With animal prints and tartan checks infiltrating the streets of Manhattan, a fresh break from fall’s hottest trends is always a welcome breath of fresh air every now and then. Like many women, you probably keep your newest garments right at the front of your closet. While this maximizes the wear that you get out of those items for the current season, your fresh finds from last year sit idle in the back of the dresser. Time and time again, I reinforce the importance of getting the most out of your purchases. And just because something is a year or two (or five) old, doesn’t mean that it suddenly loses value. Create your own value by mixing old and new, or simply putting a fresh twist on old favorites.
One of the best things about traveling is that I get the best of both worlds. On the East Coast, I enjoy city lights, delicious foodie restaurants, quaint seasides and skyscrapers. But as temperatures drop, I’ve found myself spending more and more time in California – most recently, at Laguna Beach. I love the luscious tropical foliage, warm sun, inspiring artist community, and opportunity to wear my summer clothes for as long as possible.
With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s only fitting that I post about a piece in my wardrobe that I’m most thankful for — this embroidered longline coat from Alice + Olivia. I refuse to blend into the sea of black and navy coats and this coat is my hero piece of the season. Its bright hue, intricate detailing and flattering shape are just a few of the reasons that I grab for this outer layer from my closet time and time again. What’s more? It’s so cozy. And standing up to New York City blasts of wind is a must at this time of year.
While we all love our florals, sometimes they can seem overdone, or not-so-season-appropriate. Any fashion fiend is familiar with Miranda Priestly’s sarcastic comment from The Devil Wears Prada, “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” And she’s right, it’s been overdone. But completely abandoning a portion of your patterned basics can take a toll on your overall wardrobe. Make the most of what’s already in your closet by incorporating your favorite flowery frocks this autumn – just understand how to style them correctly. Continue Reading