Archive of ‘style’ category

State Fair

I’m embarrassed to say this, but I’ve lived in Iowa for cumulatively twenty years and I’ve never been to the state fair.  Criminal, I know.  I’ve heard so many great things about it.  And I’m excited to attend my first ever this week.
Here’s some ideas on what to wear.  A few outfits for those extreme hot or humid days in the sun. And also for a nite out at a concert.
Oh, and did I mention the boots are optional?  If you’re gonna get a pair of good lookin’ boots, you might as well get your wear out of them!  But don’t be fooled.  Real cowgirl boots don’t look as um, neat? as these.  But it’s fun pretending!

State Fair

State Fair by stylefromthesticks featuring leather jewelry

Vneck dress
ustrendy.com

Wallis floral blouse
wallisfashion.com

Western boots
countryoutfitter.com

Pull Bear leather jewelry
$16 – pullandbear.com

River Island enamel earrings
$3.11 – riverisland.com

Akira fake jewelry
shopakira.com

SWL- Class Reunion

Lloyd had a great idea today for a class reunion look- leather pants.  Why leather?  Because it cinches you in like a girdle.  I know you are having a Ross Geller moment right now, worried you’d be stuck in the bathroom applying powder and lotions.  But pair it with a nice loose, bright blouse, some sky high heels and a pair of dangley conversation starter earrings and there’ll be no need for the sweaty panic.
Only a svelte body and irresistible charm.  Perfect.

SWL- Class Reunion

SWL- Class Reunion by stylefromthesticks featuring a pink shirt

Wallis pink shirt
wallisfashion.com

ALDO evening clutch
aldoshoes.com

Amrita singh
amritasingh.com

SWL- Fashion in Your 50s

Lloyd gives some fashion tips for women in their 50s.  He says that at 50, the three fabrics of choice  for your style should be cashmere (who doesn’t love that!), merino wool (almost cashmere) and silk.  He calls them the “holy trinity.” So I created three outfits with each for the woman who doesn’t want to dress like a kid but own her own style.
Each outfit is mindful of heel height and appropriateness while keeping maximum style and comfort.  Women of every age can have great style!

SWL- Fashion in Your 50s

SWL- Fashion in Your 50s by stylefromthesticks featuring silk scarves

Short sleeve top
$97 – purecollection.com

Oasis cap sleeve top
$73 – oasis-stores.com

Isabel de Pedro jersey skirt
$91 – julesb.co.uk

Joules lightweight pants
$74 – psyche.co.uk

Raxevsky white capri
$62 – pret-a-beaute.com

Henri bendel jewelry
henribendel.com

SWL- Three Seasons of the Espadrille

This is pretty basic really, but can you name a shoe that crosses over from spring to summer to fall with ease?  If you just said a flip flop, EEERRNNNTT.  That was a sound of a buzzer.  Nope.  If you said boot, you might want to send me an email about style.  The answer is… the espadrille! Ladies, there are lots of you who wear sandals year round, so this post doesn’t ring true for you. But for those of us who live in the frozen tundra that is the Midwest, you might get a good three months out of those sandals.  And then it is back to reality.
That’s where the espadrille can be your best friend.  Many a time these shoes can also be open toed but for maximum wear-ability, finding one in a close toe is a great option.  When it is springtime and not really warm enough to bare the toes…don the espadrille.  Wear it with short-shorts in the summertime for less “exposure.”  And in the fall, pair it with ankle jeans, a tank and a cardigan for casual layers that may or may not be needed for warmth.
Also, consider purchasing in a color.  It’ll give your outfit an extra pop!
Espadrilles…They’re fun, comfortable and as Lloyd points out, great for when you need a pedicure!

SWL- Three Seasons of the Espadrille

SWL- Three Seasons of the Espadrille by stylefromthesticks featuring bcbgeneration shoes

Influence summer dress
$38 – thehut.com

Open back tank top
storenvy.com

Dorothy perkin
dorothyperkins.com

Motel short sleeve shirt
$23 – motelrocks.com

Dorothy perkin
dorothyperkins.com

Crossbody bag
uk.accessorize.com

Pieces imitation purse
$64 – nelly.com

Tear drop earrings
shoppepro.com

H M chain necklace
$9.10 – hm.com

Jewel belt
buckle.com

White (Re)Cap

Lloyd talks in the next few chapters about the wonderfulness of white jeans.  I’ve written a post on them myself –here.  They really are wonderful.  They are a great blank canvas to create all kinds of outfits.  They go with everything, can be casual or dressy and bring a little oomph to your outfit without overpowering other pieces.  One word to the wise.  Be very careful wearing skinny ankle white jeans.  They are adorable, but you don’t want to go too skinny and tight.  They’ll be see through and unflattering!
To keep things current I made a few new outfits for you to enjoy via Polyvore!

