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Equestrian Style Hits The Runway

Well ladies, it looks like your breeches and riding coats won’t be relegated to just the barn this fall. Designers sent equestrian inspired designs galloping down the runway. These couture dandies will filter down through the masses making a definitely equestrian-themed look on trend for fall.

Givenchy’s designer Riccardo Tisci was overheard backstage saying he was inspired by “horse riding” and thus sent models out to the sound of galloping horses wearing small leather riding jackets and jodhpur inspired pants that were elegantly equestrian.

John Galliano’s collection featured exaggerated jodhpurs, sleek tailored jackets and knee-high boots and tights that echoed riding attire.

 

 

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Prints Charming – How To Wear Printed Pants

Printed pants and jeans are popping up everywhere and to be honest I don’t love this trend. When worn correctly it can look fresh and chic but if not done properly it can go very wrong.

First and foremost, avoid the wide-leg printed palazzo pant, it just looks wrong and will be here and gone in the blink of an eye. Second, stick with straight-leg or skinny printed jeans or sleek cropped pants. Let the pants be the focus of the outfit pairing it with basic solid tops, simple shoes and very little jewelry to avoid looking garish.

Printed pants can draw attention to problem areas like bigger thighs and bottoms but you can avoid this by pairing them with longer, looser, uneven hemmed tops as well as choosing a more muted print or darker color.

RevolveClothing.com and JCrew.com have a great selection of printed jeans and pants.

I know you can’t see it very well, but I like the way Jessica Alba paired a loose sweater and knee-high boots with her floral printed jeans.

This is a great way to get into the trend in a muted way.

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Shoesday Tuesday – Green With Envy

My Shoesday Tuesday features shoes for you and your horse. Neon colors such as hot pink, lime green and highlighter yellow are huge for spring. Get into the trend with these architectural wedges from Diane von Furstenberg and these Legacy System Plaid Boots for your horse.

A triple threat! Knock out three trends with one pair of shoes: neon, neon paired with nude and ankle strap wedges. The nude ankle strap keeps you on trend but doesn’t visually shorten your leg like a colored ankle strap can. Available online at net-a-porter.com.

Protect your horses legs with these perforated neoprene boots in a preppy green and black plaid that allow the leg to breathe and heat to escape so your horses legs stay cooler while also giving maximum protection to the splint bone, tendons, and other soft tissues. Your horse can be protected and stylish! Available at HorseCityStore.com.

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Addicted – Pinterest

My newest addiction comes in the form of Pinterest. I can’t stop pinning!!!! If you are not familiar with Pinterest, it’s an online bulletin board where you can “pin” pictures from the internet onto your own inspiration boards as well as view other people’s pins and boards. It’s a great source of fashion and home style inspiration as well as full of delicious recipes. It’s the modern version of tearing out a picture from a magazine and putting it in a inspiration notebook. And did I mention super addictive!

PS: If you are already on Pinterest you can follow me here: http://pinterest.com/clotheshorseok/

 

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Color Block: Label Love DVF

I know it’s just January but the stores and websites are filling up with the bright hues that will usher in spring. Bright shades of the rainbow look to take a place of prominence in many designer collections with color blocking being a major trend. No one has done that better than Diane von Furstenberg, a perennial favorite of mine. Her early spring clothes are simple yet stunning in shades of hot pink, tangerine, yellow and turquoise. Every piece is extremely wearable and will make a versatile addition to your wardrobe. All outfits available at dvf.com.

Image from Gild and Grace (a gorgeous blog).

The back of this dress is black.

Colored Capris are a must for spring!

This is actually a dress that just looks like a two-piece ensemble. So easy and comfy yet so chic.

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How To Wear A Denim Shirt

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Wearing a denim shirt is essentially a no-brainer but wearing it without looking man-ish and maintaining your femininity can be a little difficult. A well-made, soft fabric denim shirt will instantly become a staple for your wardrobe that has the flexibility to be worn year-round.

The first thing to consider when buying a denim shirt is the fit, buy one that has a feminine fitted shape that hugs your curves and defines your waist in order to avoid looking like you stole it from your husband’s closet.

Denim shirts looks amazing when paired with black pants (tucked into wide leg trousers with sky high stilettos or worn with ankle-length capris and ballet flats). Keep your accessories feminine, think brightly colored shoes, dainty belts, an armful of bangles or layered necklaces.

Jewelry instantly glamorizes denim:

Go a step forward in feminizing a denim shirt by wearing it with a pencil skirt in everything from a plain fabric to lace to sequins. It will also look great paired under a sweater, untucked with the tails hanging out, overly a brightly colored skirt. Try wearing a denim shirt under a sleeveless dress for a fun winter look.

Replace your standard white or french blue button-down shirt with a denim shirt when wearing a black, gray or tan suit. It will provide an unexpected pop of color and texture.

Wear a denim shirt as a jacket over a sleeveless, glitzy, going out top or party dress.

