Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Perfect Chapeau for Fall

I'm desperate to find a girly fedora. I keep seeing these ones in amazing bright colors like magenta and turquoise. But I just can't see to find anything. You fashionista help is much needed to keep my head looking fabulous this fall! Amanda

You are right on trend dearest girl! There are a plethora of perfect chapeau for fall, but where to look? I adore this luxurious suede fedora in bright magenta. So gorgeous, yet so practical for cool fall days.

Another great hat is this black velour felt fedora with contrasting slate blue trim. Wear it with a chic trenchcoat and get set to do a bit of detecting!

There are many other fabulous styles out there too. I adore the look of a cloche, especially for dressier occasions and evenings out. For casual weekends, a chic newsboy cap is perfection indeed, as is a stylish beret! Keeps your hair from blowing in your face and keeps you warm and toasty too!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Best Denim Skirts for Fall

Hey She She,
Where can i find a nice denim skirt? Thanks! Meagan

Denim skirts are always a great go-to item for fall. This season my favorite skirt is the basic 5-pocket denim skirt, like the ones found at Old Navy. Classic denim styling, sits low on the waist with a very flattering fit and hits just below the knee. Remember, when wearing a pencil skirt it should always hit just below the knee - anything shorter looks a tad trashy. And to top it all off - it is fabulously affordable!

Another great look in a denim skirt is a button-front style like this one from See by Chloe. Same great 5-pocket styling, but with a little added bonus of a stylish button front. Fabulous for the girl with great legs, and it also looks fantastic with leggings and boots.

And for a great look in a mini skirt (one that isn't super short) check out this gorgeous little number from Anthropologie. Great A-line style, button flap back pockets and sailor button styling in front. Again, looks fabulous with tights in the cooler weather.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

What to Wear to a High School Reunion

She She - My 10 year high school reunion is coming up in mid-September. It's a two night affair; the first at a football game, the second at a "dressy-casual" dinner at a local county club-esque establishment. Help! What should I wear? I want to look my best without looking as if I'm "trying too hard." What's a girl to do? Thanks! Nervous (Kelly)

Dearest Nervous Kelly!

No need to be stressed dear girl - the best way to look fabulous is to present yourself as confident, self-assured and totally in control. The clothes are just the frosting. But let's get to the frosting, since that's the yummiest part!

For the football game I would suggest a pair of classic bootleg designer denim jeans. From my experience Paige Premium Denim Hollywood Hills is a great fitting classic style. They are excellent quality, fit to a T and flattering to every figure. There is just something about a pair of really awesome designer jeans that puts a confident little sashay into your step. Pair said jeans with a lightweight cotton cardigan or cashmere v-neck sweater worn over a basic tee shirt. That way if the weather gets a little warm you can slip out of the sweater and tie it around your shoulders. Top with a stylish military or peacoat style jacket. And while you may be tempted to don the ole' school colors from head to toe, limit yourself to a chic scarf in honor of your school. Finish with a pair of great stacked heel ankle boots or knee boots, and a great little cross-body bag for carting your girly goodies. A pair of basic hoop earrings and a delicate little bracelet are the perfect finishing touches.

Now, for the semi-posh dinner. I can guarantee that almost every girl there will be in the requisit LBD. This is your chance to stand apart and show your individuality as well as your sense of style. I would go with a knee length cocktail gown in one of this fall's rich colors. Slip into a gorgeous pair of silver slingbacks. Personally, I would stay away from super tall skyscrapers unless you are an expert in walking in them. Your whole chic and sophisticated image will be compromised by wobbly ankles. Stick with something 3" or less, but go for a strappy sexy look. Skip the necklace, but go with a unique bangle or bracelet and a pair of great earrings, and finish with a chic little evening clutch.

Another option, if you are not in the mood for a dress, is this season's great wide legged trousers. Choose something in a rich fabric, and add an elegant top. This is a great time for something a little dramatic, perhaps with a ruffled halter neckline, or a metallic fabric. Finish with a pair of stylish heels. Don't forget the accessories - a statement fashion ring, a stack of skinny bangles or a chain bracelet and an awesome little chain strap shoulder bag.

Friday, August 08, 2008

What to Wear When "Glamping" (glamorous camping)

I am going Glamping in Montana for my OLDER sister's 40th Birthday. If you don't know, Glamping is camping for the prissy. Marble showers, terry robes, and Tent Butlers, yes. Bugs and butane, no way. I am a Southern girl who sweats it out this time of year. What do you wear to go Glamping? Skeet shooting, gourmet s'mores, and Spa days are on the agenda.

Glad to Go Glamping

Darling Girl, what a fabulous vacation opportunity! And, of course you will want to be stylishly attired, so let's get cracking!

First of all -- been there, done that, bought the cashmere tee shirt. And you are absolutely right, glamping is camping for the uber-prissy, uber-stylish. Very Great Gatsby-esque, replete with safari and equestrian styling. What to wear depends entirely upon what type of glamping experience you wish to have. These resorts offer everything from a luxury spa-type experience to actual adventure vacations, complete with hiking, boating, horseback riding and fishing. If you've never been there, Montana is an entirely different world, especially for a southern girl. Thankfully, it is not humid and the weather is much more temperate. Plan on mid to high 80's during the day, but the evenings can get a bit nippy, so be sure to take along a stylish jacket or wrap.

