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Rant Response: 20 Things…

Recently a friend tagged me in a post on facebook that led to this blog post on Rant Chic, and she asked me what my thoughts are on it.  I think my “thoughts” on this one are worth a blog post!  This blog post, which is worth a click if nothing else but to reference what we are discussing here on my blog, outlines 20 items this writer thinks women shouldn’t wear after the age of 30.  Let me preface the below blog response with the note that everyone obviously has and is entitled to their own opinions on the subject, this is a reflection of my opinions as a stylist that works with clients from all walks of life, as well as all shapes, sizes and ages.  Let me also say that people often ask me “can I wear this?” and my response is often more than they bargained for because there is rarely a “yes” or “no” answer to that question-there is generally a grey area when it comes to style which is why I am rarely a fan of “you should never ever wear this again”.  Fashion is circumstantial, often an interpretation of an event, mood or situation and is something that changes from person to person, possibly day to day.  So let’s get to it, tit for tat if you will, my response to Rant Chic’s 20 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30.

1. Leopard Print

This Gucci Leopard print dress proves several things: leopard can be elegant as well as come in many styles and colors.

This Gucci Leopard print dress proves a few things: leopard can be elegant as well as come in many styles and colors.

No one said you have to be head to....well just toe in leopard.  These Tom Fords show restraint but give interest to any outfit!

No one said you have to be head to….well just toe in leopard. These Tom Fords show restraint but give interest to any outfit!

2. Sparkly Pants: Because New Year’s Eve is not the only time to have a little fun.  Should you wear sequin pants to the grocery store?  Probably not, unless you are on your way to a party, but they are fun a a great way to dress up a t-shirt for a night out.

Trouve Sequin Pants

3. Over sized Sunglasses: This one is tough-how do you define “over sized”, either way I think it is way too general of a statement, this is one of those things that should be tailored to the wearer. Last time I checked, Rachel Zoe is not only a stylish woman but one of the highest acclaimed stylists.

Rachel-Zoe in Sunglasses

4. Non matching socks: Okay, on this one, I got nothing-at age 30 your socks should probably match unless you are wearing a costume…or tall boots and no one is going to see them (shhh, I won’t tell)!!

5. Hoop Earrings:  Seriously? Why not?!  This is a very blanket statement, in my opinion.  Hoops come in all different shapes, sizes and styles.  Like most fashion, the style of your hoop can mature with you.  Lots of celebrities are wearing hoops right now.  I recently met a fabulous jewelry designer that makes some stunning hoops-check out Sarah Briggs Jewelry. Again…

Rachel+Zoe+Hoop+Earrings+Diamond+Hoops+X1tDLnCj-HXl

6. Furry Boots:  Hmmm, I am a sucker for fur so I am not the best gauge of this one, but what if you are going somewhere cold?!  This is another one like leopard where it has to be worn properly and with the correct restraint if necessary because I do agree if worn improperly they can definitely read “young”-again that pesky grey area! Nothing about these boots say “young” to me.

Prada Fur Boots

7. Furry Anything: Hold the phone!  This style has been around for ever and ever for a reason, just use good judgement!  If anyone doesn’t want theirs, I’ll send you my address!

Faux Fur Jacket

8. Tube Tops: Since tube tops & crop tops are similar and crop tops are right on trend right now, it is just another one of those things that you should use good judgement on.  No one is saying that you should wear a bikini top to the bar in your 30’s-well, at least I am not saying that!

Miguelina Lace Crop Top

9. Short Dresses:  Again, grey area, define “short”.  Leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination…okay that is probably short, above the knee-not so much but others may consider this “short” after a certain age but certainly not 30!  Wear the appropriate length dress to the appropriate event.  Also, if you want to wear a shorter dress, leave something to the imagination by not having it low cut (etc.) as well.

hm sequin dress

10. Mini Skirts:  Mini and short usually fall under different categories.  In our 30’s there is probably rarely a time to wear a true mini skirt.

