Fashionable Women

Fashionable Women – Are You A Woman Of Fashion?

 
Often when most women hear the word fashion, the first image that comes to mind is tall thin woman, portrayed as a model walking across the street looking as though she just stepped off the cover of a fashion magazine. We picture a woman of fashion as being someone who looks glamorous, and dressed in the latest costly designer. Of course this is because women are what make the fashion industry so alluring and a lucrative business.

A model walks down the catwalk during the Gianni Versace show as part of Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2008 on September 27, 2007 in Milan, Italy.

While it can not be dismissed that men have become more aware of how they look and their appearance its still women in society who run the fashion scene.

 
Rarely will you find many women who is not up to date about the latest fashion styles, including clothes, shoes, accessories, and even makeup or how to do their hair. All its worth mentioning that women have the upper hand on how to make an outfit work even when no one else is really wearing it or if its not the hot thing at hand.

 
Have you ever noticed that some of the most fashionable and trendiest women in the world really don’t follow the styles that others are wearing. They often choose what they feel is comfortable, trendy, and basically looks good to them. While to many an ensemble may look horrid, to the criticizing fashion aficionado, these designs are what draws attention and stands out from everything else. These outfits tend to become popularized with the fashion world much quicker than the thing that half of the world is choosing to wear because everyone else is.

 

Another thing that often many people don’t notice is how fashionable women present themselves. They appear natural looking in no matter what they wear. This is because many times these ladies are not wearing a ton of makeup and what little they are looks as if they are wearing none. They choose not to wear tons of expensive jewelry or over doing the layers of clothing they wear.

 

Their confidence in themselves often turn heads and create a stir in the fashion world. They are comfortable in what they are wearing and they don’t mind if they aren’t the center of attention. Being confident and presenting yourself for who you really are will often turn heads without realizing it.

 
For women. their choice in fashion sense fits them that often they are the only who who really understand their chosen style. This however does not mean that your assemble is admired or appreciated, because the more capability that you have of wearing a style that most can’t pull off and look good in it the more you will stand out. This is because some fashion looks just can’t be worn by certain people and if you are one of the few who can do it then you will definitely be admired for it, and your innovative taste in fashion will also be honored.

 
If you have yet to discover your own fashion sense, take a breath and give it another go. Its never to late to find your inner fashion designer. Always remember that while your fashion sense may be something that others might not desire, if it makes you feel good about yourself and your comfortable in what your wearing then you should never change it. Its okay to go with something different at times but just don’t forget who you are and become lost in the fashion followers world.

Flats – A Great Addition to Any Fashionable Wardrobe

Flats – A Great Addition to Any Fashionable Wardrobe – Recently, flat shoes have become all the rage. It is the shoe that you ‘must have’ if you follow fashion trends, which all seem to recycle eventually – just with a bit of updating and added flair. However, for the woman who loves the look and feel of a pair of classic high heeled pumps, this newest fashion ‘must have’ may come as a bit of a disappointment. Rest assured, though, that anyone can wear flats and still look fabulous. It is just a matter of following a few fashion rules.


Not only do flat shoes look great when paired properly with your outfit, they are comfortable and great for your posture. For those women who find heels a general obstacle to everyday living, the new trend towards flat shoes is a welcomed chance to be both stylish and content with their footwear.

 
One of the concerns of this trend towards flat shoes is that they can make you look quite a bit shorter than you actually are. This is a fashion myth that has no real basis. Flat shoes have no effect on how tall you appear, unless you are always in heels and people do not know how tall (or short) you actually are – in which case you are just artificially tall anyway. For those petite women who love their height adding heels, you can make also wear flats without appearing height deficient.

 

If you dress in the same color from head to toe (even your stockings/pantyhose), the overall effect is one that makes you appear taller than you actually are. When you dress monochromatically, the eye is naturally drawn up and you look taller.

