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Fall Favorite: Leopard Print

You could call it the print that just won’t quit.  For seasons now, we have seen leopard print all over our stores, and this fall is no exception.  I must admit that I love the look and just can’t help myself from adding a little more leopard print to my wardrobe each season.  Truthfully, I just looked down to see that I am wearing my leopard pajama pants.  My obsession may be worse that I previously thought! 

Whether you love leopard a little or, like I do, a lot, it is important to select your leopard items with care and in a way that will support and extend your current wardrobe…not leave you thinking, “I must have been crazy when I bought that leopard blouse!”  Here are my rules for selecting the right leopard pieces for my clients.  I hope they help you in your leopard selections this fall:

1) The key to a happy leopard-sprinkled wardrobe is to purchase items that are in your preferred color family (black & white, brown & caramel, or even red).  Stick to a leopard color scheme that will compliment the wardrobe you already have (exp. if your fall color base is brown, opt for brown-toned leopard prints, not blacks).

2) Remember to choose leopard prints that are in the right scale for your body size.  For example, if one of my petite clients really wants a great pair of leopard jeans this fall, I will make sure to select for her a very small pattern that will not overpower her small frame. (The NYDJ below are a great example of this).  

3) Don’t forget that a little leopard goes a long way.  When wearing a leopard print, select other supportive (not conflicting) pieces to wear.  Let the leopard be the all-star of your outfit. 

4) Lastly, once you have a little leopard in your closet, you cannot be afraid to wear it!  Yes, it may be bold and dramatic, but leoaprd can create so much visual interest and fun in an outfit…if you let it. 

Now that you know the rules for wearing leopard, it’s time to shop.  Leopard is everywhere this season, so stay true to your budget when purchasing your pieces.  If you find something you love that is out of your price range, just keep searching.  Leopard is popping up everywhere and at every price-point!  Here are some of my favorite leopard finds, so far, this season.

Leopard Clutch, $43.00

Photo Courtesy: Karmaloop

 

Leopard NYDJ, $120.00

Photo Courtesy: Nordstrom

 

 

Leopard Blouse, $24.50

Photo Courtesy: Wet Seal

 

Leopard Wedges, $79.50

Photo Courtesy: Ann Taylor Loft

 

Leopard Blazer, $198

Photo Courtesy: Neiman Marcus

 

 

Photo Courtesy: H&M

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Color-Blocked Crossbody Bags

One of my favorite trends of the Spring 2012 season is color-blocking.  Color-blocking is not only a great trend in clothing, but it also spans other areas of fashion, like shoes, jewelry and bags. 

BCBG Max Azaria Color-Block Dress, $248 at Saks

Photo Courtesy: Saks Fifth Avenue

Colin Stuart Color-Block Sandal, $88 at Victoria’s Secret

Photo Courtesy: Victoria’s Secret

 

Lee Angel Color-Block Bracelet, $94.99 at Amazon

Photo Courtesy: Amazon

Over the past month, I have been on a hunt, for a certain client, for the perfect color-blocked crossbody bag.  The specifications are that it must be under $100 and include only neutrals (brown, black, white, etc.).  Keeping the color-blocking neutral will also for pairing with a great number of pieces in her existing wardrobe and will ensure longevity when neon color-blocking goes out (and who can tell how quickly that will be!).  Here are my two favorite finds for this project.  Which bag do you like best?

Contrast Bowling Bag, $72 at TopShop

Photo Courtesy: TopShop

LaMountain Crossbody Bag, $40 at Aldo

Photo Courtesy: Aldo

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Spring 2012 Trend Alert: Yellow

Hello yellow!  Bold is a common theme among spring 2012 fashion trends, and one of the biggest colors of the season is no exception.  Ranging from light lemon to mustard, and every shade in-between, adding a little dash of yellow is a great way to make your wardrobe pop!  Now, if yellow strikes you with fear, or just washes out your complexion…which is equally fearful!, try out the bright hue as an accessory.  Pumps and purses look lovely in yellow and won’t turn your skin a sour shade.  Bring on the sun! 

Here are some of my favorite yellow pieces this season:

Marc Jacobs Quilted Crossbody Bag, $575.00

Photo Courtesy: Nordstrom

I love a bright bag in a crossbody style.  It’s such a fun look and keeps you hands free when running errands or shopping.

 

Jason Wu for Target Textured Top, $32.99

Photo Courtesy: Target

Worn by Ann Curry on the Today show!  This great mustard piece pairs nicely with black, white, purple or even grey.

 

Asos Hybrid Dress, $152.19

Photo Courtesy: Asos

This yellow dress from Asos shows off another major trend for spring 2012, ladylike designs. 

 

J.Crew Mona Pump, $198

Photo Courtesy: J.Crew

J.Crew’s Mona pump is a staple for many of my clients.  The Mona is a very wearable height, and the yellow shade is so much fun when paired with white pants or jeans.  It also looks great with blue denim and navy.

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NYC Training with Stacy London

March was a whirlwind of activities between my style show in Fredericksburg, my spring closet and shopping appointments, being a judge for Miss Teen Dallas/Fort Worth (more to come on that!), and training in New York City with Stacy London.  It was an amazing experience to meet such a style icon as Stacy!  I learned Stacy’s take on dressing various body shapes and selecting clothing color.  I am so appreciative of the opportunities and means to further my fashion education and to take in the wisdom and experience of those that have been in the fashion field before I could even say the words “box-pleat.”

Stacy London and me!

Some of the other stylists in my training course and me.

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