Saturday, October 13, 2012
• 1:38 PM •

Love That Look: Karlie Kloss in Alexander Wang

Karlie Kloss Carine Roitfeld Black and White Party in Wang

Of course Karlie Kloss is going to rock out the “le Bal” party hosted by MAC Cosmetics and Carine Roitfield. The dress code was black and white and it may seem restricting, but Karlie’s look from Alexander Wang’s Spring 2013 collection, has a wow factor in this bold minimalist cut-out crocodile patterned dress. The dress looks like it’s floating! Leave it to Alexander Wang’s reputation to deliver a sassy twist to iconic American Sportswear.

Although I love the clean futuristic styling of the dress in the runway show, as seen below with Erin Wasson, Karlie Kloss’ easy girl-next-door but edgy interpretation with her nonchalant crimped curly hair and banded semi-patent shoes suits her to a tea.

Alexander Wang SS2013 Croc Cutout DressAlexander Wang SS2013 Croc Cutout Dress Side

Thursday, October 11, 2012
• 3:49 AM •

8 Tips on How to Look Polished

Mango tweed jacket

You don’t need a lot of disposable income to look polished, sophisticated, or “expensive”. Sure, there are some classic pieces that you can invest in to use season after season, but for the most part we all need to learn how to integrate inexpensive items of clothing into an outfit without looking cheap. Styling is everything!

I would say that this is a continuation of the Snob Affair Styling Laws from the How to be a S.N.O.B post. It might help to read that too since I do have some references from that guide. Here’s the short PDF version, available in the Downloads Section:

Here’s a list of Do’s and Dont’s in order to look like a million bucks without spending so much. The key is to look like you own quality items. Keep it clean and simple. The “Less is More” concept is rather important if you want to look polished and sophisticated (but not boring!).

Open knit striped sweater mango


One thing you should always keep in mind is that the quality of your outfit should speak for itself. Basically, you shouldn’t rely on brand labels and logos to be plastered everywhere to prove a point.

  • Do not OVERBRAND.
    I mean for the most part, designer clothing are of good quality, but if your outfit has too many brand logos/monogram, it becomes tacky. First of all, having various designer-monogrammed accessories or clothing all mixed in together doesn’t necessarily mean it complements each other or matches. Second, it just looks like you’re trying too hard. Your look should look effortless, like being stylish is your second nature.
    Tip: Stick to a designer or two and limit yourself with displaying monogram/brand logos.
  • Have structure in your outfit.
    Structure in clothing/accessories is another indication of quality. The structure arises from quality textiles that are strong, durable, and are carefully-dyed (so that the original color lasts after being washed numerous times).
    Tip: A simple blazer can help give structure in your outfit’s silhouette. Also, if you wear fitted clothes (not skin-tight), it can achieve the look of structure, because then, your body frame becomes the “structure”. From the Snob Affair Styling laws, we learned the importance of balance. So even if you do have a bulky sweater, you can pair it with cool leggings or structured skinny pants/jeans.
Asymmetric Blazer by mango
Tulle turtle neck sweater


  • Be cautious of wearing black on black.
    When you pair (fully) black pieces of clothing together side by side. It’s sometimes obvious that the black dye varies a lot. Some blacks are richer than others and so if you pair them all together, the black pieces that seem lighter than others, cheapen your look because it looks washed-out and old (even if it isn’t).
    Tip: Experiment mixing different black textures/textiles if you’re wearing all black. Polyester and cotton are very common, so once you pair that with a fabric that looks and feels different (Ex: velvet, silk, lace, sheer fabric), it enriches your look while still maintaining an all-black dress code. If you don’t necessarily have to wear all black, another tip is to use “separator” pieces of clothing. Say your cardigan and pants are two tones of black, wear a non-black top underneath your black cardigan to separate the two black items of clothing. This way, it’s less obvious that they aren’t the same tone of black.
Black Asymmetric Lurex Top
The outfit on the left is a black asymmetric lurex top from Mango paired with a black velvet skirt.
  • Be cautious of bulky embellishments.
    Avoid massive blingy rhinestone embellishments, which can sometimes be sewn at the center of the outfit, like in the purple dress below. Obviously, the embellishment is not meant to fool people into thinking it’s real diamonds and gemstones, but the problem with fake rhinestone embellishments is that the stones can easily look too plastic or the metal parts supporting the embellishments are tarnishing. This also applies to tarnishing and low-quality statement jewellery, handbags or belts with showy embellished buckles.
    Tip: Try to have some embellishments that are more spread out across the clothing/dress. If you want sparkly embellishments in your dress or top, check if the item is of good quality by testing to see if the embellishments are  well-intact or well-sewn onto the garment. Otherwise, find other types of embellishments like studs, lace, metallic fabric accents, and beading, which are usually more intact. Be very careful with sequins and crystal-like “stones”, because even after washing the item, water/dried-up water ruins the shine of embellishments and ages the look altogether rather quickly.

embellished dress
Avoid one densely-bulky embellishment which looks like a brooch. It ages you!

Sheer Embellished dress by mango
Long Sheer Embellished Dress by Mango.

  • Be cautious of obvious stitching on the trimming of clothes and accessories.
    What I mean by obvious stitching is for example, you have an all black handbag but the stitching is white or a pale color that really contrasts with the black fabric of the bag. I would say this occurs most with accessories like belts, handbags, shoes, etc… It’s not that it’s hideous, it just “casualizes” your outfit when you’re making a bold or sharp statement.

    Tip: Check for stitching that is more or less the same color as the primary color of the item in question.

Roots handbag
Roots Longbeach Tote: Obvious Stitching.

DKNY Runway Couture Biker Shopper bag

DKNY Runway Couture Biker Shopper bag: no obvious stitching, structured handbag. Love it!

