How to find your perfect shoes this Spring!

We all dream of finding that perfect shoe,it takes a little bit of effort and energy to find your perfect mate.Here are some tips to finding the shoe that flatters you.It is no secret that the right shoe can make your outfit.

Shoes are the pedestal on which your entire look is built.These simple pointers that will get you on the right road to finding the perfect shoe.

 Finding the right fit at the shoe store

1.Try different sizes in the shoe that you like,sizing is not standard you may be a size 8 in one designer and easily be a size 9 in another designer.Most European designers tend to fit smaller than American designers.If ordering online look at the reviews from other shoppers about sizing.

2.Try to shop in the afternoon or the evening,your feet tend to swell during the day so if you shop first thing in the morning you may get a shoe that will not be as comfortable.Try not to shoe shop on very humid days.

3.Walk on an uncarpeted surface,this will give you a better idea on how the shoe will feel on a pavement or hard surface,shoes feel different on a soft plush carpet.

4.Try on both feet,most of us are slightly larger in one foot than the other so make sure both feet feel fine.Some people will quietly switch one of the shoes for a half size bigger which is not the right thing to do.You are better off getting the size that fits and putting a pad in the foot that is loose.

5.Move,wriggle your toes,flex your ankles and make sure you sit and stand.If any part of the shoe rubs or catches on your foot blisters are on their way.

6.Do not fall for the salesperson line”It will stretch out” or “it will be more comfortable when you break it in”.Chances are if they are not comfortable in the store they are not going to be comfortable at the event you are going to wear them to.

7.Not only does a shoe need to fit,it needs to look like it fits,if your toes dangle out of an open toe shoe or your heels slide of the back the shoe may fit but it does not look like it fits.Also make sure you foot does not break the style lines of the shoe.

Pay attention to details

Heels,A medium height flatters most people(2″ to 3″) make sure that shape of the heel compliments your body shape for example if you are petite a thick chunky heel can look heavy so you want a slimmer  heel.

Vamp,This is the top part of the shoe.The most flattering are low V or U shaped ones that show the right amount of toe cleavage(yes that is a thing) are best with dresses and skirts.Avoid wearing high cut vamps with skirts as they can shorten your legs.Think about what you will be wearing the show with most of the time

Toe Shape,a tapered toe provides the most flattering look but stay away from ones that are too pointy as they can distract from your outfit.If you find tapered toes uncomfortable opt for a more oval toe.

Straps,Pay attention to the position and the width of the straps.A wide strap over the instep will draw attention to your feet,a slim T strap elongates your feet and an ankle strap will draw attention to your ankles.So be aware of this specially if you have thick ankles or heavy calves.

Color,Black  works with most colors except for light ones where nude is a better option.Tans and khakis work best with denim.For evening do match the color of your shoe to your outfit or go with a great metallic.If you wear a lot of solids do go for a bit of print and pattern to pep up your look.Monochromatic your thing,then texture is your friend.

Remember a shoe that matches your skin toe will make your legs look longer and goes with every color. Off whites and soft pinks work better on most people instead of a stark white.Yellow and green are the hardest shoe colors for most people to wear unless you are dark skinned and then nothing is off limits.

Trends for Spring 2020

Here are the top trends for this season,some have been around for awhile and others we are seeing for the first time.I would say if you are only buying one shoe this season make it a Loafer.

This is the most versatile shoe of the season you can wear it with a blazer for work,with jeans as a casual statement and pair it with a dress for evening.This borrowed from the boys trend has been around for for awhile and keeps getting stronger so it is a great shoevestment.

Also called a slide the key feature of this shoe is that it has no back.This makes it a great wear at home,driving and pool shoe.It is usually a flat or has a small kitten heel.It works best in the warmer months when you want to dip your toes in the ocean.

Must have shoe of the Summer and go with a tall one only if you have long legs.They are a little hard to get on and off but they do look fabulous.

A Flatform(yes it is a word) is a flat platform a staple in Japan for centuries it is being reinvented this Spring with A Sporty/Casual edge.If you are a shoenista this is a trend for you.

Why limit wearing Jewelry on you body when you can also wear it on your feet.Think of shoes that double up as necklaces,rings and cuffs.This is the must have shoe trend for evening.

