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by Leandra Medine
April 4, 2013
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Some spring funvestments you can wear now

Spring’s performance anxiety is really weighing on me. Not just because I’ve been eagerly anticipating that irreplaceable first breath of warmer air or even because my scarves are huge and I am sick to the bone of sporting a paralyzed neck in favor of dodging end-of-season illness. No, this is because everything in my closet looks dismal, dated, and ready for retirement. So what’s a girl to do? Ah, yes, unilaterally peer pressure herself into plunging into the first spring funvestments with a pair of pants, a pair of shoes, and a brand new blouse under the premise that she can–and will–wear them now. When it gets warmer, she (I?) can even wear them all together. Neat!

Figure it cosmetic plastic surgery–a closetlift, if you will–only temporary, removable and quite frankly, a little bit cheaper.

Starting with the pants, which are white, and let it be known: if they’re loose enough, white pants are not tricky. Photographed below are the broken apart and subsequently stitched back together Alexander Wang white, cropped high waist, loose fit jeans. They kind of look like white ocean waves if ocean waves used dental floss and often got it stuck during the breaking process. No?O2 O4

Wear them now (or any white jeans, frankly) with a sweater and darker shoes to a. compensate for your cold thighs, b. detract from their supa-summer-vibez. Also, definitely dance like you’re on Dancing with The Stars because these are the kind of pants that demand that sort of behavior. Photographed here: H&M sweater, Alexander Wang jeans, Giuseppe Zanotti x Anthony Vaccarello heels.

In Exhibit B, we’ve got the Etoile Isabel Marant cropped, vintage style, short-sleeve blouse that I wore last week and likened to a bird.

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Because you are not as idiotic and lazy as I am, I would probably suggest taking the blouse to its genesis: any number of Vintage shops that specialize in linens and what have you before committing to the purchase of this particular one. Though I will say that the bell sleeves feel pretty magical when up against my airy (not hairy, though they are that, too) arms. I am also pretty sure I can fly but I’ll get back to you with confirmation on that one at a later date.

O6 copyWear them now with heavier pants–I opted for a pair of the utility variety and a wool beanie because the blouse is a linen blend and that combination makes for an interesting loop hole for initiated Jews. Jewish History lesson 101: According to the religion, the fusion of wool and linen in one single garment is frowned upon. (The supposition is that animals should not interbreed and in order to extract the two fabrics, animals must interbreed.) There are no rules, however, about the combination in two respective items and I do like caveats. Photographed here: Etoile Isabel Marant blouse, Dries van Noten pants, Golden Goose sneakers and beanie from American Apparel.

And finally, in matters of the footwear:

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Givenchy’s plastic-ass sandals because Barbie was right, the plastic life is a fantastic one. Also, though, considering the deluge of clear lucite accessories dropping for spring and the mere fact that Cinder-no-fella deserves another chance to be heard (here, here, Phillip Lim for championing this trend), I want to say that no matter how ugly your feet are, which mine are (just look at that pinky toe, he is not a happy camper) it is very important for you to bare your all in order to better appreciate what you’ve got.

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I’m not walking anywhere. I’m sorry. I just wanted to demonstrate movement and show off my sweet calf muscles. Photographed here: Surface to Air leather jacket, Zara vest (layered to compensate again for cold legs), Missoni dress, Givenchy sandals.

All photos by Naomi Shon.

REPLIES
  • http://twitter.com/looksharpWI Look Sharp Sconnie

    if paper snowflakes were pants…

  • http://twitter.com/looksharpWI Look Sharp Sconnie

    if paper snowflakes were pants…

  • Peach Melba

    Woo this was fun! Spanks.

  • http://www.fashionsnag.com/ Fashion Snag

    Sweet calf muscles and I love how you talk about your hairy arms. My pinky toe also feels the same way as yours does, so abused!

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  • http://www.fashionsnag.com/ Fashion Snag

    Sweet calf muscles and I love how you talk about your hairy arms. My pinky toe also feels the same way as yours does, so abused!

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  • http://festofstyle.blogspot.com/ Christina

    to tell the truth as soon as i saw the first pictures with the clothes i was a little intimidated about what i was going to see going down the page.
    but each one of them,of those styles are so unique!!!!
    i honestly can pick from one!!!

  • http://festofstyle.blogspot.com/ Christina

    to tell the truth as soon as i saw the first pictures with the clothes i was a little intimidated about what i was going to see going down the page.
    but each one of them,of those styles are so unique!!!!
    i honestly can pick from one!!!

  • http://www.farandwildjewelry.blogspot.com/ abigail lind

    never have see through and kosher blended so seamlessly. and yes a calf that sweet demands freedom, bring on the spring!

    abigail
    http://www.farandwildjewelry.com

  • http://www.farandwildjewelry.blogspot.com/ abigail lind

    never have see through and kosher blended so seamlessly. and yes a calf that sweet demands freedom, bring on the spring!

    abigail
    http://www.farandwildjewelry.com

  • Natali

    Absolutely fabulous in all three outfits!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • Maria Irene

    I need pants of the dental floss variety.

