Summer Outfit Inspiration

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William Eggleston, Untitled, 1975. Dye transfer print, 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm). Cheim & Read, New York © Eggleston Artistic Trust. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York.

I’m going to a book party tonight honoring author Julia Cronin, who penned Gypset Style and the William Eggleston photograph above is my outfit inspiration. And summer clothing inspiration as well. I’ve always been into the breezy, bohemian look, partly because it’s a look that typically features loose, structure-less silhouettes – I am stupidly attracted to clothes that look best on others – but mainly it’s the unfussy effortlessness of the look that appeals to me. A little rocker, a bit 70s, no stiletto shoes. And the life-is-a-road-trip lifestyle that goes along with it, naturally. Basically, Penny Lane in Almost Famous.

This photo epitomizes that style and all that is good about summer (though it’s tempered a bit with the knowledge this photo was taken of Eggleston’s long-time lover, Lucia, in the 70s, before she died of complications related to alcoholism). The dress looks very much like an old dress of my mom’s that I brought back to DC with me a few weeks ago. I am determined to master this look, folks! This book party is an event celebrating the soon-to-open W Hotel near the White House (with a Bliss Spa…vote for the local brownie bar vendor here). I look forward to many a breezy (ok, humid and sticky) summer night on their rooftop….

The Eggleston exhibit opens this Saturday, by the way, and BEST YET, admission to the gallery is FREE on Saturdays all summer.

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