The charm of a basic tailored jacket

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Since January is the month for fresh starts, many individuals purge their closets of unwanted clothing and try on a new look for a new year. This month also offers the opportunity to stock up on great wardrobe basics at deep discounts.  Jackets rank high on the list of clothing must haves because of their versatility and undeniable sophistication.  A multitude of jacket styles abound for winter and spring, including boyfriend, shrunken and double breasted blazers, as well as Channel inspired toppers. The ideal jacket fits like a glove, and suits one’s body type, proportions and coloring. To qualify as a wardrobe essential, it should also work well with many other pieces.

The BB Dakota Stewart leather lapel blazer qualifies as an all-around stellar jacket. Classic dressers like this item for its clean lines, and chic style personalities gravitate to its leather detailing and menswear inspired design. Here are three ways to wear this multipurpose item, which is available online and at Fa’brik in Greenville, SC:

  1.  Working hard for the money: blazer paired with Macy’s INC International Concepts teal and black paisley blouse, Ann Taylor deco print ankle pants, and Softt grey and beige python platform heels.
  2. Thinking outside the box: Blazer and pants worn with Macy’s INC International Concepts long sleeve boat neck  tee and Banana Republic Floral statement necklace (not available online).
  3.  Fancy That: Blazer over sequined embellished velour top by Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s, gunmetal grey brocade pencil skirt by Banana Republic (no longer available), and Nine West taupe and black lace heels.

She works hard for the money.













BB Dakota jacket with work casual separates

Thinking outside the box










BB dakota jacket paired with dressy separates

Fancy that!














Shorts are for fashion and easy living

Friday, July 8th, 2011
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Shorts, an ever present summer wardrobe staple, are now also one of the hottest fashion trends. Now is the time to find the latest shorts online at bargain prices. White House Black Market carries classic dark wash denim jean shorts, cargo shorts with front pockets, and flat front cotton cuffed shorts, all on sale for $39.99. Although most styles come in versatile neutrals, some are available in bold shades like pomegranate.  J.Jill, known for its distinctive linen apparel, sells a machine-washable linen walking short in white and black with an elastic waist. For those who prefer to show more leg, J Jill is now selling a linen twill cuffed short for $39.99. At Talbots, classic styles with contemporary sash accents are currently on sale. The “cuffed sash short” and the “parachute sash short” in summer palettes like sand and pale pink, are available at a deep discount. Styles like these can be dressed up when when worn with fitted jackets as a “short suit”, or graceful silk tanks and wedge sandals.

As the summer heats up, shorts fit the bill for comfort, coolness and incomparable style.