Pause for Gauze

Last week I mentioned that I’d become obsessed with an online store called Oh My Gauze, and at the time I said I’d take some pics of my new outfits eventually, so here’s part one of me fulfilling that promise. I’m also going to link to items when I can, so you can go check them out if you want (some of the pieces I bought were discontinued and are no longer for sale through the store, although many times you can find them on eBay). You’re welcome.

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Photography nerd alert: this is a composite shot – my upper body is from one photo while the lower body is from a different one.

I say part one because I seriously bought a lot of pieces from this store in the past few weeks. About 8 items are at the tailor right now, because in tops and dresses especially OMG clothing tends to run a little large on me. I’m skinniest in my shoulders and torso area, so with the generous sizing of this brand those things can look sloppy even though they’re already intended to be loose. Pants and skirts, though, are generally fine, although I did take one skirt in for alterations as well, because the balloon hem combined with big pockets made it a little heavy and it was pulling the skirt down (the waist was a little big, but it wouldn’t have mattered had the skirt not been on heavy side).

I will say that my outfits were a big hit at the tailor’s; it was a holiday here today so a lot of parents were taking their kids in for alterations on this or that (no idea what sort of kid-events go on in October, but there sure were a lot of people there) and as I kept coming out of the fitting room with more artsy, funky outfits, women began to notice and ask where I got all this fabulous stuff. I told them, of course; I have no need to keep a good thing secret. Since my last beloved baggy-clothing store, CP Shades, shut down, I certainly want to send OMG as much business as I can so I don’t lose another manufacturer that I love.

This past Sunday I decided to throw on some of the new clothes and shoot some photos; but pictures of me just standing around in outfits isn’t of much use to me beyond this blog, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and do some jumping shots I could have more fun with. Little did I know how fabulous these clothes would be when they are in motion! Sure, I knew they were made to move and flow, but they created such amazing shapes I almost jumped myself to exhaustion playing around with it all. If you’ve followed my blog or Flickr page at all, you know how much I love using fabric in my movement photos to create interesting shapes, but most of the things I wear in those photos aren’t things I’d be caught dead in day to day. With OMG I have finally found a clothing line that works wonderfully in jump shots but that can also be worn out of the house! Heavenly.

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Yep – right after the shutter snapped that shoe hit the ceiling

Those pants are called the Ida pant and they are a new style to the store. I about died when I saw these, as I’d seen pants like them all over the Lagenlook boards I’ve been following on Pinterest, but as I mentioned last time, usually this stuff is pretty expensive. The Ida pant is only $63, though, so they were really affordable. They are amazing, and in spite of their general craziness they look great on; not bizarre at all, just interesting, and almost like a skirt if you don’t look closely at them. Comfortable and fun and no one else I know is going to have a pair of these. Moving on.

The top is called Vanna and I have two of them; as I mentioned earlier, OMG’s tops can often be big on me, and even when altered their slouchiness can weigh me down and make me look like I’m drowning in clothes, so a top like this is perfect for me. A flowier top balances my skinny torso out with my bigger hips, and this one with the cropped length gives me a waistline. It’s also very easy to wear; like most of OMG it’s a throw-it-on-and-go affair.

Some of their items, though, are not so convenient:

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PS – I had NO makeup on during this shoot as I’d spent the whole day in the pool, so I thought some funky glasses would detract from that. Not sure if it did or not.

OK, this is another new piece from them called Jeane; they call it a dress but it’s actually more like harem-pant overalls. Some of you know how much I love overalls and have been lamenting their lack of cool-factor since the 90’s, so a combination harem pant and overall seemed to be a slam dunk for me. However, the entire jumper is resting on those tiny little straps, which are basically shoestrings that tie in the back, and they are not up to the job, in my opinion. First of all, I despise anything that ties in the back (bathing suits come to mind; I love the look of a halter-style bathing suit top but they almost ALL tie at the neck and I just can’t stand that. And yes, I’ve been looking at a lot of bathing suits lately, too) and secondly, those skinny little straps don’t feel resilient to me at all. Plus, the first time I washed this one of the straps came ‘unthreaded’ (not sure what else to call it) and I had to use tweezers to force it back through, so they are not secure at all. I started to send this one back, but then I took these photos and realized how amazing the whole thing is, so I took it to the tailor and asked her to replace the shoestrings with something more sturdy that I would not have to tie. I don’t think I can get the straps in the same green, but I told her black would also be fine.

