Thursday, May 23, 2019

MAD WOMEN





Dress: T.J.Maxx (similar here) | Shoes: Dolce Vita (sold out, similar here) | Bag: Forever 21 (sold out, similar here) | Scarf: thrifted (similar here) | Belt: ASOSNecklaces: Forever 21, Lucky Brand, Kohl's | Earrings: formerly my mom's (similar here)

Lately, I've been wondering what style defines the decade of the 2010s in America? Throughout history, fashion has been used to visually represent societal outlook and change. The 2010s dressed us as we kept up with the Kardashians, looked across the pond to covet Princess Kate's closet, and scrolled through social media in search of style inspiration. Towards the end of the decade, we, as a country, faced deep change that tugged at the already threadbare fabric of our nation. Racism, sexism, and xenophobia, to name a few of many "isms" and "phobias," became more emboldened than before. People protested, chanted, recorded, and wore pink "pussy hats." There was triumph, there were tears, and there was tyranny.

I finished Mad Men the other day. The clothes in the show are captivating. Patterns were bold, colors were bright, and silhouettes were whimsical.  The '60s, much like today, saw protests, chaos, and change. But the clothes told a different story. Fashion was fun. People dressed up. The later seasons showed the hippie culture with its carefree clothes, relics that the likes of Free People and Urban Outfitters try to recreate. A lot of the topics Mad Men covered are just as relevant now as they were in the '60s; racial justice, women's rights, abortion. If the '60s are so similar to today, why haven't we dressed like it? Sure, we have ModCloth and thrifting, but what's lacking is a large-scale movement like the hippie generation that impacts clothing choices. However, one could argue that movement is digital. Millennials tend to dress, so I've noticed, like social media influencers. Sometimes, being fed what you find as you scroll through your feed prompts a trip to Urban Outfitters.

The hippies showed us how fashion can be a form of protest and defiance, and in this age of injustice, I'm all for it. The latest MET Gala theme, "Camp: Notes on Fashion," was a form of defiance in its own right. This summer, I want to dress in a way that gives a nod to the '60s. This outfit was square one. Call me Mad Woman. I searched my closet to put together this groovy getup. This crochet dress is one of my all-time favorites. Styled with a western belt, head scarf, ankle booties, bamboo top handle bag, and layered necklaces, this look is nothing but peace ☮️ and love ❤️ . Summer '19 is far out.


~Bitsy

Saturday, January 19, 2019

I've Got to Get This Job: How to Dress Professionally

"I really need this job. Please God, I need this job. I've got to get this job!" - "Opening: I Hope I Get It" from A Chorus Line.


For me, and I'm sure for many of you who are looking for jobs, internships, and externships, it's application season. I always find job applications incredibly nerve-wracking. From the cover letter, to the resume, to the writing sample, and (hopefully) the interview, the whole process makes me anxious. The part of the job search that brings me joy is dressing for the interview. I have always loved putting an outfit together, no matter the occasion. What's special about professional attire is the empowerment that clothes can make you feel. When I'm in a suit, it's like I'm on top of the world. I want to share my fashion wisdom and help you feel confident walking into the interview.


#1: Where to shop?


When it comes to professional attire, fit is key. If your outfit doesn't fit you impeccably, it will look messy. No matter where you're shopping, keep good tailoring in mind. My personal favorite places to shop for workwear are J.Crew (petite, tall, and plus sizes), Banana Republic (petite, tall, and up to size 20), Ann Taylor (petite, tall, and up to size 18), ASOS (petite, tall, and plus sizes), H&M (plus sizes), Topshop (petite and tall sizes), Zara, ModCloth (sizes XXS-4X), Nordstrom Rack, and T.J.Maxx. These stores have the best selections; a mix of classic and on-trend pieces. I like to shop at J.Crew, Banana Republic, and Ann Taylor when sales are going on. J.Crew Factory, the outlet version of the store, has more affordable options. I bought my favorite suit there.


#2: What to buy?

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Everyone has their own personal sense of style. Stay true to yours. However, I believe there are some staple pieces everyone should have in their wardrobe to help them dress for success: a black blazer, a suit, a white button-down shirt, a black button-down shirt, a striped button-down shirt, and a black cardigan or sweater. These are pieces you will be able to style in countless ways for a wide range of professional opportunities, to interview and beyond. I love both skirt suits and pant suits, but if you're not a skirt person, by all means, stay away. The same goes for a dress. If you don't wear dresses, don't buy one. It will be a waste of money you could have spent on clothes you love. Let your clothes reflect who you are. Don't try to fit into some mold of what you think a "professional" should look like.


#3: Heel or no heel?

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If you don't like heels, don't wear them. I am a heel fan, but a lot of times I find them uncomfortable. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, BREAK IN A NEW PAIR OF HEELS, OR ANY SHOES, FOR A JOB INTERVIEW!!! You will be in pain, and you don't want that. Interviews are painful enough without blisters.


#4: What to wear?


It depends on how formal the job in which you will potentially be working is. Some jobs are business casual, others require a suit. Before your interview, be sure to research what the environment is like to gauge what attire is work-appropriate. In my view, it's better to be overdressed than underdressed. As the saying goes, dress for the job you want. For my upcoming job search within the legal profession, I plan to wear a suit, with either a pencil skirt or pants, a crisp white button-down shirt, and heels. This is a classic look that makes me feel most powerful. Find your power outfit and wear it with pride.


Best of luck to all of you who are embarking on the job search! You're going to be stylish, smart, and a "singular sensation!"


~Bitsy

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Doorway Series #1



Sweater: Isabel Marant (sold out, similar here) | Skirt: Aritzia (sold out, similar here) | Coat: Topshop (sold out, similar here) | Shoes: Dr. Martens | Bag: Forever 21 | Hat: Free People (sold out, similar here)

When one door closes, another door opens. Since I've started law school, I haven't had the time to blog like I've wanted to. Bits of Style took a necessary backseat for my very first semester. Yes, Elle Woods. Law school is hard. Instead of going on photoshoots around the city, I was studying Civil Procedure.

This blog has been my creative outlet for six years; a space to express myself and my passions for writing, fashion, and photography. Now that (I think) I get the general gist of how law school works, I want to post more this semester. Lately, I've been inspired by '50s and '60s fashion (thanks, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and editorial styling. I want to share that inspiration with you.

When one door closes, another door opens. My latest photo series utilizes the doorways inside my apartment. I love the retro aesthetic and the way the doorframe frames the photographs. For this outfit, I drew inspiration from the editorial and retro styling I've been inspired by. The result is a bit British and a bit French.

Pairing red and green is my favorite way to color block. A sleek scarlet coat and an emerald '70s-influenced handbag with a bamboo handle (you'd never guess it is Forever 21) make the look vibrant. My mom gave me the handbag as a gift. She once had one just like it. Classic Doc Martens are my shoe of choice.

Here's to new doors opening in 2019.


~Bitsy