Sep 24, 2020

WRAP it UP! -Loving the Camel Wrap Coat

Posted By: Terri
Category: Wardrobe basics

File under: Wardrobe staples every woman should own.

Wrap Coat from I.Magnum (A wardrobe staple that’s been in my closet FOREVER)

As I was flipping my closet this morning from Summer to Winter(because I’m an eternal optimist and even though the fires are  ongoing and the temps outside in LA are reading in the 90’s-I am forever hopeful for cooler days ahead)but I digress… I came upon one of my favorite items and might I note one that has been in my closet for like a thousand years. My trusty camel coat in Cashmere that I bought  over 20 years ago at I.Magnum. Back in the day, I longed for a cashmere camel wrap coat that I felt would stand the test of time. So I spent a small fortune and bought this one pictured above. Somehow I just knew that it was worth the investment and I am happy to confirm that this was a correct assessment.  I have worn this coat for years and still love it. So my message today is this. I know we’re not exactly dressing up and painting the town red BUT if you’re looking to put your money into a good investment piece this season-go for a basic camel wrap coat. You can find them at every price point and this is one coat that can be dressed down or dressed up to the nines. As my Mother use to say: Good taste never goes out of style and I’d like to add to Mom’s mantra “Buy Well Buy Once.” I know this coat is a keeper  and one I will continue to wear for years to come. And that my Glamour Girls is a Wrap on The Camel Wrap Coat.

 

Max Mara Coat @ Matches.com

Lauren Ralph Lauren @ Macy’s $400.00

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Sep 21, 2018

Back to Basic(s)

Posted By: Terri
Category: Wardrobe basics

Nothing and I do mean nothing is more basic than your classic white shirt. After you stop YAWNING at the mere mention of this closet staple might I just say that the white shirt has a multitude of style options (dress it up -pair with a skirt-pencil, long and short) and pants or dress down with jeans, it can  be a stylish and crisp alternative to amp up your style quotient.

The white shirt  is a blank canvas, allowing you to accessorize to the 10th power  and customize your look to attain  uber fabulousness. You can pair it with anything and everything. Put on a pair of amazing earrings, or  add a statement necklace, opt for a super stylish footwear (pump,boots,loafers) and WHAH LAH! You’ll be amazed at  how a simple white shirt can elevate your entire look to the next level.

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May 3, 2014

Styling the Denim Jacket

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion Fashion tips

O.K. so you have probably heard it a hundred times that the Jean Jacket is a major wardrobe staple. That being said I thought it might be nice to see how this wonderful wardrobe wonder can mix it up with just about any thing in your closet. .

 (All images courtesy of InStyle.com)

 

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May 12, 2010

GET the Point!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Wardrobe basics

Does any woman want her legs to look longer?

With the exception of those “poor model types” who must deal with legs that seem longer than the Brooklyn Bridge… the answer would have to be a resounding YES!  

Enter the pointed toe pump.  

A shoe with a “tip on it “is the best friend any woman’s leg could ever have. Put that pointed toe with a 2-3 inch heel and honey, you look an extra 5 inches taller and 10 pounds lighter. There are so many choices when it comes to footwear shapes: square toe, round toe, open toe…but for the money- there is no better look than slipping on a heel that ends in a point. So there my dear Glamour Girl is you’re “Tip of the Day”….  Get the Point!

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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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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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