They call me Shirley Holmes, fashion detective (actually they don’t, but I’m manifesting it). I’m always sleuthing to find what’s the latest in fashion so that it’s no mystery to my followers.
In this installment of the Shirley Holmes: The Clothing Chronicles, my best friend, Mari Makatsaria joins the case, like a wardrobe-conscious Watson. We traipse the historic district of Downtown Los Angeles where the Christmas cheer is in full swing and the clues are itching to be discovered. We settle on the breathtaking Millennium Biltmore Hotel, an art deco gem in the midst of eclectic Downtown Los Angeles. A fitting venue for my first post of the 21st century version of the roaring twenties!
A new decade may be afoot, but there are some trends from 2019 that I plan on keeping around into the New Year. With my powers of deduction, stick around as I break down this ensemble for you with the written word’s version of a magnifying glass: bold type.
Clothing Clue 1: Haute Hairpins
This gold pin with the illustrious Versace medusa immediately luxuriates any look. Expect the accessory to be worn with dresses, suits and jeans alike.
Clothing Clue 2: Skirt Suits
If you don’t want to hop on this trend, well suit yourself. I am all about a versatile blazer with a matching skirt. This set from Barney’s New York (RIP) circa ‘90s is unique with its upturned collar and coronated buttons. The bottoms hit at the halfway point of the knee, which means they should either be worn with tights and heels or knee-high boots to keep the legs looking long.
Clothing Clue 3: Posh Plaids
If Khaite’s Spring 2020 collection was any indication, plaid is not just a pattern you see on Scots on Outlander, or on hipsters in flannels. The pattern is (case in point this runway moment and this one too). I have a plethora of plaid running through my winter wardrobe, and this tweed skirt suit from Barney’s is no exception. The medley of browns gives of vintage Sherlock Holmes vibe, don’t you think?
Clothing Clue 4: Knee-high boots
I was hesitant of this trend at first, perhaps because I was reluctant to let go of the extremely flattering over-the-knee boots trend (let’s be real, no matter how many fashion sites say that one boot trend replaces the other, I continue to wear my black suede over-the-knee boots all season long). But it seems that these chocolate leather knee-highs have crept their way into my closet. They make a great pairing with my Versace hair clip, as the gold buckle on the shoe matches perfectly.
Sorry if that metaphor was too extensive, but I can’t help it when I love an outfit this much. The case is closed.
Keeping it Krischic,
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