Zip Picks: Perfect length shorts

I usually feel like Goldilocks when searching for the perfect Summer shorts and this time around is no exception.  Shorts feel either too long or too short.  But today I want to share a pair of short shorts from The Limited that are just right for me and my clients- the 5 in inseam is modest enough that we feel comfortable but short enough to be flattering.

They come in an assortment of colors and fabrics, including rugged denim, polished denim, stripes and colors.  As I write this they’re on sale for $39

limited denim shortslimited stripe shorts








limited polished denim shortslimited aqua blue shorts

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April 7, 2014 · 3:09 PM Standard

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Style Ruts: The pencil skirt alternative

When you think of skirts for the office, you probably picture a pencil skirt in your head.  It’s the go-to professional skirt that can be worn easily with blazers and blouses.  But the same old can get boring and some of you may not like form-fitting aspect of pencil skirts.  Today I’ll review a few alternative professional skirts to get you out of your pencil skirt rut!

1.Full skirt - Full skirts are gathered and don’t hug the body like a pencil skirt.  They can range in lengths from full length to super short.  For the office, full skirts that hit right above the knee are the best bet.  Though long skirts are in right now, a long full skirt is generally not the ideal look in a professional setting.

How to wear: This look will look best with a form fitting top to balance out the fullness of the skirt. Think form fitted turtlenecks, buttoned down shirts, and blouses.

full skirt blue full skirt

2. A-line skirt – A line skirts fit snugly at the waist and flare out.  It is different than a full skirt in that pleating is minimal and the “A” shape is maintained.

How to wear:  This is very similar to a pencil skirt.  You can wear the tops you usually pair with those.  Thus it’s the easiest alternative to a pencil skirt!  A-line skirts are great for those of you with big hips (places emphasize on waist and hides the hips) and wide shoulders (balances out shoulders).

a line skirt1 a line skirt

4. Midi pencil skirt – Midi skirts are a cousin of the traditional pencil skirt but slightly longer in length.  The hemline is usually between the bottom of knee to mid calf.

How to wear:  You’ll most likely feel more comfortable in a skirt that isn’t too tight.  Because the skirt will cover a lot of skin, you can wear lower necklines, short sleeves or 3/4 sleeves.  Heels will be best in terms of footwear because the leg line will be shortened with the lower hemline.

midi skirtmidi patterned skirt

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March 31, 2014 · 2:34 PM Standard

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Style Inspiration: Bomber jackets

Earlier in the week, I wrote a post about the trendy bomber jackets in this season.  They may remind you of the 80s but I’m here today to show how they can worn in a variety of ways: professional, oversized, casual, contrast sleeves, or leather.  Vote your favorite below!


Leather bomber with skirt


Baseball bomber with red shoes


White and grey contrast sleeve bomber with slouchy pants


Leather quilted bomber with pencil skirt

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August 16, 2013 · 4:00 AM Standard

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Zip Picks: 7 H&M Jackets and Coats

In honor of H&M opening their US online store, I’m picking my current favorites in a series of posts. Check out my guide to shopping at H&M, H&M shoe picks, and pants picks.


This is the time of year when Fall jackets and coats start appearing in stores and it’s  no secret that they are my favorite article of clothing!   I happily looked through H&M’s current selection and here are my picks:
 h&m twill jacket  h&m bomber jacket  (L) H&M Twill Contrast Sleeve Jacket

(R) H&M Bomber

Perfect examples of the trendy jackets H&M offers.  These 2 casual jackets will carry you through late Summer and Fall.  Wear with jeans as shown or with skirts/dresses.

 h&m jacket zipup  h&m fitted jacket  (L) H&M Peplum Jacket

(R) H&M ZipUp Jacket with sheen
You can get away with wearing cheaper quality clothing in black and these are a great example.  The cuts of these jackets are chic and sophisticated and the quality will be less noticeable in black – both priced at $50.

 h&m blazer  h&m wool miliatary jacket (L) H&M Blazer

(R) H&M Military Jacket

The black blazer is a basic every woman needs while the military jacket adds character to an outfit.

 h&m peacoat  (L) H&M Peacoat

Love this high collared peacoat – Check out the several color choices!

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August 14, 2013 · 4:00 AM Standard

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Trend Alert: Bomber jackets

The “it” jacket this year is the bomber.  Bomber jackets hit at the waist or slightly shorter and have elasticized waists.  They generally have zippers and elasticized sleeve cuffs as well.  The collar can vary from moto style, crew neck w/band, funnel neck, or even folded over collars.

Here’s what you need to know about bombers:

1) Fabrics – Bombers come in a variety of fabrics.  There’s something for everyone.  Leather is typical, along with wool.  We’re also seeing lightweight cotton and even silk!

2)  Casual options – Bomber jackets are naturally associated with casual outfits.    Easiest outfit is to throw on a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and a bomber and you’re ready to go.  You can also wear them with skirts and dresses.  The shorter, sometimes cropped length, makes them incredibly versatile.

3) Professional options – Because bombers are available in a variety of fabrics, including higher quality like silk, they can be worn to the office!  This is an exciting alternative to the typical blazer.  I love the look of bombers with pencil skirts – they add bulk and balance out the form-fitting pencil skirt.  Slim leg pants or slouchy pants can look fabulous with bombers as well. And of course, they can worn over dresses too!

4) Modern bombers – Bombers are not a new concept but this time around there’s a different take on them.  You’ll see many have contrast sleeves, quilted leather versions are also popping up everywhere, and baseball bomber jackets are popular as well.  If you want to make sure you’re choosing a modern bomber, look for these touches.

My verdict:  I already purchase an office-ready bomber for the Fall.  I’m looking forward to wearing skirts and dress pants with it instead of reaching for my blazers!  What about you?  Will you be on the look-out for a bomber jacket this Fall?



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August 13, 2013 · 4:00 AM Standard

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Zip Picks: 8 fun H&M accessories

In honor of H&M opening their US online store, I’m picking my current favorites in a series of posts.  Check out my guide to shopping at H&M and H&M shoe picks.
H&M has a great selection of accessories and today I’ll be sharing my current favorites!
 h&m metal statement necklace  h&m stud earrings (L) H&M Brass Statement Necklace

Many statement necklaces are bright and colorful which is fun, but they can be difficult to match with clothing.  This metallic one, however, will go with pretty much anything!

(R) H&M Stud Earring Collection 

2 other options: Stud Earrings, Stud Earrings
H&M is a great place to buy cheap stud earrings.  There’s no reason to break the bank on these since they’re easily lost!

 h&m infinity scarf wool  h&m infinity patterned scarf (L) H&M Striped Wool Infinity Scarf

(R) H&M Patterned Wool Infinity Scarf

Two infinity scarf options.  They come in additional colors/patterns as well.  My favorite is the black and white stripe!

 h&m waist belt  h&m aviator sunglasses (L) H&M Waist Elastic Belt

H&M offers great faux-leather belt options.  Here is a classy waist belt to wear over dresses.

(R) H&M Aviator Sunglasses

I find clients are hesitant (with good reason!) to spend a lot on sunglasses since they can break easily or get lost.  Here are classic aviators for $7.

 h&m bag  H&M Faux Leather Tote (L) H&M Faux Leather Bag

(R) H&M Faux Leather Tote

2 roomy faux leather bags.  If you’re vegan or looking for a cheap black bag for work, these are for you!

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August 12, 2013 · 4:00 AM Standard

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Style Inspiration: Tuxedo blazers

Many of my clients, especially younger ones, are unsure how to choose a blazer.  Blazers can seem old, stuffy, and aging if you’re not used to wearing them.  The key is to find a modern cut, like the current tuxedo blazers!  They typically come in black, white, or white with black lapel, and they have slim lapels with usually 1 low-placed button.  Today I’m sharing 4 tuxedo blazer looks to inspire you.  Vote on your favorite below!


wendys lookbook tuxedo blazer


black tuxedo blazer


zara white tuxedo blazer


victoriassecret tuxedo blazer

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August 9, 2013 · 4:00 AM Standard

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