How to do ‘Denim on Denim’

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Call it the ‘Canadian Tuxedo’ or the ‘Texas Tuxedo’ – but whatever you want to call the denim on denim look, it’s once again a H-O-T trend right now.

It’s one of those looks that when done right, can look super cool. When it’s wrong though, it’s REALLY wrong.

So, how do you make sure you’re doing this popular Fall 2014 trend correctly?

There are really just 3 things to keep in mind…

1) Make sure that your two denims are different shades. They don’t have to be drastically different, but one should be obviously darker than the other so it doesn’t look like you were trying to match the two.

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2) To up the cool factor, go for a juxtaposition. So, make sure your denims have opposing styles. If you are wearing a dressier pair of jeans, wear a more distressed looking denim shirt…and vice versa.

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3) Lastly, don’t forget to break it up. Add in some other colours, textures, and prints with your footwear, belts, scarves, vests, jewellery, etc.

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Keep those 3 things in mind when you go to put together your denim on denim look, and you can’t go wrong. Yee haw!

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New Denim Trends for Fall 2014

 

patchworkeditHere we go again…JEANS!

If you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s one of my favourite things to talk about (and wear).

So much so that I created a FREE 25 page guide to help you figure out how to find the best style(s) for you.

So you can imagine how excited I was when Canadian Press Reporter Lauren LaRose asked for my input on some of the hottest new Fall 2014 denim trends.

From black jeans to boyfriend, patchwork to plaid – yep, I had alot to say.

Get the scoop right here.

 

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Work it, girl!

When I work with my clients, the one thing I hear over and over again is about how much they struggle to mix and match pieces.

So many women say they have a problem with this and it usually comes down to one thing – they have a wardrobe full of “one off’s”. You know those pieces that really only go with one other thing, instead of many other things. Can you relate?

So, how does this happen? Very easily actually, and it all begins with shopping without a plan.

Instead of shopping with intent and putting outfits together as you go (and figuring out what else to get to add to those pieces to make even more outfits), most women just buy what they like with the hope that they will later figure out what to wear with it. And if they are lucky enough to figure that out, it usually only ends up being one or two other pieces.

Well, what if you could get a set number of pieces and create TONS of outfits from them? You totally can – that’s what creating a Wardrobe Capsule and shopping with intent is all about!

Check out my examples below of a Fall Work Wardrobe Capsule (featuring the seasons hottest colours by the way), using a set number of pieces to create 10 different looks. I could have gone on, but this is just to give you a taste of what you can do when you take your time to plan your wardrobe and create a shopping strategy.

I hope it gives you some inspiration to do the same for yourself!

If you don’t want to go it alone though and would like some expert help and you live in my service area, you may want to check out my In Person Wardrobe Review & Refresh service – I’d love to help!

Don’t live in my service area?  No problem! I can help you out no matter where you live in the world with my Online Personal Shopping & Styling package.

 

 

Lace Top + Wine Skirt + Tights + Suede Booties + Embellished Belt + Stud Earrings + Coordinating Bracelet

Lace Top – Wine Skirt – Tights – Suede Booties – Embellished Belt – Stud Earrings – Coordinating Bracelet

 

 

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Jersey Top – Wine Skirt – Tights – Suede Booties – Statement Blazer – Necklace – Bracelet

 

 

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Silk Blouse – Wine Skirt – Tights – Suede Booties – Statement Necklace – Bracelet

 

 

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Wine Dress – Tights – Suede Booties – Statement Blazer – Metallic Belt – Simple Studs – Chunky Ring

 

 

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Wine Dress – Tights – Suede Booties – Plaid Blazer – Embellished Belt – Simple Studs

 

 

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Jersey Top – Narrow Cut Navy Pants – Wine Shoes – Statement Blazer – Simple Studs – Chunky Ring

 

 

 

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Wine Lace Tank with Embellished Neckline – Narrow Cut Navy Pants – Wine Shoes – Plaid Blazer – Metallic Belt – Sparkle Studs

 

 

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Navy Silk Blouse – Narrow Cut Wine Pants – Wine Shoes – Statement Necklace – Sparkle Studs

 

 

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Jersey Top – Narrow Cut Wine Pants – Wine Shoes – Statement Blazer – Statement Necklace – Chunky Ring

 

 

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Wine Lace Tank with Embellished Neckline – Narrow Cut Wine Pants – Wine Shoes – Plaid Jacket – Sparkle Studs – Statement Ring

 

 

 

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McLatchie Must Have – The Mule

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Yes, they have been popular for a little while now, but the Mule is still BIG for Fall 2014, and I couldn’t be happier!

Part sandal and part bootie, with a sturdy chunky heel – unless you have some serious foot issues, this is a shoe most women can wear with ease.

And as a busy working Mom, I love it for slipping on in a hurry because not only is it super comfy, it’s a really versatile shoe – from skinny to boyfriend jeans, dresses to leggings – the Mule works with everything.

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So what are you waiting for? Go out and get a pair to work with what you’ve got!

 

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How to Wear Your Summer Clothing into the Fall

Fall is fast approaching, and that of course means cooler weather. But just because the temperature is dropping, doesn’t mean you have to drop a ton of cash on a new wardrobe!

There are so many season-neutral pieces, it’s really just a matter of how you wear them and getting a little creative.

So today I am sharing some of my fave ways to make your fave Summer pieces work for Fall using some specific examples from a recent presentation where I had to style the mannequin for Fall using Summer pieces.

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White Jeans

Yes, white jeans are a Summer staple, but they can be worn into the Fall (even the Winter)…it’s all in how you style them.

