Slice of Style

Though it has long been discontinued, Slice of Style is a segment dedicated to styling tips and inspirations for practical occasions based on current events in the fashion industry and the author’s world…

 

 

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Boo Who? Fashion Favorites Turned Halloween Costumes

You never know when Halloween costume inspiration will strike, but you know when it’s a good one. I spend the whole year scouting out costume-worthy looks, and I always seem to forget them when Halloween finally rolls around–but not this year! In celebration of some of the most unique moments in fashion this past year, I present you with my top 3 costume ideas. Beware, these are scary chic.

1. Angelina Jolie 

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Perhaps the most expensive kid’s sketchbook, Jolie’s sweet wedding dress is the perfect inspiration for a DIY Halloween Costume. Simply buy a white dress at your local thrift store and color away!

2. Pharrell Williams

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Pharrell’s hat became almost as famous as the artist himself on that famous night at the 2014 Grammys. To recreate his look yourself, use brown paper bags to make the hat and make sure to pair it with a red sweatshirt and jeans for the full look.

3. The Chanel Protest

ChanelProtestHalloweenCostumeYou don’t need a Chanel suit for this one, just a feminist sign, a boxy suit (tweed is preferable), and one of those chain and quilted leather purses everyone seems to have. And if you’re going for Cara, don’t forget to bush-up your eyebrows! Karl Lagerfeld approves.

Halloween can be Stylish in a tongue-and-chic kind of way, no skin-tight costumes or heavy makeup required! Whatever you choose to be this Halloween, do it with confidence and you’ll do it with Style.

P.S. In an effort to create more daily content, posting in this segment of the blog will now be put on hiatus until the posts can be incorporated into a more regular series. Stay tuned and stay Stylish, my friends!

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3 Stylish Ways to Beat Breast Cancer

Fashion is not only a platform for self-expression,  it’s a way to make change in the world one outfit at a time. This month offers the perfect opportunity to bring attention to Breast Cancer through your Style. Shop my top three picks for the cause straight from my blog–doing good has never looked so good!

1. Rebecca Taylor

RebeccaTaylorBreastCancerAwarenessNothing warms up a fall outfit like hot pink. This layered tank by Rebecca Taylor is the perfect addition to your year-round wardrobe. Throw on a fitted blazer in white or navy, and pair it with jeans for a polished daytime look.

2. Tory Burch

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Tory Burch’s sophisticated silk scarf is a must for office outfits that need a little somethin’ somethin’. Tie it around your neck to add a feminine touch to your pantsuit, or attach it to your briefcase for a little splash of color.

3. Pamela Love

PamelaLoveEarringsBreastCancerAwarenessGirls are tough, and nothing says it quite as elegantly as Pamela Love’s spiked earrings.With a brilliant balance of soft and spiky, these 10k rose gold and diamond earrings are the perfect investment for a spunky gal with Style.

There’s a lot more Style headed your way this month. Stay tuned next week for stylish DIY costumes inspired by fearless fashionistas!

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Trends to Try: Paris Fashion Week

The top four international fashion shows for Spring wrapped up in Paris with another exciting array of runway looks. As always, there were many memorable moments left up for interpretation–including the controversial Chanel protest, featured above–while another vast selection of trends were revived in the spirit of spring. From the hundreds of chic catwalk looks that hit the parisian runways, let’s explore some of the top trends worth deciphering for your wardrobe.

1. Eyelet

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Left: Chloé; Right: Valentino

Eyelet’s lovely balance of playfulness and sophistication makes it eternally youthful and chic. Chloé subtly strayed from the original white eyelet dress for a cozier version perfect for a winter-to-spring transitional look, while Valentino polished up a casual white eyelet dress by adding structure and pockets.

2. Plaid

Left: Stella McCartney: Right: Emanuel Ungaro
Left: Stella McCartney: Right: Emanuel Ungaro

Plaid isn’t always rad, but these designers put a fresh new spin on the classic. McCartney’s flowy dress deconstructs plaid’s rigidity for a casual sporty look, while Ungaro’s bright blue pattern makes for a perfectly playful frock.

3. Stripes

Left: Jacquemus; Right: Moncler Gamme Rouge
Left: Jacquemus; Right: Moncler Gamme Rouge

Leave it to the French to modernize the pull marin. Jacquemus’ look is more straight up edgy than straight edge, while Moncler’s coat evokes a chic less-is-more Waldo look with a short hem and satiny lines–just don’t wear it with glasses and a matching hat.

