Dec 17, 2009

Wardrobe Basic:The Suit!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion Wardrobe basics

The”  Business Suit of Today” has come a very long way since its first incarnation. When women started wearing the “power suit” (truth be told-) it was pretty boring and not at all fashionable.  Women were walking around in the standard navy blue or black single breasted suit with a flat front pencil skirt that hit  below the knee. I can’t quite put my finger on who or when this all evolved- I can only say THANK GOODNESS it did. The business suit of today has style, fashion, and flair. It can speak volumes about you as a professional and as an individual. Below I have spotlighted some suits that give you a range from conservative as in the red Valentino to the ultra hip suit by Temperley of London. Let your conscious and your “good taste” be your guide when choosing a suit for your given profession. The rule is usually the more creative a field you are working in the more “leeway” you have in the cut , color and detail.

Here are a few rules that no matte what your “suit status” you will absolutely want to consider when purchasing.

•1.     FABRICATION: More than an other item in your wardrobe your suit should be made of a fabric that does not wrinkle. Translation: Put down anything made of linen or rayon.

•2.      FIT: The suit should fit perfectly in all the right places: (shoulders, back, arm length and hip). If you must decide between a size that is a bit big versus a size that is a bit snug -opt out for the larger size. Tailors have an easier time taking-in than letting out.

•3.     OPTIONS: If the suit comes with a matching pant-BUY IT!

•4.     SKIRT: The perfect skirt length for just about every woman is at or just above the knee.

•5.     COST: Buy the best quality you can afford.

•6.     Accessories can change the entire look of the most basic suit. Use them in good taste to convey your own unique style.    

Valentino
Valentino
Christian Dior
Christian Dior
DKNY

DKNY

Temperly of London

Temperley of London

Halle Berry (Suited Up) for the women in Entertainment Breakfast.

Halle Berry (Suited Up) for the Women in Entertainment Breakfast. Halle made a perfect seleciton with this simple yet chic suit for the event!

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Nov 28, 2009

Wardrobe Staple: The Pencil Skirt.

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion Uncategorized Wardrobe basics

Ann Taylor Tweed Pencil on sale: orig $120.00 now $79.00.

First Lady Michelle Obama in the pencil skirt.
First Lady Michelle Obama in the pencil skirt.
Louis Vitton Pencil Skirt Fall 2009
Louis Vitton Pencil Skirt Fall 2009
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Nov 22, 2009

Wardrobe Basic: The Winter Coat

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion Wardrobe basics

The Winter Coat is a wardrobe staple no matter where you live. If you reside in a warm climate-truest me you will need a heavier coat if it dips into the 50’s at night or you have the “pleasure” of traveling to a colder climate. All in all it’s always good to have a great winter coat at your fingertips. Please don’t resort to wearing your daughter’s ski parka or layering multiple sweaters, coats and scarves to keep you warm. There is nothing worse than seeing a gorgeous woman all dolled up for an evening out in the winter months and then topping off her gown with an  overstuffed down ski vest! Your worst offense won’t be in the form of the fashion police but the many sorry stares coming your way. SO here my dear glamour girls are a few tips to make sure that yes in fact you have the perfect winter coat at the ready.

•1.     If you only have one winter coat make it a classic wool trench  with  flannel backed  lining. Chic yet timeless.

•2.     The best length for any coat is at/or just above the knee. This length works with dresses, skirts, pants and leggings.

•3.      Fit is key. Check that the sleeves are long enough and that the coat doesn’t pull across the back. If it has a belt at the waist then it should hit at the waist (makes sense…right!) If it buttons or zips  in front  it should do so without any gaps.

•4.     Lining is important. The best winter coat lining comes with flannel backing for warmth.

•5.     Buy well …buy once! Only purchase a winter coat  in a color and cut that you LOVE! 

P.S. When in doubt go for a single breasted coat instead of  double breasted..it is by far the most flattering cut of all….and never ..ever..ever.. buy a coat  that isn’t quit right just becasue it’s on sale..Save your cash for something you will want to wear for years to come. If however  you do happen to  find the perfect coat at 75 per cent off..BUY IT and know the fashion Gods are smiling  down on you!   

