When working with clients, one of the issues that comes up often involves the fit and the flatter aspect of clothing. For most, if something doesn’t flatter the body, enhancing assets and minimizing or camouflaging imperfections, then it simply isn’t considered. I find this position to be restrictive and uninspired and, more importantly, a big obstacle to improving your personal style.
Sacrificing fit for fabulous should happen when you see something too gorgeous or unique, too perfect to disregard simply because it might not thin your hips or hug your curves or elongate your legs. Some things are just too special to get hung up on the smallest body conscious details that, I guarantee, nobody notices but you. To be clear, I am certainly not suggesting wearing a potato sack or being entirely oblivious to the fit/flatter issue. Similarly, if you’re lacking the confidence to believe that it (whatever you’re wearing) truly does look good, then the sacrifice is no longer smart and no longer worth it. I simply ask that you consider it. Consider that the wow-factor that comes from certain pieces mitigates any body neutralizing features.
Mile High Style Tip: In fashion, height reigns supreme. An added three inches from your shoes can be the difference between a ‘no’ or ‘yes’ to the dress.
Admittedly, I have a bit of a chandelier fetish. If I had my way, in addition to the usual suspects of living, dining and bedrooms, I would put a chandelier in the master bathroom and closet, office, entry way, basically any room with walls and a floor. Chandeliers add style and elegance, ambience and warmth but are often misunderstood and mischaracterized as excessively feminine. While that description certainly fits chandeliers from certain periods and provenances, just as many are transitional and contemporary, rustic and industrial, fitting for the most bachelor of pads. I’ve comprised a list of categories that, for my money, provide the most and the best.
Art Deco– Made mostly of metals (aluminum, nickel, bronze and a combination of the three) and glass, (smoked, frosted and black), these were the chandeliers hanging in fabulous theatre foyers in the 20s and 30s. Definitely dude-friendly, they have real presence and style without being too stylized. Best in entryways and libraries.
European– In imagining the traditional chandelier silhouette, you are referencing those from the European continent circa 20th century and before. Romantic and dramatic, most readily available (antique and reproduction), these feature arms and crystals and (unfortunately sometimes) cherubs, angels, other religious and familiar iconography. Best in bedrooms and bathrooms.
Contemporary– The chandeliers of today seem to provide dual functions: hanging art as the primary, lighting as the secondary. Some play on the traditional form with unusual material (crystal encased in white rubber), while others play with deconstruction using salvaged metal, tangled electrical wires, and strips of oak. On the less avant garde front, Jason Miller’s celebrated ceramic antlers are in high demand, and Tord Boontje’s Swarovski crystal blossom branch embodies more divine inspiration than any cherub possibly could. Best in living and dining rooms.
Mile High Style Tip: dingy little antique stores are great places to find chandeliers that are cheap and chic . Make sure to look up.
If you’ve got the gams, short shorts are incredibly chic for day and night. The key to pulling off the look is balance- sleeveless on top is okay; decolletage is not. Here are some of our favorites.
The Floral– Wear as you would a skirt, floral pieces are perfect to begin experimenting with mixing patterns. Pair a striped Spring sweater and neutral wedges.
The Track Short- The locker room never looked so chic. These shorts are easy and comfortable and would look great with a basic James Perse t-shirt and incredible brown leather sandals. This neutral palette allows for big and bold accessories, like a bib necklace by GB Couture.
The Sexy Short– A perfect nighttime staple (wear with black opaque tights in the Winter, bare legs in the Summer), shorts-done-dressy are so chic. Keep it slighly more casual on top and wear with a killer heel or bootie.
The Cutoff– About as American as apple pie, you can’t go wrong with cutoffs.. Unless they’re paired with heels. Stick with flats to avoid questions about your taste… and occupation. 😉
Cuffs are a favorite here at Mile High Style, and this turquoise resin tribal spike cuff almost renders us speechless. Equally impressive is the price, a steal at $195 which, for Barneys, often doesn’t afford much in the way of options. This cuff is the best of them.
UPDATE: Same cuff, different site, better price. Find it here.
When the weather gets warm, a jumpsuit is one of my favorite pieces to bring out of hibernation. For one thing, they are just so easy, and for someone like myself who believes in sacrificing for style, easy is a welcome break. As a single piece outfit, you’re left a lot of room for fabulous accessories. With strapless jumpers (my personal favorite), I rock a badass necklace, and a monochrome piece (like the one pictured) begs for your best big girl bag and shoes.
This jumpsuit, by Gwen Stefani’s line L.A.M.B., is available here.