Whether you’re looking to freshen up your office or night-out attire, a little style guidance never hurt anyone. Especially when you’re taking the lead of very successful women like Nina Garcia and Anna Wintour. To update your rotation of outfits, we’re sharing five winning combinations that always work. From a simple blue button-down to a printed midi skirt, keep reading to find out how some fashion, most powerful ladies style wardrobe classics.
1. All-Black Ensemble + Printed Clutch
2. Printed Skirt + Oversize Outerwear
3. Floral Dress + Statement Jewels
4. Black Top + Skinny Jeans + Pointed-Toe Heels
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5. Blue Oxford + Skirt + Strappy Heels
Necklaces add instant pop to an outfit, finish a look and add some flair to a basic ensemble. For fall, there are some great necklace trends to consider, many of which have been around for some time. The good news is if you may already have some necklaces in your wardrobe from last season that will probably work just as well this year. Here are five necklace trends to check out for the new season.
The long pendant necklace has been around for a few seasons now and will continue into fall. Pendants are great for casual wear, when you just want to add a little touch of something to a sweater and jeans outfit, and they also look great when worn with a basic dress. There are endless varieties in pendant necklaces in stores right now, from eye catching unique styles to simple, delicate ones.
2. Statement Necklaces
They’re called statement necklaces for a reason. These eye catching, bold and often chunky necklaces add striking style to any outfit and really call attention the the face. Not sure how to wear one? Try keeping the rest of your outfit minimal and making it all about the necklace.
3. Layered Necklaces
Layered necklaces give a an outfit an artistic and creative look, while being elegant at the same time. There are two ways to do necklace layering. The first is to take some of your own necklaces and layer them together to create a layered and eclectic look with different sized and shaped necklaces. Alternatively, you can also look for layered necklaces sold by many designers. The chains that make up layered necklaces tend to be in different lengths. The beauty of this is the layers can fill in more open necklines and add plenty of dimension to an outfit. A button down shirt with layers of necklaces filling in the neckline is beautiful.
Chokers were big in the 90’s, and, with the resurgence of this decade in fashion, they are back. Choker looks best when the space around the neck is open and clean. A deep plunging neckline or a sharp v-neck will be a great backdrop for a choker. If you have a shorter neck either avoid chokers or, if you really want to embrace this trend, choose finer ones that don’t take up too much space. Chokers typically look great on people with long, graceful necks.
5. Chunky Chain Necklaces
Chunky chain necklaces continue to be popular for fall. Normally they are on the shorter side and, similarly to layered necklaces, have different metals, colors, thickness and materials included. Being on the shorter side, these necklaces look great with open necklines but can also be added to a turtleneck sweater or over a button down shirt for a trendy finish.
Pick the right necklaces for your body and style
With all the different necklaces out there it can be hard to choose the right styles for you. Just because something is trendy doesn’t mean you should own it. The first thing to look at is whether the necklace style is right for your body. For example, if you have a short neck, short, chunky necklaces may make your neck look shorter, and women with large chests sometimes look bustier in long, bulky pendant necklaces. Necklaces are a great way to refresh the existing clothes in your wardrobe and to make them feel new. To get the most out of the hot necklaces for fall, try a few from the trends listed and see how having these items will change up what you already own.
Do you find it difficult to choose the right jewelry for you? Something that will make you feel glamorous? Probably you’ll be answering a big YES. Well, don’t worry because with so many classes and varieties of jewelry styles and designs it’s a natural thing. With the various trips to different jewelry stores hunting for that perfect piece can be burdening. But it doesn’t have to be, if you know what you are looking for.
Choosing which fine jewelry to wear is no different than choosing an outfit. The key is to trust your taste and stick to your personal fashion and lifestyle. First of all you should decide what style and design you prefer. For example if you’re an animal lover you can choose from numerous animal jewelry available in the market, from bird jewelry, cat jewelry, to dog jewelry, dolphin jewelry and even horse jewelry.
Buy pieces that will fit your actual size. Make sure you buy finger ring or earring according to your size and choice. Another important thing you should remember is your lifestyle. The rings or necklace that you are buying should fit in with the lifestyle you have.
The prize of the piece should also be considered. Contrary to what most people believe, jewelries do not have to be diamond jewelry, gold jewelry or precious stuffs like antique jewelry, estate jewelry, Hawaiian jewelry or Italian jewelry in order to be considered fine pieces. Costume Jewelry, both signed and unsigned, is an example of a fine jewelry and yet it is affordable. A lot of jewelry store sells costume jewelry at a low price and some of them go way back to 1920s. What’s great about them is that you can use it, get tired of it, put it away and still get your money’s worth.
