Trend Alert: Cardigans and Capes

If you have flipped through a few magazines or scrolled through a few style blogs…you have definitely seen the shift from structured blazers to soft flowing cardigans and capes.  I love a great blazer, as we all know….but it is nice to have such an assortment of oversized cardigans to choose from this fall.   Shopping them for all of you has been SUCH fun and I can’t wait to add a few to my collection.  Which one to choose?  My favorites below!  Happy Shopping:)

TIP:  Don’t toss your blazers ladies!  They are classic, chic and always provide polish and sophistication:)

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Goodnight Macaroon has this oh so cozy grey shrug available HERE.  I own something similar from Armani Exchange and I wear it constantly…over everything!

 
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Nordstroms Colorblocked Cape available for purchase HERE  This can literally be worn over anything and everything.  Casually with jeans or even over a cocktail dress!

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Sanctuary printed cardigan available from Revolve Clothing HERE.

 

Available for purchase from international retailer Oasap HERE.  Personally, I would not do all these trends photographed above at once.  This plaid look is best with jeans and booties or leather leggings and a silky blouse!

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Ella Moss Cozy Cardigan available for purchase HERE.  I have sold this to a few #theboxservice clients and they are all in LOVE.  *this is the one I am leaning towards:)

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The “sweatercoat”hybrid is back baby!  I love this cream colored dream available HERE.

 

Budget Friendly

Some less expensive options worth a link for sure:)  HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE!

Really lovely plus sized options HERE and HERE!

HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

 

 

 

Little Black Dress: Take It Up A Notch

We all have one.  We all love the fit.  It is our fail safe when we simply “have nothing else to wear”.

Are we excited to wear it? Probably not.

 

Four Tips: Getting Excited for Your Little Black Dress!

1.  Style your dress with killer shoes.  The pair featured below (super sale by Rachel Zoe) are available locally through me, very limited sizes.  If a heeled gladiator is way too trend driven for you…try leopard like HERE or even red like HERE.

2.  Pile on the accessories.  Typically, I keep my accessories to a minimum.  Big earrings=simple necklace.  Big necklace=stud earrings….But….with a simple black dress….I say pile it on, baby!  Get the look via Stella and Dot HERE.

3.  Add a belt.  Available HERE and HERE.

4.  Grab a fantastic clutch.  Fringe is kind of everything for me this fall…but whatever strikes your fancy go out and grab it!  You can find fun, unique clutches everywhere these days.  One featured below is HERE.

 

Little Black Dress!

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Fall Color Watch: Grey

Open a few magazines or pop by a few online fashion sites and you will see GREY everywhere.  Without a doubt, it is one of the “it” colors for Fall 2014 and personally, I couldn’t be happier.  It is so neutral and easy to work into your existing wardrobe.  I also love that I don’t have much in the way of grey, which allows me to shop for NEW accessories to my hearts content.   I have decided to round up some of my favorites from around the web.  Happy Shopping:)

How about you?  Loving grey for fall?

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Grey Tote available HERE on Sole Society for $49.95

 

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Ballet Flats by Linge available HERE for $59

 

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Grey T-Shirt Scarf available HERE for $32

 

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Long Grey Cardigan by TopShop available HERE for $75

 

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Skagen Leather Watch available HERE for $155

 

Inside a Closet Overhaul

Let me preface this post with:

1.  The shots are grainy…they were all taken with my phone.

2.  These are not glamorous shots…just taken for points of reference….not beautifully staged, as this was truly in the midst of a FOUR hour closet overhaul and not recreated for the blog.

If you visit my Services Page, you will note that closet makeovers are often personalized for each experience.  They also range in price, anywhere from $300 to $500.   The main differences in price are based on travel, length of project and whether client wants all NEW wooden hangers.  Most closets fall around $350 to $400.  The one highlighted below was $350, it lasted just under four hours and client lived about 40 minutes away.  It is very common for me to work the “Roll in the Rack” with a “Closet “Makeover”.  I literally roll in a rack of clothing for the client to shop from, once we have finished her closet overhaul.  We mix and match new with the items we allowed back into her closet.  It freshens up the wardrobe instantly.

Now….Lets get started!

 

STEP 1:  Everything is taken out of the closet and/or wardrobe.  I mean EVERYTHING.  This client has a beautiful 50 year old Tudor style home with no closets.  She had custom wardrobes built.  Cool, no?

