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The “LOW” Leather Leggings That Keep Up With “HIGH” Fashion

November 17th, 2015 No Comments
Club Monaco Leather Leggings
For years now leather leggings have been a winter essential.  Why have they not made their way into my closet:  they’re so damn expensive! For the $1k price tag I want something that fits like a Saint Laurent stiletto: comfortable, snug, and sexy. This year I resolved to hunt down a pair and hand over my card happily.  After weeks of shopping, I had tried the standard J Brand, Rag & Bone, Vince, Helmut Lang, and a handful of boutique designers.  None of their cuts fit my chicken legs and tiny ass.  Even my Intermix stylist was shocked.
It wasn’t until I was browsing for work clothes in Club Monaco (my vote for conservative chic corporate attire) that I stumbled upon this front panel leather and spandex combo.  When I first saw them I thought to myself, “Those are cheap….and totally cheating.  I want the real deal.”  Then I saw the price tag…. “Well, for $99 on sale, it wouldn’t hurt to try them on.”
 Club Monoco Leather Leggings 2015  Mary Rambin

I actually love the way the panel cuts in and gives my legs more definition.  The spandex is just what I needed to hug my barely-there bum!

For 1/10th of the price I now have an edgy, sophisticated pair of “leather” leggings I love MORE than anything I tried from the contemporary powerhouse brands.  People stop me and ask if they’re IRO or Rag, when I tell them faux by Club Monoco, fashionista jaws drop.

High Low Leather Head to Toe:

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Club Monaco Accessories Winter 2015

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Linen Looks I Love

June 2nd, 2009 No Comments

Linen Looks I Love

If you are wondering.

Left – Club Monaco

Right – J.Crew’s Lightweight Beach Pant $75

TUMBLR

September 24th, 2008 No Comments

David Karp, founder genius of Tumblr, has been showing us the fun new features that will be public soon!! In the meantime, you can admire his outfit. Head To Toe: Club Monaco button down, Express t, Diesel jeans, Puma shoes, Mason dog. Mason LOVES DK. Hasn’t stopped woofing about him since they first met yesterday.

SWEATLESS SUIT

July 14th, 2008 No Comments

SWEATLESS SUIT

I’ve had several readers ask about office attire they can wear without overheating by lunch.

Shopbop has a selection of about 75 combinations to help you beat the heat.  Pictured above is a fun Moschino Cheap and Chic blouse you could pair with pants or a pencil skirt.

If you’re looking for something more affordable, try Club Monaco or Zara.  Club Monaco offers basics to fit different body types, while you’ll find more color at Zara.

EVERY department store is having a huge sale right now, so you can grab some great deals there too.  Don’t be afraid to pick up bold colors, they will add character to your winter wardrobe.

My advice would be if you are going sleevless, bring a cardigan.  I always freeze in office buildings, banks, etc.

MEN’S STYLE TIP: BE SMART AND BE STYLISH

April 8th, 2008 No Comments

MEN’S STYLE TIP: BE SMART AND BE STYLISH

On Style.com there is a great slide show that displays how to dress smart (suits) or casual this spring.  The classic looks are well constructed (and really hot); if you’re looking for some inspiration click the pic above.

Things to consider that aren’t in the show:

  • Color is huge for the warm weather, so don’t just stick to grey, blue, and white.
  • Although all of the clothes shown in the slide show are designer names and their respective prices, the pieces are basic enough that you can find something like them at J Crew, Banana Republic, or Club Monaco.
  • You can always mix and match the “smart” suit pieces with the casual to create a middle ground look. Easier said than done, I know.

Short Shorts and Bermuda Shorts

March 13th, 2008 No Comments

Short shorts, not show-your-yaya, pockets-coming-out-of-the-bottom shorts,  are my favorite to wear during the summer (see above).  Second, would be Bermuda shorts (which someone else was asking about the other day…).  They are fun and comfortable, perfect for a day of running around (especially if you’re driving in the heat with leather seats, short shorts are awful for that!).

Not a fan of these (shorts that fall to the middle of your thigh).  It doesn’t flatter anyone.

With Bermuda shorts, wear heels (not wedges) or flats.  If you have short legs, rock the heels (like that is front page news).  Color on this pair of pumps is good, but the style is awful.

You can find solid colors at J Crew, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Club Monaco, Marshall’s, pretty much anywhere at any price point.  I really prefer the plaid though, especially since it’s a daytime short.

Above pic is JCREW for $72.

