Forget boho or Gatsby references. Fringe can actually be totally chic and not at all costume-y when it’s employed in luxe ways. A fine lacing of it on a necklace, for instance (I love the dip-dyed one above), or a poof of it on a leather sandal. It adds movement and texture to an all-black look—see the amazeballs dress up there—and it’s way cooler than a bare cutout on the back of a shirt. When wearing it, keep the rest of your look restrained, and stay away from DIY tassel earrings. They always, always look like this. And curtain tie-backs are not a good look.
Mint is one of those colors that popped up a few seasons ago and never really left—and this year is no exception. If you’re looking for pieces to transition into spring, or simply want to lighten up your dreary winter duds, this pastel shade is the way to go. Plus, the color is super-adaptable to different skin tones, as it comes in a variety of shades. Pale chicks: Steer clear of green undertones, and opt for a mint with a tint of blue. Darker skin tones can don an avocado hue.
Much like mules, heart prints get a bad rap. I can see why: There are plenty out there that are cheesy, twee, or downright ugly. I long detested them, along with my friend and colleague Carrie (who, it should be noted, is the editor of Philadelphia Wedding—if anyone should love hearts, it’s her). Then I bought this pair of Alice + Olivia shoes: black-and-white calf-hair Mary Janes. They’ve reformed my heart-hating ways (Carrie even loves ‘em!) and proved that—when done right—hearts can actually be chic. Here are my top 7 ways to wear your heart on your sleeve (literally). Better than roses? I think so.
Never in footwear history has there been a shoe more controversial than the mule. It’s been maligned by many for the clomp-clomp sound it makes (which I don’t think is nearly as bad as the flip-flop slap) and adored by others. If spring 2014 runways are any indication—which, of course, they are—the backless shoe is staging a comeback, only this time with a higher vamp (that’s the top of the shoe, for those who don’t do fashion-speak) so it stays more firmly on the foot and makes less of a clack-clomp sound each time you step. And with crackled silver, crystal-bedecked and red lace versions out there now, there’s never been a better time to kick up your heels. (Literally.)
Come winter weather (like what we’re seeing right now), hats are a must. You can play it safe with a simple knit cap, but with playful options like these, why would you ever want to? Just keep in mind: If you wear a standout topper, keep your coat and gloves simple and streamlined.
The new handbag that’s quickly climbed to the top of our winter wish list? The mini purse. No, we don’t mean a clutch or a slim cross-body (though some do have cross-body straps), but honest-to-God, teeny-tiny purses (seriously, most top out at six inches tall) that are scaled-down versions of larger bags. The smaller-is-better trend is catching: Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, and Rebecca Minkoff have added tabs in their drop-down menus to include minis. The consensus: miniature perfection with none of the much-loved hardware from their larger counterparts spared. Itt might be just the incentive we need to finally clean out our purses. (Maybe.)
The freshest winter look isn’t staid winter white. Right now, it’s all about the pastels—specifically, nearly nude, whisper-soft, blush pink. Here, the prettiest pinks out there right now, including a feminine fur collar (the perfect addition to a plain coat), tailored pants and the best boots ever.
There’s something undeniably glamorous about a cape. They recall Jackie O., or Ginger Rogers. Designers have been turning out modern iterations of the silhouette for several seasons, and the offerings out now are reason enough to ditch the sleeves. (Plus, as we’ve written before, you won’t have to worry about stuffing bulky winter sweaters through the slim arms of coat—bonus!) How to make the look work: Wear with a form-fitting bottom to balance out the volume, and top it off with a cute pair of gloves.
Wear ‘em with jeans and a tee. Or with a fab cocktail dress. Get brave and pile on a necklace, too (Neiman Marcus creative director Ken Downing gave me that tip earlier this season when we chatted at an event—the more, the better!). Because, especially when it comes to the holidays, studs play second fiddle to spiked, sparkly, shapely, totally attention-grabbing ear candy.
Though I’m a near-constant wearer of high heels, I’ve come to embrace the beauty of the flat. It makes walking around Philly so much easier (damn cobblestones), and it helps me walk slightly faster than my normal pace, which is admittedly slug-like. Thankfully, we’ve moved beyond the blahsville ballet flat, with style-centric versions like loafers and oxfords taking center stage. Here, some of the best loafers out there right now.