· October 29, 2010 · ·
Bold prints and floral prints are trending right now in a big way. If you’re missing some spark in your wardrobe, adding something bold or brightly printed (floral or otherwise) can be a great way to spice things up.
One example of a way to be bold and floral is this beautiful plus-size top. The cascade brings in another fun trend, too. Pair it with a black cardigan for days at the office and you’re ready to go!
Another very pretty print option is this smocked blouse. The blue and purple swirls make this georgette top stand out. And this paisley print tunic is bold and fun, with an uneven hem that gives you an individual style that pops.
Make sure you keep bold prints and florals in mind as you shop this fall!
· October 27, 2010 · ·
Well, we can talk about sweater weather all we want, but the truth is, it’s nearly time to pull out the coats and jackets. And what’s more fun than a new coat? (Well, other than a trip to the beach). These are a few of my favorite jackets and coats for this winter:
- The boiled wool jacket in beautiful fall colors is a great alternative to a blazer and will keep you very warm. You can’t wear this one as a winter coat, but it’s a great fall layering piece.
- This faux leather cascade jacket is HOT! And the animal print collar just makes it even more stylish. Soft, warm and just a little bit bad, this is the must-have jacket for autumn and beyond.
- The plus-size peacoat. The peacoat is always a classic, and this great coat is updated for plus sizes while still retaining all of its great style. It’s got a great feminine fit and plenty of colors to choose from.
· October 25, 2010 · ·
Sometimes you just want to wear something that looks different—something unique, that doesn’t look like everyone else. It’s fun to make a statement or to start a conversation about something you’re wearing.
- Try a unique style. Something like this tuxedo blouse, while it comes in subdued colors, is a different cut and style than many blouses. It’s sheer, so you can pair it with a cami (if you don’t, you’ll REALLY make a statement!) and trousers. Different styles like this always get attention.
- Reverse the expectation. Most people wear printed tops with solid bottoms, but why not change things a bit and wear print pants and a solid top? These floral pants are one way you can mix it up. Another option is this tie-dyed skirt. The delicate bands of color make it a standout.
- Bling it up. I’ve already blogged about this tunic and this sequined vest, both of which add some shine to your wardrobe. You can also add bling by adding jewelry, like this abalone disk set or a fascinating pendant.
· October 22, 2010 · ·
It’s fun to find new clothes at any time of the year, and fall offers some wonderful options—things that can be both full of style and full of comfort at the exact same time. I’m always on the lookout for pieces like that!
One item that’s a fall staple is wide-leg pants. Adding some width to pant legs, like these do, balances out wider hips and thighs and is wonderfully slimming. These pants are also super comfortable.
Another comfortable piece that’s very in-style is this long checked skirt. It's bias cut, and it works so well with boots, a long sweater and a belt (another fall trend). The elasticized waist makes it extra easy-to-wear.
And finally, this swing jacket is great for the days before you have to break out the winter coat. It’s got an easy fit, animal print lining (very trendy), and you can wear it dressed up or dressed down.
· October 20, 2010 · ·
I’ve talked before about how great layering can be, especially on fall days when the temperature can change from cool to warm to cool again. Cardigans of all kinds are an awesome way to make sure you’re warm enough, indoors or out. Plus, there are tons of prints and styles to choose from, so adding a cardigan can also add spice to your wardrobe.
You can choose a chic cardigan like this to wear with business clothes or stylish jeans. Having one elegant sweater like this is great for evenings, too, just throw it on and go.
For something fun that can go from casual to fancy, check out a cascade cardigan like this one. It’s soft, flowing and feminine.
And finally, for something completely different, try this Lion Print cardigan! The cat is embellished with silver-studded eyes, nose and whiskers.
· October 18, 2010 · ·
I’ve seen some crazy shoes out there lately – the kind that you can barely stand in, let alone walk in. But people will wear very interesting things in order to be trendy, no doubt. High heels, crazy platforms—whatever it takes to be cool.
