A lot of change has occurred this summer. I’ve been in Vancouver, I started a new job at Anthropologie, and my style has really developed (as it usually does when you start a new retail job right before back-to-school shopping). With change, usually comes new favorite things! I’ve been experimenting with lots of different products, styles, and inspirations – here are a couple of things I’ve been loving in particular:
- Aritzia Bertillon Blouse – I even surprised myself when I picked up a purple top off the rack, but I’ve been getting a ton of wear out of this incredible transitional piece! The dusty purple color can bring a bit of depth to a look while its unexpected neutrality allows it to be worn with almost any other color.
- Free People August Catalog – You have to check out the video that accompanies this month’s catalog – it screams autumn and makes me so incredibly excited to begin preparing for those crisper days.
- Anthropologie Catalog – With my new job, I’ve come to appreciate Anthropologie in a totally new way, and this catalog only strengthens that admiration. Beautifully shot and styled, it’s definitely worth checking out for some prime fall inspiration.
- Rifle Paper Co. Notebook – I love collecting notebooks so much that I simply can’t write fast enough to fill all the ones I have. I’ve been digging this blue one in particular as my love for wearing color only grows stronger.
- Tocca Liliana Perfume – I’m currently loving this fragrance as the perfect scent for this summer-to-fall transition phase that we’re about to go through.
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in “Hollywood” – I’ve found the perfect glam daytime color! Nude with a gold sheen across the top, this liquid lipstick has been worn many times since I got it just last week.
- Free People Skinny Scarf – I’ve had this for a while, I know. But I feel as if I’m always finding new ways to wear it and new looks to pair it with.
Montreal has the pleasure of being home to one of my favorite museums, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. With an amazingly diverse and intricate permanent collection, it’s no surprise that their temporary exhibits are stunning as well. One of their latest exhibits is a display of works by pop art legend Andy Warhol.
The exhibit is fascinating for me for multiple reasons, including the fact that it has inspired and influenced my style quite a bit since I saw it. No, it hasn’t made my style more colorful – I continue to wear neutrals and different shades of black – but it has made my style a little more daring and stark. Pop art has (quite fittingly) made my style “pop.”
I’m beginning to fully grasp the idea that any form of culture – whether it be paintings, music, or literature – can influence my style greatly. This is because, quite simply, fashion is art, art is fashion, and so on. It’s all culture, and all aspects of it interconnect to create a vast web of inspirations of which we as individuals can take what we will.
So thanks, Andy Warhol.
See more of the works I saw below:
Top, Topshop / Skirt, Brandy Melville / Converse
As Summer enthusiasm draws to a close and fall inspiration seems to pop up everywhere, it’s hard to stay excited about putting on sun dresses and denim shorts day in and day out. This is probably the reason I was drawn to a long sleeved shirt and a long skirt for this outfit!
But there’s still more than a month left of this weather, and we’ve got to stay enthused. Something I like to do when I’m feeling down about my summer style is to go back and look at the inspiration I followed at the beginning of the summer! Revisit your closet and see if there’s anything you haven’t completely over-used, or another trick is to take advantage of the amazing summer sales! Don’t let the heat wilt your summer style. xx
Jumpsuit, Topshop / Turtleneck Sweater, H&M / Boots, Topshop / Necklaces, found in a market in Turkey
There’s certainly something to be said about how wonderful it is to sometimes wear an entirely black outfit. Black is classic, flattering, and it’s always in style. As Christian Dior once stated so well, “Black is the most slimming of colors. It is the most flattering. You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You could wear it for almost any occasion. I could write a book about black.” It’s always fun to experiment with this season’s colors and patterns, but never forget to take a breather once in a while and return to the best color of all: black. xx