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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday style guide

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Each year Santa travels from the North Pole to make children all over the globe happy. Although Santa likes to hang out in relaxed jeans and his favorite hoodie, he wouldn’t dream of carrying out his critical mission in anything but his special red suit. Believe it or not, Santa’s talents extend beyond toy making and naughty and nice investigations. With the help of Mrs. Claus and his stylish elves, he just published his first “What Not to Wear” holiday guide. Those who show up at holiday functions in the following attire just might find a lump of coal in their stocking on Christmas morning:

  • Distressed jeans – Santa says no holes, tears or bleached denim;
  • Holiday theme sweaters – Mrs. Claus suggests wearing sequined, beaded or lace sweaters;
  • Holiday theme ties – Solid crimson, silver or purple ties look festive and current;
  • Holiday theme jewelry – Other elegant costume jewelry options abound;
  • Activewear – For yoga but not Yuletide celebrations;
  • Athletic shoes – This fashion faux pas merits two lumps of clay;
  • LBD from Christmas past – Who says little black dresses never go out of style?
  • Wrinkled clothing – Commemorate the holidays by using an iron;
  • Baggy pants – The over-sized look is on the way out;
  • Overly tight and revealing tops – Always tacky.
Has Santa covered all the bases?

 

Stay Away from these sweaters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tacky holiday theme tie

Silver and Crimson ties make a modern style statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distressed jeans get the holiday ugly attire award

Santa wouldn’t approve of these jeans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s winter jacket trends

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The indispensable leather jacket is a girl’s best friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Frost’s arrival brings chilling temperatures that require the right outerwear options. Everyone needs a versatile winter jacket for both weekend and workday wear. It also pays to buy quality outerwear that doesn’t look ordinary.  Jackets appear front and center in every store window display and fashion magazine this season. The epitome of classic American sportswear, jackets complete any outfit and always look sharp. Styles include woolen school blazers with contrasting piping, double breasted pea coats, and twill stadium jackets with fur trimmed hoods. Holiday shoppers looking for stylish and practical presents may want to put these three stellar outerwear pieces at the top of their gift lists:

  • Gap 1969 denim faux Sherpa lined jacket –The black color, zippered sleeves and lining add edginess to this always trending jean jacket, priced at $89.95.
  • Eddie Bauer leather field jacket – The rich caramel color and quilted sleeve detailing of this military inspired jacket makes it runway worthy.  The jacket sells for $349 and also comes in dark brown.
  • American Eagle Outfitter’s hooded toggle duffle coat – This classic style of yesteryear has emerged as one of the strongest trends for men and women. Because of its roomy cut, bulky sweaters and blazers fit easily underneath a duffle coat, and provide extra protection from the extreme cold. The coat sells for $129.95, and comes in black and red.  Who could resist red, the ultimate power color for 2013?

How many different ways can you wear a jean jacket?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Thanksgiving Day Parade

Toggle coats are the hottest outerwear trend for both men and women