Feminine Flare

CHOOSING THE PERFECT FEMININE WINTER COAT

by Sherria 

I’m at a loss for words when it comes to describing the weather on the East Coast. One day it’s cold and rainy, the next day it’s sunny and warm. Instead of pulling out the winter coat I have buried in my closet, I’ve decided to play each day  by ear. However, I always believe in being prepared. For the colder fall days, a winter coat may be fitting.

I love wool coats with that flair out at the bottom. I went to Macy’s to try on a few coats. The blue three-quarter sleeve coat was perfect! I love how feminine it looks. The last cream coat at the bottom is hard to come by. It’s actually a rain coat. I can’t remember the last time I wore a rain coat…probably 4th grade. But, this Steve Madden rain coat is very sophisticated. The olive-colored coat from ASOS is quite common. I’ve seen a lot of women wearing the same cut. If you are looking for a traditional wool coat with a flair, this one is the way to go.

Let us know your thoughts. What kind of coat are you wearing this fall and winter?

Tahari Jacket, Three-Quarter-Sleeve Faux-Fur-Collar, $119

ASOS Fit and Flare Belted Coat, $123.13

Steve Madden Coat, Flared Raincoat Faux-Leather Belt, $119.98

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What Christina Aguilera Should Have Worn…

by Jackie

I don't know who styled her, but...

I missed much of the American Music Awards broadcast this past Sunday because I was watching the Giants game. (No, I’m still not over that loss, and I still don’t want to talk about it). The people I follow on Twitter kept me fully entertained and informed with the usual play-by-play award show commentary. According to tweets and the morning-after blog and entertainment news recaps, Christina Aguilera was the ultimate fashion fail, daring to wear a body-con Herve Leger bandage dress. From the write-ups, I was expecting to see the singer look like a pre-Hydroxycut Anna Nicole Smith (R.I.P. Anna). While I agree she should not have worn that dress — it’s unforgiving even on slim frames — I don’t think she was the beached whale critics  made her out to be. She’s curvy. So what? Most real women have hips and thighs and cleavage. It’s not her body that was the problem, it’s what she put on it. If I was her stylist, I would have dressed her in something more flattering.

Morgan & Co.

This little number has the glitz that fits Christina’s style. The mini-dress would show off her legs, while the draping would smooth out her curvy figure. It’s a total win-win.

ASOS

Can curvy girls wear form-fitting dresses? Uh, yeah! Curves should be celebrated. The strategic color blocking of this dress creates an optical illusion that slims the waist, while the form-fitting silhouette keeps it sexy and chic.

ASOS

The mini A-line is the most forgiving silhouette in the history of dresses. It makes slim figures look curvier, and plays up curvy shapes in a fab way. You can’t go wrong. Christina would have looked great in a flirty dress like this that would have moved on stage.

If I was her stylist, I would have made sure she would have looked her best. Oh, and I would have her get rid of her trademark bleached blonde weave. It’s time for her to delve into softer blondes. I mean, really.

Despite what anyone says, though, she still has one of the best voices in the game.

Fashion’s Night Out

by Sherria

It’s coming, It’s coming….Fashion’s Night Out is back!! Celebrities, designers, fashion lovers, and news media are getting together for a third year in a row to take part in exclusive events in the city. In New York, Vogue Magazine, Mayor Bloomberg, NYC & Company and the Council of Fashion Designers of America are teaming up to bring you the “best fashion party in history.” While New York is partying, there will be various Fashion Night Out events held around the country. To our DC readers, Georgetown is the spot! Click here for more info.

You might be wondering what to wear. What better way to celebrate and embrace fashion than to look fashionable? At A*cute we always encourage individual style. I’ve selected some options below, but you know to always add your own personal flair with fun accessories and shoes. Let us know what you’re planning to wear.

Look great without breaking the bank:

pretty rocker chic


Ella Moss boho top
$98 – nordstrom.com

Single breasted jacket
$130 – topshop.com

Rag & Bone corduroy jeans
$175 – net-a-porter.com

Olsenboye peep toe shoes
$40 – jcpenney.com

ASOS clutch bag
$110 – asos.com

Betsey Johnson cocktail jewelry
$50 – zappos.com

Layered jewelry
$40 – witchery.com.au
Simple Frocks:

Sequinned Dress (Zara, $159)

One-Shoulder Dress (Victoria's Secret, $98)

Weekend Style Guide

by Sherria

If it doesn’t rain this weekend, I plan on relaxing on a beach in Long Island, NY. I already have two bathing suit choices, but I had to rummage through my closet to find a cover-up. I hope you all enjoy the summer weather while it last. I suggest taking a fun trip to a different city with friends, going to the beach, or an old school favorite rooftop party. Below are some beach cover-up options and a weekend outfit that I would wear day or night. It’s summer, I say just have fun and play with your looks as much as you can over the weekend! Enjoy yourself! If you have any fun weekend photos that you’d like us to post on Monday, please send them to lookacute@gmail.com

Beach Cover-up:

