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What to Wear Wednesday: Summer Event Staples

It’s been a while since I posted a fashion oriented post, I’ve been busy. It seems like every time I turn around there is another event to either plan or attend this summer. The kids are wrapping up school, warm weather is here and folks just wanna get together and have fun. Summer events are even more enjoyable if you look and feel great at all of those June weddings, graduations, birthdays and evenings on the town. True, there is a time and a place when it doesn’t matter if fashion is comfortable or not, but when it’s hot and sticky outside you just want to be cool, comfortable and collected. Here are a few of my favorite staples for easy summer event style.

First Up, the cotton maxi dress. You can’t get much more comfortable than something that feels like you’re in cotton PJs. These are so versatile, you can dress them up for a party with strappy heels and some bold jewelry or tone them down with flip flops and a straw hat for the beach. I am loving the olive green on the first one. Olive and white are my favorite summer clothing colors because they look phenomenal with a tan (and I happen to be one of those awful people that tans easily, even under a coat of sunscreen… don’t hate me).

cotton maxi dresses

 

  1. Lulus Lost in Paradise Cotton Maxi Dress     $54
  2. ANGL Floral Waves maxi Dress    $65
  3. Cosabella Rimini Racer Maxi Dress     $72
  4. Forever 21 Crochet Maxi Dress  $48
  5. Felicity and Coco Striped Maxi Dress        $88 

Next, the summer night out / wedding appropriate short dress.  The more casual polka dot Banana Republic number would be perfect for an evening barbeque while the black off the shoulder dress is fitting for a hot date.

summer cocktail dress

 

  1. Calvin Klein Placed Sheath Dress       $108
  2. Lulu’s Never Enough Black Off the Shoulder Dress         $49
  3. Banana Republic Swiss Dot Off-Shoulder Dress       $98
  4. J McLaughlin Nicola Sleeveless Dress in Radiowaves         $205 
  5. Forever 21 Stripe Twist-Front Dress  $35 

While socially acceptable to pair a nice dress with bare toes at the beach or even at a pool party, virtually everywhere else it’s a faux pas.  Here’s a selection of adorable heel sandals that could pair with a number of the dress selections above.

summer event sandals

 

 

  1. Louis et Cie Hilio    $129   
  2. Bandolino Armory     $53 
  3. Vince Camuto  Lorrana       $95
  4. Lucky Brand Jaleela  $89
  5. Calvin Klein Valene     $72

And while we’re at it why not add a few more necessary essentials.  Pick one or two of these to complete the perfect summer event look.

summer accessories staples

 

  1. Bowtie Choker Necklace      $8  
  2. Pink Aviators      $15
  3. Tortoise Charm Bangle       $25
  4. Beaded Ball Earrings  $65 
  5. Cha Cha Tassle Block Earrings     $48
  6. Sparkling Leaf Headband    $8 

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What to Wear Wednesday: Spring Florals

Spring Floral 2017 Runway

If the runways are any indication of what’s to be hot this spring, we’ll continue to see a lot of stripes and graphic prints and metallic, but what’s back with a vengeance? Yup, spring florals!  And it couldn’t happen at a better time.  Nothing says spring like a feminine floral print.  The 2017 runways had all kinds of spring florals this year, both bold and daring ones and pretty and delicate ones.

Spring 2017 Runway Floral Prints

 

Lord knows nobody but celebrities can get away with wearing the whacky stuff straight off the runway, so here’s a few of my picks for how to do floral right this spring all of which are VERY accessible and all under $100.

Floral Tops

2017 spring floral tops

 

  1.  J Crew Silk Top in Vintage Floral     $60
  2.  Old Navy Floral Pintuck Swing Blouse      $24
  3.   Banana Republic Easy Care Off the Shoulder Floral Top   $88
  4.  Guess Dylan Blouse     $69 
  5.  ASOS Blouse in Floral Print with Ruffle Front        $55  

Floral Bottoms

spring 2017 floral pants and skirts

 

  1. Closet London Prom Satin Midi-Skirt     $91
  2.  Avery-Fit Bold Floral Crop      $59
  3.  Samara Floral Print Maxi Skirt       $54
  4.  White House Black Market Floral Wide-Leg Pants      $70
  5.  Who What Wear Pleat Back Pencil Skirt       $28

And I’m not sure we all need 5 pairs of floral shoes, but I saw these and had to share – one pair in our closet is ok, right?  Okay, maybe two, one for dressy one for casual.

