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Want to freshen up your wardrobe, but don’t feel like buying any actual clothing pieces? On trend necklaces can quickly aid in updating your look. If you feel like you already have core pieces in your wardrobe that fit you perfectly and you’ve not really found anything new in clothing that makes you do a double take, chic necklaces are the perfect way to satisfy a shopping pang. Of course this also applies if you’re just looking for something to add a little pow to what’s already in your wardrobe. Here are a few ideas/inspiration on what to look for in chic necklaces this season.
Bungee cords are nor longer just for satiating your adventurous side, many designers are using them for high-end statement necklace. Used raw, coated with enamel and paired with metal details, bungee cord-based necklaces like the one featured here will look great with strapless tops or scoop neck tops.
The ombre trend isn’t just for hair, we’re seeing the trend in jewelry now and it is haute. It can ad a little edge to a classic piece to freshen up your look. Depending on the colors and type of necklace you chose, this trend can be worked in infinite ways. The one featured here would look great with a turtleneck, crew neck and looped under the collar of a button down blouse or shirt.
Bold color is in and mixing lots of color to create a pattern is all the rage with jewelry designers. Go for whatever catches your eye and have fun blending it with your current wardrobe. There’s no need to be matchy matchy. Just because your necklace has red, yellow, blue and green, doesn’t mean that you need to wear red, yellow, blue and green.
Love gemstones, but think they look outdated. Look for designer pieces that feature artsy or edgy designs. The one featured here is rose quartz. I love natural gemstones because they have metaphysical healing powers. Rose quartz, in particular, is said to attract love and open the heart to love… so if you’re looking for more love in your life, this would be a good look. Well, it couldn’t hurt.
Rosary and mala inspired necklaces make for great statement pieces and they are also quite practical if you pray, do meditation or repeat affirmations. A long wait in line is now an opportunity to slip off your fab necklace and use it to keep count while reciting, chanting, or repeating your mantra. If you are not into any of that, it’s still a dope necklace.
You can’t miss with a vintage piece to make a statement with your style. This one is by Chanel and would look great with an all-black ensemble. Don’t go Mr. T on anybody, but a great vintage gold chain from the 80s or 90s can be nostalgic and on trend.
Multi-strand necklaces have been a trend for quite sometime, but now we are starting to see bolder accents and this is what makes this fresh and very now. You might spend a pretty penny on a necklace like the one featured here, but just wait until you see the wonders of what what it can do for a $5 plain white tee.
Last but not least, collars are in —especially the Peter Pan-inspired shapes. Necklaces like the one featured here are fun and can really add some flair to a boring crew neck top. These collar necklaces also look amazing with collarless blouses, dresses and sweaters.
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My city has schizophrenic weather. One day its 80 degrees, the next day it’s 50 degrees. It makes no sense. Sometimes I’ll leave the house with a coat and by the end of the day; I’m walking to my car in a sleeveless shirt. I’ll have the heater on in the morning and have the air conditioner on full blast in the afternoon and once I’m home again getting ready for bed, I’ll have to put on the central heat. It’s kind of crazy. We are just hitting cooler whether and I can really consider putting away my open-toe sandals and play with the idea of boots and other cool-weather shoe gear. Are you re-stocking or revamping your autumn wardrobe too? I’ve got a few tips for you.
What Shoes to Wear Now Fall 2012 Tips
Observe the trends, but you don’t have to follow them if it’s not practical for your lifestyle. My lifestyle dictates that I walk around a lot on sometimes uneven slippery services and this plays a huge role in how I choose my shoes. I also have to meet a lot of new people and make a professional, polished and chic first impression. Some other women might be able to park right in front of their office and sit at a desk all day. They can wear whatever they want. Others might have a job where they wear uniform boots all day and only really get to show off their great style on the weekends. Just think about trends in terms of what works for your wallet and your life.
It’s all about the ankles. Anything that draws attention to ankles is in right now. So whether it’s an ankle boot, sandal with an ankle strap, ballet flats with ankle straps, booties with ankle wraps or pumps with ankle wraps — you’ll be on trend and ahead of the game if you have these pieces in your shoedrobe.
Shoes with both black and white details are striking, trendy and actually quite practical this fall. We are seeing a lot of black/white prints in clothes so it’s only natural that the trend would also appear in pumps, boots and sandals this fall. What makes it even more fun is that they will go with absolutely anything and will make great pairings with this season’s hautest colors like oxblood, imperial blue and goldenrod.
d’Orsays are back in a big way. It’s been a minute since we’ve seen this trend and it’s back with a new updated sexy twist. This has to be my favorite shoe silhouette of the moment. It’s fresh, it’s ultra feminine and it’s very now. The good ones are like a shoe tease: on one side, you’re rocking a full shoe, but at another angle, you’re bearing a lot o’ foot. This silhouette and also the illusion pumps are my favorite trends. I’ve really only seen it done well, by the high-end designers. Hopefully, in the next seasons we will see more of this in the more affordable brands because it’s a shoe that will flatter the masses.
