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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 you are, in a store in Fashion Show Mall, confronting every woman's dilemma........"Is this worth it?"
Believe it or not, there are easy tests to determine the answer to this. The first is cost per wearing. What that basically boils down to is how often ARE you going to wear it? The black pumps that are classic enough for the office but sexy enough to go on a date are going to get worn, let's say, 3 days per week. That's 156 times a year, so if you spend $450 on them, that's less than $3 per wearing. If, instead, you buy the less expensive version at $159, chances are good that they'll A) hurt your feet, B) have to be repaired/replaced two or three times. When they hurt you won't reach for them and they'll spend a lot of down time at Green Valley Shoe Repair. (Truth and product placement in one sentence-yea, Me!) So-you wear them less with higher maintenance and replacement costs and the cost per wearing is actually higher than the more expensive version!
The other test is more subjective. It's called......"How much do you love me?". That Kate Spade bag that you adore is going to give you a lot more pleasure than the Le Sportsac your mom is pushing you towards. The Kate Spade is classy, the color is perfect for a large majority of your wardrobe and you just plain love it. How does that stack up against a bag you're almost embarrassed to carry?
The last test is "Which looks expensive and classic versus which looks cheap and plastic?" Bags and shoes can make any outfit look elegant. Putting those $450 pumps with either jeans or black slacks makes them look classy, whereas pairing those pants with a cheap bag and shoes brings the whole outfit down. So do yourself a favor. Do the math. Take the tests. But when all is said and done, remember the immortal words of Coco Chanel........"Trend is today, style is forever"!
There are a few gifts that I like to give every year because they truly evoke the holiday spirit and I wish someone would give them to me. I am referring, of course, to Chanel bags. (No, not really, you incredulous looking skeptic)-although I do wish I was on that someone's gift list. I am really referring to the gift of color.
Most women don't realize that the cold, dry weather outside requires a change of makeup inside. Your skin is drier and so richer serums and moisturizers are needed. I also always go to a creamier foundation or tinted moisturizer and creme blush instead of powder. But do I keep this precious nugget of info to myself? I do not! I share it with you, my dear readers, because this is an easy gift to give and a thrill to receive. I like to get Sephora gift cards and Saks and Nordstrom certificates . I wrap them onto wine bottles or cosmetics cases, slide them into cross bodies and wedge them into the cover of a book.
Make sure you comment about "warming up your Christmas" or "putting the roses back in your cheeks" and you've got a fun and useful gift for several friends-preferably ones who don't know each other! Oh - and save one for me , because "trend" may be today, but "style" is forever!!!!
My tailor is my best friend. I barely know his last name and, although I've met his wife, I don't know if he has children. I know two things about him. He's an alterations genius and he's expensive.
Very few of us are perfect off-the-rack sizes. From your hips down you may be a 14, but your waist is a 12. Or, broad shoulders may take a size 8 to a size 14. Whatever your figure flaw, your clothes will always look better if you have them tailored. A good tailor will hem jeans so they look identical to the original hem, waist or legs .......just better. REALLY good tailors can remake a shoulder or a collar so that it looks perfect and no one will ever know it was once schizophrenic.......half fitting and half not. But be warned. This kind of a talent will run you some bucks........like $225 to tailor a two piece suit. But it's WELL worth it! Sure beats spending the $4000 a perfectly tailored suit will cost you!
I have several good tailors that I run to when my outfit needs a psychiatrist. These geniuses take the pleats out of slacks, shoulder pad out of leather jackets and shorten suit jackets so that they look like James Bond is wearing them. Wanna take a $500 suit and make it look better than custom made? Call me! I'll fit you with the right tailor who'll fit you with the right look which will make you look like THAT guy or THAT girl. You'll feel like you've added a new outfit to your closet and you'll once again be excited to wear it! The "proof is in the puddling, love" and that's why "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"!
I don't think I've realized lately how lucky we are to live in Las Vegas. The shopping experience has gone from glitz (only) to glamour (mostly) in the last ten years. With all of our malls and stores, I'm seeing a definite uptick in the number of tourists who arrive with empty suitcases and leave over the weight limit.
I particularly enjoy going to the Premium Outlet Mall on Grand Central Parkway. With everything from Adidas to Armani, this mall is a cornucopia (did you like that Thanksgiving reference I slipped in?) of bargains. I took a client there who was thrilled to find a shoe store that catered to wide widths, a different client found a leather jacket she had admired but been unable to afford last season.
For all of you who are looking for great gifts for the holidays, allow me to suggest looking at the outlet mall. You can score as much as 75% off retail and feel like you're a real winner in a town where locals know better. And the gelato store is off-the-charts yummy, even when the decorations and temperatures remind us that we're in gift giving, not gelato, season!