Fall is the perfect time to splurge on new shoes (or at least that’s what we tell ourselves) to keep your feet cozy and comfortable. This season we are absolutely loving anything with soft texture – we’re basically looking to get as close to the unavoidable comfort and warmth of Uggs without actually wearing them. From velvet to shearling to faux fur, luckily we have a ton of options. Plus, it’s the warmest thing to happen to shoes yet. We’re loving how Mari Giudicelli does it subtly with her Leblon Mule or how Bronze Age goes full on with their Neko Fur Babouche. When it comes to needing true winter warmth (we’re talking to you, east coasters) shearling is the way to go. Another cozy look is velvet. It has that soft luxurious look and feel, but keeps it sleek. So whether you decide on fur, shearling or velvet – or all of them – your feet will thank you.
In the summertime, you throw on a dress and you are good to go. Well, we think that mantra should be carried into every season. All you have to do is add a pair of pants. Seriously, it’s that simple. And yes, you can totally pull it off. The silhouette plays a starring role for Resort 2017 too, with designers like Apiece Apart, Suno and Tibi showcasing the look. Wearing dresses over pants is not only just a fresh styling trick, the pairing is totally practical. Pants keep your legs warm – even warmer than those tights that are always catching runs and getting holes in the toes. They’re avoiding tights for as long as possible over on Man Repeller, and taking note from the dress-over-pants queen herself, we’ve learned that it pays to be adventurous while keeping things comfortable. We’ve pulled together some of our favortie dress and pants pairings so get creative, take your pick and put down the tights.
BLACK CRANE PAINTER DRESS
With generous cocoon proportions and an above the knee length, this dress is pretty much perfect for layering over pants. It’s one of those styles that will work with everything, but we especially love this with a wide leg pant like these. Plus, who doesn’t love a raw edge?
DEVLYN VAN LOON SWEATER DRESS
This dress is a step up from your usual sweatshirt but still has that comfy feel. The rolled sleeves and baseball hem keep it casual, so pair it with your fave jeans. Try these B Sides patchwork denim for an all around easygoing look.
VOZ SILK TWO-PANEL DRESS
This dress is perfect for when you feel a little fancy. The soft, billowy material and slit at the front makes it easy to pair with almost any pants, but we’ll be pulling these ones on for a night out. We love how the long length will keep your covered while the high slit shows off your pants.
WOLCOTT : TAKEMOTO HAMLET DRESS
We can’t get enough of this classic t-shirt dress. It’s a great basic to throw on with any pair of pants, just an elevated take on your usual t-shirt and jeans. The side slit would be perfect for showing off the patchwork on these jeans. Plus, the subtle button detail adds a little extra something to an outfit.
CARON CALLAHAN MARIA SHIRT DRESS
We’re loving this feminine take on the classic button-up shirt. It’s playful, flattering and has endless styling options. You could even wear it to the office, guys! Keep it buttoned up and pair it with the Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s perfectly draped pant for a complete contemporary look.
We’ve shared our love for this multi-hyphenate Los Angeleno before, so we were so excited to have the chance to finally sit down with her to talk about all things style, motherhood and everything in between. Melissa Sonico does it all: a writer, professor, jewelry designer, fashion and lifestyle blogger, wife, mother, and a constant source of style inspiration. She’s just as supportive of indie boutiques and emerging designers as we are, so you’ll often find her (and her son) wearing labels of a ton of mutual friends. Here, she shares her best style advice, her new go-to outfits, and the best things about being a new mom.
TELL US ABOUT YOU. My name is Melissa and I just turned 34. I live in Southern California with my husband Johnny and son Harrison who is turning one on the 16th. I am a fiction writer (I write short fiction), writing professor, fashion and lifestyle blogger, and jewelry designer, all of which takes up a lot of time. I also love to read, go for walks with my boys, and watch everything from Silicon Valley to Stranger Things– lately it’s been Elmo or Beatles videos though because of Harrison! Music is a big thing in our house too. We’re trying to pass that love on to Harrison for sure. Harry Nilsson, Belle & Sebastian, some hip hop– everything.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? My personal style revolves mostly around things I can get away with wearing while still giving easy nursing access to Harrison, which isn’t as difficult as I thought. I wear mostly classic pieces like a tee and jeans or a loose linen blouse that Harrison can fit under comfortably. Comfort and style is easy when your pieces are versatile like that. Minimal, neutral tones with a pop of color here and there.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNER? Oh gosh, that’s a tough one. I’m a huge fan of Lauren Winter. Everything she makes fits so well and is super flattering while still being comfortable. Black Crane, of course. Objects Without Meaning. For shoes, St. Agni.
WHAT’S YOUR DAY-TO-DAY GO-TO OUTFIT? Right now it’s my logo tee from Older Brother, high-waisted jeans, and my Caron Callahan jacket or some variation of that, with some mules or clogs. Simple and classic.
