Wrap Her Up and Call Her a Lady

Can I have that waist too

It’s no secret around here that I’m a huge Jackie O fan. Love the pearls, the bobbed coif, the giant sunglasses. I’ve been copying her for years and think perhaps the only perk of marrying Tom Cruise is a new and improved Jackie O-inspired sense of style. Katie Holmes, I adore how you are looking these days, even if you are a bit Stepford.

I’m not sure when I became a fashion prude but I couldn’t be happier that this style is on its way back. I am sick of the thong panties peeking out the top of too low, too snug, muffin-top-inducing jeans. (So I don’t spin around in the mirror. Ha!) In all seriousness, you don’t have to be thin or wealthy to dress like a million bucks these days. Nothing looks better than clothing that fits — including bras that hold the girls at attention, jeans that are hemmed to the right length and heels that are appropriate for the occasion. You can being wearing Tarjay next to Hermes and I wouldn’t know the difference if the model had both items tailored to her size.
I’ve made my fashion faux pas a time or four and am frankly one of the least fashionable in my gaggle of girlfriends. White eyeshadow in college? Overlooking the warning for brunettes on the Sun In bottle in high school? Wearing plaid during a brief, very ugly and very distraught grunge phase? Considering clean pajamas a great clothing day at NAU? All shamefully true and yes, they do make me want to hide behind an even larger pair of JKO frames.
In these missteps I’ve learned a couple things. Diane Von Furstenberg is always a classic. Pearls are always good to have in a pinch; they’ll make any item seem more polished. I am my happiest in flip flops or running shoes. I’ve learned I should spend money on good handbags, shoes and a lipstick that flatters any time of day. I wear my Gap basics thin, while trendy items often hit the Goodwill basket before they’ve lost their Old Navy scent. Black is my slimming best friend. Jeans, a white t-shirt and a sincere smile often catch a man’s eye when a slinky dress just makes me look like every other girl in a Scottsdale restaurant — hungry and uncomfortable. (And really wishing I wasn’t holding a $12 glass of wine.)

May-June Fin Donk Sewing Adventure Project

So, what to sew in the next Finny and Donk Sewing Adventure? Why, dahling, I thought you’d never ask. The wrap skirt, of course. Make it a length you find suitable and post your best fashion forward photo in the pool by June 30th. We’ll select a winner (of fancy goodies, no less) by her creativity and style.


P.S. I need a haircut. I’m thinking the Jenny McCarthy asymmetrical bob. The uneven length may drive me nuts, but I think she’s looking pretty fabulous.