FASHION HITS + MISSES | Grey, beige, cream dresses + a strong color heel = my current look obsession. Naked tights = not.

Did something big happen this weekend?

Ok, before we get into the meat and potatoes, aka “fashion hits,” I have a little story/question, which also happens to be the huge fashion miss of this post…  While honey and I were walking around the city on Saturday, something *special* happened.  We were waiting at the crosswalk, right behind a young lady who had on a really special ensemble.  It wasn’t as bad as the ensemble that made its way into the title and content of this post, but it was prettyyyyy, prettyyyyyy special.  And by special I mean we could see her back junk.  And no, it wasn’t anything like Pippa’s situation, because no one created a facebook page paying tribute to it.  (That’s how you measure quality.)

Here, it looked exactly like this:

… except the tights on the girl in our story were even more transparent.

So, now that you’ve seen the situation we were facing, my question is the same question honey and I were asking one another in our inside voices, but which inadvertently resulted in the young lady turning around to us and then hailing a cab in one fell swoop.  So: if you see a girl wearing tights that tell the world what style – and, if you’re close enough, brand – of underwear she decided to wear that day, do you A) stay silent, B) tell her or, C) whisper about what the right move is and accidentally hold the conversation too loudly, accidentally making her feel the highest level of embarrassment before she hails a cab to go home and change/cry herself to sleep?  Note: there aren’t always cabs zipping by, ready to facilitate quick getaways for those experiencing accidental nudity.

So, yeah, what should we do next time?  I want to be prepared for it, next go around.  Oh and by the way, the honey wanted to tell her, and I didn’t.  I was worried about embarrassing her.  I’m thinking honey was right, though…?

ANYWAY, here’s what you missed if you spent your time outside over the weekend instead of keeping up with the riffraff: Mariah Carey popped, ObL was ended, a certain royal couple skipped their honeymoon for fear of its implications during Britain’s economic downturn, figuring the $30 mil they blew for the wedding was probably a good place to stop.  And now you’re caught up ON WHAT MATTERS.

By the way, this weekend kind of rocked in a personal way, too.  For one: the weather KILLED IT.  It was in top shape, and it permitted many an hour of frolicking in Central Park with the pup.  Hilarity ensued.  Plus, my folks came in on Sunday night and took us to a burger joint where the honey proceeded to order a pineapple cheeseburger a la our Hawaii vacation last year, and in this case, heaven ensued.  So, clearly, lots of things ensued.  But you know what?  Enough about that, because OMIGOSH THESE DRESSES.

Credit goes to a girlfriend of mine for this fantastic find.  I often get emails telling me about some collection or piece of news I might be interested in featuring/discussing, but holy bejeebus I’m obsessed with this find.  I want this entire collection in my belly, and I’d like to adopt J. Mendel so he and I can chat forever about fashionable things.  Or something.  Eat ‘em up!  Any favorites?

Images: Elle, courtesy of and Matteo Volta / Image of Xtina courtesy of Splash News

So, do you dig these frocks as much as I do?

… And I was actually quite serious about wanting your advice on how to behave around a half-naked girl who doesn’t know she’s half-naked.  Help?  Thanksies!

xoxo!  – Alison

Label(s): Beige/brown, Color, Grey, {Fashion}

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  1. Lyndi Lou on May 2, 2011

    I love, love, love these!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Elizabeth on May 2, 2011

    Very nice dresses indeed! Floaty and feminine, and awesome shades. But I *especially* love that they all wear bright red shoes and lipsticks to match. I really wish I could rock that!!!

  3. J (SparklyLove) on May 2, 2011

    The orange shoes with grey & nude dresses are brilliant. Love them. On the accidental nakeyness, I would probably want to tell her, but chicken out and head in the other direction.

  4. Alison on May 2, 2011

    Lyndi – my pleasure! :)

    Elizabeth – isn’t it grand? I adore the springy pops of color in those small placed. Really ratchets up the hot factor.

    J – i was such a chicken. All I could think about was how mortified I’d be if something actually faced me with that information. I’d DIE. DIIIIEEEE!

