Out with the old...in with the new Style!

Happy New Year, my haute hotties!!

We here at Style Savvy sure hope that everyone had truly enjoyable, peaceful holidays...and are ready to start the New Year with a bang, not a whimper! And by "bang," I, of course, mean bang for your buck! 

The sales that are in stores now! The sales we'll see over the next weeks as the winter merchandise is cleared out to make way for new spring stuff - the fun of new window shopping, new acquisition, new drooling over THINGS! How fun is that? Do you need to buy? Maybe, Maybe this is the perfect time to ASSESS what you DO have and therefore what you DO need! So let's talk about getting down to the nitty gritty, grotty closet cleaning that you promised yourself last year you would do THIS year!

I am a stylist. I am here to show you how to wear what you love and what makes "you" look like "YOU!" So take my advice...go into your closet and remove the stuff that makes "YOU" look like "you." Start the year with a blank canvas, a clean slate and a fresh outlook. Now is the time to get rid of the stained old yoga pants, the frayed and torn T-shirts with coffee stains on them. It's time to replace the pilled sweaters that you've tried, unsuccessfully, to comb clean. It's time to eliminate the too tight jeans, the way too baggy, no waistband slacks and the shoes that you've worn to death. Haven't worn it since Hillary was a senator? Ditch it...it'll take 20 years to come back into style and even then it'll come back with differences that make it unwearable! Get in there! There's no better time than now to edit your closet, because believe me, that STUFF that's been clogging it up is just lying to you. When you walk into a stuffed closet, it fools you into believing that you've got tons to wear when you really don't.  And then it makes you feel guilty about shopping, which should NEVER happen. So, do you need a tax deduction for 2012 or are you just going to be a samaritan and give your things to a shelter? Either way, there are people who need what you've got. So give with a full heart, knowing that you've done two good deeds!  

And then...

Look at the sales! What better time to buy a couple of new workout outfits, some new PJs and the new bras you've been needing than when every online retailer is slashing prices? What about cute new T's to replace the holey ones you've been wearing around the house? Want some new sweaters to take the place of the cardigans with the dangling hemlines? Take your sweet self to the mall, the boutique or the computer and feel great about the deals you're getting! Why? Because when you start with a cleaned out closet, you can see what you have, what you need and what you can recombine to showcase the 2012 "YOU." And you know what will surprise you? Maybe, how LITTLE you really need. Learn to combine the classic and old with the modern and new to see who you really are. Take those GREAT pants that are too baggy to wear off to the tailor and create a new silhouette that works perfectly with the slim T you found on sale. And the sweaters you were given for Christmas that you love? Grab some leggings or poach that skirt you've been waiting for. This is the moment to plug the holes in your wardrobe, stock up, if you wish, on fresh examples of tried and true faves. With a clean closet, you can see what's really necessary and then feel good about buying, which is, after all, the point!

Can't get into cleaning out that cave that used to be your closet? Call me. Can't figure out what will give you that new look you've been craving? Write to me at lindsay@stylesavvyonline.com. Make 2012 the year you reexamine your authentic style and, if you need help, ask for it!  Because, never forget, "trend" is today, "style" is forever!

Winter Wear: The Basic 5

Aloha, you ab-fans!

We are definitely in that time of year that makes me yearn for warm beaches and blue water, but the fact of the matter is...coat time! Very few fashionistas have a coat obsession because they're NOT that sexy, they don't always show off your "ass-ets" and they are carried more than they're worn, but they are a fact of life, so let's dive into the five coats/jackets every woman should own.

