I have to confess that during my trip to Europe this past year, I really fell in love with the rich colors of fall in the windows. Mustard yellow, burnt orange, and of course I could not leave out the animal prints. Meow!
I popped into Zara the other day and this is what I found for under $200. These are quick easy styles that can update your wardrobe without hurting your wallet.
I happen to love mustard yellow. I find it unusual that not too many people wear it, so one almost does a double take, when you see someone elegantly dressed, with a splash of yellow.
As for animal prints. I prefer the subtler prints, if you know what I mean. I like the small, finer pattern of snake, but a pair of leopard print shoes are definitely this fall must have! You know I have them already.
Are They Called Palazzo Pants or Culottes? Asking for a friend...
Bad news is, whichever name you choose to call them pretty much determines your age: Culottes are what we wore in the 90s and Palazzo Pants are what we are wearing today. The good news? Regardless of what you call them, they both refer to the same style.
Women's Culottes first became popular between the late 1960s and early 1970s. At the time, the style was reminiscent of the wide-legged cuffed trousers worn by avant-garde fashionistas of the 1930s and 1940s such as Katherine Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. In many ways, this style was a form of fashionable social resistance, as women sported Culottes as "evening wear" to circumvent ridiculous restrictions on women wearing pants.
For the record, Culottes flare out evenly from the waist to the ankle, setting them apart from Bellbottoms (which are snug until they dramatically flare out at the knee). More so, be careful not to confuse them with either Gaucho Trousers, which only extend down to the mid-calf, or Harem Pants, which are loose with a tight cuff around the ankle. Now that we've cleared that up, go update your wardrobe this season and snag yourself a pair!
Personally, I've always been a skinny jean type-of-girl, but lately I've been loving my Palazzo Pants. They've truly elevated my style to a new level of class, not to mention their comfort and functionality.
A note to all my short girls out there-- you can wear this style too! Just make sure you wear them long, not cropped, as this will add length to your silhouette.
Take a look at how I am enjoying my Palazzo Pants!
3 Big Themes: Sleeve details, Merlot & Fun Hose
1. SLEEVE DETAILS
This season add 1 or 2 tops with a bell sleeve or an interesting sleeve detail to whip your old jeans into the latest trendy look.
Scarf and top: AWORLDCURATED
I love this Blazer with these stylish sleeves! Only from Italy.
2. BLUSH PINK AND MERLOT
The must for this season is color combination. Add this festive color to your wardrobe.
3. INTERESTING TIGHTS
I love to feel sexy and flirty by adding cute tights like these. I will pair them with a dress, skirt or even let them stick out the bottom of my pants. My go to brand is Wolford but they can be a bit pricey. Nordstrom carry their own brand that look just like these. You can even wear them under a ripped pair of jeans!
Pants: THE COHEN BY ARITZIA
Shoes: VINCE CAMUTO
YIP I was caught taking a break! It was 97 degrees that day ;\
Gotta love fall in SOCAL.
Edward An was founded by Lori Schlachter-Batt in the early 2000’s. It is a contemporary clothing collection based on refined classics, updated with a modern and youthful twist. Edward An has been sold in Neiman Marcus, Intermix, Nordstrom and other specialty stores throughout the United States and Japan. Before designing her own line Edward An, Lori designed and helped spearhead Kate Spade when it was a small start-up fashion brand in New York City. Lori also helped launch Trina Turk Home and Accessories in Los Angeles.
Having lunch with some girl friends, pair your favorite dress with a vintage bag and something dramatic like, colorful shoes, or great bracelets. I love adding pops of color.
Going for dinner? No problemo. Add some heels, a cute clutch. Hello Gorgeous….
Meet Brian Beck.
He is a client of mine and I decided to feature him because he took a bold step to live life on his own terms, which is something we can all learn from (of course he has the support of his super-women wife Quimby).
Brian and his 3rd child. A 1960 Pontiac Star Chief that he rebuild and restored to pristine perfection.
The Right Shirt
For the office, opt for shirts that are well made and slightly fitted. I like the brand of shirts called ETON for mid priced shirts. They have three different shapes. Classic, Contemporary & Slim.
Classic is a bigger fit, but can be a bit too puffy when you are going after that leaner more Euro look.
Contemporary is slightly slimmer in the body, less fabric and also sleeker arms. Sometimes, if you have a 16” neck in the classic fit, you would be a 16.5” in the Contemporary.
Kim’s Tip: Many of my clients work out and tend to have bigger shoulders, but like a more fitted body in their shirt. So a 16” neck might fit their neck, but 15.5” fits their body better. Don’t be afraid to get a 15.5 inch shirt and move the neck button ½ “.
Slim fit is for skinny guys.
For a little bit of extra style, opt for a pocket square with a contrasting color for a bit of a “pop”.
Personally, I like the simple fold with just a little bit sticking out.
I also suggest a fun sock under your trousers especially with brown shoes, like these ones from Gordon Rush
Shhhh....it's not a purse
Ensure that your guy is stylish from head to toe, don’t let him leave the house with some scruffy kind of case holding his work files. Opt for some kind of “Man Purse” (again don’t tell him that). I like these satchels from Shinola
Step Out in Style
Looking stylish, but comfortable, these Cole Haan Oxford shoes look like a work shoe, but are built like a tennis shoe with a Nike Air sole. They are Ah-mazing!
