Chic is where you find it. – Bonnie Cashin
Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury. – Coco Chanel
In recent years, two of my lifelong fashion staples have become increasingly popular: ballet flats and striped tees.
Some people get annoyed when their signature pieces become trendy. I actually think it just makes for more fun stuff to buy. (Silver linings, right?) So, from top to toes, the things I love to wear can be found just about anywhere these days – from Target to Barneys. (I find J. Crew satisfies both addictions very nicely.)
When I was a little girl, long before Repetto came stateside, I’d go to Capezio and get one pair of ballet shoes for ballet class, and another that went to the shoe repair and had rubber soles put on the bottoms to wear outside. I think the only thing that would have made me happier was if I could have worn my tap shoes outside, too.
As for the stripes, well, I suppose it must be genetic as my mother loves them, too. One of my favorite photos of her is on my parents’ wedding day as she’s having her makeup done. It’s actually a series of shots, in black and white lit by LA sunshine breaking through the curtains. There’s nothing posed, and she seems unaware of the camera for the most part. And along with her Dorothy Hamill hair cut, she’s wearing a navy and white striped bateau neck top. (Ironically, so is the makeup artist with her supercool Mary Quant makeup caddy.)
I’ve worn a lot of stripes in my time. Tops, tights, skirts – my favorite probably being a navy and white striped Christian Dior sweater dress I had when I was eight.
So, when Jules first mentioned that decor8 was doing a round-up of bloggers in their stripes for Pinterest, I decided to join in. I mean, I was wearing stripes then. I am wearing them as I type this. I didn’t have to do much.
Since Tru happens to have one item of clothing and it is striped, I wrangled him for a quick photo op. (Don’t judge. I will have children one day, and he’ll be lucky if I remember his name, let alone humiliate him with striped sweaters. It’s not like I bought him ballet slippers.)
In honor of #stripemania, “Only connect…” Breton-style. xo a.