16 December 2010

modern christmas sweater

Marc by Marc Jacobs, $248

Rag & Bone, $325

Ralph by Ralph Lauren, $99

Textile by Elizabeth & James, $225

Surely you remember those snowmen-adorned sweaters your mom made you wear to every Christmas party when you were eight. Pretty scarring, right?

Well, have a look below at a beautifully modern spin on those unforgettable Christmas sweaters.
(One Marc by Marc Jacobs sweater, please!)

14 December 2010

skinny ties

In the last few years, men’s ties have gotten thinner. And let me tell you, I love a
skinny tie with a spread collar. It’s so European!

If you need a conservative look in the office but want to sport the thin trend, choose
classic colors and patterns or don’t go ultra, string-bean thin.

Also, a thin tie looks ever so stylish with a collared shirt and a cardigan or shawl-
neck sweater.

10 December 2010

eye appeal

(Photo: Kelly Shimoda for NYT)
Looking fabulous for you holiday parties doesn’t stop with a great blouse. Amp up your look with sexy smoky eyes. And we’re not talking the harsh black smoky eyes you attempted in high school.
Instead opt for this modern and user-friendly version.

Here’s how to get the look.

07 December 2010

sheer beauty

Theory, $200

TopShop, $100

Anthropologie, $128

Sanctuary, $130

Adding sheer fabrics to tops and skirts is hot right now. It is a great way to give some sizzle to an otherwise-conservative outfit or to add winter whimsy to your wardrobe.

03 December 2010

posh polish

As you glitz out your outfits this season be sure you don’t forget your nails. Shimmery graphite is the newest polish trend sweeping across fingernails this season. While it’s a very minimalist look, it gives just enough opulence and edge for any occasion.

Here are a few of my favorite colors:
Nars Full Metal Jacket
Chanel Steel
YSL White Gold #141
OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous
What are some of your favorite colors?

30 November 2010

holiday bedazzle

I’m a sucker for glitter and sequins. And one of the easiest ways to dress for the holidays is adding glitz to an outfit. Here are some bedazzled pieces that would be perfect for the holidays. 

BCBGMaxazria, $498

Velvet by Graham and Spencer, $174

Betsey Johnson, $128

23 November 2010

one blazer, three occasions

Menswear-inspired blazers are versatile and work for any body type, making them a great investment piece. These blazers are cut longer than traditional women’s suiting and can have a boxy silhouette, so make sure you pick a blazer that cuts in at the waist. Most major department stores carry a variety of blazers at various price points. Large specialty stores like J.Crew and the Gap also have some great options.

Here are some tips for making the look work for all occasions.

Instead of the usual cardigan, wear a blazer (with rolled sleeves) over your T-shirts, v-neck sweaters, or camisoles. Pair that with jeans and flats or boots, and you have instantly updated your everyday style without compromising your comfort.

Take a break from your standard work suit by wearing a menswear-inspired blazer with a pencil skirt or trousers. You can further update your work outfits by breaking up your neutrals (e.g., wear a black blazer with gray bottoms). Add interest to the outfit by pairing your blazer with a blouse that has pattern, color, or sheen and adding some jewelry.

Add edge to your look by adding your blazer to an ultra-feminine dress. If it is a more casual date night, throw on your blazer with a flowy blouse, dark jeans, and heels.

21 November 2010

black friday shopping

Whether you camp out at the stores at 4 a.m. or stay in your PJs and score online deals, Black Friday is an event you need to prepare for.

Here are some websites that have a comprehensive list of Black Friday deals:
Happy shopping, everyone!

Do you do Black Friday shopping? Where do you look to find deals?

16 November 2010

hats off to men

I have been a big fan of men’s head wear for quite some time. Whether its adding a little zing to an outfit, covering up the follically challenged, or bringing warmth to some cold ears, hats are here to serve you!

Flat caps: Beyond the sleek appearance, the versatility of these hats is what sells me. They’re easy to match with formal wear but also a casual option for jeans. Depending on the material, flat caps can also be worn year round. Heavy wools and herringbone work great for fall/winter and linen is a fabulous alternative for spring/summer.

