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Outfit of the Day: Totally Awesome ’80s Style

Sarah Jessica Parker and Amy Linker in Square Pegs

Sarah Jessica Parker and Amy Linker in Square Pegs

Like, welcome to the ’80s, my preppy pr0n pals.  Today’s post is going to be totally awesome.  I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the ’80s styles are back, and like, that’s a decade your blogger totally knows.

There are lots of different types of ’80s fashion; I mean there were the punks, and the Madonna wannabes – grody to the max – but the style I remember best is preppy.  Pr0nSis was a totally tubular dresser if you know what I mean.  She had The Preppy Handbook, and shopped at Talbots, which was like totally different back then.

So, like, put in your Beta tape of Square Pegs and pay attention – because before Sarah Jessica Parker was Carrie, she was Patty. And she was totally awesome.  Totally.

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Lily Pulitzer Pink Polo , $69 @ Zappos

Lily Pulitzer Pink Polo , $69 @ Zappos

The start to any prep fashion worth its plaid is its polo shirt.  These are still easy to find, but there are three keys to properly wearing this retro style.

When buying a polo shirt, you want consider fit, color, and layering.  Polo styles should be fitted; I don’t want to see anything your mom would wear.  Colors should be bright and layering is encouraged – and always, always pop the collar.

Fitzwell LondonGreen Polo, $29 at Zappos

Fitzwell LondonGreen Polo, $29 at Zappos

I chose pink and green polo shirts; two colors any prep would be proud to style: a Lily Pulitzer true pink, and a Fitzwell Polo in minty green, both from Zappos.

Lacoste Cotton V-neck Cable Knit Sweater, $71.99

Lacoste Cotton V-neck Cable Knit Sweater, $71.99

In this instance I’d prefer to see the pink on top, because the Lily Pulitzer is pique; pique is a plus for ’80s fashion.

Go even further by layering a cardigan or tennis sweater on top.  For the moment the style is that the sweater is going to go draped over your shoulders, tied in front.

I went with a classic v-neck cable neck sweater from Lacoste.  Cable knit is definitely a plus, and you could do an entire preppy wardrobe at Lacoste if you were careful.

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From here preppy style can go a few ways: preferably either  a skirt or capris; whichever one you choose the theme is still about color and fit.

Lily Pulitzer Georgie Reversible Skirt, $71.20 @Preppy Outlet

Lily Pulitzer Georgie Reversible Skirt, $71.20 @Preppy Outlet

Skirts should be straight or have a bit of an a-line, wrap skirts are a plus; anything with small animals on it is a big plus.  This is preppy fashion: skirts are above the knee and then some. No micro minis, but maybe mid-thigh.

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Lily Pulitzer Georgie Reversible Skirt, $71.20@Preppy Outlet

Lily Pulitzer Georgie Reversible Skirt, $71.20@Preppy Outlet

Lily Pulitzer has merely updated its style since the ’80s, making it a choice fashion brand to use.

The Georgie reversible wrap skirt changes from a light blue buttoned slightly sailor style, to a pale green with pink embroidered monkeys on it!  Monkeys!  This is preppy perfection and two skirts in one for $71.20.

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Let’s talk capri pants.  Why wear capris?  You can wear a full length pant for ’80s preppy fashion, but I think when you see what’s next you’ll understand why you won’t want to.

Ralph Lauren Stretch Golf Pants, $125

Ralph Lauren Stretch Golf Pants, $125

To start, these aren’t just any capri pants.  ’80’s preppy pants are flat front, slim fit, brightly colored pants, frequently with a split hem.

With this particular outfit I could have turned down the volume slightly with the Resort Kiwi color, but I went full blast by using the Classic Lemon color of the Ralph Lauren Stretch Golf Pants.  If you’re going ’80’s preppy style, you can’t be afraid of color.

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Tods Heaven Boatstitch Loafers, $316 at Bluefly

Tods Heaven Boatstitch Loafers, $316 at Bluefly

Shoes and bags are needed to accessorize our ’80s style preppy outfit.  A relatively wide variety of shoes can be adapted, so long as you follow two rules: color and flats.

Something as simple as a pair of Keds would work,  or you could choose a pair of brightly colored loafers like these Tod’s.

Kate Spade Green Maui Jelly Thongs, $28.99 @Bluefly

Kate Spade Green Maui Jelly Thongs, $28.99 @Bluefly

For summer, a pair of bright flat sandals will also work very well for this style.  Make sure the style isn’t overly modern: no gladiator sandals, and no metallics.

Think simple and bright, like these adorable Kate Spade Jellies.  Jellies are sooo ’80s style.

