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Style Snippets Issue #044 2013 May 16

UK Colour Style Consultations

If you live in the UK I’ll be available for
consultations from Monday
10th June to Tuesday 30th July.
I can either do
one-on-one consultations, or small groups of 2-4. 

I will have several stops around the
country. I will come to you (your home or office), anywhere
within about 1 hours travel from the following locations will work (or
enroute between locations):

  • Skenfrith,
    near Abergavenny, Wales
    — this will be my main base
  • Hungerford,
  • Cheltenham
  • Cambridge
  • Sevenoaks, Kent – 
  • Lingfield, Surrey

You can see details of the types of services I offer here: Image Consulting Services.

Please contact me to book
and for UK prices. Even if you don’t live in or near one of the above
places do contact me to check — you just never know, I may be
able to fit you in!

UK Style Workshops

Get together a few friends (4-8 works well) and book a style
workshop. I give some examples of topics through the link below, but
you may also make your own suggestions.

Style Workshop Ideas

Price Reduction on Your Perfect Shoes

As you may already have seen, this year I became an independent shoe stylist for Shoes of Prey,
an online shoe company that enables you to create your perfect shoes
online (yes, they’re available worldwide) using their amazing 3D shoe
designer. 

Recently they’ve been playing with their pricing
model to try and make their beautiful shoes more affordable to more
women (I already think they’re amazing value anyway!). Prices used to
be set by heel height. They’re now changing this to 3 different base
prices (for flats, heels and shoe boots) plus a charge for extras, such
as special materials and decorations.

The good news is that, for the time being, there is only
a base price (no extra charges). They don’t know yet, when this will
change, but it will have to change soon — these prices are amazingly
low for such high quality custom designed, handmade shoes! See for yourself.


For
details of all my services click here

Orange in Winter Colour Palette?

by Linda

(Canada)

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I think I am a Winter Colour Palette – having been colour coded many years ago. My hair is dark brown with grey, looks like I streaked it. My complexion is pale in winter, but I lightly tan (yellow) in summer. When I wear orange I get a lot of complements. How can this be for a Winter? I also have been told I look great in chocolate brown, golden yellow and royal blue, but I look awful in khaki. Am I a Winter or something else?

Jane’s answer…Great question Linda! My short answers are:

  • No, orange is not in the Winter colour palette! Orange is a warm colour best worn by those with Spring or Autumn colouring. Although there are ways to bend the ‘rules’ that can make orange work for other colour categories as well (more on this below), if someone really wants to wear orange
  • I can’t tell from this photo whether your colouring is Winter or something else. Partly, because I don’t know whether you used a flash when this photo was taken. Partly, because the photo is too small. For an online colour analysis I give very specific guidelines for taking photos and I also use a questionnaire to help inform my decision

Since you say you were colour coded many years ago I suspect it was when coding placed each person into one of just 4 colour categories (named after the seasons to help remember them better). After a while of using 4 seasonal colour coding it became obvious that the system was too restrictive and didn’t work well for everyone. Now-a-days Image Consultants typically use a 12, 14 or 16 category system. Many of these contemporary systems are still based on the underlying 4 seasonal method, but recognise that a person can be a mix of colour categories.

It used to be thought that once you had been colour coded, that was your colouring for life. We now know that isn’t true. As we age our hair, skin and eyes fade. And, even if we colour our hair, we may eventually change colour categories within a season and even change from one season to another. So, if you’re finding the clear Winter colours are not working for you, this may be what’s going on. However, I don’t believe it’s possible to go from being a cool based colouring to a warm based one, unless you were incorrectly coded the first time. Or, it could be, with only 4 categories to place you in, that the Winter classification was the most appropriate at the time.

The colour of your jacket in the photo looks to be a warm, medium brown, also not a Winter colour, yet it seems to echo the warm browns in your skin, hair and eyes, so it doesn’t look wrong. However, bear in mind that you can have some warmth about your look without being in a warm colour category.

