My current obsession: LACE PUMPS.
They are so chic, they can be dressy or they can be paired with a simple outfit or even for work. Love them! The good news is that lace pump styles are everywhere: aldo, nordstrom, shoedazzle.com, zappos, macys, etc.
Kim K got it right with this outfit. She has a good balance between a fitted top with a flowly skirt and of course sky high heels.
This type of flowly skirt is a big hit this season; For the winter, try a solid print skirt with patterend tights.
Photo via Pinterest
There’s no reason to shy away from leather skirts; as long as they aren’t minis. I never would have thought I’d like leather skirts but I recently saw someone at a business meeting with a pleated leather skirt that fell just below the knee and it was gorgeous! The woman paired it with a grey turtleneck and very long tassel necklace and tights and flat boots.
Who What Wear recently posted an article on the subject of leather skirts and these celebs have got it right. It is about proportion. Wearing a skin-tight leather skirt that’s too short won’t be flattering on anyone. If you’re daring enough to wear a leather skirt, try a knee-length version with a collared soft-material shirt and it will be a total hit!
loving the ankle booties
And who said velvet was out of style? Velvet can look good on anyone; it just required a little tailoring and styling. For a younger crowd, try a leather coat to give it a little edge. Looking for a classier look? Opt for a floor-length velvet skirt. Be considerate of your choice for top. Velvet is a textured fabric so stick to a sleek top. Try it with silk. Try it with a more casual cotton top. Don’t forget your accessories!
Photo Credit: Who What Wear
Color is the Word
Looking to spice up your winter wardrobe? Add a little color. This late autumn/early winner try on one of these color trends:
1. Tomato Red: make a bold statement. Take it from work to play. Try a red blouse with a pair of high-waisted dress pants for work or sport a dramatic red dress or fitted skirt for a night time look.
2. Mustard: For those individuals who are looking for a head-turning, stopped traffic effect. Mustard can be a hard color to work with but it is so in right now. Start off small. Implement a mustard tank or shirt then are you get acclimated, try a mustard wrap dress. This color actually works really well with all skin tones.
3. Pale Pink: For the individuals who are looking to make a less loud statement. Pale pink is a dainty, very girly color. Try a pale pink pencil skirt or a neck-tie blouse for work. For a casual look, pair a pale pink top with dark skinnies.
4. Ombre: From Ombre dresses, to the shoes, to even hair, Ombre is a hit. It is the color trend of the season. Ombre is the effect of going from light to dark. Stars on the red carpet have been spotted with Ombre dresses and they sure look fab. Some are even sporting ombre-esque hair. Giuliana Rancic has ombre hair and it looks uh-mazing as she would say. In terms of clothing, its a safe bet. You can find all colors in the ombre trend. Make sure to pair only one pattern at a time to avoid a call from the fashion police!
Tips on How to Dress Up Any Outfit in Minutes
Do you work in an industry that your wardrobe has to be a bit bland? But do you love fashion and want to dress up your outfits after 5pm to meet your fashion addiction?
Any outfit can be easily dressed up in minutes.
- Trade stud earrings for sparkly, dangle earrings.
- Add a cinched waist belt to a loose blouse to add shape.
- Ditch the traditional stiletto pumps for pumps with embellishments (heels are my favorite) Or try colored heels. Berry-colored hues are quite popular.
- Let down your hair, literally. Added some soft waves with a 1-in barrel curls.
- Drop the large bag for a clutch. If you’re wearing solid colors instead of patterns opt for a patterned clutch such as animal print or a slight touch of sequin.
- Stackable bracelets, such as the Lia Sophia Swivel bracelets, are great accents to any outfit. Remember, mixed metals also work.
- Depending on your outfit, a hint of leather always adds flair to an outfit. If you can find a cropped leather jacket, it will work well with skinnies and a loose top or even a dress.
- Add a scarf to add a pop of color.
Of course all these tips won’t do well together. Pick and choose which fit based on the shape of your outfits, the colors, etc. Remember proportion is key. If you’re wearing a long dangle necklace, then you won’t want to wear stackable bracelets and bulky earrings.
How to Dress like a Modern Royal
I think it is safe to say that before Kate Middleton, most Americans were not yearning to adopt British fashion. The very prim and proper dresses and ridiculous hats were more of an amusement than a fashion statement. Now, Kate and even lil’ sis Pippa have changed the game. Those hats? They are pretty intriguing. In fact, I want one. And I think that’s exactly how many women feel. They want to look like Kate and dress like her.
