I can’t think of Molly Ditmore without picturing her name as an exclamation. MOLLY!
The girl is intrepid.
This photo was taken at Burning Man — which I’ve never attended due to dust, and inhibition.
Molly is less inhibited than me, by a profound margin. But just as fond of costumes. And gin.
We schemed this Mighty Closet for a while because Molly wanted to be back in her favorite clothes after the birth Mabel, whose cheeks cannot be underestimated. I’m teaching her how to say “MOLLY!”
Gaaah! My eyes water with the restraint it takes not to bite her. Hold still you hubbity bundle of perfection! I want to kiss your squealy head!
Now where were we? Before becoming a full-time mama Molly was a couture pattern-maker and seamstress, and before that a writer, editor and PR hustler in Bay Area tech.
Tell us what you’re wearing, sis.
Hi, I’m Molly. (ed: MOLLY!) This jumpsuit is one of my favorite things. It’s on the wavelength of a vintage picnic dress but more modern and urban. I packed it on a trip to New York and had visions of myself walking up Fifth Avenue.
But I couldn’t wear it because no one was home to tie me in.
It’s très chic for sitting in Dolores Park with a large hat or swanning around a pool party in Sonoma. San Francisco summer arrives in late September, so I’m putting this in heavy rotation. Kate Spade sunnies.
I am a fan of bright shoes — bold colors look best against my pale legs. These blue suede sandals from J. Crew have a comfortably low heel.
This is a great day-into-night look. I recently wore this to the playground and then to a Friday Nights at the DeYoung Museum event. For daytime, this is my standard uniform: a short black jacket with the T-shirt plus boots or Keds.
I like a little detailing in my basics. This black Funky Monkey T-shirt with the cut-out shoulders is a nice surprise under a cardigan or jacket. I bought it at the dearly departed Shotwell boutique in downtown San Francisco.
The Hermés scarf was a birthday gift from my husband. The motif at the center is a man and woman wrapped in an embrace.
These scarves are huge and can be tricky to tie (unless you are French and it’s in your DNA). Tying it without looking in a mirror seems to work best for me. The silver cuff bracelet is a souvenir from Cambodia.
The lipstick is Kate Moss for Rimmel London No. 12. I never look at drugstore makeup but there was pretty Kate, luring me in.
This is Moxie, the family dog, blocking your view of my perfect-length J Brand jeans. Fine, Moxie, have at it:
This trompe l’oiel sweater reminds me of the famous Schiaparelli bowknot sweater. Short-sleeve sweaters are great in San Francisco’s nine-months-of-autumn climate. This one came from the cashmere department at Bloomingdale’s, probably the best place to buy an investment-type sweater. Fabric quality seems better than the stuff from lower-end shops (which is likely cat hair judging by the way my eyes react).
I’ve owned this fit ‘n’ flare skirt for at least six years. Floating Shift typewriter key bracelet was purchased at Urban Air Market in Hayes Valley.
The Frye T-strap shoes are also oldies-but-goodies. They are brown suede with a metallic silver coating and they match everything in my closet. I can bike in them, walk in them and dance in them, so they’re as comfortable as 3-inch heels get.
Moxie! Move it.
I made this dress as part of my final line at Apparel Arts’ pattern-making and fashion design program. It’s made from tropical wool which is a dream to sew. French cuffs on the short sleeves are a nod to my favorite womens’ uniforms: 1960s flight attendants and diner waitresses. It gets a lot of play on the ladies-who-lunch circuit.
This dress is obviously retro-inspired so to keep it modern I wear trendy accessories. The gold-tone House of Harlowe 5 Station Necklace from Bell Jar on Valencia Street was such a score. I thought the grey bits were enamel until I wore it and realized it’s inlaid leather.
