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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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

 

 

 

 

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!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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!!!

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!