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Monday

18

October 2010

Hope Hearts: Grosgrain Waisted Skirts

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Dedicated readers who’ve been following my site since the beginning know that without a doubt, I’m a girl who’s all about effortless elegance. And like all things timeless, elegance is something that will never go out of style. An easy way to achieve an elegant look? Take your shirt and tuck it in to your skirt. It helps, of course, if you’ve got a skirt with a high waist and shapely structure. Case in point? Easily achievable, effortless elegance is possible by tucking in a blouse, tee, or camisole to any one of these grosgrain-waisted skirts.

 

  • J. Mendel Metallic Hand-Pleated Skirt: This gold metallic skirt features some flashy details that are topped off with a black banded grosgrain waist. This J. Mendel design would look absolutely darling for a dressed-up occasion. The cascade ruffle on the front extends all the way from the waist to the hem, and really adds extra shape to the voluptuous bubble styling. $1350, Bergdorfs.
  • Giambattista Vallie Cashmere and Wool-Blend Skirt: From the Fall 2010 RTW, this camel-coloured skirt is a must-have for any working woman. The grosgrain ribbon waist is divine, and it works to complement two front pleats and a slight A-line shape. The wool/cashmere blend is heavy, and the ribbon waist adds an airiness to the skirt. $1295, Net-A-Porter.
  • J.Crew Super 120s Tulip Mini: In a fantastic four-season-friendly material, I favourite this J.Crew mini skirt in heather flannel. The grey colouring really makes the Japanese grosgrain waistband stand out. The asymmetrical draping is all the detailing this mini needs to make it stand out. As the editors at J.Crew say, this piece is your perfect “desk-to-dinner” answer. $138, J.Crew.
See? It’s as easy as that. Find a grosgrain-waisted skirt that suits your fancy, whether it’s mini or more modest in length, and pair it with a simple shirt. Add some signature sky-high heels or boots, and you’ll be set. You can work it with tights for winter, and bare legs in summer. Your options are endless!

 

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Friday

20

August 2010

Hope Hearts: Halogen® Lambskin Leather Pencil Skirt

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I know there are several of you reading who waffle on the whole real or faux leather debate. For those of you partial to pleather, you’re in luck for Fall 2010 (as a pleather skirt certainly is more budget-friendly than the real deal). But let’s be honest, does pleather look as good or last as long as the real deal? Doubtful. Regardless your stance on the real/faux debate, the leather skirt is a strong statement piece for Fall. If you’re going to purchase one new skirt for your FW 2010 wardrobe, you should buy a leather pencil skirt. A simple and sophisticated style, a leather pencil skirt is an item of clothing you’ll keep in your closet forever. The silhouette is slimming, the material’s supple, and the look is classic.

While there are several covetable confections from some of our favourite designers (Michael Kors, anyone?) those of us on a budget want something wallet-friendly. Enter this Halogen® lambskin leather pencil skirt. I’m loving the cut of the leather, the wide waistband (figure-friendly, hello!), and the laser-cut seams. This Halogen® leather skirt is fully lined and has a back zip with a hook-and-eye closure. It measures 21.5-inches long, so on women of an average height the hem should hit at your knee or just above. Pair with a crisp white blouse, or a black cashmere turtleneck sweater and classic pumps. Love!

 

Halogen lambskin leather pencil skirt, about $244 CDN, Nordstrom

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Thursday

29

July 2010

Hope Hearts: J.Crew Metallic Sequined Bell Skirt

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Dearest Readers:

It’s no surprise to you that I’ve had a long-standing love affair with New York-based retail dream, J.Crew. I forget exactly when it first happened, but somewhere between my first schoolboy blazer and J.Crew Collection cashmere dress, I fell in love. Originally launched in 1983, the J.Crew label boasts practical and preppy designs that are staples in sophisticated wardrobes everywhere.

Of all the women’s new arrivals for this week, I simply can’t resist this metallic sequined bell skirt. Spanish metal sequins are artfully sewn on the skirt for a sweet, shimmer effect. The sequins are coloured in shades of bronze and copper, and they’ve actually been oxidized for an antiqued look. Sounds fabulous, right? All it takes is one look and you’ll be sold, too.

And the sequins, while certainly the most stunning aspect of this J.Crew mini skirt, aren’t my favourite part. My favourite feature of this J.Crew sequin skirt has to be the elastic waist. LOVE! Not only is an elastic waist completely comfortable and figure-friendly, it also makes this skirt super versatile. You can style this J.Crew mini skirt high-waisted or you can sling it down on your hips and wear it low. You can add even more depth by adding additional cinch to the waist with a belt.

This J.Crew skirt can make your everyday look more elegant, and you can use it to add some shimmer to your evening look. This skirt is a must-have for your closet’s Fall 2010 collection, and it’s right on par with the earthy, brown and gold-tones that were highlighted on the Fall RTW runways.

I’m loving it, are you? Find me on Twitter @hoperobertson and let me know more of your must-haves for Fall 2010!

