16 Seasonal Must-Haves for Fall & Winter 2018

Fashion is a complex melting pot of sartorial choices, where almost anything goes as long as you add an intentionally on-trend component to the outfit. Individualism is the most important trend of all, and it’s extremely liberating. Now more than ever, we’re celebrating style diversity and the many, many ways to look stylish. Take the PERSONAL in personal style to heart because you have the power to pick and choose from the trend buffet, and sport it your way.

After a well-received trend report, here are my suggested must-haves for the cold-weather season. They cut across all body types, ages, price points and lifestyles.

1. Rock Earth Tones

Rock them heavy or rock them lite. Think colours like all shades of tan, cream and chocolate brown, toffee, cinnamon, olive, burnt orange, cognac, harissa, mustard, camel, sage, forest green, taupe and a very brown shade of burgundy. Wear earth tones across any clothing item, pair of shoes or accessory. Stick to brown leather or wear earth tones in a pattern if that’s more your thing. And feel free to wear earth tones with your favourite colours.

2. Enjoy Animal Print

There’s an animal print for everyone. There’s classic leopard and cheetah that goes the distance, but don’t forget giraffe, pony, cow and snakeskin. Think animal print in neutrals AND non-neutrals. Any colour of animal print is fab, and in any wardrobe item. Wear it as a statement clothing item, or stick to accessories and footwear.

3. Bring Back Full-Length Bootcuts

Bootcuts that are NOT cropped are back with a vengeance. Wear them with a higher rise and showcase the rise with a tucked, semi-tucked, or shorter top. Sport them with sneakers, flats, or very low heels for an updated look.

4. Nod to Western Wear

Think Western boots in any way at all. Cowboy boots are having their fashion moment, although they’re an iconic classic. Think belts with western buckles, tiered skirts, ruffled shirts, prairie dresses, fringed jackets, suede, and cowboy shirts.

5. Release Red

A true Christmas red is THE red of the season, but feel free to sport any shade of red across any wardrobe item. It’s a versatile colour that works with just about any neutral and non-neutral to my eye. And if you dare, sport it with shocking pink.

6. Create a Maximal Effect

It’s about wearing “it all” together to create a harmonized whole. That means remixing patterns, textures, colours, layers and silhouettes, because the only limit to the aesthetic is your own tolerance for the combination. Sport multiple accessories, combine a range of colours and patterns, dress in multiple visual layers, and don’t forget dramatic nail polish, rainbow hair, and make-up. Feel free to interpret maximalism as fully as you see on the catwalks, or tone things down considerably.

7. Add Structure to Your Outfit

Structure is about accentuating the actual shape of your body, like defining the waist and hips, the shape of your arms and legs, or the shape of your shoulders. So think TAILORING. Sport beautifully tailored jackets, dresses, trousers and skirts. Sport form-fitting tops. Add a waist-defining belt to outfits. Wear jackets and coats with waist ties. Tuck and semi-tuck tops into bottoms to showcase waistlines and high rises.

Remember that a structured outfit needn’t be structured or body-con from head to toe. A fit-and-flare dress is structured up top, but voluminous from the waist down, creating a balance of tailored movement.

8. Lengthen the Blazers

It’s a jacket and cardigan season, and not a pullover season. That means that knitwear is simple and basic so that it can be layered under a jacket like a blazer. Remind yourself of the beauty of the blazer, and sport one. A longer length ‘90s inspired blazer looks the most trendy, although short blazers look awfully good with flared dresses and skirts. Blazers don’t need to be stiff, corporate and conservative. They can be fun, festive, and a nod to the Structure trend. Blazers can also be layered under coats so that you can wear them through Winter.

9. Add the Flair of a Fashion Era

Individualism means that it’s thoroughly modern to be Modern Retro. The most universally stylish, and probably your favourite silhouettes date back to fashion eras gone by, which we can remix today with a good dose of Current. Pick an era(s) and weave its sensibilities into your style. The ’70s, ‘80s and ‘90s are particularly popular at the moment but if you’re a ‘60s gal, or love the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s — go for it. I’m hopelessly devoted to the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

10. Wear Midi Skirts & Dresses

Longer length skirts and dresses are the most on trend. Choose heavier weight dresses with sleeves, add fun hosiery, jacket/gilet, any length of boot, a scarf and statement coat. Or combine Winter skirts with knitwear, hosiery, boots, oxfords or pumps. Throw a blazer, jacket and/or coat over the top.

