Colored Denim! (And ways to wear it…)

This month my Five Tips for the Denver Post are about colored denim- it’s a hot trend this spring so I wanted to share some ways of wearing it.  Check out the brief article in the Denver Post and then come back here to read more and see lots of outfits!  Enjoy!  (And please click the “Subscribe” link on the top right of your screen to receive blog posts with style tips every month!)

Five tips:   (Click to see the article) Today’s Denver Post Five Tips: “How to best wear colorful spring denim”

More tips…

It may be spring, but if your weather is anything like Colorado, you know not to put away your jeans just yet. And good news – the delightfully exuberant colored-denim trend has been a great way to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring, and remains a fun alternative to regular blue jeans as the weather warms up. The head-to-toe bright color blocking that’s everywhere in spring magazines may seem intimidating, but done right, colored denim is a deceptively easy trend to wear: keeping the look sophisticated by using soft shades and tonal color blocking is the key. With options in every hue of the neutral, pastel, and bright rainbows, you’ll no doubt find a color (or three) that flatters you. Be prepared to hear a lot more of, “I love your outfit! I wish I could wear that.”

Colored Denim Jeans
Colored denim jeans paired with patterns

Neutrals. These are the perfect starting point for the trend-wary. Not only do they play well with every color already in your closet, but color blocked with other muted shades like cinnamon or mauve, neutral jeans offer the same casual elegance as a monochromatic outfit.

Speaking of playing well together, camel denim also offers a great opportunity to incorporate coral into your outfit – spring’s hottest shade. A classic blazer and printed scarf in this juicy hue give your black staples the boot until next fall.

Pastels. Easter-egg hues are a fresh alternative to white. Complement buttery yellow cropped jeans with a stone-colored wrap cardigan, gold jewelry, and a smart structured wooden clutch. Or top peach denim with a frothy tiered lace tank top under an oatmeal cardigan – more creative tonal color blocking.

Brights. Not for the timid, neons and brights borrowed from the 1980s are the boldest choice for colored denim. Tomato-red jeans add punch to a soft peach tie-neck blouse, while navy and turquoise tops perfectly complement cool ocean-hued bottoms. Channel lush flower fields in bloom with a purple-and-lavender ensemble, or go pretty in pink with head-to-toe magenta and deep rose. To avoid a little too much ’80s nostalgia when accessorizing your brights, forgo black and instead go with modern neutrals and metallics.

Pattern. For a chic alternative to tonal color blocking, pair bright jeans with a pattern in an unexpected dark neutral, like bright pink with a nautical navy-and-white striped knit top, to keep the denim grounded.  Keep the look pulled together with accessories that match one of the contrasting hues – a mixed-print polka-dot and striped scarf in the same navy and white will instantly add that extra little something to your outfit.

Keep in mind…Colored denim deliberately brings attention to your bottom half. If that’s not your favorite feature, this is a good trend to skip. However, for the adventurous, a deep jewel tone like eggplant or teal will still slim and flatter your hips – nobody can tell you not to have fun!

Shop the looks:

Lauren Ralph Lauren tan cardigan
£135 –

Silvian Heach purple top
€75 –

AllSaints cotton cardigan
$130 –

Green top
€70 –

Ralph Lauren scoop neck blouse
£89 –

By Malene Birger silk tie neck blouse
£209 –

Tiered tank
$22 –

Uniqlo short sleeve tee
£15 –

Wallis denim jean jacket
$56 –

MiH Jeans denim skinny jeans
$184 –

MICHAEL Michael Kors zipper jeans
$80 –

Habitual skinny leg jeans
$225 –

Talbots denim cropped jeans
$80 –

MICHAEL Michael Kors zipper jeans
$80 –

MICHAEL Michael Kors zipper jeans
$80 –

7 For All Mankind yellow jeans
$198 –


Chloé slip on shoes
$450 –

Topshop flat shoes
$44 –

Azzedine Alaia suede high heels
€810 –

DV by Dolce Vita silver shoes
$47 –

Steve madden handbag
$98 –

Summer straw handbag
$50 –

Stella McCartney snakeskin handbag
$1,295 –

Zara bag
$30 –

Bottega veneta handbag
$2,320 –

French Connection brown handbag
£112 –

Oversized clutch
$20 –

Kate spade necklace
$148 –

Wallis copper necklace
$28 –

Disc necklace
£20 –

SHANKA resin jewelry
$256 –

Miso acrylic necklace
£12 –

MTWTFSS Weekday copper jewelry
$12 –

Wallis copper jewelry
$3.50 –

Kenneth Jay Lane cuff bangle
$112 –

Banana Republic sparkle jewelry
$45 –

Metal jewelry
$38 –

Kate spade jewelry
$98 –

Floral shawl
$36 –

Donna Karan black and white top
$1,180 –

Bird by Juicy Couture graphic tank
£50 –

Ralph Lauren stripe shirt
£110 –

Slimming pants

Castaner bow heels
$163 –

Carvela shoes
£130 –

Yves Saint Laurent studded handbag
£2,765 –

Mulberry oversized handbag
$1,550 –

Balenciaga string bag
$1,545 –

Yves Saint Laurent leopard scarve
£660 –

Bajra oversized scarve
$298 –

Oasis striped scarve
$17 –

Please check out today’s 5280 blog post with my tips for storing your winter wear…

“Clothing Care: Winter Wardrobe Storage”, 5280, The Denver Magazine BLOG by Georgia Alexia Benjou

And also please scroll down for more tips and details about storing your winter wardrobe…

Say goodbye to winter (delicately)

Time to store your winter wardrobe

As the weather continues to warm up, we are approaching that time when we need to make room for our tees and tanks by transitioning our closets for the new season.  How exciting that spring is finally here and we can start pulling out our light, spring wardrobe.  However, as we put our favorite frocks front and center, we need to take extra care with our coveted cashmere and cozy winter wear.  Here are some tips for preparing them for storage…


Before storing your knits and sweaters for the season, be sure they are thoroughly cleaned according to the care label inside the garment.  If you are to hand wash the garment, do so in cold water with a detergent for delicate fabrics.  Then make sure that all the detergent is rinsed out.  And instead of ringing, remove the excess water by laying it carefully on a large towel and rolling the garment and towel up together.  Then lay the garment flat on a mesh sweater dryer to finish drying: (Be sure to carefully place the sweater on the drying rack so that its shape is in tact.  For example, “finger-press” ruffles down, adjust the hem so that it’s even and lay it how you would like it to look when it’s dry.)  If the garment is to be dry-cleaned, then be sure to remove the plastic at home and let it air out to remove the chemicals, let the fibers breathe, and to take it off the wire hanger.

Once your knits are thoroughly cleaned and dry, I recommend folding them carefully with acid-free tissue paper:  This will create a soft roll in the fabric on the fold lines to help prevent creases, especially on thin sweaters.  (I recommend using this method of folding with tissue paper for packing a suitcase, too.)  Then store them away in canvas fabric storage bags.    I do not recommend plastic storage cases for long storage periods of your knits and sweaters, because the fibers of the garments need to breathe, and they will not be able to breathe in plastic.  For cashmere, use individual canvas storage bags.  Inside each storage bag for your knits and sweaters, be sure to place a sachet or block of cedar or lavender (though not directly on the fabric) in order to prevent clothes moths from feasting on your finest cashmere!


