Archive for November, 2010

You Said: Yes to Miniskirts


sequin-miniskirt_112910We asked: Would you wear a Miniskirt?

You said:  Yes to Miniskirts, with a 57-43 split in votes.

Style tip? Miniskirts aren’t just for teens and twentysomethings.  Liberated from sartorial rules that limit its wearing to the young (and to spring and summer months), the miniskirt is surging in popularity.  While you may choose to wear your mini with bare legs during the spring and summer, it’s wiser to layer up when it’s cold out.  In warmer climates, a pair of tights will do - but when temperatures dip towards freezing, you’re going to want a bit more coverage with a pair of heavier weight leggings.  Extra bonus?  When you layer your miniskirt over dark tights or leggings, you visually slim your legs - making the mini just *that* much easier to wear. 

Next question: The ponytail is at once polished and ladylike - and demure and girly. And it’s perfectly on trend as styles evolve towards more refinement this fall/winter.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear a ponytail?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Monogram Sequin Miniskirt | $98 at Banana Republic

6 comments November 29th, 2010

Classic Peacoat


Outerwear is the foundation of your winter look, so invest in a great fitting piece that will keep you warm all season. We’re digging this classically styled peacoat for its trim fit and rich navy color - which pairs fantastically with this season’s neutrals. Plus, we haven’t forgotten about Black Friday. Score an extra 25% off with code TURKEY (bringing the price of this coat down to $191.25) through 11/28/2010.

$255  at J Crew.

5 comments November 26th, 2010

You Said: Yes to the Camel Coat


zara-camel-coat_112110We asked: Would you wear the Camel Coat?

You said:  Yes to the Camel Coat, with a 90-10 split in votes.

Style tip? What better investment to make this season than the Camel Coat?  We’d argue that the Camel Coat is not merely on trend - it’s a classic that will stand the test of time.  As your Camel Coat will complete many a look for seasons and years to come, this is a coat on which it is OK to splurge.  Invest in a coat that fits like a glove - and one made of the best fabric that you can afford.  If this is your first camel coat, look for one in a streamlined style - without any bells & whistles, like the one pictured.  But if you already have a classic Camel coat in your wardrobe, feel free to mix things up with extra detailing - such as a more dramatic voluminous silhouette or a Peter Pan collar.

Next question: Despite the falling temperatures, hemlines are rising.  We’re seeing the miniskirt (paired with tights, of course) all over….but what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear a miniskirt?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Studio Straight Woolen Coat | 129 GBP (approx $206) at Zara.  For US shoppers, only available in store.

1 comment November 23rd, 2010

(Faux) Shearling Lined Parka


Look beyond color and texture and create a look based on silhouette. We’re loving the dramatic oversized look of this faux shearling lined parka, which can serve as the star of your silhouette based look. If you live in a temperate climate, you can pair it with shorts, as seen on the model. But for colder climates, we’d recommend switching out the shorts for a close fitting pant or pair of leggings to maintain that gorgeous big-over-small silhouette.

$103.44  at ASOS.

11 comments November 19th, 2010

Jeffrey Campbell Brit Boot


How do you roughen up the trad preppy look that has dominated menswear for the last few seasons? Add an element with some edge - like these decadently buckled boots. Also available in brown.

$332  at Oak.

Add comment November 17th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Fingerless Gloves


leather-driver-fingerless-perforated-gloves_111410We asked: Would you wear Fingerless Gloves?

You said:  Yes to Fingerless Gloves, with a 62-38 split in votes.

Style tip? What we love about these fingerless gloves is the drama.  They’re long on form and a bit short on function - but keeping your hands warm isn’t really the point of these gloves.  We love pairing these edgy gloves with uber feminine pieces - a lacy blouse or a ladylike dress takes on a whole new sartorial meaning with the addition of these gloves.  Or if you prefer not to mix your fashion references, you can go all out and pair them with a moto jacket and denim.

