IT’S A WRAP!

The Style Duo in DVF maxi wrap dresses!

 

So it you follow fashion, you probably heard about Kate Middleton and the fashion frenzy she created this week around the world! All she had to do was step out in Australia in a pretty blue Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress and suddenly they went flying off the racks everywhere. For $325, they are now the hottest dress and almost impossible to find. But don’t worry there are plenty of wraps out there that look just as nice for a lot less. We here at The Style Duo have been raving for years about the how flattering and comfy wrap dresses are! They have been one of our favorite fashion staples. Diane Von Furstenberg got it right back in 1974 when she created the original and has built an empire based around them! Check out these great affordable options and you too will feel like a princess!

Kate starting a fashion frenzy in a DVF wrap dress, $325.

Maggy London wrap dress, $98 at Nordstrom

Banana Republic wrap, $98

White House Black Market wrap, $140

Laundry wrap dress, $165 at Nordstrom

Us on the set of “Revealing Extravagence”. It’s a wrap!

THE LWD!

Lately we have been talking a lot about the black and white trend and we are encouraging all of our clients to embrace this easy to wear look. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other hot options to try as well. A close relative to the black and white trend but more fresh for spring and summer is the little white dress trend. And no, you do not need to wait until Memorial Day to wear it. That was so yesteryear. It’s 2014, and little white dresses were seen all over the spring catwalks and they have come straight from the runways to the racks! There are so many styles out there to choose; from fit and flares to body hugging knits, to maxis and halter versions. We are also loving the ones with a tea length hemline which is so classy and chic. And the best thing about the little white dress is that you can get creative with the accessories. Acting as a blank canvas, the LWD is a great backdrop for pops of colorful accessories like turquoise, coral and pink.  And don’t use the “I don’t have a tan excuse” to shy away from trying this trend. Apply a little self-tanner and go for it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ART OF FASHION

 

Is fashion an art? That question has been debated for years and years and we here at The Style Duo say absolutely yes! It is quite obvious that we are obsessed with fashion, but you probably didn’t know that we are also very into art and the history of it all. The only class we remember anything from during our college days at Tufts (sad but true) is Art History 101. We learned to admire the works of many artists, in the same way that we admire fashion designers. So what happens when you mix art and fashion? This year, we are being treated to something new and fabulous… the artistic print trend!  We are totally loving the styles that are popping up in the stores that have gorgeous artistic prints on them. Like a beautiful painting in a museum, these clothes evoke different moods and feelings. We encourage all our fashionistas to embrace this trend and just like a great masterpiece, you too will be admired!

SHOES, GLORIOUS SHOES!

 

 

Last week we blogged about hot Spring bags, so we thought it would only be fair to write about hot Spring shoes this week! But before we get into the shoe trends for Spring 2014, let’s quickly address the question of when you should pack away your boots? The answer is not yet! That’s right! Because this Spring boots are everywhere! We are not talking furry snow boots but peep toe booties and laser cut versions are all the rage! And when worn in the right way with the right spring clothes, you will look super cool and stylish!

Of course, we will also be seeing a lot of sandals, wedges and pumps. We are loving the hot colors we are noticing in all the shoe departments like pink, turquoise and yellow! We can’t wait to try some floral ones too. Denim, ruffles and gorgeous jewels are some more fun shoes trends to try this Spring. So kick up your heels! And put a Spring in your step this Spring with stunners like these below…

 

Pink YSL Tributes

Turquoise stunners by Rene Caovilla

Floral Stuart Weitzman wedges

Prada booties

 

Yellow Valentino!

 

HOT TRENDS IN HANDBAGS

Ok so here is a fantasy dream scenario. A Fairy Godmother appears out of nowhere and says, “I will grant you three wishes.” What would you say? Well I think most smart fashionistas would agree. The first wish is for great health & happiness; the second wish is for world peace. And the third wish is for a FABULOUS Spring bag!! There is nothing more amazing than getting a brand new, Spring bag that is hot, hot, hot! While we are not Fairy Godmothers by any stretch of the imagination, we do have a pretty good grasp of the season’s biggest trends, especially in handbags! So we will wave our magic wands and show you our top trends for Spring 2014 and some great designer picks! Here’s wishing you the bag of your desires!!

