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Winter Recap Part 1: Favorites

March 7, 2011

Winter Recap Overview

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Spring is coming…I can feel it!  Or maybe it’s because I am counting down the days to Daylight Savings Time.

But before we say “goodbye” for a few months, here are a few favorites from this past winter.  The only thing missing from the outfits above are my suede boots, which you’ll see in a second!

Suede Skirt

Winter Recap: Suede Skirt Outfits

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One of my many favorites is my black suede skirt, which I came across completely by surprise.

I had extra time and saw a consignment shop someone mentioned had amazing finds. In all honesty, I am not a huge consignment shopper but there are phenomenal finds out there!

Let’s take a look at each outfit:

  1. Love this for an every day outfit.  It’s simple, classic and slimming.  And, notice my *favorite* boots that actually fit my curvy calves!
  2. On a day when it’s important to stand out, a red velvety jacket paired with a printed shell is a fantastic way to get noticed.  I also like this outfit as one that can transition from work to happy hour with co-workers.
  3. It’s always nice to have something that can transition to a fun affair after hours.  The high-contrast ruffle shirt paired with a red jacket does just that.
  4. I love horizontal stripe that works with my proportions and style.  This one helps with a casual look when paired with a dressier sweater.
  5. An all-purpose denim jacket pairs great with suede and tones down a bold pattern on a shell.

Tweed Pants

Winter Recap: Tweed Pants Outfits

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These tweed pants are from Talbots, one of my favorite stores.  They are lined, have a great drape and fit and they are an excellent quality.  On top of it, they go with everything in my closet!

  1. A simple shell and cardigan plus a bootie or heeled shoe make for a classic can’t-go-wrong look.
  2. Pairing the feminine ruffled shirt with a masculine denim jacket offsets the frill factor while being work and happy hour appropriate.
  3. The ruffled shirt and red jacket transition easily from the suede skirt to tweed pants.
  4. I have always loved the idea of teal and red and was thrilled to find the shell had a hint of teal.  Pairing the shell with the teal cardigan gives the tradition of plaid a twist of today.
  5. Tone down the bold printed shell and dress it up with a plush corduroy jacket in teal for a look that still pops.

With versatile and harmonious pieces, there are truly endless options.  But before I end this post, a couple of additional comments about winter:

  • To keep warm, I wear camisoles under everything.  A thin cotton camisole that fits close to the body is warmer than a satiny or silky one but regardless, the extra layer is essential in Minnesota.
  • Another trick I use to stay warm is wool socks.  I wear them inside my boots and with my winter heels.  A finer wool knit – which was incredibly difficult to find this year – will still look professional with long pants.

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Smart Casual for Fall from the Fabuliss Closet Part 4 of 4…Printed Top & Cords +

October 22, 2010

 

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Many of you stick with solid colors and I understand.  Prints can feel like A LOT when you try them on.  But when you find good top layers, they can be a great way to add interest, express style and express personality.

Paired with a fine whale cord – excellent for keeping legs warm in cold weather – these outfits are great for the relaxed business professional dress code at the office.

What works:

  • A small, busy and low-contrast print placed on the upper half of my body is interesting near my face without overpowering each outfit.
  • Wearing the lighter color on the inside of a dark layer is a taller and leaner look than if I had done the reverse.
  • A heeled bootie with my pants hemmed correctly (about half way down the heel) helps add length to my legs.
  • A strong top layer – like the first two jackets – works best with a structured shirt.
  • An untucked shirt in a low-contrast color works on my shape.
  • The shiny necklace creates a strong focal point around my face while creating a flattering “v” shape.
  • Dark colors like these green pants can work well with a lot of different colors and pieces.

What could be better:

  • The contrast stitching on the denim jacket mixed with the print is bordering on too busy and does not look as professional as the two photos on the right.
  • A matte sheen is best for my body shape and height…you can see there is a bit of shine from the corduroy pants which can take away in the flatter department so it’s a cautionary note.
  • The necklace adds a nice shimmer but it’s noisy (it sounds like a mini chandelier) so it should stay out of the office.

Summary:

  • The middle and last outfits are my favorites out of the three for sophistication as well as looking taller and leaner.
  • No items to donate here!

The base for each outfit is an Eddie Bauer corduroy pant and blouse.  The necklace is from Target.

Jacket #1 is from Talbots. Jacket #2 is from Nordstrom.  The sweater is from Banana Republic.  All tops are petite and were purchased from previous collections.

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Smart Casual for Fall from the Fabuliss Closet Part 3 of 4…Dress Pants +

October 20, 2010

 

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When it comes to dressing up, a fine knit dress pant in the right cut can go a long way.  These brown pants are a great neutral that goes with a variety of options.

What works:

  • A pretty ruffle is a great way to add femininity to a corporate look.
  • Wearing the lightest color on the inside of a dark layer is a taller and leaner look than if I had done the reverse.
  • A heeled bootie with my pants hemmed correctly (about half way down the heel) helps add length to my legs.
  • A strong top layer – like the first two jackets – works best with a structured shirt.
  • An untucked shirt that is barely longer than the jacket in a high-contrast color works OK on my shape but would NOT work if you have large hips compared to your bust and shoulders.
  • A simple necklace that hits just above the shirt’s neckline works best with the ruffled shirt.
  • The ruffles on the shirt draw a vertical line down the front of me and help to slim and elongate.

What could be better:

  • The short sweater in photo #3 does not work as well as the jackets because the shirt overpowers.  It’s possible that if the shirt was tucked in it could work.

Summary:

  • The first two outfits are great.  I would slightly favor the first look because the leather jacket is more streamlined than the denim jacket.
  • No items to donate here!

The base for each outfit is a Jones New York Collection poly/wool blend purchased from Macy’s petites.  The ruffle shirt is from a past line of Ann Taylor LOFT.  The coral necklace is from Macy’s.

Jacket #1 is from Nordstrom.  Jacket #2 is from Talbots.  The sweater is from Banana Republic.  All tops are petite and were purchased from previous collections.

Do you need the help of an objective, expert opinion in your closet?  Fabuliss can help.  See our packages for information.

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