  • Maria Irene

    I need pants of the dental floss variety.

  • N G

    Outfit post! Please come out of hiding more often. Promise we won’t bite.

  • N G

    Outfit post! Please come out of hiding more often. Promise we won’t bite.

  • Laura

    The cut out jeans are amazing! So beautiful, I want summer to arrive even more!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  • Laura

    The cut out jeans are amazing! So beautiful, I want summer to arrive even more!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  • Sarah E

    Loving these purchases you made! shoes are definitely my favorite

    xx

    http://spoonfulofdiamonds.com

    http://www.facebook.com/SpoonfulOfDiamonds

  • Sarah E

    Loving these purchases you made! shoes are definitely my favorite

    xx

    http://spoonfulofdiamonds.com

    http://www.facebook.com/SpoonfulOfDiamonds

  • Stile Vienna

    Busting out my white jeans tomorrow, thanks for the final push! I’ve been taking them out of my closet every day for the past week, but haven’t been able to commit.

  • Stile Vienna

    Busting out my white jeans tomorrow, thanks for the final push! I’ve been taking them out of my closet every day for the past week, but haven’t been able to commit.

  • Katie

    Your writing makes every post. You can make me laugh out loud, and I thank you for that.

    Katie
    http://www.toiledejean.blogspot.ca

  • Katie

    Your writing makes every post. You can make me laugh out loud, and I thank you for that.

    Katie
    http://www.toiledejean.blogspot.ca

  • Le Fanciulle di Steph + Trish

    Those Wang pants are so good! And so you!

  • Amalie Espeland

    yeah you totally rocked that dental floss wave pants x

  • monkeyshines

    fantastic looks!

    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • Domonique

    Those Wang jeans are kinda begging to be a DIY no?

    x

  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    I’m feeling the same way right now. My winter closet has lost its appeal, but the spring stuff isn’t really ready to go into rotation until the weather gets a little warmer. I too am fearing the sickness that comes with a 20-degree spike in temperature (which we’re expecting over the next few days), but hey…without the sickness, I wouldn’t know spring has arrived. It’s my body’s way of saying “Spring is HERE, bitch! Now enjoy some allergies!”

  • Nathan Moy

    woah, three super fabulous outfits all rolled into one post, mega fab and love the wang trousers held together by dental floss lol, my kinda humor. Btw, you must check out my new Stella McCartney Spring 2013 runway
    perspex soled shoes #humblebrag, guaranteed you’re be mega provoked, do
    tell me what you think! ;)

    xx The Provoker
    http://www.the-provoker.com/2013/04/perspex-tive.html

  • erin z.

    does anyone else feel they would rip a section off those pants in a minute flat? i’m such a clumsy ass person. delicate things run from me.

    • erin z.

      that is not to say i do not adore them. deeply.

  • Theresa Lee | Miss Foxine

    I’m totally wild about the white mesh pants! It’s a definite statement piece yet casual enough to mix and match with any outfit <3. I followed you on bloglovin! http://missfoxine.wordpress.com/

  • Anna Black

    I LOVE the first pair of pants, the cutout is just fascinating, never seen anything like it!

    http://www.beblacknblue.blogspot.co.uk

    BLOGLOVIN’

  • Reptilia

    LOVE this blouse! These looks are awsome!

    http://www.justreptilia.com

    xx

  • Somebody from Somewhere
  • Jennifer

    I am loving that top!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • Theresa

    That blouse is amazing! I’m actually super jealous that you get to mix your summer and fall pieces. It’s full blown summer over here! Gah!

  • Well. P.

    i love yours looks <3
    apenaxx.blogspot.com.br
    xoxo

  • Ideal Cheese

    White jeans! Love the idea but am too scared of stains to try to rock that shit!

  • http://www.melissadv.blogspot.com/ Melissa

    those pants.

  • Bknowsitall

    you are so quotable. dying over your Jewish history lesson. and loving those lucite heels.

  • Mica N

    the white pants .. the white shirt .. imagining them together with a stunning gold cuff like this. http://www.adinroyale.com/#!product/prd1/270662521/isis-cuff

    chic spring :)

  • Jamie

    I really like the shoes in the last pic! I don’t know how you pull off so many looks, if I tried to wear those white pants…well lets just say it would be bad, real bad but on you its a totally different story.

    xo,

    Jamie

    http://inspirationlush.com/

  • http://www.creativityandchocolate.com/ Eva

    Those second pants, gotta love those! xx

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.com

  • http://twitter.com/EileenCWang Eileen

    I am a dental student and I approve these pants.

  • http://twitter.com/AleeeMarr Alejandra

    Your calf muscle scares me.

  • Kate

    My pinky toe is really angry at me right now, too. Breaking in new running shoes is hard work….

