No Rips and Fewer Uggs for the New Year

12/29/2009

happy new years!
(Erika/Mom) Last week, my daughter Lizzi and I came up with 10 terrific fashion trends we would like to see continue in 2010. We thought it only appropriate to follow up with New Year’s wishes of what we DON’T want to see anymore. Let’s start with a clean slate, people. January 1 is the day to wake up in those cute new PJs you got, eat a healthy breakfast, play Monopoly with your kids…and throw out your Uggs!!!
brown uggs
Before you start chucking your old worn-out boots at me, you should know that I have my own version of Uggs. They are Lands End clogs, red with sheepskin lining. They are supremely comfortable, easy to throw on, and I wear them far too much between November and April. Lizzi averts her eyes when she sees my red feet coming. But I’m not talking about banning Uggs for shoveling snow off the driveway or thick clogs for walking the dog. They are wonderful cold-weather boots. Here’s what I hate:

It's alright to wear them inside but not out!

It's alright to wear them inside but not out!


Uggs aren’t much of a fashion statement. I don’t think we should default to Uggs just because they’re easy. Don’t even get me started on wearing Ugg SLIPPERS as real shoes. Geez. It’s totally fine if you’re inside and lounging around the house. There are a lot of shoes and boots on the market that are warm, convenient, and don’t make you look like you stepped in some kind of suede cement. If you must wear Uggs, consider the styles that aren’t “classic Ugg”–like this one, for example:
cute grey slouchy uggs

Don’t hate me. I’m just tired of Uggs worn in all the wrong places. Now Lizzi will tell you her wish.

(Lizzi/Daughter) One trend I would not like to see in 2010 would be the whole destroyed/ripped trend. I don’t know the exact name for it, but I think it looks totally trashy and weird. I’m constantly seeing ripped leggings and shirts and dresses being sold everywhere from Forever21 to even Neiman Marcus! I don’t mind destroyed jeans to an extent. But if they’re destroyed to a point where your whole leg shows then it makes me want to gag.

ripped everything

Instead of wearing rips and detroyed jeans, try cut-outs. They are a lot cleaner and more sophisticated than tons of rips and holes.

cutouts

Have a Happy New Year, everyone!

Our 10 Favorite Fashion Trends for 2009

12/22/2009

Me and Mom in Venice....shopping of course!

(Lizzi/Daughter) Since it is almost the end of the year and 2010 is right around the corner, Mom and I decided to recap our favorite trends from 2009. We each chose five trends that we would love to see continue and flourish in the upcoming year.

Lizzi’s Five Favorite Trends of 2009:

My Favorite Fashion Trends of 2009
My Favorite Fashion Trends of 2009 by ChicLizzi featuring Matthew Williamson
Items in this set:
Discount Balmain Military-style denim jacket | theOutnet.com, 3,394 GBP
Matthew Williamson | Fitted twill blazer | NET-A-PORTER.COM, 745 EUR
See by Chloe Crepe boyfriend-fit blazer, $735
ABS Black Bandleader Jacket with Gold Trim
Jimmy Choo York leather motorcycle boots, $1,195

1. Blazers. This is my favorite trend of 2009. I liked the whole menswear trend and thought blazers were a very chic way of dressing up anything whether it was a button-down and jeans or a frilly floral dress.

2. Motorcycle boots. I love motorcycle boots. They are tough and edgy but feminine and fun. They are especially great for the cold winter weather!

3. Bib necklaces. Any statement necklace is great but bib necklaces always seem to catch my eye more than other necklaces.

4. Lace tights. Lace is one of my favorite fabrics and tights are my favorite bottoms to wear, so when both of them are combined they make something wonderful!

5. Military jackets. I love military jackets because of the structure and the buttons. It always reminds me of the toy soldiers in the Nutcracker, my favorite ballet!

(Erika/Mom)
I have to say, thank God romance is back in fashion! I mean the soft, feminine, flowing kind, not the French maid, bodice-ripper kind. We moms have more to choose from than we have for a decade. Today’s stores are filled with clothing, jewelry and accessories that show a great deal of imagination and an attention to the fabulous techniques and silhouettes of the past. I actually had a hard time narrowing my trends down to five, but they are all generous categories and easily adopted by every taste, budget, and (best of all) figure type. Take a look and get ready to hit the sales after Christmas!

