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Maternity Maven: Fab at any Month

I absolutely love working with pregnant women. They are going through a crazy, body changing period and getting dressed (never mind actually looking cute) seems borderline painful. Being able to give them back their fashionable confidence is definitely a favorite part of my job.

My first pregnant client ever was lucky enough to go through it on television. That is obviously a joke. Imagine having to handle your body continually evolving for 9 months, and then most likely another year past that, and having to do it all on camera. You know the term, “the camera adds 10 pounds”? Think how frightening that statement would be when combined with your first pregnancy. Lucky for her I am a fabulous stylist and I love a good challenge!

Ladies, it is really all about making sure that no matter what month of pregnancy you are in, you still show that you have a body. Much like I promote wearing silhouette conscious clothing when you are a curvier woman, this is very similar. Once you put on a garbage bag of a dress, you look even BIGGER than you are. Stop with the frumpy, slouchy clothing when you are pregnant! In fact, my biggest pet peeve for lovely pregnant women is when they try and shop in the “regular” sized section until their 7th month. You are pregnant, not fat, wear clothing that is made for your new, curvy body. The maternity section is designed to fit this new body of yours, therefore it is going to fit you properly. What a fabulous concept!

This particular dress is a great example of a silhouette that will truly work on almost every pregnant woman at any month. It clearly shows that you have a womanly figure by being fitted around the arms and bust. An empire waist, when it cinches just under the bust, is a fantastic choice for any stage of pregnancy. It allows for movement and comfort around your stomach while remaining fitted on the upper half of your body. Also, this particular neckline is great to not over-accentuate a growing bust line. It does not drape over your boobs drawing attention to them, but rather draws the eye upward to the neck. Of course the fact that it is a jersey material is only more enticing being that it will feel like you are in a nightgown! Comfort and style DO go hand in hand.

Photo courtesy of showhype.com
Long sleeve babydoll maternity dress $29.98

The Draped Neckline

The draped neckline is such a dilemma. I know, there are bigger problems going on in the world, but for lots of people ( several of my fashion followers), this is a BIG problem.

Here are the issues: 1. It never hangs just right. 2. It is completely annoying when it doesn’t hang right and keeps moving. 3. Often times it is difficult to style because your neckline is open, but the draping is overwhelming. Worry no longer, I will save you from your draped neckline nightmares.

You see this dress and you want to wear it, but your “nightmares” keep crawling up on you and almost keep you from pulling out your credit card. If anything should scare you, it should be the satin fabric that will stick to every nook and cranny and most definitely wrinkle as soon as you sit down. Don’t let the drape be your fearful factor!

Answer number 1: Buy a draped shirt that has some sort of small weight in the front. It will actually keep the drape in the correct place and will keep you from fidgeting with it so much. So I guess that answers number 2 as well! A draped shirt will fall out, fall in and basically keep moving as you keep moving. By putting a small weight inside the seam at the center of the drape, the designer is allowing it to now be an effortless silhouette. This is the only time you will ever thank anyone for “adding weight” to you.

And now for answer number 3, the most important! How do you style this damn thing? Well, it is pretty simple. NO NECKLACES. Consider the drape your necklace. It is all the detail and attention that this little neckline needs. You do not need to overdo it. If anything, add a great pair of earrings to the look and keep all of the focus at the top. I would also pull your hair back, just like this model is doing, to accentuate the neckline even more. Of course if your hair is short, all the easier! The other choice is to keep the earring super simple, think studs, and adds lots and lots of fun bracelets OR a huge costume ring. You are separating the attention enough that nothing is competing with anything.

So do not fear the draped neckline any longer. You can pull this off. The only NO, NO is that if you have a super ample bust, this ain’t for you. You little weight is going to get lost in your lots of bust. Sorry super curvy gals!!!

Photo courtesy of velita.com/collections/dresses

Emmy’s Best Dressed

Oh how I love a good awards show. The good, the bad and the ugly…. It is a stylist’s time to shine and a star’s time to suck it in. All of this equals out to a good time for the viewer.

This year the Emmy’s were pretty as usual. I feel like because it is so early in the awards season (January is when it really gets going!), that most celebs stay safe. This year was no different. Basic silhouettes with straightforward colors allow very few of them to end up on the worst dressed list.

But then there are the few that take a bit of a risk and pray that it pays off. This year’s risk takers: Blake Lively and January Jones. And as far as this stylist is concerned, their respective risks definitely paid off.

