“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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You will never catch me in a jumpsuit. Never ever. Mostly because I like to know that I can get out of my clothes quickly if I really need to pee. But those are my priorities. Jumpsuits can be totally cute! We’ve got some handy rules for wearing a jumpsuit with aplomb.
Everybody in The Frisky office has a pair of low-rise boots like the ones pictured above. And we’re betting that you’ve probably got a pair or two stashed in your closet too. But not all of us know how to wear them. So that’s why we’ve put together a handy guide to three different ways to wear booties — including a casual day look and a fancier night outfit. Check ‘em out after the jump!
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Since it’s now officially freeze your tits off cold, we’re betting tons of dudes are going to be pulling out their favorite plaid flannels. But guys shouldn’t have all the plaid fun — girls can wear it too, and still look cute and feminine — if you follow our rules. Here are our 13 guidelines to wearing plaid and not looking like a butch Christmas tree skirt (unless you want to and that’s your thing).
You know how it is — you get all excited about a dress, but then it sits in your closet and basically rots while you figure out how to wear it. This happens to me all the time. But never fear, we’ve got a plan to help you make the most out of what you’ve got. I like to buy rather basic dresses, so they can be worn fancy or casual, depending on your mood and desires. And for this experiment, I’ve picked a pretty plain A-line blue dress (blue is the new black, after all). 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 was having a conversation with one of my girlfriends the other day and she mentioned how she loves motorcycle boots, but has no idea how to incorporate them into her current wardrobe. I’ve heard this a lot in the past couple months, so I figured I’d share with you the easy ways you can incorporate this awesome flat boot into a variety of your looks.
Motorcycle boots have a tendency to come off a bit tough (think Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), but they’re really much more versatile and easy to wear.
Want proof? Check out these three totally different ways to rock this “hardcore” style using Steve Madden’s Tarnney Boots. Read more…
“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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