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Have a look at the virtual drapes I’ve used in the pictures above. Bear in mind that each of these 3 photos is identical, except for the colours displayed under them. This is what I see:

  • Orange (this one is warm and muted) makes your skin look too orange (it also makes your eyes look smaller)
  • Fuschia pink (cool and clear) makes you look radiant, although that particular colour looks a bit too bright for you (I see the colour before I see you)
  • Olive green (warm and muted) actually looks quite good on you — the colour is maybe a touch too warm, but the colour value (how light or dark) and intensity (how vivid or dull) look correct

So in the photo you’ve provided I see you as most likely having a cool skin undertone, but with some warmth to your skin overtone and hair colour, meaning you could be one of the Winter colour seasons or a Soft Summer (cool, muted and soft).

Bending the colour ‘rules’

If you really want to wear a colour that isn’t your best colour here as some ways to do it:

  • Wear the colour away from your face — it is what you wear from your bust up that matters most for colours, since this is what someone looking at you sees when they look at your face and because a colour that isn’t your best will detract from your colouring in some way. For instance, it may make your skin look too yellow, too grey, or too pale
  • Minimise the amount of the wrong colour near your face — for example if the item has a deeper, wider neckline, no straps, or thin straps we’ll see more of your skin and less of the wrong colour reflecting on your face
  • Layer the wrong colour with items in your best colours — for example wear a jacket, or cardigan over the wrong colour. Or layer a top under the wrong item. Or wear a necklace that includes a majority of your most flattering colours
  • Make sure the wrong colour is a medium colour value — not too light or too dark and not too vivd or too dull. This will lessen the effect of the wrong colour

Colour analysis services

If you would like a full colours analysis make use of my online colour analysis service, see the details here. I’d love to help you work this out! For those of you in Sydney come and have your colours done in person.

Related pages

For more on colour see the following articles:

How To Style A Jumpsuit For Work And Play

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  • 440 Top Handle Small Leather Satchel

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  • Tan Leather Jacket

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  • Heart Chain Necklace

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  • Realove Heels

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  • Rosegold Large Ladder Bracelet

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  • Genuine Stingray Rectangle Watch

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  • Collin Camera Bag

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  • Clay Pumps

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  • Reigh Sunglasses

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  • Giulia Bracelets

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  • Skinny Archer Brass Cuff

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  • Sea Fan

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  • Sienna Initial Pendant

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  • Mini Heart.beat Necklace

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Monday, April, 22, 2013

Although there have been countless iconic jumpsuit moments throughout fashion history–from David Bowie in Ziggy Stardust-era spandex to Britney Spears in red latex circa “Oops!… I Did It Again”–my favorite has to be Rosie The Riveter. The 1940s cultural icon was a symbol of female empowerment in her utilitarian denim jumpsuit and polka dot head scarf. Many years later, the jumpsuit–whether in full-length form or in an abbreviated romper style–still seems to be the calling card of a gutsy lady.

Not everyone is game for gambling on the one-piece, though, with resistance running the gamut from claims it will be ill-fitting to infantile. But when properly executed (I have some tips below!) you can achieve stellar results. It’s all about finding the right fit and style for you. As the S/S 13 runways revealed, there are a bevy of options to choose from, whether you prefer the elegant and minimalistic interpretation from Valentino’s collection or consider yourself more of a bombshell type and are drawn to a version with alluring lace panels, as seen on the BCBGMaxazria runway. To get started, I present one jumpsuit for work and a romper for play, which I hope will inspire you to find your own one-piece wonder.

Look 1: Jumpsuit For Work
There’s nothing like a jumpsuit to whittle down your morning what-to-wear routine. I chose this two-tone piece because it gives the illusion of a top and trousers. It’s completely unfussy (I never have to worry about my blouse staying tucked in!), and feels perfectly polished for the office. When choosing your own 9-to-5 jumpsuit, be conscious of the fit–think tailored, and not too tight. You’ll want to leave the body-hugging numbers for your off-duty hours.

