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Trends to Watch: The Little Black Suit

Is a black suit the new LBD? Naomi Watts, Lauren Hutton and Carine Roitfeld . . . [more]

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Online Now: Built By Wendy Sample Sale

Some sample sales are like "this top may be $200 but it's 70% off." But the Built By Wendy sale has a boatload of goodies starting at $10.
Thanks Buss Buss for the tip!

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DIY: Shredded Tee

I love the lived-in look of worn, baggy, boyfriend tees. They're super comfy and layerable, with a distinctively downtown via LA vibe. I love even more the pre-destroyed tees that many designers are doing. You can't beat the way they hang on the body. However, it's hard to justify paying a lot for what is, at the end of the day, just a t-shirt. [click here for DIY instructions]

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Style Tips: Contemplating the Cougar

Let's contemplate the cougar. I've given this a lot of thought lately b/c I'm slightly more, ahem, mature now. How old do you have to be to be considered a cougar? What is the age difference between said cougar and her youthful prey? Can you be a cougar without an appetite for adolescent arm candy? Are you a cougar solely based on age, or is there a certain look that characterizes cougardom? [Click here for cougar DOs and DON'Ts]

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Style Tips from the Golden Globes

Fashion week is 3 weeks away. Academy Awards are a month out. Although the holidays are over, there are still plenty of photo-ops to be had. And because Oscar and Carolina aren't scrambling to loan us a dress, we've picked out some fave red carpet trends from the recent Golden Globes to help you identify a look and then do it yourself more affordably.

The Kids Love Champagne

Find the right shade of nude for your skin or risk looking washed out. Champagnes come in various shades and look great on many skin tones. The color is sophisticated yet fresh. I adore America Ferrera's look below. It's figure flattering and age appropriate. Notice how the dress hits at the perfect place on her leg. This below knee/high calf length is flattering and ladylike on most figures. (below: Amanda Seyfried in Stella McCartney, America Ferrera in Oscar de la Renta, Vanessa Hudgens in Alberta Ferretti)




Thanks Style.com for the Photos.

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Showroom Seven Opens Shop: Beyond 7

I've gotten some choice duds at Showroom Seven's sample sales over the years. Imitation of Christ, Issa dresses, a sick Martine Sitbon bag, all in perfect condition and near-wholesale prices. I wasn't sure how to feel about the news of their new retail space. I mean, it's the sample sale prices that set them apart from retailers. But Fashionista reports their designers are doing one-of-a-kind pieces just for this space...

... "As in, you can buy a dress by someone who sells everywhere but still be the only one wearing it. And if you're lucky, one of the major stylists and personal shoppers who spend their days pulling from Showroom Seven will be around for an honest opinion."

Now I love one-of-a-kinds, especially by the kind of talent represented by Showroom Seven, but the idea of getting some free advice from professional stylists excites me quadruply. Even if you have great style, there's nothing like having a pro give you some tips. It's a privilege of the rich and famous. I've totally gotten "freebies" from celebrities' personal shoppers/stylists before. (Tip: If it's pretty quiet, you can graciously ask a stylist for their opinion while their charge is in the dressing room.) They're usually happy to give you a quick opinion. Just remember, they're working so don't interrupt them or latch on to them, and definitely, definitely don't feel like you can hang out with their client just because you've been talking to their stylist.

Beyond 7
263 11th Avenue, near 27th Street
Terminal Warehouse Building
New York, NY

Thanks for the tip, Fashionista!

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Conchords Answer Your Love Qs in Bust


Just when I was saying I don't blog on guy's fashion, I remember how much I love the kiwi-meets-big apple stylings of Bret and Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords. Jemaine's big sideburns and 70's folk meets brotha-man look is made for NYC. And Bret's wayward curls and animal print shirts make all the girls gaga. If you're thinking, "you must be off your meds, only girls like Flight of the Conchords." My answer is: Exactly.

Exciting news just in from Bust Mag:

Bret and Jemaine will be answering your questions about love in BUST’s April/May issue. Send your love questions to askaconchord@bust.com by Sunday, January 25. The doctors are in!

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