Lookbook: Sages, the spring/summer 2016 collection from Tracy Jonsson Design

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Had a blast photographing the spring/summer ’16 lookbook for Tracy Jonsson Design with this troupe of inspiring women.¬†You can read more about the designer and the collection¬†on Puddingstone Post, where my interview with her¬†was published this week.

Justin in Indochino

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I thought these portraits of Justin, snapped in the graveyard of Trinity Church in Newport last spring, would be fitting on Halloween. ¬†He was giving his brand new suit a test run that day and certainly looked dapper! ¬†Here’s what Justin (a.k.a. Sartorialist Extraordinaire sent to earth from a time long past with a fountain of knowledge of all things vestments) had to say about it:

“The suit came from Indochino,¬†a custom suiting company that makes made-to-measure suits, which fall somewhere between off the rack clothing and truly tailored, “bespoke” clothing.¬† Made to measure suits are generally more expensive than off the rack, but offer a better fit and more opportunity for customization. ¬†Suits, particularly jackets, are a highly tailored garment (I like to think of them as edging into the territory of sculpture), and an off the rack garment just can’t fit the shape and contours of the wearer properly.¬† Many are deliberately cut to accommodate as wide a range of body sizes as possible which creates a one size fits none jacket.¬† Made to measure suits are just that, a suit made to the wearer’s measurements. ¬†Indochino offers measuring directions on their website, or you can have your measurements taken at one of their pop-up “Traveling Tailor” shops.¬† At the shops, not only will a tailor take your measurements, but you’ll be fitted with jackets and trousers in their standard sizes and adjustments notated along with your measurements.¬† These standard jackets and trousers are the best fit you could hope for off the rack, and the difference in the adjusted garment is noticeable. ¬†The whole experience also gives you an hour to interact with an actual person, ask questions, and learn a few things about yourself.¬† Years ago, when I was measured for a bespoke suit in New York, I discovered that not only is one of my arms slightly longer than the other, but that I stand perpetually with one shoulder raised a little more than the other.¬† Everyone has these imperfections, and it’s the tailor’s job to compensate for these with a little extra length here, or a little padding there. ¬†An 18th century tailor’s advice book instructs the tailor to observe his client as soon as he walks into the shop and to take note of the way he walks and stands, since we’re all libel to correct our posture when being measured and scrutinized.¬† If those flaws are hidden in the measuring, they’ll be brutally exposed in the wearing.¬† The attention spent preparing to make the suit brings the customer into the creative process, and reinforces the finished product as an investment (pun intended) with real value.
My three piece suit is a brown lightweight worsted wool with a blend of conservative and fashion forward elements.¬† Certain elements like the notch lapels and single back vent are very traditional, while the trimmer cut and seven button vest are a little more modern/harken back to earlier periods in men’s fashion. Indochino made the shirt as well.¬† I have trouble finding shirts that aren’t too short in the sleeve and too wide in the body.¬† This one fits like a glove.”

The Taming of the Crop Top

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My badass teenage cousin Ivy has been rocking crop tops and jorts a lot. ¬†It’s like a happy burst of 1983 every time she comes up on my news feed. ¬†Since I am nowhere near that cool, but want to be, I paired a stripey, boatneck tee from¬†ASOS¬†with a vintage linen skirt and espadrilles. ¬†Because the skirt is of the pre stretch-fabric era and therefore a bit roomy (and looked so dowdy with everything else I tried to wear it with that I couldn’t figure out why I paid 10 bucks for it), it tames the top, and only bares about an inch of midriff. ¬†Balance achieved! ¬†Now the question is, how many crop tops can one have in one’s closet before a line must be drawn? ¬†I bought a bunch to try from ASOS with every intention of returning them…

Get Dressed / The Jacket | Hope State Style | Photography by Caroline Goddard

Get Dressed / The Jacket

Most days, I am proud to be a broad-shouldered lass.  They make me feel elegant and strong, no artificial padding required.  But add a blazer or fitted jacket to the mix and simple tasks such as hugging a friend without busting a seam, or maintaining adequate blood flow to the arms while driving, are thwarted.  Well, NO LONGER.  I found a work-appropriate jacket that fits me like a glove and is made of super-soft, gloriously stretchy sweatshirt material.  SWEATSHIRT MATERIAL!  In salt-and-pepper tweed!

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It will get ample use while the mornings and evenings on the water remain so brisk, and passes my napability test (that is, if I can’t nap in it I probably won’t want to wear it) with flying colors. ¬†It was a one-off find at a Barney’s outlet, but here are some similar styles:

J.crew bouclé jacket in indigo colorblock or black and ivory colorblock, LOFT cotton terry asymmetrical zip jacket, Drew lurex bouclé jacket, Helmut Lang motor terry jacket, Pencey Standard warrior blazer

In this story: Jacket, Barney’s New York. ¬†Skirt, Madewell. Ring, Jet Black Paros.

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Get Dressed (Reality Bites Edition)

Finding that the phrase “hello, you’ve reached the winter of our discontent” strikes a chord with you when Monday rolls around? I’m working through it by attempting Winona Rider’s femininely-grungy approach to life √† la Reality Bites. ¬†The look: round shades, red lips, chopped locks and a muscle tee. ¬†Unbelievably chunky leather sandals may be added for a particularly 1994 finish. ¬†(Korres Mango Butter Lipstick shown in Natural Rose 25)

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