How to do denim right!

August is usually the month when the fashion industry from magazines to stores focus on denim.Jeans are a great way to transition from Summer to Fall and a great pair is the building block to a versatile wardrobe. It is important to update your jeans to flatter your figure and reflect current trends.I have been designing denim for almost 25 years and here are the most frequent questions I get.I have answered the questions briefly so you get the information you need and do not have to spend hours researching.

1.My Workplace now allows me to wear Jeans to work. What are the rules to follow?

  •  Go for a Dark Wash with Minimal Decoration or a Crisp White
  • Dress up with Dressy Tops,  Light Sweaters & Jackets
  • Add Elegant Accessories
  • Keep it Smart with a Casual Vibe
  • Pick the Right Shoes
  • Here are some images of denim being done right for work at this time of year

2.With so many different types of denim, what should I look for in a Pair of Jeans that will be Versatile?
  • Stretch – Comfort & Fit(Look for a 4 way stretch)
  • Poly Cotton or Cotton Spandex Blend – Easy Care and shape retention
  • Great Hand with a Clean Wash
  • Mid Weight (8 ozs to 10 ozs) – Great all Year durability
  • Classic Style
3.I have heard so much about having the Right Fitting Jeans in order for them to be Flattering. What should I be looking for when I try a pair on?
  • Contoured Waistband
  • Waist – Not too Tight you should be comfortably insert two fingers into the waistband
  • Rise – 1 to 3 inches below your Belly Button
  • No Whiskers in Front
  • Fitted through the Thigh and Knee
  • Flared or Straight depending on your Body Shape and preference
  • Check out you Rear View should be snug but not too tight
  • The side seam should be straight( if it is distorted your jeans are too tight)
4.What is the Correct Length for my Jeans?
  • Front – Slight Break not too much fabric
  • Flats in the back -Touch the Floor
  • Heels in the back -1/4 inch off the Floor
  • Better to have separate pairs to wear with heels and flats,but an H on the label for the ones that are hemmed for heels
5.In order to get the Best Fit from my Jeans what should I wear under them?

Magic begins with the Right Foundation,make sure your underwear is:

  • Not creating any Visible Panty Lines
  • Not too Tight
  •  Has a Lower Rise than your Jeans
  • Nude in color is best specially under white jeans
  • Tummy and Thigh control if your jeans are super skinny
6.What is the most flattering jeans for my body shape?
  • Pear Body Shapes: Bootleg with dark wash,medium rise
  • Apple Body Shapes: Straight Legs that is cropped with a higher waist
  • Strawberry Body shape:Wide leg or flare is a lighter wash,decorated below the knee
  • Hourglass Body shape:All leg shapes and rises work but avoid boyfriend jeans
  • Pencil Body shape:longer length straight or flared legs,slightly higher rise
  • See cheatsheet for other flattering details

6.What should I be looking for right now?
  • The Good news is that  Skinny,Flared,Baggy and Straight Legs are in this season
  • We are seeing a wide variety washes from super light to deep darks,go with a light wash light now and darker towards winter
  • The high waist straight leg jean is a must have right now so if you do not have one do get it
  • Pintucks and Ribbon are big details and the do flatter and lengthen your legs so do pick up a pair
  • Embroidery is a must have and really adds a touch of fun to your jean wardrobe.
  • Hem details are a great way to bring some drama when you wear jeans in the evening or on the red carpet

So these are the top seven issues that come up in most minds when they shop for denim.Take your time to find the right pair for you.It is worth the effort.I say have 3 pairs,a great pair that you can wear to work,a super comfortable and cute pair for weekends and a dressy pair for evening.

 

 

 

 

Scarves and the Summer-Seen all over NYC

Just like Sex and the City,Scarves and Summer is an integral part of the New York style scene. Make them a key part of your Summer Style.They are extremely versatile and can be used as a headwrap, a top, a skirt or even a dress

The windows at Bergdorf Goodman featured a stunning array of Hermes scarves worn in all kinds of ways.I used this as inspiration to create 6 different ways you can transform a scarf in a quick jiffy.

