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How to Wear a Cape


Pictured: Hooded Duffle Cape | $160 at Topshop, Shirt with Tailored Front | 25.99 GBP (approx $40.50) at Zara, Black Ribbed Ankle Leggings | $36 at Topshop, Studded Ballet Flats | $138 at J Crew, and City Bag with Straps | 59.99 GBP (approx $93.60) at Zara. Note: For US customers, Zara items are available in store only.

Supersize your style this Fall with a cape worthy of a style superhero.  Deliciously dramatic, the cape delivers an exaggerated silhouette to play with - and keeps you warm all the while.  Do as Sofia Coppola does and have some fun with the dramatic cape with an equally exaggerated silhouette.  We love how she pairs her voluminous cape with something super skinny on the bottom, juxtaposing an elegant "uptown" cape with a "downtown" pair of leggings.  Here’s how to get the look:

1. Start with a tailored white button down shirt and a pair of skinny black leggings or trouser pants.  Bonus points for picking a pair that hits just above the ankle.
2. Layer on your voluminous cape, creating a gorgeous big-over-small silhouette.
3. Finish off the look with a structured bag and a pair of ballet flats, which pair perfectly with the cropped pants.

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

32 comments December 3rd, 2010

How to Wear Leggings

How do you wear leggings?  Glad you asked.  We’ve created three outfits for your inspiration pleasure as a case study for how to wear leggings:

Outfit 1: Leggings + Casual Blouse + Miniskirt + Flats

How to Wear Leggings

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Why does this outfit work?  It’s a study in monochromatic dressing—perfect for those of you who are hesitant about trying leggings out.  The grey blouse pairs well with the grey miniskirt—and the grey leggings.  This kind of monochromatic dressing is great for petites, as it creates an unbroken vertical line, making you look taller.  Visual interest is added to the outfit with a pair of royal blue flats and a structured handbag to match. 

Outfit 2: Leggings + Tunic + Jacket + Boots

How to Wear Leggings

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One of the easiest ways to wear leggings is to pair them with a tunic.  We chose a tunic in bright blue to add a visual punch.  Paired with the bright blue tunic is a pair of leggings in a darker blue color, to create a unified look.  We added a short sleeved jacket to layer over the tunic—with a bonus shot of style in the form of a checkerboard plaid pattern.  We finished off the outfit with a pair of ankle boots for a sleek, sophisticated look.

Outfit 3: Leggings + Casual Dress + Pumps

How to Wear Leggings

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Wearing a dress over leggings is a popular way to layer.  We have two dress recommendations for pairing over leggings: (1) a close fitting dress (such as a knit dress), cinched with a wide belt, or (2) a billowy bohemian style casual dress.  Whether you go with the close fitting or the more loose fitting dress, choose one that falls at or above the knee for the most flattering silhouette and best effect.  P.S. Don’t you love that clutch handbag?  It instantly dresses up the knit dress.

We’ll leave you with five last thoughts on how to wear leggings:

(1) When you wear a shirt over leggings, your shirt shouldn’t fall past the middle of your thigh.  Any lower will throw off your proportions.

(2) When you wear a dress over leggings, the rule is that your dress should fall at or above your knee.  If your dress falls below your knee, you run the risk of visually cutting off your legs.  Not very flattering.

(3) The key to wearing leggings in style is to get the big-over-small silhouette.  So when you choose a shirt to pair with your leggings, look for a roomy shirt that’s anything but skintight.  Skintight top + skintight leggings = Minus points for style.

(4) When you look for shoes to pair with your leggings, look for three styles: flats, boots, and pumps.  Other types of shoes tend not to work as well as these three styles.  Our personal favorite is booties with leggings for a rocker chick inspired look.

(5) Our last tip will help you choose a color for your leggings.  When choosing a color for your leggings, we recommend echoing another color already existing in your outfit.  That is, if you already have grey in your outfit, a grey pair of leggings could be a great choice.  But if you don’t already have red in your outfit, don’t try to slip on a pair of red leggings.  Or do it knowing that it’s either going to be either fabulous or frightening…nothing in between.

Have a great tip about how to wear leggings? Share it with us in the comments!

18 comments June 15th, 2009

Q&A: How to Layer for Cold Weather Days

Q: I would love some advice on how to layer clothes.  I live in Boston so it is important to be able to dress for outside temperatures and be able to quickly adjust once inside.  I’m especially curious about layering with jackets and sweaters.

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by Traci Tsai

A: Boston living is particularly extreme.  Outside, the winter weather can be brutally frigid,  and inside, the buildings tend to be highly overheated – so we feel your pain!

