Ensemble: Cropped, Belted & Plushed

This ensemble was inspired by Zara’s ink blue plush embroidered jacket that looked incredible on my client last week. Wear it open to create a vertical line down the centre front of the body for a streamlined visual effect. Combine it with a longer length tunic, flared or straight crops, a waist-defining belt, and booties. On trend, cosy and making use of new outfit proportions.


I’ve put together an outfit like the inspiration photo, as well as a pastel version in blue. Feel free to use any colour palette.

Here are the components of the outfit: 

Cropped Pants: Choose a pair of flared or straight cropped jeans or pants. Make sure that the colour and wash works with the rest of the outfit.

Tunic: Choose a long pullover or top that creates the right layers for the look. An assortment of necklines will work. 

Belt: Wrap a belt around your waist for structural definition. Keep it low contrast to the top for vertical integrity. This works especially well when you are long in the waist and/or have a defined waist. LEAVE OFF the belt if you are very short in the waist or apple shaped. 

Plush Topper: Layer a short faux tur topper (in a solid or pattern) over the lot and leave it unfastened to showcase the layers. 

Footwear: High-shaft booties are a slam dunk, but so are Winter pumps, or heeled loafers. 

Accessories: Finish off the look with a bag that tickles your fancy, and perhaps a brooch on the jacket. Add jewellery, watch and eyewear as desired. 

Substitute the short plush jacket for another style of short textured jacket if that’s more your thing. I’ve created tonal looks here, but feel free to go high contrast if that’s your style.

Ensemble: Cropped, Belted & Plushed

About seven years ago, I created similar high-contrast outfits with full-length jeans and extended sleeves. Some might remember this blast from the past, when my style was more maximal.








Link Love: Weather for Tights

Vogue shares outfit ideas to take the coloured tights trend from the Spring runways to your Fall wardrobe.

Racked tested out several hosiery brands and came up with a list of winners.

And here’s a round-up of 25 of the best tights available on Amazon.

Fab Links from Our Members

Bj1111 found this post asking if our taste in scents change with “the change” quite interesting.

“…having reached, finally, the age when you can reject rejection.” Shevia enjoyed this NY Times article about not dressing your age.

Following a recent forum discussion on what Business Casual means these days, bj1111 adds that articles like these further confuse the issue.

BC came across an article explaining how Gucci got its groove back.

Angie and SarahF both recommend Sally’s post about the connection between dressing well and an increased level of self-acceptance.

BrieN wanted to share this article about how to dress like an adult.

Given the hugely abundant and ever-popular “How to be Paris Chic” and Prep-Style articles and blogs out there, La Belle Demimondaine thought this was an interesting post.

Weekly Roundup: Subtle Bling & Earth Tones

With the holidays approaching, I’m starting to put holiday looks together with clients. Most of their outfits are smart casual with a few dressier occasions thrown into the mix. Here are some winning pieces with subtle bling, many of which can be worn to the office on a regular day if you bat for Team Daytime Sparkle. Or just wear them anyway if sparkle makes you happy. And earth tones are back with a vengeance, which is a breath of fresh air from the overdose of black and grey. Be sure to browse all the colour options. 

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Outstanding Outfit Bloggers

A Love for Statement Sequins

London-based Lisa Welden Lennkh (47) is a blogger and freelance writer who documents her outfits over at The Sequinist. Her style is Modern Classic and ladylike with the occasional Hard-Edged detail. She couldn’t live without glitter and sequins, loves heels and statement shoes, and values great quality pieces. Lisa likes to wear black but enjoys sporting bold colours too. She has a penchant for luxe coats and quirky accessories.

“I don’t think my style has evolved drastically, but perhaps it is slightly more quirky now than a few years ago. I still wear things in my closet that are 10 or 20 years old. When I worked in banking, I was fairly classic with a side of quirky or sparkly. Now I serve up a double portion! I still try to maintain the elegance, but I add more twists and am much braver mixing it up now (like camouflage and sequins, for instance). A few years ago when I had my son, I completely put my style on hold for a year or two, but I picked up where I had left off and resumed my love of statement pieces fairly quickly.”

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Daytime sparkle with an edge. Lisa is a huge lover of glitter and sequins, and happily sports them day and night. For this daytime look, she’s dressed down a silver sequined pencil skirt with a camouflage print jacket. The belted style accentuates Lisa’s waist. The below-the-knee length skirt creates a long lean line. Black Rockstud pumps and a wide studded bracelet further emphasize the fun juxtaposition between dressy and Hard Edge. Pink lipstick and Lisa’s blonde locks add soft contrast.

Lisa Welden Lennkh - 2

Lisa Welden Lennkh - 2

In this monochrome outfit Lisa is showing us three different ways to wear the same navy silk blouse with detachable tie. First she tucked the blouse into navy straight leg jeans and wrapped the tie around her waist as a belt, which gives the effect of wearing a jumpsuit. Wrapping the tie thrice around her neck and wearing it pussy bow style is a second option. In the third iteration, Lisa is wearing the blouse ’70s style, unbuttoned, with the bow undone and worn as a skinny scarf. Black glittery cut-out pumps, a blue bracelet and silver earrings add subtle sparkle. A black envelope clutch finishes off the look.