A denim shirt is also a perfect barn staple, looking instantly chic worn with the collar popped up, a string a pearls and your breeches and boots.

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Fashion Wishes 2012

Happy New Year! I can’t believe another year has come and gone! This new year has got me reflecting on the past and future of fashion and I have a few fashion wishes for the new year. Just a few items and trends that I wish would change in the upcoming year.

Number 1: Goodbye mile-high, platform stripper shoes. Hello ladylike heels. Manolo Blahnik happens to agree with me too!

Dainty is Divine

Number 2: Designer Collaborations: I am just so over the much-hyped designer collaborations which often produces inferior, cheap clothes (priced higher then their quality even suggests due to the designer’s name). You’re not fooling anyone, everyone knows you bought that Missoni sweater at Target or that Karl Lagerfeld dress at Macy’s. Plus, half the stuff shows up on e-bay.

Karl Lagerfeld’s Collection for Macy’s was the worst!

Number 3: Real Housewives Hair/Kardashian Hair: You know the type, long fake waves of hair cascading down overly-tanned shoulders. The look is totally unoriginal and no one should aspire to look like any of these women. Jennifer Aniston’s bob and Emma Watson’s cut just look fresher and more unique.

Just Say No!

Better:

Number 4: This last fashion wish is sadly just a pipe dream but maybe someday designers, editors and photographers will learn to embrace the female form and stop using overly-skinny anorexic models and instead learn to design clothes that fit a wider range of shapes and sizes thus celebrating women. I am not talking about just plus-sized models but models that wear a size 6, 8 or 10, average size.

What are your fashion wishes for 2012? New Trends? Old Trends?

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Case Closed

Case Closed. Enough Said. Shut The Door. These i-phone cases from Iomoi are the coolest i-phone cases on the market hands down! Their clever, whimsical patterns and colors make them eye-popping and oh so chic. Your phone has never had it so good! The only problem is picking which one to buy! I am thinking of ordering one for each day of the week. They are perfect for giving or getting and should definitely have a spot on your Christmas Shopping and Wish Lists. Available personalized for $58 online at Iomoi.

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Get Your Color On – How To Wear Colored Jeans and Pants

Brightly colored pants, cords and jeans are adding a dash of color to fall. Colored bottoms can make a strong, fashion forward statement and brighten up your wardrobe. They are super easy to wear because they serve as the focal point of your outfit and the key is to keep everything else simple.

This is one trend where less is more. Pair with tops and shoes in solid colors and simple silhouettes (think turtleneck, v-neck long sleeve sweater , structured blazer or crisp white button down and ballet flats, suede booties, round toe pumps or flat knee-high boots). Keep your jewelry super simple, diamond stud earrings and a great masculine looking watch.

As far as color goes, keep your tops to shades of black, gray, white or brown to avoid looking like a crayola and allow the colored bottoms to stand out. I also don’t recommend wearing any prints with bright bottoms, it looks too juvenile for me. Think minimalist.

Bright bottoms can draw attention to problem areas (ie hips and tush) so make sure the pants and jeans fit and flatter. Examine from all angles and if you are a bit hippy pair them with a longer tunic top. If you have bigger thighs steer clear of brightly colored skinny jeans or cords and instead opt for bootcut or wide-leg styles to add balance.

J Crew has a great selection of brightly colored cords:

Channel a modern Audrey Hepburn with these colored ankle cords from AG Jeans worn with ballet flats and a fitted black turtleneck. The electric blue is a good color to try if you are leery of bright colors.

The perfect outfit:

Go colorful in the barn too with Tattini colorful breeches. Your horse may snort as you approach but he will get used to them!

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Free Fur All – How To Wear A Fur Vest

We can thank Rachel Zoe for glamorizing the fur vest and making it a must-have this season. The fur vest is an easy way to jazz up your fall and winter wardrobe.

Just keep in mind these few basic tips when shopping for and wearing one:

1. Due to the bulky nature of the vest keep your bottoms slim, think leggings, skinny jeans, fitted dresses and dark tights.

2. Cinch and define your waist by adding a belt over the vest.

3. Look for vests that have a soft, silky feel that doesn’t shed (I prefer faux).

4. Stick to natural looking colors, tan, blonde, gray and black. Avoid white or you will look like the Abominable Snow Monster.

If your style is more traditional throw the fur vest over a solid, dark colored silk button-down shirt, skinny jeans and booties or leggings and knee-high boots. Layer on a long necklace and an armful of bangles (roll the sleeves up on the shirt).

If your style is fashion-forward pair your vest with a solid long sleeve black tee, sequin shorts, black tights and suede booties. Add sparkly chandelier earrings.

Try pairing your vest with a slim sweater dress, add tights and platform heels for an extra sleek look. Perfect for holiday parties or date night.

A leather tie or belt will help cinch your waist and add a bit of definition to your figure.

All fur vests and outfits available online at Piperlime.com.

Rachel Zoe wearing her signature fur vest look:

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