Fashion Challenger: Cowboy in the City

Fashion Challenger -Cowboy in the CityBeing that winter hasn’t quite left us yet, along with my love of boots, I came up with this week’s challenge!

So cowboy boots are usually perceived as clunky and unstylish.  Most of us ‘city folks’ rarely wear them in anything other than a costume.  With that in mind, I decided to hunt down several styles of oh so fabulous cowboy boots that have style, polish, and versatility.

The main thing you need to know about cowboy boots is that the type of heel (say stack versus stiletto) and shape of the toe (think rounded versus pointy) can make them perfect for a relaxed or tailor look.

For this week’s challenge I want you to go to the shoe store or shoe department and find a pair of cowboy boots you would actually wear.

Fashion Challenger -Cowboy in the City

  • What are the colors, textures, and patterns that appeal to you?
  • Do you like the high-heel of the stiletto style cowboy boots or are slouchy stacked heels more your thing?
  • Name 3 items in your closet you would actually wear with the cowboy boots you’ve found.

This challenge is all about growing your wardrobe and stretching your sense of style.

Take pics and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Brand Spotlight: Wildfox Couture

Brand Spotlight-Wildfox CoutureWho They Are:

Wildfox is a vintage-inspired women’s knitwear brand based in Los Angeles. Originally co-created by two women inspired by a love for vintage tee shirts and their friendship, the brand continues this legacy under the Creative Direction of founding partner Kimberley Gordon. Together with musician Jimmy Sommers as CEO and President of Wildfox, the brand was officially established in Los Angeles in 2007.

Known for its iconic campaigns, dreamlike quality, and clothes that tell a story, Wildfox has grown to include a full range of tops, bottoms, dresses, and skirts, while the White Label collection offers a range of luxuriously soft sweater knits, laces, chiffons, velour, and sequins. Wildfox Kids, the “little sister” adaptation of the women’s line, launched in 2009.

Today, Wildfox continues to develop its lifestyle brand with a wide range of Intimates, Swim, Sun, Denim and accessories. The brand can be found in retail boutiques nationwide including Ron Herman, Planet Blue, Akira, and Shopbop, along with select department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. But, the largest selection of Wildfox can be found right here at Wildfox.com. (Source: WildfoxCouture.com)

Why I Love Them:

  • There’s a sense of fun and freshness in their clothing.
  • They have some of the coolest wordplay tee shirts!  I always get asked where I got my tee shirt when I wear one from Wildfox Couture.
  • Mixing casual with professional is really fun and easy with this brand.  I’ll often wear one of their sweaters or tee shirts underneath a blazer and wear with jeans and stilettos.  The look is so chic yet approachable!
  • They have very comfortable sweats and loungewear which I love to wear as much as possible.

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Fashion Stylist Tip: Adding Flair to Corporate Attire

Fashion Stylist Tip - Business SuitWhen I’m working with clients who are senior and top executive level professionals, a question I always get is “how can I add more variety and flair to my work wardrobe?”

It’s a great question.

Many people on that level in their career are weary of rocking the boat in terms of the dynamics in their workplace.

Yes, this also includes how they dress.

Though this question mainly comes from women, many male executives want to know how to stop looking like a cookie cutter image of their colleagues and jazz up their career attire!

Due to this growing want to be more stylish and fun in a very corporate environment, I’ve come up with the following tips.  These tips will keep you within the guidelines of most business professional workplaces while still allowing you to indulge for in your flair for fashion!

Fashion Stylist Tip - Business SuitFashion Stylist Tip #1: Learn to add accessories in trendy and stylish ways.  This tip means for women to learn add colorful graphic print scarves to the traditional suit, wear small to medium size jewelry sets that add a punch of color or interest to your outfit, and wearing shoes with textured or intricate detail in traditional styles.  I’m personally in love with the classic pointy-toe 4″ pump.  This style is timeless and isn’t going anywhere.  Try a pair of these is a great materials other than traditional matte leather.  My favorite pumps are in patent leather, metallic leathers, satin or silk, beaded designs, etc.

Now for men, this tip can best be applied to things like the color/pattern of ties you wear with your suits, color and/or stripe in the collared shirt worn under your suit, novelty (but tasteful) cufflinks, and contrasting collared shirts.

Everyone needs to assess what they feel will or won’t best within their own workplace.

Fashion Stylist Tip #2: Get the details on your suits customized.  A good tailor and seamstress are truly worth their weight in gold!  For this tip, my goal is for the career man or woman to take the actual suits they wear to have it tailored specifically for them.  Yes, first for the perfect fit and inseam.  However, this tip goes beyond that.  Women have much more leeway here! Ladies, customize details such as having the buttons replaced on the suit jacket of your suit, have architectural details added to your blazer such as pintucks or a slight peplum flair, and having the hem of ankle length pants tailored to have ruching details at the bottom.

Men should really focus on the fit of their suit jackets and blazers.  Find a good tailor and habadashery that knows and understands the various classic and modern jacket and blazer styles for men.  Another way a suit jacket can be customized if for triangle styled faux handkerchiefs to be sewing into the breast pocket or slit of the jacket.

Fashion Stylist Tip - Business SuitFashion Stylist Tip #3: Play with pattern vs. color to create impact.  Since the colors that are deemed permissible (especially on a large scale) can be quite limiting for senior executives, I strongly suggest incorporating pattern and textures into your wardrobe instead.  Think pinstripe, argyle, plaid, houndstooth and paisley.  These patterns, even in more traditional colors can be quite dazzling.  Incorporating any two of these patterns together in the same look makes a big impact.  The only thing you have to ensure is that the colors in both patterns are exactly the same so you won’t look mismatched.  Houndstooth and argyle especially look good together!

Now that you have a few tips to get started, go to your closet and get to work!

Before you run out and purchase anything, see what you already have that can boost your look.

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Fashion Challenger: Perforated Western

Fashion Challenger - Perforated WesternSpring is almost here and I wanted to come up with a fashion challenge that will actually be, well, a challenge!

With that thought in mind, this week’s challenge is combining two trends–one that was hot for fall and one that’s really hot for spring.

The first trend is the Western trend which had it’s most memorable moment at the CHANEL Dallas Fashion Show hosted in Dallas, Texas.  The second trend is one that involves many perforated leather items but the trend is picking up steam especially in accessories.

All About Perforated Western:

  • Some brands fulling embracing the perforated trend for Spring include COACH, Tory Burch, Juicy Couture, and Michael Kors
  • Perforated clothing hit the runways of Band of Outsiders, Mayiet, and Milly
  • The western trend is transitional across seasons
  • The perforated trend is versatile and can be worn super casual through business professional
  • Both trends can be worn using accessories only for a more subtle look

Fashion Challenger - Perforated WesternYour Next Move:

Spring into action (no pun intended:), sort though that tidy closet of yours, and begin to find anything with gingham, plaid, or fringe.  I found that this fashion challenge is easiest to complete when you start with the western part.  With that one western-inspired item, add a layering solid colored piece underneath.

For instance if you find a fringe jacket, pair it with a solid color top underneath.  If you have a gingham button-up shirt, pair it with a solid colored tank underneath and if you have a plaid skirt, throw on a pair of solid dark colored tights or leggings.  For those of you who have a western-inspired item that’s an accessory, set it aside until the end.

Next, find a perforated item.  I suggest a perforated handbag or top.  If a top is what you have in your closet, then try my La Mere Layering Technique to really amp up this challenge.  The perforated item should be something unexpected, think a mesh jersy shirt or a perforated suede pair of boots.

Once you’ve put your look together, take pics and post them in the comments below!

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