One of my favorite new trends is the statement necklace. I walked past Express and saw this fantastic necklace on a mannequin and immediately fell in love. If I were a necklace, I would be this one. Its got the perfect mix of ladylike pearls, tough chains, whimsical silk flowers, bright gems, and delicate gold charms. It represents every facet of my personality and is appropriate for any mood I’m in. Alas, the price tag didn’t quite fit into my budget. I lusted after it even more after I saw it in a magazine and finally went back to the store to get it. The last one in the store was on the mannequin, and didn’t have a price tag. I asked about the price, crossing my fingers that it would be on sale. I could have kissed the guy behind the counter when he fished a price tag out of the mannequin’s bag that was 60% off the original price. I skipped out of the store ecstatic, clutching my treasure, and its been my favorite necklace ever since. Anthropologie has a wonderful assortment of statement necklaces as well. Some of my favorites are shown below. They are the perfect way to make a white t-shirt look extra special. I usually mine with a simple top or dress to show them off.
Curvy Wooden Heels December 25, 2009
It may be my Dutch ancestry, but I’ve fallen head over high heels for the latest take on wooden heels. They’re a more solid than stilettos, more architectural than wedges, and more glamourous than the clunky heels of the ’70s. They can polish off a ladylike look with a skirt or dress, or jazz up skinny jeans and a ruffled top. I asked for the Kenneth Cole Reaction version (left) for Christmas. I love the gray and brown combo. You don’t see that often, and its easy to pair with either color. I also like Anthrolopologie’s Louisa Booties and For Beatrice Slingbacks (below). You don’t need a tulip garden to enjoy these fresh picks!
Get the London Look: The New Oxford December 18, 2009
Oxfords are proper, ladylike, and now my latest obsession. Pull off a sexy secretary look with heels and a pencil skirt, or try the new take on flats. Oxfords are a comfortable way to dress up any look and give off the vibe that you’ve just been running around London and you haven’t been back long enough to change your shoes. Ditch your flip flops and get a pulled together look like Olivia Palermo, Selma Blair, and Sienna Miller. Even jeans and a t shirt look effortlessly chic with a pair of metallic or white oxfords. This year you’ll see them in all shapes, colors, and patterns to fit any style. Wear them with pants, skirts, tights, bare legs, or put your own spin on the look. They look as polished with dress pants as they do with a sundress. When preppy is infused with European cool, the rules don’t apply. My prediction: oxfords are the new classic.
Draped Skirts December 16, 2009
I love the elegance and sophistication of a draped skirt. It can be a throwback to the ladylike fashion of the Mad Men era, or a modern twist on a mini. Try a longer skirt in a neutral color (I’m loving shades of gray, slate, and mushroom right now) to keep the look appropriate for work. Try a shorter style in a brighter color to liven up your look for a night out. Pair them with anything from platform heels to riding boots, but stick to a sleek cut with a few strategically placed folds in the front for a flattering shape. Avoid a skirt with drapes on the sides over your hips, this will make you look wider.
A few of my favorites, clockwise from top left: Elizabeth and James, Bolongaro Trevor, Elizabeth and James, Silence and Noise, Alexander Wang, Main Range, and Paul Smith.
Get your culture on: Did you know there is an Institute for Draped Clothes? It exists for “the research, study, preservation, and promotion of draped clothing such as saris, belted plaids, Roman togas, sarongs, and other unstitched costumes found all over the world and history.” Who knew?
Wayfarer: A Traveler December 15, 2009
Which accessory is the single most effective way to tell the world you’re cool? Sunglasses, baby. Nothing says “I’m too cool to make eye contact with you” like a sweet pair of shades. What I want now is a classic design with a modern twist: The Ray-Ban Wayfarer in blue. The wayfarer has been veiling the eyes of the cool and famous for over 50 years, but they’ve gotten an update in blue for the next generation of travelers. No matter how hot it gets on the beach, I’ll be shaded in style!
Tuxedo Blazer December 13, 2009
Love Blake Lively’s tuxeo blazer? Me too! I was thrilled when American Eagle came out with a much less expensive version. This is a crisp, classic look that I would pair with skinny jeans and heels like Blake Lively did here, or a black pencil skirt for a retro suit look. Throw it over a black, white, or silver sequin top with skinny black pants for a great New Years party look!