 
With high heeled shoes, the addition of the heel makes for virtually unlimited heights and styles. With flats, the shoe itself must stand on its own merit fashion wise. So, when you are shopping for flat shoes, be sure to look for interesting patterns, styles, and textures. All of these things add visual interest to flats. You should have no problem locating a flat shoe to suit your purpose as they come in everything from patent leather to funky canvas styles.

 
If you are wearing a fancy outfit with lots of frills, you will want to complete your look with simple flats. In this case, your flats will complete that ultra feminine look without going completely overboard.

 
It is true that heels generally elongate the line of your leg when you are wearing skirts and dresses. However, flats can make your legs appear shorter is you are not careful; to compensate for this when wearing flats, try the monochromatic look. Another solution is to choose a dress or a skirt that stops above the knee.

 

In this way, you still achieve the long legged goddess look. Needless to say, you should never pair flats with a long skirt. Remember Granny from ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’? Just ask yourself if that is the look you are trying to achieve if you ever think of pairing flats with a long skirt.

 
Okay, so how should flats be paired with pants? Well, just as shorter skirts look good with flats, so do shorter pants – think Capri pants. However, long pants, if done correctly, can work well with flats also. Both flare leg pants and skinny jeans look really nice with a gorgeous pair of flats. Just be sure that your pants are the correct length – i.e. not too long and dragging the ground.

 
If you keep these tips in mind, you will have no problem integrating flats into your wardrobe. In addition, you can be sure that your flat shoes are an asset rather than a liability to your wardrobe.

FreshJive Still Running Game

FreshJive Still Running Game – As far as street wear brands go FreshJive has been around the block. They have been hot and played out too many times to count. Right now, fortunately for them, their men’s wear is hot again. FreshJive is like street wear training wheels. Fashion know-it-all’s may scoff at you for rockin’ FreshJive but that is just because they have all been done that. If you’re new to the street wear game you have to start your style somewhere and FreshJive is as good of a brand as any of the others.


I’m glad the designers at FreshJive are still proud to be from Los Angeles. It feels like so much of the street wear industry is based in New York or  has New York attitude. This tee comes in two color ways, both of  which are Los Angels Lakers colors. Poor Lakers they may not have been able to beat the Celtics in the finals but Los Angelinos are still proud of them. Whether they win or lose their colors continue represent Los Angeles to the fullest.

 
I had to speak on these jeans because they’re called “Classic’s”. First off these jeans are way too stacked. No matter how long your legs are you will have a lot of extra sag, if that’s what you’re into. Secondly the crotch length on these pants looks way too long. These “Classic’s” ride the line between skinny and wide leg jeans. I’m not saying these are bad jeans by any means. I just think if you’re going to call these “Classic’s” they should try to be a little more timeless.

 
I thought I could give an objective review of this shirt but the model just looks too dorky. It’s distracting. All I can say is I love basketball court graphic especially the proportion. If it didn’t take up the whole shirt it would lose a lot of cool points.

 
This shirt proudly states “Fairfax still running game” along with some other writing that I can’t make out right now. While the state of Fairfax in the game is debatable the green and yellow on black color combination is hot without a doubt. I’m so glad the designers at FreshJive are not stuck on the day glow color ways that the rest of street wear seems to be hooked on.

 
FreshJive may have a hip hop only image right now but their target market used to be completely different, Before urban was the way to go FreshJive was the brand of choice for  raver’s across the country and especially on the west coast of the United States. That is not a bad thing. That just goes to show how many changes this brand has made and still managed to stay relevant in street wear as a whole. FreshJive is still running game.

Future So Bright, You Need Some New Shades

Future So Bright, You Need Some New Shades – New sunglasses are the gift we  give ourselves every summer. Sure you can buy sunglasses year round but never is it easier to justify than in the heat of summer before your vacation. Or like so many of us you might buy your sunglasses on vacation because you packed so fast you forgot yours at home. Whatever the case we all need to protect our eyes, we may as well do it glamorously. Today we will view a small selection of women’s sunglasses from a sampling of our favorite luxury brands.


