Thursday, May 31, 2012
I am continuing with my homage to the classics this week and ending with the shift dress. This is the most flattering and versatile style of dress that you can have in your wardrobe. First created in the 1920's this dress is timeless, but has made some slight changes. Its original style is a straight cut without any definition in the waist, classic of the 20's. It has now morphed to have definition, but the basic structure, sleeveless with a high scoop neck or boatneck, has remained intact. This dress can easily transition from work to cocktail and a variety of other social occasions. Bright colors and floral prints work very well as a shift dress. The high neckline of a shift dress makes it the perfect place to wear a statement necklace (like below). However, that is a post for next week!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
One of my favorite style accessories has to be the skinny belt. Though granted, there are few style items I dislike! The beauty of the skinny belt is that it's versatile, easy to use, and oh yes, functional. Like headbands, they are something I always just pick up in every variety because you can always pair them with something! They can take a dress from boring to polished and add the extra element needed to any ensemble. Imagine the girl below without the belt, her outfit would not look nearly as complete. It is in these details that one can truly show that they have style. Anyone can throw on a pretty dress, but the creativity and the expression comes through when you articulate your personal style though details.
So ladies, before you walk out the door tomorrow, take another look. Could a skinny belt be just what your outfit needs?
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Children absolutely freak me out! The thought of runny noses, dirty diapers, and projectile vomiting absolutely scares me. Plus, in today's economy, I am not sure how people afford four or five children. Seriously, these parents had better hope for scholarships, and even then, I am not sure they are home free after college.
In six months, I will be 35 years old and more than ever people ask, "when are you having kids". Honestly, I feel like punching them in the face when they ask! I guess if it ever happens one day, I will look much like the man pictured above (I know he is an actor, can't remember his name). Especially, if I had a girl because I know how boys can be! Regardless, I am content as we speak, and if I never have kids, I will certainly be just as happy!
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The safari look and outdoor adventure has always been a WASPy dream. Going to Africa on safari is on my top travel lists. The picture above is one of my favorites. I love what both the man and woman are wearing and again goes to show that classic style never goes out of fashion. One could easily wear both ensembles today.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
As we quickly approach the summer season, outdoor occasions become common place and the garden party becomes a standard. This is a wonderful time to be more casual and yet still be preppy and stylish. Seersucker, madras, and critter items are of course standards. I like pairing a more structured seersucker blazer with a more casual solid colored Lilly dress. I am still undecided about the gentleman with the critter shorts and blazer. I am just not a fan of shorts for men or women. They have a high probability of being ill fitting and look badly on most.
In the summer it is also easy to fall in a pastel rut, but be sure to create innovative combinations. You'll be sure to catch the eye of everyone at the party!
Monday, May 21, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I hope that Tory Burch will continue this trend and take the logo completely off her shoes and reduces them on her handbags. If this occurs, there will be a lot more Tory in my wardrobe.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Vintage ads are a visual pleasure. The black and white photography and the sense of longing for a better era. It is also a testament to the fact that classic style never goes out of fashion. What these women are wearing could easily be worn today. I quite enjoy the Hermès ad on the left. It makes one long to pack everything into trunks and hop on The Orient Express.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
As I came across these photos, I realized just how well the combination of a more winter jacket and a spring pant went together. This works for a transitional season and it allows for more use of tweed! It is a nice contrast to bright pants with a seersucker or navy blazer. This look is much more put together and dapper as well. Although it just so happens that both of these handsome gentlemen are making the combination with a pale yellow pant, it could also just as easily be combined with a Nantucket Red or a green pant. Ladies, you too can do this combination, although I would suggest a brightly colored skirt instead of pants for a more feminine look.
So don't store away your tweed just quite yet; rematch them for the season with a brightly colored trouser!
Monday, May 7, 2012
I wish we could restore ourselves to a time when we all got dressed in our tuxedos to go out and dance. For me, I have the tux, but no dance moves. And personally, I think I have failed myself for not knowing how to formally dance. Maybe, I will learn.
The Fun Oxford Shirt is only for the Jedi Warriors of Prep. These shirts are famously made by Brooks Brothers, and they can be a lot of fun on weekends. As always, they look great with the prep exoskeleton, the navy blazer. And, if you are looking for a proper tie to wear with these shirts, try a navy spotted one. So, after you learn to wield your preppy light saber and become a Jedi Warrior, go out and buy a fun oxford shirt.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The oxford cloth shirt is legendary in the prep world, and the shirt has been placed on a high pedestal of late. The shirts are probably most traditionally worn with a button down collar, but stores like Brooks Brothers and Rugby have made them with club and spread collars. The colors you are likely to find these shirts in are:
Blue Univesity Stripe
Red University Stripe
Colors that look great, but are more difficult to acquire:
Pink University Stripe
Yellow University Stripe
Also, oxford cloth button downs with a flap pocket have made a resurgence of late. So, the point is there are numerous styles and colors, and you should put some in your closet today.