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Candy Store Collective

Posted in Accessories, Dresses, Shopping, Skirts with tags on June 25, 2009 by closetsmarts

Candy Store Collective Review

 Ever run across a website you can’t believe you never knew existed before?  Well, that’s how I felt when a friend directed me here:

It’s the perfect marriage of versatile, unique, and body-type challenged friendly!  They carry some of the coolest off-the-beaten path designers I know of, so check out these picks from The Candy Store Collective:

This summery dress is the very definition of easy, versatile and unique!  The styling is made to disguise just about every common figure flaw – flutter sleeve will not squeeze or emphasize heavier arms, empire waist highlights your narrowest part, and aline seaming and drape covers a heavier butt.  Not to mention the awesome color! Shown here on a very tall gal, this dress will hit the average heighted just above the knee for a less tunicy effect:


The ‘Fiji dress’ in this great tangerine color is very flexibly figure flattering as well – the elasticized mid section has the effect of proportioning the rest of your torso as it contours the middle, while the more generous bubble cut of the skirt will fit most bums– oh, and there are pockets – you could practically wear this every day of summer:



Adorable simplicity is what this dress is all about: empire, aline, cowl neck, awesome color, great length – own it:


For the smaller chested among you (read: bras will be difficult), check out this adorably styled tank top – this is the kind of summer tank that does all the style work you need for an outfit – pair it with an old standard for an instant style upgrade, in beautiful dark teal:


Is this not the coolest looking top you have seen in ages?  It’s like a flowy blouse, angel-wings-built-in-bolero, sheer sexiness, midriff masking festival for your torso!  I picture wearing it out to dinner with an hour glass skirt and platform sandals for a forties look, or with jeans (NOT skinny) and Dr. Scholls for an upgraded casual look:


I own this next piece from Prairie Underground, a fabulous company if I do say so myself, and it is indeed everything this website claims it to be – the perfect mix of industrial tough and Edwardian Luxury – it is far more versatile than you may think, and SO comfy – a total outfit upgrader where ever you go and whatever you are wearing.  It’s thick enough cotton and well-enough structured that it does A LOT of figure smoothing, trust me on this one:


For a very versatile pencil skirt, check out this khaki version by Cheap Monday. A pencil skirt emphasizes curves, so it’s actually good for the hips, but doesn’t work so well if you’ve got thicker thighs or a lot in the trunk. With the thicker banded top and just a bit of elasten, this will do well to mask some tummy as it sculpts you into an hour glass.  Wear it to work with a fitted jacket, or pair it with a tank and flipflops!

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The accessories on this site, though certainly pricey, are for sure the cream of the crop…check ‘em out and weep, and remember to check here when you are ready to indulge..:



And the sale section, well worth perusing:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:
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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:
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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!