Monochrome Looks for May – Daytime

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Gals, can you believe it’s May already?

Where has the year gone? It’s getting warm outside and colors for summer are getting lighter.

Trending now are outfits in monochrome colors.

Most often in beige, tan, or greys.  Since both are neutral and light shades, they make a great choice.

You can do so much with these neutral colors.

Last month one of the comments I received was to show ideas for shorts or capris. So I decided to show these together.

Here’s some monochrome sets to try:

 

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This picture is showing neutral light greys

Below is an example using shades of beige – tan.

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The shorts are Khaki & Company ( from Sam’s Club) similar & similar here.

The tops can be any tank or t-shirt.

The first sweater I have featured previously: Cabi, the other I picked up at Burlington.

I like the idea of light-weight sweaters because air conditioning can be cool indoors sometimes.

They also can be taken off,  so more versatile.

TIPS

  • Add bright color accessories

  • Try sneakers or any sandal to dress it up or down

  • Use mixed textures of similar hue

    HAPPY SHOPPING!

Fashion on the Fringe

Hey Fashion Ladies,

 I’m a sucker for trendy and a bit edgy fashion.  I think it brings a lot of fun into any outfit.

My new obsession is a cropped length jean with no hem, just frayed on the bottom.  Nothing too extreme.  I also love some fray in the legs but again not too bare. I have seen several styles for example:

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Some of the jeans are too torn, especially in the knee area.

But some styles are so fun. They are not too torn, just slightly.  I also believe they look great with sneakers or you can dress them up with heels. Either way I think the look is workable.  Here are two examples I have seen:

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I think even at my age I can definitely pull this off!

So, here is how I styled the frayed jean look for a casual look.

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Jeans – Zara           Shoes – Adidas

Or a little dressed up

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Shoes – Nine West (Older style)

Either way I think it looks great.

See you next time.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

 

 

Spring Fashion Blooms

Hi Ladies,

Spring is almost here. Actually for some of us it’s already started.

                 ***cabi***

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I am going to start this month featuring cabi fashions.  I recently went to a preview party given by one of their stylists. The new clothing line for Spring and Summer is here. These are the two pieces I purchased.  I love the striped tee it’s so in this year. You can wear it with anything!

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I paired this tee with white cotton flared pants ( also in trend this season) as shown in the picture above. Then threw on the sweater.

Here is another thought about pairing this tee. What do you think? I like the off color of the pant.

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The sweater was my other pick. What sold the sweater for me, was the zipper up the back. That adds a little edge (and the fact it was so light-weight).

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I know I will get a lot of use of the sweater, especially in the air-conditioning this summer.

I also loved this blue sweater, again it is light-weight and it’s the back detail which makes it unique.

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***victoria emerson***

I also would like to feature Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets.  So cute! The pieces are made out of leather and have every color stone you can think of.  These wrap bracelets are so versatile and can be worn stacked. I am wearing the white leather wrap bracelet with a watch but you could add another small bracelet for a more stacked look.  Here it is in black too! I love both colors. They have so many more to choose from. So I think you should  go take a look!

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I think this is a pretty good start to spring!

Do you agree?

 

 

 

Let’s Layer

Hi, remember back in Junior & High School ( this is for us baby boomers) there was a actually a dress code that did not allow girls to wear pants to school. Maybe not all schools but definitely mine in the Northeast. A common practice in the winter season was walking to school with a pair of pants under a dress or skirt.  What a drag that was because once you got to school you would have to change. But at the same time warmth was a priority.

 Who thought this combination could become a fashion trend? Well it did.

I saw this in a recent posting and thought how cute!

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It definitely looks different than I remember!!

Also, shorter length dresses and skirts are back but, I believe I’m too old to wear one. I set out to put a similar look together.

I decided not to add the coat and hat (let’s make it simple.)

So after some changes I went with this.

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Jeans – Gap     Dress – H&M      Shoes – Nine West (similar)

What do you think?

Jeans are always a classic so I added this Mini dress from H&M (which is now on sale).

It’s mixing two styles to create a cool different look. I added the low heel pumps to look more modern. You could substitute for wedge heels.

Some could wear the dress alone, I just chose not to. I like the look. It works for in-between weather especially with Spring on the way!

TIPS

  • Look outside the box

  • Keep with transitional pieces

  • Have fun with it

HAPPY SHOPPING

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Boots Are Made For Walking!

Welcome to 2016

This past year went by really fast.  It’s hard to believe a new year has begun.

My trend for January is boots, more specifically “Over The Knee” boots. While boots are always in style for necessity and warmth, this year the “OTK” are really big.  This months post is later than usual partly because the weather here in Texas has been warm and it was hard to get into the spirit of boots sooner. But the cooler temperatures have arrived (no snow) yeah.

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I bought a pair to see if I would like them and I definitely do! You think of wearing boots with jeans, pants, etc. but, I see a lot of OTK with skirts and dresses like the photo above. While I cannot see myself in shorter skirt styles pairing my boots with this coat-type dress works really well.

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(These boots are Bucco from – Rue La La $59)

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If you stick with the darker colors, adding a bright color as an accessory is fun, for example this colorful scarf (gifted).

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 Of course with a new year beginning Pantone, the global color expert, has their color of the year. This year they decided to go with two.  They have chosen pastel colors a shade of pink – Rose Quartz and light blue – Serenity. Both were seen on the runways for spring.

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Right now these shades seem kind of spring-like but I like that they are taken from natural occurrences of nature for example:

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(taken from my vacation at Lake Tahoe)

It will definitely  be fun to see what styles emerge from this new choice of color.

Happy Shopping!

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Mad 4 PLAID

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First, I would like to thank the people who  have taken the time to read and follow my blog. I appreciate all comments and hope if there is anything in particular you would like me to style please ask. I received some about the hat from my last post, so I plan to feature it again.