How do you keep warm in super cold weather? The key is to keep your core (e.g. your torso) warm.  If your core, head and feet are warm, your body will keep your extremities (arms and legs) warm too.  So—to keep warm in cold weather, you need lots of layers over your core, but you don’t need as many layers over your arms and legs.  This insight helps you stay warm without looking like you

The key to layer your clothes without looking bulky is alternating the length of your sleeves through the layers. Wearing a long sleeved sweater over a long sleeved shirt, with another long sleeved jacket on top, for example, can really bulk you up.  Here’s how to put together a chic layered cold weather outfit:

1.  Start with a solid base: a turtleneck sweater and a pair of jeans.  To give your waist some extra definition, try a belt over the sweater.  This waist definition is key to not looking bulky– especially if you’re wearing underlayers for extra warmth.
2.  Next, add one of my favorite layering elements: a puffer vest (preferably stuffed with down feathers). Down keeps your core very warm, and it gives you more options for your overcoat.
3.  Over the down vest, bundle up in a long wool (or wool cashmere) coat.  The wool coat will give you a more urban look than a more outdoorsy looking down coat—and it traps the heat generated by the down layer. As for warmth, the wool coat without the down layer would generally be less warm than a down coat. But by layering the down vest under the wool coat, you get the best of both worlds: the warmth of down, but the sleeker, more stylish look of wool.
4.  Accessorize for the cold.  180s earmuffs are a part of any stylish woman’s cold weather wardrobe.  Note that the faux fur lined hood on the puffer vest will also act as a hat/wind-blocker, which gives you an additional layer for your ears and head.

Style tip? If it’s really cold—or if you’re particularly sensitive to cold, you can also add a sleeveless silk thermal as your base layer.  For maximum warmth, wear a long sleeve silk thermal on top and silk long underwear under your jean).  Silk liner layers are ideal because they don’t add as much bulk as other underclothing.  Plus, silk’s a natural fabric, so it also breathes better than other synthetic fabrics.

Have a great tip about how to layer for cold weather days? Share it with us in the comments!

12 comments January 13th, 2009

Q&A: How to Match Shoes with Work Clothes

Q: Can Omiru provide some basic guidelines about pairing work shoes and pants/skirts?

How to Match Shoes with Work Clothes
Shoes with Work Clothes, courtesy of The Sartorialist

by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A: To understand how to pair shoes with clothes, you first have to look at silhouette.  Shoes should complement the lines and proportions of an outfit, particularly the bottom that you’re wearing.  We’ll start with the basics—regular trouser pants and a knee length skirt—and then we’ll expand out into other options:

Regular Trouser Pants
For regular width trouser pants, the classic choice is a medium height (approximately 2” tall) shoe.  You can wear pumps, loafers, two-tone shoes…and you can also experiment with different toebox styles.  For a sophisticated look, try pointier toed shoes.  But for a more chic, casual look, you can try a round toe.  If you’re not a fan of heels, you can also try a more subdued kitten heel (usually around 1.5” tall).

Knee Length Skirts
The perfect shoe for a knee-length skirt is a heeled shoe.  Most women prefer to wear a medium height heel to visually elongate the leg, but a shorter kitten heel is also a common choice.  Women who are blessed with extra long legs can also get away with flats, but the rest of us should steer clear of them. 

Wide Trouser Pants
To balance out the width of a wide trouser pant, you’ll need to wear a high heel (3” or taller).  The high heel visually (and physically) elongates your leg line, and it gives your bottom half balance.  If you’re blessed with long legs, you can also try a medium height heel.  But for optimal figure flattery, no low heels or flats allowed!

Skinny Pants
Channel Audrey Hepburn when pairing shoes with skinny pants.  What did Audrey wear?  Ballet flats, of course!  When you’re wearing tight pants, you want a shoe that’s not overly sexy.  So steer clear of high heels and shoes with “toe cleavage.”  The ballet flat (or even really short kitten heels) will do the trick.

Short Skirts
Short skirts are best paired with a kitten heel or ballet flat at work.  If you’re wearing a revealing skirt, you don’t want to go overboard with an overly sexy shoe.  That said, the woman in the miniskirt pictured above made the sexy shoe and miniskirt look work.  How did she do it?  She wore tights to cover up her legs (and tone down the miniskirt), and she wore a heeled bootie.  Because they provide more coverage, booties are a less risqué shoe option than an equivalently high heel.

Long Skirts
Because long skirts and wide trouser pants share similar characteristics (length and width), long skirts require the same shoe options as do wide trouser pants.  So the same rules apply: high heels are best, and no flats are allowed.

