Cute Rain Boots to keep our feet dry (and stylish) during sloshy days
For all our friends and family and many more to meet as they grace our doors throughout the year!
Five Style Take Aways from Fall for Greenville – Spread the word. Save our city from this embarrassment!
Fanny packs are out of style. Dead. Not ever coming back. Enough said.
· Tennis shoes are meant for tennis. They are not “cute” with jeans.
· Floral and plaid are all the rage this fall…SEPARATELY…not paired together.
· Blue Jean shorts should never be worn by men…or women over the age of 25. Forget it. Bad idea.
· Muffin tops are never attractive. People buy pants that fit.
Enough humor- Let’s review the basics and get them right this fall. Here are a few things that every good girl with good style should own:
· Basic Black Dress – Finding the perfect black dress can be a challenge. The fit is key. Remember- it should hit right at the crease on the back of your knee, but should not cover the knee. How about this one by Elie Tahari.
· Trench Coat – Every season has a new take on the trench coat, but regardless of the year, the basic trench coat never goes out of style. Find a Pink trench with classic lines and you’ll never go wrong.
· Dress Pants – You choose the color- black, brown, gray, winter white. Choose a style that is flattering to your figure. One idea- Buy a size larger than you normally wear and have a tailor custom fit to your body type. Shop at Labels and you’ll be able to get a great pair of designer slacks like these by Theory and you’ll be a able to afford a really good tailor. *Note: A flat front boot cut pant is almost always universally flattering.
· Classic Shirt – Finding the right white shirt can be a bit tricky. There are tons of styles out there. Find a style that flatters and as Tim Gunn says- “minimize trouble spots.”
· Jeans – We all need a really great pair of designer jeans. Really you need two pairs of jeans. One pair that is hemmed for heels and one pair that is hemmed for flats. I believe that jeans that fit just right, can totally change your life.
· Any Occasion Top – Find a fun flirty top like this one by Mint and it will take you from day to night. Always have a good “go to” top in your wardrobe.
· Skirt – Just like dress pants, a good skirt is a wardrobe essential. I prefer black…very slimming on the hips. You can dress it up with sequins and stilettos or down with a chunky sweater and boots.
· Day Dress – Dresses are so fun and feminine. And my favorite part, they make getting dressed in the morning so much easier…not a lot to think about. Find a couple of great dresses like these that you can dress up or down depending on the mood. You’ll love the way the right dress makes you feel. I love this one by Trina Turk.
· Sweatsuit Alternative – Just because a sweatsuit at old navy only cost $16, doesn’t mean you should own one! Our “friends” at Fall for Greenville did not get this memo! Find some comfy chords, great cargo pants or flattering kakis and you are good to go for a day of errands around town or an afternoon tailgate. This fall leggings and a great long plaid top are another fun and comfortable alternative.
I owe all of this fab back to the basics style advise to fashion icon Tim Gunn and the
A blazer, a trench, a jacket, a coat...fur, leather, cotton, canvas… The possibilities are endless.
My outerwear advice to you this fall: Seek classic looks and purchase the best you can afford. A consignment shop like Labels is the perfect place to get a designer jacket that will last for years at the fraction of the original price! These wardrobe work horses can be enjoyed year after year. Very true- I love to bring out a classic micro suede trench that my grandmother purchased 40 years ago!
Here’s the lowdown on outerwear that I can’t live without:
Believe in a Blazer- I am always happy to break out my little navy corduroy blazer by Marc Jacobs. Nothing can remake an outfit quite like the power of a blazer. This classic jacket looks great when paired with a sparkly top and fantastic designer jeans. And for a more intellectual look, I like to pair it with a simple skirt and a scarf…I immediately feel like a book worm…to the library I must go!
Quilted Comfort- Nothing – I mean nothing- is better than living in the south in the Fall. It’s not too cold to be outside, regardless of the time of day and we sure do take advantage of it. Whether you’re headed to a football game, an oyster roast, a hike in the mountains or a simple trip to the grocery store, I consider this Ralph Lauren quilted jacket the official chief work-horse of all jackets. Every girl needs one. They are classic, durable and super chic regardless of what ya pair it with.
A Passion for Pattern- Whether you are 22 or 82, a jacket with just the hounds tooth can make the basic black dress go from understated to va va voom! This is not your everyday coat…a statement maker. You can make it versatile by pairing with black skinny pants for a night out or cargo pants for weekend casual. Pair with simple jewelry and a great red clutch to create an outfit with pizzazz for any occasion.
