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How To Winterize Your Boyfriend Jeans

How to wear boyfriend jeans in the winter

Look 1: J.Crew blue jeans //Aéropostale socks //Dolce vita shoes

Look 2: Current Elliott capri //Forever 21 crew socks //Desert boots

Look 3: Gap stretch pants //  Dorothy Perkins socks // Grenson leather shoes

 

DEAR ANDI:

I have a few pairs of “boyfriend” style jeans, khakis and a pair of cigarette length black pants, but it is becoming winter here in Vermont and I am finding it very hard to keep those in my wardrobe rotation. Any suggestions on what shoes/boots or any other way to wear those shorter styles of pants and stay warm at the same time?

-Vicki, Vermont

 

Dear Vicki,

First of all, kudos to you for getting the most out of your wardrobe by trying to wear it in all seasons. I think us North-Easters should get a tax break when it comes to clothing because we essentially need two wardrobes; one for the warm months and one for the cold.

That being said, you may have to tailor how you wear the pieces that you carry over to all seasons, like your boyfriend jeans that you probably are used to wearing with sandals, flats and heels.

“Boyfriend” style pants are called just that because they aren’t quite as flattering as say your cigarette black pants and are more boyish. My recommendation would always be to make sure you juxtapose that with something a bit more feminine and flattering to avoid looking like you’re “Just One Of The Guys.” Yes, I just made a reference to the 1985 cult classic—watch it if you want inspiration on dressing like a guy but still obviously look like a girl.

If you want to still look feminine though, try wearing heeled booties with these pants if you can. This will elongate your legs and make them appear leaner than if you wore them with a flat boot. A stiletto bootie is a fun way to dress these pants up from day to night, but a stacked heel will be more comfortable and casual. If you absolutely must do a flat, try a desert boot or brogue that have a slight heel and are long, round in the toes.

If you are still dreadfully cold, a cute thin sock that you won’t mind showing (but aren’t too crazy or distracting) is okay to peek out of the top of your boots.

Whatever you do, make sure you roll up the hem, avoid thick socks, which will make you look like you actually transported to the 80′s, and don’t try squeezing those loose pants into tall boots.

Wear This Trend For 2014 Now: Radiant Orchid

Wear This Now: Pantone Color of 2014 Radiant Orchid

You may have been skeptical when Pantone, the company that sets the standard for color in both the design and fashion industry, announced during New York Fashion Week that the official color of spring 2014 would be “Dazzling Blue” a.k.a. “Facebook Blue.”

 

I may be kicking myself for this statement, but I honestly don’t see Facebook Blue (unless in a bright version) popping up as much as the colors of seasons past like Emerald and Tangerine have had quite an impact on what we saw in stores. Not to mention, that exotic brights mixed with dreamy pastels seemed to dominate the runways for the season.

 

Last week, Pantone made their annual announcement of THE color we should all be looking out for all of the year 2014…drum-roll please…”Radiant Orchid.” I have to admit, I was kind of disappointed at first when I heard about this purple-magenta ultra-feminine hue, but the more I saw it in unexpected ways, the more it felt fresh and vibrant. There’s something modern about this bright tone when mixed with other tropical shades, or even popping off neutral ones like gray.

 

Try easing it into your wardrobe now by mixing your winter darks with a pop of orchid in your nails, or your heels, or even your jewelry and it will be a great way to ring in the new year!


A Closet Fit For A Stylist

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“You need a wall of shoes.”

That was the first thing my friend Jason, the owner the NYC bar, The Wayland, when he saw the sad looking closet area in our new Brooklyn apartment. Jason designed his award-winning bar (DailyCandy even declared it the best bar in the country for 2013) from reclaimed materials, such as flooring from a school gym that was torn down a few blocks away and even a wine casket that creates the perfect sculptural rest for bar snacks. When he said he would help design my closet, I was all ears.

