Wednesday, June 16, 2010

White hot

This post is long overdue. I can list out my excuses for the tardiness, but I am going skip that and get right to the point.

Summer is finally here and what a way to start it with the "Sex and the City 2" movie. I am a huge Carrie Bradshaw fan just about as much as her alter ego Sarah Jessica Parker. They both have an amazing sense of style (thank you, stylist Patricia Field) and the courage to put together pieces creatively- which results in one thing and one thing only- CB's and SJP's super-stylish self which many women try to emulate.

When Carrie walked on to the screen on memorial day weekend, she raised the bar on my favorite summer staple- the white dress.

Carrie's original dress, a vintage Halston, was of course out of this frugalista's price range. I frantically searched all over for this new, chic white dress which could live in my wardrobe beyond a mercurial summer and transition well into the fall. Finally, I found an identical one at ASOS. It's almost the same as (oh ok, it is exactly the same as) the vintage Halston, but didn't Karl Lagerfeld say "Imitation is the best form of flattery." ? There are several reasons I love this dress- it looks right out of the seventies, but in a good way, it's clean lines call for fabulous accessories, it is made out of matte jersey which is the most universally flattering fabric ever! All these elements make it fresh and new and versatile and an obvious favorite of this frugalista.

I am sure the diva that lives in each one of us is also lusting for CB's gold, glitter Christian Louboutin gold pigalle heels and the fabulous gold Chanel clutch. While it is a great on screen look, I question the practicality of sparkly, gold pumps and chose to tone it down a little, with pale, gold pumps by Jessica Simpson available at Macy's. These step in for a basic, neutral pump and lend itself perfectly to all seasons and all looks. I liked the versatility of this gold, snakeskin wristlet from Express over the hardcase clutch Carrie totes. While Carrie's chunky necklace is quite nice I personally prefer the simplicity of a thin gold chain multistrand necklace such as the one below from forever21.

Last but not the least, Carrie's sunglasses are classic Aviators, which some of you may have already or can indulge in this pair from Forever 21.

Summer and dresses go hand in hand just as white and summer go hand in hand. A white dress should be everyones wardrobe staple. While in the past I've always been a fan of the standard summer faithfuls- eyelets, swiss dots, seersuckers, this year they all seemed blah. Here is your new and improved white dress. So "Carrie on" ( I just couldn't resist the pun) in this fabulous ensemble, inspired by one of the most stylish women around while channeling your inner frugalista.