Vogue a Trois: May I Have The Envelope Please

Posted on November 10, 2013, 8:00 am
5 mins

The Envelope Please

With all the lists of must-haves, key pieces and the latest and greatest of this season being promoted and circulated, sometimes it can be hard to determine what you really want—let alone what you need—in your wardrobe. Leather pieces and leather details seem to be the most prominent this season, but there are also some new silhouettes that make not-so-basics stand out in a fun and fabulous way.

This week I have chosen a leather piece among the newest of many skirt obsessions: the envelope skirt. Whistles Wrap Leather Pencil Skirt is my pick for this week’s Vogue a Trois, and I will style it with black and white, which is another trend I love this fall—so it’s like a two-for-one special this week. Hoorah!

Whistles was founded in 1978 and has evolved from an independent boutique to a contemporary UK brand for the modern chic girl. The Whistles Wrap Pencil Skirt has a side split wrap-over design that I love because it is a unique take on the ever essential pencil skirt. Worn with or without tights, I find this shape to be universally flattering, whether you are a curvier girl or shaped like…well, a pencil.

The Envelope Please

Let’s dream big. Let’s say that you were first in line for the H&M Isabel Marant debut happening on November 14 and you scored some of the most fabulous pieces from this genius collaboration, including the Loop-knit melange wool sweater. Lucky you! Wear it with Alice + Olivia by Pretty Polly “Glitter Horizontal” Tights and the Sergio Rossi Suede Ankle Boots for a sexy but edgy look. Carrying the Chloe Alison Small Leather Tote will keep you organized and stylish. It’s all in the details, so don’t forget your red lips; Chanel’s Rouge Allure Lip Colour in Coromandel is ooh la la.

The Envelope Please #2

I absolutely love all the choices of patterned leggings and tights this season—fierce legs are fabulous. Wear your leather skirt with the AllSaints Granite Leggings. The abstract design runs down the side of the legs, fusing digital images of white roses atop a marble base.  The Derek Lam Marta Ankle Booties will show off your groovy legs and a wedge is always a good way to look cool but without the need for Advil later on… (That’s a lesson from High Heel Survival 101.) The Proenza Schouler White Leather Moto Jacket is a crisp, downtown look, especially with the black zipper and details. And Haute Hippie’s Sleeveless Chiffon Tuxedo Blouse is a good way to keep a beautiful monochromatic silhouette underneath. The Opening Ceremony OC LA Bag in black velvet is a great little bag for the winter months with its luxe details, while a pair of large cushion cut garnet earrings adds an understated touch.

The Envelope Please #3

If you want to skip the tights, then I recommend a pair of over the knee socks. I have several pairs of these, but recently discovered the H&M version, which are super soft. I’ve worn them over my tights with tall boots. Either way, these little numbers will keep you cozy and are so cool looking. The Lanvin boots are classic, and the textured leather and small wedge of these are spot on. Speaking of spots, the 10 Crosby Derek Lam Lola Spotted Calf Hair Shoulder Bag is just that. I love it with the checks of the Ms. Wu Check Jacquard Jacket. The sweetness of the Lace Latitude Blouse offsets the toughness of leather and has a little bit of a French girl feel to it.

Whether you choose a mini or a classic knee length, the envelope skirt is a fun new way to “push the envelope” when you get dressed. Skirts are universally flattering pieces that are a wardrobe staple, but that doesn’t mean they need to be boring. May I have the envelope, please?

Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes her monthly column, Wear It Out, in which she styles looks based on the monthly theme of the magazine. Cole also covers fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog, www.westfultonstreet.com, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.