Are You Ready for Spezzato?

Spezzato, which literally means broken in two, is the Italian name for mismatching jacket and trousers masterfully.  Where but Italy would men push the envelope with combinations considered so daring?  One would hardly find green trousers with a checked jacket in a window on Seville Row!  Nor would the traditional American navy blazer with khakis or jeans really qualify as spezzato.  No, Italian men seem to know just how to push the envelope and not look ridiculous.

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Brunello Cucinelli stated, “Men are comfortable mixing fabrics and patterns in Italy, and they embrace this style in both casual and formal situations.”  Mr. Cucinelli often displays unstructured jacket with casual trousers in his own window displays.  To quote the article, Mr. Cucinelli “favors lighter, subtler tones; even the bold colors in his latest collection are speckled with beige or gray for what he describes a ‘dusty’ effect….We believe in wearing one bright color at a time, and complementing it with more neutral pieces.”  Alan See of the Armoury, a men’s shop in Hong Kong asserts that the suit is not necessarily needed in the modern workplace, opening up many possibilities with separates.

Gioanni Bianchi, product manager for another Italian men’s wear label, states that one should start with a well tailored jacket of fine quality fabric even though jackets used for the spezzato look are deconstructed, without the full lining and shoulder pads of traditional suits.  The article cautioned that it is preferable to let the jacket be the stabilizing element in this look, using brightly contrasting trousers to add the punch.

As you can see from the pictures, this look takes some finesse in choosing combinations that work together harmoniously.  The bad news is that It may take a year in Italy to learn how to “Spezzato” effectively.   Hmmm.  Not a bad idea.

Beauty Bar

In a recent blog, I discussed the “Blow and Go” salons cropping up to assist busy women with a wash, dry and style service.  You have an important meeting or event to attend and did not have the hour plus to bring your hair from ponytail to glam.  Voila!  The new salon does it for you at an affordable price and in 45 minutes.

Meet its counterpart the “Makeup Bar”, often conveniently located next door to the  “Blow and Go” salon.  As you might imagine, this new concept started in Los Angeles with an original clientele of women in the entertainment industry.   They are now showing up in all major cities, including Atlanta.

Most of us don’t feel that we apply makeup as expertly as a trained makeup artist; especially the eye makeup.  How do you execute a smoky eye for day without looking like you are on your way to work as a cocktail waitress?  According to a study from research firm, Mintel , 78% of women feel makeup helps them look more professional.

Makeup and hair are the “frosting on the cake” of a put together look.  To start with the right colors and clothing selection that best project your authentic image, you want to know the colors and styles that work best for you.  That’s where Style With Aplomb can help!  Call or email Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com or call 404-428-2527 to learn more.

A recent article quoted, Lori Sale, owner of the Makeup and Go salon in the Los Angeles, area.  A few years ago, when she worked as an actress, she was unable to get an appointment at a salon before an Academy Awards party so she went to a department store.  When she finished, she looked lovely but had $300 of makeup she had not wanted.  She added that the experience is often not satisfying in other ways.  “They put the latest color palette on you…if that’s not your color palette, you walk out looking like Bozo the Clown.”

Having your makeup professionally done is no longer just for weddings and proms.  You can now enjoy the luxury at a reasonable price and be assured that you look perfect for that important meeting, interview or party!

Show Your Creative Genius

Show Your Creative Genius

Posted on November 1, 2012 by admin

At the finale of the Miu Miu runway show, Miuccia Prada surprised the audience by appearing in a pantsuit from her Prada collection. If you have been following fashion ads and articles, you know that Prada not only has some of the most extreme fashions but some great creative designs that don’t require you to be a space alien to wear.

In past seasons, all designers have presented every iteration of the dress imaginable, leaving the suit as an ugly stepchild.   Suits are back!   Pantsuits – or trouser suits as is the new terminology – are in every collection.   Suits are, and have always been, a staple in a woman’s professional business wardrobe. Pantsuits have not been popular over the last few years so women have gone to suits with skirts and wearing jackets over classic dresses to create that professional look.  I am glad to see pantsuits coming back.  They add more versatility to a woman’s wardrobe and are more practical in some work situations – for example, picking your way through dirt and studs to show a new home development.