The last thing would be is to read different reviews about the jewelry before buying. They characterize and even write articles that will help your buying.
True friends stick with you through thick and thin, but the same can’t be said for clothes. An awesome necklace, on the other hand, will be with you whether your figure is looking ‘for better or for worse.’
A statement necklace – preferably with a touch of sparkle or eye-blinding gleam – will perk you up when you’re feeling down. Plus, it’s bang on-trend, so will make you look better by association. That’s what you want in a true friend, right?
Here’s 6 ways to wear a statement necklace without looking like you’ve raided the kid’s dress-up box:
1. Light, bright colours close to your face will make your complexion look brighter, and you’ll look more awake.
2. Team with a soft, collared blouse, buttoned all the way up to the top. Wear your necklace under the collar for extra style points.
3. You can embrace this trend if you’ve got a tiny baby. Just choose a necklace made of soft leather, or that has gently-curved edges so it won’t press on little heads.
4. A show-stopping necklace draws attention to your gorgeous face, so it’s is especially great if you want to distract from a curvy belly – like when you’re newly pregnant but not quite ready to announce it, or if you’ve just had extra helpings for dinner.
5. Follow the lines of your top to place further emphasis on your statement necklace.
Got a round-necked t-shirt? Try this:
Or try teaming a flat-based statement necklace with a square necked top like this:
6. As celebrity stylist Mary Alice Stephenson said: “Wear sequins in the sun, your heart on your sleeve, and remember everything looks better with a smile, Spanx, and a statement necklace!”
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Silver and Outfits
No matter the setting, silver necklaces always mark elegance on your person.
All of your outfits will reap the benefits silver brings, such as creating a distinguished look and brightening the overall classic appearance.
For the most part, it is perfectly safe to wear a silver necklace with just about any outfit without worrying about appearing vulgar or overly exaggerated.
As good advice, it is best to avoid a situation where the necklace threads silver within gold or wear both types of metal together.
All kinds of people can wear a silver necklace elegantly.
Whether you have fair or dark skin, blond or black hair, blue or green eyes or any combination thereof, you have the means to pull off wearing a silver necklace successfully.
Wearing a Silver Necklace in Various Settings
If you need to wear a fancy necklace during the daytime while remaining discreet, mix the silver necklace with cold colors and black.
For the former, any of the shades of white, such as eggshell and off-white, make for a great combination. For more fashionable wear, put in value by donning brighter colors like prune, turquoise or orange.
Of course, you can always match your silver necklace by putting on silver clothes. With a matching handbag and high heels, you will be more than ready to dominate the daytime with your chic wear.
If you need to wear a fancy necklace during the nighttime, then you can resort to wearing your silver necklace while also donning a few other pieces of jewelry that feature precious stones such as rubies or diamonds.
Feel free to go with a discreet bracelet or some earrings to accompany that silver necklace.
Taking Care of Silver Necklaces
Much like other precious metals, a silver necklace can tarnish quickly over time if you are not careful with maintaining it. This is due simply to the humidity within the air.
Of course, those who prefer to go for a more bohemian look may prefer to allow some tarnish, permitting a vintage look with run-down marks versus pure shine.
On the other hand, keeping a shine in a silver necklace means making sure that it is always well-kept.
For instance, never clean your silver necklace with the rest of your silverware or in the same way; instead, take some very slightly soapy water and use a soft brush to dab and scrub gently at the surface to remove any dirt or grime.
Only by taking these extra measures can you make sure that your silver necklace always provides a real shine to your outfit, no matter what the occasion is.
As a quick reference guide:
- In a professional setting: Wear simple silver pieces.
- Ladies night out: Wear an exaggerated chunky silver necklace.
- At a party: Don a silver necklace encrusted with precious gems such as diamonds.
- With a completely black outfit: Don a silver necklace encrusted with multicolored stones.
History shows that emeralds have been worn by some of the most influential women in time, like Jackie Onassis Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth II, just to name a couple. Our search takes us a little further back in time, to some of the biggest and boldest emerald pieces known to man.
