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Fashion Confusion

Accessorize correctly

Mixing and matching patterns and prints can certainly be a challenge, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Just look at the women who wear the boho style – they’ve been mixing and matching prints, patterns, and fabrics with abandon for years! If they can do it, and do it well, then so can you.

With a new year upon us, it’s a great time to rethink old trends and embrace new ones. We’re in an age of anything goes, and the same can be said with fashion. The burning question is, “How do I do it and still look stylish?”

Here are a few tips to get you started on this fun, fashionable adventure:

1. Some patterns are so small they look like solids, so don’t be afraid to pair a skirt with tiny dots with floral tights and a block patterned shirt. The eyes can play tricks on us, and in this case, your skirt will look solid enough to pull off the entire outfit.

2. Keep it in the family by staying with the same color scheme throughout. You can boldly mix stripes and dots with abandon, as long as you use a mix of tan, taupe, red, and brown, for example. A brown and red plaid shirt pairs well with a tan blouse accented by a red floral scarf.

3. Don’t just stop with clothing; add accessories of different kinds to complement each other. Wear a mix of bangles and bracelets on one or both arms that range anywhere from leather to lace, and pearls to diamonds. Pairing stretchy pearl bracelets with silver bangles accented and a diamond studded clasp bracelet keeps it all within the color family (silver and white), and adds just the right mix you’re looking for.

So, pair that polka dot skirt with a striped black and white blouse, and break out your favorite floral patterned shawl to wrap around your geometric block patterned dress. You’ll turn heads in all the right ways and make a fashionable statement.

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The Long and the Short of It

Jackets and coats come in all shapes and sizes – just like people!  There are so many to choose from that it’s hard to figure out what works best with certain outfits, the weather and your taste.  You might wear two or three different types of coats in one day depending on the weather and what you are wearing.  So, what are your options for jackets and coats and which ones should you choose?

Long Sleeved vs. Short Sleeved/Sleeveless:

Pairing a form fitted long sleeve shirt under a puffy vest or short sleeve jacket in contrasting colors is a very popular look right now.  This look is perfect for those days that are nippy but not too cold.  On the other hand, when there is snow on the ground and a cold wind blowing, a long sleeve jacket or parka will work every time.

Long, Short or In-Between:

The length of the jacket or coat is just as important as the length of the sleeves.  You can achieve different looks and various degrees of warmth and comfort this way.  On really cold days, wear a long trench coat over your boots and jeans, or bundle up with a parka or quilted down jacket that reaches mid-thigh.  If the weather is a little warmer or you prefer a shorter length, you can find jackets that stop at the waist or mid-hip area.

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Guys Guide to Fashion: Warm for the Winter

Men are becoming more fashion conscious these days but sometimes they still need a little help in this department.  That’s where we come in.  Now that the cold days of winter are here it’s important that guys know what types of jackets to wear and what keeps them warm in all kinds of weather.

 50°F – 60°F:  If it’s a little bit cold outside with a chance it will warm up then a light jacket, hoodie or sweatshirt will do the trick.  Pair it with a long sleeved shirt, jeans and sneakers and you can shed the jacket or hoodie when the sun comes out to play.

40°F – 49°F:  There’s a bit of a chill in the air at this temp so you’re going to need something heavier than a hoodie. A jacket with a thick inner lining and zip-up collar will work to keep out the cold.  At this temp, it helps to layer underneath with a long sleeve shirt or sweater.

30°F – 39°F:  If it’s freezing, then you’ll need to be prepared for ice and snow outside.  Wear a heavy wool blend pea coat, coupled with a thick comfy scarf wrapped around your neck and gloves to keep your hands warm. You will be toasty in no time!

29°F and Below:  Anything below 30° and you definitely want to be bundled up in the right coat!  Layering also helps to keep you warm so it’s a good idea to wear a T-shirt under a thick long sleeve shirt or sweater.  Add a scarf, gloves and a cable knit hat or beanie to the finishing piece – a thick, heavy, quilted parka or coat.  You can find them with hoodies attached or collars that can be buttoned up for added warmth.

