Archive for May, 2005

Ready Made Outfit: Graduation Casual

For a casual chic graduation look, try:

Fashion Formula = Tie-front Sweater + Embellished Tank + Cropped Pants + Sandals.

Silk/cashmere front-tie cardigan
Silk/Cashmere Front-Tie Cardigan | $58 at Banana Republic

Victoria Crochet Tank
Victoria Crochet Tank | $39.50 at Abercrombie & Fitch

Striped Linen-Blend Cropped Trouser
Striped Linen-Blend Cropped Trouser | $88 at Banana Republic

“Ibiza Jeweled Sandals
Ibiza Jeweled Sandals | $190 at JCrew

2 comments May 31st, 2005

Ready Made Outfit: SmartCasual City Shorts | Men’s Edition

For a casually pulled-together look, try:

Fashion Formula = Short Sleeve Button Up Shirt + Contrast Tee + City Shorts + Sandals.

Lock Bonnie Half Sleeve Shirt
Lock Bonnie Half Sleeve Shirt | $49.50 at Abercrombie & Fitch

No-Tag Fitted Cotton Crew
No-Tag Fitted Cotton Crew | $16.50 at Banana Republic

Polo Fletcher Short
Fletcher Short | $75 at Polo Ralph Lauren
Men’s golf shorts provide a nice counterpart to a woman’s city short.

“Thong Song” Flip Flop
“Thong Song” Flip Flop | $48 at Kenneth Cole
Flip flops not suitable for poolside fun are dressy enough for this ensemble.

Add comment May 27th, 2005

Ready Made Outfit: Smart City Shorts

For a smart look, try:

Fashion Formula = Cardigan + Floaty Top + City Shorts + Dressy Shoes.

Bianca Cropped Cardigan
Bianca Cropped Cardigan | $49.50 at Abercrombie & Fitch
Look for special detailing, such as the slight gathers on the front yoke.

Metal Trim Tank
Metal Trim Tank | $68 at Armani Exchange

Gap City Shorts
Gap City Shorts | $39.50 at Gap

“Round One” Leather Slingback
“Round One” Leather Slingback | $160 at Kenneth Cole

Add comment May 26th, 2005

Ready Made Outfit: Sporty City Shorts

For a sporty look, try:

Fashion Formula = Track Jacket + Tank Top + City Shorts.

Commonwealth Zip Thru Jacket
Commonwealth Zip Thru Jacket | $89 at Ben Sherman

Colorblock Halter
Colorblock Halter | $38 at Armani Exchange

Gap City Shorts
Gap City Shorts | $39.50 at Gap

Anjan Sneaker
Anjan Sneaker | $65 at Puma
Athletic-inspired sneakers to top off a casual chic look.

Manolo Blahnik Satin Slingback
Manolo Blahnik Satin Slingback | $495 at Neiman Marcus
More formal shoes, such as this dressy slingback, are an unexpected option that can turn the outfit from simply sporty to uniquely stylish. Wear with caution–it’s not a look for Everybody!

Add comment May 25th, 2005

Ready Made Outfit: Sophisticated City Shorts

For a sophisticated look, try:

Fashion Formula = Fitted Blazer + Fashion Top + City Shorts + Dressy Shoes.

Stretch Denim Blazer
Stretch Denim Blazer | $98 at Armani Exchange

Knot halter top
Knot Halter Top | $48 at Banana Republic

Gap City Shorts
Gap City Shorts | $39.50 at Gap

Marc Jacobs Slingback Pump
Marc Jacobs Slingback Pump | $365 at Nordstrom

Add comment May 24th, 2005

Ready Made Outfit: Casual City Shorts

For a casual look, try:

Fashion Formula = Henley Shirt + Tank Top + City Shorts + Casual Shoes.

Jenna Ribbed Henley
Jenna Ribbed Henley | $24.50 at Abercrombie & Fitch

Seamless support camisole
Seamless Support Camisole | $28 at Banana Republic

Gap City Shorts
Gap City Shorts | $39.50 at Gap

adidas ´Okapi Nubuck´ Sneaker
adidas "Okapi Nubuck" Sneaker | $64.95 at Nordstrom
Athletic-inspired sneakers to top off a casual chic look. Sandals are another stylish option, and they can dress up an otherwise casual look.