Bright white sandals would also work fine, but I can’t stress this enough when talking about ’80s preppy fashion: don’t be afraid of color.

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For handbags, think about “conservative” brands and structured styles in bright colors; no hobos, or other slouchy styles.  Structured totes are best, or a conservative satchel.  Kate Spade, some Tory Burch, Coach.  I’ve shown some examples of do’s and dont’s below.

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Kate Spade Grass Charlotesville Malea Tote, $395

Kate Spade Grass Charlotesville Malea Tote, $395

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Rafe Lake Medium Hobo, $225@ Luna Boston

Rafe Lake Medium Hobo, $225@ Luna Boston

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WRONG: Rebecca Minkoff Mini Nikki Hobo, $575 @ Luna Boston

WRONG: Rebecca Minkoff Mini Nikki Hobo, $575 @ Luna Boston

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Ray Ban Wayfarers

Ray Ban Wayfarers

Preppy sunglasses are definitely different from what’s chic today; no oversized round plastic frames.  I have two words for you Ray-Ban Wayfarers.

If you don’t know what I mean, watch Tom Cruise in Risky Business.  If you haven’t seen Risky Business, you don’t understand the ’80s.

So, like there you go and stuff.  You’re totally preppy, and it’s all, like ’80s fashion style.
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Outfit of the Day: Stretching Your Closet

Pr0nstars, often the best way to stretch your closet is by experimenting a little.  Remember when you were little and played dress up?  Take some time to pull things out of your closet, put them together in new and scary ways and take pictures.  See what works.  

Monday I had a fancy work conference to attend; not only were my suit pants in need of dry cleaning, but they’re in need of me losing this winter weight. :p  Which was how I created my Outfit of the Day.

The best outfits come from experimentation

The best outfits come from experimentation

Here are the pieces that I worked with.  I started with my new Marc by Marc Jacobs dress, bought on sale at Cusp.  My normal instinct would be to put a cardigan over a dress, so I didn’t do that.  Instead, I pulled out my charcoal gray wool crepe suit jacket from J. Crew

Outfit of the Day: Conference
Outfit of the Day: Conference by din2quared featuring J Crew jackets

 A suit jacket in a neutral color can go with almost anything: pants, jeans, a skirt and even a dress apparently.  I tried it because I knew the colors would work well together (pink and gray were so ’80s), and the suit jacket was fitted.  A boxy suit jacket would have overwhelmed the dress.

I’ve been all about grey tights; they’re more fun than black, but don’t take you too far outside your comfort zone.  These tights were more of a dove grey; I stayed in the same color family, just mixed shades.  For instance, I could have put a bright pink cardigan over the light pink dress.

The shoes are Nordstrom’s Biala brand, and are actually a burgundy patent leather, but I couldn’t get a picture of that.  Again, red/pink is in the same color family. The bag is my cheery new post-conference treat: a Dooney Bourke , which was 30% off.

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I have to share with you the story of this Laundry trench coat.  If you’re a regular pr0n addict, you know I’ve been searching high and low for a new spring coat; I haven’t had once since I lost a bunch of weight.  I’d looked everywhere online and hadn’t found anything I like. 

Laundry Trench Coat

Laundry Trench Coat

So this past weekend, Pr0nMom and I went to our local Giga-Mall.  Out of default we started at Bloomingdales.  Pickings were slim, but I spotted two trenches; one was white, and you know I am not the type of person to buy white things; the other was this one. 

I tried it on, and Pr0n Mom and I both laughed, because it was perfect and completely in budget.  When does that ever happen? Anyway, that’s the story of my new coat.
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Banana Republic Chunky Necklace - My closet

Banana Republic Chunky Necklace - My closet

Finally, since I wanted to keep the outfit from looking too conservative, I put on my chunky double-strand necklace from Banana Republic, bought a few months ago. 

The necklace didn’t cost more than $40 or $50 and it’s been a great investment since it goes with everything. 

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Conference Cutie?

Conference Cutie?

I hope you’ll agree that this turned out to be a chic, fun way to look professional, but show a lot of personality. 

Plus I didn’t buy anything specifically for this occasion.  Everything that I wore here I’ve already worn lots of times, or I expect to wear lots of times.

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Any questions before class is dismissed?

Thanks for reading, my little  salmonella contaminated pr0n pistachios. 

It was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?


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Outfit of the Day Pr0n: Sunday Brunch

Happy Friday, pr0n friends.  If you’re not reading this on Friday, I’m sorry.  I’m starting a new (somewhat) daily column I’m calling Outfit of the Day Pr0n!  Exciting name, no?  Each day or thereabouts I’ll show you how to put together an outfit for a particular style, occasion or body type.