Meet Margaux. Margaux is classic vintage chic provided by Tom Ford. The overall tortoise shell tinge to these glasses have a 70’s Hollywood feel. If worn with feathered hair and gold lip gloss would be Tom Ford signature style sexy at it’s best. If you have something to hide the slight mirror on the lenses of dear Margaux really won’t help you. These glasses will protect your eyes from the sun but not from eye contact with others.

 
If I don’t think about what tortoise shell really is I just looove it!  Fear not dear readers, no turtles were harmed in the making of these Miu Miu Sunglasses.

 

The warm brown with subtle gold running gently amok within it always stops me in my tracks. I don’t wear rectangular frames but  these are so cute I still want someone else to wear them.

 
These Dolce & Gabana’s are a little confusing but in a good way. I can see all kinds of people men and women asking to try your sunglasses on when you wear these. Based upon the price tag I wouldn’t really let too many people play dress up in my sunglasses but how could they resist asking? These glasses are fun and even I want to see how I look in them.

 
Check it out!! That black and white squiggly area is actually a snake. There is no close up to do it real justice but trust me its really cute. I also love that the lenses don’t wrap around with the glossy black frames. These sunglasses are so sleek, like a snake without the creepy scaly feel.

 
Well I sure could go for a new pair of sunglasses right about now. Half of the fun of buying new sunglasses has to be the transformation feeling you get when you stray from your normal style or shape. This year I implore you to try something new, if you normally wear Jackie O’s try something more rectangular or if you normally go vintage try something a little more minimal and modern and so on. Change, like the sunlight will do you good.

Handbags – The Ultimate Accessory

Handbags – The Ultimate Accessory – A handbag can jazz up a rather plain outfit or lurk inconspicuously in the background when you simply do not want it to distract from the main attraction – your outfit. At base level, people have carried handbags simply for their functionality – they are a convenient to cart around all the necessities that you will require throughout the day. But handbags add flair and style to any well put together person and their ability to complete your outfit should never be overlooked.


Choose the wrong handbag and people will gawk and stare at your fashion faux pax; choose the right handbag and people will notice you for an entirely different reason. And since handbags can be had at most any price range, from a few dollars to a few thousand dollars, there is no reason to exclude this ultimate accessory from your wardrobe.

 
Handbags are truly the ‘it’ accessory for any woman wishing to extend the visual impact of her look. And although you will most likely see women utilizing this accessory, on occasion, men have donned and will don handbags, choosing to call them ‘man bags’ rather than handbags. A great handbag can triple the effect of an outfit. In essence, your handbag can mean the difference between a great outfit and a truly stunning one. People may not be able to exactly ‘put their finger on’ why your outfit stands out, but now, at least you know the secret.

 
There are literally thousands of styles and colors of handbags to choose from, so you will never have problem finding just the right handbag to accessorize any outfit. Your choice of handbag speaks to your character and choosing just the right one can say a million different things about you. Beautifully done accessorizing will always get you noticed.

 
One thing to remember when choosing a handbag is that accessorizing should be done in moderation. Pay attention to how you pair your accessories – you do not want to wear large earrings paired with an oversized bracelet and a chunky necklace. It is just a bit much – rather like an overdressed, brightly lit Christmas tree. Yes, people will notice you but for reasons other than the ones you have in mind. Never go overboard with the accessories – what you are aiming for is a simple, properly accessorized look.

 
This same advice hold true when you are selecting a handbag to complete your outfit. If you are wearing a delicate dress for an elegant occasion, you do not want to overwhelm that pricey dress with a gaudy, oversized handbag. And your sparkly, studded handbag may not be the best choice for a day at the office (unless you work in fashion) – save the sparkles for nighttime wear.

 
A good rule of thumb to remember when choosing a handbag as an accessory is that oversized works great for daytime wear, while you may want to choose a smaller handbag for nights out. If you are wearing a simple outfit, by all means, let your handbag stand out. When it is your outfit that you want to stand out, choose a handbag that complements and blends in.

