Weekly Roundup: Summer Shoes and Dresses

This week’s list of top picks is short and sweet. Pickings are usually slim at the end of the season, but this year has been exceptional. There is lots of good stuff to purchase if you’re in shopping mode and your Summers are long. 

This week highlights a footwear brand called Earth that generally makes very comfortable footwear for regular and higher volume feet. Their styles are often too wide for me, but I keep on trying. Sometimes I order half a size down when the toe box looks long enough hoping that they create a better fit. One day, one of their styles will fit because all good things come to those who wait. Fabulous dresses are still going strong because it’s the best dress season ever. Browse all the colour options and read the rave reviews.

  • Earth Masio Loafer: A comfy loafer with a sporty and casual integrity. Comes in six lovely colours. These might stay on feet with narrow heels. Solid and polished.
  • Earth Juno: A sandal for narrower heels and wider toes. Quite good arch support and with a manageable heel height. Our forum members rave about them.
  • Vince Camuto One Shoulder Ruched Top: Alluring yet reasonably covered. Needs a strapless bra, and might run a size big unless you’re broad-shouldered. Long in the torso so not for petites. Form-fitting yet the ruching is forgiving.
  • Vince Camuto Side Ruched Jersey Midi Dress: Fitted yet forgiving. Flattering, easy, and a super duper length. Suits a range of body types and is machine washable. I wish it came in a colour other than black.
  • Vince Camuto Ruched Stripe Tank Top: This top is not as long in person, but it’s just as form-fitting. The diagonal lines do an excellent job of straightening curves and camouflaging lumpage and bumpage. And they’re just as good at adding shape to a straighter figure. Fab on a larger bust or broader shoulder line.
  • Vince Camuto Chateau Floral Side Ruched Body-Con Dress: A WOW dress. Shaped in all the right places to create a streamlined silhouette yet magically forgiving. Might run a size big. If you wear a US0 and need a narrow fit, get an XXS.
  • Naturalizer Amabella Slide Sandal: Fabulously trendy and looks like they come straight from COS. But they’re Naturalizer, so a LOT more comfortable, and healthy for your feet. Comes in regular and wide widths, and a few colours. I vote WHITE.
  • Banana Republic Stripe Handkerchief-Hem Ponte Dress: SUBLIME dress on a curvy body type. Works deliciously well on wider hips and thighs because of the flattering effect of diagonal lines. Works well on petites. Elegant length and great drape.
  • Lucky Brand Ginger Bermuda Shorts: Flattering, comfortable, easy, versatile, and works on a range of body types. A streamlined fit and even wash add a polished touch to these fab denim shorts.
  • Banana Republic Pointed-Toe Robin Ballet Flat: I couldn’t believe my luck when I tried these pretty darlings. Pointy-toe ballet flats are hard to fit because they fall off my feet, feel too flat and unsupported, and squash my toes. These are perfect. Very comfy and cushioning, have room in the toe box and a substantial sole, and stay on my feet. VERY dainty and quite dressy on the foot. For low-volume/narrow feet only. They earned a place in my wardrobe and I’m thrilled with them. Colour is more saturated in person.
  • Sanctuary Samba Midi Tank Dress: An elegantly casual midi for those who like to showcase their midsection. The ruching is forgiving, but it’s still quite clingy so consider yourself warned.
  • Vince Camuto Venue Block Stripe Ruched Body-Con Dress: A streamlined midi that’s as forgiving as it is tailored. Comfortable and easy. Wow on those who can fill it out. Armholes aren’t too wide either.
  • Earth Hibiscus: Chunky sandals for higher volume feet. The straps create diagonal lines across the vamp of the foot which is visually attractive – especially on wider ankles.
  • Earth Tierra: Happy rainbow sandals that are pretty and solid on the foot. Must be able to fill out the broad straps. Comes in three colours.
  • Earth Sunflower: A chunky sandal for higher volume feet. Modern and simple. Flattering on wider ankles. Looks great in black in a ’90s type of way.
  • Earth Allegro: A substantial ballet flat. Euro and classic. Best on a wider foot and heel.
  • Earth Venus: A more avant-garde style for high insteps. Looks great on wider feet.
  • Earth Shelly: An interesting d’Orsay flat that looks better on the foot than in the photo. Very cushioning and soft. A little boho and arty.
  • Topshop Bath Stripe Straw Tote Bag: This adorable casual tote looks better in person. Soft straw, good size, lightweight and comfortable handles. Nice for the Earthy Casual.
  • Madewell Folk Fortune Bali Rattan Top-Lid Bag: A super cute rattan crossbody binocular bag in a good size that does not scratch. Fun lining and a trendy classic. Practical top lid opening too. Great with cognac footwear. I want it.

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Weekly Roundup: Assorted Summer Items

If you like knee-covering casual and dressy frocks with sleeves, stock up right now because it’s the BEST dress season I’ve seen in a long time. I was done with my Spring and Summer refresh in March, but could not resist a few more dresses. I just bought Club Monaco’s Elianna Knit Dress, because it’s exactly where I want to be with dresses. No more sheaths and sack silhouettes for now — I crave structure up top but want flare at the bottom, and I’m finding it. So I’m milking the exceptional dress season after waiting seven years for longer lengths and tailored silhouettes.

These items have been winners on my clients and our forum members recently. Browse the colour options and read the rave reviews.

