Style.Power.Rachel Roy.Amar’e Stoudemire.
Shiny jerseys and over-sized basketball shorts are the farthest thing from fashion for court-side divas. But we have good news: representing your favorite basketball team just got a lot more interesting if you are a fashion lover and fan. Fashion designer Rachel Roy and basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire have teamed up to create a pro look for sports-loving fashionistas. The line RACHEL features these athletic-inspired pieces from a mixed media leather & canvas Letterman jacket to a Chicago Bulls “Rocker” tee and more. The pleasantly simple jersey tees along with the heathered sweatshirts are embellished with team logos. With Amar’e’s head in the game and Rachel’s style, this dynamic duo perfectly bridges the look of chic masculine-feminine. These pieces are not only great for looking cool court-side but they are perfect to wear to dinner or a party. The limited edition line is comfortable and casual–I am loving the leather shorts and hooded vest. Prices range from $49.00 to $229.00 with various sizes from extra small to extra large. You can order online from the Rachel Roy on-line store or at Macy’s.
Watch this fun video where Rachel interviews Amar’e and talks about their interesting collaboration:
Photo Credit: Rachel Roy
Defining Italian Style
Being Italian, we’re often asked about Italian Chic. For us, that means elegance, femininity, a little intrigue and mystery . . . it’s about your silhouette, slimming lines and details . . . it’s where fashion and style have no limits and beauty has no bounds, coming together to create a seamless look. That is Italian style.
But looking stylish like the Italians is not just about special occasions, how much money you spend, or the latest trends. To us, it’s about finding the easiest way for you to look good and feel great throughout the day. Whether you’re walking the dog or walking the red carpet, it’s important to be yourself, to be comfortable and confident, to enhance what you have to bring out your best.
Step 1 to Looking Like a Stylish Italian: Know Your Figure
Before anything else, you have to identify your silhouette. This is the most important thing in creating your Italian look and builds the foundation for everything else. Getting to know your figure and the best shapes and cuts that work for you gives you a starting point, focus, and direction. From there you can wear anything if it fits you well and follows your silhouette.
Step 2 in Dressing with Italian Style: The Best Undergarments for You
The second most important thing when dressing Italian is undergarments that fit and support your shape well. Good undergarments and body slimmers are no longer uncool, and they are the key to a look that is put together, tasteful, and feminine. Nowadays, we have lots of tools to highlight and flatter our bodies, no matter what our shape. From bras to body suits, knickers to Spanx, you can select from many beautiful and sexy choices that will have you looking good from the inside out.
Step 3 for Italian Fashion: Wardrobe Must-Haves
There are certain fashion staples that every woman should have in her closet, so she can take her Italian Chic look anywhere, day or night. The cut and shape of these wardrobe basics depend on your silhouette, so it is very important to understand that first.
• Jeans: What to Look for to Maintain Italian Style
Three must-have colors—black, gray, and blue denim. A flattering cut to enhance your shape and silhouette. Hem lengths so you have jeans that work with both heels and flats.
Pear Shape: Look for jeans fitted at the thigh, either boot cut (but not too wide) or straight cut, and long enough to cover part of your shoe’s heel. Boyfriend jeans also work. NO skinny jeans or capris.
Hourglass Shape: Think about your waist first. High-waisted jeans work nicely, as do any skinny or close-fitting straight-legged jeans. NO boyfriend jeans.
Boyish Shape: Any jeans work, from skinny to boyfriend to capri.
• Tank Tops & T-Shirts Rock the Italian Look
Great to conceal or reveal, to wear fitted or loose, to layer or not. We usually like our t-shirts a little rock-and-roll and in all the shades of our jeans, plus the must-have white.
• Italian Fashion Flair with Leggings
Black leggings—high-waisted—help smooth and flatter your shape.
• Skirts Say Italian Style
Pencil skirts are the favored look, in various lengths, depending on your shape and height. Stay away from pockets, pleats, A-lines, and bubble skirts.
Pear Shape: A flared skirt, especially if you have a thin waist, looks fantastic! Wear it long or knee length—just choose a fitted blouse to wear with it.
Hourglass Shape: Wear skirts at the knee, or if your knees aren’t the best, go longer. Pencil skirts are ideal.
Boyish Shape: Any length skirt works, but if your legs permit, go above the knee or a bit shorter. It’s a fresh look for summer.
• Little Minidress Is a Big Italian Look
Always make sure the dress works with your silhouette. Must-haves: a little black number to dress up or down, and something bright or floral for some flair. And if you have a boyish shape, minidresses were made for you, especially when worn with boots.
• Viva L’Italian Chic with Jackets, Blazers & Vests
Whether it’s a leather jacket, vest, or blazer, you can throw these on to be a little rock-and-roll or add some elegance. The right cut and length for your shape will help slim you.
