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Goldman Sachs and Fabulous Flats

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Goldman Sachs and Fabulous Flats

Goldman Sachs & Fabulous Flats

Last week we talked all things fashion and style in the workplace with the Women’s Network at Goldman Sachs. We talked about our frenetic lifestyle and how things like shopping, taking inventory of our wardrobes and dedicating time to put together a few power outfits invariably falls to the bottom of the to-do list. That is until the night before that all-important meeting or  business trip and you find yourself scrambling to pull together looks that make you feel like the confident, successful power woman you are. And that last minute scrambling never feels good. 

We delved into wardrobe management, the importance of editing seasonally, making sure you have a strong foundation of basics, and knowing where to splurge and where to save. 

This fun and lively group had a lot of questions: how to stay warm yet still stylish in an aggressivly air conditioned office, how to accessorize well, what’s appropriate in a corporate world (fur, fishnets and feathers? Sadly, no), and where to find the perfect pumps.

While everyone loves a good heel, these women are walking New Yorkers and need comfort as well as style so the most popular question of the afternoon was where to find fabulous flats that are comfortable and cool. So in response we quickly put together a Favorite Flats Guide that includes both affordable and splurge worthy options, from mules to loafers to ballet flats. We hope you’ll find it useful too! 

If you have a killer pair of flats that keep your feet blister free and fabulous please share in the comments or send an email and I’ll add it to the guide. 

  Me at Goldman Sachs, giving a few tips on style and presence in the workplace. 

Me at Goldman Sachs, giving a few tips on style and presence in the workplace. 

 

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Last Minute Gift Guide for Men

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Last Minute Gift Guide for Men

Last Minute Gift Guide for Men

 

For those of you who have yet to complete your holiday gift shopping, I’ve put together a last minute gift guide for my fellow procrastinators. The last thing you want to do is run out and waste your hard earned money on something your loved one doesn’t want or need, so based on many, many hours of editing closets and shopping this year, I’ve come up with a few things that I know will be both functional and appreciated. 

 

A winter hat and scarf

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This may seem like an obvious or boring gift but let me just tell you – I’ve seen way too many men this winter who have the handsome over coat, the custom suit, the Italian leather shoes, and then when the chill hits them they throw on a cheap, ill-fitting beanie that ruins the overall look. Also I notice that men wear winter hats that are too small for their head. It’s so strange. So get your man a cashmere knit hat that fits and a matching or complimentary scarf. Check out my choices HERE

 

Custom Suit, Sportcoat, Shirts or Tuxedo

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I always think the best gift is something that the person wouldn’t buy for themselves, so if they are already on the custom bandwagon then skip this, but if he has yet to delve into the world of custom this will be a treat. Surprise him with a gift certificate to a custom atelier and it will rock his world! There are so many to choose from in the city but I have a few favorites and the right one really depends on his style and budget. A few of my favs are Ian Rios New York, Sebastian Grey and Michael Andrews. But feel free to shoot me an email at Nicola@Harrison-Style.com to ask me which one is right for you before you dive in. 

 

An Amazing Winter Coat

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You’ll be miserable in New York if you don’t have a good quality, good looking winter coat. If your man is walking around town in something old and ratty or something that he also wears to ski in then a winter coat will be a great gift. This is something that is so worth the investment. Here’s a LINK to my blog on winter coats. A few of my favs are Canada Goose, The Cornieliani ID jacket and Alps & Meters – you can see them all HERE

 

Something to Look Forward To

If you’re coming up blank because theirs is literally nothing he needs, get him an experience you can both enjoy together. Tickets to a concert, tickets to a show, airfare for a surprise vacation (you can figure the details out later) cooking lessons, a mixology class -- sometimes the best gift is being able to put something on the calendar that you’re both really excited about. 

 

Socks – Yes I’m serious!

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Ok Socks sound like a bit of a joke as a Christmas gift or stocking stuffer, much like the infamous Christmas tie, but fun socks are still going strong in menswear and allow guys to add a bit of whimsy to their outfit, especially if they wear a suit and tie to work and don’t have much of a chance to show their personality in their daily wardrobe. Hot Sox are always fun and if you want to pimp out his sock drawer while saving the plant at the same time then check out Conscious Step. 

