FALL 2017 Fashion Trends Inspiration: Tassels and fringe dress

Hey hey everyone, welcome back to my little corner of the Interwebs! Hope you are all ready to start the week!

I am super excited (to be honest, when am I not?) because today’s post is the first one in a new series around 2017 Fall trends! I am looking to run it through mid November, with at least 1 post a week focused on cool runway looks. My aim here is simple:

  • Take a look at a few of the trends we saw at the 2017 New York Fashion Week, a month-ish ago
  • Describe what I personally like about them, or why I think they are interesting
  • Finally, as a layperson with a budget, bring them down to my level (and wallet) by modeling one or a couple of lower priced options. I mean, we all like fashion and are excited to see models stroll down the runway, but few of us can shell out the $10K+ required to secure a couture dress. That doesn’t mean we can’t look fly!

This week, we will be taking a look at a trend seen across a few designers this season: tassels/fringes. There were quite a few creations featuring them on the runways; see photos below (courtesy of the Vogue website, collage my own):

Marchesa Fall 2017 RWT runway dresses on www.dafrastar.com (courtesy of Vogue images)
Marchesa Fall 2017 RTW

 

Erin Fetherson Fall 2017 RTW runway dresses on www.dafrastar.com (courtesy of Vogue images)
Erin Fetherson Fall 2017 RTW

I have always loved fringe, and have even featured it here on the blog (wore this skirt again yesterday, actually). I love its movement, the little sway it has with each step I take, and how lively it makes outfits feel. I am in love with this look by Folake from Style Pantry, even though she published it in 2016. I have also been pining for these Lavish Alice pants for so long… They were sold out before I even knew they existed. Finally, who can forget this look by Rihanna at the Brit Awards? Ugh. So pretty.

Truth is, I love fringe and tassels so much that I shot the look I am sharing today BEFORE NYFW. Yep. I have owned this dress for close to a year and even wore it to my holiday party last year. I just loved it so much that I decided to shoot it for the blog; as I was thinking about this mini series, I remembered I had this look ready to go! Voilà!

 

Blogger Dafrastar sharing fun options to embrace the Fringe and Tassels trend

 

This shoot actually originated as a self-love shoot. As I mentioned before, I am on a weight loss journey, and I am 2 lbs away from my goal as of yesterday (I was maybe 8 or 10 away in these pics, perhaps?) I am tall, so weight loss (or gain) really does not look like much on me; however, I definitely felt the sluggishness brought on by extra pounds in my body every day.

 

Blogger Dafrastar sharing fun options to embrace the Fringe and Tassels trend

It was somewhat natural, at that point, to gravitate towards wearing pants every day because I no longer saw definition in my legs, but at some point I actually decided I didn’t care. For this shoot, I had planned other outfits; then, a whim, I also packed this dress and ended up shooting it, because I refused to put my life on pause until I reached some nebulous ideal. I also decided that my legs were worthy of appreciation because they carry me places every day (that’s why there is so many leg photos!) It was a super fun shoot with @tracey_mammolito and also my first time shooting in a studio. I had a BLAST and I am SO happy I did it for myself.

Blogger Dafrastar sharing fun options to embrace the Fringe and Tassels trend

What I am wearing (Fall trend Look): Dress, AliExpress, HERE. Shoes, Steve Madden Daisies, HERE

On to the outfit:

I mean, it is just the dress, really. Love it. Wore it 3x (a party, a dinner and this shoot). It is very well made, very heavy, and the beading is intense. The tassels move around every 2 minutes and I love it, but one of them is unraveling a bit (you can see it if you pay close attention to the back shot). The dress is made out of very thick spandex coupled with some net-like material on the sides and chest. It really hugs the body. It has caging details on the sides, and I like the peek-a-boo effect. I would absolutely buy it again and I need to find more places to wear it to!

Blogger Dafrastar sharing fun options to embrace the Fringe and Tassels trend

As far as closing remarks on the tassel/ fringe trend, I actually want to revisit it before the end of the year. I have various shopping carts around the internet still harboring fringe-y outfits for me, and hopefully I can bring this trend to life a couple more times this season!

Blogger Dafrastar sharing fun options to embrace the Fringe and Tassels trend

 

Dassit!

Thanks for reading my Monday morning musings, and have a phenomenal week! I would love to hear your thoughts on this series and dress below!

This look was photographed in San Francisco by @Tracey_mammolito.

D

No, I do not owe you a smile | Red sequin skirt and one shoulder top

*Hits a 1-2 step, twirls* OW!

People, we made it to Friday! I am so excited about this post, not because I have anything groundbreaking to share, really- but because I am wearing sequins! I look ready to party!

Sidenote: In reality, I am sitting at home with my hair in a puff, drinking peppermint tea and wearing a sheet mask. Classy.

 

Dafrastar wearing a red / burgundy midi pencil sequin skirt and a one shoulder long sleeve ruffled top from Zara

So I want to share something that upset me enough to still remember it after a couple of days. The other day, I was minding my own business on Instagram (a friend told me that the very nature of Instagram makes this sentence an oxymoron but WHATEVER) when a *gentleman* (I would like to say something else but Jesus died for my sins and I need to do better)  took upon himself to TELL ME under one of MY PICTURES that I should smile more. Excuse me Sir,  who sent you, and who exactly are you talking to?

Dafrastar wearing a red / burgundy midi pencil sequin skirt and a one shoulder long sleeve ruffled top from Zara

Truth is, I have realized that I rarely smile in pictures, especially blogging ones. I mean yeah, I sometimes do (the pics in this post are evidence enough), but posing is hard y’all! I am actually dying of laughter in the pic above because I attempted a cross legged model-esque pose @joyofodu taught me, resulting in me almost rupturing my neck. This shit does not come naturally to anyone, at least not to me! I stay mean mugging because I need to focus on not falling on my face!

Anywho, that point notwithstanding, I still believe that I do NOT owe a smile to anyone, at any point of time, ever. Think about the guys who think they have the right to catcall in the streets, asking ladies to smile more? NO SIR, I wear my RBF with pride. Also, my teeth are busy at the moment.

