You know how much we love scarves. They’re such a great accessory. They add a pop of color to that column of black you love to wear. Scarves keep the chill off in a cold conference room and turn a not-so-flattering neckline into a thing of beauty. This week we’re tying the lovely French Knot and Hello Glow blogger, Stephanie Gerber, is showing us the steps.
Fold the scarf in half and put it around your shoulders. Take one loose end piece and pull it over and under the scarf loop.
Take the second end piece and go under and over the same loop.
That’s it! Practice makes perfect.
This method of tying your scarf is really perfect for the colder weather. You may already be tying your winter scarf this way. A scarf in a lighter weight with a light jacket would be perfect for our weather here in NC.
Find the middle of the scarf and drape it around the neck so that free ends hang at the back.
Twirl the scarf around the neck and loosen its loop so that it’s comfortable.
Cross one end over another and tie a knot. Adjust the loop so that it covers the tail in the front.
This one is gorgeous!
Our next scarf tying to practice this season is the Infinity Scarf. You do not need an Infinity Scarf…see the steps to tying an Infinity Scarf; you can use something you already have. And, the wikiHow images are lovely.
The Infinity Scarf
Step 1: Drape scarf over shoulders so that both ends are equidistant.
Step 2: At the very bottom of both ends, tie an overhand knot.
Step 3: Tie another overhand knot to ensure that the first know does not slip.
Step 4: Take the loop (shaped like an “O”) and twist it so that it’s shaped like an “8”.
Step 5: Drape the bottom loop of the “8” over your head. There you have it. Beautiful!
Scarves can be worn all year-round, but Winter is the perfect season for wearing a scarf and for practicing new ways to tie and wear your scarves. During the next few weeks, we’re going to share with you some ways to tie a scarf. This week we’ll focus on The Waterfall. We found these amazing images and easy instructions in wikiHow. Also, check out this video from Talbots. The Waterfall.
Step 1: Drape scarf around the neck, with one end significantly longer than the other end.
Step 2: Loop the longer end around your neck one time.
Step 3: Take the end you used to loop and secure it by the top corner.
Step 4: Fit the top corner into the loop at the side of the neck. when done properly, the unattached side drapes down like a waterfall.
Scarves available in the fall and winter Carlisle and ETCETERA Collections.
October 12, 2016
Melrose Fisher (With credit to Tracy Varga Group at Pink Suede)
I am uncomfortable in dresses without hosiery. Is it ok to wear them now? Or is bare legged still the trend? With cooler weather coming, surely I’ve got to think about comfort, right? Yes, but follow these tips for how to wear hose.
Three cheers for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge who brought nude hose back in vogue. While the bare legged trend isn’t going anywhere, because of Kate, there’s far more stylish sheer hosiery options available in stores and no one will wrinkle their nose at your choice of hose. Below are tips for wearing hosiery, and suggestions of my favorite brands of pantyhose and tights:
If you want to wear sheer natural-looking stockings, you won’t find them at your neighborhood CVS. Quality is key for finding sheer, well-fitting, and natural looking pantyhose. The hose should be as close to your natural skin tone (no matter how pale you are); tan legs with fair arms and face is NOT stylish. Donna Karan’s ‘The Nudes’ comes in seven different colors, so you’re more likely to find a natural looking shade for your skin tone; the quality is excellent, they’re sheer and not too shiny making them like BB cream for your gams. ‘The Nudes’ come in toeless, high waist, control top, sheer to waist and even plus size so you can find a style that is most comfortable for you. I’ve also had luck with Nordstrom’s in-house brand. It’s a little less expensive and I think is a bit more visible when wearing, but still elegant. Nordstrom’s Sheer Control Top Pantyhose come in nine different “nude” colors and are available in plus size. If you’re a fan of thigh high stockings (also known as stay ups), you can’t beat Wolford; while they’re pricey, they’re well-made, natural looking, and one of the few brands I’ve found that stays up without putting dents in your thighs. I prefer their Individual 10 which come in six shades, aren’t shiny, are sheer, and cover imperfections nicely.