 
Keeping these simple things in mind will help you to always choose the best handbag to complete your look. Proper choice of a handbag makes it truly the ultimate accessory for any outfit.

House Of Dereon – They’re Trying

House Of Dereon – They’re Trying – Is the House of Dereon just another lame celebrity clothing label? I will let you be the judge. Also let me take this time to put in my “I love Beyonce either way” disclaimer. Beyonce and her mother are reportedly responsible for the designs that come out of the House of Dereon.

 

What I have been wondering is why are so many of the designs unlike anything Beyonce would actually be seen in public in? I know she wouldn’t be caught style slippin’ in all those cluttered metallic t-shirts. Today we will take a look at what I consider to be the best of what the House of Dereon currently has to offer.


This bubble mini dress is a good start for the summer; the color is a little dark for my taste though I would wait until the end of summer wear this dress. The shoulder and bust straps are embellished with tiny gold metal studs.  Of all the dresses available in the House of Dereon line this was one of the few that made the cut for Beyonce’s “Freakum Dress” video.

 
There are times when I think overalls should only be seen on farmers and children and then again there are moments of weakness when I can see myself strutting around a club in some sexy skinny jean overalls. These overalls are perfect for that moment of weakness. The best part is the zip off overall bib so when you come to your senses after your moment of weakness has passed you are left with a great pair of skinny jeans that can be worn with anything.  I like that the House of Dereon gives you the option to be a little daring by wearing overalls but gives you your full moneys worth by offering a zip off bib. It’s genius.

 
Plus size designs are plentiful at the House of Dereon. It is nice of Beyonce to keep all women in mind as to not leave anyone out. We all need cute tops and jeans for our daily lives no matter what size. As far as plus sizes go there aren’t very many dresses available, however I remain optimistic that this will change in the future.

 
I like neon and I do not like this shirt. I think it really lacks in effort compared to the more complex graphics on other House of Dereon shirts. It seems pretty easy to have fun with neon color ways I don’t know why they didn’t take full advantage of the whole shirt or even play with the placing of the rather bland text. Even the font on this shirt is boring!

 
Overall I was disappointed with the House of Dereon and I even gave it a little more slack than other labels due to the time schedule Beyonce has or rather the lack of time in her schedule to focus on designing. Unfortunately the lack of focus is very evident and the trend biting is rampant. I will keep my hopes high for the House of Dereon though, I have faith in Beyonce. Hopefully one day she will bring the style she has on the red carpet and in videos to her floundering line House of Dereon.

Jeffery Campbell Shoes: Part One

Jeffery Campbell Shoes: Part One – I love Jeffery Campbell shoes! I own a few pairs and ever since the day I have bought them they have worked their way into the biweekly rotation. There is something really special about the soft typically suede sole of Jeffrey Campbell shoes. Today we will see a selection of what is available from Jeffrey Campbell that is in stores right now.


Awwwww Saddle shoes! These shoes bring me back to my childhood when I would sit in front of the t.v watching “Happy Days” reruns, all the while secretly coveting Joanie’s saddle shoes. Of course the technical term for this style of shoe is Oxfords, I suppose that sounds more official than saddle shoes.

 

Regardless of what you call them you probably had a pair of shoes like this at one point in your life or at least you wanted some at one point in your life. If only these shoes came with metal taps on the bottoms so I could really relive some of my earliest shoe memories. Other than the sentimental value these shoes have for me these shoes are not your typical oxfords they have cut out embellishment that our childhood shoes never had.

 
Moving right along to a more mature Oxford. High heeled Oxford’s like this harken back to the 1930’s speak easy’s where librated young women would step in their Oxfords until the early morning drunk off ill-gotten booze. Maybe that’s Jeffrey Campbell call this the “Steppin Oxford”. This shoe is made for swing and all kinds of dancing. If this shoe were to come in brighter colors, for instance maybe a purple and pink combination I would be in heaven.

