3 Very Veratile SS/19 “CLASSIC” Trends

I love trendy pieces that are also classics. Here are 3 examples and a few ways to wear them.

1. ANIMAL PRINT: We keep hearing it’s a jungle out there in the fashion world and for good reason. The legendary wardrobe classic is clawing it’s way into the season and in a good way! Bring out the old or go for new items adorned with the coveted Leopard print. If you previously snagged yourself a clutch or blouse, maybe go for a sneaker or sandal this time around to add to an all black look. Side note: MULES are a major look this season (TREND) as well and also a classic. Go for a pair in animal print and kill two birds with one stone!

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2.  LOW KEY UTILITY: The possibilities are endless with this classic that is hitting the fashion world by storm this season. Whether its a Military style jacket with huge boxy pockets, or simpler ones. High-rise cargo pants or bahama style cargo shorts, you can pair them all with so much. Basics, prints, sparkle, leather, denim jackets or vests that are cropped or oversized it all works!

My favorite retailer for this one is FASHION NOVA – due to Quality and a good price point. Comparable to Zara and Top Shop but with a sexier edge fit wise.

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3. STRAW BAGS: Whether you are headed to roam the Tuscan vineyards in Italy this summer, headed to a garden party or simply out and about this classic comes in an array of shapes and sizes and wait for it…my favorite – ITS NEUTRAL! Yes so it goes with almost anything and everything. Alternatively you can go for color. Red, Pink etc. The tote style is most popular as it can also be used as a beach bag. I love the small circular rattan.

 

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Liz 💋

Ask Liz: Easy Pieces

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 Hi Liz! – I am a Nurse and live in SCRUBS most of the time. When I go out I have literally nothing to wear! I do not want to spend a lot of money on clothes because I don’t go out much. What do you recommend I do, or buy to be more prepared for any event? As soon as I walk into a store I feel bombarded and overwhelmed!!
 – Danielle, Costa Mesa, CA

Hi Danielle, thanks for writing in! This is a common issue I see among both men and women. That is why an interchangeable wardrobe is at the top of everyone’s shopping list. In your situation the solution is three magic words, “LITTLE BLACK DRESS – AKA: LBD” this classic staple has been coming to wardrobe rescues for decades and for good reason. Its highly versatile. They come in an array of styles to suite many tastes from the fashion forward, or simple dresser to the more conservative client. My favorite style is with a capped sleeve (or short sleeve pictured above) as it accentuates the shoulders nicely. It’s also more elegant and flattering to various body types. I like the respectable length being right above the knee as it makes it an easy go to for any occasion. Throw on a blinged out waist-defining belt and strappy heels for a dressier look or a cardigan and knee or ankle boot for a casual option. You can add a jean jacket or leather one with  sandals for a day event. If you want to convert it into a professional look throw on a blazer in any color with pumps and your good to go!

Liz 💋

Building a 10 Year Wardrobe: Where to Start

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A ten year wardrobe revolves around classics and staples. If you consider your personal style “trendy”, then switching to classic can be challenging (at first). Many find “classic” style to be boring but it doesn’t have to be. I consider my personal style to be classic, and when I do wear trendy pieces they are the “Classic” ones (See my post “The SS ‘19 Classic Trends” next Sunday March 24th). Here are my 3 top tips for building yourself a 10 year wardrobe.

 

1: BUILD AROUND YOUR BASICS

Many bypass the quality aspect when it comes to building your basics. They are what a canvas is to an artist, that’s how important they are. The main issue is when you go cheap in this department they become a revolving door of $$$$ wasted. I always recommend going for better quality basics that will last you 5-8 years or more. YES FOR REAL!  unless you tear or stain them off course.  I will go over my fave brands for a quality and timeless wardrobe (that don’t break the bank) in my SHOPPING GUIDE Sunday March 24th.

 

2. REBUILD WITH NEUTRALS

Neutrals are the golden child of any wardrobe because, why? Because they go with Everythang! This is how you start building yourself an interchangeable wardrobe. Which is what most of my clients want, is a wardrobe that easily goes from day to night. For eg., you can wear a cropped taupe blazer, a white bodysuit underneath and a black pencil skirt to the office, then go home and change the bottom half into skinny jeans and head out to dinner without batting an eyelash. The thing about neutrals (Taupes, Greys, Nudes, Navy, Black, White, Cream and even Olive) is they are easy on the eyes and transition well with various pieces. Especially animal prints, florals, camo, leather, denim and the eventual addition of more color etc.

 

3. QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

My number one tip to clients in this area is!…Yes you can and no it doesn’t have to be costly if you don’t want it to be, it just requires smart shopping and planning. Know the brands you love that haven’t disappointed you and sign up for their emails. Bookmark the items that work for you, make sure these retailers have REFUND in their policy. Once their annual sales hit you go to your bookmark and load the cart. This way you score your favorites for 30%-70% less. Side note BLACK FRIDAY each year is one of the best weeks for epic deal grabs. As for the items you can’t wait for or that never go on sale just plan, save, ask for it for your birthday etc., just don’t surrender to the lesser quality version that you will end up tossing after one wash!

Liz 💋

 

 

 

Ask Liz: A Side of Style

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 Liz – HELP! I’m a millennial trapped in North Dakota with no access to fashion for 500 miles, and everyone in my blue-collar town wears clothes like simpletons. How can I be fashionable, yet blend in? I don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb!
 – Sasha, Jamestown, ND

Sasha, thank you for your question. I feel for you! I live in an Oil and Gas dominated city where corporate and construction attire is the majority. I can attest to your reservations about wanting to be stylish, yet feeling like an outsider as soon as you slip on a sequin cami for a lunch date (or Louboutin heels! haha).

First, don’t try too hard to fit in. Always dress for yourself nobody else. Wear what is YOU and what your comfortable in. You can easily take a subtle approach to style to feel more at ease around certain people. I totally get it!  Some ideas would be sticking to basics and accenting them with for eg., a boyfriend flannel shirt (I love Zara and Aritzia for those) and layer over basics like a tank or bodysuit. Or simply just a plain T-shirt. Throw on a leather motorcycle jacket. Pair that with some high-rise Levi’s or skinny jeans. Add a rugged-yet-fashionable ankle or combat boot for eg., Steve Madden, Frye, Dr. Martens etc. There are many ways to be chic and stylish without screaming FASHION IS ME. Know what I mean?…

Also always remember this if you haven’t heard it before. No matter how dressed down you are  always wear sexy lace underwear, even though nobody can see it, there’s a magic about it. It elevates you and makes you feel sexy whether your in sweatpants or a ball gown.

Lastly, take advantage of online retailers, since the shopping choices in your area seem to be pretty slim. Many online retailers offer free shipping, and more importantly, REFUNDS if the items don’t fit.

Liz 💋