SilynRose

Timeless fashion and ageless style

This content shows Simple View


Monthly Archives January 2015

Arm (full) of Coats

A hand full of coats - most of which are cute but are not sub freezing weather coats.

A hand full of coats – most of which are cute but are not sub freezing weather coats.

I thought I’d figured out how to be fashionable in the winter. Last year I purchased two coats to add to the collection I had brought with me from California. One was a leather coat, which was a mistake. Leather gets very cold and seems to make the wearer even colder. The other coat was a beige wool vintage coat with a mink collar-cute but far too lightweight for New York winter. Those coats I have labeled as California Winter Coats. There is such a difference, and anyone traveling to NY with the duds they purchased in CA may be in for a very rude awakening.
Last week was the first week of consistent cold weather M-F. Monday, I wore a black coat with a mink fur collar – no scarf and I was extremely cold. Tuesday I wore a green wool coat with fur trim. Wednesday I wore a gray vintage wool I.Magnin coat, still I found myself unable to warm up. It amazed me as I ran home from the train station that I still saw New Yorkers, mostly clad in Black down coats, strolling as if the cold wasn’t searing a hole through their skin. I will have to say all the coats pictured below, while stylish have not exactly kept me warm. I am still looking for the coat the is truly going to help me brave the weather.
Blue leather - California Winter Coat

Blue leather – California Winter Coat

Vintage patchwork mink - Great for fall - not for winter.

Vintage patchwork mink – Great for fall – not for winter.

I.Magnin vintage wool - could be ok with layers underneath

I.Magnin vintage wool – could be ok with layers underneath

leather with fur trim - cute, but not totally NY winter appropriate.  But I this one I may try to make work ;-)

leather with fur trim – cute, but not totally NY winter appropriate. But I this one I may try to make work 😉



A Lot to Talk about

A screen shot from a search on ebay

A screen shot from a search on ebay

I have a few friends and family members who follow my blog and have shared with me that they are often unable to accessorize their outfits in the ways I suggest because they don’t have many accessories from which to choose. In addition to that, I have noticed that jewelry, even jewelry that looks costume-y, can be expensive. But, bracelets, bangles, necklaces are a must have for your wardrobe. I often tell my sisters when we talk about this that thrift stores are often an easy way to build your accessory repertoire. But I have also discovered that eBay often have jewelry lots that are often inexpensive. I purchased a lot for $25, and it contained great broaches, earrings and a few large necklaces. I have taken a screen shot of a page so you can get the idea. Simply go to eBay, and type in vintage jewelry lot, or jewelry lot. You will find so great buys.
If you do, check back in with me and tell me all about it.



Does this Dress Make Me Look Fat?

Does this dress make me look fat?

Undoubtedly, we have all asked this question at one point or another in our lives. (Yes, even small women ask themselves this question. Hang around a dressing room in a department store long enough and you will hear it.)
The question is an out spring of our country’s fixation on being thin – often spearheaded by the media. But looking in the mirror at our bodies and asking ourselves if we look fat or asking a significant other (who must always be scared to death by the question) is problematic. Let me explain.

Does this dress or these pants or this skirt make me look fat is the wrong question to ask. Obesity (which we often hear referred to simply as being fat) is a health issue, and for some an emotional issue. So maybe a better question to ask is – Does this dress make me look unhealthy?
I am sure some of you may disagree here, but hear me out.
I think if you look at yourself and say does this make me look unhealthy, the question becomes deeper than the vanity aspect of dressing. It begins to help you get to some of the core issues you may have. It helps you to see aspects of your life that you need to address rather than simply seeking different dress to put on. I think it is time to reframe this question. Thoughts?



Caught Being Fabulous – Lynn Dell

The Lovely Lynn displaying an autographed copy of  Advanced Style. Love her!

The Lovely Lynn displaying an autographed copy of Advanced Style. Love her!


If you know anything about the Advanced Style phenomenon and the book by Ari Seth Cohen, then you probably already know who Lynn is. If not, take a moment and google it. I’ll wait…

Now usually I just let the fashion winds blow and I eventually run into someone who is “Caught Being Fabulous,” but today I went out seeking her. I recently saw the documentary Advanced Style on Netflix, which prompted me to buy the book and go find Lynn Dell, the 81 year-old fashionista and owner of the Off Broadway Boutique which she has owned for 53 years.

The documentary is a wonderful account of stylish older women who are so confident in themselves that they exude beauty and life. It is inspired by Ari Seth Cohen and his blog that captures “advanced style”. There is something about the whole movement that is enthralling.

I consider myself, now 42, having just now truly come to embrace my love for fashion. I felt like I was a little late to the party, but lovely ladies like Lynn easily dispel such a myth.

Why this outfit works, it is certainly not hard to see. It is first the confidence, then it is the carefree way in which Lynn accessorizes. The color is brown from head to toe (brown over the knee leather boots, a brown sweater, cinched a the waist, and a brown hat that is pimped out beret with tracks, and glorious gold accessories. I know I pale in comparison to her in the picture below, but I still wanted to take one with her. Her employee Pat, who has worked at the boutique for 31 years, told me that I should have worn red lipstick. LoL. Older women if nothing if not brutally honest.

Lynn and I talked and she told me, like Betty Halbreich had, not to quit my day job and to do fashion on the side. I found that funny. Lynn confided that she had wished to meet Betty and was quite surprised when I shared that I had just gone into Bergdorf to the Solutions Department and found Betty. For this reason (my courage and zeal) Lynn told me that I’d go far.
She told me that she is on stage when she goes to work, and her inscription in my book read: Lynette Darling, Remember always dress for the theater of your life—
And so I shall…