11. Overalls: I know this is a very controversial one.  I was very unsure of them but I tried them on and was pleasantly surprised.  Does that mean they are for everyone?  Of course not, this is one of those “you have to try them on” items.

overalls

12. Crop Tops: See #8

13. Wearing the brand American Eagle:  This is a brand that mostly lends itself to a younger demographic, if nothing else because they logo their items at nauseoum and people associate the brand with younger people but like with most things there can be a grey area-but I do have to agree that mostly we should leave American Eagle to the 23 and unders!  There is that pesky fur again though, but I beg you to tell me where this is from if I didn’t tell you!

ae faux fur

14. “Booty Shorts”: Defined by your booty hanging out, I agree these either need to be left in your early 20’s or maybe never worn at all.

15. Old Sneakers: Once again, I must agree.  If you have a favorite old pair-they need to be saved for work around the house.  This is a great example of one my fave sayings “public is public”, saying “well, I just wear them to run to the grocery store”-really? Isn’t that one of THE most public places you go and isn’t it where you are most likely to run into people you know (in your own neighborhood)?  Out with the worn out and in with the fresh pair of sneakers!

16. Cheap Bras: I think what the author of Rant Chic means by this is ill fitting bras, not the actual price you pay for them.  As a general rule though, a well fitting bra is a little more expensive and what you are paying for often times is the expertise of the person fitting you.  Frequently one of the first affairs I handle with a new client, is getting them in the proper undergarments, especially bras.  A well fitting bra not only effects the way your clothes fit and look, but it also effects your health in the form of your back, neck and other body parts.  This is an important item at ANY age!

17. Glitter Eye Shadow: Should you walk into work with your make-up from the night before-not so much?!  Should you have fun when you go out with the girls and wear ONE super glittery color with a matte liner-duh?!  Glitter eye make-up is not for any age, every day or every night but it is for the fun occasion, worn properly.

glitter shadow

18. Platform flip-flops: I honestly wish I had one nice thing or even a rebuttal here, but I have nothing!!  I am not a fan of the platform flip-flops, for me it is not based on age, it is based on the fact that they went out of style 10 years ago.  Sorry platform flip-flop wearers, I personally think it is time to chunk them!

19. Wearing Abercrombie & Fitch (see #13 regarding American Eagle) because the idea/response is the same!

20. Scrunchies: Well, there’s a blast from the past, right?!  This is something that definitely shouldn’t be worn in public at any age-in my humble opinion-BUT because they don’t pull out your hair or leave creases in it nearly as much as other hair ties they are definitely a good item to have around the house when you want to wear your hair up and they are more comfortable!  Who knows, maybe they will make a resurgence some day!

The bottom line is use good judgement and edit yourself daily.  If you are unsure of your judgement ask a friend, they will be honest and generally on your level.  Be the best version of you through your style and just make sure what you are wearing is portraying what you want to say to the world!

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You May Be Surprised!

If you follow me or my blog, you know that I don’t discriminate, I just like fashion!  I shop all kinds of places, but I do have my faves and one of my favorite inexpensive places to shop is H&M.  I like that they cater to all ages, styles, and budgets!  The wonderful thing is you can buy a trendy item guilt free because it won’t be expensive but they also have classic looking pieces that will last you several years if well taken care of.  When looking at their most recent items, there were some pieces I just had to share.

Stop it with this wool cape!  I love that it is short sleeve so it doesn't get too bulky with a sweater under it.  And did you see the price, $30, you can't beat that!

Stop it with this wool cape! I love that it is short sleeve so it doesn’t get too bulky with a sweater under it. And did you see the price, $30, you can’t beat that!

This asymmetrical, wrap front, faux leather skirt can go from business meeting to night out on the town.  Did I mention it's $10 price tag?

This asymmetrical, wrap front, faux leather skirt can go from business meeting to night out on the town. Did I mention its $10 price tag?

I already own a textured sweatshirt very similar to this, so obviously I am partial!  It is casual, cute and comfortable.

