Spooky and Chic? Guest Blogger Annie Dean Proves It’s Possible

Whoa, not so fast with those cobwebs. We know, you thought they’d artfully adorn the doorway, when really – no matter which way you stretch them – they’re a tacky mess in the end. Turn to an expert for this one. Here, lifestyle maven extraordinaire Annie Dean lends décor tips (and a festive drink recipe) for a Halloween soiree that is, as she says, “heavy on style and light on silly extras.”

The Festive Drink
The White Lady is a famous classic cocktail in the Sidecar family, in this case inspired by the 18th-century ghost of the same name who haunts Union Cemetery in my hometown.


October 9, 2013

They’re Back: 4 Fall Trends to Keep From Last Year

These four fall trends? They once ruled wardrobes. And this season, they’re sure to reign supreme again. Take notes, then shop away.

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September 22, 2013

Men, Take Note: How to Dress for Not-Quite-Sweater Weather

Guys, we’re officially in that weird time of year. When it doesn’t feel like summer anymore, but fall isn’t quite here either. Your sweaters are probably still packed away (that is, if you managed to store them somewhere to begin with), but you can get by a little longer without them. How? Some light layering. Here’s what you’ll need.

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September 17, 2013

Let’s Look Back: A History Lesson of the Penny Loafer

The first day of fall is nearly here. School is officially in session. Just because. Do you really need a reason to pick up a pair of fit-for-every-man-woman-and-child penny loafers? Because I could go on. But instead, I’ll give you a little history lesson – you know, so you can drop some knowledge when someone (inevitably) admires your new shoes.

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September 10, 2013

Easy Transition: Take Your Summer Dresses Through to Fall

Okay. So you just bought a dress you love, and you wish you could get more use out of it. Solution: follow these tips and wear on – no style sacrificed.

Summer to Fall

1. Layer, layer, layer.
When the temps begin to drop, don’t immediately put your dresses into storage. Instead, let the cardigan become your best friend. Try a nubby boyfriend cardi belted over a breezy shift for the just-right mix of cozy and ethereal.

2. Cover up.
Ah, tights. They make every windy fall day that much better. Just slip on a thin pair during the warmer fall months and switch to a thicker, opaque style when the first chilly day sets in.

3. Trade flats for boots.
Leather or suede. No matter which combination you choose, these shoes instantly add cool-weather polish to the flirtiest of dresses. Start with booties, then work your way to tall riding boots with thick socks during the colder months. Your feet will stay nice and cozy while looking super stylish.

Our Wear Now, Layer Later: Summer-to-Fall Dresses Boutique opens Monday, July 22, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 22, 2013

Stylists’ Picks: The Fall Trends to Look Out for

The best part of having a photo studio in your company’s building? You can rely on an expert team of stylists to give you on-trend tips. For this season’s staples, I sat down with stylist Alexandra to get the scoop on what every wardrobe needs for fall.

Cozy Knits
“You can wear a cozy knit with everything,” says Alexandra. Dress it up with a cashmere cardigan or down with an oversized sweater. (I love the oversized look with a pair of dark skinnies.)

Silk Blouses
A feminine fall staple, a silk blouse not only feels indulgent, but is also the perfect transitional piece. Easy to layer, it works with skinny jeans on the weekend or with a pencil skirt at work. “I’m all about blouses with tiny prints,” Alexandra says.

Leather
We’ve been obsessing over leather all season, but Alexandra assures us it’s the right attitude to have. “It’s my number one must-have. You need to invest in a good leather jacket,” she says. “You can wear it over jeans, with flats, or over a dress.” Versatile, indeed.

Loafers
“Penny loafers are back!” says Alexandra. “And I especially love them in a metallic.” The menswear-inspired styles are both comfy and casual, making them a perfect shoe for morning commutes and fall foliage excursions.

Our Stylists’ Picks: Head-to-Toe Fall Looks Boutique opens Tuesday, October 16, at 11AM ET.

By Melissa Mann, Staff Writer

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October 16, 2012

The Fitting Room: Finding a Coat That Flatters

Coat season. Why, hello – here you are. And with you? The fear of looking overly bulky in your layers. But we promise: it’s possible to appear slim and streamlined in that coat no matter your shape, thanks to these quick fit tips.

Disguise a tummy… with a coat that’s relatively straight or slightly A-lined. Avoid oversized buttons and anything that nips too much at the middle. But don’t be afraid to have fun – the leather detailing on this number keeps it on-trend.

Flatter your curves… with a knee-length coat that ties at the waist. Single-breasted coats are particularly flattering – especially if you have a larger bust.

Boost a boyish frame… with detailing like toggles, buttons, and pockets. This straight look-at-me red number has plenty of flattering detail – and the fur at the hood makes it uber cozy.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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October 15, 2012

Yes, You Can: Layer Your Jewels

 

As the summer season winds down (le sigh), my heart is begging to cozy up in chunky fall knits and to layer, layer, layer. Obviously, my heart doesn’t care that it’s still almost 80 degrees outside. The solution? Jewelry layering - and I’m not alone. Delicious stacks of arm candy are the regular at the Rue offices, and lately, I’ve noticed this cleverly piled-on look has worked its way up to necklines. Hooray! I have gobs of necklaces hanging in my closet just begging to be mixed, paired, and mingled with abandon. Taking cues from the Rue girls, here’s how to get the look:

1. Balance the dainty with the substantial. Oversized statement necklaces perk up light, gold-spun strands. So simple.

2. Mix lengths. Start with necklaces that hit close to your collarbone, then work your way down with baubles that hang lower.

3. Add just one more. Once you think you’ve layered your necklaces just right, try adding one more. To your surprise, it may look even better. And if it doesn’t, simply take it off. No harm done.

By Sam Dulac, Senior Staff Writer

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August 28, 2012