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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

FALL is FINALLY here!

What’s Happening this FALL?

Sad news in the ATL…..The Braves are OUT of the playoffs and the Falcons need a WIN! Will it be the Georgia Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship?! Cheer for your favorite team while dressed in style this season.

Are you a Plaid lover? Plaid is HOT for Fall with many colors and styles to choose from like this adorable

British Tweed Mini skirt from the Boden website (it’s also available in a longer length). Pair it with a sweater, tights and boots for a casual gameday look.

Another popular trend is real or faux leather found in tops, dresses, pants or just trim details on anything and everything. Here’s the perfect faux leather dress from Anthropologie. Wear it a million ways!

How about Houndstooth… it’s in for Fall! A fun addition to your wardrobe is this Isaac Mizrahi pump with a comfy kitten heel found at Nordstrom.

Jump right in to the gray flannel trend with this little bag by Kate Spade, available through Zappos online. It’s 40% off and as always, the shipping is free!

And, of course hang on to your leopard prints ladies, because they’re SO in style too!

Be My Valentine

Valentine’s Day is around the corner…

Do you have a hot date with your honey? Follow these suggestions to make your life easier!

White House Black Market has a “very berry” sheath dress…

…and at Dillard’s you’ll find this beautiful magenta one shoulder BCBG dress on sale right now!

 

Bloomingdales’s carries a “wear anywhere” tulip colored Anne Klein swing dress with three quarter sleeves and….

Tadashi makes figure flattering dresses like the claret colored off the shoulder number from Nordstrom.

 

How about a red hot lace Valentine’s dress….by Nicole Miller from Nordstrom too.

 

Or, you could also go more comfortable and fun with the watermelon print Ali Ro dropped waist knit dress from Neiman Marcus.

 

So many choices…..have fun! Have HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY and let me know if you need help finding the perfect dress style for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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