Velvet–the fabric of fall and winter 2017–is one of my favorite textiles. I like it on furniture and I like wearing it. Deep sapphire blue–one of the key colors of the season–is also one of my favs. It’s a hue that, to me, just exudes richness, and I have been obsessed with it since last year, when I bought a pair of blue velvet boots. So when I was perusing the current Spanx catalog and saw a pair of velvet leggings in a deep sapphire blue (they call it midnight lapis), I knew I had to have ’em.
Well they turned up in the post this week and did not disappoint. They are beautiful–the color as glorious as anticipated. They are also incredibly soft. The first “best” part, however, is how they feel the moment you step into them. They just slide on and are so remarkably comfy and cozy. The feeling to me was “these fit like a glove.” The “second” best part is how they snuggle and lift up one’s bum. What more could you ask for?
I love them and I’m pretty sure you will too. They are a tad pricey at $98, but the quality is really good. I believe they should last quite some time, provided you’re not wearing them every day (which you will be tempted to do, trust me).
Wear them with an oversized sweater or with a long shirt dress (Zara has some great ones).
Velvet Leggings by Spanx in Lapis Night. They also come in Black and a Gray called “Moon Shadow.” $98.00. http://www.spanx.com.
Guess who’s getting a makeover this year? Yes, it’s the sweatshirt. Gone are those generic, boxy sweats from the days of yore. Praise the clothing gods! While I loved the cozy feel of them when temps dropped, I hated getting lost in all that fabric. Now, I can be enveloped in the same softness but look cute too. Check out some of my favorites. A few are ridiculously expensive (who wants to, can, would pay $1700.00 for a bloody sweatshirt!) and only shared so you can see what I’m talking about. Others offer the same style and feel for a price within everyone’s reach.
Featured above is a floral embellished cropped sweatshirt from Francesco Scognamiglio. $695. http://www.neimanmarcus.com. But look below…
The one above offers much the same look for a much lower price. $49.90. http://www.zara.com.
Here’s an embroidered hoody from Johnny Was. $190.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Rebecca Minkoff. $108.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Here’s an even cuter one from Zara. Its price…$49.90. If you order, go up a size because Zara tops run notoriously small.
Ridiculously pricey blue sweatshirt from Givenchy. $1,165.00.
Ripped and bejewelled, this sweatshirt is from Zara and costs $39.00.
Michael Kors Sweatshirt with Sequins. $334.00. http://www.farfetch.com.
This one is accented with pearls. $39.90. http://www.zara.com.
Cream sweatshirt from Zara. $39.90. http://www.zara.com. I love the black detailing on this one. If you have trouble looking washed out in cream, consider putting a crisp white shirt/collar on under it.
Fendi sweatshirt. $1,700.00!!!! http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Here’s a more approachable one from Zara (and I think it’s way cuter). $22.90. http://www.zara.com.
Philip Plein. $890.00. http://www.farfetch.com.
Faux fur sweatshirt from Cityshop. $119. http://www.farfetch.com.
You got to have fashion confidence to put this one on. $69.90. http://www.zara.com.
Also from Zara. $39.90.
Amazing how one detail–in the case of these–fringe–can make all the difference. Both are $22.90. http://www.zara.com.
Who doesn’t love pompoms? This adorable sweatshirt is only $25.90 from Zara. http://www.zara.com.
Burberry. $495.00. http://www.zara.com.
Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini. $495.00. http://www.farfetch.com.
This one has the same color and equally adorable ruffles. Only $22.90 from…you guessed it, Zara. It also comes in mustard and black.
I think this one is so chic. Tie-dye sweatshirt from Zara. $22.90!!!!!! Fa la la la.
Rag & Bone. $495.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Here’s a more down-to-earth tweed version from Zara. I love the piping and the flattering shape. $35.90.
Love the cold-shoulders on this one from Splendid. $138.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
The two photos above are of a Zara sweatshirt. $35.90. http://www.zara.com.
RED Valentino. $450.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
A cheaper version from Zara. $22.90. http://www.zara.com.
Flower applique sweatshirt with bell sleeves from Muveil. $612.00. http://www.farfetch.com.
Similar style from Zara. $22.90. http://www.zara.com.
Is there anything more awe-inspiring than a starry night, looking up at dark sky twinkling with billions and billions of lights? Makes you want to reach right up and pull one down. This season you can sartorially indulge your celestial wishes in any number of ways. Glittering stars boost the wow factor of boots, purses, dresses, earrings, and more.
Avec Les Filles Suede Boots come in gray (shown) and black. $268.00. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Ash’s Elixir Velvet Embellished Booties. $240.00. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Sam Edelman Booties. $170.00. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Alexa Chung Loafers. $270.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Star Tennis Shoes by Golden Goose Deluxe Brand. $445.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Also by Golden Goose. $515.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Spiritual Gangster. Star Sweatpants. $90.00. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Honey Punch Star Sweatshirt. On sale for $45.00. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Track & Bliss Star Moto Leggings. $102.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Regina Star Wool Hat. $120.00. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Cha Luu Star Necklace. Also available in burgundy and black. $47.50. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Bauble Bar Venus Star Earrings in Rose Gold-Plated Posts. $34. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Rebecca Minkoff Star Earrings. $58. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Also by Rebecca Minkoff. Linear Star Earrings. $58. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Rebecca Minkoff Star Necklace. $68. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Star Necklace by Lagos. $250.00. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Star Ring by Lagos. $1,500.00. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Meira T. Star Necklace. $530.00. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Oscar de la Renta Necklace. $590.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
House of Holland Wide Leg Jeans. $215.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Francesco Scognamigliano. Star Crop Sweatshirt. $754.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Nour Hammour Leather Jacket. $1,915.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
RED Valentino Leather Jacket. $2,375.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Sanayi 313 Star Clutch Purse. $1,631.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Edie Parker. $1,295.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Zara Crossbody. $25.90. http://www.zara.com.
Stella McCartney. $1,240.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Roger Vivier. $2,950..00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Another by Roger Vivier.
Zara velvet crossbody. $55.90. http://www.zara.com.
Gucci Star Scarf. $770.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
If a fabric can define a season, this winter it’s velvet. The definition of all things soft, sumptuous, and swank, velvet is no longer just for kings, queens, and theater curtains. No, this year, velvet belongs to us all. And it’s no wonder…is there any other textile more inviting, more elegant, more cocoon-worthy? Look around and you’ll see velvet turning up in shoes–everything from boots to brogues to tennis shoes–velvet handbags, velvet backpacks, velvet sweatshirts, velvet baseball hats, velvet earrings, velvet leggings, velvet jackets and coats, and, of course, velvet dresses. I especially love this rich material turning up in casual items; it’s the cool interplay between high and low and glitzy vs. down to earth. What remains steadfastly regal however are the colors–sapphire blue, forest green, dark, juicy burgundy, persimmon, oh, so airy blue, amber, deep purple, and more.
Green dress in feature photo is by Alexander McQueen. Find it at http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Isa Arfen Crushed Velvet Blazer. $739.00. http://www.matchesfabric.com.
Self-Protrait Single-Breast Velvet Blazer. $545.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Velvet Blazer. $89.90 http://www.zara.com.
Velvet Kimono. $89.90. http://www.zara.com.
Rochas Velvet Derby Shoes. $583.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Brocade Velvet Clutch by Sanayi 313. $1,332.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Velvet hooded sweatshirt. $25.90. http://www.zara.com.
Velvet Robe by Racil. $911.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Blue Velvet Kaftan with Back Embroidery. $129.00. http://www.zara.com.
Velvet Marmont Mini Quilted Velvet Cross-Body Bag by Gucci. $2,700.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Velvet earrings. $15.90. http://www.zara.com.