SHEER BLACK PANTYHOSE
Black sheers came back in style a few seasons ago and had again become a classic. While black stockings were popular for daywear before, this time, it’s best to keep them for evening events. As with nude pantyhose, choose a pair that is not too shiny, high quality, and as sheer as you can go while covering that which you wish to cover. Since black sheers are for the evening, it’s more acceptable for them to have a bit of sheen or have a higher denier (are thicker/more opaque).
Opaque tights are still a style mainstay this fall and winter. While I’m partial to very opaque non-shiny black tights with black shoes to create a long line and not compete with my dress, these days most any level of opacity and any color is acceptable and available at popular retailers. Shiny tights can look cheap and more like dancewear; a matte finish will look more expensive and be more versatile. For a traditional level of opacity, I’m a big fan of Nordstrom’s Everyday Opaque Tights. These are durable enough to last more than one season and have enough transparency that they can work for less formal evening affairs. If you’d like a blend between a sheer hose and opaque tight, DKNY’s Semi-Sheer Tights are a great choice. Durable like their traditional tights and with a subtle shaping top that doesn’t dig into your waist, these come in neutral colors that would look great peeking out from a feminine floral midi skirt or a pair of tall leather boots.
PATTERNED AND FISHNET STOCKINGS
This may not be advice you desire, but if you’re looking for advice on how to wear patterned, fishnet, or novelty hosiery you probably shouldn’t wear them. These are very tricky to wear; one misstep in regard to hem length or shoe choice and the whole look can go from classy to trashy. If you wish to dip your foot into creative hosiery, I recommend starting with something subtle like a nude fishnet, and pair with a longer skirt or tall boots. See how you feel, see what honest friends think, and then go from there.
ALTERNATIVE TO PANTYHOSE
These days, there’s a plethora of products that will do for your legs what foundation and concealer do you’re your face. I like Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs (I’ve had better luck with the lotion than the spray), which blends seamlessly, looks natural, and is water and sweat resistant. Self-tanners have improved greatly over the past couple of years, but I still am klutzy enough to end up with streaks; I’m a fan of Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, which offers a subtle tint to legs after several days of use. The gradual color means less chance for orange fingers or streaky ankles.
Nordstrom shares this season’s shoe trends (click on the image for more of each style):
by Melrose W. Fisher
September 21, 2016
Fall is that time of year when those of us in the South love wearing our jeans with oversized sweaters and tops. The problem the majority of us have is finding that “right” pair of jeans. You know, the pair that feels awesome and looks fabulous regardless of our body shape. Trying to find that perfect jean can cause more heartache and tears than that hard-to-handle teenager living in your house. Sometimes we just give up and never wear jeans making us then feel like we’re not “hip.” Don’t give up! Follow the tips and tricks below that I’ve generated from various personal image stylists and fashion experts. Hopefully, it will save you a lot of time, stress and upset in finding those long awaited jeans you have been looking for!
Remember, our Carlisle and ETCETERA collections have several styles of jeans to fit practically every body shape and in various colors and fabrications. Remember the saying “you get what you pay for?” That saying most definitely applies to finding that perfect jean. Price does matter when it comes to good quality jeans. Quality made jeans will last you a lot longer, not bag out in the knees and butt area will be cut more symmetrical, will hold its color after many washings, and will be made from comfortable fabrics with stretch. Often you will find a quality pair will last, and you will enjoy for many seasons.
First, find your shape below and start reading the tips appropriate for your body shape.
PEAR or TRIANGULAR BODY SHAPE
To balance out your proportions and enhance your shape and give credit to your “bottom,” look for jeans with these features:
- Bootcut or wider flares– These will help balance out the hips and keep your legs in proportion with the extra fabric around the calves.
- Long Inseams – Having a longer length means you can wear heels under your flares and bootcut jeans. This will, of course, elongate your legs and make them look slimmer.
- Higher Rise – These are very balancing to your shape, plus they hide a multitude of sins if you suffer from muffin top issues like so many of us do. The higher rise may mean the waistband of your jean sits at the smallest part of your waist like a trouser, or it can mean that it sits at or just below your belly button.