The Chalk Emerald
The superb clarity and color of the Chalk Emerald ranks it among one of the world’s finest Colombian emeralds. This 37.8-carat emerald exhibits the velvety deep green color that is highly prized. According to legend, the Chalk Emerald was once the centerpiece of an emerald and diamond necklace belonging to a Maharani of the former state of Baroda, India. It originally weighed 38.4 carats, but was recut and set in a platinum and gold ring designed by Harry Winston, Inc., where it is surrounded by 60 pear-shaped diamonds totaling 15 carats. It was donated to the Smithsonian by Mr. and Mrs. O. Roy Chalk in 1972 and is on display in the Gem Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.
Diadem of the Duchess of Angoulême Marie Thérèse of France
The history of this exquisite tiara is almost as complicated as that of its famous owner, the Duchess of Angouleme. It’s value is immense not only because of the exceptional stones used for its creation but also because of the fact it is one of the few pieces of jewelry of the period that remain in their original state.
This tiara was commissioned in 1819 by Louis-Antoine, the Duke of Angouleme for his wife Marie-Therese, the Duchess of Angouleme. According to Bernard Morel’s masterpiece “Les Joyaux de la Couronne de France” (Crown Jewels of France), pictured below. The final work on the tiara was completed in late 1819 or early 1820. After a long list of owners the diadem finally became the property of the Louvre Museum, where it is displayed today.
The Moghul Emerald
Indian culture has a long tradition of appreciating gems and jewelry, and emeralds were no exception. The rulers of India were passionate about the green gem which was supposed to bring good luck. One of the most unique artifacts from India is the Moghul Emerald. Dating from 1695, The Moghul Emerald is a 217.80 carat square gem which was carved on both sides. The front side features an elegant Arabic script with a Shi’a Muslim prayer. On the reverse is a naturalistic floral carving design of a rosette surrounded by poppies. As the Moghul rulers were Sunni Muslim, the carved emerald talisman is not thought to have belonged to the Emperor himself, but rather to one of his officers. The gem itself is believed to have been mined in Colombia. It was sold at auction by Christie’s of London in 2001 for $2.2 million.
The Guinness Emerald Crystal
The Guinness Emerald Crystal was discovered in the Coscuez emerald mines. It is one of the largest gem-quality emerald crystals in the world—1759 carats—and is the largest emerald crystal in the collection of emeralds belonging to the Banco Nacionale de la Republica in Bogota, Colombia.
The Seringapatam Jewels
One of the most breathtaking suites of emerald jewelry in existence is the Seringapatam Jewels, which is housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in England. The ornate set consists of a necklace, brooch, bracelet, and pair of drop earrings created from emeralds, diamonds, gold, and platinum. The emeralds were originally a reward given to British Major-General George Harris, following a victory at the Battle of Seringapatam in India in 1799. The emeralds remained in the family, and were eventually set into the spectacular suite of jewelry for the wife of the fourth Lord Harris, Lucy Ada. The gems were made into jewelry over a period of years, beginning with their marriage in 1874 and continuing until 1887.
If you find yourself questioning whether the beautiful women on the street are regular Miami citizens or if there are thousands of models just wandering the streets, the answer is: both. Miami is home to models and fashion worshippers alike.
A Fashion Capital
Miami is a fashion capital for several reasons. It has warm weather year-round, it boasts luxury boutiques and designer stores galore, and it is known as an international center of commerce.
Miami may be teeming with fashionable people in all corners, but it’s fair to say that South Beach is the capital of this fashion capital. Home to hubs for every major worldwide modeling agency including Wilhelmina Models, Elite Model Management, and William Morris Agency, along with renowned local agencies like The Green Agency, Miami plays host to models from around the world who move here to pursue their dreams.
The tropical climate lends itself to the perfect backdrop for photo shoots for commercials, magazine editorials and fashion shows. Photographer Bruce Weber, who has shot for the likes of Vogue, W, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair, to name a few, is enamored with Miami. He’s made it his home and shoots most of his photos here. He even filmed a short documentary about Liberty City titled Liberty City Is Like Paris To Me.
Designers and Influencers
Bruce Weber isn’t the only fashion bigwig to call Miami home. Most famously, Gianni Versace fell in love with Miami and transformed a 1930’s apartment building on Ocean Drive into his own ornate mansion in 1992. Gianni Versace was tragically murdered at that location in 1997 as he returned home from a nearby café where he read the Italian newspapers every morning. The shooting sadly cemented the location as a fashion lovers’ landmark where people regularly pay tribute to the much revered designer. Versace’s brand, now helmed by his sister Donatella, has since remained one of the top in the world. Today, the Versace Mansion is known as The Villa by Barton G, an upscale hotel, restaurant and venue. The intimate 30-seat dining room serves The Villa Martini, their signature drink, in a Versace martini glass.
