make dresses appropriate + more fashion tips

I have had several bits of fashion insight to share, so I’m bundling them and sharing now, starting with…

BuzzFeed – my beloved BuzzFeed – recently did a long piece, full of detailed charts and diagrams, regarding fashion rules and tips, such as…

-Not all sizes are created equal: I remember watching What Not To Wear at a young age and hearing that all clothes should be tailored; it would be weird if we all could buy one thing and that thing fit us all correctly!

-Mixing and matching: Sure, there are some color combos that will forever look good together, for everyone. I’ve learned with my husband, though, that noticing these combos doesn’t come naturally. Plus, fashion is about expressing yourself, so feel free to boldly mix plaid and polka dots, emerald green and hot pink and denim on denim!

-Clothing silhouettes: I had a student – in theater class – say that no one wears poodle skirt-type skirts any more, and I mentioned A-line skirts…and she looked lost and confused. Know your types, AND know which ones look best on YOU!

-Formality: Wedding season is here, and I already have my semiformal, formal and beach attire ready – but always go a little dressier if you’re not sure. You wouldn’t want to show up in jeans and be the only one in denim…but in a dress, you can elevate it with heels and heavier makeup or dress it down with sneakers and a ponytail.

Fun Tip…Vintage = Made at least 20 years ago!

Now, for some tips on how to balance your wardrobe between appropriate and … fun (you know, how to wear bandeaus and crop tops and cutouts to work and school!)…

 

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Depending on your setting, this is a way to wear a bandea but still be somewhat covered; lucky for me, this could work for at a funky startup office or while covering a fashion event!

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The trick to wearing a crop top without baring too much skin is pairing it with a high-waisted skirt or pair of pants.

 

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Have a dress that’s not appropriate for school, the office or the weather? Layer, as seen here and below!

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There are numerous ways to add pieces under and/or over your clothing to make it more appropriate for where you are going or what the weather is like…Just experiment and make it work!

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Image result for leggings and shirts under dresses for schoolLove the white t-shirt under a silk cami look, especially with cool, casual denim | discovered by Katerina Iatridou

And here’s a tip for you, men, from The Art of Manliness:

I also love this guide on how to update your look (great for transitioning out of college into the professional/adult world!)…

Fall Fashionably into Fall!

Crisp & cool weather, crunchy leaves, cocoa or a PSL…Fall is a good time in the world, and that includes the fashion world. My tips for transitioning outfits from summer onward? Throw jackets over cute dresses, and accessorize accordingly. 🙂

Example #1:
dress2This dress (a Chelsea & Violet) is great to dress up or down, rain or shine, as you’ll see above and below. My beloved Levi jacket, combined with great biker boots, make this weather-appropriate. I added a Buckle belt, Forever 21 chain bracelet, giant turquoise ring and a cool statement necklace that I bought in a Boston subway once – Perfection!

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Example #2:

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Another great way to look stylish during Texas’ fall, without sweating, is to add boots to a jean + 3/4-length shirt combo. My fuchsia pants (on sale now) tuck nicely into these on-sale/black boots, plus this top…LOVE (it’s from my fave small-town shop, Casablanca)!

black6Of course, I pile on bling, to tie up the outfit even more than that adorable back bow does, with an Austin-made necklace (above), Forever 21 two-finger ring and leather-and-gold cuff.

black7How do you make the switch from bikini days to scarf months? Share your pretty pics with me here and on social (@britho10)!

 

My Style Idols

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Amidst the tutus and shoulder pads in my too-narrow closet, I have hanging MY STYLE IDOLS, who are the following.

  1. Elle Woods – always in pink, looks great during every occasion, gave me the bend&snap
  2. Mary Tyler Moore – played a classy, put-together, attractive journalist who throws her hat gracefully 
  3. Elizabeth Taylor – legendary bling and sexiness and grace
  4. Madonna – cones (need I say more?)
  5. Victoria Beckham – I am Posh Spice, and she just keeps getting better
  6. Diane Keaton – rocks menswear like nobody’s business
  7. Doris Day – like #2, she was always so classy and cute
  8. Jessica Biel – girl crush, amazing bod, and did you see that pink wedding dress??
  9. Rachel Green – the hair, the style and the legacy 
  10. Brigitte Bardot – If I lived back then, I may want to be her
  11. Alexis Bledel – kind of the modern day #2? classiest young lady in Hollywood
  12. Jem – go watch on Netflix now to enjoy the 80s glitter and neon and shoulder pads and awesomeness
  13. Carrie Bradshaw – ’nuff said
  14. Lady Gaga – I adore the over-the-top
  15. Barbie – Of course she’s on the list!
  16. Hilary Duff – second classiest young woman in Hollywood, my idol and always looking great – especially as a mom!
  17. Audrey Hepburn – the pearls, the cute hairstyles, the cat and Holly Golightly 
  18. Twiggy – eyelashes and Peter Pan collars to die for
  19. Jackie O – period.
  20. Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen – These two have always captivated me, and I love seeing what they wear 
  21. Scarlett O’Hara – If I lived then, I would DEF be her #gimmebigdresses
  22. Farrah Fawcett – the Rachel Green of her time? gorgeous
  23. Marilyn Monroe – She had to be on here, too!