Dafrastar wearing a red / burgundy midi pencil sequin skirt and a one shoulder long sleeve ruffled top from ZaraWhat I am wearing: Skirt, Nasty Gal or Asos,  (old), similar here, here and here (this one costs as much as some people’s rent, and I am very confused as to why it exists); Top, ZARA, here, similar here; Shoes, Steve Madden, similar here. I got mine from DSW; Bag, Dili Haat, Delhi. Similar here

I generally get very aggravated when people tell me about shit women “should do more”, especially people who do not identify as female. Like, no. Just no.

You somehow thought highly enough of yourself to decide what another group of people you are not part of ought to be doing to please YOU more? Like wow… are you Idris Elba or Kofi Siriboe? No? Then go have several seats. As a matter of fact, go have an entire church pew of seats over there. (Idris or Kofi should not say anything like that either btw- not a good look.)

I will get into the outfit in a second, but a quick checklist for anyone who believes at any point of time that their opinion is needed on issues that do not concern them, or on a behavior that does not affect them (or anyone, for that matter):

  • How do you know better, if you are not part of the group in question, or walking in the target individual’s shoes?
  • Why are you an expert?
  • Did anyone ask for your opinion?
  • Are you just looking for people to fit your own ideologies?

I you answered shakily to any of these questions, see gif above. I (or anyone you are attempting to dole your tired wisdom at) am not responsible for making you feel comfortable. BYE.

Dafrastar wearing a red / burgundy midi pencil sequin skirt and a one shoulder long sleeve ruffled top from ZaraWhew . Okay, I’m done with the rant.

So- let’s move on to the outfit!

The skirt: I have owned this skirt for ages (I’ve had it so long that I actually featured it in an OOTD video in 2012 , when I was still on YouTube!) and it’s always been hard to make it work. I mean it’s pretty and all and the sequins sparkle, but the elastic waistband does a girl no favors. Like none. It will dig into your skin and give you a muffin top, with or without a shirt tucked in. It refuses to lay low like its other waistband-y friends and WILL MAKE ITS PRESENCE KNOWN. Which is why I would recommend a skirt without one, or at least without so much elastic tension.

The shirt : it’s cool;  this shoot was the first time I wore it. It’s comfortable, sturdy, not see through, and I would see myself wearing it more. It comes with a pencil skirt too, for when I want to be all matchy-matchy and classy and shit.

The shoes are Steve Madden (I have a problem with this guy, clearly. Perhaps it’s because the brand is sold a lot at DSW and has a size 11 that actually makes sense for my feet.) Their shoes are usually less than $50, last a while and generally look cute. Winner in my book!

The bag: Featured here as well; found a pretty close dupe, link above.

Dafrastar wearing a red / burgundy midi pencil sequin skirt and a one shoulder long sleeve ruffled top from ZaraDassit! We are done for today guys! Have a stellar weekend, and I will hopefully see you on Monday!

Thanks for stopping by!

D

Mistakes:they happen. One shoulder dressy maxi from eShakti

Hey peeps!

So I have a mistake to own up to today: this dress. Is it ugly? Oh no. It is a fun one – shoulder maxi dress with a bright red floral pattern from eShakti. Is it boring, you ask?  Nope, it is actually my fave color combo, red and black. And it HAS POCKETS!  Did eShakti screw up the order somehow? Nah, they were actually pretty neat (Well… actually just a bit.) The truth is that this dress, in spite of being amazing on paper, just does not fit me as a person. I shall explain those pompous words in a minute.

Dafrastar in a one-shoulder ONE-SHOULDER FLORAL PRINT DUPIONI MAXI DRESS by eShakti(the wind was playing no games. also peep my heels they looked like needles)

Who is eShakti, anyway? Well, they have actually been on my radar for a while; they are a fast fashion company, but what sets them apart is that they custom make every single item to the customer’s measurements at no extra cost, unless the customer opts to go with a regular size. (I copy/pasted/summarized this from their About page.)

While this may sound super novel to most, this is actually the reality for most people back in my home country Burkina Faso- as well as most other African countries, really. Buying ready-made clothing is generally way, way more expensive than getting a cool fabric, going to a good tailor and having them custom make you an outfit based on pictures, catalogs, Instagram or any other visual source. This may sound ludicrous for anyone in the Western world, but that’s the way things work.

Dafrastar in a one-shoulder ONE-SHOULDER FLORAL PRINT DUPIONI MAXI DRESS by eShaktiI grew up getting things made to my exact measurements by my tailor (shout out to him, even after me living abroad for 12 years, he still has my measurements in his tailoring book and just adds a couple of inches here and there because you know- extra pounds). Getting clothes from boutiques was for major events. My country is landlocked, so importing anything from the West costs an arm, a leg and maybe an eye; making things from our local fabrics was way more affordable.

Dafrastar in a one-shoulder ONE-SHOULDER FLORAL PRINT DUPIONI MAXI DRESS by eShaktiBased on all of this, upon hearing of eShakti, I was understandably enthralled by the concept and thought: “Yes Lord, finally a place where I do not need to pray for the top of a dress to be cut small, or for the hips to have stretch. Yasss-  Baby Jesus in a manger, my pear shape is about to be looking fire.”

Dafrastar in a one-shoulder ONE-SHOULDER FLORAL PRINT DUPIONI MAXI DRESS by eShaktiWhat I am wearing: Dress, ONE-SHOULDER FLORAL PRINT DUPIONI MAXI DRESS, Here. Heels,  Steve Madden Daisie, Here. Belt, leather Obi Belt- similar here; earrings, here

I was right in theory. Buuuut I botched the execution. I can’t even blame anyone else, it was all me (Actually eShakti takes a little bit of the blame for those fucking torpedo darts sitting on my chest, but let’s cover that later).

Here is a lit of everything I did wrong:

  • I am on a weight loss journey; I ordered the dress without thinking about the weight I would be by the time I got it. Hint: It was too large.
  • I ordered a standard size… when the whole appeal was about getting a custom dress. Why? I have no fucking idea.
  • ON TOP OF THAT, I ordered a Size 12, when I am a Size 8 in real life and maybe a 10 after a few tacos (like… why? I don’t even have an explanation for this)
  • I did not look for enough real life pictures of the dress. It came with RIDICULOUS darts that put me in a seemingly constant state of arousal (or you know- make me look very cold). Like WTF.
  • I did not research the fabric enough. It creases when I breathe.

