You’re Invited: J.Hilburn Mobile Fit Studio Events this week

Dear Friends, Clients and Fashion Connoisseurs,

Experience the cool look and beautiful quality of J.Hilburn Menswear.  Our Mobile #JHFitTour has been sweeping the nation since NY Men’s Fashion Week.  It has made about 30 stops, and is heading to CO this week:

Thursday/Mateo in Boulder, Friday/Wynkoop Brewery in Denver, Sunday/ A Line Women’s Boutique in Cherry Creek & Monday/Antlers Hotel in CO Springs  (Please see invitations below, and RSVP to come have a drink and set an appointment time:           E-mail or call 917-751-6043)

If you’re a guy (or you’re with a guy) who:

a/ loves fashion and appreciates clothes that fit & the opportunity to design his own clothes, or

b/ would rather have root canal than go shopping:

You/He will appreciate having a personal stylist who will get you your best fit, help you elevate your style, make dressing effortless and help you feel like you got it going on, all while avoiding the mall, saving you time and creating something personal.

With J.Hilburn we come to your office, take your measurements, talk fit, share fabrics, expertise and styling tips and then leave and take care of the rest.  We solve your fit problems and follow through until you’re psyched about the way your clothes fit. You have someone in your corner for all things style.

Join us to see the collection and learn about our brand:

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This Saturday: Style Your Casual Wardrobe with us

You are invited to join us this Saturday for a free event at prAna Boulder!

Event: 3-5pm;  Presentation: 3:30

It’s not just about climbing and yoga, but denim, sweaters and more.  And we’re incorporating jewelry from Starfish, shades from Zeal and boots from Sorel.

Bring some friends, RSVP to prAna & come have a drink, a bite and see how we style the fall collection for your casual wardrobe.   Then stay and shop!

(Feel free to share this invitation with friends & family.)

 

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Is That You, Summer?

The sun is out and it’s heating up (finally!) That’s right ladies, summer is calling! Let’s say goodbye to spring and hello to sandal season! It’s time to get your pedicure on and grab some trendy new sandals.  Below is a guide to what’s trending…

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The Dressy Flip Flop

This Tory Burch flip-flop is just one option out of many easy slip-on styles.  Forgo the buckles and bending for a slide or mule.  Incredibly versatile and effortless, this flip-flop style is a go-to.  It can be worn from day to casual evenings and still be appropriately chic. Try them in place of your Havianas, with polished shorts and tees, with jeans, and with summery sundresses, especially when the party attire calls for casual but you still want to look stylish and put together.

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Ankle Strap Kitten Heel Sandal

Ankle Strap Heels- Snakeskin and Beyond

This sexy sandal style is great for a hot summer evening, a sunny day party or for jazzing up your work attire. The ankle strap is trendy and current, but be aware that ankle straps can shorten the appearance of your legs. The kitten heel style looks elegant without the discomfort of a 4-incher, though high heels always rock.  In neutral metallic or snake skin, or the many colors these two styles come in, you are sure to find a favorite to add style to your summer.

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Flat Tassel Sandal

This metallic tassel sandal is a great shoe to glam up an everyday, casual outfit- it is right on trend with the fringe-y tassel, and comfortable, too.  Metallics make for a great neutral because they go with everything, yet this one comes in three different colors.

 

 

Denim Blue Slingback Wedge Espadrille

Blush Ankle Wrap Wedge Espadrille

The Espadrille is the perfect summer wedge!  Plus, anything denim or blush is in.  Pair either with white ankle pants, shorts or a summer dress.  The slingback style also comes in orange poppy, which can brighten up a cloudy day, and a basic outfit.

 

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Brown tassel tie gladiator

Lace-up neutral cage sandal

Lace-up orange fringe flat

Lace-ups are up this summer… even all the way up the calves!  Though we’re not necessarily a fan of those (and chose to omit them), a little lacing is a little racy, so why not have a little fun?

 

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The Block Heel

This brown block heel sandal is très au courant.  The block heel is super trendy in open and closed toes this spring (and fall) and the medium brown leather goes with everything: think navy, denim, grey, khaki, white, and even tonal orange. Wear it with jeans, a flippy skirt or a fun sundress.

 

 

 

Blush Tassel Tie Open Toe Heels

Blush d’Orsay Ankle Tie Pumps

Start blushing.  A blush heel is feminine and elegant, but with these two that go up the ankle, a little edgy, too. Blush is trending and some say is the new nude. Blush is a perfect color for summer and it goes with everything.  Adding some height and some heat, these heels are sexy and glam.  The nearly-nude color, in open or closed toes, is a wardrobe staple that will add some length to your leg and spring in your step!

