The Lady in Leather and a Crop Top in Reality

Fashion, Reality, Style

This outfit is a little edgier than yesterday’s version. I love pairing navy and black together. A lot of people would never dare mix the two, but I think it creates a chicness only attainable by these two colors. The oxblood bag is on trend and works well with the navy and black, and if you don’t like the grey coat it can easily be swapped out for black to create a sleeker look.

Lady in Leather and  Crop Top in Reality

BARDOT top $73 / MARC BY MARC JACOBS skirt $248 / WALLIS coat $83 / MANGO bag $100 ALDO boots $98 / COLE HAAN gloves $49

I know, I know…the skirt is expensive, but it was on sale from $500. Sometimes it’s worth it to invest, especially if you see a staple piece by a designer that you love on sale. Take this skirt for example. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but it’s a quality piece that will last forever and can add some luxury to your closet. (Here’s a little secret of mine: if you wear cheap things next to expensive things, everything looks expensive…as long as the cheap things aren’t tacky.)

If you do decide to splurge, here are 5 things to remember when sale shopping for designer pieces:

1. Buy neutrals (It’s a guarantee that they will match with most things in your closet.)

2. Buy classic shapes (So that your investments don’t go out of style.)

3. Buy for many settings (To make the investment worthwhile.)

4. Make sure you really love it (So that you will wear it a lot.)

5. Enjoy your splurge! (Don’t go home and worry about the money you spent…revel in your new purchase!)

Sequin Shorts

Fashion, Luxury, Reality, Style

A great way to add some pizazz to your outfit is with sequins.  In the summer, why not make it sequin shorts?  I love this look because it’s easygoing yet elegant:

black-and-white-with-red-sequin-shorts

TOPSHOP shorts / VINCE sweater / CASADEI pumps / REBECCA MINKOFF bag / MOVADO watch / THE ROW sunglasses / WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET earrings

A black and white motif with a small pop of color can be very eye catching.  The muted outfit allows the shoes to really stand out (which is exactly what you want them to do when they’re this expensive.) But again, shoes are worth the investment if you will wear them a lot.

The main rule when it comes to shoes is to know thyself.  If you are uncoordinated/look like a newborn deer when you try to walk in shoes like this, DO NOT BUY THEM, even if they cost $20.  They will end up collecting dust in the back of your closet and/or breaking your ankle.  They can be easily replaced with wedges that can give your outfit a similar feel.

These would probably stay on my feet for all of ten minutes before I’d rip them off begging for mercy.  I’m one of the uncoordinated plenty who would, sadly, have to replace them with wedges.  Here are some that I would swap:

These Dolce Vita wedges give the same idea without breaking your ankles or bank account.  If you want to stick with a pump, try these:

These Steve Madden pumps will only cost you $90.  They’re also a much shorter heel, decreasing the likelihood of ankle breakage.  Here is a less expensive version of the sequin shorts outfit:

WAREHOUSE shorts $31 VILA shirt $31 / VINCE CAMUTO clutch $148 / DOLCE VITA heels $129 / T TAHARI ring $40 / PIECES earrings $20 / MARC BY MARC JACOBS bracelet $88 EBAY sunglasses $10

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.

erdem-velvet

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!

Marc by Marc Jacobs Studded Booties

Fashion, Style

I really love this color combination of red and burgundy.  It almost clashes, but I think the two look fabulous together.  It’s a slight play on the monochromatic trend without being too literal.  The John Lennon-esque sunglasses may be too much for some, but I’m literally OBSESSED with them.  They’re the first item on my Chrismukkah list for sure.  They’re retro yet slightly modern and, obviously, fabulous.I love this look because it’s almost like grungy, downtown girl meets trendy uptown girl.  (Maybe I’ll call this look midtown girl?)  The boots, sunglasses and graphic t-shirt next to the Mulberry jacket and Miu Miu bag are somewhat in contrast with each other, but they come together to form a beautiful, bad-ass outfit.

Shirt CONLEY’S

Jeans PAIGE

Jacket MULBERRY

Shoes MARC BY MARC JACOBS

Bag MIU MIU

Scarf ARTEMIS WRAGGE

Sunglasses RAY-BAN

Bracelet AVANESSI

Metallic Mulberry Top

Fashion, Style

Metallic’s are hot right now and an unexpected way to work them into your wardrobe is through your tops.  A lot of people are wearing gold and silver jeans, but this pleated Mulberry shirt is a perfect example of how to put an unexpected twist on one of the latest trends.
Because the shirt is such a statement piece the rest of the outfit should be kept relatively simple in terms of shape and color.  The black Lanvin skirt compliments the shirt without overpowering it.  I wouldn’t describe the clutch as simple, but it’s a little pop of fun.

The booties are amazing, and while they do make a statement they don’t overwhelm the ensemble, simply add to it.  The jewelry ties the bright gold of the clutch in with the rest of the outfit and plays off of the metallic theme.

Sometimes when wearing metallics I think it’s fun to work in more than one shade, like gold and silver.  But I think this shirt needs a plain palate to play off of so I stuck to black.  I love this look, and the top is one of my favorite items right now!

Shirt MULBERRY

Skirt LANVIN

Clutch MARC BY MARC JACOBS

Booties CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA

Earrings KATE SPADE

Bracelet YVES SAINT LAURENT

Ring YVES SAINT LAURENT