Violaine Bernard (photo: Vanessa Jackman)
Among the color trends popping up for fall, you’ll find beautiful shades of purple, ranging from plum to amethyst. In this shot of Violaine Bernard (fashion director for Velour Magazine), she tops her pretty violet pants with a light camel vest. It’s a wonderful concept for office wear (I would throw a cami on underneath, but you know, I’m not French). It looks polished and modern, with a kick of personality.
Swiss designer Akris showed this amazing deep amethyst coat for F/W 2012 and it is just gorgeous. This color really shines next to black.
Akris, F/W 2012 via Style.com
Put some purple on yourself with these pretty options. Play with just a touch in an accessory, more with a top or pant, or a bigger statement with a lush coat.
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If you’re not a purple-loving gal, don’t worry. There are other rich colors that will be big this fall too.
More to come!
Posted in Fashion, Handbags, Shoes, Street Style, Style, Trends
Tagged Akris, coats, color, F/W 2012, Handbag, Outerwear, purple, Shoes, Trends, Violaine Bernard
There are coats and then there are coats. As I was pulling together looks for last weeks fall trend post (What You Want) , I came across these beauties. Even though several of these coats are dangling high-priced designer tags, I thought they were still worth showing for inspiration. If you need a some new outerwear this season, buy it first. As you shop for your other key items, try them on with the coat (because doesn’t it drive you nuts when they don’t go together?!)
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Diane Von Furstenburg ‘Harrington’ Coat $695
Mcginn ‘Lori’ Faux Shearling Coat $365
Burberry Camo-check Trench Coat $1595
Missoni ‘Vanna’ wool-tweed coat $2,590
Red Valentino Belted Coat $895
Via Spiga Asymmetrical Cape $138
Personally, I think capes are incredibly hard to pull off. But if you’re the kind of woman who can, this is your season to do it. Go on with your bad self.
Theory ‘Sonoa’ Wool Coat $685
Rachel Zoe Trench, $495
I’ve been thinking about this Rachel Zoe trench coat for weeks now. It haunts me with it’s leather-trimmed lines and Good Girl/Bad Girl appeal. I seriously don’t need a coat. Well, I could replace a coat that attracts dog hair like nobody’s business…but I have to be real. I don’t live in a tweedy, leather-trim, dominatrix, trench coat, kind of town. I do travel though, so maybe I’ll chew on that thought for a few more days, because that RZ design is persistent, I tell ya.
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In Bratislava -- photo via TonboGirl.blogspot.com
Today, I’ve found some street style ideas on how to look chic even when the weather is cold, cold, cold. These shots come from Bratislava, Slovakia, Chicago, and Moscow and you can just feel the cold by looking at them! Nonetheless, they have taken to streets with style.
photo via Chicago Streetstyle Scene
Moscow, photo via Slickwalk.
We might see a few flurries today in Denver, but the snow has been flying since Thanksgiving up in the Rocky Mountains. I have yet to break out my snow boots, but I know that the time is coming. Now, I see a lot of “winter boots” shown in magazines and in blogs that consist of sky-high heels or platforms and I think, oh those are cute if you’re going from car to restaurant, but how in the heck can you actually walk on snow or ice in those puppies?! Even the beloved/reviled classic Ugg boot is an iffy choice when it’s slick outside (absolutely no traction on those things). No, I’m talking about real winter boots for sledding, walking kids to school, traipsing through ski towns on winter holiday, commuting to work, going to classes, walking the dog, etc. You know, the ones you’ll reach for most days.
Here are some favorites that have loads of style, functionality and will keep you looking chic:
And for the guys, who do so much snow shoveling, car scraping and much of the sled pulling, here are some warm, rugged choices for him too. It’s not a bad holiday gift idea either. Treat him to warm feet this year and he just might make that early morning espresso run for you!
Posted in fall 2010, Fashion, Mens, mens fashion, Shoes, Street Style
Tagged Bratislava, Chicago, coats, Moscow, snow boots, Street Style, streetstyle, winter boots
Style Council (photo: Chictopia.com)
Lindsey Thornburg cloak
There’s a mini-trend of blanket sweaters for this fall/winter and this is one of the first pictures I’ve seen of one on the streets. I love the bold graphics of this woman’s American Indian motif sweater (she goes by Style Council on chictopia.com). The big, voluminous sweater takes her cutoffs and white tee to another level of interest. The hat is an inspired accessory and she didn’t try to match it to her boots or even the sweater. Awhile back, I wrote a post of how wearing three colors/shades really punch up the impact of an outfit and I think she has proves that here. She’s got the light blue shorts, the brown tonal shades in the hat and the sweater, and black. You can see more of her looks at her own blog Danny Rose.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine let me know about a gorgeous collection of cloaks by Lindsey Thornburg, shown above, right. These are truly unique items and her eye for patterning and fabric is sublime. Her website says that many of the looks are inspired by a trip to Peru and you can certainly see those influences in her work. Check out her full collection, which also include dresses at LindseyThornburg.com.
