Wardrobe Consultation: Jaclyn H.

Jaclyn H. recently graduated with her Masters Degree and has an amazing new job that she loves. She wanted help finding a work-appropriate way to keep her sophisticated pin-up/grunge style and still look professional. She gravitates towards tough details like the leather, studs, skulls etc but wants to translate that into a daytime look that is both work appropriate and professional.

Here are just a few of the outfits I pulled together for her, that worked with her budget and met her requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today’s Outfit: Work-Ready Mark Retro Dress

Today, we’re featuring Jaclyn, wearing this work-ready “Retro So Right” dress from mark. This relaxed silhouette has an attached sash tie to define the waist and a black and tan painterly print with pops of this year’s hottest color, tangerine. This dress is both figure-flattering and eye-catching!

As you can see, this gorgeous dress looks very work-appropriate, but it’s also feminine and a little bit sexy. (Course anything looks sexy on Jaclyn because she’s so gorgeous!)

She’s wearing this fabulous dress with basic black tights and black pumps for a totally work-appropriate outfit that is ready for an evening out on the town as well! Find more amazing and unique pieces like this from mark.com. You can also browse their best holiday gift guide ever for Gift Ideas to suit almost anyone on your list.

Today’s Outfit

Dress: Mark Retro So Right Dress
Shoes: Mark Straight Up Sassy Heels
Tights: Mark Black Opaque Tights

Stacy London’s Tips for Fashionable, Comfortable Feet

We are sooooooooooo lucky to get some awesome tips on how to keep our feet comfortable whilst not forgoing fashion from Miss Fashion Hotstuff, Stacy London! She has teamed up with Dr. Scholl’s for Her to promote healthy feet and healthy fashion forward footwear! Hoorah! We love when our feet don’t hurt!

Hey gals! As a stylist, I know that finding a balance between fashion and comfort can sometimes be tricky.  In fact, chances are that most of us ladies have experienced “Fabulitis” – A.K.A. discomfort caused by the decision to wear uncomfortable, yet fabulous, shoes. Luckily, my pals at Dr. Scholl’s For Her make it possible to help forgo Fabulitis (but still be fabulous) with awesome Footcare products designed just for us gals. Here are a few of my tips for how you can be fashionable and comfortable at the same time…it’s totally possible!

 

STICK WITH THE STAPLES: Every woman’s wardrobe should be built around a few staple items that are versatile, good quality and classic in style. For instance, fitted pair of jeans, little black dress, white button down shirt and a comfy pair of black pumps can all be dressed up or down and should be constants in your closet. Fabulitis Comfort tip: Slip a pair of Dr. Scholl’s® For Her High Heel Insoles into your pumps to help prevent foot aches and pains caused by high heels.

 

DAY TO NIGHT: Be prepared on those days when you’ll be heading straight out from work, whether it’s a dinner date or meeting up with the ladies. Choose an outfit that’s work- appropriate (like a little black dress) that you can jazz up with heels and accessories before you hit the town. The key is to choose fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily and will still look great at the end of the day. Fabulitis Comfort tip: Keep a pair of Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Fast Flats™ in your purse to make the commute easy breezy after a long day.  These foldable, rollable, and (of course) stylish flats are so compact, you can carry them with you wherever you go!

 

EXPRESS YOURSELF: Don’t be afraid to be bold and wear items that showcase your personality. It’s easy to add flare to a classic look by incorporating a jeweled hair piece, a colorful belt or your fave accessories. And remember to have fun with it!  Fabulitis Comfort tip: Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Sole Expressions are fun and stylish insoles that provide all-day comfort and come in the cutest patterns for any occasion.

 

SHOP SMART: The perfect pair of heels can take an outfit from drab to fab, but shopping for “the one” takes patience. Carve out enough time to hunt down a flattering style that you feel comfortable in, and try to shop later in the day when your feet are a little swollen so you don’t purchase a pair that’s too tight. Fabulitis Comfort tip: Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Comfort Insoles keep you comfortable all day by absorbing shock and impact on the heels…plus they’re discreet and fit in most shoe styles.

 

WALK THE TALK: Looking uncomfortable can totally ruin the most stylish outfit (even with the most fabulous shoes). Choose clothing and shoes that look and feel good for your body type, stand up tall and own your style with confidence.  Fabulitis Comfort tip: The balls of your feet feel the most pressure when you wear your heels, so add cushioning to the area before slipping them on. Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Ball of Foot Cushions massage your feet and prevent pain from occurring in your ball of foot.

Check out Dr. Scholl’s for Her products here.

