Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fashion Bibles

This past summer I read fashion blogs like crazy. I straight up spent eight hours one day looking at blogs. That's cray. And I just so happened to stumble upon some book recommendations by some of my style icons. Since my icons recommended them, I bought them like any star-crazed fan would.

1. Take Ivy. This book chronicles a Japanese photographer and three Japanese authors journey through the Ivy League universities. It is revered as one of the most influential books on style. Originally published in Japan in 1965, Take Ivy sparked an influx of people imitating American "Ivy Style" in Japan. Essentially, a fashion bible for those of us that favor a prep aesthetic (like me). And if you're a big baller, shot caller, pick up the updated version, Take 8 Ivy, for a cool fifty bucks. 

2. The Sartorialist. If you need an explanation for this, then you need to reevaluate your life. I'm kidding. I'm not that much of a buttface... Seriously, I'm not. Okay, on to more relevant topics. About two years ago, Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist (the blog that book inspired) compiled some of the most sartorially striking photographs along with commentary to create a book that can inspire anyone. Schuman's blog is the one that really got me hooked on fashion; I have 72 of my favorite pics from his blog saved and on constant rotation as the background of my laptop. My love for him is real. Showcasing a wide range of styles, this may just be the fashion bible for anyone that loves, well, life. And I'm going to go ahead and guess that that's most of us.

3. Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady. I'm not going to lie, I have referred to myself as "bro" once or twice (numerous times), and Derek Blasberg has made me rethink my ways. And yes, I know, there are many feminist arguments that can be said for and against this book, but it has some great advice in it. Like when it's okay to use foul language in reference to some skank (whoops) that accidentally stole your iPhone, and what "casual" and "white tie" really mean. It's useful stuff. Blasberg's voice really shines through and makes for a fun and informative read. And like Take Ivy, there is now an updated version with even more advice for young ladies, check it out. This is the fashion bible for anyone that thinks they need to do a little brushing up on basic manners. And manners matter.

And I know you just added these books to your wish list. Ya know, since I'm your style icon and all.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wish List: Ashton

Editor's Note: The ladies of all worn out are super excited about our first male guest blogger. Ashton is one of Steph's bestest best friends, which makes this even more exciting. Go ahead, drool over his picks, leave comments, and share with all your friends!

The first male blog on All Worn Out…name me a fashionisto. (Now that was critical.) But here is the truly anticipated wish list of them all, let’s get to my fashion forward style.

Black Watches- So one of the top items on my list has got to be a new watch. Seeing that the CTA is my daily transportation, I think Fossil is the right brand for me, but if you want to one up a brother, go for that Diesel. Though brown is starting to make a hit on the scene, I think black is still worth wearing, proudly.


TOMS- As you may have seen, let me rephrase, MUST HAVE seen in Steph’s post about missing the days when it was still okay not to wear socks, I have had the same issue with my Toms. My solution: the newer seasonal selection… made for those wintry Chicago nights when you still want to look on point. Plus, SOCKS WITH TOMS… 1-2-3 FLAME.


Toggle Coat- But really lets get down n’ dirty and talk about my true must have, and that is a toggle coat. I won’t be giving out the source of this ticket item, I have a feeling after this post they will all go out of stock. Kind of not kidding, but the toggle coat is the one trend I must join along with and this one from Old Navy is a true killer. (And did I mention at the moment it is on sale at $60!!!)

Hunter- I am trying to make Hunters a staple for men at Payton so…

Scarves- Oh, and also a great staple to have are some nice scarves, eyeing these at Urban Outfitters.


So if you really want girls to like you, you should know this is the way to go. Unless you plan to be a victim of a 1-2-3 flame, I beg of you to incorporate some of the trendy ideas you see in my list. I can just see it now, going out on the town in your best pair of pants, I’d opt for some 511 Super Skinny Levi Cords, your seasonal TOMS, that sexy black watch and oh my, that toggle coat. Okay, I think you get the point.



Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wish List: Steph G.