WHAT’S THE BEST STYLE ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? Best advice: comfort above everything else. Not just the feel of the clothing but whether I feel comfortable going out in them.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR HARRISON. He is a doll. Every day, I still can’t get over the fact that Johnny and I made this little tiny being, and he’s perfect. He’s frustrating and demanding, and he’s got a temper but he’s also goofy, smart, and charming– and so sweet. His favorite things to do are watch Feist and Usher on Sesame Street, and alternate between growling and purring. Oh and bath time is a fave. I could go on and on.
HOW DO YOU APPROACH GETTING DRESSED WITH HIM? The same way I do for myself really. Living in California, we miss out a bit on layering and cute winter clothing, so it’s all about comfort for him. I also like neutral colors for him (just like my own color palette) but with a lot more color and fun prints. He’s a stylish boy, but he can still play and get dirty in his clothes– nothing stuffy.
BEST THING ABOUT BEING A MOM? That immediate love for someone. It’s instantaneous and just keeps growing. I laugh so much with him too. Everything he does is hilarious. I think Johnny and I need to learn not to laugh at everything he does, especially if it’s something he shouldn’t be doing!
HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK AND FAMILY? It’s rough, and I’m still learning!
HAS BEING A MOM CHANGED YOUR OWN SENSE OF STYLE OR APPROACH TO FASHION? Oh yeah! I have much less time to get ready, and sometimes I dictate what I’m wearing on a certain day based on whether or not he can have easy access to breastfeeding. But the overall aesthetic is still the same.
WHAT STYLE ADVICE WILL YOU GIVE HARRISON AS HE GROWS UP? Less is more, especially for a guy, in my opinion. Basics are perfect– they’re comfortable, durable, and always in style. A tee, jeans, high-top chucks. That’s kind of universal advice actually!
Photographer: Abigail Halstead
Designed in Venice Beach and made in downtown Los Angeles, boy+girl produces playful children’s clothing. Designer Christine Chang reveals with us her visual inspiration for the brand’s current collection. Intricate, fun, and completely captivating, this moodboard could inspire our own closets.
“The Fall collection pulls from a wide range of inspiration. For boy, I always really love Japanese textile meets the great outdoors: lots of layering and the mix and match of textures, colors, prints and materials. Polka dot is a classic ‘print’ that never gets old, for this season I did tiny and big polka dots in navy and black. For girl, I like a very undone done, super feminine, lots of interesting shapes and beautiful colors. I love dreamy colors in the Fall.”
We are just as obsessed with our Garmentory Kids pop-up shop as you probably are. Onesies, cardigans, fur coats… we’re outfit planning for every single kid in our lives. But we took on the challenge of editing it down to our absolute favorite pieces. Here, the result of some seriously difficult decisions.
Most of us are still denying the end of summer and woefully watching our tan lines fade. So we might not be too excited about the weather getting colder, but there is one thing making the impending seasonal change a little better — the coats. To help inspire you to embrace the cold, we’ve rounded up this year’s must-have coats. Starting with the classics, consider the trench, parka and denim jacket. They are easy, go-to styles for those tough Monday mornings when all you can really think about is coffee. And then we’ve got a few updated looks such as the quilted kimono and reversible shearling coat. Finally, we have two robe coats that will never fail you: black, oversized, and the perfect length. Throw them over your coziest knit and fave pair of denim, and you’re good to go. See, winter isn’t all bad.
We couldn’t be more excited for our Garmentory Kids exclusive pop-up shop! Full disclosure: we feel like children on Christmas. Now online through the end of December, we’ve got everything from beautifully made children’s clothing to quirky accessories and handcrafted toys, making your holiday shopping easy. Here, we introduce the amazing boutiques and designers in our pop-up that made it all possible.
Forget checking the weather forecast or measuring out the amount of steps you’ll likely take during the day to decide between flats or heels. In the spirit of making getting dressed less complicated this fall, we’ve decoded five ways to the perfect outfit – with a little help from our friends at Local Creative in New York.
1. DOUBLE UP ON RIBBED KNITS Matched sets aren’t only an easy template for getting dressed, they also happen to be one of our favourite trends this year. So pick a texture, we’re big fans of a ribbed knit, and double down.
2. LAYER IN A TURTLENECK Pretty much as ubiquitous, and essential, as a jumpsuit by now, the turtleneck can single-handedly transform an outfit for fall. Layer underneath a button up, a jumpsuit, overalls, a dress, a sweater, a jacket.. we could go on all day.
3. TOP WITH SHEARLING Just like that faux fur pillow on your couch starts to feel a little wrong, and sweaty, in the dead heat of summer, soft textures have a way of representing the cold. Shearling is our favourite way of signifying fall in one fell swoop of an OOTD.
4. ADD A STATEMENT BOOT First of all, wearing white after Labor Day is the best. Second of all, boots are a no-brainer closet go-to in the world of fall fashion. So make sure yours stand out.
5. WEAR SOCKS Not only to they warm your toes, they warm our sartorial hearts. So let them peek out the top of your ankle boot, oxford loafer or mule. Socks are an accessory, not just a present from your grandmother.