Bambolone Knot-Embellished Slippers by Sanayi 313. $1,067.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Johanna Ortiz’s Lorca One-Shoulder Velvet Bodysuit. $955.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Muveil’s Velvet Bomber Jacket. $790.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Saint Laurent Velvet City Backpack. $950.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Mibi Backpack. $39.90. http://www.zara.com.
Martiniano Glove Velvet Flats. $435.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Velvet Brogues. $49.90. http://www.zara.com.
I love, love, love these oversized-buckle velvet ankle straps from Attico. How cool are they? You just put them with whatever shoes you like. $219.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Velvet Trousers from Serena Bute. $375.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Velvet Leggings. $39.90. http://www.zara.com.
Rejina Pyo Velvet Blazer. $844.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Velvet Platform Sandals by Tory Burch. $398.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Velvet Platform Sandals. $55.90. http://www.zara.com. I bought these!!!!
Velvet Cap by Federica Moretti. $375.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Burgundy and Navy Blue Velvet Cap. $19.90. http://www.zara.com.
Velvet Ankle Boot by Michael Kors. $225.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Velvet Bootie by Christian Louboutin. $945.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Stuart Weitzman Ankle Boot. $575.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Velvet boots. $89.90. http://www.zara.com.
Velvet Over-the-Knee Boots. $99.90. http://www.zara.com.
Among the big fashion trends of fall and winter 2017 is the color red. Associated with love, passion, romance, radiance, and anger, it’s a hue that never fails to rouse emotion and captivate. As we near the holidays and in advance of Valentine’s Day (It’s never too early to start dreaming of what to wear), I thought it would be fun to share crimson frocks worthy of the queen of hearts. Who wouldn’t want to wear this passionate hue to a Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holiday soiree? From pomegranate to persimmon to burgundy, ruby, fire-engine red and beyond, it’s a color that warms the heart. And guess what…anyone can wear it. You just need to find the hue that works well with your skin tone and coloring.
The featured dress above is by Cushnie Et Ochs. $1,595.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
I love the ruffled detailing on this burgundy-hued dress by Jonathan Simkhai. $595.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Here is another by Jonathan Simkhai that I love. $895.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Flamenco anyone? Alexis Zafina dress. $1,144.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
This one by Shoshanna has a similar look at a lower pricepoint–although, who am I kidding, this is still expensive. $605.00. http://www.nordstrom.com
This mini dress is by MSGM and is $327.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Vivienne Westwood always has the most interesting shapes and really quite reasonable prices. $255.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
I love the pattern on this one by Borgo de Nor, the neckline, the ruffles, the sleeves….$702.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
How beautiful is this one by Roksanda. So elegant. $1,106.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Velvet tis the fabric of the season; it’s showing up in leggings, boots, purses, and in this gorgeous frock from Johanna Ortiz. $1,500.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
This ruffled skirt is available for $89.90 at http://www.zara.com. You can get the matching blouse there too. It is also $89.90.
For those with no budgetary restrictions…this ultimate of red dresses by Prada. $2,050.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.
Here is one from Tadashi Shoji. $295.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Incredibly good value…red dress from Ralph Lauren. $130.00. http://www.ralphlauren.com.
This dress from Zara is both beautiful and cost-friendly. $49.90. http://www.zara.com.
This fit and flare is for plus-size gals. Find it at Nordstrom for $139.00 http://www.nordstrom.com.
Ever dreamed of wearing sequins? This dress, which I swear would match Dorothy’s ruby shoes, is by Theia. $595.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Here is a less pricey ruffled number. $49.90. http://www.zara.com.
For the more demure, this red wonder by Rickie Freeman for Terri. $540.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
There is so much to love about this Katell Mock-Neck Cold-Shoulder Dress from Alexis. $528.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
This gown by Jay by Jay Godfrey is incredibly chic. $288.00. http://www.nordstrom.com.
