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The Power of Plaid!

Ok Cincinnista’s, plaid is no longer reserved for your classic Burberry scarf or rain boots.  As I mentioned in a previous post, plaid is in style in an an even bigger way.  I must admit, that after my Rag and Bone black and red plaid twill leggings finally gave way last weekend (which by the way I thought was pretty fashion forward when I bought then 3 years ago:), I’ve been on a quest to replace them.  After much research, I’ve found that most top clothing lines are offering anything from neutral plaids, to bright and bold options.  From jackets, to shirts, to pants,  plaid is a classic piece that when mixed with cutting edge boots and accessories is a necessity to any Cincinnista’s wardrobe.

 

Here are some of my fav’s:

 

I first saw this pair in November’s Instyle Magazine and was in love. Unfortunately, they were so hot that my the time I went to buy them, my size was sold out! Sorry, size 24 just doesn’t work anymore!
If your budget affords, this beautiful forest green version by Burberry is subtle and goes with a ton. Unfortunately for me as well, they are not available for almost 3 months!
Love this equestrian style jacket by Theory which is perfect for a neutral palette. Just FYI order at least a size up as the jacket is extremely fitted.
So I did order this oversized blazer by Rachel Antonoff. I love the boldness or that plaid which lends it’s self to a more modern look. Great pair with a pair of black leather leggings!

 

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The Lure of Red Velvet

Well, it’s not just any velvet that’s in this season!   On a recently trip to Saks, I was amazed by the amount of various red velvet jeans and jackets.   And to be more specific, it’s more like dark red or wine colored velvet.

 

Here are some reasons I love this look (at least in jeans):

-It’s a great neutral for the season.  Deep red goes with blue, black and a myriad of neutrals.

-It’s rich and cozy looking.  I mean who doesn’t love the feel and softness of this material?

-The dark red is flattering on most figures.  In lieu of “louder” patterned jeans,  if you aren’t a size 2, this dark color helps out the most fullest of figures.

-It’s the perfect pant for work.  I know as I designer,  I feel the need to dress up for work most days and regular jeans are a little too casual.  Velvet jeans are comfortable and casual, yet still stylish and upscale looking.

 

Here are a few examples of my fav’s”

 

Love these low rise wine velvet jeans by Rag and Bone.
I just bought these mid-rise jeans by Paige. Love the depth and shine of this velvet.
Another winner by Paige. This simple jacket is a step up from a traditional jean jacket.
Thes ballerina flats by Prada make me think of cozy slippers but are perfect for a day out on the town!

 

 

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What’s New for Fall 2017!

Bye, bye Summer 2017 and Labor Day.  Fall is officially upon us!

Well their are a lot of continuing trends from summer in to fall such as off the shoulder and cold shoulder tops to ruffles,  their are even more new ones to embrace.

Here are my favorite top finds for the Fall Fashion Season!

  1. Glitter and embroidery.  From boots to tops and jeans embellishing these items is no longer considered “gaudy” or too much.  It’s simply part of the mix and match look.
  2. 70″s style plaids.  Not just your husband’s “lumber jack”  shirt but an updated retro classic combined with other elements such as ruffles, looks hip yet relaxed.
  3. Victorian collars.  The more ruffles and height the better.  pair with skinny jeans for a sleek look below and it works for day or night!
  4. Velvet and more velvet.  Not just in a dress, but a jacket or even pants.  Pair with glitter or embroidery for an even more funky,  unique look.

 

Check these out:

This embroidered plaid top by Johnny Was is perfect for a mid layer football game!
These suede platform booties by Gucci combine a multi-colored glitter heal with their latest pearl bee adornment. Very fun, yet could be mixed with a lot of outfits.
Ok, yes me, Amy Youngblood, in a See by Chloe Victorian style top. So what if my 12 year old thinks it looks dated. It’s not right now! Love the dark red buttons too!
A Cinq a Sept arm ruffle sweater with embroidered jeans. Again, the ruffles are still in. Just love the different twist on it.
A new purchase of mine by Cinq a Sept again! These mauve (yes mauve!) comfy velvet pants have a great adornment down the sides..fringe!

 

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Wine and Dine!

Well no other color stands out to me more this 2017 Fall season than deep, rich red.  Call it wine, berry or even maroon,  this color is the perfect transition to a cozy look for cooler temperatures.  Worn in anything from a sweater to a camisole to a nail polish color,  wine is flattering on EVERYONE!

