Top 10 Spring 2014 Style Picks for Men
By: Sharon Mosley
“Spring fashion for men is all about dressing to fit a certain lifestyle,” says Tom Julian, men’s fashion director for The Doneger Group, a merchandising and retail consultant group based in New York City. “Men continue to shop for themselves and realize that there are many ways to dress, whether they are a CEO-type, traveling road warrior, a bookworm student, a reality show wannabe star or a traditional Dad.” Here are Julian’s top 10 style picks for the upcoming season:
—Slim-fit printed shirt/printed T-shirt — Think of the sport shirt gone artful with prints that range from tropical florals to kitschy to geometrics. Pair with updated classics like chinos or summer staples like Bermuda shorts.
—Chambray shirt/shorts — The utility fabric that works on top or bottom. This lightweight fabric is soft, easy and great for layering. This season, there is more denim on denim — a range of blues from light to dark.
—The fashion polo — The country club classic goes modern with new shapes and different details. We have seen the polo receive designer touches, such as contrast sleeves, button-down collars and pocket variations. Our top pick would be the color-blocked shirt that allows more of a graphic focus on the chest or shoulders. This can help to de-emphasize a stomach or torso.
—The fashion sweatshirt — Fashion designers have embraced the old-school sweatshirt and have turned it into a modern must-have in a wide range of fabrics and prices. We like the idea of the French terry sweatshirt that has accents or some type of artful touch. Maybe it’s the contrast trim at the collar and sleeves, or maybe it’s the fabric piecing in cotton at the back or side seams. Many young men are wearing the sweatshirt in unexpected ways, including teaming it with seersucker pants, embroidered cotton trousers or with casual colorful cotton three-fourths length pull-on pants.
—Nautical-inspired separates — No longer limited to navy and white, many of the men’s specialty brands and shops have taken a new look at nautical and turned it into tongue-in-cheek fun country club dressing, using nautical stripes and patterns in a mix of natural or earthy colors, as well as kaleidoscopic and bright hues. The cotton knit jacket is perfect for wearing on a yacht, but also fine for stylish evenings when paired with a v-neck T-shirt and pastel-colored trousers.
—Swim trunks — A range of shapes and fabrics has allowed this beach item to act as a street item. Look for a fully constructed waist with a zip-fly front and inset (elastic for more comfort), or go with the retro-inspired surf trunk. These bottoms are also printed and graphic and available in florals, geometrics and foulard prints, which are almost like a necktie pattern. After looking at recent photos from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the tank will be the layering item of the season.
—White stories — From the blazer (inspired by this year’s men at the Oscars) to the jean, white is a tonal story that many men may embrace, especially because of the ease in wearing natural hues and having lots of layering options.
—The jogger — The newest item, a must-have for the contemporary dresser, is a cross between a jogging pant and some type of cargo bottom, especially because of the pockets and utility features, like elastic and buttons. The best way to wear these pants is loose, with a casual jacket and a simple T-shirt. Some directional men like the drop-crotch style that mirrors the MC Hammer pants of the ’80s.
—Linen sport coats — The past few years have been about the cotton sport coat, but now we see emerging an unconstructed one, preferably in shades of blue. The style should be a two-button single or four-on-two double-breasted. We also like that linen jackets are being designed with a single or double pleat. I prefer the double!
—The bomber jacket — Outerwear has become a category with lots of options and many stylish concepts. The bomber was always military- or fall-focused. Now the bomber can work with bright colors. Prints allow the jacket to become the key focus, especially when worn with light or dark denim jeans.
—Don’t forget accessories. Key extras this season include the bucket hat (reversible print to solid), designer high-top sneakers and a braided wristband or bracelet.
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By: Sharon Mosley
Up. Down. Up. Down. One day the weather is warm and sunny; the next day it’s chilly and may be downright cold. But while the temperatures this time of year may fluctuate dramatically, there’s one way to be ready no matter what the weather has in store — just take a look at these stylish possibilities. There’s a cover-up for any occasion.
—Start with a classic. You can’t beat a great trenchcoat. The modern trenches have dug their way out of the boring khaki days. There are plenty of exciting coats to choose from this year — from pretty pastels to artsy prints. Take your pick and wear this classic all year long.
