Nicole Ritchie may be the worst example of someone gaining weight during the holiday season, but you can definitely take a cue from her cute sweater tunic. Add some leggings or jeans to this look and the loose, easy feel of the deep v-neck tunic is perfect for any gal feeling the stretch of the season. Although this piece is super over-sized, there is still an obvious shape and style. The v-neckline draws attention to your face keeping all eyes away from your mid-section. The difference in length between the front and back of the tunic may not be helping your cover-up cause either way, but it sure does look cute!
This piece is also a fantastic “I ate too much for a month” dress. It is an A-line silhouette which allows you to still show off your figure while keeping it loose around the stomach. A-line means it is fitted around the chest area and becomes wider as it gets to the bottom just like an A. How ingenious! The pattern on this dress is also your friend. It is true what they say about horizontal stripes, they do make you look wider. Picking a vertical pattern during this season is a fabulous idea! It will help give the illusion that you are longer and leaner, even though your body may be getting wider…..
This is my ultimate favorite look for the season. I am comfortable, I am cute, I am eating anything I want. Wearing a darker foundation like a black t-shirt, leggings and black boots, with a lighter, longer sweater, will keep the attention on your layering item. The sweater becomes the focal point while your actual body is a backdrop. Do not fret if you don’t look like a supermodel in your black catsuit, no one can see it anyway! Stetchy materials are going to be your best option so your tummy can breathe! My only big rule is to make sure that your sweater fully covers your behind. No one want to see your backside in just leggings even if it is perfect. And anyway, isn’t the point of this post that during the holiday season it might lose some of it’s perfection? Got it, good.
The empire style dress will almost always work as a stylish choice for an expanding middle. Let’s just call it like it is, this dress is focusing on your bust which will most likely be expanding as well during this time. There are positives ladies! The vertical pattern on the chest is also a bonus as I have already highlighted the importance of picking these types of patterns. The bell sleeve is a cute design, but it additionally draws attention away from your middle to your arms. Pick a scoop or v-neck design to encourage people’s eyes to look upward even more. Opening your neckline is always a perfect choice for drawing attention away from you middle.
So there are just a few ideas for looking great even when you may not be feeling it. Style is not just for size 2 and 4′s, we are all beautiful no matter what size we are.
Everybody’s doing it. Brad Pitt did it in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. Will Smith saved the world in it. Hell, even guys hating middle age (yes, that’s you John Travolta) have done it. And let’s not forget our little Shia, he looked pretty cute doing it too. What is it that they are all doing? Trying on their guy’s guy look by rocking a Belstaff coat. A very simple way for a man to get in touch with his rugged biker side.
Founded in 1924 in Staffordshire, England, Belstaff has remained the “it” coat for men who are looking to invest in a piece that really doesn’t lose it’s value. Not to mention that it seriously is pretty studly. I didn’t learn about this little gem of a brand until my boyfriend threw his Belstaff on and I almost hit the floor. Now I must admit that he is pretty damn cute standing alone, but wearing his Belstaff did wonders for his “hot” quotient. I suggest all women promote their man buying anything that will make them look even hotter.
The original Belstaff gansta, or at least the first movie star to make it popular, was Steve McQueen. He would wear the very popular Trailmaster while biking. In 2007, Belstaff released a new and improved Trailmaster in honor of Steve Mcqueen. He must have really loved his Belstaff.
Why all of this talk about Belstaff? Well, I wish they were paying me, but that is hardly true. I was in J. Crew over the weekend and they are now selling Belstaff! I don’t regularly walk into J. Crew (although I do like it), so I had no idea! As the price point of J. Crew goes up (thank you Michelle Obama for wearing it), so do the brands that they carry. Belstaff is definitely an investment with this particular coat being $795. But as I mentioned, it is definitely a worthy investment and does not lose it’s value! It is meant to look rugged and worn in. The one my boyfriend has is actually waxed cotton, which means every 2 years he has to re-wax it for $50 and it looks brand new. Pause for sexual joke.
So invest boys and buy yourself some manliness.
J. Crew Belstaff Trailmaster Jacket: $795
My wonderful designer friends, Kathlin and Courtney, are offering an amazing opportunity for girls looking to learn about everything fashion! Their Fashionista University is the chance for any young lady to learn the ropes about being the next big fashion designer. Since I have a big mouth (and I love them), I am sharing this opportunity with the world! If you know someone who is in or around NYC, this is a fabulous chance….
Fashionista Universtiy is for anyone who wants to be a future fashionista!
***Please note no class on Feb. 13th, 2010 due to President’s Day
FASHION DESIGN 101: Hosted by designers Kathlin Argiro and Courtney Zellmer (www.kathlinargiro.com) founders of Kathlin Argiro a womens special occassion company since 1997. Learn first-hand what it takes to design a collection from start to finish, from getting inspired to sketching a fashion model, students will learning about fabrics and how to use them, merchandising and styling a collection, and presenting it. The designers will even give you the inside scoop on where designers go for all their fashion finds!! Get ready for Glamour, Glitz and Red Carpet Couture.