  • Munro Brinn Sandal: Trendy, very comfortable, and well made. Quite chunky on the foot so consider yourself warned. Available in three colours and FIVE widths. Goes up to a US13.
  • Paul Green Raven Sandal: Moon Walking Slide Fabnes. Soft, cushioning, and well made. Best on regular and higher volume feet. Too wide for narrow feet.
  • Frye Terri Perf Oxford: Fabulous Summer oxfords in a lovely soft suede. The cracked cream leather is just as nice as the mint. Quite comfy. Best on low and regular volume feet.
  • print pajamas: Kate Spade Pyjama Fabness. Classic and adorable.
  • Frye Diana Chelsea: Western boots may be on trend, but they are always in style. Frye is a good way to go if you want a pair of timeless fashion-y western-inspired boots. These are a great fit, feel comfy, look chic, and are well made.
  • Frye Cindy Two-Piece: Chunky yet refined ankle strap sandals that are best on regular and higher volume feet. Too wide for low-volume feet. Very comfy.
  • Frye Terri Gore Mule: Fun mules for higher volume feet. Refined on the foot, and comfortable.
  • INC International Concepts I.N.C. Ruffled Denim Jacket, Created for Macy’s: One of our forum members modelled this in an XL and blew me away. It looked much better on her than on the model. The peplum is subtle, and adds a playful kick to the masculine trucker silhouette.
  • Columbia Saturday Trail II Knee Pant: Athleisure long shorts available in a range of colours. Works on both a curvier and straighter body type. Incredible reviews.
  • Alfani Printed Convertible Tunic Shirt, Created for Macy’s: Fab tunic that works best on those who can fill it out. Nice over cropped white jeans.
  • Charter Club Petite Floral-Print A-Line Dress, Created for Macy’s: Gorgeous dress on a curvy petite. One of our forum members modeled it in a PL and it looked SUBLIME. The flared skirt is flattering on a pretty pear-shaped body type. Elegant length.
  • Connected Petite Draped Sheath Dress: A flattering dress on a curvy petite. Slinky and form-fitting. Works on a pretty pear shape. Yummy.
  • CAMPER Tropik Cross Strap Wedge Sandal: A chunky wedge for higher volume feet. Sleek on the foot. Comfy.
  • COS Layered V-neck Chiffon Dress: Fab dress for Team Tall who likes to wear V-necks. The diagonal line across the torso adds an avant-garde effect that’s flattering and interesting. Suits a range of body types.
  • COS Panelled High-neck Dress: A good dress for a long neck, small bust, long torso and athletic top half. Works well on a curvy bottom half.
  • COS Short-sleeved Silk Shirt: Drapey Shirt Fabness. Size down.
  • UNIVERSAL STANDARD Geneva Dress: AMAZING silhouette on both a straighter or curvier body type. Works well on a larger bust. The side drape is genius because it adds curves to a straighter hip and flattens a curvier hip. Nice colours and rave reviews.
  • COS Shirt Dress With Gathered Hem: Imagine the sleeves scrunched and it’s a great dress for a mild Summer. It can go straight into Fall with hosiery and boots. Not for petites. Suits a range of body types. Comes in peach.
  • Vince Camuto Skinny Jeans: These are tight, but quite comfy and substantial. Not see-through. Not for wider calves.
  • CAMPER Balloon – K200611: Fun chunky sandals for regular and higher volume feet. They are bright, but come in black and silver. Works well with wider ankles.
  • CAMPER ‘Oruga’ Two Strap Slide Sandal: A refined Birkenstock vibe from Camper. Quite cushioning and supportive. Might run a little short. Works for wider feet.
  • Club Monaco Elianna Knit Dress: A navy and white striped casual and very polished midi with a GORGEOUS fit. Drapes like a dream. Heft, substance and well made. It’s very structured up top so you have to be okay with defining your torso and midsection. The length and asymmetrical hem are elegant and swooshy. Very comfy.The DOUBLE belt is NOT attached to the dress so you can place it where you like. Genius. The stripes of the belt go in different directions which is super cute. Looks great with simple flats. Machine washable. Impeccable.

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Weekly Roundup: Summer Items

The fabulous shopping season continues as stores sell the last few months of their Spring and Summer collections. Size ranges and colour options are depleting and that’s the challenge at this time of year. Take a good long look at your wardrobe, lifestyle and sartorial preferences, and assess what you still need or want for the warm-weather season. Duplicate wardrobe workhorses and make sure you have your bases covered. This week’s top picks might help out.