I already own a textured sweatshirt very similar to this, so obviously I am partial! It is casual, cute and comfortable.

I seriously have a hard time passing up a faux fur vest!

This bag looks like so much more than $35!

This bag looks like so much more than $35!

I love this long, turtleneck sweater and I love the whole look.  Wear the sweater as shown, with tights or leggings.

I love this long, turtleneck sweater and I love the whole look. Wear the sweater as shown, with tights or leggings.

This ankle bootie is so versatile, I just love the color!

This ankle bootie is so versatile, I just love the color!

Let me know which pieces are must haves for you!

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Fab’ Find!

If you ever read my blog and/or know me at all, you know that I am a fab’rik fanatic!  Last night they hosted a Denim & Dinner event for local bloggers, yes please!  They were filling us in on all of their new Fall fashions in store and especially their new denim.  Well, it is with great excitement I tell you about the star of last night, Spanx denim!!!  Ladies, I can not lie, I was a skeptic but these are some fabulous denim!  They currently come in an indigo blue denim and black denim, I chose the black but really wanted both!  These jeans fit so well and lift my booty like I didn’t think was possible.  They look and feel like regular denim but fit like a comfortable pair of Spanx, yes I used the word “comfortable” and “SPANX” in the same sentence, while still keeping everything in and where it should be, quite frankly, I’m not sure what else you could ask for.  All for $98, and I ask you, how many other designer pair of jeans cost just $98?

The other wonderful part of the evening was meeting and speaking with other local bloggers.  It was a fabulous group of women.

Leslie (the owner of fab’rik Austin) and Rachel (the manager) put on an impressive event!  Below are pictures from the evening as well as may faves in store at fab’rik right now (as always, all items are linked).  Go try on and buy these Spanx denim at fab’rik ASAP, you won’t regret it!

fabrik sign sign

ladies talking Leslie Speaking Group

Spanx skinny black denim, love! I can't wait to wear them ALL THE TIME!

Spanx skinny black denim, love! I can’t wait to wear them ALL THE TIME!

Faux Leather Back Top

This top is simple yet so great on, the faux leather back makes it a standout!

Neutral Pump

One thing to say, $32.

Two tone flat

Wear these everywhere with everything this Fall for $24!

scarf

I’m such a sucker for a stunning scarf, the end!

BB Dakota T Strap Sweater

Simple and easy, yet gorgeous and fabulous!

Spanx faux leather leggings

Spanx has done it again….faux leather leggings. These should be a must buy on everyone’s list. If you don’t know when and how to wear these, call me! (PS. to the supermarket if you have to!)

fur vest off white

Yes, yes, I forever think I live in Colorado, but who doesn’t need this gorgeous vest I ask?!

Be sure to let me know what you think of the Spanx denim once you have tried them (and I am guessing purchased them)!

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A Little Sale Never Hurt Anyone…

It’s Labor Day Weekend, we all know what that means, it’s a good weekend to be a good consumer! Holiday weekends are now pretty much synonymous with “sale”, but hey who is complaining?!  Chances are you have somewhere fun to go and a new outfit would be perfect for the occasion, especially one that is on sale!  Oh and it’s the first weekend of college football, yes I love fashion and football, so you very well may need the perfect outfit for that as well.  With all of that said, maybe you just want to shop a good sale and stock up for Fall.  So here are some great sales happening this weekend and my top picks from them.

Nordstrom is having a clearance sale, up to 40% off through September 7th.

So these may not be perfect for game day this weekend but they will be in the coming months and they will go with any school colors as well as be comfortable.

Trouve Faux Leather Front Leggings

These can be worn so many months of the year, including right now!

 

Dolce Vita Shandy Cutout Sandal

Dolce Vita Shandy Cutout Sandal

So, I know I am picking all black and ‘leather’ items, but can you blame me?  These shorts are awesome and a really great price for leather shorts (less than $100).  Definitely wear them this weekend if you are going somewhere indoors only but they will be awesome for Fall anytime!  A classic short.

