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Catching Rae



Occasion: Taxes, Shopping and alterations appointment with client
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Outdoor Temps: 75°F
Activity Level: Low
Wearing: Zara army jacket, James Perse Side Split Long Tank Dress in cactus flower pink, Dr. Martens Marcie boots, Anya Hindmarch bag.

Spring has sprung in the LA area, and it's one of my favorite times of the year - warm enough to not avoid heavy layers, yet cool enough to wear jackets and booties! Knowing our climate, we will spend much more time dealing with Serious Desert Heat, so I plan to enjoy the temperate temps while they last. 

One trend that I'm enjoying on others this season is the Utility & Lace combination, which as you might expect pairs rugged pieces with feminine lace details. However, I'm not generally a huge fan of lace and don't want to buy a special lacy item that won't mix well with other outfits - so here I chose to pair my utility jacket with a girlie pink maxi dress instead. 

One pitfall in pairing very masculine items with very girlie ones is becoming off-balanced - wearing a very thick, heavy jacket with a gauzy, spider silk dress, for example. In the wrong proportions, you can easily leave half of you freezing and the other half boiling. Some of my strategies for avoiding this are:

  • "grounding" or "bookending" a rugged jacket with rugged shoes
  • matching fabric weights as closely as possible (using a thick, eyelet lace to go with cotton canvas, for example)
  • creating visual "weight" with additional coverage (e.g. wearing a longer dress so you don't feel top heavy).
  • balancing out tough elements with additional dainty accessories

Special shout-out to my anonymous-by-choice fashion friend who gifted my this super cool upcycled ammo necklace years ago. If you happen to read this, please know that I still wear my necklace and think of you often, and it always makes me smile when I'm having a tough day. XO!