Iceberg Coat
Iceberg Coat
Hermes Coat
Hermes Coat
Chanel Coat
Chanel Coat
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Oct 19, 2009

Wardrobe Basic-The LBD/Little Black Dress!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion Wardrobe basics
Coco Chanel-the LBD Birthmother!

Coco Chanel-the LBD Birthmother!

Blame it on Coco-the originator of the LBD-possibly the best invention in fashion… EVER!!!

 The “little black dress” is considered “THE” wardrobe essential. Coco Chanel originally designed the LBD in 1926 as a dress that was functional yet chic, wouldn’t show stains and would fit every woman. American Vogue referred to the LBD as the “Ford of Fashion”in reference to Henry Ford’s Model T. Needless to say this is one wardrobe item that has certainly stood the test of time.

The LBD is still the one item that every woman must own. Here are a few tips if you buy only one… (If that’s even possible)….:

 The LBD Guidelines 

•1.     Purchase the simplest of styles when it comes to the LBD.  The less detail aka, ruffles, pleating, puckering etc. the better. KEEP IT SIMPLE!

•2.     Buy the best fabrication you can possibly afford. Crepe is great. So is lightweight wool. Cotton with a hint of spandex helps define shape but avoid any fabric that wrinkles.

•3.     Look for a perfect fit. Make sure it doesn’t pull at the bust, waist hip or underarm. If it does- go up a size and have it altered.

•4.     The perfect length for most women is at or just above the knee. You don’t want a dress to hit mid-calf unless you’re over 6 feet and want to look shorter or heavier. Is there anyone that wants that? I think not. (O.K. maybe Giselle Buncheon but she is a freak of nature because she is so beautiful and that doesn’t count.)

5.    In choosing a simple black dress rest assured that you can dress it up or down with your choice of shoes, stockings, or accessories…the whole aim of the LBD- is to be versatile…yet chic.

6.    Thank Coco!

Audrey Hepburn in the most famous LBD of all time!

Audrey Hepburn in the most famous LBD of all time!

 

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Oct 8, 2009

Wardrobe Basic-The Black Pant

Posted By: Terri
Category: Wardrobe basics

Next to the pencil skirt the black pant is probably the best invention since ice cream. On second thought if your legs aren’t your best feature than in fact the pant would be number one as the most important piece of clothing in your wardrobe.  My last black pant count stands at 12. I have flared, straight leg, cropped, zipper front, side zipper and back zippered in  wool, cotton, crepe, corduroy, rayon…well you get the picture.

The black pant is heaven because you can dress it up or down depending on your jacket, blouse, t-shirt, accessories, and shoe selection. How great is that?  

Just to make sure that whatever the style, shape and fabrication of black pant you decide to wear really works for you here are my:

Basic Black Pant  Bylaws

•1.     Only purchase black pants that fit today. Translation: Don’t plunk down your dollars in the mindset of losing 10 pounds by next week to “make them fit.”

•2.     Sit down in your pants before purchasing to make sure they are comfortable, (i.e.. don’t tug anywhere and don’t dip in the back.).

•3.     Buy the best quality of black pant you can afford. You will wear them a ton. Check the stitching so it’s even. If their lined, all the better. Make sure the zipper glides up and down and that the hem lays flat.

•4.     Buy a fabrication that doesn’t wrinkle. Abort any thought of buying black linen pants.. A Spandex blend of 5-10 percent is always a good thing in holding  you in and making the pant shape smooth.

•5.     If you find a pant that fits perfectly in the hip and thigh but needs an adjustment at the waist or hem…there is something wonderful called a Tailor. A hem or waist alteration is very inexpensive and worth your money.

The Basic of all Basics-The Black Pant!
The Basic of all Basics-The Black Pant!
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Sep 24, 2009

Wardrobe Basic-The White Blouse

Posted By: Terri
Category: Wardrobe basics
 Ralph Lauren

 *The White Blouse-O.K….. So quit yawning. You must be thinking a white blouse- how utterly basic. That’s right! It is basic, and my darling girl you must have a great fitting white blouse no matter what your size or shape. Here are a few tips to make sure you plop down your money on one that lasts.

