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You know that feeling when you see someone cute across the room and you meet eyes, and your whole body kind of melts, just like warm, creamy chocolate fondue?

Incidentally I prefer fondue over florals any day, but just this once, pretty pastel petals had my heart palpitating. All sorts of ooey, gooey feelings happened when I stumbled upon this pretty little thing, only it was better than warm, creamy chocolate fondue.* Much, much better.

Few things make me happier than finding a dress that has been tailored to perfection; it’s not often that a high-street dress skims the silhouette without being some sort of jersey-rayon-spandex concotion. Not to mention, one in a perfect, powder-y Marie Antoinette blue, featuring a stunning cutaway neckline.

I couldn’t ask for a more perfection combination.

wearing: Zara floral dress + Payless Nude Sandals (not pictured) + Maybelline “Porcelain Party” nail polish + Bobbi Brown “Bikini Pink” lipstick

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Editor’s Notes:

*Yes, such a thing exists. It’s called soy hazelnut macchiatos, Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, a well-fitted dress, and sex.

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style board: the topshop pencil skirt

I’m a serial outfit repeater (but I wash my clothes regularly, promise); when I love a piece, I love a piece, and you’ll find me in nothing but said piece until it’s due for a few spins with gold ol’ Dawn. You may have remembered a particular Topshop skirt from this Kenzo collage a while back – this is the ultimate jersey tube skirt in terms of quality and versatility. Since a few of you asked for more ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe, here’s how I’d wear it:

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Winter uniform.

Yves Saint Laurent Cabas Chyc + Zara pumps (similar here) + T by Alexander Wang chunky knit cropped turtleneckTopshop double-layer pencil skirt + Wildfox Skull ring

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Proof that less is more, and classics will always be king. This is my ideal outfit for anything and everything at the moment; I dream about this, actually – that’s how much I adore each piece in the outfit on its own and together as a single outfit. Cropped knits are all that’s on my mind lately – I’ll blame Tracy Anderson and Buti Fitness for this newfound obsession with my midsection – but the gold mine right now is the ever-coveted chunky cropped turtleneck from T by Alexander Wang. (It’s the one thing I need the mass retailers to produce and they’re not; go figure. Do we need another Kenzo knockoff? Or Prada SS 2012 print? I don’t think so.)

It’s not really about showing skin with this combination: it’s about the illusion of length and highlighting the hourglass. A cropped top serves the same purpose as tucking in your blouse: it hits at that ideal point on the ribcage above the nip in your waist. The jersey pencil skirt does the rest. It contours the curves while remaining modest; I have this theory that nearly every woman looks most elegant in a hemline that hits right below the knee. Black pumps go without saying (it’s me making these collages… don’t act so surprised now!) to keep things feminine and leggy.

chunky skull ring adds a touch of romanticism and rock all at the same time, but let’s be honest, here: the hero accessory of the look is the Yves Saint Laurent Chyc Cabas. Here’s to the last legs of the “Y” in Yves Saint Laurent and the most beautiful bag in the world. I’m seriously contemplating this splurge as my first designer (with a capital “D”) handbag in homage of ladylike tastes, classicism and one of the most incredible artists in history.

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Sexy librarian.

chunky knit cardigan + Topshop cropped tee + Topshop double-layer pencil skirt + Givenchy Nightingale + Garron ankle boots

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I’ve dubbed this The Librarian 2.0. J. Crew cardigans? Bah humbug! Penny loafers? Pah! These are different times, my dears, where things like Google and social media platforms have taken over the Dewy Decimal system.

Black is always the new black, but Starbucks is the new library* – since our coffees can only keep us warm for so long in adorable air-conditioned cafes, a chunky cardigan is the way to stay cozy and comfortable while submersing ourselves in textbooks. Plus, it keeps the sexy in check: a cropped top and bodycon skirt isn’t so intimidating when swathed in cable knits.

Edge it up, sex it up. Whereas the closest thing to edge the original librarian would touch was one of those eyeglass thingy-ma-jigs, we’re no strangers to heavy metal. Finish with a killer pair of ankle booties and cult-status leather bag to keep things edgy.

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This is how we do it.

NARS Red Lizard + low-top Chucks + YSL Belle du Jour patent clutch + Topshop double-layer pencil skirt + white pocket tee + Karla Deras x Roman Luxe lapis lazuli earrings

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Tuck the heels away into the (reusable) tote and chuck on (ha!) those low-tops for when you’re bound to be on your feet and on the go for an entire day. It’s comfortable, easy-breezy and easy-peas-y. Just tuck in a favorite white tee and get out the door: call this your go-to uniform for tourist-y exploring, running errands, a much-needed shopping spree, or just another day of school. It’s the red lipstick and earrings that make the pencil skirt + Chucks combination work; it’s all about balancing the casual and the dressy. A patent leather clutch pulls it all together to keep things minimal and chic. Remember, less is more: if you’re out and about, why carry more than the essential cards, lip balm, red lipstick and cell phone?

Going for drinks afterwards? Swap the trainers for the heels again and no one would have missed a thing.

