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The ’70s are calling…. Tie Dye is Back!

I remember one of my favorite days at sleepover camp, I referred to it as, “Tie dye your old crap” day. I put strange elastics all over my shirts to create weird and fun designs and then dipped away into colored dyes. Never was a masterpiece created, but I still wore those ugly suckers for years to come. I had to make sure my parents got their money’s worth for shipping me off:)

Now, it was certainly not the ’70s, but tie dye was still a good time. Fast forward to Spring 2009 and tie dye has gone from sleepover chic to high fashion chic. Open any magazine these days and they have at least a few pieces devoted to the newest, hottest trend. Jerry Garcia would be front row in the tents at fashion week.

Tie dye can be overwhelming to some people and I certainly do not fault you for this. Like many things that are a throwback to another era, it evokes feelings that leave you wanting to keep it where it came from. I encourage you to re-work the idea of tie dye and let it lead your ensemble. I am obsessed with this loose and easy vest that really does capture the entire feeling of hippie chic without going over the top. Weekend wear has never looked so good! Using a scarf to accent the trend is a great way to put a touch of tie dye into your look and not feel like you walked out of Woodstock. If looking office appropriate is how most of your week goes, there are some truly amazing cardigans out there right now just waiting to be worn. Wearing deeper, richer color combinations for a more sophisticated look.

Fleurish Tie Dye Vest

The Silk Button Down

Voluptuous women have all types of problems when it comes to finding a properly fitted button-down. Truthfully, even small-busted women, such as myself, have issues with the closure around the boobies. What boob obsessed man got all of the other boob obsessed men together to come up with this big plan? “We will create all button-down shirts to always remain open so we can view boobies all day long!!! Ha, ha, ha……”

Now because of their little plot, I have spent much of my styling days trying to rectify this problem. As I suggested in my “Perfect White Shirt” Sass N Style episode, a small brass safety pin or double sided men’s tape help to keep it closed. If tricks and fussing are not your thing, I have found the button-down for you!

Choosing a silk fabric, such as this lovely find that I picked up yesterday at NY and Co., helps with the fit of the shirt. It allows for more room around the bust because it is draping correctly throughout the rest of the garment. A structured button-down, when properly fitted, has strong darts along the front and often pulls at the bust because of this. Designers are trying to have the shirt be well-fitted throughout, but seeing as women have all different size boobies that do not always represent out shirt size, this does not work. The flowy nature of silk allows for movement, comfort and a great fit. Even if it is a little loose through the mid-section, the fall of the material helps to create a streamlined silhouette.

I strongly suggest not only picking some up, but head over to NY and Company right now because they are only $35!!! They have a million fabulous colors and prints for Spring! I am usually not an advocate of picking up several things in the same color, but with this basic style it is completely worth owning a few. They can serve a completely different purpose based on the color or print. Plus, how often do busty women really find a great button down? Buy, buy, buy.

City Style Roll Cuff Shirt

Your Jewelry Can Tell Time!

I am always looking for new and interesting ways to re-invent the obvious and I love this combination of jewelry and time! Usually I am off-put by designers creating “confused” pieces, but this seems to really work. You know what I am talking about…. It appears to be a shirt based on the material choice, yet the design is clearly an outdoor coat. Where are you suppose to wear this thing? Apparently pieces like that were created for all of the outdoor barbecues you go to in January.

This piece not only helps to keep your schedule on track, but it seriously spices up your ensemble. It is also completely fabulous because you can layer on other simple bangles with it and really punch up the jewelry feel. A cuff is always a bold statement to make with any outfit, so having it additionally tell you when after work drinks are about to begin is very useful!!!!

Also folks, do not pass up on this tortoise shell material! I bought a watch in tortoise shell just under a year ago and it quickly became one of my favorite pieces. Not only do most people NOT own it, but it really works with any look because of its completely neutral feeling. I always promote being different in your choices and here is a prime opportunity! It is the three in one piece that keeps on ticking. Watch, jewelry and tortoise shell material make for a kick-ass accessory that everyone will notice.

Pedre Tortoise Cuff Watch

Chloe Sevigny: Vintage Chic

Her style is consistently spoken about, yet it appears so off the cuff it is truly difficult to emulate at times. This is what makes a real fashionista, making the impossibly confusing or unattractive seem effortless and chic. Enter Chloe Sevigny.

Although it appears that she was just dragged from a second hand store, don’t be fooled, there is definite thought behind this vintage fabulous look. The great combination of old and new, be it designer or flea market retro, are what truly make this look a style. She manages to easily mix together pieces that most people would consider time for Salvation Army and give them a new and fantastic life.

Pulling together her vintage chic look is also about understanding your proportions and best features, as any great fashionista already knows. Chloe has fabulous legs and presents them to the public as often as possible. Short, flouncy dresses accentuate her flower child presence while also representing her great gams. A perfectly proportioned silhouette that seems effortless is the base foundation of this incredibly personal look she has developed.

The serious key to achieving this style is to not only understand your own personal proportions, but it is to look outside of the box and see the true possibility in every garment. Would you really have grabbed the dress she is wearing on the right and thought it was fabulous?!? Remember, old pieces can look new and new pieces can look old. Vintage chic is about understanding the proper combinations to bring life into all of your individual pieces to have a completly fabulous outifit!!!

Photo courtesy of NYmagazine

TheTotally Tubular T-Strap Sandal

I became totally obsessed with the T-strap sandal about two seasons ago and it is still kickin’! It was the first shoe that I had found in a while that seriously complimented every outfit that I put on. Plus, I was moving into my more sophisticated portion of my fashion life (I emphasize fashion, not life:) and this shoe seemed like the perfect fit.

It is completely delicate and simple and does not distract or compete with anything else that might be making you look fantastic that day. It is a great purchase for any age and although it does buckle around the ankle, it is too fine of a strap to accentuate a possibly bulky calf. That is actually a key fashion concept, DO NOT buy shoes that have ankle straps unless you have smaller calves. Cutting off your ankle only defines and draws attention to your more hefty calf. It also helps to shorten your legs by literally putting a horizontal line through your vertical legs. If you must, buy shoes that have a very delicate strap such as this t-strap sandal.

These particular shoes are great in any color, but because of their possible versatility, I would choose a neutral color such as nude, gold or black. If you need your one “go-to” pair of sandals for the warmer months, I strongly suggest investing a pair of t-strap fabulousness.

Banana Republic “Kara” thin strap sandal