  • Be cautious of black leather or leather-like handbags.
    Black leather or synthetic leather tend to look aged and worn out pretty quickly. Handbags are not only used for practical reasons. It is part of the accessory family, and accessories are used to give your outfit a nice accent and complete the whole look. So having a bag that looks worn out does exactly the opposite.
    Tip: Avoid slouchy or ruched-leather handbags or bags with no form, shape or structure. Structure in terms of the ability to literally stand on its own or have a rather rectangular form or base. Go for thicker and smoother leathers or leathers that have an evident pattern (crocodile pattern leather). Leather that has been treated to be more tougher or glossy (patent leather) is also another option. You can also opt for other textiles like canvas/fabric!
    Other tips when choosing handbags is to choose bags with round handles. Also, the longer the handles, the more casual it becomes, but the determining factor is the design and structure of the actual bag (ex: Louis Vuitton totes have a nice form!)

Ugly Black Patent Croc Style Handbag
Ruched leather handbag. Too many unnecessary buckle embellishments.

Michael Kors Gia Crocodile Structured handbag (and also rectangular). Clean cut.
  • Be cautious of picking the right jean wash.
    To look polished, wear simple clean cut jeans. In terms of color, do avoid the super-faded washed out jeans. Some fading is forgivable but when the jeans are bleached so much to the point that it looks like someone splattered white paint on your jeans, you should step away. In terms of design, avoid ripped jeans or jeans with back pockets covered with over-the-top embellishments (glitter or too much obvious stitching), a lot of tweens and teenagers wear these type of jeans for their loud designs.
    Tip: The more dressier jeans are for the most part, solid colors with darker washes, like dark blue/navy or black. These can be dressed up or down but still give off a classy look. If you like jeans that are of paler tones, you can achieve classy looks if the top portion of your outfit is all white or light-colored.

True Religion Jeans
True Religion Jeans. Say no to these washes.

Jessica Simpson Forever Skinny Jeans
Jessica Simpson Forever Skinny Jeans. Classy and sassy.
Black Jeans by Mango
Black stud jeans by Mango are awesome! It’s a good amount of embelllishments!


  • Avoid side and elastic/adjustable ruching (especially on cotton spandex!)
    Ruching is “A strip of fabric or ribbon is gathered in a repeat pattern”. Ruching can add some “drape-like” ripples to feminize or romanticize clothing, but it does the exact opposite when you have side, elastic, or adjustable ruching. You would think that ruching can help conceal uncomfortable areas, but it can easily look unflattering and cheap. Think like when you wear a skirt or dress a size too small, the fabric stretches from the sides and material bunch up and folds (like in the picture with Jordan Sparks).

Photo Credit: The Gloss

Ruched Party Dress
Unflattering Dress from Here Comes The Girls

elastic ruching3

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Saturday, September 29, 2012
• 12:31 PM •

5 Reasons Why Fashionistas Love the Fall Season


The Parisian fashion community is currently buzzing about Spring/Summer 2013 collections that have recently hit the runway, though as much as we bloggers like to stay ahead of the fashion game, the fact of the matter is that it’s still summer here in Montreal. We have yet to get our autumn wardrobes into full swing, and we are in no rush at all.

If you  love styling as much as I do, you’ll relate with me when I say that I am extremely self-critical when it comes to what I wear. No, I cannot simply pair a top with a skirt or a pair of pants and be done with it – it’s got to be more complex. You must work to look good. Dressing well means knowing that you put all your efforts into that one outfit. You’ve considered all options, used constraints to your advantage and understand where your inspiration comes from.


What I’m wearing (photos by Yannick Khong):
Vintage gold-embellished flats, Vintage gold necklace from Lost & Found
Bamboo Yights in maroon and turquoise high-waisted belt by American Apparel
Tweed pencil skirt by Costa Blanca
Beige cardigan by Zara
Thrifted black fringe top (worn backwards) from some street hipsters
Turquoise cotton long sleeve tee by Old Navy


Here are 5 reasons why I believe that Fall is the most fashionable season:

1. Layering Inexpensive Pieces Can Make You Look Effortlessly Stylish
In the autumn, dressing up is so easy. Adding interest to your outfit is effortlessly achieved by over-layering inexpensive pieces.  Your wardrobe is as large as ever at this time of the year, because any season’s item is game at this point. That chiffon skirt that you were sporting all summer can be worn over a pair of sheer tights and some lace-up booties and voila! You’re good to go.

2. In the autumn months, there is no need to feel guilty about sticking to neutrals.
Fashion-forward people have a slight but constant inner battle about which colors to wear.  In the summer months especially, wearing black, grey, beige, cream or any other neutral (except for white, because that was like…SO IN 2 months ago) is not cool.  In the autumn season however, there is no shame in wearing the traditional season colors, so pull out those brown leather rider boots or your favourite satchel and rock it.

3. That Perfect Chunky Knit Sweater on that Perfectly Crisp Autumn Morning
I have yet to find my perfect chunky knit sweater.  Well…I actually did find one, unfortunately it was a large Vince cashmere cocoon cardigan tagged at 500 bucks.  My search continues for that cozy sweater that I’ll be wearing as I go for an early Saturday morning stroll with a chai latte in hand.

4. Accessories Overload!
Be it a silk pashmina, a felt wool bell hat, lady-like leather gloves or a pair of cozy tights, I love packing it on.  Anything to add more definition to a look.

5. Throw on that staple item, and they’ve got nothin’ on you!
We all have our off days.  For those really off days when you roll out of bed and have only 15 minutes to get ready, just throw on that light jean or leather jacket! I love thrift shopping because it’s so easy to find staple items such at these at dirt cheap prices.  Being extremely lazy in the morning need not compromise your style if you own a sick leather jacket – which is of course best worn in the fall season.