—Go with the swing. Another overcoat that’s making the trend rounds this spring is the swingy, flared coat. This cocoon-like shape can easily be dressed up or down … even for evenings out on the town.
—Slick it up. There’s nothing worse than getting soaked in a thunderstorm. That’s when a true rain “slicker” comes in handy. Choose your raincoats wisely — polyurethanes or microfibers will keep you drier than some natural fibers. Team up with a pair of colorful rubber boots, and you will be covered.
—Add a sporty bomber. The shorter jackets with an athletic vibe are springing up this year detailed with fun logos and graphic prints. Pair these blousy jackets with casual denim, or dress them up with slim skirts for work.
—Get vested. It may be the best transition cover-up around. You can choose what you wear under one of these versatile outerwear pieces — sweaters if it’s cool outside or a lighter-weight tee if the weather is only a little chilly.
—Play with a poncho. This playful fashion item has now become a basic in many wardrobes. It happens to be one of my favorites, and it’s the perfect spring cover-up for so many occasions. From float chiffon florals to sweater knits, you can slip them easily over all kinds of layers. And they cover up a multitude of figure flaws!
—Scarf it up. Other fun ways to take the chill off spring, scarves and shawls are now available in so many colors, lengths and widths that they have become a staple in our wardrobes. And what better way to transition into warmer weather, whether they are wrapped around your shoulders or wrapped around your neck?
—Denim does it all. The denim jacket is a year-round favorite cover-up. You can’t go wrong with this jaunty style. This spring, try a cropped version in white.
La Madeleine opens in El Paso!
Story and photos by Ricky J. Carrasco
Arrian, a Madeleine trainer holding a fruit tart.
With a twinkle in his eye and mischievous smile, “La Madeleine” restaurant founder Patrick Esquerre’ states that he has no real culinary experience or business skills. “What I do have is a palate!” In 1983, Esquerre’ started a small cafe in Dallas with the hopes of recreating the taste and feel of a traditional French cafe’. The 68th La Madeleine in the country just opened at the Fountains at Farah shopping center last week to introduce El Paso to something unique in the area.
Arrian, a Madeleine trainer from Dallas explained the fruit tart, one of the traditional deserts offered there. “There is a vanilla pastry crème made in house topped by strawberries, kiwi, oranges, grapes topped by a apricot pastry glaze. It’s one of best sellers.” Though Madeleine offers a wide variety of pastries and deserts, it offers a complete menu with French themed dinners, lunch sandwiches, soups and salads. A first time lunch customer is recommended to get a Croque Monsieur, a French ham and Swiss with garlic cream sauce on wheatberry bread, with a side of their famous Tomato Basil soup, finished by the aforementioned fruit tart.
Hafed Yaiche, vice president of operations, says that El Paso is welcome to come and experience the home styled atmosphere of the restaurant. “Everything is made fresh from scratch and it comes through in the food. All the bread and pastries are made fresh in-house and all the dishes are created fresh here every day. If you come today, you will be back for the food, ambience, and service, which is what we stand for as a company.”
There are 2 more La Madeleine restaurants slated to open in El Paso and 3 for New Mexico in the near future. They are open from 6:30am to 10pm daily. To view their menu, visit their website at: www.lamadeleine.com
Spring Bling: Jewelry Trends
By: Sharon Mosley
It’s spring and time to bring on the bling! Anything that dangles or jangles is sure to bring a smile to your face. Jewelry is the accessory that makes a personal statement and lifts our style spirits. Here are a few ways to add some sparkle to your wardrobe this season:
—Bigger is better. Statement jewelry is standing out in all its glory. The jeweled collar chokers, metallic cuffs, chandelier earrings and stone rings are all meant to be seen. But remember, just not all at once! One piece of big bling at a time, please.
—Layer it on. While large pieces of jewelry may be stealing the show, mixing in smaller, more-delicate pieces with the big stuff is another way to put some personality into your wardrobe. Layer long necklaces with shorter necklaces. Stacking rings and bracelets is another way to layer up.