*this is the part of the Closet Makeover that most can handle on their own.  I empty everything onto a rolling rack, but you can certainly empty to a bed or even the floor.

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Step 2:  I have the client try on absolutely EVERYTHING at this point.  I will make exceptions for things that look great and the client immediately says she loves, but truly we spend over 1 1/2 hours (at least) trying on all the items taken out of the closet.  The idea here is to ONLY PUT BACK THINGS THAT FIT WELL AND LOOK GOOD!

*You need to enlist a professional or a friend/family member.  You simply NEED an objective opinion.  Choose a friend or family member that is into fashion and knows trends.

 

Step 3:  Piles.  Oh the piles.  I make 2 or 3 depending on the client/circumstance.  Pile one is for items that are going back into the closet.  They made the cut.  I rehang them neatly, buttoned, facing the same direction.  Pile two is for items that need some tweaking but still look good enough that we want to spend the time and alteration $$$ to get them up to par.  Example, pants that are too big, but are nice and timeless…a trip to the tailor for 15 dollars can make them a perfect fit again.  Pile three is donation.  This is always the largest pile.  The point of the closet makeover is to get rid of old, tattered, ill-fitting items.  Often, it is very hard for clients to part with things they hold an emotional connection to.  Of course,  I would never make someone part with their great-grandmothers shrug or anything like that….BUT….if you are holding onto your maternity wear from your last child (who is now three) because you aren’t planning to have more children…well, those clothes need to go.  Usually when I arrive, clients are wearing between 10 to 15 percent of their wardrobe.  Typically a small collection that hovers to the front of the closet.  When I am done, I want the client to wear 100 percent of her wardrobe and feel amazing in each and every piece.

*You also need a friend for this step.  Otherwise it will be you and a sea of clothing.  This part can be overwhelming and surprisingly emotional for many women.  I think this is the part that requires a professionals help, but I may be a bit biased, ha!

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Step 4:  Donation Packup.  It isn’t glamorous, that is for sure.  I simply toss all the donated items into bags.  I go through it at home (weeding out items that are just too beat up to donate).  I then take the approved donations to Grace Initiatives, the charity that I currently partner with.  My one suggestion here is to have an idea (and plan) for where to take your donation pile.  When I first started this service, a few years ago, I didn’t remove the donate pile for clients.  Many have shared that slowly items would make it back into their closets and the pile of clothes would sit for months.  I can’t think of anything more annoying than a big pile of old clothes…ok, maybe a big old pile of ironing.  Anyway, as I saw the need, I found a deserving group of less fortunate young women to donate to.

* Look up local charities and find where your clothing best fits.  There are many transitional programs that mentor women getting back into the workforce and your clothing can help boost their confidence exponentially.  There are also great programs for battered women, who need casual everyday clothing.

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Step 5:  Back in the closet.  Once we have cleared out donations, everything goes back in the closet.  I try to work this with optimum functionality in mind.  For this particular client I placed casual items to the left (not pictured), work sweaters/shrugs on top, suiting and separates (pant/blazer) on the bottom.  This way, when she got dressed for work she knew to go to the right side of her closet and if it was the weekend she would go to the left.  Hopefully that works for her.  Clients can always move things around once they get their flow, but every.single.item. in that closet fits, looks good and is wearable for their life.

* Note I always keep the garment and care of it in mind.  Some sweaters are folded because I feared they would stretch specifically through the shoulder area if they were hung.  Pay attention to the best way to store your clothes.  It will have them looking better longer, I promise!

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Step 6:  Outfit Creation.  This is the fun part for me.  For those that JUST book a closet, I will create 8 to 10 head to toe looks with items you own.  I will try to focus on what you do most…so if you work, I will create work-day looks.  If you are mom on the go, I will create those.   I will use your accessories, shoes etc.  I take photos and email them to you the next day as well as providing you a list of “essentials” I feel you are missing.  For example, you don’t have a great blazer to polish off your t-shirt and jeans looks.  Or maybe you could benefit from adding a particular color into your wardrobe.  I will email links and suggestions of where to buy those items.

WHEN “ROLL IN RACK” IS INCLUDED:

I will mix in what you already have and freshen it up with items I brought for you to purchase.  The outfit pictured below.  The tank and skirt were already owned by the client.  The denim jacket, necklace and shoes were brought by me and the client purchased.  Once she decided to purchase them, I mixed this outfit together making an incredible head to toe look for summer!  I take photos (some on the floor/bed like shown) and some ON the client.  All are emailed for clients reference the day after.