Mom’s Five Favorite Trends

My Favorite Fashion Trends for 2009
My Favorite Fashion Trends for 2009 by EKotite featuring Miss Selfridge
Items in this set:
Milly Ruffle-sleeved merino wool dress, $295
Prep School Dress, $65
Ruffle Tie Blouse, $19
Stella McCartney Wide quilted waist belt, $263
Full Wool Mini Skirt, $245

6. Romantic (styles and fabrics). From sheerest organza to heavyweight velvets, garments of every type are getting a gorgeous lift. Lizzi and I have discovered marvelous tiered skirts in Forever 21; dresses embellished with fabric flowers in gorgeous colors; jackets with lightly puffed sleeves; and of course, shoes with ankle straps and sparkling buckles.

7. Ruffles. Lizzi laughs at my slavish devotion to ruffles. A simple white blouse I bought at White House/Black Market with a ruffled front has been my wardrobe stretcher of the year. A hybrid mom cannot have too many ruffles.

8. Faux Fur. I must admit I have not yet indulged in the fabulous fakes out in the stores this year. But these faux fur makers are really doing something right in their labs. Today’s vests, jackets, coats, and accessories are soft, warm, and oh so stylish.

9. Preppy. When I finally tossed my mid-calf pinwale corduroy pink skirt from college, I never thought I’d see the like of it again. Today’s preppy trend is a bit sexier but super feminine and flexible. You can look like Muffy instead of Skip with these soft fabrics and understated silhouettes.

10. Watches. The amazing, eye-catching array of watches out there drives home an important point: utility definitely shouldn’t look useful. (If you aren’t convinced, take a look at the wonderful tricked-out Steampunk computer we had in a recent post). Insist on pretty whenever possible. That rule, at least for me, has never been easier than now.

Lizzi’s Look of the Day

12/17/2009

This week has been a cold one in New Jersey. We’ve had to tack on a few extra minutes in our morning rush to find gloves, scarves, and to keep the fire going. Lizzi wore this outfit on Tuesday, actually. She is wearing a soft floral dress from Urban Outfitters that we both love. It is cinched with a leather wraparound belt she bought in Paris. Tights are from Old Navy and boots are from Target. Even though the fabric looks springlike, the dress itself is a thick knit and very soft. Cozy, you might say.

The Joy of Velvet

12/08/2009


(Erika/Mom) Most of us are feeling poor these days; or at least I am. Splurges are out, making do is in. Still, I don’t think it’s healthy to embrace austerity completely. There isn’t much that a little touch of velvet can’t fix.

I’ve always loved velvet. Its texture and rich colors remind me of Christmas, of dressy parties and European splendor. In the 50s and 60s, my grandmother made jeweled ornaments on a fabric base, like the one above. Usually she chose velvet. Today, my siblings and I have painstakingly divided the remaining fragile treasures between us and my favorites have always been the velvet ones. Fifty years later and those scraps of velvet still gleam.

Unfortunately, velvet has taken many hits over the decade especially when velour made its debut. Despite its widespread use in casual wear, upholstery, and children’s clothing, velour brings to mind cheesy producers in track suits and gold chains. At my part-time job during high school, I sold countless men’s velour shirts when Gap still had a “The” in front of it.

The only thing velvet and velour have in common is their first two letters. Velvet is the fabric of royalty, created hundreds of years ago from fine silk and jewel-color dyes. It’s a wonderful (and affordable) element to introduce, or re-introduce, back into your wardrobe.

(Lizzi Hayes/Daughter)This Fall, designers like BCBG and Marc Jacobs have added A LOT of velvet into their collections and therefore stores like H&M and Forever 21 have started to make affordable versions of their velvet masterpieces. Everyone is dying for a little bit of the luxurious fabric… in fact, I’m in the process of sewing a coral-colored velvet handbag.

bcbg fall 2009 velvet

marc jacobs fall 2009 velvet dress

Velvet dresses, leggings, purses, jackets, and so much more.

Try getting the look by wearing this bold-shouldered velvet dress from H&M:
hm-black-velvet-dress-fall-09

These velvet headbands from Forever 21:
velvet headband

A pair of tights and lace-up ankle boots and you’ll be the most stylish girl in town!

10 Ways to Know You (and perhaps your daughter) Are a Shopaholic

11/20/2009

1. You scavenge the recycle bin for catalogs your husband threw away but you haven’t “read” yet.

2. You know all of your 16-digit credit card numbers, as well as the 3- and 4-digit authorization codes, by heart

3. Your grocery cart ratio of impulse buys to necessary staples is 5:1.

4. Confessions of a Shopaholic was not funny. At all.

5. Visiting college campuses means finding the student store for T-shirts.

6. When you tell your daughter that “we are only window-shopping” and she looks at you like “what’s the point?”

7. You save all your shopping bags and stuff them in the corner of your closet or bedroom because you can’t bear to throw them away.