See what I mean, though, about the pictures proving that I really need to keep this piece? It takes some amazing photos – only one of which I’ve had time to edit (trust me there’s more):

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My eyes went really wonky in this shot, so I ended up actually copying the left one and pasting it over the right one, then flipping it horizontally. I still look weird here, but not nearly as weird as I did before. Sorryboutit.

The shoe match here was great; those are from Urban Outfitters and are always on sale two for $20. I have a ton of them and find uses for them all the time, aside from photos (I learned long ago that bare feet are not the business for jumping shots unless you have pretty ones and can point your toes well; shoes make for a more flattering photo without the distracting dragon toes or, in my case, super-long skinny feet that look awkward). This was one piece people at the tailor’s place today were really freaking over how cute it is. Really unique; I just hope she can fix the straps to make it more manageable.

And while I’m thinking about it, I want to link here to another fabulous clothing discovery I recently made: Sleevey Wonders. I’ve always hated having to wear full-length tops under sleeveless dresses and things, but I also am not a big fan of sleeveless things (I just like being more covered than not; I’m not modest, I just think covered arms are prettier). Sleevey Wonders give you, well, sleeves, without the bulky top attached. Brilliant! They aren’t cheap, but for me they’re worth it. So far I have a blue mesh one and a white jersey, and I’m going to be picking up an ivory one soon. I wear the two I already have all the time – including in the pictures above. Moving on.

Now this next item is also unusual, and I was uncertain whether or not I’d like it, but in the end I’m glad I tried it out:

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This is a color I’d generally never wear, but OMG is having a sale of discontinued colors right now that’s up to 50% off, and I couldn’t bring myself to buy this in a more wearable color (for me, anyway) and pay twice as much. So, chartreuse it is. I paired it with a pair of Chico’s Black Label satin cargo pants and a long-sleeved tee from Ann Taylor Loft, and bingo – I really like this look. It’s especially nice how well all this stuff goes with so much of what’s already in my closet – it’s not my first time at the artsy-flowy-fashions rodeo, people. Remember my Free People obsession of about a year ago? Most of what I bought from there works great with this stuff too, so my wardrobe has literally doubled over the past three weeks. It’s a little overwhelming, but it’s all good. This can also be worn on it’s own as a dress, by the way.

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Also good for leapin’ – YEP!

Speaking of overwhelming, I had to quit editing outfit shots after these last two, but believe me, there’s more where this came from.

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The hair is Laine by Rene of Paris, by the way

The top here is called Lynn, and it’s a narrower cut that didn’t require alterations for me. They also make a short-sleeved version of this called Grace that is great under other things. The whole line has some really interesting hemlines – there’s lots of angles and asymmetry that makes layering really eye-catching. The pants are pretty fabulous – they’re called the Osprey and I kept resisting buying them, because the price was around $85 and I couldn’t bring myself to spend that much when the sale pants were around $30 – finally they also went on sale and I snatched up two pair (in this color, called Fig, and also in Bone). I will say these pants looked AWFUL right out of the box, and I thought I’d made a mistake until I washed and dried them and they fell into place. The shoes, by the way, are another pointy-toed flat slide from Free People that I bought recently – so comfy and so unique with the shiny fabric. Love them.

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Simon is also impressed

I have a lot of really fantastic jumping shots to process later, and more outfits for a future post, but I did want to go ahead and show off some of this stuff now. I think I’ve calmed down on the purchasing for awhile, but I definitely plan to go back often and add to my collection when I can. Dressing has been so much fun the past few weeks, and I think you can see why – this stuff was made for me. And comfy, and easy to clean (machine wash and dry), and affordable! Love.