Style Notes:
Since my jumpsuit is minimalistic with a slightly androgynous feel, I wanted to add a touch of femininity via my styling choices. My blush-colored jacket with waterfall lapels adds softness to the jumpsuit’s clean lines. A blazer or smart jacket is almost always necessary for wearing a jumpsuit in the workplace, as it breaks up the ensemble and ensures the look feels polished. As for my purse, a color-block tote in an of-the-moment trapezoid shape feels professional, yet fashion-conscious.

What I Wore: Topshop Premium Contrast Vest Jumpsuit ($120, available online in Blue); Diane von Furstenberg 440 Top Handle Small Leather Satchel ($545); Mango Tan Leather Jacket ($190, 212.343.7012, similar style here); Tuleste Market Heart Chain Necklace ($195); Tuleste Market Rosegold Large Ladder Bracelet ($140); Vince Camuto Genuine Stingray Rectangle Watch ($175); Steve Madden Realove Heels ($80) in Fawn Patent.

Look 2: Jumpsuit For Play 
While some people believe rompers should be reserved for toddlers, I have some ideas on how to make the piece fail-safe for adults. You’ll want to make sure it fits perfectly, so visit the tailor if needed. I had my collared version taken in a bit at the waist for a more flattering look. Also make sure the hemline hits around the ends of your fingertips to avoid any onesie comparisons.

Style Notes:
When it comes to my weekend wear, the brighter the better, so I paired my sky-blue playsuit with a canary yellow camera bag, green oversized cat-eye sunglasses, and an orange and pink striped sweater. As much as I love to wear color, I usually try to limit myself to no more than a handful of hues, lest I end up looking like a walking rainbow. Accordingly, I finished the outfit with a pair of neutral low-heeled pumps in woven raffia. Picking a somewhat polished daytime shoe is important for making sure the overall effect is stylish, not sloppy.

What I Wore: Confezioni Crosby Shirt Coverall ($215, available in April) in Blue; American Eagle Striped Sweater ($50, 212.219.4600, available in stores now); Rebecca Minkoff Collin Camera Bag ($295, available in Black); Oliver Peoples Reigh Sunglasses ($295) in Seafoam with Julep Gradient; Sarah Chloe Sienna Initial Pendant ($894) in 14kt Yellow Gold; Sarah Chloe Mini Heart.beat Necklace ($98); Tory Burch Clay Pumps ($295); Giles Brother Skinny Archer Brass Cuff ($80) in Brass; Sequin Sea Fan ($58) in Gold Plated; Dannijo Giulia Bracelets ($130) in Pink.

P.S.: Do you have a trend you’re not quite sure how to wear? Leave a message in the comments, and yours truly might try it out!–Kat Collings

Diane Kruger Gives The Crop Top A Sophisticated Spin

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  • Borty Cropped Leather Top


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  • Dahlia Lace Cropped Blouse


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  • Darted Leather Pencil Skirt


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  • The Leather Mini Skirt


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  • High-Heeled Sandals


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Thursday, April, 11, 2013

Wearing a crop top can be intimidating, since you run the risk of exposing too much skin and looking more sophomoric than sophisticated. But there’s a way of styling this abbreviated piece so that it’s polished and ladylike. Just take a look at Diane Kruger’s ensemble at a book signing for Stephenie Meyer’s The Host in Los Angeles last month. The actress, who stars in the film adaptation of the novel, paired Carven’s Popeline Shirt ($221) with Vanessa Bruno’s Red Leather A-Line Skirt ($1079, 323.655.5310) from the S/S 13 collection and Christian Louboutin Miyousra Pumps ($865). Curious to see Why It Works? Keep reading for details on how to snag Kruger’s fashion formula.

