Weekly Roundup: Cuddly Comfies

From now until the end of Winter I will reach for warm knits and soft items across a range of thicknesses, because they feel extra cosy, cuddly and comfortable. Here’s a selection of comfies, some of which have been winners on my clients. Browse through all the colour options.

  • Rebecca Taylor Cable Knit Swing Pullover: A swingy cabled pullover is unique. This one is quite streamlined on the body despite the chunky knit and volume. Great over bootcuts or slim bottoms.
  • Banana Republic Metallic Rib-Knit Crew: A fitted metallic pullover that is good with skirts or tucked into culottes. Form-fitting. Not suited to apple body types. All the colours are nice.
  • Madewell Marled Henley Pullover Sweater: A fab pullover for a larger bust and shorter neck. Fitted on the waist. Great with skirts and wider pants or jeans.
  • Club Monaco Pavla Cashmere Sweater: A very plain crew-neck pullover until you hit the party on the cuff. Fab layered under a jacket.
  • Topshop Grommet Oversize Hoodie: Grommet Sweatshirt Fabness. Dramatically casual. Might run small.
  • Topshop Chiffon Sleeve Sweater: Gothic Romance for a long torso, long neck, defined waist and small bust. Great with skirts and wider pants or jeans. Form-fitting.
  • Club Monaco Julie Printed Turtleneck: A turtleneck in a Winter floral can make you smile. Wear it out over slim bottoms. Runs small. Good on a long torso.
  • Free People Embroidered Coat with Faux Fur Lining: Maximal Embroidered Boho Coat Fabness. Runs big and long. Look the other way if you are petite.
  • TOPSHOP Boutique Funnel Taped Wool Blend Jacket: Avant-garde, voluminous and might run a size big. It's a lot of sleeve so consider yourself warned. Best on a long neck. Beautiful with black and ink blue bottoms.
  • Eliza J Stand Collar Wool Blend Military Coat: A Modern Classic military coat in an interesting assortment of colours. Fun back pleat detailing and zippered side entry pockets. Collar folds down for a shorter neck. Looks good worn open and closed. REALLY good on pears and hourglasses. Remember that the position of the buttons can be altered to create a better fit. Runs a size big. The toffee is darker and richer in person.
  • AYR The Coup Tweed Blazer: The length and shape of this jacket is quite magical. It has worked on tall gals AND petites. Works well on both a straighter and curvier body type. Slimming and chic. Impeccable quality.
  • Louise Et Cie 'Small Alis' Leather Crossbody Bag: Polished glitzy boho in a rich shade of cognac stands out from the crowd.
  • Reiss Daveen Racing Green Cashmere Roll-Neck Jumper: An oversized forest green pullover that is more refined in person. Drapes like a dream. Wear it semi-tucked over a pencil skirt, or over bootcuts or flared crops.
  • Topshop Diagonal Stripe Shirt: A diagonally striped blouse has a retro '90s appeal. The stripes do NOT match up in front so you have to be okay with that. The mismatched stripes add a fun graphic appeal. Wear with a black or white support act.
  • Madewell Daywalk Shirtdress in Hilldale Plaid: A soft and cosy checked shirt dress that works as well over jeans and leggings. Fun layered over a T-neck for a more insulated '70s look.
  • Madewell Lace-Up Sweater-Dress: This might be a little scratchy if you're sensitive to wool. Super cute front lace-up detailing, and works as well as a tunic over skinnies. Gorgeous in oatmeal too.
  • Madewell Hooded Herringbone Cardigan Sweater: VERY cosy hooded sweater coat. The rounded hem provides ample structure. Love the safety pin front closure (feel free to substitute another pin). Runs very big. S/M fits a US10.
  • Zara Suede-effect Jacket: Great topper for sleeveless holiday dresses. Grab it quick. Runs TTS and goes up to an XXL.
  • Zara Embroidered Faux Fur Jacket: It's INK BLUE. Best embroidered plush jacket of the season. CUDDLY DELUXE. Wear this to a casual holiday party because why not! Great styling on the model. Runs a size big.
  • Bernardo Faux Shearling Waterfall Jacket: A faux shearling jacket that's nipped in at the waist. Super comfy and cosy. Size down a size.
  • 1.State Faux Leather Pants: Faux leather pants that feel like leggings but look more like pants. Soft and machine washable. Tummy girdling.
  • KUT from the Kloth Diana Stretch Corduroy Skinny Pants (Regular & Petite): Most of my clients have a couple of pairs of these cords for casual wear. They work on an assortment of body types. They are cosy deluxe and come in a variety of colours. Read the rave reviews.
  • bow muffler: I bought this scarf because it looks different to most of what is available at retail at the moment. You simply knot the ends once after you've tied it around your neck and the ends lay flat against the body showcasing the border and bow. Excellent over a coat. All the colours are nice except the black.
  • Make + Model 'Best Boyfriend' Brushed Hacci Lounge Pants: Best soft, cosy and floppy lounge pants on the planet. I have them in grey and will be duplicating. The reviews mention that the black is a lint fest in the washing machine, which I cannot confirm. The grey is sublime.
  • Two by Vince Camuto Plaid Notch Collar Coat: This jacket is SO soft, you can wear it at home like a cardigan. Unstructured and trapeze in silhouette. It works well with blue denim. Runs big and very lightweight.
  • Caslon Stripe Long Sleeve Tunic (Regular & Petite): A striped tunic that looks better in person, A clever silhouette that is roomy yet structured in all the right places. A neckline that suits most body types. Fun striping detail on the front and back. Great with pleather leggings, and all the colour options are nice.

