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.

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!)

Neon Green with Envy

Fashion, Luxury, Runway, Style

There are so many great trends this season that it’s hard to choose a favorite, but black and white is definitely at the top of the list. Here are three of the best black and white looks from the Spring 2013 runways:

black and white spring 2013

Photos: Style.com

The Alexander Wang look (left) is very androgynous, but nonetheless fabulous. I am obsessed with the Chanel (center.) It’s so grandma-chic and instantly conjures images of the brand. One of my favorite things about Chanel is how true they stay to their style. A trained eye can usually tell if something is Chanel within the first few seconds of looking at it, which is exactly how it should be if your fashion house has been around since 1909. My favorite of the three is the Marc Jacobs sequin maxi dress (right.) It brings three trends, sheer, mixed prints and black and white, together to create an ultra chic gown. (Sidenote: I love that Marc Jacobs used flats on the runway…a man after my own heart.)

Although I love the simplicity of a completely black and white look, I fell in love with this Antonio Berardi neon blazer and it just fit perfectly. Black and White + Neon + Ombré = Sleek & Chic. I love the clean lines of this outfit. Although there is a clear grunge influence, thanks to the moto jeans and the graphic t-shirt, the jacket and accessories pull it together into a streamlined, grown-up grunge ensemble.

neon green in luxury

ANTONIO BERARDI jacket / PIERRE BALMAIN jeans / CÉLINE t-shirt / ALEXANDER WANG heels / MULBERRY bag / GEORG JENSEN cuff / ACNE sunglasses

Non-platform, ankle strap sandals have been hot for a while now and can dress up a casual look without making it look like you’re trying too hard. The cuff is so fabulous and when I wear a statement piece like this one, I try to keep the rest of the jewelry to a minimum. I think it lets both the outfit and that one piece really sing.

Visual Vacation In Luxury

Fashion, Luxury, Style

Everybody knows that winters in the Northeast aren’t pleasant. It’s bone chilling days like this that make me fantasize about the warm spring ones that are soon to come. Until those April showers bring the May flowers, this outfit will just have to do:
visual vacation in reality

MOSCHINO CHEAP AND CHIC shirt / HAUTE HIPPIE jeans / COMME DES GARÇONS jacket / FREE PEOPLE backpack / ISABEL MARANT sneakers / RAIF hat / LINDA FARROW sunglasses

The semi-sheer, silk top is on trend and has a pretty graphic that instantly stirs thoughts of 76 degree weather. I love the floral pant and graphic shirt combination, which is a play on the trend of mixing prints. The stripes on the letterman jacket add another layer of texture and print giving the outfit plenty of depth. The quirkiness of this look is what makes it so great for me. It almost doesn’t work, but after five minutes of analytical staring I ended up falling in love with it.

Sneaker wedges are another trend I love. My favorites are Giuseppi Zanotti (left) and Isabel Marant (right):

designer sneaker wedges

You can find the Giuseppe’s at FarFetch.com and the Isabel Marant’s at AlwaysFashion.com. The great thing about sneaker wedges is you don’t have to have a ton of money to buy a good looking pair. These are two of my less expensive favorites:

budget sneaker wedges

The black and white are by Steve Madden and cost $150 and the green pair is by Jeffrey Campbell and is on sale for $115. The perfect in between option is by Ash. I love the design of their shoes. They are very streamlined and more reminiscent of an actual heel than most of the other sneaker wedges I’ve seen:

ash wedge sneaker

You can find these at ASOS.com. Come back tomorrow to check out a similar look fit for a smaller budget.

Faux Fur in Luxury

Fashion, Luxury, Runway, Style

If you ask me fur will always be in. It’s luxe, sexy, adds a level of texture that no other material can and covers a plethora of flaws. But there is one thing about fur that I’m not a fan of. That little detail about killing animals so that we can parade around in their pelts…not so sexy. So what’s a fashionista to do, not wear fur? How absurd. But you should try to go faux.

I’ve used fur in some outfits before [Alexander Wang puffer jacketpowder blue fur by The RowGucci fur booties] and faux fur has been featured on Crave as recently as yesterday. So why wear fur sometimes and others wear faux? There is no definite answer and it really depends on your personal beliefs. My belief is that sometimes a fur coat is just so amazing that you must have it on your body, but it’s important to try to substitute with faux as much as possible. That doesn’t mean it has to look cheap. There are many high quality faux furs out right now. Like this one by Meadham Kirchhoff:

faux fur in luxury

MEADHAM KIRCHHOFF faux fur / NSF shirt / TOPSHOP jeans / GIVENCHY bag / ASOS booties / GIVENCHY earrings / RAY-BAN Sunglasses

The colors and pattern are so playful and work perfectly with the striped denim. (Another example of mixing prints.)  On the runway though, they styled the faux furs a little…eccentrically for my taste:

Meadham Kirchhoff Fur Fall 2012 2

These are some patterns that I personally would never pair together, but the coats are still amazing and can stand all on their own:

Meadham Kirchhoff Fur Fall 2012

Check back soon for how to wear faux fur on a budget.