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Chic, Casual Wardrobe Basics

Have you heard? Barbie’s gone casual chic. It should be no surprise. After all, if anyone has more clothes than all the Kardashians put together, it’s Barbie. Barbie’s casual chic 2-pack is standard Barbie fare. She’s got some black and pink leggings printed with electric guitars and a Barbie Rockers jersey, as well as a tie dyed denim shorts set. The only anomaly? The pack comes with a pair of patent leather lace up Lady Gaga boots with three centimeter heels. (scaled down, of course) Who is this woman’s stylist? While you can spend all day debating the propriety of Barbie dolls in S and M heels, it may be more productive for you to cultivate your own casual chic collection. Let’s talk about the comfortable basics no woman’s wardrobe should be without.

The White Cotton T
Crew neck or V neck, you need a white T shirt. Whether you’re layering or making a statement look, the white T shirt is an absolute casual essential.

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Crewneck Sweater
If you want to stay comfortable cozy in the cooler months, a lightweight knit is the way to go. Wear it over a collared blouse for a preppy look or as a sexy topper for jeans or a pencil skirt.

Skinny Jeans
Whether it’s Paris Hilton or Adam Levine, the importance of a great fitting pair of skinny jeans can never be overestimated. High rise styles help to lengthen and slim legs in classic blue or black.

Black Pumps
As any dyed in the wool fashionista will tell you, if there is anything no wardrobe should be without, it’s a pair of classic black pumps. They go with everything from jeans to business suits to cocktail dresses and can be suited to any occasion.

Bright Colored Cross Body Bag
Want to add some pep to your look? Grab a colorful cross-body. Smaller than a tote and larger than a clutch, these bags are just the right size to do some serious shopping while still being able to fit down the aisle.

White Button Down
You’ve got your crew neck sweater, now you’ve got the collared shirt to put under it. Do a crisp classic look in all white or put it under a blazer for some professional polish.

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Pencil Skirt
Slenderizing and slinky, the pencil skirt can be great for the office or for the weekends. Paired with a silk camp or t-shirt and go retro, glam or preppy.

Cropped Moto Jacket
Add a bit of tough to your sexy. The moto jacket is an ageless fashion piece that can be worn with jeans or over a silky slip dress, it’s worth the splurge.

Menswear Look Watch
Women know the sexy look and feel of wearing men’s clothing, why not a men’s watch. It can be a great fashion piece for basics and can also be layered with a chain bracelet and bangle.

Wrap Dress
No need to coordinate an outfit. If you’ve got a wrap dress, it’s all grab, wrap and go. Plus, it makes for a flattering silhouette,

What’s your casual chic go to? Let us know what you think every woman needs to put in her wardrobe! We love to hear from you.

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The Power Behind The Red Lip

“You know a woman means business when she puts on red lipstick.” This quote from famous fashionista Elizabeth Middleton could not be more true. Nothing speaks drama quite like a good coat of red lipstick. After all, haven’t all the best seduction scenes in movies been instigated by women in red lipstick? One can only imagine how much less impactful the characters of Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) in Pulp Fiction or Jessica Rabbit in “Who Shot Roger Rabbit?” would have been if they had chose a rosy pink.

Red is the color of passion, the color of blood and when a woman puts it on one of her most erotic body parts, it is bound to cause a stir, and over the years it certainly has.

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Early Civilizations
Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise to find out that red lipstick got off to a rocky start. Most of the earliest red lipsticks contained ingredients that could easily kill you. The first documented red lipstick (Sumeria , 2500 BC) was made from white lead and pulverized red rocks and Cleopatra famously achieved her red lips by crushing beetles and ants to get the right shade of blood and used fish scales to achieve a shiny texture.

1500s
Although the 1500’s saw the advent of red lipstick made of herbal based dyes, apparently no one told Queen Elizabeth I about them. The queen, who adopted red lipstick as part of her signature look, looked so youthful in her makeup, that medieval Europeans began to believe red lipstick could ward off death.They found out how wrong they were when Elizabeth apparently died from the white lead in her favorite cosmetic.

