“I just got a job that requires ‘business casual’ attire, but I have no idea how to make that look fashionable, so I either end up over-dressing or just wearing boring slacks and a button-down. I work in the recovery field with mostly men, so I also need to stay on the conservative side. The specifics: I am an hourglass size 10/12, I live in San Diego (so heavy winter options are unnecessary here), and I cannot wear jeans. Help!!” — Michelle
Ugh, business casual, such a nebulous, unclear concept, right? If it was really casual, you’d be able to wear sweatpants with impunity. And if it was really business, you could wear biz suits and not feel out of place. But alas, it is in the weird, stupid void in between. I feel your pain.
The key to dressing biz cash is finding the appropriate mesh of fabric and silhouette. You need to find items that are in textiles that are comfortable and wearable, and in shapes that are flattering. I think a few cotton or rayon A-line dresses could do the trick. Paired with a blazer and flats, and you’ll look professional and polished — but not too dressed up. Let me know what you think of these…
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“I’m looking for the perfect long, soft, warm, oatmeal-colored cable-knit fisherman’s sweater for winter. Any ideas?” –Kim
If I had to make a list of my favorite adjectives, it would definitely include “soft,” “warm,” “cable-knit,” and “oatmeal-colored,” so we are definitely on the same page. The bad news? Apparently everyone else in the world is also on our page, because most of the sweaters I found that fit the bill were sold out. The glorious specimen above, for example, which, in all its slouchy perfection, is currently unavailable (sigh). But don’t worry–I still found a few options for the dreamy sweater you seek. Check ‘em out after the jump! Keep reading »
“I’m searching for a cute black leather jacket in the price range of under $500, sort of like the one that Ami’s been rocking. There’s so many of them out there it’s overwhelming to search, but I think it’s an item a lot of Frisky readers might be interested in, especially now that the temperatures are dropping.” –Heather
Finding the perfect leather jacket is definitely a process of trial and error. I asked Ami about hers, and she said it’s vintage. Buying vintage might be one option you want to pursue, but you’ll have to be prepared to hit up a bunch of vintage shops and try on a zillion jackets (which could be, you know, fun). But if you’re really anti-vintage, we’ve found a few options that might work, too. Check ‘em out after the jump!
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“I have a vintage stole that was my grandmother’s from the 1940s or so, and I have absolutely no idea what to do with it! How do I wear something like this?” – Sonia
The way I see it, you have two options: play into the retro-ness of the stole, or try and redefine it entirely. That’s why we’ve given you two contrasting options — one that plays up the vintage-y vibe and one that allows you to rock this stole with stuff you probably already have in your wardrobe. But hey, wearing something as crazy unique as a vintage stole is all about attitude — if you wear it with confidence, you can wear it with practically anything! Keep reading »
“Help! I’m a bridesmaid in an upcoming wedding and the only directive I’ve been given is turquoise. I can wear a skirt or a dress but there needs to be turquoise. I don’t want it to be too tight, or too revealing (I’ve got back tattoos!) — and none of that high-low skirt business. What do you recommend?” — Marlee
Oh geez, turquoise. It’s one of those colors that seems like an easy-peasy good idea, but is actually really hard for a lot of people to wear. A shade or two off and you look neon and will upstage the bride. But never fear, we’ve got some options for you! Get the details after the jump!
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“I just received a Gap chambray shirt that I ordered from Ebay … but what I thought was their modern-cut, form-fitting top was more of a ’90s style, over-sized shirt. I see women wearing looser chambray shirts tucked into tight miniskirts … but I’m 5’0″ and a size 12. I don’t think that look would flatter me. How else can I style this top? I’ve attached a picture for reference.” — Jackie
Oh Jackie, my closet is a veritable treasure chest of misbegotten eBay items — things that are too big or too small, and just totally unwearable. Good on you for trying to make something out of a shirt you didn’t want. Thankfully, that oversized ’90s-style chambray top will actually work with a lot of stuff. The key, though, is balance. You’ve got to balance the oversized, flowiness of it with something more tight-fitting and sleek. Don’t try and hide the oversized-ness of the shirt! Play it up!
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The other day, Winona did a gallery of celebs in maroon and burgundy dresses. One of her pics was of Bethenny Frankel, and reader dgissell commented, “can we please find out what brand is this dress and the cheaper version of it too?? i loooove it!!!”
Well you ask, and we respond. Winona and I set out on a search for Bethenny’s dress design, but couldn’t find anything. As a last ditch effort, I sent a tweet to Bethenny, and OMG! She responded: Keep reading »
“Help! I’m looking for a pair of grey jeans to mix up my wardrobe. I want light grey ones, but not so light that I have to worry about spills on them. I’d also like them skinny not flared. Do you have suggestion of jeans that fit a size 10 or 12? I’m willing to spend up to $150 but would prefer less.” — Kendra
Ah yes,the old jean hunt. Grey jeans are a nice basic that go great with pretty much anything you’d wear regular blue denim with. After the jump, we have four great options for you!
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First off, can I just say … our intern has the best last name: Moo-Pow. I love it. Not only that, but she’s great and she has a minor dilemma: she needs the perfect pair of black strappy sandals. She saw some on Pinterest that she liked, but isn’t sure where to find them. Because Pinterest is basically useless like that. Anyways! While we couldn’t find the exact pair, we did manage to put together a few worthy and similar options. Check them out after the jump! Keep reading »