A fluffy Friday fashion post

I’m not altogether as heavy as I may sometimes appear here.  Well, I am, but I have other sides too.  One that I don’t talk about much is my sideline interest in all things fashion-related.  I read, as I’ve mentioned, 30+ magazines a month (that list is a little out of date, but the total number remains similar).  In my Google reader, alongside the blogs by writers and thinkers and coaches and poets are several that focus on style and fashion.  I need to try to lighten up my recent dark mood.  So, some recent observations on this happy-making topic:

This is mostly what I use pinterest for, incidentally: a place to record my thoughts on style.

I’m currently obsessed with the following:

New discoveries:

  • MiH jeans
  • Red patent leather heels that are – ahem, strumpet shoes (Kathryn has observed)
  • Emerson Made
  • Gray jeans, by my old standby, J Brand (currently challenged by the new jean on the block)

Old favorites:

  • J Crew cashmere
  • Diane von Furstenberg dresses – for work, for cocktails, for everything, all the time
  • My black Juicy Couture sweatpants that I admit I live in

Things I must find:

  • A long gold tassel necklace
  • A perfect pair of not-too-high, pointy-toe black pumps
  • A white tuxedo jacket

The summer between my two years in business school I worked as a buyer at Bloomingdale’s.  If Matt hadn’t moved to Boston that second year, I would have entered a career in retail.  Turning down those offers, giving up that dream, was hard for me.  Who knows where that would have led.  Obviously I can’t know.  But the interest goes way back.  At Bloomingdale’s we used to joke about “buying clothes for a life we don’t have.”  I think of that now when I buy cocktail dresses.  I love cocktail dresses.  They are definitely the thing I buy too many of, just because I love them.

What do you buy multiples of?  Who is your favorite designer?  Any current obsessions?  Tell me, I really want to know, and I’m trying to cheer myself up!!

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  1. Posted November 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I buy too many heels and too many dresses. My “work” calls for neither of these. Ever. This makes me a very well-dressed church-goer, and I can really rock a date night.

    For the dresses, I am currently loving Joy Joy, Judith March, and chevron patterns in general.

    Because the weather is getting cold, I find myself staring rather lustfully at Frye boots.

    I am in need of a large, black handbag. Dark grey would be fine, too. Marc Jacobs has a grey leather number that I wish were hanging in my closet. Sigh.

  2. Posted November 11, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I buy shoes I cannot really wear, just because they are beautiful.

    And multiples, in different colors, of anything I really love…

    And wishing I still fit in an 11 shoes! 11 1/2 is a whole different thing and really hard to find!

  3. Kerri Warner
    Posted November 12, 2011 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Lindsey, if you like fashion, you may love this blog that I do…


    The blogger, Bee, is in San Francisco and puts together great outfits (i.e. great inspiration/ideas) that she is photographed in and posts online multiple times a week.

    It’s fun to check out!

  4. Posted November 12, 2011 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    I buy too many scarves – because I love them and because they can go with any outfit. I also buy lots of dark patterned tights this time of year – I wear them from about November to early May.

    I’m newly obsessed with J. Crew sweaters (the thin wool or wool-blend v-necks) and their dark jeans. I also wrote a post recently on fall and winter fashion: http://katieleigh.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/list-44-fall-winter-fashion-essentials/

    Fun post. Happy weekend!

  5. Posted November 12, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Oh no!! I suppose I knew that fashion blogs were out there but I had never ventured their way… And your pintrest fashion section!! My wallet may be in trouble…

  6. Posted November 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Oh Lord. This is the first post you have written that I have no idea what you are talking about. I don’t even know what strumpet means and the last time I wore patent leather was when I was 6 (sigh). I am hopeless. Everything in my closet is made by lululemon or athleta except for 2 pairs of jeans made by Gap. In my next life, I’ll be glamorous …

    I do like SOFT though. I have way too many long, buttonless, cashmere cardigans, beyond yoga pants, and burnout tees.

  7. Haile
    Posted November 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Totally obsessed with Elizabeth McKay. See:


    This might be the most awesome top ever made. The closures at the neck are not buttons, but cuff links! You can swap them – love it with colored knots.

    And the new J Crew Hacking Jackets, yum. I have way too many (is that possible?) striped boatneck shirts, jeans and ballet flats.

    I went big last year and got a beautiful pair of Frye boots and I love, love, love wearing them.

    And, I really want one of these sporty numbers, but I think my family might notice if I didn’t buy groceries for a month:


  8. Posted November 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Cocktail dresses here, too! And fancy theater clothes and too-high heels and things I never (or only rarely) have occasion to wear. I buy way too many of those, but I can’t help it. Can completely relate to the “buying clothes for a life I don’t have.”

  9. Posted November 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Oh fashion is a weak spot of mine too! And I mean that in a good way. I’ve been “reading” Vogue since I was 13. I love to watch runway shows on YouTube and sadly my taste runs far beyond my wallet. I love DVF too although her latest collections haven’t been my favorite. Love Kors because he so knows how to mix a palette and textures. I buy too many sweaters…I guess, but I still don’t feel like I have all I could use. I think fashion is art, and when it comes down to it I really don’t think it’s any more frivolous than that either. Which is to say not at all. Check out the Sartorialist.com too. Fun browsing!

  10. Posted November 12, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    I could sure use you as a personal shopper!
    My fashion style could be considered “comfortable.” I often get frustrated when I go shopping because clothes don’t fit the way I think they should and I don’t know how to put outfits together. So I do end up in ruts, choosing the same old standbys.
    That said, I did go a shoe store today and found two pairs I really love. 🙂

  11. Posted November 12, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lindsey! =)

    I, too, have been drawn into the delightfully pretty world of Pinterest.

    I can’t possibly pick a favorite designer, but I loved Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2012 collection for its Art Deco influence.

  12. Lauren Marguerite
    Posted November 13, 2011 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Some current obsessions…..camel cape and brown short faux fur jacket from Nordstrom. grey suede wedges form simply soles (check out their website if you haven’t already), and skinny red corduroy pants from Kut. St John for work clothes. Have too many of pocketbooks and bags of any sort, cashmere sweaters (particularly turtlenecks), Tory Burch flats. Fashion is fun so agree that it often can brighten the day. If you haven’t seen. The September Issue and Bill Cunningham documentary are both great.

  13. Posted November 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Am just catching up on Google Reader and just saw this, and having seen the red shoes in action I actually love them! I am currently obsessed w/ Emerson Made too — have the white shirt and black pants and was debating the jeans — love them all! You are my fashion inspiration anyway. Sometimes when I don’t know what to wear to something I think: “What would LMR wear to this?” For reals! xoxo

  14. Dana
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    New jean – DL skinny ankles, wearing j crew religiously since 1986, love an oversized Vince sweater, and live in lululemon but would love to find something else because I feel part of a cut. Love the fashion posts. Trying to desperately return to work and need grown up clothes!