SCARF

Remember your scarf is your Lifesaver and can elevate a simple outfit in an instant.Keep a couple handy in your bag at all times.

Here are some options with easy instructions. I have taken some of the guesswork out for you.

Summer Scarves

Choose one or two in a light weight cotton or poly chiffon,usually a 36″ square works really well.Since this summer is about print matching you can use two contrasting scarves to create a wow look.

Have a Stylish Summer
♥ Sunil

 

Effortless Style all Summer!

With Summer almost upon us.Here are ten tips to great Summer style.

Do not use the heat and humidity as an excuse to lose your sense of style.Summer is very often the busiest time of year for a lot of women and keeping things fresh and simple is the way to go.

1. Keep it light and layered

Simple and interesting is the key. Always have a cardigan, jacket or light wrap handy for those fluctuating temperatures as many places have their air conditioning on full blast. Make sure every piece in your outfit can stand on its own.

2. Crisp

Always have a white cotton shirt handy it goes with everything. If you do not own one steal one from a man in your life.Throw it over your outfit to hide what is underneath.

3. Stay Chic

All that fabulous color and print but watch out not all of it works for your skin tones specially early on. When in doubt go black and white. Style icons love this classic combo for a reason. Feel free to pop it with a touch of red, pink or yellow they are all 3 summers must have colors.

 

4. Be well shod for summer

Bright colors and great patterns, Block heels and wedges, Matte and shine, This year has yielded a bounty of stunning summer shoes.

 

5. Belt it

The skinny belt or chain belt is your friend. It instantly dresses up even the most casual tank top and gives you definition when you wear something loose and flowy.

 

6. Invest in Summer Bling

Simple dramatic accessories and summer are the perfect fit. One statement piece like a long layered necklace or a dramatic earring is great. Keep it simple. A powerful style statement this summer is just one dramatic cuff.

 

7. Go bagalicious

Summer fashion tends to be minimal so make your bag a statement. For evening go really small with a clutch mini cross body or a mini drawstring. For day go big with a bright bucket, graphic tote or a soft leather hobo.

 

 

8. So fresh

Keep summer makeup light fresh, fabulous and with SPF.Just a touch to keep you on point.Focus either on the eyes or lips,never the whole face.

 

9. ”Made” with the right shades” and hat

A face flattering pair of quality sunglasses is essential for fashion and eye protection.So is the perfect hat.

 

 

 

10. Scarf 911

Always have one or two handy. They work as a great cover up, can battle a bad hair day as a headband,headwrap or tie or add a touch of print and polish to a simple outfit.

 

 

“Do not let the heat and humidity turn you into a “Hot Mess”

♥ Sunil

 

Hi Summer,Hello Shorts!

Shorts season is upon us as Summer is almost here.Some of you love them and others hate them.For a lot of women finding the right pair of shorts can be challenging.Shorts are now a Summer fashion staple and a must have in every woman’s wardrobe.They are versatile,simple and so comfortable as the temperature rises.Do make shorts a staple of your Summer wardrobe.

Here are some simple tips to help you find the right pair of shorts and then to rock them.

1.Make sure they fit-

They should be comfortable.The waistband should sit smooth and flat.There should not be any bunching in the rise and they should not cut in to your leg at the hem.The shorts should never end at the widest part of your thigh.Always make sure they sit below that point in you are tall or above that point if you are petite.Check the rear view,they should not pull across your hip and the top of the waistband should sit against the curve of your back.Plumbers crack is not sexy so if you are seeing some,the rise is too short for your body type.

2.Find the right style that flatters your body type-

Apple-Look for slightly shorter options with higher waists.Keep details and embellishment to a minimum,stay away from prints.No waistband flat front styles in a stretch fabric work best for you.Do not tuck in your top under any circumstances.The key to pulling off shorts for you is to showcase your legs.Always wear them with wedges or a sandal with a small heel.Always wear your shorts with statement sunglasses,you will be amazed on how it will elongate you.

