It’s Coming! So What You Gonna Wear?

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September 3, 2013

We’re asking because we don’t know what we’ll wear either

One of the most salient features of my non-French identity reveals itself just before the initiation of Fashion Week every single season.

You see, the real reason I am positive that I can never be French is because I pre-plan Fashion Week outfits. We all know Emanuelle Alt and gang would never do that. Never even think of doing that. But what always ends up happening to me is that after the first day of shows I realize I’m doing it wrong and that everyone around me is doing right. As a result, I go back to the drawing board, rearrange a few things, and then once again I’m back in Loserville coordinating outfits days before they will be worn.

Another common mistake I tend to make is shopping pre-Fashion Week for Fashion Week. I never actually end up wearing the shit I buy because I’m buying it for one thematic purpose which, surprise, isn’t actually that purposeful when all is said and worn.

This season things are happening a bit differently: I’ll be off the grid, inhaling apples and snorting honey, etc, through sundown on Saturday in observance of the Jewish New Year. Come Sunday, though, I’m in the gauntlet. And from where I stand now (clad in strapless bra and high waist underwear only), the current outfits of my sartorial pursuits just won’t cut it.

Or, I don’t know, maybe they will.

But in combing through my own dressed hangers last night, deeming everything completely and utterly inappropriate, I did the only thing one can do given the circumstance and defaulted back to my computer where I started flipping through street style blogs. Almost instantaneously did my closet feel like a born-again specialty store that comes with everything in my size and available to wear at no charge. Happy birthday!

I can totally wear a trench coat with a mini dress underneath it like the photographed Stockholm Street Style star does, or a pink blazer paired with paisley green pants a la Hamish Bowles. I think I even have that Chicago Bears sweatshirt and can certainly makeshift her ruffle mini skirt. Those ripped jeans from The Sartorialist circa 2009? I practically invented them. And per Picasso’s all-red-everything outfit, sign me up with a yellow pen. I’ve never turned my back toward a double breasted blazer and all of a sudden, a full black look with show-stopping shoes and a punchy red accent seems fresher than the coconut ceviche at Juice Press.

But, hello, duh, earth to Leandra, how has one flip through a couple fashion blogs completely reincarnated a closet that was in complete existence the same hour before when you confessed that “OMG I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR”?

Clearly, I needed a third party dose of inspiration — especially after Labor Day Weekend which let my brain check out in a most majestic-yet-illusive manner. Which got me thinking, maybe you do too? While you may not be participating in the week-long rally that awaits in a traditional capacity, we are all looking for an excuse to dress our personal bests, aren’t we? So take a dip through the photos that helped me and let them help you.

Now, where in the good name of botanic lady bits did Georgia O’Keeffe get that hat?

  • http://www.redshoesnoknickers.com/ Red shoes No knickers

    I always feel exactly the same about my wardrobe around the end of a season. Bored of everything I own and tired of wearing the same things. Warm days are easy to dress for but when you’re going straight through until the early hours of the next morning and then getting up 4 hours later to start it all over again you definitely need to plan those outfits in advance. Love a little styling inspiration ~ I normally head over to Ms. Bubble to shake things up.

    • closetremixapp

      Very true! When it comes to our closet we all suffer of a chronic case of sartorial déjà vu. And that’s exactly what we want to help women with. It’s just perfect when Leandra says “my closet feel like a born-again specialty store that comes with everything in my size and available to wear at no charge.” as that’s exactly what we are aiming for.

      Cheers,

      Jaime

      closetremix.com

      @closetremixapp

  • http://lerablogs.blogspot.com/ Lera

    I was going to write “nothing”, but I love the trench from image 4…so nothing plus the trench.

  • monkeyshines

    inspiring looks!

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

  • http://www.downtownhautefashion.blogspot.com/ Leslie

    I usually plan out what I’m going to wear but only do that because I’m a bit strange and plan everything out! haha. It makes it easier and keeps my room cleaner

    http://www.downtownhautefashion.blogspot.com

  • http://Mysmallwardrobe.com/ Carelia

    This is the time of the year that I actually wear whites more often to show off the tan left from the summer ;-0 and for the rule of not wearing white after Labor Day…I could never understand that one. The layering process over white pieces is the fun part this time of the year.
    Mysmawllwardrobe.com

    • Lisa Thomson

      me too, Carelia. I’m wearing white jeans right now…rules be damned.