Knitted beanies: Knitwear is the perfect option for keeping you warm and comfy throughout the cold seasons. It’s the giant for all winter hats. This is because it fits snug to your head, comes in a variety of colors, and the shape is sleek and simple. Although the beanie evokes an informal feel, there is a fine line between sloppy and casual that should be avoided.

Trilby: The Trilby, or Fedora, has been around since the 20s and is not going away anytime soon. It’s a staple. There are many versions of the trilby available, not only in the traditional straw but also in wool, denim, and flannel. With so many shops carrying trilby styles these days (H&M, Topshop, Uniqlo, Zara, etc.), it would be impossible to not find one that matches your personality and needs.

09 November 2010

a little lacy number

Lace is as hot now as it was in the Elizabethan Era. That being said, when incorporating lace into your wardrobe, I do subscribe to the principle of  “all things in moderation.” Stick to one lace piece at a time, please!

Pair a great lace camisole with a cardigan or jacket for a touch of elegance and class. (J. Crew, $98)

This Elie Tahari top looks incredible on. Yes, I tried it, I died, and I was resurrected a lace goddess! (Bergdorf Goodman, $328)

 Switch up a dress outfit with some lace legwear. (Anthropologie, $18)

From far away, this looks like a standard black skirt, but zoom in to see the beautiful lace detailing, making this See by Chloe skirt a versatile way to wear to the trend.  (Neiman Marcus, $195)

 You can add lace to your footwear, too. I love the sweetness and sophistication of these Betsey Johnson pumps. (Nordstrom, $149.95)

07 November 2010

staying warm w/ scarves

As the winter weather rolls in these next few weeks, scarves are essential for staying warm. Here are a few of our favorite scarves to warm up to:

1. This short and sophisticated scarf  from Louis Vuitton is a must for any fashion-conscious person.

2. Stay chic and cozy in this faux fur stole from Top Shop.

3. This super soft snood from J. Crew is a must-have accessory whether you’re braving the elements outside or just lounging around at home!

4. Add a pop of color to any outfit by wrapping yourself in this Masons scarf from DVF.

31 October 2010

shirt cuffs & cuff links

While all men’s dress shirts may seem the same, they aren’t. There are many subtle but important differences that go into making a dress shirt what it is. We’ll start breaking down men’s dress shirts by cuff types.
 Button, or Barrel, Cuff: The standard cuff style, fastened by one or two buttons.

 Double, or French, Cuff: Extra length of sleeve folded back and fastened with a cuff link. This style is more formal than the button cuff.

Single Cuff: Like the double cuffs (fastened with a cuff link) without the fold. This is the most formal style and is usually only worn with formal evening wear.

And while we’re on the subject, let’s talk cuff links. We love vintage or vintage-inspired links. They give off a simple and elegant vibe, like these 1944 mercury dime cuff links from Nordstrom.

 Also, if you live in the New York City area, visit LEO Design (543 Hudson Street, between Perry and Charles Street) for a great selection of reasonably priced vintage cuff links.

28 October 2010

last-minute halloween costumes

Halloween is just around the corner (T-3 days)! And if you are anything like us, every year has you scrambling last minute for a Halloween costume. Seeing as you’ll only wear it once, who really wants to spend a lot (if any) money?

We’ve each come up with a quick and easy idea using what you have in your closet but still helping you look fun, stylish, and classy (forget the trashy nurse).

 Casey: Last year, my hubs and I were looking for a last-minute original and cute costume. Considering menswear-inspired clothing was, and still is, all the rage, Charlie Chaplin fit the bill. For men, wear a dark suit, white collared shirt and a black skinny tie. For women, wear loose black pants and a white buttoned-up shirt. Finally, don’t forget your bowler hat and mustache! Ladies, hot red lips are great for spicing up the outfit.

Natalie: I’m obsessed with Mad Men, and it’s an easy look to re-create for Halloween. For men, wear your most tailored suit with a skinny tie, slick your hair to the side, and add a pocket square. For women, wear your favorite shirtdress or pencil skirt and blouse, bright lipstick, and pin curls in your hair to channel Joan, Peggy, or Betty.

26 October 2010

camel craze

Michael Kors, Prada, Hermes, and a plethora of other top designers featured this buttery tan color in their fall 2010 collections. If you are in the market for a new coat or blazer, camel might be your color of choice—it says luxury and decadence. While it is hot this season, it’s also a great neutral that will stay in fashion for years to come, can be easily paired with any other neutral, and looks great with almost every skin tone.