8. When you are just about to leave Macy’s, you pass by the shoe section and spend another two hours there trying on shoes.

9. It doesn’t matter who you’re shopping for, as long as you’re at the mall, you are completely and 100% satisfied.

10. You and your mom plan 2 back-to-school shopping trips. The first is in New York City and the second, one of the biggest malls in America.

Steampunk Fashion and Jewelry

11/17/2009

Steampunk fashion

steampunk n. a genre of science fiction set in Victorian times when steam was the main source of machine power.

(Lizzi Hayes) Mom was the first to introduce me to steampunk about a year ago. I remember she was really excited about it and showed me different pictures of the different things that are involved in the steampunk trend (you gotta see this modified PC):

steampunk PC

I was very interested, but mostly in the jewelry, which is made out of different metals, watch and clock pieces, jewels, wires, stones, and so much more. This one is from The Steampunk Trunk on etsy:
steampunk bracelet

But Mom was more interested in the fashion; tight corsets, full skirts, embroidered jackets, top hats, and long coats. Since Mom and I are so fascinated and interested in steampunk, we decided to show off the pieces of steampunk jewelry and the steampunk fashion we love!

As I was surfing the net, I found a great website full of steampunk clothing and accessories that every fashionista would love. It’s called Clockwork Couture.

This website provides lots of cool Victorian-esque clothing. Some of my favorite items were these:

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elasticbelt

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motive20

Feel free to explore this wonderful site!!!

Now onto jewelry. Steampunk jewelry isn’t as simple as it looks. It seems as though you could just smash an old watch and glue the pieces onto a simple bangle. It’s actually a lot more beautiful than that…

edmdesigns on Etsey has wonderful jewelry. Some of it is extreme, others are very classy and simple.

An example of extreme would be this gorgeous steampunk cuff.

steampunk cuff

It also comes in many other styles.

There are many rings that I find actually very beautiful and fascinating:

steampunk ring

This ring I’m putting on my Christmas List!!!!

Overall, I think the steampunk style and philosophy is great and very stylish because I love the intricate mix of mechanical and romantic.

(Erika/Mom) Maybe I’ve read too many Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian fantasy novels but for me steampunk is as seductive as Johnny Depp. And I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty tired of the same old, same old jeans and sweaters. Steampunk is escapism you can wear. Evoking the adventurous feminism of Amelia Earhardt, the tailored romance of Nicole Kidman in Australia and the everyday wackiness of Helena Bonham Carter, steampunk is a trip to the past when England’s love of mechanical innovation met its last days as an uncontested world power.

I discovered this new-old world of steampunk while working on a book proposal last year and am fascinated with the people who live it.

steampunk fashion male

Jewelry is probably the easiest way to express your steampunkism. Etsy has many sellers who specialize in exquisite piecees as Lizzy pointed out. Dressing steampunk is a little trickier–the components are highly theatrical and you might easily be mistaken for an extra in Moulin Rouge. An example of toned-down steampunk is this little mineral wash jacket Lizzi and I spotted at Delia’s over the weekend:

Delias mineral wash jacket

Pair this with a ruffled white shirt, black jodhpur-style pants, a pair of black boots, and by jove, you’ve got it!

