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.

 

 

 

 

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!

cole haan

 

 

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.

 

Spring TIPS and TRENDS

Here’s a great question….. has it finally quit raining??? We should actually start having beautiful Spring-time weather. So…..what’s new for Spring?

One of the biggest trends for Spring is clean and crisp STRIPES! Stripes are everywhere and on everything this season! Narrow stripes are more flattering on most people than a bold stripe which can be a trickier option. Treat a two tone contrast stripe like this jacket from Dillard’s as a neutral and wear with any other solid color, or a print if you’re adventurous!

Another trend for Spring is a black and white color combo. It’s found in clothes, accessories, and shoes like these pumps by Ivanka Trump available at Nordstrom.

Floral prints are springing up on jeans, jackets and tops….even headbands like this tropical style and lots of other super cute “Turband’s” s from cultgaia.com which look great mostly on younger ladies!

Metallic studs, lace and laser cut-outs are popular trends and can make your outfit look new! Gold studs on this Michael Kors small shoulder bag from Macy’s are a perfect accent and transform even a simple outfit.

Add a new top with laser cuts from Tibi to your Spring wardrobe for a modern twist. Wear it with jeans for a night out with the girls or with a skirt for the office. Layer on a jacket for those cool Spring mornings and nights!

Have FUN this SPRING and just try something a little bit different than you always wear. You might like it!

Consider skinny jeans…

SKINNY JEANS are EVERYWHERE!

The SKINNY denim look keeps going strong! There are so many denim brands to choose from in all price ranges so it’s hard to know where to start and what to look for! Are premium denim jeans worth the price? You CAN find skinny (or straight leg) jeans to fit your shape!

People Magazine Style Watch 2012 winner’s Levi’s Modern Rise Bold Curvy Skinny jeans might be just what your curves need and the dark wash is slimming too.

Also a Style Watch award winner in the “boyish” category is the Gap 1969 Always Skinny jeans.

To improve shape retention, premium brands are made with specialized fabric blends of cotton, polyester, Lycra, spandex, etc… the list goes on. Added extra’s … hidden pockets and forward side seams are common, as well as other special features like you’ll find in the Paige skinnies (my personal favorites) available at Bloomingdale’s.

The rear pockets are very subtly asymmetrical for a flattering look and the dark wash is without whiskering or shading to help you appear longer and leaner.

If you prefer a straight leg jean, the DL 1961 “Kate” style was another Style Watch 2012 award winner, considered universally flattering and can be found at Nordstom and Von Maur.

Plus sized Lucky Brand “Ginger” skinny jeans are available in a dark wash and other colors, and are sold at Macy’s. 

Petite and Tall ladies will find many choices on the Lucky Brand website, and in Gap Stores.

You may decide skinny denim isn’t for you, but these are great options to try! Skinny or straight leg jeans are perfect with flats, heels, tucked into boots this winter or with sandals in the summer…..ahhhh, can’t wait for that!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Kick Up Your Style in 2013

ADD a JACKET to MAKE your OUTFIT!

Are you invited to a Super Bowl Party and don’t know what to wear? Or maybe you’re headed to New Orleans to see who grabs the trophy! Can the Atlanta Falcons do it??? You can toss a jacket over almost any outfit and you’ve just doubled your style all year long!  A jacket adds effortless chic to an ordinary outfit. Think black leather motorcycle jacket over a t-shirt and jeans, or a denim jacket over a sweater dress and boots.

photo credit INFDaily

Jennifer Anniston’s wearing a classic fitted navy blazer in this photo from 2010… it’s just as stylish now as it was then, and will be for years to come. So, what type of jacket do you need?

This denim jacket from Old Navy is on sale now and comes in six colors! The current fashion trend of wearing a denim jacket with denim jeans is great, but make sure the two colors are contrasting so you don’t look like you’re wearing a denim suit!

Jackets with contrast piping are popular like GAP’s version in a comfortable knit fabric. This blazer will go from the office to date night. Wear it with a solid colored top, stripe or print underneath since it’s a neutral… you can find it in petite and tall sizes too.

