Monday, June 16, 2008

Chic Wedding Fashion Alternatives

Hi SheShe,

I have a wedding to go to in mid-July. I cannot wear skirts or dresses due to scars on my legs and wanted to know what you would recommend I wear. The wedding is indoors at 5:30. I want to look nice without having to show my legs completely. Any suggestions? Thanks.

I would recommend a gorgeous pair of palazzo pants, which are elegant and give the feeling of a flowy long skirt. Choose something in an elegant fabric and pair them with a dressy top. Remember the rule: do not pair loose fitting separates with other loose fitting separates (otherwise you end up looking frumpy). The reverse is also true: pairing a tight fitting top with form fitting bottoms will make you look like a tramp! A gorgeous silky cami top or halter top would be ideal, as would a more form fitting wrap style top. Finish with a pair of dressy sandals or slingbacks, a gorgeous necklace and a nifty little bag for your girly goodies.

Another very stylish option would be one of this season's hot trends: the maxi dress. Since the wedding is in the early evening, avoid fabrics and styles that are too formal. At the same time, stay away from anything too bohemian looking. Something chic, simple and stylish. Add a pair of strappy sandals, a chic handbag and some dangles and you are good to go!

Have a fabulous time darling - you'll be the belle of the ball!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Boots for Slender Legs

Hi! I have very thin (but toned) calves and find searching for sexy knee-high boots are impossible. The calf portion is always huge on me!! Any suggestions for sexy, stylist boots that are more fitted for a small calf?? Thanks~Kimberly

Dear Kimberly,
One of the best sources I have found for boots for narrow calves is Zappos. They have such a fantastic selection and great prices to boot (no pun intended!).

Look for boots made from fabric that will allow for some give and take - stretch suede is a fabulous choice because it offers just that, as well as being very luxurious (and sexy!)

Another great option is a boot with buckle trim. Not only is it stylish, but the buckles serve the practical purpose of being able to customize the fit to your calf. Side-tie or front tie boots offer the same stylish benefit.

And finally, this is an option that worked wonderfully for a fabulously chic and stylish friend: she found a pair of boots in Italy that she absolutely fell in love with. They zipped up the side, but unfortunately were too large on her calves (sound familiar?) The clerk at the shop told her that she could take them to a cobbler and he could remove and reinstall the zipper, which would take an inch or more off the circumferance. My friend ended up buying the boots in Italy and having the zippers replaced by an equestrian boot repair shop near where she lives. She said it was well worth the added cost because the Italian leather boots are such a classic style she will wear them for years and years. So it actually ended up being an investment!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Fabulous College Fashions

Hi there!
First of all I must say, I totally love your blog and have found great help and inspiration from ot on many occassions. Thank you! Right now though, I have a little question for you and hope you could give me some ideas. It's my first year in university (foundation year), I'm in the college of Pharmacy and need some help on what to wear everyday for my classes. I want to look fashionable and well put together (something I'm not very good at) I just need some thoughts on putting together a few outfits and I can take it from there. Thank you so much!
Kind regards, Mai

Dearest Mai,
I just want to say kudos to you for wanting to stay stylish while attending classes! Most university students tend to live in sweatshirts and jeans, or shorts and tees, so I applaud your sense of propriety, decorum and commitment to fashion. At the same time, don't feel that you need to hobble about campus in 4 inch heels, a pencil skirt and a blazer (you might be mistaken for a very fashion-forward thinking professor, but that's OK too!). Let's aim for the middle ground.

You will be taken more seriously if you dress in a more professional manner. I would suggest trousers and a great shirt, paired with a chic blazer or cropped jacket. Stacked heel pumps or wedge heels give a good finish to the ensemble, along with a sturdy tote. You can also augment this outfit by replacing the trousers with a skirt (not too short), and adding a vest over the shirt. Knee-high boots are a good look with a skirt, as well as being a great cold or wet weather option.

You can also wear jeans, but keep them dressy, like a trouser style jean, or a wide-leg style. Depending on the weather, you can pair them with a sweater or a stylish top. Stay away from spaghetti strap or halter-style tops, even if the weather is warm. Remember that you are trying to put across a professional image, so dress the part. Nothing too bare, overly sexy or revealing. If you do opt for a summery top, wear a light jacket while in classes.

During warm weather you can also wear a chic sundress - on it's own, if it has short or cap sleeves, or is sleeveless, but top it with a light sweater or jacket if it has thin straps. As for shoes, a stacked heel sandal or a wedge heel is great, but make sure it has substantial coverage (no skinny straps - remember the too sexy rule.) Keep it businesslike and professional. Open-toes are fine, as long as they are not too high or show too much toe cleavage.
Best of luck!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Stylish Summer Bride

Hi She She!
Do you have any ideas for an intimate setting, summer afternoon, dressy (but not formal), second wedding for me, a late 40's bride, 5'7", 138 pounds? Thanks so much for any suggestions!

First of all, congratulations dearest bride! And a summer wedding too - lucky girl! My suggestion is to keep it simple, stylish and chic. A knee-length dress in a gorgeous shade, perhaps even ivory, with elegant simple lines that flatter your figure. Nix the ruffles, bows or anything too frou-frou. Also, stay away from anything too bare or plunging (generally not a good look for a woman of a certain age). If you have good arm tone, a sleeveless dress is a great choice for summer, as is a flutter sleever or short sleeved dress.
Another possibility is an elegant skirt and blouse combination, or a chic skirt suit. Keep the fabrics light and summery however, no heavy brocades or satins.

As for footwear, it really depends on the setting. Indoors, you options are limitless, from a gorgeous t-strap or elegant slingback to a sexy skyscraper or chic pump. If you are going to be outdoors, especially on grass or the beach, stay away from skinny heels or stilettos. Go with a wedge heel to help you keep your balance, or perhaps a sandal or even a chic flat. Finish with simple, understated jewelry, perhaps a string of pearls and pearl studs, or a delicate necklace and simple diamond studs.

Happy summer wedding!