Inspired by the white of winter’s first snowfall, we bring you two looks that will keep you feeling warm and fabulous.
As with any monochromatic look, it’s best to mix and match textures and tones to add dimension to your outfit. Look for pieces that have visible vertical seams and lines that add length rather than seams that lie horizontally. For some color and femininity, try wearing a light peach, powder, or ivory color dress like Martin Grant’s Entrevée dress. Pair it with a pale pink pleated coat from Bottega Veneta. For a more relaxed fit, try Haider Ackerman’s ivory coat over a three-quarter length sleeve dress. As well as being a modern neutral, gray can also serve as a charming accent color to winter white looks (Michael Kor Miranda Tote in Gray). Keep the look clean by adding one statement jewelry piece, like Alexis Bittar’s chain link necklace. Complete the look with a classic pair of black patent leather pumps.
Martin Grant Entravée Dress
Bottega Veneta Wool and Cashmere Blend Coat with Pleats
Sofie D’Hoore ¾ sleeve Dress
Haider Ackerman Bradford Coat
Michael Kors Miranda Pebbled Tote
Alexis Bittar Chain Link Necklace
Manolo Blahnik Patent Pumps
The white on white look can be difficult to wear. But just keep in mind two words when choosing your white-hot looks: vertical lines. Avoid looking washed out and bulky, especially with structured pieces, by selecting garments with lines that run up and down, since eyes focus on and trail the dictated line. Try a wool tuxedo trouser with a pleated blouse that has long vertical seam lines. When choosing an oversized coat, the challenge becomes that the coat not be mistaken for poor fit. Instead, you want it to look intentional and trendy, as well as great for your shape and frame. Try Gareth Pugh’s tree embroidered coat with a high collar or Maison Martin Margiela’s coat with oversized lapels. A simple gold cuff or bangle accentuates the bright white pieces. Match your gold jewelry with a simple white bag with gold hardware. Finish the look with a comfortable pair of nude stretchy ankle boots.
Gareth Pugh Tree Embroidered Coat
Maison Martin Margiela Coat
Mulberry Aurora Blouse
Alexander Wang Tuxedo Trouser
Acne Studio Stretchy Leather Ankle Boots
Miu Miu Leather Tote
Tiffany & Co. Crossover Estate Cuff
Let’s face it: Black is always the new black. It’s flattering on every figure and is so easy to incorporate into outfits. Black is the perfect canvas to play with trends and new color combinations. To celebrate the notorious Day After Thanksgiving, we are dedicating to our readers three different Black looks that you can wear while shopping, or watching mobs of shoppers, today and every other day.
BLACK & PINK
All black leather can seem intimidating and dark. To avoid the dominatrix mode, soften the look with pastels and delicate jewelry. Try a slim fitting black blouse with leather (or faux leather) pants, all under an oversized three-quarter length sleeve pink coat. Pair with your favorite black leather ankle boots to elongate your legs like the Acne Black Colt Ankle Boot. Add a touch of femininity with a woven gold cuff and rose pink crystal ear clips.
- Alexander Wang Blouse
- Topshop Leather Pants
- Acne Black Colt Zip Ankle Boots
- MSGM Pink Oversized Coat
- Verdura Kensington Cuff
- Yoola Crystal Rose Ear Clips
BLACK & GOLD
It’s one of those tried and true color combinations that remain timeless. Adding gold chains and gold lines to a black monochromatic outfit transforms the look into one with character and sass. Jill Sander’s wool pencil skirt with a linear gold leaf print begs for attention. Wear with a simple fitted sweater and pair with classic black pumps. Accessorize with different textures to add dimension to the look. A Chanel Vintage Quilted Mini Flap Bag is always a good idea. To offset the gold in the skirt and the simplicity of the sweater, top off the look with a chunky gold necklace (like the Eddie Borgo Supra Link Necklace that we’ve shown in previous looks).
