A*cute Celebrity Looks: Janelle Monae

by Sherria 

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Soul Singer, Janelle Monae is known for her sleek hair updo and black and white tuxedo ensembles. At the recent Essence music festival, the eclectic singer chose to go with a rocker-inspired checkered jacket. Flipping this rocker look into an outfit appropriate for work is extremely easy. You can copy her entire look in this image, with the exception of the hat and sagging suspenders.

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ralph lauren jacket

Cropped Plaid Jacket (Ralph Lauren, sale price $89.99)


A*cute Celebrity Looks: Lala Anthony


by Sherria

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Chevron Sequin Sheath Petite (Nordstrom, sale $98.98)

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Erin by Erin Fetherston Sequin Mesh Dress (Nordstrom, $350)


lala sequins

French connection

Jimmy choo pumps

Snakeskin handbag
$20 – newlook.com

Kate spade earrings

Why we still love fall style

by Sherria

The temperatures are expected to go below freezing tonight in New York. However, winter isn’t here yet.  There isn’t any snow on the ground and the orange and brown leaves are still falling off of the trees. I’m going to enjoy the fall as much as I can before December 21; the first day of the winter solstice. Other than the beautiful scenery, I love fall style. I asked a few A*cute readers what their top style picks were for fall and here’s what they came up with…

Face: Purple and Plum Lip Colors

Plum lips are super sexy during the fall and winter seasons“- says Ashlee Murph.

Main staple:

"There's something classic about blazers," says A*cute Editor, Jackie. "You can wear them with almost any outfit." (Photo taken at A*cute's Annual Clothing Exchange 2010)

A*cute picks:

blazer by sc8571a featuring a knit jacket

Boyfriend jacket, $130
Single breasted jacket, $110
Blazer, $80
Knit jacket, $52


A*cute reader, Toushi, can't get enough fur!

A*cute picks:


Michael kors coat, $175
H M vest, 30
Victoria s Secret cape coat, $126
Michael Kors faux fur vest, $130


"I first discovered this brand in France," says Toushi. "I adore these boots." --Jeffrey Campbell France Suede Boots (shopbop.com, $198)

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Shoes, Sonya Riding Boots (Macy's, $299)

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.

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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!

And the winner is…

by Jackie

Last night’s BET Awards had many fashion hits and misses, but one winner stood above the rest.  Host Queen Latifah looked stunning during the awards show and definitely lived up to her regal name. From her throwback to the days of U-N-I-T-Y, to her show-stopping white dress seen here in the aftershow video, she let us all know why she is the “Queen.”

Queen Latifah took us back with this ensemble reminiscent of her early 90s style. Photo Credit: WashingtonPost.com

She ended the show on a bright note with this breezy white dress.

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