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We love them, we all have them — jeans. Dress them up or dress them down, we can’t live without them. I wanted to share some of my favorite looks from my ‘What To Wear With Jean’ pinboard on Pinterest. You can see more at http://pinterest.com/maneandchic/what-to-wear-with-jeans/.
What To Wear With Jeans
Wear them monochromatically, like pair a white shirt with white jeans, blue shirts with blue jeans, black tops with black jeans. Break the look, but keep it cohesive with a coordinating belt.
Dress it down but keep it cute with a chic pair of sneakers, a button down shirt and classic cardigan.
Keep it trendy with the seasons hottest colors. Rock a sexy off-the-shoulder sweater with an infinity scarf. Top your look off with a pair of sunnies and animal print loafers, preferably leopard. Well, that’s my drug of choice.
Roll them up. If you’re a leggy girl with gams to spare, go on and cuff your jeans. This is also a great way to show off some killer shoes.
Add some glitz to your jean look by pairing them with a peplum top, collar necklace and a pair of fabulous platforms.
Get your J. Crew on by pairing a striped button down with a striped sweater and finish your look with a pair with a pair of ballet flats in the season’s hautest colors.
You’ll be feminine and polished when you pair an ultra feminine blouse with a pair of skinnies and your favorite ‘freakum pumps’.
Don you sexiest boots with an oversized button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up, lots of chains, bracelets, rings, dope sunglasses and your favorite skinny jeans.
Rock your boyfriend jeans with simple t-shirt scarves, a plain white tee and an easy cotton cardi. Top this look off with your big weekend bag and a shoe in a fun print or bold color.
Glam up a pair of stonewashed jeans by pairing it with bold jewelry, glitzy tops with a relaxed blazer and ankle-strap sandals.
The best way to balance out the volume of wide-legged jeans is with a top that’s tucked in and a chic belt.
Wide-leg jeans make the perfect pairing with a vest and figure-flattering top.
The simplest formula is to rock your favorite fitted tee with any jean silhouette, a cute pair of shoes and some statement jewelry.
Here’s an easy formula: blazer + chambray shirt + skinny jeans = chic.
When it’s chilly out, grab a light trench to pair with your favorite jeans.
TOP 6 FALL 2012 JEAN TRENDS ACCORDING TO MANE AND CHIC
- Waxed Denim
- Oxblood Red (and other colors)
- Rolled-up Boyfriend Jeans
Want to find out how to save a ton of money and living space in your home by working your wardrobe? Simply, create a capsule wardrobe.
What’s that? Well, it’s a minimalist wardrobe. It’s a collection of clothing that can be remixed and worked. The idea is to maximize your wardrobe while limiting the number of items in your wardrobe. If you’re thinking of revamping your wardrobe, as I did recently, you’ll find having a vision for a capsule wardrobe is extremely helpful. If you think about stores like J. Crew or Banana Republic, you’ll see that each season they come out with a collection of new arrivals and most all of the pieces can be intermixed. That’s the idea for this post. The last thing I want to do is tell you what to wear. I have my own sense of style that fits my lifestyle and you should too, but I hope this inspires you and helps you to create a vision for your capsule wardrobe. I’ve created a Fall 2012 Capsule Wardrobe collection, featuring my favorite trends. I’m also creating an e-book/look book to show how to mix the looks. If you’d like to get the e-book for free when it is released, sign up here.
Now, let’s talk about the capsule wardrobe.
Step 2: Quality and care. Look for pieces that will stand the test of time. A capsule wardrobe features fewer items, so you will be wearing many items over and over again, you want to make sure you care for your items properly in order to keep them looking fresh.
Step 3: Think about trends. If you’re style is more classic, you probably don’t care too much about trends, but you might update your classic silhouettes with this season’s hottest colors. If you love trends, but are trying to create a capsule wardrobe, you might just add a few key pieces to your wardrobe each season.
CAPSULE WARDROBE COMPONENTS
A typical capsule wardrobe would be very minimal, featuring under 30 and often under 15 pieces. That’s not practical for me, so I’ve made this wardrobe more expansive. This wardrobe contains 55 pieces. Admittedly, I’ve gone a bit overboard with the shoes, but it’s just to show all the great shoe trends.