Earrings: With a look this daring, there’s no need to pile on the accessories. Choose a sleek and simple pair of hoop earrings to temper your ensemble.
Similar Essentials: Argento Vivo Hoop Earrings ($118); Nordstrom Thick Medium Hoop Earrings ($28); Anne Klein Wide Hoop Earrings ($18) in Silver.

Top: When looking for the perfect crop top, a boxy, structured shape is best. An elegant and tailored fit, like Kruger’s, instantly pulls your outfit together.
Similar Essentials: Theyskens’ Theory Borty Cropped Leather Top ($425); Topshop Crop Pleat Back Shirt ($70); Dahlia Lace Cropped Blouse ($56).

Skirt: The most important tip to remember? Team your crop top with a high-waisted skirt, as the smart pairing reveals just a slice of skin–not too much, not too little–for a subtly flirtatious vibe.
Similar Essentials: Oscar de La Renta Darted Leather Pencil Skirt ($1999); Joseph Stretch-Leather Pencil Skirt ($795); American Apparel The Leather Mini Skirt ($125).

Shoes: Keep the rest of your look classic and low-key with a pair of feminine heels. Opt for a pair in an understated hue, like Kruger’s neutral pumps.
Similar Essentials: Coclico High-Heeled Sandals ($477); Michele Grimaldi High-Heeled Sandals ($147); Café’NOIR Pumps With Open Toe ($138).

Colorful Lace That Packs A Punch

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  • Shawl Collar Jacket in Drapey Crepe


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  • Fluorescent Lace Flippy Tunic


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  • Patent Trim Flat Sandals


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  • Lace Peplum Top


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  • Daisy Lace Mini


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  • Short Sleeve V Neck Tee


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  • Basic High Heel Ballerina Flat


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  • Meadowlace Tee


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Wednesday, April, 10, 2013

Though white lace brings to mind bridal gowns and black lace tends to feel naughty, brightly colored lace is free of such associations. In attention-grabbing hues like crimson, citrus, and neon green, it offers a fun, fresh, and feminine way to amplify your everyday mix. These vivid pieces couldn’t be more perfect for all of summer’s al fresco events, which is why we’ve gathered some of our favorite styles, from a pair of tailored shorts to a swingy day-to-night dress, to help you shop the look now. And you’ll be happy to know that all of today’s picks are Under $100!
The Inspiration
For spring, Elie Saab presented one show-stopping moment after the next, but it was the designer’s Lace Dress ($6300) in Berry and Blush that had our jaws on the floor. The striking pink hue is anything but innocent and exudes a sexy confidence that’s perfect for a balmy night out.

Get The Look
LOFT Marisa Garden Lace Shorts ($55) in Violet Crush
Thanks to a tailored fit, these purple shorts are equal parts playful and sophisticated. A snug navy blazer will keep them feeling polished and office-appropriate.

Topshop Fluorescent Lace Flippy Tunic ($70) in Green
Not only are we smitten with the lime green color of this fit-and-flare dress, which is sure to make you a standout come BBQ season, we also love how the contrast turquoise lining peeks out from under the lace. Add a pair of cool-toned nude sandals to temper the hot hue.

Forever 21 Lace Peplum Top ($18)
If brighter-than-bright colors are not your cup of tea, you can always go for a subtler tone like navy instead. This peplum top from Forever 21 is one of our favorites and would look chic paired with a mix of neutrals.

J.Crew Daisy Lace Mini ($98) in Bright Poppy
Allover lace is always lovely, but the fabric works well as a subtle accent too. J.Crew’s Daisy Lace Mini proves this point with its barely-there striped detailing. Dress it down for the weekend with a casual tee and flats.

Madewell Meadowlace Tee ($78) in Jester Yellow
Wear this sunny yellow tee with everything from cuffed boyfriend jeans to a sleek pencil skirt.

How to choose the perfect dress for your body type

1. Full hips and thighs

For pear-shaped women with full hips and thighs, the dress should shouldn’t be shorter than an inch or two above the knee. Select a dress with an A-line skirt but not something too full. A short, super fuller dress will look like a tu-tu.

