Fab Finds at the Black Friday Sales

Here are items that have been winners on clients this season, that have great reviews, or caught my eye because they have fab potential. Most items are on sale, but some are not on sale yet. Browse the size and colour options. 

1. Nordstrom

Here are some great items that are on sale at Nordstrom right now.

See the collection page to see the items alongside my descriptions.

2. Everlane Knitwear and Accessories

Everlane generally does a great job with their sweaters, scarves, and beanies. They are casual, on-trend, sometimes texture-rich, a fab weight, colour-rich (usually solid colours), and versatile. I discovered Everlane knitwear last year, and the cashmere pullover and beanie I got then have held up well. So I’m giving the quality a thumbs up. The accessories are unisex, and some of the sweaters are too. Size down in the knitwear.

These items worked best on my clients.

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The Cashmere Scarf
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The Cashmere Crew
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The Cashmere Scarf
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The Cashmere Crew
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The Cashmere Crew
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The Cashmere Scarf
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The Cashmere Scarf
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The Cashmere Scarf
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The Cashmere Scarf
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The Cashmere Scarf
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The Alpaca Beanie
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The Alpaca Crew
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The Alpaca Crew
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The Alpaca Crew
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The Alpaca Crew
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The Alpaca Beanie
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The Alpaca Beanie
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Personally, I’m trying the merino cabled sweater in green. It has wider sleeves than I usually wear, but the cropped length tempers that volume. The pullover is longer on me, and I’m completely covered. Plus I wear a camisole for insulation. The cables are spaced out, which makes them less bulky. Santa Clause may or may not have popped the three-piece striped set under the tree. The white is more creamy in person, and the items match perfectly. I look forward to wearing them together.

3. Anthropologie

Maeve Low-Slung Flared Trousers: These trousers are fabulous and VERY comfy. They are not low slung, so who knows why they are described that way. Super soft and fab for working from home or when you’re out and about. They look dressier, but have a versatile casual integrity. They can work well on a curvier figure. Love the broad ‘90s cuff. Comes in standard, petite, tall, and plus.

Maeve Low-Slung Flared Trousers

Maeve Colette Cropped Wide-Leg Corduroy Pants: These have worked on every client who has tried them because they mould to the contour of the body. Lots of colours. Very comfy. Comes in standard, petite, and plus.

Maeve Colette Cropped Wide-Leg Corduroy Pants

Flat White Sheer Polka-Dot Blouse: I got this dressy blouse as part of my formal capsule and love it, although it’s not as comfy and warm as a dressy sweater. My nude-for-me bra miraculously fits perfectly under the straps of the camisole so no need to wear a strapless bra. The camisole straps are adjustable so you can adequately cover your bra. The puffy sleeves are more dramatic in person. The bow at the back of the neck is fun. I wear mine UNTUCKED over dressy pants or a skirt, and it’s sufficiently short to do so. You might need to size down. Comes in standard, petite, and plus.

Flat White Sheer Polka-Dot Blouse

Team Red or Team Purple

You are on Team Red if you prefer red to purple, and vice versa. Red includes everything from tomato red, fire engine, and watermelon, to a rich wine, brick red, claret, crimson, ruby, scarlet, and red burgundy. Purple includes everything from lavender, periwinkle, heather, mauve and lilac, to bright orchid, amethyst, violet, and deep grape, indigo, plum and eggplant. Take your pick.

As far as my friends, family and clients go, my guess is that they’d be evenly split. For some of my friends, purple is their favourite colour and it’s fun to give them purple things. I have zero purple in my wardrobe and home because it’s not a colour I gravitate to. Of course, I love it on those who enjoy wearing purple because it looks smashing and makes their hearts happy.

I bat firmly for Team Red. A sour, bright tomato red is one of my favourite and best colours. In smaller doses I wear watermelon, fire engine, wine, and red burgundies. I’ve worn bright reds my entire life, throughout the year, and don’t plan on stopping. Hubs Greg wears a deep red to perfection, and red sneakers are signature to his style. Yorkies Sam and Jo wear red harnesses, sweaters, coats, and collars. Our home decor incorporates red too. The Cox Castle bats for Team Red.

Here are the red items in my wardrobe.