24 October 2010

cinch your waist

I’m the biggest advocate of belts! Whether it’s through simple ribbon or chunky leather, belts can be used to accessorize and fill in that missing piece to any outfit. And with these cold winter months ahead, belting chunky sweaters and dresses is a must. Here a few loose guidelines that will help you transform your outfits.

—Do not shy away from belts if your tummy is your trouble area. In fact, embrace this accessory! Cinch a thick belt right above the waist and instantly give the impression of a narrower, hour-glass figure.
—If you have a skinny frame, thick, boxy belts might swallow your torso. Instead, opt for a mid- to skinny-width belt to keep your body in proportion.
—Rummage through your closet for any old, shapeless dresses or blouses and make them current by adding a belt of any width.
—Remember that you don’t have to match your belt to your shoes—get creative when pairing the two for a new and exciting combo.
—Layers, layer, layers! Add a jacket or cardigan over a top with any belt and add an interesting textural dimension to your outfit.

21 October 2010

sprucing up your office wear

Office attire for women doesn’t have to equal boring. While there are guidelines for appropriate business dress, here are a few quick tips to give your work clothes personality:

1. Instead of your standard button-up work shirt, pair your suits with blouses or camisoles that have visual interest—a pattern, pop of color, texture, or sheen.
2. Add jewelry.
3. Stray from your standard black pump and wear a shoe in a color or a subtle animal print.
4. Break up your suits. For example, pair your black jacket with a gray trouser with a subtle pattern.  Or wear your pencil skirt with a blouse and cardigan.

19 October 2010

bow ties

Drop your stereotype and replace it with something a bit more cool, classy, and stylish. Bow ties are a fashion must for any confident man’s closet and can surprisingly be paired with many items you already have. Depending on the pattern and fabric, bow ties can swiftly dress up or dress down an outfit. Pair flannel and wool ties with a buttoned-up shirt for instant fall style.

17 October 2010

basic skirt silhouettes

A-line: Fitted at the hips and gradually widens toward the hem. This is flattering on most body types as it camouflages any extra weight you may carry in the hips without adding too much volume.

Circle/Full Skirt: A knee-length or longer skirt that is gathered at the waist. Fuller than an A-line skirt, it can be equally as flattering when cut to the knee and cinched at the waist. Be careful not to choose a skirt with too much volume.

Pencil: A slim-fitting skirt with a straight and narrow cut. This is ideal for those that want to create an hourglass shape or accentuate existing curves. Wear with a blouse tucked in for a polished look. However, don’t wear if you want to camouflage hips.

Tulip: Similar shape as a pencil skirt but with more volume in the hips. It usually looks best with a more fitted top. If you carry most of your weight in the hips, be careful not to choose a skirt with too much extra fabric.

Mini: The name says it all—short and sassy. It is best to avoid micro-mini skirts (keep them mid-thigh) and denim minis and to choose a fabric with some weight and structure. Also, wear a more conservative top with a mini to keep the look classy.

14 October 2010

utility bags for all

Finding a bag that can hold all your items and be versatile enough to go with the majority of your current wardrobe can be tough. So good thing they invented the utility bag! Whether they’re made from canvas, tweed, wool, or leather, these guys can weather any storm and help you look good doing it. 

Ladies, keep in mind that these are just as much for you as they are for the gents.
The talented designers at Jack Spade recently came out with an incredible line of utility totes, duffles, and briefcases that must be checked out. For a cheaper alternative, Urban Outfitters has some good-looking buys as well.

12 October 2010

faux fur

We’re starting off our Trend Tuesday posts with a tricky one. We love faux fur, and it can look very luxurious without breaking the bank. But it can be easy to miss the mark with this trend. However, when you get it right, it’s fabulous!

Here are some tips on making it work:

—Stick to a natural-looking, neutral-colored fur. Avoid bright, harsh prints like leopard or zebra.
—Try a faux fur vest or cropped coat.
—Keep the overall look simple. Don’t create competing looks by adding flashy patterns, sequins, or anything else that would make the overall look too busy. Try a vest or coat with skinny jeans, boots, and a neutral top.

We love how Kim Kardashian and Rachel Zoe are rocking the looks: