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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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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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Style Show for Neiman Marcus: Fall 2011

I love presenting style shows for Neiman Marcus, and this fall has been no exception.  It is always fun to hang out with my clients and talk fashion trends.  Oh course, it helps when the fashion trends you are talking about come from Neiman’s…their pieces are gorgeous!  My favorite find during the style show is a snake bangle by Alexis Bittar.  I really want it to come live with me.  Maybe around Christmas time???  Here are my photos of the event.  I got so busy speaking that I didn’t have anyone take photos of the models dressed in my “looks.”  I’ve noted this issue for next season!  Take a peak and think on your favorite trends for the season and how you would like to incorporate them into your fall wardrobe.  Happy shopping!

My two mannequins that provided the backdrop for the style show.  Aren’t they lovely?

Rachel Zoe jacket and hot pink blouse.

Alexis Bittar bangles.

70’s inspired medallion necklaces.

More bangles (my snake cuff is in the middle)!

The style show set-up.

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How to Style Your Long Summer Skirts

One of summer’s most fashionable new trends is the maxi skirt.  And, this 1970’s inspired piece may be the summer staple your wardrobe has been missing all season. Perfect for beating the Texas heat, a maxi skirt can be dressed up or down, and it even transfers easily to cooler seasons.  Here is a look at some of the chicest maxi skirts in DFW and how to style them.

The Basic Black

The little black dress has long been a wardrobe staple for women. This summer season, considering giving your basic black dress a rest and opting for a black maxi skirt. I love this perfect piece from White House, Black Market for $88.00. The soft a-line keeps from hugging the hipline, and the synthetic fabric content makes this black maxi a perfect addition to your travel wardrobe. Minimal wrinkles! You can dress a basic black maxi up with fun summer wedges in a bright color (like silver or yellow), or you can make it super casual with gladiator sandals or flip-flops.

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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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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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Tweak Spring 2011 Trends to Work for You!

My clients love the spring. As soon as the weather warms, I start receiving emails from clients who want to know how to wear their favorite fashion trends. Now, my number one rule is that fashion should be fun! But, what do you do when you love fashion trends that just doesn’t seem to love you back?

Here are my tips for tweaking some of spring’s most fun fashion trends so that they work for you: 

  • Horizontal Stripes: No one wants to look larger than they actually are. And, horizontal stripes do just that. Think of ways to incorporate horizontals into your wardrobe that won’t expand your waistline. Try a horizontal scarf that hangs vertically in a trench’s label. Or, layer a horizontal t-shirt under a colored jacket so that just a peak of the pattern shows. 
  • Black & White: This trend is all the rage, and on the right person can be oh-so-chic! But, how do you make this trend work for you? Color is key. Make sure to break up the contrasting black and white with a color or warm metallic. I love gold with black and white, but pink, blue, green, and turquoise all work well too. These days, I avoid pairing my clients in black, white, and red because this color combo can appear dated in a world where creative color combinations rule. Try to think of new and interested ways to rework your wardrobe with color. After fall, we all need a little change.
  • Long Hem-lines: Lady-like is back, and I love it! But, that doesn’t mean that we all will look our best in a calf-length skirt. Instead, extend their skirt lengths, at least this season, to the longest length that still works for them. Then, compensate for the added length with a pointed-toe shoe with a heel that will lengthen the leg-line and slim the lower body.   

Helping my clients figure out ways to make fashion trends work for them is one of my favorite aspects of wardrobe consulting. As I tell my clients, there is always a solution to every fashion challenge.  Sometimes, you just have to find a new way to approach it!

Happy Spring!

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