Whether it be a chiffon style top or dress, the fit of flowing, lightweight fabrics are perfect for both summer and winter. While I feel I’ve focused my winter wardrobe on chill warding sweaters, it’s good to vary things up. I mean, who wants to go out on that big “date night” wearing a thick, wool turtleneck? Not that it’s not practical for the day…just spice it up for nighttime. Not to mention, once you get out at a warm restaurant or bar, the atmosphere is always warmer! Still worried about being cold? Layer your top or dress with a cashmere wrap or cropped fur/faux fur jacket. The other upside to a flowing outfit? Us Cincinnista’s can mask those perhaps “not so forgiving” areas that I tight knit outfit may not!
Nestled in the heart of quaint downtown Mariemont, Sara Benjamin’s has always been a staple of sophisticated, yet hip fashion that appeals to both the young…and yes, us Cincinnista’s!
Well it gets even better…Sara Benjamin’s has a new owner, Emily Jackson, whom I fortuitously met my last visit in to one of my favorite Cincinnati stores. Emily recently took ownership of the premiere women’s boutique about 1 month ago. With both a strong business background and love for fashion, Emily plans to maintain the strong brands (such as their amazing jeans selection!) while integrating some new lines in a range of styles and prices.
A native of the the midwest and recent Chicago resident (I can totally relate!), Emily has always been the go-to-girl for fashion expertise with friends and family, coordinating outfits for various events and weddings, or even just dinner out on the town.
Well, I’m certainly grateful that this Cincinnista has another source for great fashion and style! Sara Benamin’s is located at 6810 Wooster Pike in Mariemont. Hours: M-F 10-6, Saturday 10-5 and now in December Noon-5!
So I admit it, despite being a creative person, the most I can handle in terms of costumes is those for my kids. I guess you could say this Cincinnista isn’t the first pick for the big Halloween Party. However, for those of us at home handing out candy with a cocktail in hand…the fashion code is way different. While orange and black are definitely the Halloween standards, you can still look “Halloweeny” without looking like the Great Pumpkin. I mean, don’t we all have tons of black? Pair that simple great black top with a pop orange like this classic logo scarf from Gucci…stylish AND warm. Or check out this nature inspired burnt orange flowing top from Free People: Sophisticated with a bit of hippie. Still cold? Just throw on that fringy black cardigan with studded biker boots and you are good to go!
Call it oatmeal, swan or ecru: that off-white color or reeaallly light tan is classic in fashion and design. Paired with a stronger graphic pattern or your favorite black pants, a solid winter white top, sweater, or jacket add both contrast and style to an otherwise dark wardrobe for the winter. While I’ll always be a “black” fan, the use of winter white lightens your look during these upcoming drab days!
So why winter white vs. “white white?” Well I have many philosophies on this, but the first is that in the winter our brighter complexions fade (and no-Cincinnistas do not sun bathe in the summer, just get a healthy glow!) hence that crisp white shirt just isn’t as contrasting and flattering. Not that a great white shirt won’t work, it just looks better layered under cardigan for example. The softness of winter white is simply more seasonal. In addition, winter white works better with the darker, richer colors of fall. Think about it. What looks better paired with your jewel toned skinny jeans? “White white” or cream? The answer is obvious. I mean who wants to match that big embankment of snow we have coming in a month or so?
As most of us know, fashion design often mimics interior design and many other types of design. As one of my stylish Star Designers, Hillary Randall, recently blogged, “Gray is the new Neutral”. Not only are we seeing that direction in flooring, fabrics and wallpaper: gray has replaced tan as the “in” neutral. From dresses, to jeans, to accessories, the coolness of gray transcends us in to the coolness of fall. Paired with rich jewel tones such as mulberry or emerald green, gray is the perfect backdrop to a versatile wardrobe.
Here are some other Hot Trends for the Fall:
-Anything 70’s! Don’t throw out those skinny jeans as they are still classic, but flared higher waisted jeans are back with a vengence. And flared jeans with a worn vintage look are especially hip. Pair them with a more dressy, slightly cropped top (no belly buttons please) for an even more chic look. And speaking of tops….those 70’s style tie neck blouses under a fitted blazer speak professionalism but style. I’m proud to say I bought my Alice and Olivia tie neck chevron patterned top two years ago….supposedly before it was in!
-Cold Shouldered Tops: So okay, I also thought this was a cool look last season, but its the newest sexy and stay warm combo this season. The open shoulder cut-out of blouses have now morphed in to sweaters and dresses that are actually warm, yet provocative in a non-cleavage way.
-Fringe is in! Again, under the Anything 70’s category, but fringe is everywhere from a practical black cardigan, to a fun evening dress, to booties. However, FRINGE ALERT! Don’t be a confused hippie. Do not mix different fringe items in the same outfit! You will look like you OD’d on the fringe memo and didn’t have enough creativity to make the outfit unique. Mix fringe with cleaner lined pieces to vary things up and add interest.