All photos by Local Creative
When checking out a new neighborhood, we prefer to consult the experts. So when the rad women behind The Shudio offered to show us around Pilsen in Chicago, our answer was obvious. Founded by Merl Kinzie, The Shudio is part sustainable store, part metalsmith studio, with a carefully curated selection of eco-conscious goods, handcrafted jewelry, alongside vintage clothing, accessories and home goods. And in case you can’t make it out they house that day, they also have an unreal online shop managed by Rachael Glasder. Their deep love for vintage started where most does – at a young age and on a budget. From there thrifting became all about the hunt for unique decor and standout clothing. Merl and Rachel’s appreciation for vintage, and vintage-inspired style, is unmistakable.
The Shudio is just one of the unique and charming storefronts in Pilsen, so we quizzed them on their favorite hangouts. Trust us, this list will make you want to hop on the next flight to Chicago.
1. There are several wonderful coffee spots, but we like Jumping Bean. Straightforward coffee and yummy bagel varieties.
2. While walking west on 18th Street, we like to pop into Pilsen Community Books to pick up the latest work by Sandra Cisneros. They have a beautiful selection of new works as well as a refined collection of vintage books, some of which we carry at The Shudio.
Vintage denim studio coat; Vintage top; Model’s own Rawson vintage sailor pants (similar here); CHC collection limited release bag; Model’s own L.L. Bean Signature clogs (similar here); Cylde’s Rebirth bracelet.
3. Not much further down on the same side of the street is Verdant Matter, a ceramics and plant store, with the prettiest vessels for indoor plants as well as natural self care products and thoughtful gift ideas.
4. Pilsen is known for its involvement in the arts and specifically it’s collection of murals on 16th Street. The large colorful mural shown is by artist Victor Reyes.
5. When it’s nice out, after closing up the shop, we like to stop by our friends’ garden to throw a little fresh cilantro in our corononitas.
7. To experience a more-than-a-dive-bar-but-still-a-dive-bar, one must go to Skylark. With affordable drinks and flattering low lighting, this place is our favorite.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Virginia Calderon has explored every inch of the city to find the best (and we’re sure some of the worst) places to shop vintage. A fashion consultant and soon to be purveyor of her own shoe label, Virginia’s style has always been inspired by old family photo albums and vintage magazines. So searching for hidden treasures is just part of her regular shopping game. Of course as a self-described vintage denim hoarder, it’s probably safe to say it’s more of an obsession. Today, Virginia sums up her style as “French tomboy with a hint of Japanese minimalist grandma”. We couldn’t love it – or her – more.
Being the sweetheart that she is, Virginia took us along for a day of shopping in LA, stopping by our mutual friends at the boutique NONNA, to give us a peek into her world of vintage on the west coast.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER A LOVE FOR VINTAGE? I fell in love with vintage when going through old family photo albums and magazines in high school. I would cut up the photographs (sorry mom), vintage magazines and make collages of the pieces I loved. This was before Pinterest. Then I would go searching for the item. I fell in love with the search of vintage treasures. When I found this paisley print dress that I adored, I was hooked.
WHY DO YOU SHOP VINTAGE? I believe vintage creates sustainability in fashion. The quality and craftsmanship of vintage wares is simply amazing. I love how you can have unique and beautiful pieces that no one else has. It’s fun to use your imagination and creativity when styling yourself. I like to have fun with it and vintage allows me to do that.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST VINTAGE SCORE TO DATE? I would have to say it’s a toss up between a pair of $3 orange tab Levis I found with the most amazing wash and a vintage Chanel bracelet I found for $20 was pretty incredible. If I had to decide between the two I would lean towards the Levis because I am a lover of denim.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE NEW TO VINTAGE SHOPPING? My advice would be don’t care about size or label. Don’t get hung up if you have to size up from your usual size. Finding that great fit is everything and searching through vintage is an adventure on its own.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 TIPS FOR FINDING THAT PERFECT VINTAGE PIECE?
1) Again, don’t get stuck on the sizing. Honestly ignore sizing on labels. Sizing labels on vintage rarely match current sizing, so try pieces on. You may be a size 6 and need a 10 vintage. Or even higher, depending what era it’s from.
2) Double check that all fastenings are working. Make sure that no buttons are missing and the zippers are working properly. This may sound like common sense but a lot of vintage can have small issues that make them difficult to salvage.
3) Hold garments to the light to see if there are any holes or rips. Sometimes these can be fixed and other times it’s not worth it.
WHO DO YOU LOOK AT FOR INSPIRATION WHEN SHOPPING FOR VINTAGE? I look to my friends, strangers at coffee shops, films, and old family photos for inspiration. Sometimes it can be in the oddest photo or most unique place you wouldn’t expect so I’m always looking. Inspiration is everywhere.
DO YOU THINK VINTAGE SHOPPING IN LA IS DIFFERENT THAN IN OTHER CITIES? I think Los Angeles has a mind of its own and plays a big part in vintage fashion. LA’s weather also encourages beautiful vintage 24/7 due to its incredible sunny days and refreshing nights. There are also just a limitless amount of amazingly cute vintage stores hidden in every corner. I also love how estate sales in LA generate many hidden gems. Los Angeles in a nutshell is a diverse, culture enrich city that is full of unique pieces that are all available at your fingertips.
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Photos by Kourtney Jackson