Don’t Make Me Pull a Katherine Hepburn

 

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I want to look like Audrey Hepburn, but I want to behave like Katherine Hepburn. Why?

I don’t understand women who don’t like to wear pants. I’m the kind of woman who completely empathizes with Katherine’s legendary pantless protests.

As the story goes, when Katherine was working at RKO, the rule was that women had to wear dresses. Katherine merrily disregarded that idiocy and sported pants anyway, presumably because she was KATHERINE FREAKING HEPBURN.

The execs were so furious they had all of her pants removed from her trailer while she was filming. Dauntless, Katherine sauntered around set in her skivvies until her beloved slacks were returned.

Can you blame her? Have you seen that woman in a pair of wide-leg trousers?!

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A good pair of pants not only makes your tush look good, but also generously plays a myriad of roles in your closet. Pair it with a jacket to make an office-worthy suit, and with a silky camisole for dinner after work.

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By the way, we haven’t stolen Corsten’s pants, but he frequently pulls a Hepburn and walks around without them anyway.

You know they say you have to pick your battles? Well, I have a lot more important stuff to worry about than 50s movie execs, apparently; this is not one of mine.

Unpacked:

Black trousers, The Limited.

White tee, Mossimo via Target.

Ivory and black tuxedo jacket,

Black leather belt, Everlane.

Burgundy suede pumps, Nine West.

Dark floral silk scarf, Yuki Torii.

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Make the Scene at Polk Museum’s Art + Music, Rockabilly Style

It’s about time for a little rock n’ roll around here, which is why I’m really excited about the Polk Museum of Art’s next Art + Music event. To celebrate their exhibit “Rebels With a Cause,” PMoA is hosting a rockabilly-themed party on April 15th (get tickets here). Never wanting to miss out on celebrating renegades of any sort (but especially those of the creative variety), I have already marked my calendar to attend. If you live in the Tampa Bay area, I hope you’ll join me!

One of my favorite aspects of themed parties is getting into the spirit of the theme with my outfit, and rockabilly style is especially fun to try your hand at. A smash-up of rock n’ roll and “hillbilly” style, rockabilly clothing was the official attire of 1950s rebels. It combines several elements of classic Americana with the rock edge of skulls and tattoos, and is loaded with optimism and rowdiness.

Ladies, the easiest way to go Rockabilly is with a dress. My all-time favorite modern Rockabilly dresses are made by L.A.-based Stop Staring. Their style is impeccable, and I adore that most of their dresses are available in a wide range of sizes—from XS to 3XL. It was absolutely painful to select only five from their phenomenal collection, but I chose these because you can take them full Rockabilly and then style them more sweetly throughout the upcoming summer months.

Fitted Strawberry Dress, $139.

Fitted Strawberry Dress

 

 

Jennifer Blue Cherry, $179.

Jennifer Blue Cherry

 

Arebela (available in turquoise or red), $175.

Arebela red

 

Vega Dress, $175.

Vega black

 

Marisol, $185.

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Bonus: Stop Staring offers 10% off your first order when you sign up for their mailing list!

A little short on bread?

You can pull together a cherry rockabilly look in minutes from items you probably already have in your closet.

This simple look photographed by CJ Bartis encapsulates classic rockabilly style. Throw on a plaid shirt, dark-rinse jeans with wide cuffs, peep-toe shoes, and a bandana, and voila–you’re ready to rock around the clock.

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Don’t forget these essential elements of rockabilly style!

  • A flower behind your ear
  • Bangs or pin curls
  • Serious makeup (I’m talking about breaking out the liquid liner AND a bright lip)
  • Pigtails
  • Classic-themed tattoo or a half sleeve
  • Polka dots
  • Black and White Stripes
  • Mary Janes or peep-toe heels

 

Cool Cats

Guys, I haven’t forgotten you. To cook classic rockabilly threads, keep it simple! Start with a pair of dark-rinse jeans with a wide cuff, a black belt with metal studs or a skull buckle, a vintage western shirt (the one pictured is from Fifi’s Alternative on Etsy) or a classic white tee, and of course, tattoos. Throw on a pair of wingtips or creepers, slick back your hair in a high pompadour, and you’ve got it made in the shade.

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Now that you’ve got your look down, you’re ready to dance the night away with me at Rebels With a Cause!

 

Change 1 Thing–Jack[et] Up

My last Change One Thing post focused on how simply changing your shoes can bring a different vibe to an outfit. I hope it inspired you to try on some unusual combos and stretch out of your style comfort zone a little.

Today we’re going to look at how a quick jacket swap can instantaneously change your look.

Linda Allard, the Director of Design for Ellen Tracy in the 1960s, said, “The jacket is the mainstay of a woman’s wardrobe.” With nearly 20 jackets to my name, who am I to disagree?

A jacket can change the line and flavor of an ensemble. Next time your outfit feels a little rote, switch up the jacket to breathe some new life into it.

Corsten reaching out to Mom

This canvas navy jacket serves as a non-competing topper to a floral and leopard mix.

 

Mom walking with Corsten on grass

Its cinched waist and stand-up collar provide a flattering but utilitarian extra layer perfect for weekend activities.

 

Mom carries Corsten

But exchange it for an army-inspired wrapper instead, and now you’ve got a great foil for the girliness of the other patterns. The internal drawstring waist on this one gives it a shapelier silhouette.

Corsten and Mom Army Jacket

Bonus: Lots of pockets for pacifiers, puffs, lip gloss and phone.

Mom and Corsten walking right

We’re constantly on the move.

Mom and Corsten out of focus

Unpacked:

Floral shorts, J. Crew.

Cotton tank, Everlane.

Navy Jacket, Ann Taylor.

Army Jacket, J. Crew.

Leopard flats, Cynthia Vincent via TJ Maxx.

Lilliputian skull necklace, Banana Republic.

Fingerprint charm bracelet, gift.

Shades, Ann Taylor Loft.