Pantsuits are the best choice for some people. Hillary Clinton has very unattractive legs so her designers wisely dressed her in pantsuits early in the Clinton presidency.   (I will not comment on her choices of colors, styles or hair in recent years.)  The downside on pantsuits is that pants are much more difficult to fit than skirts.  It is hard enough to find a pair of jeans or slacks that fit properly but add the complication of fining a suit with a matching jacket and it can become a real challenge.  The best solution is to find a line that sells the jackets and bottoms separately.

Select a style that says “You”.  Angelica Houston is going to wear a very different suit style than Scarlett Johansson, and Diane Sawyer will choose something totally different from Diane Keaton.  Know your style and stay true to it.

Style With Aplomb can help you find your best style and the colors that bring out your natural beauty.  Call Beryl at 404-428-2527 or email at Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com for a complementary chat.

In the photos, notice how different the suit appears on Cate Blanchett than the runway model.  On Cate the jacket appears much too long, making this tall, beautiful actress look dumpy.  The Armani walking shorts suit is just fun – probably not what most people would add to their wardrobe but then not everyone can wear orange well, either.  The Gucci all white pairs a different jacket with trousers that have a matching jacket.  I love the idea of mixing and matching to get different looks from your wardrobe, however, this jacket is just enough off color to look like you tried to match it and didn’t quit make it.  Better to use a contrasting color if it really doesn’t match.

Imagine what fun it would be to walk into your closet and know that your suits with skirts, suits with pants, and dresses can be mixed and matched to create a multitude of looks.  Hmmm, what look shall I create today?

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Pantsuit Comeback

At the finale of the Miu Miu runway show, Miuccia Prada surprised the audience by appearing in a pantsuit from her Prada collection.  If you have been following fashion ads and articles, you know that Prada not only has some of the most extreme fashions but some great creative designs that don’t require you to be a space alien to wear.

In past seasons, all designers have presented every iteration of the dress imaginable, leaving the suit as an ugly stepchild.   Suits are back!   Pantsuits – or trouser suits as is the new terminology – are in every collection.   Suits are, and have always been, a staple in a woman’s professional business wardrobe.  Pantsuits have not been popular over the last few years so women have gone to suits with skirts and wearing jackets over classic dresses to create that professional look.  I am glad to see pantsuits coming back.  They add more versatility to a woman’s wardrobe and are more practical in some work situations – for example, picking your way through dirt and studs to show a new home development.

Pantsuits are the best choice for some people.  Hillary Clinton has very unattractive legs so her designers wisely dressed her in pantsuits early in the Clinton presidency.   (I will not comment on her choices of colors, styles or hair in recent years.)  The downside on pantsuits is that pants are much more difficult to fit than skirts.  It is hard enough to find a pair of jeans or slacks that fit properly but add the complication of fining a suit with a matching jacket and it can become a real challenge.  The best solution is to find a line that sells the jackets and bottoms separately.

Select a style that says “You”.  Angelica Houston is going to wear a very different suit style than Scarlett Johansson, and Diane Sawyer will choose something totally different from Diane Keaton.  Know your style and stay true to it.

Style With Aplomb can help you find your best style and the colors that bring out your natural beauty.  Call Beryl at 404-428-2527 or email at Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com for a complementary chat.

In the photos, notice how different the suit appears on Cate Blanchett than the runway model.  On Cate the jacket appears much too long, making this tall, beautiful actress look dumpy.  The Armani walking shorts suit is just fun – probably not what most people would add to their wardrobe but then no everyone can wear orange well, either.  The Gucci all white pairs a different jacket with trousers that have a matching jacket.  I love the idea of mixing and matching to get different looks from your wardrobe, however, this jacket is just enough off color to look like you tried to match it and didn’t quit make it.  Better to use a contrasting color if it really doesn’t match.