Capital Fashion

11/12/2009

Lincoln Monument Washington DC

(Erika/Mom) While New Jersey teachers were on a convention of continuing education last Thursday and Friday, we decided we’d take a little fact-finding trip of our own. Tim and I took our children (Lizzi, her sister and her brother) to Washington DC and let them gaze for the very first time on Our Nation’s Capital. It was a wonderful family weekend. Although we only had two days of exploring, we learned a great deal. Here are some facts we can share:
1. The White House is big, but not that big. Many of our neighbors have oversized homes that rival its size. You can meander around right in front, on Pennsylvania Avenue, while stoic policemen watch. Probably could have tried to start a game of flag football, to see if Sasha and Malia could come out and play. We saw that something was going on, as dark-suited people with press badges were walking in and out of the gates. I asked if the President was home and got a terse “we cannot divulge that information.” In retrospect I believe everyone was gathering for the momentous healthcare legislation announcement.
2. When parking says “9:00 to 4:00” on H Street, that doesn’t mean it’s free after 4 pm as my husband and I naively guessed. Rather, it means “better move your damn car on the dot of four or you will get a $100 parking ticket.”
3. We were told brown squirrels only lived in Princeton. Not so; they’ve migrated to Washington, where they mingle in peace with the common gray squirrel.
4. The Smithsonian should be designated one of the 7 Wonders of the World. It’s free (after taxes) and goes on forever and ever. Being the average tourists, we started at American History and were instantly sucked into the worlds of the First Ladies and their dresses, Lincoln’s top hat, Julia’s kitchen, and Archie Bunker’s famous armchair. We learned how heavy a bucket of water is that an early 20th-century washerwoman had to carry 24 times to fill a washtub. (Answer: 21 pounds)
Caroline Harrison's Inaugural GownJacqueline Kennedy Inaugural Gown

5. There seems to be some kind of dress code in Washington that relies heavily on navy blue.

Lizzi and I began to pick up on this phenomenon as we posed for photos in front of the White House. Secret Service men were of course dressed in black but many of the people on Capitol Hill, chatting with colleagues and talking on their cellphones, were swathed in blue. Men seemed to prefer solid-color ties in greens and pinks. The obsession with navy really struck us at our hotel. We discovered an FBI meeting was taking place our first morning and we had to weave through a sea of blue to reach the front door.

Lizzi and I think that this epidemic of navy blue is in serious need of healthcare reform. Taking a cue from our President and the House of Representatives, which on Saturday passed the nation’s first national healthcare plan, we offer a somewhat less exhaustive but no less radical blue suit reform for the FBI, the press, the White House, and anyone else in Washington who doesn’t already have a strict dress code.

May We Suggest…
This classic suit was somewhat typical of what we saw. While nice, it is more of a camouflage than a standout:
classic navy womens suit
But for a little more distinction, how about this? (a 1940s suit from Lulu’s Vintage)
Lulus Vintage 1940s ladies navy suit
Accessories are really key here. Besides the nifty FBI badge and id tag, we suggest a great brooch or scarf, like these from 1928 Jewelry and Eileen Fisher:
1928 Jewelry vintage style broochEileen Fisher red scarf
I’ll let Lizzi be the world’s first under-21 fashion stylist for the women of the FBI. Lizzi, don’t forget to show everyone the first pair of shoes you chose. Let’s just say they were fabulous, but wouldn’t be your friends on a perp chase. 🙂

(Lizzi/Daughter) The outfits I saw in the hotel and around town were for the most part very boring. Black or navy frumpy suits with clunky black shoes. So I thought it would be fun to do a before and after and show how to transform from this:
boring suit

To this:
fashion suits

Suits in order:
Women’s Business Suit from China.cn
YSL Asymmetrical Suit
Two-piece wool skirt suit from YESSTYLE

Not knowing much about what you wear as an FBI agent, or anyone else who works for the president, I at first chose a pair of black stilettos for my new and improved black uniform.

black miu miu shoes

When I showed Mom my choice of shoes, she laughed and told me to change the shoes to a pair of lower heels. How was I supposed to know that running full speed down dark alleys was sometimes part of the job description of an FBI agent? (And scratch that as a career option for ME). Anyway, my outfit turned out like this:

For My Blog
For My Blog by ChicLizzi featuring Nine West shoes

Items in this set:
Vivienne Westwood Red Label skirt, $820
Juicy Couture coat, $400
DAY Birger et Mikkelsen blouse, $240
Nine West shoes, $79
Iosselliani ring, 160 GBP

Pretty nice, eh? Dressing like this for a job that has a strict dress code is pretty simple. All you need is an asymmetrical black skirt suit (nothing is symmetrical these days!), a pair of low heeled, simple (but NOT boring) black heels, a dark gray or black feminine blouse, and, if you need it for the outdoors, a black pea coat. To accessorize, a simple stack ring set and a brooch is very classy and chic. Of course, this particular outfit was made for an FBI agent. You can tell by the cell phone case and Presidential Seal!

Overall, I had a great vacation and learned a lot about how people who work for the federal government dress. Let’s hope they start representing us in a style that rocks the nation.

I Hate My Wardrobe

10/30/2009

dreary closet

(Erika/Mom) A few mornings back, I shivered into my attic closet and couldn’t find anything I wanted to wear. All of a sudden I hated everything. This is not characteristic of me; normally I am cheerful and optimistic about my chances of wearing something that looks decent without labeling me as a “mom in mom pants” or worse yet, a slob.

