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A touch of slip, Thom Browne Resort 2013

Bold, textured slip, Misha Nonoo Resort 2013

Layering is a great way to create different effects within an outfit, whether it be through shape, volume, transparency, or even in creating different colors with those transparencies.  Ladies typically keep their undergarments hidden beneath their outer layers.  For the upcoming Resort season, however, the slips and sheers are coming out to play.

Textured translucent slip, Stella McCartney Resort 2013

Floor-length Slip Look, BCBG MaxAzria Resort 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most popular interpretation of this trend is to show just a little—about three to six inches—of your undergarment.  For a more glamorous look, bring the length to the floor.  The key is to not make it look like a typical lingerie slip underneath; otherwise it will just look sloppy.  Try a contrasting pattern or a sheer fabric with texture underneath.

Patterned shift dress under a sheer layer, Giulietta Resort 2013

Sheer shirt dress over black pencil skirt and top, Alexander Wang Resort 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the flip side, a full sheer layer overtop of an outfit is another way to work this trend.  It is best done with a modest bra top and briefs or a shift dress underneath.  Skip the embellishments on this one, with two layers you will want to avoid the extra bulk.

Pants given the Slip Look, The Row Resort 2013

Patterned shorts wrapped in sheer, Celine Resort 2013

Skirts and dresses are not the only one getting the slip treatment.  Pants are turning up in light layers as well.  Gauzy films surround and stream from shorts, both in monochrome and print.

Monochrome slip and skirt, Chris Benz Resort 2013

Pattern mixing, Thom Browne Resort 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is all about layering with the Slip Look.  If you are hesitant to attempt the look, try monochrome pieces, one sheer and one solid.  When you are feeling more confident with your slip-sporting abilities, try some pattern or texture mixing, or even different lengths.  The Slip Look is definitely an easy way to work breezy layers into your summer wardrobe.

Much love and good shoes,

e

 

*Images courtesy of Style.com

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Just as it seems the sun is finally out to stay for summer, the Resort 2013 styles have also arrived on the runways.  As usual, the new season brings new trends to consider in reassessing our wardrobes for the coming seasons.  To help better navigate these trends, I have compiled a few that I am certain will catch on—and may even get you through a couple Resort seasons to come.

Little White Dress, Herve Leger by Max Azria Resort 2013

Little White Dress, Donna Karan Resort 2013

LWD: It is safe to say that the old adage about not wearing white after Labor Day has officially been stricken from the designer’s rule book as of this season.  Forget the Little Black Dress, the Little White Dress made an appearance on almost every designer’s runway this season.  These stark beauties came in all lengths, styles and silhouettes.  So take full advantage of the LWD and show your individuality through the one you pick.  Already have one in your closet?  Even better—save some money and put your accessorizing skills to good use.  Breathe new life into your pale frock through embellishment.

Separates splashed with tangerine, Monique Lhuillier Resort 2013

An allover, cropped tangerine look, Yigal Azrouel Resort 2013

Tangerine: If you prefer a little color in your resort wear, pick up some tangerine pieces.  The color made a splash in many designers’ collections this season, in allover solid looks, color blocking, as well as bold stripes and abstract patterns.  Pair it with coral if you are feeling sunny, or your LWD to tone it down.

Bold, graphic stripes, Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2013

Pattern mixing with stripes, Rachel Roy Resort 2013

Stripes: This typically tame motif revealed itself many ways this season.  At times, the stripe was singled out, where it became a statement, other times stripes were set off-kilter to one another, then they created the illusion of a new pattern, some stripes were hidden among other patterns, where they became part of a patchwork.

Serious volume, Chanel Resort 2013

A feminine approach to shorts, Jil Stuart Resort 2013

Shorts: As designers re-imagined the suit in recent seasons, shorts began to play a more important role in dressing.  This season shorts took many turns in lively prints, sharp tailoring, even in more voluminous shapes.  If you indulged in the printed short trend this summer, or were daring enough to sport some tailored shorts with your blazer at the office, you will definitely need those shorts for the resort season, as well.

Subtly printed, slim pants, Belstaff Resort 2013

Bold floral printed pants, Sachin + Babi Resort 2013

Cropped pants: The most popular way to cut this trendy pant this season was slim, solid and tailored but that did not stop a few designers from thinking outside the box.  The cropped pant manifested itself in a cuffed genie style at Rachel Zoe and Lanvin and even a denim palazzo style at Chanel.  Many designers chose to render their crops in bright abstract and floral prints, like the ones at Sachin + Babi and Kelly Wearstler.

Embracing stripes and shorts, Marc Jacobs Resort 2013

LWD-Tangerine combo, Erin Fetherston Resort 2013

Resort is all about bright colors, fun patterns, and relaxed silhouettes, which were certainly represented this season, so relax, slip into something colorful and enjoy exploring these trends!

Much love and good shoes,

e

*All images courtesy of Style.com

Olympia Le-Tan “Junkie” book clutch, Image courtesy of Flavorwire.com

Summer is the perfect time to take up a good book.  Getting lost in an enthralling story or even thumbing through a glossy fashion magazine is certainly one of my favorite ways to pass the time when I am reclining in the sun.  Some fashionistas are taking their passion for reading on the go—and even to the red carpet.

Natalie Portman toting an Olympia Le-Tan book clutch at the Black Swan premiere, Image courtesy of Style.mtv.com

Leading the novel procession, Natalie Portman stepped out in Dior at the Black Swan premiere over a year ago, clutching an Olympia Le-Tan, arguably the master of book clutches.  Portman is not Le-Tan’s only celebrity follower; Michelle Williams, Chloe Sevigny and Berenice Bejo were all spotted sporting the literary-inspired clutches.  Book clutches were also featured on Chanel’s Spring 2011 ready-to-wear runway, yet the more classic, quilted, leather-bound look has not caught on as well as Le-Tan’s graphic pieces.  The First Lady of Bling, Judith Leiber, has even dabbled in book clutches, opting for a stacked and strapped look, instead of the more popular simple, single book.

Chanel RTW Spring 2011 book clutch, Image courtesy of Style.com

Judith Leiber “Black Books Minaudiere Evening Bag Clutch”, Image courtesy of Malleries.com

Although Le-Tan’s handmade French beauties may be a little too pricey for most of us, there are lower-priced versions popping up on the market, as well.  Kate Spade’s book clutches have the fun cover art similar to Le-Tan’s, but the underlying canvas has a clear cover for protection.  For a more classic look, check out ASOS’s book clutch, complete with a funky tassel.

Kate Spade “A Tale of Two Cities” book clutch, Image courtesy of Deluxe-lv.com

ASOS book clutch, Image courtesy of Asos.com

Thinking of hollowing out some of your favorite classics?  I know, I am, too.

Much love and good shoes,

e

Jessica Simpson “Oversized Ombre Hat”, Image courtesy of shop.nordstrom.com

With Memorial Day just around the corner, we should all be gearing up for warmer weather and a little time off to soak up some rays.  Of course you may already have some summer essentials in your closet, a breezy sundress, embellished sandals, and a classic denim jacket, but let me share my current obsession for summer 2012 that will not even break the bank:

The pink version of my pick, Image courtesy of Gap.com

Wide-brimmed sun hats are creeping up in retailer’s summer collections all over the place.  Whatever your style, there is a straw sun hat just for you.  They come in stripes, bright colors, dark neutrals, and of course, their natural state, straw.  There are even brands, such as Coolibar, that boast UV protection so you can be stylish and protect your skin.  I picked one up for myself at the Gap in a natural straw and black stripe pattern—trés chic!

