Old Navy Fall 2010 Collection Recos

April 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm (Affordable, Business, Casual, RTW, Uncategorized, Under $40) (, )

To summarize…
*Fun tights that are worth the trip to add to your wardrobe for the season;
*The mustard bubble cord skirt is a fun casual option for either business or weekend;
*Colorful trench coats;
*Poncho style neutral knit top is a great versatile option;
*Faux fur vests!

I have an interesting relationship with this brand. For one, I love the pricing and their relationship to Gap. On the other hand I have a hard time with the fit of their shirts and pants and, well, a lot of the garments I find there. But, that is unique to my specific body shape and I won’t let it cloud my judgment about their Fall 2010 collection. This actually has a lot of potential.

What I love about this 3 piece look are the colors. I love color and I really love the contrast between the 3 pieces. I think this is a great option for business casual. Although the bubble skirt is short I would still see this as a potential look for non-client facing positions where attire is casual. But, I do feel that slim thighs & hips are best suited for this look. If you fall in a different category I want to encourage you to look for a different shape but the same color. No matter what shape or body type you have I definitely recommend those tights which are killer!

This is another great piece. Although I would prefer to see this in person so I could better gauge the weight & feel of the fabric. But, true to my roots, I love this again because this is a gorgeous bright red. A perfect piece for those with a bold personality.

This cowl neck wide sleeve knit poncho style top is a great companion for a pair of straight leg trousers. You can add a bold necklace & bangles to offset the neutral colors but stick with a skinny belt. A wide or thick belt can add too much bulk to your look. And don’t forget an amazing pair of heels or wedges. I love the neutrality of this piece. It can be dressed up for the office or dressed down for the weekend. To dress it down just add a narrow leg pant or jean and ballet flats.

Fur. I like the look & feel of real fur and my jury is still out on the faux fur options. But I can only form my best opinion about the quality of a fur by touching it since looking at a picture can be deceiving.

With that being said, I wanted to point out these 2 faux fur vests in their collection for those who are comfortable with the faux. Honestly, once I get a feel for the black option I may purchase this one for my wardrobe.

Finally, this is another one that I actually picked because of the tights. But, overall this is workable look with the exception of the argyle sweater. I would probably add a different cardigan. But don’t get me wrong. I like the cardigan but I think it should be worn with a different look.

Source: Trending Topics: Old Navy Fall 2010 courtesy of wwd.com <http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/trending-topics-3048263?src=nl/mornReport/20100422>

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Holiday Jacket 101: The Extreme Basics

November 29, 2009 at 9:41 pm (Affordable, Business, Casual, Cocktail, Day to Evening, Fit Guide, Formal, Holiday, Under $40) (, , , , , , , , , )

Holiday Jacket: Fit Guide

Satin Lapel Single Button Jacket $29.80 @ Forever21

Holiday Jacket: Fit Guide

Velvet w/Satin Trim Single Button Jacket $29.80 @ Forever21

Holiday Jacket: Fit Guide

Wool Blend Single Button Tux $32.80 @ Forever21

This post is focusing on the jacket and how to fit it to my body. I have a slight waist with a belly so I need something that adds definition and disguises my tummy. A single breasted jacket with shape detailing, such as princess seams, can be a life saver. Yeah, I haven’t been as dedicated to working out since the baby.  And, I am on the type of  restricted budget you only find in Orwell novels. Yet, I digress.

I am going to try and make this as short, sweet, & as succint as possible. It’s the holidays and I understand that you may not have a lot of time to dawdle. I have this amazing sequin dress I want to wear to a party. A dress is only a dress (even a sequin one) if it isn’t styled properly. Don’t depend on the sequins to ferret you into the highly stylish category in one fell swoop. So, I decided to add a jacket (preferably of a tux style), some light jewelry (since the dress shines enough on its own), a clutch, & shoes.

Feel free to send some feedback or ask questions. I will be more than happy to help you find that piece to put you at the stop of the impressively styled list.

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Pugnacious Affectation: Balmain

September 6, 2009 at 8:13 pm (Business, Casual, Day to Evening, Luxury, Paris, RTW (Ready to Wear)) (, , , , , , , )

As the arbiter of the chic tough-femme look, the label has done an excellent job in their interpretation of the strong shoulder trend for this season. Pierre Balmain established the design house post-war in 1945 to return Fashions’ focus to glamorous dressing. After his death in 1982 the house struggled creatively & financially until 2002 when the appointment of Christophe Decarnin – formerly the designer for Paco Rabanne – brought new life to the failing label as a result of his slight alteration of the houses design direction. (1) Now, the label is currently a fave for celebs such as Beyonce & Kim Kardashian who have been spotted on many occasions wearing pieces from the collection. A perfect way to balance this silhouette is to pair it with a fitted top and bottom such as skinny jeans or a pencil skirt. But, if you feel like a line backer in the look then leave it at the store.

Black Leather Crop Sleeve Jacket, Fall 2009 (RTW)

(2) Black Leather Crop Sleeve Jacket, Fall 2009 (RTW)

 (1)

http://nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/designers/bios/balmain/#

(2)

http://www.elle.com/Runway/Ready-to-Wear/Fall-2009-RTW/BALMAIN/BALMAIN/(view)/0/(imageIndex)/2/(play)/false

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Polished Precision: Amanda Wakeley

July 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm (Business, London, Luxury) (, , , , , , , , )

This self taught award winning London based designer exhibits the precision of her tailoring season after season. (1) I made a special exception to my “keep it current” rule and pulled a look from Amanda’s 2008 Fall-Winter collection. (2) This funnel neck half sleeve dress paired with black accessories is the look you will find next to the word polished in the dictionary. Simple is sometimes best – especially in clothing. For your next boardroom affair you should leave the legs bare, add an amazing cocktail ring, & a simple skinny belt and proceed to the tall chair at the head of the table.

Womens Fall 2008 RTW

White Funnel Neck Dress (RTW)

(1) http://www.amandawakeley.com/web/aboutus.html

(2) http://www.elle.com/Runway/Ready-to-Wear/Fall-2008-Ready-to-Wear/AMANDA-WAKELEY/AMANDA-WAKELEY/(view)/0/(imageIndex)/15/(play)/false

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Orange Crush: Agnes B.

July 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm (Business, Casual, Luxury) (, , , , , , , , , , )

A lovely colorful printed shirt dress with collar that I pulled from the Agnes B. Spring 2009 collection courtesy of Elle.com(1). You can tone this down with a pair of silver opaque tights or simple bare legs. Keeping it belted will define your silhouette so stick with an orange-red or shiny black patent. Either way this tailored piece will surely get you noticed.

Collared Womens Shirt Dress (RTW)

Collared Womens Shirt Dress (RTW)

(1) http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=108451080881&h=p_46B&u=fYrvE&ref=mf

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