Rebecca Beeson Bright Red Empire Waist Tunic at Bluefly

Rebecca Beeson Bright Red Empire Waist Tunic at Bluefly

I wanted to start with a style that’s easy to do, easy to work off of, and both men and women can wear.  So rather than reinvent the wheel, I pulled this tomato red cotton v-neck tunic from Rebecca Beeson that I used for spring colors in Color Pr0n.

This outfit is “nice casual”.  For me, it’s something to wear out to a Sunday Brunch, or a cool summer evening party on a patio.  Wear it someplace you want to look nice…but not too nice?

Sunday Brunch

I’ve taken the tunic and almost made a casual suit out of it.  I chose a pair houndstooth cuffed capris by Guess?, but you could also put them over a pair of long chino shorts, like these at J. Crew that go up to a size 16.  Over the top and pants I put a one button black suit jacket from Banana Republic’s Monogram Collection.  I’m normally hesitant to recommend one-button jackets, because they’re a harder style to pull off, but this is a nice fit as long as you’re not very busty.  This particular blazer has had a slightly relaxed, slouchy feel that I wanted so it would line up over the tunic and make it dressier, but still keep the whole thing somewhat casual.  You don’t want a really slim fitting or structured jacket here, unless you’ve got an equally structured top.

Next I chose Cocobelle Paloma flat sandals from Endless.com, which have some style and structure (No flip flops! Ever!).  You can see that I’m walking that line between casual and structured in each piece, and that’s kind of the trick.  Pick your occasion, decide how dressy or casual you need to be and go from there.  Exchange the sandals for a pair of flats, the capris for a pair of dark trouser jeans, or the suit jacket for a casual blazer and the outfit will have an entirely different style and feel.  What’s great is that these are mostly types of items you’d have in your closet anyway; you’re just using them in a new way.  Aren’t you clever!

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It’s hard to find really nice, unique men’s clothes.  I’ve been trolling some new blog friends so I hope to bring you more soon. Today’s outfit though, is one that men can totally wear, too.  Not androgynous, just adaptable. :)

A Men's Casual Primer

I’m so ridiculously pleased with how this turned out.  I took the women’s suit idea and used a men’s “geek chic” style.  Take a look at the jacket and shorts; they’re both patterns; the shorts are a tiny navy stripe from old faithful Banana Republic.  Since the shorts are a small stripe, and the blazer from Ben Sherman is a large check, you can mix the patterns.  When mixing patterns, keep use one large and one small, and stick to similar colors.

From there the rest was simple; I loved the pop of bright used in the Ben Sherman picture, so I found a cotton poplin button down shirt in Olive Butter from Old Navy.  The subject of a man-sandal, ie. a “mandal” is still controversial in the fashion world.  Unlike women, most men don’t go out of their way to get pedicures, making the idea of showing off their feet…unappealing.  Instead, try a nice slip on driving moccasin, like Calvin Klein’s Timmy from Piperlime.  Then throw on a messenger bag,  like the Jack Spade I showed you in Handbag/Manbag Pr0n.  Personally I’m pro-man jewelry, but since not everyone is, every man should have at least one really nice watch.  What I like about Nixon’s (the company, not the dead president) “24-20” chrono watch, is the contrast between the black and the bright silver, and the large face.  It’s available at Barney’s Co-op.

Just like the women’s outfit, mix it up: change the color of the shirt or use a nice colorful t-shirt; put it with jeans and a suit jacket and it’s appropriate for dinner out.  Once you’ve mastered the art of mixing and matching this kind of an outfit, call your blogger. She’s single!

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There you go! Your very first outfits of the day, for Friday March 6, 2009.

Until next time, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?

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Color Pr0n: Spring Fashion Color Trends

TBags Batwing Jersey Dress $106 at Bluefly

TBags Dress $106 at Bluefly

Hi pr0n stars!  Spring is about to…spring!  We’re about to spring forward, it’s time for spring cleaning, a young man’s fancy turn to love, and according to my sources color is back.  I don’t know where it went, but I’m glad to see it.  I have so much color to show you today: lemony yellows, coraly corals, and rosy pinks, just to name a few.

I’ve been beating the drum about how big cobalt blue is going to be this season, and (as usual) I’m right!  Check out this delightful cotton jersey dress by Tbags.  It’s got a deep v-neck (you can always throw a cami under it), ruched shoulders and bustline, and this marvelous abstract/floraly green, cobalt and orange print.  Throw on a cardigan and a pair of flats and try wearing it to work.

This style is so flattering and forgiving; whether you’re trying to camoflauge a tummy, or hips, or thighs and a rear – this dress is just going to skim right over your problem area, open up your neck and face and make you look great.