  • Kiyonna Stella Cinch Top: A wrap top that’s tailored and fluid in all the right places. Works well on a curvy figure with a larger bust. Gorgeous drapey flutter sleeve. Might be a little long for petites.
  • Kiyonna Stella Cinch Top: Vertical stripes are unique and rare, especially in blue and white. The streamlined integrity is effective, and the flutter sleeves drape like a dream. Works well on a curvy figure with a larger bust. Might be a little long for petites. Good on narrow shoulders.
  • Old Navy Plus-Size Lace-Up-Front Swing Dress: Breezy Casual Dress Fabness. Comes in florals. Read the rave reviews.
  • Sol Angeles | Anthropologie Sol Angeles Floral Tee: A casually polished tee. Very nice round hem and fun watercolour floral pattern. Great semi-tucked, and exceptional with white jeans. You have to be okay with the high neckline. Read the rave reviews.
  • Maeve | Anthropologie Sherbrooke Tie-Waist Top: Good structured knit top for Team Long Torso with a defined waist.
  • Left Of Center | Anthropologie Puglia Ruffled Tank: A very casual and easy throw-on-and-go sleeveless ruffled tank in an assortment of colours. Quite streamlined despite the swingy silhouette. Good on petites. Armhole coverage is great. Read the rave reviews.
  • VELVET by Graham & Spencer Women’s Gauzy Whisper Classics Surplice Tank: A faux wrap top to wear with flared skirts, pants/jeans, or under a jacket. Sleek fit and will cling so consider yourself warned. Does not camouflage muffin top. Available in white.
  • Lands’ End Women’s Plus Size Underwire Wrap Bikini Top: I haven’t seen this Modern Retro bikini in person yet, but it looks gorgeous and comes in a few more patterns. Unfortunately, the top does not come in bra sizes, but it might be worth a try because of the fabulous structure of the cut.
  • Boden Georgia Maxi Dress: Casual maxi dresses are popular, and the offerings from Boden are exceptional quality and generally a great fit. This style works well on a larger bust because of the structured torso. Great vertical back ruching on the bodice. Not as clingy on the tummy area as it looks. Sizes go up to a US18. Read the rave reviews.
  • Boden Diana Jersey Maxi Dress: A very casual jersey maxi dress with excellent reviews. Comes in an assortment of patterns, has pockets, and goes up to a US18. Fabulous quality and great drape. Forgiving on the midsection. Works on a range of bust sizes.
  • Brooks Brothers Jersey Faux Wrap Top: Polished and professional to wear on its own or as a layering piece. Sufficiently short to pair with a flared skirt. Nice quality. Might run a size big.
  • Boden Evelyn Embroidered Dress: Boho Summer Fabness. The navy and turquoise version is just as lovely. Works on a range of body types because it has structure on the torso, a roomy fit on the skirt, and stops at an elegant length. Looks good on a larger bust. Fab drape, and excellent quality.
  • VANELi Tallis: Well-made and fashionable slides that come in six colours and FOUR widths, so all foot volumes are covered. Very comfy, cushioning and quite supportive.
  • Club Monaco Quynh Silk Dress: GORGEOUS dress that looks as fabulous layered with a blazer. The hem isn’t too short on the one side unless you’re very tall, and the diagonal line does magical things on the body. Fluid and flattering. Fit can work on petites.
  • Bailey 44 Fennel Dress: A fitted frock that works extremely well on a curvy hourglass and pear-shaped body type. Not as clingy as it looks. Quite forgiving of lumpage and bumpage. The length and diagonal hem are the brilliant part about the cut because it creates an attractive fit on the body. It adds curves to straight figures and straightens the curves of a curvy figure. CLEVER.
  • Gabor Gabor 83.700: Extremely comfy slides for regular and higher volume feet. Generally too wide for low-volume feet. Cushioning, soft and reasonably supportive. Well made.
  • VANELi Hirin: A clean and simple Trendy Classic available in three colours and a few widths. LOVE that low block heel. Dressy yet uncomplicated.
  • Sesto Meucci Sylke: Fun sandals with a surprisingly refined cut for the chunky style. Available in five colours and across a few widths. Lots of rave reviews.
  • Karen Millen Single Shoulder Top: The asymmetrical cold shoulder looks fresh, and isn’t as breezy as symmetrical cold shoulders. Covered yet alluring. I like this silhouette, but haven’t seen it in person yet. Could look lovely with white, black or navy pants.
  • Alfani Women’s Voyage Wedge Sandals, Created for Macy’s: WOW, these are comfy, classic, versatile, and under $ 40. They fit an assortment of feet because the elastic is forgiving. They even worked for my low-volume feet if I sized down half a size. They are almost sold out online, but check out in stores for more colours and sizes. Excellent value. Exceptional reviews for good reason.
  • Treasure&Bond Ruched Knit Midi Skirt: A tube skirt with asymmetrical ruching looks fresh and fab. The diagonal hem creates a flattering line on the lower leg. Works on a range of body types. Super cute with casual flats.
  • Nordstrom Two-Tone Floppy Straw Hat: St. Tropez Chic. One of the best sun hats of the season. Our forum member rocked the look. Comes in tan.
  • White House Black Market Cold Shoulder Stripe Knit Shift Dress: A repeat style that works well on petites. Might need to size down. A lot more forgiving on the hips and midsection than you might expect. The style is almost sold out online, but they have variations in stores.
  • Anne Klein Printed Faux-Wrap Shirtdress: A classic fit-and-flare that works well on a curvy body type. Dress it up or down. Available in plus sizes.
  • Tommy Hilfiger Pleated Fit & Flare Dress: The fit of this Modern Retro frock wowed me on the forum. It has enough length and is awfully pretty. Cute with a tough denim jacket.
  • Calvin Klein Handkerchief-Hem Midi Dress: An elegant midi for a curvy body type. Might run a size big. Fab drape, streamlined despite the flare, and good swooshing integrity. The pattern-mixed floral is more calming on the eye than you might expect.
  • H&M Faux Suede Biker Jacket: Oh my word. A petite and curvy forum member ROCKED this on our forum last week. It blew me away. The sleeves were not too long. Works well on a pear-shaped body type.
  • Naturalizer Wendy: These are SUBLIMELY comfy, and come in three widths. I bought them in a narrow and they are a perfect width. Not too flat, super soft and quite pretty on the foot in a boho huarache way. White all the way, if you’re after a pretty look. The tan are more boho.
  • Club Monaco Elianna Knit Dress: A navy and white stripe casual and very polished midi with a GORGEOUS fit. Drapes like a dream. Heft, substance and well made. It’s very structured up top so you have to be okay with defining your torso and midsection. The length and asymmetrical hem are elegant and swooshy. Very comfy.The DOUBLE belt is NOT attached to the dress so you can place it where you like. Genius. The stripes of the belt go in different directions which is super cute. Looks great with simple flats. Machine washable. Impeccable.
  • Banana Republic Petite Stripe Soft Ponte Twist-Front Dress: An easy breezy FLUID Summer dress that suits a range of body types. Works well on a larger bust, and if you’re not too tall the hem just covers the knee. Looks great with sneakers.
  • Kork-Ease Marianna: Super comfy sandals that look great on the feet. A dressier casual vibe. Manageable heel height and best on regular volume feet.
  • Lauren Ralph Lauren Striped Asymmetrical Dress: I haven’t seen this dress in person yet, but I love the diagonal lines. It will probably work for a larger bust because diagonal lines create a streamlined effect. You have to be okay with the volume on the midsection. Might need to size down. Super cute over cropped black skinnies too.
  • Boden Lizzie Dress: I loved this on one of our forum members. Fabulous dress on a curvy petite. Works well on a pretty pear shape. Elegant and breezy. Fab with flat sandals. Immaculate quality.
  • Boden Kassidy Jersey Dress: GORGEOUS dress on a curvy figure with a regular size bust. Grab it if you wear V-necks well. Elegant, yet very simple, and well made. FUN pockets.
  • Boden Elisa Jersey Dress: Very elegant on a broad shoulder line and a small to regular size bust. Gorgeous tiered skirt detailing. Fabulous quality.
  • Boden Emory Jersey Dress: The photo does not do this very pretty frock justice. It looks SO much better on my clients and on our forum members than on the model. Elegant and easy breezy. Very comfy.
  • Boden Louisa Jersey Dress: Boho Fabness that can work well on petites in the right size. Beautifully made and makes quite the statement. Works well on both a straighter and curvier figure. My friend blew me away when I saw it on. She paired it with yellow mules and bag. KILLER.
  • Banana Republic Lace Midi Pencil Skirt: AMAZING lace midi that is as soft as can be. Very forgiving fit and extremely comfy. Works well on curvy bottom halves. Beautiful elegant length. Comes in black, but the white is sublime. Runs a size big. I was sized out of the smallest size, or it would have been mine. CHIC.

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Weekly Roundup: Assorted Items

The excellent shopping season continues and I hope you’re finding fabulous items that you’re wearing your way. The Topshop Floral Mesh Skater Dress was one of my unexpected finds, and I love it. I wasn’t initially drawn to the black background of the pattern and wished it was navy, but the flowers and leaves are in my favourite colours so I had to give it a try. It’s a perfect fit, length and silhouette, that will look equally good in Autumn worn with my tall dressy ink blue boots. The neckline fits closely around my neck thanks to a back zipper, and the fabric doesn’t crease. It’s lined with the softest knitted modal that makes it feel like you’re wearing a cotton dress.

Here’s the next roundup of winners from clients and forum members. Some items are available in an assortment of colours.

