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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

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

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

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

You Said: No to Neckties for Women


asos-jersey-tie_103110We asked: Ladies, would you wear a Necktie?

You said:  No to Neckties, with a 59-41 split in votes.

Style tip? Though the majority of you voted against neckties for women, a significant minority (41%) were open to co-opting this traditionally masculine accessory.  An easy way of trying on this trend?  A skinny black necktie, a la garconne, worn with a crisp white shirt and a creamy camel coat.  Finish off the look with a pair of roomy wool trousers and a pair of killer heels.  Another option?  Try a grey jersey tie, a nod to the sweatshirt/sweatpant trend that swept stores this summer.  Or do as the men do and use your tie to add a bit of pattern to your look - the season’s 70s inspired tartan plaids feel very au courant.

Next question: Midi Length Skirts, so named because they hit at mid-calf, are completely on trend, as per the Fall/Winter 2010 runway shows.  But they’re also a somewhat difficult silhouette to pull off, given that they visually cut your leg at mid-calf.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear midi length skirts?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Jersey Tie | $13.79 at ASOS

1 comment November 1st, 2010

You Said: Yes to Faux Fur


faux-fur-ankle-boots_102410We asked: Would you wear Faux Fur?

You said:  Yes to Faux Fur, with a 56-44 split in votes.

Style tip? Faux Fur is coming back in a big way for Fall - we’re seeing it as a textured trim on jackets and coats, on vests and gilets, and all over accessories, from scarves to shoes.  The faux fur vest is best paired with something skinny on the bottom to balance out the volume - leggings or skinny jeans, tucked into boots, work quite well.  But you don’t have to go all out to try on the faux fur - you can metaphorically and literally dip your toe into the trend with faux fur boots.  Forever 21’s version is sleek and sophisticated - and perfect to pair with tights and your LBD.

Next question: Tie-neck blouses feel like a fabulous feminine counterpart to the military styles we’re seeing for Fall.  But what about taking this one step further–would you wear a necktie?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Faux Fur Ankle Boots | $80 at Forever 21

1 comment October 25th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Shorts and Tights


flannel-shorts-modal-rib-tights_101710We asked: Would you wear Shorts and Tights?

You said:  Yes to the combination of Shorts and Tights, with a 54-46 split in votes.

Style tip? Though shorts are traditionally summer fare, they’re inching their way into autumn wardrobes with the addition of another key piece for fall - textured tights.  As summer waned, we noticed an uptick in the  pairing of shorts and denim cutoffs.  But as we descend deeper into the autumn season, we’re advocating more seasonally appropriate fabrics for the shorts and tights combo.  We’re digging a flannel short (belted, boyfriend style, of course) with a textured tight.  Ribbed styles in dark colors tend to be flattering on those of us not blessed with lanky model legs.  For footwear, try a brogue bootie in the same color as the tights, an elegant way to visually elongate the leg.

Next question: Wherever we go, we’re seeing faux fur - on voluminous vests and jackets - and lining the hoods of army coats. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear faux fur?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Flannel Belted Shorts | $80 at Topshop and Modal Rib Tights | $16.85 at ASOS

2 comments October 17th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Vests


woven-lace-vest-jacket_101010We asked: Would you wear Vests?

You said:  Yes to Vests, with a 78-22 split in votes.

Style tip? Our favorite thing about Fall Fashion is the focus on layering.  We love mixing silhouettes (big with small), textures (smooth with rough), and lengths (long with short).  The beauty of the vest is that it gives us an additional piece to play with - it can add a touch of color - or texture.  It can add polish and refinement to a wild outfit - or it can add a bit of drama to a look that’s more refined.  We’re enamored of the open front vest, which adds a breezily sophisticated air to more form fitting tops.  If you want to take a walk on the wild side, you can try a faux fur vest; with this piece, keep the rest of your look simple in silhouette so as to let this vest take center stage.

Next question: Shorts are traditionally warm weather fare, but they’re finding their way into autumn when paired with tights.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear shorts with tights?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Woven Lace Vest Jacket | $27.80 at Forever 21

1 comment October 11th, 2010

You Said: No to Capes


ultimate-military-cape_100410We asked: Would you wear Capes?

You said:  No to Capes, with a 56-44 split in votes.

Style tip? Capes (and their cousin, the capelet) are fantastically dramatic fashion perfect for keeping warm during fall and winter.  They can be an acquired taste, but it’s never been easier to look cozy and chic during the winter - all you have to do is throw on a cape.  For maximum figure flattery, we recommend pairing your cape with a skinny bottom - a pair of straight leg or skinny jeans or leggings - for a dramatic big-over-small look.  We’re loving capes with special detailing to break up the monotony of the fabric - particularly on trend is this military cape from Topshop that has been flying off the shelves.

Next question: Vests are key layering pieces for Fall, and this season, they’re appearing in all shapes and sizes - from the tailored vest to the dramatic faux fur variety. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear a vest?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Ultimate Military Cape | $190 at Topshop

2 comments October 4th, 2010

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