For Your Consideration: Charlotte Simone

Wednesday Muses

Thigh High Boots, AKA Mount Everest

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA boots (38), ZARA dress (M), EVERLANE silk top (S), ZARA bag

The nice thing about thigh-high boots is that they are a great solution to short shift dresses in the winter. They're more polished than stockings, and make an outfit instantly modern. The downside about thigh-high boots is that they are deeply associated with, you know, prostitutes, and if worn the wrong way you are definitely dismissed as that pretty quickly.  Even still, as a fashion fan, I think they're so cool.  Like they are an accessory you successfully style and master when you really nail your personal style. I think I can do that, I say to myself. After all, some women pull them off with such ease that it makes me enthusiastic and confident to try. Now, I'm not a stick-thin woman, especially when it comes to hips, so my constant worry is that thigh-high boots will just emphasize the curviness of my hips. That's cool and what not, it is what it is, but that would make me feel so uncomfortable, as if I was a walking sex person. So my goal was to find a pair of boots with more clunky proportions to help downplay the sleek silhouettes which seem to make me uncomfortable at this point. In other words, baby steps.

Enter these Margiela boots. I'd like to think the strange texture and casual boot shape of these Maison Martin Margiela boots — FYI, acquired at a crazy 70% discount on Matches Fashion's epic sale after months on my wish list — offset all that overly sexual innuendo stuff that is implied by their crazy lengths.  At least, I hope it does. I've really got nothing else to say about this outfit other than that. This is a work in progress after all.  What do you think? 

And note to self: get a better lint roller. 

A New Way

I've been a long time fan of Tictail as my favorite platform to sell my designer clothes, shoes, and accessories. I've been using them for over a year now to help clean out my closet, but it turns out there's a lot of other people selling designer items and even quality custom pieces that I've completely been missing out on, too. Shops like The LXLS stand out in particular because of its highly curated inventory. They seem to carry everything I love to wear: lots of different monochrome textures, minimal tailored pieces by Ann Demuelemeester, Alexander Wang, and even their own impressive in-house line. This recent discovery is really key to my shopping habits because I think fashion can get too spendy, with each new season encouraging everyone to buy fast and move on to new trends quickly. It all amounts to a closet full of clothes that don't fully speak to my personal style, and to make it worse, those pieces are usually crafted from cheap materials and often poorly constructed.

So my new approach this past year has been to put a hold on impulse spending, and research some new ways to find my closet staples. My goal is to search unexpected sites like The LXLS or other resale sites for something specific, like a black sleeveless shift dress, armed with an open mind, the flexibility to tailor a piece down to my size, and the discipline to stick to what works truly works for my body and overall style.

LXLS coat (c/o Tictail), ZARA dress, MANSUR GAVRIEL mini bucket bag, EVERLANE loafers