American Classic bonus post

The weather outside is frightful and (to some) not so delightful. It snowed a lot this morning. NYC hasn’t seen 1″ /hour accumulation in quite some time which was exciting! However, the rain came and washed most of it away. I figured this was a good time to talk about outerwear. Why not? This is the perfect time to snag a timeless coat for much, much less. Use the economic downturn to your advantage!

Like the other clothes I’ve talked about so far, clean and simple lines are the key here.

American Classic Must-Have Outerwear

fur-collared down parka
“Angel Down,” shown in berry, polyester shell w/ nylon lining.
Sizes S – XL (Regular/Petite,) Women’s 1X- 3X
metallic shades of pink, grey, seafoam, berry
black, chocolate,and ivory, $80, Lands’ End


empire-waist coat
shown in camel, also in winter white, red, and black
100% wool, sizes 4 – 18, $80, Chadwick’s


chic military coat
wool/polyester blend, (shown in black)
also in heather grey and brown,
sizes M – XL, $98, Esprit, Macy*s


trendy tweed coat
wool/nylon, sizes 6 – 14, Donatella, $60, Macy*s


quilted vest
shown in Navy, also in 6 additional colors,
Regular/Petite Sizes XS – XL, $79, l.l. bean


belted puffer vest
stretch nylon shell, sizes S – L, MPG Prestige, $95, Backcountry

Hopefully, you will be able to score a timeless piece for wintertime.

Now I’m off to make hot chocolate!

XoXo,
Ariella

American Classic Essentials

Most of the stuff in this blog fall under American classic: the tweed and pencil skirts, the little black dresses, the slingbacks, are key elements to this style. We’re going to explore menswear inspired pieces: polo shirts, white button-down shirts, and tweed skirts! Not a ruffle to be found in the bunch.

Just streamlined yet still feminine pieces!

American Classic Essentials

shirts and tops:

white button-down shirt
cotton, size S-XL, $60, J. Crew



full-range button-down
(shown in french blue)
cotton/XLA blend, $50 (for Regular/Petites,)
$55 for Plus/Tall size, Eddie Bauer


3/4-sleeve polo
100% cotton, sizes 2 – 14, also in white,
light blue and black, $78, Lacoste


affordable 3/4 polo
100% cotton, sizes XS-XL, “Camp,” by Esprit, shown in Dark Green
also available in White, Black, Cream, Light Green,
Light Pink, Bright Pink and Gray, $24, Junee’s

sweaters:


shawl-collar cardigan
wool/cashmere, sizes 2 – 12, $118, Nordstrom


v-neck sweater
100% cotton, size S – XL, Christopher & Banks


lightweight cardigan
100% wool, shown in “jewel sea,” available in 12 additional colors,
sizes XS – 2X (sizes XS – XL in petite and tall,) Gap

skirts:

calf-length corduroy skirt
100% cotton, only in sizes 18 and 20, $49, Orvis


pencil skirt
polyester blend, sizes 0 – 14, $48, Junee’s


plus size corduroy skirt
stretch cotton, 16W – 24W, also in regular/ petite size, $30, Lands’ End


sleek tweed skirt
“Tina,” size XS – L, $34, Junee’s

Stay tuned for accessories!

XoXo,
Ariella

American Classic

This look is very similar to Euro Chic. It’s pure urbane sophistication. American Classic is pure New York and the Hamptons! I dress in this style when I’m chilling for the weekend or running errands. This style is dummy-proof!

If you look at my Wardrobe Essentials list, you will see it’s a crib sheet for American Classic style. This is a great starting point for those who are not sure who they are stylistically yet: always appropriate and easy on the post-college budget! Classic, minimal, precise lines are the hallmarks of this iconic style. The best of American design is championed in this look. You can add as much edge as you want.

Y’all know who I am going to say epitomizes this style:

  • Jackie O
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Katherine Hepburn
  • Michelle Obama

You know when Michelle and her girls makes the J. Crew site crash, you know she’s the new face of American classic. When was the last time you heard the J. Crew site crashing?

