I have been dodging tv commercials for months now. And this past week has been especially tough because the movie's stars have been hitting the promotion junket hard. But now, today, Sex and the City is finally released and I, like many of you, will be at the theater tonight!!!
The girls are back and more fabulous than ever. (Have you seen the fashion from this movie???)
So the question is not, "Are you going to see Sex and the City?". A more appropriate question is,
"What are you wearing to Sex and the City?" I haven't decided yet but you know I'll come up with something creative.
Be chic and enjoy the movie!!!
Just in case you haven't seen it, here's the trailer for the movie:
This dude, and yes this is a man, is really on something different. I can't decide if he's just showing his creativity or suffering from a bad case of outdated wardrobe. Let's analyze this picture for a second.
Bright yellow, baggy pants look good on no one. No one!
I personally don't recommend that men wear pants in bright hues. As much as I love color, I think men have to be careful when they wear it. Too much in the wrong places and you'll wind up mimicking 1975.
Guys, if you're looking for ways to add a little something to your wardrobe, you can do with a shirt or tie. Like this linen shirt by Kenneth Cole. It comes in several different colors and it's definitely for the man with style.
I realize that most of us tend to look for the cheapest price we can find when we're shopping but sometimes that frugal strategy can be a disservice to you. This is often true when shopping for t-shirts. Most people go for cheap and buy several versions in many colors. I argue that as we grow finer with age, so should our t-shirts. Why, you ask? Well, cheezy tees tend to signify kiddie clothes.
So what makes a t-shirt a quality item versus a throwback to your college years? The answer is fit. The fit of the shirt makes a signifcant difference because an ill-fitting t-shirt can make you look frumpy, sloppy, or grungy. In the past, t-shirts used to be shapeless pieces of cotton that could only be relegated to casual weekend wear. Now t-shirts come in more flattering shapes with a cut that more closely fits the body. This updated version is sleek enough to wear to work.
Another factor to consider when purchasing a better quality tee is the fabric. I find that the best tees have a bit of lycra or spandex in them, giving them a stretchy characteristic that aids in the fit factor.
If you're looking to add maturity to your t-shirt wardrobe, take the following actions:
Get rid of your old, crappy t-shirts - This mandate includes anything with holes in it, underarm pit stains, and a shapeless fit. I know a lot of people will argue that they need their old shirts for spring cleaning days and lazy Sunday afternoons. If this is your plea, keep one or two of these types of shirts. Not seven.
Make a list of what you need - This step is critical. Making a list helps you eliminate poor choices when you're in the mall and you see a neon green t-shirt in the $2.99 sale bin. Yeah, it's cheap. But do you need a bright green shirt? If you're going to spend money on a quality t-shirt, get ones that you're going to wear often. I recommend starting with the basics; black, white, and maybe a punch of color like emerarld green or ocean blue.
Determine where to shop - The are plenty of choices available when you're ready to upgrade your t-shirt collection. The designer t-shirt has been a big seller for the last few years with names like James Perse and C&C California establishing themselves as leaders in the tee business. You can find both at luxe department stores like Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus. (I found the black t-shirt shown below at Bloomies for $60.) If you're looking for something a little more wallet friendly, check out Banana Republic or Club Monaco. I grabbed the two shirts shown above at the Banana Repuplic outlet for around $11 apiece. They contain a little bit of spandex which creates a perfect fit that's suitable for work and play.
If you're still not sure you're ready to depart with all your tees at once, consider buying one nice t-shirt and give it a test drive. I'm sure the upgrade in quality, fit, and feel will motivate you to dump the old ratty ones and welcome a fresh, new and improved few.
Or reading, or resting, or some other activity perfectly designed for a three-day weekend. If you're like me and you'd rather be hitting the stores than anything else, here are some sales to peruse in between barbecues.
You can always count on Bloomingdale's to give a good deal and this holiday weekend, they don't disappoint. Take an extra 40% off already reduced merchandise. The last day to buy is Tuesday, May 27th.
