Todays dedicated blog come to us from noted TED speaker, Harvard Business Review writer, corporate director, mother and fashion lover Nilofer Merchant.
In September, an entrepreneur I know and admire posted a quick video of her latest fashion garment, a newspapaper skirt. I had a fond memory of a Vogue model wearing a newspaper dress. I wrote to the designer asking if I could be the first to order it. A few minutes later, with Paypal involved, the skirt order was on its way to production and ultimately to me. I wore it a few times with different things I had in my closet, a sweater, a shirt, different colors, with heels, and nothing quite worked. (The clue was that I received a lot of compliments on the skirt, but never on me looking great in it.) I was starting to think this new skirt was going to become an orphan in my closet. Orphans are those items that never quite jell because whatever outfit they’re a part of is a little off. They’re typically those things that a season or two from now will go to Goodwill or the Career Closet because they just don’t work.
But Crimson Mim came to the rescue. Now, people who know me think I have a natural fashion sense, but that’s not actually the case. In truth, all I know is the question to ask, and who to ask it to. Christine was able to point out that to balance the skirt, I needed a fitted shirt. And, the top needed to be something edgy because otherwise, the skirt was “too” feminine for my look. At first, the Graham & Spencer shirt they showed me had a peplum in the picture, which seemed the opposite of what I needed. But Christine and CeCe both said “trust me” and “try it”. You can see it fits great, no peplum at all. The ponte fabric combined with leather means it fits well and forms a nice balance to the volume of the skirt.
This isn’t the first time I’ve turned to Crimson Mim with a problem asking for advice, and it probably won’t be the last.