I’ll leave you with two parting thoughts on shoes: 
(1) Shoes can be the sole point of interest in an outfit by providing a point of visual interest with design or color.  This is particularly true for work clothes, which are often restrictive style-wise.
(2) Shoes do not need to match the colors of your clothes or your handbag but they should enhance your overall look.

Have a great tip about how to match shoes with work clothes? Share it with us in the comments!

9 comments December 16th, 2008

Three Simple Ways to Wear a Little Black Dress

Why does every woman own a Little Black Dress?  Not only are they figure flattering (black is so slimming), but they’re also extremely versatile.  Depending on what you wear with it, a single dress can exhibit multiple personalities.  Here’s what you can do with a LBD and a few simple accessories:

Ladylike Glamour: Capelet + Clutch + Pumps

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Perfect for an evening out on the town.  The feathered capelet gives this outfit a touch of old-world glamour. 

Free Spirit: Fedora + Wide Belt + Layered Jewelry + Booties

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A great day-to-evening look - and perfect for a day of art gallery-hopping.

Modern Gamine: Half Sleeve Coat + Brooch + Long Gloves + Heels

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Channel a modern Audrey Hepburn with a strikingly simple silhouettes and gamine details.

Have a great tip about what to wear with a Little Black Dress? Share it with us in the comments!

4 comments December 5th, 2008

How to Wear a Summer Dress in Cold Weather

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Just because the weather is getting chillier doesn’t mean that you need to put away your summer dresses. Simply pair your warm weather dress with cool weather basics for a look that’s as chic as it is warm.

1. Start with your warm weather dress.  For an extra layer of warmth, you may want to consider a layer of undergarments. Silk traps in heat, and it’s slim enough to not be noticeable under the dress.
2. Bring on the cold weather gear: a puffer vest, a pair of long gloves, and a pair of cozy boots.  Try cashmere gloves for extra warmth.  For cold climates, you may want to switch out the sleeveless puffer vest for a long-sleeved puffer jacket.  Between the puffer jacket and the cashmere gloves, you’ll stay nice and toasty. 
3. Finish off the outfit with a flirty necklace (to echo the sentiment of the dress) and a fits-everything handbag.

How would you wear a warm weather dress in cold weather?  Share your style with us in the comments!

10 comments December 4th, 2008

Q&A: Three Simple Ways to Wear a Scarf

Q: Since you mention scarves in a lot of your articles, I decided to buy three really cute scarves. But now I don’t know how to wear them. I mean, I can guess with what - but how exactly are scarves worn right now? Whenever I see celebrities wear scarves I wonder how they make it look so effortless.

by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A: Scarves are a versatile, inexpensive accessory that can add color, pattern and dimension to any wardrobe.  Here’s three super simple ways to wear them:

The Fold and Loop

Diamond Gingham Scarf
Diamond Gingham Scarf | $22.75 (approx) at Topshop

My favorite way to wear a scarf it to take a long one, fold it in half, and wrap it around your neck.  Take the side with the ends and pull it through the loop created by the other side.  I love to wear a long scarf on a windy day and have the breeze catch it and make it flutter.
Best For: Lightweight pashmina-type scarves.

The Basic Neck Wrap
AE Multi Check Scarf
AE Multicheck Scarf | $19.50 at American Eagle

Simply wrap the scarf around your neck once and then just let the ends drop where they will.  I think this method is appropriate for indoor wear, as it adds color without overwhelming the wearer or the outfit.  Keep in mind though that it does look pretentious to wear a big cashmere scarf wrapped once or twice around the neck when one is inside.
Best For: Long, narrow scarves.

The Square Tie
Buckle Satin Scarf
Buckle Satin Scarf | $7.80 at Forever 21

With a square scarf, you can place one pointed side down in front of your neck, and then take the ends and wrap once around your neck ending with a little tie. 
Best For: Small to medium sized square scarves.

Bonus scarf looks?  Try wrapping a scarf around your head à la Jackie O.  Very 60s chic.  Or tie a short scarf around a ponytail for a refreshingly youthful look.

How do you wear your scarves? Share your style with us in the comments!

14 comments November 25th, 2008

Ready Made Outfit: How to Wear Red and Pink

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It’s a popular fashion "rule" that red and pink don’t mix (except maybe on Valentine’s day).  The idea is that red and pink look too girly–and that they don’t look great together in the first place.  We’re out to prove these fashion misconceptions wrong with a sophisticated outfit that’s as ladylike as it is chic.  Here’s how to create a red and pink outfit that works:

Choose the Right Shade of Pink. It’s hard to make pink work with red–but it can work with the right shade of pink.  We love a deep, rich pink like the one shown on the top, especially when this pink is paired with a chic fire engine red.