To draw the attention away from your lower body, select a dress with a plunging V-neck, halter top or embellished neckline.

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2. Thick waist

If you are apple-shaped with a thick middle, you need to elongate the appearance of your torso and draw the attention away from your waist. Select a dress with an empire or drop waist to re-define your waist line.

Avoid thick belts cinched around your midsection and instead choose a chain or sash belt slung low on your hips.

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3. Heavy arms

Sleeveless and cap sleeve dresses aren’t for you. Instead, select billowy, bell sleeves that are 3/4 or even full-length to hide flabby arms.

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4. Small bust

If you weren’t endowed with ample breasts, avoid deep plunging necklines. Instead, select dresses with a scoop or bandeau neck and sequins or other adornments to add a little dimension up top. Layered necklaces are very popular right now and they can add some dimension and depth to your bust.

5. Big bust

Dresses with halter tops and deep V’s are very attractive for women who want to accentuate their big bust. Select fabrics that skim your body rather than bind, which can make your breasts look too big.

To draw some attention away from your bust and balance out a smaller lower body, choose a dress with an A-line skirt that falls one or two inches above your knees.

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6. Plus size

Don’t pack on layers of baggy clothes to try to cover-up your body. Contrary to what you may believe, baggy dresses will just make you look bigger. Select fabrics that don’t cling to your body, but drape nicely.

A wrap dress is particularly flattering to full-figured women. Don’t avoid color and prints. A collection of dresses at avenue.com offer a variety of styles for full figured women including bold print and sexy silhouettes.

7. Too thin

Sweater or knit dresses are terrific options for thin women. Add layers to your dress, such as a cardigan or fitted jacket to give you some bulk. If you have extremely thin legs, avoid mini-skirts and choose longer, flowing dresses instead.

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THE SHIFT DRESS
The shift is a dress, flattering on almost everyone, that hangs straight down from the shoulder. It skims your body nicely, but doesn’t cling. For summer, you can find shifts in cool cotton, linen and light knits. When fall arrives, wool and heavier knit shifts will continue to be popular.

Though the typical shift dress has a straight skirt, some fashion designers have created shifts with a slightly A-line cut this season.

The Lilly Pulitzer crocheted shift dress pictured here is perfect for a summer party. It’s beaded jeweled neckline adds a little glitz and glamour.

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Five Stylish T-Shirts You’ll Want To Live In

  • Paxitano Fruma Pants


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  • Maverick Suiting Easy Blazer


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  • Mercada Stud Pumps


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  • Cargo Leather Jacket


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  • Dylan Boyfriend Jeans


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  • Printed Cotton Skirt


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  • Slub Classic Tee


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  • Slubbed Linen Jersey Tee


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  • Paneled Silk-Chiffon T-Shirt


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  • Desert Crew


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Friday, March, 29, 2013

Anyone who knows me will tell you I love a t-shirt. The staple is my all-time favorite closet chameleon—meaning it looks just as good worn with your most casual pieces as it does with your fancier, after-five essentials—and the styles I own get very little downtime. While most people associate tees with casual weekend looks, I prefer to wear them in a more professional or dressed-up scenario. Paired with the right components, such as the perfect pair of trousers, a slickly tailored jacket, and sexy shoes, a t-shirt balances out the look to make it feel effortlessly cool. Plus, the beauty of an excellent tee is that it also fits right in with a biker jacket and boyfriend jeans or can be tucked into a swingy summer skirt, so it’s a piece you can wear for work, play, and the weekend. Check out my top five favorite tees below.

1. Levi’s Made Crafted Bay Tee ($85, 415.431.4000)
This striped shirt has that great worn-in, almost vintage look and reminds me of something a ‘60s surf Betty would adore.