IMPORTANT: You do NOT need to be tall to wear midi lengths. Wear the lengths in proportion to your height and you’re good to go. My 4ft 9 friend rocks midi skirts with flats with the best of them. Enough said.

11. Lengthen the Rise

It’s all about showcasing a high or very high rise in all sorts of pants and jeans, which means tucking or semi-tucking tops. You can also wear a shorter roomier top to showcase more of the rise if you’re not a tucker. Go for a mid rise if you’re short in the waist.

Showcasing the high rise of jeans and pants is part of the Structure trend, but you don’t need to wear tight bottoms or a form-fitting top. You can indicate the rise and waist by semi-tucking a fluid top and wearing bottoms that are a relaxed fit on the thighs.

12. Tick off Tartans & Checks

Think any type of check, tartan or plaid in any neutral or non-neutral, and in any wardrobe item. Pattern mix the checks with animal print, if you dare. If a plaid scarf is the only way you sport checks, that’s fab too.

13. Play with Puffers

I can’t think of a more practical and popular coat than some sort of puffy topper. Short, long, neutral, non-neutral, tailored, classic, cropped, sleeveless, avant-garde, thin, thick, sporty, equestrian, sleek, voluminous – there’s a puffy topper for every climate and fashion persona. These days you can wear a puffer over a ball gown with sneakers and look fashionable.

14. Wear Flats & Low Heels

Gone are the days that you were at a stylish disadvantage if you couldn’t wear high heels. In many cases flats and low heels look more current paired with outfits, and are more practical and authentic too. The very low heel in particular – between an inch and an inch and a half – is having its fashion moment across ALL heel and toe box shapes. Sneakers can be worn with just about anything these days too. May this trend last forever.

15. Flirt with Florals

We think of floral and botanical patterns as a Spring and Summer vibe, which is a dated way of looking at the pattern. Wear florals in Autumn and Winter and have fun pattern mixing with them. Wearing florals with dark backgrounds, in moody colours, or in earth tones might help break the seasonal stereotype.

16. Add a Wild Card

A wild card is an item that is atypical for your style persona, but that speaks to you in some way. Adding a wild card to your wardrobe is an excellent way to evolve your style, making it feel extra refreshed for the season. They can be a way to solve a style and fit challenge, or to temper your poison eye for a look. Wild cards can be new colours, vibes or silhouettes. Or a new way that you wear your hair, your make-up, or put together your outfits. Wild cards always make my must-haves list because nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Remember that these items have to mesh with the factors that affect your style. Pander to your style descriptor, whether that’s rocker, avant-garde, boho, preppy, arty, corporate, casual, urban, dressy, trendy, folksy, sporty, girly, rough-around-the-edges, moody, elegant, polished, sophisticated, classic or hard-edged. Find the renditions that best express you and your style.

Personally, I’m all over ALL sixteen must-haves, and apart from long blazers have all of them represented in my wardrobe. I will continue to refresh along these lines and enjoy the small and larger shifts in my style. I’m grateful that trends are diverse, that size ranges are extending, and that individualism reigns supreme.

Which trends are featuring in your Fall and Winter wardrobe refresh this season? Are there any surprises?

Eloquii Tie Waist Plaid Top

Topshop Leopard Trim Tartan Trousers

STAND Gilbertine Leopard-print Faux Fur Jacket

Pallas Dynamo Pussy Bow Shirt

Maggy London Ruched Floral Midi Dress



Fab Finds: Casual, Dressy & Essential

New Fall & Winter 2018 collections are in stores and online, and so far so good. Here are some items that caught my eye, and some that have been winners on clients. Read the rave reviews, and be sure to browse the colour options. 

1. Ett:twa Costello Moto Jacket

A ridiculously cosy aviator style moto that I did not want to take off in stores. It would have been mine in another colour with gold hardware. The cut is a trendy boxy silhouette that should be roomy all over like how you see it on the model. It is not supposed to be fitted, which was one of the unfair reviews against it. It can accomodate several layers, and fits a range of body types. The sleeves are clever because the fold-over cuffs adjust to the length of your arms. Nice that it goes from XS to XL.

2. Mother Paisley Intarsia Blazer

Something for paisley fans. The photo does not do this wonderful KNITTED topper justice. It’s super soft and comfortable in the extreme. It’s flattering with its semi-structured silhouette that creates a gentle waistline. The stretchy but stable fabric will glide but not cling over most body types so it’s extra forgiving. The funnel neck folds down into a flat collar so good on all neck lengths. Nice to see it run from XXS to XL.

3. Madewell Clarkwell Pullover Sweater

This is a fun throwback to the ‘90s but in better fabric. It’s a terrific little casual or smart casual pullover to wear on its own or layered under a jacket or coat. Can work for work or play. It’s fitted but not too clingy or long. Works well semi-tucked too. Feels fab against the skin. Creates a relaxed tailored silhouette.

4. White House Black Market Pleated Blouses

Exuberant sleeves continue to flood the market, but these versions are more refined and a little different. The crystal pleating is unique, Modern Retro, and the fabric wears like iron. Both blouses can be dressed up or down, and run a size big.

5. Anthropologie Camo Moto Jacket

A fitted moto in a subtle cool-toned camouflage print. Machine washable and versatile. Yes, it’s a slam dunk with jeans or casual pants, but also great with a dressy skirt and pumps, or sneakers and flat oxfords. Fun to pattern mix with stripes and florals.

6. Brahmin Handbags

These classic beauties are winners with some of my clients who swear that this is the superior structured bag. They look pulled together, polished, professional, and are robust too. They work well for a Modern Classic and Modern Retro style, but can create an interesting juxtaposition with an arty, avant-garde and Sporty Luxe style. The colour combinations are unique, making quite the statement.

7. City Chic Oversize Knit Tee

These oversized architectural tees are dramatic and comfortable. They are supposed to be roomy and not fitted. The tapered sleeves, hem and relatively high neckline create ample structure. The high-low hemline creates a magical diagonal line. The fabric is quite thick, which is precisely what gives it its heft and drape. Fab for Fall.

8. Boden Long-Sleeved Breton

Breton striped tees are a Modern Classic and very versatile because they work as well with solids as they do with textures and patterns. These are LONG-sleeved, which aren’t as easy to find. The boat neck isn’t too low, and the sleeves are fitted. The striped assortment is unique along with the usual navy, white and black. I LOVE Breton stripes and wear them in pullovers because I don’t wear T-shirts. But I’ve put in an order for a few of these because if I’m going to wear a tee – Boden quality is my best bet. Crisp and gorgeous.

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Outfit Formula: Black & White with High-Rise Skinnies

High rises look the most current at the moment, and that’s what I’m highlighting in this outfit formula. Fully tucking or semi-tucking into a high waist is the trendiest way to go, because showcasing the length of the high rise is the point. You can wear a roomy cropped top to showcase most of the high rise if tucking is not your thing. 

Please try to keep an open mind if you’re not a tucker or semi-tucker. You do NOT need to have flat abs and a toned midsection to rock this look. You also don’t need to wear a belt. The high rise on this type of jean is girdling in itself, and supports the midsection more gracefully than you might expect. It’s quite comfortable too. And if that doesn’t convince you, shapewear is an option because it’s a LOT more comfortable these days. You can’t feel the compression, and the visual effect is stellar. Don’t rule it out until you’ve given the look a fair chance.

The tops are best in a fluid fit if you want to conceal the midsection above the waist.

For those who are very short in the waist, you can achieve a similar look with mid-rise jeans, or wearing a roomy cropped top, like I mentioned up top.

The outfit formula is very casual, and in black & white it looks graphic and is easy to pull together. You can make the vibe as hard-edged as you like. You can substitute the black for dark blue, and wear high-rise black pants instead of jeans.

1. Double Denim

Combine a pair of high-rise black skinny jeans with a fluid white tee, sweater or turtleneck, and top it off with a black, grey or blue denim jacket. Tuck or fully tuck the white top to showcase the high rise. Add heels to dress it up, or throw in some white sneakers.

Everlane The Denim Jacket

2. Elegantly Dusted

Combine high-rise black skinnies with a fluid tucked or semi-tucked white top, and throw over a dramatic duster in the same palette. The duster does a marvelous job of camouflaging the outside contour of the body, while drawing attention to the waist. This might be the way you ease into tucking into a high waist. Finish off the look with footwear that works with the outfit.

Eloquii Flocked Dot Skinny Jean

3. Columned & White

Create a column of black with a fluid black tee or top and high-rise black skinnies. A patterned top adds some visual interest. Semi or fully tuck the top. Finish off the look with a white topper and black or white booties.

Hudson Barbara High Waist Skinny Jeans

4. Pretty Windowpane

This is my favourite of the four because it looks the prettiest and dressiest. Combine high-rise black skinnies with a fully or semi-tucked white tee or top. A panel print is a nice touch. Top it off with a black windowpane blazer or regular black blazer. A longer length blazer is the trendiest version at the moment. Finish off the look with casual or smart casual white footwear that picks up the white in the top. Add jewelley, eyewear, headgear and watch as desired.

Paige Transcend Hoxton Ankle Jeans

I bought an unplanned pair of black high-rise skinnies from Madewell as an emergency purchase this Spring, and I love them. I enjoy tucking and semi-tucking into them, and wearing them with dainty white shoes like my flat loafers for Spring. For early Fall, I’m going to wear them with my boots and sneakers, a white belt (maybe), an assortment of white and black tops, and ink blue toppers since I don’t have black. I might throw in a stripe, a very light blue denim jacket, and my light blue bag. Here are the exact items from my wardrobe that create the outfits.

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The Full-Length Bootcut Is Back

For thirteen years, skinnies, jeggings, boyfriend jeans, wide legs, straight legs, culottes, and just about any silhouette cropped to above the ankle has reigned supreme in the bottoms department. Cropped flares are bootcuts at a deliberately shrunken length, but that’s it. The FULL-LENGTH bootcut just about disappeared after 2005. But it’s back on trend in 2018 as a nod to the ‘90s influence in fashion right now. I greatly appreciate that fashion is making a point of giving back all sorts of by-gone silhouettes their fashionable moment. It’s one way to celebrate diversity of style.

To be clear, bootcuts are fitted on the waist, hips, bottom, thighs and upper knee. They flare out from the lower knee to the hem giving the calves, ankles and feet some volume. They are not to be confused with wide leg pants that are worn wide from the hips and thighs down.

Of course, despite disappearing from the trend radar, bootcuts never went out of style. A handful of my clients continued wearing mid-rise bootcuts with cowboy boots and the like and they looked classic and fabulous. Bootcuts are especially popular with my curvy hourglass and pear-shaped clients, who feel that the wider hems balance out proportions. When they wear heels with extra long bootcut hems so that you can only see the tips of the feet and shoes, the long lean line is accentuated and flattering to their eye.

I do find low-rise bootcuts that were all the rage with premium California denim houses at the beginning of the ’00’s a little dated now. It’s subtle, but the length of the rise makes quite the difference in fashion. Mid-rise bootcuts look current, and high-rise bootcuts even more so.

I loved bootcuts, and wore them for years as the dominant denim silhouette for my style. I wore them with heels and made sure the hems almost swept the surface of the ground. I like full-length bootcuts and bell-bottoms VERY long because it looks luxurious and elegant. I have poison eye for bootcut hems that are shorter unless they’re intentionally cropped above the ankle and worn as cropped pants. Here are bootcuts worn with heels, and most of the hems are sufficiently long for my taste.

For 2018, wearing full-length bootcuts with flats is all the rage, and with sneakers and tucked or semi-tucked tops in particular. Showcasing the hips and waist by tucking the top or wearing a shorter top increases the length of the leg from the hips upward, which offsets the short-legged or dumpy feeling you might get when wearing full-length wide hems with flats. This collection showcases the point.