Next question: Camel colored coats are the the topper du jour, but these coats are more classic than trend. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear the camel coat?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Leather Driver Fingerless Perforated Gloves | $27.58 at ASOS

6 comments November 14th, 2010

Trend Alert: Marled Knits


Marled knits, made of twisted yarn of different colors, are the knitwear trend du jour. These knits have depth and texture - and form the perfect blend of sophistication and cozy comfort.  Pair these chunky knits with other rich textures - such as corduroys and silks - for the best visual effect.

1. Marled Knit Snood | $49.50 at J Crew

2. Newsprint Sweater | $54 at Need Supply

3. Chunky Knitted Fleck Zip Pocket Jumper | $80 at Topshop

4. Marled Shawl Collar Cardigan | $79.99 (sale, originally $128) at J Crew

5. Chunky Waterfall Cardigan | $78 at ASOS

6. On the Run Sweater | $44 at Need Supply

How will you wear marled knits?  Share your style with us in the comments!

3 comments November 11th, 2010

How to Beat a Cloudy Day? Layer Color into your Look.


Pictured: Wool Cashmere Jersey Mockneck Sweater | $98 at J Crew, The New Crewneck | $16.50 at Gap, Sun Faded Stanton Pants in Urban Slim Fit | $69.50 at J Crew, Green Plaid Woven Scarf | $24 at Topman, and Mister Man Oxfords | $255 at Kenneth Cole.

Just because the sky is grey doesn’t mean that your entire outfit need be as well.  Add a bit of color to your look to make the day look just a little bit brighter.  Here’s how to get the look of color on a cloudy day:

1. This look is built on a foundation of color: a rich purple tee and a pair of greyed blue trouser pants.  
2. Upon this foundation, we added the requisite neutrals - a heathered grey pullover sweater and a plaid scarf (for visual texture).  
3. Finishing off the look is a pair of creamy brown oxfords, the perfect offset to the greyed blue of the trouser pants.

How would you wear color?  Share your style with us in the comments!

5 comments November 9th, 2010

You Said: No to Midi Skirts


sheer-embroidered-midi-skirt_110710We asked: Would you wear Midi Skirts?

You said:  No to Midi Skirts, with a superclose 51-49 split in votes.

Style tip? Skirt lengths are trending downward this Fall- with midi and maxi length skirts gaining in popularity.  Midi length skirts, which hit at mid-calf, are somewhat unflattering, as they visually cut your legs in an awkward way - and can make you look shorter.  Petite women, we advise you to steer clear of these midi length skirts and opt for a more flattering knee-length.  For those of you who would like to try the midi skirt, two tips: (1) Pair your skirt with heels for some extra leg length, and (2) Try layering tops of different length (as does the model in the photo) for a more visually interesting overall look.  With this skirt, however, we’d recommend wearing a slip underneath.

Next question: Fingerless gloves are more for show than a necessity, but they sure do make a statement. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear fingerless gloves?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: REVIVE Sheer Embroidered Midi Skirt | $94.82 at ASOS

3 comments November 7th, 2010

Six Fall Scarves Under $50


One of the secrets to fabulous European style is the right accessories - and for fall, the de rigeur accessory is the scarf.  You’ll want a few different varieties to work into your wardrobe - a cozy circular snood for crisp cool days, a dynamic print scarf to spice up your neutrals, and a fancy sequinned scarf to pair with your evening essentials.  Here’s our six favorite scarves, each under $50:

1. Fine Gauge Fringe Scarf | $32 at Topshop

2. Marled Knit Scarf | $49.50 at J Crew

3. Sequined Circle Scarf | $12.80 at Forever 21

4. Loose Rib Snood | $27.58 at ASOS

5. Paisley Pashmina | $27.58 at ASOS

6. Pieces Forest Print Scarf | $20.69 at ASOS

What scarves will you be adding to your fall wardrobe?  Share your style with us in the comments!

2 comments November 4th, 2010

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