As the hype about Spring fashion show season dies down we can all go back to our fall routine of Pumpkin Spice Lattés and cozy knits, so stay tuned next week for tips on seasonal Style!

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Featured Image Courtesy of NY Mag; Other Images Courtesy of Vogue

 

 

 

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Trends to Try: Milan Fashion Week

Models stormed the stage at Milan Fashion Week dressed in wildly expressive clothing–these are, after all, the Italian giants we’re talking about here! But my favorite Milan moment was borrowed from their neighbors the Spaniards. Pictured above are the Matadoras strutting into the Dolce and Gabbana arena, a piercing vision in crimson lips and red hot hot pants. Other favorite shows include Ferretti and Fendi, which both offered a colorful array of trends to try. Read on for my favorite Milan musts to incorporate into your Spring wardrobe:

 1. Denim

Left: Roberto Cavalli; Right: Alberta Ferretti
Left: Roberto Cavalli; Right: Alberta Ferretti

Denim adds an instant casual chic flair to any outfit. Cavalli unites denim’s tough side with a playful silhouette for down-to-earth glam, while Ferretti flirts with a much softer side of denim to create an ethereal look.

2. Animal Print

Left: Stella Jean; Right: Giorgio Armani
Left: Stella Jean; Right: Giorgio Armani

Milan is where the wild things are this Spring. Stella Jean used a casual giraffe print to create a color and pattern-rich casual look, while Armani went all out with a fierce head-to-toe leopard suit.

3. Fringe 

Left: Marco de Vincenzo; Right: Fendi
Left: Marco de Vincenzo; Right: Fendi

Fringe has been a year-round favorite both on and off the runway. de Vincenzo  blended soft pink fringe with gray and black lines to create a structured yet flirty look, while Fendi’s creative take on fringe blurred colors and textures for street chic style.

Don’t miss my thoughts on Spring’s last big week on the Parisian runways, stay tuned to find out what that je ne sais quoi  just might be!

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Trends to Try: London Fashion Week

Fashion week continued last week in London, and Spring was a royal flush. My favorite of the British runway this season was Erdem, which was inspired by a botanical adventure–perfectly apropos for Spring. Exotic patterns ruled in London as per usual, and a slew of innovative designs upheld the creative Capital’s reputation for originality. Check out a few of my favorite trends seen on last week’s runway:

1. Sheer

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Left: Simone Rocha; Right: Tom Ford

Surely this is one way to show off, but that didn’t stop London’s top designers from baring their sheer genius on the catwalk. Simone Rocha’s see-through trench was delicate and sophisticated, bringing a fresh new take on the classic coat, while Tom Ford’s risqué sheer top spiced it up with sequins, not leaving much up to the imagination.

2. Metallic

Left: Antonio Berardi; Right: Richard Nicholl
Left: Antonio Berardi; Right: Richard Nicholl

Models were shining on the runway last week. Stealing the spotlight were designs by Antonio Berardi and Richard Nicholl, whose looks managed to make metallic neutral in their brilliant collections. Berardi’s gown was ultimate sophistication in powder pink and white, while Nicholl’s sporty look subtly incorporated a metallic finish to upgrade a monochrome palette.

3. Cut-Outs

Left: David Koma; Right: Mary Katrantzou
Left: David Koma; Right: Mary Katrantzou

British designers are no stranger to experimentation, so it’s no surprise they slashed through standard to create cut-outs on the runway. Koma’s geometric slits brought an edgy flair to a fitted blue dress while Katrantzou’s cut-outs shake it up, giving her dresses a textured look and whimsical flair.

Ta-ta for now! Stay tuned for next week’s post on Milan Fashion Week.

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All Images Courtesy of Vogue

 

 

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Trends to Try: New York Fashion Week

The temperature just started dropping but that didn’t stop New York’s finest from offering us a peek at what’s to come this Spring. As always, Spring is flouncy and fresh, but Fashion wouldn’t exist without a little risk. Carolina Herrera (pictured above) and 3.1 Phillip Lim were my favorite shows this season for their creative reinvention of the Springtime spirit. Aside from those stellar shows, there were several looks worth incorporating into your Spring Style. Here are some of my favorite trends that gave floral a run(way) for its money at NYFW.

