Archive for December, 2009

Jeweled Ribbon Necklace


A satin choker, drop jewels, and pleated organza make this necklace the triple play of pretty.

$6.80  at Forever 21.

2 comments December 10th, 2009

Five Cold Weather Coats to Keep You Warm this Winter

Whether you’re going to be out and about or keeping cozy inside this winter, it’s time to update your coat wardrobe.  To make your way through the cold weather, you’re going to want a variety of jackets and coats so that you can mix and match and layer for every occasion.  This year’s must-have coat is the rugged parka (a cousin of the also-ubiquitous puffer jacket), but we also recommend that every man have a nice topcoat in his wardrobe for dressier occasions.  Whether your style runs formal or stays casual, we have a cold weather coat for you:

All Son National Parka | $98 at Urban Outfitters
Tough out the cold, stormy weather in this parka.  Wear it with a sweater and jeans, as shown, or switch out the sweater for a collared white button-down and a skinny tie for a fetching juxtaposition of casual and formal.

OBEY Wasted Youth Coated Jacket | $168 at Urban Outfitters
This coated denim jacket can be layered over shirts and tees - and under your overcoat.

Mayfair Wool Cashmere Topcoat | $257.60 (sale) at J Crew
A wool cashmere coat that’s classic and modern all at once.  Plus, it goes with everything in your closet.

Heritage Toggle Coat | $355 at Banana Republic
Toggle closures on this classic cold weather coat add a nautical touch.  

Kai-Aakmann Black Long Hooded Coat | $489 at Oak
Featuring two internal removable layers, this tough, heavy-duty coat will prepare you for whatever winter brings.

1 comment December 8th, 2009

Tuxedo Martini Collar Dress


Still looking for a dress for the office holiday party? You’ll be sophisticated, chic, and work appropriate in this tuxedo-inspired cocktail dress.

$43.99  at Ruche.

1 comment December 8th, 2009

Rosette and Pearls Top


Keep it casual in this slouchy rosette and pearl encrusted top. Great for pairing with jeans - or a knit skirt.

$22.50  at Wet Seal.

1 comment December 8th, 2009

How to Wear Black and White? With Texture and Embellishment!


Pictured: Reformed Silk Ruffle Tank | $58 at Urban Outfitters, Elastic Belt Satin Skirt | $21.50 at Wet Seal, Wool Ruffle Duffle Coat | $187.60 at J Crew, Tulip Faux Suede Boots | $22.50 at Forever 21, ASOS Iridescent Feather Clutch | $42.49 at ASOS.

Black and white can be anything but plain.  Just keep things interesting with texture, pattern, and embellishments.  We’ve crafted a flirtily feminine look out of black and white pieces, perfect for date night.  But take apart the pieces and you can mix and match for work, weekend, and everything in between.  Here’s how to get the look of black and white:

1.  Start with a delicate black and white patterned cami.  The silk fabric drapes nicely, while the texture keeps the cami interesting.
2.  Slip on a silk satin skirt in a forgiving, slight a-line shape.  What makes this skirt particularly fetching is the belt detail - don’t you love it?
3. It’s cold outside, so grab your coat.  We love this coat for its delicate-yet-tailored ruffle detail.
4. Finish off the look with a pair of slouchy suede tall boots - and a statement clutch in iridescent feathers.

How would you wear black and white?  Share your style with us in the comments!

3 comments December 8th, 2009

Silence & Noise Ruffle Front Silk Dress


Exude elegance in this beautifully draped ruffle front silk dress. Layer it over tights or leggings - or dare to keep your legs bare.

$58  at Urban Outfitters.

2 comments December 7th, 2009

You Said: No to Over the Knee Boots


wet-seal-over-knee-boots_120709We asked: Would you wear Over the Knee Boots?

You said:  No to Over the Knee Boots, with a 63% to 37% vote.