Finally, the moment we've all been waiting for: the unveiling of Steph G.'s wish list. DUN DUN DUNNNNN.
Ha, I'm kidding. But, let's get to it.

1. Desert Boots. Oh, yeahhhhh. So, I'm sure a lot of you have seen me walking down the hall in some busted suede desert boots, and I think it's time i got a new pair. These Clarks are going to look great after the leather gets all worn out (get it?!).

2. Plaid shirts. I don't really think this needs an explanation, but I love the sound of my blogging voice (I may be crazy...). Lalalalalalalalalalala blog voice. This one is from J. Crew. It's real crute, if you know what I mean. 

3. L.L. Bean Boots and boot socks. Can't have boots without boot socks. Surprisingly, socks can get expensive (yes, I am talking about J. Crew), but I found some for relatively cheap at Target. Of course they are not as luxurious as 88 dollar cashmere socks, but they will do. And I'm not raggin' on J. Crew, I love me some J. Crew.

4. Kanye West. Ummm.....yeah. He's on my list. So this idea of me being crazy (or cray) is coming back: I'm obssesed with Kanye. He is the epitome of a well-dressed man. Let's look at him.

both pics courtesy of The Sartorialist

I know these pics just sparked an undying love for him in your heart. He's just so stylish. And all other good things in this world (I'll do an in-depth exploration of my love for him on a later date). I went to his concert and got a shirt, but I really only like it because it says "Kanye West" on the back. I'm also assuming it's obvious which person I am in the picture below....I am more hoping than assuming. 

5. And last, but not least, I am going to wish for another intangible thing. Can you guess what it is?? No? I am wishing that my favorite teacher (the other Kanye fan in that pic) and his wife enjoy their time with their newborn baby. I know they will, but let's all take some time and send good vibes and love their way. I'm so happy for them, and their destined-to-be-hopeless-romantic December baby. And just so everyone knows, the baby's name is Riri. 

Okay, you caught me. Her name isn't Riri.


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wish List: Miriam

Alright, I've finally got my act together for my first post. Copying both Allie and Caroline, I've created my Christmas/Chanukah/Birthday Wish list. (We'll see if I actually get any of it, as I've already used the "for my birthday" excuse on countless Black Friday purchases.)

1. Stephanie and I bonded over our shared love for penny loafers, and I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair. These leather Bass ones I spotted at Nordstrom are exactly what I've been looking for.

2. Although not an avid perfume-wearer, I love this one by Coach. It's the perfect balance between sweet and not-too-sweet, something I could see myself wearing everyday.

3. I've been wanting a pair of these for a while, and I think winter is the perfect time for me to finally take the plunge. These sweats are great to wear around the house, but can also be dressed up enough for school. (Maybe I'll wear them with my new loafers..) Most don't have as tapered of an ankle as I'd like, but finally this pair by JCrew is just right.

4. So I have a confession: I'm an addict. Put me in Sephora and I can literally spend hours and hours and hours. NARS is probably my most guilty pleasure, so of course when the Sephora catalogue came in the mail, my eyes immediately went to this new cheek palette. Perhaps not the most practical purchase, but... I still want it.
5. Lastly, to know me is to know my one true love: Aritzia. Put me in that store and I am like a child in a candy shop, I want absolutely everything. Gift cards anyone?


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wish List: Allie

Following in Caroline's footsteps, I'm going to share my holiday wish list for this year. Wintertime is always my favorite because it means a few things: Christmas (my second favorite holiday, haha), my birthday (my first favorite holiday), and mostof all, presents! Here are some of the things that I'm lusting after this year.

1. Ever since I stopped biting my nails, I've been trying to keep them painted so I don't get tempted. I'm OBSESSED with Chanel nail polish. It's like a party on your nails. My favorite color is Peridot. Although, I wouldn't say no to Black Pearl, Particuliere, Mimosa, Vendetta or Rose Exuberant either!

2. Next on my list are these Pamela Love earrings. They are weird and non-descript (in a super shiny awesome way) enough to wear for every day, but still special enough to wear at night.