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Hackness Wool Jacket
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Rosie Jersey Top
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Furla Handbag
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Classic Belt
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Roll-neck merino jumper
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Over to you. Do you bat for Team Red or Team Purple? Tell us why. It’s tradition that on the eve of Thanksgiving in the US, you can bat for both teams. If you bat for neither, you can cheer from the sidelines. I shan’t be serving a meal on the bench because I’m busy cooking veggie sides to take to friends for Thanksgiving tomorrow.

If you’re in the US, we wish you a joyful, festive and peaceful long Thanksgiving weekend. The YLF team will be taking time off till Monday, although I’ll be back on Friday with a top picks list.

Outfit Formula: Black Party Pants

For those who like to wear black pants, these outfit ideas might be helpful. You’ll need dressy black pants in a silhouette and fabric that works for you. Coated denim, velvet, leather, crepe, wool, wool blends, and faux leather all work well. Black jeans in a uniform and dark black wash can work, and so can pinstriped black pants. Black wide leg and wide cropped Ponte pants have been popular with clients too.

These outfits are very neutral. You can stick to black, white, cream, grey, tan, metallics, chocolate brown, navy, and earth tones. Or throw in quiet darks like forest green, eggplant, and teal. Top off all looks with a jacket or coat that works with the weather and ensemble.

1. Dressy Cream Blouse

This is an outfit for a very mild day because of the sandals and sheer blouse. But you can swap those out for a warmer dressy cream top (like a dressy sweater), and cream boots for cold weather. Here, straight leg faux leather black pants are combined with a dressy cream sheer polkadot blouse with matching camisole. It’s semi-tucked, but if it’s not too long wear it untucked. Finish off the look with dressy closed or open shoes, a small bag, and festive jewellery. This is stunning and my favourite of the four. I LOVE the blouse, which has a back neck-tie, so I’ve ordered it.

Dressy Cream Blouse

2. Velvet Top

Here’s a very simple and more casual way to wear black bottoms in a festive way. Combine a pair of wide cropped or full-length black jeans with a warm velvet top in a colour that tickles your fancy. This is a roomy dark green velvet tee that is semi-tucked to create ease. The boxy fit creates ease too. The casual outfit is elevated with a dressy pair of shoes. I like how the length of these jeans showcases the shoes. Feel free to choose dressy flats or boots instead. Add some bling and a bag to match.

Velvet Top

Here are some velvet tops.

3. Textured Sweater

A black sweater in a subtle pattern, with sparkle, or in an interesting texture is fabulous with dressy black pants. Here, I like the textural mix of the cosy and slightly chunky knit with what looks like shiny faux leather or coated denim straight leg pants. The long chunky lariat necklace is gorgeous over the top of the sweater. The dressy heeled sandals with bare feet look seasonally confused to my eye, but if you like the vibe – go for it. I’d have chosen dressy closed shoes like pumps, loafers, ballet flats or boots. Keep them black, tan, cream, or metallic.

Textured Sweater

4. Black Lace

If you enjoy wearing black from head to toe, try combining a black lace top with dressy black pants. The texture of the lace breaks up the expanse of black and adds a good deal of depth and interest. I love the elegant proportions of this outfit. The wide pants gorgeously complement the wide long sleeves of the blouse. Dressy black boots finish off the look.

Black Lace

You can finish off the all-black look with pearl accessories and a metallic bag to add contrast to the outfit. It will brighten the black – especially at night – if that’s more your thing. Brighter nail polish and lipstick are options too.

Roundups

Simpler Items

This week's list of top picks list is about basic pieces.

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Assorted Items

Items for Summer, both in and out of air conditioning.

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Casual Summer Vibes

This week's top picks are good for a casual Summer vibe.

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Summery Earth Tones

These items are for those who like to wear casual earth tones in warm and hot weather.

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Hints of Spring

Some tried-and-tested winning items to refresh your style for Spring.

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Dressier Items

An assortment of dressier top picks might be just what the doctor ordered.

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Link Love: Fragrance Facts

I enjoyed reading about the perfumes actors wear to get into character.

How fragrance’s famous rose fields in the French town of Grasse are dealing with climate change was also an interesting read.

According to some experts, one of the reasons vanilla-scented fragrances are so popular, is the emotional link with mother’s breast milk and formula as these have strong vanilla fragrance compounds.