1700’s and 1800’s
After the queen’s passing, red lipstick became less morally favorable. In 1770, British Parliament, declared that women who wore brightly- hued lipstick were seductresses and would be punished with annulment of their marriages and accusations of witchcraft; declaring red lipstick reserved for prostitutes. The more liberal French, however, disagreed, encouraging red lipstick for the upper class, while prostitutes and peasants were traditionally bare faced. This did little to change the minds of the British whose Queen Victoria declared red lipstick impolite making it unfashionable in the 1800’s. They were suitably shocked when French movie star Sarah Bernhardt began habitually applying her red lipstick in public.

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1900’s
By the 1900’s, as Bernhardt’s reputation as an independent glamorous women began to grow, so too did the popularity of what she referred to as her “love pen.” Add that to the fact that lipstick was now being made with castor oil and beeswax, and a new trend was born. In 1915, the first metal tube of red lipstick was manufactured. Red lipstick became the fashion choice of suffragettes in New York and was gaining traction with cosmetic companies such as Elizabeth Arden Max Factor and Chanel. Arden, in fact, took the opportunity to capitalize on the popularity of the emerging cosmetic trend by handing tubes of the stuff out to the marching suffragettes herself. Old Hollywood starlets, Clara Bow and Greta Garbo increased the desire for red lips by modeling them on the silver screen, and by the 1940’s, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rita Hayworth were all donning the ruby cosmetic.

2000
The rest, as they say is history. While purples, blues and blacks have all been modeled to varying degrees of success, it seems that nothing has outlasted or outdone the classic. Just look at fashion and pop icons like Gwen Stefani and Rihanna for proof. Nothing seems to hold the inimitable glamor and power of a good red lipstick.

So what does red lipstick mean to you? Let us know! We love to hear it!

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Great Fashion Looks For Men

The suit, a set of garments made from the same cloth, the universal staple of men’s fashion. The words tend to conjure up a relatively conservative image, that is, the bland uniform of the businessman in the workplace. However, one has only to looks at the frock coat of the Victorian era and the full dress tails of the 1920’s to realize this is not always the case. Indeed, in retrospect, it would appear that there was a lot more in play the evolution of men’s fashion than we tend to give credit for.

They say, what comes around goes around, and the carefully knotted neckties of old would eventually reappear on the necks of the Rolling Stones in the 1970’s and Prince in the 1980’s. The suit no longer singularly defines men’s fashion and the spirit of creativity runs rampant in the latest designs. This was no more evident anywhere than on the runways of Paris, Milan and London for Men’s Fashion Week 2017.

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Seventies
Did someone say Rolling Stones? While Burberry brought the green wool knee length toggle, Roberto Cavalli showed off his bowl cut model in a flouncy print silk shirt with knotted scarf attached paired with bell-bottom jeans and sneakers. Gucci dress pairs up with velvet pants, dress shoes and bomber jacket with celestial appliqué.

Extra Long Sleeves
Extra long sleeves were on display for both men and women for this year’s fashion week. Maison Margiela’s long sleeved cream turtleneck’s sleeves stretched way past the cuffs of the khaki jacket worn over it. Raf Simons’ herringbone jacket was duck taped at the elbows, punk rock style, to show off the finger gracing sweater beneath it, and Prada offered this own black and white printed jacket with cuffs extending way past the wrist.

Military
The military style will always have a place in fashion. Alexander McQueen showed off his fitted belted peacoat with gold buttons, while Burberry offered a looser fit version with red trimmed lapels. On display from Balmain, a show-stopping bolero with stretch skintight velvet pants.

Puffa Jacket
Another hit with ladies and men alike this year, there were a fair share of puffa jackets on the runway this year. Ami went with a fitted purple puffa worn incongruously over an oversized suit, Raf Simons favored oversize versions in slick black vinyl and two tone blue.

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Checks
From the grunge to the mod, checks always make a fashion statement. From Bottega Veneta comes a flannel style jacket, while Valentino takes an entirely different approach. with head to toe black and white plaid. Lou Dalton goes casual in his checked jacket thrown loosely over an oversized, khaki shirt and baggy pants.

Fur
Burberry bundled up on the runway with his caped silver fur while Fendi went for a brown hip length fur. Dolce and Gabbana went full length with their brown bear coat worn over tight- fitting work pants and combat boots.

What are your favorite men’s looks for the new year? Fur? Puffa? Plaid? Let us know!

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Highlights From London Fashion Week For Men

Male model
If women are the “fair” sex, then are men the “unfair” sex? While it is true that ruffles may be incongruous with the five o’ clock shadow, there is a certain undeniability of the existence of masculine beauty and it was certainly running rampant at this year’s London Fashion Week for Men. This year’s fashion was all about pushing gender barriers and finding the delicate balance between beauty and masculinity while incorporating the ultramodern with the retro. Here are just some designers that hit this year’s runway whom you are bound to be seeing a lot more from in the next few years.

Grace Wales Bonner
The work of Grace Wales Bonner is focused on the sexuality and identity of the black male and her own cultural experience, growing up in South East London with an English mother and Jamaican father. Her 2017 show was dedicated to the crowning of Haile Salassie as Ethiopia’s new Emperor and incorporates pan- African ceremonial styles with military and religious embellishment. Her characteristic highly tailored frock coats, short capes, and tailcoats feature touches of crafted buttons, shells, crystals, and shells adding elegance and dignity while proudly representing elements of culture.

Jonathan Anderson
This Northern Irish designer dares to be different in his Henry VIII meets sexual freedom collection. His blend of bright colors and ruffles with Tudor- like collars echo themes ranging from the working class to the nearly extraterrestrial, such as is evident in his hand painted yellow -eyed lizard saddle shoes and pop art patterns. He accompanies his runway show with dream pop synth and psychedelic skylines to give the feel of an epic road trip to his equally abstract presentation. Says the designer, “I like the idea of using something so abstract. I like the heightened reality of it- something solar, feminine, empowering. Finding a new way to put masculinity but still relatable.”   Anderson in a nutshell.

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Craig Green
Often labeled a conceptualist, Craig Green is one of the most interesting new designers to emerge on the runways of London. “It’s all about fabrics and techniques,” explains the Green on his own collection. A cross between tear away hospital scrubs and actual clothing, Green’s clothes combine a look of disposability with intricate embroidery and quilting. The colors are subdued; khakis, and drabs are common, and the garments were often belted, strapped or halfway fastened to the bodies of the models, for a sense of impermanence mixed with dependability.

MAN
The love child of Topman and Fashion East, Man is a quickly emerging name is men’s fashion, focussed on blurring the gender barriers. Male models may be heavily made up, while women go au natural and both sexes are equally likely to sport face paint and asymmetrical hairdos. Much of MAN’s current offerings, designed this year by Charles Jeffrey, Feng Chen Wang, and Per Gotesson, feature silk carpenters pants paired with tailored high colors, shorts and skirts for both genders, punk rock skin tight sweaters and platform heels.

And how about you? What do you think about androgyny in fashion? How are you blurring the lines this year? Let us know.

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Be Vibrant, Be Vivacious

And so here we are in 2017. The glitter fades, the dust settles and the Christmas trees come down as the sound of the last noisemaker echoes softly in the distance. The holidays may be over, but don’t despair! There is plenty to look forward to in 2017. Bette Midler is set to star opposite David Hyde Pierce in a revival of “Hello, Dolly,” Tina Fey and her husband plan to release a “Mean Girls” musical, Larry Davis promises Season 9 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and you’re going to need some great new clothes to do justice to each occasion. When it comes to 2017 fashion, the emphasis is on being uniquely you. This year is all about “out with the old, in with the new,” even if it does mean reinventing some of the old. If you’re looking for some runway inspiration for your winter wardrobe, here are just a few items that you might want to check out.

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Fake Fur Stoles
The next in line in the re-emergence of the faux fur, the fake fur stole is a nod to the elegance of the yesteryear. Designers like Monse are bringing these fashionable pieces back, draping them diagonally across the upper body in improbable fashion combinations with tanks and culottes or fastening them to lapels for a cozy collar.

Platform Boots
Platform boots have been adding a little funk to the traditional high heels ever since the 1960’s. You can’t fail with patent leather platforms in vibrant colors or pastels, or a furry cheetah print from Maison Margiela.

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Leggings
As long as there is a desire to combine comfort with fashion, there will always be some version of the legging. Just as we thought we’d seen the last of these comfy, stretchy pants, designers like Celine and Phoebe Philo gave them new life, dressing them up with everything from slouchy shirts to sandals.

Navy Overcoats
Designers have been looking toward the military for inspiration since time immemorial, and 2017 is no exception. The Navy overcoat is this year’s answer to easy- to – wear, versatile outerwear, with designers such as Coach leading the pack, with a gold-buttoned appliqué number.

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The Patent Trench
If you are looking for something to don on those humid winter days, the patent trench will give you that sleek high fashion look with just a touch of whips and chains. Check out the red- caped version from Isabel Marant with red studded belt and deep pockets.

Turtlenecks under dresses
The concept of pairing summer and winter pieces is one that we will continue to see in 2017. Designers like Tory Burch are among those looking to make your wardrobe last twice as long, complementing a sporty summer jumper with an ultra high collared turtleneck, strappy sandals and a cross-body bag.

Let us know what your plans are for the New Year, and, more importantly, what you plan to wear to them. We’d love to hear it!

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Keeping Your Wardrobe In Great Condition

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It may not surprise you that a survey done at the University of Missouri revealed that millennials can’t do laundry or sew clothes as well as their parents and grandparents. According to the study, in generations from the Baby Boomers on, clothing care has been gradually on its way to becoming a lost art. It seems that technology progressed so far that millennials recognize the clothes iron more as a tool to heat up cold pizza rather than get wrinkles out of clothes, or perhaps they are just hoping to authenticate the “distressed” look. The truth is that millennials find it easier to throw out and replace clothing than care for and repair them, and this has resulted a huge increase in textile waste. Here’s how you can keep your wardrobe in great condition.

Pay Attention to Laundering
You know that tag on the neck of your shirt? That’s where you find your clothes laundering instructions. If you hate to hand wash and line dry, don’t buy clothes requiring special care. Make looking at care instructions a part of the shopping process. Remember, even a cheap piece of clothing can end up costing you more in the end if you end up ruining it.

Practice Good Hygiene
Of course, it may seem like a no brainer, but wearing deodorant, showering, and proper underwear can all help to keep clothes in better condition. Also, if you’re going somewhere where you know things are going to get messy, don’t wear an expensive lace dress, and don’t wear white pants if you know you are going to be sitting outside.

woman sewing
Learn How to do Basic Repairs
Even if you’re really careful with your clothes, buttons can pop off and shirt sleeves can fray. You can buy a basic sewing kit for just a few dollars and there are plenty of online videos that can teach you about everything from hemming to zipper repair.

Dress After Doing Your Hair and Makeup
Women’s clothing is often more prone to damage than men’s because of the likelihood of cosmetics to fade and stain garments. Do hair and makeup before dressing and then wear a robe to apply things like bronzer and loose shadow. Hairspray can also fade clothes, so try wrapping a towel around your shoulders before that final spritz.

Develop Good Storage Habits
Of course bleary eyed late night partying is not exactly conducive to good clothing maintenance, but leaving clothes misshapen can lead to damage in a few months. For best results, fold sweaters on a shelf, zip zippers and button buttons before putting clothes away and invest in good hangers. Wire and plastic hangers can stretch out the shoulders on your clothes. Hangars with plush or wooden arms help clothes keep their shape. Also, try not to store clothes too close together, as that can cause wrinkling and fading of fabrics. If you are short on room, you may want to look into storage solutions.

If you’re a millennial and are working on a way to save the environment, you may want to focus on conserving your clothing first. Let us know what you think! Will you be making some changes?

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Are You Ready For WorkLeisure?

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The movie “The Devil Wears Prada” is a veritable cornucopia of high- end fashion in the workplace. From the moment Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) steps out of her car, the viewer can see her foot ensconced in the later Prada red suede pumps, and it doesn’t end there. The camera works its way up to reveal a deep, purple Temperley cashmere and statement jewelry. Assistant Emily Blunt is not to be outdone in a Helmut Lang Tux jacket. If you’re working in the offices of a high end fashion designer with an Anna Winteresque boss, you may not have much opportunity to wear relaxing clothing, but the rest of us may be able to cut corners. With the rise of athleisure, there is a temptation to wear yoga pants to work, but, it should be clear that you know the difference between the workplace and the gym. Welcome to work leisure.

What is WorkLeisure?
In a nutshell, work leisure refers to athleisure that is business casual and can be worn all day, so you don’t really have to change in between coming home from work and vegging out in front of the t.v. WorkLeisure uses sweat-wicking, comfortable material and works them into business appropriate pieces that can also work for weekend activities. Companies jumping on the work leisure bandwagon include Lululemon, UnderArmour (UAS line), Bandier, Carbon38 and Kit and Ace.

What does WorkLeisure Look Like?
If you’re ready to cash in your formal business wear at a consignment shop and replace them with workleisure pieces, here’s an idea of what your new wardrobe may contain:

  1. UAS Women’s Varsity Blazer: This black “scuba woven jacket” is form fitting with accented pockets, a closed breast and high color. It is part of the new Underarmour work leisure line, UAS, and looks fabulous over leggings or tight skirts.
  2. Kit and Ace Laidback Brushed Dress: Advertised with the slogan, “Dressed in Ten Minutes of Less,” this piece is the definition of a no brainer. The doublestack turtleneck dress is made from modal, viscose and cashmere, and features a loose “boyfriend” fit.
  3. Olympia Siren Neo Pencil Skirt: If you’re looking for a sleek silhouette that’s easy to pair, this Olympia pencil skirt is a great piece for your wardrobe. No slouch on quality either, the skirt features detailing like a support band and moisture wicking fabric, guaranteed to look fabulous from all angles.
  4. A Day Made It T-shirt: This light and breathable shirt is a new take on the old silk tee. It drapes well and can make a great topper for anything from shorts to tailored pants. With its laser cut hem, this shirt is quick drying, wrinkle free, moisture wicked, and even UV resistant. How’s that for all in one?
  5. Tory Sport Merino Casual Graphic Sweater: From the Tory Sport Line by Tory Burch, this sweater’s boxy graphics are made with a blend of merino wool and COOLMAX yarn, designed to regulate your body temperature while keeping moisture away from the skin. Its unique triangular pattern is created with the use of a special punch needle to give dimension and texture to your everyday work apparel.

If the work leisure lines inspire you, let us know how you got creative with it. What do you think of the work leisure line? Passing trend or the look of tomorrow’s workplace? Let us know!

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Dress Up Those Leggings

woman with leggings
Even if you’re not a dedicated YouTube follower, you may have heard mention of the, “Leggin’s Aint Pants video. In the clip, Jamie Higdon- Randloph unabashedly gives her take on the fashion accessories which have come to play a huge part in most of our wardrobes. While she starts by singing the praises of leggings’ versatility and comfort, Higdon- Randolph’s comments take a sharp turn. “Some of you people,” says the Tennessee native, “like to use leggings as britches – as pants pants. That aint how they’re supposed to be worn. If you can’t wear a shirt that covers your tail, so I can’t tell that you got some Aztec-print thongs on, you don’t need to be wearin’ em.” Needless to say, the video went viral, sparking opinions on both sides of the argument. If you are still conflicted about how leggings are “supposed to be worn” or if you are just looking for some new ideas about how to wear them, read on.

