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Tunic worn as dress…

Posted in Dresses, Seasonal on August 4, 2010 by closetsmarts

Too short to sport?
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In the Trenches…

Posted in Coats, Seasonal on June 12, 2009 by closetsmarts

I always say there’s nothing like a great coat to pick up an otherwise hum drum winterized wardrobe, so while it’s still chilly but not quite winter anymore, take the opportunity to build your coat wardrobe with a classic trench. The Spring trenches are in and ripe for the picking, so go get yourself one before the season’s picks are picked over and gone! My rules of thumb, keep it simple: a single button placket will work for most (rather than double breasted), self-cinching belt is always best, if you can get contouring through the waist with darts, all the better for creating that desirable silhouette, watch out for extra (bulking)flaps and ill-placed and fussy pockets, and by all means, take the opportunity to import some fun color into your wardrobe!

Why not just dive right in here– everyone has a soft spot for pink, and here’s a way to incorporate it into your wardrobe without having to commit all day long. Check out this great single placket (read: good for a thicker middle) pink trench coat from Tahari. The button sleeve details are fabulous and it also sports a great collar you can wear up to keep the chill off. Great contour shaping through the bust with a slight aline will surely flatter most figures:
Tahari Pink_1
My man Michael Kors has done it again with this orange trench – Spring is all about re-introducing the brights and his styling is always uncomplicated and spot on for fit. Here we get the contoured midriff, self-cinching belt (most flattering at the empire) and single button placket – A+ for masking any figure flaw you sport on the upper half:
Kors Orange_2
Target’s got this great Mossimo trench in Berry with all the right stylings – cinching belt, high back slit and back flaps for interest, and simple front closure– there’s nothing not to like here, especially the price:
Target Berry_3
For something a bit more classic, check out this Ellen Tracy Khaki trench. Simple clean lines, self-cinching belt for a great fit, and a very rich version of Khaki rather than a washed out stone color (it also comes in black if you must…):
Ellen Tracy Khaki_4
If you’ve got the dough, this twist on the classic khaki trench , femmed up by Nanette Lapore, is killer. Though not for the overly hippy due to pocket and ruffle location, it’s got great design details and yet does not seem too fussy. The only problem is, it might outshine your outfit
Nanette Lepore Taupe_5
Check out this cool denim trench for something a little unexpected – just don’t wear it with your jeans! The double breasted placket rules this out for those with larger chests (you don’t want too much hubbub going on in that area), but it’s a great variation on the classic if you’re looking for utility and variety in your coat wardrobe:
Last Kiss Denim_6
A Sateen trench is great for dressing up any old outfit and taking your coat into evening – this gorgeous navy version by BCX is a case in point – it has a self-belt, but is double breasted so again if you’re busty, you want to avoid this. The collar has a great plunge for a little sexiness but all the other trimmings are classic and straight forward, so you decide what level you take it to, day or night:
BCX Sateen Navy_7
I always love a green coat in Spring, and this one is that great M&M green – everything about it will work, from the single button placket, to the self-cinching belt, to the not-larger than life notched collar – you get the glory of spring color without your coat stealing the show:
Style&co Green_8
I love a white coat in Spring– how better to emerge from the wintry snow with a crisp fresh look. This one by XOXO is simple and fabulous. It’s got great contouring pintucks through the bust and an empire cinch accentuated by button detailing – the belt is self-tie so you find where it works best. It also comes in a fabulous lavender color, why not get both? Who couldn’t use a little lavender in their lives this Spring?:
XOXO White_9
And though I tend to recommend staying away from printed coats (they are harder to match with outfits and thus less practical), I had to throw this one in, called “Gwen”, because really, who doesn’t deserve to don a good animal print now and again? This print will surely mask any figure flaw, especially with the help of a self-cinching belt, contoured waistline, and aline cut:
Priorities Leopard_10
Now take cover and get thee to the trenches!

Mind the Gap, Banana

Posted in Color, Dresses, Seasonal, Skirts, Tops with tags on May 29, 2009 by closetsmarts

Mind the Gap, Banana

More evidence that no one seems to be doing the same thing, let’s take a whirl wind tour of what the Gap’s got on tap for Spring Color that not Banana’s…

Could this skirt be any cuter? Great color, perfect A-line cotton twill fabric: read will hide all figure flaws– and looks great with the strappy sandal of the season, oh, and it has pockets…get it fast!

