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All Laced Up

A feminine lace dress, toughened up with a moto and oxfords
September 22, 2016

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A lace dress is a really just a no-brainer when it comes to dressing up.  Delicate details and feminine features make this fancy piece an instant iconic fashion staple.  And when you add a little color in there, especially my favorite color blue, you’re sure to make an entrance.  From the second that I saw this blue lace dress by Reese Witherspoon’s label, Draper James, I knew it had my name all over it.  Of course, this easy, ultra flattering A-line Draper James dress begs for a night out on the town with heels, but I didn’t want to wait for a special occasion to wear it.  So my solution, making lace every day accessible.

I accomplished the look by throwing on my new favorite navy moto leather jacket a fun pair of tomboy, striped oxfords I’ve had forever, and a white messenger bag.  The result proved to be just the right amount of fussy and un-fussy for every day life.  And like I said above I love that with a quick change of jacket and a slip into heels you’re ready for a night on the town.  So tell me friends, do you do lace?  Truly, MKR

P.S. Make sure you’re following Draper James on Instagram and Snapchat because I’ll be taking over their account this Saturday!

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Photography, Haley Sheffield for Waiting on Martha 

How to Find the Perfect Jeans

The iconic fashion staple defined & the perfect pair discovered
September 14, 2016

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The perfect pair of jeans (n.): Perfectly worn-in, hugging you in all the right places.  A pair you can move in; a pair that makes you feel good the second you pull them on.  The perfect pair will never have you tugging at belt loops every time you stand up, but may require that cute shimmy as you get ready for date night.  A pair you’ll have forever. 

We tried Seven for All Mankind, we tried Gap, we tried Madewell and AG.  We brought out our tried-and-true favorite pairs from Old Navy, PAIGE, J.Crew, Rag & Bone, FRAME denim, Blank NYC and Current/Elliott.  The team’s mission?  To find THE perfect jeans.  We looked at high-low options of this iconic fashion staple  (from $32 all the way to $295) and inspected each pair’s fit, material and wearability.  At times throughout the afternoon we felt a little weary (trying on pairs that made us swear we were getting back into the gym starting tomorrow), but at other times we were wiggling around in joy over the fantastic fit.  

We quickly found that each of us had our favorites, and by the end of the day, we all agreed that the perfect jeans looked different on everyone.  From flares to skinnies to boyfriends and bootlegs, the options are virtually endless when it comes to jeans.  And we also agreed that very much like dating; it takes a lot of wrong fits before you find the right fit.

Below, you’ll find a break-down of the team’s picks plus their favorite tip on how to find the best jean for you.  Tell us, have you found the perfect jeans?!  Truly, MKR


Mandy Kellogg Rye, WOM Founder & Creative Director: “Stick to what works.  It’s easy to fall into each year’s trend.  Please by all means, try those high waisted, frayed, ripped, uneven hem pairs on.  But don’t let the season’s trend sway you to spending big bucks on a pair that doesn’t make you feel like a million bucks.”  

Self-described body type: athletic with wider hips

My Favorites: Current/Elliott I discovered thanks to my recent Trunk Club delivery.  But over the years, I’ve always had my tried-and-true Hudson skinny jeans.  My favorite less expensive options include Gap boyfriend and J.Crew boyfriend jeans.”
 


 


Kat Neunaber, WOM Editorial Director: “Always note the material content of the jeans (some jeans are way stretchier than others).”  

Self-described body type: tall, with skinny legs and wider hips

My favorites:  I’m pretty consistent with my love affair with 7 for All Mankind when it comes to skinny jeans…they simply fit me the best (skinny legs with wider hips), and the material makes them easy to move in.  When I’m on a budget, I turn to Gap because I think the entire line looks just as good as any designer versions. But since I am OBSESSED with jeans, I tend to invest in only one or two great pairs per year (to then wear the heck out of them).  When that’s the case, I don’t mind dishing out the cash for a solid pair.  