Singer, Ciara, covers up as she walks the sandy beach (photo credit: Essence.com)

cover ups


Talbots tee shirt dress
$17 – talbots.com

TopShop cover up swimwear
$36 – topshop.com

TopShop turquoise bikini
$56 – topshop.com
Weekend style (day or night):

Model and Actress, Tika Sumpter at the Heineken Red Star Access event.

weekend style


Short sleeve top
$70 – topshop.com

High rise shorts
$66 – topshop.com

Hot pants shorts
$66 – topshop.com

ALDO platform wedge heels
$100 – aldoshoes.com

Sam Edelman snake shoes
$70 – nordstrom.com

ALDO wedge shoes
$62 – asos.com

Spicy Summer Accessories

by Sherria

The past few days have been hot! hot! hot! As I’ve walked down the street in awe of so many beautiful people (yeah, I can actually say I’ve seen lots of beautiful people this summer) I’ve noticed some hot items that can spice up any summer wardrobe. A few key accessories are big face watches, beaded bracelets, bright lip color, and hair bands. Below you will find my picks for this summer’s hot items that won’t have you following a trend. These items have been around for years and you can wear them in the future and still look stylish.

Wedges

Kristin Cavallari

wedges


TopShop leather boots
$160 – topshop.com

Blue heels
$140 – topshop.com

ALDO platform high heels
$100 – aldoshoes.com

Enzo Angiolini wedge sandals
$89 – bloomingdales.com

Envelope clutch:

(Photo credit: http://www.Lookbook.nu)

Get the look:

envelope clutch

ASOS envelope clutch bag, $95
ASOS envelope clutch bag, $34
ASOS oversized handbag, $34
ASOS clutch hand bag, $31

add pics

Cat Eye Sunglasses

Catch the cat eye

Get the look:

cat eye


TopShop flower sunglasses
$32 – topshop.com

Lauren Conrad sunglasses
$26 – asos.com

ASOS red shades
$21 – asos.com

Damsel in a Dress oversized sunglasses
$10 – urbanoutfitters.com

Flower sunglasses
$9.99 – tillys.com

Ask A*cute: Can I be a tomboy at work?

by Jackie

Angela Asks:

My sister, Maronel, in her suit and tie.

“I’m a college student and am about to start a job as a personal assistant. I am a huge tom boy who hates to wear heels and finds mens’ professional attire to be more my style.  I know women can pull off the suit and tie look, like your sister. Do you think that look is too much for everyday in the office…for a woman? I still have my feminine side so I would like to make a suit and tie look cute. Advice please?”

Injecting your personality into your work wardrobe is a must. When Sherria and I style clients, we make sure to get a sense of their personal style: favorite colors, themes, and influences. You look your best when you are confident and you are confident when you are yourself.

There are ways to incorporate menswear into your everyday work look, and still be feminine. If you opt to wear a tie, head to Amazon.com or Ebay and get a deal on a skinny tie like this vintage Ralph Lauren recently sold on Etsy.com.

(Photo: Etsy.com)

I like to mix and match genres all of the time. One of my secrets is shopping the men’s accessories sections in stores. I love wearing rugged pieces with girly dresses. I guess it’s not a secret anymore. 

You can also pull off this look by just adding oversized women’s accessories.

Get the look!

From left to right:

  1. Pleated blouse with tie neck, ASOS, $55.40
  2. Oversized Women’s Rose Gold Watch, Michael Kors, $195
  3. Pocket Watch, Charles Hubert, $195
  4. Blazer, Topshop, $32
  5. Oxfords, Ninewest, $41
  6. Unisex Chambray Button-up, American Apparel, $58

Style Inspiration:

(Google Images) Rihanna takes a break from her ultra-feminine and uber sexy dresses and looks crisp in this ode to menswear with this white on white pant suit at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.

Victoria Beckham looks sharp in slim cut slacks, a contoured vest, and crisp blouse.

(Google Images) Girls rule the world, even in menswear, according to Beyonce.

Have a style question? Ask A*cute! Send an email to acute.consulting@ymail.com, send us a tweet @AcuteConsulting, or visit our other pages!

White One Shoulder Dress

by Sherria

Singer, Tamia, snaps a photo of herself. (Photo credit: http://www.theybf.com)

First, I absolutely love one shoulder dresses. Second, I never thought I would consider wearing a white dress. I have always believed that white dresses were reserved for brides, lol.  But after seeing a picture of Tamia on theybf.com ,  I can totally see myself wearing a white dress for a night out.  It would be perfect for a  warm spring or summer night. Below are some affordable options. Check it out and let me know what you think.

A*cute picks:

Forever Unique Pleat Grecian One Shoulder Dress (Asos, on sale for $161.37)

Terry Smocked One Shoulder Ruffle Dress (Juicy Couture, $128)

One Shoulder Rose Dress (Wet Seal, $29)

The Splurge:

Notte by Marchesa One Shoulder Ruffle Dress (Bergdorf Goodman, $795)

My Favorite Tamia Song: “So Into You”