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I broke out my new toy again.  I love toys!  People tend to shy away from yellow and orange, when in fact they can be extremely flattering colors.  In the middle is a buttery yellow raincoat by Alice and Olivia; this heavyweight cotton is a perfect fabric for Spring.

Orange you glad you're not a lemon?

Center, going clockwise: Alice + Olivia jacket $303, TopShop USA shoes $110, Rebecca Beeson Tunic $29.99, Kate Spade Tote $221, Kate Spade Hobo $275, Nanette Lepore jacket, $249

I love the contrast coral buttons, and I found lots more coral.  To the left is the Nanette Lepore cotton “Come Together” jacket; the ribbon will help create or accentuate a waist, and along with the 3/4 length sleeves it will also draw up the eye .

On the right is a bright red Rebecca Beeson cotton tunic – again, a tunic style  that skims over like this will camoflauge a multitude of sins.  The shirt just looks so comfy, doesn’t it?

I’ve paired everything with coral chandelier earrings by Amrita Singh because almost everyone can wear coral (check out the little hearts!), and adorable lace-up “Jasmine” pumps from TopShop USA that come in two other colors.  More color!

Finally, two great Kate Spade bags; Union Square Opus in yellow is a structured hobo style  that also includes an adjustable shoulder strap (two bags for the price of one!)  and comes in lots of other cheery colors; Tamarind Cove Kyle is a nubby cotton tote that also comes in navy.  Collect both. :)

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Pink is the New Black

L to R: BCBG blouse, $113; Rachel Pally dress $248, Milly sweater $202, Kate Spade case $125, Oliver Bonas Necklace £6, Coach bag $358, Costume National skirt, 198.

Okay, there’s a lot to look at in this set, pr0n petunias!  In the middle is Rachel Pally’s “Carrie” dress, which comes in sizes 14-24.  (This is Pomegranate. See it in Baltic and Blossom @ Nordstrom); to the right is my favorite designer, Milly, with a Cashmere Rugby Polo Sweater from Revolve Clothing; back on the left is a BCBG flutter sleeve pleated blouse (WANT THESE TWO), available at Bluefly.

If you’ve got the legs, show them off in this hot pink pleated mini-skirt by Costume National @ Zappos Couture.  I’d tone down the rest of the outfit.  Maybe a pair of flat boots…and a thin turtleneck sweater with 3/4 sleeves I’m thinking.

Back around again, how much do you love this purple Coach leather Sabrina?  Go ahead and splurge, the little glass beads right above it are only £6 at OliverBonas.com!  Colorful accessories like that are great to brighten up a neutral outfit, like a suit.  Try pairing lavender with something unexpected like brown or green.  You can stow all your accessories in the Kate Spade patchin place large colin; it’s big, over 7″ wide.  There are two smaller cases on the website if you’re looking.

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Bringing up the rear is another one of my favorite topics: dresses!  (I love dresses!)  Petite frames should jump at Shoshanna’s fuchsia silk square link dress; curvy girls of any size stay away.  It’s a shame since my heart is breaking over the pops of turquoise and orange on it.

Think Spring

Top, going clockwise: Shoshana dress, $210; Suzi Chin for Maggy, $128 ; Yoanna Baraschi, $220; Emilia blouse, $38; Vera Wang dress, unavailable; Design History ermine dress $72

Plus sizes, I never forget you.  I fell in love when I saw this green matte jersey shift dress by Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique.  If you click on the picture to see it larger, you can see the banded neck and hem, which I think is a great detail; it comes in sizes 14w-24w at Nordstrom.

Lookie at the cobalt blue used again for this ’40’s styled Yoana Baraschi silk swing dress.  I’m just not sure a pale-face like your dear blogger can wear cobalt.  If I can, I’m snatching up this dress when it goes on sale at Bluefly.

The “Emilia” red blouse is also for plus sizes; it’s a wrap style, which works on almost everyone, and would look fab on it’s own with a pair of dressy pants and heels, or under a suit.  It’s going fast and is available in a smattering of sizes >14 in Tomato, Black and Chocolate at b&lu (Go ahead.  We’ll wait.).

Almost last, but by no means least is a Vera Wang dress, which seems to have become extinct.  Ah well, it was nearly $500, anyway.  Can I offer you a green Vera Wang in a size 8 as an apology?  I promise I’ll make it up to you with a carmine red Design History jersey pleat dress.  This also has a very sweet, retro feel to it, and would look fantastic with a pair of classic square heel pumps like these.

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This should keep you shopping for a while, pr0n pals!  Do let me know what you think; I love your comments.

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