A Welcome Change in Purse Styles

A Welcome Change in Purse Styles

Posted on March 30, 2011 by admin
After several years of oversized, unstructured purses, trends are swinging back to smaller sizes and more defined shapes. I, for one, am very pleased. I understand why everyone finds these large purses so appealing. It is really handy to be able to throw your running shoes, lunch, the shirt you want to return to Macy’s, a book to read while waiting at the doctor’s office, or the baby bottle and a couple of diapers into your purse. Not to mention your husband’s camera, wallet and car keys! (I speak from experience here.) The practical downside is that you can’t ever find your wallet or lipstick.

I have a little different take on the oversized purses. Most of these large purses are too big in scale for the average lady and can appear overpowering. We’ve all seen small ladies carrying handbags that look like mini suitcases. The first thing you see is that purse. A purse should be in scale with the person carrying it. It should be an integral part of the total person’s appearance, keeping the focus on the person.

Another very practical reason to carry a smaller purse is frequent visits to a doctor or chiropractor necessitated from carrying too much weight in a purse.

From a design standpoint, these huge purses are traditionally designed with lots of pleating and gathers, allowing the maximum space inside the purse without looking like a piece of luggage. This style is not for everyone. The person who is a sporty, outdoor type or the artistic, creative person will be drawn to this type of purse. However, the classic, elegant or dramatic person will need more structure to support their more formal look. A romantic, feminine lady should choose a purse reflecting her feminine look.

The orange handbag by Isabelle Fiore is more casual and slouchy and would work very well for the sporty person.

The structure of the beige Dior Classic has a much more formal look and will be an excellent choice for the dramatic or classic lady.

Notice the second beige purse by Marc Jacobs. It is smaller and dressier and would work well with a dress where the larger bag above has a heavier look and would work better with a suit or more substantial clothing.

This animal print by Dolce and Gabbana is the new crossbody style. An animal print is more dramatic but the crossbody strap conveys a more casual look. This would work for the artsy person as well.

Finally, the small clutch by Valentino would be the perfect complement for that feminine, romantic lady.
All purses available at Neiman Marcus, Atanta.

Is it time to give your closet a spring cleaning? Call us at Style With Aplomb. We can take you shopping in your own closet. You will be able to select those great, existing pieces that need to be a part of your spring/summer wardrobe. Then we will help you decide which pieces to add so that you appear fresh and up to date. Contact us at Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com or 404-467-0288

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A Welcome Change in Purse Styles

After several years of oversized, unstructured purses, trends are swinging back to smaller sizes and more defined shapes. I, for one, am very pleased. I understand why everyone finds these large purses so appealing. It is really handy to be able to throw your running shoes, lunch, the shirt you want to return to Macy’s, a book to read while waiting at the doctor’s office, or the baby bottle and a couple of diapers into your purse. Not to mention your husband’s camera, wallet and car keys! (I speak from experience here.) The practical downside is that you can’t ever find your wallet or lipstick.

I have a little different take on the oversized purses. Most of these large purses are too big in scale for the average lady and can appear overpowering. We’ve all seen small ladies carrying handbags that look like mini suitcases. The first thing you see is that purse. A purse should be in scale with the person carrying it. It should be an integral part of the total person’s appearance, keeping the focus on the person.

Another very practical reason to carry a smaller purse is frequent visits to a doctor or chiropractor necessitated from carrying too much weight in a purse.

From a design standpoint, these huge purses are traditionally designed with lots of pleating and gathers, allowing the maximum space inside the purse without looking like a piece of luggage. This style is not for everyone. The person who is a sporty, outdoor type or the artistic, creative person will be drawn to this type of purse. However, the classic, elegant or dramatic person will need more structure to support their more formal look. A romantic, feminine lady should choose a purse reflecting her feminine look.

The orange handbag by Isabelle Fiore is more casual and slouchy and would work very well for the sporty person.

The structure of the beige Dior Classic has a much more formal look and will be an excellent choice for the dramatic or classic lady.

Notice the second beige purse by Marc Jacobs. It is smaller and dressier and would work well with a dress where the larger bag above has a heavier look and would work better with a suit or more substantial clothing.

This animal print by Dolce and Gabbana is the new crossbody style. An animal print is more dramatic but the crossbody strap conveys a more casual look. This would work for the artsy person as well.