 

A Major Confidence Boost

Ok this is shameless self-promotion but I honestly think this is an excellent gift for men or women (if I wasn’t a stylist I would love this gift!). Most men don’t love to shop, don’t think about what to wear to an important event until the night before then panic about it, and generally, while they want to look good and pulled together on a daily basis, they just aren’t quite sure how to achieve that desired look or how to find time to dedicate to it. That’s where I come in – first I edit their wardrobe and evaluate what they already have, then I shop for them in advance, they just meet me to try on and buy what they like, and finally we meet again to put all the looks together, take pics and I send them a digital lookbook so they know what to wear, how to wear it and when. I make it really easy and surprisingly fun. You can do a Sort, Shop & Style or a Year of Style. Gift cards available all this week. Just sayin’

 

Smitten Films

This gift is really for the whole family but, imagine someone coming in and taking charge of all you iPhone photos of your kids, photos in the Cloud and all those sports and school pictures that you’ve been meaning to corral into a photo album or turn into a photo book, not to mention all your random videos that are taking up storage space on your phone.  Then imagine turning all that chaos into a beautiful film that you and your family can watch and keep forever. That is the genius behind Smitten Films. This is definitely a gift for both of you but it will be such a relief if you get your family a gift card for this amazing service this holiday season.

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Wearable Fall/Winter Trends for Women

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Wearable Fall/Winter Trends for Women

The 90’s are baaaack!

Like it or not the 90’s are back in full swing this Fall. Just take a stroll through any of the department stores and you’ll see an onslaught of crushed velvet, florals on dark grounds, plaid, ripped bootcut jeans and a touch of grunge.

I know – at first glance it’s not the most exciting decade to make a comeback but there are ways to incorporate these trends into your wardrobe in a way that’s modern, up to date and kinda fun.

Modern Victorian

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Defined by its excessive use of ruffles, high necklines, fine details, delicate fabrics and florals, the Victorian trend may seem intimidating and difficult to style at first, but pair an intricate, romantic shirt with a basic pair of jeans and simple heels and you'll be royally rocking the trend.

Embellished Sleeves & Shoes

Plain old sleeves are out - bell, extra long, and sleeves covered in detail work are in! This is a really fun look and it's pretty easy to incorporate into your existing wardrobe and bring you into Fall. If this looks makes you feel too voluminous on top, opt for slimmer proportions, like skinny jeans, on the bottom.  

This season's obsession with extravagant detail has also been carried over to shoes - think booties with all over sequins, embroidery and stars. If you go wild with your shoes just keep the rest of your outfit simple and let the shoes make the statement.

Red Hot

You’ll see an abundance of red this season.  Considered one of the most romantic and powerful colors, it's all over clothing, accessories, and makeup.  For those who prefer neutrals, incorporating red accessories and makeup into your looks is a smart way to add a pop of color while still dressing on-trend. 

Crushing It

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Chances are you’ve noticed a crazy amount of crushed velvet on the racks.  Pants, shirts, jackets, shoes, and even socks and undergarments have been crushed-velvetized.  The textile is nearly impossible to avoid, so go ahead and embrace it - just a little. By adding crushed velvet into your outfits through items like clutches and booties, you can participate in this 90's resurgence without feeling like you’re back in high school.

We've put together some our favorite 90's inspired styles -- you can check them out HERE. 

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What to Wear to a Movie Premiere

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What to Wear to a Movie Premiere

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the premier of The Glass Castle, a movie adaptation of the book by Janette Walls which I devoured when I read it back in the late 2000’s. The movie stars Brie Larson and Namoi Watts (a mom at my son’s school) so I was thrilled to see them in action and meet them in person.

But before all that fun, I of course had to figure out what to wear and it led me to launch a new blog series, “What Should I Wear?” that will answer your questions on what to wear to specific events you have coming up. (More on that later).

So here are my top tips on What To Wear To a Movie Premiere:

  1. Take into consideration the location, the time of day. LA is generally more casual than New York, an evening viewing will be more dressy than daytime.
  2. Consider the movie genre. If it’s a kids film the attire could also be a touch more casual and playful.
  3. Movie theaters can be chilly so for women wearing dresses consider bringing a thin wrap that you can fold small and keep in your clutch, or borrow your date’s suit jacket. And obviously you’ll be sitting for the movie – which is the main event – so make sure your outfit is comfortable to sit in a movie theater chair.
  4. Is there an after party? If so where. Will you be walking several city blocks or jumping in a cab - something to think about as you plan.
  5. Know that there'll be a wide range of dressiness - the stars will be decked out to the nines and reviewers and guests will be coming from work. It's good to be somewhere in the middle. 

