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My Top 5 Spring Trends ’18

Every season there are tons of trends that the “experts” tell you are THE BEST. It often feels overwhelming because there is so much information coming at you. “Dahling this is all the rage, you will be SOOO fabulous if you buy this unbelievably expensive item!! Do it. Do it you know you want to”. Lucky for you I have narrowed it down to my top 5 favorite trends for spring 2018 and since you are reading this blog, I should be the only expert you listen to. Trust me, it will make your life much easier:)

So in no particular order, below are the top 5 trends that I’m so into now. You should never pick more then 2 trends to add to your current look. Know this: All trends are not made for all people. Do not force a trend, it should flow with your current look. Trends typically last only around 2 years unless they are super comfortable, super stylish on lots of body types and/or super realistic in actual life. For example, who thought that Ugg boots would last more then 1 season? There is a reason they are called Ugg(ly) boots. BUT, they are so freakin’ comfortable that people couldn’t give them up and Ugg’s design department understood that and created cute(er) ones so we could all be comfy and fashionable. Go Ugg. Yup, I said it.

 

blazer

 Double Breasted Blazer

 #1: THE DOUBLE BREASTED BLAZER

HOW TO WEAR IT: Love, love, love. This trend is for people who want to bring a little funk to their work wardrobe. And by “work”, I don’t just mean business casual. It can easily go with skinny jeans and heels for a Friday or weekday biz dinner. Only pair it with a fitted, skinny trouser or jean unless you are 8 feet tall and 100 pounds.

THIS TREND IS NOT FOR YOU IF: Ironically, people with breasts. It will unfortunately just make you look big.

 

 

Trench Coat

 Trench Coat

#2: THE OVERSIZED TRENCH STYLE COAT

HOW TO WEAR IT: This is a simple and easy way to up the ante of your entire look. Throw this chic jacket on over a work or casual look to be your most fab self. It doesn’t matter what size you are as long as there is a way to cinch the jacket with a tie. You need to define your waist unless you are ultra skinny.

THIS TREND IS NOT FOR YOU IF: You are very petite. This jacket will completely overwhelm you, you should choose a more fitted option.

 

 

Gingham Dress

Gingham

 #3: GINGHAM

HOW TO WEAR IT: Just a touch or the full monty, this picnic table pattern screams spring. If a dress is too much for your delicate sensibility, choose something as small as a gingham shoe or scarf. It is a fun and playful pattern that can be appropriate for ANY situation from work to a dressy evening out.

THIS TREND IS NOT FOR YOU IF: You are not fun. Kidding. If you don’t like patterns then don’t force yourself to wear patterns. Otherwise, full steam ahead.

 

 

Sleeve Detail Blouse

Sleeve Detail

#4: COOL SLEEVE DETAIL

HOW TO WEAR IT: This trend is not for the faint of heart. You need to make sure the rest of your look is super simple. You are not going to a costume party ladies so you have to make sure this bold detail is the ONLY highlight of your look unless you live an incredibly fashionable life. The above example is pretty crazy, even a basic bell sleeve is a good choice for those just dipping their toe in the cool sleeve detail pond.

THIS TREND IS NOT FOR YOU IF: You have wider shoulders. Unfortunately it will just make you look more broad.

 

 

High rise wide leg trouser

Flare Jeans

#5: CROPPED FLARE JEANS

HOW TO WEAR IT: This is a fun jean trend that is good with a chic pair of heels, slip on sneaker or sandals. Lots of potential. It puts a twist on typical jeans and makes your denim look instantly more stylish. You appear to be very on trend when you slip these on (because you are:). Make sure they are truly cropped, I’m not trying to put old-school boot cut jeans on anybody!!!!

THIS TREND IS NOT FOR YOU IF: You have shorter legs. This style will only shorten and widen you if you are not at least 5’3″.

Still Hate Everything You Own?

Are you still beating yourself up about your wardrobe? Talking crap to yourself about what a terrible shopper you are? How NOTHING fits your body so you keep buying the same boring thing is 20 different colors so you don’t screw it up? Just like any bad behavior, it takes time to re-work old habits that don’t serve any real purpose in your life. Time to stop the self-loathing…..

I always tell people I’m more shrink than stylist. Literally we are talking 70% therapist, 30% fashion guru. I’m here to talk you off the ledge, remind you that fashion is meant to be fun and that screwing up an outfit will only ruin your day (maybe), not your life. It is time to re-think the stress that this part of your existence is causing you and make it fun. I constantly remind people that there is logic behind the concept of style and being “born with it” is mostly BS. I sucked at shopping and styling until I was in my mid-20’s. I should mention that I had already decided I was going to be a stylist at that point, talk about changing your mindset into awesome…..

So just like last time we are going to start with the basics. This is the first step in getting out of the rut, you don’t hate your wardrobe, you just haven’t been taught how to build it correctly. 

