Monthly Archives: May 2013

My (style) crush on Claire Underwood

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claire underwood style

I realize I’m behind the times here, but I just finished House of Cards on Netflix. It was a mild obsession that lasted the week. And I came out the other end with a less than mild style crush on Robin Wright’s character Claire. While her physique helps the fitted, minimalist wardrobe shine the most, it is possible to take some cues from her less is more approach, even for those of us without a runner’s body.

house of cards style

With Claire, fit is king. And so is a ridiculously chic haircut. Seriously, the hair is the main accessory to all of her looks. I can’t see her character having as much of a sartorial impact with this, can you? A good lesson in how important the overall package really is.

Well-tailored pieces in muted hues with minimal accessories (sometimes none at all). Kind of the opposite of MObama, whose style I also admire the heck out of. So I guess the moral of the story is there are more ways than one to achieve amazing professional style, it just depends on what you’re comfortable with. This is good news. The work wardrobe is not as limiting as you thought!

Check out my Office Style pinboard, and follow me for more workwear inspirations.

And if anyone has a suggestion for my next series binge, hit me up. I need my fix.

Cannes we get a sleeve up in here? And the answer is yes.

sleeved dresses

Can we take a moment to talk about the loooong overdue resurgence of sleeved dresses on the red carpet?? Case in point, Cannes. As I was scrolling through some pics this morning, I was beyond delighted to see sleeve after sleeve after sleeve attached to the gowns. Of course not all of them were necessarily attractive, but hey, it’s a start right?

Many of my clients consider sleeves to be a non-negotiable when seeking out a formal or semi-formal dress. And while there are add-on options to cover arms, it’s always nice to be able to find an incredible dress and wear as is. Personally, I find a sleeved dress to be eternally elegant, regardless of its function.

I’m liking the different ways the Cannes ladies went about a sleeve: lace, semi-sheer, off the shoulder, and even a belted jacket as part of the ensemble (my kind of look).

And a HUGE round of applause to Jane Fonda, who continues her reign as queen of the bold hued long-sleeved gown.

Follow my Pinterest board for more fierce red carpet looks (both with and without sleeves).

Why navy should be your black for spring

Vince navy blazer

I’ve been on a huge navy kick so far this season. As crucial as black is in the cooler months, it’s equally important to have a grounding color for spring and summer. Enter navy. It’s rich, classic, and surprisingly compatible with almost any spring hue. And it won’t weigh down light ensembles like black or brown can.

Here are some ways to wear navy:

spring navy

Navy and green are a match made in sartorial heaven. Such a fresh spring combo that can be accented with white or metallic. Try a green shift dress under a navy blazer.

I also adore the concept of a navy blazer over a crisp white summer dress. A perfect warm-weather office look.

For guys, I suggest a deep navy sport coat in lieu of their go-to black one. For warmer months, it will go with khakis, olives, and light greys brilliantly.

And for something a bit more adventurous, try slim navy pants topped by a coral or mint top, and yellow accessories. Just remember to keep footwear neutral.

Go navy! Love what you got goin’ on.