Finally, the small clutch by Valentino would be the perfect complement for that feminine, romantic lady.
All purses available at Neiman Marcus, Atanta.

Is it time to give your closet a spring cleaning? Call us at Style With Aplomb. We can take you shopping in your own closet. You will be able to select those great, existing pieces that need to be a part of your spring/summer wardrobe. Then we will help you decide which pieces to add so that you appear fresh and up to date. Contact us at Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com or 404-467-0288

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What’s New for Spring at Escada

 

Posted on March 24, 2011 by admin

Today, Neiman Marcus hosted our AICI chapter with a lovely style show presenting the spring/summer collection from Escada. A big “Thank You” to Jan, manager of the Escada department, Neiman’s, and the Escada team.

Multi – purpose is one of the themes from the collection. Jackets can be paired with jeans and a more casual shirt as well as worn with a skirt or slacks and dressy blouse. How cool is that for maximizing your wardrobe investments?

Shaded Jeans

Jeans took on a personality of their own. The collection stepped far beyond the traditional jeans in assorted colors, although they were available as well. One pair of white jeans featured 3-dimentional front pocket detail, which was carried out in one hip pocket – just enough to give the jeans a unique look without being overdone. Jeweled details were featured on hip pockets, color variations, fabric with metallic thread, and even pinstripes. These jeans could be really dressed up with a jacket or worn with your heels of choice and an attractive tank.

Escada Blue Jacket

Suits continue to be an important spring fashion look. Skirts are making a comeback along side the ever-important slacks. Suits in the collection featured creative details. One beautiful blue silk tweed suit featured a most unusual detailing at the bottom. The jacket could also be paired with a dress with the same detailing as the bottom of the jacket. Some jacket lapels created a unique flair through asymmetry or a contrasting fabric.

As in other designer’s spring collections, prints are a large part of the group. One dress was especially striking using the current fashionable color blocking executed in a different way by combining white with a print. If you have been reading my blogs for long, you know that choosing the right print for you is a little tricky. Be sure you love the print, and then when you are in front of the mirror wearing the print, close your eyes for a moment then open them. If the first thing you see is the print, it is probably too much. You want to wear the clothes, not have them wear you!

Color Blocking

Of course, the maxi was featured in a variety of ways. One maxi knit dress was reversible with the deep “V” on one side and a high neck on the other. It could be dressed up for a special evening out or be worn with sandals and be perfect for a patio party.

Zippers were a popular accent, shown in many unusual applications. Leather will continue to be an important staple in your wardrobe. Tasteful, subtle details were the trend of the show.

I believe in buying a few timeless pieces of high quality and this collection gave much from which to choose. One can add one or two pieces from a collection such as this and mix them with your present wardrobe. Add a few inexpensive pieces that will just last for the season and you have a fresh, current look without bruising your credit card.

Need some guidance in how to best bring your wardrobe into spring? We will be happy to guide you. Not sure if you need help? Take advantage of our 1/2 hour complementary consultationto see if this is for you. Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com or 404-467-0288.

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70’s Retro or Boho

Posted on March 17, 2011 by admin

When I think of the 70’s, I think of hippies, psychedelic colors, long, stringy hair and all of the other negative images that went with that period. I lived in Southern California during that time, one of the hot spots for the movement. Being a mother of two young children and very conservative, I was anything but impressed. You can imagine my reaction when I read that the spring collections would encompass styles from the 70’s or the Boho look.

In reality, designers have taken the look, cleaned it up, and modernized it. Let’s look at the Maxi skirt. There are many versions of this peasant-type skirt look so I have selected a variety of examples.

Neiman’s New Personal Line

The first example is a classic maxi skirt in white with a white tank top. It is paired with a beige jacket. One of the keys to wearing this look is to keep good proportion. The skirt is voluminous so balance needs to be achieved by having the top hug the body. This jacket simply makes the model appear bulky and shapeless. Without the jacket, the fitted shell is perfect. If a jacket is needed, a fitted jacket or sweater, stopping at the waist would be a better choice. This skirt is lacy so would be best worn by a romantic and feminine or possibly a creative, artistic personality. These sandals work perfectly for the look.

Vince at Neiman’s

The next skirt by Vince, has a completely different feel. Paired with this white tank, it gives an “all-American” girl feel. This skirt and top could be worn to lunch, to a ball game or any variety of other events. It will best complement the sporty, outdoor personality.

