Spring trend report 2017

It’s time to freshen up your Spring wardrobe! Here’s the scoop on the latest new trends…Stripes, Florals, Ruffles, Open Shoulders , Denim with Details and Block heels.

Bold Stripes are in …

Go bold with this J.Crew Pop stripe skirt available at Nordstrom in Regular and Petite sizes. 

Or create an outfit with a striped tunic like this silky green top from Ann Taylor.

Michael Kors has a striped linen pant that’s perfect for your Spring Break trip to the beach.

Put two trends together with plenty of ruffles and an open shoulder!

Here’s the “Alyssa” Off the Shoulder top from Alice and Olivia. This black version is available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s..

Or try this style with ruffles, the “Stella”  Ella Moss top in periwinkle also at Bloomingdale’s.

For Spring,  the new denim has details…. patches, extra pockets, applique’, frayed, crafted…take your pick.

These jeans from Anthropologie have rose floral stitching…

and the 7 for All Mankind “Rose Garden” denim jacket is also bursting with rose applique’.

Florals are everywhere, including this “Tylie” Alice + Olivia dress with off the shoulder ruffles,

or this off the shoulder maxi style by Vince Camuto.

The perfect Spring shoe is a block heeled sandal. This Vince Camuto laser cut “Lidie” bootie from Von Maur  is your go-to for everyday outfits.

But, if you’re looking for a statement sandal, this is it! This gorgeous “Lupita” Block Heel sandal by Alexandre Birman at Nordstrom in sassy red suede with a ruffle over the toe and a tie at the ankle is ready for a party!

The Shops at Buckhead is the place for upscale shopping including  Alice + Olivia, Joie and many other fine stores. For a complete store directory click the link here.

 

 

 

 

Women’s Business Casual… What to wear- Fall 2016

Do you need some Fall inspiration? Are you tired of wearing the same old pants to work every day? Fall is a great time to add the perfect layering pieces to your wardrobe… clothes that’ll mix and match for lots of options and add some fun back into getting dressed for work!

Start with pants that have style and a modern silhouette like the cropped Avery Pant from Banana Republic. The Avery is available in a wide variety of colors and fabrics and looks especially flattering when worn with heels, but can also be worn with flats or booties for a more casual look. These cropped pants are perfect all year long so don’t think you need to put them away for the winter.banana-republic-avery-pant-plum

If you prefer a more tradition trouser, try the Ann Taylor “Devin” fit pants. They’re available in regular sizes 00 to 18, as well as petite and tall sizes. This style is available in a selection of fabrics and colors to create your perfect outfit.ann-taylor-devin-trouserAdd a top with special interest like this silk blouse from Banana  Republic. It can be worn casually with jeans, with a pencil skirt, or dress trousers.br-silk-top

Finish off your outfit with a jacket for extra polish. The “Campbell” blazer from J.Crew is a great addition to your Fall/ Winter wardrobe. This will keep the chill away all season long. Going out for a weekend lunch with friends? Wear the jacket with your favorite t shirt and faded jeans to get the most bang for your buck.j-crew-campbell-blazer

Add a great bag from Tory Burch that’ll hold all your work essentials.

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Slip into a powerful pump with a spike trimmed heel made by Sam Edelman… the “Tonia” in port wine suede from Nordstrom.

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You’ve got all the pieces for a great workday outfit and so many options for more outfits when you mix in your favorite denim jeans.

 

 

 

 

 

FALL 2016 Man Style

What should a man wear when he’s not in a suit? Business casual dress is the new normal for many offices and the options are often confusing. It can be tricky putting all of the pieces together when going for more style than the basic shirt and khaki pant combination.