I knew that the reach-in closet in our garden-level bedroom wouldn’t be enough room for this stylist’s wardrobe, so I originally had a popular closet company come in to design and estimate for a walk-in closet to be created around this space. When I found out that they wanted to charge me $1500 to put up shelves and that didn’t even include the wall, door, moving the lights, etc., I gave those blueprints to Jason and we came up with a game plan—and of course, scrapped all of their plans. Here’s what we came up with:

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This is the same wall as the pre-existing reach-in closet, but we decided to raise the bar (literally and figuratively) and include a second bar for my pants to get more out of the space.

Jason came up with the idea of partitioning the left-hand side for my longer items like dresses and gowns.

To the right you can see there’s shelving we created for my sweaters, hats and even a cubbie for my sunglasses.

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The plan is to share this closet with the hubby, but of course it was devised more with my needs in mind (oops), as he tends to shove his daily wardrobe into drawers and shelves. We created a long bar for his nicer clothing to hang and one big shelf for him to throw his pants on at the end of the day, which is right above this nook that we customized for our hamper unit to tuck into. Brilliant, right?

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It wouldn’t be a stylist’s closet without a wall for shoes. Jason told his contractor to create different sizes based on my shoe heights and they actually measured my shoes to fit! What they didn’t account for where the ridiculous amount of handbags I own, so I had them stop adding shelves to fit them.

Somehow the hubby’s wardrobe is going to fit in here (to the left), but no one will be looking at that when there’s a wall of shoes!

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Do You Like Shopping, Giving Back & Being V.I.P.?

E. Kammeyer Trunk Show

 

If you answered “yes” to these questions, I’ve been asked to extend this exclusive private invite to you too!

If you’re in NYC, join us for a fabulous shopping event this evening and stock up on your holiday gifts (and for yourself too—you deserve it this season).

If you’re not local to the city, then you can party with us online by shopping for those fun tassel bracelets you always see me wearing at EKammeyer.com and for my weakness, all things vintage, at ModeMarteau.com and 10% of your purchase will be donated to City Harvest.

It’s basically guilt-free and the most fun shopping you’re going to have this season. See you there or online.

How To Dress For A Holiday Work Party

What To Wear To A Holiday Work Party

DEAR ANDI:

The office where my boyfriend works is throwing a holiday party next week. It’s at a restaurant, which I’ve never been to—looks nice but not overly fancy. I want to make a good impression on his coworkers, but also don’t want to look overdressed. I’m looking for a classic look on a budget…any suggestions?

-Lisa, Long Island

 

Dear Lisa,

Ah, the dreaded holiday work party what to wear conundrum. This sounds all too familiar.

While you want to dress to impress, there’s always that person at the office party dressed inappropriately or embarrassingly over- and/or under-dressed, like they didn’t get the memo. I have a feeling you won’t be that person if you’re concerned to begin with.

In my book, you can’t go wrong with something you would wear to an office when attending an office party—makes sense, right?

Of course you want to look a bit more dazzling in honor of the holidays, so what better way to stay in your budget than update what you already own with some dazzling accessories?

You can dress up a classic little black dress with some sparkling jewels, a shiny clutch, and shoes that wow, but are still demure, so it will feel appropriate no matter wherever your party may be.

Some holiday friendly makeup that’s classic and not sparkly, like a winged cat-eye and a matte red lip, will be sure to take your office-friendly look into night time appropriately without breaking the bank.

A classic a-line dress, especially in a metallic brocade with a nod to “Mad Men’s” office style will be sure to wow and never go out of style. Pair it with a pointy toe heel, which is classic and incredibly on trend for this season.

Lastly, if you want to wear some sparkle, do it in only one of your garments. You could look like a Christmas tree lit up otherwise. Try a metallic sparkle pencil skirt, with a chiffon blouse tucked in and you’ll be good to go.

Whatever you end up wearing, make sure to drink plenty of water (and not as much of the holiday punch) and enjoy yourself. It’s important that your personality shines more than your clothing this season!

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