Gap Blue Skirt_1
This little fuchia pintuck dress may look skimpy for now, but why not pair it with some dark wash jeans and a little shrug, and wear it as an ode to Spring? Its empire waist and slight a-line shape will accommodate some pants beneath, and some hip, but definitely not too much in that department so beware, nor is this for the busty. Straps are removable:

Gap Pink Pintuck_2
I also see using this as a colorful tunic with some pants for Spring – it’s got great design detail at the bib which will accommodate the bustier among you, a nice aline, and with its self tie belt, you decide how much you want to hide through the midriff:

Love this fitted vneck sweater (got one myself in navy), and it comes in some great hues! The thin gauge will work well as an under layer with a jacket, or later as a top all on its own:

Gap Vneck Sweater_4
The rest is making me want to yawn, not to mention the overwhelming shapelessness of a lot of their offerings this season..beware the shapeless garment, regardless of color..…..let’s see how Banana stacks up..

If you can do it, this canary yellow dress is a winner (picture it with a jean jacket and tall boots, and then later with sandals..Design details will cover most figure worries below the bust:

BR Yellow dress_5

Though shown here on a very thin gal, this fab green dress will work on most size hour glass figures (XSthrough XL)when belted at the empire. The skirt is straight and there are pockets right on the hips so you have to be well proportioned to avoid getting attention in the wrong spot– the color is great and it can be worn at work or more casually depending on shoes and accessories:

BR Green Dress_6

I’m putting this ‘shark grey’ vneck dress on the list despite its obvious lack of ‘spring’ color because grey is a great neutral to carry some bright accessories. The dress’ shape will hide a multitude of sins on your bottom half while drawing attention to the narrowest part of your silhouette:

BR Gray Dress_7
Picture it with some of these great accessories:
BR red bag_8Piperlime Magenta bag_9Piperlime Orange bag_10Piperlime teel wedge_11AK Floral pump_12
Piperlime Multi color wedge_13

Not surprisingly since Banana and the Gap hardly have different parents, I find the tops selection at Banana certainly leave something to be desired in the ‘shape’ department. My last pick is this great layering tank –it comes in some vibrant colors (especially wasabi green and drizzle blue) that will work now under a jacket, and transition nicely into your favorite summer tank:

BR ribbed tank_14
I’ll leave the rest to the sale racks….

Spring Color Review- AT versus ATL

Posted in Color, Dresses, Seasonal, Shopping, Skirts with tags on May 22, 2009 by closetsmarts

Spring Color Review : AT versus ATL
It’s always exciting to finally start wearing things that aren’t just an amalgam of brown, black and grey, and herein is the first installment of my Spring Color Review. For starters, looks like there is little agreement amongst the corporate fashion heads about what color is in – that means, we win! More variety is always the spice of style. This week our topic: AT versus ATL

Apparently as far as AT is concerned, it’s all about prints this spring, and they’ve got some douzies.. but actually, prints can be a great way to ease your way into spring with a nice layered look without bowling anyone over with your screaming colors…i.e. use these bright prints in the peek-a-boo sense under one of your suit jackets or sweaters:
This halter has a great palette of muted colors that will go with a lot:

AT Brushstoke Halter_1

This silk shell in Rosette is a great little dash of spring in the midst of a sea of brown:

AT Rosette Shell_2AT Rosette Shell Outfit_3
Here’s a floral I could live with in deep indigo and green–with its empire cut and shape sculpting viscose and spandex, this could be a great layering piece now and also work well in this summer with capris or a skirt:

AT Deep Indigo_4
Beyond that I’m going to have to say selection seems a bit hum drum on AT’s store front, and what’s with the big black and white push? Boring…..on to AT Loft!

Ah, ATL definitely wins in the Spring department in this duel. Check out this floral smock blouse. This will hide a bit of tummy and accommodate a chest, can be worn tucked and toned down for the office, or this summer with capris or a skirt for a much looser feel, in two great colors:

ATL Floral Smock_5ATL FLoral Smock Outfit_6ATL Floral Smock Red_7
Here is a lovely way to add some soft hues to your palette, and this shell (preferably in slate) has some great design details as well:

ATL Slate Shell_8
What’s not to love in this refined printed tee– great color, nice print, will blend well with layering pieces and can be worn more formally for work, or as an upscale tee in summer:
ATL printed Tee_9

Okay, maybe not for work, but I couldn’t let this one go by–so cute, and who doesn’t need a cute hoodie? Color is fab:
ATL Hooded Moss_10

Have to sing the versatility praises of this metallic layering jacket (yes, I own it) – perfect to carry some of the colors of spring you import beneath its well shaped exterior… and with the metallic sheen, this can be dressed up and down easily, a great buy all around:
ATL metallic jacket_11
Besides the button flap detail at the bust (i.e. if you’re busty, this won’t do), this trench is a fabulous way to greet the season – perfect weight, great style, and spot on color:
ATL Green trench_12

So go forth, start retiring your winter duldrums and take some risks – taunt the Spring into its arrival! Next week we’ll take a look at Banana versus Gap….stay tuned!