Floral Shoes

spring 2017 floral shoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1.  Nicole Miller Artelier Bardot Sandal    $90
  2.  Volley Australia Mid Cut    $70
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What to Wear Wednesday: Unique Sleeves for 2017

Style experts are saying that one of the major trends we’ll be seeing in 2017 is a more interesting sleeve. By interesting, I mean, unique and different.  Think embellishments, lace, bows, ruffles and the like… more than just the ‘ol 2016 “cold shoulder” cut out, which frankly, I’m really tired of seeing already.  Let’s just hope that interesting doesn’t translate to this….

 

 

 

 

 

 

All kidding aside, making a white shirt more intriguing by adding an interesting sleeve or shape is a great idea.  These few paired with a simple pencil skirt, slim black pants or even jeans are more elevated options than a plain white business-y blouse.  Similarly white dresses make a daring arm more palatable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marielle Blouse with Ruffled Sleeves  $111

Carolina Herrera Puff Sleeve Blouse  $1,690

White Beaded Sheer Shoulder Bow Waist Midi Shirt Dress   $44

Laundry by Shelli Segal Puff-Cuff Dress   $295

Black dresses and shirts can also make this trend a little more wearable for those of us who aren’t runway models.  This shirt here is unique and will certainly get noticed, but the styling is a little Mad Max for my personal taste, what with the severe hair, patent skirt, fishnets and scowling model.  I’d go for maybe a black jean to dress it down or a slim leopard print skirt to dress it up….and maybe a smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabel Marant Qimper Silk & Lace Blouse  $298

ASOS Long Sleeve Bow Midi Bodycon Dress  $38

For those who aren’t risk adverse you can go bold in color and in style with some of these more brightly hued options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BCBG Max Azria  Striped Cotton Ruffle Sleeve Blouse   $158

Green Keyhole Back Bow Tie Sleeve Top   $19

Off-The-Shoulder Lace Top  $68

Free People Show Off-The-Shoulder Top  $33

 

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What to Wear Wednesday: Santa Babies

There is something just so darn adorable about babies, especially babies that get all dressed up for the holidays.  My kids are far from this age but sometimes I wish I had a tiny baby to put these adorable outfits on… nope…. wait…. correction…. I would borrow a baby from a family member to dress in these cutie clothes, cause let’s face it, rarely are they sleeping in heavenly peace.  Here are holiday style options for baby boys and girls. Can  you just imagine how precious a baby boy in a sweater with elbow patches and a jeff cap would be?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Heather Grey Elbow Patch Sweater by Gymboree $15

Herringbone Newsboy Cap   $17

Plaid Shirt by Gymboree  $10

Koala Baby Black Corduroy Suspender Pants  $9

Cozy Snow Boots  $35

VWU Baby Thick Cuff Cotton Socks   $14

Fair Isle Print Blanket Sleeper   $10

Down Snowsuit   $60

And for the girls, this plaid dress and faux fur jacket is super stylish. I wish it was socially acceptable for a 39 year old woman to wear sparkly tights, ’cause I so would.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mia and Mimi Plaid Dress Black & Red   $20

Ballet Flats    $15

Elly & Emmy Sequin Bow Headwrap   $5

Cat and Jack Sparkle Tights  $5

Little Wonders Newborn Girls’ Christmas Sleeper Pajamas – Bears   $6

Faux Fur Bolero  $40

 

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What to Wear Wednesday: Holiday Dressing for the Guys

I consider myself pretty lucky, my husband does a good job dressing himself and picking out what looks best on him.  No real fashion interventions required.  I know not all ladies are this fortunate and may need to either provide ….  ahem ….. strong hints, or buy the clothes for their guy or twist their arm to wear something other than the jeans with paint stains on them.   If you’re in this latter category, here are two man-outfits appropriate for a holiday party, one dressy, one casual.   Better still, each of these ensembles consists of staple pieces that can be used in multiple outfits!

mens wear outfit holiday party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suede Chamo Belt  $55

Calvin Klein Slim Fit Sateen Pants  $58

Leiden Suede Wingtip Blucher $395

Ludlow Blazer in Herringbone English Tweed  $298

Men’s Nick Graham Modern-Fit Patterned Easy-Care Spread-Collar Dress Shirt & Tie Set  $25

Men’s Casual Wool Scarf Business Stripes  $48

menswear holiday casual outfit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coal Yukon Brim Beanie $35

GAP Stretch 1969 Skinny Fit Jeans  $50

Sebago Hamilton   $160

Cotton Mariner Shawl-Collar Sweater  $108

WeWood Torpedo Watch $125

Non-Iron Regent Fit Dress Stewart Tartan Sport Shirt   $120

 

