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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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How To Get Winter Style Icon Elle Macpherson’s Look In North Texas

Layering is a big trend this winter season, and Elle Macpherson is one celebrity who knows how to play the layering game.  Her mixture of fur, leather and denim looks effortless and city-chic.  But, with all those layers, recreating Elle’s outfit could get pricey, fast!  I’ve managed to put it all together for under $200.  And with so many versatile layers, you are sure to add much than a $200 value to your winter wardrobe.

 How To Get Winter Style Icon Elle Macpherson’s Look In North Texas

Photo Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

 
Black (Faux) Fur Vest
 

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The outer layer of Elle’s outfit, and the main focal point, is her black fur vest. Now, wearing fur can be tricky as it starts looking bulking, especially over so many layers.  As I tell my clients, “You should always look like you are wearing your clothes, not like your clothes are wearing you!”  The key to keeping trim in these layers is to select a fur piece that is sleek and smooth so that it doesn’t add extra bulk to your waistline.  I like this faux fur vest from Dillard’s for $58.80 because it also has a knit back, which contours to the body instead of looking boxy.

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Winter Style Icon: Victoria Beckham

Following celebrity style is a great way to re-vamp your wardrobe this winter season.  If you are searching for some fashion inspiration for cooler weather, spend some time looking at photos of your favorite celebrity online.  Identify some of his/her best outfits that you feel would work for your body shape and coloring.  While your favorite celebrity’s fashion fund is most likely much more extensive than your own, you can easily recreate their look for less with a little fashion know-how and some careful shopping.  Voilà!  Your winter wardrobe will instantly be more fabulous!

Here is one of my favorite fashionable celebrities, Victoria Beckham, in a great winter outfit that I have recreated for under $100!

 Winter Style Icon: Victoria Beckham

Photo Credit: Giuseppe Cacace/Getty Images

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Fall Fashion Concepts

Each season, I try to think of an over-arching, inspirational theme for dressing my clients.  This season, I am concentrating on helping my clients look so effortlessly dressed that they appear as if they virtually “fell” into their closets and came out looking fabulous.  To me, this means not over-accessorizing or creating contrived outfits, but to help my clients express themselves through fashion by pairing items in unexpected, creative and cutting-edge ways.  Being predictably coordinated is so last season!  What is your fashion philosophy for fall?

 

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Maxi Dress Mania

My clients are in love with long dresses.  And I just can’t blame them because no item packs a bigger punch this spring.  My closet currently contains multiple maxis that I have acquired through my travels and shopping adventures, and I just can’t stop wearing them!  Dress them up, dress them down, no matter how you decide to wear your maxis, they are sure to be your go-to pieces for the season.  Here are some of my favorite online finds for your preferred maxi style and my tips on how to wear them.

For the Sophisticate: $118 at Bloomingdale’s

This maxi doesn’t need a ton of accessorizing because the design lines give it pure elegance.  Try pairing it with a sleek sandal with a back-strap (not a flip-flop that makes noise…this dress is way too elegant for that!) and simple gunmetal or clear drop earrings.

 

For the Dramatic: $175 at Zappos

Hello Drama-Queen!  Black and white is seriously hot for spring and summer, and no one but a true dramatic could pull it off in this “look-at-me” pattern.  To turn up the volume even more, try swapping the black belt for one in a color like gold, yellow or coral.  Stack your bangles half-way up your forearm and finish out your accessories with an over-sized hoop earring.

 

 

For the Sportster: $98 at Athleta

You sporty gals need a go-to dress that will work into your casual and fun lifestyle.  This simple maxi in a great spring color leaves plenty of room for accessory interpretation.  Pile on the medallion necklaces to make this a look all your own.  Feel free to flip-flop away in this maxi.

 

 

 

For the Trendsetter: $149 at The Trend Boutique

This maxi will be the serious talk of the town.  Pair with black sandals (flat or heeled) and an art-deco inspired bib necklace.  Or, opt for structured, dangling earrings in a mixed metal design.

 

For the Romantic: $53.55 at Asos

This is my personal favorite, and I am struggling with the decision to buy it now or later!  Perfect for those romance fiends, this maxi makes a truly lovely spring statement.  Try pairing it with nude wedges for added height and a lady-like look.  Select chandelier earrings that will move with this maxi.

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The Perfect Evening Wrap for Your Fashion Style

One of the items that is often on my clients shopping lists is a wrap for their evening events.  While different evening events may require different styles of wraps, most clients want to simplify their wrap and scarf collection and pare down to a few “go-to” pieces that represent their personal fashion style.  I have been keeping an inventory of my favorite wraps so that you will know all of the dish on where to find the perfect piece to compliment your wardrobe and style.  Here are my top picks and the fashion styles they represent:

For the Sophisticate: $295; Saks Fifth Avenue

 

For the Romantic: $195; Saks Fifth Avenue

 

For the Trendsetter: $63; ShopBop

 

For the Classique: $98; Nordstrom

 

For the Dramatic: $69.99; The Pashmina Store

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