- Jeans with a smaller fitting waist– Most ladies with wider hips often struggle to find jeans that don’t leave a gap at the back of their butt, therefore, requiring a minor nipping in at the waist. That simple alteration works wonders for the fit. I recommend you wear the jean a couple of times and wash them before taking in the waist. That alone will sometimes solve the gaping waistband problem.
- Larger pockets – Enhance your derriere (yep, that’s what they say). Since you are blessed with it, look for larger back pockets as small ones can make the derriere look bigger.
- Stretch denim – Always look for stretch denim as it will hug your body better, creating a sleeker silhouette. Plus, it’s not as restricting as rigid denim. All of our Carlisle and Etcetera jeans have stretch in them.
- Dark Indigo Jeans – Avoid “faded” jeans if you have thicker thighs. Try to stay with darker color jeans. Faded jeans can make your thighs appear larger.
- Boots – If you do want to go for a skinny jean, try tucking them into boots as it will help balance out the hips more and create a better shape.
HOURGLASS or CURVY BODY SHAPE
Gals with this body shape are much luckier because you can get away with most things and look great. With a hip to bust ratio of 50/50 and a slim waist, it’s all about the styling and keeping your proportions balanced. Look for jeans with these features:
- Skinny Jeans– Skinny jeans are the most flattering on hourglass shapes. Your chest and hips are in proportion with each other already so showing your legs off in skinnies only highlights that point. Bootcut jeans can actually overwhelm you and hide your frame.
- Higher rises–Higher rises because the waistband will sit at the smallest part of your waist, this will also give the illusion of an even slimmer middle.
- Medium size back pockets– Don’t go too big or too small with your back pocket sizing, it’s important to enhance your butt so choose wisely!
- Skinny flare– If you want to do flared jeans, choose a pair that are tight and skinny all the way to the knee and then give off a slight flare. This is much more flattering.
- Flares– If you are a curvier hourglass and carry a lot of weight on the hips, a flared jean will really help balance that out.
ROUNDED or APPLE BODY SHAPE
Apple shaped ladies carry their issues around their tummy area and usually struggle to find jeans that are flattering or give them the shape they are looking for. Embrace your body shape and work with it rather than against it by looking for jeans with these aspects:
- Skinny Jeans– Skinny jeans can look really good when they are paired with a floaty, gypsy style top as this will hide your problem area but the skinnies will still be fitted, creating a balanced look.
- Rises– If you are an apple shape with more curves and you want to hide your stomach, I recommend going for a high rise jean as this will hold everything in. If you are an apple shape with less curves, then lower rise jeans can give you a curvier appearance.
- Trouser Jeans– If you want to balance things out, go for a trouser style jean as the wider leg from hip to foot will help with proportions.
- Faded jeans can be your friend.
RECTANGLE, BOY, COLUMN BODY SHAPE
This is the super model shape with extra height, long legs and a straighter hip area. It can be hard to get jeans to fit in length and be flattering and feminine at the same time. Fortunately, Carlisle and ETCETERA jeans are longer than most jeans you’ll find in regular retail stores. Look out for these aspects:
- Inseams– If you want to go for a smart look, long inseams are the way to go as they will make you sleek and clean. If you prefer something more fashionable and love the look of jeans with ankle boots, go for a cropped skinny and cuff them with your ankle boots. This will give more depth to your shape and lessen your height a little bit while looking chic.
- Skinny Jeans– Skinnies are always your best friend as they show off your figure beautifully. Just be sure to pick the most flattering pair for your butt and thighs.
- Skinny Flares– You can also get away with skinny flares as you have the height to pull it off. Don’t do baggy flares as they will overwhelm you, so make sure the flare starts below the knee and the fit above is tight.
- Rises– If you want to show off your height, go for a high rise, but if you want to make your legs more proportional, a low rise will work wonders.
- Boyfriend Jeans– Boyfriend jeans are extra roomy in the derriere and the thighs. Luckily, you can get away with boyfriend jeans and make them look amazing! Go for a slimmer fitting boyfriend and it will look great.
I hope these tips will help you find that awesome pair of jeans that will look and feel great on you. One of our Lots of Luxe stylists can help you find that perfect jean. Contact us and receive 15% off all jeans in either our Carlisle or ETCETERA lines.