- J-Brand Theodate Wool-Jersey and Chiffon Top
- Jill Sander Wool Pencil Skirt
- YSL Escarpin Pump with Gold Tone Metal
- Eddie Borgo Large Supra Link Choker Necklace
- Chanel Vintage Quilted Mini Flap Bag
BLACK & COBALT
FACT: Everyone needs a little black dress. This peplum little black dress with three-quarter length sleeves is perfect for winter. Raoul’s Lydia dress can transition effortlessly from work to evening cocktails with the addition of some bold cobalt accessories. Couple the dress with extravagant earrings to draw in the light and sport a daring cobalt clutch to capture wandering eyes. Wear with semi-sheer black tights to lengthen the legs. To bring in even more attention to those lean gams, dress your feet in a pair of cobalt suede pumps. Round off the look with elbow-length leather gloves like Kenneth Cole’s Leather and Knit Gloves.
- Raoul Lydia Peplum Dress (optional leather bow)
- Tom Ford Suede Signature Pump
- Kenneth Cole Leather Gloves with Long Knit Cuffs
- Anthropologie Cobalt Lucite Clutch
- Verdura Quatrefoil Ear Clips
- Wolford Cotton Blend Velvet Tights
Last week we launched our Fashion Friday Series on Neutrals with a timeless classic: Navy Blue. And we asked you not to confuse neutral with dull! This week we focus on Brown—a tried and true color of fall. It blends well with the season and serves as a great transitional color for colder months ahead.
Try pairing a textured jacket with a timeless leather pencil skirt or even a pair of corduroy pants. The Pacey pumps by TORY BURCH complement the leather skirt and tweed jacket perfectly for an inspired fall office look. Or for a more casual look, pair dark brown ankle boots with corduroy pants to elongate the legs. Add a hint of sparkle with a graphic, textured link necklace by EDIE BORGA. To top off the monochromatic fall look, the SURELL fox fur collar adds a touch of softness for those cold, windy days.
- Surell Fox Fur Collar/Headband
- Edie Borga Link Necklace
- Sinequanone Brown Tweed Jacket
- Lauren Jeans Co. Straight Corduroy Pants
- Tory Burch Pacey Pump
- Trenery Leather Skirt
- Acne Studios Pistol Ankle Boots
For a fall dress that will transition seamlessly from the office to dinner, ELIE TAHARI’S Lolly dress fits the bill in beautifully textured rust jacquard leather with flecks of orange, brown, and gold. Pair with a comfortable stacked mid-heel during the day and switch to an arch-revealing suede pump at night to lengthen the legs. Mix and match accessories to complement the dual textures of the dress. Add a pop of color with an orange tote to break up the dark tones.
- Edie Borga Link Necklace
- Elie Tahari Lolly Dress
- Tumi Villa Turn Shopper
- Tory Burch Pacey Pump
- Vince Suede Celeste D’Orsay Pump
Give the Green Light: This Nancy Gonzalez Small Crocodile Tube Tote has the opulence you can break out in daylight. For those who want to steer clear of the in-your-face trends, a ladylike top-handle bag is an instant classic. A true, rich, gem-tone green makes for an unpredictable choice, but one that is much appreciated in the fall as the leaves start to turn from verdant to brown.
DAY Birger et Mikkelsen Knitted Coat
The Rise of Oversize: This season, invest in an oversized, yet sleek, topper like this one from DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen. Its voluminous shape is the perfect mélange of avant-garde and comfort, and with ample room for layering underneath, this eye catching piece can be worn over an ensemble that is ready for the runway or running errands . Only you and your cozy confidante will know the difference.
Melisa Goldie serves as the Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein, Inc. With her extensive background in advertising and photography, Ms. Goldie is responsible for directing and executing the company’s branded materials for advertising, marketing, packaging, licensing, and promotional initiatives, across all product categories globally. Ms. Goldie, who graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, resides in Brooklyn, New York with her family.
Here, she helps us navigate that daily dilemma we all encounter: “What am I going to wear?” —Ed.
It’s an essential question we each face daily and depending on your line of work, you are also likely dressing for multiple scenarios: dropping the kids off at school, going to the office, a client meeting, a dinner date, or a cocktail party—and sometimes these all need to be achieved with the same outfit, so a little bit of planning is key.