2. T by Alexander Wang Slub Classic Tee ($95) in Ivory
​The nubby texture and slouchy silhouette of this T by Alexander Wang shirt make it the perfect candidate for a night out, especially if it’s tucked into slouchy satin evening pants.

3. Raquel Allegra Basic Tee ($242, 212.826.8900) in Sienna Fossil
I love that this tee resembles an athletic jersey, but is still super feminine and sexy. The relaxed fit adds an element of sportiness to anything you wear it with. If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, try Marc by Marc Jacobs Slubbed Linen Jersey Tee ($98).

4. Proenza Schouler Black Printed Georgette Protestor Collar S/S T-Shirt ($475, 212.585.3200)
I’m addicted to Proenza Schouler’s luxe tees; they’re so simple, but fit perfectly. This one from the spring collection has a silk front panel, which makes it feel more dressed up. 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Paneled Silk-Chiffon T-Shirt ($250) is another great option, as it has a similar casual-meets-elegant design.

5. LNA Desert Crew ($90)
Torn in just the right place, this pre-distressed top gets a touch of polish when styled under a snug blazer.

 

Learn How To Layer Necklaces Like A Pro

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  • Pave Pyramid Choker


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  • Woll Necklace


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  • Crescent Bar Necklace


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  • Curved Bar Necklace


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  • White Horn Necklace


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Saturday, March, 30, 2013

Just like figuring out how to layer your clothes can be tricky, learning how to layer necklaces takes a bit of practice too. But once you master the right proportions, the chic combination adds an intriguing and decidedly stylish element to any outfit, even if you’re simply wearing a t-shirt and jeans. An easy way to achieve the look is to buy a piece that already comes layered, like the Okura Street Necklace ($245, 323.651.1493) spotted on Isabel Marant’s S/S 13 runway. However, layering individual necklaces gives you a little more freedom to experiment with diverse baubles. The key lies in playing with different types of chains and mixing varying lengths for a cool, curated effect! Ready to tackle the look on your own? Read on for our picks and how to layer necklaces like a pro.

1. Start With A Choker.
Look for a choker that’s sleek and minimalistic, much like In God We Trust’s Thanks Collar Necklace ($120). The choker, which anchors the entire necklace combo, should be the thickest piece of the trio and rest right at your collarbone.
Also Try: BCBGMaxazria Pave Pyramid Choker ($48); Mango Vintage Style Choker ($30); Laura Lombardi Alchera Necklace ($40).

2. Add A Bar Necklace.
Your next piece should be a slightly longer than the choker. We suggest a subtle bar necklace, such as Sarah Chloe’s Curve Necklace ($89) in Gold Plated. Choose one with a delicate chain, which acts as the perfect foil to the choker’s thicker silhouette, that’s approximately 22 to 24-inches long.
Also Try: Just Access Woll Necklace ($30); Lori’s Shoes Crescent Bar Necklace ($19); Forever 21 Curved Bar Necklace ($4).

3. Finish With A Pendant.
Your third necklace should be the longest piece, preferably one with a pendant like Rose Pierre’s White Sand Castle Necklace ($48, available late April) to add a dimension to the look. Opt for a chain that’s about 30 to 32-inches long in the same metal family as your other two pieces, as this will ensure your trio has a cohesive feeling.
Also Try: Vince Camuto Horn Necklace ($48); Need Supply Co. White Horn Necklace ($34); Buckle Daytrip Filigree Horn Necklace ($12).

Go Bold Or Go Home! How To Wear Striking Stripes This Spring

  • Striped Silk Gown


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  • Bold Striped Maxi Dress


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  • Maxi Dress In Graduated Stripe Print


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  • Penny Smock Dress With Bold Stripes


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  • Texture Stripe Shift Dress


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  • Striped Jersey Dress


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  • Striped Scuba-Jersey Maxi Dress


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  • Striped Surplus Blouse


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  • Moto Stripe Leigh Jeans


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  • Crop Slim Striped Cigarette Jeans


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  • Scooter Striped Satin-Twill Skirt


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Monday, March, 18, 2013

Just like clockwork, every spring the stripe returns to the spotlight, but this season’s play on the motif is bigger and bolder than ever. The look is a sophisticated nod to ‘60s-inspired style, and we’ve noticed several fashionphiles earning their stripes in a way that’s easy to replicate. From Nicole Richie’s graphic dress to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s striking jumpsuit, continue reading to see how these stylish girls wear bold stripes, then shop the look today.