MEN’S STYLE TIP OF THE DAY: Buying Nice Pants That Fit

February 13th, 2008 No Comments

MEN’S STYLE TIP OF THE DAY: Buying nice pants that fit

Guys, it’s time to divide and conquer.  I would never ask you to throw out your favorite old levis, but what I am suggesting is that you create a space (preferably hanging) for your out-of-the-house nice pants, and then a seperate drawer for your comfy (these-are-way-too-bagy-but-oh-so-soft) pants. This way you won’t get confused when getting dressed for the day.

Our goal is to get you in pants (jeans, chinos, trousers, slacks, cords, etc) that actually FIT! This will take trial-and-error shopping.  I know you would rather shoot off your pinky toe to avoid shopping, but it will pay off and you will look hot.

Here are some guidlilnes rules when looking for pants:

  1. NO PLEATS! Unless you’re a little overweight and actually need the room, NO PLEATS.
  2. Take at least 2 if not three sizes into the dressing room, have a friend help make the assesment as to which one fits best.
  3. You want something that fits flat across the front without any pulling from the zipper, hugs your butt ever so slightly, doesn’t pinch at your tummy, has a straight leg that comfortably fits around your thigh.
  4. The bottom should cover part of your shoe, not fall straight!
  5. Accept the possiblity that you might have to get them taken in to get the right fit. Even jeans, but it will be worth it to have pants that fit.
  6. Remember, the pants will shrink when you wash, but get really loose after a few wears.

Sounds basic, but no one’s doing it!

Places to find good pants:

  1. Barney’s (they have a selection of all different cuts and pricepoints)
  2. Bloomingdale’s or Macy’s
  3. Club Monaco (my fav)
  4. Banana Republic for basics
  5. Armani Exchange
  6. Theory (at department stores)
  7. John Varvatos
  8. Paul Smith
  9. Ted Baker

I encourage you not to look at brands but look at what fits you well.

For Denim and cords, go for a straight leg.  If you are without much curve, rock the skinny jeans, they make any outfit trendy.

Just remember, we’re moving away from the slouchy, towards the crisp look, so things need to fit right and be wrinkle and rip free.  This is not to say that the hipster look has left us, but that is a little more advanced.

Trouser colors: black, grey, light grey, khaki, white.  Also, try a pattern, or fine texture to mix it up.

As for denim, same rules apply.  Here are some brands I like for men:

  1. Citizen’s of Humanity
  2. Seven
  3. John Varvatos
  4. AG
  5. Mynk Hauteur (new and supposted to be really soft)
  6. Diesel
  7. Rock and Republic
  8. Gap, but I prefer Lucky

On the jeans, there should be no decoration, it’s back to plain, and True Religions are only for the guys still rocking cowboy shirts in California. So no designs, no rips, and the color should be medium to dark denim.  If you’re feeling hip, try white.

MEN’S STYLE TIP OF THE DAY: Choosing a shirt that fits

February 12th, 2008 1 Comment

MEN’S STYLE TIP OF THE DAY: Choosing a shirt that fits

A lot of men that I have run across think that they always wear a Large, not because it fits, but how could a man be anything else but large.  With the emergence of the metro man who wants to wear nice clothes that fit, the rest of the male population is beginning to take notice.

But how do you know if a you’re a Medium, or even a small?? Here are a few tips for button down shirts:

  1. Get your neck and arms measured so when you’re buying shirts for work, you’ll know the exact size you need. This will also help you pick between S/M/L.
  2. On the right shirt (button down, t-shirt, or polo).  The seam the connects the arm of the shirt to the body should rest right at the end of your shoulder, not sagging down your arm.
  3. There should be enough fabric in the body of the shirt for you to move, but not for you to swim in there.  Make sure you can’t grab a lot of fabric around your sides. You want it to be as flush to your body as possible.
  4. The arm should stop in between the crux of your hand and wrist.
  5. If you are going to leave the shirt untucked, then the bottom should fall to the tops of your thumbs.  For a tshirt, it should be shorter.

Fashion tips:

  1. Crisp is in so make sure your button-downs are ironed.
  2. Colors are huge for spring and make a statement with you even having to try.  Try pink, sea foam green, baby blue, pale yellow, kelly green, royal blue.
  3. French cuffed shirts always take the look to the next level if you want to add a little flare.
  4. Unbutton two buttons to show you’re comfortable and relaxed.
  5. Button down collars should really only be worn daytime, and NEVER with suits.

Places to shop for a shirt that comes with a little style: John Varvatos, shopjake (I loved everything I saw on this site), barneys (they are having a great sale online), Club Monaco.

For the best quality, fit, and design, my favorite Men’s button down shirt will always be Dolce and Gabanna.  I know what you’re thinking, damn that’s not cheap, and I realize it’s not, but it’s made so impeccably well and fits like a glove. Starts at $295.  Just an FYI