like it! It’s a nice way to maximize your wardrobe and it’s also a lot less boring that just wearing a sweater and a skirt.

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Dark navy jumper: Thrifted for $5

Olive green cowlneck sweater: From my closet

Buckled peep-toe Kasha booties: A gift from Naya for winning their Renew Your Soles Style Challenge!

Green plaid tights: Purchased in Japan. Tights and leggings are probably the only articles of clothing I ever buy new.

Gold Libra medallion: This vintage Tiffany pendant belonged to my dad who was a Libra, just like me.

Belt: My mom’s

Purse: 1990s Chanel

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REVIEW: We Try Out 6 Ways to Wear Prancing Leopard’s Cocoon Shawl

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It’s a shawl…it’s a cape…it’s the Super Cocoon! Okay, so it’s actually just called the Cocoon, but this uber versatile sweater/cardigan/scarf is sure to be the superhero of your wardrobe. Made from organic cotton, it’s a transforming staple that can be worn in so many ways that you could wear it differently every day of the week. Prancing Leopard recently sent us one to try out for ourselves and we came up with 6 smart ways to style it – and that was just within the first 20 minutes of playing around with it! Read on for our review of the Cocoon, and check out all of the ways we wore it.

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The Dress I Bought from Paula Abdul + Why She Loves Vintage Fashion

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You probably know Paula Abdul for her unforgettable pop hits (Opposites Attract is my personal fave) or for being one of the “nice” judges on American Idol and X Factor, but did you know that she’s also a vintage fashion aficionado? I recently got the chance to ask Paula if she would straight up now tell me why she loves vintage fashion and donating her preloved clothing instead of throwing it away. Read on to see what she said and get a peek at the adorable silk and cotton Abaeté dress I purchased right from her closet through one of my favorite new collaborative consumption sites, TheRealReal.

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