For a Weekend, LA Casual Summer Style. Opt for a thin cotton or Linen jacket in a lighter color. Need a gift for your man? Get him a stylish sports bag for weekend getaways. Shinola and Ted Baker (featured) have some stylish choices to choose from.
As we drive along the palm tree lined streets of LA, I felt like I was back in the 60’s, no AC and just a fun time in the car. I forgot about the traffic and imagined what it was like to just enjoy a good drive around the block. Just Cruising, RYS Style!
© Recharge Your Style
Photo credit Eleanor Crowell
Back away from the plaid shirt...
I have seen you in your comfy plaid shirt (great for nursing) with jeans and your running shoes. Need I say that running shoes are for running and not going about your day.
When you haven’t had sleep and you have no time for make up, opt for a solid darker color button down shirt with a brighter color jean and a pair of cute sneakers.
If you are going to use a back pack, please find a slightly more stylish one, like this leather one from Baggu.
When stripes don't cut it, try a pretty print instead.
Stripe Tees are always “in” for summer when you are perfectly styled with a cute shoe and little French scarf topped off with a cross over body bag eating a croissant at a coffee shop.
However, stripe tees don’t really do anything for you, when your hair needs a wash, your pants might have a stain and you have dark circles under your eyes. Swap out your striped tee for a slightly more stylish T-shirt. It doesn’t have to be designer, but something that has an interesting print.
Soooo many cute sandals out there!
Keep your Havannas for the beach and find yourself a leather sandal that is comfortable.
One signature piece can do wonders.
If you have to run out to meet some friends for a lunch, grab a statement jacket and swap out the shoes. 1..2..3…
All T-shirts are not created equal.
Still on the topic of T-shirts; they aren’t always flattering on all of us. I personally prefer blousy T-shirts. I also find them far more versatile. They might cost a little more initially, but I literally can wear the same top with shorts, jeans and even with slacks and a pair of heels! Now that is great value for money $$$!!!
Put those yoga pants away and try this instead.
My biggest challenge with many of my “Stay at home moms”, is when I see them in their exercise outfits EVERYTIME we meet.
Now….there are some really fabulous gym outfits, but they are for the gym or the yoga studio. They are not going to empower you, nor give you energy, nor make you feel good about yourself. They are more likely to make you feel guilty because you actually didn’t make it to the yoga studio or the gym or remind you that you don’t look as good as the 27 year old that was on the treadmill next to you!
So, I ask you, wear your gear to the gym and then put a top over your work out pants and switch out your running shoes for a pair of shoes. That way, you will feel feminine and slightly better equipped for the rest of the day.
Step up your casual dress game.
I don’t need to tell you that your T-shirt dress, although comfy, is not to be worn outside your laundry room!
Opt for a well cut dress, like this linen dress. I can literally wear it with a pair of sandals in the week, or a pair of heels to a fundraiser or even add a jacket.
Dress & Jacket by Theory, shoes by Sam Edelman
What a long, wet winter it's been! I'm thrilled that the sun is coming out - and the chance put away the sweaters. You can do SOOOO much with just a few well-chosen pieces. Go from mom - to work - to a night out, with ease, sophistication and comfort. I adore this capsule wardrobe for its versatility and style. It makes getting dressed a breeze, no matter what the occasion.
1. The Black Pant
Black Pant - Evening Fun:
Pants by ATM, Top by Joie, Clutch by Idelle, Shoes by Gucci
“Have fun in the evening, grab a statement clutch like this from Idelle bags,
some metallic shoes and you can’t go wrong.”
Pants by ATM, Blouse by Joie, Shoes by Gucci and Clutch by Sandra
“I love silk blouses from Joie, they are so feminine and with a little animal print – you will have your friends purring.”
2. Neutral Pant or Khaki Pants
Neutral Pant - Evening:
Pant by ATM, Top by Equipment, Shoes by Por la Victoire and Scarf by Idelle.
“This outfit is casual chic, easy feminine - very LA.”
3. The Dress
Dress – Evening:
Dress by Equipment, Shoes by Pour la Victoire & Clutch by Sandra
“Pairing some jewelry, a clutch and high heels will change any dress into a party dress.”
My Loungewear Philosophy
Scarves, scarves, scarves!
You can do SOOOOO much with just one rectangular scarf
Going Out - Great with Dresses
So I have missed the Happy New Year letter and it’s even way past January 15th, when 80% of all people have already given up on their New Year’s resolution.
So I ask, where am I?
After returning from a wonderful holiday break, I suddenly lost my Aunt and Uncle, and had to go back to my homeland South Africa to be with my family. In the 3 days that I was there, I got to experience many things that I would like to share with you.
Firstly, as of Jan 1st, I have become a plant based eating machine! I am super excited with my new regiment and I am not going to try to change you all into Vegans, but I would like to encourage you all to have one meal a day that is free of all animal products. I think you are going to love my new recipes, that have been tried and tested on my big foodie carnivorous hubby!
Secondly, death is one of those major events in our life that make us think deeply at our current way of life and at the same time gives us perspective. It can happen at any time. So, I want to invite you to dedicating 2017 by saying YES to everything you believe in. It is time you harness your energy and do the things you love and be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire!
Thirdly, do all the above with Grace & Style.