TREND #1 WHITE

WHITE IS THE NEW BLACK! RIKI ROSETTA BAG $499 AT WWW.RIKIROSETTA.COM!

TREND #2 FRINGE

GUCCI FRINGE – RED HOT!

TREND #3 EXOTICS

REBECCA MINKOFF LIZARD EMBOSSED CROSSBODY!

TREND #4 BUCKET BAG

ELIZABETH AND JAMES BUCKET BAG IN PINK!

TREND #5 HANDHELD CLUTCH

MILLY HANDHELD CLUTCH

TREND #6 STRUCTURED

MICHAEL KORS STRUCTURED BAG WITH COLOR-BLOCKING! GORGEOUS!

Glam Grunge By The Style Duo: Mindy and Paula Shapiro

There is nothing more exciting than seeing spring clothes hit the racks at your favorite stores. The spring fashions of 2014 deliver fun, happy colors and interesting and detailed fabrics, so fashionistas get ready to pack away those winter sweaters and start embracing lighter and more whimsical styles.Thanks to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week back in September, we got a great first glimpse at what’s in store for spring – feminine and airy prints, ethnic and tribal patterns and a great new and fresh approach to grunge called glam grunge.

Here,The Style Duo breaks down the top 10 trends for spring 2014:

1. Florals – We got a taste of the floral trend last
spring when we saw perennials popping up on flowy tops
and skinny jeans. This season we are going to see vibrant
floral prints on everything from jumpsuits to maxi dresses.
Minty blues, yellows and soft pink will be prominent in this
feminine pattern.

2. Glam Grunge – Grunge makes a comeback,
but don’t expect to see the same Seattle-inspired casual
grunge we saw in the 1990’s. Spring 2014 is calling for a
more glamorous take on the grunge look. We will see the
same relaxed flowy dresses with biker jackets and denim
vests but the fabrications will be richer and the patterns
more modern and embellished.

3. nautical – Jumpsuits and shirtdresses will play an
important role in this next spring trend. Look for gingham
checks and stripes to add a little clean and simple fun to
your wardrobe.

4. White – The crisp white shirt is coming back this
season, as well as the white dress. Tuck your shirts into
ripped boyfriend jeans for a casual cool day look and wear
your white dresses with a light leather jacket for a great
date night.

5. Pink – Pink shoes, dresses, shorts…you name it!
Pink is back big time so embrace your girly girl side and
make this hot hue part of your wardrobe.

6. Tribal – We were introduced to this Indian- and
Moroccan-inspired trend last year and it’s going strong in
2014. Expect to see embellished pencil skirts, patterned
jackets and cozy knits.

7. Mod – Bright and geometric prints were all the
rage on the runways back in September, so get ready to
go retro now that this trend is finally hitting all the racks at
your favorite department stores. Try an A-line shift dress
or cropped pants to transport you back to the 1960’s.

8. Spring Plaid – We were mad for plaid this winter
and we are checking out this trend again this spring. Look
adorable in plaid halter dresses and skirts and pair them
with peep toe booties for super-stylish look.

9. Red – Red has major staying power as far as what
colors keeping trending. Poppy is a flattering fave this
spring and easily brightens any look.

10. Hair accessories – The side part is back
in style and so are hair accessories. Gold barrettes,
headbands and leather ties will make a big statement this
season.

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OSCAR NIGHT!!

Keeping this week’s blog short and sweet! It’s Oscar night and there were so many great gowns in Hollywood this evening! Nudes, florals, pinks, and navy blue numbers were popping up all over the red carpet. Some gals always seem to get it right! Here are our top 5 picks of the night!!

