It’s Thursday night and the guy you met last week wants to hang. You had a great first date in the beginning of the week but now want to test his limitations for fun. Great, you invite him to your apartment for your annual champagne Thursday celebrations with your roommates and friends. Champagne, red solo cups and vodka. You used to give your friends the benefit of the doubt by serving the champagne in actual champagne glasses, but after a couple were broken, it’s back to plastic. Growing up doesn’t exist to everyone turns 30 for your crew.
The champagne is bought, your bank account is depleted, and now attention is moved to your outfit. If you ever look in a Nooners closet, its array of nior in the best textures. The sheer seduction shirts are no different because they add another element to the mix. They’re the button down, shirt, or tee when you want to tease your main squeeze with your fashion forward undertones. It shows enough but covers just the right amount. It’s an essential that says you want this? That’s what I thought.
There are two things we love about the arrival of spring; color, and outdoor seating for happy hour. I don’t know what it is about a nice day that makes us want to drink. I blame it on my college education and many plentiful spring days in Bloomington, Indiana in my undergrad youth. Anyhow, lets move on before I get sad because I now have to work instead of going to class hung over and sitting in the back of lecture not participating.
We here at Fashion After Noon are strong believers of fashion’s favorite color, black but when the sun shines and the temps increase, we just want to add a POC, pop of color. This spring add some leg wear. Color denim is not a new trend but it is differently exploding this upcoming season. Another pant to add to your dresser drawer is a floral trouser. Add a sandal heel and neutral color basics such as a white rolled sleeve T, denim button down or whatever your little fashion forward heart desires. As always, both these selections can be edged up by cool jackets, Alexander Wang heels and a badass attitude.
After Lady Gaga’s triumphant hit, every Nooner wanted a bad romance. Why wouldn’t we? The scenario demands great sex and great drama, as well as a promise of great love. I remember when my friends and I surrounded our apartment’s kitchen island and started talking about it. Next thing you know, I’m hit with a bad romance and let me tell ya its not what its cracked up to be. My phone was ringing and ringing like it was Grand Central Station, wait wait that’s another song. Thankfully I was surrounded by shots and tables to dance on to get out my bad romance excess anger. Need less to say even having a tragic love affair demands sartorial choices.
Let’s take a page from our girl, Carrie Bradshaw. Throughout her thirties she was slammed with an on and off again relationship with Mr. Big. It was never easy to deal with but thank god Carrie had a long luxe fur coat to put over every outfit. Oh you thought I was going to say thank god she had her three best friends? Well that’s always good too but that coat is what demands attention and lets face it you can feel better about yourself crying in fur rather than your friends poly blend. Now back to Carrie, even if she looked like shit, with that jacket on she held resemblance to Kate Moss every time she lit a cigarette. Lesson, get a fur jacket. If we had our pick of all the furs in the land, a Nooner prefers a cropped black fur coat in pre and post bad romance times. With that said, we are still fine with the one our grandma passed down to us.
Once you’re in a bad romance, your lover never goes away. There like that drink that you swore never to have again because it got you really drunk and left you with a hangover the whole next day. But they’re you ago again, ordering it the following week. Don’t you ever learn?! Damn the day you spotted him in the crowd with his perfectly product enhanced hair.
Every now and again we get caught up in dating game play. Sometimes it could even be taxing but than again your not playing hard to get, you’re just naturally hard to get. If the time comes when your man flips the script and tries to gain the power in the relationship, that’s when we enter in the Shut it Down Dress.
It’s your secret weapon in your closet and only used to threaten or get the perfect revenge. When put on and done right with the black magic bootie or a colorful shoe and accessory, your guy is already finished for once you step into the bar. Make a lap, order a vodka tonic, and give the sexiest smirk of nonchalance and no ambition. Before another guy could even whisper sweet miscellaneous nothings in your ear, your man is already forfeiting the game. What makes a Shut it Down Dress? Tight enough to show you’re a woman, loose enough to say that you’re classy. Of course it should appeal to the male senses but don’t loose site of your style or edge to please him, mix both together. Ultimately, it’s a dress that you feel your best self in and makes him question his antics. Now pat yourself on the back and give your friends a smile to tell them, that’s how it’s done. Even though you won and he already gave in, let him sweat for a little.
It’s simply textbook to have abundance of silk button downs. They’re the epitome of slouchy, sexy, nonchalant, and put together all at once. Is that possible? Yes that’s a Nooners dream. If it’s anything we love, it’s a shirt that makes us look sort of put together mainly because we don’t feel like doing it ourselves. Like all of our other 10 essentials, the silk button down is another to add to the list of versatility.
The SBD feels at home paired with The BAB or a colored jean, untucked and sitting outside on the patio during happy hour sipping a vodka tonic to cheer on the nice weather. When you’re not wearing your hungover shades, they can look even cooler hanging from your SBD.
Now, let that guy buy you shot, maybe even flip your hair a few times and be as carefree as the shirt you wear.
Nooners are not necessary lazy, we are just idealist and feel work should be something to love. Work is “work” until your miserable in your cubicle everyday for eight hours. Soon enough, you hate your life because your boss is a bitch and is jealous that you dress better than her. That is not your fault and neither is that printer problem. Like seriously people, you didn’t graduate college with a tech diploma, okay? You really don’t know. Between you and me, I threw out my printer in May because it was jammed. Yes, yes we all know that no job is ideal but let’s cheers to finding one very close to the dream we envisioned in our head. With that, the interview outfit is just as important as printing out resumes and researching the company.
The key to not being fashion bitched slap on an interview is mixing your own personal style along with the style of the company. Always add a sense of you but be respectful of where you’re going.
REMEMBER to always look neat and put together no matter how edgy the brand. When interviewing for a magazine, it is helpful to consider the looks of the editors who work there rather than the magazine it self. The magazine is great for inspiration but how the editors dress is a better reflection on what the magazine looks for. It came to my attention that some featured pictorials are for flash and fashion only and not for sporting in their hallways. ALWAYS know what the brands over all look is because their over all goal is to hire someone who reflects that image, even if it’s an internship position.
Final note: Brands and companies in the fashion industry hold themselves up to the highest level, even if it’s a dying brand. Respect the brand and let them know you know your shit. Be a fashion bitch back.
Now you have the fashion down, in a perfect world that would be enough.
Somewhere a long the lines this morning, you have hit the snooze button three times without even noticing it. By the forth time you finally realized that your alarm wasn’t a drill you actually needed to wake the f up. You often don’t have the comfort of having most mornings start the same, to some it may be a luxury to you its preferred. You run around your apartment getting your things together while brushing you teeth. Jewelry is on, a dab of perfume and over to your closet to decide what jacket to wear. Every Nooner knows the brilliance of having a wide selection of coats and jackets in their repertoire but there is a certain one that holds dear to your heart. It’s the homeless man jacket that you spotted before and definitely after the Fall 2011 Altuzarra show and the many that came after including Elizabeth and James this Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week.
The jacket is not fitted, unlike other fashionable jackets actually warm and kind of similar to the jacket the homeless man wears on the corner with the sign “need money for weed”. The way you look some mornings after you have gone out, you do bare some similarities to this man more than you actually should but make no mistake the homeless man jacket is a Nooner essential. It should have an oversized hood and a fur or fux fur trim. Its easy to throw on overtop of the BAB or the IDGAF Brunch Sweater because its easily transferable to a lot of outfits unlike most jackets. It’s casual and also serves a downtown air of rebellion, which is a look and feel we always strive for.