In my case it was an evening event in Manhattan for an adult movie in the middle of summer, so I opted for royal blue Diane Von Furstenberg jumpsuit with nude, peep-toe heels and my Chloe clutch. My date wore a navy custom suit and white custom shirt by Ian Rios NY, brown shoes, brown belt and a pocket square.

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So if you have an event coming up and you’re not sure what to wear, send me an email at Nicola@Harrison-Style.com and I’ll give you my tips. 

 

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How to Choose The Best Men's Belts

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How to Choose The Best Men's Belts

Belts cause a lot of confusion for men. My clients constantly ask me, how many do I need? What buckle should I choose? How wide is too wide? How skinny is too skinny? Leather or suede? Matte or shiny?

And guys, you’re right to ask. It seems so simple, yet the wrong belt can really screw up your outfit and make you look like an amateur – I’m here to make sure that doesn’t happen.

The good news is you really only need four belts in your closet. Two dress belts for suits and dress pants, two casual belts for jeans and casual slacks. That’s it! But first…..

Why Wear a Belt?

1. It completes your outfit and makes you look more put together. 

2. It will help your pants stay where you want them to stay because as you wear them throughout the day they’ll inevitably stretch a little. You should not be wearing a belt to hold your pants up – if that’s the case - you’re buying them too big. 

Dress Belts

You’ll need one black and one brown. Opt for leather. Think luxurious material for a dressier, more luxurious look. Also in general you’ll be wearing leather dress shoes with a suit so match the material – leather with leather. 

Notice how good the brown leather belt looks with dress pants (below).

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And how wrong the matte, suede belt looks (below). It's also too wide but we'll get to that next.

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The width of your dress belt should be between 1 ¼” - 1 ½ ”. Any wider will look too chunky and casual for your sharp suit and dress pants and any narrower will look like you’ve borrowed it from your girlfriend’s closet. We don’t want that.

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You probably know this already but always match the color of the belt to your shoes (with certain exceptions – keep reading). Black will be easy. When you buy brown shoes, try to buy a brown belt at the same time so you can make sure it’s the right shade. If you have very dark brown shoes and lighter brown or tan shoes then you’ll need one for each pair.

The buckle should be a simple, square, single prong in silver. Gold is ok, I guess, but less versatile as most of your hardware on your coats, bags, and shoes will be silver. No need for any fancy designer buckles (logos – though pricey - can look cheesy). Just keep it clean, simple and minimalist.

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Casual Belts

You’ll need one black and one brown. Start with leather. As you build your wardrobe you can play with suede, cloth, braided and other styles that can add variety in summer months (see below) but right now we are sticking to the essentials.

Width should be between 1 ¾” – 2”. I know it doesn’t seem like a big difference from the 1.5” dress belt above but it is. If you try to get away with wearing your dress belt with your casual outfits it will look too slim and out of proportion.

 No. No. No. No. No. 

No. No. No. No. No. 

Now the casual category is where some guys get a little crazy. Some think that since it’s casual, anything goes. Anything does not go. Big hulking industrial style buckles, biker buckles, cowboy box buckles or any other kind of novelty buckle will do nothing for you – except encourage people to make fun of you. We don’t want that.   

When you wear shoes other than black or brown leather you can always play it safe and wear your black casual belt but if you want to expand your belt collection, keep the basic rules in mind:

Width – Is it a casual or dressy outfit?

Color – Match shoes to belt

Material – shoe material to belt material

So for brown suede lace-ups, go for a brown suede casual width belt and wear with jeans. For blue canvas sneakers – try a blue cloth or braided belt. If you’re wearing white sneakers though, NEVER wear a white belt. Just play it safe with your casual width black belt.

How to know your size?

When selecting a belt, go one to two sizes up from your waist size. So if you’re a 34” waist a 36-38” belt should fit. You’ll know it fits correctly if the belt’s end finishes between the trouser’s first and second belt loop.

Pretty easy right? I’ve even selected some of my favorite “STYLIST APPROVED” BELTS for you to peruse.