 

Halogen Leather Shorts

Halogen Leather Shorts

 

Forever 21 is having an unbelievable sale, buy one get one!  Whether you love these pieces for a season or forever they are worth it!

Throw this dress on with flats or heels, simple earrings, a long necklace and go!

Forever 21 Key Hole Dress

Forever 21 Key Hole Dress

I really like this dress because it can be worn so many ways and will look effortlessly beautiful.

Steve Madden is having the best kind of sale!

Click here for 20% off of your $100 purchase.

Click here for 25% off of your $125 purchase.

Click here for 30% off of your $150 purchase.

Stepout

Stepout

This bootie will go with everything!  I love how it has a slight sheen but nothing over the top, just enough to stand out.

Romper

Romper

Fab’rik is having their Gameday Pop-Up Shop Sale, take 25% off select gameday styles!

I can’t wait to see what items you get!  Make sure to send them to me and I will post them.

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I’ve Got The Blues

I have always been a jeans kind of girl, I love them!  Dress them up, down…all around, I will wear them pretty much any which way and luckily I live in a city where denim is accepted almost anywhere, anytime.  Denim has always been a fashion staple but recently it has made a complete resurgence showing up in all forms.  With Fall coming (what we get of it here in Texas), it makes me even more excited about jeans and denim, all I can think about are the new pairs I have bought and how I want to wear them without dying of heat exhaustion! So without further ado, lets go look at some of my favorite denim items right now.

I have had many people ask me how I feel about the overall trend, and quite frankly I wasn’t sure-until I tried these on.  I really like them!  They are comfortable, cute and I love that they have a skinny leg.  I have been dying to wear them in!  To the overall doubters I say “try them on”, they may not be for you but it is one of those things you will never know until you try.

Distressed Denim Overalls

Keeping with a similar trend, I found these today and WANT them!  Joe’s are always a good denim and you can wear this jumpsuit a million times and ways.

 

PS. It's on sale...

PS. It’s on sale…

Do not let the words “high rise” mislead you, all it means in this case is “made for women who don’t like low rise”.  These jeans are made for everyone from 17 to 71!  I know, because my Mother bought them and loves them more than any other pair of denim she owns.  I love Joe’s, I have two pair and wear them all of the time.

Joe's Flawless High Rise Skinny

I have tried these flare jeans on, they are fabulous!  The only reason I didn’t buy them is I was pregnant at the time.  Pair these with a great (faux) fur vest and suede boots!

Level 99 Lisbon Flare

Jessica Alba sporting them!

Jessica Alba sporting them!

Can you go wrong with jeans + grey?

Hudson Grey Skinnies

If you have ready my blog before, you probably know that I am big fan of Blank denim, they have cute styles, fit well and are a nice price point.  These combine two fabulous things, skinny and boyfriend!

Blank Skinny Boyfriend

Stella is wearing my new Just Black Boyfriend jeans that I picked up at Beehive last week, go get a pair before they are gone (really great price point)!

Just Black Boyfriend

Denim on denim is definitely on trend.  Pair this top with any of the above!

Treasure & Bond Chambray

I can’t leave the men out! These are awesome because they are denim but look like trousers, men can wear a button down and oxfords and be ready for dinner!  You can even add a vest to change it up!

Joe's Brixton Slim Fit

Guess what?  These are Levi’s!!

Levi's

And so are these!

Levi's2

And of course, it’s back to school, so the kids too!

The grey is different and cute!

Vince Kids Jeans

Everyone in the family needs a chambray!

Peek Chambray

Does this come in my size?!

Kid's Chambray Vest

What denim are you wearing or which pieces will you be purchasing?

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Do You Like Purple?

I can’t tell you how many times I have had a client tell me “I hate purple (or fill in the blank item)!”, “why, I ask?”-“I don’t know, I just do!”.  Okay, I say, I’m not going to make you buy anything “purple” but I am going to have you try it on!  Why would I have them try it on when they *know* they don’t like “purple”?  Multiple reasons: One is-it happens to the best of us in most areas of life, we get stuck in our ways!  Most of us have our routines and we don’t love straying from them; the same goes for most people with their wardrobe.  Two-When I work with clients, they are very quick to tell me what they absolutely will and most importantly WON’T wear!  So I wonder, why did they call me?  Really, it is a cry for fashion help (generally).  Third-Not all “purple” is created equal!