7 Pairs of Pants
10 Pairs of Shoes (Perhaps a bit excessive).
The base of any outfit are your pants, rompers/jumpsuits, skirts and dresses. How many bases you have will depend on your lifestyle. You can do 5 for a classic workweek, 7 for a full workweek, 10 for 2 workweeks, 14 for 2 full workweeks and so on and so forth.
FALL 2012 Style Trends
Now, let’s talk about the fashion trends for Fall 2012 to look for (many of these are classics). A trend is not a fad.
- Draped collars
- Pajama-influenced silhouettes
- Polka Dots
- Asymmetrical hems
- Rounded collars
- Contrasting collars
- Black details on white
- White details on black
- Leather panels
- Fur panels
- Animal prints
- Tuxedo style
- Longline blazers
- Midi length
- Two-tone black and white
- Crew neck
- Midi length skirts
- Pencil skirts
- Wide leg pants
- Tuxedo details on pants
- Black and white patterns
- Leather leggings
- Slim fit/cigarette pants
- Joggers (pants with elasticized waists and ankles, relaxed/slouchy fit throughout waist)
- Houndstooth and other black/white patterns
- Patterned clutches
- Quilted shoulder bags
- Scarves in black/white patterns
- Lace Scarves
- Skinny belts in au courant colors
- Waist belts (thick belts, almost corset-like, but modern and sleek)
- Ankle boots
- Silver or gold cap toe
- Wedge Sneakers
- Pumps with ankle straps
- Mesh detailing
- Lace-up boots
- Cabernet (burgundy)
- Saffron (goldenrod)
- Black & White
A few readers have requested that I do a wardrobe building post. A couple of years ago I did a series of posts entitled “Worked” where I showed 30 different outfits to wear over the course of 30 days. A lot of people liked that and since it has been a couple of years since I’ve done that, I decided to do this ‘How To Build a Wardrobe‘ post because I think it will be helpful to you.
In my formative years, I shopped based on what I thought was cute or what was trendy. I paid no attention to how it would fit or flatter my body so I ended up with a closet full of clothes that I didn’t wear because I didn’t feel comfortable in them or they didn’t flatter my assests. Now I am more mature, I know my style and I shop based on what looks best on me, what makes me feel the best and what would fit in well with my existing wardrobe.
In this post, I am sharing with you my process for building my wardrobe and you can use it to help revamp your current wardrobe, purge some things that don’t work for you or perhaps even create an entirely new wardrobe based on who you are and what you like in this moment. If you need further help, I am available for private consulting, contact me.
HOW TO BUILD A WARDROBE
When doing this exercise, think in terms of your body right now. What fits you right now? What do you feel good in right now? What fits your lifestyle?
STEP 1: Look through your current wardrobe and choose your favorite tops. The ones you wear the most, the ones you feel best in. The ones you need the most for your lifestyle. List at least 5-10 silhouettes.
For my lifestyle, I chose:
- long sleeve button down blouses
- long sleeve silk tie front blouses
- high-low tees
- v-neck cashmere sweaters
- peplum tops
- henley tops
- striped tops
- casual tanks
- cowl neck tops
- wrap front collarless tops
- kimono style blouses
- glitzy tanks in trendy shapes
STEP 2: Look through your current wardrobe and choose your favorite dresses. The ones you wear the most, the ones you feel best in. The ones you need the most for your lifestyle. List at least 5-10 silhouettes.
- long sleeve body conscious dresses
- fun party dress
- formal dresses (not shown)
- maxi dress in bold color
- body conscious pencil dresses
- casual t-shirt/sweatshirt dress
STEP 3: Look through your current wardrobe and choose your favorite dresses. The ones you wear the most, the ones you feel best in. The ones you need the most for your lifestyle. List at least 5-10 silhouettes.
- pencil skirts
- circle skirts
- midi skirts
- fun fringe
- feathered skirts
- maxi skirts
STEP 4: Look through your current wardrobe and choose your favorite pants/shorts/jumpsuits/rompers. The ones you wear the most, the ones you feel best in. The ones you need the most for your lifestyle. List at least 5-10 silhouettes.
Here are a few things that I chose (I don’t wear shorts… only to the beach.):
- cropped pants with elasticized waist and cuff
- high waist wide leg trouser jeans
- leather leggings or leggings with leather insets
- cargo leggings
- boyfriend jeans
- high waist wide leg trousers
- high quality structured leggings
- ankle pants/cigarette pants
- slim leg jeans
- slightly slouchy cropped pants that stop mid-calf
STEP 5: Look through your current wardrobe and choose your favorite jackets/light outerwear. The ones you wear the most, the ones you feel best in. The ones you need the most for your lifestyle. List at least 5-10 silhouettes.
