Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How to look professional in a T-shirt

Few of my male friends have new-found jobs at companies which dictate a certain dress code for their employees and constantly ask me what they should wear. Being the semi-formal person that I am, I always tell them that there is a way to be comfortable but still look sharp for work.

I dislike shirts. I think they are restrictive (especially for people who excessively sweat)
and I personally prefer them around my waist than underneath a jacket, so I wear a lot of T-shirts. The thing is, on people with the right personality and the right accessories, T-shirts can look as sharp as shirts when worn with a suit and I am about to show you how.

First of all, make sure to always wear a fitted suit. Leaner men can easily get away with cigarette-cut pants and slim jackets and look very professional and sexy. In order to look influential buy suits in black, navy, different shades of gray or deep burgundy and avoid brown or khaki. Always pair your suit with sleek, shiny shoes in coordinating colors, a slim belt and an expensive watch. 

Make sure the T-shirt is plain and only go for a pattern if you have an eye for 'mixing 'n' matching' or if your workplace allows a burst of personal style. The T-shirt should always be wrinkle-free just like you'd treat a shirt and be made out of high-quality fabrics such as soft cotton or cashmere. You should have several T-shirts in neutral colors such as white, black, gray or navy at your disposal, depending on the color and style of your suit.

My last piece of advice would be to be a savvy shopper. Your suit should be the most expensive part of your outfit as you need show off class and quality and there is no better place to shop for one than Paul Fredrick. Besides suits, the company offers a wide selection of dressy shoes and interesting belts. In order to have more T-shirts, buy ones from basic lines which are cheaper and yet very often maintain a high level of quality. Follow these rules and you are set to go!

Monday, October 20, 2014

"What to wear today?" - Get Annalise Keating's look

Today's get-the-look is inspired by another powerful woman - Viola Davis' character Annalise Keating from the new hit show How to get away with murder. Unlike Olivia and Claire she doesn't care much about minimalism, color coordination or looking appropriate. She has shown us that a little cleavage is always a good thing, especially when paired with sexy heels and a structured black bag like the Givenchy 'Antigona' shown below. What she does coordinate, though, is her jewelry.
1. Stella McCartney pencil dress - $1,290 | 2. Givenchy Antigona goat leather bag - $2,435 | 3. Aquazzura 'Matilde' suede pumps - $619 | 
4. Maria Black gold plated earrings - $320 | 5. J.Crew gold-tone faux pearl necklace - $98

Would you steal Annalise Keating's How to get away with murder style?

Monday, October 13, 2014

"What to wear today?" - Get Claire Underwood's look

While we're waiting for the third House of Cards season which is expected to come out in February next year, let's take a minute to break down Claire Underwood's style. She is a powerful, independent businesswoman who has no time for layering or accessorizing. Her go-to-outfit is an appropriate pencil skirt, a fitted shirt or a turtleneck (Balenciaga's asymmetric piece from Resort is a must have this fall) paired with black Louboutins and a high quality designer handbag like the exquisite Givenchy one shown below. In order to be on time she always has a classic watch on her wrist.
Get Claire Underwood House of Cards style
1. Dai highwaisted pencil skirt - $290 | 2. Givenchy Antigona crocodile bag - $35,900 | 3. Balenciaga asymmetric turtleneck sweater - $1,695 | 
4. Christian Louboutin 'So Kate' patent leather pumps - $675 | 5. Cartier diamond and steel watch - $6,900

Would you steal Claire Underwood's House of Cards style?

Monday, October 6, 2014

"What to wear today?" - Get Olivia Pope's Scandal look

All fans of the hit-show Scandal already know what I'm talking about - Olivia Pope's stellar style. Always perfectly dressed in neutrals, the main heroine knows how to grab everyone's attention and now you can too! Grab a statement coat, update your straight trousers, put on a pair of business heels and carry the right tote - preferably one from Victoria Beckham's much-praised line. Don't forget the gloves.
Get Olivia Pope's Scandal look
1. Jason Wu wide-leg pants - $1,164 | 2. Altuzarra wool-blend coat - $2,395 | 3. Gianvito Rossi suede pumps - $563 | 4. Victoria Beckham Liberty leather tote - $1,650 | 5. Balenciaga leather and suede gloves - $495

Would you steal Olivia Pope's Scandal style?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

PFW: No cracks in Vuitton's Fondation

Louis Vuitton S/S '15; image source: style.com
If you're looking for another breakthrough collec-tion from Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton then look away. What you will find instead is a "definition of his cool girl," as the designer put it
in words backstage after the show, which sticks
to the tried formula from last season but reintro-duces some of the clothes in a new, seventies vibe - and a new venue which also happens to
be the Fondation Louis Vuitton building.

Shape-wise, the collection was a mash up from Mr. Ghesquière's first and second collections for the brand. Newcomer Jean Campbell opened the show wearing a long sleeved mini dress in white which looked like your ordinary knit garment, but up close you realized that it was woven from tiny leather strips which intertwined into beautiful patterns. This technique was the star of the show having also appeared in the form of blouses, jackets and shirt dresses, though not always as successful as the front-running look.

According to Mr. Ghesquière, the focus here was on creating wearable clothes. And he mostly suc-ceeded, as all those timeless topstitched jeans from Resort (this time redesigned in a slightly wider Capri shape), clean-cut jackets and peplum dresses in quilted velvet or covered in micro-sequins will be flying off the shelves come February. At times, though, the thick patent leather pieces felt too stiff (case in point: a striped A-line dress which creased in all the wrong places) and several pairs of plush pants looked too referential to the era that seems to had been the inspiration for the designer.

In the end, though, what's important for a house like Louis Vuitton are the accessories - and they can be described as delicious at least. Almost all models carried a bag: some were a reworked version of the classic chain flap bag in alligator skin and candy-like colors, some were quilted and then spray-painted in red and blue, one bag's suede detailing nearly gave it superpowers and another bag's red colored monogram on a black base made it seem bad ass. There was far less fuss about the footwear which didn't look as tempting, but undeniably complimented the theme of the collection.

For more photos of the collections go to Style.com and don't forget to follow me on Twitter!