Miami has played host to designers and influencers from afar who are drawn to its weather and trendy scene. It has also grown its own crop of talented fashion people, such as Lazaro Hernandez, a young Miamian who has made a huge splash on the fashion scene, earning one of the most esteemed awards in the industry, the Perry Ellis Award for new talent from the CFDA, for his label Proenza Schouler. Lazaro’s skyrocketing career was launched in 2000 at Miami International Airport when he ran into Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. He nervously slipped her a note on a napkin through the flight attendant and she hooked him up with a job at Michael Kors. The rest is history. Proenza Schouler is a hip, haute label that designs perfect looks for a Miami vacation. Its womenswear and accessories reflect Miami’s colorful, tropical vibe.
Alejando Ingelmo, of his eponymous shoe label, has shoe design in his blood dating back to his great-grandfather in Salamanca, Spain, but it was in Miami where Ingelmo was born and raised. Ingelmo’s shoes and accessories are architectural and beautiful, exhibiting a high level of craftsmanship.
High Fashion Shopping Destinations
The Webster Miami is a luxury boutique that resides in a 20,000-square-foot Art Deco building in Miami Beach. The Webster is run by two fashion veterans who cut their teeth at the likes of Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Jil Sander, and has grown into a destination of its own for stylists, editors and fashion insiders. The Webster is a mega-center of fashion on South Beach, housing nearly impossible to find brands like Balmain, as well as designer exclusives from Alexander Wang, ACNE, and Lisa Marie Fernandez.
Miami’s Design District has a crop of high-end designer boutiques all located within a few blocks of each other. Maison Martin Margiela is a must-see in this area, as much for the beautiful interior in classic Margiela style, a blend of avant-garde museum worthy and scientific, as for its clothes in the same style. Margiela’s “temporary” boutique has been in the location since 2010, and hopefully will find a permanent home there, making it only the third retail location in the United States. At Margiela, everything is worth a second look; a seemingly simple T-shirt is sure to have a hidden detail or two. Even the staff’s uniform is double-take worthy; they wear scientist cloaks, only amplifying the bizarre aesthetic the designer has made his own.
Other noteworthy stores in the Design District include En Avance, a boutique showcasing global designers including Yigal Azrouel and Robert Rodriguez and Marni, the eclectic Italian men’s and women’s fashion label. Another stop to make in the area is Nektar De Stagni, a concept boutique that collaborates with artists on projects and houses its own label of interesting and beautiful accessories with a Miami flair like Shark “Pearl” Earrings, genuine shark teeth coated in pearlescent enamel.
Miami’s has some fashion staples, but it’s also home to loads of pop-up stores and fashion shows. Some of the best pop-ups happen during Art Basel in December, where designer Mara Hoffman collaborated with artists for a collection that featured bathing suits and beachwear. Another pop-up highlight of Basel 2011 was the Pringle of Scotland and Webster collaboration, showcasing a collaboration between Central Saint Martens, the esteemed London design school, and Pringle of Scotland. Miami’s fashion scene is a friendly and collaborative one; the pop-up shops continue to exhibit new and interesting concepts for ever curious fashionistas to talk about.
Miami plays host to a worldwide showcase of fashion in three major fashion weeks: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, Miami Beach International Fashion Week and Funkshion Fashion Week. In July, March and October, respectively, there are major showcases of swimwear, international design, resort and lingerie happening throughout the city.
Of course, any major fashion city is going to have some stellar malls for the vacationing shopper. If you’re looking for brand names that rival the Champs Elysees and Manhattan’s 5th Avenue, try Bal Halbour Shops and Village of Merrick Park, both beautiful open-air malls with fine dining and shopping that includes labels like Chanel, Prada, Lanvin, Trina Turk, Burberry, Carolina Herrera and more. Another outdoor shopping stop is Lincoln Road, a strip of stores and eateries that includes everything from an independent bookstore to an antique market on Sundays. For a more all-American mall experience, there’s Dadeland, The Falls, and Sunset Place, where you’ll find shops like Zara, Macy’s, and The GAP.
