Angles and A-Lines

Stylist extraordinaire and person with exquisite taste, Kim Naci, gave me one assignment after helping me clean out my closet; get myself a black a-line skirt! There is no single piece of clothing that looks as flattering on every body type. A-lines are the Goldilocks of fashion: not too full, not too tight … but just right! My skirt of choice is Theory. Kim’s goal to help me “be the master of my own closet” started with this single A-line skirt addition. Now, I have so many choices and new outfits. I say, find yourself an a-line skirt and build your wardrobe and your self-esteem!

Skirt, Theory; blouse, Jil Sander; shoes, Pierre Hardy

Photos: Kendra Olson

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Souk, The Savvy Stylist!

Souk, wearing a sweater designed by her friend, and Nanette Lepore skirt

Souk   –  Photo Credit: Alyssa Palazzolo

In the heart of Chicago lives a 5’2″ dynamo named Souk. Don’t let her size fool you; Souk is not only a seasoned stylist (with her own personal lifestyle blog, Savvy Souk), and fashion show producer, but is also a source of tremendous inspiration to everyone she meets. With her nurturing and supportive spirit, you would never know that Souk lost her own mother when she was only five years old. Souk and I talked fashion and the importance of empowerment and mentorship …

MKG: In your blog you say, “You don’t have to be a model size to look fashionable.” At 5’2″ what is it that you would like petite women to know about dressing and their clothing choices.

SOUK:  Embrace your body! Find cuts, designs and designers that best flatter. I would love to fit into Theory, but it’s for tall skinny women! Do some research. Try on different brands that best FIT you!

MKG: Where do you like to shop?

SOUKI gravitate towards Nanette Lepore and Nicole Millermy go-to brands; they never cease to amaze me with their collections. You can also find them in the department stores. Continue reading

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You’ve just graduated from college – time to get serious with your wardrobe

Lauren

Lauren

Lauren searching ...

Lauren searching …

Lauren finding ... ($40 black A-line skirt)

Lauren finding … ($40 black A-line skirt from Banana Republic)

Just ask 22 year-old Lauren. Having graduated from Fordham University in The Bronx, NY, Lauren is about to start her first professional job at Ernst & Young (EY). Today, Lauren and I spoke about what it means to transition from a relaxed college wardrobe to more sophisticated attire. It’s a new mindset and Lauren, like others in her position, is adjusting to it. We started in Lauren’s closet where we did a quick review (a must, to shop your closet first!), and then did a little shopping to see what we could add to the staples already in Lauren’s wardrobe.

With basics like a black blazer, several black slacks and white blouses, and a tweed sleeveless dress from Theory, Lauren owns some conservative starter-pieces. I suggested that she introduce color to her wardrobe. I would love to see Lauren find another dress in blue, for instance. Even though Lauren is conservative in her style, she can wear classics that reflect her youth and vitality, with color, style, and attitude. I also think it will be important for Lauren to find pieces to mix and match with her staples, since budget is an issue. I told Lauren my mantra: ‘buy only what you absolutely love!’ Continue reading

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It’s a new day!

Photo credit: Patricia Saxton

Photo credit: Patricia Saxton

Kim, professional stylist with Style for Hire, changed the way I dress and see myself when she came to my house a few weeks ago, and audited my closet. But cleaning out the old is only part of the transformation; tailoring pieces you already own and finding new pieces to build your wardrobe are the second steps. My new finds: a black, a-line skirt (a style that flatters all body types), red lipstick (Cover Girl #355, which Kim told me to imagine as an accessory all its own!), and tall black boots (well, these were not on my formal list, but I did hear you, Kim, when you asked if I owned a pair!). Breaking down my outfit: skirt – Theory; sweater – a Marc Jacobs‘ I have had for years but forgot how to wear; and boots – Sergio Rossi, I found at a super price on sale at a consignment shop, because … who can resist that!?

I am still on the lookout for a camel skirt but I feel energized with what I’ve changed so far! I wish new fashion days for you, too!

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