 

 

Chic Holiday Style

The holidays are here, and so are the parties and gatherings. With all the events of the season, it can be tricky to decide the right look for the occasion. Whether it’s a casual family gathering or cocktail party, here are some fun and easy style tips to look your best!

Chic Holiday Style

The Casual Family Gathering
Dressing up a dark-wash pair of jeans is a great way to look chic while staying casual. To channel the current 70s trend, try a flared leg. But most importantly, find the fit that flatters your figure best. Then add a silk blouse or soft cashmere sweater. To add some extra warmth and style to your look, layer with a cozy faux fur vest or jacket. White is always festive for the snowy season, and soft blush is right on trend. A statement necklace, sparkly flats, and a shiny, luxe clutch say you’re ready to celebrate. For an extra boost (of style and confidence), especially with a flared leg pant, go for the heels, even at home!

Festive Casual Party
For a casual get-together at a friend or colleague’s home, pair a dark-washed straight cut jean with a shiny, glam top. Try a black silk blouse and metallic blazer, or another option could be a metallic blouse with a black or grey blazer. No matter which denim silhouette you choose for your figure, the long, fitted, hip-covering jacket is always flattering. (When shopping for a blazer, ignore the slouchy, boxy jackets which are on trend now.  Instead, buy one with the highest armhole you can comfortably wear, that curves in even slightly at the waist, and buttons without pulling.  If there’s ever one place to invest, it’s a great jacket.)  Add a multi-strand black crystal necklace and earrings to add extra texture and shine to your outfit, and let your pumps or booties bring a splash of color. Dressing up your denim with sparkle will assure you’ll feel gorgeous, but not over-dressed.

Girls’ Night Out
A fabulous sequin skirt is the perfect piece for going out with the ladies! Pair it with a monochromatic cashmere sweater and some chic black booties.  Then add a trendy fringe clutch, glamorous earrings, and champagne to boot!

Straight from the Office
When jetting from the office to the holiday fête, a classic sheath dress works wonders. It is totally work appropriate, but can easily be dressed up for evening. Choose a neutral color like black, gray, or navy (paired with pumps and a sweater or blazer for work). But once evening comes, swap out the office shoes for a more festive pair, and amp up your style with your jewelry and accessories.

Cocktail Party
A burgundy lace cocktail dress is a trendy yet elegant choice. Finish your ensemble with a lush fur wrap, chandelier earrings, a glimmering clutch, and strappy black heels. Be sure to remember your burgundy lipstick, too.

Have Fun With Your Accessories…
This is the perfect time of year to shine your brightest, so shine on! Don’t be afraid to add some extra sparkle to any outfit you choose. Find some mixed metal bangles, jeweled earrings and necklaces, a shiny clutch bag, or some metallic nail polish. Go out in style and enjoy a festive holiday season and a Happy New Year!

 

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Fall Styling Event September 26!

Put a Little Effort In, to Make It Look Effortless…

As you probably know, PrAna has great attire for activities like yoga & climbing, but did you know that they also have tons of cool lifestyle clothes for weekend?

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End of Summer- Getaway in Style

End of Summer Getaway

Getting ready for your end of summer getaway and don’t know what to pack? No matter which vacation spot you’re headed to, skip the stress of planning your outfits and pack these 4 essential ensembles. Looking fabulous, even while casual is a must for any vacation. Imagine sipping cocktails oceanside wearing a beautiful, long maxi dress with chic sandals and gold jewelry. This look is simple and comfortable while romantic and perfect for a summer evening. Feel like a celebrity lounging by the pool: dress up your pool attire with a printed silky cover-up, then accessorize with a cool fedora and tote. Taking a day trip into town to shop at all the local stores? Dress up your t-shirt with a necklace, printed skirt and strappy flats. Finally, be sure to include a great date night dress and heels for your last night out.  Go soak up that sun and enjoy, because fall is around the corner.

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Cold Spring Fever

It’s that time of year again, when despite the lingering cool weather, it’s an exciting time to welcome spring fashion into your wardrobe.  Spring is a time to freshen up your style, shed some heavy layers and incorporate new trends into your outfits. There are many ways to transition into spring, such as selecting softer colors, floral prints and lighter fabrics, though still layering for warmth and added style.

Cold Spring Fever

For a casual everyday look, contrast ankle-length dark denim with a lightweight pale-colored blouse. Go even farther with your spring look by adding blush pink accents, such as a light pink leather jacket, spring coat or shoes.  Not only is pale pink the hottest color this spring, but it is also very feminine and flattering.  A styling trick that works wonders is simply adding color- either in small pops such as shoes or in statement-making pieces in soft tones, which will help you to look effortlessly stylish.