 

Metallic sequined bell skirt, $275, J.Crew

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Monday

5

October 2009

Ralph Lauren Addington Leather Skirt

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Ralph Lauren Addington Leather Skirt

I am absolutely loving Ralph Lauren’s Addington leather skirt. Some women have a misconception that leather can’t – or shouldn’t – be worn during the day and at the office, but I beg to differ. This leather skirt is completely classy.

Like every piece by Ralph Lauren, with this leather skirt you’re investing in a timeless skirt that will definitely become a go-to item in your closet.

Check the straight cut, the flattering back-shaping darks, the flat welt pockets, and defined waistline. HOT.

I’d style it monochromatic with a body-hugging black turtleneck, or go classic chic with a crisp white shirt.

And I’d always ALWAYS wear it with heels.

Ralph Lauren Addington Leather Skirt, $598, Ralph Lauren Blue Label

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Wednesday

7

May 2008

Hope’s ThisNext Picks: ShopBop Sale!

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Check, check, check it out!

So I was just perusing ShopBop’s offerings for their FABulous extra 25 percent off sale, and found a few items that qualify, a few items that don’t, –

And ALL things that are worth a closer look.

I’m especially loving the few jackets marked down by one of my favourite designers, Diane von Furstenberg.

Check out these and my other picks at ThisNext.com.

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Wednesday

2

April 2008

Banana Republic Color-Blocked Skirt

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Banana Republic Color-Blocked Skirt

 

Besides colour-blocking, the 2008 spring/summer season sees a lot of bright colours paired with understated neutrals. With a few neutral pieces acting as staples in your wardrobe, styling classic chic has never been so easy!

This colour-blocked skirt by Banana Republic is an essential A-line style. Coloured deep carob brown with a thick white band around the hem, this skirt is 100 percent breezy cotton. Pleats circle the waistband and extend the full length of the skirt, so they don’t just add volume — they flatter your figure.

Hemmed just at the knee, this Banana Republic skirt would wear sweet with bright ballet flats, or business with platformed sandals. I’d wear it with a brightly coloured tank or button-down and contrasting accessories.

Banana Republic colour-blocked skirt, $69, BananaRepublic.com

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Tuesday

28

August 2007

Mini Skirts

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It’s a fact: Post-August temperatures taper off and dip below leg-baring levels if you live anywhere that’s not sunny So-Cal, but that’s no excuse for not owning — and sporting — at least one mini skirt this season. How convenient for you that I should choose three favourites to feature. Pair with tights and sky-high platforms or well-heeled boots for the most long-legged effect.

1. Thakoon — A sweet and unique take on the mini, Thakoon’s feather-seamed skirt is cold-wind ready with a strong and thick jacquard print. Besides the fabulous feather-inspired pattern, this mini also boasts feather-shaped satin piping.

 

Thakoon Jacquard-print mini, $575, eLUXURY.com

2. Derek Lam — First, he’s a genius. Second, this skirt is so costume-y, and I LOVE IT. For real. Who ever knew that felt — not silk, not satin — could be so super glam, what with its fantastical tiers, banded waist, and tonal topstitching?

 

Derek Lam Flared Mini, $1250, eLUXURY.com

3. JCrew — Though I’ve never been a prep-school, Birkenstock-wearing kind of girl, lately JCrew has impressed me by branching out into more wearable — non-college — fashions. This cashmere-infused, patch-pocket mini sits low on the waist and has a slight A-line shape to hide any fuller-figure mishaps. And it’s affordable. Go figure.

 

JCrew Patch-Pocket mini, $88, JCrew.com

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Thursday

22

February 2007

Peter Som Pleated Skirt

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Peter Som mini

 

Besides the fact that it blossoms out like a beautiful spring flower, there are several reasons this sweet skirt by Peter Som caught my eye:

1. It boasts convenient, invisible pockets (even if they were all the rage two seasons past);

2. It boasts a steady, sturdy blend of cotton and spandex in a pinwale pique (for minimum fade and maximum style);

3. It boasts pretty, flattering pleats and a topstitched waistband (for that extra dainty detail).

 

 

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Tuesday

20

February 2007

Moschino Cheap & Chic Shift Dress

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Moschino Cheap & Chic dress

 

As someone who swears by the luxe quality of Moschino’s eyewear, I can’t help but feel that the quality carries over into the clothing. Sure Cheap & Chic is the name of the line, but don’t let the ‘cheap’ part fool you.

Franco Moschino’s vision stays alive with this boat neck shift dress (with convenient invisible pockets on either hip.) The dress is classic, the pattern is mod, for a mix that is true to you.

Pair with black tights and some skyscraper heels-platforms-wedges, and you’re set.

Buy it now at: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/20873

 

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Friday

5

January 2007

Dolce & Gabbana Denim Mini

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Spring has sprung in various places all over the world.

Some choose to blame it on global warming. Always the optimist, I choose to thank the Spring/Summer 07 collections for being so fab and full of pieces so versatile that I can always adjust to the — uneven — meteorological flow.

Take this D&G mini, for example. It’s so easy to wear with a pair of footless tights. And, if it gets really warm – dare to — bare your beautiful legs.

 

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