Dafrastar in a one-shoulder ONE-SHOULDER FLORAL PRINT DUPIONI MAXI DRESS by eShakti
Obviously, the dress arrived and I was swimming in it … but did not realize it until the day before my shoot. Classic. It was 2 whole sizes too large, and I faked it by cinching the heck our it with a belt and pinning the bodice a bit for the pictures. 

I returned the dress featured here for a smaller one, but the new one-  though it fits much better- still has those life-ruining torpedo darts (even though I specifically asked my eShakti contact to round them up a little, and even sent them pictures.) Look at their website picture for the dress below! The model has boobs, not missiles; why do I need to have two pointy mounds on my chest? The hell?

Anyway- the dress is gorgeous, but those darts bothers me enough to want to return it, in spite of  it being actually cute AND in my favorite color combination. This is not a knock on the eShakti business model, and I would likely try them again; however,  I would make sure to go the custom route with my own measurements vs. standard sizes, and I would find real life pictures of garments before buying.

Dafrastar in a one-shoulder ONE-SHOULDER FLORAL PRINT DUPIONI MAXI DRESS by eShakti

 

In the meantime, torpedo boobs and I bid you adieu. See ya on Friday!

Look photographed by the one and only @joyofodu in Berkeley.

D

How to re-purpose clothes: Sheer top and red lace maxi skirt

Well hello there everyone, and happy Monday!

Was your weekend awesome? I hope so!

Mine was very quiet, filled with lots of work/playing catch up/planning for the week to come. I tend to get fairly uneasy when I am not 100% sure I have completed my to-dos – or that I am at least making decent strides towards completion). Therefore, working on weekends  provides me some solace.

Red lace maxi skirt with a slit and sheer dress| Red maxi skirt| Lace maxi skit| Sheer dress| Sheer corset dress| DafrastarThe post I have for you this Monday is short and sweet, because I will not be going in detail on each piece (see why below) . It features a super fun bright red lace maxi skirt with a slit; for some reason, I took years to wear it! Its color iks fairly unique: the red veers very close to pink, and Wikipedia calls it a Ruby color. I disagree; that said, I have no other suggestions as to the color’s name, but I believe it is very close to the HEX #ed0a46. Yes, I did Google this. Nope, I don’t even feel ashamed.

Red lace maxi skirt with a slit and sheer dress| Red maxi skirt| Lace maxi skit| Sheer dress| Sheer corset dress| DafrastarWhat I am wearing: Bialik Floral Maxi Skirt, from Nasty Gal, sold out ;Trish Bustier Mesh Skirt Bodysuit Maxi Dress from Boohoo, HERE

This skirt twirllllls and moves so gorgeously! I love it because it is long enough for me to wear it with heels and not look strange (I have a 36″ inseam so that’s rare!) It actually looks best paired with a red crop top based on my experience (that is when I get the most compliments), but I JUST posted a monochromatic red look so I am so happy I went with a different top for this photoshoot  😆. Unfortunately, this skirt is sold out, so I won’t yap too much about it and will instead offer some fun similar options: here, here and here.

Red lace maxi skirt with a slit and sheer dress| Red maxi skirt| Lace maxi skit| Sheer dress| Sheer corset dress| DafrastarAbout that top… I was planning on wearing a studded faux leather bustier with this, but the proportions felt off. I gabbed a couple of other tops (as well as a package I had received in the mail that morning) and headed to the photoshoot for this look, not sure whether I would make the skirt work well enough to actually shoot it.

Once I got there, I realized that the options I had brought along did not work great either. I had given up and was getting ready to shoot the garment I had just received in the mail… when my photographer suggested I use it as a top! The idea didn’t even come to my mind because…  The garment is actually a  dress, and a MAXI dress at that. I actually have a post featuring it soon, so I will not talk too much about it either. (That said, it is available here. ) . Rachel helped me camouflage it for it to work for this look, and voilà!

 

Red lace maxi skirt with a slit and sheer dress| Red maxi skirt| Lace maxi skit| Sheer dress| Sheer corset dress| Dafrastar

My final touch was a silly little hat I got off Amazon. My hair does not even come close to fitting in it, but I still like it 😀 It is literally sitting on my head and kept falling down every time I would move my head.I need a larger one for big hair days.

Red lace maxi skirt with a slit and sheer dress| Red maxi skirt| Lace maxi skit| Sheer dress| Sheer corset dress| Dafrastar

That’s it for today, guys! I have a few more fun posts scheduled this week- take a peek at my Instagram stories to see sneak peeks!

Until next time,

 

D

 

Monochromatic slay : Red from head to toe

Hello everyone, HAPPY FREAKING FRIDAY! This post is the final installment of my collab series with my boo @dorothy.abigail (Part 1 and 2 respectively here and here), and we are bringing you our take on monochromatic dressing. Please check her out and show her some love!

So I hope your week was LIT!<- I need to stop using this word. I hope you got a lot done, and I hope you are ready for whatever the weekend brings. I, personally, am getting ready for my sweatpants.

Dafrastar wearing a red monochromatic look from Zara (top and skirt) with Steve Madden shoes and a pear encrusted clutch. |red outfit| red outfit inspiration| monochromatic look| summer fashion inspiration|

This post will be a funny one, at least to me. I have been wanting to try monochromatic dressing for a while, for the main reason that I am lazy. I ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY abhor matching clothes. It has to be one of my least favorite activities in the entire world- like who enjoys this? I HATE sitting around thinking- will this go with this? Or with this? It is- to me at least- one of the least productive ways to spend my time (generally going outside is a close second, but we can save that argument for another post. I am coming around to it though, but still- I am nobody’s hiking buddy.)

This deep seated hatred is probably why I will always love black, and  will always gravitate towards dresses/jumpsuits/shit that does not require too much work because it already covers top and bottom, or doesn’t really count- like denim. Nobody matches jeans. Okay, fine, jeans need to be matched sometimes too. F*ck.

Dafrastar wearing a red monochromatic look from Zara (top and skirt) with Steve Madden shoes and a pear encrusted clutch. |red outfit| red outfit inspiration| monochromatic look| summer fashion inspiration|

Aaaanyways, back to monochromatic dressing. So I had been telling myself I would try it one day, because it could open the door to me wearing more color without trying too hard. I randomly bought these 2 pieces a few months apart, thought they would work for this photoshoot, dug up a pair of red sandals, and was on my way. The one thing I can take really credit for is that I generally have a good sense of proportions in clothes; my mother taught me very early on not to wear a long skirt with a long top, or vice versa, and to always try to mix and match the lengths/ widths of my garments. I mean-  the woman dresses like it’s an Olympic sport, so I usually listen when she doles out sartorial wisdom.