Choose a pant with texture or pattern like these ‘Boss’ flat front houndstooth wool trousers from Nordstrom.mens-houndstoothAdd a shirt with a small plaid, stripe or check pattern. This non-iron “Madison Fit Hairline Framed Check” style is made by Brooks Brothers.brooks-brothers-shirtIf the formality of a tie is preferred, then a solid or pattern tie would work well with this shirt and pants. It’s personal preference whether a tie and pocket square are both worn together, or neither is necessary with a shirt, trousers and sweater. This Ted Baker London silk tie is available at Nordstrom and can be worn with a plaid shirt and sweater or with a sport coat.ted-baker-tieLayer a V-Neck or half zip sweater over a shirt and tie combination, and choose a contrast color for more interest like the Bloomingdale’s Men’s Store cashmere half zip sweater in “Granite Grey.” This sweater looks as great with jeans as it does with dress slacks.bloomingdales-mens-cashmere-sweater

Wear a sport coat or blazer over the sweater if you’d like extra interest, layers and a dressier look. This sport coat from Bloomingdales is the Hugo Boss “Antano Slim Fit” style. boss-sport-coat

Finish the whole look with a great pair of shoes. The “St. John’s” double monk strap style from Allen Edmond is available in three shades of leather.double-monk-strap-mens-shoe

There are so many options with these wardrobe pieces…. switching up the dress slacks for jeans, wearing a shirt, tie and pocket square, or the sweater with or without the sport coat…. the list goes on….. so dress for your professional needs, whatever your day requires and also builds your confidence.

 

 

 

Fall Trends for Women 2016

FALL is right around the corner and it’s time to check out the latest trends for Fall 2016 …

Leopard print, berry and wine tones, leather and suede, narrow pleats, gold jewelry and accents, military inspiration, flared sleeves and other great vibe’s of the 70’s are a hit for Fall!

Update your shoe wardrobe with this comfortable platform block heeled ‘Harlan’ sandal by Michael Kors in plum suede… it’s perfect with pants or skirts and pairs well with denim jeans for a casual look.michael kors plum shoeBooties are everywhere and can go from the office to a date night out. Rag & bone makes this ‘Harrow’ bootie, available at Nordstrom, in four different colors of suede or black leather, and also comes in a style with fringe.

rag & bone 'Harrow' bootieGet into the leopard trend with this Rebecca Minkoff leopard print top…. you can find it exclusively at Bloomingdale’s.minkoff leopard shirtOr, add a touch of military style to your outfit with this soft and cozy wool jacket from Anthropologie…. a totally versatile layering piece for Fall and comes in black or light grey.military jacketRefresh your wardrobe with the current trend of flare or bell sleeves…they’re giving a nod to the 70’s! Here’s the White House Black Market top in “Rosso” which is also available in petite sizes.bell sleeve blouse

Add an interesting necklace to your outfit for that extra touch of style. Here’s a J Crew necklace with gold accents to complete your look and tie it all together. And, don’t worry about mixing gold jewelry with the grey tones in your wardrobe!

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Chambray is Everywhere

What’s “Chambray” anyway? You hear it all the time but just what does the word “Chambray” mean and what’s the difference between that and denim? According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, Chambray is- “a lightweight clothing fabric with colored warp and white filling yarns.” and denim is ”  a firm durable twilled usually cotton fabric woven with colored warp and white filling threads.” Ok, that seems confusing but the real difference is the weight of the fabric. Denim is a heavier weight while chambray is much lighter and versatile. Chambray shirts, skirts, and dresses or even shoes are made by just about every brand!

