The first round of spring fashion is here and while I’m not ready to go all out with florals yet (but will be so soon), this feels like a good transition from winter to spring, with a few staples that I’ve never tried (MOTO JACKET! HIGH TOP CONVERSE!). I wanted this post to showcase some outfits that would be somewhat of a stretch for me, because let’s face it, chambray-all-day habits are hard to break. Luckily, my super stylish friend Suzanne Thune helped pull together some looks that I felt good in and could actually see myself wearing in real life.
Let’s start with my first moto jacket (above) which is a big hit with the French bulldog contingent. I’ve never been that into moto jackets mainly because they never fit me well. I have secret boobs and they always felt so constricting, but this one has more room (but is still tailored) and I have worn it three times since. It edges up any outfit especially a more casual one like this (but I am sure can be easily paired with a dress for a really cool date night look).
Those shoes are my new go-to sneakers and they really up the coolness factor with the platform and I also love how long and narrow they look. Dr. Scholls also has a great pair that is much more affordable (and very comfortable, I own those, too).
These shorts are THE NEW SHORT for me. I love them so much I need to buy a backup pair just in case I lose them (or they fall apart…although I still have two pairs from last year that I will wear all the time, too). The top is my new favorite one from Ulla Johnson and while it is a splurge I have a strong feeling it will be like my red one from two years ago that I ended up wearing 100 times and STILL wear. It’s the right amount of boho for me and has that boxy blousy cut that I love. It’s also easy to care for because it never looks wrinkly so all I have to do is throw it on, no ironing necessary, AND works as a casual look with shorts, or a nighttime look with skinny jeans and heels.
These overalls are very easy to wear, they don’t hug tightly in the belly (in fact, they fall in a really flattering way) and with the boxy blouse it feels so effortless, comfortable, but definitely looks put together. Plus, it’s not denim colored which is a change for me.
The shoes are new, from Frye, and I LOVE THEM. They are headed into the western trend but not too far (no studs or decorative doodads) and have the perfect amount of heel. Hot tip: pointy toes = longer leg, if you are into that (I am).
This blouse is special. It’s from The Great where everything can seem a little basic and the prices are high and you think why would this be this much? but then you put it on and you are like oh, I see. These are actually the best sweats in the world. The shape and fit of everything they make is just so good. So this shirt may not look like much, but it IS. It is triangle shaped (so it’s even wider than the boxy cut—yay for me!) and the detail around the neck is lovely. Suzanne works at The Great so that’s why you’ll see a few of their pieces here (and yes I get a press discount but I do GENUINELY love the clothes and the women behind them). The brand is full of the casual, comfortable, flattering yet modern pieces that I am addicted to. So, if you like a drop crotch as much as I do, then head over to their beautiful store in WEHO and try everything on and tell me what you think. Oh, and ask for Suzanne. 🙂
Okay, up next is an outfit that Suzanne was wearing to drop off her kid at school and I ran into her at Starbucks right after and said to her “HOW DO YOU LOOK SO COOL AND WHY CAN’T I PULL THIS OFF??”
She did NOT agree, and shouted that of course I could wear this and insisted on getting naked and dressing me in her clothes to prove that even I could pull off wearing a gray sweatsuit out of the house. I, however, thought that I should at least swap the sweats for a ripped jean and since it was 80 degrees in LA last week, we switched the beanie to a linen baseball cap.
So now you need to tell me which is “cooler.” Suzanne sticks with her outfit and while I do think it looks cool, I can’t really wear that to work, so it’s more of a Saturday-morning-grocery-store-run outfit, which doesn’t seem like a very important outfit that is in need of thought. But if I wear jeans instead then I can totally wear this on a Friday or on a day when I’m styling on set.
PLEASE WEIGH IN BUT REMEMBER WHO YOUR REAL FRIEND IS HERE…Me. (JK I’m sincerely curious if I’m just not cool enough to wear a monotone gray sweatsuit).
Up next is a look that I hope you love as much as I do. Listen, I will admit that this boiler suit is hard to shoot so it may not come across super flattering in photos but I’m telling you right now it’s incredible.
The cut. The front pockets. The tailoring. The wide-legged pant. The roomy waist. The ruching in the back…it’s just so good.
I am wearing a size 1, but took it back for a 0 and Suzanne is wearing a 0. But, if I wanted a roomier, more oversized look, that size would’ve been perfect.
Again, you have to try it on to be convinced of how good it is. It is a splurge so if it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no, but think about it this way: it’s both a shirt and pants, and you don’t need any accessories. Let me know if you need any other purchase rationalizing in life, I’m INCREDIBLE at it and have considered having a booth at the mall for all those who need someone to help them rationalize a splurgy purchase.
Oh, and those are my new clogs that I wear every. day. Clogs are the new mules I’ve just decided. These are from Madewell and they aren’t a fortune and are so comfy. WIN WIN.
Onto my most favorite (and affordable) top:
It’s kinda a throwback Emily Henderson top but it feels more modern and fresh. The Victorian puff sleeves are flattering (I think) because it plays with proportions in a good way.
Those shoes are my new summer sandal. Who doesn’t love a little nurse chic, right?? What with the platform, the white sole, the blush leather AND the insane comfortability, I am sold. I’ve worn them four times since this shoot.
Also, the skirt is super comfy but I suggest you size down because the fabric is very stretchy.
Yes, I also bought those clogs in pink. They’re that good. Originally, I was unsure if the top was interesting enough but once it was on my body I really liked it. It falls well, has cute little ruffles, a pretty V-neck and cooperates with my half tuck needs.
I know what you are thinking and yes, my face is much lighter than my legs. I forgot to get a spray tan so I basically rubbed this brown lotion all over my legs and then they were WAY too dark a compared to other parts of my body. It was both disgusting and hilarious.
Lastly, a dress that I’m on the fence about keeping because, well, I have nine of these, but it is super flattering as the shape of it gives you nice curves even if your body falls more straight (if that’s what you’re going for).
To be honest, I should have worn other shoes to style that outfit better, but I had these Nisolo oxfords and I really wanted to wear them. WHOOPS. Oh well, you get the idea.
1. Ruffle Sleeve Blouse | 2. 501 Long Shorts | 3. Pink Clogs | 4. Floral Blouse | 5. Leather Jacket | 6. Black Leather Sneakers | 7. 501 High Rise Shorts | 8. Gray Long Jacket | 9. Beanie | 10. Pullover Sweatshirt | 11. Sweatpants | 12. Converse Sneakers | 13. Jeans | 14. Linen Baseball Hat | 15. Jumpsuit | 16. Tan Clogs | 17. Ruched Sleeve Top | 18. White Demin Skirt | 19. Platform Sandals | 20. Denim Dress | 21. Black Oxfords | 22. Black Short Overalls | 23. Moto Booties | 24. White Bottom Up
What do you guys think? Are you on board with the new “cool” Emily? (JK). Do you wanna see the outtakes? HA.
***photography by Veronica Crawford for EHD