Dafrastar wearing a red monochromatic look from Zara (top and skirt) with Steve Madden shoes and a pear encrusted clutch. |red outfit| red outfit inspiration| monochromatic look| summer fashion inspiration|

The reality, though, is that monochromatic dressing is a SCIENCE. Here’s how I know: I bought a book on monochromatic dressing last week, long after these pictures were taken. And then- I read in amazement as it crisply detailed and summarized things I nebulously kind of knew in my mind, but would have not been able to articulate. The explanations on how to craft a balanced monochromatic look are very simple, helpful and to the point. There are also a lot of images of what to do and NOT to do (God knows I needed that :/)

Dafrastar wearing a red monochromatic look from Zara (top and skirt) with Steve Madden shoes and a pear encrusted clutch. |red outfit| red outfit inspiration| monochromatic look| summer fashion inspiration|Monochromatic deets: Shirt, Zara, sold out: Similar here and here; Skirt, Zara, here, similar-ish here ; Sandals, Steve Madden Realove (discontinued, thank God because the arch sucks and they HURT), similar here; purse here

But for real though- reading this book and actually realizing my look matched some of the advice in it this made me feel like a kid whose teacher gave them an exercise that was too advanced, but they somehow nailed it- and even confused themselves. I was so ready to discover that I had done this all wrong. I mean, fine, there are no rules in fashion, but this book is written by Ashleigh from The Daileigh, so yeah- have you seen her Instagram? Bruh. I spent my $10 to learn how she puts those looks of hers together, aaaaand she told me I was actually not inept at fashion, so -that was money well spent in my eyes (yes, I paid for the book. No, I am not an affiliate of hers, or compensated in any way for my thoughts.)

Dafrastar wearing a red monochromatic look from Zara (top and skirt) with Steve Madden shoes and a pear encrusted clutch. |red outfit| red outfit inspiration| monochromatic look| summer fashion inspiration|However, I have to admit that my look falls under the most basic execution of monochromatic dressing she touches on; in the book, she shares dressing tips with varying shades of the same color , prints (!), and other things I will opt to stay far, far away from, at least for now. It was a good read and I am happy I bought it, but baby steps, m’kay?

Dafrastar wearing a red monochromatic look from Zara (top and skirt) with Steve Madden shoes and a pear encrusted clutch. |red outfit| red outfit inspiration| monochromatic look| summer fashion inspiration|

So let’s talk about the pieces:

  • The top: Solid. Works like gangbusters with a pencil skirt. Will give you pit stains, as it is satin. Otherwise good purchase.
  • The skirt: Super cute, but only wore it twice and gave it away because it rode up when I walked. I am 5″11, so I was running the risk of experiencing some cheek slip; not a good look.
  • The shoes: Cute but nope. There’s a reason they discontinued them.
  • The purse: OMG so cute!!!!! I lost maybe a pearl or two, but I can’t even tell. It can’t hold much though, so be ready to carry your phone in your hand if it’s larger than a pack of gum. Still a cute bag- it’s like a little pearled minaudière.

Dafrastar wearing a red monochromatic look from Zara (top and skirt) with Steve Madden shoes and a pear encrusted clutch. |red outfit| red outfit inspiration| monochromatic look| summer fashion inspiration|

Overall, for me, monochromatic dressing made for a cute and fun look. It looked and felt sophisticated, and it took me a mere 5 mins to put together. I will hopefully get some new red sandals soon, and will replace my skirt so I can revisit this outfit.

Please take a look below at my boo Dorothy slaying an all burgundy look! She’s to fabulous, I can’t.

In her own words:

I am from Curaçao;  everything on the island is very colorful and that also shows in fashion. Back in the day (some women still dress this way though) a lot of Curaçaoan women would dress in one color, but it would be called ghetto and unfashionable. And nowadays monochromatic outfits are a known trend in fashion.

 

@Dorothy.abigail on Dafrastar.com

@Dorothy.abigail on Dafrastar.com

 

That’s it for today people! Thanks as always for stopping by, and I hope to see you on my next post!

My look was photographed by the amazing @joyofodu in San Francisco.

 

Best,

D

Pajamas or day clothes? Skinny jeans and white silk kimono duster

So what happens when you wear a robe outside of your room? Not a damn thing. You just look really cool.

Hello beautiful people;  I hope you are having a stellar day. I am wedging in a little mid-week post on this fine Wednesday. Let’s see how that goes! 🙂

So did I mention I am married? (My husband has absolutely nothing to do with this post, but it is worth mentioning that he is a kind soul who feeds me burgers in spite of being vegetarian and buys me a lot of bubble tea.) My wedding was 2 years ago and it was an epic party, with a lot of outfit changes (we shall re-visit that topic one day). However- the first outfit I donned for my nuptials was actually a silk robe/ kimono I was meant to take pictures in with my bridesmaids (that never happened, because hair and makeup ran epically late.)

Wearing a fun silk duster is a simple way to bring a look from good to fierce! And guess what- some robes can double as dusters! #duster #skinnyjeans #darkjeans #denim #silkduster #silkrobe #kimono

After getting married, I hung the robe in my closet and fondly looked at it sometimes. At some point last year, I saw all Instagram baddies rocking peach/pale pink/light gold and other similarly pastel colored silk  kimono dusters on my timeline. I remember wanting to jump on that bandwagon ASAP, but somehow getting distracted.

Wearing a fun silk duster is a simple way to bring a look from good to fierce! And guess what- some robes can double as dusters! #duster #skinnyjeans #darkjeans #denim #silkduster #silkrobe #kimono

Fast forward a few months- one day some weeks ago, I was feeling dejected by my jeans+tee work uniform and decided to be wild and add something crazy to it. I laid my eyes on the robe, recalled the gorgeous ladies from my timeline, thought I could totally do it too, prayed for nobody to call me out on my bullshit and just went for it. I only forgot one thing- that day, I was at a meeting that was being broadcasted to my whole company, and I had the nerve to get up and ask a question wearing a robe in public (sometimes I amaze myself.) Guess what- people actually told me they liked the look- it totally passed for a kimono/caftan. BOOM- that’s what you call a WIN, people, accidental or not!

