Go on. Be the MacGyver of fashion.
At least once a week, a panicked co-worker comes into my office with some sort of fashion-related crisis. I’ve seen a jacket with belt loops … that was missing the belt (I used a pair of scissors to veeery carefully remove the loops after determining that this wouldn’t leave any holes), a small scuff in a black shoe (a swipe of black permanent marker did the trick), and a sweater that sheds everywhere (stick it in the freezer!).
But some problems are stumpers—and tough to deal with when you’re not at home. Take, for instance, those horrible shoulder bumps that appear on sweaters that have been hanging in closets for too long. Or realizing that the the tips of your heels are completely worn down, leaving you quite literally walking on nails. If you’re armed with a steamer, a sewing machine or another pair of shoes, fixing fashion mishaps is a cinch. When you’re stuck in an office, though, it can be trickier. Here, five easy tricks for solving sudden sartorial dilemmas using things you can find in your office. May you never have hanger bumps again.
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Donning Chanel, dripping in jewels and draped in furs, Johnny Weir looked absolutely stunning at this year’s Olympics, channeling every style icon from Salvador Dalí to Stanley Tucci’s Hunger Games character, Caesar Flickerman. I don’t know about you, but I was enamored by every one of his looks, so today I’m paying homage with a slideshow of 13 of his most fabulous looks — nearly all of which were presented in front of an electric blue semi.
Johnny Weir Olympic Fashion Gallery
In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.
Today: Kevin Parker, the stylish co-founder of Philadelphia Fashion Week, which, coincidentally, kicks off this month. In addition to that project, Kevin Parker’s new venture for 2014 is Renee Philadelphia International, a full-service creative/modeling agency in Center City.
7 questions with Kevin Parker after the jump
It’s one of fashion’s trickiest things: layering. You don’t want to add unnecessary bulk, or look like you piled on everything in your closet with wild abandon. And when you work in finicky office environments—one minute it’s hot, the next it’s freezing—you want layers you can peel off and add on. The quickest way to learn? Check out PopSugar’s two-and-a-half-minute video, which illustrates expert tricks for spot-on layering: Mix materials, keep color family in mind, and get creative (crop tops over button-downs! Yes, you can still wear that sleeveless dress in winter!). Watch and learn and layer on, friends.
Three things are definites at New Year’s Eve parties: 1. There will be champagne. 2. There will be a countdown. 3. There will be at least 14 girls wearing sequins. I love a good sequin-spangled dress as much as the next girl, but on New Year’s Eve, I prefer to play it sleek or pattern-happy. Here, five fresh looks that will have you standing out from the crowd—because when ringing in the New Year, your style should shine, not your dress.
1. Wear a jumpsuit. But opt for one with crisp tuxedo leanings and slim legs. Veronica Beard tuxedo jumpsuit, $795 at Kirna Zabete.
2. Choose pastels. Preferably a soft pink dress with clean lines. (Because the only thing more ubiquitous than sequins on NYE is an LBD.) Simone Rocha dress, $518 at The Corner.
3. Wear a bold ball gown skirt. I adore this Alice + Olivia version. Tone it down with a simple black turtleneck or sleeveless top. $698 at Neiman Marcus.
4. Mix and match patterns. Leave the LBD at home and opt instead for a geometric dress with contrasting patterns. $130 at Topshop.
5. Think scattered embellishments, not allover sequins. A smattering of interesting embellishments (holographic acrylic!) juxtaposed with a sweatshirt material is perfection. Roksanda Ilincic embellished sweatshirt dress, $3,995 at Browns.
- The ultimate guide to dressing well. Seriously, it’s pretty on point. [Huffington Post]
- Mariah Carey wears a red bikini to walk her dog in the snow. Of course she does. [People]
More fun ways to procrastinate here!
Here’s your no-fail way to look festive the weekend before Christmas—even though temps will be creeping up to 70 degrees and Jack Frost will most definitely not be nipping at your nose: Spring for fur accents in very small doses (see: the insanely fabulous necklace above). Choose a velvety blazer instead of a too-warm coat. And embrace being able to wear cute open-toed heels without tights! Happy holidays.