A little bit deco, a little bit disco. It’s kinda like the shoe love child of Cher, Bette Midler and Julia Morgan. That would have been a wild night. Can you even imagine the three of them in the same room?!?! I think they actually would have a lot in common- they were all pioneers of one sort or another.
Yayoi Kusama’s return to glory, with exhibits at the Tate Museum, the Whitney Musuem and more (check out Artsy’s page on Yayoi for more shows,) plus a collaboration with Louis Vuitton might be why polka dots are popping up everywhere. Whatever the reason, I’m so glad they reappeared this fall and are shaping up to be a key look for spring 2013. They just make me smile! Here’s some ideas for now, and we’ll revisit them come spring.
When done in neutral colors like ivory, sand, black and charcoal, polka dots grow up and become quite sophisticated. One of the skirts above with a black turtleneck would seem very aristocratic while wearing them with a bright color would make them pop.
Tonal dots mostly show up on cocktail dresses, but occasionally appear on coats and jackets- especially vintage ones. If you love this look, but want a smaller or easier investment, try a pair of sheer black with black polka dot stockings. They’ll be saucy with heels and surprising with boots.
Bright and cheery, colorful polka dots add a playful element to any wardrobe. Big dots make a strong statement, so if they’re your choice, tone down the rest of your outfit. But, if you’re going with a delicate dot printed scarf, then think of it more as a texture and less as a print. The coral scarf above would be fantastic with a blue and white striped shirt.
Charcoal and tan suede are pure fall while open toes are perfect for hot weather. I’m not sure if “Indian Summer” is politically correct any more, but I’m not sure what else to call this weather. It’s as hot as summer, but the calendar says it’s fall… if anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears.
Oh happy fall! The equinox was last weekend and here we are, officially in fall and in apple season. The clever cooks over at Cooking Light have pulled together a collection of their best apple recipes– from pizzas to pork loins to sangria. Personally, I like them fresh and sliced super thin. Possibly with a bit of cheese if I’m feeling fancy. But, I love the picture by Gentl & Hyers that kicks off the slide show.
The composition is old masters, but the medium is modern. Here’ are three outfit ideas that are inspired by it.
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Loads of versatility, smart styling and superb wrinkle resistance paired with the comfort of a sweater make this year’s sweater dresses foolproof chic. Wear them now bare legged for chilly mornings that warm up to gorgeous lunch hours and add tights when the weather stays cool all day.
A contrasting cowl neck adds instant face framing interest and you can’t forget it at a restaurant like a scarf. With straight styled sweater dresses, play with belts to highlight your shape. A concho belt and cowboy boots would sing with this dress while tailored accessories dress it up.
It’s swishy and zizzy and ready to be worn to work or dressed up for a fancy dinner. If you go for a neutral color sweater dress, jazz it up by pairing with something bright. A teal scarf and brick heels would awesome, while black heels are classic.
Every bit as perfect après ski as it is walking your pup in the morning and getting a cup of coffee or hopping a flight home for the holidays. Ballet flats will make it less sporty.
Some questionable designs in the 80s tarnished lamés reputation. It’s popped up periodically over the last 20 years or so, but always seemed a little too Dynasty to make the grade. We’ve all had a sartorial slip or two, so let’s just forgive and forget the lamè of yesteryear. The latest incarnations are gorgeous and worth taking a shine to.
Lamé is made by weaving metallic yarns into fabric, which is why it’s generally in gold or silver, and occasionally copper or bronze. The fabric of yesterday was scratchy and stiff and pretty delicate. It was almost exclusively reserved for evening wear because it wasn’t durable enough for frequently worn garments. The new generation of lamé fabrics range from supple to crisp and are strong enough for everyday wear.
If a lamé gown seems a bit much for you right now, try working it into to your wardrobe with something that you can wear with other pieces. Go for a modern tuxedo effect with a lamè jacket and dark jeans. Tissue lamé t-shirt is the easiest thing in the world to wear and can go in the washing machine. And whether you prefer maxis, midis or minis, there’s a lamé skirt with your name on it.
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I don’t know which I love more- the color or the sculpted heel!
I am smitten with green shoes right now- they just seem so perfect to wear with everything!
I have fallen in love with dreamy, dark greens. Spruce, hunter, bottle and so on. They all are regal, elegant and timeless. And, while once upon a time evergreen was strictly for fall, now it shows it in resort and spring collections, making it a year round staple.
Mmmm… just the idea of deep green leather anything makes me happy. But, a deep green leather trench coat makes me estatic! If Anna Karina and Francoise Hardy designed a coat, this would be it. It’s romantic and wild; nostalgic and current.
Some dresses you can wear a million ways from Sunday and this is one of them. It can handle everything from evening heels and a satin clutch to chunky tights with lace up work boots.
Rich fall tones are the natural pairings with forest green, but try mixing it up a bit. Tangerine will be cheery, soft grey is sophisticated and chambray will make it casual.