Add comment May 23rd, 2005

Ready Made Outfit: Geek Chic | Men’s Edition

Fashion Formula = Narrow Tie + Button Up Collared Shirt +
Casual Belt + Slim Cut Pants + Dress Shoes.

A sleek look that moves beyond geek to chic.

Prada Tie
Prada Silk Tie | $78 at
Long and lean.

Scunthorpe Soho Fit Shirt
Scunthorpe Soho Fit Shirt | $79.00 at Ben Sherman
Super slim fit tailored with two back darts.

Eagle Web Belt
Eagle Web Belt | $14.50 at American Eagle
A versatile belt that will up the style factor of the outfit though its mixing of formal (tie) and casual (belt) elements. For a more conservative look, try a dark colored belt.

Boot Fit Jeans
Boot Fit Jeans | $49.50 at Gap
A slim leg cut balanced by a wider boot-fit leg opening adds to the vertical emphasis of the outfit. For extra flair, cuff the jeans.

Press Club Oxford Shoes
Press Club Oxford Shoes | $185 at Kenneth Cole
Add a pair of dressy oxfords to heighten the contrast between the formal and the casual.

Add comment May 20th, 2005

Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Flat Bottom

Create the illusion of a curvier bottom.

Look for…
  • Pants with contoured yokes.
  • Medium wide contoured belts.
  • Rear pockets add curves.
  • Rear detailing.
  • Full skirts.
Run from…
  • Bottoms made of clingy fabrics.
  • Bias cut bottoms.
  • Very low rise pants.
  • Baggy styles.
  • Jeans without rear pockets.
  • Severe pencil skirts.

1 comment May 19th, 2005

Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Bottom Heavy

Elongate your figure while visually balancing your hips and shoulders. Subtly show your curves.

Look for…
  • Drapey fabrics.
  • Diagonal lines.
  • Dark colored bottoms.
  • Tonal outfits with darker shades on the bottom.
  • Outfits that skim over your curves.
  • Jackets & Coats
    • Long coats: three-fourths and seven-eighths lengths lengths.
    • Vertical detailing above the waist.
    • Nipped-waist, tailored jackets that hit at hipbone length.
    • A-line styles.
    • Loose, straight cuts.
    • Coats that flare at the waist.
    • Slender lapels.
    • Set-in sleeves.
    • Slight shoulder padding.
    • Slanted pockets minimize hips.
    • Snug jean jackets.
    • Biker jackets.
    • Boxy jackets.
  • Tops
    • Fitted tops that float over your hips and bottom.
    • Empire-waist styles.
    • Wrap styles.
    • Deep V-necklines.
    • Wide necklines.
  • Pants & Jeans
    • Dark colored bottoms.
    • Slightly lower-waisted bottoms.
    • Bottoms with smooth tops, without waistbands.
    • If you wear a waistband, it should be no longer than 1” high.
    • Straight-legged, flat-front pants.
    • Well-tailored pants with wider legs.
    • Slight flare (boot cut shape) at ankle is flattering.
    • Remove side pockets from pants for a leaner look.
    • Jeans with a slightly lower rise.
    • Dark denim is more flattering.
    • Back pockets on jeans.
  • Skirts & Dresses
    • Skirts with smooth tops, without waistbands.
    • Moderate A-line shapes.
    • Wrap styles.
    • Draped styles.
    • Tapered knee-length skirts.
    • Vertical detailing.
    • Empire-waist styles.
    • Matching dress and jacket sets.
    • Show skin: shoulders, cleavage, or arms.
    • Horizontal detailing on top.
    • Open necklines.
    • Dresses with plain bottom halves.
    • Vertical detailing.
  • Dark colored bottoms, especially when contrasted with a lighter top.
  • Embellishment above the waistline to draw the eye upwards.
Run from…
  • Stiff fabrics.
  • Oversized prints.
  • Horizontal patterns.
  • Shiny fabrics or thick textures.
  • Jackets & Coats
    • Styles that hit at the widest part of the hips.
    • Double breasted styles.
    • Bulky flap and patch pockets.
    • Narrow-belted styles.
    • Bomber jackets.
  • Tops
    • Tops that don’t cover the hips.
    • Styles that hit at the widest part of the hips.
    • Boxy shapes.
    • Cinched waists.
    • Detailing at the shirt hem.
  • Pants & Jeans
    • Bottoms with lots of detailing: pleats, gathers, back details, back pockets, prints, etc.
    • Extremely high-waisted styles.
    • Extremely low-waisted styles.
    • Wide-legged pants.
    • Bell bottoms.
    • Drawstring pants.
    • Tapered styles.
    • Cropped pants.
    • Tight legs.
    • Small back pockets.
    • Widely spaced back pockets.
  • Skirts & Dresses
    • Pockets: slanted, flap, or patch.
    • Pleated skirts.
    • Bias cut fabrics.
    • Hem detailing.
    • Severe flared skirts.
    • Horizontal detailing.
    • Dresses that cinch the waist.
    • Bunching at waist.
    • Stiff fabrics.
    • Detailing below the waistline.
    • Severely voluminous skirts.
  • Bottoms that are too small.
  • Skirted suits that end at your widest part.

