Fall Trends to Try

Ladies, if you haven’t already yet, it’s time to do the big closet turnover. This is the time to pack your summertime staples into the trenches of your closet and start pulling out your cozy sweaters, long sleeves and jackets. When you do the big closet switch-a-roo, you might discover last season’s cold-weather frocks are not measuring up to this year’s trending fashions. Priority suddenly sets in to give your ensembles a little refresher. “But, what are the big trends this season,” you ask? This is where I can help! Here are just a few simple, on-trend options to add to your fall/winter wardrobe that will also complement the winter-ready staples you already own. 

 

 

           

 

 

Ponchos and Capes

When mornings and evenings turn chilly, sometimes all you need is something to cover your shoulders. Capes and ponchos are the perfect solution! Try this sophisticated layer over a sweater dress, leggings and riding boots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxfords and Loafers

One of the hottest trends of the season for women are menswear flats. Substitute your ballerina styles for some oxfords or loafers. These masculine styles are a classic, polished look to complement a skinny jean or cigarette pant.  

 

 

 

 

 

Carry-All Totes

An oversize tote is a necessity year round, but the season calls for buttery soft leather and suede materials. Don’t be afraid to venture from traditional black and try a forest green or eggplant purple. Using your bag as a statement piece will add interest to your wintery, dark ensembles.

 

 

 

 

 

The Miniskirt

The ‘70s micro mini is making a huge comeback. Designers Saint Laurent and Carven showed off these short hemlines at NYFW paired with tights and ankle booties. Try the look in rich suede or leather material mixed with solid tights, a pointed bootie and faux fur accessories.

 

 

 

 

 

Fringe

Bohemian chic fashion continues to be a hot trend this season with fringe accents complementing these earthy-inspired styles. A suede fringe handbag or beaded tassel lariat are the perfect parings to ‘70s era silhouettes.

 

 

 

 

 

Plaid

Plaids were hot last fall, and they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Instead of the traditional plaid shirt, mix it up a little with an oversize coat or scarf. 

 

 

 

 

Wine Accessories

Merlot or wine color is a hit across the board in fashion this season. From head to toe, the color seems to be flooding the market. Slowly introduce the color to your wardrobe with accessories. A wallet, hat or scarf is just the small touch you need to show off your fashion know-how.

 

 

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Men's Guide: 5 Ways to Accessorize with Stacy Adams

This past weekend I attended a cocktail dinner gathering with one of my closest friends, who happens to be one of the best mediocre attorneys in town. Each year his firm throws a pre-Halloween shindig, and I usually get asked by him to be his wife’s stand-in. She’s not one for eating charcuterie and schmoozing with bigwigs. Typically I’m not either, but when it comes to free food and dressing up in my fancier threads, I’m all for it.

However, whenever dressing to the nines it’s important to know it's not just the clothes that make the man, but the accessories do too. From shoes and ties to cufflinks and suspenders, one should always sprinkle in unexpected details, which can significantly elevate your style game.

Stacy Adams offers a good launching pad of products that will have you dressing your best with minimal added effort. Take a look at these great, cost-effective styles below!

 

 

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Finding the perfect pair of supple leather loafers is key. I prefer the almond toe or cap toe over pointed, and perforated details along the vamp can add another layer of sophistication to your look. Blind eyelets also ensure the attention stays on your shoe’s silhouette and not drawn around the laces.

 

 

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Although wearing a tie to a formal event isn’t a novel idea, many men forget the enchantment of pocket squares and suspenders. These two features will have you looking twice as refined as anyone else at the mixer. Depending on the mood, polka dots are nice alternative to an all-black necktie. 

 

 

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Add some bling to those boring buttons with silver-tone cufflinks. This edgy add on, along with a full grain leather belt an engraved silver buckle, rounds out your sleek and suave style with ease.

 

 

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Handbags That'll Transform Your Style

New York Fashion Week has come and gone, but the influences they’ve left behind will last for seasons. We’ve taken what we’ve seen and learned from the fabulous and frilled runway and have penned our notes into a blog about bags.

Needless to say, if you don’t own more than eight handbags, then you haven’t lived. With uncountable colors, styles, patterns and prints available, you’re bound to find something that suits your astounding style.

Whether you’re strolling the campus mall, meeting the girls downtown for happy hour, or hitting up the weekly farmers market, grab a tote, satchel or hobo that speaks uniquely to you. Here are our top six bags to carry you into a foliage-filled fall!

 

 

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As the Joker once said, “Why so serious?”  When out and about, tone down the attitude and keep a fun and spirited tote by your side. Show off your easygoing, positive nature with pastel prints and inspirational quotes that’ll be the talk of the subway. 

 

 

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Fall may showcase some brilliant reds, browns and oranges, but there’s no need to follow suit. Instead, add vibrancy to your everyday style with pinks and blues. These roomy handbag styles can also hold more than your daily essentials, maybe even a pumpkin from the local patch.

