Suit for a woman

Are you guys familiar with the term Le Smoking? It goes beyond just a suit women wear, but carries a lot of meaning in breaking the rules of fashion. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea and how to incorporate it into my wardrobe. So when I separately thrifted this tuxedo pant and then this tuxedo type of jacket, I was just waiting for the right moment to wear them together.

This isn’t an outfit to hang around the house for sure – we had a special dinner for a friend that was here from out of town. A classy place, calls for a classy outfit. And AHA! This was the perfect moment where I could wear my Le Smoking. I still felt very feminine, and I think that is what’s so special about wearing a suit as a woman.

Jacket: Akris, thrifted. Blouse: Equipment, thrifted (different color here). Pants: Trouve, from Buffalo Exchange. Wedges: Yves Saint Laurent, from Buffalo Exchange (there’s always a pair for sale on ebay!) . Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs. Lipstick: Revlon Colorburst in Tutti Frutti.

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Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, woman wearing suit, suit for women, le smoking

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, woman wearing suit, suit for women, le smoking

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, woman wearing suit, suit for women, le smoking

What do you think? As a woman, would you wear a suit like this?

Spotlight On: Enza Costa

You’ll be able to follow all of these spotlight posts here, but also keep up with my Made in the USA series here.

A few months ago I bought a very beautiful and delicate silk top that I’ve worn for work, it’s by Enza Costa. It’s just so eye catching, I’ll have to take a picture wearing it soon. I instantly knew I would have to feature her on one of my Made in USA spotlight posts! The brand seems to focus on making quality pieces (both basics and special items) out of really fine fabrics. Their About page states

Designed to transform everyday basics into luxury essentials, Enza Costa’s unique brand of minimalist, modern clothing is crafted with featherweight blends of sumptuous supima cotton, cashmere and silk.
Enza Costa’s visionary and illusory style accentuates the silhouette with cool formalism and casual expression. The classic line is guided by transparency, layering, femininity and sensuality.

Established in 2007, designer Enza Costa set out to create the perfect T-shirt; one that was impeccably cut, made from the most touchable fabrics, with great attention to detail. Her first collection became a cult favorite and caught the eye of the most discerning stores worldwide. Since then, Enza Costa has evolved into a full range that is built around effortlessly chic, never-take-off essentials: silk blend t-shirts, gauzy cashmere knits and gossamer tanks. Each piece of Enza Costa is handmade in Los Angeles with the finest fabrics from Italy, Japan and California. Enza Costa is sold around the globe.

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Photos from the Enza Costa Facebook, shot by Carolina Palmgren

Well, I’m sold! This lookbook is a little bit old, but the idea and thought behind the clothing is the same. You can’t shop their website, but Shopbop is one of their online stockists and carries quite a bit! Can’t wait to one day bring a little more of the brand into my closet.

My DvF style

My green Diane von Furstenberg dress from the previous post has been one of my most favorite finds! It really is a versatile dress. It’s definitely not something to wear to work, but a dress to make a statement! You can’t see it because of the sweater, but it has a low back that can be oh, so sexy. And that’s what I love about Diane von Furstenberg dresses and style! I’ve recently fallen in love with this beautiful one, hopefully one day saving enough to buy it! In the meantime, I’m happy with the DvF dresses I do have!

Here is a small roundup,

This dress never made it on the blog, but it was wedding guest attire
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A wrap dress of course
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A floral number
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Something a little more formal
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I’ve had some good luck, and I can’t wait to find more to add to my wardrobe!

Just a little fancy

When I began this blog and lived in Vegas, getting dressed for nightlife was a bigger part of my life (hence why I have an #OotN category as wells as a #OotD one). But living in San Francisco, those chances to dress up at night became fewer and fewer – and it’s not that people don’t like to dress nice here, but that you can get away with casual dressing practically every single day and for almost occasions! That when I do get to dress up, it’s really nice, I take full advantage of it!

And while our daytimes can be sort of warm, I had to take a sweater with me before it got dark because it always gets cold at night again. No matter the daytime weather (sorry to all of you melting away)

Sweater: Marc Jacobs, thrifted. Dress: Diane von Furstenberg, thrifted & Made in the USA! (the style is called Bridget, here are a few in different colors for sale). Lipstick: Revlon Colorburst in Raspberry Pie. Shoes: Dries Van Noten.

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Thrift Eye, Diane von furstenberg bridget dress, dries van noten sandals, marc jacobs grey sweater

Thrift Eye, Diane von furstenberg bridget dress, dries van noten sandals, marc jacobs grey sweater

Thrift Eye, Diane von furstenberg bridget dress, dries van noten sandals, marc jacobs grey sweater

PS. I love bringing back outfits like this, that are showcasing style on a dime. I think this whole outfit cost less than $50!

Sew U

My fingers are restless. A few months ago I challenged myself to do something new – I picked the tools to do a whole big embroidery project despite never having embroidered before. And then I finished! It’s awesome, and now I’m ready to go back to sewing – I haven’t sewn in a while, but I always just freestyled it.

So I’m ready for my next challenge. I want to sew correctly. I picked up a copy of Sew-U at the library, a book by Built By Wendy that includes patterns – but also the instructions on how to use them and how to adjust the patterns to make even more things!

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I find the whole concept really awesome and can’t wait to find the right fabric to start making something, anything! You see the patterns, and learn how they work (which I knew very little about) – for these types of patterns, a good stretchy fabric will do, since they’re for items that don’t have buttons or zippers (zippers are very difficult to sew, so that’s a whole other book).

If the patterns don’t make much sense, it’s because some of the pieces are meant to be traced & cut over a piece of fabric folded in half so that the two sides match! Can you tell what these patterns will make?

Thrift Eye, Sew U Built by Wendy

Thrift Eye, Sew U Built by Wendy

Thrift Eye, Sew U Built by Wendy

The patterns that come in these books are thin pattern paper – because I obviously had to return the library book, I had to somehow save these patterns for myself. My mom had already told me that saving your patterns onto good sturdy fabric is the best way to save a piece you want to make over and over again. She suggested cutting the patterns onto denim because it is long lasting, but that’s expensive. I had actually been given a roll of stiff canvas fabric at a previous job and just used that! Now I can use them over and over again – where as paper patterns may (and probably) eventually deteriorate or rip.

I’d love if any of you seasoned sewing folk out there had any tips you’d like to pass along! I’m excited to do this, no matter how it turns out :)

I’m anxious to find a really nice fabric, taking the time to add some nice finishing touches. I even want to buy name & Made in the USA labels! Wish me luck.