—Mix your materials. Don’t be afraid to wear gold and silver necklaces or bracelets together. Experiment with mixed metals and follow the lead of jewelry designers who often mix materials like leather and wood with metal in the same pieces for a contemporary spin. The old matchy-matchy rules no longer apply.
—Go architectural. Want to add an edgy vibe to your clothes this spring? Try a little geometry lesson with crystal triangle necklaces, circle chandelier earrings, sunburst rings or squared metal cuffs. Think sculptured designs with a definite artistic flair.
—Link in. Chains and links are still coming on strong, gilded in gold and gunmetal silver. The translucent crystals and Lucite look is another way to link in, too.
—Make it colorful. Diamonds may be the ultimate bling, but emeralds, rubies and sapphires can sparkle as well. Even costume jewelry goes bold in color this year with bright acrylic stones. Big, yellow flower rings, anyone?
Best-Dressed: Spring /Summer 2014 Dress Trends
By: Sharon Mosley
When all else fails … wear a dress. Someone must have said that at some time or another. At least many of us have relied on the ease of pulling a dress out of our closets when we didn’t want to think all that hard about what to wear. It’s a one-piece dressing that requires little thought. Just add a few accessories and go. You can look pulled together in no time.
There are lots of ways to be the best-dressed this year … no matter what the occasion. Here are some of the latest styles to dress up (and down):
—Dress up a shirtdress — It’s one of the favorites this year, and it’s a classic silhouette that is a twist on its preppy predecessor that stood out in the ’70s in crisp oxford blues and plaids. Don’t be surprised this season to see shirtdresses dressed up with lots of exotic embellishments.
—Dress down a slip dress — Oh, the ease of it … just a long, lean column of silky elegance. The newest slip dresses — long or short — shimmer with metallic sheens. And, of course, they can be dressed up, but pair them with Birkenstocks or leather ankle boots, and you’ve got real down-to-earth diva style.
—Dress up a maxi dress — Hemlines are coming down this spring and summer, and the floor-length maxi is back, even for cocktails. Experience the new little black dress in a sweeping fit-and-flare maxi dress with a high-low hem. Just add your dancing shoes.
—Dress down a sweatshirt dress — What could be more confortable? These new knit dresses are not only easy to wear, but they’re fun, too. Designers covered them up with whimsical prints and logos that give them standout personality.
—Dress up a sheath dress — The sleeveless sheath dress is a close cousin of the shift dress … but much more fitted. This year, the structured sheath is all dressed up with all-over lace: the perfect one-piece party dress.
—Dress up a wrap dress — Another classic made famous by designer Diane von Furstenberg in the ’70s. This time around, the flattering shape is updated with lots of colorful prints — from bold abstract artsy graphics to digitalized stripes and watercolor florals.
—Dress down a sporty dress — Cheer on the varsity team this spring and summer with athletic-inspired dresses in fabrics that stretch into body-conscious sculpted styles that often use color blocking to get their sport-inspired messages across. Keep the accessories simple with this dress … no tennis shoes required.
—Dress up the coat dress — One of the best ways to transition into warmer weather for the office or for a special occasion like a spring cocktail party. Choose a structured sheath to layer under a knee-length jacket. The all-white look is one of the season’s most sophisticated silhouettes. Pair with candy-colored accessories. Yum!
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The Big Bag Theory: Spring Handbag Trends
By: Sharon Mosley
They can be our closest friends. They’re with us day after day, night after night. They carry our valuables … and they carry our necessities … they may even carry our secrets. They’re our handbags, and they become a part of our fashion family … for better or worse.
And since many of us love to splurge on this accessory when the seasons change, here are a few of the latest handbag trends to check out this spring and summer:
—The Structured Top Handle Bag — It’s one of the biggest statement bags of the season. The ladylike satchel is one of the best investments you can make. From boxy Birkin-inspired silhouettes to futuristic trapezoid shapes, this is a bag to hang on to for years.
—The Shopper Tote — The bigger the better this season, ladies. You can find it in casual basket bags and more-sophisticated perforated leather bags. These are the perfect bags to take to the beach or take to the farmer’s market.