  5. Chelsea on May 2, 2011

    THOSE DRESSES ARE AMAAAZZZINNNGGG. Where do you find this stuff?! It’s like you have a treasure trove of amazing to make me drool all over the place.

  6. Chelsea on May 2, 2011

    Though, and I know it’s an old argument, those girls are too skeenyyy.

  7. Leighann on May 2, 2011

    ooo that’s a tough one. I see it from both sides and here’s my logic (clearly I thought about this a little too much):

    Option 1 – tell her. So she’ll be a little embarrassed at that very moment but then you’ve saved her from coming home at the END of the day only to realize ALL of NY has seen her goods.

    Option 2: Don’t tell her. She will continue to prance around the city all day giving a free show to anyone with eyes, come home to discover her fashion fail and have a mental breakdown of monumental proportions.

    I guess the best way to look at it is to ask yourself ‘if I was wearing transparent pants and everyone could see my goods, would I want someone to tell me?’

  8. Alison on May 2, 2011

    Chelsea – it’s my job to find these things, babycakes :) And I’ve got great friends who tip me off on occasion as well, as in this case. Glad you love ‘em as much as I do! They really are sublime, eh?

    Leighann – omigod, if I put myself in her shoes, I’d SO NOT want to be told, but I’d SO WANT TO BE TOLD, simultaneously. I don’t know where to go from there…!

  9. Lauren Elise on May 2, 2011

    LOVE the pops of orange + the baby blue! New favorite color combo I think :)

  10. the Perfect Palette on May 2, 2011

    Those orange shoes are TO DIE FOR. Just saying! xoxo, chrissy

  11. Brancoprata on May 2, 2011

    I saw a similar thing today…. i think i will have some nightmares today!!! urgh!!! oh, love those dresses!!

  12. angie on May 2, 2011

    i LOVEEEE these dresses! the colors, fabrics, styles, everything. so beautiful and i wish i own all of them! haha. thanks for sharing!

  13. Lena on May 2, 2011

    Love, love, love-visiting you is one of the highlights of my day, darling.

    First, there is no polite way to let someone know their ass is hanging out. Trust me-I’ve tried. I was riding a LOOOONG escalator behind two tweens in their shortest skirts, headed into SF’s most dangerous neighborhood. I suggested as sweetly as possible that they tug those skirts down for their safety, and got in return, “Jealous bitch.” Ah, the folly of youth!

    Second, need those gorgeous lace ups. They’re divine, and obviously there’s nothing on Earth they won’t go perfectly with!

  14. Alicia @CharityWedding on May 2, 2011

    The dresses are gorgeous! I have to note that I am a bit tired of hearing about how Kate and Will shouldn’t honeymoon due to the state of the nation. Even if they did spend 30 mil on a wedding (which is crazy) but still they are the ROYAL COUPLE! Just because everyone else is poor doesn’t mean they have to act like they are. I am broke but I went on a honeymoon. I think they should have gone and had a fabulous time. Just my two cents.

  15. Jane on May 2, 2011

    Hmmm….I know I wouldn’t have the nerve to tell naked girl that her wardrobe was malfunctioning. LOL. And I agree with everyone about the pop of orange shoes–gorgeous!

  16. Stephanie on May 3, 2011

    ahhhh i love the blueish tinted dresses! everything in that collection is gorgeous.

    as for the mcnakedpants (yep..i did it), i probably wouldve been too embarrassed to tell her too. yikes!

  17. Kate/MagnoliaRouge on May 3, 2011

    OMG love so many of these dresses!! And those tangerine shoes are to die for!!

  18. Cocroft & Delbridge on May 3, 2011

    Oh my goodness! I am loving the nude tone dresses…such a wonderful neutral palette for some eye-catching accessories.

    As for the semi-naked girl…hmm that is a tough one. I guess that you could try to get “a vibe” from her as to whether or not she would flip you the bird. :)

  19. Madison on May 3, 2011

    gorgeous dresses, i love colour pop heels! plus with the girl…i would say dont tell her then she could always try to convince herself no one saw her…although surely that is a risk everytime you go out wearing those leggings?

  20. These are great!! So unique and not to mention… GORGEOUS!! And yeah about the see through leggings look… not a fan.


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