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Not Your Grandma’s Tweed!

4 Mar

Jil Sander collection at Milan Fashion Week 2010

We have always adored the timeless little Chanel-inspired tweed jacket, so we were happy to see tweed on the runway from Jil Sander’s collection at Milan Fashion Week  for Autumn/Winter 2010/2011 (pictured above) (we have to admit that, while we can’t see ourselves wearing the Jil Sander pieces, we were just thrilled to discover that tweed is en vogue again this year). 

We were even more excited to see to-die-for, office-appropriate cropped tweed jackets in stores.  We love the little tweed jacket because it gives such a sophisticated look and can be worn so many ways.  Of course, it can be worn the classic way – to the office or a power lunch with a pencil skirt.  But it can also be worn with jeans or, as we were surprised to see in some pics, with a tee and short shorts!   Of course, we would never advise wearing shorts to the office, but some of you may be able to get away with a tweed jacket and jeans on Casual Friday, during business travel time to and from the hotel/airport, or while working on the weekend.

Check out all the ways designers are showing off their tweeds this season (granted, these looks would not work for the office, but they’ll give you ideas of how to transform your office look into a more casual evening or weekend look).  We admit we’re a little challenged when it comes to incorporating our work wardrobe into our more casual wardrobe, so we thought this may inspire you as it does us (we wouldn’t go to the extremes of wearing a sweatshirt hoodie, clogs or skinny cropped pants with our jackets as seen below, but these pics help get our creative juices flowing).

Kate Spade's 'Addie', Kate Spade.com, $495

Kate Spade 'Tutti Frutti Addie', KateSpade.com, $495

(Courtesy of Style Hive, originated from Lisannebee)

Shown Above, Kate Spade 'Addie'

Chanel, Spring 2010 Collection

(Courtesy of Imaxtree)

Tory Burch 'Roscoe' Tweed Jacket, Bloomingdale's, $595

Is Gray the New Black for Spring 2010?

25 Feb

Eva Longoria in her shades of gray

Gray is a staple color in most professional wardrobes.  That’s why it’s quite refreshing to hear that gray is an “it” color for Spring 2010.  Finally, a runway trend that we can wear to the office without hesitation.

We are inspired by the way celebrity Eva Longoria Parker has incorporated two different shades of gray into her look (pictured above).  If her outfit were a wee bit roomier and had a bit more sleeve, we might be able to wear it to the office.  (While we want our clothes to be tailored and to fit properly, we do not want them so tight that they  scream “Look at me, I’m hot!”  “Hot” is not corner office appropriate – at all.  You want your boss and colleagues to be floored by your analytical skills, not by your curves.  Save your “hot” looks for nights and weekends.) 

For your viewing pleasure, here are a few items in gray that we’ve been eyeing for our Spring wardrobes.  😉

Classiques Entier 'Heathrow' Dress, Nordstrom, now $135.90, regularly $228

Tory Burch 'Reva' python flats, Net-a-porter.com, $235

Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Mini, RebeccaMinkoff.com, $550

Cardigan w/ embellishment, Anthropologie, $88

Kate Spade 'Susie' pumps, Footcandy.com, now $162.50, regularly $325

For more inspiration, check out Elle Magazine’s take on the trend.