—The Cross-Body Bag — Some of my favorites, these bags can free up your hands for much more important tasks … like picking out the perfect heirloom tomato or riding that vintage bike. My old Prada nylon cross-body bag has served me well for years.
—The Camera Bag — It looks as it sounds — and these smaller handbags will not weigh you down, but they will carry all those basic accessories in style … even a camera.
—The Duffel Bag — If you’re a traveling woman, then this is the bag for you. This spring, the duffel shape comes in every size, from small mini shapes to larger, luggage looks. An embossed black leather duffel is my go-to bag for weekend getaways.
—The Fringed Bag — Get ready to swing with a little fun this season. Detailed with long fringe and tassels, this bag is one of the hottest fashion accessories of the year. Think ’70s with a Western flair. Hee-haw!
—The Exotic Bag — Got a special evening event coming up? Or just want to show off a little fun fashion spirit at work? Check out the latest embellished clutches trimmed with feathers, bohemian beads, embroidery, crystals and even artsy prints and florals.
—The Bold Bag — It may be your evening clutch, or it may be your everyday bag, but the handbag du jour is a scene-stealer in bright color blocks or graphic prints. If you really want something that will wake up your wardrobe, look for a handbag in an eye-popping neon or candy pastel. Sweet!
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Ready, Get Set, Sale!
By: Sharon Mosley
Chances are you’re not yet quite ready to shop for spring clothes. You’re probably still snuggled up in your heavy sweaters and sweatpants, slugging through cold rain and blowing snowstorms. But, hey, it is sale time and worth browsing your iPad for some great deals, right? And if you’re really serious about scoring some fashion bargains, you’ll head out to your favorite store even if there’s a blizzard.
But before you Google “Sale at Macy’s,” here are some ideas to keep you on budget:
—Shop in your own closet. I know you’ve got cabin fever and you want to hit the streets, but it really pays to assess what you already have at home. Many of us have a strange way of buying the same thing over and over and over. How many pairs of black leggings do you have?
—Make a list of what you really need. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But how many times have you wished you had a blouse to go with that long emerald green skirt you bought last year just because it was the Color of the Year? You may even want to take that skirt with you to find its perfect mate.
—Replace the basics. No, it’s not as fun as finding that furry faux coat at 75 percent off, but if your old trustworthy trench is getting a little rugged around the edges, this is the perfect time of year to consider replacing it with a newer model. You know classics will always be good investments, especially if you can find them on sale.
—Be prepared. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes when you go shopping. Make sure you wear clothes that you can easily slip on and off. Leave the tight boots at home and wear flats. Suit up like a shopping warrior who means business, but wants to have some fun, too.
—Check out apps. There may be plenty of good deals out there, but there are even more online. You can often get extra discounts just by perusing the websites of the stores you intend to visit. When you get coupons in the mail, stick them in your purse immediately, so you will have them with you when you go shopping.
—Don’t get overwhelmed. If the racks are brimming over with a tangled mess of clothes, just take your time. Get into the spirit of skimming the hangers for those hidden treasures. I often do this by color. I know I don’t need another black pair of pants, so I just skip over to the next aisle.
—Try the merchandise on for size. This is a step that many of us just want to skip when we are in sale mode with a hundred other shoppers. But it can pay off. How many times have I just “known” without a doubt in my mind that that sweater would definitely fit me, and then get it home, and it swallowed me up? Remember, sizes can vary from label to label drastically. So unless you know that you “always” wear a size 8 in a particular designer jean, err on the safe side and try everything you buy on, no matter how good a deal it seems.
—Get out of your style rut. Sale time is a great time to reevaluate your own wardrobe. If you’ve been stuck in a rut, take advantage of buying something a little “outrageous” when it’s marked down. Try something that may not really be “you.” You never know how good it may make you feel … especially when you got it half price.
—Explore the new season. You may have promised you would only shop the sales, but once you’re in the stores, look around. Check out the new spring merchandise that’s bound to be lurking just inside the entrance door. You never know what kind of deal you’ll find … before it goes on sale!