• Accessories Complete Italian Chic: Required-Wearing List
Accessories work to enhance and complement your height and shape, and complete the Italian Chic look. We love big square scarves, wraps, and natural-toned, wide, and super-slim belts. Other favorites: a go-everywhere messenger bag; good pairs of flats, heels, and boots (we put cowboy boots with everything); dark, opaque stockings; black and flesh-colored thigh-high fishnets; long necklaces; cuffs; and big rings with sparkle.
Step 4 to Creating an Italian Chic Look: Putting It All Together
Italian Style for Day
We love a pair of jeans, a tank top, a blazer, and heels in various shades of the same color, which gives an elegance to the look. Add some accessories, and you can create a look for any occasion. Or maybe dress down a mini dress, add an oversized cardigan, a pair of cowboy boots, and a messenger bag to rock out your day.
Italian Chic Options by Night
Make an entrance with a black pencil skirt, a great top to show a little skin, a leather jacket, a scarf, glam heels, jeweled drop earrings, and a clutch. Or, try leggings with a sexy pair of flats, a blazer, and some subtle bling.
Italian Fashion Don’ts!
A-line skirts, bad lingerie, UGGS, and sneakers when you’re not at the gym.
Italian Chic Basic Rules
It’s better to look good and feel great throughout the day than only to sparkle on special occasions. To us, every day, all day, is a special occasion. So whether you’re at the gym or at the opera, let your look tell your story. Get a mani, put a little gloss on your lips and blush in your cheeks, and feel fresh, feminine, and sexy no matter where you are or what you’re doing. To us—that’s Italian style!
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Anybody already sick of their winter wardrobe, raise your hand! Winter is only one-third over, but our cold-weather clothes are wearing out their welcome. Pencil skirt? Been there. Black booties? Done that. Trendy must-have fashion is turning to “must I wear that again?!” Even wardrobe basics like jeans or an LBD are becoming a fashion yawn. Think you have nothing to wear? Think again. Create new looks from old favorites with these 5 simple fashion tips to shop your closet. You’ll get over the winter wardrobe blues without spending a dime. And cheer up. It’s almost time to shop for spring fashion trends!
1. Give a Summer Tank Top or T-Shirt a Winter Fashion Spin
Warm up your winter with your summer tanks tops and tees. The best T-shirts and tanks for winter style are straight-cut or fitted. Wear them under a shrunken blazer or chunky sweater with jeans for day. For a dressier look, pair them with a pencil skirt and tight little cardigan. Throw on a few strands of chains and pearls à la Chanel, and you’ll be winter-style ready.
2. Update Winter Wear: Make Dressy Jewelry Part of an Everyday Look
Stop saving the good stuff for special occasions. An ordinary weekday is occasion enough for fine jewelry to give new life to your winter wardrobe. That triple-strand of pearls you inherited, that gold locket from your boy—they are on trend in a season full of ladylike looks and long pendant necklaces. Wear your jewelry with work or evening looks, from a cashmere sweater to your favorite LBD. This trick works just as well with your costume jewelry, so no need to feel left out of the fun if all you have is the fake stuff—we love costume jewelry. Make your winter look feel new—all it takes is an accessory.
3. Add Winter Boots & Wear an Evening Piece by Day
You’ve worked a look from day to night. Now, double your winter fashion fun when you wear your night look by day. Wear a sparkly sequin or beaded top, short-sleeves preferable, and leave it slouchy with jeans, cargo pants, or winter shorts, a big fall fashion trend. Then layer a grandpa cardigan for a funky vintage feel. Or try pairing a simple, solid-color strapless or slip dress with black tights and an edgy black boot—combat, motorcycle, wedge-heel. Add a chunky sweater—pullover or cardigan—then top it with a skinny belt in black patent leather or leopard print.
4. Cold Weather Fix: Give a Particular Piece of Clothing a New Purpose
The fastest fix for fashion boredom is to wear an article of clothing in an unintended way. Turn your mini dress into a tunic when you wear it over slim black cigarette pants or skinny jeans. Pair it with a long necklace and a feminine shoe—think ballet flat or kitten-heel slingback. Or wear sexy lingerie, like a lace-trimmed camisole, with a tailored piece, such as a blazer, pants, or straight skirt. Work this look with Tip 2 and accessorize with some classic jewelry. You’ll feel winter-fashion-reborn.
5. Add a Splash of Color to Cure Your Winter Blues
Going to keep wearing black until they come up with something darker? Listen up, color-phobic fashionistas—nothing will kiss those winter fashion blues goodbye like a splash of color. Try lipstick, a ribbon in your hair, costume jewelry, a belt, a brightly colored purse or clutch. Have a colored T-shirt from summer? Work Tip 1, or layer the shirt over a white or black long-sleeve tee. Warm colors like yellows, reds, pinks, corals, and more will snap up your look with a little summer sunshine. Only 5 months and counting!
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