Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Denim for Fall

If ever there was a fall that had something for everyone, this year is it! From "moto" jackets to romantic dresses, there is something you need and something you'll covet.

Let's start with Denim, because we all wear it and  whatever the variation, it will always endure the fashion seasons. Jeans mixed with chambray showed up this summer and persists into the Fall. Yes, you can wear a work shirt, as we called them back in the day, with blue jeans. And you can put your jean jacket over a different color denim jean. Striped T's look really  cute with your denim combos, as well as black or white boatneck tops with patterned scarves bunched at your neck. You are going to see a lot of denim dresses (check out the Gap) and denim pencil skirts. Pair them with cute ankle booties.

AG Adriano Goldschmied Angelina Low Rise Bootcut Jean

Jag Jeans 'Maddock' Denim Skirt (Petite)

Last Fall we saw patterned jeans, which are still around (will animal print never die?!) and this year the hot jean is coated. It's a new surface treatment that creates a techno veneer, almost like Teflon on the denim-kind of a shiny, leather-like look, without sacrificing the comfort of jeans. JBrand, Citizens of Humanity, Paige, Hudson, AG, and even the GAP and Not Your Daughter's Jeans all are showing them. I picked up a pair of black coated jeans at Nordstrom's anniversary sale that are super comfortable.  I have found that a combination of cotton, poly and spandex feel great on and don't stretch out as much when you wear them (compared to just cotton and spandex). 

James Jeans High Class Coated Skinny JeanBrochu Walker Silk Striped Boatneck Blouse

Pair your coated jeans with a fun, simple top in a new color like deep green or eggplant (back again!) if you have the figure for it,or a flattering boxy knit top or sweater that provides balance to the slim bottoms and is more forgiving for some older figures :)

The biggest news in jeans may be Levi's Revel collection that promises to lengthen your legs, trim your thighs, flatten your tummy and shape your butt while looking cool and felling comfortable. Sounds too good to be true, right? The initial reports from WWD, Daily Candy, FashionNotes,and ABC News are all positive and excited. 

Levi’s Revel collection is unlike any denim up 'til now. The new line of jeans was created with liquid shaping technology, rather than using reinforced panels (like Spanx). This technology  uses a four-way stretch fabric comprised of cotton, polyester, Lycra and Dupont’s Sorona Fiber. “This formula provides structure, support and a figure-hugging shape to the jean.” They come in skinny and straight leg and a variety of washes . These jeans just hit the market last week at Levi Stores. Unfortunately the Levi store closed at International Plaza or we could all have run out today to try them. I will be watching for the Levi's Revel at Macy's and let you know.

levis revel

I am also hearing great things about JBrand's new Photo Ready denim collection, that also promises to make our legs look long and lean. The fabric is a combination of cotton, poly and Lycra with a true denim look while still providing maximum stretch and being really comfortable. And they don't sag out after one wear! The Photo Ready jean comes in skinny styles and medium and dark washes. Check them out at JBrand.com, Nordstrom and Neiman's.
Get your new jeans and GETSTYLYNNE!
More coming on soon on Fall's Hot New Trends and every girl's must haves...

Monday, August 12, 2013

Get Ready for Fall

It's hard to believe summer is almost over, fashion-wise. Though we still have 90 degree weather and high humidity to match, the fall fashions are in the stores (and at our trunk shows). In Florida, we start by switching from shorts to capris or crops and going from tanks and sleeveless to adding back a short sleeve :) Change out your pastels for darker jewel tones and you're on the right path. White jeans have become a fashion staple and no longer have to be retired at Labor Day, just mix them up a bit adding a chambray or denim shirt, a darker hued cardigan or tunic top.

Before you rush out to buy your new Fall wardrobe, consider this - getting dressed is a much more enjoyable process when you have a neat, organized closet to select from everyday. A defined closet equals less stress. Yes, cleaning out your closet is an elaborate, time-consuming process, but will be major, time-saving happy results. It's a great way to start the new season and make room for your new clothes. I am available to come help you "edit" your wardrobe and give you the "tough love" you may need to part with some things. Or for those of you who like to DIY, I have some tips:
  • Don't try to tackle the entire closet at once. Do shoes one day, purses another, working your way through tops, bottoms, dresses. That way you won't find yourself at dinnertime with a huge mess all over your bedroom and a bed you can't unmake to go to sleep in because it's covered with "maybes".
  • Sort as you go through things into keepers, possible consignments, and unfortunately just trash.
  • Donations go in a box or bags - The Spring or LifePath Hospice are 2 great places 
  • Clothes to consign should be hung on hangers and be unwrinkled and without stains or tears. Most places in South Tampa only take current styles and clothes in season. Many like designer names, as well. You may have to be prepared to donate more, or store for the right season or just keep for a Halloween costume.
  • Keepers should be divided by season. Ideally you have another closet (a grown child's room, office, etc.) to keep out of season clothes. Current season should be categorized and colorized - sleeveless to jackets and white to black.
  • Wire hangers are for the cleaners, not your clothes at home. They are messy and make indentations.I LOVE the "huggable" thin hangers-great for your clothes and actually really allow you to fit more in your closet! You can get them at Costco, BB&B and Target.  
This should get you started to thinking about Fall and what you want to accomplish. 
You may have noticed I'm writing in green and purple-the two hot colors (and their variations) for the season.  More tips for Fall and Fashion and Fun coming soon. I'd love to hear what you think, leave a comment below!