The all-too-familiar patterns of all-too-well-worn shirts and blouses hung tiredly in their places. Limp cable-knit sweaters melted together with blended-fiber turtlenecks and miscellaneous cardigans. Two pairs of jeans folded neatly among some decidedly high-waisted mom pants that Lizzi begs me not to wear. So I wear my jeans a lot. I spent months looking for slim black pants that didn’t give me a muffin-top belly; never found ’em. Most of my dresses are from the mid- to late 1990s–classics or has-beens, depending on your mood.

So we all get the problem–or do we? I’ve been thinking about this quite deeply, and decided that in my case, it’s not about having anything decent to wear. It’s more about laziness and under-utilizing observation and experimentation. Most of us evaluate our wardrobe in the morning, which isn’t always the best time for creativity. Rows of clothes are scanned quickly and our eye picks up the same things over and over again. Anyone who shops like this is bound to leave the store disappointed. My mother shops like this and it drives me nuts. How can you find something unless you really look for it? Clothing will not come out and curtsy to you. You gotta dig, man.

Same thing with our own closets. Digging a little deeper, I discovered (or re-discovered) a few things that have great potential, worn right. Take this blouse, for example:

I've had this lacy blouse for longer than I care to admit. It's from The Limited and is still in great shape.

I've had this lacy blouse for longer than I care to admit. It's from The Limited and is still in great shape.

By itself, it’s pretty blah. But if I take the time to pair it up with another shirt and some interesting accessories, it really takes on a new life. The first set is the blouse over a Macys v-neck tank and a long necklace doubled over:

This combo is much better, I think. With some acid-washed jeans and shoes other than mom-clogs I could hold my head up.

This combo is much better, I think. With some acid-washed jeans and shoes other than mom-clogs I could hold my head up.

Going one step further, I fished out an old Cabi belt that I bought in 2005. I never wear it, but it’s actually really pretty. (Lizzi, tell me if I’m delusional here.) Anyway, adding the sparkling belt with a really soft scarf in an incredible shade of blue, I came up with this:

It's possible...for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage...a Cinderella transformation of my old blouse.

It's possible...for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage...a Cinderella transformation of my old blouse.

So what do you think Lizzi?

(Lizzi/Daughter) Mom, I think you should stop wearing your clogs and start wearing your awesome belts!

I do agree that a lot of your clothes are a little bit old, but if you dress things up like you did to that blouse, you’ll be the most fashionable mom on the block (even though you already are…). Even though it’s easier for me to always have new things because I’m still growing, on most days, I’ll look at my clothes and totally hate what I see. I think we all have those days.

A better way for me to pick out my clothes is to do it the night before, when I’m not so groggy. I also like to ask Mom for help because she always thinks of things to pair together that I would never think of.

The other day, I really hated how small my wardrobe was compared to my friends’ and asked my mom for help. She told me to pair a gray sweater vest with a striped sweater, which I thought would look really odd, but it ended up being my favorite outfit of the week.

A great accessory to add to your wardrobe is a belt. Belts can either accessorize your pants or your top. The best place to put your belt is at your waist, like mom did. You can belt anything from cardigans to loose tunics (think medieval!)

Like this:
belted cardigan and tunic

Mom and I are going to try and feature more “reality” posts with our own clothes, so excuse us while we go tidy up our closets.

Sneaky Friday: Lizzi’s Look of the Day

10/23/2009

Lizzi Look of the Day Oct 23 2009

This was actually yesterday. The NJ weather has been very fine this week so Lizzi is wearing skirts while the sun shines. Her outfit is a Forever 21 skirt that I love–full, in a B/W pattern. Top is a basic magenta T-shirt from Target. Tights in eggplant, shoes bought in Paris :), and a long necklace (borrowed from me) complete the look.

Summer Clothes for Cold Weather

10/19/2009

Warm tights make summer shorts work for fall. If you're Kate Moss or a teen, that is.

Warm tights make summer shorts work for fall. If you're Kate Moss or a teen, that is.


(Erika/Mom) Perhaps we’re taking this “economy-is-bad-use-everything-you-have” business a little too far. Still, Lizzi and I agree that keeping a few of your favorite warm weather pieces in circulation through fall and winter is a good thing. They extend your wardrobe, and they remind you while your fingers are freezing off that the cold weather will pass and warm, sunny days are ahead. So now let’s see what Lizzi has in mind for the younger set, then I’ll chime in on what pieces might work for us boomer moms.