1. Mesh Cutouts

Left: Reed Krakoff; Right: Altuzarra
Left: Reed Krakoff; Right: Altuzarra

This sporty Style was once reserved for athletic jerseys and basketball shorts, but this is a whole new ballgame. Leave this challenge to the master eclectics. Vibrant Yves Klein-colored mesh at Reed Krakoff turned a conservative silhouette into a skin-revealing sporty look while Altuzarra‘s leather cutouts made for sultry macro-mesh sheaths.

2. Gingham

Left: Oscar de la Renta; Right: Diane Von Furstenburg
Left: Oscar de la Renta; Right: Diane Von Furstenburg

Pret-a-picniquer were many of this season’s models in their perky gingham frocks. Classic feminine designers Oscar de la Renta and Diane Von Furstenburg brought the 50’s back to life on the runway with a modern spin. De la Renta’s gingham crop top was elegantly paired with a layered mini, preserving the volume and length of a sophisticated skirt with gracefully sheer silk. DVF’s rendition was slightly more daring with a shorter hem and flirty see-through skirt.

3. Cargo

Left: Ralph Lauren; Right: Marc Jacobs
Left: Ralph Lauren; Right: Marc Jacobs

American darlings Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs revived cargo on the runway with sweeping gowns and flowing frocks. The two very distinct takes on cargo brought an effortless elegance to the utilitarian style. Lauren, with his classic Americana approach, upgraded his silhouettes and made them shine in silk and color while Jacobs, as innovative as always, used the elements of a classic cargo pocket to add texture to his collection.

Feeling inspired by Spring’s upcoming trends? It’s never too early to start shopping! Remember, Style is trendless and never goes out of season, invest in a look that will keep working for you year-round and years to come.

Stay tuned next week for more inspiration from London Fashion Week!

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First Impressions

First impressions may seem a little daunting, but there’s still light at the end of the tunnel. Whether you’re trying to make new friends, impress your new boss, or attract a new love, the way you present yourself is priceless. You want to represent yourself in the most natural yet best version possible, so have a little fun with it! Start with my guide to first impression dressing then make it to work for you–when you feel confident, you’ll do great!

1. First Day of Classes

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J Crew, $88; Gap, $70

If you haven’t already started school (and it’s not too late to look pretty even if you have!) reflect on an outfit that makes you feel fresh and ready to conquer classes. Cropped jeans and a light blouse are my personal favorite. Pair them with flats and accessorize with a belt for an effortless look.

2. First Day of Work

Zara, $129; LOFT, $69
Zara, $129; LOFT, $69

You will probably want to wear something similar to what you wore to your interview, unless you felt under or overdressed. Cotton trousers and a chic blazer will get you noticed if you add a splash of color. Make sure to wear sensible heels, or flats, although heels add stature–literally and figuratively.

3. First Date

Anthropologie, $178; Louise et Cie courtesy of Nordstrom, $129
Anthropologie, $178; Louise et Cie courtesy of Nordstrom, $129

Dresses are always feminine and flirty (perfect for a first date) but make it maxi for this rendezvous; short dresses are cute but they’re high maintenance, that’s the last thing you want to exude on a first date. Add wedges for more coquettishness– unlike stilettos, they’ll be ready for anything your date might surprise you with.

Dress to impress and you’ll do your best!

Tune in next week for my take on New York Fashion Week.

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Work It Out

A successful workout begins with a positive attitude. Showing up to the gym is half the battle, but finishing your workout strong is no easy feat. I find that showing up and dressing up makes a difference. Let’s face it, you’re not fooling anyone by “dressing up” for the gym, you’re there to sweat. But looking your best can be your greatest motivation to finish that last mile on the elliptical. A little confidence goes a long way, and so do my picks for the gym:

1. Prints & Graphics:

Lululemon, $42; Old Navy, $12
Lululemon, $42; Old Navy, $12

 Colors are always a great option to spice up your workout gear, but you can take it up a notch with cool prints like this camouflage–that’s right, you can be chic and still be tough!  If you need some inspirational messages to get you through your workout, try these graphic tanks. To complete the look, pair them with a solid pant in a complementary color.

2. Flirty Skirts

Lululemon, $58; Lucy, $55
Lululemon, $58; Lucy, $55

Skirts are not just for tennis players anymore, they’ll make any workout a little flirtier. These skirts by Lululemon and Lucy both have built-in shorts for maximum movement. The cute factor is at an all-time high in these skirts so feel free to pair them with a more basic top like a white tee or colorful tank.