When I walked out in this Kate Spade dress Maggie said “You must have worn that a hundred times.” No, actually, it’s pretty new. “Well it was worth whatever you paid for it.” Total reinforcement! The moment I tried it on I knew it was a magic dress. Holidays, dinners, weddings… I plan on driving this sucker into the ground. It’s made from a heavy jersey knit fabric and the neckline is crochet.
My grandmother’s pearls are special-occasion jewelry; this dress works equally well with something chunky and modern.
My mother carried this green patent-leather purse as part of her going-away suit from her wedding in 1967. The construction is sturdier than you see on handbags today.
I bought these pumps in Paris after crushing on them through a store window every day for two weeks. They are timeless and a bit weird. The brass hardware brings a tough element that balances out the girlie ensemble.
In other news, Mabel will not stop feeding the dog from her snack cup. It drives me nuts.
But you try getting mad when she looks at you like this.
Come on kid, you’re killing me here.
Happiest shoot on record. In the future, I shall require that all Mighty Closet subjects rent redheaded babies and puppies before I come over. Big thanks to Molly (MOLLY!), and Mabel, and Moxie for making my afternoon.
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Say you want to open a Swiss bank account — number 16 on my Life List. I’ve done some research, and the Swiss government requires you to wear black while carrying at least five passports and a satchel packed with cash.
Right now, I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six cars out front. I know the best place to look for a gun is the cab of the gray truck outside, and at this altitude, I can run flat out for a half mile.
1. Kate Spade Plaza Athenee Chandelier Earrings | 2. ZARA Jacquard Peplum Top | 3. Alice + Olivia Black Leggings (via eBay) | 4. Topshop “Skull” Scarf | 5. Mango Suede Stilettos | 6. Loeffler Randall Jacket in Black (via eBay) | 7. Gold Nixon Women’s Watch (via eBay) | 8. Tory Burch Purse (via eBay) | 9. Ray-Ban Original Wayfarers
OK. We only need 20 more entries in the Tide VIVID White + Bright Rule Breakers of the Week Contest before we can give $500 to Charity Water. Let’s do this.
Joining our ranks is Meg Biram of Mimi+Meg, a new friend who I met in New York at a Sunday Supper. She spent all last weekend at Mighty Summit, and is a very nice person indeed. Or so I thought. It turns out she’s totally ignoring her grandma by offering up more stylish ideas for wearing white after Labor Day. Take that, grandma.
If you haven’t entered the contest yet, please do. Not only does this give you a very good chance to win a $3,000 shopping spree from Tide, but if we get 100 entries, the Mighty team can donate $500 to Charity Water.
We’re rebels, baby. Rebels with a cause.
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Whoa! We’re at 80 entries right now in the Tide VIVID White + Bright Rule Breakers of the Week Contest. Just 20 more we can give Charity Water $500 from the Mighty Coffers. Bwahahaha.
And look! Miss Anna Beth Chao is also on board with the plan to subvert Grandma Law and wear white after Labor Day — particularly whilst cycling through the countryside.
If you have a photo of yourself wearing white, please upload it to the Tide contest page on Facebook. Entering gives you a shot at winning a $3,000 shopping spree. (A ludicrously good shot, actually.)
Clean clothes for you, clean water for kids!
Anna Beth is so excited. Me too, Chao.
Hi. This is me wearing white after Labor Day:
I’m doing this for three reasons. 1. Because I’m a renegade maverick rebel breaking all the rules. 2. Because Tide hopes you will enter their Tide VIVID White + Bright Rule Breakers of the Week Contest for a $3K shopping spree.
3. Because if at least 100 of you upload a photo of yourselves wearing white? We can donate $500 to Charity Water out of the Mighty coffers. (We’ve been trying to tie our campaigns to good stuff for the world whenever possible. Which is awesome.)
So. Here’s what we know. People need clean water. And! You need clean clothes. So will 100 of you please take a photo of yourself in white and upload it here, so we can kill two birds with one stone? Thanks, you guys.
