StyleBakery.com | Ask The Style Chefs: Style Rules Archives

Recently in Style Rules Category

Q. I am almost 6’ tall with an athletic/hourglass figure. I can range in size from an 8-14 depending on the season. At an 8, I’m about as lean as I can get and at 14 I’m enjoying extra goodies and drinks, but still not “overweight” by any means. I know it’s not a good habit, especially for my closet.

_6150973.jpg

I am a 12-14 right now. I have a pair of dark skinny jeans that fit really well and an awesome pair of on-trend knee high, flat brown boots. Are these ok for me? I feel like I should wear something to cover my larger parts (hips/outer thigh), but am having a hard time finding the right look. I’ve searched for long tunics and sweaters, but am just not sure what to wear with my skinnys/boots…or if I should skip them until I am smaller again?

A. Yes, yes, yes! You are tall, found a pair of dark skinny jeans that look great on you and have amazing knee high flat boots - what more can a girl ask for? Whether you are a size 6 or a size 16, your tall frame is made for this look! Your instincts are correct to look for sweaters, blazers and tunics to help conceal your bulges and give you a lean silhouette. Here are some options for you:

Q. I just bought a pair of leopard print shoes, and I need help! Other than a white shirt and black pants, what do I wear them with?

A. Leopard flats are a serious favorite of mine, so you’re asking the right girl! Over the years, I have collected no less than 6 variations of the leopard flat. I wear them with literally everything. They do look good with black and white as you mentioned, but they also look great with denim, red, camel, olive green, purple, orange, jewel tones… in fact, I can’t think of many colors a leopard print doesn’t go with.

This season, I’m particularly loving leopard prints paired with military-inspired pieces like cargo pants in khaki or olive green. I also love them worn with a ladylike camel coat or camel sweater and a pair of dark jeans.

The bottom line? Don’t feel boxed in to wearing your leopard with just black and white, they work with just about any color in your fall wardrobe!

leopard-flat-092810-180.jpg

Q. Are cargo pants in or over for the fall? If they are passe, is there something that has replaced them?

cargo-pants-fall-2010.jpg

A. You will be thrilled to know that the military trend is marching right into fall, and that includes cargo pants. Whether you bought a pair of skinny cargo pants or a silky relaxed pair this summer, or are interested in investing in a few new pairs for fall, there are several ways to wear them this season.

Try pairing skinny cargo pants with a draped tank or t-shirt and a strong blazer. Finish the look with ankle booties or a platform pump. If you prefer a looser fitting cargo, look for one in a slinky knit or silky fabric which gives them a dressier appearance. Pair it with a slim fitting top and a this season’s must-have desert boot or lace-up bootie for a modern military look for fall.

Here are a few images for inspiration (click on each image to shop the look):

Q. I am in love with the socks and heels trend, but I just don’t know if I can pull it off! I don’t want to look like someone wearing socks and sandals (a definite fashion faux pas), but most of the women I’ve seen sporting the trend have looked fabulous! What do you think? Is it worth trying and how do you suggest going about it?

A. We’re loving this trend this season also (check out this recent post in StyleBakeryTeen), but it can be a bit tricky to pull off. Keep in mind that wearing socks will visually cut off your legs, so if you’re not willing to lose a few inches of leg height, this trend may not be for you. Here are a few tips for successfully wearing socks with heels:

  • Choose thin socks made with a nylon blend. Cotton socks tend to be too thick and can stretch out or sag.
  • Make sure the top of the socks hit at a slim part of your ankle or calf for the most flattering look.
  • The easiest way to wear the look is to match your sock color to your shoe color.
  • Your skirt or dress hem should be short - mid thigh or higher.

A good pair of socks is a fairly inexpensive investment, so this is an easy way to experiment with your fall look. Have fun with it!

Here is some styling inspiration from a recent J Crew catalog:

jcrew_socks.png

Some celebrity inspiration courtesy of Rihanna and Leighton Meester:

040510-socks-400.jpg
photos courtesy of style.com and instyle.com

Q. I really love long double-breasted coats, but I’m worried it’ll make me shorter than I actually am. I’m Asian, short and small at 5’1. Which is the best type of everyday coat for someone of my size? If someone as short as I am were to wear such a coat, what should she wear on the lower half of her body to make her not seem so short? I’m also on a college student budget.

petite-db-coats-180.jpg

A. Long double breasted coats can be very difficult for petite women to wear without looking overwhelmed. A better option would be a cropped double breasted jacket or a coat that hits 1 inch above the knee or higher. Tapered, belted and empire waist styles will help define your shape and make you appear taller. The styles below are the best double breasted silhouettes for your figure, however, if you are determined to wear a long style, make sure it is cut slim to your figure (not oversized) and wear heels to elongate your legs for the best look.

get the scoop


subscribe to our free weekly email! rss feed follow us on Twitter! Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Pinterest!

like us on facebook!

subscribe + win




email:


Around the Web:

Archives