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Forget politics. It’s time to discuss the only truly important thing about the weekend of January 20th - the clothes! Whatever your political stance, you have to admit that the Trump women looked pretty dang good that weekend! Now, it’s not that I’m envious or anything, but Melania and Ivanka both wore dresses that I would cheerfully exchange body parts for. Both of them obviously know their style and their bodies perfectly and choose clothes that flatter and fit flawlessly (how’s that for alliteration!) and are chic, timeless and classic. The next time I’m invited to a ball, or an inauguration (I know, I couldn’t believe I wasn’t invited either!) I’ll be sitting with Melania and Ivanka because they’ll make me look good!!!!!
The Inaugural Balls were THE place for the First Lady and the First Daughter to shine.
Melania wore an ivory column gown by Herve Pierre, who used to design for Carolina Herrera and in this instance, was co-designing with Mrs. Trump herself. I guess former supermodels learn more than how to walk and wear designer! Anyway, that ivory gown was to die for! Of course it was perfectly fitted, of course it was a perfect color. It was also simple, elegant and cooly feminine. (Am I gushing? Sorry, can’t help myself!)
Ivanka, on the other hand, looked like every little girl’s image of a princess in a champagne and crystal ball gown by Carolina Herrera. They were both the perfect foils to the menfolk who wore classic black tuxedos.
In contrast, the inauguration itself saw a different spin on fashion, when both Trump ladies wore monochrome outfits - Melania in a perfect ice blue Ralph Lauren dress, bolero jacket, gloves and pumps and Ivanka in a white Oscar de la Renta pantsuit.
That may have been the only fashion miss of the weekend - I didn’t like Ivanka’s long coat. It buttoned under the bust and, I thought, pulled when she moved. Anybody else think so? But, as far as Melania’s“Jackie Kennedy-esque” outfit, this is the quintessential argument of style over trend. Jackie Kennedy wore monochromatic coat/dress combos 50 YEARS AGO!!!! And we’re still talking about them!!!!! Obviously Mrs. Trump is not jumping on a trend here!
And speaking of style over trend, could anything have been more stylish than Mrs. Trump’s Reem Acra gown from the Candlelight Dinner? Will a perfectly cut, form-fitting dress in a neutral metallic fabric ever NOT be in style? Put a perfect body in it and you’ve got a look that transcends trend and yet never goes out of fashion.
So, did I have a point to all this raving? Yup. It’s simple. “Trend” is today but “style” is forever!
Well, favorite readers, Thanksgiving is over and even my leftovers are finished! Hope yours are too, because Christmas cookies are about to make an appearance and the fudge, prime rib, goose and cakes are right behind! So how do we get through the Christmas party season stylishly but with some degree of comfort? The answer is one hyper-trendy but totally stylish word-LEGGINGS!
Yes, I know. You thought leggings were gone, never to return. But I gotta tell ya, leggings are very much "in" now and they are everywhere! The difference between then and now? The old style had you wearing black leggings with a patterned sweater. On trend now? Patterned leggings with a solid sweater or tunic. And these patterns are IDEAL for holiday parties, because they are being shown in metallics, animal prints and bold color combos sure to make you feel, and look, festive!
Leggings go perfectly with today's ankle boots but for fun, try them with your over-the-knee boots! Keep the sweater simple and go for the gusto of big hoops or statement earrings. Looking fab AND wearing an elasticized waist? It doesn't get any more comfortable or fun! So wow your party pals with your great outfit, all the while knowing that you have "room" to indulge! And remember......"trend is today, but style is forever"!!!!
OK, I admit it. I have a girl crush. On Amal Clooney. In my next life I want to live in her closet. The woman has the perfect body for clothes, perfect taste (she NEVER looks over or under dressed) and her own style which helps her carry off a variety of looks from Giambattista Valli to Chanel without looking like she’s copying anybody. Her choices are classic but on trend and her accessories are perfect complements. Who wouldn’t have a style crush?
Of course it never hurts to have the money to buy designer originals. (That’s something else I’m counting on in my next life.) But her STYLE is what attracts people. She keeps her hair and makeup simple but polished and never uses accessories to overwhelm an outfit. In fact, if you look closely, there’s only ever ONE focal point of her look - either the outfit or the shoes or the bag provide a pop of color and trend but she NEVER goes head-to-toe trendy and she never uses color to detract from her outfit - only add to it.
Although this is hard to imagine doing on a limited budget, take a page from Amal’s (see, we’re on a first name basis already) playbook and choose an outfit that fits perfectly (that’s what tailors are for!!!) and flatters your best features. Next, make sure the color is flattering to your face. Then choose accessories that accent the look without calling attention away from it, such as a neutral bag and shoes or one which picks up the colors in the outfit. Then choose jewelry the same way - colorful if your outfit is neutral, neutral and understated if your outfit is full of detail. You’ll find that it’s easier than you think - and more fun. Take my advice. Channel your inner Amal.
There was a new trend coming down the runways this spring-cropped flared jeans and pants. You've seen the look.....regular flared jeans that stop about four inches above the ankle. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, your stylist has two words for this trend-DON'T BOTHER!
To use a highly technical term, this trend is just dorky. Even on supermodels this one looks WRONG. The pants start to flare around the middle of the calf and no shoe can make them look like anything but high-waters. Most women just look like they're wearing their daughter's ( their 5 inches shorter daughter's) jeans. At best they look awkward; at worst, dumpy and ridiculous. They violate every fashion mantra I've ever HEARD, much less used.......they make you look short, clumsy and poorly fitted, and oddly like a little Vietnamese refugee. ( Are ya getting the idea? I don't like them !)
Hopefully this is a trend that will come and go sooner than a Dairy Queen milkshake, but it perfectly illustrates my point when I paraphrase Mlle. Coco Chanel, saying "'Trend' is today, but 'style' is forever"!!!!
Have you ever looked at two women wearing the same outfit and thought,"oh, woman A looks so much better!" But you couldn't figure out why? This, my fabulous readers, is the essence of style.
Style means injecting yourself into an outfit. It's not just wearing the clothes-that's fashion. And it's not just about labels, or the expense, or the exact replication of something you saw Amal Clooney wearing. (BTW-I have a serious girl crush on her closet!). Style is putting together pieces so that they suit YOU. It's the little touches that make your style stand out.
Say, for example, I see two gals wearing jeans, colorblocked sweaters and boots-but one looks boring while the other one looks put together and stylish. What's the difference??
Well, the stylish gal had her jeans tailored so that they're a quarter inch off the ground. The other chick is wearing hers without hemming them and they're dragging on the ground. Stylish Samantha is wearing boots that have a stripe the color of her sweater. Plain Jane is wearing black boots that need new heels and a good polish. Plain Jane is also wearing her daily makeup with no lipstick, while our stylin' sister is rocking a bold pink lip. These are the things that take AN outfit and make it YOUR outfit!
Get what I mean? It's the little touches, the thought process that goes into picking accessories or makeup. It's you taking the time to slide on the cuff bracelet instead of going out bare-armed. It's YOU. So think about that next time you're dashing off to work in one of your "I don't have time to accessorize" outfits. Because you DO have time. You always have time to make "you" into "YOU"!