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White After Labor Day? Why Not!?!

When people ask me about “rules” of fashion, I try and remind them that rules are made to be broken. The truth of great fashion is being able to make something work and making the improbable the next great trend. Be your own trendsetter, but remember that being outside of the box does not always equal fashion icon. Choose your battles carefully and remember that the greatest fashion compliment ever is to make something work that most people would not estimate goes together. That is the sign of true style genius.

White after Labor Day is not always a faux pas when done correctly. As Kate Beckinsale is stylishly showing, adding dark accent pieces is a good way to break up the overabundance of clean white that this look could have. The problem with white after Labor Day isn’t the color, it is the summer feeling that it evokes. By adding edgier accessories in black, she is changing the whole tone of this flowy, white cocktail dress. One of the most important factors of wearing this angelic froc so late in the season is the weight and density of the fabric. Choosing a cotton blend adds for breathability which is associated with a hot summer day. November isn’t known for its heat waves, but this silky material makes this dress winter appropriate.

Darken up your make-up with a smokey eye and you are ready for any winter wonderland. When anybody asks about your wonderful, white frock you can just tell them, “Now you see
I’m breaking all the rules, breakin’ all the rules.” I am sure Ozzy Ozbourne never thought he would be used in a fashion quote…. He does love the smokey eye make-up though….

Photo courtesy of InStyle.com

Lauren Conrad’s Ring Rocks


Oh Lauren, you may be miserable because all of your “friends” on The Hills keep walking all over you (except Whitney, I love Whitney:), but chipper up, you have a name ring! You have individually brought back the possibly cheesy, borderline tacky name ring, and you have done it will style.

If you watch closely, all of the other little Hills girls have now copied her (Audrina much?) and are rocking the same ring…. Of course they were smart enough to put their own names on it. Thank god. I will admit, I too love this look and of course would not be promoting it to you as a saint of style if I did not believe in it. And to think, not only will you secretly be promoting the continued production of the very real show “The Hills” by wearing this ring, but you will never forget your own name again. After a long night of drinking, anything is possible. With the partying these girls do on the show, maybe that is the real reason for this new, hot accessory…..

Make your own name ring!

I am Featured in Shefinds.com!

  • by Amy Salinger
  • November 14th, 2008
  • My Style

Check out this great posting on Shefinds.com! I got the chance to work with one of their writers, Adam Bloom, about finding his casual style. I love working with guys because simplicity rules in their lives, but looking good trumps all.

See my master styling capabilities at Shefinds.com!!!

Look Like a First Lady

With a new presidency comes a new look and I’m not just talking politics here… Now I love myself a good pantsuit, but if I have to see one more badly dressed woman walk through the doors of the White House I am going to add a proposition to the next election ballot: First ladies much have stylists.

Truthfully, it is well-known that Michelle Obama does not have a stylist (although I am certainly up for the task!) It is true, she does falter here and there, but overall her taste is that of a future first lady. She exemplifies chic sophistication with an overall ore of accessibility that we haven’t seen, well, ever. There will be no $150,000 shopping sprees at Neimans on this side of political town.

To acheive this look is quite simple. Political chic always starts with the right jewelry. A short strand necklace portrays class, elegance and appropriate aristocracy. You are of the people, but just happen to look better than them:) By Michelle using this turquoise color for her accent piece she acheives an extra stylish look instead of stuffy.

The blazer is a flattering style that cinches at her waist accentuating one of the smallest parts of her body. Can we say “boxy blazer” bad, cinched and fitted blazer good. It also has a trendy safari-like feel yet stays under the “blazer” heading which constitutes a more professional feel. Thank you to our new first lady for not only bringing class and elegance to the White House, but a kick ass new style that I am sure will only get better (just like her husband’s presidency) over these next four years…. YES WE CAN (bring style back).

Photo courtesy of Reuters