3. Playful Shoes

Nike, $185; Adidas by Stella McCartney, $160
Nike, $185; Adidas by Stella McCartney, $160

There is no shortage of cool kicks these days. If you’re like me and you need something fun and unexpected to brighten your day at the gym, invest in a pair of colorful sneakers. Nike always has an abundance of options, and don’t forget Stella McCartney‘s line for Adidas–the shoes are stellar and her clothes are even better!

If you have to wipe your sweat (or tears) on anything, let it be something that will make you smile. The only thing better than feeling great when you leave the gym is looking great.

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Wedding Wear

It’s wedding season! Weddings are the perfect place to try new styles without going too crazy (read: don’t bother bridezilla). When picking out what to wear, start with  the venue and setting, then any notes on the dress code as specified by the bride (they were specified for a reason, do not attempt to stray). From there on out it’s all you and your style! Check out my list of stellar sartorial choices for some guidance; with dress options like these who needs to catch a bouquet? All eyes will be on you–and the bride, I guess.

1. White Beach Wedding

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White can be so casually chic, but be careful not to go too beach bum. Stay chic in a maxi dress with texture–either beads, embroidery, or crochet like this Lilly Pulitzer Caftan add dimension to plain white dresses. If you’re staying sleek, add a splash of summer color with coral, turquoise, or gold accessories.

2. Rustic Chic Farm Wedding

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There’s nothing chicer to frolic in than an easy breezy dress like this one from Milly. The casual silhouette and subtle color blends in easily with the countryside, but the silk texture whispers sophistication. If you’re feeling playful, throw on some cowboy boots for a real farm girl feel.

3. Classic Church Wedding

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While you’re at church you can thank the Lord for fun dresses like this one by Alice + Olivia. The silhouette and length are perfectly appropriate for this crowd, but the snazzy metallic hue and V-neck make this a Marilyn moment. Don’t get too crazy with this look, keep your accessories subtle and to a minimum.

If you’re still working off the cake and champagne like me, join me next week for how to look cute at the gym.

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Suit Yourself

If life is a beach then why don’t we spend more time picking out the right bikini? Summer may be ending soon, but bikini season is never over. You never know when  your bikini ready-or-not bod will be making its next yearly debut, it could be as early as January if you’re lucky! Investing in the right bathing suit now means getting the chance to test it out before summer is over–and it means you’re prepared for that last-minute winter vacation to Cabo. But how could a post-holiday body ever be beach-ready? Read on to find out which suits suit year-round.

1. Blessed with a Bottom

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$64, Topshop

So you’re a little bottom-heavy, there’s nothing wrong that! Balance it out with a more distracting top like this one to create the illusion of an equally full chest. To create longer-looking legs, choose bikini bottoms with a higher cut leg and tie the sides on a string bikini closer to the front to trim inches off your hips in an instant.

2. Bountiful Bust

$31, Asos
$31, Asos

A bigger bust calls for more coverage, seek bikini tops like this one in your cup size to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. For comfort and support, choose suits with wider straps in spandex, which lasts longer and doesn’t stretch out like nylon. Find a matching bottom with a frill or two to draw attention away from the chest.

3. Tummy Trouble

$99, J. Crew
$99, J. Crew

“Getting ready for bikini season” is so overrated–there’s too much delicious food in the world! Good thing there’s a swimsuit for that. There’s no shortage of cute one-pieces these days, picking one like this raises the bust line to elongate the torso and hides the tummy with ruching and draping. If you still prefer bikinis, go with the high-rise retro look to suck in the stomach and pair it with an eye-catching top.

Now that you know which suit suits you, don’t be afraid to make a splash!

Stay tuned for next week’s article on what to wear to weddings.

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Work It

It’s a bittersweet summer as my friends and I sail off in different directions. While I’m still planning my future in SoCal, most of my friends have already started their 9 to 5 jobs all around the country. This spurred an interesting challenge for me when they asked my advice on what to wear to work. Communicating a confident you is extremely important in the workplace, but what if work clothes are so not you? Stylish chicks like you and me need a little more oomph in our outfits, check out my list of office options that get the job done:

1. Blazers

Screen shot 2014-08-01 at 1.40.39 PMThis elegant white blazer from Zara is so Jackie O.  Complete the look with pastel hues and metallic finishes. If you’re feeling bolder, this statement blazer from COS pairs perfectly with feminine touches like a silk blouse, more fitted trousers, and delicate heels.

