Tie Me Up! My New Obsession With Lace-Up Details

Generally speaking I am a pragmatic person, but at the same time I have a certain admiration for things and activities that require time and effort. Take getting dressed for example. On most mornings I have to quickly throw something on to take my kids to school, but I love to indulge in a slower ritual when dressing up. I enjoy acting as if I were an 18th century French Lady getting dressed with the assistance of half dozen attendants while my lover watches me.  So while there is nothing practical about needing someone to be around to help me to get dressed, there is something exciting about it.  Almost naughty.  Never mind that my husband, unlike those Renaissance gents, does not get turned on by tying multiple straps on the back of my shirt.

Here is my husband tying my shirt before we walk into a party. His face is mostly obscured, but I will tell you that he was not amused.


Painting by William Hogarth Depicting a Levée – a ceremony in which Royal Men and Women would receive guests while they got dressed in the morning- The National Gallery, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38101567

Exhibit A:  Maybe adding these shoes to the post constitutes cheating, as they are really effortless to put on.  Decorative shoelaces are a big plus for someone like me who is always rushing. But I like the placement of the zipper – on the back, which is more discrete than on the inner sides.

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Allegretto Stiletto Velvet Bootie – $118.99
from: ModCloth

Exibit B: Lace-up Leather Pants!

There are so many things I love about these pants.  The fit is fabulous – not the usual super skinny look often seen in leather and faux leather pants.  It rides low and it fits relaxed.  The lace up reaches almost all the way up to the knee.  Not too high to scream “look at me”, but high enough not to be an afterthought.  They are like a hipster (and cheaper) cousin to the Unravel leather pants made famous by Kim Kardashian, which are sold out everywhere.  I love those too, but I would find it difficult to pair them with anything in my closet.  I am, however, a huge fan of their jeans (picture coming soon).





Exhibit Cozy:

Taking the lace-up all the way down the back amplifies the statement.  But the ballet pink shade keeps the look casual and versatile.



Exhibit Double;

I never buy the same item in multiple colors.  This was an exception.



Exhibit Elegant:

This fun and inexpensive choker looks surprisingly elegant when styled with a minimalist ensemble.





Exhibit Fitness

I don’t usually wear coord to work out but since I could not decide which I liked better – the top or the pants – I bought both, and ended up wearing them together.



Exhibit Grunge

This is the tough girl version of the pink sweater above.

Exhibit Hot

These pants are so hot, and surprisingly comfortable.  I need to get a better picture of them!

Have you tied anything on lately?


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