Fab Links from Our Members

Wakanda Forever! Nuancedream says: “I haven’t seen the film yet, but I expect to be blown away. Ruth E. Carter will likely need to make room on her mantle for another Oscar for Best Costume Design.”

Minaminu is trying to understand how to mix warm and cool colours, and stumbled across this blog post explaining how to mix them. She loved that James Bond movie outfits were used as examples.

Stagiaire Fash wanted to share this Instagram reel, and adds: “Apologies to lovers of beige and other neutral colors. Also to fans of simple, clothing made of natural fibers.”

Roberta had a good chuckle while reading “I’m wearing tunics now.

Vildy thought this YouTube video was interesting: “How to look expensive, classy, elegant, and fun with the help of Italian designer style secrets.”

Are the Victorians Responsible for Fast Fashion?” This video gave kkards a lot to think about: “It lays out the changes that happened in the Victorian age vis-à-vis technology, media and society, and finds parallels between then and now. The video also talks about how ready-to-wear started as a way to improve society and add convenience, showing, as always, that there are unexpected and unintended consequences.”

Fab Finds: Bottoms, Tops and the Cosmos

Retail stock is buzzing, especially online. Shipments seem to be flowing and there is a lot of everything at the moment. I’m thrilled to see brights and jewel tones come through alongside plenty of earth tones and neutrals. Be sure to browse the colour and size options. Some items are on sale, or might be in a couple of days. 

1. J. Crew Kate Straight Leg Pants

The J.Crew Kate Pants have been unexpectedly brilliant with a slew of my clients across a range of sizes and body types. They’ve worked on petite through to tall people across straighter and curvier figures. They are made of an AWESOME thick woven four-way stretch fabric that is substantial and luxe. It feels extremely good on the body which helps to create a good fit. The fabric glides over hip, bottom, and thigh curves quite beautifully. The fabric does not cling, and the rise is neither too high nor low. The fabric composition is a polyester-viscose-elastane, which is exactly the same fabric composition that Veronica Beard uses in her popular trouser suiting. These pants are a fraction of the designer price. They come in nine colours, and are available in US00 to US24 across regular lengths. Sizes US0 to US16 are available in petite and tall lengths. My tall clients are grateful for the lower leg coverage, while petite clients are happy to skip hem hacking. The visual effect is a slim and straight silhouette with a lot more ease and room than skinnies. Plenty of room on the calves.

J.Crew Petite Kate Straight-leg Pant

I have the Kate straight legs in bright red and am thrilled with them, so much so that I am thinking of duplicating them in toffee. They are at that new regular length that just covers the ankle bone and showcases all of the shoe. They are not as short as cropped pants. I also have the Kate Straight Legs in pink velvet, which are a similar silhouette but a longer full length, more like trousers, and with more ease. I’m wearing them here. I took the same size in both even though the velvet version is longer and baggier. The velvet bagged out a little after wearing them a couple of times, but it seems to work with the more trouser-y silhouette. Extremely comfortable, soft, versatile, and I have the green on my radar.

 

2. Liverpool Los Angeles Jeans and Pants

Liverpool bottoms and toppers are particularly popular with clients who work from home, or are looking for dressier attire that feels like athleisure but isn’t as sporty and casual. The brands big buzz words are softness, stretch and comfort. Items that look woven are KNITTED for extra comfort. Elastic waistbands are an option. Jeans are super soft. Rises aren’t too high. Jackets have removable hoodie bibs. Fits work well on curvier figures. So far, clients say that items have laundered well and aren’t bagging out after wearing them. Size down because items run big.

3. Scotch & Soda Cosmos Collection

I was excited to see this gorgeous and quirky collection at a nearby Scotch & Soda store last week. Planetary icons, galaxies, the Milky Way, and night sky patterns grace dressy and casual clothing. The execution is subtle, clever, crisp, grown-up, and unique. Click the links to see the fabness of the patterns in detail because the small photos do not do them justice. The quality of these items is impeccable, and silhouettes are on-trend. The bomber jackets are fully reversible. The inside of the blazers are works of art. Lots of dressy fabrics in relaxed silhouettes, which is what this Dutch brand does best. If you like a “bruised” colour palette, keep these items on your radar.