  • Nico

    I was not sure about the pants but on you they work!!

    http://lowbudget-lowcost.blogspot.it/2013/04/must-have-floral-print.html

  • Oliver Lips
  • Kaity

    wow!!! You look gorgy in all these looks, how can you possibly pull all these styles off
    My hat off to you Leandra! love this post

  • Bonnie, Clyde + Marni

    Love your new items! The pants are amazing!’

    xxx
    Naomi
    http://www.bonnieclydemarni.com

  • Pamela

    Love your writing and your style..

  • http://twitter.com/some_thing_nice Mary Boersma

    I so am lusting after these shoes!!!!

  • Jules Fashion Week

    Love your pretty white top!!!

    http://www.julesfashionweek.com

  • gaby

    You always make me burst out laughing. I never saw that one coming (the Jewish loophole), good for you. Also; the hairy arms are cool but may I suggest you get a pedicure?

  • http://twitter.com/Nieman718 Andy Nieman

    I have passed by this sign a thousand times and just found out what it meant yesterday. Today I relearn about it in your post

  • Dandy

    that white blouse has the most amazing shape to it! i am in love!!!

    http://www.thewhatiwores.blogspot.com.au

  • myrna

    I have to get all my white pants out, cut them in wave shaped and attach with floss
    and… voila’… I am such a manrepeller wanne be

  • emzgalz

    Oh wow!! The Alexander Wang jeans are amazing! <3
    http://www.emz-galz.blogspot.co.uk

  • Sammie

    Do you workout Leandra?

    • Leandra Medine

      no but i walk to and from subways ALL THE TIME

  • http://www.facebook.com/kamilmilex Kamil Milex Roj

    I love your sense of style

  • Dandy

    just did a post on all white living, loving those pants.

    http://www.thewhatiwores.blogspot.com/

  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Newborn Fanatic

    I can’t stop looking at those plastic sandals! So cute! :D

    http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/veronica.villalpandoalmeida Veronica Villalpando

    love the funvestments. love the term, very fitting justification for what i’ve been spending on the past 2 weeks.

  • Jon

    Those pants are sickening!
    http://jonatparsons.wordpress.com

  • rhodawong
  • HammertoeBunionCorn

    Haha your baby toes are totally fucked up like mine!

    • Leandra Medine

      the toes that mutate together, stay together!

  • Manu

    amazing !! i love your blog ;)
    so cool !!

    http://www.manuwears.blogspot.de

    xoxo manu

  • Kelly

    Having been bed ridden for 2 days with flu (I should have worn my scarves for longer) this post was a glorious breath of fresh air. With all that movement of material, I can practically feel the slightly chilly yet invigorating breeze that I’m assuming was present when the pictures were taken. Either that or I’ve used way too much menthol oil and am just feeling the dizzy effects.

    I also commend your unashamedly brazen display of normal feet in beautiful shoes. As far as I’m concerned no-one wants to see a perfect shoe on a perfect foot (how incredibly boring and unachievable). That photo comforted me by illustrating that I too can rock an inspiring Spring shoe with my previously broken little toe, pale feet that are in dire need to a pedicure and a 2nd toe that is longer than my big toe by more than I care to admit. I shall feel open-toe shoe shame no more.

  • the smoky obsession

    Need does shoooooes <3

  • Em

    GOD I can’t wait for Spring. I feel the same way: I look [scratch that- STARE] at my wardrobe each day seeing pieces I really WANT to wear but it’s still so mild outside that it would not be a good idea.

    Maybe if we all collaboratively work spring pieces into our wardrobe, we can convince Mother Nature to let up on us?

    xoxo, Em
    http://stylebydirtywater.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.jones.9822 Lisa Lucas Jones

    I’ve been checking out those pants on the web. Now I know they will look good on my skinny legs! You look great in them!

  • http://twitter.com/madforfashion78 Berty Morales

    Leandra, you look amazing, and I love all of these looks!

  • Greer Clarke

    I love this post!!

  • Maike

    ok, they look much nicer on your feets :-)
    http://congratsyouareingoodcompany.blogspot.ch/

  • http://twitter.com/PrimpedandPrime Sharon Jiang

    I need to satisfy my lucite cravings… what clear accessories should I buy next?
    And i totally laughed at ‘Barbie was right, the plastic life is a fantastic one’!

    http://www.primpedandprimed.blogspot.com.au

  • Romina C

    Love your pictures so much, they are fun. Romina

    http://www.blaastyle.com

  • Zoe Dubs

    I am also of the ugly foot variety and I LOVE these shoes. It just needs to be warmer in the UK so I can wear them!

    Love Zoe
    http://www.facevaluebeautyblog.co.uk

  • http://twitter.com/alejuarez97 Alejandra Juárez

    You should come to Spain

  • http://www.lollihearts.tumblr.com Lollihearts

    in love with the Givenchy sandals!!!!
    http://www.lollihearts.co.uk

  • http://twitter.com/Hautemimi HAUTE MIMI

    I LOVEEEEE the Givenchy heels so chic! xoxo MIMi http://hautemimi.com

  • Paperstarz

    Where can I purchase that Isabel Marant blouse? I have searched everywhere, but can not find it. ;( Please help.

  • Phillyfablover

    Love this Missoni dress!

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