On The Runways
Striped patterns dominated the season’s runways, particularly at Marc Jacobs’ S/S 13 show. The designer’s collection channeled a decidedly mod mood: thick parallel stripes covered everything from a tailored blazer to a slim skirt and the Black And Ivory Silk Jersey Dress ($1900, 212.343.1490), paired with Black Patent Leather Mary Jane Flats ($625, 212.343.1490). Yet the look remained modern and fresh, thanks to the use of varying graduating stripes against a long, lean silhouette.

WHO: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
WHAT: Attending the Chanel and Charles Finch pre-Oscar bash in Beverly Hills.
WEAR: Chanel Cotton Navy Cream Striped Strapless Jumpsuit ($2755) from the S/S 12 collection.
WHY: Long vertical stripes on a strapless pantsuit elongate and flatter your figure.

WHO: Olivia Wilde
WHAT: At a screening of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone at the SXSW festival in Austin last week.
WEAR: Dolce Gabbana dress from the S/S 13 collection; Sergio Rossi heels.
WHY: Scale back on accessories to allow a bold striped dress to shine.

WHO: Nicole Richie
WHAT: Front row at the Stella McCartney F/W 13 show in Paris earlier this month.
WEAR: Stella McCartney dress from the Pre-Fall 13 collection.
WHY: A minimalistic black and white striped number makes an outsized statement.

WHO: Leaf Greener, ELLE China’s Senior Fashion Editor
WHAT: Snapped on the street in New York.
WEAR: Striped maxi dress; crocodile backpack.
WHY: The in-your-face motif looks fresh and casual on a long-sleeved maxi.

Get The Look
Ready to find a striped piece that suits you? A multitude of styles are available, whether you’re seeking a daytime or evening-appropriate look. For a more laid-back occasion, like a barbeque or weekend lunch date, try a simple striped dress in a casual fabric like cotton or jersey. We suggest ING’s Bold Striped Maxi Dress ($39), ASOS’ Maxi Dress In Graduated Stripe Print ($51), or for a shorter version, Motel’s Penny Smock Dress With Bold Stripes ($76), or Topshop’s Texture Stripe Shift Dress ($76). If you’re after a more formal look, we like the elegant, feminine shape of Nadia Tarr’s Striped Jersey Dress/Skirt ($278) or, as an investment piece, Marc Jacobs’ Striped Scuba-Jersey Maxi Dress ($2500).

Should a full-on striped look intimidate you, simply introduce a small dose of stripes to your outfit with a few mix and match separates. Team 10 Crosby Derek Lam’s Striped Surplice Blouse ($375) with clean white skinnies, or wear a pair of striped pants, like Topshop’s Moto Stripe Leigh Jeans ($80) or 7 For All Mankind’s Crop Slim Striped Cigarette Jeans ($198), with a simple t-shirt. The bold pattern has also found its way on a number of feminine skirts. We suggest styling a bright top with Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Scooter Striped Satin-Twill Skirt ($260) or ASOS’ Midi Skirt In Bold Stripe ($68) for a pop of color. Just remember to pare down on accessories—who needs them when you’re wearing such a graphic statement piece?—for a chic and entirely modern look.

Photos of Nicole Richie and Olivia Wilde, courtesy of Getty Images; photo of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, courtesy of Patrick McMullan; photo of Leaf Greener, courtesy of Vanessa Jackman; Marc Jacobs runway photo, courtesy of Marc Jacobs.

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