Posts Tagged ‘Donald J. Pliner’

Holiday Outfits Part 3 of 3: Friends & Family

December 2, 2010

It is not always easy to get motivated to work your style, especially when amongst close friends and family.  These are the people who know you better than yourself so why bother? When you are feeling especially unmotivated, remember that when you look great, you will feel great.

Without further ado, here is the final installment of holiday outfits 2010.

Character vs. Style

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You could play into the expected role this year – the mid-life-crisis Mom, the Cougar, the Scrapbooking Grandma, the Tomboy or the Mama’s Boy.  Or you can reinvent yourself as someone who looks put together.

Smart Casual Outfits for the Holidays

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Try these ideas for a fresh take on dressing up a casual outfit for the holidays, including Plus, Petite & Men.

You can be comfortable and stylish at the same time.  Dark jeans will convey a dressier style and don’t be shy with the accessories!

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Smart Casual for Fall from the Fabuliss Closet Part 2 of 4…Jeans +

October 18, 2010

 

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I always tell clients that a pair of dark denim jeans in the right fit are a great way to move the needle from weekend to work.  First, the dark color will always make legs look longer.  Second, they are closer to dress pants because they don’t immediately scream “jeans.”

Here is an analysis of three looks based on the same jeans, shell and heeled booties.

What works:

  • The color flow of all three outfits makes my silhouette appear tall and thin.
  • The shapes of each outfit work to make my rectangle shape more like an hourglass.
  • The lightweight wool sweater in the third photo is a lean, sophisticated look.
  • A statement necklace like the one shown in the middle photo helps to draw attention to my face – which is where I want people’s attention.

What could be better:

  • The green jacket in the first photo is not my best shade of green – it is a pine green and I work better with an emerald green – so it is more visible than my face.
  • The green jacket works from the arm pits on down with the shape and vertical lines the front of the jacket creates, but it is too stiff and enclosed for my shoulders, neck and face.

Summary:

  • The third look is a winner – it’s tall, lean and sophisticated.
  • The jacket from the first look is a candidate for the donate pile.  I will keep it until I replace it with another corduroy jacket for a great casual look.

The base for each outfit is DKNY’s SOHO bootcut jeans purchased from Macy’s petites.  The shell is Jones New York from Marshall’s.  The brown booties with a 2″ heel are Donald J Pliner purchased from Macy’s last year.  The coral necklace in the first and third photos is from Macy’s and the statement necklace in the middle photo is from Target.

Jacket #1 is Jones New York from Macy’s.  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 1 of 4…Jackets + Skirt + Boots

October 17, 2010

 

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I have been eagerly awaiting Fall since day 2 of this past summer’s heat and humidity in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Recently, on one of the cooler days, it was time to review what’s in the closet and what will work this season and what is ready to be donated.

Here is the first breakdown of outfits based on the same skirt, boots, shell and necklace paired with three different jackets.

What works:

  • The first two jackets have good shape and structure for my rectangle shape, hinting at a waistline.
  • The color of the first two jackets flow well in terms of color contrast.
  • The low-contrast stitching on the middle jacket makes for a streamlined silhouette.
  • The collars of the first two jackets, combined with a simple necklace and medium-jewel neck on the shell complement my face shape and neck length.
  • The collar of the third jacket works great with my face shape.
  • The dark color of the third jacket, similar to my boots, increases my visual height.

What could be better:

  • A stronger focal point with the first two jackets would help to balance out the dark boots and make me look taller.
  • The strong shoulders of the third jacket are a bit too strong for my shoulders.
  • A dark nylon or tight will help make my legs look longer than showing skin between my skirt and boots.

Summary:

  • I love the first two outfits and will wear them often.
  • The third jacket – a plush chocolate velvet jacket – may go in the donation pile.  It’s gorgeous but overwhelms my frame at the shoulders and does not do my neck any favors.

The base for each outfit is a skirt from Ann Taylor LOFT’s early Fall collection.  It’s a salmony color with brown spots – the closest I’ve gotten to wearing animal print so far!  I paired it with a pair of Donald J Pliner boots from Nordstrom and a dark turquoise shell from Marshall’s.  The coral necklace is from Macy’s.

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

{ Fabuliss helps women and men learn how to create and shop for outfits that align with their personal brand.  Color, fit, closets and shopping.  Fabuliss.com or 612-554-4629 }


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