Saturday, May 23, 2009

Accessorizing a Khaki Safari Dress

Hi She She,

I love your blog. You've inspired me to care more about what I wear and take the time to put together nice outfits. Last year I bought a nice khaki safari shirt dress, but I've only worn it once because I just can't figure out how to wear it. Like what shoes and accessories to pair it up with, so it doesn't look so dull? I appreciate your thoughts in advance.


Hi Ginny!
Gorgeous dress by the way - good choice! The best thing about khaki is that is so very easy to work with. You are right, however, is realizing that unless it is accessorized well it does have a tendency to be a bit drab.

Therefore, let's get cracking on styling this gorgeous little number. Interestingly, I happen to own a dress very similar to this one, so I am going to tell you what I did to take my safari dress from dull to dynamite.

First of all, I ditched the belt that came with the dress because it was so plain an utilitarian and made the dress look too much like a trench coat. I replaced it with a great wide leather belt with a bold (and fun) buckle.

Next, add a pair of killer skyscrapers. This will definitely up your style cred, especially if you go with a sleek patent leather with metallic buckles and trim. Add a pop of color with a great deconstructed bag, like a hobo or a slouch bag.

Finish with a statement necklace and a bold bangle or great menswear style watch and you are good to go!

Another great look for this particular dress is to give it a bit of a nautical flair.
Start with a pair of canvas wedge espadrilles, then add a woven or braided belt, or even a colorful scarf used as a belt. Finish with an eco-friendly woven raffia or straw tote, a pendant necklace and a simple bracelet.

Have fun with your style!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Styling Jeweled Sandals

Hi She She!
Love your blog and newsletters. I'm wondering about some shoes I've had on "my list" that are finally available in my size...I think I got the recommendation from you, and I wondered if there's any way to find out with what you had said to wear them! I think they are fabulous, but am not good at styling (at all!) Thanks in advance for any ideas you have time to give. Amanda A.

Hi Amanda!

Don't you just love it when you can finally check off those lovely little items on your list! I adore these jeweled sandals. They are perfect for so many of this summer's great trends! The sandals have a tiny heel, so they are very comfortable and can be worn for hours on your casual summer jaunts; and, because they are embellished they can be worn with dressier attire as well!

These sandals would be fabulous with a bohemian style sundress. I would opt for something flirty and flouncy, perhaps a mid-calf or even a patio-dress floor length.

You can also pair the sandals with a great casual pencil skirt. The embellishment on the sandals offsets the structure of the pencil skirt. Add a silky blouse, a big bold wooden bangle and you are good to go!

As for trousers, I would opt for cropped styles or capris, and add a chic top. You could also wear them with a great pair of dressy shorts and a summery blouse. These sandals are so very versatile! You are going to definitely get your money's worth darling!

Happy summer styles!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fun Friendship Necklaces

Dear SheShe,
I need your help with finding a necklace for my best friend & myself.. We like the idea of the bff necklaces but think it's kind of childish... So could you give me some ideas on what to do that aren't too expensive... Thanks
XOXO Rachael

Hello Rachel!

I think it's a wonderful celebration of friendship to commemorate it with a fabulous bauble! And while I agree that the standard bff necklaces are just a bit twee, there are so many other fabulous possibilities out there!

First of all, I suggest you go with sterling silver rather than any type of an overlay or vermeil. Sterling will retain its shine and will not tarnish if you wear it often, as long as you don't expose it to cosmetics, perfumes, hairspray, etc. Always put your jewelry on AFTER you have used your hairspray and perfumes.

I love classic sterling silver pendants. Shop around a bit, because there are quite a few affordable and equally stylish options out there. I adore this round engravable pendant from Silver Creek. You can engrave initials or your full name.

You could also opt for bracelets. Things Remembered has several fantastic sterling silver engravable bracelets at really great prices. You can go with something tradition or a bit edgy, whatever your personal style and preference.

Here is my all time favorite pendant: The classic Tiffany 1837 tag pendant, which comes with an 18" silver chain (the perfect length for a pendant) and best of all, it comes in one of those fabulous robin's egg blue Tiffany's boxes! AND if you get it from the Tiffany outlet it is really a great value. You can have it engraved at any jewelers.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Finding the Right Jeans

Dear She She,

I have a difficult time finding jeans to fit me. If the jeans fit in the waist they are really baggy in the thigh, and if they fit in the thigh they are really big in the waist. I have tried many different brands, some work better than others, but I was wondering if you had any suggestions on a particular type or style that might work well for me. Help!

It sounds like you need to look for jeans made specifically for a curvy figure. You have a smaller waist and curves, so your best bet is going to be to look for jeans made with a bit of Spandex or Lycra in the denim. This will allow for a more snug fit in the thigh and tush, while snugging in the waist without causing muffin-top.

The best jeans out there for your figure are Joe's Jeans Honey Fit, which is made specifically for girls with curves. These are a favorite with celebrities like Beyonce, Alicia Keyes, Britney Spears and Jessica Alba. Also, Paige Premium Denim “Hollywood Hills” Jeans. They have a classic bootcut fit with a slightly higher rise and works wonderfully with curves.

Also, check out PZI jeans. These are so figure flattering. They snug in all the right places without making you feel like a sausage. They are contoured at the waist to eliminate that awful gap, and have just the right amount of stretch to snug the hip, rear and thigh. They come in a variety of inseam lengths so they can be worn with flats, boots, and heels by women of all heights. They come in a variety of styles from bootcut, to skinny to wide leg.