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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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J. Crew Sales Pr0n

Good morning, lumpkins.  I apologize for not posting in so long, but I truly have been sick.  My doctor says I have the flu, and laryngitis and possibly a bacterial infection of some sort.  Even the most devoted pr0nista would be laid flat!  I’m working on a fantastic post about Spring coats, but in the meantime, I thought I’d pop in with a few great sales.

Was $148, now $110

Was $148, now $110

For one thing, J. Crew has some lovely sales on pants – which I rarely show you.  I adore their suiting pants for their fit.  I’m very low waisted, meaning my belly button is down where my hips are; also I have ample tush and legs.

The city fit is a near perfect rise for me (rise = length from crotch to waist), and gives me enough stretch in the leg.  Sadly, the stretch wool doesn’t have belt loops.

Was $128, now $65

Was $128, now $65

If you’re more of a skirt kind of a girl, the pinstripe stretch wool pencil skirt is an excellent value right now for $65.00.  They have sizes 0-16 in Navy; it’s 22″ long, fully lined and sits just below your waist.

A quick word about skirts in particular: if you’re short, and you’re lucky, you can buy a petite size and your skirt will fit you proportinately.

If not, bring your skirt to a tailor. Your blogger doesn’t want to see any of  you with a skirt lower than at the knee.  Any of you!  Not even if you’re Michelle Obama and you’re nearly 6 feet tall – your skirt should hit just at, or just above the knee.

A hem will take your tailor a day or so, and cost you less than $15.00.  Proportion is critical, my pron darlings.

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Was $148, Now $105!

Was $148, Now $105!

If you’re not quite so curvy as I am, or you’ve got a bit more span between hip and belly button, you’ll need a higher rise.  J. Crew’s Favorite Fit is on sale for you in their Super 120s wool.

I have these and they are super soft for a wool.  The Super 120 is a really nice knit.  These are available in either a navy or a charcoal pinstripe.  Regular sizes go 0-16, Petite 0-12, Tall 0-14.

Was $240, now $129.99

Was $240, now $129.99

The matching two and three button jacket is also on sale right now.  $129 is a really good price for a wool suit jacket.  The one thing I’ll mention about the way J. Crew fits is that it tends to be a little small in the back and shoulders.   I take a size 6 jacket, but I’ve got broad shoulders, and defined arms, and it’s just a touch snug.

Was $98 now $76

Was $98 now $76

I can’t vouch for the fit of J. Crew men’s jeans, because I don’t know anyone who wears them, but I’ve worn their women’s jeans and liked them quite a bit.

Among other styles, their relaxed fit jean is 25% off and available in a pretty good range of sizes from what I can see.  Can anyone tell me why men’s jeans cost so little compared to women’s?

Was $350, Now $250

Was $350, Now $250

Just the other night my friend DP was telling me that he was in the market for some more suits, and it just so happens that J. Crew has a good deal on them right now.

To my right is the 3 button Aldridge suit jacket.  Now they say this is a 3 button that rolls to a two button…I confess I don’t know what that means, but if it looks half as good on you as it does on this gentleman in the picture, who cares?

Was $165, now $115

Was $165, now $115

They have it with the year-round solid classic-fit suit pant.  Note that this is a slimmer, more tailored fit.  I happen to like that cut, you just have to make sure it fits you.

While you’re there, pick up some boxers on sale.  I like the beer, and the Rock Lobster.

Were $18.50, now 2/$28

Were $18.50, now 2/$28

Hmmm…maybe I need a guest writer to talk about certain men’s fashion.  I’ll talk to my menswear blogger friends and see if we can do a cultural exchange. :)

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Regular $59.50, Now $19.99 - $49.50

Regular $59.50, Now $19.99 - $49.50

Underneath my J. Crew suits, I love to wear their slim fit stretch shirts.  Every season they come out with more colors and I just keep buying them.

Right now, the Bright Blue and the Fresh Rhubarb are on sale for $19.99.  A whole host of other colors are on sale for between  $39.99 and $49.50.  I’m going to pick up the Bright Rhubarb and maybe the Fresh Mint or Charcoal; I already have the Deep Persimmon, and a dark purple color.

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Note that these are not final sales, and I didn’t find these in the Sale category; you’ll find these just by poking around.  A true pr0nista knows where to look.
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Was $48, now $29.50

Was $48, now $29.50

With your navy suit, do pick up this leopard print patent leather belt.  Every pr0n diva knows how to show a little personality.
Whether it’s shoes or jewelry, or something else, a little wink here and there in your outfit takes you from catalogue clone to Pr0n Princess (or Prince!).
Was $118, Now $78

Was $118, Now $78

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I leave you with this year-round suiting vest for men.
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Why a vest?  Why not?
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I’ll be back soon as I can pumpkins, with a full discussion on Spring coats.  And Monday should be another edition of Pr0n Plus.
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Until then, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?
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