Le sigh. This is Margaret’s fancy cocktail attire. Observe how she could eat a few platters of hors d’oeuvres and no one would be the wiser? Genius. Dress is Diane Von Furstenberg, bought on super-uper sale at Barney’s. Margaret is the queen of 75 percent off.
Just a little detail on the front of the dress. It’s refreshing to come across clothing that looks as though someone has put work into the construction. Also? The light in Margaret’s hallway is heartbreakingly good. She looks like she could ascend.
Her shoes are by Farylrobin, and she got them on Endless.com, which is Amazon’s version of Zappos. Hose are Spanx from Nordstrom. I rarely think to wear patterned tights, but they add so much interest to the right outfit. Chicka-boom!
This is my favorite photo from the whole batch — doesn’t she look coy and classic in her little veil? She bought it in Montreal, and got me a chic cocktail hat by the same artist for my birthday. People stop me to exclaim over it, leading to many pleasant party conversations with folks who have great taste. You can find your own version at Ophelie Hats.
And that’s all folks! Thanks for sharing your inspiring closet with us, Margaret Stewart. You are legendary.
We photographed a lot of upscale outfits, so Margaret insisted on one “what I’d throw on to meet you for brunch” set. Fair enough.
The jeans are Gap, shirt is Paul and Joe for Target, and the jacket is Proenza Schouler for Target. She got it on super sale for $6.
This, again, is why I take Margaret with me when I go shoe shopping. She purchased these boots at Paolo in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley.
These are actual Girl Scout patches, which Margaret ordered according to her interests — design, nerdery, color, sewing, cooking, and photography. I said:
-”They just let you order them?”
-”YES! I know. I was kind of scandalized. I guess they figured people old enough to have credit cards have no use for Girl Scout patches.”
Hello, cutie. Get a load of those eyes. Hat by Boden, which we both agree has grown a little bit ho-hum of late. Reinvigorate, Boden! We want to love you. Help us love you again.
On Monday, we conclude with a peek at one of Margaret’s ludicrously good evening dresses.
Margaret layers with divine inspiration. I would never think to pair a Grecian sheath with a pinstriped, tailored vest. It’s genius, because the dress is a little loose, but the vest defines her waist beautifully.
So many of us wear clothes that don’t fit, but Margaret has really figured out how to use clothing to bring balance to her figure. Her pear-shape requires higher waists and fuller skirts to flatter her tiny waist, and skim over her hips. She tries to emphasize her torso and defined arms, and the effect is lovely.
The dress, which is by Target (!) , is my favorite shade of purple, and so flattering on her. The banker vest is Gap.
(By the way, Target and Gap are both Mighty Girl sponsors, and apparently well-placed ones, but this post isn’t part of any campaign. As always, I’d tell you if it were.)
These shoes are Stuart Weitzman as well. I sense a pattern here. By the way, who rocks iridescent sandals? Margaret Stewart, that’s who. Also, I didn’t get a full-body shot of this, but the orange toenails look great with her clutch.
Margaret got this necklace from a street vendor in Buenos Aires. I got a few hand-painted butterfly brooches by the same artist. I know lots of you are travelers, does anyone know her name?
This clutch is a Martin and Barnett makeup bag. Do you see her working that out?
Margaret doesn’t worry much about the matchy-matchies. I lean a little more Doris Day, and used to be confused by artistic types who used surprising color combinations in their wardrobe. For me, it’s good to remember to loosen up once in a while. Hence, I’m carrying a clear ziplock bag as a clutch from now on. I can go from Day to Airport in no time at all, and that’s pretty much my entire goal in life.
Tomorrow, Margaret’s roll-out-of-bed wear, and her scandalous Girl Scout bag.
Chalk is hilarious!
Actually, this is the first outfit we photographed, and Margaret wasn’t totally at ease yet. So I think I’d just asked her something penis-related in the above photo. For whatever reason, male genitalia references really throw my friends for a loop. Also, this totally counts as Margaret’s casual wear. I told you she was a fashion superstar.
Shirt by Banana Republic.
How great is this photo? Oh, Isabel, you’re always in the right place at the right time. Margaret’s skirt isn’t vintage, by the way. Shocking, right? She purchased it in Boston, and the brand is Â½ Un-Demi. That crisp tie in the back kills me.
These are Margaret’s Lego earrings. I suspect she bought them as a nod to all the engineers when she was working at Google proper. Also, because she’s a nerd. (Fist bump, nerds.)
The earrings are by *eo*ware.
These shoes? Yes.
I’m hideous at shoe shopping, so I try to drag Margaret along when possible. She’s responsible for my pink boots, and my bronze cowboy boots. She’s always right when she insists you buy something.
These straw-soled wedgies are also by Banana Republic.
This is where the sexy part of secretary comes in. She’s erasing so. very. slowly.
Tomorrow she uses a cosmetics bag as a clutch. Be still my heart.
Hi, all. I’ve decided to post these outfit by outfit, because posting all five at once was too overwhelming. Also, you’ll to want to savor this particular closet. This is my friend Margaret Stewart with her very fun daughters Beatrice and Isabel. Margaret is one of my fashion heros.
She’s a mom of three (Charlie wasn’t around when we were getting glammed up), and also the User Experience Manager at You Tube. You may recognize her from past posts — the Stewarts are around a lot, and even traveled to Argentina with us. In fact, Margaret bought this dress in Buenos Aires after many pouty faces in front of the dressing room mirror, and much encouragement from me.
She said, “I love it, but where will I wear it?” I said, “It has a tutu skirt! This is quintessential San Francisco formal. Too casual on top, ballerina on the bottom. It’s gonna come up.”
A while later she wore it to a Sex-and-the-City themed 30th birthday bash. See? Perfect. The genius dress is made by Veronica Alfie for Veroalfie. They didn’t have it in my size while we were there, but I’m still coveting it.
Shoes are by Stuart Weitzman, they were a hand-me-down from Margaret’s equally fashionable sister.
I wish I’d gotten a photo from behind, the tank is racer-back. Ooo-la-la.
But you must pay the rent!
Margaret’s beloved mustache necklace is from a Swedish Museum Shop. She doesn’t remember the designer’s name, but you can find all kinds of similar ones on Etsy.
So that’s day one! Tomorrow, casual wear. See you then.
Have you been to Maker Faire? You should go.
Maker Faire is an annual DIY bonanza with a focus on science and technology, though there’s an excellent crafts hall as well. Essentially, if you make something cool with your own hands and brain, you can apply to be one of the “Makers” the Faire hosts each year. It’s so huge in the Bay Area that it always seems to be sold out by the time I get my act together.
But this year! This year was different, because of Margaret. Margaret is the kind of friend who ends up with spare tickets to movie previews, or coronations, or space shuttle rides. It’s seriously uncanny. So last week she called to say that she had an extra ticket to preview night at Maker Faire, which means all the cool stuff with none of the lines or parking conundrums. So I made out with her. You would too if someone took you to see a fire-breathing snail car.