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Not your grandma’s poncho

A burgundy poncho paired with blue jeans, an felt hat and Lavin pumps.

If you’ve ever tried selling clothing at Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads Trading Co, Beacon’s closet or some similar buy-sell-trade store, you’re sometimes struck by the items you bring that the buyers pass up. When the buyers at Buffalo Exchange in Berkeley passed on this knit poncho, I was like – what? This is so cute.  Ok – maybe not so much for the college crowd and Telegraph Ave hippies who frequent the spot.  But for casual fall style, I think this has so much potential and it is great for the weather in California.  A knit poncho is like wrapping up in a blanket, and it can definitely be dressed up for an evening stroll with a significant other or a day out and about window shopping. Ponchos have a very similar feel as the  cape, which is also a classic piece that you should have in your closet and wear at least once during the fall season. One thing you need to remember is that in cooler weather,  your style is mostly about outerwear. The poncho is just one of many outerwear pieces that should be making its way to the front of your closet in the coming weeks.



She get it from her Mama…But she probably shouldn’t

Two words. Mom Jeans.
My sister and I have been on a serious search for jeans. Somehow with our ever expanding midsections, the fight to avoid the muffin top has become quite serious. An easy solution would be the mom jeans with high waist that would allow our stomachs to rest comfortably. But, we have come to realize that comfort may need to be sacrificed. The perfect jeans when you’re over 40 need to do work. They cannot go gently into that good night…They need to lift and cradle the butt, contain and flatten the stomach, and snuggly fit the legs without evoking images of Italian sausages. Seems like a lot to ask, but I think they are out there. And, with the impending cold weather, a good pair of jeans is a must. Go out, find a nice pair of fitted skinny jeans, and a pair of straight leg dark washed jeans – both of which should do some work to make you assets look as good as possible.

The holiday time is a great time to find bargains too. One of my favorite pair of jeans actually comes from New York & Company. I think we know enough not to try to wear jeans for juniors – hence the success of Not Your Daughter’s Jean. But, as we shop must fight any urge to allow ourselves to succumb to the hideousness of Mom Jeans. Happy holiday shopping – I would love to hear about your jean purchases.



Accessorizing Your Accessories – Part 2 Shoes!

 

Not many of us can boast of a Kardashian  shoe collection.  I personally don’t have the money or the space to truly indulge my love for shoes in that way.  But in keeping with my thoughts about adding options to the items you have, I want to talk more about accessorizing your accessories.  Not long ago I wrote about different ways to jazz up your every day bag (see http://www.silynrose.com/?p=1050).

To the untrained eye this may seem like just a row of shoes. But what I see here is opportunity.

To the untrained eye this may seem like just a row of shoes. But what I see here is opportunity.

Now it’s on to shoes.  Shoes are crucial to making an outfit look great. I am a huge fan of  pumps (especially pointy toe ones) and have them in multiple colors.

They can be great in their simple form. Check these out. A pair of Steve Madden suede green pumps, a pair of INC Concept pumps, a pair of black Miu Miu pumps, and two pairs of Aldo Stessy pumps, which are quickly becoming my favorites. (I even wrote a review on the Aldo site and asked them to please make the Stessy in orange. We’ll see what happens.)  A nice variety wouldn’t you say?

They look fine enough by themselves, but here’s where the accessorizing comes in. Shoe clips.  That’s right.  Grandma had it right.

Take a closer look. These are the same shoes adorned with shoe clips. Shoe clips are fairly inexpensive. I purchased a pair of four for $11.99 on Ebay

Take a closer look. These are the same shoes adorned with shoe clips. Shoe clips are fairly inexpensive. I purchased a pair of four for $11.99 on Ebay.

These little clips have the potential to add even more variety to your closet. I have added a shoe clip to each of these to give you a sense of how it works.

Below I have taken a closer shot and you can see where I have actually put the shoe clip on the side; they don’t have to placed in the front of the shoe.

A word of caution – don’t leave the clips on the shoes after you’ve worn them. You don’t want to risk damaging the shoes at all.

These green was suede pumps are dressed up with a simple rhinestone shoe clip.

These green suede pumps are dressed up with a simple rhinestone shoe clip.

There you have it. Another great way to accessorize your accessories, and extend the shoe options in your closet.

Try a clip on the side like you see here.

Try a clip on the side like you see here.