  • BP Kari Bow Loafer: An elegant, girly and pretty DRESSY loafer that’s moderately comfy on lower and regular volume feet. Many colours and they’re all nice. Great price and read the rave reviews.
  • Furla Medium Pin Shoulder Bag – Farfetch: A STUNNING quality bag and fabulous silhouette if you enjoy shoulder totes. Structured yet very versatile. Relaxed elegance, and a true white.
  • Anthropologie | Anthropologie Peplum Military Jacket: The photo does not do the darling justice. It looks better in person and drapes awfully well for a casual cotton jacket. Everyone who tried it on liked it. Looks best open, and works over dresses, jeans, pants and skirts. The olive-y brown is surprisingly flattering on most complexions. Might run a size big.
  • Treasure&Bond Tyler Metallic Leather Satchel: A verastile satchel that’s compact in size but with a lot of room.
  • Converse One Star Sneaker: These are AMAZING, and made it into my wardrobe. They’re LEATHER, very cushioning, and beautifully made. They look and feel better than designer sneakers, and at a fraction the price. Check out the inside stripes on these shoes. The quality is WOW. A little wide for my low-volume feet, but an insole and tighter lacing help. Fun red soles and pretty in blush. Comes in black too.
  • Topshop Nifty Woven Flared Heel Sandal: Fabulous sandal booties for regular volume feet, and medium comfort levels. Look dressy and chic on the foot. Office appropriate if you can wear open-toed shoes. Comes in black.
  • Halogen Ruffle Hem Zip Front Jacket: Super cute TAILORED bomber for dresses, skirts, jeans and pants. Might need to size down. Nice shade of navy.
  • Hobo Sable: Super cute, compact wristlet. A little ’60s touch and fabulous in 2018.
  • Paul Green Sally Quarter Strap Sandal: A beautifully made trendy classic with added comfort. Size down half a size for lower volume feet, and tighten the straps. Works as well for higher volume feet. The cognac is as lovely.
  • Banana Republic Lace Midi Pencil Skirt: A fab skirt for both curvier and straighter figures. Dress it up or down, and excellent with a denim jacket. Good on petites.
  • Talbots Tweed Contrast-Trim Jacket: One of the best dressy Spring tweed jackets of the year. Impeccable quality, and brilliant on petites. Elongating and elegant.
  • Calvin Klein Faux Suede Moto Jacket: BUTTERY soft faux suede topper that is as comfy as can be. Excellent on a larger bust. Not good on petites. Runs a size big. The pale pink is yummy too. Fab pewter hardware.
  • Halogen Ruffle Zip Jacket: This jacket looks like a COS item. Avant-garde and GORGEOUS. The overwhelming sleeves are architectural, and the drawstring tailoring on the torso is genius. Looks as fab in tan. Runs a size big.
  • Halogen Tuxedo Stripe Straight Leg Jeans: Fun trendy jeans that run a size big. Best on a longer rise and torso. Works well on curvier hips, bottom and thighs. Read the rave reviews.
  • Franco Sarto SARTO by Franco Sarto Kenan Platform Sandal: Fun flatform Euro sandals for high-volume feet. Lots of good neutrals.
  • Talbots Womans Exclusive Wrap-Front Knit Jersey Top: A beautifully streamlined faux wrap top to wear as is or under a jacket. Works with all sorts of bottoms. Substantial fabric and a quality item. Flattering, forgiving, and sharp.
  • Sole Society ‘Katarina’ Block Heel Pump: A versatile and comfy pump that works on an assortment of feet. Great block heel. Read the rave reviews and browse the fun colours.
  • Naturalizer Emiline Flat Loafer: I can’t rave enough about these loafers, which I wore on a shopping day with a client on their first outing. They are SUBLIME. Extremely comfortable, stay on your feet, and come in a wide width. The regular width works for lower volume feet with the addition of an insole. All the colours are nice, but rose metallic is unique – so my blush-loving self got those. They are instant wardrobe workhorses.
  • Pilcro And The Letterpress | Anthropologie Pilcro Embroidered High-Rise Cropped Bootcut Jeans: AMAZING quality jeans that work on curvier and straighter figures. Looks designer. Fabulous fit and length. Casually dressy and simply charming. Very even distressing.
  • Maeve | Anthropologie Cleary Dress: A fabulous casual dress WITH POCKETS. Forgiving of lumpage and bumpage. Works well on Team Tall with plenty of length. The photo is a very good gauge on how the dress falls on a 5ft 10 client who wore a size large. Available in patterns and solids.
  • Topshop Floral Print Mesh Skater Dress by YAS: I have this dress, which looks and falls just like how the model is wearing it in the photo. Gorgeous length, does not crease, and is extremely comfy. It’s an easy silhouette and elegant length. Will look equally good in Autumn with tall dressy boots. The neckline fits closely around my neck thanks to a back zipper, and the fabric doesn’t crease. It’s lined with the softest knitted modal and feels like you’re wearing a cotton dress.
  • Klub Nico Dallas Woven Sandal: A polished and comfy sandal bootie in a pretty shade of blush pink. Fab block heel, and office appropriate. Read the rave reviews.
  • Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Ohana Sandal: A dystopian mule for Team High-Volume feet. All the neutrals are nice.
  • Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Shiloh Block Heel Sandal: Well-made and fun looking dressy sandals that are quite comfy for regular volume feet. I love the blush colour way.
  • Ancient Greek Sandals Niki Slide Sandal: Cute Grecian slides for very casual outfits. Elegant and Summery. Works on regular volume feet and are moderately comfy.
  • Gorjana Laguna Adjustable Lariat Necklace: An adjustable and therefore versatile lariat necklace that comes in three metals.
  • Furla Handbag: I’m a huge Furla fan, and added this wardrobe pet to my happy Furla family of eight this year. It became an instant wardrobe workhorse as it complements my many pairs of blush shoes. I find blush very versatile and it functions like a neutral for my style. The quality is sublime, and size just perfect for my needs and small frame. It’s structured, but looks as good with pink sneakers. It can be converted into a crossbody and is great for travel. Adds polish to an outfit. All the colours are nice.
  • Halogen Lace & Pinstripe Pencil Skirt: An interesting floral lace skirt with a pinstriped lining. Fits an hourglass and straighter hourglass really well, but is a little straight for a pretty pear. Elegant length and gorgeous Summery look.

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Weekly Roundup: Tops & Toppers

I’m doing a Fab Finds post and roundup post in one week because there are lots of winners to share this season. These particular items were client favourites recently, and we’ve actually had some Spring weather to do them justice. Be sure to browse all the colour options and read the rave reviews.

