February 8, 2019

SHEER

, by MARCY CARMACK | Edit
I've been wearing Wolford tights for years and yes they are expensive but they last for years. Sheer hosiery has been out of style for those years because it looked kind of dated and old lady-ish. Now I feel like sheer is new again. I felt sexy and feminine when I put them on.
Be careful what you pair them with so you don't look old lady-ish. Here I wore them with a charcoal window pained skirt and Alexandre Birman boots.
We found that museum lighting was not good for showing the fine details of an outfit because you can't use a flash. The whole outfit is charcoal gray except the black cashmere sweater with a gray trim. Don't you love this Rauschenberg?
Love love Lichtenstein!
Here is one with a flash that went off by accident and you can use see the outfit a little better. These pieces have all been in my wardrobe for many years (charcoal chalkstripe blazer, black cashmere s/s sweater and a charcoal gray window pane mohair skirt) only the boots are new. Oh and the sheer Wolford hosiery too. Anyway I am excited to add sheer hosiery back into my wardrobe and I love Wolford. They are the best.
January 23, 2019

Fanny Packs

by MARCY CARMACK | Edit
Fanny packs used to be déclassé or at least that is how I remember them. I wore one in the 90's when I walked my dog. I wouldn't of imagined wearing one as a fashion statement. Now the major designers are doing them and if you don't want to spend a lot on such a small little thing then you have to look a little harder for a good one. I found a white one at Bloomingdales that I love (below). The strap is not long enough to wear cross body so I went hunting for one with a longer strap.


I found this pinky nude color one at Nordstrom and it has the long strap that I was looking for. Fanny packs are perfect for me because when I am not carrying a LL Bean tote, I like to be footloose and fancy free. In other words I don't like to carry a heavy purse. I think fanny packs are great for moms with small children and a stroller so they can be hands free. Honestly I think they are great for everyone. Men included. They need to have somewhere to put their wallet, phone and keys. You can't fit all that in your pockets anymore.
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January 17, 2019

Last Call

, by MARCY CARMACK | Edit
I found this Elizabeth and James dress at Last Call at Neiman Marcus this month. No it is not the store named after the famous sale but Neiman Marcus's last markdown before they send it out at the end of the season. It used to be a array of sale items that were consolidated from all the stores so you were almost always bound to find something fabulous. I still like it but it is not what it used to be.  
Elizabeth and James is Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen's contemporary line they started  in 2007. The Row is their designer line that has been hugely successful. This dress with it's exaggerated dolman sleeves is quite dramatic. You could wear it to a luncheon or a cocktail party or even over skinny jeans to run around town and be very fashion forward especially in the Midwest.
The location for this shoot was the iconic Great Hall of Union Station in Chicago. You can see a peek of the skylight in the first photo that was recently renovated in 2017. Chicago sure has some spectacular interior spaces and exterior for that matter.
January 10, 2019

Marni Orange

by MARCY CARMACK | Edit
Orange is one of my favorite colors but I don't have a lot of it in my wardrobe so this Marni coat caught my eye. Luckily I found it in a resale shop so it was a fraction of it's original cost. Marni doesn't have the resale value of say Chanel thank god so it was quite reasonable. Besides I have designer consignment in my blood after starting up the RealReal in 2011. 
Marni will make me smile (sometimes you forget but color really does) as I get through the long winter we have in Chicago. It hasn't been too bad so far but we have a waze to go. In March I will take Marni down to Palm Beach and she will fit in perfectly.
Wanted to make the fanny pack work and it kind of does here. I'm thinking the Flintstones but it is not really Stone Age, it's Space Age.
This whole color thing reminds me of my formative fashion years in New York, when the only color I remember having in a sea of black was a red mohair swing coat that made me so happy. I would wear it with my Hermes scarves on my head like Grace Kelly did in To Catch a Thief.
Photos taken at the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. Hollywood Squares is on the TV at the entrance to an exhibit.
This Marni isn't super practical but as I'm sure you know practicality and fashion often don't go hand in hand. That's the fun of it.
January 3, 2019

Julia Roberts for the New Year

by MARCY CARMACK | Edit
Happy New Year! And what better way to start out a stylish new year than with Julia Roberts and her iconic smile. This 50 + year old beauty is inspiration in spades.
I follow her stylist, Elizabeth Stewart on Instagram so I have been seeing a lot of Julia as her acting career has picked up. Her most recent movie is Ben is Home. I can't recommend it because it is so sad; but her acting is superb and I hope she will be nominated for an Oscar.
Julia appeared on the cover of Harpers Bazaar in October 2018 and Oprah did the interview. She is wearing a Giambattista Valli gown and Dior sneakers.
More on what I think is inspirational is that not only has Julia seemed to of never aged but she looks better than she did in Pretty Woman. Her recent red carpet looks are youthfully playful and she is often seen wearing suiting which has become something of a signature for Roberts. Pretty Woman solidified her as a Style Icon ages ago and her current looks keep her there.













December 13, 2018

The Langham this Holiday

by MARCY CARMACK | Edit
I know this is a fashion blog but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the backdrop for this fashion shoot. The Langham hotel in Chicago opened with a lot of fanfare about 5 years ago. It became the world's  only hotel located in a Mies Van Der Rohe building. His grandson Dirk Lohan did the ground floor lobby's furnishings--the lamps, the furniture and the iconic brass beads that hang in the windows.

I am wearing a fur over white Citizens of Humanity jeans and the soon to be infamous white VINCE boots. I love the beads hanging in the background and another icon, the Marina City building that opened in 1968 just across the street. I adore the ultra modern building. I only wish it had a sexier name.

This little dark green velvet dress is on sale right now at Neimans (by Aiden). I love velvet and wear it for more than just the holiday season. I love to mix it with all kinds of sportswear. Years ago I had  some Belgian shoes in black velvet that I adored. Velvet is extremely durable and never goes out of style. Just stay away from anything with a hint of grandma. mc@marcycarmack.us
December 6, 2018

White Boots

, by MARCY CARMACK | Edit
I was obsessed with finding white boots this season but there were not a lot around this fall unless I ordered online. Many of you are old pros at ordering online but I just don't like the returns and especially with shoes. You have a better chance of getting the right size with clothing than with shoes unless you are ordering a Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik or something else you have worn before. I recently ordered some Sperry rain boots that as it turned out ran one size too large. Luckily I could return them to Nordstrom but it's still a hassle. 

Finally I got these Vince white boots and am loving them but finding it a bit more difficult to style them. For instance how will I wear them with dresses? If I were in California you would just go bear legged. Here in Chicago you can not. Do I do white tights or white hose (I've seen signs of hosiery coming back)?

I'll let you know but in the mean time I'll show how I have styled them so far. 

I did a cream colored turtleneck with dark skinny jeans. I like the jeans to be short enough to show the boot. Maybe I'll try a white sock next time, ha!
With my coat the whole look is dark, which really makes the boots pop.
Keep it simple with white boots because it is a modern look and you don't want to muck it up with a lot of stuff going on. All photos taken at Soho House Chicago.
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