 
Mothers lock up your son’s because this shoe has come to seduce your babies. The corset style lacing is what makes this  shoe so sexy. The laces and grommets attract attention to all the pretty curves of your feet and the peep toe will reveal just enough of your toes so that everyone can see your brand new pedicure. If I didn’t already own a pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes I would doubt the comfort level these shoes can provide. However based on my own personal experience I can say that Jeffery Campbell shoes really are the best of both worlds, sexy and comfortable at the same time.

 
Colored faux gem stones are every where this summer. We previously saw this trend at the Christian Dior resort runway shoes where almost every ensemble had some sort of stone securely fastened to it. I’m all for incorporating more color into your wardrobe so I support this trend whole heartedly. Chunky details like the rectangular gem on the T-strap of this shoe are eye catching and flattering for all of us. The only question that remains is are these considered open toe pumps or sandals? You tell me.

 
I can’t believe I have run out of time before I could show you some more summer appropriate shoes. I will save that for next time. Let’s not forget all of the great styles we have seen today for they themselves can be worn throughout the summer and beyond.

Jeffrey Campbell Shoes : Part Two

Jeffrey Campbell Shoes : Part Two – It is getting way too hot to wear covered toe shoes. That means pumps, sneakers and most flats are now obsolete until say September. Good thing for us Jeffrey Campbell has plenty of sandal styles available for the summer. If he can make a comfortable high heel he can definitely make a flat shoe feel like a dream.


Do you see anything even remotely Japanese about this sandal? Yeah, I don’t see it either and yet the folks at Jeffrey Campbell allowed this shoe to be called the “Akira”. There is obvious Native American influence  all over this shoe. From the thin leather straps to the discs adorned with seed beads in a very Native American pattern. You could definitely rock these shoes with some of the Native American inspired beaded accessories that are available. For example beaded bangles would really set these shoes off.

 
Here we see more of the same Native American influence. The brown leather fringe reminds me of Cher but not current Cher. I’m talking Sonny and Cher, Cher. If you look closely you can see the convenient zipper along the back panel of this sandal allowing you to slip your foot in and out of these shoes without having to tinker with four different buckles. Instead of calling these shoes sandals I feel like they should be called something like summer moccasins.

 

That way when you describe them to someone they will have a better idea of what you mean. These summer moccasins will make you want to run with buffalo along the plains.

 
Gladiator flats are huge for summer. Above  we see a gold studded trip back in time to the lions den of ancient Rome. While you may not have such a great time running for your life in these sandals you definitely could do just about everything else. Depending on what part of the world you’re from with the right maxi you may even want to wear these shoes on a night out.

 
This sandal is called the mystic. I don’t know what is so mystic about it but they do look really comfortable at least. One thing you should keep in mind when wearing a shoe that has so little to work with is that your feet better be in top shape because that’s all people are going to see. You can’t hide your chipped toe nail polish or dry heels in this shoe.  As long as you keep your feet looking right these shoes will be your best summer friends.

 
After looking at all of these sandals I want a pedicure so bad I can already smell the sea salt scrub. Jeffrey Campbell wants you to have fun even if you are going to be walking and that is evident in the variety of sandals he has  come up with. I don’t own any Jeffrey Campbell sandals but I will soon and when I do I will report back to let you know just how comfortable they really are.

JT Makes Girls Clothes?

JT Makes Girls Clothes? – William Rast is Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala. Not just Justin Timberlake alone so don’t get it twisted. The two have been friends since childhood although only one of them is fodder for the tabloids. It is surprising to me that these two would come together to make a women’s denim line but they did. Our legs and hips will reap the benefits of that partnership.