2. Tops

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This cream pleated top from COS is the perfect choice for conservative chic. To keep it classy, pair it with white wide-leg trousers. If all you need is a fresh pop of color in your office basics, this coral box-pleated top from COS is calling. Wear it with white for even more freshness and you’ll be sure to stand out in a sea of blah. I mean, black…

3. Pants

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These pants from COS are so classic they actually look like Roman columns. To keep the lengthening effect, make sure to wear them with heels. If you’re feeling more Spartan, take a cue from their army and put on your boldest metal with these pants from J. Crew. To soften the blow, pair them with black basics.

4. Shoes

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If you can wear open-toed shoes to work, you should be wearing these heels from COS. This crisp white is so refreshing with neutral basics, but don’t forget to add a metallic pop in your accessories to pull the look together. Speaking of metallic pops, this pair of loafers from J. Crew makes a black or white outfit come alive.

Putting on your confident attitude in the morning is a lot easier to do with a fun outfit. For a bigger budget, Theory is my top pick for the office. Otherwise, J. Crew, COS, and Zara, have equally interesting options for a lower price. The best part about these brands is they’re not even made for the office–dress them down and you’re already set for happy hour!

-Anaïs

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What to Putin Your Suitcase

Saint Petersburg, Russia was the last leg of my 6-week vacation this summer. The week before I left the weather was dismal–40 degrees Fahrenheit and rain (in July! Why was I going here again?) Being the last and coldest stop, I had neglected to use any foresight whatsoever when packing for Russia. Luckily, when I arrived the skies cleared and my hair poofed, signaling the arrival of summer in Saint Petersburg. I can’t pretend that I carried out the most effective packing job for that trip (had I not gotten lucky I would have been as cold as the Neva in November), but at least I learned from it. Take a look at my packing suggestions if you suffer from any of the following:

1. Over-Packers (myself included) know that they probably won’t even wear half of the clothes they pack–the term is certainly no misnomer. To remedy this problem, think versatility. For a long weekend, pack two tops and two bottoms that are interchangeable as outfits, giving you four different options. For a ten-day trip, do the same in threes to give you nine outfits. Shoes, jackets, and accessories can be kept to a day and a night option for max efficiency.

2.Under-Packers are much more commendable, but not always as prepared. Don’t be fooled by your island destination. Some warm-weather spots with low humidity are chilly in the shade and especially chilly at night. If you’re on the water, that’s another reason to count on bundling up. Any windy beach day or sudden rainstorm could call for some layers. Always pack a pair of jeans, a light sweater (or shawl for versatility), and some cozy flats just in case.

 3. Everyone Else.Even if you don’t fall into the first two categories, there’s always room for improvement! When packing, think about what you could do without rather than what you think you’ll need. And don’t forget shopping! If you ever find yourself in need of anything just check out the local version. No trip is complete without a visit to local boutiques–always leave some square footage in your suitcase for that special item you’ll only find there.

I know it’s easier said than done, especially for someone like me, whose joie de vivre revolves around getting dressed in the morning. Little things, (ah, it’s always the little things) like a perfume, jewelry, or a silk bandana in my case, won’t take much space but they will add some signature style to complete your vacation look.

-Anaïs

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Collectibles Aren’t Here to Stay

As I roamed the streets of London  last month, I felt rather overdressed. There’s no doubt that basics work for the Brits, but I think it’s safe to say that the Queen would not have invited them to tea in those outfits. As I began to pack my bags for Los Angeles this week, I turned to the Brits and their minimalist Style for inspiration while clearing my closet of all un-loved items. Some pieces are easy to part with, and some have been gathering dust in my closet for years, just narrowly missing the yearly reaping. I like to call those Collectibles. I believe that every item in your closet should be carefully chosen and cherished, or it shouldn’t be there. But that’s easier said than done! When your best friend gives you a shirt that you know you’ll never wear, you sure don’t donate it right away. And when you snag a designer dress that fits your budget but not your bum, I know you hold onto it. Collectibles are items of value–emotional or monetary–and they’re hard to get rid of. Here are a few things to consider in order to avoid those pesky Collectibles:

1. Shop with Purpose. Capricious purchases roll in at a much higher rate when you don’t shop with purpose. The Mall is full of fun things, but not always useful things, so stick to what you need. Sadly, this includes sales; we often fall for things we don’t need because of the steep discount. You are stronger than sales!