 

 

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“Dang, girl. Where’d you get that bag?” should always be the reaction you’re looking for when modeling a new sidepiece. Clean lines and quilted patterns are a continuing trend that we’re still loving hard. Roomy, fashionable, goes with anything. What’s not to love? 

 

 

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Showing the same side of you can get a little boring. Why not throw a wrench, err new bag, into your stylish fall wardrobe with something a little unexpected? A running buffalo print or snakeskin fringe design will do the trick nicely. Just make sure the rest of your outfit is toned down enough for a nice contrast.

 

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Fashion Tips for a Glamorous Homecoming

Shopping for a homecoming outfit is exciting! It’s an opportunity to pick out a gorgeous dress, pretty shoes and sparkling accessories that show off the fancier side of you. The struggle for many of us is finding attire that balances both our flirty and ladylike nature. So how can you show off your sassy, playful side while still being the classy gal that you truly are? It’s all in the details my dear, and we’ll show you what we mean.

The Dress

Coco Chanel believed that “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”. Your dress choice should follow this rule. If you’re going to wear a shorter dress, keep your shoulders or neck covered with pretty details like sheer sleeves or a high neckline.  This draws attention to your legs in a good way.

 

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Coco Chanel also believed that fashion should be comfortable. A baby doll dress is a great, comfortable way to accentuate your arms and legs while keeping your midsection hidden. Remember, a true lady always leaves something to the imagination!

 

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If you do plan on being extra playful by showing a little skin, the tasteful way to do it is by adding length. Choose a long dress when showing off your tummy or back. Not only will it look more elegant and ladylike, it will compliment your figure.

 

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Shoes

According to Marilyn Monroe, “give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.” Oh, what a true statement that is! Shoes are a great way to really let your personality shine, and there aren’t any rules when choosing your perfect pair. If they make you feel confident and beautiful, wear them! Just remember, you’ll have to walk and dance in them all night.

Accessories

Accessories are sort of the icing on the cake. They should draw attention without overpowering the rest of your outfit. If costume jewelry isn’t your thing, opt for a pretty purse or small clutch instead. It will store all of your essentials for the evening and add visual interest to your outfit.

 

Jewelry

If you do love jewelry, remember to keep things simple. To highlight a bare neckline, wear a necklace with lots of sparkle. If your dress is heavily detailed with sequence, beading or lace, pick single strand pieces of jewelry to simplify the look. You can also opt for a gorgeous headband, pretty hairpiece or shimmery earrings if you’re worried about things snagging your dress.

 

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Remember to enjoy the hunt for the perfect homecoming items and don’t fuss or fixate over every detail. Just enjoy the process and marvel over all the gorgeous choices you’ve made! And, on Homecoming night, don’t you dare leave the house without putting a smile on your face. It will complete your look and remind you that you are a classic, stunning woman. In the words of Audrey Hepburn, “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”

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Sweet Accessories for Your Sweetie

Roses are red, violets are blue…but sometimes you need something more than the regular ol’ roses-and-chocolates gift on Valentine’s Day! Whether it’s your soul mate or your BFF, Valentine's Day is a great excuse to celebrate the ones you love and show them how much you care. And what’s more thoughtful than a gift that lasts more than a few days? (Sorry, roses!)

We’re not saying flowers aren’t great, but these highly giftable accessories are perfect for surprising that special person (or special people) in your life with an anything-but-garden-variety gift on Valentine's Day!

Below are a few easy gift ideas they’re sure to adore.

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For Her:

1. COACH Heart Crossgrain Zip Case

2. Betsey Johnson Cashmere/Silk Real Pashmina

3. Alex and Ani Charm Bangle Bracelet

4. Dogeared Infinite Love Necklace

5. GUESS Hearts Watch

6. Betsey Johnson Kiss and Tell Bow Beanie

 

For Him:

1. Lacoste Montreal Watch

2. Scotch & Soda Wooly Patterned Tie

3. Calvin Klein Underwear ck one® Boxer Brief

4. Fossil Ingram Traveler Wallet

5. Filson Original Briefcase

6. Maui Jim Hawaiian Time Sunglasses


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Bring the Fanny Pack Back!

Yes, you read right! It’s time to bring the fanny pack back. Let’s face it, this style isn’t going anywhere, so take it center stage and make it pop! The fanny packs of the past are completely different than today’s modern versions. Today’s assortment of styles and textures are endless. The fanny pack even has a new name, the belt bag (or waist bag, if you’d rather)!

Read on for some trend inspiration on how to rock the NEW fanny pack… I mean, belt bag…

The fanny pack, belt bag, waist bag, moon bag or whatever you’d like to call it, never really went away. There’s the runner you see on the street or the tourist grabbing their travel guide to ask directions, but let me show you just a few cool ways to wear it and turn those naysayers into fanny pack wearers!

Fanny packs are practical, convenient and trendy for those times when a spacious shoulder bag or that giant tote just won’t do, and you want something small, fresh and new. After all, our days are getting longer, so our loads need to be lighter.

