Oct 19, 2020

Let’s talk about …The Leopard Print Pencil Skirt

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion tips

Happy Monday. My day started out with a wonderful style question:

What does one pair with a leopard print pencil skirt?

First off-I L.O.V.E. animal print and have a few basic style rules that should help you navigate on how to wear this print to your best advantage:

1. Wear only ONE animal print at a time. Translation. The only time  different animal prints should be paired together is at the Zoo and even then it can get dicey.(Translation) I don’t recommend pairing a leopard print with a zebra print. Choose one print and stick to  that as being your statement piece.

Only wear ONE animal print at a time.

2. Leopard is a neutral.. Feel free to pair your animal print item with just about anything and everything but use restraint. Leopard can be paired with solid colors from black to vibrant hues, stripes, plaids and denim. However, it’s best to choose ONE and make your outfit cohesive.

Plush pairing: Plaid & Animal Print

3. Fit is Key  This rule is the number one mantra for looking chic! Like anything and everything you wear fit is the absolute deal maker or breaker when it comes to looking your best.

4. Faux is the ONLY way to go! I am a major animal advocate so I must say that FAUX is the only way to go when it comes to purchasing animal print anything. Faux animal prints have gotten so high tech they look like the real thing and nobody gets hurt

Top it OFF: A basic white blouse or tee, a beautiful red sweater or blouse, basic black crew, sweater or jacket  or opt out for a tan plan.

Jacket options to layer over animal print skirts  are endless:  Go bright to black, denim and motorcycle styles. All work well just make sure you check proportion for your body type. 

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Footwear: Depending on your look -(sporty, casual, dressy) pair your animal print skirt with  a bevy of beautiful footwear options from sandals to sneakers, flats, pumps and boots .

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  • For a look of sophistication and elegance: Add a solid color sweater/blouse and coordinating Blazer/Jacket to elevate your look. You could also add pumps to match. However I do love the basic black strappy pointed toe pump.
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Aug 3, 2017

Kimono Craving(s)

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion tips

Lately I seem to be OBSESSED with the kimono.  To be clear this current craving does not harken for the kimono of yesterday (which was characteristically made of a very heavy and ornate satin fabric and tied with an Obie belt) but instead today’s version is constructed from  fabrications that flow and can be found in  a bevy of pretty prints and solids. The updated kimono is often paired with jeans and/or a cropped pant but looks equally “chic’ over a summer dress or short combo.

There are a few rules of the road to make today’s kimono glamour worthy and of course to aid in achieving a look that gives you the slimmest silhouette…(which truth be told is probably the main goal with every outfit).

When selecting the perfect kimono for your body type keep in mind the following style guidelines:

1. FABRICATION  Opt for fabrics with a beautiful drape aka one that flowwwws.  It makes the whole look more fluid and relaxed yet polished.

2 .VOLUME   Keep the volume of a kimono in check. Translation: this is an unconstructed look that is not meant to be tailored BUT  that doesn’t mean you want to wear a kimono so voluminous that it hides YOU! One size fits ALL is a fashion myth.

3. LENGTH   Think proportion when it comes to length. A long(ish) flowing kimono is elongating to your silhouette however keep in mind if you are shorter or heavier choose a style that hits above the ankle and go for a smaller print or darker solids.

4. PRINTS VS SOLIDS   Rule of thumb: Smaller prints and darker colors are always more slimming but if you prefer brighter colors for Summer look for a kimono with side panels insets. (Additional style note: Monochromatic dressing aids greatly in making you look your most svelte). In the end the best way to make a kimono uber flattering is add a heel. Heels always raise the style quotient not to mention the additional height gives you a long lean look.

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