1 comment May 18th, 2005

Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Short Waisted

Visually lower your waistline and re-direct attention towards your face or legs.

Look for…
  • Monochromatic and tonal outfits.
  • Vertical lines above the waist.
  • Narrow belts at the hipline.
  • Narrow belts that match the color of your top.
  • Jackets & Coats
    • Long jackets: hipbone, below the hips, three-quarters, and seven-eighths styles.
    • Single breasted styles.
    • High armholes.
    • Narrow lapels tapering to the waist.
    • Some shoulder padding.
    • One or two button closures.
    • Deep V necklines.
    • Jean jackets that hit at the top of the hips.
    • Biker jackets.
  • Tops
    • Long tops that end below your natural waistline.
    • Vertical detailing.
    • Deep V necklines.
    • High armholes.
    • Princess seams.
    • Tabbed collars.
  • Pants & Jeans
    • Wear pants slightly long and with a heel for added leg length.
    • Low-waisted bottoms.
    • Flat front styles.
    • Jeans with a longer rise.
  • Skirts & Dresses
    • Straight shapes with a dropped waistline.
    • Styles without waistbands.
    • Fluid fabrics.
    • Empire waist styles.
    • Straight sheaths.
    • Coat dresses.
    • Deep V-necklines.
    • Verticals on the torso.
  • Suits
    • Long jackets, which should reach below the waist or longer.
    • Fluid fabrics.
    • Narrow pants.
    • Short skirts.
  • Swimsuits
    • Two piece suits with bottoms that hit below your natural waistline.
    • Strong verticals on the torso.
    • High necklines.
    • Darker side panels.
Run from…
  • Belts at the waistline or above.
  • Wide waistbands or belts.
  • Any horizontal lines at the waist.
  • Jackets & Coats
    • Double breasted styles.
    • Flap or patch pockets.
    • Wide collars.
    • High round necklines.
    • Belted styles.
    • Bomber jackets.
  • Tops
    • Overembellished styles.
    • Anything cinched at the waist.
    • High-waisted styles.
    • Cropped styles.
    • Waistbands, especially those that sit at your natural waist.
    • Off-the-shoulder styles.
  • Pants & Jeans
    • High-waisted bottoms.
    • Cropped pants.
  • Skirts & Dresses
    • Dresses with waistline details.
    • Wide waistbands.
    • High-waisted styles.
    • Contrast color belts.
    • Horizontal lines at natural waistline or above.
    • Stiff fabrics.
  • Suits
    • Cropped jacket tops.
  • Swimsuits
    • High waisted bikini bottoms.
    • Horizontal detailing on the torso.

22 comments May 17th, 2005

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