For the moment, I’m conflicted about full-length bootcuts for my own style. I’m enjoying how fresh they look amidst a sea of skinnies and cropped everything, but they have their disadvantages. I LOVE my two pairs of bell-bottom jeans that are wider at the hems than regular jeans. They swoosh and make me feel fab and Modern Retro. They require a higher heel than I wear daily, which is doable since I wear them for short periods of time. Dry weather is another prerequisite, but dodgy in Seattle where soggy hems are a reality. Wearing bootcuts with flats appeals to me but again, I need dry weather.

Since I spend quite a bit of time in dry Salt Lake City these days, full-length bootcuts might be practical. But the type of dressy, pretty and dainty footwear I like to wear is better suited to a tapered leg. I didn’t want to add back in the Tomboy vibe I wore five years ago, and I didn’t want to look overly casual.

Then I saw these bootcut chino pants worn with white sneakers and thought – super cute. As I said, conflicted!

Sanctuary Chino Pants

I need to try on some bootcuts with the type of flat footwear that suits my feet and lifestyle. I need to be able to wear the bootcuts with flats daily and feel fab doing so if I’m going to add them to my wardrobe. No more full-length flares to be worn with heels for special occasions because I have those already. That requirement is clear in my mind.

Over to you. How do you feel about full-length bootcuts? Did you wear them, and will you wear them again?

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Consistently Inconsistent Quality

It’s getting harder and harder to find quality wardrobe items. A high price point does not guarantee high quality, and a low price point is even more of a gamble. Most fashion retailers offer inconsistent quality at best. Brands that give us consistently high quality are few and far between, so when you find them it’s like discovering hidden treasure. That’s the consistent new normal.

Take these two items from Banana Republic bought within the last year. The first is a pair of cropped orange pants that I absolutely adore, but the quality is disappointing. They are perfect for the first few hours of the day, but stretch out dramatically thereafter. The fronts have pilled too. Granted, I washed and wore these pants very frequently, which might be why they’re wearing out. But that shouldn’t happen within the same season of purchase.

Next is my best ever purchase from Banana Republic earlier this Spring. I LOVE this dress. It’s a lined navy cotton lace midi dress that puts designer wear to shame. It’s beautifully made, fits like a dream, and swooshes with the best of them. It doesn’t crease when you wear or pack it. It comes straight out of the suitcase looking like a million bucks. It holds its shape and does not stretch out during the day. It’s 100% cotton lace and very breathable. It’s machine washable, AND air-dries perfectly on a hanger as if it’s just been pressed by the cleaners. It’s a truly remarkable frock.

I can’t boycott retailers after they’ve given me an inferior garment, because the next purchase might be a gem. If I’d decided to never purchase from Banana Republic again, I’d have missed out on the fabulous navy lace dress.

It’s all highly annoying. We try to make discerning decisions about quality before we purchase an item, but we only know how they really perform after the wear-and-wash road test. It seems that consistently inconsistent quality has become a part of modern retail and fashion.

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Fab Find: Epoch Foot Cream

Epoch Sole Solution is the foot cream of all foot creams because it REALLY works. I’ve tried many things — even Vicks and olive oil — and this is the winner. It was recommended to a friend by her nail salon. If you have cracked heels, broken skin on your toes, and all-round dry feet and ankles, you’ll notice a significant difference after a couple of days. It moisturizes your toenails too.

I apply the cream once a day in warm weather and twice daily in colder months when my skin is prone to dryness. It’s odourless, which is a plus for most, although I’d personally have preferred a scent. After applying the cream in Summer, I pop on a pair of footies allowing the cream to soak into warm skin. In the colder months, I pop on a pair of socks after application. It’s that easy.

If you’re in the US, we wish you a happy Labor Day and hope you’re enjoying the long weekend.

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Link Love: On the Radar for Fall 2018

Here’s a look at some of the Autumn 2018 trends that are starting to pop up online and in Fall editions of the big fashion magazines.

Fab Links from Our Members

Pil wanted to share this article about personal stylists training bots to be personal stylists.

As a person who loves colour and rounded lines, The Cat loved reading this blog post.

This quick blurb in a Canadian magazine, praising the new Nordstrom campaign, makes L’Abeille want to watch the video, and consider online Nordies shopping even more.