Leather garments should be cleaned before storage.  Only go to a reputable professional leather cleaning service who will have the proper tools and knowledge for cleaning leather.  Although it’s important to clean your leather goods before storage, there are some risks that you need to be aware of.   A leather garment is made up of several actual animal skins, and so each one will be slightly different and may react to the cleaning process differently.   There is the possibility of discoloration, texture changes and more, so be sure to ask your leather care professional for all of the details.  Some leather professionals may recommend conditioning your leather before storing, too.   When your leather garment is clean and dry, hang it on a substantial hanger- either a padded one or cedar wooden hanger.  Next, stuff it with acid-free tissue paper to keep the shape, which may have formed to your body over time.  Then store it in a cloth garment bag: or in a cotton bed sheet made into a garment bag.  Never store leather or suede in plastic.  Leather and suede are natural materials from animals and these materials need to breathe in natural storage bags.  Also, be sure not to fold your leather garments for storage.


Go through your fall shoes and boots to discern which ones should be tossed, donated or kept, based on whether they are outdated, uncomfortable or too worn out to keep, or whether they are still a favorite and in good shape or at least easy to repair and polish up.  Then take the “to be kept” pile and be sure to get them in tip-top shape for storage.  Get some polishing tools and creams for a “D.I.Y.” (do it yourself) project, or bring them all to a shoe cobbler to have them repaired, dyed, cleaned and polished up.  Then stuff the insides with tissue paper or cedar shoe trees in order to keep their shape.  I always keep the shoe boxes and boot boxes that come with the shoes, in addition to the cardboard inserts (especially for tall boots.)  These are perfect for breathable storage that’s just the right size for each pair.  (Though they are transparent and convenient, I do not recommend plastic storage boxes for leather shoes, because for longevity, the leather should be allowed to breathe.  To see your shoes better while stored in their original shoe boxes, attach a photograph of each pair on the outside of its box.)

High-tech winter outerwear:

For ski and snowboard jackets, pants, gloves, etc, wash in cold water on delicate, with an athletic wear detergent such as Sport Wash:  Then you can add an extra coat of water-proofing to each garment before storing for the season:  Carefully follow the care instructions on the label for washing and drying.  Avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets on high-tech fabrics.  Then store in a clear plastic bin all together so that your expensive outerwear and accessories are in one place and easy to find next winter.  (Plastic storage containers are fine for synthetic materials such as high-tech polyesters, just not fine for natural fibers such as wool, cashmere and silk.)  Have your skis and boards spruced up and waxed by a pro, then store upright with a thin towel between them.  Be sure your boot liners are all dry, then store your ski boots with the buckles closed, inside your padded equipment bag.

Wool coats:

Dry clean, then remove the plastic at home, change the hanger to a cedar wooden hanger and hang in a cloth garment bag or off-season coat closet until fall.

Time to bring out your spring attire for the long-awaited warm weather!

Freshen Your Winter Wardrobe

Check out The Denver Post article from today for my “Five Tips…” and then be sure to come back and scroll down the blog post for additional tips including a clothing collage with lots of examples– all regarding ways to freshen your winter wardrobe.  

The Denver Post, March 1, 2012:

 “Five Tips: Beat winter wardrobe blahs”  

With the remnants of winter stubbornly refusing to yield completely to spring, March brings high spring fever amplified by deceptively sunny days that are still too chilly to forgo a jacket. Fortunately, just because you can’t put away the sweaters and boots quite yet doesn’t mean you can’t punctuate your winter wardrobe with a pop of spring to stick it to the last weeks of cold.

This season’s brights may seem intimidating, but done the right way, they provide a great way to refresh your winter wardrobe. Spring is also an ideal time to introduce color into a wardbrobe full of of neutral black, navy, gray and camel – after all, whether in a vibrant print top, a cherry leather jacket or simply a bright scarf, the splashes of color will go with everything you already own.

Freshen Your Winter Wardrobe - March 2012

Starting small. For those still wary of spring’s sorbet and primary hues, bright accessories pack a lot of punch on a monochromatic outfit. You can keep it classic with a scarf knotted around your neck or a cuff in cherry red against a neutral backdrop. A bright handbag, belt or shoe also has the same effect. For the more adventurous, pair a coral bib necklace with a top in a contrasting color, like aqua, or pick up a pair of leather driving gloves in deep teal. Whatever you choose, accessories prove that good things do come in small packages.