So how do you decide if you really like “purple” or not?

– Go in with an open mind.

– Try items on, they will look different on you than anyone else and certainly different and of course better than they do on the hanger.  If you don’t love it, no worries, you take it off and move onto the next item.

– Make sure you are wearing the garment correctly.  So often a client tells me they don’t like a certain style and once I show them how to properly wear it, they love it!  When I say wearing it correctly I mean not only styled properly but also that it is hitting you in the correct spot and fits well.  Ask yourself questions such as “is this the correct length?”, “Is it positioned correctly on my hips/waist?”, you get the idea!

– Ask someone, a friend is usually best because they will be nice but honest, how the “purple” looks on you.

– Take fashion steps, change lanes, don’t exit the highway if you know what I mean; do not scare your fashion self away by veering so far out of your lane each attempt.

– Stay true to yourself.  Now I know this sounds like a contradiction to all of the above but you can explore style and fashion without doing a complete style 180.

– Most importantly , have fun!  Fashion is supposed to be fun and an expression of who you are, not stressful and a burden.

Honestly, more times than not, people decide “hey, I really do like “purple!”.

What is an item you love that you originally thought “no way”?

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It’s Your Time

So rarely do I talk about Men’s fashions on my blog, even though I do love it!  Often I think, “well, my readership is mostly women, not men, so I will cater to them” but lately it has occurred to me that often the woman does the shopping for her (main) man!  Therefore, it’s time-this post is all about the men; I thought I would share with you some of my faves from the Men’s Half Yearly Sale currently going on at Nordstrom.  This is a great time to get some basics, even expensive basics like suits because they are on major sale.  The thing I love about a Nordstrom sale is that they don’t just put the items on sale that nobody wants, they put the good things too!  Happy shopping, I hope the man in your life appreciates; and to my men readers-thank you!

I love these and I think most guys will too, they are a hybrid-swim and/or street short; what guy doesn’t like function with fashion?

These shorts come in a variety of colors and can be a great go-to all Summer long!

These shorts come in a variety of colors and can be a great go-to all Summer long!

Keep it simple (and comfortable) with these Cole Haans.

Keep it simple (and comfortable) with these Cole Haans.

A classic at a great price!

A classic at a great price!

I love a v-neck on a guy, just ask my husband, and this is a great time to stock up!

I love a v-neck on a guy, just ask my husband, and this is a great time to stock up!

 

It's trim fit, which is appropriate for most body types and you can not beat the price!  My husband has a few of these and really likes them.

It’s trim fit, which is appropriate for most body types and you can not beat the price! My husband has a few of these and really likes them.

What guy doesn't love blue?

What guy doesn’t love blue?

There is rarely a man that could not use a(nother) suit in his wardrobe.  This one is even 3 piece so you can wear it more ways!

There is rarely a man that could not use a(nother) suit in his wardrobe. This one is even 3 piece so you can wear it more ways!

 

Z Zegna does a modern twist on a "Mad Men" look.

Z Zegna does a modern twist on a “Mad Men” look.

A nice, plain and reasonably priced leather belt is hard to come by.

A nice, plain and reasonably priced leather belt is hard to come by.

I'm really into the bow tie look right now and guys, you don't even have to tie this one!

I’m really into the bow tie look right now and guys, you don’t even have to tie this one!

Save your leather band from getting gross in the heat this Summer with this watch.

Save your leather band from getting gross in the heat this Summer with this watch.

 

A great belt at a great price!

A great belt at a great price!

A pocket square is an easy and in this case inexpensive way to change up your suit.

A pocket square is an easy and in this case inexpensive way to change up your suit.

Happy shopping guys or ladies for guys!

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