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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
$39.50

Bold Bangles

There are several staples that I believe all fashionable women must own. Longer tank tops, a crisp white button down, wide leg black pants…. I could seriously keep going if someone didn’t stop me so I will stop myself. Let me re-direct my focus to a specific area of fashion, say jewelry? Sure, why not.

Gold bangles are a dream accessory because they literally go with everything. They add style to any basic ensemble, they add a pop to your simple summer dress and they even work with your over the top, overly embellished “everybody look at me” dress. Basically, they work with simple, they work with crazy, they work with classic, they work with funk, they work with, well, YOU!

The other fantastic thing about these little gems is that you can find them anywhere. I don’t care where you live in the world, these things are just around the corner. From Forever 21, to that expensive boutique to hand crafted markets… I bet you can even find these things in some off the beaten path African extravaganza. The point is that you can get them for 3 bucks or 300 bucks depending on what quality you are looking for.

I love these bangles shown here from Flutter by Jill Golden. They are simple with a touch of individuality which still allows them to be worn with anything, as previously mentioned. I love basic things to still be stand alone pieces. That, of course, does not mean that they need to stand alone! Mix these bad boys up with other random bracelets for a great eclectic look.

So ladies, if you have been reading my brilliant styling blog religiously you just might be the hottest chick on the block… And definitely the most stylish!

Flutter by Jill Golden$145- $185

Awesome Architechtural Heels

A few things really upset me; ice cream cones that melt too fast, men with skinny legs and people that complain about their fabulous curly hair to name a few… But nothing upsets me more than people that only have black and brown shoes because they don’t know what to do with “crazy” shoes. Well I am here to help you break that pattern! Love thy “crazy” shoes!

These pink booty high heels are bananas, as in, fabulously phenomenal. They are seriously ridiculous and might be a tad scary to most people. My roommate, who is sitting right next to me, told me she thought they were ugly, but then again she said, “You’re the expert”.

So here is my “expert” advice for how to truly rock this outstanding piece of architectural fashion. Don’t try and make them blend, they won’t. This is the stand-out piece of your look. There are several ways to make these look fantastic so that people will stop you on the street as opposed to whispering, “Who is the crazy person with the crazy fashion sense” to their friends.

Some possible options for stand-out shoes is to tone down the rest of your outfit. These shoes would be fabulous with all black, including black tights. What a sexy look for a holiday party! Because these are satin, they work for a dressy, funky evening outfit. Another option is to wear them with a simple solid pencil skirt and a printed silk blouse. Keep the craziness separate with the solid skirt in the middle and mix the hard edge of the architectural heel with the softness of silk. The third option is for a night of dinner and dancing. Throw on a skinny jeans, a slinky blouse and a single button blazer. Again, keep it solid aside from the blouse. The bottom half of your outfit should always be simple so the focus is on your “crazy” shoes.

So stop loving shoes and not buying them because you aren’t sure what to do with them. Everything has its fashion place and having an amazing online stylist to help you through your fashion journey certainly doesn’t hurt!

Alexia High Sandal Boot
$105.00

The Pencil Skirt


If you venture back in fashion time (think Marty McFly, only you’re driving a prius), you will find that the pencil skirt is a tried and true staple of the woman’s wardrobe. Anything that has stuck around since the fifties must have some merit! The simple explanation for this phenomenon is that this style skirt truly does work on most body types and creates a flattering silhouette.

As I have repeatedly said, accentuating the smaller parts of your body is a great concept… Obviously! Moderately high waisted garments are very complimentary to the “real woman’s” body. This means, don’t have the waist line just below your chest, think more like your belly button. The straight skirt hugs your curves in all of the right places accentuating your femininity. Women should have a heiny so show it off:)

There are two important factors to make this style work. First is to have it hemmed to the appropriate length. As this skirt shows, the hem should be just above your knee otherwise you are actually shortening and fattening your bottom half. Uh, not the look you are going for ladies! Second, the fabric should be a denser material, it might even have some elasticity to it. This allows the skirt to hug your curves accentuating the positive rather than showing off any possible, um, let’s be real here… cellulite. Ug, the unforgivable word!

As this particular look shows, the pencil skirt is great for day into evening and can be perfect for your next big meeting or dinner party. Throw on a bold statement necklace and look like the MILF (or MILF in training) you have always wanted to be.

Banana Republic Silvered Tweed Pencil Skirt

$175.00

White After Labor Day? Why Not!?!

When people ask me about “rules” of fashion, I try and remind them that rules are made to be broken. The truth of great fashion is being able to make something work and making the improbable the next great trend. Be your own trendsetter, but remember that being outside of the box does not always equal fashion icon. Choose your battles carefully and remember that the greatest fashion compliment ever is to make something work that most people would not estimate goes together. That is the sign of true style genius.

White after Labor Day is not always a faux pas when done correctly. As Kate Beckinsale is stylishly showing, adding dark accent pieces is a good way to break up the overabundance of clean white that this look could have. The problem with white after Labor Day isn’t the color, it is the summer feeling that it evokes. By adding edgier accessories in black, she is changing the whole tone of this flowy, white cocktail dress. One of the most important factors of wearing this angelic froc so late in the season is the weight and density of the fabric. Choosing a cotton blend adds for breathability which is associated with a hot summer day. November isn’t known for its heat waves, but this silky material makes this dress winter appropriate.

Darken up your make-up with a smokey eye and you are ready for any winter wonderland. When anybody asks about your wonderful, white frock you can just tell them, “Now you see
I’m breaking all the rules, breakin’ all the rules.” I am sure Ozzy Ozbourne never thought he would be used in a fashion quote…. He does love the smokey eye make-up though….

Photo courtesy of InStyle.com