Also consider the option of making bold colorblocked or patterned shoes your main statement. With a monochromatic or otherwise neutral outfit, bright shoes have an impact much bigger than their size. Draw attention to them by cuffing your jeans or wearing them with your favorite mid-length skirt.

Stepping out. If the promise of spring has inspired a bold, carefree attitude in you, don’t feel constrained to accessories for your fix of color. Swap out the traditional shell under your work blazer for a breezy chiffon blouse in candy-dish hues, or set off a classic camel pencil skirt with a luxe teal bow-neck top. For all things leisure, a leather jacket in cheerful red makes a great weekend staple, and you can rework your favorite navy cardigan and jeans by pairing them with a casual aqua spring-weight sweater.

The final touches. One key to pulling off this season’s brightest trend is to keep the silhouettes classic – there’s enough going on in the material. As for shoes, your favorite black pumps will prove reliable once again, but nude and metallic shoes also play extremely well with saturated hues – and the same goes for handbags and belts. (And given a few weeks, you’ll no longer have to worry about splashing slush on light-colored shoes.) Jewelry, if worn at all, should be kept simple to avoid competing, unless the jewelry itself is your statement.

Finally, as with any trend, know what works for you, both in terms of colors and silhouettes. Don’t be afraid to say no to bright yellow!  And don’t buy anything that isn’t distinctly “you”.

Shop It

Preen printed top

The Row top
£325 –

True Royal silk top
£209 –

Jaeger short sleeve top
£75 –

Windsmoor draped top
£79 –

IRO genuine leather jacket
$991 –

Michael Kors straight pants
$302 –

Michael Kors high waisted skirt
$262 –

Paige Denim zipper jeans
£200 –

Black Pinstripe Jacket
£45 –

Donna Karan Hosiery Nude Control Top
$20 –

Rupert Sanderson round toe pumps
$595 –

Dirty Laundry bow shoes
$40 –

R Y Augousti python handbag
$1,955 –

Miu Miu flap handbag
$1,695 –

Anya Hindmarch duffel bag
€400 –

GUESS python handbag
£85 –

Assad Mounser gold plating jewelry
$300 –

Amrita Singh clear crystal jewelry
$120 –

Kate spade jewelry
$148 –

J Crew layered jewelry
$60 –

Moschitto Designs cuff jewelry
$42 –

Tom Ford vintage shades
$180 –

Miu Miu acetate sunglasses
£190 –

Portolano bow glove
$63 –

Tarnish leather flower belt
$28 –

Forever 21 metallic belt
$8.80 –

Hip belt
£8 –

H M printed scarve
£6.99 –

Spring’s Color Palette

The temperature outside has barely climbed out of the 30s lately so it’s pretty hard to believe, but the spring season actually begins one month from today- on March 20!  And if you’ve walked by any retail stores lately you’ve probably noticed that spring attire is ready for purchase, whether you’re ready or not.

Well as a warm up to prep you for what’s in store (for example, get ready to wrap your mind around Barbie pink), I thought I’d share Pantone’s official color palette with all the fun, cheerful colors for spring 2012.  Take a breath of fresh air with the bright happy hues below; then if you’ve got the time, click the image to go to the detailed color report as well as inspirations of various designers.  (Guys- click and then scroll down for menswear.)

In case you ask, who is Pantone?  Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries.  The PANTONE name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.  

Grab some lemonade and feast your eyes!

Fit & Fashionable in 2012!

Every year, “getting fit” tops the list of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Whether you plan to start a hot new workout plan or return to your old one, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with those resolutions!  But cute workout clothes can provide just the motivation to help you push through!

Usually, January marks the start of the rush hour of closet mistakes. Winter clearance sales tempt us into spending money on impulse buys that don’t fit properly or are the wrong color. But not so for activewear! January means stores stock a plethora of workout clothes in every color and suited to all workouts and body types. I’ve found some of the cutest activewear in great fabrics and fresh styles, so you can banish dowdy tees and tired sweats from your wardrobe forever.