If you are the adventurous type, I would wholeheartedly endorse that particular aspect of glamping, because after a day of hiking through the glorious mountains of Montana, you can relax in a bubble-filled jetted tub and sip a frosty concoction while soothing your overtaxed muscles. Wardrobe options: designer jeans, fitted tees, light jacket, comfy trainers or hiking boots and a great cross-body bag for your lipstick, sunscreen, shades and other girly gear. If horseback riding is on the menu, invest in a chic pair of riding boots because they never go out of style, and look great with both jeans and long skirts and dresses. Fly fishing usually means getting up in the wee hours of the morning, so dress accordingly - LAYERS: a comfy cotton tee shirt or shell, worn under a warm turtleneck, worn under this season's uber-hot plaid button-down, topped by a down filled vest. Finish with a great pair of jeans and waterproof shoes (the resort will provide the waders and fishing gear. My waders weren't totally waterproof and I ruined my suede sneaks, so that's why I recommend waterproof shoes or even canvas sneaks.) A great pair of corduroy, khaki or cargo style trousers is also a great choice and a good change-up from denim. Keep your active wardrobe in the neutral tones and add splashes of color with sweaters and scarfs.

For the girly girl who is all about the luxury spa experience, take full advantage of all the resort has to offer. A stylish swimsuit and coverup for poolside, paired with sleek slip-on sandals and an adorable tote for your sunscreen, shades and goodies. Don't forget to protect your hair and face with a wide-brimmed sunhat. A sassy sundress and embellished sandals is perfect for spending a warm summer afternoon lazing in a lounger with a great book. As is a gorgeous linen skirt and floaty top, paired with espadrilles. Don't forget the accessories! Stacks of bangles or a unique bracelet, an antique chain necklace and stylish dangle earrings all add the perfect cachet.

Last of all, be sure to bring along a great cocktail dress (or two!) for evenings. You will be enjoying gourmet dinners in a very glamorous atmosphere, albeit probably a canvas one, but still...Anyhoo, I would suggest wedge heels as far as your footwear choices go, just in case there are no boardwalks and you find yourself tiptoing through the tulips. Have a fabulous time dear girl!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Stylish Fashions for the Petite Frame

Hi SheShe! I'm a seventeen-year-old high school student and I'm about 5 ft 6.5 in. Because I was overweight for most of my life, I was never one of the fashionable girls I lived in hoodies and loose jeans. But now, after losing 50 lbs, I can wear all the things I've wanted to for the last six years. My problem is I just don't know how to be fashionable, how to combine things. My second problem is that in comparison to my long torso my legs are quite short. (inseam 30) I'd love to dress to make them appear longer, but I just don't know how. Could you offer some tips, please? Thank you so much! Love, Vanessa

Hello Vanessa darling!

First of all, big snaps all around for losing 50 lbs (which of course you will keep off by continuing with a sensible eating plan and regular exercise)! That is quite an achievement, and now you can reward yourself with some great new styles.

Putting together stylish ensembles may seem like an overwhelming and frustrating chore, but it really doesn't need to be that way. Just take a simple and straight forward approach, and in no time at all you will be knocking them dead with your stylishness. I would highly recommend TiVo'ing "What NOT to Wear" on TLC. The advice from Stacey and Clinton is spot-on EVERY time, and they will answer tons of your fashion questions on each episode.

That said, let's lay down a few standard ground rules for you. First of all, to accomodate your long torso and short legs I have one word for you: HEELS! And since you have been living in hoodies, sweats and jeans forever, don't let this intimidate you. Heels do not have to be uncomfortable. I would strongly suggest buying platforms with chunky heels or wedges to begin with, to ease yourself into the feel of higher heels. Wedges and platforms are more stable and therefore easier to walk in, as well as wear all day. They are also much more age appropriate for a high school senior, as well as extremely fashionable. A great pair of open toe wedges to wear with skirts and dresses, a pair of platform ankle boots for jeans and trousers, and a pair of platform Mary Janes should give you a great start in the heel department. These three basic styles can mix and match with everything in your wardrobe. (When you get used to the feel of the added height, you can add the skyscrapers.)

Next, determine your basic style. Sophisticated or Sporty? Preppy or Nature Girl? Romantic or Funky? Classic or Bombshell? An easy way to do this is to look toward some of today's fashion icons to help you determine which style would best suite you. For instance, Katie Holmes is a definite Sophisticate. Blake Lively is Preppy. Penelope Cruz is a Romantic. Kate Hudson is a Nature Girl, but can pull out all the stops and go totally Sophisticate. And Scarlett Johansson is a classic Bombshell.

Once you have determined your basic style, you can look for separates to fill your wardrobe. Since your wardrobe up till now has consisted of baggy sweats, a great starting point for you would be a classic wardrobe: Navy, black or khaki blazer and crisp button-down shirt, classic designer jeans, heeled ankle boots and a hobo bag. Very crisp, very classic. A more trendy version of this would be a cropped sweater or jacket worn with a sleek turtleneck and wide-legged trousers. Give the ensemble a pop of color with platform wedges and a fun shoulder bag. For dressier occasions, a sleek and simple dress worn with platform pumps is perfect. Add a funky necklace or bracelet to give it a little more edge.
Also, one final rule of thumb: if you are wearing a figure hugging top, you should off-set it with a looser bottom. For instance, a great fitted top would look fantastic with a pair of wide-leg or trouser jeans, or a floaty skirt. The same rule applies for the opposite: if you are wearing a loose top, you should wear a more figure hugging bottom. A loose fitting cami looks fantastic with skinny jeans, or belted over a pencil skirt.
Hope this gets you headed in the right direction! Remember, happy girls are the prettiest girls, so stay happy darling!