This off the shoulder top from Alice + Olivia from Neiman Marcus would be delightful on a hot summer day! Pair it with your white jeans or tuck into your favorite skirt or shorts.J. Crew has a chambray version of their J. Crew Regent Blazer and it’s available in regular sizes as well as petites. This jacket can take you from the office to a date night. It can be worn over a dress, or with pants or a skirt. You can even wear it with jeans as long as the denim wash is substantially darker or lighter than the jacket.j. crew jacketCropped ankles pants are a great option to wear with heels and flats! The Banana Republic Sloan fit slim ankle pants in chambray are available in regular, petite and tall sizes.Banana Sloan PantAnd just for fun, try this Calypso St. Barth chambray top with beading, hand embroidery and tasseled neck ties. Wear it with white denim on your summer vacation.Calypso St Barth chambrayIf you’re looking for a chambray dress, this one’s super soft and relaxed. Made by KUT from the Kloth, it would be a great year round staple worn with tights, boots and under a jacket in the Fall or with flat sandals, a bright beaded necklace and a straw bag in the summer. Switch out the self belt with a leather belt of your own to give it a little more personality.

chambray dressMix chambray into your wardrobe for lots of great new outfits for work or days off! You just might be tempted to slip on these comfy Cole Haan Pinch Chambray Weekender Loafers to run your errands!

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Spring in your Step!

Are you going to an outdoor concert and looking for fun Spring shoes? Hop on the bootie trend with a lighter style like these laser cut leather open toe “Emmie” booties from Sam Edelman. Try rolling or scrunching up your jean leg to show a little ankle above the boot and pair with your favorite kimono. Or you can wear them with cropped pants, dresses, skirts and shorts… they’re super versatile. They come in white, black and nude on the Sam Edelman site.

white spring summer bootie

How about an espadrille to make you feel all Spring stylish? This Michael Kors “Darci” lace up wedge might be just what you’re looking for. And, it’s available in denim… such a huge trend for Spring! Also available in black and natural colors at Macy’s.

Michael Kors denim

Are you attending a wedding and need the perfect party shoe? The Ivanka Trump “Hera” electric blue suede lace up sandals will add the perfect pop of color to your outfit! They’d look fabulous with your skinny white jeans too! They can be found at Nordstrom and also available in taupe suede.

Ivanka trump blue sandal

Need something with just a hint of heel for shopping around town or a lunch date? Block style heels are a big hit and this shoe, also by Sam Edelman, called the “Trixie” is safari inspired with snake-embossing and metallic trim. It’s available at Bloomingdale’s.

Sam Edelman

Or, go gladiator style in these “Tany” sandals from Vince Camuto in a super neutral lace-up style. The nude color will make your legs look longer and will be perfect with all your favorite Spring outfits! They’re on the Vince Camuto site and also available in black and red. There are so many cute shoes in style, it’s hard to choose just one… ok maybe two or three!

Vince glad

 

 

 

 

 

Eyewear- What’s In – 2016?

Are you in search of new shades or prescription glasses this Spring? They can be a fun fashion accessory to add extra pizzazz to your look throughout the year. If you’ve always worn the same style, chances are good that its time to switch it up! One of the new trends for Spring are translucent acrylic frames, especially in shades of soft blues, greys, and pinks….think “Pantone colors of the year Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.” This glamorous pink acrylic pair of designer frames is made by Dior… so stylish!

Also new for Spring are soft brushed metals like this sassy pair of matte black aviators with grey lenses from Gucci.

This year, women and men can find eyewear with natural elements of real or faux wood and bamboo accents like this pair from Gucci.

For the man in your life, the RayBan Clubmaster is available for the first time in real wood!

Ray Ban sunglasses

Aviators are always classic for both men and women, but ladies if you want to try something new, you’ll find butterfly shapes or super mod exaggerated cat eye frames like this two-toned pair from Stella McCartney.

Stella McCartney

Not sure which style’s best for you? Check out a site like glasses.com where you can “virtually” try on every pair! Also helpful for prescription glasses might be the LensCrafters site. It matches face shapes with the best frame styles.

 

Sparkle and Shine for New Year’s Eve

If you’ve ever felt like wearing sequins and other embellishments, here’s your chance! Even the most casual outfit can have a little bit of that extra pizzazz for New Year’s Eve!

Try this if you want all out sequins….

