The 2017 Tony Awards took place Sunday night. If I had the opportunity to pick any award show to attend, I would mostly likely choose the Tony Awards. I have a deep love for musicals and shows that began when I saw Les Misérables on the West End of London (London’s Broadway or actually Broadway is the NYC’s West End) when I was 17. My seat was very high and very near the back of the theater, but I was completely memorized. Since then I’ve seen countless shows including Wicked, Rent, Jersey Boys, Mama Mia, South Pacific, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and countless others. I can honestly say I’ve never experienced a bad show. There’s just something about the live music and acting that takes me to another place for 3 hours.
Accordingly, I find it quite impressive when I read that an actor has a Tony. The talent is takes to sing, dance, and act live night after night for sometimes months at a time is respectable. To see all of these talented actors in one place live while catching snippets of the best of the best shows would be so entertaining. I know I can watch it on television, but I mean, that defeats the point of musicals. You’re supposed to view them in person. Some (a lot) of the magic is lost when viewing them through a screen.
I like to think the red carpet at the Tony’s is a bit more sophisticated than other red carpets. The Tony Awards are different from the Academy Awards which are different from the Grammy Awards and so on. Looks at this year’s show had their hits and misses, but for the most part I thought it was a glamorous affair. I’ve taken five looks below that I found particularly good and inspiring for everyday wear. My favorite is actually Mary Beth Peil. I hope I’m as stylish as her when I’m 76.
It’s always interesting to see how your fashion changes over time. Throughout my life, I’ve gone through various skirt phases. In college, I was all about mini skirts. I wore them so often that a random guy in my humanities class asked if I even owned a pair of shorts. Fresh out of college and starting my career, I moved to midi skirts. I felt professional, yet still stylish. Throughout pregnancy, I had several maxi skirts on rotation. They were so dang comfortable and a way to avoid buying maternity clothes. Nowadays, I flip-flop between midi and maxi skirts with the occasional mini making an appearance.
I’ve seen a few designer striped skirts recently that are absolutely beautiful. Stripes are my favorite pattern, and skirts are my favorite piece of clothing, so today I’ve rounded up a slew of designer and everyday wear striped skirts for comparison. They range in price from $1,300+ (yes, really) to $16. Sure, the quality will likely be lower with the less expensive options, but for $1,200 less, I’m willing to go with the more economical option. That goes for pretty much every expenditure in my life, not just skirts.
As I’ve mentioned before, I do believe in paying for quality items that are staples. However, I’m not sure how many times I would wear a striped skirt (probably not more than once or twice a month), so the price per wear of the skirts in the expensive column aren’t justifiable for me, personally. But they sure are pretty!
The Cannes Film Festival has always seemed like one of the most glamorous Hollywood events to me. I think that’s mainly due to its location in the French Riviera (I blame Samantha Brown for my obsession with the Côte d’Azur), but I’ll give some credit to the celebrities and their films. Actually, scratch that. I don’t know anything about the films shown at Cannes, so I guess it’s just the Mediterranean seaside location and the outfits. The somewhat funny thing about celebrity fashion at the Cannes Film Festival is that I don’t actually know who any of the celebrities are. This year’s festival marked the 70th anniversary and ran from May 17-28. I’ve browsed various galleries on Elle, Vogue, etc., and I may recognize two or three actors, but for the most part I have no idea who these people are or what they’re known for. No matter! I can still admire their garb. And that’s what I’ve done today!
Let me state for the record that I like to take *inspiration* from red carpet fashion. I have no red carpet events on my calendar (though I am available should someone invite me) and thus have no need for a ballgown. However, I do like to morph these outfits into real life. These days real life for me means working an 8-5 office job, occasional date nights/dinner with friends, and cookouts. With that in mind, I’ve put together the below looks inspired by Cannes Film Festival fashion. I hope you enjoy!
In addition to white sneakers, the other item on my immediate to-buy list is a swim cover-up. A few years ago I came across a blue and white tunic cover-up while shopping for a dress to wear to a wedding. It was the end of summer, I was pregnant, and I was exhausted from shopping for hours with no luck on the dress front. Due to those factors, I couldn’t justify the $60 price tag. Fast forward to now and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about that cover-up. Naturally, when I wasn’t looking for a specific item of clothing I found the perfect one (and didn’t buy it). I bet if I went shopping for a cover-up right now, I’d find the perfect dress to wear to a wedding!
