A is for Avant Garde for Evening

Just a soupçon of avant garde can elevate an evening wear wardrobe. I know very few women who would wear this Vivienne Westwood gown: But it could easily be the inspiration for a perfect, year-round evening skirt that could be worn with a variety of tops: Make it tea length to go from afternoon wedding to grand evening with a change of tops, shoes, and accessories. As a dress, this Alexander Mulqueen haute couture design may seem a bit over the top: But take a closer look at the top: A top spangled with gold would go to work under a suit jacket and then elevate a simple skirt or … Read more…

I Can’t Afford That! Finding Affordable Quality

Babajaan’s off-white Panama oversized straw hat with horsehair band costs a whopping $415! That’s super pricey for most women. Many women I know would look at the price tag and walk away. But this hat is worth a really, really close look. Look at the materials. Look at the shape. Look at the quality. Look at the design. Really study it. Then study it again. While studying it, imagine that hat on your head. Imagine the outfits you would wear it with. Totally ignore the price. Just ask yourself, Would be Babajaan’s hat work for me? And then… Next time you see a similar hat at a friend’s house, ask … Read more…

Why Be Practical?

Babajaan’s off-white Panama oversized straw hat with horsehair band is utterly impractical. But Spring is on the horizon and summer follows — sometimes a big, floppy hat is perfect. A big hat elevates a simple dress, adds elegance, and fun. A wide brim adds mystery and a soupçon of chaste flirtiness. Some days, some occasions demand impracticality. A hat like this is impractically gorgeous!

The “M” Word

Five years ago when I shared my plans to begin a fashion blog for Christian women who aren’t adequately served by most fashion magazines, many friends and acquaintances immediately squealed, “Oooh! We need more modest fashion sites.” Except… I never planned to spend much time writing about modesty. Fashion is so much more. And modesty has many, many variables. I wore this Guy Laroche gown to the 2008 Ball for Life in NYC: The fabric I chose was an opaque, steel-grey, silk jersey; I had the front edges closed. But I left the back as designed. It was perfect. Perfect for me at the time. Perfect for the occasion. I … Read more…