Monday, June 13, 2011

Stripe Support

Stripes: love ‘em or hate ‘em, they need your support. Don’t let their bad rap get you down; instead, embrace this upbeat look to lift your mood:

No Drama Mama:  Bright colors are big now, but caution wearing multiple.  If you do, stick to a 1-piece type (dress or romper) and wear heels to balance the impact.  Keep everything else neutral, so the drama stays at bay.

Family Feud:  they love us, despite our differences.  And the one agreeable piece no one can argue about is the boat neck T-shirt. Go black and white for a classic feel, and pair with white jeans and metallic sandals.  No intervention required!

Positive Thinking: Get a sponsor and use this safety net: 1.) Horizontal widens, vertical lengthens, and chevron flatters almost anyone. 2.) Very wide or very thin stripes have a cool, modern feel, and medium stripes look classic.  3.) Extras are theraputic: espadrilles, a handbag or a snood.

Now go get your stripe on--you’ve earned it!

stylingstage suggests:
Summer Dress Variegated Stripes:
ASOS Summer Dress with Variegated Stripe

Tori Burch Mathilde Satchel: Nordstrom
Tory Burch 'Mathilde' Leather Satchel

Organic Cotton T-shirt: Zara

Blue Bright Striped Snood:
Bright Blue Stripe Snood
Soft Joie Deidra Deck Stripe Dress:

Striped Canvas Tote: Old Navy

BP "Bowtye" Sandal: Nordstrom

BP. 'Bowtye' Sandal

Friday, June 10, 2011

Retro Rage

Style mavens are always obsessing about that one thing.  Today, baby, it’s retro rage.  This trend isn’t quite the front-runner, but like the current list of Republican candidates, it’s fair game. So, if you feel the need to don ruby-red lips or bake a casserole, then you’re ready:

Real Housewife: Full, billowing skirts and dresses could not be cooler.  They should hit below the knee and have ample volume (structured, wide pleats are great).  Make sure your waist looks itty-bitty to balance out the bottom, and consider a bright color like orange to really flip your lid.

Sock Hop: Look for pumps w/ rounder toes, thick stacked-heels and bows galore to make any plain jane outfit better.  Or, the old-school oxford is re-done with a killer heel and pairs well with cropped jeans and a button down.  Even the latest retro sneaks will turn heads, daddy-o.

Lady Luck: Too much retro? Opt for small, ladylike extras to feed your rage.  Structured satchels, silk scarves, fedoras, thick corset belts, cat-eye shades, pearls, and of course, wrist-length gloves.  Now that’s peachy-keen.

Retro is so tomorrow. Now go do your thing, lollipop.

stylingstage suggests:

Ponte Midi w/ Flared Skirt:
ASOS Ponti Midi Dress with Flared Skirt

Marc by Marc Jacobs Ozzie Lucy Satchel:

Tori Burch Cat-Eye shades Nordstrom:
Tory Burch Cat's Eye Sunglasses
Biviel Oxford Pump:

Midi Dress in Stripe Print:
ASOS Midi Dress in Stripe Print

Glint Dina Pump: Nordstrom
Glint 'Dina' Pump
Smudged Print Trench:

Smudged Spot Printed Trench

J Brand Skinny Jeans Yellow: Bloomingdales

J Brand Mid Rise Skinny Twill Jeans in Bright Yellow

Two Tone Straw Fedora: Nordstrom
Nordstrom Two Tone Straw Fedora