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I hope that helps some of you see into the world of Closet Makeovers.  I am sure there are a million different ways you COULD do this…but this recipe seems to work well for me and my clients.  If you have any questions or want more details, I am HAPPY to answer. Just leave the question below in the comments section and I will answer back there asap!  Thanks for reading and HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!  Back Monday with a fun new Monday Mingle!!

 

 

 

Monday Mingle: Boyfriends

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One of the boutiques I work with invited me to her denim buy for fall last week…… “boyfriends” are still majorly on the scene!  Thank goodness, because they are my absolute favs.  I mean, who doesn’t love a good skinny jean…but boyfriends…well they just have a cool factor that is hard to describe.  I ESPECIALLY love pairing them with strappy heels for a night out….the juxtaposition of the casual and dressy is just my style:)  I went to a dinner with a few friends Saturday night and this is what I wore.  Pretty silk tank, some fun accessories, boyfriends and my new Steve Madden strappies (that I got for the wedding I went to Friday night, but think they will serve me well otherwise).  Honorable mention to my almost makeup free face…I rarely do that for a night out….but with a slight tan it just seemed to work…I freaking LOVE summer for that reason:)

It’s #MondayMingle time!  The stylish collaboration between myself, BonBon Rose Girls and Momtrends.  Nicole is hosting this week so pop by her site to join in the fun.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and make it a great week!

 

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Top Language Los Angeles, Necklace Stella and Dot available here, Boyfriend Jeans Level 99 similar available here, Shoes Steve Madden available here, Clutch c/o Sole Society (old), Sunglasses c/o Glasses.com available here

 

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The Front Tuck

The front tuck.  It is not an official name…but it is the name I have given to my obsession with tucking in just the front part of my shirt.  It shows off your belt, adds some shape and provides a little interest to your outfit, no?  Since I love to tuck, I have decided I need to invest in a fun colorful belt.  Any suggestions?  I am thinking orange….you know I love orange.  You may see some “pinning” and linking to fun belt options in the next few days.

I hope all of you are having a great week.  I am a little frazzled……Preschool ceremonies, teacher gifts, two boxes to get together before the end of the week….and not nearly enough time to do it all!  Ah!!!   Back on Friday with a stylish post to inspire your weekend:)

 

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Jeans c/o Level 99 available HERE, Top Language, Necklace Stella and Dot available HERE, Sunglasses Rayban c/o Glasses.com, Shoes c/o Yellowbox available HERE

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 I really like the front-tuck!

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Three Must Haves: Spring 2014

Delicate Necklaces:

We all know and love our statement necklaces but it is nice to have a change of pace from time to time.  Delicate necklaces are on the scene and I am welcoming them with open arms….especially as the weather warms and you want your style to be easy, comfortable and uncomplicated.  I love them layered like here but worn alone is equally as chic!

Some favorites HERE from Zolie Designs, HERE from SusieRaine and HERE from ShopDesignSpark.

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Stella and Dot Necklace available HERE

 

ANKLE LENGTH DENIM:

All the petite girls are cheering out loud right now, no?  Certainly a trend that comes back around often, pretty much every retailer is offering an ankle length denim option this Spring.  I featured this trend here on the blog and love it.

A few of my favorites are HERE, HERE and Plus Size Option  HERE.

* Style Tip:  No new denim budget? Try rolling up your current skinny jeans to achieve an almost identical look!

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Ankle Legnth Denim available HERE

 

ANKLE STRAP HEELS

I just got the pair featured below from Sole Society and cannot WAIT to wear them….give me a week or so…for the snow to melt!  Ha!  Joking aside…never has the ankle strap been more chic and on trend.  Honestly, this is something I got away from for a bit…almost everything in my shoe closet seems to be peep toe or gladiator style.  I love the pair below and can’t wait to add in another pair or two for the summer months!

Some great options are HERE, HERE and HERE!

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Sole Society available here

 

Spring Trend for 2014: Perforated

In and out with mainstream retailers for years, perforated looks came back on the scene this past fall…specifically landing on leather pieces…..if you aren’t sure what I mean take a look here.  Perforated is a fancy word for holes, literally.  Leave it to the fashion community to make holes super chic and on trend.  Anyway…perforation is back for Spring baby….and is showing up on clothing, bags, jewelry and shoes.  I am a fan.  How about you?  Here are a few of my favorites from around the web.  I will be back Friday with a fun casual look sporting my new DO!  Happy Reading.