Let me know if you have any questions, and if you have any belt or other style conundrums, snap a picture and shoot me an email at Nicola@Harrison-Style.com and I’ll help you find a solution.

 

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These Are A Few of My Favorite Things....

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These Are A Few of My Favorite Things....

I don’t know about you, but in the past, at this time of year, I've been guilty of buying things for loved ones simply because I had to buy a gift. We all have people in our lives who just don’t need another cashmere sweater.  You buy your wife jewelry because it’s nice to give something sparkly but you know she’ll return it and get something she actually likes. Or you buy your husband the latest gadget even though it’s the last thing he needs. Well, in an effort to stop that kind of mindless buying, I’m sharing a few of my favorite things (and experiences) that I’m kind of obsessed with right now…..

If your favorite person has a tendency to live in her yoga pants at least help her do it stylishly. NYC based ath-leisure brand Nesh opened a pop-up store in the Meat Packing District this November, which is worth a visit to see samples being sewn right there in the store, but the collection is also available online. A few favs – the mesh-back cardigan which can be worn over workout clothes to the gym or over a tank with jeans and heels to dinner, “torn” leggings, and the parallel pullover – with a mesh V-neck that easily transforms a look from day to play.

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If you likey the wine, Vinfluence is an awesome company that seeks out and delivers hard-to-find artisanal wine to your doorstep monthly and donates $1 for every bottle of wine shipped to worthy causes such as City Harvest, Sustainable Harvest International and Fiver. Gifts all around! You can gift just one month or set up monthly or quarterly shipments. Yes please!

https://www.vinfluencewine.com

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My friend Jen first introduced me to her super soft Cuyana leather tote bag this summer. When I read up on the brand and realized the company's tag line was “Fewer, Better Things” I was hooked. I’m all about quality over quantity in your closet, and lasting style over trends. When you shop their site and select “lean shipping” at checkout they will send a reusable bag to fill up with items you no longer need. You then mail the bag back with the included shipping label and your items are donated directly to women in need via their non-profit partner H.E.A.R.T. Yey – look good, feel good! The totes come in several colors and the NYC pop-up shop on Elizabeth Street will monogram three initials on the bags - gratis.

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I’ve already written about the importance of a good quality, heavy-duty winter coat for men in my  blog - Winter Coat Survival Guide, but it’s something I feel strongly about. If your hubby busts out a decades-old Gor-tech monstrosity that’s about three sizes too big when the storms hit, then consider getting him an updated style by Canada Goose, GLab or Woolrich. This isn’t supposed to replace his dressier topcoat but it will ensure he’s well equipped for when true winter hits. Check out my favorites HERE.

I’m all about the experience gift – especially for peeps who seriously have everything. I love the idea of gifting a photoshoot. In addition to being fun, it can also serve a more practical purpose – leaving you with great pictures for your digital footprint. It’s always good to have a consistent image across all social media and networking platforms – and no, that picture taken in a bar with the person obviously cropped out won’t cut it. I’ve worked with Claudine Williams on several occasions and she has a unique ability to put you at ease and smile for an authentic and flattering shot.

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And finally, you can never go wrong when you give the gift of style. Wrap up a Harrison Style gift card and surprise your loved one with a personal styling package. A Sort, Shop & Style is a luxurious three-part experience that includes a thorough wardrobe edit, a strategic shopping trip and a style session - complete with a look book of their new outfits. It won’t cram their closet and life with things they don’t need. I work with my clients to figure out exactly what they need to complete their wardrobe for work and/or play, then we shop strategically and sensibly to eliminate that “I have nothing to wear” feeling. You can book right HERE for the men in your life or HERE for women, or you can email for more info at Nicola@Harrison-Style.com

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Winter Coat Survival Guide

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Winter Coat Survival Guide

Most of my male clients are willing to drop the big bucks on a good tailored suit because they know that quality and fit speaks volumes. But that's not the case when it comes to coats. Why is that? In my experience, the coats that guys buy are not warm enough. Maybe it’s that they are more willing to invest in a versatile jacket that will take them through fall and early winter and are less likely to spend up for something they’ll only need for a few freezing months.

Here’s the problem – when it’s snowing and blowing icy, wet wind in your face, that’s when you need something that’s really going to get the job done. But that doesn’t mean you should wear the same neon ski jacket you wear on the slopes or that outdated, oversized Gor-tech monstrosity that you’ve been holding on to for the last 15 years.

