Spring Black & Atlanta Musings

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Winter white…meet spring black. I’m in this transitional period of celebrating the arrival of spring by reaching for white jeans, while still clutching onto my wardrobe favorites, which happen to be fall pieces and colors.

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A few weekends ago, the boyfriend and I went to Atlanta to visit some friends. We did little more than eat, drink, and eat some more. Atlanta…you’ve got some GREAT food!

While in Atlanta, I fell in love with the way the young men are re-interpreting the style of the “southern gentleman”.  Tailored blazers and vests are worn over gingham or linen shirts in cheeky colors. Young guys grabbing lunch before heading back to the office were in fitted cotton trousers and loafers with no socks. It’s a little retro, a little bit hipster, but so amazingly “southern”. I found myself really inspired to veer heavily back towards the masculine and play with summer fabrics again.

In between meals, we had time to check out the boutiques Ann Mashburn and Sid Mashburn. After admiring what Ann Mashburn had to offer, we wandered into Sid Mashburn and…oh my…I’ve only seen such things on The Sartorialist before. First of all, the sales associates are impeccably dressed in immaculately tailored clothing. Second, there are impeccably dressed tailors hovering over sewing machines as they immaculately tailor said clothing. Atlanta ladies…if you love well-dressed boys, you must stop in, if only for quick glimpses of eye-candy.

While at Sid Mashburn, I fell in love with these belts made out of the same silks and wools as their ties. As it turned out, the size small was perfect for me, and I couldn’t resist taking a few home. The one I’m wearing here is a grey striped wool flannel.

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And one more photo: here is Clinton doing one of his two tricks…standing for a treat. Except I tricked him and didn’t have a treat, so he ran off again shortly after this.

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Outfit detailsAritzia blazer :: LOFT shirt :: Blank jeans :: Kate Spade shoes :: Sid Mashburn belt :: Banana Republic pocket square :: Valentino handbag :: J.Crew necklace :: Stella & Dot bracelet (c/o) :: Kate Spade watch

Altered – LOFT shirt has been slimmed :: Blank jeans have been hemmed & the ankle slimmed :: Kate Spade watch has had the strap replaced

15 Comments

  • Reply April 24, 2013

    Olyvia

    Clinton is so cute! Love your description of southern gentlemen in Atlanta :)

    • Reply April 26, 2013

      Alterations Needed

      Thank you Olyvia! I wasn’t expecting to see such stylish Atlantans. Definitely made an impression on me. =)

  • Reply April 24, 2013

    Petite Hues

    I love your men-inspired looks. I know a black blazer is a basic essential piece, but you make it look so stylish in your outfits. I’ve never been to Atlanta, but the eye candy you mentioned kinda got me thinking :) p.s. Clinton is so adorable. That’s a perfect shot of both of you! :)

  • Reply April 24, 2013

    lindaloui232

    Those tie material belts are great – seriously tempting me!

  • that last photo with clinton just warms my heart. you are rocking the polished tomboy. blazer and heels? perfecto :)

  • Reply April 24, 2013

    ScottR

    Atlanta++

  • Reply April 24, 2013

    Michelle

    Hey Kelly!

    Always love seeing Clinton. :) Glad you got so much fashion inspiration out of your Atlanta trip! Love the style of the belt you picked out. Looking forward to seeing your masculine summer outfits.

  • Reply April 26, 2013

    Alterations Needed

    Thank you Rachelle!

  • Reply April 28, 2013

    The Fashionable ESQ

    Such a cute, preppy look! <3

    xx

    The Fashionable ESQ (Esquire)

    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com

  • Reply May 10, 2013

    annie babe

    Absolutely love this outfit on you, and how everything fits perfectly on you. The bag is a bonus too. ;)

    Annie
    http://inspiredbythesethoughts.blogspot.com

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