Workout Clothes 2012


Whether you choose fitted leggings or a wider-leg yoga pant, pair them with tank tops in equally moisture-wicking fabrics for some great new gym basics. Also, Nike’s signature Dri-FIT material comes in a variety of tops and bottoms in fun colors, which are a great option for a little more coverage.

Beyond basics, get creative with outerwear to complete the look for your trek to and from the gym. A quilted jacket in a sporty material, like Zella’s, has the feel of streetwear, and a mock-neck, fitted zippered jacket in magenta or lime can be very figure-flattering.  A sweatshirt that’s draped like a sweater is a stylish and cozy add-on to your activewear outfit.  And a long, hip-covering hoodie with a bright hood lining may just be sassy enough to wear even when you’re not working out (we won’t tell anyone it’s doing double duty).

Even cute accessories have a place in your workout ensemble. Puma’s metallic hobo gym bag is totally street-worthy, while a classic workout bag in a kicky color will hold all your after-gym essentials – a change of clothes, shoes and toiletries.  Sneakers in fun coordinating hues complete your workout wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to spend a little money here – well-made athletic shoes with plenty of support will keep injuries from ruining your fitness resolution!

Shop It

Hard Tail asymmetrical top
$92 –

NIKE zip hoody
$90 –

NIKE swimming t shirt
$42 –

$99 –


Nike activewear
$80 –

Nike activewear
$56 –

$39 –

$58 –

Nike activewear
£18 –

Nike activewear
$75 –

Zella swim pants
$34 –

Nike activewear
$45 –

Nike sports bra
$27 –

Nike athletic shoes
$130 –

Reebok pink shoes
$100 –

NIKE white athletic shoes
$95 –

Puma handbag
$34 –

Fitness Workout Bag
$27 –

“Be stylish as you ring in the new year!”

-The Denver Post, December 22, 2011

“Accessories add instant glitz and glam,” says Rachel Lefort, a stylist who blogs at  “I’m loving classy pumps in metallics….” 

Please click to read the article from The Denver Post, and add some shine to your New Year’s look, no matter what your plans are!

Shine On: Holiday 2011

Rival the sparkle of the holidays with sequins and metallics. Whether you choose jeans, a work-to-party ensemble or all-out drama, go ahead – be a little conspicuous.

Keep in mind:

The key to either type of look is to choose classic shapes – they give longevity to trendy pieces like a sequined dress, and keep you from competing with the Christmas tree for glitz in the worst way.

Swapping out your regular daytime bag for a clutch polishes and finishes any holiday look. Besides, what more do you really need to carry besides lipstick, your cell phone, and a few cards? Clutches are the most chic way to carry almost nothing.

Shine On: Holiday 2011

Dark Jeans.Yes, you can wear jeans to a holiday party – a sparkly sweater in subtle gold becomes the focus. Spice up the ensemble and tie it together with accessories in bold, geometric black. Add a pair of booties with charming ruffles, and this is not your basic jeans-and-sweater combo.

Work-to-Party. Be appropriate with sharply tailored trousers and a jacket for the office (with a work-befitting blouse), but transform the outfit to totally fête-worthy by adding a sequined shell for night with tonal metallic accessories and a feathered clutch. A mauve lace scarf adds some interest at the neckline without being distracting.

All-Out Drama. A classic wrap silhouette keeps an allover-sequined dress glam instead of garish. But don’t you dare try to blend in – a structured lace clutch and a multistrand pearl necklace complement the gold too beautifully to forgo. Throw an ivory wrap around your shoulders as an alternative to a cardigan, and go find some bright lights.