Wearing a fun silk duster is a simple way to bring a look from good to fierce! And guess what- some robes can double as dusters! #duster #skinnyjeans #darkjeans #denim #silkduster #silkrobe #kimono

So yeah- I wore it 2-3 more times since then, and I have been loving it. It is such a simple thing to throw on top of jeans, dresses (wore it with a racerback tank dress on Sunday)  and even mini skirts! I feel like the rewards outweigh the efforts by far, because it elevates looks from “meh” to a “cool as shit”. It makes me feel boudoir chic, like I am some contessa gracing mere mortals with her presence (… if contessas had to take the train to work every day, that is.) It is clearly a robe, but I honestly feel like it can absolutely pass as a printed duster, like this one, this one or even this one. And have you seen the ZARA pajama set that drove everyone nuts this season?? I was too late to get my hands on it, or you better believe I would have worn that as regular clothing too.

Wearing a fun silk duster is a simple way to bring a look from good to fierce! And guess what- some robes can double as dusters! #duster #skinnyjeans #darkjeans #denim #silkduster #silkrobe #kimonoWhat I am wearing: Top: Aliexpress, here | Jeans: Lucky Sasha Super Skinny, here | Shoes: Steve Madden Daisie, here | Silk robe: Aliexpress ( could not find the exact one I bought, but there’s tons of them): Similar here| Choker: Zara, sold out but available here| rings: Amazon, here

Quick thoughts on the ‘fit:

  • Top: Not the worst top in the world. Already worn 3x, still holding up. Not bad for $10, but quality is obviously very average.
  • Jeans: Always loved Lucky Jeans; I buy them in bulk (read trough the hyperbole: I buy three) every Black Friday.The Sasha fit is nice, but I feel somewhat constricted in it sometimes, especially when the stretch is low (I am a bit hippy). I like the Lolita fit better. Too bad Lucky Brand does not believe in diversity in their ads- I get very annoyed at the booklets they send me in the mail; at least try a little, people!
  • Shoes: we’ve been over them in previous posts. They are uncomfortable and I hate them, but they do make my legs look longer, so I keep smiling through the pain.
  • Robe: Love it! I mean- for the cost, you can’t really do better.

Wearing a fun silk duster is a simple way to bring a look from good to fierce! And guess what- some robes can double as dusters! #duster #skinnyjeans #darkjeans #denim #silkduster #silkrobe #kimono

So that’s it for a quick Wednesday post! I have half a mind to purchase more silk dusters, because I feel like they are the lazy girl’s way of looking somewhat put together. I would like to get one in caramel/gold or blush pink because I feel like these shades would compliment my skin tone.

Wearing a fun silk duster is a simple way to bring a look from good to fierce! And guess what- some robes can double as dusters! #duster #skinnyjeans #darkjeans #denim #silkduster #silkrobe #kimono

And to finish off this post- here is a quick shot of me actually wearing this robe on my wedding day.

Wearing a fun silk duster is a simple way to bring a look from good to fierce! And guess what- some robes can double as dusters! #duster #skinnyjeans #darkjeans #denim #silkduster #silkrobe #kimono

Thanks for stopping by today- see you soon!

Drop me a note below with any thoughts!

 

D

Bye Bye Summer (Floral dress collab)

Well hello there , happy Monday!

Here’s to a last summer hurrah (or you know, in my case, hurrying up to post all my summery looks before I end up posting spaghetti straps on Halloween. My success odds are not looking  good.)

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So I will let you into a little secret: coming up with cool things to wear takes a level of patience and dressing ability I am only hoping to ever come close to asymptotically (I’ve been brushing up on my algebra, ha-ha!) It is strange, really. I do NOT like brainstorming outfits. I almost never come up with anything good under pressure. I also tend to imagine everything I ever wear in black, and I am a card carrying member of the “I don’t have anything to wear” club. I am coming to terms with my own style, but I also absolutely refuse to be put in a box, so I am very prone to sartorial rebellion. Like- I will wear a yellow dress just to tell myself I can, even though I honestly could live with a black, red and Ankara closet. Oh- and denim.

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What I am good at, however, is merging information in my head to create looks I would actually want to wear. I am great at reworking outfits around, adding and subtracting items, and overall playing with looks to make them work for my body shape, level of sassiness, mood, etc. That means that I get a lot of inspiration from other people, Instagram, Pinterest (follow me while you’re at it 🙂 ), magazines and just people on the street. Which brings us to this outfit- which I actually did not rework much, but totally ripped off someone 🙂

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My former classmate R.T. wore a different color of this dress a few months ago and I lost my mind. First of all she’s gorgeous and has amazing taste, but I immediately fell in love with it and had to have it. I put off looking for it for a few weeks… and BAM my Instagram friend Tiff wore it during her honeymoon in Greece and THAT WAS IT. I texted her (when she was still in Greece, mind you), got the link and bought it in blue. Done.

Dafrastar wearing an off the shoulder dress on dafrastar.com |Floral dress| Off the shoulder dress| Summer outfit inspiration| maxi dress|I was actually on my way to Hawaii, and I wore it to my first Luau a few days later. When I tell you I was feelin’ myself! By then, I had toyed around with the idea of this blog in my mind, and I recall thinking the dress would be a cute look to photograph. Well here we are, 3 months later!

Dafrastar wearing an off the shoulder dress on dafrastar.com |Floral dress| Off the shoulder dress| Summer outfit inspiration| maxi dress|What I am wearing: Dress: here, Sz Large, Print 61189-2 (R.T.’s is 61214-4 Print) ; Shoes: Ross sandals, similar-ish ones here; belt here; Rings- a mix of Forever 21, these, gifts and wedding rings.

Sooo let’s talk about that dress shall we?

First Glance:

  • It is made out of scuba-ish fabric. A lot of people dislike that material, but I don’t mind it- I mean it is not stellar but it is also not the worst fabric in the world.
  • It is pretty opaque, so that’s good.
  • It is a tad clingy, so watch your undergarments if you decide to give it a shot 🙂
  • The colors are very bright in real life, which is exciting.

