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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Your Summer Work Wardrobe Guide, Part 2

Hey!
So...Sex and the City last night was *amazing*! I won't give anything at all away, but trust me, even if the plot leaves you scratching your head, the fashion makes up for it!!! It was so deep, even I have some "Mail Bombs" for that movie!
Anyway, I hope you all sip some cosmos and enjoy the show with your girlfriends this Friday. It's a fashion lover's must see!
So last week intern Adriana tackled Part 1 of the Guide to your Summer Work Wardrobe. She was fab enough to tackle Part 2 today! Enjoy!
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Hey FB’ers!
So last week we nailed down dresses, jackets, shoes, and accessory essentials for your summer work wardrobe.

Throw in these additions for a well rounded look:
1. Tops
With tops, you want something that will work as a good base for your outfit, layer well, and still be a little eye-catching. Try for soft, breathable fabrics with little details (pleats, ties, shimmer, funky shapes, etc.) or look for new takes on a classic (J. Crew’s silver lamé Oxford-like shirt, below). Tops are a great way to liven up neutral pants and blazers, and are usually the easiest addition to your summer wardrobe both cost and space-wise. Remember to opt for a little sleeve action, at least covering your shoulders (capped or small ruffled sleeves are a great compromise):
1. Diane Von Furstenberg Carone Top, $198. 2. J.Crew Whisper Lame Shirt, $110. 3. Anne Klein Tie Front Shirt, $89. 4. Bow Tie Floral Top, $79. 5. Chiffon Ruffle Top, $22.80.
2. Skirts
Summer is the season to play with fabrics and fun silhouettes (like a bubble skirt). Knife-pleats, vivid prints, and swingy hems are great ways to add flair to a work skirt, and a high-waisted, pencil skirt with a unique detail (a bow front, cool stitching, or a wide leather sash with a side-tie just at your waist) can make for a fresh, sexy take on a classic:
1. Milly Bow Front Pencil Skirt, $137. 2. Banana Republic Linen Abstract Skirt, $62.30. 3. Forever 21 Spotted Woven Skirt, $22.80. 4. Tibi Pleated Skirt, $273.5. Tracy Reese Canvas Printed Pencil Skirt, $240.
3. Pants
Across the board, pants are by far one of the hardest items to shop for. And let’s be real: slim/skinny pants, cute as they look and “on trend” as they are, just don’t work for everyone (but we have included a few below that caught our eye). A cut I really love and that flatters almost any shape is the elegant, Hepburn-style, wide-legged trouser. It’s sexy and chic, definitely on trend, and effortlessly airy for summer days at the office and summer nights on the town!
1. Julie Haus Hi-Waist Frida Pant, $275. 2. BCBG Indigo Striped Carla Slim Flare Pant, $178. 3. Holly Herringbone Pant, $228. 4. J.Crew City Fit Italian Linen Pant, $250.
4. Handbags
And just for fun, here are a few handbag choices to go perfectly with your newly refreshed summer work wardrobe!
1.Fendi Rainbow Degrade Hobo, $1,840. 2. Zac Posen Lily Shoulder Bag, $1,050. 3. Kale Stella Bag, $475. 4. Dautore Slouchy Shoulder Bag, $471. 5. Forever 21 Sequin Weave Tote Bag, $39.80. 6. Deux Lux Pintuck Satchel, $68.
Bon Shopping!

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Loved the bag selections!! Didn't Adriana do a great job??
My interns are the bomb!
Smootches!

Fashion, News, and What Nots
*If you missed Part 1 of the Summer Work Wardrobe Guide, click here.
*Did y'all hear about Jill Scott's new bra line?
According to the blog Stereohyped, Jill Scott caused chaos in Harlem when she showed off her breasts at her Butterfly Bra launch in the flagship Ashley Stewart store! Good lord! Read the rest here. [Stereohyped].
*Eric Wilson of the New York Times says that while gas and food prices are soarcing, the prices of well plucked classics...
...have actually declined. [NYTimes]

7 comments:

QueenB.D said...

Great selection those pieces are beautiful, im loving the trousers & top B had on.

Anonymous said...

That Fendi bag is fire!!!! I need that look for less!

Jordan Warren said...

Claire,

Did you see the BET special "Fashion Blackout," which talks about the absence of black models on the runways? What do you think about the special? Do you think it will help to expand the fashion rainbow? Also, what do you think of Vogue Italia deciding to do an all-black issue and Vogue Paris featuring Noemie Lenoir on the cover? Will it get the attention of other magazine editors (particularly Anna Wintour) and designers, causing them to realize that they need to follow suit? As a lover of the fashion industry (I hope to become a buyer) and a black male, it hurts to not see more color in fashion despite the fact that people of color contribute so much to the bottom line - the all mighty dollar. Let me know your thoughts, and feel free to contact me any time. Love ya Claire!

Anonymous said...

Can anyone identify Tracee's Gladiator sandals. Cheaper alternatives?? Holla~

Girl-Woman said...

Nice wardrobing. Keeps us working girls out of the summer wardrobe rut. Thanks.

Marcia B said...

I agree - a great top can add so much. You should check out this site called www.missgetlucky.com. They have incredible deals on tops from some of my favorite designers. They even have like this online sample sale.

motomoto said...

Thanks for the collection. I have been trying out the options and loving the white shirt and long trousers and funky heels options.

Autumn and its gray skies, flashes of rain storms and gale force winds are here. Please feature jackets and coats for day and evening. Ta.
Marcia, Edinburgh