Unless your job calls for a business suit, a scrub, or other type of uniform, achieving the right look is more art than science— and strikes a fine balance of confidence, taste and personal style.
Curating your own wear-to-work wardrobe can be looked upon as an exciting personal challenge or a daunting experience. As a working mother, with two decades of experience in the fashion industry, I have found a few key ways to approach my work wardrobe. Here are a few personal pointers—along with my top picks from this fall’s Calvin Klein sportswear line.
- Keep it simple. This belted long sleeve print dress mixes both modest and feminine elements effortlessly. Paired with black patent leather lizard pumps and a rounded Saffiano leather satchel, it’s a versatile look poised enough for the work day and perfect for an after-work date.
- Dress smart. Start with black crocodile embossed leather pumps, and pair them with black stretch leggings and a white pleated mandarin collar blouse for a smart combination that’s both practical and polished. Add a blazer if you need to take it up a notch or head to a meeting.
- Pencil it in. A sleek, black leather pencil skirt is super chic and turns an otherwise simple skirt look into a confident statement. To complete the look, trade the pumps for a pair of over-the-knee leather boots.
- Go back to black. Try layering a long sleeve shirt dress over skinny stretch leggings for a casual look with a sophisticated appeal. Accessorize with a platform ankle boot, and a dome satchel. Remember, black will always be the new black.
Shop for these and other great wear-to-work looks at calvinklein.com.
Averie Over-the-Knee Leather Boot
- Focus on Dark, Lightweight Separates: Navy cotton slim pants, black pencil skirts, printed dresses in shades of burgundy or green, will look great in September. Pair them with a crisp white blouse, an oversized silk tunic, or a light weight “sweat shirt” style sweater and add a chunky gold link necklace.
- Make the Cardigan your New Best Friend: Extend the life of every sleeveless sheath dress and blouse you own by teaming it with a cardigan. I’m crazy about the season-less ones available at Zara, and own at least a half a dozen. Add a scarf in rich hues. Dark sandals or oxfords are fine for now, but when it gets colder, switch to ankle boots.
- Retire the Summer Handbag: Nothing you carried this Summer will look right now. Two-tone bags are having a huge moment for Fall and will instantly update your look. Look for them in satchels, totes, frame and top handle bags.
- Be Neutral: The khaki, taupe, and gray shades that looked so effortless and cool this summer are also a natural for Fall. Simply pair them with dark accessories and you are good to go.
Featured above in Debbi O’Shea’s Polyvore of Summer to Fall Transitions: Victoria, Victoria Beckham dresses with belt / Armani Jeans sleeveless top / Dorothy Perkins white long sleeve cardigan / Derek Lam black knee length pencil skirt / Vince navy pants, / Diane Von Furstenberg short boots / Topshop leather footwear / Navy blue flat shoes / Rag & Bone leather satchel purse / Borsetteria Napoli 1985 brown purse / Maria Black black necklace / Bee Charming vintage rhinestone necklace / ASOS steel jewelry / J.Crew scarf.
As we wrap up summer, we’ve asked one last accomplished woman of style whom we admire to come up with 10 suggestions for a sweet season. This week we invited Talya Cousins, an editor and creative director. Born and raised on a kibbutz in Israel, Cousins spent 10 years working as an editor for Condé Nast—most recently at W Magazine, where she was the senior accessories, home. and jewelry editor. In 2011, she ventured online to build and oversee the merchandising, production, and creative departments for OpenSky.com. Today she writes for various publications and provides creative direction and online user-interface consulting for projects centered around jewelry, fashion, and food. She is a member of Creative Collective Col-Lab and lives in New York City. —Ed.
Favorite Summer Destination: Islesboro, Maine. Our friends Philip and Louise have a beautiful, rustic farmhouse with six bedrooms. Every summer a group of us head there for one week. We hike, swim, sail, play bocce, and cook together every night. It’s a magical little place.