*You will see the Aerosoles below in an outfit post soon- Full disclosure…it is like encasing your feet in a waterbed.

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House of Harlow Necklace available here for $75.00
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Stella and Dot Double Clutch available here for $94.00
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Aerosoles YOU BETCHA flat available here for $69.00
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Twenty Tees Tank available here for $88.00
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GAP skinny belt. Available in three colors here for $14.00

Monday Mingle: Spring Trend Alert

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It is #Monday Mingle time ladies!  The fashionable linkup between myself, Bon Bon Rose Girls and Momtrends.  The link is over with Nicole today….Hope you will pop by and join in the fun.  Great giveaway this month as well…so be sure to enter when you stop by:)

As many of you know, The Box Service has started and is full steam ahead!  I have been creating two to three boxes a week and wanted to share with all of you the trends and must-haves that are making it into every personalized package.  If you aren’t able to book a service with me this Spring….maybe this will help guide you to some online options.  Happy Shopping!

 

* Gladiator sandals are always fashionable in the spring and summer months.  They are looking a little more extreme this spring however….many designers have sailed right on passed the ankle and are taking that sandal all the way to the knee.  At first I wasn’t sure…but as I see more and more designs emerge, I have decided it is a really fun trend for Spring.  It will take that jeanshort and tee look to a whole different fashionable level.  I have included lots of options below…a few on the safer side and few that are more daring.  This is a trend I am totally behind and plan to purchase one of the extreme pairs below!

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*Crop Tops came on the scene last Spring but were reserved for tweens and celebs that haven’t eaten a burger in five years ever.  The trend is continuing and has become more mainstream.  At first, I wasn’t sure I could embrace it but as more adorable designs arrived in this “shorter” style, I decided to give it a try for both myself and my clientele.  As a thirty-something you have to be careful of this trend.  I am staying on the conservative side of this one, opting for loser fitting tops that are in line with your belly button, not up to the bustline.  I am also suggesting a fitted tank for underneath if you aren’t comfortable showing midriff.  I admit, this isn’t a trend for all…but I wouldn’t be reporting honestly back from the retail trenches if I didn’t make mention of it.

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* White leather is everywhere.  Just last week one of the boutiques I work with received a white leather mini, white leather vest and white leather leggings all in one shipment.  I am SOLD on this trend.  Love it!  If you aren’t comfortable going FULL on leather…try the trend with your accessories like a great white belt, bag or pumps!

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Tips for Styling Black on Black

If you follow along with me on Pinterest, you will see a plethora of all black inspiration photos and I have featured the look on the blog before here.  I really adore the slimming effect and with many black garments to choose from, it always makes getting dressed pretty easy.  The trick is making sure to pair up completely different fabrications and textures. For example, my distressed black jeans are denim…and in order to make them NOT appear dingy, I paired them with a cableknit sweater.  The fabrications are totally different…instead of looking non-matched or too worn…it just added some much needed dimension to the look.  To polish it off, I popped a favorite plaid shirt underneath and a red infiniti scarf.  Perfect daytime look for this busy working mama!  In other news…I picked up all of the spring camos yesterday and will be shipping out to those of you who ordered by the end of the week.  Oh, and if you are waiting on the jeans featured below…they should be coming in ANY day now!  I hope everyone is having an awesome week and Happy Wednesday:)

Have linked up with the lovely Fashion Informant…join in the fun here….and…the lovely Baby Shopaholic here!

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Jeans c/o Level 99 available special order, Plaid Blouse c/o Tailor4Less (old), Sweater Rachel Zoe Collection available here, Necklace c/o Zolie Designs available special order, Shoes Steve Madden (old), Scarf c/o Topshop (old)

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Tips for Mixing Metals

As you know, I hosted a small style seminar on Monday and one of the ladies inquired about mixing gold and silver jewelry successfully.  I thought this was a great question and most definitely perfect material for a blog post.  Of course, this is just my humble opinion…as to what I think aesthetically works when mixing metals.  Truth is there really aren’t “rules”….but hopefully my tips have you rocking the trend with all sorts of confidence this fall!

