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The New Trend: Pleated Cropped Pants

This is one of the ugliest trends I have come across in a while. I also understand that because it is a trend, people will still try and pull them off no matter how they really look. So, as a fashion stylist and advice purveyor, I feel it is my duty to give you the best possible style I could find. I searched high and low for these suckers, you can thank me later:)

A drop crotch, pleated and cropped pant just seems like a mean joke… But no ladies, this is for real. There is an easy comfort and flow to this style, but in the end it really only works on the super tall and super skinny. So basically, only the supermodels walking the runways can really (sort of) pull these pants off.

This pair, from Victoria’s Secret, is the only answer to this trendy problem. They are not too over the top and the crotch is not down around your knees. Mistaking your pants for a bathroom problem is never a good look and this pair is a good middle ground. Not too droopy:) The pleats are also not so defined that you look like you are 3 months into or out of pregnancy. “Are you pregnant?” has never been a good question unless you are 100% positive the person is!

So there you have it. If you must rock this trend, at least do it in a reasonable way. Keep the overall look simple with a sleek tank or flouncy blouse (not puffy, loose and airy!). Add bold bangles or a long beaded necklace to keep the look playful. Do not wear boots with these pants. There should be some leg showing to break up the bottom half so a sexy pair of stilettos will definitely work!

The Marisa Fit Pleated Crop Pant

Make a Statement (With your Earrings!)

Now you know that I love the statement necklace, but seeing as I often change my outfit twice a day, I might need another statement piece of jewelry! Rounding the corner at a close second are statement earrings. They were the new big thing (like anything is ever that new!) at fashion week and I am sure they will be making their way into your hanging jewelry organizer very soon. This depends on how closely and religiously you are following my blog and all of the style knowledge I bestow upon you.

The statement earring is like bling for your face. At least it is the closest thing next to actual face jewelry. Seriously though, you want to highlight all that is fabulous about your gorgeous face and this is the best and easiest way to do that. Choosing a color, like these big guns, are a very quick way to brighten up your overall look and bring sunshine to your tired, I work way too much, face:) The key to the statement earring is to make sure they are big, very, very big. They don’t need to be stupidly heavy, there are millions of styles out there that produce the same effects as heavier, earlobe drooping ones.

Owning these fantastic baubles means that you must show them off, don’t hide them in your hair! I always suggest a ponytail with a slight poof at the front to highlight these lovely earrings. It is fun, playful and sophisticated at the same time. Using a headscarf is also another accessory that meshes well with a large earring. Just be careful that neither the scarf or the earring is too overwhelming because you will just look like someone puked fashion on your head. Never a good look. Keep your outfit fairly simple as well if you do make the bold choice of pairing a scarf and statement earrings together. Take the leap and the net will appear, you can do it!

Banana Republic Turquoise Hues Chandelier Earrings

Here Comes Resort wear!

I always love to start thinking about warm, sandy beaches right around this time because it is the only thing that will get me through this God forsaken time. Oy. Vacation is just a (very expensive) plane ride away, but if you dream it, it will be. I am dreaming very hard right now.

Apparently the stores dream very hard too because they love to stock up on resort wear sometime in November. They believe that we all take long cruises to Belize if they do. Alas, I will be happy taking a shotty vacation to the poor side of the Dominican Republic if it gets me away from the snow, as long as I look good doing it. Would I ever look any other way?

Packing for such an activity should always be easy. Light and airy clothing and very few layers. How big does your bag seriously have to be? If you are going anywhere fancy bring one pair of heels, if any. Vacation is about comfort and often times that means leaving uncomfortable footwear at home. Flats are dressy too! Go Grecian and lace those bad boys right up your leg, sexy. Grab a few tanks, some flowy skirts and maybe a cute pair of shorts. Of course flouncy sun dresses, just like this one from DVF, are perfect as a cover-up or a dress for dinner. The real key to packing correctly for vacation is about the accessories. In a temperature when layering is impossible, you can add your own flair with fun and crazy beaded necklaces or very bold earrings. You will probably have your hair up half the time anyway because of the heat so what a great way to draw attention to yourself! Accessories are the easiest thing to pack and you can never bring to many. Stop the overpacking craziness and save yourself the newly implemented baggage fee. You’ll show them! Just don’t forget to pack a portable steamer to unwrinkle all of your great sheer, flowy garments. That damn thing will save your life, trust me.

Photo courtesy of Style.com

Show Off Your Cojones… With a Watch!

Ah, the holidays are over and it is finally time to put away the credit cards…. Or is it? I am talking sales here people, BIG sales! This time of year is my favorite time of year to exercise one of my all-time best shopping strategies: Get the deal no matter what the season. Purchase the piece even if it wasn’t at the top of your list. If you found it and the price was right, God wanted you to have it. That’s right, there is divine intervention going on here.

Watches can be a sign of wealth, kind of like the bag you are carrying, but cut the crap here. It is just like a bag, buy one that is fabulous and reasonably priced. Wearing ten grand on your wrist might be a bit of overkill unless you are trying to overcompensate for something else… Let’s leave that up to the men though ladies:)

I love this particular watch because I am obsessed with the male inspired style working for women. Why can’t we wear the pants in the boardroom? Or the bedroom…. Truthfully, this is a mens watch. The funny part is that on a lady this watch looks fun and trendy adding a bit of bold to any look, while on a guy this would just look cheesy. It screams, “I really, really, really wish I lived in the era when Charlie Sheen kicked ass in “Wall Street”. This watch really lends itself to feminine power by making the bling aspect (the metal) a little too blingy for a (straight) guy. I would suggest purchasing a watch that is slightly over-sized for your own petite wrist. Go big, go bold, go gold.

Armitron Men’s Gold-Tone Sub Dial Watch

Classic White Button-Down

Foundation pieces make or break your wardrobe. I don’t care who you are, where you live, how old you are or what size you wear, a classic white button down should reside in your closet. As we have already established, I do not have your run or the mill style, yet I own about 7 different styles of white button-downs. Long ones, short ones, wrapped ones, fitted ones, these babies are like men, you can never have too many:)

I know that a common crisis for women is around the chest area and there never being enough room for “the girls”. That is what they invented small brass pins or double sided tape for. Unfortunately, many designers have yet to realize their error (I am writing letters everyday to no avail:), so we must correct it on our own. Simple place a pin from the inside and catch as little fabric as possible while still making sure there is closure around the third button down. DO NOT let the pin show through the front. Tacky much? Double-sided tape is a bit easier to maneuver, but does not have the same longevity.

This style is from Ann Taylor Loft which is my go-to spot for a classic white button-down that darts properly for a fantastic fit. It actually is tailored to most real body types which is a rarity in this department. It also is completely reasonably priced, around $40, because most of these bad boys run you upwards of $85- $125 a pop. Seriously? I ruin the armpits within six months to a year so I look at this purchase as something that does not have a lifetime guarantee. I know, I am gross. Aw, fess up, you are too!

Ann Taylor Loft Button Front Shirt