Fortunately parker coats and puffers have slimmed down, they often have minimal or sleek pockets and are not as heavy as they used to be. The really cool thing is that they actually look really good with a suit. Just make sure that the coat is longer than your suit jacket and you’ll be all good.

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To save you from the cold and the embarrassment of ugly, outdated outerwear I’ve picked my favorite heavy-duty winter coats to get you through the season. CLICK HERE to see them. 

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The Hybrid Sportcoat

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The Hybrid Sportcoat

It can be tough to get back into work mode and the tailored clothing mindset after a long, luxurious summer of shorts, tees and flip flops. Guys, you'll start to see your colleagues dressing up more after Labor Day, but a structured suit or sport coat may seem too structured and constricting so soon after all the BBQ-ing and beer. I suggest easing into things with a versatile jersey knit or stretch cotton blazer. There are several options out there for this sportcoat hybid - though I am really in love with those by Circolo 1901. What’s great about these soft jackets is that they feel like you’re wearing a lightweight sweatshirt but the lapels and two-buttons give a more dressed up feel. In some office environments you can wear it with a crisp shirt and slacks, but you can also wear it with a tee-shirt, jeans and sneakers just about anywhere. 

I’m pretty obsessed with the sweatshirt blazer for Fall and there are a few to choose from. (If you’re in NYC Rothman’s has a new shipment of Circolo 1901’s best styles). To shop more of my favorite styles, click HERE. And to learn how to style them for early Fall, or to upgrade your wardrobe for the upcoming season with a Sort, Shop & Style, send me an email at Nicola@Harrison-Style.com

  Fair Harbor  co-founder Jake in a Circolo 1901 jersey blazer at  Rothman's. 

Fair Harbor co-founder Jake in a Circolo 1901 jersey blazer at Rothman's. 

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Shake Your Booties

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Shake Your Booties

As the last few days of summer are in sight I like to encourage my clients to take a peek at their closets and notice those pieces that have sat there, untouched, all summer long. Whether it’s the shirt that’s an odd shade of green, the linen shorts that are a tad too baggy, the long summer dress that never fit quite right, or the not-comfortable-enough boat shoe.
 
Set those questionable items aside in your closet and in these last few days make a point to try them on or wear them. You’ll know soon enough why you haven’t worn them all summer. If it’s not right now it won’t be any better suited for you this time next year. Put it in the donation pile and make space in your closet for clothes and shoes you’ll love. 

But just because the kids are back in school and everyone’s starting to get back into work mode doesn’t mean you have to leap into next season full force. I like to transition my wardrobe as smoothly as possible and this Fall a great ankle bootie is a staple for the ladies – keep the color light and look for a peep toe, perforated or laser cut leather that will give the shoe a lighter, more breathable look and feel. 

I have so many more favorites!! To shop more of my favorite ankle bootie styles, click HERE. And to learn how to style them for early Fall, or to upgrade your wardrobe for the upcoming season with a Sort, Shop & Style, send me an email at Nicola@Harrison-Style.com

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Last Minute Father's Day Gifts

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Last Minute Father's Day Gifts

There are only a few days left until Father’s Day and if you still haven’t found the perfect gift for Dad, fear not, I have some ideas that don’t require you to go hunting the stores for things he probably doesn’t need!

 

The Ultimate Travel Bag

If the dad in your life travels, then you will not go wrong with my favorite travel bag the Hook & Albert Weekender. It combines the functionality of a garment bag with the pack-it-up portability of a duffle. It opens up like a suit carrier, has internal pockets for shoes and accessories and then folds back up into a carry on bag. It’s stylish, sleek and will elevate his business travel game big time. You can buy it online at www.HookAndAlbert.com or run to Rothman’s in Union Square to pick it up in person.

Professional Pictures

Book a portrait session with Claudine Williams to help elevate Dad’s professional brand in the work place. Did you know that those with a professional photo on their LinkedIn profile are more likely to be looked at? Mini and full sessions are available and I can attest to the quality and awesomeness - Claudine took my professional pictures and they help take my brand to the next level.

Personal Styling

Is Dad looking a little shabby? Treat him to a personal styling session with Harrison Style. I will assess and edit his closet and help him put together outfits with what he already owns, or we can start from scratch to help define his signature style, shop strategically so he doesn’t spend on things he doesn’t need, and walk away with a lookbook of his new outfits. Gift certificates can be emailed just in time for Father’s Day.

