You know how l love clothes with a story. This entry of Style Sessions is more like a saga, so bear with me a minute.
A few months ago, I happened to watch The Mentalist, and fell in love with both Simon Baker and the costume designer's use of three-piece suits sans tie. Hottt.
(Excuse me while I fan myself off for just a minute.)
I loved the look so much in fact that I wanted to find a slim-fitting, three-piece suit for the Flyer's fall fashion issue. Unfortunately, I was a little pressed for time this year and never came out up with anything.
At some point later on, I ran into the very charming Brett Magdovitz of Get Down and we started chatting, like you do, and though he is a connoisseur of the jumpsuit, he mentioned he owned several three-piece suits.
And then he said he would wear one to the Best of Memphis party. And I said that if he did, I would make Justin take a picture.
(To be completely accurate, Magdovitz didn't actually wear this to the party. He wore a Cuban shirt and some sort of pants, but I *might* have made him go home and change and come back. Maybe.)
"I'm bringing back three-piece suits and jumpsuits," he says of the two retro styles.
This was actually the first time Magdovitz had worn this suit (he accessorized it with an "Earl" belt-buckle, but you can't see it in the picture). And he would never have found it if he hadn't done a good deed.
He was driving near Highland and South Cooper one day when a hitchhiker waved at him to stop. He said he would give the guy a ride and the guy told him that he was needed to go to his best friend's estate sale. Apparently both the hitchhiker's best friend's mother and father had recently passed, and "there was all this unbelievable stuff."
Brett ended up getting a pair of boots, a hat box, and two other suits (This actually could be two other jumpsuits. My notes are unclear. What can I say? It was late in the party).
Gia Barsocchini was visiting from L.A. when we saw her at the BoM party.
She is wearing a dress from her friend's line, Bread & Butterflies, with cute Stella McCartney booties.
"It's the cutest little flirty summer dress," she says. "And it's very versatile."
The belt, though cute, is completely functional.
"The dress is a little too big on me," she says. "If I don't add a belt, it kind of hangs."
Well, dear readers, I'm on the beach this week, drinking mojitos and trying to refresh my naturally Mediterranean skin tone for another year. But I couldn't leave you without your weekly dose of local style.
"This is an outfit I've had for some time," says Joyce Douglas.
The summer sweater — light, half-sleeve, with an interesting weave — is from Arden B., but she doesn't remember where she got her cute denim capris. She says she likes to mix older pieces with new ones.
She also mentions the fine line that people sometimes walk in the summertime.
"I wanted something cool because of the heat," she says, "but it's not too revealing."
It works. She looks very put-together and polished, and you can't even tell it wasn't a degree under 90 that day.
Speaking of cute capris, here is a pair that Nicole Childers made herself.
"These pants got too short, so I cut them off," she says.
Childers accessorized her camo capris with a lime belt she got at a thrift store for $1.99, a cute Marvel tee, and a newsboy cap (she always wears either a hat or a headband).
"I just like fun outfits," she says. "I don't like to be seen in things other people have on."
I have a confession: I love a guy who knows how to wear pink. I had this boyfriend once and his coloring was such that he looked so cute in pink, but he just wasn't having it. Too girly, I think was what he said.
But I don't think it's girly at all. (I heard a rumor once that a long time ago, boy babies were dressed in pink and girl babies were dressed in blue, but then it somehow got switched. I suppose I could chase this piece of information down on Wikipedia or something, but did I mention I'm on the beach? Drinking a pina colada at this very moment? Watching the young Mexican girls wear their amazingly large hoop earrings into the ocean? That is style. If Justin were here, I'd ask him to take a picture.)
DeAngelo Crawford also doesn't think pink is girly.
"I wanted to wear pink today," he said when we caught up to him in Overton Park. "Pink is my favorite color."
The polo is Hollister, and the jeans are American Eagle. The wallet chain is Crawford's own creation, a mixture of a few other chains he got from his brother and a friend.
Ronni Covington is wearing what she describes as an "cool summer dress" with an "old school feel."
Though she recently got it at Macy's, she likes that it has a bit of a vintage shape.
"My style is really vintage with a bit of a jazzy feel," she says. "I'm kind of a curvy girl, so I like to wear clothes that are fitted, and a-line dresses and skirts with a lot of flare."
This dress has a great neckline, and the belt draws the eye down. And, really, it takes a special brand of adventurer to wear that much white. Especially to an outdoor event. I'm in awe.
Melissa Jouskey told me that she's had this cute brown print sundress for years.
"I found some stuff in a box," she said.
When I asked her about her necklace, she said she's had that for years, too, but that people always comment on it. (It's true; I did!)
"I just keep refinding my stuff," Jouskey said.
Not a bad philosophy. I'm tempted to put some of my stuff in a box, just so I can find it again. Of course, chances are I'd put it in a box, forget about it, and give it to Goodwill by accident.
I'd also like to point out her very cute accessory, 5-year-old Killian. (Yes, people, I know animals are not accessories. But she is cute.)
I am of the opinion that not every girl can pull off a pair of high-waisted trousers.
But there is no doubt in my mind that Brittney Boyd definitely can.
"I'm going to church after this, so I wanted to be kind of snazzy, but kind of casual," she said of her Charlotte Russe trousers and Old Navy tank.
To dress it up, she added maroon pumps from Shoe Carnival and a matching necklace from Wet Seal. I think the red accents pull it all together nicely without making it feel fussy.
Let me tell you: When Justin and I hit the Music Commission show Sunday at the Levitt Shell, we saw a lot of orange clothing in the crowd. We saw apricot, peach, something that can only be described as traffic-hazard orange, and this lovely tangerine. (Yes, I know this sounds more like a fruit salad than a day at the Shell, but what are you going to do?)
Keshia Williams told us she got both her summer dress and her purse at a thrift store.
"That's about all I shop," she said. "I can get more clothes — and better quality clothes — for my money."
Sometimes, an article of clothing just takes hold of you. It's like love at first sight.
That's what happened to Karen Brown with this patterned maxi dress.
"I wanted this dress," she says.
She's not kidding. She first saw it in a Macy's in Atlanta, only they didn't have it in her size. The salesperson called several other stores and found one in stock in Cleveland, which was then shipped to Tennessee.
We love love-stories that go like this: girl meets dress, salesperson is super helpful, girl gets dress, and everyone lives happily ever after. The end.
Eye-Con on Union Avenue is celebrating its fourth birthday with a three-day sale, starting tomorrow, June 25th.
It pays to shop early: the store is offering 25 percent off of everything in-store Thursday, with extended hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday everything is 15 percent off, and Saturday everything is 10 percent off. If you bring a friend — and, really, who likes to shop alone? — you both get an additional 5 percent off.