Dress Like An 'It' Girl


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brrr, it’s cold in here.

OK. We are not fans of ‘it’ lingo. It (1. pronoun: used to refer to a thing previously mentioned or easily identified) doesn’t really mean anything (ohh, it is a thing), especially when ‘it’ bags and ‘it’ girls come and go faster than your luggage on the airport conveyor belt. Nevertheless, we have some tips. Hey, 15 minutes is like a lifetime in the Twittersphere. We aren’t going to shame you for getting yours.

There is no shame in recycling a pair of pants or a wrist full of bracelets.

LAYER: With the exception of summer, layering is in-it-season year round. Take it from Man Repeller principal Leandra Medine who insists that you should take five of your favorite pieces and wear them together. She promises fashion success. One of the newest trends seems to be wearing a denim jacket under your top coat. Eh, we’ll entertain this for a minute.

PRINTED PANTS: During the most recent New York Fashion Week, Aimee Song from Song of Style rocked a pair of Karen Miller floral pants like nobody’s business. We also happen to love that she’s not afraid to wear the same thing twice (or three times) and that Karen Miller is more than affordable. Speaking of.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO WEAR THE SAME ITEM TWICE. It will make you three times the fashion lady. There is no shame in recycling a pair of pants or a wrist full of bracelets. Pretending you’re made of bookoo bucks, is not the way to get at ‘it’ at all.

BRING BACK A TREND: Short overalls made a bit of a comeback with the return of the romper, but the longer styles are heading back with a vengeance. If you take a peek back through the issues of ELLE, not much actually changes. Sure designers come out with some brilliant duds, but trends get recycled, styles repeated.

LEAVE THE FLOWERS TO YOUR PANTS: As in, don’t be a Wallflower. You know the old variation: [insert occupation here] is 10% hard work and 90% confidence. Well, fashion is a bit of the same bauble. You may not ever be in the market for a 3k purse (read Jenny Bahn’s thoughts on that here), but don’t get it twisted. You don’t need a trust fund or the most expensive or grandiose of purchases to rock an outfit. Never confuse confidence with snobbery, and never get caught with your back up against the fashion wall. A strut is a strut is a struuuut.

DON’T HOARD. Take it from one of our Clever Girls of the Moment, Sari. A from Bib +Tuck. She says she has no respect for anyone who hoards, and we couldn’t agree more. There is nothing ‘it’ about hoarding.– Arianna Schioldager


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