Exactly!

Let’s start out by checking out the iconic piece of the American Classic look: denim jackets!

plus-size dark denim jacket
available in size 1X-3X, $31, Nakid Bird


classic topstitched plus-size dark denim jacket
cotton stretch, only in 2X, $56, C.J. Banks


classic dark-denim for (almost) everywoman
100% cotton, regular S – 2X $60, petite S-XL $60,
Tall (S – 2X) $65, Plus-size 1X-4X $65, Eddie Bauer

This iconic piece is just as versatile as it’s bottom counterpart. During winter, you can wear this as an extra layer over a dress with tall boots.

Springtime, it’s the perfect outfit to wear for drinks after work: a polo, white jeans skirt, and slingbacks.

For Summer, use it to toughen up a floaty, lightweight sundress or as a layer during cooler summer nights!

Obviously, Fall evokes that back-to-school cool mode: pair this with your new fall kicks!

XOXO,
Ariella

Scratch and Sniff

O.K. so your computer doesn’t have smell-o-vision. It would be frighteningly interesting if your computer did! Somehow, I think I wouldn’t trust it. There’s nothing like going to the store and trying a perfume on so to speak!

I &hearts perfume. It all started when I was a little girl and saw my mother’s perfume bottles on her dresser. She had some of the classics: Chanel No. 5, Shalimar, Opium, as well as Avon scent such as Imari and Soft Musk. There’s some I find fascinating about a well designed perfume bottle/box. It gives you a hint of what the scent is. I have a cache of my favorite perfume bottles.

I must be the only person in the universe who doesn’t smell good with Chanel No. 5 on. By default, I am forced to be very picky about perfume because my Hubster is allergic to many perfumes. So my perfumes must pass both Hubster’s and my sniff tests!

I love Oriental Florals. Kenzo Flower and Sean John Unforgivable Woman are among my favorites! Especially Unforgivable Woman…it fits my complex personality to a tee! However, if you are sensitive to fragrances it may make you sneeze!

Check out Sephora’s Fragrance Finder and tell me what your favorites are and/or what you’d like to try out! Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I want to try something new!

EU Chic wrap-up!

The Euro Chic woman wants quality. Therefore she has to shop smart.

Dressing Euro Chic is all about exuding sophistication. Not too showy, not too plain, just right! Shopping should be as effortless as your wardrobe!

Since I live in NYC, there are tons of shops to choose from:

Bergdorf Goodman
Nordstrom
Bloomingdales
Neiman Marcus
Bendel’s
Hermès

Rather shop onlline? Here’s some great sites to check out:
Net-A-Porter
Bluefly
Yoox
Decades: to get your hands on vintage designer gear or check out their consignment shop!

Happy shopping,
Ariella

Stay tuned…
Next week, we’ll take a look at American Classic and Gamine looks!

On The Radar: Weekender denim!

Here’s a extra postlet to entertain you while you are getting ready for Shabbos. I ♥ dark denim! Denim is extremely versatile &mdash not only for day-to-evening or weekend looks but from season to season. Denim has established itself as essential part of the modern fashionista’s wardrobe. Once you find the denim skirt with the right fit, it becomes your own!

Here are more dark denim skirts that are just too cute!


pencil skirt
cotton stretch, “Dima,” sizes S-L,Gabriella Rocha, $26, 6 P.M.
**Warning: It does have a “short” slit in the back!**


wrap skirt
hemp/cotton mix, also in Khaki, “Cypress” by Kavu, size S-L, $26, 6 P.M.


hello kitty skirt
cotton, “Kitty,” size 4 – 18/20, $24, Sierra Trading Post


plus-size mermaid skirt
cotton stretch, size 1X-3X, $55, Diva Plus


plus-size a-line skirt
cotton/poly stretch, sizes 14-24, $50, CJ Banks


plus-size knee-length skirt
cotton stretch, size 14W – 28W, $45, Lane Bryant

Which ones will you wear while working for the weekend?