May 24, 2010

1 dress, 3 ways

One great spring/summer dress will go a long way. I try to buy versatile pieces that I can wear to many different events throughout the season—graduations, bridal showers, birthday parties, dinners out while on vacation. While I love vibrant prints, I find that solids give me more mileage because I can change the look with accessories to fit the occasion. Here’s one versatile navy dress, worn three different ways.

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graduation by elisabethcarr featuring Marc by Marc Jacobs bags

For an outdoor graduation a hat is a great accessory to throw into the mix. I love Panama hats right now. Go for flats so your feet don’t kill you while you’re standing and clapping for hours.

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Bridal Shower by elisabethcarr featuring Ann Taylor dresses

Add colorful accessories to brighten up for a bridal shower.

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Birthday Party by elisabethcarr featuring Alexis Bittar jewelry

A belt, big earrings, and a bling clutch carry this dress late into the evening.

May 17, 2010

menswear: self edge

Rarely do I run across a menswear store that makes me wish I wore men’s clothing. Self Edge on Valencia at 18th is one of them. You feel hip and stylish just by walking in the door. While they do carry some stock for women, I haven’t found anything for myself yet. However I did convince my friend Liam to check out the store and he went home with a pair of perfect jeans. PERFECT. They are pricey overall ($150-200), and I know it can be hard for men to spend money on clothes, but it’s worth it.  The quality is great (you’ll wear them for years), the staff will help you find a pair that fits you just right, and tailoring is included. You’ll thank me when you feel like a million bucks in your perfect pair of jeans that you wear jeans 3+ times a week. Please,  just don’t put them in the dryer. 

May 12, 2010

spring trend: cat eyes

Cat eye sunglasses are back and oh so hip this season, especially slightly oversized frames that are just a tad upturned. This style is flattering on most face shapes so keep an eye out for a fun pair for spring and summer.

Fossil Cat Eye Tori

Diane von Furstenberg Cat Eye Sunglasses

May 10, 2010


I have long been a fan of She Bible, a local designer specializing in super soft knit dresses and tops. Yesterday I took a walk through Noe Valley to visit their boutique, Curator, at Church and 30th, which opened about 6 months ago. While I love their knits and solid-colored basics, I was delighted to see that their spring line branches out into some different prints and fabrics, like the chambray dress above which also comes in coral and blue. Below is their Classic Dress in the Iron Print. They have a great online store  if you can’t make it to Curator and I find their clothes run true to size.

May 5, 2010

top 5: fashion blogs

While I love that you keep coming back to mission:closet for your fashion blog fix, I’m guessing you’re always on the lookout for more great content. Here are five of my favorite fashion blogs, in no particular order, and why they keep me coming back for more.

1. coco+kelley

Seattleite Cassandra Lavalle showcases a fabulous mix of fashion, interior design, and everyday life. She strikes the right balance of realistic and inspirational.

2. Sea of Shoes

Jane Aldridge=model/blogger extraordinaire. She’s gorgeous (her mother is a former model), takes beautiful photos, does a million cool things all over the world, has unique, ambitious style, and is just eighteen!

3. The Sartorialist

Scott Schuman’s street fashion photos are unparalleled. He captures beautiful sartorial moments in everyday life.

4. Who What Wear

I know I’ve talked about WWW before, but I really can’t say enough good things about this blog (and book) created by Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr. The focus is celebrity style but they always tell you how to create the look for less and give great tips on a daily basis. I subscribe by email and read WWW on my commute every morning.

5. garance doré

Garance is the female, French version of Scott Schuman. She also happens to be his girlfried! Her photos are often styled but she shoots great street style too. While The Sartorialist is often the silent photgrapher, Garance’s voice is delightfuly loud and clear.  

May 3, 2010

ask micki: how to pack light

My dad is turning 60 in June and he is generously taking our family to France to celebrate. Of course a major part of my planning process is centered around clothing. Looking fashionable in Paris is a MUST. I’m considering only bringing a carry-on for the 2 week vacation. I know it’s a tall order, but we have a short layover and I really don’t want to worry about lost luggage. Am I capable of packing 2 weeks of fashion-forward ensembles in one small carry-on? I asked Micki Turner, my style mentor, for advice on packing light. She shared this postcard she has sent to her clients in the past:

In addition to the above tips, Micki also says: 

-You can’t have too many scarves.  They change an outfit completely and take up no space.

-I love jeans that can be worn with flats/sandals/heels.  Especially the skinny ones because you can roll them and the look is completely different.

-Take one daytime handbag and one small wallet type bag that goes over the body.

- Even if you intend to check your luggage, act like you are carrying-on.  You don’t need to have a million choices.  You can repeat items, especially the bottoms.

- Try and anticipate if you will be changing your outfit for dinner. Sometimes you end up with way too many pieces because there is not time to change into dinner clothes so you don’t need as much as you thought.

- Make sure your shoes are comfortable and your jacket is versatile. Start your wardrobe selection with these pieces in mind.