 

 

 

So with a little effort and energy you too can be like Cinderella and find the perfect shoe

“Happy Shoe Shopping”

♥ Sunil

Spring is about the Dress!

Right now with all the bad news around us I am taking a minute to focus on something that makes me Happy and thinking about fabulous dresses make me very happy.I always remember growing up that I would say that I wanted to be a “Dress Designer” like designing any other category of clothing did not matter.When it comes to this Spring this is so true.

So even if you have no place to go the simple action of putting on a dress can make you feel divine. One piece,sweet,romantic and yes powerful a great dress is your  universal answer to all questions “what do I wear when I want to feel good“.

When you find the right dress or it finds you it is a match made in heaven.  I believe whatever your body type,age or style you can find the right dress for you by following these simple guidelines.The right dress first of all flatters your body type.

Body type

The key points are the details,the shape and the neckline.If you follow these simple rules it will help you find the right dress for you.

This season is all about Color and Print. To find out what colors you should be wearing for Spring 2020 check out my previous post http://sunilr.com/blog/must-have-colors-for-spring-2020/  Not a fan of color and print the good news is that the LBD that Audrey Hepburn made iconic is one of the strongest trends this Spring.One retailer I looked at had 965 options on their website when I typed in Little Black Dress.What is new this season Sleeves are the big trend so if you are not a fan of showing your arms this is the season for you.

I love a LBD so much that I had to design one for my collaboration with Storyline.I was inspired by the concept of a tee shirt dress that can work as a tunic.My version has pockets and looks amazing belted as well.Check it out at https://storylinecollection.com/products/tunic-dress

This dress looks fantastic on an hourglass shape when it is belted and really flatters both a pear and pencil shape.

Age,remember it is just a number so go with a trend from this season that you relate to and showcase!

The good news is there are so many trends this season that there is a trend for every age group to rock.

20’s and 30’s-Ruffles are the best trend to rock this season.Go with bold Ruffles for both day and night.Do try a floral printed ruffle dress for maximum drama.Want something more sleek and minimal,go for the structured little dress option.

Here are some Little Red Dress options that will flatter your body type.

40’s and 50’s-Floral dresses with a little structure are your thing,Plenty of dresses with sleeves and collars out there if sleeveless is not your thing.Every store window in NYC right now features some version of a floral print dress.What is new is that they are being shown with booties and sneakers for a touch of edge.

 

I was so inspired by the beautiful tropical flowers that I grew up with that I worked with my friend Dusty Hope to create a fabulous limited edition Floral Print Dress for Storyline Collection.Do grab one while they last at https://storylinecollection.com/products/tunic-dress

 

50’s and 60’s Volume is the trend for you to rock this season.Look for a sophisticated version with great drama.

60’s and 70’s,Go classic this season with a statement LBD accessorize it with bright colors.Red, White, and Pink Bags and Shoes are the way to go this season.You can also pop it with a great print jacket.

 

So go out there and grab hold of a trend you love and “Rock it”

Style-Find the dress that reflects your personality!

The good news is even if you are not a dress person there are styles out there this spring that will reflect your personality.The way you accessorize a dress can also make it your style.

Classic-Shirt dresses and Sheath dresses in crisp cottons or linens.Gingham and seersucker are great options as well.Accessorize with a simple flat shoe,a leather belt and a classic cardigan.

Sporty-Polo Dresses and  Tee Shirt dresses in soft cotton jersey.Look for active dresses as well both Lululemon and Athleta have some great options.Pair with a great sneaker and a visor or a striped backpack.

Bohemian- Floral dresses in cotton gauze or voile.Look for this season amazing pieced print dresses.Mix with an embroidered shoe and a straw bag.

Fashionista-Ruffles in sheer chiffon is your go to option this season.Match it with a feather shoe and an art inspired clutch.Set it off with an over the top statement earring.

Avante-Garde-All about zany mixed dots or florals in innovative fabrics.Contrast it with a bold shoe in yellow or bright blue and pair it with an oversized bag.Feel free to mix prints for the season’s edgiest look.

Dresses do not Fit You

I am often told that people find it hard to find a dress that fits because they are not the same size on the top and bottom.40% of American Women fall into this category.Also if you are a person that just does not wear dresses that often you may not want to invest in one.Do look at the option of buying a top and a skirt that when worn together look like a dress.This way you can get a different size top and bottom and also wear them separately.