  • Vineet Bahl | Anthropologie Giovanna Silk Blouse: A romantic blouse with beautiful blouson sleeves that are cuffed so that they don’t drive you batty. A warm earthy colour. Great semi-tucked. Best suited to a smaller bust.
  • Wilt | Anthropologie WHIT Gingham Wrapped Blouse: A structured wrap top with architectural ruching. Tailored and forgiving on the midsection. Great over high-rise pants and skirts. Olive gingham is unusual. Best suited to those who can fill out the bust and/or shoulder line.
  • Eri + Ali | Anthropologie Audrina Lace Top: Pretty lace top that works on a range of body types. Fluid yet streamlined. Not see-through. Shorter bell sleeves are the way to go so that they don’t annoy you.
  • One September | Anthropologie Sydney Floral Top: A knitted boho-lite blouse with excellent drape. Casually pretty.
  • Club Monaco Weylyn Shirt: Best hectic architectural shirt I’ve seen to date. Gorgeous shade of blue. Beats most of the designer styles to my eye, and much more affordable. Oversized, yet tapered in all the right places which adds just enough structure. It’s not overwhelming, even on my slight frame. It earned a place in my wardrobe despite the wide neck because the cut is BRILLIANT. The collar that drapes down the back is cleverly positioned, and my chunky pearls fill in the gap on my neck. I like it best semi-tucked for structure. I wear it with Summer skirts and white jeans. I LOVE this shirt. My wild card for the season. Party at the back, and good with short hair to showcase the back detailing.
  • Madewell Central Ruffle Sleeve Shirt: The ruffle sleeve shirt has more structure around the neck and shoulders than a wrap top and looked much better on my body type despite the oversized fit. The flutter sleeves also broaden my frame, and I like the effect. The fabric is GORGEOUS and drapes very well, and it followed me home. Size down a size.
  • Michael Stars | Anthropologie Michael Stars Shine V-Neck Long-SleeveTee: Fab V-neck tee that works on a curvier figure. Does not cling. Substantial fabric. Flattering and versatile. Streamlined. The XS/S will fit US0 to 4. The M/L will fit US6 to 10.
  • City Chic Classic Trench Coat: Gorgeous trench coat for Team Tall with a regular or long waist. Best on a curvy body type with a defined midsection. STUNNING length. Elegant.
  • LEVI’S MADE & CRAFTED Embellished Boyfriend Trucker Jacket: A statement denim jacket if ever there was one. The embellishment is quite the work of art. It straddles the line of Tomboy and Girly and creates a fab juxtaposition. It’s NOT a tailored fit. Looks like a designer piece.
  • Loft Elbow Patch Knit Blazer: I couldn’t believe my eyes. A Summer equestrian tweed blazer that is 100% COTTON, fully lined, and machine washable. Gorgeously soft and comfy. Tailored, and works on a range of body types. The pearl grey is lovelier in person. Size down.
  • Loft Swingy Raincoat: Super cute Modern Retro raincoat. It’s supposed to be trapeze-shaped and roomy. Size down.
  • Anthropologie | Anthropologie Easy Moto Jacket: Best knitted moto jacket of the season. Extremely comfy, tailored, relaxed and distressed, yet quite polished. It suits a range of body types because the fabric and cut mould to the body. Also available in a warm earthy apricot.
  • Banana Republic Collarless Peplum Denim Jacket: If you don’t like stiff Tomboy denim jackets – TRY THIS ONE. It’s extremely soft, comfortable, and has a lot of stretch. Very tailored and quite sharp in silhouette. FLATTERING. The fit is fabulously streamlined despite the subtle peplum. It’s longer in person than on the model, so don’t worry about that too much. Every client who has tried it on so far has liked it. It works on a range of body types because it’s tailored and moulds to the body. It can absolutely pass for business casual because you have to look very closely to notice that it’s denim. Plus, you can dress it up. Fab with pants, jeans, skirts and dresses. It’s uniqueness and my love for denim jackets gave it a spot in my wardrobe.
  • Loft Peplum Utility Jacket: This utility jacket looks better in person and is available in olive. It’s soft, pretty, trendy, and excellent layered over bell sleeves. Size down a size. The sleeves look even better folded over once to create a cuff.
  • FRAME Stripe Blazer: Gorgeous blazer made of luxurious fabric that is non-crease and drapes like a dream. Soft, pretty, sharp and professional. Size down, and best on a straighter body type. A quality item. It took my breath away when I saw it modelled by a forum member in person.
  • Halogen Tweed Open Front Jacket: It’s unusual to see a Spring tweed jacket with a revere collar that creates a flattering V-neck, AND is in jewel tones. Best on those who can fill it out. Suited to a larger bust, apple-shaped body type, and short waist.
  • Rebecca Taylor Ava Peplum Jacket: Stunning business formal jacket that layers over pencil skirts and sheath dresses with the best of them. The peplum is subtle and architectural. A quality item. Black, not navy.
  • Boden Long Sleeve Wrap Top: A form-fitting faux wrap made of substantial fabric. Does not cling despite the close fit. Excellent layered under jackets and blazers. Comes in colours and patterns. Nice quality.
  • Boden Sylvia Jacket: A playful Modern Retro jacket that’s extremely well made. Stunning fabric and workmanship. A-line in silhouette and works on a range of body types. The yellow is more mustard than citron in person. Works really well over skirts and dresses too.
  • Boden Claremont Blazer: An impeccable Modern Classic blazer that looks chic. The finish inside is beautiful, and the lining might make you smile. Works on a range of body types because of the superb cut and quality fabric.
  • Loft Striped Stitchy Boatneck Sweater: Best classic striped Spring pullover I’ve seen all season. The inset side colour blocking is genius, creating a vertical streamlined effect that offsets the horizontal stripes. The neckline works on a range of body types. Nice fabric and good length. Size down.
  • Loft Dotted Lantern Sleeve Shirred Blouse: Pretty lantern sleeve blouse that layers quite well under a blazer because the exuberant sleeves are soft and slippery allowing them to comfortably collapse and hold their shape when the layer is removed. Size down.
  • Loft Brushed Dot Cutout Mixed Media Shell: A simple and effective shell top to wear under a cardigan or jacket. Comes in plus sizes. Size down.
  • Marrakech | Anthropologie Magnolia Zip Jacket: I haven’t seen this jacket in person yet, but it looks interesting, and has super cute back detailing.
  • Nordstrom Signature Waffle Stitch Cashmere Sweater: A warm pullover in a Spring colour ticks off the boxes when Spring feels like Winter. A quality piece that comes in turquoise. Sleeves are long but can be cuffed. Works on a range of body types. Fluid yet streamlined fit.
  • Banana Republic Double Breasted-Fit Seersucker Blazer: A pinstripe seersucker blazer that looks better in person. It can hang open so don’t worry about buttoning the front. Crisp, fresh and on trend. Works really well on petites. My 5ft client wore it over a sheath dress and looked stunning.

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Weekly Roundup: Dresses, White Jeans, Tops & Toppers

Spring and Summer collections are in full swing, and shop floors are looking great. I’m VERY happy to see more retailers offer extended sizes. Thank you White House Black Market, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, Ralph Lauren, the Loft, Rachel Roy, Banana Republic, Boden, Madewell, and Anthropologie. 

These items were winners on clients last week, and many are available in plus sizes, although you may need to click through to the plus size section to see the full set of sizes. White jeans that are thick, substantial, and don’t look like leggings have been a hard find. But thankfully, they’re surfacing a few styles at a time.

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Weekly Roundup: Assorted Items

More good stuff at retail this week. These items were winners on my clients and on forum members, and two pairs of the jeans made it into my wardrobe to replenish my jeans capsule. Ann Taylor’s White Frayed Jeans are an excellent extra wardrobe essential, which you can see fitted on me in this forum thread. Pilcro’s Lemon Grove High Rise Cropped Bootcut Jeans are deliciously playful and a maximally fun addition to my jeans capsule. I LOVE patterned pants.