And for the queen of hearts, this incredible Lily Pad Dress from Alexander McQueen. 6,245.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
It turns out that in fashion, flowers can take root well beyond spring and summer. This winter, florals are quite decidedly in bloom and available in both high-end wares and more reasonably priced frocks. Whether it’s a colorful array of flowers embroidered on an ethereal tulle blouse or the artful spray of petals on a purse, flower power is le dernier cri in fall and winter 2017.
Got good gams? Check out this floral frock from Zara. $69.90. http://www.zara.com.
Oscar de la Renta’s Gilded Floral Clip-On Earrings. $265.00. http://www.neiman.marcus.com.
Embroidered Tulle Blouse. $39.90. http://www.zara.com.
Juliette floral print purse by Tory Burch. 478.00. http://www.neiman.marcus.
Love, love, love this embroidered velvet bucket bag. $59.90. http://www.zara.com.
Tales abound of how the lovely leopard got its spots. Some say the leopard was awarded its spots to better veil its presence while hunting deep within the lush forest; one African tale explains that the spots came from bee stings inflicted on the leopard when he dared to attack Kalulu the Hare, who was under the protection of the Elephant King. The Elephant King had decreed that in his jungle, no one would eat the flesh of others. The spots remind the leopard of his misadventure. However the leopard came to bear its fetching flecks, we can all agree that its luxurious coat offers a most distinctive look.
For years, I have loved the leopard print from afar, never feeling confident enough to wear it and fearing its appeal would prove emphemeral. As time has passed, I have come to realize that the leopard print is a perennial favorite. While some seasons it is worn head to foot and during others only as an accessory–say featured in a purse or scarf–the leopard print never fully fades away.
Because it’s been beckoning me for so long, I have decided that it’s finally time to pull out the ole pocketbook and pull the trigger…figuratively speaking. Here are some of the best leopard-spotted offerings on the market. If you, like me, are ready to go wild for the leopard, you ought to check out my top dots.
The featured photo displays Dolce & Gabbana’s leopard print trench coat. Made of brown silk, it is available for $2,995 at http://www.farfetch.com.
Animal print blouse from Zara. $39.90. http://www.zara.com.
J Crew. $300. http://www.jcrew.com.
Kate Spade slip-on tennis shoes. $110.00. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Valentino Biker Jacket. $540.00. http://www.farfetch.com.
Leopard Print Bancroft Trench Coat from Pologeorgis. $4,750.00. http://www.pologeorgis.com.
Chico’s Luna Tassel Leopard Print Earrings. $35.00. http://www.chicos.com.
Dolce & Gabbana Leopard Print Purse. $2,395.00. http://www.farfetch.com.
Genuine Calf Hair Leopard Print Foldover Clutch from Claire V. $295.00. http://www.nordstroms.com.
Ella Genuine Leather and Calf Crossover Bag. $99.00. http://www.nordstrom.com.
Yves Saint Laurent Small High School Genuine Calf Hair and Calfskin Leather Satchel. $1,990.00. http://www.nordstrom.com.
Michael Kors. $398.00. http://www.nordstrom.com.
Small leopard print backpack from Kendall + Kylie. $190.00. http://www.nordstrom.com.
Vince Camuto Leopard Print Booties. $159.95. http://www.nordstrom.com.
Cole Haan’s Justine Leopard Print Pump. $150.00. http://www.nordstrom.com.
Rhythm’ Waterproof Rain Boot
Kate Spade. $298.00. http://www.nordstrom.com.
Joe’s Sydney Pointy-Toe Mule. $129.95. http://www.nordstrom.
When it comes to classic style, maybe no other item rules the roost as much as leather loafers. Look back to photos of ’60s style icon and ultimate first lady Jackie Kennedy-Onassis and you will find her sporting a pair of these stylish soles.
It’s a look that never goes out of style. One reason for its enduring status is comfort. No other shoe offers up as potent a combination of good looks and good feel.
Today, the loafer is as popular as ever. You find em in every colorway and material. Some have even turned up as mules.
Take a look at my top picks for style, comfort, and price.