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Cold Play | In Fashion
By: Sharon Mosley
We may just want to sit around in our cozy flannel pajamas this time of year, but when we finally do get dressed to brave the cold outside, what do most of us turn to? Comfort clothes (oh yeah, and comfort food, too!). So how do you stay warm and still be cool and chic? Here are 10 must-haves to see you through the winter in style:
1. The puffer vest or parka. In bright colors and prints, these old favorites are making news not only on the ski slopes but on the streets. Some down jackets even fold up in their own carrying pouch — perfect for those warmer days ahead. Yes, they will come!
2. Giant capes. One of my favorite ways to get dressed when I’m in a hurry. Easy to just throw over your shoulders and dash out the door. The best ones this year are popping up in artsy graphic prints.
3. Beanie hats. Having a bad hair day? Just pull on a knitted beanie hat. This close-fitting headgear keeps you warm and toasty, and adds a touch of color in brights and stripes. And if you really need protection from the single digits, go for the trapper hat to really block the cold.
4. And, of course, scarves. Definitely a winter must-have, scarves are taking up more and more room in our closets. There are chunky, knitted ones for casual days and cashmere pashminas for every occasion. Sequined scarves and shawls are showing up at glamorous parties. After all, some of us may want to bare our shoulders, but then who really wants to have goose bumps all night?
5. Leggings. Jeans may be on your must-have list for winter, but for many, stretchy leggings and jeggings are much more comfortable, especially in the winter when it’s all about layering. There are walls of these wardrobe basics at stores now. And they’re not really all that basic anymore. Vera Wang’s collection at Kohl’s is a winner with lots of possibilities from corduroy to satin.
6. Boots. The perfect matchup for leggings. Find a pair of comfortable boots, and you’ll wear them forever, whether they’re fur-trimmed ankle boots, laced-up knee-highs or rubberized Wellies. It’s best to try boots on before you buy; you may need to go up a size.
7. The short sweater. One of the season’s best trends, swingy short sweaters are a stylish backdrop for layering longer tees and shirts underneath. These roomy knits are also good companions for oversized scarves and capes. Shorter cardigan sweaters make great layering pieces too over skirts and dresses.
8. The faux-fur vest. An easy way to dress up sweaters and tops, in shaggy designs or edgy leather, the vest has become a great alternative to heavy outerwear, and it gives you instant style.
9. The tracksuit. Yep, they’re back, but not quite as basic anymore as the fleecy ones of yesteryear. Now the athletic-inspired comfort clothes have been transformed into much more luxurious loungers. How about suiting up in a slinky silk tracksuit this time around?
10. Gotta get gloves! And last but not least, to really warm you up — of course, winter weather requires that you cover those fingers … even when you’re texting. Check out dozens of glove trends from the new tech gloves to arm warmers that will keep your fingers toasty all season long.
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Dressing to Excess: 10 Ways to Rock the New Year’s Eve Fashion Party Scene
By: Sharon Mosley
If there is one night of the year to rock your fashion world, it’s New Year’s Eve. Let the champagne flow and your sequins glow: It’s time to party and celebrate. Bring out the bling and ring in a new you and a new year. Set your inner fashion diva free.
Here are 10 ways to rock the fashion party scene and dress to excess:
1. Sparkle. Yes, you can get away with wearing more and more on New Year’s Eve. That beaded top, the shimmering dress, the embellished sweater. Even if you are wearing your one and only tried and true little black dress, you can still pile on the jewels.
2. And Then Accessorize. Don’t forget you can always add some bling via accessories. Think shoes decked out with sparkling baubles, clutches glimmering in shining snakeskin, chandelier earrings dripping with crystals, and furry collars and cuffs. Even a feather boa can add a fun, festive touch to any outfit.
3. Dress It Up. Turn up the glam factor on your holiday dress. Yes, you can show some skin! Just make sure you are highlighting your best features. Got great shoulders? Go for a dress with a unique asymmetrical top or off-the-shoulder look. A great waist? Wrap yourself in a belt that sparkles. Longer dresses that hit just below the knee are fashion’s first choice this season, but if you’ve got great legs, you can go shorter. Just not too short … you might want to sit one dance out.