You can see the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

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A Fab Avant-Garde Gilet

One of my clients looked absolutely sensational in Derek Lam’s Double Face Sleeveless Coat last week. This client is regular height, short-waisted, dramatic, in her fifties, and has gorgeous long curly brown hair with auburn highlights. She loved the black so much she had to wear it right away.

The gilet does NOT run true to size as Nordstrom suggests, but two sizes large. A US4 fit my US8 client with a good amount of architectural drape (just like the model in the photo). Roomy, but with just enough structure. And in this case, the gilet looks better buttoned-up in front to temper the volume. 

The gilet is soft. You can drive in it, keep it on indoors, or work in it at the office. The gathered collar looks fussy but stays put. You don’t need to have a long neck to wear the collar because it folds down to create a flatter shape. It’s ideal for moderate climates, and the side entry pockets are great. 

The charcoal is an easy match over a column of black if you like black and grey outfits. This particular client prefers combining black with earth tones and jewel tones. So here are the exact items that we paired with her new black gilet. No blue denim! We finished off the look with black booties and pumps, a chocolate brown bag, and a fun orange necklace. 

Must-Haves: Fall & Winter 2016

Fashion has become a complex melting pot of sartorial choices that almost anything goes as long as you add an intentionally trendy aspect to the outfit. Here’s a shortlist of eight must-haves for the cold weather season that cut across all body types, ages, price points and lifestyles. As always, it’s a question of finding the renditions that work best for you. 

1. Create A Maximal Effect

Maximalism is the most important trend of this season and seasons to come. It’s about wearing it all together to create a harmonized whole. That means remixing patterns, textures, colours and silhouettes, because the only limit to the aesthetic is your own tolerance for the complex combination. Sport multiple accessories, combine a range of colours and patterns, dress in multiple visual layers, and don’t forget dramatic nail polish, rainbow hair, and make-up.  

Of course, Maximalism runs on a continuum, and you’re free to interpret it as fully as you see on the catwalks, or to tone things down considerably. 

2. Wear Cropped Bottoms with Boots

For the third year in a row, cropped lengths — in any silhouette of pants or jeans — are THE on trend silhouette for bottoms. Sport leggings or skinnies at cropped lengths. Straight or flared jeans or trousers at cropped lengths. Boyfriend jeans, slouchies and harem pants at cropped lengths, or any shape of culotte at cropped lengths. Crop lengths two to four inches above the ankle bone for an intentional effect. 

Pair cropped bottoms with shooties, booties, high-shaft booties and taller boots. Expose a slither of skin between the tops of the boots and the hem of the bottoms, or wear taller boots under flared or wider crops to insulate against the cold. 

3. Enjoy a Little Waist Definition 

Showcasing the waist is back with a vengeance. Wear belted tops and toppers, and all sorts of tailored pieces. Haul out the wrap tops. Think fit-and-flare frocks and high rises on jeans and pants. Tuck fluid tops into pencil skirts. The higher rises on jeans, pants and skirts are all about defining the waist when tops are tucked or semi-tucked. 

If you’re apple shaped or uncomfortable showcasing the midsection, simply wear an untucked fluid top that glides over the tummy area under an open tailored jacket that is fitted at the waist. The vertical line that is created down the front of the body by the open jacket is slimming. The fitted side seams of the jacket hint at the waist, while the fluidity of the top camouflages midsection lumpage and bumpage.

4. Add Some Faux Fur

Think faux fur coats, jackets and vests, across solids, patterns, and in any colour. If a faux fur garment is too much of a commitment, wear faux fur as a trim on a garment, or sport it through an accessory. 

5. Sport Round Square Toes & Block Heels

Dainty pointy toe footwear was all the rage for many years. But these days it’s becoming a modern classic. If you’re a trendy shoe gal, sport round square toes, along with all sorts of Mary Janes, flatforms and platforms. Just about any shoe with a block heel looks trendy at the moment. 

