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Get Dressed To This: Who Wears the Pants?

10 Jul


Most of the fashion features I have here just-so-happen to included dresses. Maybe it’s because I’m a dress girl? Or maybe it’s simply because on the female form, dresses remain the go-to item for most dance outings. In recognition of my bias, I’ve decided to switch it up a bit this week.

1. I normally post Get Dressed To This pieces as the weekend nears, but considering I am in Rio (where the “weekend” can start as early as Tuesday, much like in NYC these days too), I am going to post accordingly.

2. I’m going to do a feature with pants!

Ok, beyond that, this week’s GDTT remains the same. outfit + mix = happy times

I decided to explore Desigual’s site for some inspiration. The Spanish brand is famous for making paint-splashed, psychedelic-printed pieces, something I’ve seen throughout the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal, I’m looking at you!) all the way to Brazil. Street vendors here sell a ton of dresses with similar prints. Many ateliers are purveyors of patchworked skirts. And the “Calca Saruel” (drop-crotch pants) remains a popular piece here. So I thought in today’s edition of GDTT, I’ve pay an homage to the multinational magic of Iberian mix-match style with a splash of Desigual.

As far as the music goes, I’ve got a live set from Mercury, one of the best house DJs in the game, during a gig at one of my favorite clubs in Lisbon, Lux. It’s all come full circle, folks. House music from Switzerland taking place in a club in Portugal which is home to the language of Brazil where a style is circulating quite similar to Desigual, a clothing store from Spain. The world is a very small place. I hope you have a chance to skip (or dance!) around it now as you Get Dressed To This:

Mercury – Mix for Lux (Lisboa)

click to stream / download (right click + save as)

Sament Dress, Desigual, £79.00 GBP

back / front


Riplay Women’s Mica-05 Wedge Sandal (in hot pink, listed as “red”), Endless.com, $67.99 USD


Marc by Marc Jacobs Women’s 625140/12 Flat (in green), Endless, $140 USD


vintage white leather clutch, Etsy, $16 USD


Polished Planes Earrings (in blue), Anthropologie, $32


Empire Top, Desigual, £53.10


black woven tulip faux leather waistband detail pants, Mark & James by Badgley Mischka, Bluefly, $79.99 USD


A Wear Skinny Jean (in cobalt blue), ASOS, $58 USD



Melissa Platform Sandal, YOOX, $69 USD


 Day and Nightlife Flat (in yellow), ModCloth, $29.99 USD

– Retail DJ


Get Dressed To This: Bruised

14 Apr

More Courtney Love than Retail DJ?

Do you ever come home covered in bruises and have no idea why? I do…

Wait, that sounds kinda bad. I am not in a fight club, nor do I get drunk to the point of passing out or falling down. But sometimes, I come home with all these mysterious purple marks whose respective origins remain unknown. And then it hits me!

It’s the music. Or better, the dancing.

Not that I am an arms-out flailing type of anything, but sometimes, the music is just so good that you dance until it hurts, until you literally hit things and forget that it even happened because the good sounds are so distracting. It’s been quite some time that the music I have heard while out has sent me into such a frenzy, but there are still mixes that come across my “desk” that make it happen. This week, such a mix comes to us by way of Idiotproof, whose latest mix for the Jackmode podcast is so energetic that I can’t help but give it the recognition it deserves. Every.single.track on the mix is hard-hitting and might serve up a post-dance punishment for those of you who get as into the music as I.

But in between all the dancing, hopefully you’ll have some time to get dressed. To go along with the intense music, I’ve decided to put together an outfit that has a hard exterior, but a few whimsical notes to welcome you. A mix of vintage, new, and handcrafted items, this outfit is full of conversation pieces. That is, if you have any time for that between all the moves you’ll be doing.

But enough of me. Time for the music. Press play and take a bit to Get Dressed To This . . .

The Music:

Idiotproof – Jackmode April 2011 Podcast

(click to play; click the small arrow on the right to download)

tracklist (below) after the jump

The Outfit:

(click the photos for purchasing & additional photos)

1. Smock Dress by In God We Trust, Beacon’s Closet, $35 USD

In God We Trust Dress, Beacons Closet

2. Mr Mustache Ring by AngelInChina, Etsy, $33 USD

Mr. Mustache Ring, Etsy

3. Flick Flack Clutch Bag, Irregular Choice (UK), £ 35 GBP

Flick Flack Clutch, Irregular Choice

5. Roxy Body Harness by SultryAffair, Etsy, $45 USD

Roxy Body Harness, Etsy

6. Patchuli II Wedges, Melissa, R$ 160 BRL

Patchuli II, Melissa Brasil

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Get Dressed to This: Taking a Beating

6 Oct

Getting Punished . . . by my workload

Ahhh time, the inevitable aspect of my life that continues to follow me like a shadow and chase me like a hunter into my days and dreams, haunting me as I work and even moreso when I sleep. In moments when I feel overwhelmed with all that must be done – an article here, a podcast there, an interview here, a photoshoot there – my subconscious takes over and does strange things. Case: I stayed up until 6 am the other day listening to over 400 songs and mixes to piece together the tracklist for the September/October Retail DJ podcast. Point: I had a dream in which I had to strangle rats the size of bears, but then my feelings got the best of me when one began to lick my hand like a puppy and I couldn’t kill it.