 

Note, a few of my fav’s:

 

Love this mulberry colored Theory dress that I recently wore on the set of Channel 19th. Simple, yet chic and flattering.
This velvet top by Derek Lam 10 Crosby is sexy and makes a great layering piece too.
Ruffles in deep red! These flared and ruffled pants by Salone and zip especially with a simple top.

 

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Colorful Fur Jackets: A Sneak Peak for the Fall!

Similar to Amy Youngblood Interior’s tip for jewel toned velvets in interior design,  rich toned fur and faux fur coats and jackets are big for the fall.

I’m so used to wearing my neutral rabbit fur black jacket or faux fur tan stole for special occasions,  that this is a bit of a deviation for this Cincinnista.  However,  paired with a simple black outfit or coordinating print,  these jewel and patterned fur jackets make a huge statement.

 

Check these examples out…all in different lengths and styles.  Next to come:  Fall Trends in Fashion and Design!

 

This lamb shearling jacket by DVF is already close to selling out. It was my big splurge this fall!
This Faux Fur Iris jacket by Michael Kors is cozy and comes with a a stylish belt. A less expensive alternative to the real thing.
Leave it to Alice and Olivia to push the envelope with a multi-colored chevron faux fur coat. The colors are rich and a pop to any wardrobe!

 

 

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Happy Fourth of July! Here are some of my Fav’s…

While it’s big time sales in summer fashion,  on this special day one question I ask is: “What do I wear?’  As this Cincinnista has a party to attend,  I want to be at least a little festive.  Even if it’s not red, white AND blue.   I plan to wear a ruffle silk top with white shorts…..sorry no blue sandals in my closet.  Wait,  I need to start the hunt for those!?

Well,  forget my hunt for blue sandals,  but here are some of my favorite red, white and blue fashions:

 

Love the color forward direction of these Christian Louboutin sandals.
This jersey dress with ruffles by Gucci is a classic black with red, white and blue ruffle detailing.
These high waisted trousers by Johanna Ortiz are so festive. Just wear with a simple white top!
Again, Gucci leads the pack with these comfy yet fun sneakers.

 

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Fringe and Flared Jeans: What you need to add to your wardrobe

So after many a post about off the shoulder and cold shouldered tops,  it’s time to talk about our lower half.  While enjoying this comfortable 70+ weather, I have pulled out my cropped jeans, and realized I’m missing this great addition to my Cincinnista wardrobe: fringed and flared jeans.

To clarfify I mean fringed and flared cropped jeans,  the perfect transition from summer to fall.  Available in a mix of washes from dark to distressed,  the higher hem shows off your lower leg for gladiator style flats or heals, as well as offers comfort in this summer heat.

Check out these styles I just found!  And it’s not just jeans!

These flared ombre flared jeans by Derek Lam add comfort and style to any outfit.
Just purchased these fringe jeans by Joe’s. Anyways, a “go to” denim designer.
Demin on boots? Why not? These demin studded booties by Jimmy Choo are now 60% off at Neiman Marcus. Hurry!
These denim fringe sandals by Rebecca Minkoff are comfy and hip at the same time

 

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Tickle me Pink! But What Shade?

Well,  it’s no secret, that pink is all the rage this summer season.   From fuchsia to barely nude that almost substitutes for white,  pink is a great way to express a Cincinista’s femininity….especially at our mature age:)

However,  pink can become a quick “no-no”  if you you don’t select the right shade for your coloring.  For example,  a barely there pink can simply drowned out those of us whom are fair,  yet pop on a woman of black or olive skin color.    And speaking of darker skinned women, they win big here as both light and deep pink work for them. As for us lighter Cincinnistas,  a deep fuchsia or coral can make a great contrast for an outfit.    So unless you are a 5’11”, skinny Nicole Kidman on Oscar night,  but I truly believe that one big canvas of nude, just isn’t for us all.

Here are some examples:

Like I said, think fuchsia Trina Turk number looks fabulous with darker skin…..but will still work on the fair or medium toned.
Yes, this dress by Elizabeth and James is really considered pink! Thank God I’m not wearing it….you trip over me on the street!
I love this cold shouldered number I bought by Shoshanna. The deep coral is a unique twist on pink.
Gucci’s always on the cutting edge. However, you gotta really love pink the invest in these footies!

 

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