Dr. Scholls for Her Partners with Dress For Success

Dr. Scholl’s® For Her recently announced an interactive Facebook campaign to support Dress for Success Worldwide – an international nonprofit organization that offers professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to women entering the workforce.

Preparing for a job interview includes choosing an appropriate outfit, and the right shoes are an essential component to feeling comfortable and confident. You can totally help out! To make a difference in the lives of women entering the workforce, simply:

Visit www.facebook.com/drschollsforher to vote on the most confidence-inspiring shoe style from now until August 26, 2011. Votes will help determine the style of shoes donated to Dress for Success ($25,000 in value). Every pair of donated shoes will also be matched with a Dr. Scholl’s® For Her insole, helping women to feel more comfortable as they step into a new direction. The partnership with Dress for Success is one step in an effort to prevent FabulitisTM – the discomfort caused by the decision to wear uncomfortable, yet fabulous shoes – for all women.

What To Wear: Lands End Canvas Outfit Ideas

As a Lucky Alpha Shopper, I recently got to shop Lands’ End Canvas for a “look” for less than $100. I had briefly heard of Lands End new brand “Canvas” about a month ago, but I hadn’t had a chance to check out the items. I’m glad I got to check it out because I really like what they have to offer. Everything is just my style!

Being the bargain shopper that I am, I tried to get as many items as possible for the $100 I was allotted. After browsing every single item on the website, I chose to purchase the following:

Subtotal: $117.44

Okay so I spent a little over $100, but I couldn’t help it! Once I started shopping, I couldn’t stop. I wanted to buy so much more, but my Christmas budget just didn’t allow. Maybe next month!

Here are the stock photos of the items I chose:




With those seven items I was able to create ten outfits!! All outfits are either Spring, Summer or Fall appropriate, but if you paired a couple of them with boots and sweater, they could be worn in the Winter too.

Outfit #1

The first outfit is the Long Sleeve Heritage Stretch Poplin Shirt in Black ($39.50) paired with Chino Utility Short in Walnut ($13.99). Add a Suede Skinny Belt ($19.99) and a pair of Ballet Flats ($69.50) for a fabulous summertime outfit.


Outfit #2

Start with a super soft Solid Fine Gauge Boyfriend Vneck Sweater and pair with Chino Utility Shorts in Walnut ($13.99). Add a Aged Leather Braid Belt ($39.50) and a pair of sneakers, ballet flats or tall boots.


Outfit #3 #4 and #5

I got the Light Weight Jersey Scoop Placket Henley Tank ($7.99) in Navy, Gray and Dusty Blue. I can pair any of them with Chino Utility Shorts in Walnut ($13.99) for the perfect summertime outfit with sandals or sneakers. These tanks are super soft and you’ll never want to take them off! You can even layer them a cami underneath for a layered look. Tuck your tank into your shorts and add a nice Aged Leather Belt ($39.50) for a smart look.


Outfit #6 #7 and #8

You know how I got the Light Weight Jersey Scoop Placket Henley Tank ($7.99) in Navy, Gray and Dusty Blue? Well I can pair all of those tanks with the Super Soft Chino Slouch Pants in Khaki ($22.99). These chinos are so soft and comfortable, they are like wearing sweatpants! Throw a cardigan on top of a tank and these chinos for a Spring or Fall outfit. Ballet flats for Spring and Ankle Boots for Fall.


Outfit #9

Cooler weather? Start with the Solid Fine Gauge Boyfriend Vneck Sweater ($16.99) and pair with Super Soft Chino Slouch Pants in Khaki ($22.99). You can roll the pants up and wear with ballet flats or heels in the Spring. Try ankle boots or sneakers for Fall. These are very versatile pants!


Outfit #10

The Long Sleeve Heritage Stretch Poplin Shirt ($39.50) really is a wardrobe basic you should have to go with everything. It also goes great with these Super Soft Chino Slouch Pants in Khaki ($22.99). Pair with a great Aged Leather Belt ($39.50) and maybe a pair of heels for a work-ready outfit.


Check out Lands’ End Canvas and let me know which pieces you’d buy to style a look for under $100. Tell me what you think of the items I picked!

* I received $100 gift card to spend on Lands End in exchange for doing this post and sharing my “look”.

New: Premium Pants from Gap

We all know Gap is a go-to for wardrobe basics.  Now they’re debuting a premium pants line.  Great timing– pants are everywhere for Fall!

Our customers know that they can trust us to deliver perfect-fit jeans,” says Gap’s EVP of Design, Patrick Robinson. “But we recognize that our customers need options for all the occasions in their lives. To bridge this gap, we took our denim attitude and applied it to tailored pants – cool style, elegant chic and leg-lengthening shapes that will take our customers through, seven days a week, no matter the time or place.”

