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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Convincing Coquetry: Alvin Valley

July 17, 2009 at 3:48 am (Cocktail, Luxury, Miami, New York) (, , , , , , , , , )

Cuban-American designer Alvin Valley has been known as the King of Pants because of his famed fit and celebrated style (1). Subsequently, I have to appoint him King of Romance for his refined execution of a soft feminine silhouette as seen in his collection for Fall 2009. This dress with a pleated V shaped neckline is perfect for a cocktail party (2). Add some sparkle to your wrist & ears to draw all of the attention in your direction.

Pleated V Shaped Neckline Silk Dress

Pleated V Shaped Neckline Silk Dress

 (1) http://www.alvinvalley.com/

(2) http://www.elle.com/Runway/Ready-to-Wear/Fall-2009-RTW/ALVIN-VALLEY/ALVIN-VALLEY/(view)/0/(imageIndex)/17/(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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Poetic Flair: Afshin Feiz

July 14, 2009 at 6:54 pm (Casual, Luxury, Paris) (, , , , , , , )

I have pulled this remarkably gorgeous bishop sleeve chemise dress with a bateau neckline from the Spring 2009 Collection of Afshin Feiz courtesy of Elle.com (1). This is a very simple, elegant, & comfortable look for day time wear. Iranian born & American educated, Afshin launched his first collection in 2004 after leaving college where he studied literature in an effort to make his parents happy while suppressing his need to design. His inspiration by poetry & love is artfully translated in his collections along with the cultural influences gained from his many travels. And, be still my heart! As he is fan of Tom Ford, Proenza Schouler, Alex McQueen, & Stella McCartney – only a handful of my favorites!(2)

Womens Chemise Dress w/Bateau Neckline & Bishop Sleeves

Womens Chemise Dress (RTW)

(1) http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=100655608194&h=byBXB&u=Xu-Eo&ref=mf

(2) http://www.myfashionlife.com/archives/2008/08/04/an-interview-with-afshin-feiz/

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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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