Thursday, March 11, 2010

New at Urban! Or, Fashion Week for the broke.

As amusing as it is to click through endless runway slideshows on Style.com, and as tantalizing as it is to live vicariously through personal style bloggers and their insane designer wardrobes, and as thrilling as it is to know that streams of fancy fashionistas have descended on Bryant Park Lincoln Center (I will never get over this) for Fashion Week...sometimes a girl needs a fix that's a bit closer to her own reality.

The Urban Outfitters spring catalog has arrived. Talk about catharsis. So much has been written on the subject of seasonal depression that I'm hesitant to add generic fuel to the fire, but having spent three months feeling chubby, pasty, and depressed, I'm thrilled to welcome airy sundresses - or at least trenches and open-toed shoes - back into my sartorial psyche.

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I saw these two dresses and instantly knew I had to have them. My back is my favorite part of my body, so rear cutouts, scoops and detailing have become a mainstay of my personal style (see here and here). I've been waiting to debut them once the weather gets a bit more cooperative/my body deflates from three months of hibernation, but just knowing that they're hanging in my closet makes life - wait for it - a little sunnier.

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Boyfriend khakis have catapulted to the top of my spring shopping list. I'll probably try my luck at Village Discount with somebody's real boyfriend's cast-offs first, but the slim cut and lack of baggy crotch on these has me sorely tempted.

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Stripes. They somehow manage to be classic and quirky all at once. It's the combination of a gamine print in a feminine cut that makes these two cardigans so appealing.

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High-waisted skirts are timelessly pretty and flattering for all body types. And for the tomboys among us:

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Flirty shorts present an alternative perfect for sprinting down the beach. Love the vintage-inspired clutch, too!

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This is what I imagine Carrie Bradshaw wears to bed.

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A camera case that isn't masculine, utilitarian, or both?! You could probably fit your lip gloss, license, and keys in there, too.

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Much like this season's clothes, this season's bags are slouchy and neutral. Soft leather, linen, and canvas reign supreme.

And every girl needs:

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A French terry pullover.

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A breezy white camisole.

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And a fabulous khaki trench to wear year after year.

Season's greetings!

3 comments:

Azriella said...

Love the first striped dress. I, too, am a huge fan of backless/semi-backless styles so I might have to make a pilgrimage straight to Urban to pick this up. I do have a spring-ish sort of question: rompers for grown women? A friend thinks they're great. I think they're the devil's onesies. Thoughts?

Emma Aubry said...

I love rompers/love that you call them the devil's onsesies. I wouldn't recommend them for everyone, but as with most things: if you've got the legs and the confidence, why not? I probs wouldn't do them for women over age 35, though. And I'm more of a fan of rompers worn casually. Although I own a formal romper...so I guess that makes me a hypocrite. Sorry 'bout it.

That striped dress is super flattering and has cute little brass button detailing down the front. DO. IT. Also, I just realized that Urban has a separate page of cut-out dresses for your and my shopping convenience. So good.

Azriella said...

Um, hello Kelesa Open Back Dress. Want!