Haircut & Grooming Membership

Pamper Dad with a membership to John Allan (ask for Linda if he’s near the Wall Street location). The full-service comes with the hot towel treatment, shampoo and scalp massage, haircut, manicure, shoeshine, and beverages not to mention there’s a pool table, bar and a super cool old school barber-shop meets Manhattan luxury vibe.

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John Allan downtown location.

 

Father & Son Shorts

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of guys getting their swim shorts all wrong - they're too big, too baggy and too long. That’s why I love the idea of buying Dad new swim shorts this Father’s Day. Vilebrequin has a new model out for guys with a flat waistband (as opposed to their more traditional and less cool-looking elasticized waist) and what’s cuter than matching father & son swim shorts?! You can order online or pop into one of the three NYC stores on Madison Ave, Soho or Brookfield Place.

 

 

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What every woman needs in her wardrobe this spring

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What every woman needs in her wardrobe this spring

Spring has officially sprung and the sun is out but the weather can still be unpredictable, which can make outfit planning equally uncertain. One minute the temps are in the 70s and you’re eager to show off your legs, and the next day the wind chill is down to 30 and you’re seriously considering pulling your down coat back out of the closet. That’s when those timeless, transitional wardrobe essentials come in ultra handy helping you look styled, on-trend and more importantly, appropriately dressed for whatever mother nature throws at us.

Read on for the essentials that will take you through the coming season in style and click here to go straight to my favorite pieces.

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The Chambray shirt

The ideal transitional piece, a chambray shirt (aka the denim shirt) has some weight to it so you can treat it like a lightweight jacket over spring dresses, wear it with your white jeans over a tank or tee, and in those days when the temps drop, wear it under a sweater.

The Spring Sweater

Ok so the sun might be out but there are still days when it’s freekin’ cold, especially in the mornings. That’s when an open weave, lightweight or shorter length sweater will come in handy. Wear it over a tank, a spring dress or, when it really warms up, take it to the beach to wear over your swimsuit.

 Start with the classic Burberry trench, available at www.us.burberry.com

Start with the classic Burberry trench, available at www.us.burberry.com

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The Trench

If you don’t own a trench, now’s the time to invest. It’s ideal for spring showers but it’s light enough to be your go-to spring coat rain or shine. I’m a big proponent of building a classic wardrobe and sprinkling in a few seasonal trend pieces. The classic Burberry trench is one area where I say splurge.

The Cropped Jacket

A cropped jacket pulls the whole outfit together. The shorter look accentuates your waist and elongates your legs, so whether you need extra flair with your jeans, a modern pairing with your pencil or midi skirt, or something lighter than a coat to throw over your party dress at night, a cropped jacket will be worth it’s weight in gold. 

 Love this cropped leather jacket in blush  by www.us.allsaints.com

Love this cropped leather jacket in blush  by www.us.allsaints.com

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Jeans

You’re always going to have too many choices when it comes to jeans – from flare to boyfriend. But the only three you really need to get you through summer are white skinny jeans to wear with you strappy sandals and loose free-flowing summer tops, skinny dark wash in a lighter weight than your usual fall/winter dark jeans to wear with white linen shirts and to dress up when you need to, and a pair of colorful or pastel lightweight jeans.

The Midi Skirt

Pleated, pencil, or A-line—midi skirts have entered the scene with fervor and are the perfect lady-like addition to your spring wardrobe. If you’re a jeans kinda gal, this is going to push you out of your comfort zone. Go for a deep hue, a fun print or a micro pleat. Mix yours with a T-shirt for casual days, a silk blouse when heading to the office, and a sexy camisole for late-night dinner and dancing.

 Love the floral on a dark background for this midi skirt by www.zara.com

Love the floral on a dark background for this midi skirt by www.zara.com

SHOES

Pointy-toe flats

This is the year to invest in a pair of pointy-toe flats — yes you saw them in 2015, but this year shoe designers have really figured out the fit that make them comfortable and chic. I particularly love Stuart Weitzman’s selection for both comfort and style. Whether you opt for an ankle strap, lace up detail, metallic toe-cap, a slight heel, or the simple slip-on-and-go, this season’s selection is casual enough to sport on the weekends, but dressy enough to style with a party dress or wear to that important meeting.

