I am one of the funkier people I know and I own eight of them… And that is just the shorter ones! I never said I didn’t have a problem:) Thank God my job supports my habit and my habit supports my job.
The lovely cardigan has so many more purposes than the boardroom, although they look good there too! This is a recession proof piece because it is always a layering option no matter what the day, time or function. Forget about your moms pearls, this look deserves a bold statement necklace of layered chains. A button-down will certainly look appropriate and stylish, but why not think outside of the box. A t-shirt, like the one shown here, is a great alternative. It adds a casually chic element that people don’t often associate with the cardigan. A blouse with a tuxedo ruffle down the front is also a great option to spice up your cardigan look.
The key to making your cardigan rock is, like all of your clothing, have it fit properly!!! I can not promote this concept enough. As with this piece, it is a fitted silhouette that gives great definition to her waist because you can actually see it! I love all different length cardigans, I just want them to skim the body so that we can see you have one. That is the key to a “sexy” cardigan. The other important element when choosing this item is to pick one out that can stand alone. Border piping (just like this one), great buttons, cool sleeves… The options are endless so find one that suits you and your style!
So ladies, the complaint department on conservative clothing being a necessity for your job is closed. Creative conservative, think Miranda from Sex and the City, is the new black. I just mean out with the old and in with the cardigan (done fabulously:).
NY and Company City Style Trimmed Cardigan
So obviously we (meaning me) know that these are not the most fashionable shoes on the planet. Now readers, I may be fashionable to a fault at times, but as my clients will tell you, I am not the girl walking 5 miles in a pair of stilettos because I look hot. It hurts just to think about it. I am all about functional fashion, realistic fashion! If you believe that all women in NYC look like the ladies of Sex and the City, I am sorry to burst your bubble, but it is a far cry from the truth. Carrie can keep her five inch heels while I walk comfortably. I reserve this type of ridiculousness for long evenings of drinking, eating and SITTING.
These Ugg boots are a much more realistic option for strolling through Central Park… or any park for that matter. This knitted style will not only keep your toesies toasty, but you will actually feel like you have on slippers all day long. Um, is there anything better? I think not, divine. This cute color will add a pop of stylish fun to your leggings and long sweater combo.
Remember folks, I said park strolling, not dinner date. I condone these wonderfully comfy shoes for appropriately casual activities. Don’t push the envelope. I will find you and you don’t want to get in trouble from your personal on-line stylist now do you?
UGG Australia “Cardy” Classic Boot
Round two for holiday greatness! I always love the idea of making the most of every purchase… Why buy a cute cocktail dress that you will only wear a few times a year? This style is perfection for all year round. Layer up, layer down, either way this look is super complimentary to most curvy body types. I love the simplicity of it because you can literally create a look based on your choice of accessories. Keep it simple with your diamond studs, pointed patent leather pumps and a big cocktail ring or layer on the bobbles! I would, of course, do it up big. Tons and tons of gold bracelets that don’t necessarily go together. A big pair of drop earrings, large clutch and sexy booties would be my finishing touches.
This dress can be whatever you want it to be. Once you have seen Santa off, wear it to your friends nighttime wedding or throw on a cropped blazer with black high boots and rock it on a Friday night. Worth your pennies so break open that piggy bank, throw on your Spanx and show off your individual style.
Diane Von Furstenberg “Olsen” Dress
This lovely lady has transformed herself from Paris Hilton’s slightly chubby, badly dressed friend to a fashion savvy media mogul mom. Props to Nicole Ritchie for her swift 180 from her train wreck celebrity status. Her has-been celebrity gravestone will no longer read, “Here lies Nicole Ritchie. A talentless socialite whose only contribution was showing off bad hair extensions”.
And thank god for her revamped style and taste because she has bestowed upon us a beautifully funky, eclectic and reasonably priced jewelry collection. Her mixture of metals, stones and leather makes for a fashion forward vision. The angular shapes she (and her team I am sure:) have decided upon, give an almost Native American feel with an 80′s rocker vibe. All of these pieces make for great gifts this season because they are definitely the right price and they are all available on-line so they are super easy to purchase!
Let’s hope that the Paris/Nicole friendship can withstand the pressure of Nicole’s rising fashion star to Paris’s tacky, oh so 90′s unfortunate wardrobe. Oy.
Nicole Ritchie’s House of Harlow Jewelry Line
Available at ShopKitson.com beginning December 5th, 2008!
Here is the truth folks: Peep toe pumps are the ONLY open-toed shoe that this stylist feels is appropriate to wear all year long. That’s right, put away your toes. I don’t care how perfectly polished and buffed they may be, I don’t want to see them once the thermometer drops below 65 degrees. When is the last time you walked outside barefoot through the snow? Well that is exactly the concept when you walk out in your strappy summer heels for a December holiday party!!!! Honestly, I am trying to save you from frostbite.
The key to making the peep toe pump work all year is to buy a pair that has a smaller opening. I am talking one, maybe two toes saying hello here. Pair them with an opaque or textured tight as long as the seem around your toes is tucked under your foot. Viewable seem equals old lady status. Seeing a stocking/open-toe shoe combo always makes me a little queasy. I am currently taking a deep breath right now to ease the pain.
Stuart Weitzman “Rolling” Pump