There are plenty of places to find some steals too. Dolphin Mall is the largest shopping destination in Miami and a major bargain mall. Dolphin Mall is a “retail value shopping center” and a must-stop if you’re looking for some serious outlet digging including Banana Republic Factory Store, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Lord & Taylor Outlet Store and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, just to name a few. Barneys CO-OP, a younger, fresher take on Barney’s located on Miami Beach, is an in for a lesser price point with the same fine curatorial taste as Barney’s.
There’s no shortage of style in Miami, the only problem with this fashionable warm weather city is that there isn’t really much opportunity to show off winter and fall styles… but is that really a problem?
One look at the getups on a sunny, Miami afternoon, and it’s clear – you’re in the swim fashion capital of the world. With panoramic views of bold hues and even bolder bikinis, Miami’s white-hot beaches could easily double as fashion-forward catwalks. But if you want the real thing, an actual white catwalk with lights, velvet roped and lists at the door, we’ve got that too. Miami Fashion Week, Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach, and Art Basel make a splash on the global fashion stage year-after-year. Between sparkling poolside soirees, world-renowned tradeshows, pop-up shops and nocturnal after parties, Miami’s fierce fashion scene never closes shop.
The Spring Spectacle
Miami Fashion Week
Each March, the Miami Beach Convention center welcomes Miami Fashion Week – an institution in international trendsetting. The influence of Miami Fashion Week reaches beyond the expected swimwear. As the longest running fashion week in the region, Miami Fashion Week turns out a staggering amount of Caribbean and Latin American designs in the evening wear, denim, jewelry, and children’s clothing departments. Miami Fashion Week’s Wedding Pavilion is an invaluable resource for brides-to-be, bridal buyers, or eager, early-planner types. General ticket prices start at $50 per show, whereas front row VIP treatment runs $500 a show and includes a backstage experience.
Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach
During the spring, bright, edgy patterns are in full bloom at Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach. This four-day event fuses music and fashion for one sizzling sartorial showcase. Funkshion’s tented exhibition runs parallel to, and only a few blocks from, Miami Fashion Week. Here, emerging designers receive unprecedented media exposure. Established labels like Chloé use the Funkshion platform to present their secondary collections, which tend to be more accessible and moderately priced. Music factors heavily into each runway presentation, as designers hand-select the DJ’s their models will walk to. Accompaniments often honor the artist’s origins — Latin America, New York, Milan, or Paris. Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach puts the purchasing power in the public’s hands, as entry to the shows are free and items on display are made immediately available in stores.
The Summer Set
SwimShow & LingerieShow
Also in late July, industry professionals dive into a sea of lifestyle attire at the SwimShow & LingerieShow inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. This 400,000 square foot exhibition features over 2,500 retailers in the resort, swim, lifestyle, and intimate apparel categories. Accessory designers round out the beach-goer look with summery shades and sandals while Maidenform and other leaders in lingerie offer alluring options for when the sun goes down. There’s a high-end section reserved for pricier labels like Nanette Lepore and Oscar de la Renta but sporty mainstays like Roxy, Body Glove and Oakley are also in the mix.
Fall Into Fashion
Jewelers International Showcase
The Jewelers International Showcase is the largest tradeshow of its kind. At any of its three shows, around 4000 jewelry buyers flood the Miami Beach Convention Center. The October show boasts the largest vendor attendance with some 1,200 booths flaunting hundreds of blinding baubles. Almost half of the retailers represent 50 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Unique to JIS, delivery is available right on the show floor, eliminating shipment time. Products usually hover in the mid-to-high price range, but competitively priced, everyday items are also on display.
Whimsical Winter Wear
On paper, it’s not a fashion event. But Art Basel makes a strong case for art’s influence on fashion and vice versa. Especially when luxurious labels – Chanel, Dior, Valentino – roll into Miami every December for this star-studded art fair and host extravagant themed parties that are harder to score tickets to than a White House affair. Famed fashion photographers like Terry Richardson and Bruce Weber mix-and-mingle with fans at book signings while fashion name brands like Net-a-Porter and Harper’s Bazaar offer attendees a rare, in-person shopping experience. Vogue, W, and Vanity Fair hijack the city’s galleries to host packed invite-only fetes, teaming with inventive Basel-goers – all vying for the attention of street style photographers with their outrageous street style. Where else would you see fashion superstars, Mickey Mouse shoes, graffiti and Prada sharing the spotlight at a single party?