The one thing us Chicagoans all seem to want is a warm winter coat, but one that’s actually stylish…and doesn’t make us look like a marshmallow. It’s something I struggled with in the past but either designers have really stepped up their game in the outerwear department or I’ve gotten really good at finding stylish winter coats (perhaps a little bit of both?) This is a secret I simply cannot keep to myself. So if you’re freezing your ass off right now, this should be able to help.
Although I go to several events a week, it’s very rare when the dress code calls for cocktail, or even worse…black tie. For these reasons, I have very few “fancy” dresses in my closet, but the same three or four are always on call when it comes to these special occasions. After having two of these events last week (and Harper’s Bazaar practically reading my mind), this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get a little fancy and share some key tips to black tie dressing.
When it comes to fashion, you can find pretty much anything you want at a low, middle and high price point, depending on what you want to spend and the quality of the product. But the one item that is the most difficult to find in that middle category? Bags. Why? I can’t answer that, but it is a constant frustration when not everyone wants to spend a thousand dollars (or more) on an accessory. I’ve already dedicated an entire post to this, appropriately titled The Bag Gap, but that was before I found out about Kara (which is actually designed by a Sarah…)
Chestnut, tan, caramel, light brown, camel…whatever you want to call it, when it comes to outerwear, it doesn’t get more basic than this (and not in a bad way). Camel coats are in no way a trend, but it seems their popularity has been at an all time high as of late…and not just on the runways.
My favorite types of trends are the ones that are hardly trends at all — rather just a classic piece that happens to show up several times on the runway during one season. And the theme that defines this category for Fall 2014? It’s shear genius, if you ask me…