Archive for August, 2009

Sweater puppets.

August 7, 2009

One of my favorite parts about the fall and winter is the ability to layer my outfits with sweaters. In the summer season, however, wool is out of the question as are all other heavy materials. This is where the light-weight sweater comes in. Usually of a cotton or cotton/wool blend, these breezy babies are just what the dr ordered when the temperature is 75+. I always caution against anything underneath that’s heavier than an a-tee (guys) or undergarment (girls unless the plunge of the garment or other circumstance requires something of greater substance) because it’s still a sweater. If the occasion calls for it (i.e. It being hotter than a well digger’s behind), you’re more than welcome to roll up the sleeves. Rolled sleeves also make the light-weight sweater mesh well with shorts and sockless shoes so you may want to do that even in the evening when the blazing heat has subsided. With sleeves down or up, throw some variety into your weekly rotation with the light weight sweater.

LumberJack is whack.

August 4, 2009

One of my favorite patterns right now is plaid or checked. Depending on how tightly (or loosely) compressed the checks are, it can look like anything from twill to nearly solid. The seasonal versatility is high as well since all you have to do in order to transition from summer to fall is modify the pallette (for example, go from brighter hues  to more subdued and darker ones). It’ll even last through the winter! And the more vintage the vibe, the more sophisticated the look. If you’re not sure where to begin, grab some burberry. They’ve had the checked pattern down forever and know exactly how to do it right! However you go about it, just make sure you don’t over do it (no checked shirt AND checked tie por ejemplo…) because you don’t want to look like you just came in from chopping down a tree 😀

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Told you burberry was the way to go! This skirt can be paired with complementing pieces that highlight any of the colors found within the design.

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Great for fall or winter, this white and black plaid jacket is a beautiful and classic essential for every lady’s wardrobe.

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The subtle check in this suit isn’t too busy so you can wear a more daring pattern in the tie.

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Plaid high-waist trousers are a welcome change from all of the neutral pieces we’ve seen as of late.

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Couldn’t resist this plaid skirt. Note how well it pairs with the fitted top and red fingernails!

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If only these joints came in my size!

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Just a simple plaid dress reminiscent of those summer vacations you took with the family.

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At only $200, this plaid short trench for us screams style and confidence!

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Another piece that needs to be in every closet: The arabic scarf. Usually plaid anyway, this is a great piece that can be worn in a myriad of different ways all year long!

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Simple. Stylish. Checked button down. Pair this with a solid tie and denim or dressier slacks and make ya mark.

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BoHo is a go with this dress/belt/boots ensemble!

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Plaid top/highlighting belt/solid skirt *sigh* beautiful simplicity!

9gr_m0608pr_pur-2Ah, the fitted short-sleeve button down. Why not do it differently and embrace the checked pattern?