Monday, August 25, 2014

The Fall Edit

It's almost that time of year people, and I can't stress enough how excited I am to start transitional season shopping. We all have those few items that we like to call our wardrobe staples, that get updated from season to season. This edit is a curated selection of everything that I'll be coveting and wearing a variation of, once the decline in temperature happens. Thinking back to one of the biggest mistakes I've made in a longtime -- was when Barney's had the Acne Studios jacket in their exclusive color-way, and I left it there thinking no one would buy it. Trying to justify spending $2500+ on a jacket that was equivalent to first months rent, seemed crazy yet normal after convincing myself that I'd wear it more than 2,500 times. In the midst of thinking of all the life changing decisions that goes into consumption, the jacket wasn't there when I decided to take the sartorial plunge.

Luckily this season I have another chance and to be honest the black on black is more suited for my everyday wardrobe. Moving on from the one that got away, finding the perfect mannish shirt has been the biggest challenge. The Equipment shirt below caught my eye immediately because of its striped detailing and oversize silhouette. When it comes to bottoms, the infamous boyfriend jean is typically what you'll only see me wearing day-to-day. I've been open to branching out by searching for the most structured wide leg pant, to enter fall in 70s inspired suiting, that makes a maximum impact with minimal effort. We must not forget about the pointed-toe ankle boot or the classic single sole pump to start the season off on the right foot. Leave it to the Scandinavians to get it right when it comes to sartorial fashion to be had, but Parisian woman are spot on when it comes to minimalism and life in general. Which is one of the reasons why the Chicest Degree is looking forward to the release of 'How to be Parisian wherever you are' by Caroline de Maigret in September because let's be honest, we all have thought about what does it take to actually achieve the je nai se qua.

The Fall Edit
1. Acne Studios Velocite shearling jacket / 2. Equipment striped cotton shirt / 3. Karen Walker D-frame sunglasses / 4. Acne Studios Jensen suede ankle boot / 5. Acne Studios boyfriend jeans / 6. How to be Parisian wherever you are by Caroline de Maigret / 7. Mansur Gravriel mini bucket bag / 8. Manolo Blahnik suede pump / 9. Acne Studios wide-leg pants

What are you looking forward to buying for fall? Tell me everything, leave nothing out.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thinking of Fall with PORTER Magazine

For most people, September is symbolic for back-to-school and many other new beginnings. Those of us who work in the industry, it stands for fashion month which translates to the first day of the rest of the year. Not only is it one of the most exciting times of the year, it's also the only month that buying any American fashion magazine actually matter. Everything has a new sense of resolve and purpose that has far more meaning than any January resolution. As grown-ups, the brand new pencil case and shiny new pair of school shoes that signal a fresh start -- are replaced by the new season updates that we hope will deliver much more than just the latest looks: from the mannish overcoat, to that uplifting new shade of lipstick. Inspiration for change presents itself in many places, whether it might be to revamp your sense of style, or simply given a chance to encounter an experience that is all we need to gain new perspective. Which is something we actually have the opportunity to do during our summer happenings.

Thinking back to our school days, the thrill of discovering something 'brand new' holds much promise. It's the same idea with a new season full of covetable fashion lying in wait, there is certainly satisfaction to be had on the sartorial front. Many of the designers looked to the past, dipping into some of the most good looking moments from decades gone for inspiration. There is a sense of romance and freedom summoned up by the silhouettes and palettes of the 60s and 70s, but also the power and glamour of the 80s, the simplicity and clean lines of the 90s. These eras were each filled with game changing moments that heavily influenced fashion. Today, designers have and continue to give a different twist on classic pieces for the woman of now.     

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ophelie Guillermand for Vogue Russia September 2014

Ophelie Guillermand is photographed by Jason Kibbler for the latest editorial in the Vogue Russia September issue. Styled by Olga Dunina, the editorial features a curated selection of knits from the fall/winter collections -- which can easily be pegged as the bane of our sartorial existence. Believe it or not, the unwanted decline in temperature will be here before we know it along with shorter days and longer nights. Luckily, we all have the oversize knits and mannish trousers paired with trainers and an overcoat to look forward too. It's obvious that knitted layering will be the key to your sartorial street style success this upcoming season, along with a sleek post shower drenched ponytail and little to no make-up. To be quite honest the Chicest Degree is overjoyed for the charcoal grey, burgundy, and brown color schemes along with the warm apple cider and cinnamon scones that comes along with it.  

Ophelie Guillermand by Jason Kibbler for Vogue Russia September 2014

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Summer Struggle: MY BLOWOUT WON’T LAST

Girls, I know a lot of us have this awful problem. You get a beautiful blowout and its perfect, until the minute you walk out into the 89%+ humidity. It’s honestly a sin how mother nature and hair were not made to get along with one another, and its no help to our pockets either. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. I was born in the dead of winter and really, I'm not interested in the cold -- except for being able to wear coats. Summer has the whole hair downfall to it, and it's just not fair. 

My personal experience with this lately has been worse than usual. I have wild curly/wavy hair that requires at least a blow dry and a good flat iron after. I used to always get a wash and set because it lasted much longer, and is better for your hair. With the busy and last minute schedule I lead, blowouts only take about 45 minutes compared to two and a half hours for the wash and set. I request a sleek, bone straight look that can transform over the days and become beach waves. I'm usually required to keep my hair blown out for work, because otherwise that would mean an extra two hours in hair and makeup at a job -- and nobody wants to be THAT person. Lately, the bone straight tends to change into more of a wave after a day or two, making the sleek blowout more versatile and less time consuming.