Leggings in Young Hollywood
If images of young up -and -comers are your source of fashion inspiration, you will find no shortage of legging wearing among the young and fabulous… To be sure, it seems like the legging fashion go to for the Hollywood headline makers is the traditional black legging with crop tops and bomber jackets.

  • Atheisure: Gigi Hadid was spotted sporting her Lululemon leggings with a VFiles bomber, Vans sneakers and a Koral pullover, while sister Bella wore her Moto leggings with a Fear of God ruched- sleeve bomber, Nike sneakers, and a Givenchy tote. Hailey Baldwin went for a similarly athleisuresque look wearing her Lululemons with Saint Laurent two tone bomber and Acne Triple Sneakers.
  • Dressy: Kendall Jenner did a slightly less casual legging look by topping her leggings with a sweater and knee length vest accompanied by sleek Black Sandro ankle boot and a Givenchy holdall bag. Selena Gomez also chose to keep things a bit more formal with an Alice and Olivia button down with piping, Barrie Glamour Poncho and Shania pumps.

Other Ideas

  • Weekend cozy: Try some suede legging with a cowl neck sweater and a long cardigan cinched with a wide belt. Bring the look together with some tall Antonio Melani leather boots.
  • Season Bridging: Season bridging is the new way of getting the most wear out of your clothes while expanding your wardrobe. Wear a short summer dress over fall gray leggings with tall boots and a lacy scarf to dabble with this trend.
  • Casual: Layer some American Apparel leggings under a stand-out dress with a scarf and statement necklace. Top with a long cardigan and complete with flats to keep comfy.
  • Elegant: Accessories can take an outfit from day to night. Pin a floral brooch on a simple black vest and cinch with a sparkle belt of instant glamor. Finish with a low heeled flat boot and you’re ready for the clubs.
  • Easy: You can look effortlessly great with jean inspired leggings. Pair with a fun beaded or sequined top, add some brightly colored flats, top with a cotton jacket and throw on a printed scarf for something comfy and fashionable.

If you’re waiting for a decisive answer on the “leggings aint pants” debate, what can be stated without a doubt is that, while none of the A-listers seemed too concerned with “covering their tails,” neither were there any Aztec-print thongs on display and everyone looked great. Let us know how you like to wear your leggings. We love to hear from you!

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What To Look For In A Statement Coat

woman viewing a selection of fur coats
There is no doubt about the fact that she knows how to rock a jacket. She made fashion headlines at Paris Fashion Week in her super-sized pink velvet puffer jacket designed by the up- and- coming Swedish designer Ella Boucht and then again in an unforgettable heart-shaped Yves St. Laurent red fur which she paired with cut -offs and sandals and wore it to “feed the birds” in New York’s Central Park. Weeks later, the same coat would appear on Kendall Jenner in an Instagram post, who couldn’t resist the $15,000 novelty piece herself, modeling it with ripped jeans and sneakers. If you’re looking for a statement coat this winter, and the heart shaped fur is already yesterday’s news, never fear! There is some great outerwear this year that will express and impress.

Shearling
If you want to be warm and comfy this winter, shearling is a great option. Rebecca Taylor offers an off white knee length look with a Peter Pan color and wide sleeves, while BCBG lines their hip grazing version with strips of brown fur. Coach offers a luxurious shearling toggle coat and fold down hood.

Graphic Fur
This trend combines color blocking with elegance. Gabriela Hearst makes her statement with windowpane squares in a patchwork of browns, whites, blacks and burgundies on her graphic fur jacket while Jason Wu offers a classic black and white pattern featuring intersecting lines.

Spring Colors
Who says you can’t wear pastels in the winter? Certainly not J. Crew, who proudly showed off a bubble gum pink pea jacket in this year’s line-up. Other fans of the lighter shades? The new Michael Kors collection features a double breasted light blue jacket while Boss showed off its ruffled cape in orange.

