I love to take fashion ideas from different decades and mix them into my wardrobe. I am partial to the easy and bohemian style of the 1970s, but one of my favorite all-time looks actually comes from the 1940s: a classic high waist, full leg, trouser. Even better if combined with a silk or satin blouse. There is something about a high waist that is so slimming and flattering. If you have the opportunity, add one to your wardrobe immediately and bring the 40s back to life!
One of the best ways to extend your wardrobe and keep from over-shopping is to add new accessories to the classic pieces you already own. Each variation creates a new look and extends the life of the clothes you own. Not to mention having the chance to appreciate clothes that you may have overlooked. Before you hit the stores, accessorize!
Spring is making its debut and this first sunny day I am exposing my toes! Like a tortoise peaking its head out from behind its shell, my toes are the first to warm up. I am tired of wearing heavy socks – so open-toed shoes seem like the perfect transition piece to lead the way to the light. It’s just the beginning of wearing lighter clothing and less covering. But it is a start and I am ready for it! Add open-toed shoes to your wardrobe arsenal and come out of your shell! Happy Spring.
Perhaps it was watching the 1934 film, The Man Who Knew Too Much. Since that moment I have been pining for a pair of man-style trousers. I found them in this plaid pair by Michael Kors. I bought them a bit too big around the waist but I saw their potential, and had them taken in – voila!
I love mixing man-tailored clothes with feminine touches so I paired the trousers with a soft tie and heels.
Sighted at Paris Fashion Week: oversized belts. I can embrace this fashion trend and here’s why: oversized belts accentuate the waist and can transform your wardrobe in an instant. And you don’t need to spend a lot for them. I found this oversized belt last fall during the Altuzarra-Target collaboration and I look forward to wearing it as much as possible. Don’t wait to belt yourself in this spring, summer and fall!
“Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.” Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®
Each year Pantone selects a color to inspire and provide a catalyst for creative spark. Last week, Pantone selected its Color of the Year: Marsala, an earthy red-brown, like the red wine itself. I hesitated at first because the red I favor is more of a clear, bright apple-red but I kept an open mind as I went in search of a richer, deeper red – to see if it has a place in my wardrobe.
The pencil skirt is a solid addition to your wardrobe and a chic choice for fall. It’s traditional, with added style. Paired and belted with a cardigan, gives it polish. This outfit is a combination of two favorite designers: Tory Burch and Altuzarra. The wonderful thing about this look is the high style without the high price. The Tory Burch cardigan is vintage, that I purchased at a consignment shop. And the Altuzarra pencil skirt, belt, and blouse are pieces from the Altuzarra for Target collaboration.
Rounding out the look, are the accessories: Michael Kors clutch, and shoes, Taryn Rose, another consignment store find.
A classic camp shirt is a perfect choice this time of year, as the weather transitions from winter to spring. But for some reason, it’s often overlooked and it shouldn’t be. I think of my camp shirt as a must-have addition to my wardrobe. Continue reading →
Susan and I have been friends for a long time and I have always loved her sense of style. She has two signatures: her long, soft, strawberry blond hair and her simple, elegant and impeccable style. She was born in Britain but has lived her adult life in New York City and presently, Brooklyn. She is a mother of two and a writer, and has worked for fashion magazines. I think it was Susan who gave me my nickname, Mel! This is Susan on style …
Mel: How would you describe your style?
Susan: I buy very few clothes. I get obsessive about one or two designers and I stick with them. I would rather buy one thing that I really love than five things that are simply okay. Because of my coloring I have a narrow range that I can wear. I can’t do reds, oranges or pink. I don’t like extraneous things on clothes; I like clothing to be very simple. Unfortunately, simple is very expensive! My favorite designer is Marni; if I could pick only one designer to wear it would be Marni. I also love Prada. Continue reading →