Accessorize your accessories- Part I Handbags

My grandmother had quite a purse selection and she would change her bags to match her shoes especially when she was going out.   Not many women change their bags to match their shoes now-a-days. Most women have a few bags and often have what is called their “every day” bag.  But what happens when your every day bag starts to get a little boring? There are ways to  add style and fun – accessorize your handbag.

  1. The scarf
This Oscar de la Renta scarf matches perfectly with this Pour la Victoire overize bag. A match made in accessory heaven.

This Oscar de la Renta scarf matches perfectly with this Pour la Victoire oversize bag. A match made in accessory heaven.

The scarf is a very versatile accessory.  A cute brightly colored scarf can jazz up an every day bag and pull an outfit together.  The colors in the scarf can pull in the shoes or the earrings or even a head band to make your total look cohesive. A cute scarf tied on one or both of the straps can be very eye catching. Also, for handbags that have very darkly patina handles, wrapping them with a scarf is a great way to hide the darkened handles.

Many times leather handles darken because of the oils in the hands. Use a scarf to mask this little problem.

Many times leather handles darken because of the oils in the hands. Use a scarf to mask this little problem.

I heard a sales woman at the Louis Vuitton on 5th Ave explaining how scarves are a great way of protecting the handles. We needn’t pay hundreds of dollars for the scarf though. You can find great scarves at places like Target, Macy’s and of course your local thrift store where they are often sold in a bundle for a few bucks.

Wind all the way to the edge or let a little remain like you see here

Wind all the way to the edge or let a little remain like you see here

A word of caution with accessorizing your bag with a scarf, however.  The scarf must be proportional.  Don’t overwhelm a small bag with a large scarf or a large bag with a small scarf. The former gets lost, and the latter just looks silly.  See below the wrong and right size (unless oversize if what you’re going for…)

 

 

Wrong. This scarf is too large and it overwhelms the bag.

Wrong. This scarf is too large and it overwhelms the bag.

 

Just right.

Just right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Puff Accessory

Fendi’s Monster purse accessories costs over $800.  Some versions top $1000, but a furry little puff of color doesn’t have to break the bank. Along 125th in Harlem for example these little key chain puffs can be bought for $2 and the larger ones for $4.  It’s about adding a little extra pizzazz – color and fun.

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3. The Bling

These little keychains are great for adding sparkle.IMG_3515 They catch the sun and literally shine bright like a diamond. The charms just demonstrate that you are a girly girl who likes girly things.  I know this is not for everyone, but it’s a nice option for adding a little fun to an everyday bag.

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Many of you having a bag is good enough, accessorizing your handbag on occasion, however, is just fun and after all, fashion is about having fun.

 



Fall Coat for an Apple Shape

I was asked what I would recommend for an apple shape. Well, apple shaped women generally hold their weight in their mid-section. The weight in the center is more prominent than the breast and often competes for attention.
I took this question seriously. I did much reading and conferred with fashion sales people at Bergdorf in New York.
The best coats for women with apple shapes are structured princess- coats, loose draping wrap coats, belted trench and A-line swing coats.
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My Recent Bootie Call! (From DSW)

Okay, so it wasn’t exactly a bootie call, more like a bootie email. I got an email from DSW today listing the must have booties for fall 2015. The emails presented a checklist of sorts –Pointed Toe, Lace-up, Western, Lugsole, Chelsea. Most of the booties shown in the email were flat or had a very modest heel. But, I don’t usually feel great in flats.

Besides, I have not always been a fan of booties, but this may be because I have never had the right ones. I dabbled in the thick, lugsole booties of the 1990s circa TLC era, but certainly wouldn’t do so now. I tend to think most booties do the opposite of what I want, that is they make my legs seem shorter and truncated, when what I always want is for the leg to feel elongated. I have become clear that I am not a fan of booties with dresses or skirts, but that is not to say that I haven’t seen women who look great in them.

I have, however, come to really like booties with rolled up jeans or leggings and shorts with blazers (as you will see below). My personal attraction to booties comes from having tried them. This where the reader advice for this blog entry comes in. My readers tend to be those who have very stoic and even stagnant wardrobes. I have shopped with people who would not try on different things because they say, “Why? I’d never wear that.” I can sort of understand that statement with regard to clothing, but shoes take a lot less effort to try on and …hey you never know.
Here is a picture of me in a pair of booties.
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I think the booties, along with the blazer make the outfit a bit more conservative even though the shorts are short. To me, the booties with the shorts reduces the level of skank. Though I don’t have a picture here, I happen to think that booties with rolled up jeans looks chic. I will post a pic when I take one. And your mission, should you choose to accept it is to try a pair of booties for fall. Consider this your very personal Bootie Call.