 

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 Grey pencil skirt

I’m sure a lot of you are going to argue that you look fat in a pencil skirt because it hugs you everywhere you hate. I’m also pretty sure you already know that I’m going to tell you that you are wrong, dead wrong. The pencil skirt was created for a gal with curves, big curves, little curves and everything in between. Actually, the irony of this piece is that the only person it doesn’t really look that great on is someone with absolutely NO curves. You don’t have to be a business woman to covet the iconic pencil skirt. Pull it out for date night with a leather bomber to edge it out. Rock it at a school function where showing the other mother’s you’re awesome looks like it comes naturally. As I have hammered this next point home before, choose a style that suits your lifestyle and personality. My black pencil skirt has a large zipper up the back for added badass effect. And, more then anything else, make sure it fits correctly. This means it should touch just below your belly button at the top, pencil in tightly at the bottom, land just above your knee and fit snugly. You will most likely think it is slightly too tight if it actually fits properly!!!

Pencil Skirt 

 

 

Black sheath

Next up, the LBD, or little black dress for those that are still new to the lingo of awesome style. This could literally mean anything when it comes to your lifestyle. I personally own at least 5 versions of the LBD depending on what the function is that I’m attending, from work to play, she is a vital piece in any stylish girl’s wardrobe. Almost every single client of mine has an LBD and for every one of them I restyled it in a billion ways. That is the beauty of this piece, she can go from the office, to drinks after work to a wedding. The material is really what changes it up, so picking a neutral option that isn’t too shiny or too dull is the best bet for maximum styling potential. Changing up the jewelry, shoes, tights (or lack there of), bag and layering piece changes the magic of your LBD.

 Sheath Dress

 

Black blazer

The single breasted, simple black blazer is dope. It can be worn with anything. You name it, jeans, pants, skirts, dresses….. From casual to dressy, this item will be worked to a pulp. This tuxedo style is super sassy and definitely will not work for everyone, but I really wanted to make sure you understand the concept of “making it your own”. Most people would choose a more demure option, most people aren’t me. My basic black blazer is a tuxedo style and I wear it with everything. Mine has a slightly smaller lapel so it doesn’t make quite the statement the one above does. Even I have my boundaries! Pick a style that has just enough flare to take you to the edge, you always want to push yourself slightly while keeping in your comfort zone with your foundation items. Basics do not = boring.

 Blazer

 

black tote

Your bag is like the trunk of your car, except this one you take inside with you so it better be good. You throw your life in it, most times it isn’t organized and you lose things you swore were in there. Your bag is essentially the most important thing you own so making it functional and obviously stylish is SUPER important. This is the biggest “cost per wear” item in your entire wardrobe. If you shop correctly, you will truly only need one neutral bag for everyday. Before I even discuss style with clients, I discuss function. What do you do everyday? Where are you going? What are you carrying? Do you need to be hands free? What annoys you about your current bag? You have to start by being honest with yourself about your life and how your bag can help to make it easier. Then start focusing on styles and colors that you like. Yes, color! Your everyday bag does not have to be black. Neutral can mean a whole bunch of different things to different people. A great bag is like the cherry on top of the sundae of your outfit, it truly can make the entire look that much better. Spend moolah on this piece, it is will make everything you have on look more expensive…..

 Tote

 

 

Black Shell

And drumroll please….. For our final piece of the TOP 10 FOUNDATION ITEMS TO OWN, I introduce to you the basic shell! Everyone should own a black and a white shell. This means simple in style, a round neck line (V neck is way to difficult to style with everything) and silhouette skimming. The world should know you have a body under there. If you are having a moment and cannot figure out how to style something, it will ALWAYS go with a basic black or white shell. Always. So this is truly the no-fail piece in your wardrobe that will make everything else work.

 Shell

Are you still standing on the ledge? Back up, your style world has just become a lot sunnier. You now know how to begin this journey and broaden the horizons of your current wardrobe without all that much effort. Focus on building your foundation pieces and put a hold on the “trendy” part of your wardrobe. You need the glue girl to hold it all together! Shopping for foundation items is going to be more fun then you think. What really brings the joy is when you get home and you realize you CAN STYLE THINGS and that you don’t suck as bad as you thought you did. You just didn’t own the right things yet…..

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The 4 Best Layering Pieces for Fall

‘Tis the time for layering. For most of the general population the temperature if finally dropping, for this fashion stylist that means fun, fabulous and cool jacket options. 

Fall is one of my favorite fashion seasons. The heat wave of summer has finally ended, time to bring back on lots and lots of clothing! Don’t fret that winter is coming, think of this time as the option for better fashion. It truly is the best time of year to show off your look. You don’t quite need a jacket yet, your layering piece IS your jacket.

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I want to be this fabulous when I grow up. I borrowed this Balmain blazer (and the Chanel bag) for a quick jaunt down Madison Avenue. Where else is it appropriate to wear a $2000 layering piece? In full disclosure, this is one expensive piece that I promote (if it is within your financial wheelhouse).  The classic Balmain jacket is timeless, elegant and makes a statement when paired as your topper to any outfit. There are plenty of look-a-likes for this double breasted, strong shoulder piece, go forth and find one that fits your budget! Be sure to spend a little more on this item because it can be paired with a ton of things if done in a neutral color. Cost-per-wear ladies.