So, those skinny white jeans you wore with sandals and a tank top in the Summer, now make the transition into Fall by adding other soft neutrals like grey, camel, caramel, and denim.

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For example, pairing your skinny white jeans with ankle boots, a denim shirt, faux fur vest, and co-ordinating scarf.

 

The Sundress

The key here is layering.

Sundresses are made of lightweight fabrics, so to make them look appropriate for Fall you need to add more depth and weight with layers.

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So, a cute cardigan with a belt or a jacket over top does the trick. A leather jacket is best if the dress is in a darker colour. If it’s lighter, go for a jean jacket. Then of course, some tights. I like the look of textured or coloured tights because it adds some personality to the outfit, and then some cute heels or boots finish off the look.

 

Shorts

Yes, there are ways to do this no matter what your age (of course, keep your body shape and personal style in mind as well).

For example, someone in their 20’s may do it with a printed or coloured pair of tights, graphic t-shirt, a cardigan, and open toed booties. Whereas a woman in her forties may wear them with a pair of opaque tights, printed blouse, blazer, and more conservative footwear.

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The key with this of course is to make sure the shorts are a dressier cut and style (like these silk embellished ones) or in a Fall appropriate fabric – think pleather, suede, or tweed.

Hopefully this has you looking at your Summer clothes in a whole new light now and thinking about what you have at home that you could transition into the Fall!

 

 

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Should You Do Ripped Jeans?

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Just this past year I gave in to the ripped jean trend, grabbing myself a pair of seriously distressed and ripped Walter Baker boyfriend jeans, and I instantly fell in love!

I loved the look, the fit, and how cool they looked with some of my more refined tops and shoes.

So, of course, I kept going.

Next it was a pair of brightly coral coloured 7 For All Mankind skinny jeans.

And today, I couldn’t resist a pair of clearance white Mother skinny jeans.

But it appears I am not the only one with this problem obsession.

Check out this post from Nikki Parkinson at Styling You about her love of ripped jeans which also includes lots of great tips on shopping for, and styling them, to see if they’re for you.

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Hot Style – Dressing for Warmer Temperatures

3d719c89e943787249c2ddeb3757fdc2Well, it’s almost mid August, and here in Canada it’s finally starting to feel like Summer.

This Summer hasn’t been a super hot one (I am not complaining though, I am more of an Autumn girl myself!), but the last few days I have been feeling the heat!

And we all know that rising temperatures, humidity, and the scorching sun don’t always make for a super cute look, but here are some tips to stay cool (and of course stylin’) when it’s sizzlin’ outside…

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Loose Tops:  You know the ones I am talking about – those flowy, barely touching your skin tops that have thin (or halter style) straps or that you can’t wear a real bra with. They are usually in some sort of silk or cotton blend and are so cool and comfy on those sticky Summer days when you’d rather not feel fabric on your skin.

A Strapless Bra or a Bandeau (or both): A must have when wearing the above mentioned tops. I finally invested in a well made strapless bra this year and it has been my best Summer purchase ever! Not only is it super comfy (make sure to get fitted first and try on LOTS of styles and don’t cheap out, seriously, it is worth the investment!), but it makes all of those cute tops look so much nicer when you don’t see bra straps with them.

Go ‘Au Naturel': No, not that kind of Au Naturel! I mean when it comes to choosing fabrics, the more natural, the better. To stay cool and let your skin breathe,  skip the synthetics and polyester blends and opt for cotton, linen, or silk instead.

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Style Star – Hilary

As a Personal Stylist, I am obviously a very visual person and love to people watch and see what everyone else is wearing. I LOVE to see people expressing their personal style, taking risks, and having fun with fashion. And that is why I have decided to introduce a new feature here on the Blog, the “Style Star”.

Once a month I will be featuring someone I spot out while I am out and about who I think is rocking it with their wardrobe. Maybe it will give you inspiration to try something new, step outside of your own comfort zone, or just be a fun post to check out what others are wearing.

And for the first ‘Style Star’, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to one of the tiniest Style Stars I know, Hilary.

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At only 6 years old, Hilary knows what she likes and always picks out her own outfits. She picked this outfit for her first day of Grade 1 coming up next month – a floral top with a sweater, jeans, and faux suede booties.

When asked where she gets her style inspiration from she said, “Mommy”, whose style she described as “pretty.” Adding that Mommy’s style staples include a jean jacket, scarf, and fancy sandals. Awwww, how cute!

I love that Hilary is forming her own sense of Personal Style at such a young age.

It’s not about “clothing”, but about expressing herself, and dressing how she chooses. Which is what authentic style is all about.

 

 

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McLatchie Must-Have: The Statement Necklace

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, or been a client of mine, or just know me really well – you know I heart my accessories. And more specifically (besides my treasured sentimental jewellery pieces) I LOVE me a cool statement necklace!

Not only do they have the ability to transform a neutral or otherwise simple outfit into a standout one, they can be worn for so many occasions – work, weekend, or a night out on the town – and that’s why the Statement Necklace is a McLatchie Must-Have.

Here are some of my fave ways to wear it…

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Who wears short shorts?

Now that the warmer weather is finally here, I can’t help but notice all of these on and offline articles about wearing shorts “for your age”. It’s like once you reach a certain age, your shorts must reach a certain length. I couldn’t agree less!

Like everything else style related, it depends on your preference (how much leg you want to show, if any at all), and of course, your shape and proportions.

So, ignore the “rules” and instead have some fun and think more about how you’re going to style your shorts by checking out this collage I have created to give you some inspiration on how to style your fave pair of shorts this year – whether they be super short, bermuda length, or somewhere in between.

 

 

 

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