Upon wearing it:

  • The sizing is pretty accurate. I could stand to go a size smaller, but the dress would no longer be long enough for me (I am 5″11.) I actually wish it was a few inches longer, so I could wear it with heels. This is a flats only dress for me, unfortunately; if you are tall, this would limit styling options.
  • I have a 36″ chest, 29.75″ waist (I just got under 30 so I WILL WRITE EVERY DECIMAL THANK YOU VERY MUCH) and 43 hips; the size large is comfortable and has some room to spare, but the armholes are a bit large. I felt the need to belt it for the shoot because it was a bit loose around my midsection and I wanted a more cinched look.
  • The off the shoulder part does not ride up and stays in place.
  • It feels breathable, but I also never wore it in super hot weather.

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Overall I love wearing this dress. The shoot was the 2nd or 3rd time I wore it, and it’s holding up decently. It’s a bright fun dress, and I had a blast wearing it on vacation. Super cool summer purchase (I would totally wear this in January too but that’s just me), and just a fun flirty dress.

I also generally like maxi dresses because they are so easy: all the matching is done for you, they are flattering, usually drape well when applicable, and are just a lazy girl’s summer staple. Plus, you can show some skin with shoulder baring ones, open back ones, deep plunge ones, sheer ones… It’s just up to how fierce you are feeling that day, really.

Don’t forget, this post is a collab with my bae @dorothy.abigail; stop by her Insta and show her some love! Did you see how she murdered that sundress? She is just too fabulous.

@dorothy.abigail on www.dafrastar.com

So that’s it for today! Like my post and share it if you enjoyed it, drop me a line if you have any questions, and kick this week’s butt! See you in a couple of days!

D

 

Casual Purple Tutu (…as casual as a tutu can be)

This outfit was photographed by the amazing @tracey_mammolito in San Francisco.

Hey everyone, and welcome back to my tiny corner of the Internet.

It is only Thursday, but this was already a busy week full of… well, busy things (sorry, this sentence did NOT go as planned.)

I am dying to take the longest nap in the history of naps, and then waking up to a gallon of bubble tea with french fries. Oh wait- I can’t do that, I quit eating carbs 4 months ago (that was a miserable life choice by the way- I mean yeah, I am healthier and all but I am still wondering whether a world with no fried plantain is worth living in, and I reconsider all my life choices EVERY TIME I see chocolate.) So, all I am really saying is that I could eat cheese after my imaginary nap, not fries. 🍟

www.dafrastar.com Light purple tutu and crop top, tutu, lavender tutu, curly hair

Anyway- yes, I am fully aware of how juvenile this outfit looks, and yes I still wore it and will likely wear it again. I actually wore this tutu to work, not once but twice (paired with a tee both times), and got nothing but compliments on my sartorial choices- well- except from that one guy in the Tenderloin (a dicey-ish part of San Francisco). I wanted to add a petticoat underneath the skirt to make the tutu poof even more, but my husband told me to pump the brakes. Clearly, he is the reasonable one in this relationship. 😁

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To tell you the truth, this look is less about a tutu than it is about pushing past one’s comfort zone. I am not asking you all to wear yards of tulle to work tomorrow (especially if you are a banker or something- no bueno), but it is fun to try something unique every once in a while. While bold, this item of clothing was also non threatening enough that I could feel comfortable wearing it among co-workers; I find it fun to play with pieces like that from time to time, and I often end up looking ridiculous, but whatever. At the end of the day- it’s just clothes, they can be returned or taken off.

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Now, as far as why I even ended up with a tutu in the first place, I am not sure. What I’m sure of though, is that I had a good reason to buy this skirt. I vaguely remember wanting to wear it to a party, or coming across something on Pinterest that just made me believe that I needed a tutu in my life- either way, I remember seeing this purchase as a very reasonable one at the time.

When I got the skirt in the mail, I recall even thinking I wanted it to be more tutu-y, like this one; after some more thought, though, I do believe that my skirt is a little more versatile than a full blown tulle tutu. It also makes me look less like a cupcake, even though I am not strictly against looking like one- I mean, cupcakes need love too. I paired my skirt with a simple crop top (which is actually featured in my previous post too!), and I got both items from Amazon (I told you I hate shopping in person pretty much anywhere. My couch is where it’s at! )

www.dafrastar.com Light purple tutu and crop top, tutu, lavender tutu, curly hairWhat I am wearing: Tutu: Amazon, here; Top: Amazon, here. Shoes: Aldo Caragna, here. Bag: Dilli Haat, Delhi. Choker: Zara- last season, available here. Bracelet: Alex and Ani Tree of life, sold out

If I was to shoot this look again, I would have paired this with a crop tee with cap sleeves or long sleeves, kinda like this one. I feel like the look would have somehow been more balanced that way. I may have also donned some pumps or more detailed heels.

Let’s get in the nitty gritty about each piece of clothing in this look:

The top: we discussed it in my previous post. I love it, best $17 ever spent. I bought a size L, and I have a 36″ bust. Wore it several times, washed it a couple of times- still holding up. I did find the straps to be too long; I had to fold them and stitch them up to tighten them an inch or so.

The skirt: Very cute, comes in several colors (this one is called “Lavender Blush”). I have a love/hate relationship with the waistband because it insists on giving me a muffin top (I mean I have a little one but it accentuates it), so tucking clothes in is a bit tricky. I also wish the bow had a little more oomph to it- it’s very flat. The skirt overall wears comfortably, is airy and looks nice paired with black (and denim).

The shoes: Aldo Caragna. Had them in Nude, loved them until their tragic passing due to my dog eating them. I bought them again in black (featured here), but I somehow don’t care for them as much as I did before; not sure why.

The bag: It is SO cute. I bought it in Dili Haat in Delhi, and clearly do not have a link for it. Here are a couple of somewhat similar options: here and here. I will post more if I can find closer alternatives.

www.dafrastar.com Light purple tutu and crop top, tutu, lavender tutu, curly hair

Sooo that’s it for today!

Remember: wear cool clothes that are a little silly sometimes; it makes life more fun.

See ya next time,

D

Sheer bodysuit and fringe skirt (outfit under $45)

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This look was shot by @agesimagery in San Francisco.

Coming up with a title for this post was hard as shit (as I am writing this, I actually gave up and will likely revisit the title before I hit “Publish”).