 Go pointy at www.jcrew.com

Go pointy at www.jcrew.com

Classic White Sneakers

When it comes to casual wardrobe staples, the sneaker is a keeper, and this season the all-white sneaker is king. Worn the right way it will give you that effortless sporty-spice style and it will give your feet a break from flats, heels and sandals – all of which, when worn too often, can wreak havoc on your poor feet. For 2016, the look is bright white in a classic, almost retro style and shape with a little something extra – an understated accent or texture. Wear with your cropped jeans and turn them up at the hem. Go sockless and always show an inch of ankle.

 The classic white sneaker is back, like the Adidas Originals Stan Smith 

The classic white sneaker is back, like the Adidas Originals Stan Smith 

The Mule

Whether it’s a chunky heeled mule or flat, the mule has become an undeniable favorite for 2016. The chucky heel – much in tune with the block heel pump – is more edgy than your traditional heel and can easily take you from day to night. Slip into your fav pair with a pencil skirt and blouse, or use them to dress up boyfriend jeans.

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The Jumpsuit

This one-piece is a no-brainer for running errands and weekend brunches, but in the right fabric and style it can also be a classy and elegant alternative to the LBD for a party, or a smart and sophisticated alternative to the traditional suit. Because it’s an all-in-one it really makes a statement – and there’s a style for every body-type. Throw on your cropped jacket and you are set.

 Everyone needs at least one jumpsuit this spring, www.dvf.com has a style for every body type. 

Everyone needs at least one jumpsuit this spring, www.dvf.com has a style for every body type. 

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The Cross Body Bag

Oh cross body bag, how I love you, especially in the spring when I might want to ditch the subway and hop on a citibike, buy a ridiculous amount of veggies at the farmers market, or just have my hands free for whatever comes my way. And because they are small you can have some fun with them and incorporate this season’s trends, whether it’s fringe detail, a circle shaped bag, a pop of pastel, or a structured mini-bag.

 The Hudson tassel Chloe bag adds a fun flare to any outfit, plus it's functional and keeps your hands free to play. 

The Hudson tassel Chloe bag adds a fun flare to any outfit, plus it's functional and keeps your hands free to play. 

Check out my spring essential shopping guide HERE

And to get your spring wardrobe in top form, ask me about my Sort, Shop & Style. 

 

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What to Wear for a TED Talk

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What to Wear for a TED Talk

This weekend I was fortunate to attend the TEDx Talks in Navesink, NJ. My friend and client John Stepper, author of the book Working Out Loud, was selected to give a talk on The Making of a Movement.

It was an incredible experience for many reasons. The speaker’s topics were so varied, ranging from working with homeless teenagers, finding the key to successful relationships, the brain’s reaction to spending time in nature, to the rebuilding of Ashbury Park. I learned a ton and felt so inspired just being in the presence of these people.

But what made this such a cool experience was that I got to see and be a small part of the preparation that goes into giving a talk like this. John’s message is already ingrained in him – he’s written the book on it and he’s living the “Working Out Loud” life everyday, inspiring others to form peer group circles to get more out of work and life and make their own luck, and helping organizations create a more open and connected culture by spreading the movement, but he still had to fine tune and practice his eight minute speech to make it as smooth and authentic as possible.

He also had to think about what to wear. And that’s where I came in. Actually I started working with John at least a year earlier when his book was about to launch and he knew he’d have several speaking opportunities coming up. He knew he wanted to look presentable and feel good standing in front of people and sharing his message, but he wanted to stay true to who he is, not feel “dressed up”.

I started with my signature sort, the wardrobe edit – evaluating what he already had for fit, style and wear, I came up with a strategic plan, we shopped and then I put the looks together in a manageable way, documenting them in a lookbook with notes on what to wear and when.

For this Ted Talk John wore an ink blue suit – brighter than a traditional navy - custom made by tailor Ian Rios - a crisp white perfectly fitting shirt, no tie and a white pocket square peeking out, with brown shoes and a brown belt.

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When I saw John on the stage I knew we had got it right. The color was perfect under the lights, the fit was impeccable, he looked sharp but not too buttoned up, but mostly he looked comfortable and confident, and I knew he felt that way too. After all that preparation and rehearsing he hit the ball out of the park with his talk. The fact that he looked awesome doing it was the icing on the cake. 

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