- waterfall collar blazers
- straight-jacketesque leather jackets
- boyfriend blazers
- pyjama blazers
- wrap front blazers or vests
STEP 6: Look through your current wardrobe and choose your favorite accessories. The ones you wear the most, the ones you feel best in. The ones you need the most for your lifestyle. List at least 5-10 accessories.
- thick belts
- skinny belts
- simple pendant necklaces
- statement necklaces
- bomb pairs of designer sunglasses
- diamond studs
- diamond bracelets
- multi strand bracelets
- masculine watch
- bracelets made of precious gemstones
STEP 7: Look through your current wardrobe and choose your favorite bags. The ones you wear the most, the ones you feel best in. The ones you need the most for your lifestyle. List at least 5-10 bag silhouettes.
- feminine shoulder bag in a neutral color for meetings or professional events
- tote bag for when I need more than I can carry in my purse
- bucket bag for everyday use
- clutch for formal events
- fun clutch with fringe for nights about the town
- a satchel in a bold color for everyday use
- a big satchel for travel
STEP 8: Look through your current wardrobe and choose your favorite shoes. The ones you wear the most, the ones you feel best in. The ones you need the most for your lifestyle. List at least 5-10 shoe types.
Here are my picks:
- platform pumps
- biker boots because I don’t do Uggs and they are comfy in cooler months
- thong sandals
- glitzy night on the town stilettos
- glitzy formal sandal stilettos
- knee-high boots
- peep toe platform pumps
- cute wedge sandals for when it’s inappropriate to wear my thong sandals
STEP 9: Look through your current wardrobe and choose your favorite colors. The ones you wear the most, the ones you feel best in. The ones you need the most for your lifestyle. List at least 5-10 colors.
- electric blue
- mature pink/mauve
STEP 10: Look at your list. Are there items that you’ve tried on, but haven’t purchased? Can they fit into your wardrobe? Are you missing some items that would give you more wear out of your favorite pieces? Like those pink ankle pants, do you need to add more tops in your favorite silhouettes so that you can get more wear out of the pants? Make a list of these items, this is your wardrobe shopping list.
STEP 11: IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT, go to a store and try out some stuff or order some things off your list or go online and order some pieces that might work for you and add it to your wardrobe.
STEP 12: If your budget is tight at the moment and you can’t go shopping simply take photos with your phone or camera of all your favorite items and see if you can come up with some pairings that you never tried. Yes, try that gray sweater with the bright yellow pants and silver ankle strap stillettos… it just might work.
STEP 13: Purge the things that don’t work for you or that you don’t wear. If it’s in good condition, give it away to a charity.
Finally have fun with your wardrobe! Treat your closet like a boutique, switch things up, get rid of things that don’t work and most of all — WORK IT!
A reader recently purchased a pair of taupe suede boots and hasn’t worn them yet because she doesn’t know what to wear them with.
Knee high boots look great with flirty relaxed dresses, if it’s chilly out you’ll want to cover up. I choose these blazers.
Step 1. The Shoe
For fall and winter, cropped pants look great with an ankle boot. Here I paired the pants with platform wedge ankle boots. Wow, that’s mouthful. Cropped pants also look great with platform pumps, oxfords, peep toe pumps.
Step 2. The Top
Almost everyone will have a ultra feminine blouse in their already existing wardrobe that they can pair with these pants. If you don’t, you should get one. Here I chose a burgundy button down, but since the pants are black, there really is an infinite amount of color possibilities.
Step 3. Adding Layers
It is cool or cold depending on where you live, consider layering your top with vests, cardigans, jackets and shrugs. The layer you choose will really define the look. You can really dress the look up or down here.
Step 4. The accessories
Finish it all of with your favorite accessories: layering necklaces, adding bags with fun coordinating textures or prints.
Loose fitting feminine tops paired with flirty pumps are the perfect match for cropped pants.
Ballet flats, oxfords, neutral tones can easily make a pair of black cropped pants instantly casual.
A reader asked for help on how to integrate a pair of pleated cropped pants into her wardrobe. Below is an image of the pants she purchased. For my styling layouts, I will use a different pair of pants, but I wanted you to see the pair that inspired the looks.
Cropped pants are typically thought of as a warm weather staple, but you can actually work them into your fall/winter wardrobe just like you can wear dresses and skirts in cool weather.
Stay tuned for Mane and Chic tips on how to work cropped pants.
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