 

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The leather bomber is my jam. I own so many that my friends have started to make fun of me. Truth be told, every one is extremely useful in their own right and I wear them constantly. This particular one is by far my favorite. It is about 7 years old (the lining is definitely ripped), but it keeps on ticking. I bought it in the summer at Loehmann’s (best discount designer store that is unfortunately out of business. RIP), taking it from $600 down to $200. Off-season shopping is great for your wallet. It’s glory is in the fact that it is light weight with a 3/4 sleeve and ruffle collar. This not only makes it interesting, but it allows it to be worn as a dressy layering piece AND as a jacket outside when the temperature is just starting to drop. Double mic drop.

 

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The latest trendy craze is the cropped sweater. I am a huge fan because not only is it cozy and functional, but it defines your waist which is fabulous for most silhouettes. Pair it with any high-waisted piece, from a skirt to a pair of jeans, and you are ready to go. It is a great alternative to a jacket. Throw on a lightweight scarf if it is a bit chillier out and you have an instant outfit that can go from outside to inside without changing a thing.

 

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If you are a regular reader of this blog then you know that I LOVE a tuxedo blazer. For any budget, body type or lifestyle, this piece will work. It is that widely useful. It can act as a great layering piece for a formal occasion over a cocktail dress or to dress up a pair of boyfriend jeans. It will literally go with just about anything and gives any outfit that extra stylish punch immediately. What’s not to love about a classic and easy to style layering option for every season???

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Choosing just one of these laying options will instantly change your fall wardrobe. Owning all four would be all the layering options you would need to get you through to spring, they are seriously that versatile. If your budget doesn’t allow for that, the leather bomber should be your pick. Almost every one of my clients has one no matter what their lifestyle or body type. It is the insta-cool option that makes every look fashionable and can be worn through three seasons. Leather can be expensive so try a designer discount store for better prices (like Nordstrom Rack, you can get it on-line if there isn’t one near you). Now you are ready for fall!!!

Black Blazer, White Blazer, Sweater, Leather Jacket

Amy Hits The Red Carpet

I LOVE dressing up. My life consists of casual this and casual that, so being handed a reason to create a red carpet look is fine by me. Add in the ability to use a microphone and talk to people all night and I’m good to go. This is truly what heaven looks like in my twisted mind.

 

Not only did I have a fabulous LBD waiting to be worn in my closet, but I got to borrow diamonds, lots and lots of diamonds. Um, yes please. I found this perfect Nicole Miller dress at Lord & Taylor (the best place for cocktail dress shopping) and I had to have it. I had no particular reason to own it at that time, but there is always a need to possess the perfect little black dress. It is the, “Oh shit, I have something to go to and I have nothing to wear!” dress, but now you do. She waited patiently for about 6 months to be worn, she wanted to make a big splash for her initial outing. She got her wish.

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Did I mention that whole borrowing diamonds thing??? Oh yea, I definitely did. What girl doesn’t dream of going to a custom jewelry designer’s home and riffling through hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of accessories? The answer is NO GIRL. Those types of moments are what drive me and allow me to continue to live in what feels like a fantasy world sometimes. I landed on these mase style earrings and not one, but two pave diamond swirl rings. I decided to wear them both on one finger to really punch it up. It made holding the microphone look SO much more fashionable. Thank you Rebecca Koven for making my jewelry dreams come true!!!

 

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Accessories expert Michael O’Connor (@stylingspy) and I tag teamed the red carpet at the Women’s Jewelry Association Awards. I always love working with someone who is quick on their feet, witty and funny. Then we can be awesome together:) The key to any good red carpet interviewer’s look is to be fashionable without overshadowing the interviewee. I’m going to toot our horns and say that Michael and I hit the nail on the head in that department.  Simple and chic.

 

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This was seriously the most comfortable dress I have ever worn. It is a thicker stretch material with ruching making it oh so comfy and sexy at the same time! The only problem was a slight wardrobe malfunction at the beginning of the night that involved a hole in the seam of my dress at the top of my bum. I don’t think butt crack is a look these days unfortunately. Luckily one of the nominees had a safety pin so I was back in full form in no time. Note to self: Remember your stylist kit  of tricks next time so this doesn’t happen again!!!

 

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There is nothing like a good ridiculous selfie. My beautiful and stylish friend Monica of Elias World Media put this whole shindig of a red carpet together. I joke that she is who I want to be when I grow up even though we are the same age:) She is possibly one of the only people that could top my energy making our times together hilarious. The fact that we work together only makes it that much better.

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Unfortunately literally everything I had on for the red carpet is not available to you anymore!!! With that said, above is the best look-a-like outfit you could get. Since my jewels are one of a kind diamond pieces, they were really an option, but these costume pieces definitely capture the essence of the look. Throw on a LBD and a pair of thin, strappy black heels and you are good to go. This simple, yet sexy ensemble is pretty much the perfect look for almost anyone going to almost any cocktail event. Consider it your sexy uniform…..

cocktail ring, earrings, snakeskin clutch, sandals, black dress