Saturday, January 16, 2010

Made in the Shade(s)

"The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize." Clairee Belcher in Steel Magnolias

Shades are the ultimate accessory: they're comfortable, safe and cool. They create a sense of privacy in a world today where little is found. No one will judge you; in fact, a good pair will keep people “wondering.” The best kinds have 100% UV protection, but there’s no need to spend a bundle.

Shades are the window to your style soul. If you’re a glamour girl, go dark and oversized. If you’re the cool kid on the block, opt for slim-rimmed aviators. If you’re a trendsetter, go geometric with ombré detail. And if you’re the retro type, black Wayfarers are the answer.

Consider the face-to-shade equation to maximize your look. Square face: looks best in oval or cat-eyed; Circle face: looks best in rectangular; Heart-shaped face: looks best in rounded, oversized. Oval face: any shape will do.

Keep the future bright: eat your spinach, call your mother and wear your shades.

stylingstage suggests:

Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversized Bloomingdales:

Thandie Ombré Banana Republic:

Ran Ban Wayfarer Sunglass Hut:


Cole Haan Rectangular

Michael Michael Kors Aviators Nordstrom:

Oval Angle

Kate Spade Tierney Cat-eyed

Friday, January 8, 2010

Spring is in the Wear

The snow is on the ground, the days are short and you've given up on that sun-kissed glow.  But no need to fret.  You can still dream of the trends to embrace this next season:

New print: Ikat Call. It's trendy, but nonetheless looks great if done right. Wear only one piece in this print and balance with neutrals.  Rock the print in a day dress or top. Meow.

New look: Embellishment Du jour: Ruffles, lace and beading are served today on leggings, handbags, dresses and tops. Indulge in the details and skip the dessert.

New shoes: Short Western Boot and Clog Hoedown. Super comfy kicks that work with anything short: skirts, dresses, slim ankle pants or walking shorts.  Yee-haw!

New shape: Loosen Up. Jumpsuits and harem pants are still holding on. And the blouncy top will prevail as will the rise of pleated pants.  Call it a spring break from muffin-top-syndrome.

New color: Neutral Mission. Headquarters calls the shots (white, khaki, navy, black), but the satellites are making the grade: shades of beige, mauve, rose and army green are promoted to clothes, shoes and accessories.

New bag: Crossbody. Long straps are back, but not attached to a bulky bag. This time, long and slim is a good thing. Wear it "crossed over your body," but don't let it rest on your bum.

So much to do, so little time. Spring is really in the air--I mean, wear.
stylingstage suggests:

Embellished Neck Dress BCBG

Alexis Renee Ikat Top

MIA 2 Desperado Boot

Loose Ensemble Forever 21

Twist Detail Top BR Monogram

Embroidered Crossbody Nordstrom

Monday, January 4, 2010

Reason to Resort

“Resort” wear represents off-season looks traditionally geared towards jet setters who enjoy their winters (and summers) at fabulous resorts. Many do not live such a lifestyle, so designers are tapping into the rest of us who want in on the fun, but need to resort on home turf. Oh goody.

Doable resort looks for 2010:

Jean-ology is the new study. This American classic is reinvented in leggings, shirts, overalls, and baggy shorts. Give these looks a try, but don't even think about a full length romper.

Utility chic is not an oxymoron. Neutrals like olive green, khaki, and white give a nod to the military look and have a cool vibe. Wear things that are slightly loose, but repeat this mantra: bulk is bad.

Definitely go Dutch. Clogs are the newest it shoe and everyone from Chanel to your local boutique will be sporting these cool kicks.

So if you’re not off to St. Bart’s, you still have a reason to resort. Just keep the mojitos to a minimum. Happy new year.

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