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What to Wear Wednesday: Holiday Parties

It’s that time of the year….yup…the dreaded holiday party time!  Do most people like corporate or other mandatory-fun parties?  I’ve never been a huge fan, but I can imagine that these gatherings may appeal to some social butterfly types (ahem, I think my husband falls in that category).  Whether or not you enjoy these holiday get-togethers you can’t go naked (whoa, awkward) so I’ve compiled a few ensembles fitting for those dressier holiday shindigs.   Each outfit below has a different feel and the main component is available for rent at Rent The Runway so you don’t have to spend a fortune to look super chic!

blue-dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Miller Blue Branches Jacquard Sheath  Rent $75, Retail $485

BMC Womens Alloy Metal Abstract Stone Cut Hardcase Fashion Clutch Chain Handbag  $27

T&J Emerald Greed Tassle Earrings $22

Click Your Heels Gold Pointed Pumps  $34

comfortable-holiday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sachin and Babi Rue Jumpsuit    $70 rental, $595 retail

Hoop Sterling Silver Earrings Made with Swarovski Elements $63

Red & Black Clutch   $190

Swarovski Black Crystal and Crystaldust Open Cuff Bracelet  $69

Steven Viienna  $89

party-animal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth and James  Freedom Sheath  $40 Rental, $495 Retail

Gold-Tone Pave Leopard Stud Earrings  $14

Kate Spade Cedar Street iphone Wristlet   $118

Lux Accessories Aztec Pave Textured Mesh Glitter Multi Bangle Glam Set   $10

Michael Kors Marta Pump  $166

And not to alienate any generation from looking fabulous here’s a great getup for the …ahem … more mature ladies.  Think you can’t do a leather skirt if you’re over 50?  Oh you SO can, especially one in a knee-length, A-line with perforated cut-outs.

mature-holiday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper Crown Burgundy Venice Top $30 Rental, $170 Retail

TART Collections Black Faux Leather Skirt  $30 Rental, $148 Retail

Estelle Drop Earrings  $25

Wine Red Velvet Clutch  $31

Nanette Lepore Sabrina  $99

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What to Wear Wednesday: Statement Winter Coat

Those of us that live in cold weather climates and who get a lot of wear out of our coats, we often own several. And often they are, well, very neutral in color and safe in style because they usually aren’t cheap and we want them to go with as many of our outfits as possible. While this is very practical, in the drab winter landscape with pasty indoor skin, we inadvertently make ourselves look cold and well… blah. One way to amp up your winter style game is to own at least one statement winter coat. Choose wisely and I bet it’s one thing you’ll get compliments on over and over…. Anyone ever complimented your black puffer jacket? Yeah, didn’t think so. Here’s a selection of statement winter coats that are bound to get noticed!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

statement winter coat
A collection of statement winter coats that will get noticed and complimented all winter long.

 

  1. Black White Long Sleeve Plaid Belt Coat   $29
  2. Collar Cowl Neck Jacket with Asymmetrical Zipper   $170
  3. Faux Leather Green Biker Jacket    $100
  4. Belt Faux Fur Coat   $200
  5. Double Face Hooded Drape Coat   $180
  6. Double Breasted Red Cape/ Coat   $170
  7. Pink Check Coat   $200
  8. Black Coat with Fur Collar   $45
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What to Wear Wednesday: Dress the Turkey, Dress the Kids

Last Wednesday we had a few options for ladies for Thanksgiving, this week, here’s a few options for the kids!  I do this because my kids are too old to listen to any advice I have on what they should wear.  They have their own fashion brains, which for both of them could probably best be described as sporty-comfy.  Let’s see if I can predict what they’ll wear on Thanksgiving (I’ll try to snap a pic and post it after Thanksgiving to see if I predicted correctly).  My son will be in Adidas training pants, a Bayern Munich zip up track jacket and sneakers .  My daughter will be in leggings, probably grey or black, a T-shirt and maybe a zip-up turquoise (her favorite color) sweatshirt and sneakers.  Long gone are the days when I can dress them up like little mini-mannequins so instead I’ll style imaginary kids who would never dream of refusing my sage style advice…

For the boys, a comfy sweater (definitely NOT an itchy one) atop a flannel plaid shirt (because flannel never needs ironing, and I’m wary to iron my own shirts let alone a kids shirt).  Star Wars socks serve as a coordinating accessory so there is something that they actually will want to wear.  And those shoes are my favorite!  I am going to see if they make these in adult sizes and maybe I could convince my husband to wear them… or hmm…  I think I can fit into a boy’s size….

thanksgiving-boys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French-Rib V-Neck Solid Sweater for Boys      $20

BB8 Kids Sock    $16

Boys’ Florian Zip Up High Top Sneakers Cat & Jack    $25

Boys’ Patterned Flannel Shirt    $23

Built-In Flex Super Skinny Jeans for Boys   $22

For the girls, a comfy dress that can go outside to play before turkey when paired with a cozy puffer vest.  Easy slip on/off suede moccasin boots can accompany this dress or countless future outfits with leggings or jeans.  Why have a hat with one fuzzy pom-pom to pet when you could have this one with two pom-poms?  And the girls love Star Wars too – but we’re keeping it subtle and classy here with the Millenium Falcon necklace.

thanksgiving-girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patterned Fit & Flare Dress    $9

Fitted Frost-Free Vest, Marquee Moon   $24

Double Pom-pom Beanie Hat   $32

Minnetonka Kids Double Fringe Side Zip Boot   $45

Star Wars Stainless Steel Millenium Falcon Pendant   $25

HUE Girls’ Opaque Tights Raspberry   $6

 

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What to Wear Wednesday: For Thanksgiving Dinner

This year Thanksgiving Dinner is at my house, with my much of my family coming over to stuff our faces in gratitude for this great land we live in (though things sure did get uh, interesting, in the wee hours of this morning, eh?).  So technically, since Thanksgiving’s at my house, I could wear whatever the hell I want.  I could wear my jammies if I liked (but I never ever ever would…. that is one of my top 5 pet peeves… people that not only stay in their PJ’s but even worse…. gasp …. host people or go OUT in them. Ugh, that is the worst).  Anyway, our family doesn’t do dressy, so I’ll be doing a casual look, jeans for sure.  We never know what else our Thanksgivings may entail… we’ve been known to hit the park for frisbee golf, go feed farm animals, or toss the football in the street, so it’s important to our family to keep the wardrobe way low-key.  I know some people get a bit dressier and some even get downright fancy.   No matter which way your family Thanksgiving dress code leans, here’s an outfit option for each.

casual-thanksgiving

 

J Crew Cambridge Cable V-neck Sweater   $80

Merona Plaid Tan Scarf   $20

Mid Rise Distressed Jean Legging  $80

Hush Puppies Proud Overton  $130

Gas Bijoux Serti Plume Feather Earrings $169

And an option for someone who wants to be a bit more dressed up, but still plenty comfy with room for extra turkey…..

casual-dressy-thanksgiving2

 

Foodie Festival Dress $65

Orsella Tall Wedge Boot  $149

Wild Floral Leopard Statement Necklace  $15

Army Green Waxed Canvas Tote Bag  $99

Quilted Riding Vest $89

And for those who want to get all dressed up….

dressy-thanksgiving-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J Crew Flounce Silk Dress in Wolfstooth  $110

Stuart Weitzman Mizzip Bootie   $218

Tevolio Faux Fur Stole Wrap with Satin Lining   $25

Emma Fox Dales Suede Clutch   $73

Jennifer Lopez Tassel Lariat Necklace   $20

 

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What to Wear Wednesday: Workout Gear Layers

The last few weeks of weather has been perfect workout weather, ya know, not to hot, not too cold.  With the onset of November and the impending time change this weekend, we’ll have less and less daylight and it’ll continue to get colder requiring some smart dressing in layers for your outdoor workouts. Here’s an option for the big spenders ….

high-end-workout

 

Lulu Lemon Define Jacket  $118

Athleta Shine Stripe Sonar Tight  $89

New Balance M4M Seamless Long Sleeve $75

Lorna Jane Women’s Alyssah Sports Bra $73

Nike Luna Epic Low Flyknit iD $200

Brooks Greenlight Running Gloves  $34

Reebok CrossFit Unisex Graphic Beanie  $19

Smartwool Women’s PhD Run Ultra Light Micro Socks  $16

 

and one for the budget conscious…

low-budget-workout

 

Champion Women’s Run Jacket  $40

Old Navy Go-Dry Cool Mesh Running Tights  $35

Nike Women’s Dri-FIT Contour Long Sleeve Running Shirt  $38

Champion Absolute Workout II Medium-Impact Sports Bra  $15

Nike Speed LunaRacer 4 $90

Nike Lightweight Thermal Rival Run Gloves $10

Sunnytree Long Cuff Knitted Beanie  $9

Fruit of the Loom® Women’s Athletic Sock, 3pk $6