Mighty Closet: Mai Le, Outfit 3

4th November 2009

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Here’s what Mai wears out to hear live music — a short skirt because she knows she won’t be sitting much anyway, and extra comfy shoes for the same reason.

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Her V-neck sweater is Comme des Garcons for Play. It comes with the creepy little heart.

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I’m pretty covetous of Mai’s pink sequin skirt, though I doubt I’d get the use out of it she does. For example, I’d wear it on New Year’s Eve; she wears it grocery shopping.

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Who makes a sequin skirt with pockets? F. House, a Ho Chi Minh City-based designer — Mai spent several months in Vietnam recently. The skirt is a sample that never went into production.

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Mai’s shoes are by Ann Demeulemeester. Great for travel, and for round about the cauldron goings on.

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And again, a little something happening at the heel.

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Her bag is also Comme des Garcons. It’s a Beach Ball Handbag and has big leather knots on either side.

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Mai did her hair in about fifteen seconds by rolling it up from the bottom and securing with bobby pins. I don’t know why more women don’t use bobby pins anymore. They make it so easy to pull your hair back in an interesting way.

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Mai loves to jump in photos. She’s an instigator of jumping photos too. Tomorrow, join us for Mai’s Secretary About Town look.

28 thoughts on “Mighty Closet: Mai Le, Outfit 3

  1. zan

    Hooray to pictures of Mai jumping!

    I would be all over bobbie pins if I only knew how to use them. Anyone want to teach a gal how? Someone somewhere on some blog must have a vintage instructional diagram for rolling and pinning…

  2. Brandy

    Mai is a fashion superhero. The skirt is happy, shiny fun!

    Also, yes for a hair tutorial, please. Tips for dealing with hair that bends most bobbie pins without mercy would also be fabulous. Please and Thank you.

  3. darcy

    Maybe its a regional thing but everyone around here uses bobby pins… I use them to get rid of my bangs when they are irritable and seriously my kids wear them to school ALL the time…
    so maybe they are enjoying a resurgence in popularity!

  4. jacqueline c

    I like to do a messy braided bun thing with a thin elastic and then improve upon the mess with some bobby pins. I love them!
    Back in high school, too, when my hair was all dyed and crunchy, I used to set my hair in pincurls at night for texture, and then in the morning I’d take out the curls, shake out, and pin everything *back* up with the same pins in a looser configuration.

  5. Renee

    At first, I thought Mai Le got a hair cut, and then I got to the part about the bobby pins. I can’t get those little suckers to stay in my hair. It just falls down regardless of the few hundred I use for reinforcements

  6. GirlsGoneChild

    Please tell me you have 362 more days of Mai? And please let one of them include a shot of Mai in her sleep gown? I’ve never met a girl with a prettier pajama. That is NO LIE.

  7. Alex

    Love it. Especially the shoes.

    I have trouble with normal bobby pins because they spring backwards out of my curly hair, injuring passers-by.

  8. cee

    I love this series, but it would be great to see someone who doesn’t dress entirely in expensive/exclusive designer brands and still manages to look good! When I saw that Mai’s sweater cost more than $300 I think my heart stopped.

    (Thanks for profiling someone who isn’t a tall skinny blonde supermodel though.)

  9. mai

    Thanks for everyone’s comments (Especially the BS peeps – hi!). And for Maggie taking/posting flattering photos.

    @cee – my sweater actually cost me $30 at Cross Roads, a Bay Area vintage store that other Mighty Closet peeps have shopped at as well.

    I mix vintage and new stuff pretty liberally, leaning mostly towards vintage (my wardrobe is at least 85% vintage). So this outfit (not counting the shoes or handbag – which was a gift) was $100: $30 for the sweater, $65 for the skirt, and for the $5 tights. I feel like that is affordable for statement pieces, like the skirt.

    I’m pretty sure I don’t spend anymore on clothes than the average 20-30 something woman, and I suspect that I sometimes spend a whole lot less.

  10. latenac

    I love this outfit. Much more flattering and great that she wears it grocery shopping. The shoes look so comfortable.

  11. Kelly

    I love that the women featured have such great individualized style! Very few of the outfits would suit me or my personal style, but that doesn’t matter and I don’t get the impression that’s what this series is about anyway. I love it! And I too love that pink sequin skirt.

    For hair that won’t submit to regular bobby pins – try a chignon pin. You can find them at funky old beauty supply stores, or online – just google.

  12. lauren

    mai, that you manage to find some of my favorite brands (and such lovely statement pieces) on a budget pretty much makes you an actual superhero.

  13. jennifer in sf

    I am so coveting all of Mai’s shoes! Also her clearly way advanced thrifting/vintage clothes-fu.

    (I’d also welcome that roll with bobby pins tutorial. Although I suspect it would take approx. 1000 bobby pins to actually secure my hair.)

  14. Nicole

    am I the only one that’s not so enamored with everything thrifty and vintage? I think people (Not Mai, not any of the other closet ladies, but others in general) need to focus more on quality pieces and not just loving something because it’s $5 and used to be expensive. You know why it’s $5 now? Because its shabby and looks like crap. Yes, it has history, whatever. But pilled sweaters, frayed cuffs, scuffed shoes, etc., make a ragamuffin, not a fashion maven.
    I long for a time when people wear well-fitting clothing that’s in good shape. I guess I’ll just never understand this trend.

  15. Jessica

    I love this woman!

    Scunci makes a nice curved bobby pin that can lie flat against your head. I have thick hair and use these in combination with large hair pins (open wider than your standard bobby pin) with good results.

  16. cee

    @Nicole – I think it definitely depends on where you live. The thrift stores in my town are full of old, ragged crap, because it’s not a particularly fashion-forward or wealthy town. There are no stylish rich people donating their old clothes! I would never in a million years find a Comme des Garcons sweater in a shop here.

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