(Lizzi/Daughter) Well, fall has finally arrived after a long summer vacation and winter is not far behind. After all the summer shopping trips you took these past few months, you probably don’t feel like spending any more money on clothes. So, don’t let those denim shorts and colorful frocks go to waste; wear them in the cold weather, too!

I know all you moms who are reading this right now are thinking, “What?! I can’t let my delicate child wear shorts in the cold weather! She’ll freeze to death!” You need to chill out–or should I say warm up–to these stylish layering ideas that pair summer favorites with winter insulation. (Mom’s right behind me on this one… no, literally, she’s sitting right behind me!)

A good place to start is with your tank tops and camisoles. From plain white to neon pink to patterned, anything works as long as you have the right clothing items to pair with your tank.

Let’s start with something simple, like this white cotton tank. I’m sure most people have a white tank somewhere in their closet. To make it work in winter, pair it with a simple black blazer, acid wash jeans, and motorcycle boots. If you want a softer look, try a pair of legging jeans in a neutral color like black or gray with a pair of over-the-knee boots and a cozy cardigan.

LOOK 1 ; LOOK 2
LOOK 1 ; LOOK 2

Look 1
Splendid tank
Blazer from maruione.jp
Topshop acid wash jeans
Giuseppe Zanotti motorcycle boots
Necklace from kirnazebete.com

Look 2
Splendid tank
DKNY wrap cardigan
Current/Elliot legging jeans
Chloe over-the-knee boots
Christopher Kane fingerless gloves

Pair a more colorful or exciting tank with a high-waisted skirt, black leggings, a black cardigan, and some black flats (or any other neutral color)
tiger tank top fall look

This Look
Tiger tank from mytheresa.com
H&M skirt
Vince shrug cardigan
Sass & Bide leggings
Black flats from peacocks.co.uk
Knit beret from newlook.co.uk

The next summer piece you should save for fall is a pair of denim shorts. They’re super easy to wear with some tights or leggings underneath.

Katie Holmes, Lily Allen, and Kate Moss rock the tights-and-shorts look:
tights and shorts celebs

For a tougher look, wear distressed (not too distressed… just enough to make it look edgy) denim shorts, black tights, motorcycle boots, and either a leather jacket or boyfriend blazer. For a softer, cuter look try a pair of more tailored and clean denim shorts with a pair of bright tights (for instance, red or purple), black flats, and a long-sleeved top like this:

Helmut Lang Wool Sweater
Helmut Lang Wool Sweater

or

Rebecca Taylor Ruffle Blouse
Rebecca Taylor Ruffle Blouse

Finally, don’t even think about packing up those cute dresses from the summer! Dresses are easy to pair with both tights and leggings, so try looks like these….

LOOK 1
LOOK 1

LOOK 2
LOOK 2

LOOK 1
American Eagle dress
H&M tights
Charlotte Russe Lace Shrug
Oxford flats (going clockwise) from lagarconne.com, urbanoutfitters.com, and Christian Louboutin
Monica Vinader earrings

LOOK 2
Dress from dorothyperkins.com
Sass & Bide silver leggings
Flats from moonson.co.uk
Forever21 shrug
Jessica Simpson Belt (zappos.com)
Bangle from fantasyjewelrybox.com

Mom, how would you wear your summer items in fall and winter?

(Erika/Mom) It’s me again. And let me start by saying there ain’t no way I’d leave the house in shorts and tights. I’m laughing just thinking about it. I also won’t touch anything white–memories of white flats worn well past the east coast deadline in the 80s, and the mortification that ensued, prevent me from pushing the envelope on that one.

So I’ll stick with layering, using a favorite sheer top. Think of a top that has some volume to it, so you can layer from below. For example, look at this beautiful sheer blouse I found on Flickr:
BCBG Maxazria blouse

Wouldn’t it look great paired with a very sleek black stretchy top underneath? I’m almost thinking ballet leotard:
black long-sleeved leotard women's

Find a nice-fitting pair of black jeans:
gap black jeans women's

And you’re in business! This doesn’t work well with all summer tops, so experiment. And trust me, don’t experiment 15 minutes before you have to be somewhere. If you have a style-conscious 12-year-old in the house, so much the better. She won’t be shy to tell you just how right on (or far off) the fashion mark you are.