The concept of "Lupus Style" is about how you feel, not what you are wearing. Whether you are dressed up or dressed down, the concept of "Lupus Style" is one that embraces being comfortable and confident no matter how your body feels.
Once I realized that I would be talking about "Lupus Style" at the #140conf12 conference in New York City, I knew that looking good would give me the confidence to share how the Lupus community finds and shares meaning in the "State of Now". I had to feel comfortable while looking professional, not at all, like a woman who suffers and thrives despite living with Lupus.
In May 2011 I was a proud Brand Ambassador for Karen Kane (on Twitter at @Karen_Kane and online at http://www.karenkane.com/) at the #Fashion140 held at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. When the "Lupus Chat, Lupus Style at the #140conf12" was confirmed, I sent an email and asked if they would be interested in providing the wardrobe for Tiffany and me when we spoke on stage at the 92nd Street Y. Pleasantly surprised, and beyond excited, one can only imagine the joy I had telling Tiffany that Karen Kane would be generously "dressing" both of us for the "State of Now" VIP cocktail party and on June 19th, the day we were speaking.
I chose a LBD (Little Black Dress!), the Karen Kane "Tucked Front Dress" for the cocktail party-- a classic. The gathered waist of the dress's design accentuated my curves. Like "Lupus Style" itself, the dress accentuated the positive.
Tiffany selected a fantastic "Stretch Linen Pencil" skirt in Tan, a "Sleeveless Ruffle Top" in Earth and paired it with the "Banded Drape Jacket"in Black and Off White that complimented her tiny figure. The outfit worked and Tiffany rocked it.
The day of the conference we both chose to wear bold, bright colors that popped against black. I wore the Karen Kane Split Neck Shift dress in Black with the Shirred Sleeve Blazer in Tile-Blue. Tiffany wore the Color Block Tuck Dress, in Fuchsia and Black. Here we are in our fabulous Karen Kane on June 19th at the 92nd Street Y!
Tiffany and I celebrating how the Lupus community finds and share meaning (and style!) at the "State of Now" proudly wearing our Karen Kane outfits.
To answer the question "Who are you wearing?" with "Karen Kane." made me smile, and one of my favorite phrases is that "Smiles are contagious, Lupus is not."