Jada in a blush Versace number! WOW!

Loving the neckline on Portia’s nude gown.

The epitome of a Hollywood Starlet!

Christine Teigen is ready for Spring with this floral knockout!

With a body like that and a dress like that and a guy like that…Jenna is perfection!

BOUTIQUE 811

BOUTIQUE 811 in Franklin Lakes NJ

So if you are anything like us, you are counting down the days until Spring! This has been a long, snowy winter and we can’t wait to say bye bye to all our winter sweaters and snow boots and FINALLY say hello to our fave…Spring clothes!! In just a few short weeks it will officially be Spring, so it’s time to get our Spring wardrobes into gear. And we here at The Style Duo will be doing just that for ourselves and our clients at the fabulous Boutique 811 in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

If you haven’t made your way over there yet, we really encourage you to do so. First of all Marilyn, the owner and her sales team are the nicest people and so knowledgeable on all the trends! And Boutique 811 is a true shopping experience. As soon as you walk in the pretty boutique (situated next to the famed Market Basket…stop in after for gourmet foods!) you are mesmerized by all the racks of colorful, stylish clothes. It has department store quality and variety all wrapped up into one beautiful boutique! Black Halo, Alexis, Nicole MIller, Diane Von Furstenburg…the designer list goes on and on. And what we love about the store is that not only will you find your favorite and familiar brands but you will also find unique pieces that you won’t find anywhere else in Bergen County!

Boutiue 811 also carries gorgeous costume jewelry and accessories that will help complete any look! And there’s more! Boutique 811 also carries exquisite cocktail dresses and evening gowns to wear to all your special occasions. You name it, Boutique 811 has it! If you are looking for a great selection of quality brands, this boutique is for you!

So come on weatherman, let’s get the temps up into the 50’s and 60’s because we have some Spring shopping to do. And we cannot wait!!

P.S. We love our relationship with Boutique 811 because they allow us to pull styles for our busy bee clients and bring options to them to try! So let us know if we can help spruce up your Spring wardrobes!!

Tons of colorful Spring fashions! From party tops to jeans to beachwear to sheath dresses!

Gorgeous jewelry to make every look a WOW!

Choose from a fabulous selection of exquisite cocktail dresses and gowns!

Styling our girls at Boutique 811!

JUMPING FOR JUMPSUIT JOY!

The jumpsuit was a HOT trend in the 1960’s, 1980’s and is back again on all the runways and red carpets. However, the new jumpsuit of today is different than the disco queen jumpsuit of yesteryear. Today, there are a dazzling array of styles that will flatter all different shape and size figures and suit every kind of budget. With Spring on the way, stores are showing jumpsuits in vibrant colors as well as floral and geometric prints. Paired with the right accessories, the jumpsuit can take you from day to night in a fun, playful and stylish way. But keep in mind…. potty breaks are a little tricky!!

Emilio Pucci Jumsuit $2160

Catherine Malandrino Jumpsuit $425

DVF lace jumpsuit $445

Young Fabulous and Broke strapless jumpsuit in guava $240

Parker jumpsuit $286

Lanvin white jumpsuit $1965

KICKING OFF SUPERBOWL BY KICKING OFF OUR HEELS

So because we are both the only girls in our respective houses, we are kicking off our heels tonight for superbowl gatherings with our hubbies, sons and buddies. Last week we talked about super-cute superbowl outfits BUT now our boys made us promise nothing “Fancy’”! According to them that means no high heeled boots or glamorous hair, no fuschia lipgloss or chunky necklaces and definitely no furry pieces or silky dresses!! Little do they know that we already had FABULOUS blue and orange designer outfits ready to wear. Guess that’s not happening. So tonight we will hang up our fur vests, throw up our hair and fold away our coated denim super skinnies! It’s time for something super duper casual! Just to please our boys! But no one said anything about wedges!! (just sayin’…)

Kicking off our heels!