      • http://Mysmallwardrobe.com/ Carelia

        Fashion moves in such fast pace these days & there is NO time for thinking about rules or myths in how or where to wear certain pieces. Rules be damned, as you said ;-)

  • Lisa Thomson

    Thanks for the inspiration via the blogger photos. I need all the help I can get. Looking forward to seeing your chosen sartorials in future post.

  • Wandering In Heels

    This same scenario happens to me more often than I’d like to admit! I’m glad I’m not alone!

    WanderingInHeels.com

  • Flor

    Definitely been there! The Chicago Bears sweatshirt look is my favorite!

    xo

    Flor

    http://meringuesandchiffon.blogspot.com

  • CarolinaG

    Love your blog!!!

    I’m posting looks from L.A. and Malibu:

    http://www.thegavlaks.com

  • katiesoconnor

    I do that when I pack! I take everything with me that I wear all the time and can make hundreds of outfits in my head and then I get to my destination and it’s like I’LL NEVER FIT IN HERE. But flipping through pictures instantly reincarnates the creative flow!

    instead of an elephant

  • Curvily NYC

    This will be my first year attending, so my gunmetal silk skirt would surely be on fire if I said I wasn’t planning what to wear. I have a few outfit ideas in consideration (including the aforementioned skirt), but I haven’t nailed anything down yet.

  • http://www.anorexicescapades.com/ BougieHippie

    A thing I do to renew my closet view is have someone else rumble through my closet. Though, I may not use the looks they came up with but it always leads to a snowball effect of new ensemble paring.

    http://www.anorexiecescapades.com

  • andrea

    As a seasoned dresser (read: “woman of a certain age”) what always piques my interest is when the wearer, or consequently, me, plays with proportion. Wearing anything with a heeled ankle boot always looks edgy (a mini. cropped pant, pencil skirt), because it draws the eye up above the ankle and just looks fresh. Also a high waisted bottom with a cropped top also draws the eye upward to a place it’s not used to. And if you are wearing pumps, add anklets. And also, add some headgear, a hat or turban, a headband, etc. That really pulls it all together. Those are my rules for every day (I also live in nyc so I am out and about and always want to express my self through what I wear), no matter what. When you keep interesting proportions in mind it’s much easier to throw stuff together a la Ms. Alt. I hope that helps. And Shana Tovah!

  • jusju

    I wouldn’t worry much. As long as you’re wearing red lipstick and sunnies you’re in good shape.

  • Beeba

    omg !! i usually feel exactly the same way !! i love you for this post !! i guess people always say don’t over think it , but i usually over think my over thinking and over think my not over thinking. so don’t over think it i guess you always look amazing and never like the rest of us.

    http://www.beebaswardrobe.blogspot.com

  • http://www.darkbluestripes.com/ Dark Blue Stripes

    Couldn’t agree more. It is always good to look at our wardrobes with a different perspective to find a plethora of suitable sartorial situations.

    Christie x

    http://www.darkbluestripes.com

  • Katie

    I’d trade out that Chicago Cubs sweatshirt for a Green Bay Packers one… ;)

    • =^..^=

      Excellent choice ….

      LET’S GO PACK !

  • s

    i cannot wait to see what everyone wears this year! do your thang, I’m sure you can make some onion magic with that closet of yours

    xx

    http://spoonfulofdiamonds.com

    http://www.facebook.com/SpoonfulOfDiamonds

  • Diana

    I’ll wear this fab black long tunic dress I bought last week at Styleismo.com

  • http://www.emptypocketsexpensivetaste.blogspot.com/ Caroline

    I can’t wait for fashion week this year and to see what everyone wears! Even better than the runway shows is seeing what people wear on the streets. That’s where my true inspiration comes from!

    emptypocketsexpensivetaste.blogspot.com

  • Diana

    I will wear a fab black long tunic dress I bought at Styleismo.com last week ~ can’t wait!

  • ASH

    what does the un-exclusive plebeian new yorker do during fashion week?

