I am sitting here on this crappy day in New York City and what better to talk about then raincoats. There is no need to look unhappy just because you feel unhappy! Stylish and rain are two words that can go together!
The first order of business is functionality. Looking cute and being soaking wet are not part of the stylish plan. You need to first make sure that the jacket is either water resistant or waterproof. Just because it looks like a raincoat doesn’t always mean that it is. Next up, style. Black is the most likely choice, but think outside of the box. Have I taught you nothing?!? Choose a neutral color such as brown, eggplant or even ruby red. The raincoat should also have some shape as you should not get lost behind your rain gear ever! Add a cute umbrella and sleek rainboots and you will be the cutest dry person on the block!
Ellen Tracey Women’s Iridescent Patent Raincoat
We are on all the quest to find the perfect pair of sunglasses…. Or maybe the perfect ten pairs:) For every item I love to have my “no fail” brand. For sunglasses, it is Ray Ban. The quality, price-points and styles make it easy to choose one that works for you.
The aviator style may be made for the Top Gun part of the world, but apparently many of us fly planes, myself included. I have owned my aviators for years and when a friend, male or female, has forgotten their shades, it is my Ray Ban aviators to the rescue. This style literally works on everyone if you pick the right color and size. Smaller frames for smaller faces and bigger frames for bigger faces. We can all be Maverick.
Ray Ban Original Aviator Sunglasses
Love them or hate them, people just can’t seem to figure out when or how to wear them! Ah, the dreaded high-waisted belt. So here are a few tips: Thin to medium width belts work on most body types. If you are short waisted this is not necessarily the best look for you, but if you must, the thinner the belt the better. If you have a large chest, also stick to a thinner belt. Wearing a large belt with only exemplify your ample bust and not in a good way ladies! Color and texture can be your best friend with a belt. Purple, red, crocodile, patent leather, gold… The list goes on and on! I always suggest owning at least one metallic belt to give your outfit a pop without overwhelming the rest of the look.
Trick: Wear a blouse that is slightly longer than your hips and is a bit loose. By cinching it with a belt, you will truly be accentuating the smallest part of your body, your waist. Blouse the shirt slightly so the belt is the most fitted piece in your look. Inevitably your waist is now specifically the smallest part showing off that curvy body of yours!
Jack Rabbit Collection (courtesy of Bluefly.com)
Gold metallic leather Aspen hip belt
Of course we all know the the LBD is a wardrobe must, but what about another color ladies? Put some punch in your look by adding a staple piece that can be styled many different ways based on the simplicity of its silhouette, not just the color.This Black Halo dress has been seen repeatedly on the red carpet for a reason, it is a great, basic dress. The price may be a bit higher then some are used to, but the thickness of the material and great pencil shape will look great on different body types. With the interesting neckline it adds individuality. Pair it with purples, blues, greens, black and white. Think different shoes, belts, waist-length cardigans and blazers.
Black Halo Classic
Jackie O Dress in Royal Blue
Statement necklaces are in and here is an inexpensive way to own one. Vintage is pricey for a trendy piece such as this so go for one from a major chain. There are so many options because this is such a hot piece for the season that it won’t be that recognizable. Wear this piece!
Buy at banana republic for just $59!