Archive | October, 2010

Fashion Show at Lord & Taylor

30 Oct

Today, I had the pleasure and fun of walking in “The Long and the Short of it” – a fashion show for petites and plus sizes at Lord & Taylor in NYC. Two fellow board members of AICI NY Tri-State hosted a fashion show that provided wardrobe solutions for petite and plus size women. I was one of the petite models and got to wear some great clothes, walk down a faux-catwalk, and was even able take home an item of my choice (see last photo), compliments of L&T. Here was my day, outfit by outfit.

My weekend outfit – tank by Banana Republic (just as good as James Perse, less than half the price), top by Piper & Sparrow, scarf by $5 pashmina table in Madison Sq. Park, leggings by Zobha, boots by Report.

We’ve finally chosen my outfits – here are a couple pieces

And one more, with an orange jacket, which I was not happy about. Orange is so out of my color range. But I did it for the good of the show 😉

I wish I had a better camera, because the below cowl neck silk top was actually purple and black, layered under a silver knit shrug, and over Michael Kors pencil black pants.

I think the below photo shows off the top much better.

Orange jacket by Michael Kors, pencil skirt by Kenneth Cole, and zebra cowl silk top by Kenneth Cole (in stores only).

And, my boots by Report

Poncho by Jones New York (not available online).

You know how I love ponchos and capes.

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Fashion Fixers: 2 Ways to Waist

28 Oct

Fashion = illusion.  If you fake it, it will be so.  No waist? No problem. Let’s learn how to make one, k?

Herringbone ruffle blazer, Banana Republic, $175

First, the jacket.  A tailored blazer is the best-best-best way to create a waist. It should have 1-2 buttons, the right sleeve length, and end just above the hip. Try buying one size smaller and don’t bother buttoning it, to give you a really shapely silhouette. Get jackets in casual cotton, light weight wool, denim, and even silk and wear them with everything, for every occasion.

 

Melissa Masse, Knit Dress, $325

Next, focus on the smallest part of your body – just under the bra line.  You can do this a few ways. Try an empire waist, cinch a skinny belt over a tunic or boxy dress,  or wear a wrap style dress/top. Shown above is an empire waist dress in a sexy knit that skims the body, and kimono sleeves for relaxed elegance.

 

Today’s Outfit: Gray for a Gray Day

27 Oct

Raining in NYC and still hot.  I love this dress because (1) it has pockets and (2) it has zebras. Plus, I get to play with scarves since it’s got a wide neckline.

Dress by Orion, belt so old I can’t even remember, tights by JCrew, suede boots by Report, scarf by Nimli

These are nearly 5″ heels, but it’s mitigated by a 1″  platform.  I’m officially 5’7″. God bless a platform.

Fashion Trends: 5 Lovely Lace Tights

27 Oct

When it’s too cold to go bare-legged and too warm to don those thick tights or wool pants, what’s a good option for in-between? The answer is lacy tights.  A perfect, effortless accessory, lace patterns are borderline hypnotic when you stare long enough. But, beyond their psychological implications, they’re a very versatile (subtly sexy) option for leg wear.  Here are some lovely, lacy, leg-bearing options.

 

Hue Lace Tights, $18

 

Michael Stars, $48

Wolford Lace Garden Tights, $150

Givenchy Two Tone, $16

Betsey Johnson Rose Net Tights, $20

Today’s Outfit

26 Oct

I’m into cardigans at the moment and it’s probably inspired by this warm weather. I feel like I need something to cover up because it’s near the end of October, but I can’t wear a coat or blazer lest I melt.

Pants by The Limited, to by Gold Hawk, Cardigan by JCrew, Boots by Kenneth Cole.

 

Here’s a close up of the top. It’s actually a french blue silk camisole with a sheer silk shell. The neckline has this web of beading which I think is so pretty and delicate (not my typical aesthetic as I tend to go bolder). Gold Hawk is a line that shows a mix of delicate, lacy pieces with harder rock-star looks as well. Today, I just wanted something easy and no-fuss. This fit the need; perfect for an unseasonable 75-degree day.

Fashion Trends: 5 Lovely Long Skirts

26 Oct

Hemlines went so short last year that they had no where to go but down. Fall skirts and dresses got long and I got happy.  Why?  Because they make me look tall. See? Don’t I look tall? But seriously, I’ve been in love with the maxi since I was a teenager. I had one long skirt in particular, from the Limited, bought with a Christmas stash o’ cash that I wore into the ground (it was a cotton, khaki style with buttons down the front).  But I digress. Here are some current versions that I adore just as much.

 

Who knew L.L. Bean had so much style? Now we all do.

L.L. Bean Signature, $179

 

Can you picture a fitted black turtleneck layered with a hot pink cardigan?

Tumbler Maxi Skirt, $78, Anthropologie

 

It’s a casual take on silk and the faux slit at the bottom gives your fab shoes room to peek out.

Donna Mizani, $143 (on sale)

 

Rich purple and subtle floral ensure you don’t look like you belong at the Little House (on that prairie we all know).

Patchwork Peasant Skirt, Free People, $128

 

Faded and frayed, but still refined and current, Rugby makes this look perfect.  Try a white v-neck T-shirt and an over-sized grandpa cardi, left open.

Denim Skirt, Ralph Lauren Rugby, $148

Today’s Outfit: It’s still warm

25 Oct

It’s still warm in NY…like 70 degrees warm. So I compromised with Mother Nature – a summer dress with fall tights and booties. I call this my diner waitress dress because it has that 50’s style shape to it, a full-neck lapel, and pockets. Show me a dress with pockets and I’m sold.


Dress by Skunk Funk (spring 2008), tights by JCrew (Fall 2009) cardigan by JCrew (Fall 2009), booties by Rampage (Fall 2008).

These booties, made my Rampage, were so inexpensive and are going on their third season.  I have them in black too.