Me and these pants are going to a summer concert somewhere. Something about the fit says “wear me all day comfortable and your butt will look super cute“. I love low rise jeans, ever since they hit the scene in the early 2000’s. I’ve been wearing them since without looking back. Flares haven’t been my thing for a while now but these look so wearable I would gladly make the switch, for the day. There is distressing on the knees and pockets as well as the upper thigh area. This combine with the medium blue wash makes for a really sweet pair of jeans.

 
I’m sure these jeans have another name but I like to call them the perfect medium. The was is not so dark that you would be in fear of staining light surfaces. The fit is just right. Relaxed enough to be worn everywhere and the bootleg is flattering to most shoes. These jeans will bring you from the summer to the fall with ease. An added bonus is the natural distressing you will have by fall giving you a whole new reason to love these perfect medium jeans.

 
Wow. I haven’t felt this excited about white pants in a long time. The flat front is going to be flattering on just about everybody. Everybody who is daring enough to wear white pants that is. I love the idea of wearing white especially on holidays like the 4th of July. However asking me to keep them clean is a lot easier said than done.

 
What denim collection would be complete without a mini skirt? This skirt is a total of 12 inches in length so it may not be so mini on some. This skirt comes already distressed around the thigh area with a hole already in the works on one side. I’m not really into that. I don’t like my distressing to go so far as to create weak points in my garments. If I had my way I would like to see a dark wash mini skirt. That’ll be the day…

 
Who knew Justin Timberlake and some guy named Trace Ayala would do women’s denim such justice. Most of the time when you think of celebrity labels its accompanied by a lot of doubt and laughter. William Rast is no laughing matter. For the price the denim is great, its everything you should expect from an up and coming label. And the best part is there are no celebrity brand indicators or excessive logos anywhere to be found.  I must say I am pleasantly surprised to see William Rast is alive, well, and growing more and more successful by the passing season.

Lace Me Up Please

Lace Me Up Please – Lace is back and I am rolling out the red carpet for it’s timely return. Gone are the days when lace was relegated to predominately Victorian inspired garments. The lace of fall 2008 is much younger, sexier and edgier.


I love this dress from Balmain’s fall 2008 collection. I don’t understand the choice of booties instead of some sort of pump but that’s ok. The best part of this dress is the basically invisible bateau neckline. I just like the way it lies right along the collar bone. These sleeves are pretty sweet too, I love a ¾ length sleeve.

 
Is it just me or is this look pretty much made for Victoria Beckham?
Above we see lace being used in a couple of different ways at Chanel. First you noticed the lace stockings with a design that is so unconventional I don’t know what it is supposed to resemble. And second if you look close you will notice the robe the model is wearing is made of lace trimmed in lace. You can see right through it making it very cool temperature wise and very hot in the way of sex appeal.

 
This gold gilded lace frock is from the Derek Lam 2008 is a littler grandma if you ask me. From the modest neckline to the knee length, there’s not a lot of sex appeal in this lace. Once again I am at a loss for nice things to say about this design so I just won’t say anything else at all.

 
This lace look comes to us from designer L’Wren Scott. Prior to this dress I had never heard of L’Wren Scott, this dress caught my eye and begged me to learn more. Soon I’ll post a whole review of her 2008 fall collection. Until then we can still enjoy her interpretation of the lace trend in the dress pictured above.

 

Unlike all of the other designs we have seen that actually contain traditional lace, the fabric of this dress has a lace design printed on top of it with a scalloped edge. Pretty clever, just what you should expect from L’Wren Scott.

 
The designers at Phi are never scared to be different. They have taken the lace trend to a new level by combining the black lace that practically ever other design house is using and pairing with hot pink almost magenta underneath. I must say I am intrigued to know more of Phi after seeing how they flip the trends to their advantage. Above we see another lace robe similar to what we saw at Chanel. Maybe the robes are a developing trend in themselves.

 
Trend forecasting is so important when it comes to staying on top of the fashion game. It’s all about knowing what to look out for first. After you know that how you will handle and embellish the trends you see is completely up to you. I’m excited to see being used in a more modern way. The fall of 2008 is shaping up to be a really sexy season.