White (Re)Cap

White (Re)Cap by stylefromthesticks featuring flower print high heels

Q&A- Black Tie Formal for Petites

I received the following question-
Holly-
I have a convention to attend in California in September with an evening gala.  I was told it is black tie and I will need a dress.  Can you help?  What are the rules?
Thanks,
Jen
Thank you for your question!
Black tie can be a dreaded word if you are unfamiliar with the event.  With evolving dress codes (what two people consider business casual can differ greatly), these words can get really tricky. Here’s my decoding:
1)  Black tie is dressy.  It does not mean a sundress in cotton.  It means a formal.
2)  Black tie is dressier than business casual.  Guys need to wear jackets and leave the khakis for another day.  So wear something nicer than a typical jersey work dress.
3)  Black tie is not as dressy as white tie.  White tie means a gown- like you’re headed to the Oscars. Black tie usually means “cocktail” dresses.  Differ to Pretty Woman- she wears the lacy black short dress to meet for drinks.  She wears the red ballgown to the opera.  That’s the difference.
I hope that helps clear up that what black tie means.
Now, knowing that you are on the petite side, I picked a few looks that will accentuate your figure. Petites look great in shorter dresses, showing a little bit of leg will elongate your stature.
Look number one is figure flattering and the color will be an attention-getter.  Red dresses do not need red heels.  Find either a nude heel or a leopard print.  Don’t forget to leave the giant mom bag at home!  Bring a clutch.  Great places to find them are thrift stores, especially if you’ll use it once a year.
The second look is a safe bet.  Black almost always looks more expensive and is something that can be worn to many different occasions.  Simple accessories let the dress stand out but a fun pair of heels can really add a sophisticated element to the LBD.  Black heels would be pretty boring.
The last look is riskier.  A fun color like this light green is ladylike in lace.  Pair it with other ladylike accessories such as pearls.  I paired it with a mint heel in the same color family.  This dress would also look great with silver metallic heels.
I hope this helps!  And you have a great time!

Black Tie Formal for Petites

Black Tie Formal for Petites by stylefromthesticks featuring party dresses

Wallis black dress
wallisfashion.com

AX Paris party dress
$61 – axparis.com

A Wear wrap dress
$53 – awear.com

Black sandals
$38 – amazon.co.uk

Charlotte Olympia pouch purse
$1,060 – harrods.com

Evening clutch
chicastic.com

Pearl necklace
$32 – boozt.com

Betsey johnson jewelry
betseyjohnson.com

Rock N Rose vintage ring
$27 – rocknrose.co.uk

Forever New tear drop earrings
$16 – forevernew.com.au

Vegas Baby

Who knows how this decision was made.  Perhaps you’ve planned this.  Maybe you made some bad decisions and your wedding night looks like something from The Hangover.  Either way, the outfit need not be so serious.
A short dress is in order.  This can be tricky.  Pick the wrong one and you may feel like you’re in a bad prom dress.  Look for something you wouldn’t possibly wear in a cathedral.  Feathers?  Yup, that’ll work.
Add an eyelash veil to make this look especially bridal.  And some killer heels that you’d also never be caught dead in with this dress anywhere other than Vegas.
And the ring?  Well, it may or may not be real.  And hopefully didn’t come out of a gumball machine.
Who can tell?  This is Vegas baby.

Vegas Baby

Vegas Baby by stylefromthesticks featuring j crew

Keep It Simple

Attention all brides that want a dress that does all the talking for you, here it is.  This dress is one you’d probably pass by on the hanger but… put it on and it’ll be a show stopper.  How do I know? Look at its gorgeous lines.  All those seams will flatter.  Look at that beautiful fabric.  I just want to touch it!  This dress is a killer.  And it is for the bride that wants something spectacular but simple.
Pair this alluring number with a fascinator.  It’ll be small, sleek but pack a punch.  All other accessories need to be minimal.  Let the dress be the show.  I can see this bride loving a simple solitaire and some quiet heels.
This look needs to be taken to a special place, like Carrie does in Sex in the City.  Maybe something meaningful to you, like her library.  Let the venue speak volumes for your romance.

Keep It Simple

Keep It Simple by stylefromthesticks featuring high heel shoes

Old Hollywood

Who wouldn’t want to wear this dress?  Oh, it is just so beautiful!  It is a cross between Grace Kelly and Rita Hayward- ladylike and bombshell.  This dress transports you to the high life of Hollywood back in the 50s era.
With a form fitting silhouette, this dress will give you the glamour that you are looking for without looking like Marilyn Monroe.  This dress would look lovely coming down the aisle in a vintage chapel or retro country club.
Nothing says 50s charm like a birdcage veil and a sweet little rosette in your hair.  With this high neckline don’t even worry about a necklace.  Just choose some knockout earrings.  And give yourself some height with these platform peep toes covered in bead and lace details.
I can see this bride on the big screen!  Don’t forget to tell your photographer you want some real black and white film in that camera!

Old Hollywood

Old Hollywood by stylefromthesticks featuring hand crafted jewelry

Faith heeled sandals
$73 – debenhams.com

Modern Bride

This post is for those of you who like all things modern.  You want to take a few risks and wear something that is fashion forward and contemporary.  Here’s your dress.
While this category could be all over the place, I’m going to avoid the cut out dresses (no one really wants you to show up naked on your wedding day…) and go for something simple and straight with wrinkly, fun bands along the dress and a big dramatic bow in the back.  What does one pair with something that’s not-so-traditional?
I say a big but short and blushing pink veil that adds to the drama of the dress while not competing with it.  Nix the bold jewelry and go for some simple studs that play into the pink veil.
The modern bride may not want to marry in the traditional settings.  Where to choose from?  How about city hall, a band shell or fountain in the park?
And for this dress, you’ll need some tall shoes.  Choosing a platform will give you extra comfort. And why not one in pink as well?
If you’re going nontraditional, make sure to wear it with confidence!  So no matter what grandma says, this is your day so wear what speaks to you!

Modern Bride

Modern Bride by stylefromthesticks featuring platform pumps

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