2. Third Time’s the Charm. As much as I despise shopping for head-to-toe outfits, it’s better than trying to put together an outfit from a closet full of those capricious purchases. Before buying any item, think of at least 3 things you already own to go with it.

3. So-So’s are No-No’s.A very smart friend and coworker once told me, “If it’s a so-so, it’s a no-no,” as I tried on the same pair of jeans for the fifth time (I didn’t get those jeans). Picking the right garment is like love at first sight, it’s undeniable when you just know that it was made for you. This also includes the price tag; you should feel confident about how much you’re paying for the One.

With all the Collectibles we hoard you would think we go shopping for what would look great in our closets, but that’s just not right. It’s time to be a little selfish and think about what would look great on you. You know what you look good in, so be picky. The savvier you are while you shop, the more curated your closet will become to your own Style.

-Anaïs

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Haute Confusion

“You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns… And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin.”

 

As Miranda Priestly so cleverly articulated to Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada, you don’t have to be a top model to wear runway looks, but re-imagining the pieces we see on the runway is not always easy. Let’s pretend Miranda Priestly chose us to go to Paris Fashion Week as we attempt to interpret the Fall 2014 Haute Couture looks that appeared on this week’s runway.

 

 1. Full Skirts

Left: Chanel, Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Right: Photo Courtesy of ModCloth
Left: Chanel, Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Right: Photo Courtesy of ModCloth

Unless you’re trying to reenact van Eyck’s Arnolfini Wedding, Chanel’s Fall 2014 skirts are probably not for you. To go from Matronly to Mod, try a high-waisted full skirt that hits the knees. This one from ModCloth styles perfectly casually with a black cropped sweater for fall, or dress it up with a knotted silk button-down.

 

2. Beaded Dresses

Left: Maison Martin Margiela, Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Right: Photo Courtesy of Asos
Left: Maison Martin Margiela, Courtesy of Vogue, Right: Photo Courtesy of Asos

Beads aren’t just for flappers and fancy dresses, they’re for fall! Turn the beaded looks seen on the Maison Martin Margiela runway into an everyday look with a beaded shift dress. This one from Asos is perfect for day and night because of its neutral background and subtle metallic beading.

 

3. Fringe

Left: Versace, Courtesy of Vogue, Right: Photo Courtesy of Asos
Left: Versace, Courtesy of Vogue, Right: Photo Courtesy of Asos

I love fringe because it’s so eccentric yet somehow so versatile too. You don’t believe me? I bet you have a fringed scarf, fringed shorts, and maybe even a fringe bathing suit if you followed this season’s  swimsuit trend. Well the possibilities don’t end there! This fringe kimono from Asos adds a touch of effortlessly chic to any outfit with its casual shape and geo-tribal print.

 

All the extravagance and theatrics of Haute Couture can sometimes cause haute confusion, but don’t let that intimidate you. Let your style be your guide and the looks will work for you!

-Anaïs

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Feature Photo: Versailles, location of the Chanel Resort 2013 show

Something Old, Something New, Something Bought for a Dollar or Two

Something Old, Something New, Something Bought for a Dollar or Two

On the rare occasion that I stay in a fancy-schmancy hotel, I get used to the five-star service pretty quickly. Last weekend at the Amstel InterContinental in Amsterdam, I got so used to the good life that I almost bought a $1000 leather jacket while shopping online (don’t try this at home)! The next day, after careful research, I got an even better one for 1/4 of the price. If you know the real me, you know that what I truly love is a bargain. How did I snag a brand-new $900 Rag & Bone blazer for just $80? Who would sell me a Dolce & Gabbana dress for $50? Where did I get two pairs of designer jeans for $30? Follow my bargain checklist and the size of your wallet—and your closet—will double.

1. If you don’t mind gently used clothing, always check out your local thrift or consignment store first (more to come on this topic in the future). Most thrift or consignment stores already reduce prices to one third of the original. If you’re lucky, you’ll have credit as a consignor, find a brand new item with tags,  or the store will be having a sale. A combination of the three will land you the jackpot, hence the designer-jean double whammy.