Look for Elegant Details. To counter the girly nature of red and pink, take care to choose elegant details like the buckle on the bag and the double row of buttons on the skirt.  Style is all in the details, and these elegant touches will make your look ladylike instead of girly.

Accessorize with Warm Neutral Colors. 
Against the backdrop of the red and the pink, warm colored neutrals are going to work best.  We love the chocolatey browns paired with the rich red and pink.

What are your favorite color combinations? Share your style with us in the comments!

7 comments September 4th, 2008

Fashion Emergency? Five Stylist Tricks of the Trade

Got a fashion emergency?  Never fear.  Be like a boy scout and Be Prepared with these five tricks of the trade:

Lint Roller
3M Lint Rollers
Lint Rollers (6pc) | $19.99 at Target

Have a furry pet?  A linty sweater?  Don’t be afraid.  Hug your pet, and wear your linty sweater.  Just brush yourself off with a lint roller afterwards.  There are both sticky sheet varieties and non-adhesive ones, but I find that the adhesives work more effectively.

Stain Remover Stick
Tide To Go Stain Remover Pen
Tide To Go Stain Remover Pen | $6.99 for 3 at

I don’t know about you, but I’m a spiller.  Sauces, drinks, errant food items.  To keep my clothes clean, I have to be vigilant about stain removal.  For tough stains, I use a stain stick (which fits conveniently in a small handbag).

Fabric Steamer
Conair Compact Fabric Steamer
Conair Compact Fabric Steamer | $29.99 at Target

Especially useful if you want to revive a sweater that’s been sitting in your oversized handbag–or a blouse that’s gotten crumpled.  A steamer is easier on your clothes than an iron is, and it’s even simpler to use.  If you’re sans-steamer (e.g. on vacation), try hanging your clothes in the bathroom and run the shower on the highest heat.  It’s not as effective as a real steamer, but it works in a pinch.

Safety Pins
Singer Safety Pins
Singer Safety Pins | $2.19 at Walgreens

Have a small rip?  A button that falls off?  You don’t need a mini sewing kit (though props to you if you have one).  Simply use a safety pin or two to pin your clothes back together.  I keep safety ins in different colors (black, matte silver, and white) so I can choose the pin that best blends with my clothes.

Double Stick Tape
Scotch Double Stick Tape
Scotch Double Stick Tape | $1.64 at Amazon

Did your hem fall down?  You don’t have to bother with pinning it.  Double stick tape will do in a bind.  Just remember to splurge on extra sticky tape–and to get your hem sewn back up afterwards.

What’s your best fashion emergency tip?
  Share it with us in the comments!

9 comments August 8th, 2008

Q&A: How to Be a Modern Day Style Icon

Q: I love retro style like Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Grace Kelly.  How can I modernize these styles into today’s fashion?

Style Icons: Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly

by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A: Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Katharine Hepburn all embody timeless American style.  Audrey is famous for her elegant black sheath dress, capri pants, ballet flats, and large dark sunglasses. Her style is perfectly suited to her body type and personality - thin, graceful and gamine.  (She was also fortunate to have Hubert Givenchy to dress her.) Grace Kelly is famous for her cinched waists, full skirts, fitted tops, pearls, and her classic Kelly bag.  And Katharine Hepburn, exuding professional style, made menswear her signature look. 

What do Audrey, Grace, and Katharine have in common?  Each was an icon of their own personal style.  So to modernize this looks, do as these style icons did:

Wear clothing that suits your figure.  Not your style icon’s figure, not your best friend’s figure–your figure.  Be honest with yourself about what works and what doesn’t–and choose your silhouettes accordingly.

Create, don’t Copy. Instead of copying Audrey, Katharine, or Grace’s style directly, create your own signature style.  Sure, it can be based on that of your style icon, but make it your own.  Katharine Hepburn made trousers her signature piece.  What will your signature piece be?

Create your signature style around classic, clean lines. 
Your clothes won’t overwhelm you, and maintaining a clean silhouette allows you to play with accessories, hairstyles, and makeup. 

Pictured: Katharine Hepburn (courtesy of Fashion Me Fabulous), Audrey Hepburn (courtesy of, and Grace Kelly (courtesy of GraceKellyOnline).

Have a great tip about how to be a modern day style icon? Share it with us in the comments!

4 comments July 1st, 2008

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