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This is Why I Don’t Wear Skinny Heels


By Elle

Photo below, taken in the parking lot near my office. Look at that poor heel, just laying there dead.

This is the danger of wearing skinny heels, I tell you! And one reason why I’m all for choosing chunky heels. Not only do chunky heels offer more surface-to-surface contact (and therefore more stability), but they also have a lower chance of busting off and leaving you hobbling away as if you had a severe case of leg length discrepancy.

Shoe heel

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Like This? Buy This: Fur Handbags


By Abby and Elle
Fur handbags, which are hot for fall/winter 2014, are a trend with staying power. But why mire yourself in controversy by sporting a handbag with real fur when you can snag a faux fur handbag that’s almost just as lovely for a relative pittance?

So here’s a sample of several handbags that are comparable in many ways. But if you choose the faux fur version, you’ll save a bundle of cash, which you can then spend on wine, shoes or an animal welfare charity. Your choice.

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How to Elegantly Wear a Scarf


By Abby and Elle

Scarves are trending for fall, but many of our friends tell us they’re unsure how to wear one. They’re afraid of looking awkward, or they fear getting the scarf caught on a doorknob and being pulled to the floor and choked to death. (Full disclosure: Scarves can be dangerous, and Isadora Duncan’s story is proof!)

But we’ve never had any kind of a scarf scare, so we highly recommend tying one on. Scarves are perfect for all kinds of weather, and this short video will show you how to wear one elegantly:

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Fashion 9-1-1 — White Wedding


Dear Abby and Elle: I have a country-chic wedding to go to, and I found what I consider the perfect dress but I’m not sure if I should wear it because it’s white. (Off-white, actually.) I’m going to this wedding as a “plus one;” I don’t know the bride or the groom, so I can’t simply call the bride to inquire. In my defense, the dress comes with a brown braided belt, and I was thinking of wearing a jean jacket with it. My question is: is it still considered bad taste to wear white to someone else’s wedding?  –Itchin’ to Wear White

Dear Itchin’:  What an excellent question this is, because fashion and etiquette rules evolve. What was once considered an absolute no-no years ago can be quite acceptable in 2014. Here’s what we can tell you…

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Get on Trend for Fall!


By Abby and Elle
Twitter is on target this fall, because birds are so in. We’re seeing them everywhere; it’s like they’re falling out of the sky.

(Total sidenote: Actually they are. If you haven’t heard, birds are igniting in air when they fly through the concentrated sun rays of a state-of-the-art solar thermal plant in California. Sorry, that’s horrible news, and this is a fun fashion blog.)

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You, Too, Can Wear a Monet


By Abby and Elle

This hand-painted silk scarf was a gift from a lovely woman Elle works with. The scarf is from In Stitches and was made by the women of Stitching Hope in Nicaragua. The scarf is fabulous because it:

  • looks like a Monet painting or a spring garden
  • is giant, which makes it versatile
  • doubles as a blanket when you’re in a meeting room that’s 55 degrees (Yeah, that happened this week. Every woman in the meeting was cocooning; thus, raising two questions: 1) Why are dudes never cold? and 2) Where’s a Snugli when you need one?)
  • helps support women in developing countries
  • was a fitting gift, which makes it extra special

Elle already had the perfect skirt (an ivory linen Orvis, $16) to go with the scarf, sourced from It’s So You boutique in Willoughby, but she had to hunt for a top, which she found in no time at the local Salvation Army (Ann Taylor petite, $3). She feels the same way about slips as she does hose, but this skirt needed one. Goodwill to the rescue! The Fidji shoes were inspired by her footwear haul in Germany. We won’t mention the cost, except to say THEY ARE TOTALLY WORTH IT AND SHE’D EVEN PAY DOUBLE. Yeah, they’re Dang Superb, they are, and if one can worship shoes, these are worth the glory.

So take a look at what Elle wore today and be sure to check out In Stitches!

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