Caped Crusader

From a young age I learned the significance of rocking a cape.  Whether in my mother’s own pink Easter ensemble or schooling Ms. Riding Hood on how red should be done, capes struck me as magical!

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As luck would have it, capes made a resurgence last winter and remain on point for winter 2016-17.  A few designs that caught my eye are highlighted below:

The detachable faux fur collar and toggle closure on this Eliza J wool cape elevate the style of basic sweater-jean-boot combos.


This Laundry by Shelli Segal bouclé cape has a tie waist closure for those that prefer some definition.  It’s a great not too casual, not too dressy version.


With clean lines and a delicate chain detail at the collar, this Ted Baker London cape would look great over a lace cocktail dress!


Modern day Riding Hoods, check out this Kate Spade beauty – the wolf will be too spellbound to devour you!


Tips for Styling Your Cape:

  • Capes tend to work better with long sleeves; play against the cape with either color or texture for the most interesting looks.
  • Capes look great paired with boots – think riding or ankle boots with jeans for more casual looks or a luxe, over-the-knee suede model paired with cocktail attire.

The Velvet Touch

Velvet was a major trend on the Fall, 2016 catwalks and this lush fabric lends itself well to holiday dressing.  Following on last week’s theme, below are three distinct ways to wear velvet this next month or so…bohemian, romantic and edgy.

Look 1 – Bohemian:  This look is centered around a black velvet babydoll dress with bell sleeves.  The embroidered bootie, suede clutch, skinny scarf and mixed media earrings all enhance the boho feel.




Look 2 – Romantic: The soft color of the cami as well as those in the shoes and jewelry all help give this look a romantic feel.  Pairing those pieces with a lighter trouser and blue velvet blazer keep the look classic.

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Look 3 – Edgy: Velvet can be edgy if it’s cut as a fitted crop top.  To keep the look on point, I’ve paired the top with jet black skinnies and sexy, strappy stilettos.  A ruffled leather bottle green crossbody with metal accents and a dramatic cuff/earring set complete this final outfit.





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Wardrobe Building: Knowing Your Style

Whether working with a stylist or outfit planning for yourself, it can be very helpful to know three things prior to creating an outfit.

  1. The style you seek.
    • Classic – the workhorse foundation pieces of any wardrobe
    • Minimalist – harder to pull off than you’d think
    • Edgy – popular choice to keep classic from being to basic
    • Bohemian – an easy-going, modern hippie look
    • Romantic – the girly-girl look
  2. How far you want to take that style.
    • 1: a hint of the look
    • 2: moderate
    • 3: full-on version
  3. The environment for which you are dressing.
    • Casual
    • Professional/Corporate
    • Evening/Dressy

Most people have some trouble defining their style so the list below highlights traits, common stores/brands and style icons for several popular fashion styles.  I love to work from a primarily classic wardrobe and then adapt looks to a level 1 or 2 of a different style by using either one clothing piece OR a couple accessories (for level one) or a clothing piece AND a couple of accessories (for level two).  Using this formula keeps me from getting bored but allows to me to maintain a wardrobe that consists of primarily good quality, classic pieces.  Level 3 looks require a bit more commitment to the style as your signature.


  • Quality fabrics: wool, silk, cashmere
  • Neutral colors but can go into more saturated brights
  • Stripes, herringbone, tweed
  • Tailored, non-exaggerated shapes
  • Kate Middleton
  • Jenna Lyons


  • Neutral colors
  • No patterns
  • Simple lines with dramatic or exaggerated shapes
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy


  • Leather
  • Heavy use of black
  • Hard details like spikes, studs, chain
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Elizabeth Hurley


  • Natural fabrics and accents (cotton, leather, stone, wood)
  • Floral or ethnic patterns
  • Flared trousers, flowing skirts, wedge shoes
  • Fringe, woven or embroidery details
  • Olsen Twins
  • Siena Miller


  • Floral prints, lace
  • Pastels, whites, creams
  • Flowy silhouettes, flared skirts
  • Feminine accents like ruffles and bows
  • Lauren Conrad
  • Florence Welch
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