Monday, March 26, 2007

White Shoes Before Easter?

Hi SheSheMe,
I'm a Texas gal and would love to know whether white is still taboo before Easter? Perhaps the answer is based strictly on the soiree? I would love to wear my Steve Madden open-toed heels right now because the weather is soooo gorgeous in Austin; but, they're (gasp) white! Yea or nay? In your fashion we trust, Mare

Texas girls are always so chic and stylish! In researching the infamous "White ONLY between Easter and Labor Day" edict the ever-chic girls here have found that the rule originally applied only to shoes, and then only to white pumps or dress shoes. The rule also tends to be adhered to a bit more strictly in the South. A Southern girl would never wear white before Easter or after Labor Day. Winter white, however, tends to be a bit more acceptable.

That said, fashion rules on the whole have relaxed over the years. These days the climate tends to be the determining factor in fashion. For instance, a girl on a Caribbean cruise in February would most likely don her white espadrilles and sundress for a little jaunt into Nassau, even if it is weeks before Easter! I think it depends completely on the girl, the occasion and the location. Just this weekend, here in San Francisco, I saw girls in white sandals, white wedges and white peeptoes all along the Embarcadero, but then again, it was a warm and sunny spring day. Two days from now we might be back in our cashmere and ankle boots!
So, dearest girl, I say do what makes you feel happy! If you are going to feel uneasy or uncomfortable and wonder if everyone is staring at you unkindly, then hold off for a few more weeks. If, however, you are one of the lucky few who really don't give a pig's patootie what other people think, then go for it! Rule breakers can be style setters too!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Honeymoon Chic Within a Budget

Hi She She! I have a bit of a complicated question and I hope you can give me some advice. Thanks! So, I am going on my honeymoon. But it is not really my honeymoon since it is several months late. And we are crashing with relatives. So we are just going to hang out on beaches and it will be nice anyways. However, we have friends whose trip will be coinciding with ours so we will be spending some time with them. The thing is, these people are rich - like real brand names and plastic surgery rich and we are supposed to go hang out with them at their hotel and stuff. The mister and I plan to spend some good quality time together on lonely beaches and hiking and being outdoorsy so I can prepare for that, but I don't know how to pack for snooty brunches and hotel bars.

How fabulous! And any time away with a hunky hubby is a honeymoon my dear girl, even if it is a few months after the wedding. In fact, you will probably enjoy it much more because the stress of the wedding is way behind you! Anyhoo, you can be stylish and chic at the chi-chi hotels and restaurants without spending a fortune. If you really feel that you need to go designer label, there are many sources out there like Bluefly and Zappos where you can get designer goods at great prices.

However, a few well chosen items will also do the trick: a chic wrap dress and skyscrapers would be great for brunch. A floaty skirt, gorgeous top and strappy sandals will take you to dinner at any four star restaurant. As far as handbags go, a great designer handbag in a classic style that can be used for years is always an investment. If you don't want to go the designer route, choose an understated bag with NO logo, (don't try to fake it) or even a unique handmade bag or perhaps a vintage bag.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

What Looks Good on a Brunette

Hello She She! I have a question that I hope you can help me with! I absolutely love your blog & e-mails! You really know your stuff! My question is what color clothes would look best on me. I have brunette hair, brown eyes & medium skin tone. I'm not so sure how to tell if something looks good on me. I'd love to know what colors would look great on me! I hope you can help me! Thanks in advance! ~Rachael

Dear Rachael,

You, darling girl, must be absolutely stunning! (Brown-eyed brunettes always are my dear!) If you have deep brown hair with auburn highlights, dark or golden brown eyes and golden undertones to your skin then choose soft earth tones, browns, yellow-based greens, marine-based blues, shades of peach and apricot, ivory and camel. Stay away from gray, navy, taupe and pink because they will drain your complexion. You can get away with black for trousers and skirts, but not up close to your face. Instead of the basic LBD that everyone opts for, go with a deep chocolate brown.

If you have dark brunette hair with olive skin or have a bluish undertone to your skin then go with vivid primary colors: blue-reds, royal blues, emerald greens and lemon yellows. Bright and bold is the way to go. You will also look fabulous in black and white.

Chic and Smart Cruise Wear

Hi She She , I'm going on my first cruise this spring to the Caribbean. The website asks for formal or smart casual at nights. What should I bring with me? I have a few wrap dresses and fancier spring dresses. Will these do?

Such a lucky girl! My ab-fab favorite mode of vacation is a cruise! Had a bit of a snafu on my first cruise however. It was a week-long cruise and I had packed accordingly (basically every item in my closet) and, just my luck, the airline lost my luggage! I spent the first 3 days wearing a polo shirt and tennis skirt from the gift shop (emblazoned with the ship's logo) until my luggage finally caught up with me. Luckily, I had packed my new bikini and makeup in my carry-on bag, otherwise I would have been stuck poolside in a gift shop swimsuit reminiscent of a retirement home in Boca.

