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Trendscape: Voluminous Sleeves

As we’ve mentioned before, voluminous sleeves are going to be Huge this fall, as seen on the runways of Peter Som and Oscar de la Renta.  A look at StyleBytes indicates that the trend is going strong in Europe as well–look at the sleeves on that plaid Balenciaga. These sleeves are a great way to experiment with volume. We’ve found that the key to keeping this look updated is to make sure the volume is not near the upper arm and shoulders, which will indeed make you look ‘theatrical.’ 

Inspiration: Lela Rose’s Fall 2006 Collection



  C. Ronson Empire Cardigan | $150 at Active Endeavors

C&C California Swan Top | $88 at ShopBop

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[Spotlight Post] Ready Made Outfit: Business Casual With an Edge

Working women around the world face the same problem each morning as they get dressed: "What do I wear today?"  Though we can’t plan as many outfits as there are work days, here’s one to get you started.

Working in Style = Layered Necklace + Wrap Sweater + Button-Down Shirt +  Cropped Trousers. 

For future reference, storm through your closet on one weekend to identify pieces that are appropriate for work. Next, do a mini fashion show for yourself: put together as many outfits as your fashionable mind can come up with. Best practice: either take a polaroid of yourself or jot down the brilliant ideas you came up with. 

The next time you get up at the crack of dawn to get ready for the job, brushing your pearly whites will take longer than looking chic.

snow necklace 

Snow Necklace | $105 at Couture Candy

 ballet sweater

Luxe Cashmere Ballet Sweater in Willow | $185 at Couture Candy

 blue shirt

Foret D’ Elans | $187 at Couture Candy

cropped slacks

Cropped Slacks in Sand Dollar | $231 at Couture Candy

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Hampton’s Bandana

Alison Beth Hampton\'s BandanaYet another adorable find–the Hampton’s Bandana from Alison Beth.  It’s so very Carrie Bradshaw in the third season of Sex and the City…and it’s perfect for Spring!

Available in both "Tropical" (shown, left) and "Natural."

$42 at Alison Beth.

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Fashion Week Trend Roundup in Action

Simply knowing the top 10 trends of Fall 2006 Fashion Week isn’t enough. You also need to know where to find and how to sport these looks outside the Bryant Park Tents. We did some searching and found inexpensive (yet still so cute) alternatives to the high fashion we all witnessed last week. 

Trend: Puffy Shoulders


y and kei


white shirt with puff shoulders

INC Puff-Sleeve Shirt | $79 at Macy’s

nm white shirt with puff shoulder

Yves Saint Laurent Peasant Blouse | $695 at Neiman Marcus

Trend: Voluminous Sleeves


three as four


puff sleeves

 Diane Von Furstenberg Elisabetta Chiffon Top | $198 at Nordstrom

jacket with puff sleeves


Norma Kamali Everlast Peplum Babydoll Jacket | $225 at Nordstrom

Trend: Bubble Skirts


United Bamboo


rachel pally bubble skirt 

Rachel Pally Bubble Skirt | $154 at Nordstrom


norma bubble skirt

Norma Kamali Everlast Rara Bubble Skirt | $275 at Nordstrom

Trend: Vests




free people tux vest

Free People Washed Tuxedo Vest | $108 at Nordstrom


double breast vest


Double Breasted Shawl Vest | $24.80 at Forever 21

Trend: Long and Short Leather Gloves


nicole miller


leather gloves

Leather Gloves, Silk Lining | $85 at Neiman Marcus

short gloves

Fownes Brothers Cashmere-Lined Leather Gloves | $56 at Nordstrom

Trend: Knit Caps 


Marc Jacobs


croche cabbie

Crochet Cabbie | $24 at Urban Outfitters

Runway Photo Credits: NY Metro

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