wondrous wednesday: my housewife obsession – the story continues

as i sit and watch the 100th episode of the real housewives of orange county im like whattt the heck?! where did the time go?? why am i not a housewife or bravo employee yet?? and how did i survive before these ladies?!;)

i understand thinking the drama is dumb and the show is pointless…but it’s not ok!!! the relationships, fashion, trips and luxury is something i can only dream of…so i live through them!

i’ve watched the series showcase the trashy oc angels and – thankfully – transition into these powerhouse women who argue over their businesses, wedding rings, parties and boyfriends.

i’ve grown from being curious about the original blondes to being obsessed with each of the cities plus shahs, newlyweds and eligible dallasonians.

so in honor of this obsession of mine being so old im going to cover some of the greatest aspects of the franchise…

OC:

abode: vicki’s kitchen (despite her craziness, my mom and i have always been fond of this charming room)

caliente!

caliente!

outfit: tamra’s wedding dress (breathtaking. couldn’t be happier for her!)

yay pink!

yay pink!

looks: this show wins for prettiest kids

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jeana's shane, lynn's raquel & laurie's ashley

jeana’s shane, lynn’s raquel & laurie’s ashley

moment: today, i’ll say the “did you go to bass lake?!” accusation (so memorable, tamra!)

BH:

abode: lisa’s entire house (especially that dang closet!)

villa rosa

villa rosa

personality: brandi (i used to not like her, but hearing what comes out of that tall, skinny, pretty chica…i like!)

bleep/@#!*/beeeeep!

bleep/@#!*/beeeeep!

outfit: kyle’s (she’s one of my faves, and i want her hair)

child star to flowy-topped fashionista!

child star to flowy-topped fashionista!

moment: def the girls tumbling around the hotel room (so fun!)

NY:

life: carole’s (i mean, hello, journalism + kennedys!)

long cool woman in a black coat...

long cool woman in a black coat…

personality: heather (holla at that yummie gal!)

haha...love it/her!

haha…love it/her!

hubby: bethenny’s ex, jason (mostly cuz he looks like former bosox ss nomar!)

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moment: gosh…i guess any time the girls i like (really only the ones above, ha) make the ones i don’t like (really all the blondes) look even more crazy (ramona’s eyes, alex’s whole life, kelly’s jelly beans…)

NJ:

outfit: teresa’s green reunion dress (idc about the comments – she looked pretty again!)

christmas pageant beauty

christmas pageant beauty

looks: good lookin’ fams!

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chris, jac & ash laurita and albie manzo

chris, jac & ash laurita and albie manzo

person to dislike: danielle staub (over anyone, in any city)

...or beverly or whoever she is

…or beverly or whoever she is

moment: im obligated to say the table flip, right?

MI:

looks: lisa’s twin assets (remember that one time i told her they were great on wwhl?!)

va-va-voooom

va-va-voooom

outfit: lea’s necklaces (if her neck wasn’t always pretty, id dislike her more)

bliiiing.

bliiiing.

hubby: joanna’s

newlywedsss!

newlywedsss!

moment: they haven’t been around as long, and the drama is seriously not as there as, say, jersey or cali…but i guess…the confrontation with karent about soap opera romeo dude cheating…??

AT:

hubby: kroy (with a closeeeee second of apollo and close third of todd!)

love these two!

love these two!

abode: kandi’s (nice new digs, hon!)

BOLD.

BOLD.

outfit: cynthia (i like that she takes chances)

i mean, she doesss own a modeling agency...

i mean, she doesss own a modeling agency…

moment: kenya vs. portia (we learn all about being gone with the wind fabulous)

OVERALL WINNER:

andy cohen of course! sometimes wish a was a gay man, just for him. he’s adorable and funny and gretchen explaining his back-and-forthedness during reunions…so true and wonderful! (thank you for making all of this possible, ac!)

...and let's not forget THIS

…and let’s not forget THIS

wondrous wednesday is here to inspire

 

fashion friday: flirty skirty

Spring has sprung! Bring on the A-line awesomeness, maxi madness and flowy fun!

Casual + Fancy

Red Sox tee with black lace skirt

Red Sox tee with black lace skirt

Never Lose Your Sparkle

This skirt is old, amazing, trimmed with denim up top and perf even for babysitting;)

This skirt is old, amazing, trimmed with denim up top and perf even for babysitting;)

The Carrie Bradshaw

flowy skirt + ankle boots + chambry button-up

flowy skirt + ankle boots + chambry button-up

High-Low Animal

hi-low skirt and my sheblamesme-inspired bracelets

hi-low skirt and my sheblamesme-inspired bracelets

Flouncy Fun

cheat day: actually a dress!

cheat day: actually a dress!

fashion friday takes my greatest passion and shares it with the world

fashion friday: new clothes con…

leather//jacket//lining//sheer//tank//sequins//safety first

leather//jacket//lining//sheer//tank//sequins//safety first

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sheer//soft pink//collar//bling//forever 21//first time to iron, eek

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sweater//pastels//gold

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punk-ish tank//over black skinnies&ankle boots//beanie//bracelets//forever 21//feel like kyle jenner

fashion friday takes my greatest passion and shares it with the world

fashion friday: new clothes!

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beige//cut-out//collar//button-up//flowy>black skinnes&ankle boots

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green//statement//necklace//charming charlie’s

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sheer//tank//bandeau//antique//necklace//charming charlie’s

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back//keyhole

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bow//bracelet//fave pair of holey jeans

fashion friday takes my greatest passion and shares it with the world