Another way you can transition into spring is by selecting more patterns, such as botanical and abstract prints. Switch out your typical jeans for loose-fitting printed trousers, or instead of wearing a solid blazer try one with a floral pattern. If these trends are too daring for your style, go instead for a printed blouse or a printed shoe.   Wearing printed clothing also allows you to complement your outfit with more colors. For instance, the white flowers on the blazer can be accented with white accessories.  White is another big trend for spring, as well as black and white together and color-blocked shoes and bags, which will give any outfit an ultra-chic, sophisticated edge.

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Transition your Wardrobe for Fall

It’s August, the kids are back in school, and although it’s still pretty hot out, the fall fashion season is here!  While you may not feel like pulling out your heavy fall clothes, there are several ways you can begin to transition your wardrobe and add some autumnal attitude to your style.  Click the link to my style tips from today’s Denver Post to learn more…

“Five Tips: How to ease your wardrobe into autumn”, The Denver Post

Transition your Wardrobe for Fall

Find your flattering denim

No matter how you style your look, it’s imperative to start with the right fit for your figure.  Spring is a great time to edit your wardrobe and add some new things to freshen your look for the season’s transition.  But as you go through your closet and hit the stores, be discerning about the way things fit, including your jeans.  If you’re not sure of the best silhouette for you, follow these guidelines… (click to read article in The Denver Post, and see more tips below.)
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“Curvy” figure

Though most jeans out there are skinnies, most women have curves!  If your curves are mainly in your hip area, then balance your figure by adding some flare at your pant leg with a boot cut jean.  This proportion will straighten your silhouette and minimize the width of your hips.

Also forgo the low rise and choose the mid or high variety to smooth out the tummy and avoid “muffin top.”

Back pockets are important, too- be sure the pockets aren’t too high, which could create the look of a larger back side then desired. And be sure to minimize the bling and bright stitching and say no to pocket flaps.

“Slim, straight or boyish figure”

If your figure is slim, or perhaps you want to add more curves, as many women with “boyish” type figures do, go for silhouettes that will accentuate your figure.  Skinny jeans that hug your hips and calves will create a curvy line.  Accented pockets will add shape to your derriere, and so will the narrow ankle width.   The wash of the denim is also important- when the jeans are faded in certain areas like the backside, the fading can contribute to a curvier look.

Skinny jeans can look sexy, but mystery is sexier.  Style your skinnies with a hip-skimming untucked top for a little coverage.  Straighter leg options can look great with or without your top tucked in.  And remember when styling your outfit, that third piece such as a jacket or cardigan will instantly amp up your look.

“Petite figure”

For the ladies who would prefer a little more height, create the illusion of a longer leg with a straight leg jean, or a skinny.  At the end of your hem, choose a pointed toe shoe to extend the length for as long as possible.   Beware the boot cut style which can visually shorten the leg, since there is not a lot of length between the hip and the flared hem.

However, if you need a boot cut to balance your hip (see “curvy figure” above) then go for a minimally flared version.  This subtle boot cut also works for the days when you want to wear boots and functionally need the width of the hem.  Keeping your jeans outside your boots (instead of doing the trendy jean tuck) will create a longer line to add height to your petite frame.

“Denim Wash”

For the most flattering and dressiest look, go for a dark wash.  This is also the best option for casual Friday if jeans are allowed.  (This is true for the guys, too.)

Subtle vertical fading down the center of the thigh can slim and elongate the leg, because the inner thigh and outer thigh will appear darker.  However, beware extreme fading, as well as fading at the backside which can make it appear larger.

While it’s cool to have the look of distressed denim, beware of bold or too much whiskering (the thin horizontal lines and folds created by linear fading and wrinkling around the fly and upper thigh area.) This denim finish can be unflattering and will draw attention to this area of the body.  Whiskering can often look too young, but also- why would you want attention at your fly area?

Lighter denim wash washes are more casual, and will also draw more attention to your lower figure then dark washes.

“Colored, coated and printed denim”

Pastel colored denim carries the same rules as white jeans- they will definitely draw attention to your lower half.  Bright colors do the same, though their depth of color can conceal slightly better than their lighter cousins.

If you want to go for a light color for a fresh spring look, but are self-conscious of your hip area, then wear a long, hip covering tunic or blazer in a color that’s at least a little darker, to deemphasize this area and bring attention down to your legs.

Deep jewel tone colors are easier to wear, and more flattering to pull off because they’re darker.

Printed denim for spring is au courant, but beware of patterns that accent the wrong places or appear too busy.

For rocking your patterned denim, I recommend keeping the rest of the outfit neutral and fairly simple.  A dark top will ground the look, and a long top will minimize the intensity, while providing more of a subtle “wow” factor.

Colored denim and patterned denim are fun fashion trends, but as with all trends—decide if these are right for your style (and your figure), don’t spend too much, and don’t be a slave to fashion!

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