I’ve also got some self-portraits to share that I’ve edited recently, but I’ll upload those later. For now, enjoy the rest of the week, and I hope you have as much fun getting out of bed and putting on clothes as I do!

28 thoughts on “Pause for Gauze

  1. Are they not just the cutest most comfortable clothes?! Love all your looks!!! I just bought that new Belva dress! Couldn’t resist it. Thanks to you also got a blouse on sale…trying the candy color……………..auburn blouse I think it was. I bought a dress this summer in the washed sand…great for the beach. Thanks for sharing the pics..and love that Laine on you..wish she looked good on me! Gabor’s Premium works for me but not Laine. Happy shopping! 🙂

      • They are awesome – I am wearing the Fig ones today at work. Be careful though – those huge pockets will latch onto chair arms and doorknobs and send you careening backwards if you’re not careful!

      • Got mine in black…oh my..LOVE it!!! May return the osprey pants though…I got them in bone and I think they just remind me too much of a rag. LOL Might try a different color.

        • I didn’t like Osprey at all until I washed them. Then they fell into place, so to speak. I got the bone too 🙂 Also just got all my stuff back from the tailor’s so hopefully i can take more pics at some point!

          • Cool….such fun pics! I like the fit of the Osprey but I think I might like it in a darker color more. Will look forward to more photos. 🙂

          • One thing I definitely noticed with the Osprey is that sitting down in them takes some getting used to..all that fabric pulls and bunches in weird ways!

  2. Hi Cynthia! If you want my Charlie wig…it’s yours! I tried selling it on ebay but am so tired of it sitting here. You can just have it and resell if you don’t like it. I am not known for selling wigs on ebay I guess so I bombed there. Anyway…I never wore it because of the color and it’s really a cute little bob…made by Amore in Java Frost. I just can’t wear that color at all. I only bought it because it reminded me of Franny Fisher in that TV show and my hubby wanted me to try one like that. LOL

    If you send me your address I’ll mail it to you in the next week.

    Betzie 🙂

    • They are, aren’t they? But so far I’m just getting compliments, no strange looks, not even from teenagers, and you’d think if anyone was going to judge my clothing it would be the teens!

  3. Cynthia – I’ve strongly suggested to the store that you are a keeper for bringing the clothes alive and vibrant unlike the models who just stand there. I said I would buy everything you put together because it shows off the fun, gorgeous colors, and joy. I hope they send you clothes to leap to life. Loving the dynamic shades you put together and the phenomenal photos you take. I don’t think I’ve ever leaped – are you a dancer? Love that drama! Many thanks for making my day. You are a natural. I hope they have you demonstrate any style you like – they look fantastic on you.

    • That is so kind of you! I’ve always loved fashion photography and would probably enjoy doing something like that, but even without such an opportunity I’ll be doing it for fun at least until I can’t get around anymore. 😉 Even then I can get away with it using Photoshop trickery, most likely.

      I am definitely NOT a dancer, not in shape, not graceful at all. If you want to see how REAL dancers look in motion, check out the Alvin Ailey Dance Company’s Facebook page – GORGEOUS shots of them leaping about. I couldn’t even come close to that!

      I use a lot of photography tricks and Photoshop magic to create my leaps. Sometimes I just leap about, but even then I have a lot of little tricks I use to get the shots to look OK. Other times I do take different shots then splice them together – maybe my top half from one photo and my bottom half from another, or maybe I like my face in one photo but my leap isn’t good so I’ll take that face and stick it on a different shot where the leap looks better. And sometimes I don’t leap at all but pose on a stool instead, then edit the stool out of the shot so it looks like a leap. Lots of fun things to do and I’m always learning more about how to create interesting shots, It’s all about the fabric and the hair and all the interesting shapes those things create, really. It’s always fun to see what comes out, and I am really loving having these clothes that represent what I love about the photography aspect of fashion and be able to wear them out of the house!

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