Style tip? One of Anne Hathaway’s most iconic looks from The Devil Wears Prada has her leaning against a car in fabulous Chanel over the knee boots.  While we don’t all have Anne’s long, lean legs, we can still get the look with a pair of tall black boots and a pair of black tights (which together visually slim the legs).  Over the Knee boots create the most dramatic look, but because they’re so risque, they’re still somewhat on the fashion fringe.  For the rest of us, try knee-length boots and leg lengthening leggings or tights.

Next question: Winter White is completely chic, but also difficult to care for and keep clean.  Additionally, it can have an anti-slimming effect - though it’s a neutral, it’s no black.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear the color White?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Over the Knee Heel Boot | $44.50 at Wet Seal

8 comments December 7th, 2009

Q&A: What to Wear to a Winter Graduation

Q:  I’m going to be graduating from college this December. Usually one can find all kinds of style tips for graduation in the spring, but I’m graduating a semester early, and now I’m just a little confused about what to wear. I go to Texas A&M University, so I’m predicting it to be relatively cold (40s-50s), but I want to look sophisticated and skinny.  My question is, what should I wear for a December graduation?  I’m 5′ 10" and weigh about 165, with most of my weight in the hips & thighs.

What to Wear to a Winter Graduation
Pictured: Wool Ribbon Script Coat | $275 at J Crew, Silk Taffeta Bow Monde Dress | $225 at J Crew, Merino Rose Corsage Cardigan | $71.60 (sale) at J Crew, Mab D’Orsay Pumps | $79 at Nine West.  Here’s more information about this look.

Graduation, whether it’s in the Spring or the Winter, is a time to celebrate, and a rite of passage for you as you blossom into your adult self.  You can show your family and friends that you’re a grown up in a sophisticated dress or blouse and skirt combination.  But as it’s going to be cold out, you’ll want to dress in layers so that you can adjust to the temperatures inside and out. 

To flatter your figure, choose a dress (or skirt) that skims over your hips.  Wrap styles will work well, as will empire waist dresses and moderate a-line shaped skirts.  To draw attention upward, try a dress with an open neckline - or show some skin on your shoulders or arms.  J Crew’s silk taffeta bow monde dress will flatter your lower body while drawing attention up towards your upper body and face.

Since it’s cold out, layer up.  Slip on a sweater on top (note: cashmere is extra warm), and try a pair of pantyhose or tights and closed-toe pumps to help keep your legs and feet warm.  Finish off the look with a stunning overcoat - and a bright smile.

What would you wear to a winter graduation? Share your style with us in the comments!

7 comments December 4th, 2009

Cotton Fisherman Cable Knit Sweater


A great layering piece, this textured cable knit sweater works well over casual button-downs and under rugged overcoats.

$88  at J Crew.

1 comment December 4th, 2009

How to Wear Harem Pants


Harem Pants (aka MC Hammer Pants) may have been the poster child for bad 1980s fashion, but they’ve been an unexpected comeback trend this season.  These voluminous, low slung trousers may not be traditionally flattering (in fact, they’re more anti-fashion than fashion), but they’re attracting both ridicule and admiration this time around.  

What’s the secret to wearing harem pants?  Complement these voluminous, structured pants with a loose, drapey top and cinch the volume at the waist.  Here’s how to get the look of harem pants for less:

Silk Woven Pant | $29.80 at Forever 21
You can get investment level harem pants for $300, but we’d rather pay less than $30 to capture this trend.  

Silk Ruffle Blouse | $59.50 at Gap
This polished blouse complements the voluminous pants with its soft, slouchy fit and feminine details.

AE Braided Belt | $29.50 at American Eagle
Finish off the look with a little bit of texture and color.  This braided belt fits the bill.

Lily Suedette Shoetie | $24.80 at Forever 21
Work with the tapered silhouette of the harem pants by slipping on a sleek bootie/shoe (aka a "shoetie").

8 comments December 3rd, 2009

Next Posts Previous Posts


December 2009
« Nov   Jan »

Posts by Month

Posts by Category