Minimalist with Detail
Delpazo makes a statement this year with his belted creation of pure white with a sculpted bodice and bright floral print sleeves. Prabal brings a Western flavor with a camel colored leather coat trimmed with stitched lapels and Victoria Beckham rounds out the trend with a navy wool jacket with a fringed hem.

Patchwork
These wearable works of art are popping up on runways in a variety of textures and color combinations. Proenza Schouler’s patchwork fur combines animal prints and solids with a black leather biker belt and ammo strap while Tory Burch went for colors and high collars in her graphic design.

Toggle Coats
Christopher Robin meets high fashion with Parbal Burung adding a fur- trimmed hood to his all white toggle jacket while Altuzarra did a futuristic version complete with silver sparkle, and fur and shiny black.

Cropped Peacoats
Every year offers some version of this classic. This year Tommy Hilfiger showed off his military crop while Frame Denim and Tibi showed off their own waist skimming pea jackets.

Camel Leather
The seventies retro look got an upgrade on the runway this year with Derek Lam’s A-line camel leather, a cinched and flared look from The Row, and a classic trench from Banana Republic.

Oversized
Think less puffer and more ankle grazing with sloping shoulders and knuckle length sleeves. Mark Jacobs garnished his black and white herringbone oversized coat with ribbons and furs; Victoria Beckham did a navy blue oversize with satin patches.

Let us know if these work for you or if you have a statement of your own in mind this year. We want to hear from you! Keep warm and rock those jackets!

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Accessories That Work For Winter Nights

Fashionistas paging through their favorite issues of Vogue and Elle may have noticed the emergence of a new fashion phenomena; ‘the drape coat’. It seems to be more and more apparent in the fashion world that there is a distinct reluctance to put one’s arms through the sleeves of one’s jacket. Otherwise know as “shoulder robing” or “coat slinging” the new fashion may limit mobility, but it surely gives the jacket wearer a little more of an opportunity to model what’s underneath while also lending a sort of “I couldn’t be bothered” quality to the look. (See Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, and Gigi Hadid for examples.)

Whether or not you have declared yourself an official coat slinger, the dilemma of how to remain stylish while keeping comfortable on those mild winter nights is real. How can you keep warm and still remain on the cusp of fashion? Here are a few ideas.

The Beanie
From the skateboarder to hipster to the runway, the beanie is a great mild winter fashion accessory. Pair it boots, shorts, and a light leather jacket for something a little off the beat and path . Remember to push it back on your head slightly for optimum coolness.

Over the Knee Socks
How is this for staying warm while looking hot? You can do this naughty schoolgirl look with pumps, knee high boots, or even workbooks for some urban chic.


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Brightly Colored Coat
You can never go wrong with a well-cut black coat, but sometimes, it is nice to take the route less traveled. According to designer Victoria Tornegran, pink is currently trending, but violet is also a popular option.

Socks
If you’ve had enough of the “Miami Vice” look, and its still warm enough for some bare leg, why not try some ankle socks? Perfect for some added preppy warmth under your favorite pair of saddle shoes.

The Lace Slip
There’s nothing like a slip of black lace emerging from under a chunky turtleneck or jersey to bring the mind right back to the bedroom. If you’re channeling a little sex kitten on date night, work some lace trim into your look.

Over the Knee Boots
Want to wear that mini in the winter? Irina Lakicevic of a Portable Package offers her sexy take on the look with black skin tight over the knee boots. Lace- ups and suedes in neutrals and jewel tones also make a great balance for a little sweater dress.

Woman winter scarf
The Statement Scarf
From rock star chic to cowl neck, you can never go wrong with a signature scarf in the cooler weather. Extra points for prints patterns and textures.

Layering
If you’re looking to bring some preppy chic this summers , See Jane suggests the fail safe combo of sweater over a button-down shirt topped with a light jacket. If your tastes range to a bit tougher stuff, swap out the sweater for a moto jacket

Note that the draped coat can be incorporated into any of the above. So let us know how you stay looking good on those mild winter nights and feel free to weigh in on the coat slinging!

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