  • Maeve | Anthropologie Tallulah Lace Skirt: A stunning length skirt that looks awfully elegant and pretty. Can work on a straighter and curvier body type. Lightweight and Summery. The lace is soft and looks like a stained glass window. Turquoise is rare in fashion these days, so the skirt has my attention. I’m deciding whether it will earn a place in my skirt capsule.
  • Boden Effie Silk Top: A handy little layering shell to wear under blazers and jackets – or on its own. Crisp, polished, and beautifully made. Plenty of armhole coverage. Available in solids.
  • KUT KOLLECTION KUT from the Kloth Catherine Boyfriend Jeans: Great jeans for a curvier body type. Straighter body types need to size down. Thick fabric, and a good mid-length rise for shorter waists. The crisp embroidery is a fun juxtaposition against the very washed out denim.
  • Ann Taylor Frayed Crop Jeans in White: The best white jeans of the season because they look like JEANS – not leggings. Fabric is quite thick. Not too stretchy. Crisp. Not too soft. NOT body-con. Not see-through. Nice pocket linings. Don’t suck the living daylights out of you. Plenty of room on the calves. Run TTS unless you’re narrow on the hips and thighs, in which case you could size down. They fit me tighter and shorter than on the model. They earned a place in my wardrobe, and I’m thrilled with them.
  • Pilcro And The Letterpress | Anthropologie Pilcro Lemon Grove High-Rise Cropped Bootcut Jeans: If you’re into warm-weather maximal jeans, crisp patterns, sour colours, and cropped flares – try these. The fabric is thick, not too stretchy, and very polished. The fit works well on a straighter or curvier body type because it moulds to your shape in a tailored and not body-con way. They are a little longer on me than on the model. A quality piece with a retro vibe, and I adore them.
  • Rebecca Minkoff Moonwalking Leather Satchel: A beautifully on-trend tote for Team Lilac. On sale.
  • Summit by White Mountain Elodie: Despite the ’90s platform, these booties are surprisingly refined on the foot. Super cute and space-age casual. Comfortable, forgiving, very lightweight, and sturdy. The silver is warmer in person. Available in bronze.
  • Freda Salvador | Anthropologie Freda Salvador Oxford D’Orsay Flats: Gorgeous cut-out oxfords for Team Teal. Refined Rocker with subtle stud detailing. Might need to size down half a size.
  • Lauren Ralph Lauren Trench Coat: Good SINGLE-breasted trench coat in yummy watermelon. Fab on both a smaller and larger bust. Streamlining. Fits a range of body types. Available in olive and black.
  • Hobbs Saskia Trench: I love the length of this trench because it’s elegant and versatile. Best on a small or regular bust, but works quite well on a larger bust because the lapels of the collar fold down to create a flattering V-neck. These are British sizes so size up two sizes for the US equivalent.
  • Veronica Beard Britton Shirtdress: Structured Smart Casual Fabness. My heart skipped a beat when I saw my client in this number. STUNNING on a straighter boyish body type with a square shoulder line and smaller bust. The buttons are going to pull across the front of the skirt if your hips and thighs are curvier so consider yourself warned. The buttons break up the black very effectively.
  • Karen Kane Lace Trim Top: Boho-Lite Fabness. Pretty and streamlined despite the volume. Comes in white and is bra-friendly.
  • COFFEE SHOP Gingham Hooded Rain Jacket: Super cute Modern Retro raincoat that works on a range of body types. Might need to size up a size.
  • Pilcro And The Letterpress | Anthropologie Pilcro Mid-Rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans: Adorable floral jeans that work well on a curvier and straighter body type. Hem can be shortened. Works well on a short waist and short rise.
  • Loft Wildflower Satin Split Neck Blouse: The photo does not do the ’70s inspired blouse justice. The insets and piping are well made and give the top personality. Vibrant and festive. Might need to size down.
  • Banana Republic Sloan Skinny-Fit Floral Pant: The great thing about these pants is that the floral pattern does not stretch out and distort when it’s on the body. Works well on both a curvier and straighter body type. Crisp and polished in a smart casual way.
  • Zara Metallic Leather Moccasins: These heeled loafers look better in person and on the foot. More professional and polished than you would think. Great with cropped pants, skirts and dresses, and quite comfortable.
  • Massimo Dutti Red Nappa Leather Ankle Boots: Stunning bootie for low-volume feet and narrow ankles. Don’t touch them unless your feet and ankles are narrow because the fit is VERY slim. Fit like Ferragamos. Extremely comfortable for low-volume feet, and beautifully made. They are super soft and “sock-like,” so NOT a robust shoe. They would have been mine if they were more tomato and less fire engine red.
  • Banana Republic Gingham Flounce Tee: A handy textured knit top with an effective avant-garde flavour. Crease-resistant. Very straight on the waist, and runs a size big. Comes in navy and white.

Remember that more and more regular sized collections are offering extended size ranges to include US14 to US20 so be sure to check sizes before you assume that your size is not available. Browse the collar options.

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Daily responsibilities include writing news posts for the website and some typical entry-level tasks, such as opening mail, transcribing interviews, fact-checking for print, and monitoring online feedback. A motivated intern will also have the opportunity to write TV recaps, report stories for the magazine, learn our print fact-checking procedures, cover red carpets, attend movie screenings, and more.

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Weekly Roundup: Moody Patterns

Apart from the gingham dress at the end, these patterns are what I call “moody” because they are as happy and cheerful, as they are strict and heavy. They have a literal and figurative darkness to them that is neither sweet nor light-hearted, but they have a substance and richness that’s appealing. 

I’ve seen most of the items in person, and some of them worked well on my clients. The Boden Eleanor Dress in cherry gingham earned a spot in my wardrobe.