My motto when it comes to the basics is, “Buy well…. Buy once.”

•1.     A white blouse should be 90-95 percent cotton with 5-10 percent spandex… Why? Because it will hold its shape better and not wrinkle. Promise.

•2.      Buy a white blouse that is fitted close to the body (that doesn’t mean tight) it means skimming your curves and has darts at the bust. Look for a princess seam.

•3.     Check the stitching on the blouse that they are even and there are no skipped needle marks.

•4.     Even if it says Dry Clean only-Don’t! Dry cleaning solvent yellows a white blouse. Instead- hand wash in cold water. Line Dry.

•5.     Buy the best white blouse that you can possibly afford.

•6.     Make sure your white blouse is long enough to tuck into your shirt or pants.

•7.     If you find a white blouse that  fits like a dream -buy two. You will so thank me in the morning.

Ann Taylor White Blouse $60.00

Ann Taylor White Blouse $60.00

 *In an effort to help every working woman attain a complete wardrobe I will be running a new weekly feature giving you wardrobe basics that every working woman should have in her closet. Now just in case you’re wondering about the term working woman-All women are working women. It doesn’t matter if you have an office, a home office or you work at home with your children. If you are born a woman ..ergo..you work..GO forth and be fabulous…..

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Jul 22, 2009

Pencil You In!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion Wardrobe basics
 
 

 

The Perfect Pencil Skirt. Ann Taylor $110.00

The Perfect Pencil Skirt. Ann Taylor $110.00

Here we go! It’s almost the end of July and even though the temp today in SUNNY California is 101 degrees, I am finally ready (and I hope you are)- to talk Fall Fashion 2009-2010.

First up-The Pencil Skirt.

 A fashion staple that will look good on EVEYBODY- promise! All you have to remember are two simple rules to make this fashion item look good and last forever:

Ready? Grab your pencil and take note:

Rule #1: Make sure your pencil skirt fits! Meaning: It should sit comfortably around the waist and glide past your hip to reach knee or just above knee length. Translation:- no pulling, gaping, bunching of fabric at the hip, derriere(bum/booty) whatever you want to call it … or any other area heading down to the knee.  If you need a larger size that will alleviate the gaposis problem then purchase skirt to fit your widest area and have the waist altered to fit you. There is this amazing resource called a TAILOR. A good tailor doesn’t cost a fortune and can alter the waist and length in no time flat.

Rule #2: Optimal skirt length on every woman is just above or at the knee. If it’s to long…..-H.E.M. it.

A good pencil skirt will last a lifetime.

 

Jason Wu's Fall 2009 Pencil Skirt. Do you think Michelle Obama has this little frock on order? Time will tell.

Jason Wu’s Fall 2009 Pencil Skirt. Do you think Michelle Obama has this little frock on order? Time will tell.

 

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Apr 14, 2009

In the Trenches

Posted By: Terri
Category: Wardrobe basics

 Spring is finally here!!!! I know, I know, the calendar says that Spring “officially” started March 20, but tell that to anyone living east of the Rookies, where snow fell until April 4  of this year and they will beg to differ! It seems that the onset of Spring coincides with Easter/Passover or whichever one falls first-I think it personally has something to do with the whole Easter bonnet thing which P.S. no one seems to be wearing-as I see pastel brim hats marked at 75% off in the department store-but I digress.  So back to the onset of spring-fashionably speaking! By this time women in the colder climates have “so had it” with 19 layers of clothing to keep them warm and want a little something to actually show off their figures and make them feel bright even on a rainy day. Low and behold designers have taken the classic trench and turned this standard staple apparel item into a fashion statement Thank you fashion Gods!

Tahari Satin Trench

Tahari Satin Trench

Michael Kors Trench on sale at Nordstrom $118.00

Michael Kors Trench on sale at Nordstrom $118.00

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