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How To Wear Flats + Tights / stylist picks / Ask Andi

@ALabonne on Twitter asked ANDI: 
Fashion question! Debating new shoe purchases, so can I pair cobalt suede flats with black tights for the winter?

Definitely! I love pairing bright colors like cobalt with black for a dramatic pop of color, as well as anything that can be worn from one season to the next. If you can get more for your money on an item in your wardrobe, then it’s more worth investing in.

STYLIST TIP #1: When styling your flats with tights, make sure you style it right. An a-line, above-the-knee skirt or a shift dress would work best. A fuller skirt could make you look younger and cutesy with flats (if you’re a “Gleek” like me, think Rachel Berry). 

STYLIST TIP #2: If you’re going to go with a bright color on your feet, keep the rest of your bottom-half monochromatic. Black opaque tights with a dark colored skirt will elongate your legs and make you appear slimmer. Same goes if you wear a bright skirt; then keep your tights and shoes in the same tones. 

STYLIST TIP #3: If you do end up wearing suede flats in the winter months, then make sure you protect them! With a weatherproof spray, you can prevent your shoe purchase from getting damaged by the elements.



Shameless Plug

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Fall/Winter 12/13 collection of etc… modern vintage jewelry, available at BY BROOKLYN and online here

As you may know by now, when I’m not styling or blogging, I’m pushing my jewelry line, etc… modern vintage jewelry, which I originally created to recycle old jewelry I had found or inherited because I couldn’t find what I wanted out there for my shoots or even myself—and especially pieces that were affordable!

New to the collection for a limited time are these Gatsby Chandelier Necklaces, made from antique chandelier pieces and turned into an eye-catching necklace in various ombre colors.

In other limited time etc… news, the popular design of the summer, the NEON watchband bracelet is now on sale for 20% off just for my readers here!

There are only a few left in stock, so get it while it’s hot…or, er, neon.


Beth Lauren Jewelry GIVEAWAY!


It’s giveaway time again! I’m giving away this Beth Lauren bracelet to one lucky stylista.

You may have spotted her designs at Anthropologie or maybe on myself, but now you could be rocking one.

I love any piece that is a conversation starter and something you can wear every day.  I’d style this Beth Lauren beauty with some simple gold arm candy like my favorite Nixon watch (similar) and a stack of Alex and Ani mixed with Shaya bangles (as pictured) and with anything from jeans and a tee to maybe even the wedding I will be attending this weekend.



1) Follow @BETHLAURENJEWEL and @DEAR_ANDI on Twitter and Tweet: I want to win the @BETHLAURENJEWEL Giveaway on @DEAR_ANDI 

2) OR comment here how you’d rock this Beth Lauren bracelet to win!

Contest starts now and the winner will be announced on Friday morning.



With the #TrendingNow Class at Validus Prep in The South Bronx / photo by Mr. Boccheciamp

I apologize for the absence of my usual Friday post on a flashback style that inspires my own and my work, but, this Friday, I found myself at a great school in the South Bronx called Validus Prep talking social media in a cool class called #TrendingNow, which incorporates new forms of writing  like blogging, tweeting, and other forms of social media. I couldn’t resist sharing it with you, as these kids may be the bloggers of the future, utilizing this platform to further their educations and careers.

We talked about how I use Dear Andi as a hub for all of my other outlets of communication, which leads to letting all of you guys following what I’m up to in the life of a stylist. I then passed out my homemade fortune cookies that I made with actual fortunes–the ORIGINAL form of tweeting.

Please help them get their hashtag of #DeleteTheTweet trending on Twitter and see what these kids are up to.

You can say you knew them when…


How To Look Cute For College

Samantha, as student at Barnard in NYC, asked ANDI: 
Could you give me tips on how to look cute when I’m rushing to class? Or also when I want to be comfortable studying in the library?

Dressing comfortably without looking like you just rolled out of bed is always a challenge. When you are only going to class or to study, it’s tough to resist the ease of sweatpants. My rule is just say “no” unless you’re headed to the gym!

To me, jeans or leggings are just as easy and can be as comfy, especially a pair with a lot of stretch in them, but you can still look polished. A dark denim pair like these stretchy leggings-style jeans by J.Brand are easy enough for class and have double duty for nights out too. These Current/Elliott ankle length skinny jeans are casually cute and won’t actually break your student budget.

Try a tissue thin tee or even one with a subtle print with a cotton or cashmere blend easy cardigan, like this hoody/cardigan hybrid by All Saints. It can make you feel as cozy as if you threw on your school’s hoody, but you’ll look more mature than an underclassman.

It’s really all in the accessories. You can jazz up a plain tee and jeans by adding some cute shoes and a statement piece of jewelry like this affordable collar from ModCloth or this BaubleBar bold necklace.

I also find that a cotton sweatshirt-style dress like this French Connection frock can be the most comfortable and easy item in your wardrobe. It’s sometimes easier than putting together an “outfit” and can take you from your study session to dinner with friends. In the warmer months, trade in your flip flops for chic flats or a classic kick like Converse. For fall, add opaque tights and booties and throw over a tailored blazer for an easy, put together look.

You never know who you may run into, so I always opt for being over-dressed—you may just have somewhere better to go after.



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