Joy enjoyed browsing these Copenhagen street style photos and people sporting eye-catching checks.

Vildy finds this article about how to dress like an architect interesting because “what I enjoy the most is paring away details to achieve less ‘talkiness’ in my outfits, and this is the other extreme to what I do as it’s all about the details, everything talking at once.”

Kyle admires this woman’s creativity and talent as a seamstress.

Joyce B lets us know that Madewell has a jeans recycling programme where they turn the items into housing insulation for communities in need. You can drop off any brand and any jeans or denim items.

Madonna’s style has always been provocative and interesting. Sal is sure many of us are influenced by at least one of her iconic looks.

Cindysmith recently had to start wearing wider width shoes: “It’s been an interesting journey since so many comfort lines are not necessarily really pretty shoes. I love that women are trying to make pretty shoes that are comfortable.”



Colour Trend: Mustard

The colour mustard gets its name from the condiment, which is a brown shade of yellow. Warm, earthy and rich. It’s also called ochre, gold and turmeric, but I like to stick to mustard. Not quite camel, toffee or rust, and definitely not citron or chartreuse. Mustard is more yellow than camel and dirtier than a clear yellow.

There is lots of mustard in stores at the moment making both a Summer and early Fall statement. Mustard is available in most wardrobe items and across different shades. Some mustards are more yellow, while others are more brown and orange.

I like that the Autumn stereotype of mustard has been lifted by popping it straight into Summer. It’s gorgeous with white, tomato red, gold, bronze, shocking pink, and shades of blue in the Summer. Or black, cinnamon, grey, navy, chocolate, burgundy and cream in the cooler months.

Mustard isn’t popular with my clients, because it’s too warm and muddy for them. They prefer to wear cool colours. But those who do wear mustard well, love it. People with auburn and strawberry blonde complexions tend to look great in mustard. I also like mustard on very dark skin tones, freckled redheads, dark blondes, and complexions with black hair and fairly pale skin tones. My late Mum was a dark blonde with a warm complexion and dark blue eyes who wore earth tones with the best of them. I fondly remember her in the ‘70s wearing a fitted mustard safari trouser suit with cork platforms and gigantic tortoiseshell sunnies.

I LOVE yellow, but am a citron and chartreuse gal because acidic, fresh, clear and crisp brights look best against my skin. Mustard is too dirty. I don’t dislike mustard though, and will wear it in a pattern, as an accessory, or as a pair of shoes. I prefer toffee, chocolate and cinnamon to mustard in solid items of clothing or as a leather.

Over to you. What’s your verdict on mustard?

Plus Mustard Plunge Tiered Shirt

Fendi Pleated Silk Crepe de Chine Skirt

Anthropologie Golden A-Line Skirt

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Boden Roundup: Early Fall Items

British online retailer Boden launched its pre-Autumn collection early, and forum members have had success with their items. Here are the winners. Make sure you browse all the colour and pattern options. Items can come in petite and go up to a US18. Some items come in longer lengths. 

  • Boden Althea Jersey Top: A polished jersey top that is gently fluid on the torso. Forgiving of midsection extra bits, yet adequately tailored. Sufficiently crisp for the office. All the colours are nice, but the green looks particularly fresh.
  • Boden Sadie Silk Top: A boho-lite silk blouse that is as lovely untucked. Billowy but drapes neatly against the body. Good tailored cuff detailing that adds polish. Three fun colours.
  • Boden Cavendish Girlfriend Jeans: Fab streamlined jeans with ease through the hips and thighs. Trendy high rise, and works well on a curvier figure. Four washes, a tuxedo stripe, and read the rave reviews.
  • Boden Arabella Sweatshirt: A sweatshirt with a fluid fit that does not look too slouchy. The ivory embroidered version is the least casual, but all the patterns are fun. Fab semi-tucked or worn over a pencil skirt.
  • Boden Wren Ponte Midi Dress: The sweep on the hem swooshes with the best of them. Gorgeously elegant and made of substantial fabric that holds you in. Looks as good with dressy flats. Runs at least a size big and has a long torso. Interesting selection of colour-blocked colours.
  • Boden Tilda V Neck Sweater: A crisp, polished, one-up-from-basic V-neck pullover. Looks fabulous UNtucked. Interesting cuff detailing and the V-neckline is not too low. Lots of lovely colours. VERSATILE.
  • Boden Alexis Jersey Dress: A very comfortable knitted viscose and polyamide dress that works on a range of body types. Best on those who like to define their waist, although quite forgiving on the midsection. Comes in four solid colours and a pattern.
  • Boden Annie Pointed Slingbacks: A block-heeled Summer classic that’s available in a polka dot, as well as navy and blush. Quite comfy, and read the rave reviews. Best on regular and low-volume feet.
  • Boden Evie Pointed Flats: A pointy-toe flat that stays on your foot because of the strap. Can work on higher volume feet. Might run half a size big for lower volume feet. Available in navy and mustard suede which are the softer and more comfortable options.

