In this month’s issue of InStyle Magazine stylist to the stars, Nicole Chavez gives some really helpful fashion advice in her article entitled, “10 Things Every Women Must Own.”
#1 Black Blazer: Chavez says, “A tailored blazer is classic, feminine and looks great on all body types. Pair it with anything: jeans, little dresses, trousers, skirts.” Choose a blazer that’s tailored and accentuates your waist. The shoulder seam should hit you where your shoulder begins to curve. The sleeves should not be too roomy too short or too long. The most flattering blazers generally end at the hip and have one or two button construction. Some of SYMS black blazers include a single breasted one button notch collar blazer by Anne Klein — retail price $360.00, SYMS price $99.00; and a single breasted 2 button notch collar blazer by Calvin Klein — retail price $99.98, SYMS price $59.00.
#2 Leopard Print Scarf: Chavez says, “Even if you’re wearing a basic T-shirt and jeans, use accessories like a printed scarf as the ‘bright’ piece to complete your look.” Although leopard scarves are considered trend, they have been in fashion for some time. They are a good investment and an essential for all fashionistas. Some of SYMS leopard print scarves include a silk blend scarf with gold rose print embellishment by Oscar De La Renta — retail price $28.00, SYMS price $14.99; and a large polyester scarf with leopard print in black, brown, blue, or pink — retail price $18.00, SYMS price $7.99.
#3 Red Flats: Chavez says “Black is the obvious choice, but red flats provide a pop of color and work for every season.” Ballerina flats have been trendy for a few years now, but this season red flats are all the rage. Whether you are looking for peep toe or covered toe, suede, leather or patent leather red flats, you are sure to find a pair that is perfect for you. SYMS has peep toe red patent leather flats by Nickel Soft — retail price $29.99, SYMS redline price $25.00.
#4 Striped Shirt: Chavez says, “This timeless classic is having a comeback. It looks great paired with brights or prints or peeking out from underneath a blazer.” The striped shirt is a fun, simple, dynamic and a chic way to add style to any wardrobe. Keep accessories to a minimum. Gladiator sandals and a bright cardigan are perfect accoutrements to finish this easy dressing outfit. Some of SYMS striped shirts include a bracelet sleeve shirt with bold navy blue and white stripes by Michael Kors — retail price $99.99, SYMS price $39.00; a black and white stripped wrap shirt by Jones New York — retail price $59.00, SYMS price $29.99; or a white T-shirt with gold sequin stripes by Ellen Tracy — retail price $49.00, SYMS price $24.99.
#5 Statement Necklace: Chavez says, “I believe in having basics in your closet and playing with your accessories. The statement necklace can make a simple outfit look strong and feminine.” This accessory goes easily with jeans and a tank by day and a sexy little cocktail number by night. However, because the necklace makes the statement, the rest of the ensemble should provide a simple, chic backdrop. Some of SYMS statement necklaces include a gold tone long necklaces made of beads in different sizes and shapes with matching earrings by Erwin Pearl — retail price $25.00, SYMS price $12.99; or a long necklace in silver tone with different color beads by Carol for Eva Graham — retail price $18.00, SYMS price $9.99.
#6 Little Black Dress (LBD): Chavez says, “Every woman knows she should have a little black dress, but it’s important to invest in one that’s special. Look for a dress with a detail—an interesting sleeve, an embellished belt—that makes it unique. And remember that finding the right fit is important!” The LBD has been and will always be in fashion because you can use it to create a multitude of looks, such as sensual, sophisticated, modern, mysterious, elegant, sleek, vibrant, etc., with one piece. For example, a simple black cocktail dress could be made into an evening dress with diamond accessories and stilettos; or, when combined with a black suit jacket, demure accessories and simple pumps, the same dress could be worn to a daytime business meeting. Some of SYMS LBDs include a cowl neck knee length belted dress with ¾ sleeves — retail price $90.00, SYMS price $49.99; or a v-neck empire waist textured print dress with gold tone buttons on the pockets — retail price $179.00, SYMS price $69.00.
#7 Black Opaque Tights: Chavez says, “A great pair of tights can make your legs look slimmer and help you get away with wearing a dress that’s a little too short.” Tights are also a great and inexpensive accessory bring your warmer season dresses into the colder seasons. They are so versatile and they work with tons of different looks! Some of SYMS black opaque tights include a textured stripe tights by Kensie — SYMS price $4.99; or 2 pairs of light control tights by Hot Sox — SYMS price $14.99.
#8 Oversize Watch: Chavez says, “A watch is as much an accessory as it is a timepiece. A gold watch is a great way to dress an outfit up—try leaving it loose so it looks like a bracelet.” This season big, oversized women’s boyfriend watches are influenced by menswear. With bracelet sleeves all the rage this season, there is no better way to set off the graceful curve of your wrist than with an oversized boyfriend watch. Right now SYMS has a variety of watches by Armitron for $19.99.
#9 Classic Trench: Chavez says, “Think of this as an investment piece—you’ll wear it forever, even if you fluctuate in size. Look for a classic A-line silhouette that will cinch you in at the waist and wear it over everything from suits to jeans.” This season modern trenches have a hemline that finishes just above the knee and they come in dramatic hues or bold patterns and prints. Also, the trench’s modern makeover includes fancy styling, with fuller skirts, draping, ruching and ruffles. Some of SYMS trenches include single breasted hip length water repellent back trench by Gallery — retail price $70.00, SYMS price $39.99; or a double breasted hip length fuchsia trench by Calvin Klein — retail price $149.00, SYMS price $59.00.
#10 Flared Jeans: Chavez says, “This is a flattering shape for most body types. Pair them with platforms or wedges to get extra height while keeping the look casual and comfortable.” Flare jeans are basically modern bell-bottoms that are fitted through the waist and thighs and flare out at the knee. They have become a new classic in the fashion world. They are perfect for everyday wear and can be paired with nearly any kind of garments. Some of SYMS flare jeans include dark wash jeans by Juicy — retail price $228.99, SYMS price $89.00; a medium wash jeans by Seven — retail price $59.00, SYMS redline price $25.00.