4. Vamp It Up With Velvet. Shimmer and shine is always a best-dressed bet on New Year’s, but you can also amp up your vamp style with special fabrics — velvety long jackets, leather vests, satin harem pants or a silk tuxedo shirt. Even jeans can be dressed up with a metallic sequined tank top. Just remember: Drama is queen of the night.
5. Wear Color. Black may always be your go-to dress-up “color,” but on New Year’s Eve, it’s time to be bold. Even dark colors like burgundy, navy and emerald green can be sophisticated choices for those tired of the same old black attack that shows up at most holiday parties. And to really get ahead of the trendy crowd this year, wear the new color of 2014: “Radiant Orchid” — a bright pinkish purple. It’s also a great complement to black pants or skirts.
6. Make a Shoe Statement. You may have worn your flat velvet loafers to that holiday office party, but on New Year’s, it’s time to take it up a notch. It’s the perfect time to slip into those sky-high stilettos. You can always soak your feet the next day while sipping mimosas and making New Year’s resolutions!
7. Max Out the Makeup. Bright eye shadows are all the rage this winter, but you don’t have to do much to have a great outlook on the New Year. Just dab on a little of one of the new electric colors — chartreuse, violet, cobalt blue or even a bronze metallic — on your upper lids and blink away the night.
8. After You Go Through All the Trouble to Dress Up for New Year’s Eve, Don’t Forget Your Hair. Updos are always more festive. And if you have long hair, the romantic “Renaissance” milkmaid look laced with braids and jeweled headbands are hot this holiday season. If your hair is short and you have one of the new pixie dos, then you can still get a festive look with tousled piecey scrunching. No do should look too “done.”
9. Punch Up Your Pout. Matte orange lips may be another big trend you’ll want to skip unless you’re 18 or younger, but remember red is always a classic lip color. And New Year’s is the perfect time to wear a bolder red lipstick.
10. Nail It. OK, time to book the manicures now. This is definitely one thing you can do to add some major drama to your holiday outfits. While you can definitely paint the town in glittery gold nails or lovely lavenders, check out your manicurist’s latest take on nail art. How about a few leopard spots on those fingertips? They’d be sure to inspire a roaring good time.
Happy New Year!
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The Party Dress Code
By: Sharon Mosley
You may think you’ve got enough clothes to see you through any and all of those holiday events, but when the invitations start arriving, decoding the dress code can be daunting and haunt you for weeks. Is this too formal? Too buttoned up? Too casual?
Jill Martin and Dana Ravich, style experts and authors of “I Have Nothing to Wear,” admit that there is an easy way to dress appropriately for any festive occasion this holiday season.
“Know your audience,” they say. “Next to knowing yourself, knowing your audience may well be the most important consideration when picking your outfit, or anything else for that matter.”
Martin and Ravich encourage partygoers to consider who, where and when. The venue, time and date of the party, and guest list will play a large role in determining the fashion environment.
The two fashion stylists decode the party dress code for several different types of “styles” — the classic, the bohemian, the preppy girl, the fashionista, the surfer chick and the soccer mom.
Here are their takes on dressing the part for a holiday cocktail party:
—The Classic. If you’re a classic, perhaps you’ll choose a sleeveless crew dress that hits just above or below the knee. You might also have a structured clutch and you might choose your pumps. A bit more conservative, but that’s just your style. Add your diamond studs and your watch and you’ll be set.
—The Bohemian. If you’re a bohemian, you might choose a flowing dress with some sort of detail or maybe a halter neckline. You will probably choose the metallic sandals and a clutch that is softer and might have some beading or some other detail. Just don’t go overboard with the details on both the dress and the purse. Choose one. For jewelry, put on your armful of bangles, and add some hoop earrings to dress it up.
—The Preppy Girl. Your dress might be a short-sleeve or three-quarter sleeve number that is a little on the shorter side. You might also choose the more conservative pumps over the sandals. Your clutch will have a bit more structure and a conservative slant. Your pearl necklace and earrings will be a perfect complement to your look.