Meanwhile, being a pasty Irish girl, I had no idea that I do not look like death warmed over when I’m wearing white. Kind of a revelation. Observe:
This entire outfit is second hand. Except for my underwear, because I am a lady.
See how happy I am that everything I’m wearing, including shoes, cost around $50 all told?
The braided belt was from a thrifting trip in Utah after ALT Summit.
These patchwork shoes are the best, acquired at a vintage shop in LA, which always has better shoes than your home city.
This dress is also thrifted. See how happy this makes me? See?
It was like $5 from a vintage-by-the-pound shop on Valencia Street. And it has pockets. Mind blowing.
The cozy, ample scarf is from Zara.
The shoes are Tieks, which are a heavy favorite of mine.
This dress is from Sunhee Moon. I wore it wine tasting, because I like to tempt fate.
The camera bag is Epiphanie, which is made by my friend Maile Wilson. And, fun fact! Maile took most of these photos because she loves me. Right back atcha, sis.
This is me starring in my own ’80s flashback movie.
The vintage men’s tuxedo shirt is from a vintage shop on 16th Street. I love it. Belt is also vintage.
These perfect black shoes are Calvin Klein, acquired at a consignment shop.
The pants are Gap. They are easy to jump in.
Watch your back, little black dress. This thrifted ’80s dress is a new cocktail standard for me.
Of course, I wore it with my stripper shoes to balance out the staidness.
This tassel necklace is from H&M, and it’s rare that you won’t find me twirling it like a lasso. I was being demure for the photo — needlessly, in retrospect.
And that’s it.
Your turn! Please take a photo of yourself or someone you care about wearing white, and upload it to the Tide Facebook page Again, if at least 100 of us upload photos, we can donate $500 to Charity Water. Plus you get a shot at a $3,000 shopping spree. Fingers crossed, team.
Hey! Thanks to Tide VIVID White + Bright, sponsors of this post. Because of them, I will be eating spaghetti while I wear these clothes. Or ribs? Maybe ribs. I’m hungry.
Surprise! T-shirt by Zoe Karssen.
Here’s what. I know it’s not cool to wear white after Labor Day. I mean, I have the books.
But, I live in in San Francisco. Despite what you’ve heard about California, it’s crazy cold here. And? Kind of stupid to wear white in the months leading up to Labor Day. Not because of tradition, but because many of us are just too pale to pull it off after two months of living under a blanket of fog. By “many of us,” I mean me.
So, please join me in wearing white after Labor Day. With lots of texture, a little vintage, and a certain je ne sais “up yours.” Labor Day, you are an arbitrary deadline imposed upon us by the man.
Here’s what I’ll be wearing this Fall:
A classic silhouette. 1960s white cocktail dress from Thrush vintage on Etsy.
Short and sweet. Club Monaco lace shorts.
Retro-modern appeal. Norma Kamali halterneck swimsuit.
Pretty in spring, summer, or fall. Lauren Moffatt sleeveless silk dress.
Machine washable. Superga tennis shoes.
Great contrast. Club Monaco zodiac-print shirt.
In case the fog rolls in. Madewell over-the-knee cableknit 1937 socks.
A little edge. Equipment silk shirt.
Retro texture. Vintage Lacoste cardigan from mademoisellebomode on Etsy.
Easy and elegant. Mango two-tone jumpsuit.
Simple and sweet. MUJI lace tank top and shorts.
For your eyes. Vintage cat eye glasses from AloofNewWhimsey on Etsy.
Masculin/féminin. Club Monaco blouse.
Classic and comfortable. Alice + Olivia One-Shoulder Silk Dress.
An easy pullover. J.Crew tippi sweater in swiss dot.
Genius. Warby Parker specs. My math teacher is hotter than your math teacher.
Will you be wearing white after Labor Day? Clearly. Visit the Tide VIVID White + Bright Rule Breakers of the Week Contest on Facebook, and upload a photo of yourself wearing white for a chance to win a shopping spree from Tide. Hooray!