From Everlane–a brand fancied by Angelina Jolie–this yummy caramel-hued modern loafer retails currently for $168 at http://www.everlane.com.
Here is one from Asos. $56 http://www.asos.com.
Fancy a pointy toe and suede? Check out these lovelies from Lulus. Can’t you picture Lady Diana Spencer in these? She was another lady who knew the importance of style mixed with comfort. $25 http://www.lulus.com.
Want to enliven an outfit with a vibrant burst of color? These green loafers are from H & M. $49 http://www.hm.com.
Check out these lace-less brogues from Etsy. Custom-made, they are certain to attract the right kind of attention. $105 JuliaBoShoes on http://www.etsy.com.
This next pair comes courtesy of Franco Sarto. Available from Lord & Taylor, they come in a trio of hues, including black, navy, and bordeaux (Shown in navy). Currently on sale for $62.30. http://www.lordandtaylor.com.
Check out this lacy pair from Givenchy. $995 http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Leopard-print loafer from Sam Edelman.$140.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Michael Kors tasseled loafers. $97. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Cole Haan Piper Grand Suede. $140.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
There is a reason Crayola crayons and jellybeans come in so many colors. Color has the power to stir our imaginations and take us from the moody blues to warm, happy “hue-mors.”
As a child, I was always drawn to color. I remember my grandpa, whom we called Papa, taking me and my brother out for some Saturday “bumming,” as he called it. Bumming was a combination of errand running–getting fresh egg bagels for lunch–and fun–the fun part was when he took us to a hardware store (how many other people were taken to hardware stores as kids and loved them or was it just me and my brother?) or a toy store and let us pick out some new treasure. One Saturday, I came away with a beautiful bright pink ball. I cannot tell you how infatuated I was with my new magenta ball. Apparently some other kid in the neighborhood liked it too because it was nicked from my yard a few days after I got it…
As a grown-up (well, at least on the exterior; the interior still carries the voice and spirit of the child), I lost that playful color lust…especially when I read somewhere that black is slimming. Ever desirous of looking my best, I jumped into the black hole with gusto. Everything I bought was black…black shoes, black purses, black sweaters, black coats…you get the bleak picture. I told myself that black was also the practical choice…an eternal classic that you can never go wrong with. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I believed that one day, when I had a complete wardrobe of basics, I’d go back to color. For years, that day never came, and I remained the women in black.
Today, I crave color. It’s like I’ve been in the desert for a long time, deprived of water. Still a wary wearer of hue, I am slowly dipping my toe in the color pool. What I’m discovering is that color, when worn near my face and neck, enlivens my skin. It’s almost like a mini-face-lift without the huge price tag and all the pain.
Let’s make a pact not to stick in the black rut. I suggest we embrace color…see it as a friend and not a foe. And keep in mind that while you may not look great in a particular shade of a color (for me it’s dusty rose; it completely washes me out), don’t give up on that color overall. Find the shade of pink that looks good on you. I believe that we can all wear the various colors; we just need to find the hue/shade that harmonizes best with our unique skin tone and coloring. I’m even considering pulling out a book of paint colors that I have for my house and standing in the mirror with it to see which swatches flatter my face.
In that spirit, I offer some of the colorful wares that I am currently loving. As always, they are a mix of high and low, pricey and affordable. See what you think, and I’d love to hear about your color stories and woes.
If you are afraid to apply color from head to toe, why not start with a pop on your feet. These fuchsia mules from Zara are just the ticket. $49.90. http://www.zara.com.
OK, so I know this hat is black…but check out the bright band. The colors look extra swell against the noir backdrop. From Zara, it’s only $39.90.
What about a snuggly scarf of pink and red. $25.90. http://www.zara.com.
I love these tassel earrings from Oscar de la Renta. You can find them in a range of rainbow hues at Nordstroms for $345.00. But I am also certain, that cheaper knock-offs may be found…try Amazon or Shopstyle.com to find em.
