- Don’t be a fashion guinea pig. There’s no need to try every single trend every single season. You’ll never get off the running wheel.
- All women need a LBD, a Little Basic Dress. A classic style dress in any color you are comfortable with; navy, brown, cream, grey, or black that you look and feel fabulous in and can be accessorized for any occasion.
- Be true to yourself. Everyone has a personal style; don’t let it get lost in designer labels and seasonal trends.
- Do not berate yourself over not being the same size you were in high school, the majority of us are not.
- Being in style does not mean spending your monthly earnings on clothes, shoes and accessories.
Spring has almost sprung, and our closets need slimming from the puffiness of winter coats and heaviness of boots. What better way to refresh our closets than with the introduction of spring colors, and I don't just mean baby blues and pinks. A fashionable and sophisticated way of celebrating the season is to stay with a nude color palette. White, beige, black with light corals, pinks, and seafoam green are on trend right now.
For a sexy and sleek look for work and play a monochromatic outfit would be ideal. Just pick a nude color and start combining. The shades need not be exact, but rather slightly off to provide dimension and depth to your outfit. This look will elongate your body especially when combined with killer platforms. I adore a draped top with slim trousers, a platform shoe and a smart bag. This option works for every silhouette.
It is official; autumn has officially fallen on Chicago. Just as the first day of sunshine induces shorts, flip-flops and t-shirts in the spring, the people of Chicago have donned their fall attire starting this Labor Day weekend. Hot and fresh from the pages of Vogue and Marie Claire, women all over from Michigan Ave. to North Ave. have relished the opportunity to introduce their new wears. Trousers came in our Chicago favorite color palette of steel grey and black, however some citizens have surprised us with maintaining summers obsession with colored denim in ruby red and amethyst purple. Adorning the fashionista's feet were this season’s hottest knee-high boot or the ever trend worth bootie. Although still too warm, military inspired jackets, as well as supple leather bombers were seen peeking out of the racks of Nordstroms, Macys, and Bloomingdales this weekend teasing us with their warmth.
Fresh off my European vacation, I am obsessed with all the Fall fashion I saw in the windows of Dior, Versace and Gucci to name just a few. However, I first must share the trends I saw on all the beautiful ladies I saw walking the boulevards.
Summer fashion came in all sizes, colors and patterns in Europe. The women there wore cute little fedoras or huge floppy hats, not a sun visor or baseball cap in sight. They wore beautifully tailored sleek skinny trousers in all shades of the rainbow, flowing summer dresses cut on the bias showing off their tan legs, and super cool harem pants. Yes, I said harem pants. Some were cropped below the knee while others flowed long and leisurely around their feet. As accessories, their wrists were adorned with a multitude of colorful and embellished leather and cord bracelets. On their well traveled feet, they had beautifully simple ballet flats in all hues and of course the obligatory summer trend of the wedge. All of this fashion was in one way expected, as I know European women are usually very fashion savvy, however they did give me a little surprise.
The summer bootie!
As temps skyrocketed through Europe, the ladies did not give up their little booties. I saw them crocheted, with fringe and/or bedazzled. They combined them with their summer dresses, short shorts, and their slim legged trousers. Again the colors here ranged through all hues.
I must give the European women credit, they are not afraid to wear color or keep their trends alive. Let us learn from our sisters across the pond and enjoy the rest of our summer with an abundance of color and unconventional trends!