Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Recently, I've avoided all things black when shopping because it's too easy a rut to fall into, especially as a New Yorker. The long dark days also scream for brighter garb that psychologically ease the mind and please the eye. This Cynthia Steffe black dress, however, reminds one why everyone loves black. The sheer striped black overlay on top of a white slip creates texture, and the simple shape is friendly to many body types. $395 at Neiman Marcus.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
1. FIT. Clothes simply must fit properly to accentuate your naturally amazing body (embrace that belief, no matter what size you are). Simple tailoring can work wonders for your clothes. (A tailor can also rework old clothes to fit new trends: consider hemming, elongating, adding buttons of your choosing, and pleating.)
2. FASHION. You don't have to follow trends, but a sense of fashion is a must. Choose what appeals to you not only visually, but also sensually. (Fabrics and textures can elevate your mood, as they physically touch your skin and move with your body.) Dressing according to your sense of self will enable you to express yourself artistically.
3. FUNCTIONALITY. Your clothes should correspond to your lifestyle, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't look your best (i.e. a casual lifestyle should not result in sloppy clothes). Your clothes reflect your perception of yourself and your job, and dressing well means that you take pride in what you do and who you are. And ultimately, that's what being fashionable is all about.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
FAVORITE SHOES: Prada, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Chanel
FAVORITE INEXPENSIVE SHOES: KORS by Michael Kors, Pedro Garcia
FAVORITE BAGS: Bottega Veneta's exotic bags, Chanel's classic quilted bags
FAVORITE BELTS: Fendi, Yves St. Laurent
FAVORITE CASHMERE CARDIGANS: Vince, J. Crew
FAVORITE INEXPENSIVE CAMISOLES: Old Navy
FAVORITE STOCKINGS: Spanx, Wolford
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
1. Opt for a rich jewel-tone color or even a winter white shade. Limit your color pallette to two to three hues, and make sure that the other colors are complementary.
2. A knee-length dress works best for most women because it's work appropriate. Minidresses work for more casual affairs and can easily be paired with tights (Spanx is my favorite brand).
3. Your evening bag (clutches or small purses) should match one of your color choices. An exotic skin (snakeskin, ostrich, lizard, or crocodile) glams up a simple shape. If your dress is plain, opt for a rich, embellished purse. Otherwise, let the focus remain on you, and not your bag (most women leave their bags on the table anyway).
4. Bring a cashmere sweater for chilly drafts. Your boyfriend/husband's oversized jacket is tacky.
5. Choose a dress that allows room for movement and for food; this is not the time for those oddly popular bandage dresses, which make you look three months pregnant after one meal. Part of having fun means that you can dance, eat, drink, and be merry without worrying how large your stomach looks.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
1. Wear underpinnings that you wouldn't mind strange men seeing. I opt for black leggings (the closest thing to pants) and a camisole that women wear during the hot summer months. While gay men in fashion abound (and therefore wouldn't care if they saw you in your birthday suit), many women schlep their boyfriends/husbands to these sales.
2. Don't hog the one mirror in the room. If you're not actually wearing the garment in question, don't stand in front of it.
3. Provide some separation between your street clothes and the sold ones. Many a woman has embarrassingly eyed another woman's dress before the nasty "That's mine" response.
4. Go early. If you're a size 2, chances are that the goods will be gone by 5 pm (hey, this is New York). I was astounded by the hundred women that showed up to last season's Jimmy Choo sample sale one hour before it began. By the start time, there was a line down Fifth Avenue. I also snagged an incredible dress, a metallic blue and gray skirt, and a fuzzy brown pencil skirt at Peter Som by arriving early.
5. However, ask the saleswomen if new merchandise will arrive later on in the sale. Some designers will even further discount prices after each day of the sale.
6. Pick and choose your sample sales. You cannot go to each one, unless you don't have anywhere to be.
7. Don't buy it if you don't love it. If it's a size larger, you can always tailor it. If it's too small, forget it.
8. Lastly, preview the designer's runway show BEFORE you go. It helps to focus your shopping on certain items that may appear.