Wide-brimmed ombre sun hat featured in Chanel’s 2013 Resort lineup, Image courtesy of Style.com

Wide-brimmed, embellished ombre sun hat featured in Chanel’s 2013 Resort lineup, Image courtesy of Style.com

The sun hat trend seems to be a lasting one; sun hats were spotted on Chanel’s 2013 Resort runway with ombré treated brims and others with feminine embellishments.  So snag a few in bright colors and patterns or splurge on a classic neutral that you can wear poolside year after year—sun hats are here to stay.

Much love and good shoes,

e

Now that the Easter holiday has come to a close, kids are back in school, relatives are back on the road, and your pastels are finally back in the closet, ready to pop out at next Easter.  But hold on, pastels can do much more this season!  So before you pack up those baby blues, pretty pinks and grassy greens, let’s explore the versatility of these marvelous hues.

The No-Brainer Set: The pastel sweater set has chic written all over it.  Dress it up with pearls for a sweet vintage look. Or go casual and modern and pair the set with skinny jeans, flats and funky accessories.  Personally, I like to take the cardigan solo, buttoned up over slim cropped pants with flats.  And for a more casual look, I will throw it on over a neutral crewneck tee and jeans.

J Brand's 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg Jeans in Soft Lilac, Image courtesy of Jbrandjeans.com

J Brand's 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg Jeans in Soft Lilac, Image courtesy of Jbrandjeans.com

Denim: As I have mentioned before (“Spring’s Must-Haves”), pastels are going to be a major trend in denim for spring.  Do not just confine yourself to denim, however.  If a periwinkle pair of canvas shorts catches your eye, go for it.  In a season filled with bright and bold colorful pant selections, why limit yourself?

Metallic details complement the pastel accessories in this Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 campaign, Image courtesy of Pinterest.com

Fossil Key-Per Tech Sleeve in Yellow Multi, Image courtesy of Fossil.com

Accessorize: Punch up an outfit with a pop of pastel.  An oversize clutch in canary yellow will brighten your day and keep you on trend.  Peachy pumps will start your outfit off on the right foot, whether you go casual with jeans, or dress it up in a pencil skirt.  Mix your pastel accessories with metallic detailing for some chic bonus points.  Take cues from Marc Jacob’s accessories for Louis Vuitton Spring 2012.

Essie's Nail Lacquer in "Navigate Her", my pastel of choice for today, Image courtesy of Essie.com

Pale Beauties: The beauty market has followed designers in their thirst for pastels.  So feel free to brush on a soft pink lip or swipe some robin’s egg blue over your eyes to freshen up your look.  The Easter Bunny was kind enough to bring me a bottle of Essie’s nail lacquer in “Navigate Her,” a pretty pale green, to keep my nails on-trend.  Today I paired my newly painted nails with my dark wash skinny jeans (cuffed), my floral t-strap peep-toe flats, a white tee and gray cardigan.  I must admit, my shoes received more attention than my nails, but that is to be expected.  The pastel is not typically a bold, look-at-me statement; it is a soft, feminine one.  So use pastels to your advantage, let them compliment your other statement pieces.

Pastels combined perfectly with their jewel tone counterparts on Oscar de la Renta's Fall 2012 runway, Image courtesy of Style.com

The pastel craze should endure well into fall, as they mix in amongst bolder, darker garments, so enjoy these softer, muted pieces and feel free to stock up!

Much love and good shoes,

e

Itching to add a punch of spring to my wardrobe, I ventured out yesterday in search of colorful fare.  I landed in Gap, drawn in by their array of bright bottoms, a definite must for spring.

Gap's Broken-In Straight Khakis

Gap's Broken-In Straight Khakis

Initially drawn to a pair of kelly green Broken-In Straight Khakis, and then to its cobalt blue cousin, I was off to a good start.  My thoughts then turned to the radiant reds that appeared on the runways for spring and fall, and then I spotted them: bright red Slim Cropped pants.  I already own a pair in black and they are divine—with flats—in an Audrey Hepburn sort of way.