Carlisle Jeans – we have 10 different jean-style pants to see.
The CARLISLE Natalie Jean are the BEST jeans you will even own! Trust me! The Natalie Jean is highlighted in the first images below. These essential 5-pocket jeans are garment-washed indigo stretch denim. Made with a blend of cotton, cupro, and elastane for the softest hand feel. The small uplifted back pockets make you look and feel 10 pounds lighter! Sizies 0-18, $295 (remember, you get what you pay for).
Some of our ETCETERA Jeans – There are nine jean-style pants.
Shape Up and Stand Out!
“Muffin top,” “back fat,” “cottage cheese thighs,” “thunder thighs” and the list goes on and on. You know exactly what I’m referring to. Those are negative comments the majority of women make about themselves, especially when shopping for clothes. Lord knows the list grows by leaps and bounds if we’re shopping for a bathing suit. As personal stylists, we’ve heard it all and believe me, we’ve made these same comments about ourselves. So how can we “manage” these issues without going under the knife or spending 1000s of dollars? SHAPEWEAR! In particular, Ruby Ribbon shapewear. Why?
Why Should You Wear Shapewear in the First Place?
- To smooth and slim those “trouble spots” thus giving you a sleeker silhouette. Mind you, I know this is not applicable to all women out there, but I will tell you that even some of the skinniest women have lumps and bumps.
- To get into those pants &/or dress that “I swear they fit last time.” Shapewear can make you look 1-2 sizes slimmer.
- To avoid panty lines, especially when wearing white or light colored pants.
- To provide you a better posture and make you feel confident in your clothes. To help you stand out.
What Should You Look for When Purchasing Shapewear?
- Shapewear that is comfortable and firm enough to “hug” your body. Sizing down may give you more firmness, but it can also cause bulges (that “sausage” effect) and apply too much compression on your organs and nerves; thereby, doing more harm than good. When you wear shapewear, it should not cause harm; it should compress those problem areas “inward.”
- Shapewear that can strategically target specific areas. If you only want to smooth your hips and thighs or back and stomach areas, then you should be able to purchase separate pieces to target those areas. You shouldn’t have to wear a full-body piece to achieve smoothness in one particular area.
- Shapewear that will not roll up or bunch up and cause you to be constantly running to the ladies’ room to pull your shapewear down and reposition everything. We’ve all been there. You want to purchase shapewear that has a gripper edge that when positioned properly will not “ride up” but stay in place.
Why Ruby Ribbon?
- Ruby Ribbon products are constructed of a cutting-edge technical fabric, Intomi®. What Intomi® provides that no other shapewear on the market does, is its ability to provide “variable compression” and 360 degrees stretch. With this technology, each piece of shapewear can stretch in 360 degrees of direction while providing compression in specific trouble spots; therefore, giving you support, slimming effect, and lift no matter your size. Confidence!
- Additionally, each piece of Ruby Ribbon shapewear has our “STAY PUT” silicon gripper edge that ensures our products remain anchored, avoiding any “riding up” or rolling. You can rest assured that wherever you position it, it will remain there.
- The Ruby Ribbon collection consists of camisoles, slips, shaping briefs, high-waist briefs, boy shorts, high-waist thigh slimmer, and leggings in a variety of lengths and colors. Even our Leggings have a 5-inch band of Intomi™ at the waist to provide you the smoothness and support you need.
- Each of our pieces features smoothing and shaping elements that only you will know about! Practically every item in the collection is designed for everyday wear. They are all comfortable, wearable, and breathable.
Tips for Wearing & Caring for Shapewear:
- Always STEP INTO & OUT OF SHAPEWEAR! Stepping into and out of shapewear will save you time and frustration. Gather your piece of shapewear up in your hands like you would pantyhose (argh) and step into it. Then pull it up to its right placement and adjust it.
- Wash your shapewear in cold water avoiding harsh chemicals on delicate cycle or hand wash. Hang or lay flat to dry. Never place your shapewear in the dryer. It will destroy the fabric content, especially the gripper edges.
