I started this blog with the idea of showing clothes that are grounded in reality. So many high-style fashion blogs seem to represent lifestyle fantasies (or perhaps just a clean break with reality) rather than actual clothes and outfits that a professional could wear to work or to socialize. The best example of this phenomenon is >drumroll< shorts with heels.
But even I like to day-dream every once in a while.
I bought a beautiful faux fur neck-warmer for a friend last Christmas and thought about it all year. So soft, so beautiful. So I decided to buy one for myself this year. Yes, why not me?
Helen Moore makes faux fur accessories in a number of natural-looking shades (i.e., look like animals) as well as some unnatural dyes (red, lavender) so there were many choices to pick from.
After much thought, I settled on a non-brown with some variability in it — it’s sort of brown, sort of grey — imagining that it would look equally pretty with a black sweater or a cream colored one. As I look at this photo, I realize that it might be very effective* with grey or tan, too.
And then I decided that I could come up with a much more glamorous ensemble than a SWeATer.
The only problem with this outfit is — no, it’s not the gigantic faux fur collar — is that it doesn’t seem designed for one temperature. I don’t think the heavily insulated neck and bare arms are going to the same place. Or, if they are, I don’t think both of them will be comfortable there. Hmmm.
The Photographer also worries that if I wear this faux fur collar out and about I will be censured for it. One solution is that I could wear a button that says It’s Totally Faux, but the button would sort of spoil the look. Another paradox.
Perhaps this is a good illustration of too clever by half. It’s a beautiful combination and we are going nowhere together.
I wasn’t sure about shoes for the fantasy ensemble. Black seemed too dark, and I don’t have grey or brown shoes. A ballerina flat would be too flat. I think burgundy/cranberry is the right call, although a low-block heel might be preferable. Think QEII.
Thank you for your indulgence. We will back to business on Monday.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim, previously seen here; Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs, previously discussed here; Faux Fur Collar: Helen Moore
* “Very effective” is my mother’s pronouncement about combinations that are beautiful in an unexpected or dramatic way.