Sounds like fun, right?

Welcome to just one night in the life of my stressed-out, over-worked brain. Luckily, music is always here to come to the rescue. This time around, the mix that’ motivated me as I got ready to go out is the latest Resident Advisor Podcast: Detroit Beatdown. Though only released on Monday, I go out on Tuesdays, so last night it really put me in the mood to dance and to continue doing so inside and outside of my house. For the outfit this week, I’ve chosen a dark number to fall right in line with this cold weather, with a little bit of color for contrast. The inspiration piece for this outfit were the boots from AllSaints, which look like they have taken a little beating of their own, though in a neat, aesthetically pleasing way, of course.

So take a moment to play and prepare to destroy the dancefloor after you Get Dressed to This:

The Music

Resident Advisor Podcast no. 227: Detroit Beatdown

(by DJs Norm Talley Delano Smith, and Mike Clark)

(click here to get this podcast)

The Outfit

1. Savitr Boot, AllSaints Spitalfields, $450 USD

2. V-Neck Pleat Waist Knitted Dress, ASOS, $54 USD

3. Blazer, Ohne Titel (for purchase @ YOOX), $480 USD

4. Falling Star Earrings, Anthropologie, $148 USD

5. Deerskin Leather Purse at Mano Bello,cync00’s Esty page, $215 USD

 6. Dara Ettinger Chelsea Ring, Urban Outfitters, $80 USD

 – Retail DJ

Get Dressed to This: All A-Flutter

10 Sep

photo credit: Marielle (marielliot)

This morning, when I woke up from my hour of sleep (yes, one hour), I was delighted to know that even while under a down comforter, I remained slightly cold, the temperature outside barely reaching the mid-60s. As the weather cools and the leaves turn, thus so does my soul. It’s no surprise to the people who read Retail DJ that I am a big fan of this season, the justification possibily being my actual date of birth, but for those of you didn’t know this, you’ve come at a great time. As I mentioned last night, as an homage to the coming of fall, I’m posting a new Get Dressed to This outfit + mix piece every night for a week. 

For this edition Get Dressed to This, I’ve decided to show my true crush on fall with some highly feminine pieces, though of course “edged” up by way of accessories and creative tailoring. Though this outfit is clearly for dancing, it’s also nice for a dinner date, small get together, or a people-watching centric walk with friends (for which fall is perfect!). This outfit is set to the music from the most recent Fool’s Gold podcast (“Foolcast”) by way of Style of Eye. It perfectly matches the outfit, volleying between soft and hard, disco and dubstep, catchy lyrics and heavy bass. So start your night with a nice beat and some sartorial inspiration/ Press play and Get Dressed to This

The Music:

 Style of Eye – Foolcast 016

(click to play; right click + save as to download) 

tracklist (below) after the jump 


The Outfit: 

1. Lorinna Dress, AllSaints, $180 USD 

flattering and "girly," yet with an edge


2. All Pain, No Gain Boots, Irregular Choice, $199 USD 

pewter patches

check out the peek-a-boo colored strip


 3. Super Suspender Tight, House of Holland (via Urban Outfitters), $28 USD 

the garter look, without the fuss


4. Extra Large Bright Red Beaded Vintage Earrings, Vintage Repeats (via Etsy), $13 USD 

bright, indeed

5. The Clingy Wallet (in teal), 49 Square Miles, $250 USD 

small, but can hold your phone + keys

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Get Dressed to This: Late Night Groove

3 Aug

B.East, venue for the Retail DJ "Get Dressed for This" Showcase

One thing that I considering one of my personal values is always giving credit when it’s due. Above all else, I find that it’s important to recognize people for their talent, for their contributions, and for their hard work. I don’t give people praise whom I don’t feel deserve it. I take that seriously here at Retail DJ, especially considering the hundreds of songs and mixes I listen to on a daily basis, filtering out all the crap so that you all can get nothing but the goods.