Here is closeup of the hat. I bought it at Burlington but, I have seen similar ones in many other stores and also in a variety of colors.

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Similar:

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That said, let’s style plaids.

Don’t you love it when a specific piece keeps evolving over and over? Plaid has been in trend for what seems like, always. It’s back in a big way this fall but what’s fun is how to pair plaids.  Usually you think of plaid with jeans or casual attire.

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I saw this picture and loved it, basically because it’s not something I would have thought to do, styling a cotton or flannel shirt with something dressy.

 Who would of thought to put a casual plaid shirt with a leather pencil skirt and strappy heels. Where I live, I don’t own a great deal of leather.  It never really gets that cold here. So I traded it for a knit pencil skirt.

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Skirt – Tahari

Shirt – H&M

What a great idea!

(The dog is another accessory!)

So What else could you do? I love comfy cardigan sweaters. they are so versatile. I layered this sleeveless plaid flannel shirt under it for in-between weather.

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Then add boots and you have a great look.

The fun part about this is you can wear the shirt when the weather is warmer by itself.

AS ALWAYS

HAPPY SHOPPING!

 

 

 

 

 

Tennis & Sparkle Anyone?

Who remembers the tennis sweater? I was wearing it in junior high.  I guess that makes us children born in the 50’s and 60’s. Back then they were white sweaters with navy and burgundy stripes on the v-neck, sleeves, and across the bottom.

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That was pretty much your only choice. They are back!!  Looking a bit different plus you can find them as sweaters, sweatshirts, and in different colors.

Now you have so many other choices.

I picked this one up in a specialty store in Houston.  I loved it at first glance.  It’s sweatshirt material and looks great with pants or a skirt, for daytime or nighttime.

 Since sparkle and sequins are also in for fall, I decided to pair the tennis sweatshirt I bought with this trend.  It’s a fun look.

This is how I styled it:

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Since this particular top would not be easily found I searched for other choices, (love the hat also)

similar here

or here

The black sequin skirt was a previous purchase but this one is similar.

The pants are NYDJ, black with sequin tuxedo strip down the leg shown here.

TIPS:

  • Sequins for daytime

  • Be Unconventional

  • Accessorize with hats, belts, and fun shoewear

 UNTIL NEXT TIME

HAPPY SHOPPING !

 

 

 

 

Trench Coats & Dusters Oh, My!

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Well it’s the season for coats and jackets. Layering is essential for moving from Summer to Fall.

I am loving the trench style coats they are showing. Actually some of them are more of a Duster type coat, many with no buttons, but longer in length.

I recently purchased this one at you won’t believe where, Forever 21. I thought that store was more geared to younger ages but it goes to show if you seek you will find!!

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I purchased this coat online for $52.00 plus s&h but it was also on sale so it was barely over $50 total.

There were different colors but I like the tan (neutral) best. I figured it would be more versatile.

Here are some I found similar like this one on ShopStyle.

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 Or

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or here @ H&M

You can also add accessories, a big floppy hat like the picture above.

Let’s try a scarf. Its one of the fall colors out, wine or merlot.

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Great look for Fall.

TIPS

  • Be creative

  • Add pops of color

Happy Shopping !

Transition To Fall

Hi Ladies,

You know it is almost the end of summer. However, here in Texas it is still really warm. I could keep showing styles for summer temperatures but for many the days and especially nights are becoming cooler.  So let’s talk about transition options.

I am loving two new Fall trends, one is carried over from the summer, which is the classic shirtdress.  They were shown all summer usually in a light color or white cotton. I just picked up a military green shirtdress, which is the 2nd of the two trends I mentioned.  It has been called the “Utilitarian”.  That can refer to uniform like. Anything in that green or khaki color is big for the season.

This dress is really versatile and can be worn with flat shoes for casual or have some fun with it.

For example:

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  Or more edgey and fun add some chunky bootie type shoes

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Here another idea. Let’s take this same dress and use it as a coat.  Fall styles have shown wearing a dress over pants.  In this instance it is similar to a classic trench, lightweight, for a typical fall day. Then to dress it up throw on some heels.  Again in the beige or nude color that is really in and makes you look taller and thinner in my opinion. And why not add a belt!

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I picked up this dress at T J Maxx for $34.99 which I thought was a deal considering it’s a Kenneth Cole Reaction (with a price tag of $89.99) or similar here.

TIPS:

Play with different options of a classic piece

Dress it up or down

Keep it simple – use accessories to update

Until next time

HAPPY SHOPPING!!

Let’s do Culottes

Hi Ladies,

Remember culottes? I’m sure if you were born after 1950 you do. Originally culottes were worn in the 1800’s so women could ride horses and or bicycles more easily.  They returned a few more times: in the 1960’s and again in the 1970’s. Sometimes they were referred to as gaucho pants but ultimately they looked the same.

This year, they are back again. Several different styles and lengths.  I recently decided to get a pair. I figured black would be a good color, simple, and easy to pick tops to wear with.

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Similar here,

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Culottes – Nicole by Nicole Miller

Tie front blouse – Ann Taylor

Black Pumps – Nine West

What updates them is wearing pumps. You are seeing pumps with everything this year including jeans, shorts, and culottes. I am in love with the lower heel D’orsay style.  I  purchased the black Nine West pumps shown months ago but recently purchased this nude color from a Nordstrom Rack (one of my favorite places to shop).

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These are Charles by Charles David.

This lower heel is comfortable and goes with everything. The nude color is makes you seem taller. more statuesque.

TIPS:

Heels modernize culottes

Chunky flats pair well too

Softer shape tops with culottes

In doubt, wear black

Until next time  Happy shopping!