 

Albert Makali at Neiman’s
The last dress will appeal to a totally different personality. Points on the skirt add a touch of drama. It also has a sexy, alluring feel. You notice this model has a much more dramatic, alluring appearance. This is a good choice of the maxi look for ladies who fit the dramatic or sexy, alluring category.

You will notice that there were no maxi examples for the traditional, classic, or elegant personality. As with every changing trend, one needs to recognize ones unique personal style and wear trends that support that style. For these ladies, better to love it and leave it.

Need some guidance in choosing the right new trends for your spring/summer wardrobe? Call us at Style With Aplomb at 404-467-0288 or email at Beryl[@]StyleWithAplomb[.]com.

The Enduring Trench

Posted on March 8, 2011 by admin

As long as I can remember, the trench coat has been a staple in the fashion world for both men and women. The tan trench has always been the quintessential basic.

Ralph Lauren Trench Vest

In 1914, Thomas Burberry was commissioned by the British War Office to create a jacket that could be used by the military in the trenches. Burberry had an existing style – the “Tielocken” made from waterproof worsted cotton gabardine. A few style changes to better accommodate the soldiers’ needs, and the trench coat was born.

 

Diane Von Furstenberg
I’m sure Thomas Burberry would not believe his eyes if he were to see the myriad versions of his trench coat that have appeared in recent runway collections. Well-known designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Lauren are joined by newer names such as Phillip Lim, and Thakoon among numerous others have their own version of the trench.

Stella McCartney Trench Cape

Evening coats in various iterations of the trench can be found in silk, metallic, and tweed. Short, long, traditional beige, print, ruffled or cape-style all occupy hanger space in stores this season. If you are thinking of adding one of these new versions of this well-loved classic to your spring wardrobe, be sure to allow plenty of time to shop. With as much variety as there is available, you will want to explore the many possibilities before making your final choice. (All trenches pictured can be found at Neiman Marcus.)

St. John Trench Jacket

Would your company or organization benefit from a presentation on how to wear new spring styles? We are booking luncheon, lunch and learn, and workshops now. We can tailor one just for your group. Contact Beryl at Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com or call 404-467-0288.

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Bright, Bold Colors

Have you noticed lots of bright pinks, oranges, or greens in stores? It seems that every fashion magazine is replete with bright, saturated colors for spring and summer. It is a pleasant change from the somber colors we have seen in the past but it also requires some skill in wearing them so that you don’t look like a fashion victim.

A number of designers are showing bright, saturated colors combined together. Some collections are showing analogous colors (combining adjacent colors on the color-wheel), while others are using complementary colors (across the color wheel). When these colors are at full intensity, more fashion skill is required.
First of all, saturated colors should be becoming to you. If your coloring and/or personality are not well showcased by saturated colors, you can soften the look by choosing something in shaded, tinted, muted or toasted.

Jill Sanders
Secondly, proportion is all-important. Keep in mind a one-third/two third proportion. Look at this skirt and blouse by Jill Sanders. This is a complementary color combination. Notice that both the skirt and blouse appear as a block of color in equal proportion. This skirt and blouse pairing would be much more pleasing with either a longer skirt or blouse giving a one-third/two-thirds proportion.
Another consideration is choosing a fabric that works for you. A shiny fabric works best with flawless skin. Otherwise, any little imperfection is exaggerated next to the smooth, shiny fabric.

Milly
This dress by Milly has equal color blocking. The difference is that the belt breaks up the block of red on the top so that it does not appear to be half and half. This designer has also chosen a more traditional color combination, combining saturated red with neutral black.

Nanette Lepore
Nanette Lepore has paired her bright orange top with traditional white pants. Designers have been pushing white for year around wear. This might work in warmer climates. I certainly can’t image white jeans in New York or any other Northern industrial city during the winter. In summer, however, white is one of my favorite basics. Pairing it with colors from your personal color palette present a fresh, cheerful appearance, even on the hottest days.
You will also notice that very little jewelry is shown for spring so you can put away all those bracelet clusters and necklace strands for another day.
Could your company benefit from a Lunch and Learn or Workshop on presenting your best workplace image? Call Style With Aplomb and we will customize a presentation tailored to the specific needs of your company. Contact us at Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com or call 4904-467-0288.