  • Dorus Mhor

    Love that you slipped in that Georgia O’Keefe :)

    http://www.dorusmhor.tumblr.com

  • http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/ Mafalda

    Jeans, boots, sweatshirts, and a whole lot of new things (including tartan)!
    And let me tell you one thing, as a Frenchie, I can tell you that most French women plan what they’re going to wear the day before, so I can only imagine Emmanuelle Alt does the same (and with the help of an assistant surely)!

    Mafalda ❤
    http://www.mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr

  • shinkaland

    Pablo Picasso owning shit! I LOLd.

  • EtralaLondon

    I love this outfit inspiration.. really nice ideas to get for the upcoming fashion weeks!! (London FW in my case) Can’t wait to see all the new FW Street Style!!

    Have a look to our beautiful new womenswear collection inspired by comics!

    http://www.etrala.com/autumn-winter-2013-14/4579003624

    Best xx

    from London

  • pinkschmink

    I do this. Except that I have an app with which I do it. It’s called Stylebook and it literally becomes my life during London Fashion Week – I plan all my outfits in the app and then when I’m rolling out of bed at some godforsaken hour to put on a full face of make-up at least I’m not running around like a crazy wondering what the hell I could possibly wear with that amazing vintage dress that is *so on trend* but it’s *raining* and *OMG WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO WEAR* … Yeah. It’s cool. I got this.

  • http://www.foxyoxiesupernova.blogspot.com/ Oksana Radionova

    When I pack or plan my outfits for an occasion, I honestly try to make sense of it all, but when it comes down to it, I’m like you, ” back in Loserville,” only I”m coordingating outfits minutes before they need to be worn. Needless to say, I often end up looking “stylish” without meaning to.

    But you’re right. Nothing like a look through Pinterest to make my closet feel new and exciting.

    Can’t wait to see your outfits at NYFW! XOXO

    http://www.foxyoxiesupernova.blogspot.com

  • Hanna

    I never ever comment on a post but I loved loved loved this one. Being Jewish myself I am so happy to hear that you will not be attending fashion week during rosh hashana. I’m sure many other Jewish people in the industry are not going to be as brave as you and attend anyways. I also love what you said about shopping for fashion week. Many time I shop for specific reasons, In a rushed manner, and it never ends up being a useful purchase in the end! And yes, one can def shop in ones own closet with just a few small additions to perk things up. Thank you leandra and shana tova!

  • jaclyn

    love all the looks!

    check my blog: http://stylevolver.blogspot.com

  • pytinpty

    It’s sort of a relief to know you also have this type of “real-girl problem”. Like some other commenters said, I’m glad I’m not alone and that even rockstar bloggers like you feel like this every now and then! Right now I am definitely at that point where I just want to trash my entire closet because I can’t continue to spend an hour a day on Pinterest, on the toilet, before I shower, scouring for inspiration. It’s exhausting and it makes the back of my thighs hurt. It’s also great to get a peek into what inspires you in terms of clothing, I can absolutely see you wearing any of the outfits you posted here! Anyway… I’m sure you’ll look amazing as usual and then we’ll be posting your pics as inspiration ;) Happy New Year!

  • amanda

    I love this.

    I always reach a point where I say to myself,”I have nothing to wear.” yet, I have two closets full of clothes. I also always have a hard time getting dressed when it’s hot outside opposed to when it’s cold- thoughts?

    lamodedelarue.blogspot.com

  • StyleGodis

    I think the trick is to plan the outfits but make it look like you didn’t! :)

    http://stylegodis.com/

  • anonymouse

    Wear anything besides an ugly sweatshirt with a skirt and high heels.

  • Paula McClelland

    Yellow is everywhere in the shows – you can wear your Miu Miu skirt and just be SO fashion forward!

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.nz/

  • http://thepoppie.com/ Poppie

    Well i have nothing to wear because everything i own doesn’t fit and is so worn it needs to be tossed, but I think it is more important the style you have then what you wear. I mean people know me as uber casual border-lining cross dressing. Forever. My motto: when in doubt wear a white tee.

  • lofi

    what we really want to know is… what are you wearing to temple? #HHFW