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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Early yesterday morning, I went to vote at my local Mormon church. It was mayhem. The lines weaved in and out of the pews so that confused people were constantly getting on the wrong queue; instead of the voting machines we had in the past, we got SAT-like forms with bubbles to color in with a pen; and, at the standing desks we used, everyone behind you could see what bubbles you were filling in, so, really, what did it matter if you Instagrammed that shit or not?

Inching my way through this maze gave me time to think, and what I thought about was the common threat to move to Canada if the candidate of one’s choice doesn’t win. I have nothing against Canada. I’m a big Rush fan. But a move to Canada doesn’t seem very ambitious to me. Dream big, people! Like, if so-and-so doesn’t win, godammit, say you’re going to move to:

  • your English country manor
  • your pied-à-terre in Paris
  • AND your condo in St. Bart’s

Not only that, but your money is going to be so pissed off that it won’t even come with you. It’s going to move to Switzerland and the Cayman Islands in protest. Forget Canada, bitches. Go for the glamour.

But that’s advice for y’all. I don’t plan to move anywhere. It’s enough for me to drag my ass to another Manhattan neighborhood, which is what MrB and I did for an election-night party. I decided to wear my Stacy Lomman Wardrobe Therapy outfit #3. Stacy came over on Monday night and she put this outfit together along with SEVEN others. I think I now have close to 20 new outfits thanks to Stacy and we’re still not done going through everything. I’m going to have to pretend I’m a press-seeking starlet and start doing multiple wardrobe changes during the day to take advantage of all these new options! It’s truly amazing.

One thing that has become clear to me is that my surprisingly ladylike fashion direction resulted from my stuffy corporate jobs. I couldn’t stop laughing while showing Stacy an ultra-conservative gray skirt suit that was considered “sexy” at Lehman Brothers. (You will eventually see the jacket and skirt worn separately but never again together.) That’s how I got into the habit of collecting pieces with ultra-feminine details. If you’ve got to wear a boring suit, it’s better to look like a pretty hourglass than a cardboard box, right?

Among my sex-ay suits are three black Dolce & Gabbana numbers in lightweight, medium and heavy fabrics. Stacy loves the suits’ pencil skirts. I already wore the medium skirt. Last night, I wore the lightweight skirt.

What Wendy Wore for Election Night – Stacy Lomman Outfit #3
Top: Tahari (acquired between 1992 and 1995)
Skirt: Dolce & Gabbana (acquired between 2000 and 2004)
Suede boots: From Yoox.com (2008)
Purse: Prada (2007)

While we were going through my wardrobe, Stacy kept pulling out items like the top and boots above and asking me how I wore them in the past. My answer in every case was “with jeans.” It wasn’t that I didn’t wear what I have; I just didn’t maximize its potential. So, for the sake of a little adventure, I enjoyed pairing my polka-dot top with my red boots. The other thing I loved about this outfit? The newest piece in it is four years old. Homegrown vintage, people. That’s my thing.

Remember, if your wardrobe needs some therapy and you’re in New York’s tri-state area,  you can call Cross It Off Your List at 212-725-0122 and ask for an appointment with Stacy Lomman. I enthusiastically recommend it.

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29 Responses to “Stacy Lomman Wardrobe Therapy: Election Night Outfit”

  1. stacy says:

    The person in line behind me made a comment about voting for Obama in a Mormon Church! I died laughing at the irony. I love this outfit… perfectly smart for an election party, but sexy enough for a… well… a PARTY!

    Glad you’re happy with it!

  2. Sheila says:

    You look freakin’ awesome, Wendy! Love the top and boots together – I don’t remember ever seeing either of them on you before. I love how you’re maximizing your wardrobe! Rock on!

  3. Veshoevius
    Twitter: taxnomywardrobe
    says:

    “If you’ve got to wear a boring suit, it’s better to look like a pretty hourglass than a cardboard box, right?”

    Amen to that!

    Great outfit! I have a soft spot for polka dots and I love your red boots.

  4. Sheila, Style Agent 909
    Twitter: styleagent909
    says:

    Colorful polka dots are so fun! I like how your boots pick up the color of the dots.
    Glad to hear you’ll be staying in the U.S.A.!

    • stacy says:

      These boots are so great, I had to find something for her to wear them with. And I’m with you — thank goodness she’s staying in this country!

  5. I thought you were making up the Mormon church thing, but you were for real, right? Love. And I love your look, and the way you and Stacy are mixing it up. Fabulous boots!

    • stacy says:

      Agreed! Fabulous boots! Too fabulous to hang out in a closet. She is not kidding about the church… it’s directly across the street from me! Everybody in the voting line chuckled at the irony.

  6. GRIT & GLAMOUR
    Twitter: gritandglamour
    says:

    Sex-ay…I like!

  7. Tina says:

    I’m very impressed with your bare arms in the 30 something degrees! It definitely helps to have some fresh eyes on your closet every now and then. Looking fab!!

    • WendyB
      Twitter: WendyBrandes
      says:

      You know how I’m so addicted to sleeveless and short sleeves even though I constantly complain about the cold!

  8. The Style Crone
    Twitter: judithstylecrone.com
    says:

    Too bad I don’t live close to ‘Cross It Off Your List.’ Stacy would have a year’s worth of work (therapy) in my closet.

  9. Megan Mae says:

    Not to be creepy, but I’d love to go through your closet for the fun of it. ;P That blouse looks great with the red boots. I’m glad you’re giving your wardrobe a remix-over. You’ve got so many great high quality pieces begging to be worn in new and fantastic ways.

    I wouldn’t mind moving to Canada, I have friends there, but the *ahem* individuals exclaiming that as a response to who wins an election? Well they’re just silly.

  10. Marti says:

    I love the look!! Those boots are the perfect hue for that blouse too. They look like suede which is what makes it go with the top so well. I tried on the most awesome boots the other day also suede, black platform about an inch the heel maybe 5 inches anyway gorgeous do you know that my calfs weren’t big enough. It was a snug fitting boot but nope not my calf’s they didn’t want me to get the boots. So pissed.
    Marta

  11. Cluny
    Twitter: clunygrey
    says:

    Enjoy those arms! I wish I could rock sleeveless the way you do, but alas those days are no more! Adore the boots!
    Cluny

  12. Melanie says:

    You and Stacy must look like cartoon characters when you go through your closet – arms flying like fast-motion windmills… LOL. Great results! This is the perfect outfit to wear to a Mormon church. And I agree, as a colonist of Canada, if you’re looking for a little excitement, think BIG!!! Barbados, yeah, that’s the ticket…

  13. Holy smokes, fabulous outfit! I loved this top with jeans but love it even more now with your TDF boots. These Stacy-fied looks are totally killer!

    The “moving to Canada” stuff was eye-rollingly ridiculous, especially considering the sources vs. the socialized medicine, marriage equality, and abortion access etc. they might find – but YOU we would have wanted!

  14. silkpathdairy
    Twitter: silkpathdiary
    says:

    I’m crazy about this outfit! Love everything about it. Can’t wait to see the rest! I’m off to rescue my old corporate suits now….:-)

  15. I love the idea of Stacy and Judith working together!