Sometimes I think of outfits as recipes. You’d never throw a pillar of salt into a fruit bowl, would you? Why, then, would you be led to believe that the perfect antidote for, say, a red cotton flight suit was an electric blue satin jacket? I’ll call it “cinched at the waist” to sound more dramatic.
Of course, in both instances there are resolutions that conceivably move the combinations into genius territory. If you’re adding dark chocolate to your fruit bowl, for example, which is now actually just a set of strawberries, a pinch of sea salt makes a lot of sense, right? And re: that outfit, if you were to pull the jumpsuit down from the neck and tie it around your waist as though it were a pair of pants, adding a plain white tank might make that electric blue jacket stand out like the born-again superstar it probably is.
But they — both recipes and outfits — don’t always need post-conception fixing; sometimes the ingredients are so off that they end up working upon immediate contact. Other times they’re so “right” for each other that they seem almost too obvious. Anticlimactic, even. Through both instances and the manifold additional permutations that evolve, it’s important to remember that unless the product has been sent off into the wild — cooked or worn — there consistently remains the opportunity to edit. To fix. To make it great.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about your Tuesday outfit recipe using mine (which I’m calling Uptown Meatloafer served over Bowery) as a model.
1 teaspoon preppy c/o Gucci Loafers
1 slab uptown safari c/o Max Mara blazer
As dressing over
Graphic t-shirt salad
Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis
Check out other outfit ideas straight from Leandra and the rest of the MR crew here. Do you happen to be boycotting denim? We can show you alternatives to America’s (former?) favorite garment. You could also peek inside the wardrobes of Veronika Heilbrunner, Sophie Auster, Jane Bishop and a whole lotta other ladies here.