Trust in the Trench- Whether you are headed out to a night at the symphony or throwing on a jacket over your sweats for a quick run to Wal-Greens, the perfect trench like this one Burberry, can add a touch of sophistication to any outfit and can remake your look from head to toe. Dress it up, make it sexy, choose a funky pattern, buy an exquisite brand…this trusted wardrobe staple can change your life (well maybe not your whole life, but at least your wardrobe).
Feelings for Fur- My feelings for fur run deep. I love the fact that we can go for a rustic look and pair a little fur jacket with cowboy boots and a trendy plaid shirt. Or we can invest in a fabulous formal fur coat that can be worn to even the most sophisticated charity ball. Though it never really gets all that cold here, it’s still fun to glam up with a little fur.
Singing in the Rain- Every girl needs a good rain jacket. Actually you need two. First you need a Saturday- fun rain jacket that can be worn with a mini skirt and wellies. Second- It’s imperative to have a nice, classic nylon rain jacket that can be paired with a cocktail dress. Nothing is worse than arriving soggy to a formal affair. I really like this by Dana Buchman with removable fur trim collar.
Mr. LaBelle and I are headed to the mountains this weekend for a little romantic getaway and some serious antique shopping. I have my jackets and coats packed and ready…no matter the weather, regardless of the occasion, I have what I need to make a statement. Who said jackets were just for warmth?
Breast cancer affects everyone not just the person who is diagnosed- mothers, sisters, brothers, husbands, children, friends and co-workers. In the time it takes me to type this sentence, someone in the world will be diagnosed. You girls know I can be really passionate about things….and breast cancer is one of them. No one is immune from the possibility and regardless of who you are, at some point in your life, chances are you or someone you care about could be diagnosed. That’s why I am joining women across the country to fight for a cure.
Here’s the thing, even if you, like me, are one of those girls who shy away from PINK, we can all admit a little PINK, can do wonders to bring out the rosy glow in your face. And what girl doesn’t want to show off a youthful rosy glow? And the other beautiful thing about PINK is that it goes with most every color: chocolate brown, black, caramel, white, navy and even red (one of my favorite pairings).
So- here’s what I found: For the Thursday night cocktail celebration in honor of a dear friend who was just diagnosed, I plan to wear a little black dress, this cute PINK wrap and this great Lilly grosgrain ribbon clutch. You can always count on Lilly to make PINK so chic!
For the Susan G. Komen race on Saturday, I figure the morning will be a little chilly, so I found this classic Burberry PINK quilted jacket. It’ll add a little Jackie O’ to my shorts and running shoes!
And since I was in the mood for PINK, I found a few other must-haves to add to my wardrobe. It’ll be nice to step out of my black and white box! I love this great Tahari PINK and caramel jacket. The lush texture of the fabric screams indulgence.
I also fell in love with this Carlisle jacket and skirt. Feminine suits are all the rage this Fall. This jacket with subtle, not so frilly, PINK and chocolate brown twill and attention grabbing detailing is perfect for the board room and can even be paired with jeans for a night out.
WOW- I never really thought I could find PINK so fun and fabulous. I am ready to raise money for a great cause. If you want to join me, head down to Flour Field on Saturday morning…Don’t forget your PINK!
"It was a great surprise to have been invited by the editor to contribute to one of the defining journals of world fashion—a surprise owing to the fact that I am not entirely sure I fit the description of being "fashionable." Sometimes there have been those generous enough to call me "well dressed," but if they knew how much of what I wear is many years, even decades, old….
I have a passion for reusing things and repairing them (think of all the new small-business opportunities this presents). On the whole, the older some things are, the more comfortable and familiar they become; they can even be adapted to look new in a different context. For example, someone has been imaginative enough to make sets of cuff links out of the previous engine from my 40-year-old Aston Martin and to sell them in aid of my Trust for young people. I even have a pair of shoes made from bales of leather salvaged from an eighteenth-century wreck off the Southwest of Britain. They are totally indestructible and will see me out.
Not so long ago, wearing old or secondhand clothes—never mind recycled ancient artifacts—tended to be an embarrassment to many, and yet now "vintage" outfits are seen on red carpets all over the world. This sets a trend that others follow, and in Britain, secondhand shops and "upcycling"—taking old clothes and refashioning them with a modern twist—have become hugely popular. This is a perfect example of why I believe fashion has a role to play in helping to confront some of the environmental challenges we face. For this trend is not only about an attraction for retro design and the charm of the old, it is very much about the future.
It is clear that on every front mankind is overexploiting nature; the more we waste, the more we have to use our irreplaceable natural resources and prejudice the lives of our grandchildren. This can be seen in the depletion of our ocean's fish stocks, not to mention the destruction of the world's rain forests. When you add the threat of global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions, few can doubt that our lifestyles will need to change if we are to avoid environmental catastrophe.