The sudden fascination with Kate has prompted sites such as WhatKateWore.com to share with the world what Kate is wearing and how to get her look for less. To the surprise of many, she opts for more affordable options from stores like Topshop when she’s not attending a fancy gala.
Although we can’t all be princesses, we can dress like one. Well, that’s if you’re lucky enough to find her donned items before they sell out. Just last week, Kate was spotted at a TopShop on Kensington High Street, and almost immediately the whole world knew Kate purchased a polka dotted skirt and a blue jacket with velvet trim. She even -gasp- used a rewards card! I would bet that the items detailed on sites across the web are sold out at this point or running pretty low in inventory.
Kate has access to the most expensive designers and jewelry in the world, yet she remains real and mixes and matches her pricey items with affordable ones too. Kate has been spotted wearing affordable brands including Zara, Topshop, H&M and Banana Republic. To sport Kate’s style consider investing in the following:
· Riding boots
· Nautical tops
· Nude-colored pumps
· Form fitting, yet tasteful dresses
· Military-inspired coats
· Leather belt with buckle
· White button-down top
· Kitten heels
Your Royal Fashionista: Kate Middleton
It wasn’t too long ago that we were all thinking, “Will Prince William ever propose to his long-time girlfriend, Kate Middleton?” At that point, no one even referred to her by name. She was just another plain Jane. Today she’s the Duchess of Cambridge, a socialite, a do-gooder and most recently she’s a trend-setting fashion icon. Let’s face it, she’s a celebrity. You know someone’s a celebrity when they are a trending topic on all social media outlets! From here on out, I’d like to refer to her as the Duchess of Fashion.
The moment that stunning Sapphire ring was placed on her finger and she sported the now infamous navy blue Issa dress for her official engagement photos, Kate was thrown into the fashion spotlight. The months leading up to the Royal Wedding had everyone wondering what Kate’s dress was going to look like but it was all very hush-hush. Millions of people set their alarm clocks, including myself, to catch the wedding of the century solely to see her amazing Alexander McQueen gown.
With all kinds of records set in the airing of the Royal Wedding, it’s no surprise that the recently concluded exhibit at Buckingham Palace featuring Kate’s dress broke all kinds of records. Over 600,000 people went to the exhibit just to catch a glimpse of her dress. It’s only a matter of time before we see Kate-inspired dresses being purchased on upcoming seasons of “Say Yes to the Dress.” Hey, long sleeve wedding dresses are probably making a come-back as we speak and I’ll be blogging about it soon enough.
Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images via Vogue
Gilt Free Shopping, Oh La La
If you’re a fashion enthusiast and always on the lookout for the hottest trends or designers but don’t always have the bank account to support your shopping habits, then check out Gilt and Rue La La. Gilt and Rue La La are private online sales boutiques that feature high-end designers at discounted prices. These sites are strictly membership-based but are accessible free of charge. You’re thinking, “What’s the catch?” Well, the “catch” is that you have to be invited by an existing member or you can sign up directly via their site but may be placed on a waiting list. In addition, the inventory isn’t extensive so there are usually very limited quantities, especially in popular sizes.
Private online sales boutiques such as Gilt and Rue La La feature a designer or designers on a given day at discounted prices usually for a 24-hour period or until inventory is depleted, whichever comes first. In the past, the site has featured designers such as Marc Jacobs, Seven for all Mankind, Burberry and Joes Jeans among others.
Both sites, once you’ve signed up, will email you with the day’s featured designer(s) and the time which items will be available. If you’re looking for a specific piece, it is in your best interest to get to the site ASAP to ensure you get it. Gilt even has a neat feature where it allows you to see the upcoming day’s designer for clothes, accessories and shoes. Sometimes they even let you preview the items, which makes for good planning.
Personally, I use Gilt and Rue La La primarily for my denim purchases but both sites offer all types of clothing and even home furnishings. Giltalso features accessories and shoes. They also have a mens and childrens section. Although Gilt features more, I find that Rue La La has designers that I am more interested in purchasing.
So if you’re looking for a designer outfits, accessories and/or shoes, then check out Gilt and Rue La La for pieces at discounted prices. It may not be a bargain persay, but at least its guilt-free shopping! I always feel good when I get something for 1/2 the price. Everyone needs a little retail therapy every once in a while after all.