I mentioned this before when I heard it as a whisper, but I got confirmation recently that Charlotte Memphis is moving to Main Street.
The store is currently under construction at 526 S. Main, and they hope to be open at the end of this month. (Maybe they'll be ready to go by trolley night?)
In addition to vests, which we've mentioned, Matt loves the following things for spring: baggy sweaters and t-shirts, loud sneakers, anything seersucker, vintage Lilly Pulitzer, and bold patterns and colors.
With this Ralph Lauren oversized sweater, Matt paired a white polo, a red canvas/brown leather belt from the Gap, driving loafers from Cole Haan, and these bold tribal shorts that he got from a vintage store in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin.
"I like bold patterns and a lot of colors; it's important to stand out," he says. "My tribal shorts are probably one of my favorite things.
"I always wear this blue sweater — it's really comfortable and versatile. It's good to balance the plain white top with patterned bottom," Matt says.
Speaking of vests ...
Matt says his inspiration for this casual outfit is Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris.
I can see it. With the vest from a Summer Avenue thrift store, the ripped Levi's jean shorts, and the cotton tee from Urban Outfitters, it's like preppy surfer.
"I don't think fashion should be taken all too seriously," Zack, er, Matt says. "It's supposed to be fun and make you feel good about yourself. If you don't like what you're wearing, choose something else. No one has the right to tell you what's acceptable to wear."
See? He even got the feel-good, after-school-special moral of the story in there.
This is one of Matt's going-out outfits.
And I know that b/c I saw him out on South Main one evening in this very same outfit.
His sister gave him this vintage beaded Indian vest (I remember it having the most amazing back to it).
"I can't really get enough vests right now," he says. "I know it's kind of an impractical article of clothing, but I think they're fun and can add a lot of excitement to an outfit."
He paired this particular vest with a linen shirt from J. Crew, dark-wash William Rast jeans, and dark brown cowboy boots.
"I love wearing cowboy boots because they are loud (literally, the noise) and make me taller," he says.
Everything is 30 percent off right now, even already marked-down clearance items, and owner Tad Feazell says the store will close at the end of June.
"It's just time to move on," Feazell says, citing the economy and the amount of time the store takes.
When my Rhodes College interns started at the beginning of the year, I asked them both if they knew of anyone on campus who would be good for the Fashion Week feature.
Both of them — without knowing what the other had said — recommended Sarah Knowles and Matt Tamason.
Matt has a very interesting fashion aesthetic — you'll see as the week goes on, very eclectic and fun — but we're going to dive in slowly with what he describes as a more conventional outfit.
This is something he would wear to class or to an internship: a basic blue J. Crew sweater, a gingham dress shirt from Ralph Lauren, and gray cords from Argentina with a yellow Zara belt he got in Spain and sneakers he got from Sneak Peek on Main.
I would say something about this combo, but I think Matt says it best:
"While blue and gray create a flat and cool surface, the yellow and red turn the temperature up a bit with warm colors, breaking up the plainness," he says. "The black shirt ties in with the black splattering on the sneakers."
Amid all the Shop & Swap craziness — taking vouchers, hanging up clothes, trying things on, giving away a bicycle — Justin and I actually took a few style pictures, too.
You know, like we used to do in the old days. Or before it got cold.
At any rate, meet interior designer Ashliey Garner. She wore an Isaac Mizrahi floral skirt paired with a wrap shirt from Ann Taylor Loft, and shoes from Target to the event.
The skirt is one she says works for a variety of occasions, given its breezy feel and the inclusion of a few well-placed sequins.
She puts her outfits together the same way she does interiors.
"I envision a room and it comes together," she says.
(Also, if you look behind Ashliey's right shoulder, you can see another woman leaving the Swap & Shop with her haul.)
The key to a great jean jacket is to never, ever wear it with jeans.
I say that first mostly for my own benefit. I always try to pair them with jeans and then it's either too matchy-matchy or awful, and I think -- as I'm throwing the jacket back into the closet -- how do people wear jeans with jean jackets? And then, at some point, I will inevitably remember, they don't.
LaTasha Cornett obviously has this rule well under control, however.
This is what I would call a classic minimalist outfit: a cute Limited jean jacket combined with a white tee-shirt, black pants, and then — to add a zing of visual interest — a pair of pointy-toed red heels.
"I tend to have a lack of color in my wardrobe," LaTasha says. "I tend to stick to grays and blacks. ... I don't tend to do trendy items."
But the poppy shoes (it's been a while since we've seen shoes that pop!) make the outfit.
Holly Beuke works in development at the University of Memphis. So it's no surprise that she combined this cute, tan suit from Ann Taylor with a blue blouse.
She says her style veers toward classic lines with a bit of flair. Because of her job, however, she has a lot of Tiger blue in her closet.
"Alumni notice when you wear blue," she says. "They also notice when you wear orange, but I don't wear orange."
Whew! After the Swap & Shop on the 22nd, I had to take a week off. (What can I say? Lazy, prolly.)
But I think it was a great success. I know I left with a few new things ... including a dress I've already worn several times and a pair of jeans ... and from the blur around me, I could see women bringing stuff and leaving with stuff and trying stuff on and squealing in glee.
We divided the clothes into four groups: small, medium, large, and "as seen on facebook" for the clothes we had featured on our Facebook page.
I have to say, I got a little tense when the first Swap & Shoppers showed up at 4:45 and the event wasn't technically supposed to begin until 5:30, but it all ended well. It gave us a chance to hone our clothes-hanging skills before the first wave of women hit us right at 5:30.
Oh, but I haven't answered the most important question yet, the one I've been getting ever since then: Will we do it again?
The answer is: YES.
We're already planning to do another Swap & Shop in the fall. There are a couple of things we'll do differently next time — more dressing rooms, two check-in tables, more racks — but the basic premise will remain the same.
And I have to thank the Peddler, Berryman Cleaners, and the Inn at Hunt Phelan again for helping us out with this endeavor. We made about $50 for Dress for Success Memphis, but we also gave them about three racks of clothes for their rummage sale in October.
And congratulations to Anne Plumlee for winning the bike from the Peddler and to Alycia Carter for winning the gift certificate to Tsunami!
Thanks to everyone who came out!