Shop It

French Connection short sleeve dress
$298 –

Sparkle sweater
$238 –

Vince keyhole shirt
£255 –

Cropped jacket
$118 –

Flared pants
$48 –

Paige Denim faded jeans
$306 –

Zara leather bootie
$100 –

BP. high heel shoes
$80 –

Christian Louboutin leather shoes

ALDO feather handbag
$73 –

BCBG Max Azria clutch bag
$150 –

Sondra Roberts black clutch handbag
$119 –

Free People chain jewelry
$188 –

Argento Vivo silver jewelry
$49 –

Kate spade jewelry
$98 –

ENRICO COVERI fringe scarve
$85 –

Faliero Sarti lace scarve
£344 –

Ways to Wear: The Little Black Dress

Audrey Hepburn immortalized the little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and it’s been synonymous with chic versatility ever since. Simplicity keeps the style classic, so accessorizing is key to personalization. Metallics, fur, or jewel tones give the LBD a totally different feel, no matter the silhouette you choose.

Ways to Wear: The Little Black Dress

1. Jewel Tones. Accessories in saturated hues lend an air of timeless sophistication. Simple magenta satin pumps make a cummerbund-waisted dress cocktail-party worthy, and a royal purple geometric clutch complements its artistic design.

2. Golden Metallics. A copper, rose gold, and peach color palette give a long-sleeved fitted jersey dress an effortless earthiness, but metallic materials and rhinestones make the accessories anything but boho. Plus, the visual depth is genius with an eclectic texture mix of a wool scarf, metal bangles, a leather clutch, and rhinestoned pumps.

3. All-Black Glam. The flirty A-line shape and gorgeous gathering center stage on this irresistible taffeta number. Black patent pumps and a feathered clutch are the only accessories needed when the dress is this interesting, but fab chandelier earrings would instantly amp up the dazzle factor.

4. Old Hollywood. Complement a gathered-front, knee-length silhouette with a sumptuous cream fur stole, a ladylike pearl bracelet, and a flower clutch. Mesh cage heels make for a fresh take on the bootie. With such classically elegant detailing and luxe fabrics, you’ll wonder why Katharine Hepburn ever ditched her skirt.

5. Festive Silver Sparkle. Monochromatic silver accessories make a simple, one-shoulder satin variety perfect for winter. Jeweled silver booties are totally modern, while a silver cuff (or three) and foldover clutch keep the ensemble classic.

Shop It
Alexander Wang one shoulder dress
$731 –

Black cocktail dress
£650 –

Love Moschino sheath dress
$429 –

MaxMara long sleeve dress
£285 –

MbyM little black dress
€27 –

Christian Louboutin high heels
$775 –

Ted Baker high heels
$150 –

Christian louboutin pumps

Anya Hindmarch silver clutch
£350 –

Deepa Gurnani foldover clutch
$298 –

Snakeskin clutch
$210 –

Sondra Roberts box clutch
$98 –

Feather clutch
£20 –

Giuseppe Zanotti sparkle jewelry
$595 –

Natasha Collis sterling silver bangle
£355 –

Alexis Bittar gold earrings
$270 –

Mezi silver bangle bracelet
$189 –

Lucite earrings
$125 –

Fine jewelry
$36 –

Ganni wool scarve
€94 –

clarissa faux fur stole
£22 –

Polished Jet Set

Dressing for travel seems to beg the tradeoff: comfort or style? No girl ever got an upgrade in a tracksuit, but sitting through a five-hour flight in a buttoned-up suit with off-the-charts wrinkle potential sounds quite uncomfortable. Thankfully, jet-set style gets a makeover with a range of chic new options. The comfort-or-style conundrum for air travel?  So yesterday. The basics are below.

Polished Jet Set

Layering. Prepare for any cabin temperature and destination climate with plenty of lightweight layers. A wool wrap (think pashmina or cashmere) that doubles as a blanket is a must-have, unless you think the germs that reside on airline-issue covers go great with your eyes. Merino cardigans, thin pullovers, and turtlenecks all make great options, and a blazer or structured jacket pulls everything together.