I always like to pull an edit of the featured item for you from the vast shopping mecca that is the internet. Here are a few cool blanket sweaters for you to contemplate. Don’t you just want to grab one and throw it on?! They look so warm and coolly chic at the same time. I believe the one on the top right row is incredibly similar to Style Council’s sweater coat above, from Asos.com. Some of the other ones below are reversible, so you get two looks for the price of one. You could belt it or let it hang loosely — whatever you feel is the right vibe for the day.
Shop these looks in Denver/Boulder at:
Goldyn (Denver) – has this black & white Cynthia Vincent cardigan.
J.J. Wells (Boulder)
Nordstrom (Broomfield, Cherry Creek, Park Meadows)
Neiman Marcus (Cherry Creek)
Anyone want to look 10 pounds thinner this winter?? It’s one thing to actually lose ten pounds, but another thing entirely to just dress thinner. One of the biggest, pound-adding culprits is our winter coats. Many of us wear a winter coat from October to April and it’s often the only thing people see us in. Some of the worst offenders are puffer coats, coats with lots of detailing (in all the wrong places), pattered coats and boxy coats. Other fattening coats include ones that end at the waist (highlighting your hips and bottom), those that are too long (past the knee) and any coat that pulls or is too tight across your body. Staying warm is all about layering, not about buying a huge, ginormous coat.
After reading Charla Krups’ book, How To Never Look Fat Again, I’ve taken a bit of what she advises to help you look ten pounds thinner. So, what is the right kind of coat? Your objective is to fit the smallest parts of your body and your largest parts at the same time. The coat should give you a womanly shape by nipping-in at your most flattering areas and skimming over your problem areas. No coat should go past your knees. I’m going to break it out into body types, since we each have our own special areas of concern:
Flattering to Apple-shapes (wider in the middle)
- Tailored Menswear-inspired: elongates with narrow lapels and open neck
- Lady-like coat: princess seams slim through rib cage and flare over middle
- Empire waist: fits the smallest part of your torso
- Swing coat: fits up top, then opens up with space over middle
- In general, create a middle by fitting the smallest part of your torso.
Flattering to Pear-shapes (wider at hips and thighs)
- Lady-like coat: skims over hips without bulk
- Retro coat: Usually cut A-line or straight with fancy collars or buttons. All the attention is up top.
- Pea coat: Balances out the bottom half by bringing some bulk up top. Make sure it hits at your hips and not higher.
- In general, look for coats that hit at mid-hip or lower. Skip bulky hip pockets, long puffer coats or plaid.
Flattering to Busty women
- Sculpted coats: with dramatic contours like cocoon or dolman shapes are good. Not great for busty petites though, because it will overwhelm you.
- Cape coats: skims over large chests, arms and backs.
- In general, look for coats that skim over your bustline. No pulling or big buttons that call attention to this area.
Flattering to Plus-size women
- Cape coats: skims over a larger top half. Play up legs with darker neutral pants/skirt and same tone boots. Some have belts in front only for waist detail, leaving the back smooth and unfettered.
- Swing coats: fitted at shoulders and then cuts a triangular shape over the middle. Great for hiding that middle area.
- In general, look for coats in dark neutrals with collar drama
The trick with coats, as with any dressing, is to highlight the positives and downplay the negatives. Don’t choose a coat with epaulets, if you have wide shoulders. Similarly if you have wide hips, don’t pick a coat with puffy pockets that add bulk to that area. Do choose coats in deep tones other than black, such as browns, plums, navy, grays, deep greens and reds. Know that lighter-colored coats add visual weight.
Charla Krupp also advises that we all need four coats to get us through the winter with panache:
- a tailored black coat for the office
- a solid-colored coat with jeans
- a glamorous cocktail coat
- a faux fur coat for evening wear
Hope this helps you feel like a million bucks as you prepare for winter this year. If you’ve got any all-wrong coats in your closet, take them to a coat drive in your area. It just might be the perfect coat for someone else.
Refinery 29‘s piece on Awesome Fall Coats
Posted in Books, fall 2010, Fashion, Style
Tagged coats, cocoon coats, Dressing thinner, evening coats, Outerwear, peacoats, sculpted coats, Style How-to, swing coats