This crossbody purse from Tory Burch boasts a shade called “Dahlia Pink.” It also comes in green, blue, red, and, of course, black. Love it. $428 at http://www.nordstrom.com.
OK, so we have dipped a toe in….now let’s jump in for a full body look.
Talk about something that will put you in a sunny mood…check out this waterfall dress from COS. With its flattering neckline and slimming ruffle, its bound to blast away the blues. http://www.cosstores.com.
I’m orange crushing on this lovely tangerine tog from Cushnie et Ochs. I find that the cold-shoulder style looks really good on all…young and old alike. I also love the neckline and the statement sleeves. If you have an ample chest, why not show a little it? You can find it at Neiman Marcus. $1595.00.
Again, back to magenta. Chiara Boni La Petite Robe. Here we combine color and an interesting ruffle at the waist. $695.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
What about a blue coat? This faux shearling beauty in an exquisite deep sapphire blue is $149.90 at http://www.zara.com.
As always, I could go on and on and on….I hope you dare to try out some color this season. I think you’ll find a cherished new friend.
When you are a woman of a certain age…it’s not always a good idea to jump on every style trend. For instance, not too many of us fifty-somethings could pull off a romper–if you can, more power to ya and you should go for it.
One trend that works well for young and old, curvy and not so curvy alike is the bell sleeve. Anyone can wear it and wear it well. And actually, at this point, the bell sleeve has become something of a classic. Sophisticated and statement-making, it’s been hanging around for the last couple of seasons and shows no signs of disappearing.
Right now, you can find bell sleeves on everything from blouses to t-shirts to dresses, jackets, and coats. The great news is that not only do options abound, they abound in every price point. So no matter how tight your budget, you too can get some beautiful bells.
Check out my curated collection below.
The bell of the ball. No one does bell sleeves better than Roksanda. This lovely number retails for $1295 on http://www.stylebop.com.
Check out the one below from Bagley Mischka. It’s $495 at Neiman Marcus. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
I adore this gossamer belled blouse from Alice and Olivia. Find it at Bloomingdales for $440. http://www.bloomingdales.com.
Here’s an incredibly versatile and affordable bell-sleeved blazer from Zara. $49. www.zara.com/us.
What’s not to like about this wedgewood blue number by Aqua. $228 at Bloomingdales.
Need a little color. Look no further than this sweet dress from Milly. $425 at Bloomingdales. Milly also makes blouses with bells.
How fetching is this yellow dress from Solace London. $675 at Neiman Marcus.
Black Halo’s version. $325 at Neiman Marcus.
Even Herve Leger has got in on the act…$1490 Neiman Marcus.
Bell top from Milly. $375 at Bloomingdales. Love the white lining.
If money is no object…this cowl neck from Brandon Maxwell is divine. $1995.00 at Neiman Marcus.
Why you can even get it in fur…from Adrienne Landau. $1895 at Neiman Marcus.
Another uber-affordable bell option from Zara. $35.90.
It’s not hard to find something belled to love. I think that blazer from Zara is a no brainer. And if the money gods are kind to me one of these months, I may also go for that splendid red blouse from Alice and Olivia.
Every year, come holiday party time, I find myself wishing that I had a sumptuous and fetching stole to envelop myself in when temperatures drop. This year, I am going to take the big leap and actually purchase one. But before I do, I want to ensure that the one I pick is going to fulfill all my winter dreams.
It’s got to be highly versatile because I want to be able to wear it with my existing black Burberry trench coat, which is on the formal side, as well as my more casual black leather jacket. I am also hoping to pair it with gray and black maxi cardigans that I often wear with jeans in the winter. And finally, it also has to look smart when worn over a formal holiday dress because A. one of the annual parties that I always attend (actually, it’s the only formal holiday fete that I normally attend) has cocktails and hors d’oeuvres out on a patio where wood-burning fireplaces and heaters keep the space toasty (I live in Phoenix, Arizona, so while it gets chilly, it’s never below zero and rarely is there any snow to content with) and B. I hope to wear it with either a swanky pantsuit or dress when I go to see The Nutcracker (I love this holiday tradition; it is one of the events that most puts me in a magical, merry state of mind…well, that, and perhaps a steaming mug or two of mulled wine, a glass of champagne, one of those delicious cranberry bars from Starbucks, I could go on).