I say all of this because the mixes I have included this week for the Get Dressed to This Megapost leading up the big event really all are great and have some meaning to me. For today’s mix, I have a set that came to me by way of EZRAKH. I asked him if he could put together something especially for this, and he created this phenomenal mix without hesitation (and in such a short time frame, might I add). This mix is a follow up to his first Late Night Grooves Mix, which you can find HERE. In volume two, he pulls out all the stops, turning it into a curated audio museum of house music, ranging from the American Chicago/Detroit style to French House to the more recent incarnation of tech house. Infused with some soul and funk, the mix as a whole is a complete work and one that is truly reflective of the type of music you will hear from him Wednesday night (though, to be sure, this is just a sampling – you ain’t heard nothin’ yet until you see him play live).

In terms of the outfit, I’ve put together what would have been my outfit for the party. This dress was the runner up for tomorrow night, but I chose another dress at the last minute. This dress has a few grooves of its own, which you can see if you do a zoom on the AllSaints site. With slight texturing and subtle blue and peach stripes, this dress, though delicate in color, is heavy on the tailoring, with the rigid draping (oxymoronic, yes, but accurate) going on inside and out.

Anyway, check out the awesomeness and Get Dressed to This:

The Music:

EZRAKH – Late Night Grooves Mix Vol. 2

EZRAKH – Late Grooves Mix v2 by RetailDJ

(click to play; click the small arrow on the right to download)

Tracklist (Below) after the jump

The Outfit:

1. Urien Dress, AllSaints Spitalfields, $190 USD

2.  “Bria” Platform Sandal in Light Grey, Pour La Victoire, $171 USD

3. Bright Blue Leather Clutch Bag, Delacyonline Etsy Store, $69

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Get Dressed to This: My Humps

29 Jul

Fergie Ferg? Nah . . .

This is day two in the countdown until the Retail DJ “Get Dressed for This” Showcase and I came prepared and bearing gifts: my humps.

In this case, when I say “my humps,” I am not talking about that Black Eyed Peas song with Fergie at the helm, I am talking about a twisted, structured take on the tulip dress by AllSaints Spitalfields and a fabulous  mix by Camel that incorporates tech house and classic house with such smooth grace that it gave me chills on a hot and humid day.

Though this dress and its structure is quite rigid and dark (the dress is stiff and corsetted at the waist and more pronounced areas), the cut is still sexy without losing its charm. It can be dressed down with more brightly colored jewelry or made more intense with darker metals and accessories. Considering that this set of Get Dressed to This posts are about easing you all into fall, I figured I’d make a compromise with a light yet intense approach 🙂

I hope you enjoy this mix and outfit as much as I had picking them!

The Music:

Camel – Electric Cookin’ Vol. 1 (July 2010)


(click to play; click the small arrow on the right to download)

Tracklist can be found below, after the jump

The Outfit:

1. Rhine Corset Dress, AllSaints Spitalfields, $60 USD


2. SPIKE/Dark Gaga Heeled Bootie in Black/Nickel, Ruthie Davis, $1,395 USD (one can dream, right?)

3. Malababa Gracelia Purse in Pink, Urban Outfitters, $258 USD (tuck in the chain and use as a clutch)


4. Love/Hate Ring in Silver by Sproutonline, Etsy, $75 USD

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Get Dressed to This: Kitsch Lite

17 Jul

Every now and then, a little tacky goes a long way, and this touch of low-class chic is something that Americans seem to have down pat. After having a discussion this Friday with a French friend in fashion (how’s that for alliteration?) about the lack of style in American fashion, I got to thinking about the things we’re good at. We’re the ones who gave the world hip hop (and the “street” style therein), we do ghetto chic like no other, and we have a pretty good handle on casual. Luckily, all of the aforementioned looks are perfect for summer.

For this week’s Get Dressed to This, I’ve decided to put together a look that’s a tiny bit kitsh, but a lot of fun. With high-waisted shorts, a bright necklace, and platforms, anyone would be a traffic stopper in this trailer park meets SoHo getup. Along for the ride is the music of DJ Arq(uimedes) aka Marlon Oliva, a talented DJ whom I had the opportunity to hear spin at Santos on Thursday night. Though the mix is labeled for spring, it has a ton of jams that will surely help motivate us as we put ourselves together in our cutest summer styles. Get Dressed to This:

The Music

DJ Arq – Slow Your Roll (Spring 2010 Promo Mix)

(click to play ; right click + save target as to download)

tracklist (below) after the jump

The Outfit

1. Ruched Banded Cami, Forever 21, $4 USD (worn tucked-in)


2. Lucca Couture Sailor Short, Urban Outfitters, $48 USD

3. Chica Platforms, Irregular Choice, $150 USD

4. Flower Statement Necklace, MyFaunaFlora Store on Etsy, $96 USD

5. 14k Yellow Gold Studs, DreamsandJewelry Store on Etsy, $90 USD

6. Hello “Quilty” Carry-All, Modcloth, $60 USD

For Your Reference:

DJ Arq’s Myspace Page

To Attempt and Not Succeed

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