A lot of your outerwear has to depend on where you're wearing it, for example, Fort Lauderdale, Florida vs. Fort Lee, New Jersey. But while the weight of the wear changes with where you wear it, the 'why' doesn't. They keep you warm,  compliment your outfit and keep you dry. Which is why the first essential is a trench coat. Heavy or light, a trench coat is a classic that covers a multitude of uses. It's the perfect length (slightly above the knee) to wear with suits and dresses. In the right fabric (satin for evening, patent for clubbing, twill for office and any of the above for casual chic) it goes everywhere. What's he perfect trench, you ask? A black patent that looks equally chic at the theater, the school play and the movies. An equally stylish alternative? Khaki a la Burberry. Invest. Buy. Keep forever.
"A log of your outerwear has to depend on where you're wearing it."
Number two topcoat is the pea coat or one of its many variations. The tried and true is mid-thigh, wool and closes with toggles. It's most classic in navy or forest green to wear with most slacks and all jeans. It has many relatives, though - any warm thigh high coat will work as well and the modern ones are belted, beaded, bedazzled and brightly colored. It's a stylish piece, so find one that compliments your personal style!

The third and fourth items of outerwear are sweaters - the long cardigan in a cozy fabric like wool, mohair or my personal fav, cashmere, and the cape in a thick nap like flannel. The cardi can be belted or not, buttoned or what. It's length depends on your height, with more petite women opting for shorter than the knee versions. The cape, however, can be full length on any body and goes from simple for everyday to sensational by night. If your own personal style allows for that kind of a statement, indulge yourself in the sinfully seductive.  If not, select the simple and wear it through spring.

The last, necessary piece of exterior clothing is the leather jacket. Bomber style, biker chic or baseball chick, a good leather jacket goes over many dressy dresses, most sharp slacks and all your jeans looks. It can be any color, with dark brown being the most versatile color family. It can be oversized or shrunken depending on your frame and mood. It's highly versatile and should therefore be another piece that you invest your good money into - NOTHING feels like good leather besides...good leather!

So you see, savvy shoppers, that the basic five can be far from basic. Whether you spend a fortune or very few dollars, though, these five have you covered. In style. Your style. And remember, trend is today, style is forever! Aloha!

Skirting HOT Styles

Hello again, my fierce fashionistas!

Have you, like me, been looking at fashion and style mags lately and wondering about skirt lengths? Ok, I know I just lost the jeans only-wearing portion of my audience, but even those of you avowed trouser trolls may find that some of these skirt lengths are just as comfy as jeans and offer a chance to think outside the box without sacrificing your personal ethos. Take a look at three great skirts for fall/winter. Sexy secretary chic meets haute cowgirl with a hint of hippie!

The first length is knee-lenght. Ok, I hear it now - "Lindsay, knee-lenght has been around forever!" Sure it has, but not paired with the floaty blouses and hot heels that make it fresh. A knee length skirt, especially in a pencil shape, is one of style's eternal "DO's,"- it never looks wrong. It's flattering to virtually everyone, even that ugly hag Kate Middleton, because it elongates the leg. When worn high-waisted with a semi-sheer blouse it can take you to cocktails, when paired with a button down it's work appropriate and when you put it with boots and a sweater it's almost, but not definably weekend casual. Take that, blue denim!

Another fun length? What women "of a certain age " call "midi" - or mid calf. This is where we can really get comfy. Of course it goes to work, that's a given. But how fun is a calf length skirt with today's heeled hiking boots and a flannel shirt?  Or how about with a short sweater or shrunken cardi and chunky heels?  Why not try it with a fitted silk shirt and platforms? Oh, the fun I could have with a Kardashian sized budget!

My third pick is the long skirt and this one could make me leave even leggings in the closet! An ankle length skirt, especially with a well placed slit? Genius with booties and a cotton Oxford shirt, modern as Gaga with a floral top and leather biker jacket. And oh how nice it feels to shed those corduroys once in a while...or twice or three times! The longer lengths need some substance on the foot though, so leave those flats on your shelf and break out the boots or heels - and now you can really show those off because they're not covered by your jeans! It's a two-fer!

So you see, my little chickadees, the skirt can be your new best friend. It's stylish with just a hint of trend because, as you remember, trend is today, style is forever!