So now that we are past the stage fright of Post 1 and 2, I actually have to come up with content and write funny /insightful things for you guys, which is much scarier. That said, while I am no writer, I actually enjoy putting my thoughts on paper. Here’s to hoping they are as funny to you as they are to me. 🥂

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfit

So I am bringing you the first look I ever shot (well technically the second one, but the first one may never see the light of day- I was stiff as hell.) This was back in June or July I believe (this blog has been in the works for a while, guys). I genuinely like each piece portrayed here and they are all very affordable- well, IF you can find them.

Random: you know how sometimes, some things are in the making for years and years? Like- how you finally get a chance to bust a move you practiced with your bestie when you were teenagers- but at a party years later?  Or when watching endless episodes of Law & Order SVU actually translates into you understanding some otherwise puzzling legal lingo (Horrible Bosses FTW!) ?

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfit, stilettosAnyways: this is outfit could be seen as the clothing version of such events. When I tell you I owned this skirt for a good 2-3 years without ever wearing it… I believe I moved houses with it twice (definitely at least once). I just could not make it work for some reason; it looked great on its own, but when I tucked tops into it,  it looked strange;  leaving them untucked on top of it looked silly too, so it was in that weird limbo and was always passed over when I was looking for something to wear. I almost gave it away to Goodwill once, but the color was just so bright and perfect and awesome that I just couldn’t.

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfitSidenote: BTW I have NO idea where I got it from- I know it was a basic store like Forever 21/ H&M/ Zara but I have ZERO clue where I actually bought it; I am positive it was less than $20 though (I usually remember cost because I am very price sensitive 😀 ) . I googled it to no avail- the only other place  saw it was on Marie from Heartfelt Hunt. That tells us the skirt also exists in Europe, but so do the 3 stores above- so yeah, that does not help at all. I have a similar one listed below though …😬

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfitWhat I am wearing: Bodysuit (here), crop top underneath (Here– I love it, wore it several times already) and skirt (similar here ). Shoes here, got mine from DSW

Anyway- fast forward to last June: I wore it for the first time on vacation, and it somehow worked! I have no idea what was different; maybe it was my body, maybe the skirt just decided to stop being a little b*tch, I dunno- but I was happy with the end result! So fresh from that high (I solidified my resolve to re-start blogging during my vacation), I decided to shoot it as one of my first looks. Aaaaaand… things went downhill from there.

The top I had worn it with on vacation didn’t really do it for me anymore and the crop top I had planned to wear it with made me feel like my tummy was oozing out from all directions (that’s what happens after eating everything in sight for a week, I suppose.)

So as I was frantically looking for an option, I came across this random sheer turtleneck bodysuit I had also owned for a while (since 11/2016, to be  exact) and had never worn for some reason. I threw it on top of the crop top I initially had in mind, and ta-da!

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The nitty gritty:

The top: Sheer, sexy, and less than $10. Do not sleep on Ali Express… Shopping there takes some skill and patience, but seriously- $9 including shipping? Worth it. I may make a post one day dedicated to my Ali findings.

The skirt: bold, bright, super fun. Its combination with the see thru top definitely made the outfit sassy, but the presence of a crop top underneath the sheer fabric brought it back a bit from risqué territory. Like- you could wear this to dinner with your mom, and she would (likely) not wonder where she went wrong in your upbringing. I also felt like my legs looked really nice, because they were playing peekaboo behind the red strings; I liked that shit.

About that crop top– LOVE. I just realized I have not one, but two looks coming up featuring this little thing. It is $16 on Amazon- I love it under other pieces like here, by itself, with a bralette, whatever.

So let’s tally the costs for a minute: $20 + $9 + $15= $44. Boom. (I cheated and did not include the shoes but everyone has random black shoes in their closet. Plus I hate these.)

Shoes: basic ass black pumps, and they hurt like hell. If I was to re-wear this look though, I would have worn black sandals like these ones. The pumps made it a little too serious.

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfit

Overall, in spite of being a scramble, the look was pretty fun and well balanced. It was a simple and easy look to shoot for a first timer (not that I am an expert right now- but I was SUPER green then), and I would wear it again to drinks with the girls for example.

That’s it for today’s post! Thanks for visiting my blog; drop me a quick comment and tell me about an outfit years in the making, or a piece that you just can’t seem to make work. Or talk about your dog, that’s cool too.

See ya next time,

D

Look photographed by @agesimagery. Check out his work on Instagram.

Leggy Lady: OTK boots, Fun Blazer and Denim Shorts

Hey there peeps, welcome (back)!

If you’re new here (this is post 2 so there’s a 99.99% chance you are), welcome! I am Dafra; if you are interested in learning more about me beyond this fresh OTK boots/denim shorts combo, please check out the sidebar. I hope you have fun reading my musings!

So Post 1 went okay- no tears were shed, nobody lost a limb and people actually gave me great feedback! Grass Fields even reposted my look on their page -hence causing me narrowly avoid death from excitement – so I all in all would call that a successful start to the new blog. I would also like to thank all of you who left comments, double tapped my images or told me in real life that you liked my post. It means so much- you have no idea.

www.dafrastar.com, Stuart Weitzman, leggylady, velvet boots, over the knee boots, otk boots, velvet boots, shorts and over the knee boots So I am coming at you today with the recreation of an outfit I wore last year to Beyonce’s Bay Area Formation stop and LOVED (the outfit, to be clear- LOVE is not nearly strong enough a word to describe what I had coursing through my veins during those few hours 🐝🐝🐝. We  can re-visit that topic later). For reasons you may already understand upon laying eyes on my getup, I have experienced some difficulties in attempting to re-wear it in non-thottish settings, so blogging gave me the PERFECT excuse to revisit it. (I haven’t given up though, I will wear this outfit some place that is neither a concert, nor a photo shoot. Just watch me.)

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A few things that will become apparent as I post more and more looks on this blog :

  1. I WILL wear denim any and every chance I get, all day, every day
  2. I would have a 100% black wardrobe if I could (with the exception of- well, denim)
  3. Red lipstick is an absolute staple in my life. I have a dozen different ones (hahahaha lies- waaaay more) and I may be dedicating a post to this mild obsession sometime in the near future
  4. I would never ever physically go shopping if I could buy everything online. One can literally trace back my whole life through bread crumbs from my Amazon shopping history and my Etsy /Poshmark/Ebay/Zara/ ASOS/NastyGal receipts. Everything.
  5. Wearing any item of clothing only once is a failure to optimize in my book. I wear shit until it falls apart.