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This Parker ‘Lucas’ sheer embellished top found at Nordstrom is the perfect thing to wear to a New Year’s Eve party! You can dress it down with your favorite jeans or leather pants, or you can dress it up with silk tuxedo pants. Add a black or nude cami for more coverage.

Never worn a jumpsuit before? There’s no better time! Jumpsuits are right on trend and perfect for a party! Bloomingdale’s is the place to find this gorgeous black silk blend Rebecca Minkoff Hayley textured jumpsuit.

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Are you going fancy and formal? Then try this dress from Von Maur for head to toe sparkle and glam! It’s Adrianna Papell and has a beaded cutout back.

Pappell beaded

If you’re spending just a casual New Year’s Eve gathering with a group of friends but would still like to wear something a little more special than your usual sweater, look for this cozy DKNY embellished sweater at Neiman’s.

DKNY Embellished sweater

 

Remember, if sequins and sparkles aren’t your thing, you can add other details like patent pumps, flats or a special clutch bag. This floral embellished Tory Burch clutch is so special you’d be able to pull it off with an outfit of jeans and a simple solid or striped shirt…the whole look would be amazing!

 

Tory embellished clutch

Have FUN and have a Safe, Happy and Healthy 2016!

 

 

What to wear to your company party?

The holiday season is here and many people will be attending the annual company holiday party. Now is a great time to put your outfit together so there’s no need to stress the day of the event.

First, think of the basis for your outfit. If you’ll be going straight from work, focus on accessories for your party inspiration. Ditch your blazer or cardigan for the special top underneath, and add a sparkly necklace, belt or earrings and great looking heels… you’re ready to go! This top from Ann Taylor is work appropriate, probably not something you’d wear on a regular day but perfect for a special event.

Ann taylor navy lace top

Switch out your every day plain pumps or flats and slip into something more festive like these platform sandals from Stuart Weitzman at Bloomingdale’s.

Stuart Weitzman

If the company party isn’t a work day then dress in something special but appropriate for socializing with your coworkers…. this is not the time to show cleveage, wear a super short skirt or something that’s a little too revealing. This gorgeous sheath dress from Chiara Boni La Petite Robe available at Nordstrom is perfect for holiday events.

La Petite Robe

Throw on a wrap for warmth and add a small clutch (not your every day handbag) like this metallic bag by Diane Von Furstenberg available at Neiman’s and you’re all ready to head off to the party looking festive, fun and appropriately dressed to celebrate with your co-workers.

Diane Von Furstenberg clutch Neiman Marcus

 

 

 

 

Trend Alert – Capes and Ponchos!

Do you remember wearing a cape or poncho back in the day? Well if this is your first time around with the trend, you’ll enjoy it because capes and ponchos are a huge hit this Fall and Winter and can be found nearly everywhere you look!

C Wonder has a black and white herringbone belted cape which was featured in September’s Oprah Magazine.

C Wonder black and white capeFor a more laid back vibe, this casual poncho from Calypso St. Barth would be great for a drive to the mountains, spending the day exploring the West End, or strolling a Fall festival.

Calypso St Barth navy ponchoAnthropologie has a cozy unbelted cape that can be dressed up or down for a sophisticated business casual look or for fun on the weekends and is appropriate for women of any age. It pairs well with a skirt as in the photo below, pants, or your favorite jeans. The cape is available in petites too!

Anthropologie neutral capeFrench Connection has an adorable wool blend plaid version!

So, how do you wear this trend? If you’re wearing a poncho or cape, make sure the rest of your outfit is more fitted with a slim, straight, cropped or skinny leg pant or a skirt that stays close to your frame so you don’t look overwhelmed by your clothes, and no long skirts or baggy pants allowed! Keep your shirt plain, simple and smooth underneath so your cape or poncho is your style statement without extra bulk. A structured fabric works best for the office, while a knit is more appropriate for casual days. Capes and ponchos feel current, in style, and super chic so try them to break out of your “same old sweater” rut!

french connection plaid cape