Fall’s New Feminine Touch

Lately I have been cruising all of my favorite chain stores to get my own personal view of the hot Fall items. Every store I went in seemed to be stocked with luxurious lady like feminine pieces. All I kept seeing is my favorite detail on clothing and that is RUFFLES. I have atleast 10 tops that have a ruffled collar. Ruffles are everywhere. They’re even on bags and shoes. I love ruffles because I think that add character to an otherwise plain top or dress. Ruffles are like an accessory on your clothes. A ruffled collard shirt dresses up a plain face or dull hairstyle, it’s as if you don’t need any jewelry.

Ruffles can be over done and ruffles that are too big can over power an outfit. So, you want to keep size and quantity to a minimum. This is a really great trend that comes around every season.

Dresses

Aqua dress, $168, sizes0-12, Missphit dress, sizes 1X-3X

Jackets


Ralph Lauren Coat, $199, sizes 1X-3X, Jcrew jacket, $198, sizes 0-14
If you are afraid of ruffles then go for the new ruffled accessories.
Accessories


Jessica Simpson bag, $95, Nina shoes, $89, Sizes 5.5-11

If you are looking to give the illusion of a fuller bust then a ruffled collared shirt will do the trick. Ruffles on a larger chest makes the girls look juicy and full.
Banana Republic blouse, $70, sizes XS-XL, Ann Taylor Loft blouse, $44.50, sizes XS-XXL
DESIGNER HIGHLIGHT
DKNYC does Plus. Donna Karen is my favorite designer hands down. I think she really knows how to dress a woman’s body. Ever since I saw the ad where a woman was sworn in for president, I was hooked. Last year she launched a new line called DKNYC with affordable prices as well as an edgier look. Check out these cute pieces from the line that can be purchased at Bloomingdales.com.

FASHION & RETAIL NEWS

The prince of Rap music, Jay-Z is giving back. According to People.com Jay-Z will sell a new Rocawear T-shirt with a picture of tennis legend Arthur Ashe. The limited edition T-shirt will be sold at the 2009 US Open. Proceeds from the T-shirt will benefit the Arthur Ashe endowment for the defeat of Aids.
If you will not be one of the luck people going to the US Open, you can purchase the T-shirt at USOpen.org for $36
You go Jay. That’s a good look!
Retail Sales
According to the Wall Street Journal online:
Retailers reported another month of weak same-store sales in August, but results at
Target Corp., Kohl’s Corp. and Gap Inc. topped analysts’ expectations. Industry wide, same-store sales fell for a 12th straight month — highlighting the woes retailers have been under as consumer spending continues to decline. But with leaner inventories, companies are hoping to avoid the markdowns of last year’s holiday season as sales then were even weaker than expected.
Go to
http://online.wsj.com for more on the story.
MAKEUP SPOTLIGHT
Yesterday I was searching for some affordable lip gloss that could serve as a moisturizer with a tint. I went into my local Rite Aid and discovered Cover Girl Wetslicks Amazemint. Normally I am skeptical about drugstore lip gloss because I never know which shade to get. Being that I am dark skinned there are only a few shades that flatter my complexion, so, I always go for dark purples or browns. Well, I think I found the best drugstore lip gloss ever. I bought the Cover Girl Wetslicks in Unwined and I tell you, my lips never felt smoother. It has a hint of mint that tingles when you put it on and the purple tint was perfect. The bonus was that it was only $6, WHAT!

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3 thoughts on “Fall’s New Feminine Touch

  1. This is GOOD stuff!! I love the high end fashion, but just out of curiosity; In response to your wsj info about the retailers that topped the analysts expectations, I’m wondering if you recommend any particular items or can you comment on what’s new in fashion from any of those stores.

  2. The Gap has been pushing the relaunch of their 1969 jeans. They are boasting more stretch, darker washes, and a variety of cuts for all shapes. Target is still adding new designers to their clothing section. This month they featured designer Anna Sui as part of their back to school line for girls that featured inspirational styles from the hit show Gossip Girl.

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