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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

Newsboy Caps


Here’s a unisex look that doesn’t just hide a bad hair day, but ADDS to your overall look. This stylish cap is one of my favorites for hats because of its ability to cross all barriers. Any age, any race, any sex can wear this cute and functional piece. It easily squeezes into a bag if you are seriously just wearing it for warmth, but why waste such a great looking hat! It works indoors and outdoors. Women, add a bold hoop to make this possibly male accessory more feminine.

For those days that fabulous style seems impossible (hungover much?), here is the answer to your (lack of sleep) dreams. Now go and have a bloody mary and look good doing it.

Christy’s Ivy Cap
$45.00

Your Best Accessory: Nail Polish


All great stylists will tell you that any amazing outfit is all in the details. One wrong shoe, one wrong belt, and you will have fallen from fashion royalty to fashion victim.

Obviously this picture is beautifully styled and has layers upon layers that I could talk about. Her sculptured hat, her velvet rose choker… Look closer. It’s like the “Where’s Waldo” of style….

Nail Polish! Every week when I get my nails done it is like I am choosing who to transform into. The vampy seductress with ruby red, the rocker chic with florescent pink or the classic goth girl with dark blackish red? Lately deep purple is my winter choice.

Remember that everything you choose from your clothes to your hair to your nails helps to define your look, your style. This week I am going to try out my flirty, innocent side with Essie’s ballet slipper…. I don’t think flirty and innocent will last much into the weekend, but at least my nails will look good:)

OPI: La Collection de France

Cocktail Rings

I own 20. Okay, 25. Alright, if I am being honest with myself it may be more like 30…. I just can’t help myself, who doesn’t want a piece of jewelry that says don’t mess with my bling! Gone are the days of subdued jewelry and here are the days of over-sized fantastic fabulousness.

Cocktail rings, just like these by Kenneth Jay Lane, are an easy way to put that stamp of style on any outfit. They are a stand alone piece, meaning that it only takes one to complete an entire look. Stop fidgeting with other jewelry and and take the easy way out this time. Just like the LBD, it is a sure fire item. If the size is overwhelming and you need a little hand holding to get into this trend, try the clear stone or something a little less flashy. You can do it, I promise:) Plus, if you end up in a street alley in a west side story type of scenario, it doubles as weaponry. Leave the mace at home, this stylish item serves double duty.

Kenneth Jay Lane Square Cocktail Rings
$80.00

School Girl Chic

Why is the Catholic school girl look always appealing to both men and women when I am sure it evokes a fountain of emotion? Don’t ask me, I am a Jewish girl. Seriously though, women see a possibility to look sophisticated and chic while men’s brains are automatically drifting south….

As a stylist (and part-time shrink) I will venture to put forth the concept that you can have it all with this classic look. Sex appeal and respect in the boardroom. Obviously a few changes must be made to the typical school girl look in order to accomplish this.

This particular outfit is perfectly pairing together all of the ideals we hope for out of school girl chic. The plaid skirt is bold and an appropriate length. Adding the tights not only creates warmth, but adds an office ready aspect by covering bare legs. The yellow sweater is the pop of color necessary to make you stand out. Pairing it with an un-tucked white button down creates depth and loosens up the rigid feeling this look could have. The beret, layered pearls and loafer style heels are the stylish additions that compliment the overall feel of the always appealing school girl look. Never go to the principal’s office again (at least not for bad style).

Outfit available at Ann Taylor Loft