  • Massimo Dutti Pleated Shirt With Floral Print: A dramatic trapeze blouse with a party of pleating at the back. It’s machine washable, and bra friendly. Very well made. It works just fine with a black bra and camisole straps peeking through the sheer yoke. Voluminous yet refined and drapey. Elegant. It would have been mine if the colours weren’t as cool-toned. Quality item.
  • Vince Camuto Poetic Dots Sleeveless V-Neck Blouse: Clients rave about these shells because the V-neck is flattering. A great blouse to layer under blazers, but runs a size big. Crease-resistant and polished.
  • Chaus Dot Print Bell Sleeve Blouse: Fun top for a curvy body type and larger bust. It’s surprisingly streamlining on an apple-shaped body type.
  • INC International Concepts Polka-Dot Sweater, Created for Macy’s: An easy pullover to throw on and go. Streamlined. Read the rave reviews.
  • Massimo Dutti Floral Print Silk Shirt With Bow Detail: An unusal shape blouse and floral pattern. The voluminous sleeves drape and taper back on the wrist. The ties at the wrist can be shortened so that they aren’t fussy. Best on those who can fill it out. Not for petites, and overwhelmed my frame.
  • Rebecca Taylor Ikat Floral Stretch Silk Pants: Gorgeous drapey palazzo pants that work best on a curvy figure with a defined waist and longer torso if you’re going to showcase the waistband. Works just fine on a shorter waist if you wear untucked tops and cover the waistband.
  • Ann Taylor Winter Floral Puff Sleeve Shift Dress: Little Black Dress Lite. I like the asymmetrical floral pattern. A frock that can be worn as a dress or as a tunic over cropped straights or flares. Runs a size big, and suits a range of body types. Sleeves are more voluminous in person. Structured, but not tailored. Unlined, but great drape and nice fabric.
  • Caslon Print Scarf: If you like cool colours, this is a great Spring scarf. It’s big so best on a taller gal, or be prepared for scarf volume.
  • City Chic Misty Floral Cold Shoulder Top: Gorgeously streamlined cold shoulder top. Fab placement of the floral pattern that creates the effect of a diagonal line. Read the rave reviews.
  • Massimo Dutti Flocked Polka Dot Shirt With Gathering Detail: A flocked micro polka dot blouse with Edwardian sleeves that layer quite well under a jacket. Voluminous so best tucked or semi-tucked.
  • Anuschka Handbags 551 Medium Expandable Convertible Tote: A hand-painted leather bag is unique, and this one is for Team Pink & Purple. Arty and streamlined.
  • Zara Embellished City Bag: Graphic Polka Dot Crossbody Fabness. The wide strap is extra comfortable.
  • Ted Baker London Ornate Opulent Fauna Bomber: Beautifully made Sporty Luxe bomber jacket with an interesting bird pattern. Comes in black. Might run a size small. A quality item.
  • Boden Eleanor Dress: Impeccable quality CASUAL shirt dress with side entry pockets. It’s fluid on the waist but structured on the shoulder and hips. Perfect for a hot Summer’s day. As fun worn as a tunic over cropped straights. Best on a straighter figure, narrower hip, or apple-shaped body type. Can work well on a larger bust. Goes up to a US18. Comes in regular and long, AND in blue gingham. The red is a shade of watermelon. I love this happy and very crisp Summer dress, and don’t mind one bit that I look like a Modern Retro tablecloth when wearing it.

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Weekly Roundup: Spring Prep

Fun Spring items are surfacing at retail, and especially online. I’m enjoying the resurgence of structure, tailoring, and dressiness, because it’s been a while since we’ve seen them make a fashion statement. There are LOTS of skirts and dresses, which is a nice change too. 

Here are items that were winners on my clients this week. Some of them earned a place in my wardrobe.

  • Boden Julieta Lace Dress: A WOW casual lace dress. A modern classic casual Summer frock WITH LENGTH that looks gorgeously fresh amidst a sea of unstructured minis. The lace is soft and the dress is lined. The tailoring is gorgeous. Party at the back. The length cannot be hemmed, but petite lengths are an option. Best on a longer and defined waist, but can work on a straighter body type. A little tricky on a larger bust and short waist. It’s an awfully pretty dress that has earned a place in my wardrobe. I intend to wear it CASUALLY with flats. I don’t like the way it’s been styled with dressy heels here. Runs a size big so I need to have mine altered to fit. (Stocks are already low).
  • Pilcro And The Letterpress | Anthropologie Pilcro Embroidered Mid-Rise Cropped Bootcut Jeans: These jeans look like casual patterned pants, and are awfully cute in a Modern Retro way. The washed denim does not look distressed. Polished! They will fit both a curvier and straighter body type because they mould to the body – but NOT in a jeggings type way. Fabric is thick creating a tailored look, so you feel like you’re wearing jeans and not tights. A quality item that followed me home. I could not resist the pretty embroidered white daisies. I will need to have them altered at the back of the waist to fit perfectly.
  • Ann Taylor Plaid Pencil Skirt: A very comfortable and ultra soft pencil skirt that works on a range of body types.
  • Ann Taylor Double Breasted Tweed Jacket: A boxy Spring tweed blazer that works on a larger bust. Amazing white buttons.
  • MATISSE Half Moon Ankle Strap Loafer: Great backless ankle strap loafers for wider feet. Comfy and quite unique. They were too wide for me, but super cute on the foot.
  • SSUNG | Anthropologie Tenor Check Shirt Dress: A fab dress for a curvy body type like an hourglass or pretty pear. Excellent on a larger bust, and on-trend over a pair of skinnies or leggings.
  • Halogen Pocket Detail Stripe Tunic Top: The photo does not do the style of the shirt justice. It’s well made and creates a nice avant-garde effect over slim bottoms. Lovely pinstripe. Weighty fabric.
  • Chino By Anthropologie | Anthropologie Relaxed Embroidered Chino Pants: Great chinos for a straight, boyish body with narrow thighs. Lilac gets my vote.
  • Anthropologie | Anthropologie Washed Wanderer Utility Pants: Great chinos for a curvy body type that need room on the thighs. You must sink the waistband lower onto the hips though. The mustard looks surprisingly fresh.
  • Anthropologie Embroidered Wanderer Utility Pants: Pretty embroidered chinos for both a slightly straighter or curvier body type.
  • Hispanitas Melanie Pointy Toe Pump: Very comfortable and well made teal floral pumps. Quality item.

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Weekly Roundup: Hosiery

You might like to refresh last year’s holiday dress with a new and fun pair of pantyhose, add statement socks to a tried-and-tested outfit, or wear knee-highs instead of socks or hosiery. My holiday dress this year is a burgundy lantern sleeve shift from Ann Taylor. I’ll be sporting a tonal vibe by combining it with micro polka dot Bordeaux hose (the first item in the roundup) instead of sheer black or black micro fishnets. Gold shoes, a cherry red suede clutch and a pile of pearls will finish off the look.

Here’s a short roundup of fab hosiery and socks to get you into the holiday mood as we slow down for the long Thanksgiving weekend.

  • Oroblu Cloe Polka Dot Tights: A little pricey but quite robust, and awfully dainty and pretty on the leg. Cute with burgundy or metallic footwear. Unfortunately the burgundy is sold out but they might restock for the holidays.
  • Nordstrom 3-Pack Sheer Knee Highs: These are my favourite knee-highs that I wear very regularly. Available in a few shades of nude and have just come out with navy. I bought the navy right away, along with my usual shade of nude and a SOFT black, which is gentler than the sheer black.
  • Spanx Lace Socks: Fun socks to wear with black loafers or oxfords, along with cropped pants or jeans to show them off. Wearing black elsewhere in the outfit helps pull the look together.
  • BEAUTIFUL LEGS BY CAROLINE Fleming Dream On Pantyhose: Swirly patterns add a Modern AND Retro vibe to your outfit. Pattern mix the hose with a dress or skirt, if you dare.
  • Spanx Honeycomb Shaper Tights: The subtle yet strong honeycomb pattern is for Team Geometric. The control top is quite comfortable, and I vote burgundy instead of black.
  • Nordstrom Diamond Tights: The diamond pattern is not as bold in person, especially once it’s under a knee-length dress. Maximal in a minimal way with the fishnet. Effective and quite flattering on the leg. Great with a blue dress or skirt.