Comfortable But Polished. Believe it or not, you can have both. Make ponte-knit pants your go-to bottoms for air travel. The thicker, stretchy knit provides all the comfort of leggings with the structure of denim.  Additionally, a mid-rise jean with its stretch built-in can provide comfort and style.  Boot-cut options can flatter fuller figures wonderfully, and a blazer on top will add structure to slim any silhouette.  Even if your blazer is placed overhead during flight, you’ll feel first-class and polished during your airport adventures.

The airport is one of the (very few) occasions where you may want to hang up the high heels – running for a flight in them is not fun, especially while you’re weighed down with luggage. Riding boots and ballet flats are your best friends here.  (Although I just had to show you a chic heeled bootie option for those of you who dare…they could always be packed for wearing on arrival.)

You can even get creative with your top layer. Have the best of both worlds in structure and comfort with a knit boyfriend blazer (shown above in black), which won’t wrinkle on the plane. Or a long belted merino cardigan offers a chic alternative to a jacket, and is relaxed enough to pile on the layers underneath comfortably.

Smart Storage.
For short excursions, three basic bags will take the stress off packing. Stow what you don’t need for the flight in a chic carry-on weekend tote. A small cross-body bag keeps the essentials like your driver’s license, cell phone, boarding pass and credit cards handy, and fits easily into a larger satchel that holds everything else you need inflight (like that pashmina wrap – hint, hint).   For longer trips, check what you can and lighten your load with just your cross-body bag and satchel.

Shop It

MICHAEL Michael Kors long cardigan
$376 –

Long sweater
£444 –

Crewneck sweater
£24 –

Mint Velvet cashmere tunic
£69 –

Roberto Cavalli military jacket
$761 –

Knit blazer
$40 –

Hudson jeans
$350 –

J Brand straight leg jeans
$165 –

Oasis low rise legging
£15 –

Cordani leather boots
$483 –

Isola high heel boots
$120 –

Lillybee ballerina flat
$168 –

Pratesi trolley luggage
$2,300 –

Louis vuitton bag

Givenchy genuine leather handbag
$2,030 –

Gucci leather shoulder bag
£915 –

Genuine leather handbag
£169 –

Marc by marc jacobs handbag
$380 –

Crossbody handbag
$23 –

Monet earrings
£17 –

Fringed shawl
795 DKK –

Dorothy Perkins square scarve
$17 –

Faux fur shawl
£25 –

Let It Snow: Winter Outerwear 2011

The depths of December feel less dreary and more like a chance to sparkle with gorgeous outerwear, and this season’s array of shapes and detailing are nothing less. From rugged utilitarian anoraks to feminine capes, it’s the details that make every choice as fabulous as you are.

Creative Outerwear: Winter 2011

1. Winter-White Cape. Over the course of the past few seasons, the cape has shown surprising longevity. Neutrals offer the most classic option, and who would pass up a chance to flaunt in winter’s chicest color?

2. Sweater Coat. A sumptuous sweater coat will make you feel like you never left your bed, yet without sacrificing structure. Wear chocolate-brown leather gloves with this show-stopping magenta number, and it will hardly matter what you’re wearing underneath.

3. Fur Vest. Perfect for sipping cocoa by the fire après-ski – but something this gorgeous shouldn’t be confined to the cabin. Whether paired with an ivory cable-knit sweater and slim jeans or a a fitted knit dress, a sumptuous fur vest makes a surprisingly versatile winter wardrobe staple.

4. Practical Pea Coat. Spice up a classic shape with this pea coat in deep teal. Also referred to as a car coat, this short length is perfect for trips around town, in and out of the car. The rich hue makes the perfect backdrop for cozy accessories in both bright and neutral, like this charming sequined beret and grape leather mittens.

5. Luxe Utilitarian. The classic military anorak gets a chic makeover with a fur lining that extends into a wide collar, rendering remembering a scarf unnecessary. Minimalism in accessories lets the perfect blend of luxury and utilitarianism of this coat take center stage. This style is perfect for slushy, damp winter days, and its length completes its total functionality. Pair with fleece-lined, equestrian-style rain boots to play up the anorak’s refined ruggedness.