While I always need a good pair of skinnies, I’ve actually found that I really just love nonstretchy jeans…they hold me in all the right places!  As stated above I’m careful to check out the material description whenever trying a new pair online (cotton with only a hair of elastane is the magic equation). I have a pair of nonstretchy Joe’s (the Cooper Skinny Ankle to be exact) that I literally cannot part with, and I can’t find available anywhere.  What was once a distressed boyfriend jean is now a worn-in, loved staple pair with holes a little too big.  They’re the best!” 
 


 


Liz Bargamian, WOM Business Manager: “Always read customer reviews when purchasing online, it will help you suss out true coloring, size, and overall fit.”  

Self-described body type: slender, less curves

My favorites:  I just bought this pair from Madewell; the high-riser skinny skinny in the Hammond wash.  I felt a little crazy because I’ve never had high-rise jeans before (they go up to like an inch under my belly button) but the girl at the store assured me that once you go high rise you never go back, haha.  I kinda believe her!  I wore them this weekend and really liked that they were high rise but didn’t feel restricting at all.  I also really love the undone hemming at the bottom.”
 


 


Kate Moore, WOM Associate: “Stock up on a style when you finally find the right one!”

Self-described body type: petite, with a little junk in the trunk

My favorites: I would have to say my favorite brand is FRAME denim. For me,FRAME jeans have been the most figure- flattering and I like that the back pockets are discreet, without any obvious branding. Even though they’re pretty expensive, it’s easy to find them on sale, and I think the quality matches the price. If I’m getting specific, their Le High Skinny Jeans are my favorite pair!”
 

Photography, Kathryn McCrary | Location, Ambient + Studio | Jeans, Bloomingdales

Fall Essentials With Trunk Club

See how this company is redefining what it means to have a personal stylist
September 7, 2016

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If you’re following along on Instagram and Snapchat (username WAITINGONMARTHA), you’ll know that I’m currently in England (!) for the week.  But because the trip was short notice, and with everything else going on, I had no time to properly shop for the cooler weather that jumping the pond would bring.  So in order to see London and explore the English countryside properly, I had to figure out how to fill my suitcase with cozy sweaters, boots, hats and jackets.  Enter Trunk Club

If you’re not familiar with Trunk Club yet, I’d suggest you become familiar because it is a game-changer.  In short, Trunk Club is a personal styling service for women and men, and while it’s perfect for those with no time to shop (me), it’s also perfect for those looking for a little guidance in building a well-stocked wardrobe.  When you sign up, you’re paired with a personal stylist who curates a “trunk” of clothing and accessories based on your style and sizes with major brands such as Vince, Theory, Joie, Equipment, Splendid, Current / Elliott and more.

I know what you’re thinking: that sounds pretty amazing, but that also sounds like a lot of pressure to buy.  But here’s the beauty, Trunk Club is NOT a subscription service like similar wardrobe styling brands.  Which means there are no subscription fees, shipping is always free, and most importantly…no pressure.  I loved my stylist; she was anything but “salesy”, and she hand-picked some great pieces that really fit my personal style.

So here’s how it worked: after talking with my stylist she put together a trunk that I was able to review before it even shipped out, ensuring that I was receiving pieces that I was interested in purchasing. Once the trunk arrived I was given five days to try on the items from my trunk, with free return shipping for all of the items I didn’t wish to purchase.  The whole process was seamless and painless, and at the end of the day I pulled the trigger on jeans, boots, and the gorgeous DVF red coat!  

Lastly, and because I’m such a sucker for packaging, I might add that Trunk Club’s trunk packaging is on point.  Everything was perfectly folded and wrapped in ribbon in the cardboard trunk (just waiting to be Instagrammed!).  Opening my trunk felt a little like Christmas morning, unwrapping a bundle of goodies…it really is an experience.  Truly, MKR

Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha | This post was in collaboration with Trunk Club.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

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