Because I am practical–at least when buying an initial item that my wardrobe lacks–I’m going to stick to a classic color. For me, something in a shade of gray will provide enough contrast against the black backdrops of my outerwear so that the fur will actually be seen and really pop. I am also hoping that the lighter hue will work well with my olive skin tone. But if you already have a practical stole, why not go for a more energetic hue say ruby red, royal blue, deep purple, or jade green?
If you are also in the mood this year for a fur stole, check out the ones that caught my attention.
Fox Fur Stole from Macy’s Fur Vault. OMG! I love this one. It’s currently on sale for $1816.50. So this one is on the pricey side, but wow…wouldn’t that look fantastic.
Here is one that I also really love. This one is from Saks Fifth Avenue, where it is currently on sale for $555. Obviously it looks delicious with a black turtleneck, and I can totally see it working beautifully with both my trench coat and leather biker jacket. This one is a contender for me.
Here is a colorful arctic fox fur stole from Marni. I actually do like it over the pale blue coat. You can find it at Barney’s for $3290.00.
The one below hails from Carolyn Rowan. Composed of mink and featuring Swarovski crystals, it is available for $11,000 at Neiman Marcus. It comes in blue, navy (shown), and black.
By Oscar de la Renta, this wrap features a wave pattern of black and honey-hued fox fur. $4250.00. A girl can dream….
Now here is a real contender or me–a Mongolian fur scarf. It has all the fluff and frill that I am dreaming of and the price is actually somewhat doable…$675 at Barney’s. I know that this is something that I would wear for years to come….I’m in Mongolian fur love.
OK, so we’ve investigated real fur options. Now, let’s look at faux fur possibilities. These are wonderful because they are kinder to our animal friends and to our pocketbooks. I also think that the faux fur that’s out there has really improved in quality over the years. It looks real and costs a fraction of the price of real fur.
This gray one is from Karen Miller. It sells for 130 pounds (British).
Check out this lovely rich blue and black one from Bloomingdales. It’s only $68! This is one that I would consider as an additional option…after I buy the more practical gray-colored stole.
If you like red and enjoy making a grand entrance, why not go for this long, lovely stole scarf from Helmut Lang. Find it at Bergdorf Goodman. $265.
I hope this smattering of stoles inspires you and gets you thinking about your winter wish list.
Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, you gotta give props to his wife, Melania, for having stellar taste. One of her favorite looks is the safari jacket. Just this past week, she wore one in black and another in khaki–the good-looking, highly functional jacket worked well for her as she traveled to Texas for Hurricane Harvey and later to Florida for Hurricane Irma.
The iconic style jacket has been around since around 1860. It first surfaced in the late-nineteenth century as part of the British military uniform in the tropics. Fabricated of cotton and outfitted with pockets, buttons, epaulets, and a belt, it made a style statement from day one.
Starting in 1900, men of the upper crust made the safari jacket a must-have item for hunting, exploring, and other outdoor activities.
By 1940, actors–including some females–and writers were sporting the style. Among the wearers were Grace Kelly and Ernest Hemingway.
In the ’60s, Yves Saint Laurent designed his own take on the safari jacket.
Today, the safari jacket is a classic piece that I believe deserves a place in everyone’s wardrobe. Available in casual forms–soft cottons–as well as more tailored, formal versions in wool, it looks sharp either way. Take a look at some of my top picks.
Here is a classic one in army green from Veronica Beard. Note how this could be dressed up or down.
Here’s one in a camo fabric from Berretta. I love the belt and collar. It’s currently on sale for 455 pounds. http://estore.beretta.com