Cole Haan Nike Air red booties

Cole Haan Nike Air red booties

Steve Madden lace up leather booties

Steve Madden lace up leather booties



A Lot to Talk about

A screen shot from a search on ebay

A screen shot from a search on ebay

I have a few friends and family members who follow my blog and have shared with me that they are often unable to accessorize their outfits in the ways I suggest because they don’t have many accessories from which to choose. In addition to that, I have noticed that jewelry, even jewelry that looks costume-y, can be expensive. But, bracelets, bangles, necklaces are a must have for your wardrobe. I often tell my sisters when we talk about this that thrift stores are often an easy way to build your accessory repertoire. But I have also discovered that eBay often have jewelry lots that are often inexpensive. I purchased a lot for $25, and it contained great broaches, earrings and a few large necklaces. I have taken a screen shot of a page so you can get the idea. Simply go to eBay, and type in vintage jewelry lot, or jewelry lot. You will find so great buys.
If you do, check back in with me and tell me all about it.



Out with the Old and in with the New Year!

If you are like me you likely have many more clothes in your house than you actually wear. There are probably a few pieces that are buried so far back in your closet or so deep in your dresser drawer that you have forgotten that you own them. This means that you don’t need them. They aren’t in rotation because you don’t love them. So, they need to go.

With one day left in 2014, you have an opportunity to clean out your closet and step into 2015 with room for the great new pieces you will acquire in the coming year. And more than that, you can donate your old duds to Goodwill or Salvation Army and secure a receipt for a tax write off.
Do it now. Out with the old and in with the New Year!!



In Full Effect – At the 92nd Street Y!

Silynrose heading to the 92nd street Y

Silynrose heading to the 92nd street Y

If you’ve been paying attention to the fashion magazines and what’s in the store you already know that there is a reemergence of circle skirts and 1950’s full skirt dresses. Now, I am a huge fan of vintage, and I think the wiggle dresses, the Jackie O type skirt suits (especially Butte or wool knit) and full skirt dresses are my favorite. Let me tell you why you should have one of the full skirt dresses as part of your closet.

1) There is something extremely dainty and ladylike about it.
2) The style is one that is a win-win on the female body. If you are very hippy (and do not particularly find that one of your best features) the skirt actually camouflages the hips. Because the dress accentuates the waist (the smallest part) it flares away to create the hourglass shape. And for those of you who have no hips, this same flare gives the illusion that you have hips.

But, as I was cautioned by a very wise, body conscious friend, these skirts are more difficult to pull off if you have a boxy midsection. In that case, you need to invest in a bolero that maybe puffs a bit on the shoulder to provide the illusion. A bolero of this sort will balance you and allow the full skirt to flatter. Think “Loco” in the movie How to Marry a Millionaire, one of my fashion favorite movies.

In the picture featured below, I am wearing a full skirt dress. It is quilted and fabulous. I wore it to the 92nd Street Y to see the Fern Malis talk with fashion icon Valentino. It was great. I felt awesome in the outfit and as soon as I entered the event, I was asked to take a picture on the red carpet, which was posted on the website. The picture doesn’t do the dress as much justice, I think because I have on my red leather jacket. But that point notwithstanding, consider the perks of the dress.
And while you are out shopping this holiday season, do yourself a favor and try on one of these skirts. You may be surprised.IMG_20141121_201625



The Holidays are Here!

The holidays are in full swing and while there are no real expectations for dressing for Thanksgiving, Christmas is a holiday where you can be risky and extravagant. It is actually expected. For me, sequins, velvet and gold lame make the season fun. One thing to keep in mind is that sequin reflects light and draws attention, so think about which area of your body you want to reflect. Velvet absorbs light, so it takes attention away. So if you have a big mid section, consider a structured velvet jacket. If you have small chest try a peplum sequin blouse.
This holiday season, I have a few items that will certainly make the season bright:

Great with jeans and red pumps

Great with jeans and red pumps

Great with a pencil skirt

Great with a pencil skirt

Festive vintage handpainted bag - wear out shopping with a swing coat and leather fitted gloves.

Festive vintage handpainted bag – wear out shopping with a swing coat and leather fitted gloves.

Love this raw silk shirt dress in vibrant colors.  I will wear this with the leather belts and my red pumps.  Be the gift ;-)

Love this raw silk shirt dress in vibrant colors. I will wear this with the leather belts and my red pumps. Be the gift 😉

Most of all, enjoy the season!