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Outfit of the Week: Nov. 3rd

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This week’s outfit of the week goes to Sartorial-Revenge’s layered look.  This blog shows us how to layer pieces for a warm and cozy Fall outfit.  Start with your favorite pair of black tights and pair it with a white tunic blouse.  To fight off those cold mornings throw on a black vest or black sweater over top of the blouse. For the last layer opt for an oversized dark grey jacket or cape sweater.  Look for ones that have wide arms so that the layers underneath will fit into the sleeves.  Depending on the weather you can wear the jacket open or closed.  To finish off the look, add a silver or grey clutch to the mix.  The best part about this outfit is that you can shed the layers as the sun comes out.

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By: Jaclyn Parker

Grey Coat – Zara ($189)
Grey Sweater – Zara ($129)
Blouse – Zara ($49)
Black Sweater – Zara ($39)
Leggings – Zara ($69.90)
Clutch – Macy’s ($51.99)

Outfit of the week!

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Created with StyleChat

This week it’s all about what to wear on a date! Opt for a pair of skinny pants in a soft, romantic color and throw on a simple yet fun sleeveless blouse.  Mix and match deep Fall colors with lighter summer ones.  Try out a navy or black watch and pair it with a black clutch.  To make your legs look long and lean, throw on a pair of black wedge booties. They’ll give you height, while still being comfortable enough to walk.  Last but not least, add a fun chunky silver necklace that will bring out the sparkle in your eyes.  What’s your go-to date night outfit? Share in the comments below!

By: Jaclyn Parker

Follow me on StyleChat @jparker, when you click on the look from the StyleWall it will direct you to where I found the items.

Zara necklace ($30)
Milly leather pants ($1,050) and clutch ($295)
Marc by Marc Jacobs watch ($175)
Parker top ($198)
Tory Burch boots ($395)

Shorter Times from the Catwalk to the Closet

I recently read an article from Rachel Wong, writer for Pretty Living. In the article she argues that runway clothing is being filtered down onto the streets and red carpets too fast.  I’d say that it couldn’t happen fast enough!

We live in a society where turnaround times are getting dramatically quicker and instant availability is a prime concern.  I understand that fashion has many levels and that the couture runway is the crème of the crop, but that doesn’t mean that runway garments need to be adorned for a long time before they are accessible.

The quicker the turnover, the faster designers will have to constantly be refreshing the looks and finding inspiration for new designs, which translates to a very exciting and exhilarating fashion industry.

I believe the fashion industry will be able to adapt to the expedited turnaround times in the fashion industry.  Stores like Zara have made a fortune off the business model of having the quickest turnaround possible.  Give the people what they want!

Loyal Zara customers praise the store for always bringing in new designs that imitate the runway looks.  Some people argue that this is unfair to the original designer, and on same level I do agree with that, but the world of fashion lies within a very collaborative industry where designers and product developers feed off of one another.

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Most true fashion-lovers would know that a copy will only ever be a copy.  The original designer runway looks can still be held up and appreciated for all their beauty, but bringing that beauty to the streets and red carpets quickly, is only a plus, not a detriment.

In a fashion class this year I learned that fashion filters down starting with the elite wealthy population, and slowly making their way down to the working class sect of the population.

Finally I believe this model is being challenged.  I’m not saying that the elite don’t get their hands on couture pieces first, but the fact that a comparable style can be in Zara within a very short time after it appears on the runway proves that our society is pushing the boundaries and limitations of the fashion world.

What do you think? Too fast or bring it on?

By Jaclyn Parker

Vintage

I’m big lover of vintage clothing. I even own a few great pieces,but unfortunately they aren’t practical and let’s face it; there is a fine line between wearing vintage and vintage wearing you. Clothing from a different era, if you’re not careful, can come off looking like a costume. Unless you’re going to a theme party,that’s not a good thing.

Now I seek out vintage inspired clothing—classic looks modernized—and I’m happy to report amazing styles are easy to find! Thanks to celebrities like Zooey Deschanel and TV shows like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire, designers are putting out retro looks that don’t appear out of place in today’s world.

Online shops such as ModCloth, Unique-Vintage, andStopStaringClothing, make it easy to replicate looks fromdecades past; while mainstream stores like Anthropologie, Forever 21, Zara, H&M, J. Crew, and many more, have sprinkled vintage inspired touches throughout their lines.

Using StyleChatMobile I created two looks.

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I love Mad Men (returning April 13th!) and adore Joan’s(Christina Hendricks) style. She always looks very sexy while remaining classy and professional; not an easy feat. To recreate this look I’ve selected a simple blue dress from ModCloth. While the dress is certainly curve-hugging, it falls a little below the knee, making it a piece you can either top with a cardigan and wear to the office, or add a hot pair of pumps and va-va-voom! For accessories I’ve selected a long tassel necklace and pearl earrings from Anthropologie, and a cocktail ring from Unique-Vintage.

The second look is more quirky, but still has a classic, modsilhouette. The bright yellow heels and tiger necklace make this simple frock (ModCloth) pop with fun. The purse (Zara) takes on the vibe of whatever outfit it’s carried with.

Though the two looks I created are 1960s inspired, lots of cute designs are coming out that borrow everything from the drop-waists of the 1920s to the bold neon of the 1980s. What looks of the past do you want in your future?

-Leigh