Posts Categorized: tutorial

Reader Request: Layering Necklines

how to layer necklines

Reader Jori sent me this question via e-mail:

Now that we’re entering serious layering season, I was thinking it would be interesting for you to do a post on layering necklines. Specifically, I have a couple of pieces with sweetheart necklines, which I love, but I’m having a hard time figuring out what other types of necklines I can layer under them (other than a turtleneck). That’s a pretty specific problem, but then I started thinking about mixing v-necks with crew necks, etc, and was wondering if there are any guidelines for such things. Just layering v-necks with v-necks, for example, seems overly restrictive, but there are also plenty of times when mixing and matching just looks weird. read more

Originally posted 2010-11-08 06:01:00.

Reader Request: Styling a Single Piece Multiple Ways

How to wear a pencil skirt

Gorgeous reader Nique popped this doozy into the suggestion box:

I would like to see how you can style a single, basic piece (ie. black pencil skirt or white button down shirt, etc.) in several different ways to expand your wardrobe options.

Since a simple black skirt is one of the few items that I actually believe nearly every woman should own, I took Nique up on that option.* Below you’ll find outfits that all feature the same black Banana Republic skirt – an A-line/pencil hybrid of sorts – and that range from super casual to super dressy. So without further ado: read more

Originally posted 2010-10-25 05:15:00.

Shoe Basics

Shoe styles that (almost!) every woman should consider adding to her wardrobe

When I worked as a stylist, I was always puzzled when I visited a client with a wardrobe full of lovely, current, perfectly-fitting clothing and a tiny mound of outdated, weather-beaten, unloved shoes that in no way align with their owner’s style. To me, appropriate, interesting shoes are an integral part of an overall look and I believe that knowing your preferred shoe types is absolutely essential to building personal style.

But not everyone feels that way. Despite the stereotypes about women and shoes, I think that many of us struggle to track down styles that suit our tastes AND lifestyles. Shoes get worn harder than clothing in most cases, and that makes buying them far trickier. A dress has to work with body shape … but shoes have to be comfortable, affordable, stylish, AND work perfectly with a multitude of outfits under a multitude of circumstances. So cultivating a lasting, useful, beautiful collection of shoes can be quite a project, and some women would rather focus on objects of style that require less versatility and research. read more

Originally posted 2010-10-15 05:15:00.