With my finds slung over my arm, I headed for the fitting room.  Never have I been a khaki person, I will admit it.  Maybe it was how quickly the drab color could suck the life out of whatever I was wearing.  Or maybe it was the paper bag-like forms that khakis often took—none of which were typically flattering for my rear.  But I was immediately taken with the Broken-In Straight Khakis.  They fit like my favorite pair of jeans but were actually more—dare I say it?—comfortable.  And the bright colors and modern silhouette brought these khakis out of the fluorescent-lit cubicles and into my wardrobe.  I decided on the green, but I will probably be back very soon for the blue.

Gap's Slim Cropped

Gap's Slim Cropped in Red

Gap's Slim Cropped

Gap's Slim Cropped in Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With shopping highs, came the lows.  The red Slim Cropped did not live up to their black predecessors.  The fit was just a little off on these.  The fabric blend is slightly different, so they did not stretch as nicely around my hips and thighs as the other ones did.  And of course, bright red is not a very forgiving color, so everything shows.  Needless to say, I abandoned my quest for red, at least temporarily.

Paisley Scarf Option #2

Paisley Scarf Option #2

Paisley Scarf Option #1

Paisley Scarf Option #1

Green khakis in hand, I headed for the scarves.  Since I was down a pair of pants, I figured there was now room in my budget to accessorize.  A few caught my eye immediately.  I enjoyed the paisley prints with the mix of bold and soft hues.  I figured they would offset my budding khaki collection perfectly.  Ultimately, I settled on two totally different prints, one being a little Pucci-esque.  I loved their vintage appeal and how they conjured up thoughts of strolling along a beach in large floppy sun hats.

Winning Scarf #1

Winning Scarf #1

Winning Scarf #2

Winning Scarf #2

 

Well, I will say it has been a very successful trip.  I may even go back for seconds.  You are more than welcome to join me.

Much love and good shoes,

e

All images courtesy of Gap.com

Lately I have been noticing, regardless of age or background, there are many people out there struggling with a common fashion faux pas: poor fit.  You would think this would be an easy question to overcome in the fitting room, “does this fit?”  And yet, so many people struggle with it when they squeeze into skinny jeans or button up a blazer.  But no more!  I am here to help with a few simple guidelines to apply to your next shopping trip.

Shoulder Seams: This is the first thing I look at to see if a top is fitting properly.  They are called shoulder seams because they should align with the shoulders—easy enough!  Take cues from these visual guides and your blouses and blazers will look super sharp.

The shoulder seams accentuate the great fit of this suit, Donna Karan Fall 2012

The shoulder seams accentuate the great fit of this suit, Donna Karan, Fall 2012

I do love a clearly defined shoulder seam, Valentino Fall2012

I do love a clearly defined shoulder seam, Valentino, Fall 2012

Torque No More: If you are noticing creases of fabric across your crotch and hips when you try on a skirt, dress, or pants, try going up a size.  There’s too much surface area and not enough fabric to stretch across it.  Finding the right size will also keep the garment from riding up or sliding down, if you have struggled with this problem in the past.

Side Note: Do not be embarrassed about going up a size—or even two.  Wearing what fits is what truly slims you.  Squeezing into clothes that do not fit is an unflattering look for any size or shape.  Besides, only you can see that number on the inside of your garment, so stop obsessing about it!

You know boning is helping her keep this one up!  Alexander McQueen Fall 2012

You know boning is helping her keep this one up! No tugging necessary. Alexander McQueen, Fall 2012

Finding True Straplessness: Tired of tugging at your strapless dresses?  I will tell you one secret to look for in your next strapless stunner that will set your arms free from the tugging tussle.  Any decent dressmaker knows that a well-constructed dress needs to hang from either the shoulders or the hips.  So when you are looking for a quality strapless, it needs boning on the inside to rest on your hips and not slide down your torso, causing a wardrobe malfunction.  I know we have all unzipped our share of strapless wonders to find all sorts of dressmaking ingenuity inside, but no amount of elastic or rubber banding can keep the tugging at bay.  Once you go boning—trust me—you will never go back.