Go to the collection page to see pictures of the items alongside my descriptions.

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Link Love: Thoughts on Sustainable Fashion

Earlier this year, British publication The Pool published an interesting series called Wear Your Clothes: “An editorial series discussing sustainability and transparency within the fashion industry and looking at what we can do to love, treasure and make the most of the clothes that we enjoy wearing.” I wanted to share some of the articles today:

Fab Links from Our Members

La Belle Demimondaine found this article about Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop, and being in the “aspirational business,” fascinating.

MsMaven reports that San Jose outfit blogger Tanesha Awasthi has teamed up with Lane Bryant for a 20-piece clothing collection available in sizes 12 to 28.

Jenni NZ wanted to let us know that Karen Walker, one of New Zealand’s best-known fashion designers, is starting a collaboration with Madewell.

Runcarla thought this was interesting, and she’s glad some stations are encouraging and supporting their presenters to embrace their natural style.

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Team Waist Definition or Team Waist Surrender

When I ran this poll on YLF many years ago, it was an easy victory for Team Waist Definition. But since then, fluid and oversized fits with varying degrees of slouch in tops, knitwear, pants and dresses have become fashionable and trendy. Even flooding the market. Slowly but surely, clothing with waist definition is coming back on trend (although it never went out of style). The assortment of both structured and unstructured silhouettes at retail is once again looking balanced.

You are on Team Waist Definition if you prefer to wear outfits that showcase your waistline, thereby adding structure to the outfit. Waist definition usually means that you enjoy sporting the narrowest part of your torso because it creates a silhouette that makes you feel fabulous. Defining your waist can be extreme, like wearing body-con clothing, a fit-and-flare dress, a belted coat, or tucking a top into bottoms that are tailored on the waist. Or it can be subtle, like semi-tucking a fluid or oversized top into bottoms with a mid or low rise. Either way, outfits with waist definition can add professional polish to your look, create curves, accentuate curves, create positive body image, and make you feel more streamlined in your outfit.

You are on Team Waist Surrender if you prefer to wear outfits that do not draw attention to your waistline. You wear cuts that are trapeze, A-line, boxy, draped or straight, and use the fluid or oversized volume of the garment to hide the silhouette of the midsection. Waist-surrendering outfits are extremely comfortable and forgiving of midsection extra bits. No need for shapewear or worrying about a belly that expands during the day. Waist-surrendering outfits can look arty, architectural, avant-garde and interesting, thereby making you feel confident and fabulous.

I love wearing both. I thoroughly enjoy extreme waist definition by wearing fit-and-flare dresses, body-con knitwear, belted trench coats, and fully tucking tops into tailored skirts, trousers and high-rise skinnies. I enjoy subtle waist definition by semi-tucking fluid tops into all sorts of bottoms. But I also enjoy wearing straight shift and shirt dresses, cocoon coats, the occasional sack dress, boxy untucked cropped tops, and fluid untucked tops. So I’m benched with the very best seeded Dutch bread, Dutch cheese, Irish butter, cherry tomatoes, a rocket salad, and cold fresh mango for dessert.

Over to you. Do you bat for Team Waist Definition or Team Waist Surrender? Tell us why, and no batting for both teams, but feel free to join me on the bench.