Thursday, July 31, 2008

Who wears short shorts?

Just thought this NY Times article "Shorts Crack the Code" was appropriate given my recent posts on shorts. Don't forget to go through the slide show. My favorite picture is of Mr. Gross. I do so enjoy quirky dressing. Enjoy!

Pictures: Elizabeth Lippman for the NY Times

Hemry on Boylston Street


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A short story part 2

Vest and shirt - H&M
Shorts - LF Stores
Sandals - Steve Madden
Purse - Lord and Taylor

Shorts and tunic from Zara.

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A short story

Top picture - Columbus Circle, NYC
Bottom picture - Boylston Street, Boston

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Beatrice...Thompson Street, NYC

The skirt is from Club Monaco, a few seasons ago.
Shirt from Fruit of the Loom.
Belt from a street vendor.


Monday, July 28, 2008

Who and wear

Au secours! Besides my usual hunts here in town (Cambridge and Boston), every time I venture into suburbia I come away with no pics. Yesterday, I spent much of the afternoon in Malden, Wakefield, Reading and Melrose looking for chic people....There was no almost no one around. Do suburbanites spend Sundays at home playing catch with the kids? Why aren't they not on Main Street people watching and drinking a soda-pop?

Though I have a great week of pictures to share with you, I need help. Where should I go in the future? What town should I visit? Are you and your friends chic and groovy? Should I come to you or your town? Help!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Classic preppy vs. street

A friend raised the relevance of Tommy's ensemble. In my mind what is stylish or fashionable often depends on the confidence with which we wear an outfit. I really like how the classic look, as is portrayed here by a picture taken by the Sartorialist, can be translated to Tommy's 'street' look.

Source of picture of man in blue shorts:

Friday, July 25, 2008

Rebecca on Palmer Street, Cambridge

I hear you! I'll include clothing brands for the outfits featured on BBC whenever I can. The dress was purchased in Japan and the shoes in China.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Vogue Italia: uno special issue dedicato alla black beauty

The long awaited Vogue Black Issue is here! Italian Vogue editor, Franca Sozzani came up with the idea after talking with Naomi Campbell, as a way to offer “space to another type of beauty.” Apparently, the fashion industry has a preference for Eastern European models with “blonde hair and long legs.” You don’t say!

Despite this being a Black Issue, there is an obvious lack of black models in the ads though ad pages were up 30% for this issue. According to the NY Times, photographer Steven Meisel says "I have asked my advertising clients so many times, ‘Can we use a black girl?’ They say no. The concern is that consumers will resist the product. It a
ll comes down to money.” Pick up a copy of Vogue India, though the articles are all about India, the ads feature Anglo models. Funny enough, NY Newstands (and even out of Town News in Cambridge) ran out of copies. This issue has been dubbed the "most wanted issue ever!"

My Italian isn't great, so I understand only a small percentage of the articles. There's an article on the new Spike Lee film, Miracle at St. Anna, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped behind enemy lines in WWII after one of the soldiers risks his life to save an Italian boy. There’s a retrospective on Yves St. Laurent. There’s a spotlight young black models (see picture of Hollis). If that’s not enough, there are photos galore! Meisel’s spread, Modern Luxe, features Liya Kebede, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn, Naomi Campbell, Iman, Alek Wek, Pat Cleveland, Chanel Iman, Veronica Webb, Tyra Banks, and Karen Alexander. Ms Tocara from ANTM even gets a spread. Be sure to visit NY Times and if you’re interested in seeing more pictures.

It's an expensive issue at 20 buckaroos, but it does come with a directory of Fall and Winter 2008 looks from Milano, Parigi, New York, Londra. The best looks from Alberta Ferreti to St. Laurent are spotlighted. As far as I know, The Vogue Black Issue can be bought at Trident on Newbury Street and at Out of Town News in Harvard Square.

