Turtleneck Love

That extra fabric around our pretty necks which keeps us warm on brisk days and cold nights.  That piece of clothing that can make the wearer look refined, sophisticated or dare I say, mature for all the right reasons.  The essential piece of garment that’s the go to when it comes to layering during Fall/Winter would be the turtleneck.  On chilly days when a scarf  is the no-no part of the outfit you’re wearing,  or you need to hide a neck full of evidence from some naughty activities, a turtleneck would be an appropriate alternative to a neck-cover.  Now working this timeless item of clothing with the right pieces is just a matter of finding the appropriate layers of dresses, jackets and bottoms to make the turtleneck look modern, sleek and tailored.

Basic turtlenecks are perfect to combine into any outfit for different occasions.  Business, causal and formal looks can be created by simply taking that one turtleneck and adding it to an item in your closet you wouldn’t normally pair with the tighty turtlies.  (new phrase wink)

 

Look 1: Topshop Nutmeg Boyfriend Blazer $130// Osman Archive for Matches Navy Dress $1225.00 // 3.1 Phillip Lim Scuba Neoprene Clutch in Green, Navy and Black $175 // 3.1 Phillip Lim Jayne Boots $695

Look 2: DKNY Two-tone wool cape $495 // Polo Ralph Lauren Charcoal Grey Turtleneck Knit Dress $380 // Topshop Crocodile Print Collar $40 // B Brian Atwood Paramour Suede High Heel Booties $450 (also available in Black)

Both dresses above can be easily worn with either the blazer or cape above.

You can also wear them with leather jackets to toughen up the overall look.

To keep the look long, lean, and focused, try not to wear big handbags, or a lot of jewelry.  A clutch to carry and one focus point for your jewelry above the chest be it a necklace or earrings, not both.

 

Take the basic turtleneck and pair it with another favorite this fall, the pencil skirt,  giving you a classic look. Pair the two-piece stunner with wedges or heeled-loafers and color popper accessories making it modern.

Look 3: VANESSA BRUNO Grey Turtleneck Wool Top $135 // Lanvin Metal And Stone Necklace $752 // House of Harlow 1960 Orlina Clutch in Leopard Pony $225 // Diane Von Furstenberg Jade Green Lytton Embossed Croc Clutch $365 // Alexander Wang Anais leather loafer pumps $650 // Rachel Zoe Eva Platform Wedge Pumps $650

Some of us think twice about wearing cocktail or va va voom dresses during the colder months.  Why should those sexy pieces be hidden away when all that’s needed is  the black turtleneck, a must have for every fashionista.  Coupled with a decorative dress or an embellished blouse, the black turtleneck can dress down your look a bit, but can also give you an entirely new look and increase the amount of times and the places you wear that special piece.

Look 4: Andrew Gn Knit Turtleneck $640 // MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Safety Pin Dress $295 // Elie Saab Wave Small Clutch $532 // Lara Bohinc Tatjana Suede Pouchette $674 // Reiss Earlham BOX CLUTCH $150 // Alexander Wang Luisa Open Toe Booties $550 // Miss KG Delia Platform Mary Janes $156

Each of the turtlenecks above can be worn with either one of the skirts.  The same goes for the heels, all which can be paired with opaque tights.    Since the top and bottom together can create such a strong statement, try keeping the accessories to a minimum and handbags or clutches understated.  Keep the colors going strong all year round. It’s a good way to stand out from the “All Black Attire Movement” during the colder months.   If you’re not ready to color it up with your outerwear, incorporate it with the different pieces under your coats.

1: M Missoni Dolman-sleeved wool sweater $136

2: Miu Miu Cashmere Blend Turtleneck Pullover $449

3  VANESSA BRUNO Grey Turtleneck Wool Top $135

4: MARY KATRANTZOU Silk-satin peplum skirt $2,620

5: Kaelen Luanne Pleated Skirt $279

6: Topshop Velvet Frame Bag $56

7: Forzieri Unlined Italian Leather Gloves $87

8: Club Monaco Dora Bag $189

9: 3.1 Phillip Lim Regine T-Strap Sandals $750

10: Ralph Lauren Collection Jalie suede T-bar sandals $650

11: Givenchy Suede and leather T-Strap sandals $740

12: Miu Miu Purple Suede Platform Sandal $695

 

 

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Monday Men Style: What Did Tweed Say To Herringbone?

The chills are here and we no longer have the chance to see the boys rocking the sleeveless or the 3/4 sleeve- tops.  No more buttoned-up shirts with the sleeves rolled-up or the masculine wrist candy easily visual. (check this story out) Ohh the trauma these men will be inflicting upon us by hiding what their daddy gave them.  How can we survive the Fall/Winter without seeing some skin? Let’s all repeat these words, ” absence makes the heart grow fonder,” it can help us get by. In the meantime, let’s look forward to the fabrics that the men of style will be wearing.  The well-dressed men will have us staring and using our imaginations as to what they’re packing underneath that tweed suite.

Photos via GQ.comGuerreisms.com, StreetFSN

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Monday Men Style: Music Videos Kanye West Style.

Time and time again, Kanye West never disappoints in the less than tactful way he voices his opinions or how he responds to comments he may not like.  At the same time, he also never disappoints us with the impressive music and the elaborate, creative videos that accompany those songs.  “Runway” video is a perfect example of using your video time wisely. The volcanic red skies providing the backdrop to a scenic drive, red smoke being shared by the young, “All Of The Lights”  from some fireworks light the sky…..red, a small parade of men marching in that special color, with an inflated head of Michael Jackson and a woman in feathers throughout the video. Color: Nude!  

The epic video is filled with clips of several songs from  his latest album. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West managed to take music videos into a new categories, with visual story telling every-time, and the length of this particular video being 34 minutes.  This one is best watched full-screen.  Good way to see how the somewhat nude-feathered lady gets caught up with the red stuff.


Download the entire album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy  for $5.99 on Amazon.com

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Monday Men Style: London Fashion Week From GQ & Tommy Ton.

What a team we have here! Tommy Ton paired up with GQ.com to give us the mens’ best in show during the S/S fashion month.  If memory serves me right the collaboration started getting me excited around the same time last year and as each fashion week passes from the fashion capitals around the world, the photos keep getting better.  At the same time Mr. Ton and GQ.com are showing us that there are some men out there who put some effort and takes pride in their appearances.  We women should not take any excuses from some of the men in our lives when they try to leave the house in garments that haven’t been pressed or dare I say cleaned.  (close your eyes for 5 seconds and nod your heads)

Now that we’re on the same page, let’s stare, tilt our heads every so slightly to the left, and marvel at how the guys, in the photos below, define their sense of style during London’s spring/summer 2012 fashion week.

The ankle length pants have are still going strong in London!

The love of backpacks have been spotted. Check out a selection below that are unisex.

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Even though this jacket has been worn down to the seam , this guys still makes his rip-away look cool.

Photos via GQ.com

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