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Editor’s Notes:

*Support your public libraries! Make sure your tax dollars are going there instead of some ridiculous “local enhancement.” What this society needs is books. Education is power. 

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style board: kenzo, kenzo, hear me roar!

Kenzo tiger sweatshirt (similar here, here) + Zara pumps (similar here) + Topshop double-layer pencil skirt + Philippe Audibert spike bracelet + chunky silver ring

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I’ve had this Kenzo tiger sweatshirt saved on my desktop for so long I nearly forgot about it until I spotted it’s green counterpart on during a much-needed Jak & JIl catch-up session. I don’t know if it’s the eighties reference (I love a well-done vintage throwback much more than the actual vintage piece itself – styles are recycled, yes, but re-done with a newer perspective that renders the “original” irrelevant; am I making sense?) or the sportswear reference (you know it’s my current art de vivre revolves around sportswear!), but I’m in love with this overpriced, two-hundred-and-something-bones top.

Leave it to me to make an odd pairing once again: a sweatshirt, sleeves rolled up to reveal a Philippe Audibert spike bracelet arm party on the left (and a chunky ring to balance it all on the right), worn over a black jersey pencil skirt and paired with d’orsay pointy-toe pumps.

We spent a decent amount of money on that embroidery, ladies, meaning hair must be pulled back into a sleek pony or top knot to boast this tiger in all its two-hundred-something glory.

I am a woman. Here me roar.

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a bit of retail therapy + the discovery of holy grail blue jeans

Let me tell you a thing or two about retail therapy.

It works.

And for that reason alone, I’m all for a little bit of indulging here and there when it fits the bill – there’s just some things that a girl needs after two consecutive weeks of sleepless nights spent rehearsing and revising for exams…

Success at Urban Outfitters by way of a DOE Los York New Angeles Muscle Tee and these amaaazing BDJ Cigarette High-Rise Jean (I think I’ve found my new holy grail brand for jeans – more on that below). A routine check in the fitting room’s public mirror had another shopper comment with an approving #girlsgotswag.

High-waisted happiness with this pair of BDJ High-Rise Two-Tone Coated Jean. Black in the front and blue in the back for those days when a girl just can’t choose between her black trousers or indigo Levi’s…

Oh, the woes of having itty-bitty feet. I spotted these suede d’orsay pumps at Zara and immediately flagged down a sales associate begging if they carried size fives. Negative. Of course I was devastated (given my emotional state) until a quick search on the new Zara app assured that they did carry the Asymmetric Court Shoe in my ever-elusive shoe size. You can only imagine what happened next.

… but back to how I came across the perfect pair of jeans.

“I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sexy appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.”

- Yves Saint Laurent

Sometimes a good pair of blue jeans is all it takes to for a girl to feel sexy. I swear there’s a science behind it all – how the band sits on the hips or waist, how  the pockets contour the derriere, how the legs mold to or skim the thighs. An expensive price tag isn’t necessary (money doesn’t always buy quality), but an impeccable fit is imperative. Once the perfect jean is found, all else that follows is cake.

Despite the universal appeal, however, the hunt for the perfect pair renders all positives null and void. It’s a frustrating trial-and-error, leaning more so on the side of errs. A while ago I tweeted (clearly fueled by emotional overwhelm – it was mid-fitting room!) that I’d rather wear yoga pants for the rest of my life than shop for jeans, and that mass retailers have killed the hourglass. I’m no 38-23-36 (the infamous measurements of Marilyn Monroe), but the idea of the silhouette is vaguely, vaguely there. By today’s standards (retail consumerism, that is) you can either have a butt and hips or a waist. Not both. Dearest child-bearing hips, at least your yoga pants still love you. I then regret last night’s pizza chow-down, completely ignoring the fact that what I ate is irrelevant to proper fit. (Denim shopping is emotionally trying, you guys!)

Only Current/Elliott and Levi’s Curve line have met all my requirements for a quality pair of jeans. Focus on the derriere and lengthen the legs. Stretch is an absolute must – if I can’t dance in them, it’s a deal-breaker. No gaps at the waist or at the small of my back, s’il vous plait. Flashing the world is not on my agenda; perhaps if I were more salacious?

And this is just for regular jeans, never mind the high-rised variety. I’ve loved high-waisted jeans since I stumbled upon my mother’s old pairs from her twenties, but wrote it off as an impossibility (mainly from a financial standpoint if I were to find one that fit well.)

Enter BDG jeans. Check, check, check on all of the above and more! It’s one of those love at first tries sort of moments. There’s doubt at first glance – ooh, you look too tiny to fit me; what if you disappoint me like all the rest? – before you tell yourself, Sod it! Just try it on, what have you got to lose??

Child-bearing hips, meet BDG. BDG, meet child-bearing hips. This is high-waisted happiness, right here. 

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Are you following me on Instagram @abitcoquettish? I’m snap-happy. 

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Edit: I’m so glad you ladies found this post helpful! Since some of you asked for a sizing reference, my true waistline is 25-26 in; I bought my BDG’s in a 26. If you’re an in-between like me, size down if you have slimmer hips and legs, and up if you have a fuller figure. 

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