Anyhoo, cruise attire is fairly casual during the day, but evenings tend to be a bit more dressy. I think your wrap dresses would be perfect for the dinner and evening hours. Bear in mind that most cruises have at least one "formal" evening where you will find the women dressed in everything from cocktail dresses to formal evening gowns. I always opt for a knee length cocktail dress in a travel-friendly fabric like silk or chiffon. A pair of kick asterix skyscrapers and some gorgeous earrings and you're good to go.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Black Dress/Brown Boots?

Hi She She!

I need help finding shoes!! I got this little black dress. It has an Empire waist & ties to the back, quarter length sleeves that are semi-balloon. It isn't real tight, just kind of flowy with a scoop neck. I was really hoping to try the high boots that scrunch. I have never worn a style like that so I am nervous. I am sure I could get away with high heels, but I wanted to try and dress it down and maybe look a little more dressed for the cool weather. Here is a picture I found off the web that is really similar to my dress & the look that I am going for with the boots, but I don't know if I can get myself to wear the brown with black. Maybe gray? Have any better suggestions?? Please help! Erin

Hi Erin,

Half the fun of fashion is taking chances! I adore the look that you have chosen. The weathered brown boots add the perfect touch of edginess to this ensemble as well as add a touch of warmth. I think grey boots would be to austere with the black dress.

If you are still having a hard time with the brown/black combo, try pulling things together with accessories. Add a necklace, possibly wood and/or leather to pull in the brown from the boots. Wooden bangles would also look fantastic. Finish off with a distressed leather handbag or even a fabric bag with leather trim. You, my dear, are going to look positively fierce!

Spring Pedicure

Dear SheShe,

Here it is towards the end of winter and my toenails need some spiffing up! What toenail polish colors are in for now and for later when Spring really hits? I'm tired of the French manicure. Thanks! Christina

Hi Christina! There is nothing like a fresh coat of varnish to put a girl in mind of spring, especially after slogging it out all winter in boots and pumps. This spring the colors run the gamut from palest sheer pink to a scandalous black with a red undertone. My friends at Orly have provided you with all you need to get through this spring and well into summer with the 6-pack Divorcée collection, containing six shades of creme and shimmer. Don't worry, you don't have to be divorced to wear it!

Smart Style

Hi. Can you help me find a stylist to help me go through my closet and to buy "smart". I don't have any good pals that are good at this stuff and I'm making stupid mistakes. I live in DC. Thanks!

I know exactly how you feel! When I moved clear across the country and left dearest Shop Girl behind I wondered if I was destined to spend the rest of my life returning poorly chosen fashion items to various department stores. However, it's not the end of the world, help is at hand.

While I am not familiar with the Washington DC area, I am very familiar with the Bloomingdale's Personal Shopper service, which I have used on more than one occasion. This is a great way to get a basic style education. I would suggest that when you make your initial appointment you ask to work with someone who has been doing this for a few years. Be very specific about the looks that appeal to you and the image you are trying to create. Also, specify that you are trying to create a timeless and classic basic wardrobe, with a few updated trendy looks to balance it out.

Also, one of my favorite past-times is watching "What Not to Wear". Clinton and Stacy are great at nailing the right look for the right profession at the right price, and making it all work with your particular body type.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

To Ugg or Not to Ugg

Hello She She, With all of this cold weather (even in Texas; although I’m grateful for it being so mild compared to other parts of the U.S.) all I can think about is that I really need to just go for it and buy some Uggs. Every year, I resist the purchase thinking they aren’t practical for where I live; however, after this winter I think they might be necessary. My only concern is that after I finally buy them, they’ll be obsolete. I know you don’t have a crystal ball, but my question is: do I just go for it or is there another comfortable, warm boot that might have more fashion longevity?


Hey there Girly Girl!

Isn't this just the dilemma of the ages? Just when we find an item of clothing or footwear that totally fits the bill as far as comfort, style and affordability goes, then the whole world
jumps on the bandwagon and tells us that we have just 4.2 months before it becomes obsolete. This tends to be the way with trendy names and it you come along at the tail end of a trend, well...

However, Uggs are evolving with the times; there are many different styles now, not j
ust the basic suede with fur lining and trim. Go with what makes you feel comfortable and warm, whether it be Uggs or another brand such as Steve Madden and Joan & David , or Santana and Timberland. Choose a classic style, one that won't scream Fall/Winter 2007. Minnetonka has been making fur-lined boots forever and they are as warm and stylish now as they were 25 years ago. Stay warm and stay pretty!