3. I'm also with Caroline on that shearling lined slippers are a holiday must. I've been trying to find ones that I'm okay with wearing out of the house so I don'tlook like a hobo and I settled on either these ones from Madewell (right) or these ones I found on Net-a-Porter (left).
4. Last, but definitely not least, is the bag that I've been pining over for the last million years (and by million I mean since seventh grade). The crown jewel of my wish list, this Proenza bag is perfectly perfect in every way. Basically I'm in love. With a purse. I've decided on classic navy leather, although I was tempted by a raspberry suede one for a while. Maybe I'll get it when I turn 21? A girl can dream.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

UNHATE Campaign

I think we've all seen Benetton's UNHATE campaign pics, now let's watch the film.

Check out, for more info on what the Unhate Foundation is doing to promote acceptance, and squash hatred.

And in closing, I think this campaign is fantastic. Stop hatin', homie. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wish List: Caroline

The holidays are fast approaching, and with that comes the always-fun wish list. Often times, my list can reach the hundreds, but I'll spare you and only show the most critical.

1. It's never the holidays without some fairisle. Or some Free People.

This chunky-knit sweater is practically begging me to buy some hot chocolate and go ice skating.

2. Your fingernails can't be naked while fighting the cold weather. RGB has some of the chicest nail polish I have ever laid eyes on.

Now my only problem is deciding if I want Crimson or Deep. But it is a wish list, so why not both? I think you might have to check out all the colors for yourself.

3. And finally, no list is a list without J. Crew. And this brings up the great boot debate. Will it be the hippie-meets-downtown girl Minnetonka and J. Crew exclusive shearling-lined booties or the practical-but-classic Sorels?

So, have you started putting together your wish lists? Because if not, I'd say it's about time to start. The holidays are all about receiving, right? Just kidding! Buy some boots for your bestie, too!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I'm Going to Miss...

Wearing cropped pants and no socks. I've thought about just pretending it's still fall in the winter, but that's probably not the best idea. My mom says I'm going to get arthritis in my ankles, and I believe her. So, uh, I need to figure out how to stay on top of my game in the winter (don't hate me for saying "on top of my game," this is just super critical). While perusing fashion blogs, I came across this on Hypebeast:

I think it's the answer to my problem. Just wear socks, nice socks. Can't be bogus. So, that is what I'll do on those wintry Chicago days. I'll probably look like I got lost on my way to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, but that's fine. I love chocolate.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dose Market

Dose Market is hip. Dose Market is stylish. Dose Market is tasty. Dose Market is it.

Once a month, Chicago’s most creative minds convene at the River East Arts Center to share in the latest trends in food and fashion. Welcoming about 45 vendors a month, the public is invited to see what’s new in Chicago. Curated by four fashion forward women, Dose is the place to be seen.

My first Dose experience was on October 16th, and it was absolutely amazing. Walking into the River East Arts Center, you are able to peer over the railing and get a glimpse of all of the excitement on the floor. Walking down the stairs, I gladly received an immediate sensory overload. I was not sure whether I should stop to take pictures of the dapper young men that were shopping around, or indulge in a sticky bun from Floriole.
Floriole, picture courtesy of Dose Market

I was even more thrilled to run into Klayton Korver from Seer Outfitters which was the Dose Cause of the month. All proceeds from the Seer Outfitters clothing line go to fund projects through the Kyle Korver Foundation. Cute clothes for a great cause, the perfect excuse to shop.

Stephanie in her shirt from Seer Outfitters
Caroline spent much of her time gawking at vintage clothes. Story of her life.

And we both fell in love with these handmade shoes from Sir & Madame. They're signed by the people that made them!! (We think that's really cool.)

Our favorite designs were probably from the Chicago born, New York City based designer Samantha Sleeper (those are her designs in the background of this blog). This dress almost made us die.

To sum it all up, Dose Market is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon; who wouldn't love to rub elbows with Chicago’s food and fashion elite?! A germaphobe. But we are not germaphobes, and we love rubbing elbows with people. Be sure to find us at the next Dose on December 4th, can’t wait to see you there!

The Ladies of All Worn Out

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