I have a few cover-ups that I feel “meh” about. I’ve just recently started buying clothes that actually fit my body type (long rectangular torso), and my current cover-ups do nothing for me. The past couple of times I’ve needed a cover-up, I’ve grabbed shorts and a top instead. I’ve always felt slightly self conscious in a bathing suit (who doesn’t?), so I’d like to find a cover-up that I feel confident in. Or at least a little better than “meh”.
I rounded up all of the below as possible contenders. My top 3 are on the top row, but I like them all. I did have a few requirements that helped me weed through all of the various options available on the world wide web:
Sleeves – My current cover-ups are sleeveless and I’ve had several instances where I wish I had sleeves for a little sun protection, warmth if it’s windy, or because I forgot to shave my armpits (kidding, maybe).
No drop waist – Makes me look wide.
Not sheer – or at least, not extremely sheer. I’m fine with some translucence.One (also love it in chambray) // Two // Three
Per usual, I’m 3 years late to a fashion trend. Or maybe I was 10 years early, but I’ll get to that. It’s not that I haven’t been paying attention to the white sneaker trend popping up all over the place, but I’m not a fan of how I’ve seen them styled. I’ve never once seen them worn with a sundress, skirt or some other feminine ensemble and thought, “you know, those slightly dingy sneakers looks better than a strappy sandal or ballet flat.” Take for instance Elsa Hosk’s outfit here. She’s ethereal and elegant like only a Swedish supermodel can be, but just no. I can’t with the shoes.
I can occasionally make an exception to my no-sneaker-and-dress rule whenever I see a pair of Converse styled with a shirt dress, but that’s it. Never have I ever thought sneakers + dresses/skirts paired well together.
With all that said, I do like white sneakers paired with a pair of jeans and t-shirt. At the beginning of every school year from junior high to my senior year of high school, I’d purchase a brand new crisp pair of white Tommy Hilfiger tennis shoes. Those, a pair of jeans and a Hilfiger shirt were my school uniform. #TommyGirl
Fast forward to now and I haven’t bought white sneakers in years. Flip-flops and boat shoes replaced my need for a casual shoe. However, with a toddler running around now and my growing intolerance of flip-flops, I’m planning to give into this trend–which isn’t actually a trend at all. I’ll be taking the princess route, though.
I’m extremely picky when it comes to shoes. After reading lots of reviews (and trying to find a pair that don’t look like mall walkers), here are the ones I’m currently mulling over:
Converse – I think I’m only person on the planet who does not and has never owned a pair of Converse. Even my mom owns a pair!
Adidas – I’m not going to lie. I’m basic and like these because of the rose gold.
Superga – To further prove how basic I am, I like these because they’re the same pair Kate Middleton is wearing.
Vince Camuto – I totally dig slip-on shoes in any form. I also like that these are slightly different from the rest.
Sperry – My beloved Sperry’s! I’ve almost purchased these a handful of times, but haven’t pulled the trigger just yet. They somewhat remind me of Keds and the geriatric set. At the same time, they’re Sperry’s!
Tom’s – Equal parts hideous and fabulous, I had to include a pair of Tom’s for consideration.
Tretorn – Similar to the Vince Camuto pair, I like that these are different than the rest. The netting is an interesting feature.
Nike – I’ve worn all kinds of tennis shoes over the years, and none–NONE–are more comfortable than Nikes. They just aren’t. I’m actually eyeing these in the black/white combo, but like the white on white, too.
So what about you? Do you have any of the above? Any recommendations for me?
Update: I ended up purchasing this pair of Sperry Crest Vibe Sneakers. They are extremely similar to #5, but have a slightly different cut around the ankle. I love them! They are comfortable (no blisters!) and look super cute. I sprayed them with Scotchgard since they are a white canvas. No stains thus far. I ended up purchasing Sperry’s since I’ve owned several pair of Sperry boat shoes over the years and have always been happy with them.