—The Fashionista. You will have the latest in all things dress and accessories. If the trend is an asymmetric neckline, rest assured, that is the LBD (Little Black Dress) you will be wearing. Your strappy sandals will be right on trend as well, most definitely a stiletto heel. Or try a pair of trendy ankle boots. Your clutch will follow suit, as it will fall under the “it” category. And, of course, so will your jewelry. Cocktail rings are all the rage? Check. You know better than to wear a necklace with an asymmetric neckline. But perhaps some fabulous earrings will do the trick.
—The Surfer Chick. You will prefer something soft and feminine to show off your toned frame, perhaps a spaghetti-strap dress that hits just above the knee. You might choose your metallic sandals, and you, too, will have a less structured clutch. Choose your chunky silver ring and perhaps your small earrings.
—The Soccer Mom. You might go for a wrap dress — sexy, yet elegant and appropriate. You might choose to dress it up with your sandals, and try to fit all your things into a structured metallic clutch. We know it’s been a while since you’ve carried a purse so tiny! Add a pretty necklace to accentuate the V-neck created by the wrap and you’re complete.
Martin and Ravich suggest showing off what flatters you the most and makes you feel most confident. “Great legs? Go a bit shorter. Great waist? Try a wrap dress or something fitted or belted. Great arms? Strapless, sleeveless or spaghetti straps. Want to camouflage your hips? Go for an A-line.”
And if you can’t decode the party code all by yourself? Call in the reinforcements! Ask a friend … a very good friend … for advice. They are usually more than willing to help.
The Holiday Fashion Remix
By: Sharon Mosley
Think you’ve got nothing to wear to that cocktail party coming up in a few weeks? Step inside your closet and think again! It’s time to put a little spin on your holiday wardrobe and come up with a remix of festive favorites. Steal the spotlight with a new twist on the classics.
Here are a few tips to put the punch back in your party clothes by giving them a shot of new life:
—Think unexpected. No, you don’t have to don a green gown and flip flops like model Elle Macpherson did at a gala museum event, but you get the point. Think like a stylist and pull together some unusual separates that you rarely put together. For a casual party, dress up your jean jacket with a sequined scarf, a long tunic and leggings with thigh-high boots. For a dressier occasion, think Sharon Stone with her long black skirt and Gap t-shirt. Or rock a vintage vibe with a menswear tuxedo jacket, skinny jeans and cowboy boots.
—Don’t be predictable. If you’re a tried and true little-black-dress girl, think outside your dark side and stand out in living color, but please steer clear of the Christmas red and green combo. Black and white is one of the season’s best ways to go this year, but a brilliant blue or regal red worn head-to-toe is another way to do the remix this holiday season. And if you’re really brave, how about wearing all white to a cocktail party? Just be sure to stick with white wine!
—Go for texture. This is one of many fashion stylists’ secrets, and it is easy to remember when putting together new holiday outfits. Make sure all your pieces are a different texture. You wouldn’t wear a leather jacket with a leather vest with leather pants and boots … now would you? Hopefully not — unless you’re arriving at your destination on the back of a motorcycle. Otherwise, mix velvets with leather, satins with tweeds, knits with chiffons.
—Experiment with prints. If your party wardrobe is very limited, this may be the way to go. Wear your basic black pants and tops and then layer on the printed patterns … whether it’s with a metallic striped wrap or a folkloric-inspired statement jacket. The under layers will disappear and your punched up prints will make your outfits seem not so “everyday.”
—Indulge in embellishment. Another way to remix your old favorites — think ruffles, feathers, fur, beading or brocade — is by getting a little exotic with your holiday party clothes. These fashionable flourishes will even jazz up jeans. And why not go for the glamorous touches, maybe not all in one outfit, but you get the picture. If not, see the above tip about texture and being clad in all leather.
—Work it with accessories. Holiday time is the perfect time to go all out with accessories. Here’s where you can really shine — think colored tights with a LBD, heavy metal cuffs with your sleeveless sheaths, drop-dead chandelier earrings with a messy updo, and artsy clutches dripping with jewels. I collect huge cocktail rings to wear on special occasions. Shoes can also make a festive appearance in strappy metallic sandals, velvet smoking loafers (so comfy) or textured snakeskin ankle boots. Motorcycle boots with a sequin sheath, anyone? Again, restraint is key. Don’t pile all the bling on with one outfit. After all, you’ve got to ring in the New Year, right?