Mixing Metals:

1.  Look like you are doing it on purpose.  For example, don’t wear one small dainty silver bangle with a mess of gold accessories.  The poor little bangle will get lost in the sauce and look like a mistake.  Each metal (gold or silver) should have an equal representation (or pretty close).

2.  Include one item that is mixed metal or two toned.  Example, a watch that is both gold and silver, a necklace that has both included or a bracelet.  This one piece sets the tone and allows you to add on silver and gold to your hearts content.

Some examples below!  Hope you find some style inspiration and HAPPY WEEKEND:)

How to Mix Metals

Madewell v neck shirt / Juicy Couture slim jeans / Oasis shoes, $35 / Givenchy leather shoulder strap handbag / Stella & Dot stella dot bracelet / Michael Kors necklace / Stella & Dot pave bracelet
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Karen Millen black bubble dress / Aéropostale quilted jacket / Vince Camuto high heel platform pumps / Yves Saint Laurent red patent leather purse / Marie Chavez mixed metals jewelry / CC SKYE bracelet bangle / CC SKYE bracelet bangle / Juicy Couture cubic zirconia stud earrings

Trends: Layered Necklaces and Leather Vests

Firstly, completely unrelated to all things fashion or the outfit post below…but it wouldn’t be right to share all about this glorious dress and not make mention of the complete devastation that has hit the Jersey Shore yet AGAIN. A few towns over,in Seaside, a huge fire has destroyed half of the boardwalk…buildings and businesses that have been there for decades…just gone.  I am not sure how much more the towns here can bear but please say a little prayer for the families, businesses, firefighters and first responders.  My heart breaks as people rally to rebuild…again.

Today is my husbands 35th birthday…Happy Bday babe!  He is off to golf and we are planning a big family dinner…cake and all…for tonight.  Last night, we decided to go to dinner, just the two of us.  I have been itching to wear this Von Vonni dress again…it is probably my most favorite dress…EVER!  I needed a way to bring a more casual vibe to it…and my trusted Rachel Zoe leather vest did the trick.  I kept the rest of the look really really simple…minimal makeup and hair in a ponytail.  My favorite mixture of sweet and edgy, this outfit will go down as a favorite of mine.  Style tip here is to consider layering you favorite summer dresses with vests and outerwear for a more fall inspired look….perfect way to get more wear out of your more formal items.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and check out my tips for layering necklaces below!  Happy weekend to ALL!!!

Dress Von Vonni (older style), Rachel Zoe Vest (older style), Shoes Calvin Klein (old), Clutch Louis Vuitton (old), Necklaces c/o SilverSpeck and Lola’s Boutique

Layering Necklaces:   
I love this trend and am glad to see it making a comeback.  I have been rocking it for quite some time!
I might be in the minority, but I don’t think there are a ton of rules to layering.  My advice…

1.  The most important thing to remember is all of the necklaces you choose to wear must be different lengths.  I would say make sure there is at least an inch between where they hit on your neckline.

2.  I love the mixture of metals like you see above.  It is a modern take and shows you aren’t afraid to have a little fun! Of course, all gold or all silver look great too!

3.  Really it is about letting your personality shine through.  Much like any accessory it is an expression of who YOU are.  Do what feels right for you.

Need some inspiration?  Check out my layered necklace looks below.
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Pearls Layered with Gold

Taking My Own Advice

I am sure you wonder if I take my own fashion advice…..and I can honestly say, I do!  For example, you might remember this post where I advised readers to get to know a great tailor.  I believe customizing your clothing to fit perfectly is key to a fabulous wardrobe.  A few months ago I did a complete overhaul of my closet.  I sent items I haven’t worn in 12 months (my rule of thumb) to consignment, donated some items that were worse for wear and made a small pile of items that I still loved but didn’t fit properly. The dress below was originally purchased when I was 8 months pregnant and I wore it for Prestons shower here.  The dress is by my favorite Philadelphia brand Sava and it was not maternity, so at the time I sized up considerably to make room for my ever expanding waistline.  I am still completely smitten…loose flowing silk, soft tie dye print….what’s not to love?  I decided to take my own advice and brought it to my local tailor (along with a few other items) and had it sized down to fit me now that all the baby weight is gone.  What do you all think?  I wore this to dinner with my husband before he heads out of town this weekend.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and have an awesome weekend!