I am always a fan of this and have created 4 dress looks for Storyline that come from separates so click on this link if this is for you. http://storylinecollection.com/collections/all

This is also a great option when you travel if you have an occasion that needs a dress wear it together and then mix it up for the rest of your trip.

“Now you have no reason not to try a dress or a dress look this season.”

 ♥ Sunil

 

 

Must Have Colors for Spring 2020

With Spring peaking her sweet head around the corner and arriving in 21 short days,I now feel safe in talking about the colors you must wear this Spring!

After analysing the runway shows,the stores,blogs and the 18 different fashion magazines I now feel totally comfortable coming up with the top 5.

The number 1 must have is

No surprise here,it is always the color combination that heralds the arrival of Spring as we we go thru to Summer we dial up the White.90 percent of the stores in NYC are displaying this as you enter.Most of the Spring shows opened up with this classic color combination.It is a great way to ease you out of your winter darks and prepare you for the feast of color that is to come.

This has lead to the number 1 print trend of the season which is…

Polka Dots lead the way followed by Florals,Stripes,Checks and Geos,we are also seeing some black and white Animal prints for Spring that look fresh and new.

I so love Black and White Prints that I designed two for Storyline Collection,one that is a Shadow Print and the other that is a Tropical Floral with a pop of Pink.Do check them out at https://storylinecollection.com/collections/all

It cannot be Spring without every little girl’s favourite color,so in second place is…

This season’s Pinks have a cosmopolitan polish to them and there are 2 shades dominating a softer shade Pantone calls Coral that is welcoming and embraces emerging spring blossoms and a shocking Fuchsia shade that tempts the eye.Both look great when mixed with Black and White right now and then mix them with Denim and Khaki as the season goes on.Summer, just wear them head to toe.

In Third place it is…

Red is now an all season color Spring’s version is a Scarlet shade that burns bright and looks amazing with Navy,Khaki and White.It is also a major color for bags and shoes that you can use to pop all your neutrals.If you only buy one bag and shoe a season make it a Scarlet one.

Coming in next is a splash of happiness…

It is scientifically proven that no color makes you happier that Yellow.Think of  daffodils, daisies and buttercups.Head to toe Yellow is an option this season but it also looks great with Navy,Khaki and White.If you can afford a splurge a yellow shoe is a must this season.

Finally my favourite color appears in 3 must wear shades…

A light faded denim shade,a midtone mosaic blue and a bold classic blue are all must haves.Mix them with your staple neutrals or with each other for total cool sophistication.Look for a tie dye print that mixes all 3 and pair it with white for Summer’s must have statement.I think blue is an easy color to wear with any skin tone and looks better as you get your tan on.It looks super fresh when mixed with White.

I picked a rich ocean inspired Blue for the myst have color for my Spring 20 collection for Storyline,it looks amazing when mixed with black and white but also works well with classic neutrals.

Check out the 3 pieces available at Storyline Collection right now,click on this link to be directed to the site https://storylinecollection.com/collections/all

So have lots of fun with color this season and do not be afraid to experiment.Also know that…

 

 

Style tips for Valentine’s day?

If you are still not sure what you are wearing this now is the time to start planning right now.Here are some suggestions that are quick and easy.The most important thing is to dress for yourself  and not for somebody else.At the same time do take some time to plan your outfit.hair and makeup for that special evening.

If you are totally yourself you are comfortable and confident and nothing is more alluring.Remember that the person who is in love with you fell for your beauty and your charm because you are truly unique.Do get in the spirit of the day and rock one of these top 5 trends for Valentine’s Day.

If you are not a head to toe red person,mix it with black,pink or denim.Also think about a red shoe or handbag just to get in the spirit of the day.Here are some of the top trends right now in NYC.

Nothing says flirty like a ruffle and there are so many great options to choose from this Spring.

Lace is such a romantic fabric and has a historic association with love,go for classic black or a pretty pastel.

Every women feels amazing in a Little Black Dress and we all have one hanging in out closet,pair it with red accessories to give it that extra oomph.If you are not a fan of a dress rock two pieces that when worn together look like a dress.Check out these two pieces from my Storyline Collection that when worn together seamlessly create the look of an LBD.That is what is in my Valentine’s illustration.

