How to Wear | Stripes, Inspired By 10 Crosby Derek Lam

A Spring 2012, 10 Crosby Derek Lam runway shot was the inspiration behind this how-to-wear it, runway re-creation moment. I bought a striped, three quarter length tee at H&M in Paris of all places, in January, and ended up with a case of buyer's remorse. Obviously price wasn't the issue, it was H&M so we're not talking expensive. But I was so let down by the fact that this shirt both faded and fit poorly after one wash. I know better than to expect couture, but I wasn't expecting disposable. Sad face.

My sad little H&M was sandwiched between a tour of Notre Dame and one of the best midday wine breaks I have ever experienced in my life, so it didn't really put a damper on things for too long. That said, I've been on the hunt for some stripes ever since, and although other shopping list items have stolen my focus recently (there's the pop color pencil skirt I'm dying for, the denim button front shirt, etc.), running across this 10 Crosby Derek Lam look was a quick reminder that, yep, I'm still in desperate need of some stripes for summer cause it's kind of already arrived, the season that is. Well maybe, not for much longer...

See the inspiration look here:

(via www.style.com)

And now it's time for me to re-create the look with my own spin on things. Check out the shop-by-number and see how to wear some stripes here:

1. Louche Blazer by SMYTHE (shop online: www.singer22.com)  2. Polly Popover (shop online: www.jcrew.com)  3. Derek Lam Trousers with Black Laminate Stripes (shop online: www.shopbop.com)  4. Mulberry Bayswater Croco-Embossed Tote (shop online: www.mytheresa.com)  5. Kenneth Jay Lane Stone Station Necklace (shop online: www.shopbop.com)  6. MICHAEL Michael Kors Seville Platform (shop online: www.zappos.com)

It all comes together and stays with the contrasting strip theme from the runway shot, just a few less stripes on my re-creation. No more sad face after these finds thank you very much. I'll be clicking around on J.Crew's site and have a button front, striped shirt in my hands in less than three to five business days. Sure, the delivery on this go 'round won't arrive between a visit to a historical landmark and some of the best wine I have ever gulped down, but I think I can make do and figure something else out. It will be a reason to celebrate after all, so I'll pull something together and make it work. I always do.

See more looks that have inspired me along the way and also how to wear them.

What to Wear | My Review of J.Crew's Minnie Pant

In the midst of a serious battle with the ever-present (in my mind at least; not necessarily proud of that, but I accept my fashion obsession with open arms covered by three-quarter length sleeves) question, 'what to wear,' I went on a little J.Crew shopping spree last week. New addition to my closet, number one: Say hello to Minnie. Skinnie Minnie, the new pant that I would wear every day and in every one of the five colors it's available in. So yes, as far as this product review goes, I like it, I gave it away in the second sentence because I couldn't hold it in. It happens, rarely, and usually only when I'm head over heels.

I have had my eye on finding a pair of cropped pants for summer, and since I have been in the dark hues rut for some time now, I figured it was time to step out in a big way with an insane pop color, hence, the orchid. It's true to the color you see on the screen, if not a bit brighter. It's almost one shade away from neon so if you're into stylish subtlety, then you may want to move on to the next product review or just go with a basic color.

The fit, oh yea, the fit. This pant in a cotton twill that stretches a bit to add some 'give,' but also holds onto curves in the right way, is perfection. It's ridiculously comfortable with the side zip and hook closure to keep everything where it needs to be, and runs very true to size. I'm sure I could have sized down actually to keep it super streamlined, but I wasn't looking for super-skinny, just skinny in general. It's an option though. The length is great with a heel, I tend to shy away from cropped pants and flats for two reasons: first, I'm 5'6, and while that's still tall, it's not amazonian tall which I feel you'd need for length if you wore a flat with the cropped hem cutting the vertical line right about the shin. A heel always elongates, which brings me to my second reason, pull out a great heel, something with some color or detail, because the cropped pant is the perfect piece to allow you to show it off.

So there you have it, I am a huge fan of J.Crew's Minnie pant.

Here's the inspiration...Everyone loves a little J.Crew catalog action am I right? Here's a look with the Minnie pant in the deep orchid color from the May Style Guide (source: www.jcrew.com):

Here are some product shots to play with (again, source: www.jcrew.com; click the images to shop):

Side angle:

From behind:

I always like to make a note that this product review was not endorsed or paid for by the brand I'm writing about. This is my product pick and my unbiased opinion.

See more of my product reviews because I'm always doing heavy market research around here (job hazard), and also, keep your eyes open for the latest on what to wear and how to wear it here.