Fashion in RVA Blog

Musings on the street style and high style found in Richmond VA. Fondly referred to as RVA.

 The Middle East inspires Spring 2013 resort wear.
This season is all about keeping it simple.  Try sticking to one or two colors.  
Pashima by Jil Sander
Pillow and chair stylists own

 

FOR THE GUYS: WHAT TO WEAR TO A FUNERAL

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Ok, so technically this is a skirt from Ciao in Carytown https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ciao/124668499387 that my boyfriend purchased in Spring 2011.  
Ciao is a great boutique that you should check out if you haven’t already.  Make sure that all your friends, family, co-workers and random people who might want to gift you with something at some point some day know about it also.
Cut on the bias, it drapes beautifully, and has a lot of asymmetry to it as well. I can change the look just by turning it around a little, or a lot.  Paired with a shrug or duster in my bag for when its chilly and some snazzy colored sandals I am ready to go anywhere!
             All the world’s a Runway, and we are merely models.
Skirt Idom

Ok, so technically this is a skirt from Ciao in Carytown https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ciao/124668499387 that my boyfriend purchased in Spring 2011.  

Ciao is a great boutique that you should check out if you haven’t already.  Make sure that all your friends, family, co-workers and random people who might want to gift you with something at some point some day know about it also.

Cut on the bias, it drapes beautifully, and has a lot of asymmetry to it as well. I can change the look just by turning it around a little, or a lot.  Paired with a shrug or duster in my bag for when its chilly and some snazzy colored sandals I am ready to go anywhere!

             All the world’s a Runway, and we are merely models.

Skirt Idom

Sometimes I think I could wear 50 shades of white and be totally happy.  A blank canvas for accessorizing.

White denim jeans Sanctuary 

White mock tank Cable and Gauge

White denim jacket London Jean

Black suede open toe booties Koolaburra 

Cuff Fendi

Eyewear Michael Kors

Pear necklace (worn in hair) Mikimoto

Handbag Coach

Vintage Calfskin belt

Earrings stylist’s own



I’m beginning to think that Richmond, Virginia only has one style

Recently walking through Carytown, which used to be where everyone shopped, and looked chic doing it, I saw lots of foot traffic, wearing the new standard RVA uniform.  All black.  But not all black in the NYC cool crisp way.  No.  RVA is grungy dirty filthy.  And not in a Nashville way either.  I can only wish.  No.  RVA has 15-20yr old homeless kids (read, Broke) in dirty black skinny jeans with destroyed (not distressed) and filthy black hoodies. Complemented with full body tattoos, which is obviously where what money they do have/find/borrow is spent on that and low gauge piercings.  Now about 8 years ago this did look cool. For a while. Until it became almost a competition to have the biggest holes possible in your ears.  When everyone is doing it, it looses everything cool.  So now these filthy holed and dyed creatures wander with their personal belongings strapped to their backs, bearded some of them, through the chic strip we call Carytown.  You can buy Marc Jacobs, Louboutin, Alexander Wang, etc. in Carytown.  Except no one is.  Not even the wealthy, and we have a fair amount of that old Southern money here, except those ladies would not be caught dead in Carytown.  They purchase on line, I suppose, cuz where did they go? High end boutiques are empty of everyone except the one sales chick.  There are many closed down/boarded up businesses. Lovely.  Frozen yogurt shops right next to each other that are thriving.  All these broke kids, and other sweatshirt and unchic ancient early 80’s Gloria Vanderbilts  (god, let it at least be Vanderbilt, or Jordache) flip flop or Croc wearing pedestrians spend money on now is a small frozen yogurt, or a coffee.  That is it.  That completes the look.  I forecast that soon the high end stores will be gone.  Replaced by Starbucks and Einstein Bagels and more chain eateries.  We might as well call the place Foodtown, since the RVA grungy fatties and the transient RVA kids only have about $5 bucks in their pocket and no money for Marc Jacobs.  Nor do they even know who Marc is, much less  Mr. Louboutin or Pierre Hardy.  They don’t even care about bathing and grooming.  I gotta get to where people care.  LA, do you have room for one more fashion savvy woman?  Cuz in RVA, I am obviously overdressed.  Even at the Ballet.  b.O.r.I.n.G.  and ewww GROSS.