I LOVE Blake Lively’s look. It is sexy (amazing boobs anyone?), it is sleek, it is the color of the moment and it is different. Her hair borders on alien invasion, but somehow it really does work with this look. I think the sleek front mixed with the messy braided pony tail are a slam dunk. Paired with an amazing silhouette of a dress that simply fits her body like a glove, Blake Lively looks the best she ever has. Gold star.

And then there is January Jones. Space age meets Hollywood glamor has never looked so good. Who knew that these two genres would make such a glorious team? The hard edge of the beading combined with the structured hip were an amazing compliment to her flowing train. With such a strong top half, it was important to pair it with a more feminine bottom half.

She brought the feminine feeling up through her soft hair and makeup reminding us that she is a classy lady with a touch of retro funk. She created a classically Mad Men look with a 2009 twist. You also receive a gold star January Jones.

My Big Bloomingdale’s Event!

  • by Amy Salinger
  • September 18th, 2009
  • My Style

Word must be getting around town that I am the hostess with the mostess. Only 2 days after my lovely gig over at Rebecca and Drew for Fashion’s Night Out, I was off to Bloomingdale’s in the Short Hills, New Jersey mall. My presence was requested to host an event for their brand, Aqua. It was a rockin’ 80’s party with a DJ and “photographers” (quotation marks are reserved for those people that actually attended the event). Unfortunately, many of the girls buying the clothing were not even born in the 80’s. Oy, my wrinkles are hurting right now.

The day was simple, easy and super fun. Basically, in 80’s terminology, it was rad. I had an entire department of clothing at my disposal and models to dress… Oh yea, and I was allowed to wear anything I wanted throughout the day. Can you say outfit change much? Aqua has apparently gone 80’s crazy because there was leggings galore, sequin coming out my ears and the hemlines seemed to be reaching shirt lengths. Oh how I love the 80’s!!!

The great part about the line is that there were women shopping in the department that ranged in age anywhere from 14 to 65. Love it. As I continually noted throughout the day, trends can be worn by mostly anyone, from any background, it is a matter of how many pieces you decide to pile on. Teeny boppers have the option to completely rock it out, while the more mature crowd should really only reach for one piece. I myself, being 30 and a stylist, have the chance to push the envelope a bit while still choosing a more sophisticated version of this 80’s tornado of style.

Having 2 lovely young models to dress, ages 16 and 18, I got to live out my crazy 80’s fantasy over and over again. They had about 5 outfit changes and all of them were created out of my very leather and fluorescent mind. Have I mentioned I love that overdone era? It certainly didn’t hurt that I was dressing girls that were 5’9 and thin…. It always seems to make outfit creations look better… I guess that is why they have the jobs they do. Damn the young, skinny, tall, hot girls! Again, my wrinkles are hurting.

So most of me is really excited that the lovely decade from 20 years past is back again. The only time my head really hurts is when I see overdone, ice wash, ripped, skinny, high-waisted jeans lurking around the store. Otherwise, if done correctly, the 80’s can seriously be fun and seriously vamp up your look. Loud materials, fun colors and shiny anything never really did hurt a gal. Add some studding to your life and accept that you love the 80’s too!

Bloomingdale’s Aqua Line: Check it out!!!

The Terror that Lurks Inside…

  • by Amy Salinger
  • September 16th, 2009
  • My Style

I have seen some crazy things during my days as a fashion stylist, but the occasional closet has really petrified me. Often times this space for beautifully organized clothing and glorious shoes, becomes a hub for what people don’t know what to do with. The “stuff it away and I will get to it later” space. The “my mother-in-law bought that for me so I can’t throw it away even though there is no way in hell I will ever wear it” area. Well folks, it is time to dive in, let it all spill out, and climb in to organize your brand new life. Having a visible wardrobe can actual change your style not to mention your mindset about getting dressed.

My wonderful NYC junior stylist and I had the extreme pleasure of re-doing an overwhelming space that used to be known as a closet. There were definitely clothing somewhere in there…. Along with Christmas decor, baby gifts (apparently never sent), and a rug among other things. Now let me be very clear, this is NYC and there is not a lot of space to keep everything you would like to. After living in a house all summer with my boyfriend, I realized pretty quickly that with more space, you acquire more things. As a New Yorker, I do not have that option. I am forced to clean out my closet twice a year without fail otherwise I would not be able to find anything and therefore would have no idea what I owned. This is truly a blessing in disguise.

And then there are the others…. The people that do not have the time to EVER go through what they own so it just keeps building and building and building… These people have two options: One, find and set aside 3 hours of your time twice a year to keep up editing and organizing your closet. Two, hire me. The second option seems much easier and logical:)

So here again, for the second glorious time, is my Sass N Style episode on closet organization. Enjoy and get ready for fall with your very own closet consultation!!!!