Turnaround Top https://storylinecollection.com/products/turnaround-top

Flirty Skirt https://storylinecollection.com/products/flirty-skirt

 

Here is a cheat sheet to find the best dress that flatters your body shape in red or black.

Several designers including Valentino,Burberry and Topshop have come out with modern chic heart prints in time for Valentine’s day so be whimsical and literally wear you heart on you sleeve or your feet.

So whatever you chose to wear remember to celebrate ♥

 

 

How to look cute when it is cold outside!

 

Major winter weather is here and some of you have had almost 2 weeks of below freezing temperatures.We are expecting record low temperatures starting today all over the United States and Canada.

Winter is no excuse to look like a Bag lady or a Michelin man just to stay warm.Style never freezes.Staying warm and cozy means piling on the layers but once inside you may encounter near tropical temperatures.Your look has to work both indoors and outside.

Layering adds complexity to a fashionista’s quest to maintain a certain level of chic.Just getting in and out of layers tends to mess up hair,makeup and general decorum.If you are not careful you can end up looking and feeling like a very messy layer cake.

The solution?

Follow these simple 5 steps to stay fashionable,chic and comfortable no matter how low the temperature drops.

1.Choose your base layer wisely.

Most people think no one is going to see it so why bother and then you get to a really hot office or department store and have to strip down.Your first layer should be

  • Soft,absorbent and great feeling against your skin.Cotton,Merino and Cashmere are all great fabrics for a base layer.
  • Have a close to the body fit and can stand alone if needed.Leggings and Tights are are great under pants and skirts.
  • Be in a skin flattering color.
2.Your layers should work together.
  • Your next layer should be easy on,easy off to not destroy hair and make up.Zip and button fronts work really well,as to cowls and deep necklines.
  • Your pieces should all have the same feel or spirit working together and standing alone.Make sure they all have the same mood.
  • Lay out all the pieces on the bed and do a quick check before you put them on.
  • If it is really cold go with a chunky wool sweater as it traps air.
3.Create interesting color stories.
  • Stick to the same color family with one pop color.Start mixing in a Spring piece or two.
  • If you choose to go monochromatic mix up your textures or else your outfit will look flat.Avoid all black if you can.
  • Pay attention to your skin tone,most people get paler in the winter so something that looked great 3 months ago may not work right now.
4.Pay attention to fit.
  • Every layer should be figure flattering,as you go up make sure each layer is slightly bigger.
  • Nothing looks worse than jamming four layers under a jacket or coat that was made for one.The stuffed sausage look is one of the most common layering mistakes.Opt for a wrap coat or a poncho that can take many layers and look good.The good news is technical innovations in fabric and construction have created coats that are super warm and thin at the same time.They are pricey but worth the investment.Look for a more classic style that will not go out of date.
  • Make sure you have mobility especially that you can drive once you get in to a car.
5.Make sure to ice the  layer cake which is your outfit.
  • Your final layer is the most important,Do not fall in to the trap of “I am going to take my coat off when I get there so let me just throw on this old super warm thing”This is  a common mistake.You will run in to several people before you get your coat off it is Murphy’s law.Match your coat to your look;have a great sporty coat for day that goes well with jeans and pants and have a dressier one for night that works with dresses and skirts.For most occasions the ideal top layer is an easy fitting coat that looks stylish no matter how many layers lie beneath.
  • Have fun with accessories,make sure you always have a great scarf and gloves that complement your outfit. A stylish hat will keep you warm and chic.You lose a lot of your body heat from your head so choose one that fits well. Faux fur is a big trend this season and keeps you super warm.Carry a bigger handbag that will allow you to store a layer until you need it.
  • Boots are the way to go for footwear.They really complete a layered look and can be both warm and stylish.Make sure you get a pair with great traction because a fashionista must always be upright.Carry your cute heels in your bigger bag for when you get to your destination.

 

Or you could just travel to a warmer climate and wear my new travel collection that can take you from the beach to the boardroom.Check out the line at https://storylinecollection.com/

Here is the latest group of fun items that can be worn many different ways.So do stay stylish in the cold or away from it.