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Style - Big Apple Style

Style

Warm Fuzzy Wuzzies

(How and when to wear the Uggs and Emus)

[caption id="attachment_54" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Neutral toned Uggs look great and keep you warm on cold winter days!"]Neutral toned Uggs look great and keep you warm on cold winter days![/caption] Remember those not so slim or sleek suede boots with the sheep lining from last year? Remember how they were so warm and comfy that you had to wear them everywhere you went? Well after all the fashion snafus that were caught on camera and in person, Big Apple Style feels that it's time to give a little guidance to the warm fuzzies that have resurfaced for fall/winter '04. First of all, regardless of whether you buy the real deal from down under, or a great knock off, do make sure that the sheep skin truly is soft and fuzzy. Not only will it be visually obvious that you've bought a cheap knock off, but if you have sensitive skin, the knock off may actually be an irritant...especially when your feet start sweating. Try to find a boot that has fur with a fluffy look and texture. If it already looks matted down and you haven't even left the store, chances are that the shoes will look terrible before the middle of the season. If you haven't already invest in a pair of Emus or Uggs, start with a sand, neutral, brown or black color before you explore the fuzzy color spectrum. These colors will be able to transcend from play to work (depending on your career and office atmosphere) without you having to match up the perfect outfit. We suggest that you splurge for the staple color so that your boots will survive more than one season. If you want to branch out into pinks, blues or other colors, opt for the less expensive brands found in median priced retail stores. This way, when your tastes change, you won't kick yourself for paying close to $200 or more for shoes you don't want anymore. Since these shoes come in a variety of heights and styles, let's look at the most obvious fashion hazards. To be honest, these suede shoes aren't really attractive! They're just so comfortable that any hater is instantly converted to a believer as soon as they put them on. So, having said that, please avoid the overly furry shoes with fur crawling out and overtaking the entire shoe. Most likely, you don't live in Alaska, and since you're not Chewbacca from Star Wars, you look ridiculous. Nothing goes with shoes in this style, so save yourself the angst and leave them for runways. Uggs and Emus can definitely be worn with skirts. We suggest shorter skirts regardless of the length of the boot. Like we've said many times before, the boot is very thick, therefore, longer hemlines can create a dowdy or "weighed down" effect. Keep your hemline at least two inches above your knee, and you should be fine. We like the tucked in look, and by all means go for it...if you bought a boot tall enough to accommodate this. DO NOT try to tuck pants into a low calf level Uggs. Besides the fact that the pant will continuously fall out, it's just not attractive. Also, don't get suede obsessed and wear an entire matching outfit of suede from head to toe. Not only is it scary, but it's also entirely over done and unnecessary. Regardless of whether you buy neutral or brightly colored suede boots, do make sure that you invest in a water repellant spray such as those offered by 3M Scotch Guard or Totes. We don't really recommend wearing your fuzzy boots in bad weather, but if you insist, at least keep them protected. Also, make sure that you get them cleaned on a regular basis. There are plenty of at home cleaning kits or you could have them sent out to be professionally cleaned. Whatever you choose to do, please make sure that your shoes are always clean. It is definitely a no-no to stroll around the city in shoes that have seen better days. The suede fuzzy Uggs or Emu boots are the definite must have of the season. So what are you waiting for, go out and dust off your fuzzy wuzzies or get a pair today!

Ladies & Vintage Winter ‘08

[caption id="attachment_52" align="alignright" width="153" caption="Structured menswear inspired suit paired with a floaty silk blouse to emphasize the outfit's flirty aspect."]Structured menswear inspired suit paired with a floaty silk blouse to emphasize the outfit's flirty aspect.[/caption] If any of us have passed by a store window or browsed through the cute shops, whether conglomerate chains or boutiques, one thing has remained constant, vintage is in and it brings with it a new cousin. Apparently, vintage is now synonymous with layering and no lady who considers herself to be a fashionista would dare wear a vintage item without properly accessorizing it. We see these images constantly imparted on us through magazines and clever ads, but the question is...how are we to accessorize and layer properly without appearing to be a trend gone wrong? Well this is a good question, and it leaves the Big Apple Style consultants a little leery of this new and slightly daunting trend. To begin, always follow your gut instinct! If you feel that your senses have been overloaded, then the concept may not be right for you.  Some stores that cater to a truly "trend obsessed" (read 18-24) market have taken the vintage concept and gone overboard. They offer core pieces that work for any body type, but then they layer it with four or five tops, all in potentially garish colors when combined, causing none of them to match. The outcome: even the mannequins look like bulky '80s throwbacks in clothing two sizes too big to accommodate for the excessive layering. In a word, this version of vintage equals no. After quite a bit of surveying, our editors and style consultants agreed that everyone's view of vintage may be different. As a result, don't feel confined by the ideal of vintage that the magazines are currently depicting. We came to the consensus that "vintage" is highlighted by a return to the fashions ranging through the 1940s to the 1980s eras. *Masculine suiting material may be paired with soft feminine and flirty fabrics such as silk, but in moderation. *Instead of piling on the jewelry, a simple sixty inch strand of pearls, triple looped, can be all the vintage that a regular corporate tweed suit might need. *Our theory is that, if the clothing isn't particularly vintage, then add two more accessories than normal to highlight the "vintage" feel. (i.e. marquisite small drop earrings and a marquisite ring) *If your entire outfit seems inspired by a specific era, then minimize your accessories to simple and tasteful pieces that allow the outfit to become the focus rather than creating a competition between clothing and accessories for visual dominance.