I attended private school for the better part of my young adult life and, aside from the Mean Girl social politics, one of my favorite parts was the uniform. We wore collared shirts with plaid skirts and saddle shoes. I can proudly say that I wore the same skirts from seventh through twelfth grade. This is not to say that I did not grow. Merely that my skirt went from darling to indecent over the course of six years. The private school uniform skirts the edge between naughty and nice. It’s always been a wonder to me that the headmasters continue to dress fantasies year in and out, all with the intention of equality and class. But that’s neither here nor there.
This is a very drawn out, indirect way of saying that I loved turning heads in my uniform. So, I was thrilled to recently discover LA’s L’eole Des Femmes. Along with Bond girl and French maid silhouettes, owner and designer (and all-around cool chick) Laura Sfez offers a grownup take on the school girl. Gone are the pigtails and polyester. What remains are the Peter Pan collars and pleats. I dress mine up with a pair of patent saddle shoes with a heel. Because, duh. I’m a grownup now.
L’ecole Des Femmes suspender pleated skirt– on sale! (similar $), L’ecole Des Femmes blouse (similar $, similar $$$), Rachel Antonoff for Bass saddle shoes (similar $, similar $$), charm bracelet (similar $, similar $$, similar $$$) with charms collected over many years, XIV Karats necklace (similar $, similar $$$$), Catbird and ginette_ny rings (similar), YSL Glossy Stain in 7 on lips, Essie Spin the Bottle on nails
Photos by Michele LoBosco