In addition to carefully engineered fits and materials that combine style and performance, thoughtful details define this tailored collection. Detailed waistbands—unique to each and every style—add a personal touch. Women’s pieces feature sophisticated, tactile finishes with modern bi-stretch materials cut to create a fluid, feminine drape. Price tags are as modern as the fits: the range starts at $49.50 and tops out at just $59.50.

Check out the new styles below:

Gap Really skinny pants Gap Really skinny pants

Introducing our really skinny. Taking a cue from our supremely stylish skinny jean, this is our sleekest and sexiest pant. The perfect dose of stretch combined with a super slim, fitted silhouette make this ultra-trendy pair a true knockout. – High-quality bi-stretch cotton pants. Sits below the waist. Skinny through the hip and thigh. Slim leg opening. Hook & bar closure, zip fly. Back yoke.


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Gap Boy fit pants (plaid) Gap Boy fit pants (plaid)

Introducing our boy fit. Inspired by vintage menswear styling, this is our most fashion-forward pant. Super-chic with a tapered leg and a perfectly slouchy silhouette. Style tip: try it with sky-high heels to show off the stacked leg. – High-quality stretch poly blend pants. Sits below the waist. Easy through the hip and thigh. Tapered leg that stacks at the ankle. Slightly dropped crotch. Hook & bar closure, zip fly. Mini button-flap welt pocket, front on-seam pockets. Faux back pockets to ensure smooth, clean line.


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Gap Slim cropped pants Gap Slim cropped pants

Introducing our slim cropped. Smart and structured, this pant is a modern classic. Whether paired with a T and flats or a blazer and heels, you?re sure to look polished and feel cool. – High-quality bi-stretch cotton pants. Sits below the waist. Fitted through the hip and thigh. Slim leg opening. Extended tab with hook & bar closure, zip fly. Front slant pockets. Faux back pockets to ensure smooth, clean line. Cropped length.


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Gap Perfect trouser pants Gap Perfect trouser pants

Introducing our perfect trouser. Ready to work overtime, this pair is designed to flatter all shapes. A perfectly tailored silhouette gives way to a slightly flared leg. The end result: stylish, poised looks. – High-quality stretch poly blend pants. Sits at the waist. Straight through the hip and thigh. Flared leg opening. Hook & bar closure, zip fly. Front slant pockets. Faux back pockets to ensure smooth, clean line.


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Gap Modern boot pants Gap Modern boot pants

Introducing our modern boot. The little black dress of the pant world, this pair is sophisticated by day and sexy by night. A flattering fit that contours to your body features a leg-lengthening, boot cut silhouette. – High-quality stretch poly blend pants. Sits below the waist. Slim through the hip and thigh. Boot leg opening. Hook & bar closure, zip fly. Front slant pockets. Faux back pockets to ensure smooth, clean line.


What do you think?  Will you be purchasing pants this Fall?

Outfit Ideas: Skinny Cargo Pants

If you’re only looking for a few pieces this Fall, definitely consider getting a skinny cargo pant. They began trending last Spring and are totally mainstream and on-trend for the upcoming season.

Initially, I had mixed feelings about them, probably because of my aversion to traditional cargos.  Those have always been too crunchy and utilitarian for my style.  Plus, the loose silhouette and giant pockets (although convenient) are never, never flattering– especially on people who are short like me.

But the new skinny cargos largely resolve those issues.  The sleeker silhouette makes a huge difference, and the pockets sit flatter to the body, which keeps them from adding extra bulk and width to the legs.  Overall, the effect is very sassy-girl-in-the-city as opposed to just-got-my-first-job-as-a-camp-counselor.  So I think they’re a win and a great way to make your wardrobe scream 2010!

A couple of thoughts about wearing them:

  • They work because they combine a sexy shape with no-nonsense flair.  Build on that by pairing them with body-conscious, streamlined pieces.  Just remember to keep it modern and basic.  Adding overly frilly or feminine elements will just confuse the look.
  • As always, wearing the right shoe is important.  Unless you’ve got long legs, try to add a slight heel, but avoid Carrie Bradshaw-esque stilettos.  Good bets are wedge flats, gladiator styled shoes, some ankle boots, and some pumps.
  • These can be appropriate for a casual office.  Treat them like you would skinny jeans and wear a balanced top or blouse.
  • Still hesitant?  Consider colors like gray or black rather than the traditional khaki and army green.

Some quick thoughts about how to wear a specific pair of skinny cargos two different ways.