I told the photographer that I had a new idea for a series of posts: My Outfit Is Cooler Than I Am.
He said, I don’t get it. What’s that supposed to mean?
Perhaps you, dear readers, will show me more understanding. Have you ever put something on and thought that it was, perhaps, a little too cool for yourself . . . or your life?
Behold an asymmetrical, wrapped, knit Isabel Marant miniskirt, styled by The Directrice.
Isabel Marant is commonly described as the epitome of Parisian chic, Gallic style, and effortless cool. Other adjectives that are frequently attached to the name are bohemian, hip, edgy, understated, and (this one makes me laugh) nomadic-inspired. Warning: Isabel Marant garments are generally cut for a very thin, tall frame . . . unless they are flowing in the bohemian style, in which case they are comically oversized. They almost never fit me. But who does not long for effortless cool?
Maybe you’re staring at the screen, saying to yourself, That’s not cool, Directice. You look like a librarian who’s taken a second job waiting tables.
What if I put on sunglasses and a bit of attitude?
Allow me to share my inspiration, so that even if you do not like the end product you can appreciate the process.
It started with the Isabel Marant Lyneth Wrap-front Knit Miniskirt, which is clearly not appropriate (as shown right) for an office, for winter, or for my legs.
I liked the apron/skirt trousers, but was hesitant to spend a lot for what are, essentially, novelty pants. Separates seemed more practical to me. That way, if the skirt didn’t look right over worky trousers, I could wear it with yoga pants on the weekend like my astronaut skirt.
I’ve long been a fan of dress-over-pants.See, e.g., Warm as Toast and Auntie Mame. Skirt-over-pants, however, is a different, bulkier proposition. Skirt-over-pants implicates a minimum of three layers (pants, blouse, skirt), and quite possibly four (pants, blouse, skirt, sweater). But this little skirt won me over. It is bulky. Who cares? Not every day can be a svelte day.
I have, however, tried to control the bulk by wearing a fitted poplin shirt. Incidentally, I think this white blouse would also look good with a black camisole underneath it.
Come closer to see the skirt.
Simple jewelry and a classic watch complete the look.
After much consideration, I posit: The skirt cannot be cooler than I am because I am wearing it. We are indistinguishable, and thus really cool together.
Blouse: Talbots Perfect Wrinkle-Resistant Long Sleeve Shirt; Skirt: Isabel Marant Lyneth Wrap-front Knit Miniskirt; Pants: JCrew Campbell cropped trouser; Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs Wooster Kiltie Loafer; Watch: Michele Serein 16; Bracelets: David Yurman; Sunglasses: Illesteva Marco in Blond/Light Tortoise