Archive for Fall Trends

40 under $40: Day 20: Leopard Clutch

Posted in Bags with tags , , , , on October 27, 2009 by BEA'sBrideGuide

Leopard print is one of my favorite trends for this season (although I’m warming up to zebra as well). A leopard clutch is the perfect way to follow the trend if you aren’t ready for a full on leopard print dress. This New York & Company clutch reminds me of the new Jimmy Choo for H&M leopard clutch except you don’t have to wait to have it!

New York and Company Leopard Clutch: $26.95

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Love it or Leave it?

Posted in Fashion with tags , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2009 by BEA'sBrideGuide

I’ve always found being called “trendy” offensive. No one wants to hear that they are good at copying what they see in magazines and on TV. Unique, stylish, original these are terms I find complimentary.  Knowing how to interpret a trend for your own personal style and body is the best way to avoid falling into the obviously trendy trap. Some fall trends are destined to stick around for a while, some will never fully catch on, and some will burn brightly and then fizzle.  Here is my take on the current trends.

Milly Lace Dress: photo from Net-a-Porter

Milly Lace Dress: photo from Net-a-Porter

Go ahead and invest:

  • Lace.  Not just because of my own personal obsession with everything lacey but because of how classic lace pieces are.  They are also a great balance for the tough heavy metal looks.  Find an amazing lace purchase and hold on to it.  You can’t go wrong with a beautiful lace pump or dress.
  • Rock ‘n Roll/Heavy Metal.  This trend might have become mainstream this fall but has been gaining traction for the past few seasons.  Heavy metal details help to add a wow factor to blazers, tees, and boots.  There are some amazing pieces out there that will fit into any budget and the details help make the piece look more expensive than it really is.
  • Bows & Ruffles.  Spring is a great time to experiment with more feminine looks. Think florals, draping, bows, and ruffles.  Invest in well done pieces to avoid looking childish.  Again these details help to add unexpected twists to basics.

Haram Pant

Haram Pant

Here today, gone tomorrow:

  • Velvet.  This is a seasonal look that you would have transitioning to warmer weather.  Also, velvet is not figure flattering. I love the velvet leggings that a few lines have put out but know that they will automatically add 10 lbs to my legs.  I would purchase a dress in a figure slimming color such as black.
  • Strong shoulders.  I actually love a puffed sleeve but I think spring will usher in more feminine looks. Expect draping as opposed to the aggressive shoulders seen at Balmain.

Most people won’t even try:

  • Drop crotch pants.  I am not a harem girl. While I think this look embodied relaxed chic on the runway and on models I will not be attempting it myself. I have a feeling most national chains will skip it as well.

What trends are you hoping will stick around?

Today’s WISH: Wardrobe I Should Own – Giuseppe Zanotti UPDATED

Posted in Shoes with tags , , , , on October 1, 2009 by BEA'sBrideGuide

 

Giuseppe Zanotti: $950

Giuseppe Zanotti: $950

Giuseppe Zanotti made one tough bootie.  The exposed zipper gives the boot a tough look without being draped in chains and buckles like so many shoes this season.  The understated toughness makes this a shoe that will stay in your wardrobe without ever looking old.  There is a concealed platform making these some of the most comfortable heels you’ll wear.  

 

I’d pair the bootie with leggings and a faux fur vest for a day look or a floral dress, black tights, and a motorcycle jacket at night.

 

 

 

Colin Stuart Fold Over Bootie: $119

Colin Stuart Fold Over Bootie: $119

 

 

Own It Now:

Get the look for less with the Colin Stuart Fold-Over Bootie. The shoe lacks the zipper detail so I would accessorize with a heavy chain necklace or an embellished top, dress, or jacket.  

Price: $119

 


I found an even more amazing look-a-like!

 

Michael Antonio: $75

Michael Antonio: $75

Deals & Steals: Velvet Underground

Posted in Shoes with tags , , on September 28, 2009 by BEA'sBrideGuide

 

Moschino Cheap and Chic: $242

Moschino Cheap and Chic: $242 (originally $605)

While watching one of the many trashy reality shows I tune into weekly one of the characters (actress?) said you can get away with wearing the cheapest staples as long as you are wearing expensive shoes.  I think she might have been onto something.  In any case your feet will certainly be more comfortable.  These Moschino Cheap and Chic velvet bow pumps are my sale picks of the day.

Today’s WISH: Wardrobe I Should Own – Rebecca Taylor

Posted in Fashion with tags , , , , on September 27, 2009 by BEA'sBrideGuide

 

Rebecca Taylor Spring 2010; Photo from Style.com

Rebecca Taylor Spring 2010; Photo from Style.com

Rebecca Taylor has become increasing mainstream over the past few years.  Leaving New York has given me a great perspective on what brands people are talking about across the country and Rebecca Taylor is definitely one of them.  I’ve been a fan of the brand for the past few years because of her use of leopard print, ruffles, bows, and embellishments. I couldn’t ask for a better combination of romantic and edgy.  The Spring 2010 collection is going to be no different.  I can’t wait for this ruffled leopard skirt.  For those of you who aren’t lucky enough to be able to wear anything to work this is the perfect piece for your closet.  Dress it up runway style for a night out or pair it with a blazer and wear it to the office. 

As always a less expensive option in case you want to get a jump start on this trend:

 

Necessary Objects: $42

Necessary Objects: $42

Green with Envy

Posted in Beauty with tags , , , , on September 26, 2009 by BEA'sBrideGuide

I am so excited that green is a favorite for fall nails.  Green happens to be my favorite color, especially a rich dark green. It’s flattering to all skin tones, sizes, hair colors. It’s like navy but new! I’ll definitely be giving these nail polishes a try:

Deborah Lippmann: $16

Deborah Lippmann: $16

OPI: Go On Green!

OPI: Go On Green!

Essie: Greenport

Essie: Greenport

Who Says Size Doesn’t Matter?

Posted in Jewelry with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2009 by BEA'sBrideGuide

When it comes to jewelry the bigger the better.  Large necklaces welcome stacking after all chunky was the look you were already going for. Mixing and matching with provide you with endless outfit options.  If you are like me with a wealth of ribbon lying about then you can make some creative belts too (pictures to follow). Here are some of my favorite new necklaces:

 

J.Crew: $125

J.Crew: $125

 

Anthropologie: $42

Anthropologie: $42

 

Ann Taylor: $55

Ann Taylor: $55

 

Banana Republic: $80

Banana Republic: $80

 

BCBG: $108

BCBG: $108

BCBG: $75

BCBG: $75