- For shapewear that you wear daily (ex. camis), you should have at least three of them. One to wear, one in the wash, and one to rest.
Don’t you think it’s time to STEP IN and invest in comfortable, wearable, and breathable shapewear to give you support, slimming effect, and lift where needed. We can dress you both inside and out, thus making you STAND OUT!
*Email, text, or call Melrose Fisher |919.819.9054 for your personal stylist appointment or to share Ruby Ribbon with your friends by hosting a trunk show at our Lots of Luxe Studio.
by Perrie Samotin
Shared by Melrose Risher
March 8, 2016
When it comes to fashion tips, it sometimes seems that everyone and their mother (literally!) has tried-and-true style advice they swear by. Some are useful, while others are well, not so much. With that in mind, we’ve culled 101 style tips from the best: designers, lifestyle experts and, of course, our staff. Trust us: With these gems, you’ll be well on your way to living your most stylish life.
101. Despite what it says on the tag, cashmere is best washed by hand. To dry it, use a salad spinner, which releases excess water in seconds.
100. Use white wine to remove red wine stains.
99. Wash new jeans twice before taking them to the tailor. Why? Because jeans will always shrink in length when washed.
98. To stop angora or mohair from shedding, fold the garment and place it into a zip-top bag and freeze it for at least three hours.
97. Remove odors from vintage or thrift clothing by spritzing them with a mixture of one part vodka, two parts water.
96. “Remove white deodorant marks from a garment by gently rubbing the protective foam used on hangers against the fabric.”
— Jonathan Simkhai, designer
95. If you get an oil stain on your favorite handbag, coat the mark with baby powder and let it stand overnight. By morning, the stain should be gone. If a bit remains, repeat the process until the stain is complete
94. The best at-home method to keep diamonds sparkling: liquid dishwasher detergent and an old toothbrush.
93. The secret to well-fitting everyday clothes is Lycra. The formulas to look for: 95% cotton / 5% Lycra spandex for T-shirts, and at least 2% Lycra for jeans to hold their shape.
92. “Always organize your clothes going light to dark from left to right in your closet. Your eye will follow the color and thus help you stay organized.” — Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, Founder, Clos-ette and Clos-ette Too.
91. Wondering about the quality of your cashmere? Gently stretch the body of the garment to see if it snaps back. A lower-quality cashmere won’t.
Photo via J. Crew
89. “If you don’t have time to try on jeans in the store, try the Neck Method: You can determine your size by placing the waistline of the jeans around the diameter of your neck. If the waistline of the pant comfortably meets at back of your neck, then the jeans will fit.”
— Sarah Ahmed, Creative Director, DL1961 Premium Denim
88. Cut down your closet by 25% by asking yourself this one question: “If I were shopping right this second, would I buy this?” If the answer’s no, out it goes. — Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, Founder, Clos-ette and Clos-ette Too.
87. “Never put your swimwear in the washing machine, and always hand dry. The machine will damage the suit, and it will lose its elasticity. The only exception: At the end of the summer or vacation, wash your swimwear in lingerie washing bags on the gentle cycle with a bit if Drift or Woolite. But only after many wears.” —Shoshanna Gruss, Designer
86. To drop bloat five days before a big event, stay away from dairy and whole grains, which can do a number on the digestive system.
85. A useful style tip: While fake designer bags are a huge don’t, fake diamond studs are a huge do. Faux stones are hard to spot to the untrained eye.
84. Dressy occasions aren’t the time to play with trends, so know your silhouette and stick to it to always look your best. Perfect example: Sofia Vergara knows she looks good in mermaid dresses, and always chooses variations of the shape on red carpets.
83. “Never put a garment on immediately after ironing, as this can cause new wrinkles to form. Instead, let it sit for five minutes to set the press.” — Althea Harper, Designer, and Rowenta Brand Ambassador
82. The best way to de-fuzz a sweater: use a pumice stone.
81. Snap clip-on earrings onto flats for an instant evening shoe, or onto shirt collars for DIY embellishments.
80. If you get wax on a piece of clothing, layer wax paper over the hardened wax and then run an iron over it to loosen it up. Once you pull off the paper, the wax should come right out with it.
