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.

 

 

 

FOX 5 WAGA TV Style Segment

“A Season of Gatherings”

What an exciting day for me and my team of models!!! Best Impressions In Style was invited by FOX 5 TV to create a style segment with Karen Graham, anchor of GOOD DAY ATLANTA using three basic pieces men and women could wear now and through the holidays to social gatherings. FOX 5 TV had already asked Kohl’s to participate so I got to work styling three models in fabulous outfits from a local Kohl’s store. Of course I wanted to include the current trends of animal print, embellished collars, gold accents, knits, and leather!

Don’t they look amazing in their new clothes?!! They’re in perfect outfits for parties, dinner out, and for getting together with friends. Each piece can be worn so many ways to make totally different outfits…love the leather jackets!

Here’s the whole group with GOOD DAY ATLANTA’s own Karen Graham (center) and make up artist, Udunma Ogene (second from the right).

This one’s a little blurry but we were having FUN!!!

Lucy looks hot but classy in this feminine blouse under a quilted leather jacket paired with a cute pleated knit skirt!

 Doesn’t Barbara look like she’s ready for a party in her animal print top with gold chain trim paired with cropped straight leg pants? She’s wearing a pretty cream colored jacket that’s a perfect fit for her little petite body.

 And here’s Karen Graham and me giving big smiles for the camera! Well, as they say in show business…. “that’s a wrap!”… Now I’m off to style my next client….is it YOU?!!

Atlanta Wardrobe Stylist Sue DeVos – Best Impressions in Style

Men…It’s Business Casual

WHAT TO WEAR WHEN YOU DON’T NEED A SUIT

Guys… You might be wearing a suit less than ever before, so what are you supposed to wear to look professional and put together? A shirt and khakis might be your “go to staple” but there are other options. Consider the current trend of a lightweight crew neck sweater like this from Brooks Brothers. A soft crew neck sweater can be worn without a shirt underneath for a clean, professional look.

Layer a crew neck sweater under a sport coat like this also from Brooks Brothers. Wear it with trousers for a business dinner meeting, and then switch to jeans for a casual night out with friends another time.

For an alternative color to your khaki trousers, consider these great wrinkle resistant cotton chinos also found at Brooks Brothers.

Another option on top is to wear a modern sweater vest like this available at Nordstrom. It can be worn under a blazer and may be worn with a tie.

Now remember your grooming touch-ups and you’ll look great! Hope these tips give you new ideas for business casual!

* Brooks Brothers is located in Lenox and Perimeter Malls

* Nordstrom is located in Phipps Plaza and Perimeter Malls

The Lady Like Look

IT’S “MAD MEN” STYLE FOR FALL

The show MAD MEN may have been 0-17 at the Emmy’s this week (ouch), but the series has been a huge hit in the fashion department! The classic, curvaceous feminine shapes for women and sharp suits for men are still a big trend for Fall. The look for women includes hourglass shaped dresses, and checks, plaids, pleats and polka dots, peter pan collars, bows and red lips.There’s even a Mad Men cocktail recipe guide…link here! But, back to fashion…..

You can see Rachel Bilson wearing the feminine color combination of a blush pink and black blouse with an 80’s flashback… peplum pants… for a CBS and Showtime Party.

A soft romantic blouse like this one from American Eagle can be worn with jeans or tucked into a fitted pencil skirt or pants and worn with kitten heels for the office.

Wear a dress like this pretty pleated red A-line by Calvin Klein from Macy’s and add a necklace in the new “peter pan collar” shape.These collar necklaces can be found in many stores, but here’s one I love from Anthropologie.

The classic bag to go with this “lady like” styled wardrobe has top handles and structure… think Jackie O! This gorgeous bag from Tory Burch would fit the bill….maybe not your budget…..but you get the idea!!!

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Color and Texture – Your Look for FALL

This Fall you’ll LOVE Emerald, Burgundy, Lace and Leather

If you shop for new Fall clothes, you’ll find lots of jewel tone hues in emerald and burgundy and richly finished blacks and golds. In addition to bags and boots, leather can be found in shirts, skirts, and pants.

Leather jackets are more popular than ever as you can see Pippa Middleton wearing hers over a simple dress, with neutral shoes and clutch.

Whether you’re 16 or 65, male or female, the leather jacket is a “must have” addition to your wardrobe. It’s super versatile for years to come and can be worn with jeans or pants, a t-shirt or a pencil skirt, to work on casual Friday’s, or dressed for a night out.

In addition to leather jackets are: jean jackets, military jackets, velvet, varsity, lace, suede, studded, and brocade. This great men’s jean jacket by John Varvatos can be found at Bloomingdale’s.

Also at Bloomingdales for women is a cabernet colored jean jacket by Earnest Sewn which just happens to be in one of the beautiful new Fall colors!

Have you noticed all the denim shirts worn by celebrities, or in ads, catalogs…. everywhere?! If you don’t own one, now is the time! This men’s denim basic is at Gap, along with a ruffled chambray version for women. Perfect for a Fall weekend!

 

 

 

 

Guys….. It’s Date Night!

HERE’S THE PLAN….. and let’s keep it simple !

First, you need to know that BLUE is a fantastic color on most men! So if you want to look your best, go for a blue shirt, like this one from Dillard’s. White or red could be a second choice, but yellow is a tricky color and isn’t wonderful on many guys. Add a charcoal grey t-shirt underneath for extra style. Now that you know the color, decide if you’re going casual or a little nicer.                         

  If you’re casual and wearing jeans, you might enjoy the Levi’s 501 original straight leg, sold in many stores but can be found at Macy’s. Heavy set men are better off with a boot cut jean.

Add a belt in woven leather like this made by Cole Haan at Nordstom for a little texture. Top your shirt with a great looking lightweight jacket, maybe in khaki from Nordstrom.

Then the last, VERY important thing is to leave your Nike shoes at home and wear a good leather shoe, possibly like the Ralph Lauren driver from Dillard’s.

You’ll look amazing for your Date! Have FUN guys and if you have questions, let me know!