Recently someone lamented to me about the difficulty of finding navy shoes. I completely understand her frustration. Trying to find navy shoes is like searching for Manolos under $200. You know they exist somewhere in the world, you just can't seem to figure out where. And if you've ever been strong enough to search for navy shoes, when you discover a pair, they tend to be dowdy and just plain boring.
I love a good fashion challenge, so I decided to do a little shoe scavenger hunt to see what I could find. My first stop was Zappos.com. These sexy D'orsay pumps from Lumiani come in navy patent leather for $180.
Or check out these sweet blue suede peep toe pumps by Marc Jacobs for $225.
If you don't like suede or patent leather, consider a satin option from Charles David. These sky high heels are $116.99 at shoes.com. So while it can be tricky finding a great pair of navy shoes, it's not impossible.
STYLEnosh recommendation:Don't be afraid to spend a little extra money for the perfect pair of navy heels. If you purchase a timeless pair that will take you from season to season and take care of them, you'll have them for years. Think of it as an investment in your wardrobe.
Whenever I wear black and white, I always manage to squeeze in some color. On this day, I started with a salmon pink bag. Then I added the yellow cardigan and instantly fell in love with this look. With the two aforementioned colors and two patterns, the swirls on the sweater and the polka dots on the shoes, I think this look is fun and subliminally flirty.
Looking to add color to your wardrobe? Check out your local H&M (click here for locations) where you'll find plenty of pink, green, and orange. And if color makes you nervous, try a nice quality t-shirt in a hue other than black or white. I love these fresh, bright colored tees at Banana Republic.
I was caught of guard again as I strolled through Target this weekend. The new GO. International launched on May 18th and the designer, Rogan, is the man behind the collection. I'm not too familiar with him so I did a little research. Not too shabby. After designing for green lines like Loomstate and Edun, Rogan now brings his eco-friendly fashions to the rest of us via Target.
The collection is simple and sleek. There's burst of color like a yellow here or a teal there. But overall, the look is a minimalist khaki, black, and white. This linen wrap dress is made from organic cotton and is affordably priced at $44.99. I know a lot about the GO International lines and this dress will be gone the minute it hits the rack. I also like the linen blazer with the leopard print lining for $44.99. Tres' chic!
Let me know if you go green and snag anything from this line.
If you're looking to punchy up your work look, consider wearing a pencil skirt. I think I found this black one at a thrift store for a couple of bucks. After pairing it with a woven shirt from H&M and some designer black pumps, my corporate look goes from sensible to sexy. This outfit takes me from work to a dinner date with minimal effort.
Don't have a pencil skirt in your closet? Check out Ann Taylor Loft. They have a great selection of skirts in dressy and casual looks. And the prices are pretty nice too.
First gas blew past $3.50 a gallon. But now things are getting serious. We've all heard about how the high price of gas is impacting food prices. Now it seems that it's driving the sale of shoes too.
According to an article at Footwearnews.com, foot traffic as slowed down at many shoes stores because people are spending money on the things they need like food, shelter, gas to get to work, and not on the latest pair of strappy sandals. Even the high-end shopper, who based on comments from Neiman Marcus Group CEO, Burt Tansky, has cut back from buying two pairs of Louboutins or Manolo Blahniks instead of three. Whoa. We must be in a recession.
While I have mininimized how much I'll spend on designer shoes, I'm still shopping for them, trying to catch them on sale. (Note: If you see a pair of Sigerson Morrisons slashed under $200, please let me know. I'm sure I can survive on oatmeal, pasta, marinara sauce, and kale.)
Have you stop buying shoes or other disposable items because of the sagging economy?
There are several things wrong with this pic but I'll just focus on the pants. At first I thought her underwear was showing but now when I look at the picture, I think it's actually her tank top. This pic is a great example of why I don't recommend cropped pants for most people. They're just not flattering.
I know it can be difficult to find a good fit for plus-sizes, but they are out there. And just because it may be a challenge to find clothes that fit properly, it doesn't mean it's okay to look sloppy. I discovered these linen-blend pants at Old Navy for just under $30. I believe they would add some much needed polish to this lady's look.