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SOREL opens pop-up shop

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SOREL is one of the go to brands for comfortable winter boots. In order to shop the brand in personal, you had to track them down through several retail stores like DSW and Macys.
Now, SOREL has removed those obstacles (until march) with their first retail space ever…a pop-up store located on 345 W 14th Street between 8th and 9th ave. Even  though the shop opened on October 30 ( no doubt overshadowed by Halloween) the launch party was held on November 12. We were greeted with champagne and sweets and shelves full of boots..

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The boots were stylish, comfortable and functional all adjectives usually not associated with shoes all at the same time.

Christine Cameron, blogger of my style pill, hosted the event and after spending a ski trip in a pair of the boots had this to say

I have been eyeing a pair of karaboo SOREL boots and finally tracked them down in my size…I wore them all weekend and even danced in them..

She went on to write about wearing SOREL boots in different ways and has been in love with the brand ever since.

We can see why..so stop by the SOREL pop up shop on 345 w 14th street until March and get a pair. You won’t have to track down your size, they carry wide width, narrow and large sizes as well.

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Hello readers!

This brings our holiday fashion guide to a close with statement clutches! Why let clothing have all the fun? Statement clutches are a party in your hand and you don’t have to worry about wearing much jewelry as these babies will be enough sparkle to compliment any outfit. If you still want to wear jewelry stick to statement earrings to go with your clutch! Look for clutches with lots of detail and hardware like rhinestones and studs! The ones I chose to showcase are all from TJmaxx and Marshall’s and are under $40!! Enjoy! Keep it haute this holiday season!

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Hello again readers! We continue our guide with shoes which is just as important in making your look cohesive! this season glitz had spread down to the shoes;sequins, glitter and rhinestones embellish everything! If you are someone who likes classic black dresses you can use your feet to make the statement for you! You don’t only have to wear skyscraper heels either; flats and kitten heels are just as chic and you won’t have to worry about your tooties at the end of your long holiday nights! All of my shoe picks are under $50!

Haute Holiday Shoes

It’s finally that time of year readers for the holidays!! What better way to celebrate then to get yourself some new outfits for all the parties and gatherings you need to attend so I will spend this week on all your holiday fashion needs! First up is my personal fav; dresses! This season it’s once again all about the embellishments and sequins are a big trend! The new fit and flare style (in which the bodice is fitted and the skirt flares out) are perfect for all shapes and you can’t go wrong with a sexy body con dress as long as its not too short! All my picks are under $100!

Haute holiday dresses
Haute Holiday Shoes

We all were looking for something new this fall but we ended up with hybrid silhouettes with corky names from blanket-igans to coat-igans. Are these new ideas are just a way to fool us into shopping? We wait it all here!

A coatigan is a coat and cardigan hybrid.

The Coat-igan

The coat-igan is a combination of a coat and a cardigan. The item is categorized by no buttons, is long like a coat but made of a soft jersey material like a cardigan. The coatigan is not for cold weather and it is mostly for causal or classic dressing. The coat-igan comes in mostly basic colors but can also come in prints. If you want to add it to your collection:

Rocker/Punk – think about punk prints from skulls and stars as well as stripes.
Romance/vintage – Lace accents are rare on coat-igans so choose pastel colors and coat-igans that resemble more of a coat with boxy shoulders
Glam – Plaid prints are a great pick for the timeless charm

Stay away from the robe coat hybrid because it can easy look like a bath robe.

The blanket-igan is a cross between a blanket and a cardigan and usually does not have sleeves.

The Blanket-igan

This mostly sleeve-less hybrid combines the easy wrap-around cozy appeal of a blanket with the casual cardigan. Prints are mostly Aztec in nature and because of its loose fit, I find that it is easy for bohemians (a form of casual dressing) to add it to their wardrobe. However, my punk writing partner has taken to wearing this style by adding kitschy sweaters and studded boots. Indeed, it may be the most flexible of the three combinations. However, be mindful of print and length in this style. Longer lengths are great for punk and rockers where shorter lengths are for romance/vintage types. Glam should stick to the length at the hip.

The robe coat traditionally comes with a belt.

The Robe Coat

Somehow, someone thought that a bath robe would look great as a coat but we find it the hardest of all hybrids to fit into any style. Mostly, this look is not body friendly.  The previous looks appeared last year and have just slowly dripped down to the general population (circa “the days of devil wears Prada”) but this look is totally new and may need a year as well to worm its way into our closets. Wear points:

For Classic – Wear it with a tailored men’s wear look like the model above.

For Casual – Stay away from baggy sweats and stick to skinny jeans.

For Romance/Vintage – Ditch the skirt for a form-fitting dress.

For rockers/punks-  Wear with leather for a more upscale look.

Glam – Add sequin elements.

 

This coat is not for plus size girls because it exaggerates the middle area while erasing all curves.  Hence, the need to accent them with the clothes you wear underneath it. Too much trouble? I thought so as well and  this look is one that won’t be in my closet!

Sweaters in every style

 

Trends haven’t really rotated from year to year and some people may say that simple differences can date the look but in reality, it is just an excuse for you to shop for new items. Splurge on the basics based on your style but these soon to be staples are most likely already there.

Basics for every style

ROMANCE/VINTAGE – Crochet sweaters and lace accent sweaters

ROCKER/PUNK – leather-like and studs accents; bright colors for punks w/ catchy sayings

CLASSIC/CASUAL – Turtlenecks

GLAM – Sequin accent sweaters

The difference is really more to fit then with design as is shown in the diagram above. There are also a lot of crop sweaters as a throwback from this summer’s style of crop tees. These looks are great to layer but do not wear alone.

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