Islesboro, Maine. Image courtesy of Tayla Cousins
Current Summer Reading: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, by Michael Chabon
What to Wear to a Summer Party: For an easy day-into-night look, I often pair a Ter Et Bantine tailored slim cropped trousers with a Zero + Maria Cornejo lightweight top. For more formal events, I love Dries Van Noten’s organza semi-sheer printed skirts with his sleeveless vest-like top.
Favorite Summer Fragrance: Grapefruit Cologne by Jo Malone
Necessary Summer Indulgence: I try to avoid sugar, but I can’t resist my friend Zohar Zohar’s “Dates & Halva Roses.” They’re a Middle Eastern play on the sticky bun. Gooey and delicious and baked only on weekends at her sweet little bakery, Zucker Bakery, in the East Village.
Preferred Seasonal Spa Fix: My treat is acupuncture at the Continuum Center for Health & Healing in New York City.
Favorite Housegift for a Summer-Weekend Invitation: I bring a bag of my homemade, sugar-free, olive-oil granola, and I custom make a label that references the host or the occasion.
Tayla’s homemade granola with handwritten note for her host.
Favorite Summer Entertaining Tips:
Cucumber, Shrimp, and Melon Gazpacho
- Place a cold pitcher with home-brewed herbal iced tea by the front door so your guests can help themselves and cool down right as they come in. I like buying several loose teas (Fairway has a great selection) and creating my own concoction. This summer’s hit was a mix of hibiscus, chamomile, lemongrass, and rose. We named it “The Blossom Dearie.”
- If you have leftover basil or mint, place a few leaves in an ice cube tray, fill with water, and freeze. They make for a fun little surprise in any drink.
- Even in the summer, I love starting a meal with a soup. This Cucumber, Shrimp, and Melon Gazpacho is one of our favorite.
- I try to mix things up when it comes to plating. I serve the above gazpacho in my husband’s grandmothers’ vintage bone china teacups; corn on the cob in small terracotta pots lined with parchment paper; and affogato (espresso coffee over ice cream) in Mason jars from the local hardware store.
- Asics running shoes. I finally found a pair that’s lightweight, but still offers plenty of support. It’s perfect for running outdoors.
- Linea Germania lightweight hand printed silk scarf.
- Anna Sheffield’s pinky rings.
- My husband’s Borsalino straw hat.
Current Film on Your List to See This Summer: Cutie & the Boxer.
Cutie And The Boxer, Official Trailer (2013)
To swing into summer, we’ve again asked several accomplished women we admire to come up with 10 suggestions for a sweet season. This week we hear from Karla M. Martinez de Salas, who has spent the last two and a half years as the Fashion Market and Accessories Director at W magazine. —Ed.
Favorite Summer Destination: A friend’s country house in Rowayton, Connecticut, and Capri.
A Villa in Capri, Italy. Image from Flickr via
What to Wear to a Summer Party: A Piamita Silk Jumpsuit.
.Gail Sandal in Gold $140
Favorite Summer Fragrance: Tiare perfume by Chantecaille.
Preferred Seasonal Spa Fix: A facial by Tracie Martyn to get all the city dirt off of the face and a pedicure by Lydmila.
Favorite House Gift for a Summer-Weekend Invitation: A gold object from Aerin Lauder’s Aerin line for the home.
Green Agate Coasters, Brazilian green agate painted with a gold trim.
Favorite Summer Entertaining Tip: I always add cucumber slices to water—it makes it so refreshing; serve rosé on ice; and make Mexican style corn on the cob with hot spices and Cotija cheese.
Current Film on Your List to See This Summer: “Kon-Tiki, a film by Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, is about the legendary Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who goes on an intense journey, lasting 101 days, crossing the Pacific Ocean on a raft to prove what he believes in.”
To swing into summer, we’ve again asked several accomplished women we admire to come up with 10 suggestions for a sweet season. Returning this year is one of our favorites, Stellene Volandes, Style Director at Town & Country magazine. —Ed.
Favorite Summer Destination: North Fork of Long Island and Greek beaches.
