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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.

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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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Spot On! 5 Ways to Love Leopard


While especially on-trend this fall, leopard hasn’t always dominated the urban jungle! 

When movie star inspired, mass-produced fashions came into vogue in the mid-1920s, leopard print rose as a symbol of status and high fashion.  In the late-60’s the pattern took a nose dive and was considered somewhat cheap and tacky until making a comeback via a few female rockers (notably Grace Jones & Debbie Harry) in the late 70’s and early 80’s.  As a self-professed long-time lover of leopard, I’ll argue that this print is a timeless classic. 

Check out five of my favorite ways to wear leopard below!

Via Spiga Leopard Print Coat – $198

Via Spiga has created some version of this jacket every year for as long as I can remember.  This year’s model features a flattering A-line shape and slightly subdued leopard print.  Great, wearable, statement-making topper!

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Chico’s Hadley Accessories – $25-80

While only a few pieces are shown here, small leopard accessories are great for adding a fun pop to neutral basics.  Belts, scarves and watches are other easy ways to incorporate the print.bracelet earring ring

Signet Bag in Leopard – $298

Cross-body bags are so useful for fall – they keep those hands free for picking apples and for photos in the pumpkin patch!  Picture this cute (but roomy enough for essentials) leopard version with jeans, a white tee, black cardi and boots.  Suddenly weekend basics aren’t so boring anymore!f5236-leopard%20multi-d0824202

Leopard Scuba Pencil Skirt – $89

Leopard in the workplace?  Unless you work in an ultra-conservative field, you can get away with leopard by keeping the look office-appropriate.  Pair a printed pencil skirt with solid black or tan blouse or sweater and heels or black tights with boots.  For a date night look with the same skirt, don a silky black cami, strappy heeled sandals and black bomber or denim jacket.

 

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Leopard Inset Tuxedo Flats – $40

Last but by no means least, leopard flats are a must-have!  And at $40 – this pair is a deal!  For work/business casual you could pair these with a black dress or crops and a blouse.  Or try them casually with a denim shirtdress and black scarf.  Lots of options for adding a bit of GRRRR into your life!

NOTE: For more on the history of leopard prints, check out this article on Mental Floss.

This week’s blog is posted in memory of Lakewood, Ohio’s Jen Verrillo of TheBroadsSide.com.  I’ve been cracking up all weekend reading your hysterical posts and am heartbroken for your daughter that you left this earth so soon.  When she’s older I’m sure she’ll get comfort (and a huge laugh) from reading your posts! Rest easy funny girl.  Am glad you are wearing leopard in this picture.

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Wardrobe Building: Suiting

One of the most important building blocks in any woman’s wardrobe is a suit.  While it’s easy to think of this as a piece only relevant to bankers, lawyers or hospital administrators, a suit is an indispensable item for all women and can be broken apart into many flexible looks
 
The J. Crew Super 120s Collection is my go-to low/moderate brand and can be a steal when they are running a sale, while BOSS and Theory are two top picks for moderate/high investment suiting.

My recommendation is to invest in the best jacket-pant-skirt combo that your budget can handle in black, navy or a dark grey.  Look for quality stretch wool fabric.  One-button or two-button jackets will work better than 3+ or double-breasted as will a classic shaped trouser (not too skinny, too flared).  A pencil is the most versatile skirt shape.  Tailor for an impeccable fit!

Now have fun styling your new versatile look!  For work try the trouser with a print blouse and accent-color cardigan; for day try jeans with a simple tee, blazer, bold statement necklace and platform slides or the pencil skirt paired with a chambray button-down tied at the waist, sunnies and a pair of lace-up ballet flats; for date night pair the trouser with an embellished silk tank and metallic sandals.  And rest easy you’ll never have to worry again about what to wear to that unexpected interview, that funeral, that after-hours work function of your husband’s, etc. 

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J. Crew Super 120’s Collection – Skirts from $128, Trousers from $138, Jackets from $248; a variety of fits are available in each category so you can find something that fits your style and best suits your body type. 

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 Theory Suiting Separates – Prices range from about $215-515 depending on item. 

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 Boss Suiting Separates – Range from $180-625.

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