A coat that's perfect for layering, Louis Vuitton Fall 2012

A coat that's perfect for layering, Louis Vuitton, Fall 2012

The Layering Factor: Consider the end use of the garment.  Will this pea coat star in your Fall/Winter rotation, snuggling up with chunky knits and cozy hoodies?  Then you should probably opt for one with a little wiggle room if you are trying it on with a thin white t-shirt.  On the other hand, say you are donning a slick motorcycle jacket over the same tee.  Go with the more formfitting size, if your intention is to use the jacket as a Spring/Summer piece, pairing it with flirty skirts or cutoff shorts.

I think we are off to an excellent start.  Now get out there and start building your fit wardrobe!

Much love and good shoes,

e

Images courtesy of Style.com

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Much love and good shoes,

e

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e

We can do better than this! Image courtesy of Gymboree.com

It is the proverbial question that we have all heard standing in the fitting room, waiting on a friend, (mother, lover, acquaintance—hey, I don’t judge,) “do these match?”  It is 2012; can we eliminate that phrase from our repertoire?  I know it is hard to break the habit of putting together matching outfits and accessories the way our mothers did for us, but that was at least twenty years ago—or longer.  So, sorry, but I am finally kicking mom out of your closet and your shopping trips.  Welcome to the world of contrasting.

Mix up your accessories: One simple thing you can do is stop matching your accessories.  Think of it as the gateway drug to contrasting.  Once you do this, your accessory options will multiply.  No more lugging those hot new turquoise pumps around the mall to find the perfect belt to match.  Gold or any jewel tone will look amazing with such a rich hue.  Plus, if all else fails there are always neutrals . . .

Neutrals: Another way to ease yourself off of matching and onto contrasting is to throw some neutrals into the mix.  Pair anything with a brown, black, white, gray or navy and you can never go wrong.  I also consider metallics neutrals, just make sure you are keeping the occasion in mind.  A little shine can go a long way.  Try a metallic flat or pump with your usual tee and jeans or work separates for an updated look.

Lookin' good, Mother Nature! Image courtesy of Carillon-beach.com

Think green: Take your contrast cues from nature.  If the color combination occurs naturally, say on a flower or in the ocean, you are good to go!  Mother Nature has great style, she will never fail you.  Pairing sea-foam sandals with an ivory strapless sheath and navy clutch?  Sounds like a day at the beach.

Brights: There is something about bright colors that make it acceptable to contrast them in ways we would not usually mix their more muted cousins.  Just keep it to one or two pieces per outfit and stay away from neon if you are over twenty and it is after 1989.  Bright red skinny jeans would look fantastic with a black and white striped tee and topped off with a bright blue scarf.

Color Wheel, Image courtesy of Paintdrawpaint.com

Know your color wheel: So your school cut funding for art classes?  No biggie, I will review anyway.  Analogous color schemes, with colors next to each other on the color wheel, are great for muted outfits.  Complementary color schemes, with colors opposite from each other on the color wheel, will make your outfit pop.  Carry a wheel around with you when you shop, if you have to.  Who cares if people stare, you will look amazing in your new duds.

Tory Burch, Spring 2012, Image courtesy of Style.com

Pattern mixing: If you have made it this far in the contrasting crash course, you deserve a special treat.  Pattern mixing is by far the most enjoyable—once you master it.  Take what you have learned from mixing your solids and now apply it to your patterns.  It can be done!  There are a few guidelines.  Stay away from like patterns in the same outfit, (stripe on stripe, plaid on plaid, etc.) unless there is a major size difference.  It helps to break them up with a solid neutral or bright in between if you are a little unsure about the pairing.  Feel free to pull the colors from the pattern itself.  Easy ways to start pattern mixing are with a floral blouse over neutral, muted plaid trousers; or with a printed scarf over a color blocked tee, jeans and bright crocodile flats (faux, if you wish.)

Now that we are all ready for a little contrasting, I am looking forward to a brighter and more patterned spring.  Happy contrasting!

Much love and good shoes,

e

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