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Fashion Forward: What’s New for 2012?

As we head into a new year, we also head into new trends in fashion.  Most of the fashion trends from 2011 will be carried over but we will start to see some interesting fashions begin to emerge.  With the popularity of shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men, the styles of the 1920’s and 1960’s are coming back with a vengeance.  We’ve checked out the fashion trends of 2012 and wanted to share them with you.

Women’s Fashion:

The flapper look is in!   style that embodies romance, women’s freedom, independence and individuality all in one.  Expect to see loose-fitting, flowing dresses with embellishments like fringe and beading.  Other elements of this look are strappy high-heels, flapper headbands, and drop waists.

Another trend to look for in 2012 is the mod look of the early 1960’s.  Think short hems, block colors, and masculine flat shoes like penny loafers.  Expect to see a return of short, boyish hairstyles, graphic prints and geometric patterns.  For the fall of 2012, you can expect to see swing capes and coats.


Men’s Fashion:

You can still expect to see the trends of recent years like skinny jeans, baggy jeans, and loose-fitting shirts.  But a new trend is showing up that will be a style of 2012 if not the style of the year.  Relaxed tailoring has been seen on the horizon for men.  With this coming style, the focus is not on relaxed so much as it is on tailoring.


Relaxed in recent years has usually meant street wear – baggy, and casual.  The new trend is not formal but not totally casual either.  Picture a man’s suit that you could wear outside of the office or in a less formal setting.  Expect to see pleated pants, looser-fitting trousers and slacks, and seamless shoulders in men’s coats.


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Fashion Trends We Are Thankful For

Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks for the good in our lives: family, friends and, at Designer Studio Store, fashion. In our world, fashion is the ultimate form of self-expression. Fall trends bring the perfect mix of warm and comfortable. We celebrate Thanksgiving and have memorable gatherings in fall fashions and, each year, those outfits end up in our family photo albums.  When you are thinking about what to wear to this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, think about these gifts straight from the fall runway.

Boots and Skirts

Pull together your favorite long sleeved shirt with tights, boots and your favorite blouse for an attractive, head-turning fall look. Here’s the long and the short of this look:

Prairie skirt: Boho fashion is in. Take one look at this fall’s celebrity gossip magazines and you will see celebs wearing longer skirts with boots.  This trend has held solid for a few years. Pair a flowing skirt with leggings for warmth. Complete the look with a pair of UGG® Skylair women’s boots.

Above the knee, flowing short skirt: Flowing skirts beg for sexy tight calf high boots. Pair a flowing skirt with a long sleeved shirt, a fuzzy vest and a comfy pair of boots. Make sure the boots come up to at least the top of your calves to balance out the loose flow of the skirt.

Denim mini: Match a denim mini skirt with a pair of cute ankle high boots for a youthful duo. A cowl neck or turtle neck sweater will keep away the winter chill.  As the weather becomes colder, slip on a trench coat for a fun look that will keep you toasty too!

Jeans and Heels

The boot heel trend ushered in a whole new era of it being perfectly ok to wear your dress heels with your favorite pair of jeans. Skinny jeans, casual fit anything but high waist mom jeans is incredibly wearable with heels.  One of our favorite pairs of jeans to wear with heels are from Hudson. The Hudson Baby Boot Denim jeans really accentuate your assets while the heels really elevate your style.

Faux Fur

Real fur isn’t very PC these days. In fact, PETA has been quite successful in deterring people from real fur with the “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” campaign they have been running over the past few years.  Fortunately, faux fur is still quite in fashion.  This fall, faux fur accented coats, boots, capes and even sweaters are everywhere you look. To wear it right, don’t overdo it on the faux fur. Stick with accents and thoughtful touches throughout your wardrobe.  One faux fur cap can go a long way.

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