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1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Veg Belt Bag

2. Elizabeth and James Cynnie Belt Bag

3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Quilted Pocket Belt Bag

4. Ultimate Direction Meow Waist Pack

5. Nathan Triangle

6. Pacsafe Metrosafe Anti Theft Cross Body & Hip Pack

Are you athletic but want to add a chic twist? Grab the Nathan® Triangle fanny pack with an amazing design and vibrant color to wake up your style. It fits perfectly at the triangle of your back for comfort and it’s adjustable to make it just right for you. The nifty water bottle pocket makes staying hydrated on the go a total breeze.

A day on the beach is all about carefree relaxation. Carry your bare neccessities easily with the Ultimate Direction® Meow Waist Pack. Enjoy the functionality even while playing around with a beach ball or taking on the task of building a sand castle. The options are endless when your hands are free!

A spontaneous date night with your beau can have you feeling light, free, and oh so sexy. Try the sleek and seductive Elizabeth and James™ Cynnie Belt Bag to set the tone for your mood. The textured leather and compact style would pair perfectly over a solid colored body con or even a fitted, midi length, jersey knit dress. Take your pick.

Want to raise the bar on your travel attire? Flaunt the Pacsafe® Metrosafe Anti-Theft Cross Body & Hip Pack to boost your confidence (and security!) while you trot around the globe. Oh yea, and a bonus: it’s unisex.

You can even pop your collar in your professional ensemble with the polished MICHAEL Michael Kors™ Quilted Pocket Belt Bag. The smooth leather with quilted detail embodies the posh style you possess and won’t compromise your serious attitude.

What girl doesn’t love a jeans-and-tee kind of day? Up the ante on your go-to casual look with the cool and luxe MICHAEL Michael Kors™ Veg Leather Belt Bag. Luxury at its finest, the signature logo detail on the softly pebbled leather adds the fierce touch of a style to make your look inspirational…and hands free!

And there you have it! Whether you choose to call them fanny packs, belt bags, or waist bags, there’s no denying that this hands-free way to store your daily essentials is the freshest comeback in the wide world of bags.

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Great Gifts for Mom, Dad & Grad

The next couple of months are primed to be quite eventful with Mother’s Day, graduations and Father’s Day on our calendars! With so many important people to celebrate in the next few weeks, we wanted to take a moment to round up a few great gift ideas for all those wonderful moms, dads & grads out there. 

For Mother’s Day, why not treat mom to a nice Sunday brunch and surprise her with a chic women’s watch, a gorgeous Coach handbag to replace her old one or a pretty printed scarf for spring? Just seeing her smile as she opens up a gift she loves will be worth a thousand words!

When it’s dad’s turn to enjoy a day dedicated to his all-around awesomeness, surprise him with a practical yet equally awesome gift. A pair of fun cuff links that declares his love of golf perhaps? How about a classic sports watch or a new Fossil wallet to replace that old tattered one he keeps in his pocket? For the dad who’s into dressing up for the office or just to look his dapper best, a new Calvin Klein tie should do the trick.

Now on to the celebrated grads! Congratulate their many achievements with a gift that they can take with them as they venture into college, grad school or the “real world”. A snazzy new briefcase or a nice laptop case (for their new laptop, maybe?) are both great grad gift options. Commemorate her hard work with a pretty Dogeared necklace that represents her transformation into a successful and confident woman. Of course a versatile watch is always a good option to keep the new grad in time for class, interviews, flights...anywhere their next chapter takes them!  

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For Moms:

1. Citizen Watches Silhouette Sport Watch

2. Alex and Ani Antique Pink Swarovski Expandable Bracelet

3. COACH Crossgrain Leather Prince Street Satchel

4. Lilly Pulitzer Kennett

5. SCALA Big Brim Raffia with Linen Bow

6. Echo Design Spring Lillies


 

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For Dads:

1. Cufflinks Inc. Golf Tee Cufflinks

2. Torino Leather Co. Aniline Leather Belt

3. Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses

4. Kangol Tropic 504 Ventair    

5. Fossil Ingram Traveler

6. Calvin Klein Technic Bright Tie

 

 

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For Grads:  

1. Dogeared Graduation Necklace

2. Anne Klein Interchangeable Strap Watch Set

3. Vera Bradley Laptop Sleeve

4. Scotch & Soda Leather Key Hanger

5. Fossil Nate Sports Watch

6. Diesel Urban Core Briefcase


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Wondering what to get your mom for Mother’s Day?

This Sunday is a big deal! Finding that perfect gift for the most amazing woman in the world can certainly be a daunting task.  Well, we got you covered! Whether she’s a stylish mom, a sporty mom, a savvy businesswoman to a charming grandmother, we’ve got you covered with our complete Mother’s Day gift guide. Treat the amazing moms in your life with flowers, time, love, and special gifts like the perfect handbag, pretty jewelry, or perhaps a gorgeous spring accessory like a scarf!

Head over to our Mother's Day Gift Guide today to see our great selection of purses, jewelry, shoes and so much more to make dear mom smile.

Cheers to the best mom ever!