I love going to my friend’s Michael and Red’s annual Hanukkah party. While everyone is busy throwing Christmas or holiday soirees, Michael and Red just go straight for Hanukkah Harry and whip up some FABULOUS latkes (that is potato pancake for those of you that don’t speak Hanukkah).
In addition to knowing how to throw a lovely cocktail party, Michael and Red are also some of my most fantastically fashionable friends. This comes along with having other fantastically fashionable friends. All of this combined means that we ended up having a fashion show while we ate large quantities of latkes and drank champagne. As Adam Sandler says, “8 crazy nights!”. Well, our fashion show Hanukah party was a good example.
For those of you that are unfamiliar, this is a latke. It is fried heaven. Literally you fry up shredded potatoes into yummy pancakes. Adding applesauce or sour cream is the most traditional way to eat it. I added a side of lox (smoked salmon) just to make it extra Jewish:)
Michael and Red even went all out and had Pixie sticks and Dr. Brown’s soda! This is a big deal to me. Pixie sticks are a happy memory from childhood and are not just hanging around at any old store. They had to search for these. I think it was worth the struggle. And Dr. Brown’s is a staple of any Jewish deli. The funny part is you really cannot find this brand anywhere else. If you have never tried it, today is your lucky day because I am introducing it to you! Try the cream soda, you will just die.
Now back to the fashion show…. How much do you love this picture? This is Red’s best photo shoot pose… I think she has a new career in her future:) This is the top of a vintage suit that she picked up. We all loved it so much because it reminded us of what was cool back when we had our respective bar/bat-mitzvahs. This is around 12 or 13 and represents you becoming an adult. So much Jewish knowledge for you today! The point is that all of us had our lovely bar and bat-mitzvahs in the early 90′s and this is exactly what was cool. Lots of big puffy shoulders. Oy, you should see my crazy bat-mitzvah dress. The best part is that this is cool again. I love it.
I know I look kind of scary in this picture, but the sweater is to die for. Rachel started pulling out her Bubby’s (grandma’s) vintage clothing and we all went nuts. This is her cardigan with pink motif’s. It is grandma chic.
This is Dom, one of our other fabulous friends. I was in love with her ruffled green dress and earthy necklace (a gift from Rachel). She topped it all off with her Chanel boots and brown tights. Who knew earthy chic could work so well at a Hanukah party?!?
The finale of the night’s fashion show was this awesome holiday sweater. She was suppose to be going to an “Ugly Christmas sweater” party following our Hanukkah party, but the recession proof side of her would not actually buy an ugly sweater. Instead, she purchased a cute vintage sweater at a thrift store and added her own version of ugly. Jingle bells strategically placed on her nipples. Classic.
Overall, Michael and Red’s Hanukah party fashion show was a smashing success! I always knew I looked forward to this time of year for a reason…..
This is awesome. Is this chick serious? Seriously foxy. Get it, get it… Foxy!!! I am so funny. Alright, enough “adult” humor (as in cheesy), let’s get down to business. This is insane and I am not quite sure what set of eyes to look at. Even if you live in Alaska this is not cool. I mean, it is cold, but you do not need to actually WEAR the animal! No matter whether you love or hate fur, we should ALL hate this.
In actuality, I do love fur. Sorry PETA. I know it is wrong and mean, but it looks so damn good and feels so damn warm! Why be good when being bad literally feels so great! There are levels of fur that are unacceptable (example at left), but using fur as an accessory is perfectly acceptable and looks very stylish. Think hats, scarves, earmuffs… You get the idea.
All of these girls are doing it, so why not become part of the “cool” crowd? I can hear PETA tearing me a new one right now…. I am half kidding, save the animals! Or wear them stylishly…. Your choice:) I do love this ode to Russian chic with a big fur hat. Clearly you have to be very secure in your style to pull off something like this. Either you rock this in the backwoods because you are so freakin’ cold it doesn’t matter what you wear or you pair it with a very chic and fashionable outfit and look like you just walked off a runway. Again, your choice. I am not making judgments here:) (Yea, right).
You could also be the girl next door who just wants a little spice for her winter look. Choose earmuffs, they are fun and you are not draping yourself in animal. Look at how happy this model is in her fun fur earmuffs and wrap scarf? You too can be this happy:)
Then, of course, there is always up-town chic… Never to be messed with! Fur can simply be the most fabulous thing on the planet when done right! The stylist’s over at Harper’s Bazzar proved this perfectly with these completely expensive ensembles topped off with Jackie O inspired fab. I want to be them. Ok, maybe just for an afternoon… All of that sophistication and class would mess with my crazy and loud personality. The cracks would start to show very quickly… You can dress up the girl, but you can’t take her out… for long:)
Photo courtesy of Alaskakraft.com
Photo courtesy of Furgirldir.com
Photo courtesy of Macys.com
Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar