Saturday, 17 December 2011

How To Wear Outerwear

Here are some tips on how to get the most mileage from your outwear, since it probably hangs forlornly in your closet most of the time.

1. Have Outerwear Staples.

These are the standard black and brown coats you can throw on to add warmth to just about any outfit. I’d pick a dressier version (such as wool, tweed, or yes, fur…faux or otherwise,) in one color, and then a more casual version in the other color. By casual, I mean the ever-popular puffy jacket or a lightweight peacoat/tea-length version. Use these when you are actually trying to stay warm while outdoors or in a very chilly place for extended periods of time. These are meant to brave the elements, and can or should be removed once indoors to reveal your fabulous outfit.

2. Have Outerwear Sussies.

Do you know what a sussie is? It typically means a small gift or a treat. Well, outerwear sussies are the items that aren’t necessarily traditional and can’t be worn with everything, but you treat yourself to them nonetheless. These can be “outfit makers”…the items you incorporate into your overall outfit and aren’t sporting to simply stay warm or dry. YOU DO NOT TAKE THIS PIECE OFF. For instance, a red blazer adds a pop of color to virtually any outfit, so keeping it on all day makes the entire ensemble. More examples are a fur vest, a chunky sweater knit with a belt (did you see this one by Ugg?), or a cape.

3. Add Accessories.

Sometimes outerwear is just plain boring, so don’t be afraid to throw on an obi belt or skinny belt to mix things up. If your outerwear is a thick fabric, this tip might not work as well. Instead, try a wide leather belt or a belt with an elastic waist. Another idea is to sew/clip/velcro on a faux fur collar or ruffled collar. This instantly transforms a coat into a statement piece. You can find faux fur scarves that can be trimmed with scissors to make a new “collar” for your coat.

Lastly, scarves are the soulmate to outerwear. Lots of colors, patterns, styles, and fabrics will dress up or down your basic coat, and will give you a warm accessory to keep on once you’ve shed your coat. My favorites are Burberry scarves, which are timeless, classy, and soft as can be.


Friday, 16 December 2011

Properly Fitted Clothing Helps a Man Stand Out

Q: What are the biggest style mistakes men make?
A: Fit, fit, fit.

Men don’t know how to wear clothes that fit them properly.

Q: How can they do better?
A: They can start by going to a place that has experts who know how to properly fit a suit, a pair of pants, a shirt.

Whether you’re a bigger guy or a slighter guy — wear things that fit correctly, and it’s always going to be flattering. Your money is better spent on getting clothes that are tailored to your body than going out and buying a whole new wardrobe.

Q: Are there any specific sins that you see?
A: I see men wearing pants that are way too long. Right now, the style is for no break or a very slight break on your trouser.

And then the big baggy dress shirt — I see men wearing it all the time. Make sure it’s not super loose and blousy on your torso.

Q: What’s your recommendation for a business power look — something strong but stylish?
A: You cannot go wrong with a charcoal-gray suit. And if you really want to show that you’ve got power, wear season-appropriate fabrics.

Q: What are your do’s and don’ts for business casual?
A: If you want to stand out, make sure you always have on a sport coat. You can wear it with jeans. But it’s the sport coat that’s going to make you always look professional.

Q: How can men be stylish on weekends?
A: I would say the same thing — with the sport coat. There are so many versions of the soft sport coat. You can wear it as outerwear. You can wear it over a sweater.

Q: All guys wear jeans. How should they be wearing them right now?
A: Move toward a dark, clean, straight denim.

Q: What shoes should men be wearing?
A: Not too pointy and not too square, first of all. The toe of the shoe — keep it nice and rounded.

What I love right now are these great hybrids, so they look dressy from the top but they’ve got a lug sole. That’s what men should be wearing.


Thursday, 15 December 2011

How To Wear White Dress Like the Celebrities

I’ve been thinking about how to pull off head-to-toe white lately because it’s currently all over the red carpet and it’s always a popular (but dangerous!) choice at holiday parties. When done well, one looks like a radiant snow angel. When botched? A lost bride. Here’s a bunch of famous ladies Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale, Amber Hear, Andrea Riseborough,- who’ve had great success with white looks in the past month or so.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

How to Wear Retro Inspired Fashion

A skirted coat with shiny buttons and a prim collar goes perfectly over a fitted-waist dress

Many people asks how how to rock forties style dresses and accessories as seen on Miu Miu's runway.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

How to Wear Colored Jeans When Holidays

colored jeans

I wanted to pull together a couple of options for you in case you were interested in wearing colored jeans during the holidays. No one wants to see you walking around head to toe in RED and GREEN. But – you CAN split it up and have a little fun with this season’s color themes.

* Paul&Joe Debroca Grey Knit poncho $360 –
* Moto Supersoft Green Leigh Jeans $76 –
* Vero Moda Very Top Belle Black $67 –
* Sequin Shell Top $86 –
* Knitted Striped Short Jumper $80 –

Pick up a pair of green jeans and pair them with a muted top. Any deep color will do. OR you can opt for a beige piece like a cami or cardigan.

colored jeans

Red jeans require a much more neutral base. When I wear my red jeans, I always opt for a black or a beige top. If I wanted to get CRAZY, I would wear a velvet blue blazer with a sequin tank. Here are some examples:

* Red Super Skinny Jeans $59 -
* Vince Cowl Neck Pullover – $79 –
* French Connection – Poppy Sweats Scoop Neck Sweater $62 –
* All-over Sequin Sweater $238 –
* BE FOR Single-breasted blazer $435 –

Here’s a hint for washing your colored jeans because these puppies FADE FAST. Try turning your machine to cold and washing your new denim with Tide Coldwater, which will help keep your colored denim from fading.

Monday, 12 December 2011

How To Wear Houndstooth

Houndstooth is a big trend in the winter and is worth repeating, so take it upon yourself to wear houndstooth because it is such a chic, timeless, recognizable and wearable pattern.

#1: Simple and Plain

You don’t want over powering colors, accessories, or “matchy matchy” houndstooth like pieces to mesh with your outfit because houndstooth is already striking.
If you choose to wear a houndstooth dress, stick to black pumps or wedges.

#2: Accessorize
If you’re scared and want to test if houndstooth is right with you having small pieces of houndstooth can be a good test.
A plain black dress with houndstooth accessories like a purse or shawl also looks very pleasing and gives wonders to the eye.

Tip #3: Cover up
A houndstooth coat can bring a modern and vintage feel to any kind of outfit.
If you are attending a dinner party, wearing an oversized houndstooth coat or jacket over a flowing dress might do the trick.

#4: Prints on Your Feet
The subtle print on a flat, wedge, or stilettoes can easily match a dress and add additional flair to an entire outfit.

#5: Leggings
Pairing them with loose tops in shades of black, grey, white and even maybe red can make a great mix to your outfit.
If you're feeling bold, try some houndstooth-printed tights!

You can never go wrong with having houndstooth clothing (however, you may want to avoid wearing the print AND accessorizing with the print, like Lady Gaga) in your closet because of its number of options to mix and match, plus the sophistication and elegance that the pattern adds, it's no wonder why houndstooth never goes out of style.

By: Vinh Nguyen | Images: Tumblr

Sunday, 11 December 2011

How To Wear Lace

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The runways, much like the stage, are often used for showing a big idea, sometimes in an outlandish way. Like any form of art we are supposed to interpret it in our own way. So, when Madonna wore a black sheer lace dress with nothing underneath it but a bustier to this year's Vanity Fair Oscars Party, well, it was just too much. Lace has been a strong trend over the past few years and the beauty of this trend is that it can be demure--a lace blouse with a pencil skirt is suitably pretty for the office--or it can be sexy when it's sheer in just the right places. Madge's look-sheer all over with a slit all the way up the thigh--is too provocative, even for the original provacateur herself. Opaque black tights under this ensemble would have made a world of difference. Check out our dos and don'ts for wearing lace at

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