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Holiday Style Countdown
By: Sharon Mosley
When it comes to planning for the holidays — whether it’s serving up a scrumptious dinner or hosting a small cocktail party for the neighbors — there’s always one thing to do first: Make a plan. Even though you may still have candy left over from Halloween, it doesn’t mean it’s not too early to ditch the candy apples and get your mind stuck on sorting out what you’re going to wear for special occasions during the next few months. Leave the scary costumes behind; it’s time to put some festive touches on your wardrobe. Start the countdown now.
First, make a list and make it count. Santa does it, so can you. If you already have special events on the calendar or family dinners, then start writing it down. Or let your phone keep you on track. The holidays tend to snowball once November rolls around, and we all know where those end up … at the bottom of the hill if we’re not careful … covered up in more tidings of comfort and joy than we can stand.
At the top of the list should be shopping for special clothes, if the occasion calls for it. If you’ve got any “Save the Date” invites, go ahead and set your sights on what you might wear. If you rarely attend black tie events, then you may need to carve out a date to browse the Internet or the mall. There’s nothing worse than making a mad dash to the designer department of your favorite store a day or two before the big party to find nothing but picked-over offerings … and nothing suitable in your size. It is, indeed, a little too stressful, and wouldn’t you really rather be drinking eggnog before the fire, looking at those beautiful fashion magazines and imagining yourself the belle of the ball? Ha!
But even if you’re just cooking up some delicious fun for your relatives and friends, or that special someone you’ve just met on Match.com, dress up! Bring out the velvet and brocade; make it festive. Or wear an embellished cardigan and tee with your jeans. Comfortable leggings and a graphic sweater is another stylish option. You can always wear one of those fun holiday aprons! Remember all those photos that will show up on Facebook.
Anyway, we’ve all been there, so promise yourself that this year things will be different and start shopping early if you need to. You can always get some of your holiday gift shopping done while you are looking for the perfect dress, too — hopefully, at a leisurely pace so big mistakes are kept at a minimum. Or give yourself enough time ahead of special events so that if you do decide that you really can’t sit down in that frothy pink feathery skirt or slinky sequin sheath, you can still return it in plenty of time and find another stunning entrance maker.
Don’t pass up vintage stores. These are some of my favorite places to find those unusual one-of-a-kind treasures to wear and to give as gifts. I’ve found patent leather 1950s clutches, a Persian lamb stole, suede platform pumps, and tons of interesting statement jewelry.
A great pair of rhinestone drop earrings will give that old, little black dress new sparkle or make a wonderful gift for a friend. And remember, one size fits all is the perfect gift you don’t have to worry about returning. Indeed, make the weeks before December count, scoring not only stylish treats but also stocking stuffers and hostess gifts.
Then don’t forget to make salon appointments early. Even if you wear your favorite holiday jacket that you’ve relied on for years, you’ll feel more like celebrating if your hair looks good and your nails are manicured! Think bright red. And spray tans are looking better and better.
Get in the spirit of looking good. You may actually have time to celebrate.
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Police Department and Home Depot Team Up to Promote Crime Prevention
The El Paso Police Department’s Pebble Hills Regional Command is teaming up with Home Depot to conduct a crime prevention event this Saturday, October 26, 2013 between the hours of 9:00a.m. and 1:00p.m. The event will take place at the Home Depot located at 11360 Rojas and will include a H.E.A.T. Drive, which stands for Help End Auto Theft. H.E.A.T. is a statewide program that allows law enforcement officers to stop a vehicle that is displaying the H.E.A.T. decals between the hours of 1:00a.m. and 5:00a.m. This is done to allow Law Enforcement to insure that the vehicle is not stolen. Here is a link to the Texas DPS website regarding the H.E.A.T. Program:
You will be required to show current vehicle insurance as well as a current driver’s license to take advantage of this program. The program is FREE to the public and the Police Department encourages you to attend this event.