Archive | April, 2011

CallaStyle is Taking a (Spring) Break

20 Apr

Be back on April 30th!

Today’s Outfit: Bring the Spring (but keep the black)

14 Apr

It’s a certifiable combination of seasons today. Temperature check: 65 degrees.  Not warm enough to wear a dress with bare legs, not cold enough to justify long sleeves and tights. What to do? Mash’em up.  Try cropped pants like these lightweight ones that make a terrific partner for nude pumps.  Then, there’s my bright, ‘barbie’ pink top with a deep V-neck accessorized with an array of flourescent bracelets.  You can see that the pop of pink livens up my black pants and black knit vest. Bring on the spring!

Top by Ella Moss  |  Vest by Sweet Pea  |  Pants from JCrew  |  Pumps from Nine West

Bracelets by Amrita Sing and jelly bracelets by, well, I can’t remember the other designer!

Most comfortable pumps ever.

Fashion Essentials: Spring Jacket Round-up

13 Apr

Springtime is an in-between time where a woman needs certain wardrobe essentials, but very specific ones for the very unique weather. The nip of cold is still in the air, but heavy coats are no longer needed. What does one wear? To sort out confusion, here is a quick round up of perfectly pretty, versatile and fresh-looking spring jackets. Throw one of these jackets or blazers over your go-to pants, a pretty skirt and t-shirt, or a just jeans and a simple blouse to feel your own spring awakening.

Chambray Blazer, Anthropologie ($88)

Ruffled Belted Trench, Banana Republic ($198)

DSquared Leather Biker Jacket ($1,560)

 

Aqua Cape Coat, Bloomingdale's ($98)

 

 

(the wild card) Sass & Bide Long, Tie-Waist ($145)

 

 

Milly Multi Check in Marigold ($464)

 

 

BB Dakota Clifton Coat ($80, on sale)

 

Today’s Outfit: Pink Patent Pumps

12 Apr

Do I really need to say anymore? I mean, c’mon.  So the rest of the outfit is simple: black skinny pants, a drapy sleeveless blouse and of course, knock out shoes that do the talking for me.  There is a little more to say about the outfit, though. When wearing skinny pants, your best bet is to make your leg look as long as possible. The easiest way to do that is with super high heels. Boots are a great look, but when a woman wears pumps or strappy stilettos with skinny pants, her gams are transformed into the legs she’s always wanted. Try it and I dare you to tell me differently.

 Pants from Gap  |  Top by Madison Marcus  |  Pumps from Nine West

 

All this and they’re comfortable too (even at 3 1/2″).

Shoe Necessities: The Pump

11 Apr

There’s no question that pumps are a woman’s standby shoe for all occasions. Low heel, high heel, in-between heel, straps, round toe, pointed toe….you name it, there is a version of the pump for any and every woman. The pump that I am about to wholeheartedly endorse is moderately priced, mid-height, and comes in a variety of colors. No, the pump isn’t by Louboutin, Dolce & Gabbana, or Ferragamo. While those pumps are exquisite works of art, I’m talking about a shoe that a woman can actually wear, walk, work and play in.  (Let’s face it, Loubis are made for looking pretty and very little movement.)  No, the pump I’m over the moon about is the Ambitious pump from Nine West.

1.  It’s comfortable: a 4″ heel is barely noticeable thanks to the rounded toe and perfectly placed heel

2.  It has a slender heel: no, it’s not a thick, clunky heel as one might expect. The heel is actually slender, borderline stiletto

3.  It comes in several colors, including the standards – black and nude (among patterns and turquoise)

4.  It’s under $100 (and even on sale right now!)

Buy this pump, take care of it the way you would a designer shoe (get it resoled, change out the plastic heel) and I promise it will last you. I leave the shopping to you.

Today’s Outfit: We don’t need no stinkin’ jeans

8 Apr

To heck with casual Friday;  jeans mean nothing to me.  I’d much rather wear wide leg trousers with a paperbag waist and an animal print blouse.  Wouldn’t you? Well, that’s what I did. And these pants are just as comfortable as jeans  but look way more interesting than your average Citizens or pair of Sevens.  Short and sweet today, here’s my outfit.

Pants by The Limited  |  Top by Kenneth Cole  |  Pumps from Nine West  | spectacular office view behind me by Time Inc.

Fashion Trends: Mini, Midi, MAXI Skirts

8 Apr

The final in our trio of skirts this week is the maxi, named for its “maximum” length.  Below is a fun version of a maxi, ready for spring, fresh and fun. Try a skirt like this with a simple black sleeveless top, gladiator sandals and a bib necklace. Or, take it to the office on a casual Friday with silk T-shirt and a cropped vest. Last and easiest, roll it up and pack it into your long weekend bag simply swapping simple cotton v-necks for a three days of easy outfits.

 

Rachel Pally ($198)