Running out for a sandwich...Cambridge Street, Cambridge

This look reminds me of what one would wear on seaside vacation. A bit preppy; a bit European.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Melissa...Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge


Monday, July 21, 2008

A look from below...Cambridge


Friday, July 18, 2008

The Lady Doctors...Gloucester Street, Boston

Erin (on the left) and Shadi are doing their residency in endodontics (root canal treatment) at BU. They're coming back from putting in a long day of work. Apparently Shadi has just thrown this outfit together. I have it in mind to get a similar scarf.


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Splash of red...Newbury Street, Boston


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Marc on Newbury, Boston

Beautiful skin!


Tommy on Savin Hill Ave...Dorchester

Each time I go to McKenna’s on Savin Hill Ave, I’m surprised by how the customers offer the perfect snapshot of style as it is relevant to the residents of Dot.

Simplicity works every time. Tommy caught my eye as I was while waiting in line at McKenna’s. Couldn’t choose which picture to post, so here are two.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Olga from the Ukraine on Dartmouth, Boston


Monday, July 14, 2008

Blue and red...Savin Hill Ave, Dorchester

I took this picture on yesterday. It's just a coincidence that Claudia is wearing bleu, blanc, et rouge. Heading over to a Bastille Day celebration at the Beehive on Tremont Street in Boston today. Hope to see you there!


The pit...Harvard Square, Cambridge


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Vidhi on Holyoke Street, Cambridge


Friday, July 11, 2008

Attire for biking around town...Dalton St., Boston


Jessica on Newbury Street, Boston

Jessica works at Second Time Around on Newbury Street.


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Löw down

Germany didn’t win the European World Cup, but their coach, Joachim Löw stood out not only for bringing his team to the finals but also for his fashionable white shirts. I admit, I was rooting for Spain.

I’m not the only one who noticed coach Löw’s fashionable ways. There I was in the North End watching the Germany/Portugal game eating fresh Pizzeria Regina pizza drinking some wine and these guys are totally enraptured when I start talking about the darts in Löw’s shirts. Were his shirts specifically tailored for him? We’re they Gucci, Versace? It didn’t seem likely that a German coach would wear Italian designers, but my male friends had no answers. They simply liked the coach’s shirts.

My research didn’t bring me any closer to the truth. That is until I talked with a German friend over a fabulous BBQ hosted by my debonair friend, Alex. My German friend Isa explained that when she was home in Germany, her boyfriend dragged her to all of Strenesse’s stores in search of Löw shirts. You see, Strenesse outfits the national German football team. Just like the Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Shirts went on back order, once they were mentioned on Oprah, the Strenesse coach shirts have been sold out. This is to say that Isa’s boyfriend and probably quite a few Germans are still waiting to get their own Strenesse shirt.

Some men look like waiters in a simple black pants and white shirts. Some waiters look stylish and sexy in a simple white shirt. Simply, it all comes down to style. Löw’s got plenty of it.

Picture 1 and 3: Google image
picture 2: Guardian UK

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Kaleil.....Newbury Street, Boston


Monday, July 7, 2008

Christina....Central Street, Wellesley

Christina works at LF store in Wellesley.


Saturday, July 5, 2008

Looking good, broken foot and all...Brookline Ave, Boston

Friday, July 4, 2008

Hillary at the farmer's market...Cambridge

Hillary goes to high school at BB&N.


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ashley at the farmer's market...Cambridge


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Fellow blogger, part 2: Congress Street, Boston

I've been following dreamecho's blog, for a few months now. Fellow blogger and dear friend Shelly, of Togs and Trappings, told me of her blog. I've been wanting dreamecho to style me ever since I started visiting her site. With each post, her outfits get more and more creative. How many ways can you wear a parka, a skirt or a cardigan? You'd be surprised.

Since she appears so cool on her blog, I thought: Self, why not meet up with dreamecho to pick her brain and even take her picture. Thankfully, she was game. We thus met in Government Center where I babbled like an ijit upon meeting her.

We're making plans to treat the Beantown fashion scene to a makeover...**in Dr. Evil Laugh: mwah ha ha, mwah ha ha, mwah ha ha, mwah ha...sigh....**


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Fellow blogger, part 1: Union Square Park, Boston

Bound for Parson's in the fall, Shelly is the blogger of Togs and Trappings