Tag Archives: fall trends

Shoe Week: Menswear

Menswear for women isn’t a new phenomenon.  Frankly, it is as old as women’s fashion for men (ahem, Shakespeare)…  But, what I particularly like about this new class of styles for lasses, inspired by lads, is how feminine they are.  Stay with me: slim heels, ankle straps, pointed toes all in tie-inspired silks, nubby tweeds, and rich leather.

Here are a few good men-inspired looks, for girls.

Shop: Tabitha Simmons/J. Crew/Tory Burch/Marc Jacobs

Shoe Week: Building Blocks

Fall is a tough season, and this year fashion (and footwear) is following suit.  This season’s hottest pumps with a thick and square heel are a study in architecture; they toe the line between retro platform and modern sculpture.

They are heel and toe ahead of the competition and won’t get knocked over easily.

Shop: Nicholas Kirkwood/7 for All Mankind/J. Crew/Kate Spade

Shoe Week: Smoking Season

Spring’s sweet ballet flat is replaced by fall’s moody, groovy smoking flat.

It’s daytime and night time ready, and pulls inspiration from all places including the leisure life (a la Hef) to the market bazaar.  These kick around flats are perfect with a mini skirt or a slim pant, and don’t be afraid of color or prints, this season it is the more the merrier.

Shop: Steven by Steve Madden/DV Dolce Vita/Kirra/Cole Haan/Donald J Pliner

Shoe Week: Red, Red, Wine

Burgundy is the color of the fall season, and I’m just about punch-drunk in love with the color as it makes its way into the wardrobe from head to toe.  Over the weekend I envisioned the pump I wanted: sleek, tall, shine, in a bold burgundy.  With very little whining required, I found the wine to pair with my stems – thanks, Ivanka.

I’m loving the idea of a flash of burgundy, a splash of wine, peeking out beneath the perfect hem of a trouser, or as a fashion star with a dress.

Shop: Prada/Ivanka Trump/Pour La Victoire/Stuart Weitzman

Shoe Week: Riding Boots for Fall

With cooler temperatures and the arrival of fall literally nipping at our heels, this week is dedicated to fall’s shoe trends.  First up, a favorite fall must-have of mine, a fierce pair of boots that are as tough as they are refined.

Cool. Chic. Ready for Fall.

Shop: L – R, Top to Bottom: Salvatore Ferragamo/Audrey Brooke/Lucky/Frye/Tory Burch

Trends: T-Strap Pump for Fall

It feels (as in it is 100 degrees today!) too early to think or talk about Fall trends, but one is sneaking up on us today that is too good to not share!

The T-Strap pump was spotted on the runways for Fall 2012 and celebrities, like Emma Stone, are working the trend a little bit early for all of our benefit.  The classic pump becomes even more flattering with the help of a retro revamping from front and center thin strap.

In bold colors and sparkling leathers for now, and deep jewel tones and suede for later – this is a trend to watch.

Shop: Pink/Green/Silver/Red
Images: Emma Stone/Philip Lim runway

Sweater Season

This weekend put to an end any hope for a warm or mild fall and winter.  It was snowing in DC and all up the East coast.  It is officially time to pull out sweaters, scarfs, mittens and boots – and that’s okay.  In addition to being the “most wonderful time of the year” – it is also the most fashionable time!

In my fall wardrobe a little sweater goes a long way.  Because I am almost always cold, I like the layer a basic tank under a slim sweater.  The sweater and skinny jean combination has become my fall uniform because it allows me to go to warmer or cooler in a snap.  Trade out flats for boots and add a jacket and then I’m ready for winter.

Sweater Season: Fall 2011

This little sweater triumvirate is great because it sort of eliminates the notion that a sweater is either a. sweats, or b. grandma or art teacher attire.  These are chic, fun, and as young as they are sophisticated.  I would wear all of these sweaters at any time, you know with the rest of the uniform (skinny jeans + tank + flats or boots).

Be retro collegiate in slim sweaters with stripes of various sizes.  The retro vibe comes from the neutral and rust color palette and the modesty of the crew neckline.   The fit here is slim and youthful, and would be great paired with a school girl jacket.   Tip: Pick a sweater with the most skin tone flattering colors a the top (near your face) and with darker colors at your midsection)
Shop: Bold, Skinny, Many
Be runway inspired, and take a cue from Jason Wu’s use of lace and ladylike embellishment for Fall 2011.  These slim sweaters go undercover and add an element of feminine mystique with embellishments like subtle bows, and dainty lace.  Pair these with tailored pants and skirts for a fall/winter dinner engagement, or play with opposites and go sporty and tough with your lace.  Tip: You can also easily DIY this look with the simple stitching of lace on the sleeves of a favorite sweater.
Shop: Bow, Trim, Shoulders
Be ready for anything but the gym in sweaters inspired by sweats.  I am enrolling in Fashion Ed. as opposed to Phys. Ed. and embracing the easy fit of a sweatshirt with the added embellishments and details that make it fashion.  Still here: ribbed cuffs, hems, and vent stitching at the collar.  Gone are the oversize silhouettes, and anything resembling a Hanes Beefy anything.  In its place is delicate stitching, sequins, and playful patterns.  Find the right slim fit, too big and bulky you might as well wear sweats.  Tip: Look embellishment that is delicate, the emphasis here is playing with opposites.
Shop: Cropped, Hearts, Spots


What is your sweater style this fall?

Saturday Wardrobe: Halloween Weekend

This weekend is Halloween, and whether you’ve been planning your costume since November 1, or if you were more like me and scrambling at the 11th hour – I hope you have a fabulous and look good too.

I am suggesting this fabulous Cat Woman costume that is more sophisticated than spooky.

Saturday Wardrobe: Halloween Weekend

Shop: Candy, Boots, Sweater, Pants, Mask, Lashes, Lip

This outfit, plus or minus a few critical accessories is perfect for fall, and could easily be a go-to all season long.

Happy Halloween, may your parties be fun and your candy bag be delicious!

Saturday Wardrobe: Charity Event Weekend

This weekend we are going to the Butterfly Bash, a celebration and fundraiser of Fair Chance, an organization that supports entrepreneurial non-profits that benefit DC Youth. We have gone for the last two years – it’s a great reason to dress up, mix and mingle, and support a worthwhile cause.

The Butterfly Bash is one of many “events” in DC; in fact October is affectionately known as tuxedo month because of the sheer volume of events.  Luckily, tonight is more festive than formal so I’ll be dressing to match the cocktail attire description.

This is what I am wearing.

Saturday Wardrobe: Charity Event

Shop:Wine, Pumps, Halter, Skirt, Bracelet, Clutch, Gloss

For a cocktail party in DC – this outfit works.  It’s easy to wear, it’s conservative enough for DC and young enough for me.

For more information about the Butterfly Bash or Fair Chance.

Sequin Season

In the last show of Spring 2012 Paris Fashion Week, Elie Saab sent models down the runway in every color under the rainbow.  In the evening wear dresses and gowns they wore vibrant jewel tones.

Elie Saab, Spring 2012

The fall 2011 runways showed plenty of sequined evening looks, but if there is ever a time to play with the glittery stuff in color, it’s now, as seen on Martha Plimpton, Amy Poehler and Evan Rachel Wood at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Here are the top picks to glitter into Fall.

Sequins for Fall 2011

Shop: Blue, Green, Bordeaux, Violet, Gold, Blue, Red


Are you ready to shine at this season’s parties and events?