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Weekly Roundup: Burgundy Boots

There are many shades of dark red, from the yummiest cherry to the deepest bordeaux and everything in-between. For simplicity’s sake, I’m calling these rich Autumn and Winter reds “burgundy.” 

Burgundy boots are fabulous, and many of my clients have a pair. Despite being awfully loyal to tomato red, I’ve thrown in some burgundy for Fall too. I bought a gorgeous pair of dressy and flat Italian boots in the Netherlands last month. They are such a dark shade of red that they look brown. They bookend my new dark brown specs, which works out well. I also bought a burgundy and light blue scarf to complete the complement.

Although I’ve created a complement, my suggestion is to just wear burgundy boots, and don’t worry to much about repeating the colour elsewhere in the outfit. Wear them like a neutral. I haven’t worn the burgundy scarf yet, but have thrown the booties into a mismatched outfit a couple of times. This is 2017, so why not!

Burgundy boots pick up burgundy highlighted hair quite beautifully too. 

Here’s a selection of burgundy boots across a range of price points that have been winners on clients this season. Many come in a shade of grey or black too. 

  • La Canadienne Jil: The most beautifully simple, sleek, casually dressy flat bootie of them all. The high shaft is AMAZING, and works on a narrow and regular width ankle. Too narrow for wide ankles. Toe box is roomy, and fits an orthotic. Can work on higher volume feet, but not wide feet. WEATHERPROOF and very comfortable. Gorgeous quality. Pricy, but stunning.
  • SKECHERS Prima – Leather Laces: Fabulously roomy, chunky sneakers. Fits an orthotic and is great for high volume feet. Hi-top silhouette does not cut into your ankle.
  • Franco Sarto Brandy: A basic Boho-Lite style with clean lines. More comfortable than expected. Refined topstitching, and solid heel. Not a heavy shoe.
  • Rockport Cobb Hill Collection Cobb Hill Aria: A very comfy lace-up bootie that looks fab with casual skirts and dresses. Works best on ankles and feet that can fill out the silhouette. The burgundy has a touch of purple.
  • Børn Felicia Knee High Boot: A super flattering tall boot for calf circumferences of 14.5 to 15 inches. Comfy, sleek and casual.
  • Børn Karava Bootie: The leather on these boots is sublimely soft. WOW. Very comfy and fits higher volume feet. Nice arch support. All the colours are fab.
  • Rockport Cobb Hill Bethany Boot: The red is cool-toned, and more cherry in person. Great for higher volume feet, and fits an orthotic. Comfortable and supportive. The back zipper means that you don’t have to do up the laces. The bootie looks a LOT more polished when you tuck the ends of the laces away.
  • MARC FISHER LTD Wanya Boot: Haute Hiking Boot Fabness. Chunky yet refined. Moderately comfortable. Read the rave reviews.
  • Blundstone Footwear ‘Original Series’ Water Resistant Chelsea Boot: A robust “paddock” bootie for woodsy walks and the like. Great for higher volume feet. Very comfy.
  • Earth ‘Amber’ Buckle Bootie: More of a shootie or caged pump, and good for those who want to wear pumps in a less delicate and dressy way. Good for higher volume feet. Comfy.
  • Linea Paolo ‘Felicia’ Wedge Bootie: Sleek Wedged Sneaker Fabness. Read the rave reviews.
  • Sudini ‘Fabiana’ Tall Boot: Best on Team Tall with medium width calves. Sleek, dressy, and casually refined. Well made, classic and weatherproof.
  • L’Amour Des Pieds Pirisa Bootie: Fab shootie for wider feet that need support and cushioning footbeds. Works with smaller bunions.
  • Free People Emerald City Bootie: Tailored, unique and moderately comfortable. Works for a high instep and regular width foot. Good on a narrower ankle.
  • Ara ‘Patty’ Block Heel Boot: Clean and classic. Fably discreet and crisp under full length straight legs. The elastic inserts add loads of comfort.
  • Børn ‘Cross’ Bootie: RATE (Rough Around The Edges) Boho meets Action Cowgirl and is as comfy as can be. Read the rave reviews.
  • Eric Michael Lena: Wedged, adorable and more comfy than expected. Sleek on the foot despite the buckle detailing. CASUAL.
  • Munro Alfie Bootie: The ankle ruching is an adorable detail, and streamlines the fit on the leg. Extremely comfy. Higher volume feet should order a wide size. Fab with dresses and skirts.

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Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Clothing Finds

No time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my Weekly eBay Roundup of top vintage clothing finds.

This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage clothing and accessories caught my discerning eye because of its uniqueness, contemporary feel and highly collectible nature.

As always, buyer beware! Be sure to read the listings closely and contact the sellers with any questions.

This week’s roundup includes lots of great items. Don’t miss the Clovis Ruffin sequin jersey evening cape, the diamond locket skull ring, the Hermes lizard clutch, the 1920s mint flapper dress, the 1970s deadstock Bill Blass swimsuit, the Judith Leiber evening clutch, the 1960s Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, the Bjorn Weckstrom sterling lucite ring and the 1960s Saks Fifth Avenue coat.

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PLEASE NOTE that Zuburbia does not endorse the use of fur, feathers, leather or animal skins in fashion. Any of these selections are offered only as more thoughtful and eco-friendly alternatives for contemporary fashionistas who have not yet eliminated animal products from their wardrobes or for collectors who are seeking to preserve these items.

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Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Clothing Finds

No time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my weekly eBay roundup of top vintage clothing finds.

This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage clothing and accessories caught my discerning eye because of its uniqueness, contemporary feel and highly collectible nature.

As always, buyer beware! Be sure to read the listings closely and contact the sellers with any questions.

This week’s selection includes items by Vivienne Westwood, Bill Gibb, Givenchy, Versace and Oscar de la Renta. Be sure not to miss the Malcolm Starr handpainted chiffon gown, the 1980s YSL musical notes print dress and the 1960s Annette Nancarrow pre-Columbian fragment necklace.

ebay roundup of vintage clothing finds

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Which item is your favorite? Leave me a comment below to let me know.

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DISCLOSURE: Editorial selections are made by Zuburbia with no direct promotional consideration from the featured eBay sellers however Zuburbia may receive revenue as an affiliate member of the eBay Partner Network.

PLEASE NOTE that Zuburbia does not endorse the use of fur, feathers, leather or animal skins in fashion. Any of these selections are offered only as more thoughtful and eco-friendly alternatives for contemporary fashionistas who have not yet eliminated animal products from their wardrobes or for collectors who are seeking to preserve these items.
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