Plum Island, North Fork of Long Island, New York. Image from Flickr via
Current Summer Reading: The new Gatsby movie has inspired my rereading of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
What to Wear to a Summer Party: You can never go wrong with a white dress and gold sandals. My favorites are these classic gold sandals by Canfora. They are handmade in Capri and feature three thin strips of calf leather with a hand-stitched leather sole on a classic .9-inch Capri heel. Definitely made to navigate the cobblestone streets of Capri!
Gail Sandal in Gold, by Canfora
.Gail Sandal in Gold $140
Favorite Summer Fragrance: Frédéric Malle’s ‘Portrait of a Lady‘ is actually fitting for winter, spring, summer, and fall!
Portrait of a Lady by Frédéric Malle.
Necessary Summer Indulgence: Sitting outside and eating fresh local oysters at Bedell Cellars in North Fork, Long Island.
Preferred Seasonal Spa Fix: Reflexology and a manicure/pedicure at the Danvie Nail Salon and Spa on Madison Avenue in New York City.
Aesop’s Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser and Resurrection Hand Sanitizer.
Favorite Summer Entertaining Tip: Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy an Aperol Spritz?
This past Mother’s Day, we shared with you the gifts we gave our mothers that, often to our great surprise (and relief), lit up their world. One of those featured gifts, given by Grace Ali to her mother, was a gorgeous cuff engraved with one of her mother’s favorite Bible scriptures: “His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 136). Well, not only did our readers really love the cuff, but our own Dr. Patricia Allen too fell in love with it and thought it would make the perfect gift for a dear friend. Many of you begged to know more about the jewelry designer, Janet Hill Talbert, and her line, On This Rock Jewelry. Here, we share with you her story and our favorite picks from her collection.
About the Designer
Janet Hill Talbert did not start out as a jewelry designer—far from it. In her first life, in the world of book publishing, she spent 22 years as a successful editor in New York City at Doubleday, working her way up to executive editor and vice president at Doubleday and Harlem Moon, an African-American book imprint she founded.
In 1998, a simple walk on the beach changed the course of her life. “During the summer of 1998 while on the beach in Nantucket I gathered several smooth stones that were precious in their simplicity,” she shares on her website. “As I continued to walk, feeling the warm weight of the stones in my hands, I was overcome by a sense that one day I would make jewelry using these stones.”
And she has made good on her promise to herself. Those first steps on the beach led to courses at the Jewelry Arts Institute in Manhattan and training at the Bianca Lopez Studio and the Fred de Vos Wax Workshop. Janet took what she learned from those courses and began wearing the jewelry she made—initially, just for herself—embracing the world as her own jewelry model. But it wasn’t just a newfound passion for jewelry-making that was fueling Janet. She wanted to infuse her designs with another lifelong passion, as she puts it: “God’s love.” How does one accomplish something so monumental? For Janet, it was as simple as reminding people of the words or symbols of that universal love.
And so she married her newfound skills as a jewelry designer with Scripture passages that inspire, encourage, and uplift her—words that she had grown up with in her own Christian family as well as newfound lessons she was discovering as she studied the Old Testament of the Bible with more depth and a new pair of eyes. “As people put on my jewelry and contemplate the scripture or symbol it carries,” says Janet, “I literally want them to feel they are arming themselves with the power of God’s love.” It is this love that is the essence of her vision and that sets her apart from other jewelry lines and designers.
In 2008, Janet officially walked away from Doubleday to focus on the work of building her company, On This Rock Jewelry, and now, some five years later, that “classic leap of faith,” as she calls it, continues to pay dividends. Kathie Lee Gifford has mentioned her “23rd Psalm Cuff” as her “favorite thing” on Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Aretha Franklin, Whoopi Goldberg, CeCe Winans, and Natalie Cole have worn her pieces, and countless mothers, daughters, and best friends have shown their love for the women in their lives with Janet’s designs.
Janet’s story on CBN.com
Here are our favorites from the Cuff line of Janet’s On this Rock collection.
Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to kick off the season with the perfect printed summer dress. And in our list there will be no shying away from color, including yellow! Summertime is made for mood-brightening swirls of vibrant color, and these dresses definitely channel your wanderlust. The season is also about comfort and an easy-breezy style. We hope you enjoy our picks for favorite summer dresses that are flattering, flirty, and fun to wear. Don’t forget the sandals!
Editor’s Note: Our fashion picks are meant to serve as a guide to your selections in the price points that suit your budget and the colors and silhouettes that best complement your unique style.
Summer Scroll Print Sleeveless Maxi Dress, by Ann Taylor. anntaylor.com
Printed Maxi Dress, by Robert Michaels. karenkane.com
Kalvin Dress, by Tory Burch. bloomingdales.com
Nessa Dress, by Elie Tahari. elietahari.com
Floral Organza Cap-Sleeve Dress, by Lela Rose. neimanmarcus.com
Move over, little black dress! The white dress is the most worthy competitor to challenge the black dress’s longstanding dynasty. Consider how the white dress from the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch (pictured left) has become synonymous with Marilyn Monroe’s iconic style. In fact, to fuel the white vs. black dress rivalry even more, Monroe’s white dress set a record in June 2011 when it was auctioned for $4.6 million—five times the previous record for a movie costume, set by Audrey Hepburn’s “little black dress” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
But one doesn’t need wind blowers a-la-Marilyn-Monroe-style to turn a white dress into statement that exudes both simplicity and elegance. While many of us regard white as a basic addition to any wardrobe, the white dress also has the uncanny ability to function as a knockout style, as the ultimate desk-to-dinner piece, or as the epitome of summery-sweet. You’ll see from our picks below that there is nothing plain or basic about the modern white dress.
Editor’s Note: Our fashion picks are meant to serve as a guide to your selections in the price points that suit your budget, and the colors, and silhouettes that best complement your unique style.
Summer Sheath Dress, by White House | Black Market
Short Dress, by Jason Wu, thecorner.com
Addie Dress, by Tory Burch
Cotton Eyelet Wrap Dress, by Ann Taylor
White Floral Pleated Broderie Anglaise Dress, by Oscar de la Renta, bergdorfgoodman.com
Here in the Northeast, temperatures have suddenly surpassed spring to plunge us all into summer-like days, reminding us that life is often on a fast track regardless of the rhythms we go by. If your wardrobe is feeling jittery and you are not quite accustomed to reconfiguring to the whims of the weather, accessories are the perfect solution to revive your wardrobe and an easy way to make a statement, however subdued.
A monochromatic palette is always a good place to start. Iconic figures such as Katherine Hepburn and Lauren Hutton made the monochromatic pantsuit a fashion staple by showing both its seductive power and femininity. Their interpretation is the essence of American sportswear, which has become a classic by today’s fashion standards. Designers like Calvin Klein, Jil Sander and Phoebe Philo for French label Celine have created great examples of how softer pastels — becoming on most skin tones — project a strong aesthetic without taking away from the feminine mystique that co-exists in combining sharp lines and soft tonalities.
You can build an entire wardrobe using monochromatic looks by swapping a jacket out or inserting your favorite pair of black trousers to offset a lighter hue. Or, take a white-on-white cotton, linen, or fabric blend pant or skirt suit and accessorize with a fun sandal and floral print tote to accent the season and inject some of your personal style.
Microfiber Rain Hat, by Eric Javits, saksfifthavenue.com
And then there is jewelry! This turquoise inspired necklace is very becoming and can really add attitude to a neutral palette.
Bib Necklace, by Michael Kors, couture.zappos.com
This season there has been much talk of a 1940s revival. One way of interpreting the visual aesthetics of this bygone era is by reintroducing the matching shoe and handbag. Gucci has revisited the classic arsenal of handbags and loafers to focus on a range of brightly colored patent handbags with a signature buckle. As for the matching footwear, there are many flats, medium heel pumps, even kitten heel slingbacks or block heeled ‘Mary Janes’ to make the look your own.
Bright Bit Patent Leather Shoulder Bag, by Guccci, saksfifthavenue
‘Frame’ Moccasin, by Gucci, nordstrom.com