I'm constantly preaching the power of an anything-but-basic little black dress. And while that's good and fine the entire year through, let's face it: Sometimes a girl just needs to infuse a little colour into her life.
One thing I never cease to get excited about each Spring is colour. It's almost as though new green leaves, fresh flower blooms, and blue skies permeate their way into our wardrobes, giving way to some seriously stylish opportunities. Now, to be real, there are certain colours that certain women should not wear, and I trust by this point that you understand what colours flatter your complexion, hair colour, and eye colour. A quick re-cap:
- Fair complexion, blond hair, blue eyes - You look divine in the brightest ocean blues and turquoise, and orange.
- Fair complexion, blond hair, green or brown eyes - You look lovely in citrus-y yellows and bubble gum pinks.
- Fair complexion, brown or black hair, brown eyes - You look fantastic in vibrant hues of blue, turquoise, and green, as well as orange.
- Tanned complexion, brown (or bottle blonde) hair, brown eyes - You can pretty much wear whatever you want.
Can we talk about how absolutely right it is that Tibi has asked Olivia Palermo to be the face of their brand for Spring 2011? Olivia Palermo is one of those women whose style never gets old; does anyone ever tire of seeing the stylish star display her exemplary taste in all its fashionable glory? I don't think so.
Tibi's Spring 2011 web campaign will feature Palermo in a series of 'snapshots' based on the street style scene blogs that we've seen become popular over the last several years. Palermo posed pretty in front of several different backdrops of some of the most popular cities in the world, and each photo features the former 'City' star in looks she styled herself. Girl's got talent.
Olivia Palermo is a fantastic example of a woman who stays true to herself and her own unique style. She doesn't necessarily follow trends, and she's a woman who's not afraid to style an accessory or piece of clothing more than once. Shot by Brooklyn photographer Reed Young, you can view all the photos from Tibi's Spring 2011 web campaign featuring Olivia Palermo here.
Another exciting feature of this Tibi campaign? On their blog, you can click your favourite photos of Palermo to shop the look. Love!
Image Source: Tibi
Sometimes the first time's a charm.
That's exactly what I thought whilst perusing Mulberry's pre-fall 2011 collection (their first ever). Filled with Fall-friendly colours like bird's nest and conker (points if you can figure out which hues they are), the mostly neutral palette for Mulberry's pre-fall collection is set off by rich citron greens and mustard-y golds, as well as some bold bursts of black. There's a black-based Fall floral, knife pleats, large sequins, some checks and tweed, and even eyelet details on scalloped hems. The collection is a balance of school-girl sweet and grown up elegance. On the day coats, I'm especially drawn to the over-sized buttons. On the bags, it's the push-lock closures in gold that have me wish-listing that Bayswater bag.
And what do I love most of all?
Check the absolutely adorable schnauzer modeling Mulberry's dog coat offerings for the season. I've a feeling little Dickens is going to be spoiled this Fall!
Click to view the slideshow on FabSugar.
It's certai nly not a trend for the faint of heart; on the contrary, this inclination is based on individual tastes, and let's face it: Olivia Palermo has amazing taste. I'm talking about Palermo's appearance in Milan at famed menswear label Ermenegildo Zegna's Fall 2011 runway show. Not one to blend into a crowd, Olivia Palermo wore pants from a previous Zegna collection, combined with clothing from her own closet. The result? Boyish brilliance!
Paired with a simple tank, sherbet-coloured blazer, mismatched clutch and pumps, Olivia Palermo looked every bit the stylish star as she entered the Zegna Fall 2011 show.
The key to wearing menswear successfully, you ask? It's simple, really. Start with the size most similar to your measurements, and work from there. Whether you're styling a men's blazer or borrowed-from-the-boys pants, when you're wearing mens clothing the look shouldn't be totally overt. Rather, your look should beg the question 'Is she or isn't she wearing men's trousers?'
If you're planning to wear men's pants, make like Palermo and cinch them at the waist. You can even fold the bottom cuffs for a capri pant effect.
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There is perhaps no greater satisfaction than relaxing in the southern sun whilst everyone else battles the blistering cold of winter. That being said, how exhilarating an event to ring in the new year in a tropical locale! And, to do it in style, check out my idea of beach bunny chic.
- A statement swimsuit will carry you through any vacation, and that's one reason I adore Melissa Odabash's designs. Check her 'Miami' bikini ($175, Net-A-Porter): A leopard-print triangle bikini. This beige and brown Melissa Odabash bikini is a glam essential for any tropical vacation. Featuring a classic triangle cut with a hammered gold ring at the centre of the bust, this leopard-print bikini has self-tie straps and low rise briefs.
- I'm a big fan of neutral-coloured coverups for the beach. Why? There's nothing nicer than getting multiple uses out of one stylish piece. When you've got a neutral coverup, you can wear a swimsuit underneath that's patterned any which way. Bluefly has a few fantastic coverups, like this Debbie Katz gauze tunic coverup ($49, Bluefly). Comfortable and chic, this tunic has a v-neckline, scoop sleeves with side slits, and a rounded bottom hem.
- During you beach getaway, style a versatile pair of sandals that will segue from day to night, beach to solid ground. I love this simple twisted t-strap sandal by J.Crew (sale $39.99, J.Crew). Featuring a twisted leather t-strap and comfortable ankle wrap, these sandals will dress up or down.
- No stay in the tropics would be complete without some serious eyewear. Get your glamazon on with these Yves Saint Laurent thin plastic sunglasses ($245, Neiman Marcus). Transitional brown lenses on a classic neutral-coloured frame, these Yves Saint Laurent sunglasses have the design house's golden logo plaque on the frame temples.
- Probably the easiest accessory to pack, this Helen Kaminski rollable rafia hat ($185.69 CDN, Nordstrom) is hand-crocheted with an adjustable internal neoprene band.
- Remember, fun in the sun is great until someone gets burnt. Lather up your body with sunscreen. Your skin will thank you for the UV protection.