Archive | August, 2008

Mix and Match

31 Aug

When I think of the notion of mixing and matching, a great many arenas come to mind.  You may be thinking I’m talking only colors. Yes and no. Along with colors, I mix and match (MandM) with my food–strange combinations of edibles to create a meal (i.e. gardenburger and a bowl of oatmeal). I MandM with my friends–I don’t have a “group” of girls a la SATC but rather a my friends are an aggregate of different women with different careers who vary in age from 25 to 65.  I MandM with my home decor–essentially I go for what I like and try to harmonize pieces in the same room through placement and size.

And on to my wardrobe – MandM-ing is great not only for color but for style of dress, texture, season, and occasion. What the heck do I mean? Below are some examples I hope inspire you to try to mix and match with baby steps until you are feel freer to play a bit of twister with your wardrobe putting together more interesting, visually appealing, and creative combinations of your clothes.  When you find yourself bored with your clothes, try some of these tips and you may save yourself from the “I have nothing to wear” syndrome.

Color MandM:

My personal view on color is that nothing has to “match” exactly, it should just “go”.  Colors should be harmonious but don’t have to be precise. Try using several shades of the same color or contrasting colors such as orange and purple, pink and blue or red and green.  You’ll see what a delightful pallet of sumptuous colors can do for your mood and how it can attract a great many compliments.

Style of Dress MandM:

Match up the Traditional style–known for its clean lines, conservative/businesslike style in mostly neutral colors with Feminine style – known for its delicate, pristine, and gentle appearance often utilizing softer, approachable colors and “girly” patterns like flowers or dots.

Trousers + floral blouse + ornate hair accessory + sweater vest + conservative flats

Season-Texture MandM:

Summer dress+ opaque tights + denim jacket + ankle boots.

Careful to keep your colors in harmony, that your silky dress doesn’t cling or get bunched up when you walk from the texture of your tights, keep your denim jacket tailored and the boots should stick to the ankle-height? Why? Because meeting your knee-length fluttery dress with leather may be too harsh of a juxtoposition. Let your tights be the bridge that marries the lightweight fabric of your dress to the heavier weight and texture of your boots. Keep in mind, you don’t have to utilize super-bright colors like I’ve pictured below. Keep it more consvative with neutrals, black tights and black boots.

The point is to combine unlikely textures for balance with seasons to extend the life of your clothes beyond just standard seasonal dictations.

Transitions

30 Aug

In a few days, it will officially be fall.  If you live in a city that has distinct seasons you’re lucky. Here in NY, we get a few weeks of the transitional seasons and then wake up one morning to a dramatically different temperature.

That said, now that fall is nearly upon us New Yorkers, I am getting really excited about pulling my boots and leggings out, my attractive swing jackets and layers of many colors.  I find fall to be a key season in showing off your best wardrobe pieces because it’s cool enough to wear the fabulous fabrics of a cooler temperature, but not so cold that you need to cover up with that down coat.

Some of my current fall favorites are below. A good pair of booties, pretty and surprising accessories and making cozy part of your day wear are three things that make me look forward to sipping a hot coffee on a cool, overcast saturday morning of the fall.

Booties: Wear them with opaque tights and a knee-length skirt or underneath jeans. Booties give you all the height without all the added bulk around your calves. don’t like knee-high boots under pants; they cling to my pants when I walk! Booties are my alternative. Keep the shape classic and simple. A round toe with a moderate-weight heel will give you a bootie that will span many seasons of trends.  A black leather or suede are great choices (see below).  If you find one pair you really love, buy it in black and brown or tan. You’ll get so much wear out of them because they marry well with nearly everything in your closet – dresses, skirts, pants, and trouser shorts.

Scarves as accessories: they provide just enough warmth to block out the morning nip in the air. And, they can be worn all day in place of a necklace as an added element of texture or color to an otherwise simple outfit. A long sleeve t-shirt and a sleek pair of flat front pants with heels can be brought to an entirely different delicious level of delightful with a brightly colored scarf. Throw it over your shoulder in an effortless overlapping toss, knot it close to the neck for a choker-effect, or wrap it several times loosely around your neck to simulate a cowl.  Make sure the color is within your own best pallet because it will be right at your face. The right color can make you glow, the wrong can make you look sick.

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Sweater Coats: Sweater coats are an ideally-cozy layer that provides warmth and the element of “I didn’t even think about my outfit this morning” chic. The example here can be layered with a classic oxford shirt in any color. Pop the collar and bring the cuffs out for added drama. Add on layers of fake pearls (or real ones if you have them!), or several chain necklaces for some edge to balance out the squishy cashmere.  Take it off when you get to your destination or make it part of your outfit.  Pair the sweater coat with denim, leggings, or your favorite black pants for a soft and supple layer of warmth in early morning fall briskness.

CallaStyleCo.com just in time for fall

17 Aug

It’s official – my website is live and kickin’. CallaStyleCo.com is my official site from which I can communicate who I am, what I do, and what CallaStyle’s services are. I’m thrilled to finally be able to have a home base on the net since this is the main point of operation for so many businesses, big and small.

Now that this has been announced…I know it’s only August, but goodness. I can’t wait for the fall clothes to come out of hiding. Fabulous tights with boots and print skirts. Patterned blouses with tailored, structured trousers and flats. Impeccably tailored jackets over funky leggings. All black. All brown. All navy. Wool mixed with silk mixed with denim mixed with anything!

A new season means new favorites, new outfits, and more fun in your closet. You don’t have to go shopping, just play twister with your clothes.

SPIN!

Black pants matches pastel colored top.

SPIN!

Denim skirt matches bright-colored solid turtleneck and brown riding boots.

SPIN!

Solid black from head to toe. Don’t care what anyone says, black is always the new black and will forever be black and chic.

I would hit the newsstands for the following magazines to give you inspiration, ideas, websites and 800-numbers: Lucky (www.luckymag.com), Vogue (www.vogue.com) (don’t be intimidated, there are more cost efficient versions of the Pradas and YSLs in those pages), More (www.more.com), In Style (www.instyle.com) and Glamour (www.glamour.com). All have great fall themes and will fuel your excitement about turning over the sleeveless tops to the idea of layering the sleeveless top over a thin knit sweater and those fabulous go-to black trousers you so adore.

Go shopping!