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 Silk Maxi SAVA (older style) similar vibe available here, Necklace c/o Touchstone Crystal, Bracelet Leigh Ann Barnes (older style), Shoes Christian Louboutin (older style), Clutch Louis Vuitton

Continuing Trends for 2013

I wanted to kick the year off with some fashion tips and trends for 2013…. Tips that ring true any season, any year and make for a better wardrobe……trends that are here to stay through Spring and possibly further.  Working as closely as I do with boutiques, I am kept in the know about what is hot for the season ahead based on what was shown at the trade shows. I thought I would let you in on what is here to stay and provide you with some links and ideas on where to make your purchases (with any luck on sale). Hope you have recovered from your New Years Eve celebrations…I was snuggled on my couch with my favorite men and was  asleep before the ball dropped..probably not my most exciting New Years but possibly one of my favorites. Enjoy and Happy Shopping:)

TIPS……

Purple Dress c/o eShakti  Plaid Shirt c/o Tailor4Less

I always tell personal shopping clients to get to know a great tailor. No two bodies are the same and yet we buy off the rack as if they are. Knowing a great tailor (or utilizing your own sewing machine) will make your clothing appear as if they were specifically made for you.  A few online retailers know this to be true and are making it even easier for you. The purple dress featured above is made by eShakti, a feminine brand that specializes in dresses and skirts.  The plaid button down is made by Tailor4Less specializing in suiting and shirts.  Both have amazing customization options and guarantee a perfect fit!

Hat San Diego Hat Co, Scarf Banana Republic, Necklace Stella and Dot, Turquoise Necklace Sunshine Daydreams

Any closet or wardrobe worth coveting has great accessories.  Scarves, jewelry and interesting add ons can take a bland boring outfit to super fashionable status.   One thing I know for certain is the accessories trend is not going anywhere.  You will see a plethora of hats, scarves and fabulous baubles for Spring 2013.A few of my favorite online resources for statement jewelry are Lydell, Stella and Dot, Noonday Collection and for local handmade items I love Zolie Designs.  Strangely Old Navy has a great selection of scarves- I have had a lot of luck there.  Nordstroms has a great selection of hats and always has great after Holiday sales.

Trends…. 

Orange Blazer unknown, Chocolate Brown Blazer SAVA, Mint Blazer Esley, Hot Pink Blazer c/o LOFT

Blazers made a serious splash onto the fashion scene this past Spring.  I invested in a few and am so glad I did.  All signs point to the blazer fast becoming a wardrobe staple even for those of us who don’t report to a 9 to 5.  This is an item that I say “splurge” on for a great fabric/fit but if it it isn’t in the budget here are some great options for both a save and splurge.  Budget friendly my favorites are this one from LOFT and this one  from The Limited (oh and this one  is also fab)!  If you have Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket try these splurges here, here and the total classic splurge here.

Chambray Shirt Old Navy, Denim Button Down JCrew Factory

I can’t imagine that most of you reading do not have a denim/chambray shirt in your closet.  I was late to the gate with this trend…hopped on in the Spring of 12 and haven’t looked back.  I wear mine constantly and will continue to do so into the Spring of 13.  Inexpensive option here and a pricier one here.

Leather Jacket Steve Madden, Leather Gloves SAVA, Leather Skinnies Nicole Miller, Leather Vest Rachel Zoe

Leather, especially in black, was popping up all over the Spring 13 fashion runways a few months back.  I think you will see the leather skinnies/pants trend continue on (and pick up some additional lighter colors) and you will also see warmer weather leather pieces like skirts, tanks and tank dresses.  So don’t put those leather pieces away too soon…and if you don’t own any..now is a great time to stock up!  Check out the jackets here.  The trend unfortunately doesn’t come cheap but if you buy a great tank dress like here or here …you can layer it up for cold weather and wear it alone when it gets warmer.  The entire “leather” section of Asos is on sale here and totally worth a browse.

Red Denim Level 99, Grey Skinnies Genetic, Snakeskin Jeans Rich and Skinny

The powerhouse colored/printed skinny jean is not losing much steam come Spring.  Of course you will be pairing it with loose fitting white T’s and denim jackets…but the jeans will remain a staple.  I, for one, am elated.  Partly because I own several pairs and partly because it is just so easy to make it appear as if you spent time planning your outfit.  For inexpensive options I like these, these and these.  Pricier pairs available here, here and the ones I just got for Xmas here.

Hope you enjoyed this round up and stay tuned for more features like these in 2013!  Happy New Year!

Carly