For some of us, though, crazy trendy shoes may look cool—but we only want to look at them on other people. We don’t actually want to wear them ourselves as we go about our daily lives.
I found some compromise shoes—the kind that look trendy without making you feel as though you’re about to fall over. I found a few good looking pairs that can add some style to your fall wardrobe without causing sprained ankles.
These Spectator shoes are stunning suede with vintage details that make them unique and eye-catching, too. You can wear them like you would wear ankle boots or other “low” shoes.
And these Victorian lace-up pumps, also in suede, have fun ribbon ties and are super-chic. Wear them the same way you would wear traditional pumps.
Another old-fashioned (but trendy) look are these button-detail booties. Wear them like you would any other pair of ankle boots for some fun flair.
See more fall shoes here.
· October 15, 2010 · ·
One of the fun fall fads this year is animal prints—specifically a touch of animal print in an outfit to spice it up. Shoes are a great way to add some animal prints to an outfit without overwhelming your look with leopard spots.
I want to talk about three pairs of shoes that pull off the animal print thing really well—they’re a nice way to start incorporating the look even if you’re not ready to go all out.
These mock-croc leopard print slip-ons would look great paired with black pants. They add a splash of fun.
Another subtle animal print shoe are these leopard cuff booties. They’re mostly black, but then—surprise!—a leopard print cuff. They’re a lovely plush suede and you could rock them with jeans or any other pair of matching pants.
And finally, if you want to be crazy bold, these leopard print cowboy boots. They’re stylish and very eye-catching. You’ll probably be the only one with a pair of boots like this!
Other ways you can add animal prints to your outfits? Keep your eyes peeled for bags, scarves and other accessories that can add a touch of excitement.
· October 13, 2010 · ·
Vests are really enjoying a resurgence in popularity this season. I’m not talking about those cheesy-print vests from the early 90s; I’m referring to sophisticated and more grown-up looks that can really pull an outfit together.
Long vests are a great way to add some sophistication to an outfit. Pair a turtleneck, long-sleeved shirt or button down with a pair of jeans and then add a long vest over the entire ensemble. Some tall or ankle boots can finish this look off perfectly.
Another option is a cropped vest, like this one. It’s just a fun way to add some layers to your look.
Finally, if you want to get really fun, a sequined vest in a bold color or print can give you a hot look that won’t be matched by anyone else.
Think vests could add spice to your wardrobe? See more options here.
· October 12, 2010 · ·
Long tunic tops and pants make a nice way to go from day to evening—or just out for a comfortable fall night on the town. While dresses can be chilly, the extra coverage from a longer top and pants can be both elegant and comfortably warm.
Tunic tops are very popular right now and come in a huge variety of options. Pair them with jeans or more formal pants and they work for professional settings or date night—it’s up to you!
This sequined tunic top is sparkly fun for a night out. Wear it with black pants, leggings or jeans. The cut and empire waist are flattering, too.
This long sweater-like top with pearl trim is another good idea for a night out or a day at the office. You can pair this with jeans or white pants (the rose version). And the ¾ sleeves are the perfect length.
Finally, I love the color and gold beading on this one! So elegant and fun. Sometimes you just want to wear a bright color, and the gold and red of this particular top will definitely make you stand out in a crowd.
Okay, so maybe you don’t want to turn your maxi dress into a fall dress. That’s okay, because there are TONS of plus size fall dresses out there that are cute and fun and will still keep you warm.
This wrap dress is so flattering and pretty. It comes in a bunch of different prints, and you can pair it with tall boots for an awesome fall look. Also, it’s actually a faux wrap style, so no worries about gaping or tying—you get all of the benefits without any of the problems.
The design on this medallion shift dress is very slimming, because it draws the eyes down a narrow column. It’s a soft jersey knit and it has a boat neckline (which are my favorite kind of necklines). So flattering!
Plaids are in right now, and this pleated plaid georgette dress is really fun for work or a night on the town. Pair it with a pretty cardigan and matching pumps and you’re ready to go!