Unfortunately, up until now the central message of change has largely been communicated in negative terms—we have been told endlessly what we should not be doing, rather than what we should be doing. What we have failed to do is explain to people the benefits, for them and the planet, of adopting a more sustainable lifestyle.
This is where the fashion industry can help. Vintage clothes and upcycling are just the start because they save scarce resources and avoid waste. The great strength of the fashion world is that it knows how to make new ideas attractive and to do so rapidly and on a grand scale—something that is essential if collective action is to have a genuine impact on the problems we face. Fashion clearly makes people feel good, but now it has to do the world good, too, by contributing to the creation of a virtuous circle, with nature protected at the center. An excellent example of this is the use of wool for clothing. It is natural and renewable, it has a far smaller environmental footprint and is far less flammable than man-made fibers, and it is fully recyclable. I have already started promoting the rediscovery and reuse of wool and will, later this year, be launching a campaign for wool in partnership with designers and retailers to try to persuade people that this natural fiber is infinitely more "sustainable" than artificial fibers made from oil derivatives.
It is this sense of a sustainability revolution's being a "good thing" that inspired my new project, called simply Start. Start is about showing people the easy steps they can take to tread more lightly on our planet; and where better for Vogue readers to start than with what they wear? Leading designers are already producing clothes that are appealing, genuinely desirable, and, most important, don't harm the environment. Those who design these fine things and those who wear them can make a huge, positive, and long-lasting impact on the environment.
I hope many more people will see how solutions that work with nature rather than against her will make our lives richer and more fulfilled than we can possibly imagine. I can only urge you to join me in making a Start in this way, and if by chance you find yourself in London this September, when we are opening up the gardens of Clarence House for a twelve-day sustainability festival complete with a fashion show, please come and see the modest beginning that we are working on here."
For more information, go to startuk.org.
I admit it. I don’t really like watching football. But I LOVE tailgating! I don’t think I am the only southern girl who feels like this. Maybe I am just the only one willing to admit it. Nonetheless, football season gives me a reason to find all kinds of fun trendy Saturday wear for a variety of weather conditions and best of all indulge on some serious junk food…and bourbon! Girls-Calories don’t count on game day!
I haven’t quite switched out my closet from summer to fall so I had to do a little shopping to prepare for the upcoming games. I probably could get away with summer styles since it is so hot, but I am ready for Fall!
Here’s my run down on football must haves to make the day stylish and comfortable:
A cute dress: I found this cute little dress by Karlie. It’s a great fabric that won’t show when I glisten a bit in the September sun. And check out these great earrings. This is the perfect game day outfit.
A light sweater: This week the game is at which means we will get there mid-afternoon and it will be hot- like 90 degrees. I’m going to bring along a cute little J. Crew Cardi like this one that I can throw on when the sun goes down.
Flip flops: I’m going to start off the day in these cute shoes by Dani Black….but will bring my flip flops just in case. Sometimes when we are at away-games, we have terrible parking spots and I have to walk/hobble for miles. Not so fun in these fab shoes.
Great shades- Let’s face it, most of the day, you’ll be wearing shades. They must make a great fashion statement. Nothing says chic anymore than these shades by Smith.
Hand bag: Just call me the bag lady! One bag just isn’t enough….here’s my list-
Essentials Bag - I like to have a larger bag like this Kate Spade that I carry a little touch up make up, a few magazines (just in case it’s really boring), sunscreen, my aforementioned flip flops and comfy outfit to change into for the ride home.
Sassy Bag 2- But I also like to bring a smaller more glam bag just in case we head out on the town to celebrate the big win.
Survival Bag 3- I can’t survive without lots of snacks, some
Rain jacket- Nothing is worse than a rainy game day. Soggy pimento cheese sandwiches- yuck! But what’s even worse is a soggy outfit. I always bring along a rain coat just in case (and an umbrella). I found this fab jacket by Zoa’s Art that make a great statement…not your average anorak.
Essentials in hand. Ready to go enjoy some serious tailgating!
PS: Thought you might like my easy recipe for pimento cheese. This makes the best tailgating sandwiches and spread. It’s a little spicy…just like us girls and so easy to throw together after a long week!
Pimento Cheese with a Kick
1 lb extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded (Don’t buy pre-shredded…not the same!)
1 small jar of diced pimentos
1 can Rotel drained
About a ½ cup or so of mayo…you be the judge. You can use some of the rotel juice and less mayo if you don’t like too much mayo
1 tbsp or so of Worcestershire sauce