6. Timeless Trench. The trench coat has become so ubiquitous in any stylish woman’s closet, you’d think Thomas Burberry stole it from us. Although my heart forever rests with Burberry’s version, and this sharp gray wool variety, a multitude of brands have picked up this style well worth borrowing for an equally varied range of prices.  Pair any color or weight with a chic beret and leather gloves to complete the classic look that Audrey Hepburn made forever famous.

Shop It

FOSSIL long top
$88 –

Burberry double breasted coat
£969 –

Alice by Temperley cropped vest
$487 –

J Crew felt coat
$400 –

Wrap coat
£220 –

Alexon wool blend coat
£65 –

CO OP Barneys New york
$895 –

Mulberry napa glove
$175 –

Forzieri long opera glove
$126 –

All Saints cable hat
$80 –

Banana Republic leather glove
$70 –

Johnstons wool knit glove
€26 –

Miss Selfridge beret hat
£10 –

John Lewis Women camel hat
£15 –

Felt Beret
$26 –

Fall/Winter 2011: Instant Weekend Style

Build your cold-weather weekend wardrobe with pieces that exude serious style yet have the comfort of your softest t-shirt.

Effortlessly Stylish Winter Weekend

Start with a base of skinny jeans, and choose an oatmeal chunky-knit dolman sweater. Suede over-the-knee boots, a mauve sequined scarf, and an armful of gold bangles are the perfect proverbial sparkle.

Alice Olivia boatneck tunic
£233 –

Wool coat
£245 –

Paige Denim super skinny jeans
£118 –

Morra Designs gold bangle
$165 –

Silk scarve
$188 –

Kim Seybert Round Beaded Placemat
$58 –

Fall/Winter 2011: Turn Up the Volume

Flattering volume shows up everywhere in this season’s hottest shapes. Whether in a flowy cape, a swishy A-line midi skirt, or winter-white wide-leg pants, volume becomes effortless with the right proportions.

Keep In Mind…

Always balance volume with a slimmer top or bottoms – few can pull off the extra fabric on both without looking either overwhelmed or frumpy. Also include a multitude of texture to add depth. Cold-weather fabrics like wool, leather and fur balance well with all-season materials such as silk and denim.

Late Fall 2011

1. Winter White Wide-Leg Pants. Go monochromatic with this unbelievably chic hue, and you’ll be glad Labor Day is long gone. The dry-cleaning bill is worth it. Just make sure to balance the extra volume in the pants with a fitted top.

2. A-Line Midi Skirt. This classic hemline at first appears merely demure with its length, but that changes the instant you take a step. Swishy movement and an A-line shape lend the midi skirt drama and an overt femininity. Tall boots, a gauzy scarf and a fitted leather jacket complete the perfect combination of retro and luxe.

3. Cape. Surprisingly easy to pull off, yet definitely demanding and commanding of a little drama. Opt for a hip- or mid-thigh length to avoid a casting call for Pirates of the Caribbean. There’s no hiding when paired with high-heeled gold booties and an animal-print blouse, but with an outfit this fabulous, who would want to?

Shop It

Givenchy vintage blouse

Brown sweater
£35 –

Ventcouvert leather jacket
$1,070 –

J Crew wool cape coat
$200 –

Halston Heritage wide leg pants
$104 –

7 For All Mankind high waisted jeans
$250 –

TIBI jersey skirt
$200 –

Mulberry high heel shoes
$620 –

Rupert Sanderson slip on shoes
$248 –

Isola black boots
$150 –

Roberto Cavalli leather handbag
£645 –

Tory burch handbag
$495 –

Dooney Bourke tote handbag
$258 –

Nadri post earrings
$138 –

Libertie is my Religion bronze jewelry
€55 –

Chanel necklace

Yves Saint Laurent cashmere scarve
$839 –

Yves Saint Laurent cashmere scarve
$839 –

Dries Van Noten leather glove
£354 –

Planet wide leather belt
£29 –