Photo Courtesy of Citizens of Humanity
Photo Courtesy of Citizens of Humanity

2. In a nice area, stores like Marshall’s, T.J. Maxx, and even Costco will have a good selection of designer brands. Yes, I said Costco! I still regret not buying the brand-new Hunter wellies I saw at half-price last year; good news is that I was saving up for my Tom Ford sunnies I got there for 1/3 retail. Outlets are also in this category because these items tend to be overstock. One important caveat to outlet shopping is to beware of “factory” brands such a J. Crew Factory or Gap Factory. Ever since the outlet market boomed, some brands have deliberately made cheaper items for their outlets at the expense of their design and material quality.

Photo Courtesy of Hunter USA
Photo Courtesy of Hunter USA

3. If you see something you like while attempting steps 1 and 2, but are not satisfied with the price, check eBay. Keep in mind that your research will be more fruitful here when you have a specific brand or item you’re looking for. The best thing about eBay is that you can contact the seller directly. When I don’t have much competition, I message the seller to let them know that I am very interested for a lower price. Some are more than happy to oblige, my Rag & Bone blazer was well worth the correspondence.

Photo Courtesy of Rag and Bone
Photo Courtesy of Rag and Bone

4. Last but never least, discounts and coupons will get you that home run bargain. Students aren’t the only ones getting discounts these days, all you really need is an e-mail address! Online shopping tends to offer steeper discounts and more coupons, so it’s a great place to start if you consider yourself a good-buy beginner. Most stores will offer discounts just for joining their listserv. After you’ve joined, make sure to check outRetailMeNot for coupon codes to top it off. And if you’re actually in a store, never be afraid to ask about discounts you might be eligible for.

Joie Darnel Jacket, Photo Courtesy of Polyvore
Joie, Photo Courtesy of Polyvore

Finally, because this blog is all about Style and not Fashion (yes, they’re two different things that we’ll go over later!) I want to remind you to forget categories like “this season” or “last season”–your clothes are meant to last you much longer than that. Love them and they will love you back!

-Anaïs

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Photo Courtesy of Author’s personal travel photos

 

 

Beating the Heat in Style

Beating the Heat in Style

On those unbearably hot summer days in D.C., I opt for my shapeless H&M dress and Havaianas. Why would I bother sweating through any of my nice clothes in the sticky East Coast humidity? I may obsess about my clothes on most occasions, but you’ll never hear me say “beauty is pain.” One thing I fully support, however, is being effortlessly chic. You may have heard this term from various fashion gurus such as Rachel Zoe or Nina Garcia, adding to the fancy factor. But don’t be intimidated, all it means is looking like you woke up like this. It’s okay if you didn’t–it was just one of those days for me yesterday, but when you’re in Paris you kinda have to try. Follow my cheat sheet to go from plain to posh:

1 Leather Sandal: Ditch your rubber flip-flops for a simple leather sandal. If you’re feeling lazy like me, get a pair that slips right on, like these ones at J Crew:

Photo Courtesy of J Crew
Photo Courtesy of J Crew

Cotton Dress: A loose-fitting dress will not only flatter your figure, it will also be as cozy as your pajamas. Don’t get anything too nice that you’ll worry about ruining, but do try something with a print. This Joie dress is both comfy and chic. A go-to dress like this is priceless on those steamy summer days.

Photo Courtesy of Joie
Photo Courtesy of Joie

3 Oversized Sunglasses: To add instant glam, throw on some big sunglasses. If you’re not a huge fan of wearing jewelry like me, oversized sunnies are a great substitute accessory on lazy days. For a designer pair, Tom Ford has the most classic oversized options, but you can always find a glamorous pair at H&M for much less.

Photo Courtesy of Tom Ford
Photo Courtesy of Tom Ford

Just grab your cross-body and you’re good to go! Holding a purse or fumbling to have it stay on your shoulder is so overrated on a hot summer day.

If you would never buy these items at full price (I know I wouldn’t), make sure to stay tuned for next week’s article on how to shop for the best deals.

-Anaïs

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Photo Courtesy of Author’s personal travel photos

Money Can’t Buy You Style

Money Can’t Buy You Style

If you saw me walking down the street today you might think I have everything in the world–a buttery-soft leather bag, some shiny Ray-Bans, nice clothes (not to mention that today I’ll be walking down the streets of Nice, France!) Well I have everything I need and then some, that’s for sure. But don’t be fooled! We will continue to explore the meaning of Style through this blog, but today we’re going to focus on how to make the biggest misconception of Style work for you.