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Given the points above- this look was a no-brainer. All of these pieces came from straight my closet (…which worked out great because that Formation ticket wasn’t cheap, nosebleeds notwithstanding). Bonus points: I could move in my shorts and (poorly) recreate moves from the stage, my legs looked great and I was generally happy with the universe.

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What I wore: OTK Boots: Leggylady from Stuart Weitzman (HERE), shorts from Express (Old, similar HERE), Random bedazzled halter top (Similar HERE) and Lookbook jacket from Amazon (HERE). My lipstick is Coloured Raine Cherry Blossom (HERE)

On to the ‘fit:

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That Jacket is everything and a bag of chips. It is around $50 and it was such a good purchase! I have worn it countless times: to work with jeans/skirts, fitted or flare; on top of a dressy outfit to tone it down; on top of a strapless dress because I was fucking cold; name it, I’ve done it. I will wear it tomorrow as I will be trekking across of NYC for meetings all day;  seriously- this jacket is BAE (and I like to think I hate that word). I will buy it in more colors (navy perhaps?), or honestly I may just get another black one so I may have it as a back up. The lapels are pretty and unique, but I have noticed the right side lays weird so I have to straighten it sometimes. The peplum situation is flattering and makes my body look hourglassy; the strong shoulder is just the right amount of pointy-ness, and I just really love the overall result. It also has lover 450 reviews on Amazon as of today, and a 4 star rating (out of five). Not too shabby.

The shorts: they are SHORT. Nothing peeks from underneath for me but they are not the kind to wear if you have generous curves – they will spill out 😬 … unless you size up. These are just simple, solid denim shorts to me;  ripped in the right places, adequately distressed, and I love the wash. It is also a staple in my closet and I had already worn them ten times or more prior to Formation (they were purchased in 2013.)

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The top I actually wore a semi sheer Zara top to the concert (can’t find it online, will update if I do). The one I have on in the photos is a no-name halter top I got on sale somewhere yearsssss ago for like $10. Nothing major to say about it, but it survived several washes, beading is intact, it is comfortable and roomy and the chiffon-like material is breathable. I have a similar suggestion in the caption above.

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Now on to the OTK boots (settle in, this is a long story).

The ones I wore to Formation were these Colin  Stuart boots, purchased from Victoria’s Secret in 2009 or something (they are now discontinued). OMG these suckers HURT! I rarely wore them but could not find the courage to give them away because they were so hot. I promise you I limped around for 2 days after Formation because I danced my little heart out.

One day earlier this year, I was minding my own business making tea in the office kitchen and came across my (always stylish) coworker C. rocking some serious boot candy.  She gave me the 411 (she was wearing the Stuart Weitzman Highland, and also owned the Lowland); after pulling them up on my phone, I audibly gasped at the price. She did warn me they were an investment, and did mention she had had them for over 5 years and had loved every minute of it- so when broken out THAT WAY the cost was not bad but still- damn! I was excited but still mad at the price.

I therefore started stalking those babies everywhere (eBay, Poshmark, anywhere I could think of) in the attempt to nab them at a discount. While roaming the interwebs to find them, I came across the Steve Madden “Gorgeous” boots– which are a pretty close replica of the Highlands. That said, deep down, I really wanted the Lowlands (I wanted a daily OTK boot), but after watching video comparisons (here and here), I just took the leap and bought the Gorgeous anyway because I knew I would still get some use out of them ; also Zappos had some sale going on and I didn’t want to miss out. (I turned out to be right at least- I have worn them a few times and I like them a lot. Money well spent.)

Picture from A Sparkle Factor; see her post about these boots here

Still, I was still pining for a flat pair of boots, so I randomly went to the SW website again to cry at the screen… ONLY TO FIND ANOTHER OTK BOOT, THE LEGGYLADY (WAIT FOR IT) …  50% OFF  ONLY.IN.MY.SIZE!!! (okay fine it was a half size larger but what are socks for?) I could not even believe it- so after pinching myself I bought them without even thinking, not realizing that the likelihood of someone else needing crotch grazing boots in Sz. 11.5 at the same time was VERY slim. But I digress.

After the fact, I immediately had buyer’s remorse and was like …

  • “It’s not even the same boot- what if the reviews on these suck?” (they didn’t)
  • “Shit, they are velvet. That is so extra for every day wear, plus it’s likely annoying to clean.” (that’s true)
  • “Ugh they are so big and my feet will look like fish.” (Well…)

But when they came in the mail… I was just over the moon. (And also banned from buying anything for 2 months).

While I have not worked up the nerve to wear them to work, I wore them out once, wore them to this photoshoot, and actually spent a 9 hours stretch in them the other day without even wincing once! I had no pain at all- so I wore them again the next day for 9 more hours, and walked half a mile. I had no pain or blisters later, so I would say they are definitely good for everyday wear (if you can rock velvet.)

www.dafrastar.com, Stuart Weitzman, leggylady, velvet boots, over the knee boots, otk boots, velvet boots, shorts and over the knee bootsMy final thoughts are that SW shoes are expensive as shit. I am NOT going to be the one to tell you to buy their boots (I offered you an alternative- that I actually wear) but as much as I love the Gorgeous boots, they do NOT make me feel the way my velvet extra AF Leggylady boots do . The latter are also the ONLY boots I have ever found to be TRULY OTK (over-the-knee) for my 5″11 frame, and that matters to me. I will cherish them until they fall apart because I need to squeeze a 6 yr lifetime out of them (at least!) to justify my investment.

Side note – they do not roll down the leg, especially with jeans tucked in, but they do shimmy down a little with bare skin (you can tighten the laces at the back of the thigh though, so that helps a bit).

Dassit! If you read this far, you are a trooper and I appreciate your time. Drop me a comment and tell me about your favorite shoes!

See ya next time,

D

www.dafrastar.com, Stuart Weitzman, leggylady, velvet boots, over the knee boots, otk boots, velvet boots, shorts and over the knee bootsP.S: S/O to @joyofodu for always making me look cool. Check her photography work on Instagram.

With Love,

D