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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Day to Night Outfit

Finding an outfit to wear straight from the office to a date night can be difficult. Blazers can look stuffy and dresses can be too sexy for the office or too corporate for a date. 

This outfit is soft, pretty and romantic but still has a level of sophistication because of the structure of the components. The high waisted pencil skirt is an office staple but unusually executed in soft suede. The pale peach silk top is also work-appropriate but the petal sleeves and subtle pleats add a feminine touch. 

Before you step out, add a statement piece of jewelry (think cocktail ring or heavy brooch style necklace like the one shown) and a bright rosy lipstick.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

How to Mix Prints (Man Edition)

Hey boys - this one's for you.

Mixing prints is not just for the ladies. Have more fun dressing up for a night on the town or a friend's cocktail party.  Men don't have as many clothing options as us ladies do, so when party-time rolls around they only really get to choose from a shirt and tie. But you can show your style know-how by wearing fun colors and mixing prints.

Layering prints is a subtle art, and I am aware that some of our straighter male friends have a difficult time with this.

Some tips to help you get started

1. Firstly, don't just wear your work shirts and ties. Buy a couple button-ups and ties that are explicitly not appropriate for the office.

2. Stripes or dots are a simple base that look great with almost everything.

3. Black and/or white graphic prints open up the second element to any color of your choice.

4. Choose one bold print/color and one subtle (such as the white polka dots and subtle purple paisley our model Chris is wearing)

5. Color matters most. So check that the color combination works, and then check the pattern combo second.

6. As you experiment, you can venture further into wilder combinations. Have fun!

Meet Chris, all around handsome man, avid ailurophile and our first guest model on Miss Marie Styles!

Fashion Week Favorites - Mara Hoffman

Mara - You're blowing my mind, and making me want to wear pants! (Something I normally abstain from)

I absolutely love the bright geometric tribal print on print motifs, its so fun and fresh. I always have a hard time giving up color when summer fades away so its great to know we'll have some brilliant hues for Fall 2013.

Check out the whole lineup from her runway show here!