79. Pour a dash of vodka into vase water to extend the life of your flowers.
78. Spray tights with sticky (read: cheap) hairspray to avoid holes and runs.
77. To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of bread and allow it to become stale. Gently rub dirt and stains with the edge of the stale bread, and they’ll disappear. To de-scuff suede, use an eraser or nail file.
76. Shopping for a wedding dress or another big-event outfit? Head to the store with makeup on, proper undergarments, and your hair semi-done to get a better sense of how it’ll look.
75. Double-stick tape work to shorten a hem in a pinch if you can’t get to the tailor before an event.
74. Blot, don’t rub when you spill something on your clothes. Wiping or rubbing will further ingrain the stain into the weave.
73. “Panty lines are not okay! Every woman should invest in nude, seamless underwear.” — Giuliana Rancic, HSN designer and E!
Ruby Ribbon gripper edging eliminates all lines.
72. If you don’t feel like trying on a dress but still want to see where the hem will hit you, align the shoulder seam exactly with your shoulder bone (not your collarbone).
71. Repurpose old or thrift sweaters and blankets by using them to reupholster a throw pillow, a chair seat or cover a stool.
70. “Use hairspray to remove a lipstick stain.” – Kaelen Haworth, designer, KAELEN
69. Add a 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle while doing laundry to maintain the wash of your favorite pair of dark jeans.
68. To stretch tight shoes, fill two freezer bags with water and place into each shoe. Let it freeze overnight. As the water freezes, it’ll gently expand your shoes.
67. Frame vintage scarves for cool original artwork.
Photo via The Urban Slant
66. Due to its high level of surfactants, Dawn dish detergent is especially successful at removing grease and oil stains from clothing.
65. “A flattering silhouette begins with the right underpinnings. Never underestimate the power of quality Shapewear—they’re a girl’s best friend!” — Lucy Sykes Rellie, Fashion Director, Rent the Runway.
64. Revamp an old coat by swapping out the buttons and having a tailor replace the lining with something eye-catching, like a pattern or a bright color.
63. When getting jeans shortened, always ask your tailor to reattach the original hem. It may cost extra, but it’s worth it.
62. If blush or bronzer breaks in your handbag, pre-moistened makeup removing wipes will clean up the loose powder flawlessly.
61. Break in stiff or too-snug shoes by slipping them on with socks and blasting your feet with a hot hairdryer.
Photo via Coffee, Light & Sweet
60. Hang a shoe bag on the back of your bathroom door and use it to hold makeup, toiletries, brushes, hair ties, etc.
59. A vintage trunk not only makes a stylish coffee table, but it can also house shoes and clothing you rarely wear.
58. “To remove watermarks from leather boots, add a few drops of vinegar to a bowl of cool water and scrub the stains with a soft bristle brush until stains are no longer visible. Let dry overnight.” — Daryl Carr, Marketing Coordinator, Stetson
57. To stop squeaky shoes, remove the insole and apply Vaseline or WD-40 before replacing it.
56. To determine if pearls are real, lightly rub them over your teeth. Fake pearls will be perfectly smooth, and real ones will feel slightly gritty or textured.
55. When you’re shopping for a jacket, coat, or blazer, pay attention to the fit around the shoulders. While a tailor can tweak pretty much everything about the fit of a jacket—from tapering the waist to shortening it—they can’t change the shoulders. Make sure the seams sit perfectly at the bony tops of your shoulders.
54. Chic up a sporty puffer vest by cinching the waist with a skinny belt.
53. Unless they’re cropped or tapered, pant hems should just graze the tops of your shoes and be from 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch off the floor.
52. Always dry-clean coats before storing them, and place on cedar hangers inside cloth garment bags, preserving the fabric and keeps moths away.
51. If you have a small closet, never keep your shoes in clunky shoeboxes. Instead, always line up them on the floor.
50. Going to a winter wedding or formal event? Try wearing a sleeveless fur vest as a top, cinching it with a skinny belt or piece of ribbon and pairing it with a floor-length skirt.
Next week – Tips # 1 – #49