You don’t need big bucks to look good because money can’t buy you Style. Price and Value are extremely different measurements for all things in life, and Style is no exception. Shopping with all the money in the world wouldn’t be fun at all–you would get things you might wear when you lose 10 pounds, when you finally get invited to that obscurely-themed costume party, or something expensive that isn’t really you, only because you can afford it. Those are all no-no’s, and there is certainly nothing cheaper-looking than someone who wears all brands and no Style.

My leather bag is not the Saint Laurent Sac du Jour, but it’s my everyday bag that I bought from an quality up-and-coming Spanish brand (check out Hakei). My nice clothes were either bought on consignment or super sale, and I spent months saving up for those Ray-Bans. Because I invest in my clothes, every outfit I wear has a story and every piece of my outfit–every word of my story–has meaning and it has Value. The more cautious you are with your budget, the more curated your closet will become to your own Style. So here’s a challenge for you: set a budget the next time you go shopping and watch your true Style shine through!

-Anaïs

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Photo: View of Nice, France

Portrait French Alps Mountains

Seasons Change, But Your Wardrobe Doesn’t Have To

What do you wear when you’re vacationing in the French Alps in the Spring and you’re surrounded by fields of flowers but the mountains are still covered in snow? This may not be your everyday scenario, but it brings to light an important topic: the goal of your closet should be versatility. Because this topic is so fundamental and multidimensional, we will continue to explore its many facets in the future; this week will focus on seasonal versatility. As I welcomed my white short shorts last week I challenged myself to make more use of my winter wardrobe this summer. Now that doesn’t mean that I’ll be wearing wool to the beach, but rolling up your dark winter jeans is completely innocuous and totally stylish with a light blouse and sandals. Here are a few things to keep in mind when buying any piece of clothing for all seasons:

1. When investing in Jeans (a whole other topic that we’ll cover down the road), pay attention to length. I personally prefer to invest in different shades and colors of Jeans rather than different lengths. Rolling up your Jeans in June is much more feasible (and stylish) than wearing long thick socks with Capris at Christmas.

2. Your Winter wardrobe can last you all year if you choose the quality wisely. Although it’s hard not to slink into that one chunky wool sweater that keeps you warm all Winter, try looking for fabric compositions that will work in Fall and Spring as well. My personal favorites for sweaters are lightweight Merino Wool or blends with a small percentage of Wool.

3. Scarves are the ultimate swiss army knives of Style. Not only can they be worn infinite ways (another blog topic for another day!) but they can also be worn throughout all seasons. My scarf du jour (pictured above) is a black Cashmere-Silk blend from J. Crew. Cashmere is another great investment for your year-long wardrobe, a soft silk blend like mine will caress you all the way through Summer.

-Anaïs

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Photo: Author in the French Alps, Courtesy of Leila Violette @leilaviolette

Memorial Moments

Memorial Moments

Last weekend, Memorial Day weekend, is often cited in fashion as the moment when White sweeps back into our closets, offering a crisp and clean rejuvenation to the drab aesthetic of our winter hibernation. I, for one, could never truly say that I love the cold weather. After 21 years of East Coast winters (no grand feat), I can admit that I am no snow bunny! And as many of you already know, it is only a matter of time until I will be soaking up the SoCal sun on the daily. There is one thing, however, that I do like about winter: snow–from inside, of course! But enough about me, this applies to you, too!

There’s nothing I love more than White in the winter. This Memorial Day I debuted my snow-white short shorts, which brought to mind that moment every winter when I want to wear my white summer pants, but in the back of my head I’m thinking, “what would everyone think if I wore white after Labor Day?” Rules are there are no rules to being stylish. Tantamount to that is the fact that your style has nothing to do with what everyone thinks, it’s about what you look and feel good in. Of course it might not be so appropriate to wear white short shorts in the middle of winter, but there’s nothing stopping you from wearing those white pants with a warm cashmere sweater. If you really have a problem with white in winter, try white fur, there’s nothing more chic than that. Moral of the story is: the more you embrace your inner rebel, the more you’ll look like a bombshell.

 

Stay tuned for more on how to make your winter wardrobe still work for you now.

-Anaïs

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Photo: Author’s sister at Memorial Day BBQ. Courtesy of Leila Violette. @leilaviolette

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