Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How to Dress Up a Navy Suit

In this post and this post I talked about the need for a basic black or navy suit in your work wardrobe.  Now comes the fun part- how to use these key pieces every day and dress them up or down to suit the particular work function.  Here is one example of how you can dress up a navy suit for your work day.  In tomorrow's post, I will show how you can dress this up for an after work happy hour!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Best Looks of the 2012 SAG Awards

Octavia Spencer

In a surprising turn of events, the stars showed up looking AMAZING to last night's Screen Actors Guild Awards- there were so many beautiful looks to choose from for best dressed, compared to the slim pickings of the Golden Globes!  Attendees dazzled in elegant gray, red, black and cream gowns.  I usually dislike the color gray because it doesn't do much for your skin tone, but my best dressed of the night was Octavia Spencer in a gorgeous gray gown that was fit and styled perfectly for her.  She looked beautiful.  Below are my picks of the night.  If you want to steal the stars' style, a red or black lace dress, top, or skirt would be great for Valentine's Day.

Jennifer Carpenter

Stacey Keibler

Lea Michele

Michelle Williams

Angelina Jolie

Viola Davis

Kyra Sedgwick

Best Dressed Couple
Arnie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers

Best Accessories
Rose Byrne

Friday, January 27, 2012

How to Wear Leggings

Reader question:

Apparently, leggings are huge in Moscow this season, everybody is crazy about them.  What is the right way to wear them?  I myself for some reason bought two pairs...

First, let's start with the truth about cotton leggings: They are not actually pants.  Leggings are a hybrid between tights and pants.  This means that they are basically thick tights and are very revealing.  That said, I know that a lot of women love leggings.  If you are comfortable with the exposure of wearing leggings in public, I think they look best paired with a long, tunic-like top which covers your rear end (as pictured above and below.)  This is slightly more modest, and also more flattering.  A ballet flat completes the look nicely.  

I know leggings are comfortable and it can be hard to find pants that a) fit or b) are skinny enough to fit into winter boots (a look that I love.)  If you like the look of leggings but want a bit more coverage, jean leggings are the answer.  I personally love jean leggings- they have the comfort and fit of a legging, with the style of a jean.  They are great for tucking into tall boots and also look good paired with pumps or flats.  One final thing to keep in mind:  leggings and jean leggings are most flattering if you have a thin, shapely leg.  If you have a curvier leg, a flare, boot-cut, or straight leg jean will be much more flattering on your body.  

My pick:
I just purchased these from Express and they are really cute.  They'll look great for summer paired with a colorful tunic top like the one above, raffia wedge sandals (see this post),  and a bright clutch like this:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bright Ideas for Your Winter Wardrobe

*On sale today 1/26/12 for $29.99 (no code needed.)

If gray winter days are getting you down a bit, take a break from the black by incorporating some cheerful citrus hues into your wardrobe.  A touch of brilliant, citrusy, chartreuse is sure to brighten your day.  It's not easy to wear color in winter, but this color pairs well with neutrals like navy, white, black, and gray.  A lightweight blouse or shell in this color will also carry you seamlessly into spring when paired with white jeans and sandals.  

*On sale today 1/26/12 for $23.93

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What to Wear for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a fun holiday, so dress the part!  For a girls' night out, a sequin sheath in a shimmering champagne pink will have you sparkling all night.  If you have a special date planned, you can't go wrong with a form-fitting dress in bright red, magenta or black lace.  If you don't like red or pink, a rich color like gold or burgundy is also a great choice that maintains the festive vibe of the holiday.  Complete the look with a metallic or nude evening sandal and a simple clutch.  *Take a tip from a stylist and start planning what you'll wear now, so you won't have to shop last minute!  Also, if you're planning to order something online, now is a good time to shop so you can be sure your purchase will arrive on time and fits correctly. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Preview: Summer Stripes

For Work

Sailing stripes are shaping up to be a hot look for spring.  I actually consider the nautical look as more of a basic than a trend, because it tends to reappear almost every summer.  It's an easy, chic, go-to look that requires little thought and will have you looking cool and breezy on those hot summer days.  The nautical stripes will look great paired with bright white, navy, and tan.  Here is a selection of my favorite striped looks for the summer.  Take advantage of the summer looks being out in stores so early and pick your favorite pieces now.  Once the warm weather arrives, they will undoubtedly be on sale! 

For Weekend

Casual Chic

*30% off today using code SPRING30

Running Errands

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Morning Inspiration

Happy Monday!  If you woke up this morning, looked at your closet and thought- "I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear!"- you are likely missing key basic items or are not sticking to a designated color palette or style (more on this here.)  Since last week, I have been featuring elegant, work-appropriate looks that prove you can look great for work at a low cost and with minimal effort by choosing classic, coordinating pieces.  In that same vein, here is a little inspiration for your Monday morning work look.  This look features the pumps from this post and the navy version of the dress from this post, to show that these pieces will truly all go together and will make your life easier - and more chic!