Chunky Cable Knits

Fashion, Luxury, Reality, Style

When my alarm is going off and I hear the winter wind whistling against my window, the last thing I want to do is get out of my warm, cozy bed and venture into the freezing cold. Rather than sleep in, try layering under warm, chunky cable knits.

Chunky Knits in Luxury

BOY. BY BAND OF OUTSIDERS sweater / ERDEM pants / DKNY coat / MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA booties / PROENZA SCHOULER bag / COACH fur scarf

A simple white collared shirt would be perfect under this Boy. by Band of Outsiders sweater (and yes, tuck it in.) To add some trendy individuality (oxymoron?) you can attach collar tips like these ones from ASOS:

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The modern feel they have works best with the outfit above, mainly because this look is a little bit more relaxed:

Chunky Knits in Reality

ROMWE sweater $80 / RIVER ISLAND jeans $55 / UNTOLD coat $76 / OASAP boots $63 / TOPSHOP bag $68 / WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET faux fur scarf $50

This sweater has much more of a lumberjack vibe, obviously made chic by the surrounding pieces. Nonetheless it would look foolish with a collared shirt layered underneath. It could also potentially make the outfit seem like it’s trying too hard to look good. This look is trendy enough with it’s mixed prints (floral and houndstooth,) yet still understated. Always a good combination.

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Leather Leggings with a Peplum on Top + Mixing Prints

Fashion, Luxury, Runway, Style

Pantone, the “world-renowned authority on color,” has recently named emerald the color of 2013. I’m not quite sure I buy into the idea of there being an authority on color, but I do know that the color of this Prabal Gurung peplum top is gorgeous. I would call it more of a forest, but it definitely falls into the emerald category. I paired it with oxblood leather leggings to stay on trend, and a vintage tweed Chanel jacket to stay classy and timeless. The Casio watch, Ray-Ban wayfarers and Alexander Wang leopard print bag add a modern edge to keep the ensemble looking chic. Finish the look with winter white point-toe wedges and you are ready for a warmish winter day.

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PRABAL GURUNG top / PAIGE DENIM leggings / VINTAGE CHANEL jacket / H&M heels / ALEXANDER WANG bag / SVPPLY earrings / CASIO watch / RAY-BAN sunglasses

Mixing patterns, like tweed and leopard print, is also very trendy right now. It’s being done from the red carpet to the runway, and even on the street:

Mixing Patters

Kerry Washington (one of my style crushes) wore this amazing Peter Pilotto dress to a Django Unchained premier and actually won best-dressed on E!’s Fashion Police.

Philip Oh of StreetPeeper.com took the middle shot of a casual, yet wonderful, mixing of patterns in New York City. (Note the leopard print: some say this is the neutral of patterns.)

Erdem‘s Spring 2013 RTW collection featured the mixing of many colors and patterns, and though this wasn’t my favorite look from the collection, it definitely makes a statement. I love how he chopped up the anatomical parts of a woman’s body with the mixing of patterns. But if you want to see my favorite look from the collection, here it is:

ERDEM Spring 2013 RTW

On trend and unwearable by almost every woman everywhere, but oh so stunning. The beadwork and transparency are so hot right now. I love the contrast of such a bland color as grey with the bright pink beadwork. Just amazing.

Obsessed: Velvet

Fashion, Obsessions, Style

I hated velvet when I was younger.  I had this velvet skirt that my mother made me wear to high holidays and the occasional Bar or Bat Mitzvah, but I tried to avoid it at all costs.  If only I knew then what I know now: that velvet can be FABULOUS.

Erdem had the most amazing velvet prints in their Fall 2011 collection.  The Ellie cowl back dress and Alanna printed pants are two of my favorite pieces.

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Velvet is one of those tricky fabrics that, when done the wrong way, could end up looking cheap or tacky. It also must be cared for properly or the fabric could end up ruined.  Here are a couple of tips to keep your velvet looking good:

1. Take good care of your velvet clothing!  It can be damaged easily.  If you’re not great at caring for your clothes stick to crushed velvet.  Because it’s already, well…crushed, you don’t have to be so careful with it and can sometimes even machine wash it.  Take all non-crushed velvet items to the dry-cleaners for proper care.

2. Do not fold or iron velvet.  Folding it will crease the fabric, sometimes permanently, and ironing it will leave an imprint.  To get out minor wrinkles you can steam it.  (If you have to fold velvet, put tissue paper in between the folds.)

These wide-leg, red velvet pants by Steven Alan are so fab.  Red velvet is very luxe and can really add a lot to an outfit.  It’s a great way to bring texture into your wardrobe.  The pants to the right are a less expensive version from Topshop.  This print might not be for everybody, but I love it.  With a print like this in velvet, the rest of the outfit should be kept simple.  The pants are the statement piece here.

Another option for velvet is to wear it on your feet.  These Giuseppi Zanotti velvet Veronica booties are to die:

Topshop also had some great velvet shoes:

APT Velvet Chelsea Ankle Boots / Strut Metal Heel Platform Shoes / Fuschia Velvet Logo Slippers

My favorite velvet piece of the season has to be the Marc by Marc Jacobs sphinx animal-print skirt:

The shape is universally flattering.  I also love the mid-length.  (If you’re on the shorter side, remember to tailor mid-length skirts so they hit your leg where they should.  Otherwise you can appear even shorter.)  This skirt is classy, fun and trendy: the perfect combination!