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.

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  • 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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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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Fashion Challenger: Sneaker Villa

Fashion Challenger - Sneaker VillaNow that the weather is breaking a bit (well, at least this week:)  I was able to wear a few pairs of sneakers instead of my regular boots.

Being a bit of a shop-a-holic, I own sneakers from the plain to the extraordinary!

Knowing that I had more than a few client appointments today, wearing sneakers in a fun yet professional look definitely appealed to me.  This thought gave way to this week’s fashion challenge.   Affectionately named ‘Sneaker Villa’, this week’s challenge leads me to want to know, for all of my fellow fashionistas who happen to also be sneakerheads, how you wear sneakers.

All About Sneaker Villa

  • DKNY’s Platform Sneakers were a hit for Fall 2014 NY Fashion Week
  • Sneakers should have excessive room at the toe area.  Contrary to what one might expect, the foot actually gets longer and more narrow when you stand.  If a shoe is just right sitting down, odds are it will be too short when you get up.  Make sure to rise and walk around with your sneakers on before purchasing them
  • When you buy sneakers, be sure to take out the sneaker’s flimsy sock liner and slip in an insole, recommended by any podiatrist or decent shoe salesperson, which should allow you to flex your toes more effectively.  Nothing should be hitting you mid-arch. The insoles absorb shock, so exercise is easier on your body

Fashion Challenger - Sneaker VillaYour Next Move:

As I’m sure you’ve guessed, it’s time for you to march to your closet and start pulling out a few pairs of sneakers.

Try a look that’s more polished with a solid colored pair of wedge sneakers.  Think of this as a look you would be able to wear on ‘Casual Friday’.  The second look I want you to try is one that’s all about fun!  Go for boldness, color, textures, and height.  Go for a look you would wear to an 80’s party or theme party.  I want you to go nuts on this one:)

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Fashion Challenger: Blush, Fuchsia & Tan

Fashion Challenger - Blush, Tan & Fuchsia 1Flipping through the pages of my favorite fashion mag, I came across an ad that instantly got my attention.

The colors of blush, fuchsia, and tan were smattered all throughout the advertisement and I found it utterly refreshing!

That got me to thinking about what I could do for this week’s fashion challenge, and you guessed it…it was something with this fun and feminine combinations of colors!

All About Blush, Fuchsia & Tan:

  • Tan or rather, Sand (Pantone 15-1225) is one of the Pantone Colors for Spring 2014
  • Both blush and fuchsia are pinker shades of Pantone Colors for Fall 2014 Mauve Mist (Pantone 15-3207) and Sangria (Pantone 19-2047)
  • All three colors can be worn together in a palette that’s both dazzling and feminine
  • Tan and blush, being considered softer more neutral tones, pair well with bolder colors
  • Tan and blush are timeless & seasonless colors (Yup, you can wear them anytime of year in any season!)

Fashion Challenger - Blush, Tan & Fuchsia  2Your Next Move:

As I’m sure you’ve guessed, it’s time for you to march to your closet and start pulling out pieces in these three colors.

To try something more suited for career attire, wear fuchsia in a print (such as paisley) or the color of an accessory.  For the bolder or the more bohemian fashionistas, try wearing fuchsia as the main color in either a richly tailored item or in a flowy top or skirt.

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Fashion Challenger: Word Sophisticate

Fashion Challenger - Word Sophisticate - Wordplay 1This week I want to do a reverse of the last fashion challenger.  If you recall casual pleats were the theme where I wanted you to take something usually reserved for formal or business settings (pleats) and make them casual.

This time around I want you take something uber-casual and make it work for happy hour or similar semi-dressy occasion.

That’s right folks, word sophisticate is all about taking an item with words or a logo on it an coordinating it in a way that’s a bit more dressy.

Yes it’s tricky at first, but with some practice you will get better at it!

Weekly Fashion Challenger:

Go through your closet and pick out:

  1. 1 clothing item with a large visible words or logo on it
  2. 1 accessory item with a large visible words or a logo on it

Pair each item with pants, skirts, or tops that would make this look seem right at happy hour.  My point isn’t to go “career attire” dressy here, but to just class up something that’s usually too casual.

Fashion Challenger - Word Sophisticate - Wordplay 2All About Wordplay

Your Next Move:

Try this trend out and see if your results were as interesting as mine!  I noticed altering a garment (like cutting off the sleeves of a sweatshirt) was very useful in adapting the trend to a more streamlined and sophisticated look. *Fashion Stylist Tip: If you truly don’t own any article of clothing with words or logos on it, use a scarf with word or a logo on it and convert it into a handbag.
Check out the YouTube video below for instructions.

Comment and share your results below!
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Fashion Challenger: Fringe for Career Attire

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Personal Stylist Tip: Fringe is a great accent on clothes & handbags

This week, I’m taking on a fashion challenge that has everything to do with looking and being fabulous at work!

Your career attire can be fun as well as functional when you throw seasonal trends in the mix.

Weekly Fashion Challenger: This week’s fashion challenge,  if you so choose to accept it, is all about fringe.  Fringe is a haute trend for spring and I want see if you can add a bit of it in your career wardrobe.  But before we start, here’s a bit more about the trend.

All About Fringe:

  • Fringe is a haute trend for 2014
  • Fringe was seen on the Spring 2014 runways of: Roberto Cavalli, AltuzarraMoschino, Gucci, Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander and many more
  • Fringe can be worn as a great accent on dresses, pants, handbags, skirts, gloves, and jewelry
  •  The fringe trend is versatile and can have a more western theme (think CHANEL Dallas show) or a 1920’s flapper flair
  • Fringe is very feminine and works well with the soft palette of colors for 2014 by Pantone
  • Fringe is versatile and was seen in both evening wear and casual looks on the runway

Your Next Move: I want you to go to your closet and see what items you have that are fringe and coordinate one or two of them in a cool look for work.

Don’t have anything with fringe on it?  What fringed items can you add to your wardrobe to work with what you already have?

*Fashion Stylist Tip: This would be a great time to use the “La Mere Layering Technique” and add a cool fringe vest underneath of a blazer or structured jacket.

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