Posts Tagged ‘fashion trends’


And the winner is….emerald

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

The Pantone Color Institute selected emerald as the color of the year. Associated with harmony, nature, and rebirth, emerald suits warm as well as cool complexions, and illuminates eyes and hair. Both versatile and becoming, this award winning hue complements blue, yellow, black, purple and red. An emerald blouse livens up a neutral suit, and an emerald print silk scarf instantly adds sophistication to jeans and a t-shirt. I posted 32 enticing emerald items on Pinterest. Perhaps some of these pieces will inspire even the color shy to go green.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new year a new you….2013 style tips

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Each new year offers possibilities for change. Many take the age old adage “out with the old and in with the new” very seriously by stepping onto treadmills, loading up on fruits and veggies, and discarding their cigarettes. In fact, the month of January takes its name from Janus, the Roman God associated with doorways and beginnings. Judging from the spike in closet cleaning activities during this month, perhaps Janus also looked after wardrobes. Those who desire a fresh new look in 2013 will want to read these ten style tips:

1. Conduct a full scale closet review. Keep only versatile and flattering pieces in good condition that deserve a four star rating;

2. Take advantage of post-holiday sales to stock up on basics, like black slacks, jeans or a tailored jacket;

3. Look for tops and sweaters that update and complement your core wardrobe;

4. Embrace colorful clothing and accessories. The Pantone Color Institute picked emerald green as the “it” color for 2013;

5. When assembling an outfit, mix multiple textures together for visual excitement, such as leather, silk, velvet and tweed;

6. Play around with jewelry. Layer necklaces and bracelets, and combine fine and faux;

7. Go for quality, not quantity. Wait for sales, shop at consignment shops, and avoid impulse buying;

8. Pay attention to grooming. Check for lint, stains and piling on clothing. Press clothes and shine shoes;

9. Invest in good looking outerwear for casual and work activities;

10. Build in an extra 5 minutes each morning to dress. Look in a full length mirror before leaving the house.

Now you’re ready to walk out the door feeling confident and looking fabulous.

Put your best style foot forward in the new year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashionable holiday gifts for under $50

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Some folks buy all their holiday gifts and wrap them by Thanksgiving weekend. Others wait until the spirit moves them to tackle Santa’s wish lists. Since I fall into the latter category, I appreciate reading other blogs that feature holiday gift ideas. I count on bloggers to give me great ideas and inspire me to shop. So, maybe something on my list of five fabulous items under $50 will end up under your tree this year:

Studded long leather glovesBrian Atwood, famous for his shoe designs, created these studded gloves for the limited edition Target-Neiman Marcus collection for $49.99. Styling women attracted to glamour with a modern edge will love these gloves;

Women’s leather strap bracelet: The Talley bracelet, decorated with crystal accents, gold studs, and gold links comes in four fun colors, and sells for $38. The Kate Carlyle Gift Boutique in Greenville, South Carolina also carries this item at a slightly higher price;

Men’s knit horizontal striped tie: Cool and casual, this retro thin tie from the Gap sells for $29.95. Choose from either grey and white or burgundy and blue horizontal stripes;

Sugar Bath lychee scented body lotion: Available at Sephora for $22.50, this ultra-moisturizing lotion is the antidote for dry skin;

Back up battery for iPhone.  Every iPhone addict will love this stocking stuffer. J Crew dressed the tiny device in polka dots for women and stripes for men.  $39.50 buys such peace of mind.

Brian Atwood

Shoe designer Brian Atwood, a designer for the limited edition Target-Neiman Marcus collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couple taking a little break from holiday shopping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Go to” fashion basics that retain their style appeal

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

A corner in every woman’s closet holds the “go to” pieces she loves to wear. Clothes deserve this elevated status because they pass the test for comfort, versatility and enduring style. These feel-good items are not only easy to wear, but they also provide figure flattery and a seamless fit. Oh how happy we would be to have an entire closet full of our treasured pieces. Maybe the fashion forecasters are gently moving us in this direction with their predictions of a  return to effortless style and simple elegance in 2013.Vogue describes this trend as “practically styling-free” and “no-fuss beauty”. Unlike the unkempt, grunge look, this trend celebrates  natural beauty and a pared down approach to style.

What better way to embrace this back to basics fashion philosophy than to purchase a few standout wardrobe essentials? These always trending fashion must haves definitely deserve the “go to” worthy label:

jeans: The relentless quest for the ideal jean may well be over. Greenville, South Carolina based Beija-Flor sells figure flattering denim in a variety of styles and colors for modern women who want style, fit and comfort. Ringing endorsements keep appearing for these stretch denim “curve friendly” wonders from publications such as Oprah, People Style Watch and Health Magazines. I’ve seen these jeans and they are ultra soft and beautifully made.

Cardigan Sweater:  Comfort and style harmoniously coexist in the Ann Taylor cashmere hoodie. Pair this sweater with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt, and wear it running errands or to work. This high fashion hoodie, now selling at 50% off the regular price, comes in luscious colors like pomegranate, and nouveau blue. Sounds like an ideal holiday gift to me.