6. Flirt with Dandy Flounce

Wear dandy garments that swish with ruffles, pussy bows and cascading flounces. Soft, romantic, and actually as masculine as it is girly. Think back to how well the New Romantics wore this vibe in the ‘80s. 

7. Rock the ‘70s

There is no stopping the sensational glam, boho and disco style sensibilities of the ‘70s. Think full-length flared jeans and trousers. T-necks layered under dresses and tops. Fringe, suede anything, leather trench coats, midi skirts and dresses, wrap tops and dresses, bell sleeves, and half-shoulder silhouettes. 

8. Glam Up Gothic Romance & Renaissance 

Incorporate velvet, brocade, lace and jacquard in any wardrobe item. Feel free to wear these textures together for maximal effect. Wear head-to-toe black with LOTS of texture and garment interest. Remix black lace, faux fur, brocade and leather in one outfit instead of flat head-to-toe black. Add bling for shine. 

Trends like extended sleeves, plaid coats, shearling coats, sandals with socks, over-the-knee boots, pink anything, military ink blue, embroidery, sharp shoulders, maxi cardigans, leather coats, trouser suiting, fashionable puffer coats, forest green, balloon sleeves and reconstructed denim provide extra variety. And trendy new outfit proportions amp up the freshness of an outfit.  

Which trends are featuring in your Fall and Winter wardrobe refresh this season? Are there any surprises?

ETRO Reversible Embroidered Shearling-trimmed Brocade JacketGUCCI Two-tone Mohair-blend CoatMICHAEL KORS COLLECTION Stretch-cotton Poplin Wrap Top

GABRIELA HEARST Louisa Corduroy BlazerSAINT LAURENT Leopard-print Shearling-trimmed Leather CoatMARNI Reversible Shearling and Leather Coat









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Ensemble: Two Plaid Shirt Combinations

Autumn is a fab time of year to wear a plaid shirt. In Seattle plaid shirts are almost part of the culture, so good thing I’m a fan. This ensemble was inspired by my new fiery check boy shirt from J.Crew, which I’ve worn a lot with jeans and jackets over the last few weeks. It also matches my old tomato red skirt. 

Plaid shirts across all sorts of check designs are an iconic classic. These days, plaid fabrications are super soft and drapey, making them very comfortable. Most of them are casual and boxy, although dressier and more fitted versions are available too. I insist on semi-tucking or fully tucking my own plaid shirt so that I don’t feel schlumpy. A little structure can go a long way. 

Both of the outfits here were inspired by my wardrobe (you can see the exact items in the collection). I’ve worn the version with the jeans a couple of times and felt very happy in it. I guess the only thing left for me to do is get a faux fur coat and some cold weather pumps. 

Here are two ways to wear a plaid shirt. I like my own shirts bright or in high-contrasting neutrals, but feel free to sport ANY colour palette. 

Plaid Shirt, Jeans, and Bling

Combine a plaid shirt with trendy jeans like culottes or flared/straight crops and semi-tuck the shirt for structure if needed. Scrunch the sleeves for extra structure too. Add footwear that works with the silhouette of the bottoms. Add a bling necklace or a pile of pearls for a maximal effect. Add a topper like a blazer, moto, tweed or faux fur jacket. A shearling or wool vest will also work. 

Plaid Shirt, Skirt and Statement Topper 

Combine a plaid shirt with a pencil skirt, and top things off with a dramatic topper. I’ve chosen faux fur for drama. Finish off the look with footwear that works with the skirt, like pumps, booties, heeled loafers or tall boots. A bling necklace is optional. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired.

Ensemble: Two Plaid Shirt Combinations




Link Love: Fragrance Trends

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While Vogue editor Samantha Adler recently wrote an article in defence of celebrity perfume.

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Fab Links from Our Members

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BC wanted to share this video (in Spanish) about a girl who has Down’s Syndrome, and is breaking social stigmas by living her dream of being a designer.

Joy discovered these tips on how to wear denim culottes with a Modern Classic vibe.

Kari is excited to go see the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. She also thought the haute couture clothing line by Haida artists is fascinating.

JAileen found this article about Ralph Lauren dressing Hillary Clinton for many important official events interesting.

Then UmmLila came across a post in which a Savile Row tailor was asked to critique Donald Trump’s suits, and this NYTimes article about Melania Trump’s outfit choice at the St. Louis debate.

Angie is loving Sally’s hair: “We’ve seen her sport all sorts of looks in the years she’s posted on Already Pretty, but this ‘do is my favourite. She changed her style quite dramatically a few years ago (going a lot more Hard Edged and Rock ’n’ Roll). Her disconnected asymmetrical haircut works perfectly with her evolved style. I adore how healthy and luscious her curls look most of all. Rock on, Sally.”