Though every season we vow to invest in quality over quantity, a tightened shopping budget and the desire for instant gratification always lead us back through the doors of H&M.
Luckily we now have another alternative: convertible clothing and accessories. While this idea isn’t new by any means, it’s become a full-on trend as of late and we only see it getting bigger as these tough economic times continue.
Less can be more--we, for one, are looking forward to finally purchasing better quality garments, getting creative with styling and freeing up some much needed closet space. Now we turn it over to you to give some of our favorite innovative pieces a try and bid adieu to fast fashion.
Name: Robert Shabazz
Occupation: Student at Academy of Art University
Wearing: Vintage raspberry velvet blazer and bowtie, tailored shirt and slacks, wingtips by Seven
How do you define your style? "Classically formal with a slightly modern, edgy twist. I like to look professional and well put-together, while still being fun and young."
Head to Shotwell this Thursday for a little slice of what we'd like to call Heaven. Freshen up your spring wardrobe with LAEKEN's effortlessly chic pieces (think tie-dyed silk dresses) while sipping on deliciously cheap cocktails from 6-9 p.m. Be sure to also get a free fringe trim by Metamorphosis Salon while you're there so you can properly admire your new look.
What, may you ask, stopped us in our tracks, derailed us from our afternoon lunch run and drew us into the Shotwell boutique downtown? These convertible silk wrap dresses by Please Dress Up!, the San Francisco label launched by indie designers Grant Doolittle and Judy Berbarian, who relocated to Paris in November. (Clearly our loss and Paris’ gain by the looks of their Spring/Summer ’09 Infinite Possibilities collection).
Name: Slo Casasola
Occupation: Fashion Merchandiser at Shotwell
Spotted: Shotwell and Harputs Market Party at Shotwell boutique, 7:12 P.M.
Wearing: YSL rolling sneaker, vintage bow-tie, H&M denim, Zara cardigan, YSL button down. "I just threw this outfit on because I was in a hurry to get to the party. I always want to stand out but at the same time look simple."
On a gray, chilly Monday after two holiday-heavy weeks, it can be easy to feel ho-hum about what is, for many of us, the official first day back. Stylish salve for our holiday hangovers comes in the form of local designer Ali Golden’s brightly-hued, warm, snuggly reversible vests. The dramatic hoods capping each of Golden’s one-of-a-kind, handmade wool wrap tops can be worn up (so you stay undercover and still turn heads) or down and draped softly backwards over the shoulders. But the best thing about the vests, says Golden, is their versatility. “They can be worn and layered in many ways. Since they are reversible, and at least one side is always solid, they can be worn with many colors and patterns. I have personally dressed these vests up and down.