Pear-Look for shorts that are roomy in the thigh.Aline shorts in dark colors work best for you.Try longer Bermuda or Boyfriend shorts that just skim your hips and thighs as they are very flattering.Culottes and Skorts are a great option for you as well.Do wear slightly longer length tops in prints and bright colors with them.Pair them with a nude shoe and complete your look with statement earrings or a great scarf.

Pencil-Your goal is to add curves to your lower half.So paper bag shorts,bubble shorts and ruffle shorts are all perfect for you.You have the body shape that can rock a romper.Do not be afraid to show off your long legs.Prints,textures and pocket details all flatter you.Make sure you always wear it with a blousy top tucked in and cute ballet flats.

Hourglass-Your body was made to rock shorts,nothing is off limits to you but make sure that your top is tucked in and your waist is always showcased.Wider contoured waistbands and waist detailing will always flatter you.Do opt for bright colors and prints.Shorts look best on you when paired with an open toe sandal.

Strawberry-Mid length shorts work best for you.Prints and bright colors will help balance your top.Cargo shorts and Embellished shorts are the most figure flattering.Do pair them with dark top and bright shoes.Accessorize with lots of cuffs and even a cocktail ring.

If you are not sure of your body type here is a quick cheat sheet.

 

3.It is all about balance-

The key to pulling of shorts in style is to balance your bottom with your top.Do not wear long tops with shorter length shorts.Pair longer length shorts with a tank or a tee,never a long sleeve shirt.

If your shorts and fitted and shorter wear them with a top that has volume.If your shorts are loose and baggy wear them with a fitted tank or camisole.

Shorts are a great daytime look and give out the perfect casual vibe.

  It is perfectly acceptable to rock shorts from day to night.Here are tips on how to do it well.

 

Anchor your look with the right accessories.Shoes are the most important.If you are not sure on how to anchor your look here is a post on the best accessories for your body type.Make sure you carry the right bag as well.

Make sure the skin on your legs is glowing and a great pedicure helps as well.

 

No matter what body shape you have,you can look amazing in shorts as long as you know what works best with your frame and you rock the hell out of them.”Attitude is everything”.

Here is a quick cheat sheet that you can take shopping with you.

 

As the words of a well known song go“She has legs and she knows how to use them”

♥ Sunil

 

 

Say yes to a dress!

Yes,it is finally here Spring has arrived and with her arrival time to say “Yes to fabulous Dresses” No you are not getting married but a great dress will make you feel special. Get out of those big sweaters,baggy sweats and heavy coats and have some fun.

Easter,Mother’s day,Graduations and Wedding season are all upon us.So what do you wear? Divine one piece,sweet,romantic and so girly a great dress is your  universal answer to all questions what do I wear right now? The great thing about a dress is that it takes 30 seconds to put on and needs minimal accessorizing so it is very time efficient.

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.

1.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.

Not a fan of color and print or color get a simple navy or grey dress and brighten it up with some bold or printed accessories.

Here are some of this season’s bags and shoes that will go perfectly with a solid dress.

2.Age,remember it is just a number so go with a trend you relate to!

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-sweet and girly is the way to go,Ruffles or Polka dots are the best trend to rock this season.Pink,Yellow and Blue are your go to colors.

 

30’s and 40’s-Floral dresses with a little structure are your thing, If florals are not your thing rock a great lace dress with sharp lines.Plenty of dresses with sleeves and collars out there if sleeveless is not your thing.A classic  printed wrap dress is a great option as well and they never go out of style.

 

40’s and 50’s Animal is the trend for you to rock this season.Look for a sophisticated version with great details.

 

60’s and 70’s,I love the Shirt Dress it offers great structure,style and coverage and is so chic.

70’s and above opt for a modern streamlined sheath dress with sweet details.

 

 

3.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 wit 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.Pair with a great sneaker and a visor or a striped tote.

Bohemian-Ditzy printed Floral dresses in cotton gauze or voile.Look for this season amazing scarf 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 stripes 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.

 

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

Happy Easter ♥ Sunil