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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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!

 

 

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!