Striped t-shirt: Stripes endure season after season and never disappoint. I love my assortment of striped tees, and I especially like wearing them with print or plaid scarves. Navy blue micro-striped tees attract classic dressers, while dramatic types gravitate toward bolder, bigger multi-striped ones. J Crew even sells a sequined striped tee at $128 for the gals who want their stripes and glamour too.

What does your “go to” list consist of?

 

Beija-Flor, Greenville, South Carolina jean company

Beija-Flor, the miracle jean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fancy striped tee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s working wardrobe trends

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

I dedicate this posting to National Career Development month and all those who take bold steps to advance in their professional careers. Quite simply, image matters in life. It remains a mystery to me why individuals overlook the fact that presenting a pleasing image is a key strategy for success. Studies confirm that people base their first impressions of others largely on appearance. Opportunity knocks more loudly for individuals who look their best and present a positive personal brand. I include the results of additional revealing research on image in my book, The Power of DRES: Dres System’s Guide to Building a Professional Image and Working Wardrobe. I co-authored this book with eight other stylists from across the country, and my chapter explored “Our Relationship With Clothes”.

Current women’s professional styles definitely reflect the preferences of confident women who embrace their femininity. Gone are the nondescript power suits of the past that made women look like men. The new dress for success wardrobe includes distinctively designed separates with surprising sartorial details like asymmetrical collars and peplums. Attention getting textured wool and jacquard fabrics combined with flowing blouses and bold accessories send a self-assured message. This modern look also epitomizes the preeminent formula for the working wardrobe, which is expressed by the acronym B.E.S.T. (Basic, Elegant, Simple, and Tailored). Trends suggest that women want to buy B.E.S.T. work clothes. Although today’s longer hemlines, classic blazers and understated dresses resemble yesterday’s classics, they also capture the here and now. One might very well find these three pieces from the innovative Spanish clothing company, Zara in a fashion forward working woman’s closet:

Modern Women like  B.E.S.T: Basic, Elegant, Simple and Tailored.

 

 

Working Women's styles from Zara

Today’s trends reflect a confident and accomplished woman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of D.R.E.S. Book Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion’s fixation with the color red

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Forget “Fifty Shades of Grey”. Fashion’s latest obsession revolves around the color red. This season marks red’s dramatic return as the “it” color after a hiatus of over two decades. In the mid-eighties, red took center stage in movies and music. Who could forget Gene Wilder’s hysterical quest to meet the red dress wearing beauty in the 1984 film “The Woman in Red”, or the love song “Lady in Red” that rose to the top of the music charts a few years later?

Red commands attention and expresses authority. This head turning shade also epitomizes passion and panache.  Red, classified as a neutral, adds vibrancy to the family of other neutrals, like brown and grey. A red blouse spices up a simple suit, or a pair of jeans. Although fifty shades of red may not exist, the color wheel holds plenty of red possibilities for a range of personal styles and complexions. The long list of reds includes cherry, tomato, wine, crimson and oxblood.

If you aren’t bold enough to wear that red dress, how about adding just a pop of red to your outfit?  The following accessories made Style Matter’s red objects of desire list:

  1. Coach Legacy canteen cross body bag in deep cherry at $158 – small and sensational;
  2. Fossil double wrap red leather buckle bracelet for $38 – definitely arm candy;
  3. Ann Taylor color block infinity scarf in berry and black for $44.99 – the ultimate power piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simplicity sums up Kohl’s first DesigNation collection

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Fashion masterminds like Andre Couregges, Calvin Klein and Helmut Lang, exemplify the concept of minimalism in their designs. Fashion educator, Moncia Murgia, describes minimalism as “removing the superfluous”, and cites multiple reasons for her personal attraction to minimalist fashion.  In her opinion, streamlined designs enhance a wardrobe’s versatility and functionality. Pared down looks in a few colors allow individuals to easily combine, accessorize and colorize the contents of their closets. Daily dressing becomes easier when clothes transition from day to night, weekend to work week and summer to winter.  Because minimalist designers focus less on trends, they create clothes that have lasting appeal for women of all ages.

Narciso Rodriquez heralds the cause of simplicity and inclusivity in fashion. On November 7, Kohls launches their first DesigNation Collection which features a limited edition of this award winning designer’s line.  Rodriguez describes his collection this way: “I never try to separate women. It’s a collection that really has many women in mind….. My woman can be 20….my woman can be 60…she’s ageless”.

Rodriguez drew inspiration for his collection from the towering minarets, exotic spices, evocative music and ornate tiles of Istanbul. His East meets West experience culminated in the creation of a minimalist collection that includes color blocked dresses, flowing pajama pants, and graceful print tops.

The interplay of black and white and bold color announces the Kohl’s –Rodriguez collaboration, priced at $30  to $150.

Narciso Rodriguez dress for Kohls DesigNation Collection