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Another great example of how to dress down sequins for daytime. Lisa is wearing a relaxed fit sweater with a mix of matte and shiny sequins. The unusual colour combination and colour block style make it a real statement piece. Pairing it with black skinny pants tucked into slouchy black boots casualizes the look. The animal print detailing on the boots is a fun way to do a spot of pattern mixing. Bright pink lipstick echoes the fuchsia colour in the sweater.

Lisa is a fan of “More is More”, and loves a good statement piece. When asks if she is eyeing anything in particular for Fall/Winter 2016, she said:

“The item I have fallen madly in love with is a Dolce & Gabbana coat, completely covered in jewel-toned paillette sequins. Technically, it is from their Spring and Summer 2017 collection, but it is a piece that could be worn year round. It is so far out of my budget that I have decided I am going to DIY my own version instead, that’s how much I love it! It will take me a few weeks, but I know I will wear it forever. I’ll wear it with jeans for daytime or with a black dress underneath for evening. I’d keep everything else pretty minimal (for once) because the coat does ALL the work. I’ve also got my eye on a vintage sequin iridescent-cream long trench coat from the 1960s. It is a maximalist showstopping piece that you could wear anywhere, any season, with anything. I’ll still be wearing it long after the current Gucci-influenced maximalist trend fades away. I always say it is impossible to have a bad day in sequins, so the more I can incorporate them into my wardrobe, the better.”

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Lisa embraces her inner bombshell in this alluring little V-neck number in vivid red. The sleeveless frock hits our 5’8″ blogger just above the knees and accentuates her fab curves. An oversized, multi-coloured Swarovski crystal necklace fills in the V-neckline and makes a playful statement. Eye-catching poppy red pointy toe d’Orsay pumps with black lace-up ribbons add a fun flirty touch. A black clutch with gold stud detailing and oversized tortoise shell sunnies are the accessories of choice. Lisa’s cosy cashmere wrap in a matching red is the elegant finishing touch.

Lisa Welden Lennkh - 5

Lisa Welden Lennkh - 5

An elegant smart casual look built around a black column of colour. Lisa has layered a light blue sweater coat over a simple black top and a pair of black woven leggings. The maxi cardigan is sleek and streamlined. The light blue pops against the black, and is extremely flattering against our blogger’s beautiful  peaches and cream skin. The purple and turquoise kitten heels are trademark Lisa, and these too work perfectly with the light blue and black. As do the dainty multi-coloured glass necklace, studded cuff bracelet and coral lippie. For extra warmth, Lisa can throw on a faux fur stole in a complementary blue. Cosy and chic.

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This “Evil Eye Mesh Dress” has Lisa’s name written all over it. It’s quirky, sequined, and makes a unique statement. A real conversation starter! The frock is semi-transparent so she layered it over a black slip dress for extra coverage. The elbow-length sleeves and Lisa’s skin peeking through add structure and interest to the relaxed fit style. Her black glittery cut-out pumps complement the sparkly sequins perfectly. Blue mirrored sunnies echo the blue in the dress. An oversized snakeskin patterned clutch is all that’s needed to finish off the look.

I can’t wait to hear what you think of Lisa’s statement outfits. Let us know in the comments, and then hop on over to The Sequinist to browse the rest of our blogger’s fab outfits.





Keep Your Tall Boots

Knee-high boots have been quite the topic of conversation among my clients this season. Many of them have an assortment of flat, heeled, casual and dressy styles that have been collecting dust for several seasons while booties have been all the rage. 

Booties are trendy and versatile. They work well with on trend cropped jeans and pants. They are much easier to fit than tall boots. They are easier to pull on and take off, and usually more comfortable to wear. And they are less insulating and perfect for a milder climate.

But when my clients start to talk about passing on their knee-high and over-the-knee boots, I am quick to say KEEP THEM. Assuming they are comfortable, in good condition, fit well around the ankle and calf, look flattering, and don’t look dated, there are four good reasons to do so.

  1. They were hard to find because the fit is very tricky to get right. Keep the needle we found in the haystack!
  2. They’re very practical for a wet and cold Seattle climate. Although we’ve had three mild Winters in a row — it probably won’t last. 
  3. One day you’re going to wake up in the dead of Winter and feel like a change from short boots. All you will need to do is shop your closet for another option. Easy. 
  4. And you’ll have the goods when they are back on trend. 

I have five pairs of tall boots that aren’t going anywhere despite infrequent wear. I wear the rugged chocolate mid-calf biker boots the most because of Winter dog walking. The cream go-go boots are bashed up and almost unwearable, but I like looking at them. My classic black riding boots are still going strong, and come out from time to time. My cognac riding boots come out a few times a season too. And my slouchy stone boots look off-trend at the moment, but they’re unique, extremely comfortable, and a sentimental purchase from Italy, so I’m keeping them too.