A fitted blazer like this from Ann Taylor will hide your figure flaws and give you a streamlined look making you appear pounds thinner, and

White House Black Market’s mini trench coat has great waist detail for a slimming look too!

Wear a jacket and feel stylish and confident for the game, a date night or the office!

 

 

Emerald Green: THE color of 2013!

Find YOUR best Emerald Green for the Holidays!

The Pantone Color Institute makes a prediction each December of the most popular color for the following year. Last Thursday, December 6th, lush and lively emerald green was selected for 2013 which means you’ll be seeing it everywhere including clothing and accessories, home furnishing, paint…. even cars. So, is there a better time than now to show off some of those gorgeous greens during the holidays?

Many celebrities have been sighted wearing emerald green gowns including Pippa Middleton looking fabulous in her dress by Temperley London. If you’re not headed to a formal event like Pippa and green is not one of your colors, consider the hue in shoes or accessories.

If you’d like to wear a casual green, Anthropologie has a darling “winter waves” cardigan sweater that could be fun and

Dillard’s carries Steve Madden studded ballet flats which would be perfect for the annual neighborhood “hot chocolate and cookie” gathering.

Coach makes a new emerald Penny Leather Shoulder Purse with a tassel detail that would make a great gift for the holidays and would be enjoyed throughout the New Year. No need to stress about what size to buy…it fits everyone!

Another perfect gift idea in green is these stud earrings from Kate Spade…. classic, classy and less than $50.

Will you be fresh and lovely wearing green in 2013?!!    One thing’s for sure… you’ll be ready for St. Paddy’s Day!

Want to learn more about the Pantone Color Institute? Click here!

 

Polished Peplum

PEPLUM is BACK!

The modern take on the peplum style is super flattering on most body types. This style has been around and back again, starting with the 40’s, then the 80’s and is a huge trend again for 2012. This extra flounce of fabric has been added to tops and jackets, skirts, dresses and high waisted pants…even hemlines.

Here’s Charlize Theron in a classic red Lanvin peplum dress for the MTV Movie Awards back in June,

and Emma Stone at the same event in a dramatic black peplum top. While Emma is wearing a fuller skirt, its generally best to have a fitted silhouette on the bottom by wearing slim pants or a pencil skirt.

If you’re looking for a top with that extra ruffle try this cozy cashmere sweater from Bloomingdale’s which could be casual or dressy.

Another great peplum top, this one for plus sized women made in a metallic fabric by Alfani for Macy’s.…is perfect for the holidays!

And, a fantastic skirt that’ll make you want to wear peplum is this Alice + Olivia pencil skirt from Neiman Marcus. Pair it with a fitted blouse for an office party or dinner date.

Curious to know more about Peplum? Here’s a tiny little history lesson…..http://fashionandhistory.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/the-frilly-tale-of-the-peplum/

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU!!!

Walk on the Bright Side

ADD COLOR TO YOUR LIFE!

One of the latest trends for Fall is a colored bag like Cameron Diaz is carrying as she’s out and about in LA. Her Reed Krakoff “gym bag” is sold at Nordstrom for $990 (here’s the green version)! If that’s a little out of your price range there are lots of lower cost options to keep you updated.

This pretty suede and leather bag from Talbot’s is a stylish choice! It’s an equestrian design and classic look in a gorgeous evergreen shade.

If you’re really loving the bright yellow carried by Cameron Diaz, then you might like the bag designed by Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s. Its faux or “vegan” leather which makes it less expensive, lighter weight and saves the animal population.

For a crossbody style made of nylon, check out this bag from Marc Jacobs, available at Von Maur in a beautiful dark mauve color! If you don’t own a crossbody bag you’d be surprised how convenient it is to carry your essentials for a night out, or even just running errands.

A great bag for special occassions during the day or night is an envelope clutch. Shown in magenta, this clutch from Tory Burch (which also comes in two other colors) might be just what you need to complete your outfit! You can find it on the Tory Burch website and at Nordstrom.

What’s your favorite colored bag??? There might be a shade that doesn’t look good ON you but would be perfect to carry! Have FUN with it!