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UPDATED - New - Forever Chic Style - 'Must Haves'
- July 18, 2014
The coveted and highly anticipated Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here - July 18th - Prices go up on August 4th. The mad dash to the finish for select items is furiously underway. The selection is overwhelming yet the usual fanfare apparel, accessories and home items are in abundance and eagerly being snapped up by shopping fashionistas. As always some items are in short supply. Strap on favorite shoes and hop on over to the sale.
Forever Chic Style MantraShare apparel that I own and adore with readers. Help fashionistas select well made pieces that will last several years and not just for a season! Quality of quantity reigns supreme! Happy Shopping!
Fall 2014 Trends
The summer weather is sizzling hot and the Nordstrom deals are even hotter.
Fall 2014 is saturated with a variety of trends ranging from the swinging sixties, all over knits, coats and more coats, tailored suiting, feathers and fur, gold dust everywhere, ponchos, capes, sportswear - meaning tennis shoes with dresses, aspen winter gear, graphics and last but not least - leopard prints for a feminine roar. Additionally, high waist jeans are in. Just what is a Forever Chic Style "must-have"? Pray tell before one enters the den of crazy and aggressive shopping fanatics!
The Top 10 + from Nordstrom Anniversary
The Suit of All Suits
|Angelina Jolie - The Suited Lady|
I. The Tailored Suit - Jolie Effect: A woman without an exquisitely tailored suit is missing out on making a grand entrance. Yes, the new world order claims that suits are not important, yet observe any successful person in any venue and notice the tailored suit is always present. Try and purchase the jacket, pant and skirt together in one swoop. Separate pieces like Angelina Jolie and have a slew of fashion opportunities. Theory is the brand which offers women a wonderfully constructed suit in the finest materials. Wear separately or together and command the room. Combine with pointed toe pumps and silk top for a show stopping performance.
|Theory - 'Gabe B.' Stretch Wool Blazer - Black & Gray - $263.90 - After Sale $395|
|Theory - 'Ines' Crop Stretch Wool Trousers - $169.90 - After Sale - $255|
|Theory - 'Emery 2' Stretch Pants - $183.90 - After Sale - $275|
|Theory - 'Joanie' Stretch Wool Pencil Skirt - $126.90 - After Sale - $190|
The Cozy Coat
II. The Warm Winter Coats: Coats are at the forefront in Fall 2014. The selection of understated and elegant coats during the sale is pleasingly exhilarating.
- The Ultimate Body Warmer: Burberry London Wool & Cashmere Coat - Can't go wrong with a Burberry coat - simply timeless.
|Burberry London - Wool & Cashmere Coat - $599.00 - After Sale - $895|
- The Combo Material Concoction: Mackage 'Henry' Sleeve Asymmetrical Long Coat - Love my Mackage coat!
|Mackage - 'Henry' Leather Sleeve Asymmetrical Long Coat - $449.90 - After Sale - $690|
- The Cozy Cape: Helene Berman Wool Blend Cape
|Helene Berman - Wool Blend Cape - $198.90 - After Sale - $298|
- Warm & Casual Chic - Burberry Brit: Extra warmth during the winter months! Great quality and will be worn for years to come.
|Burberry Brit - 'Starkford' Belted Quilted Jacket $495 - After Sale - $695|
Chunky Sweater Craze
III. The Woolly Mammoth - Be swaddled in luxurious cashmere or wool for the cold, snow, wind, rain infused winter days and nights. Even though head to toe knits are in vogue - opt for a scrumptious topping with jeans or Theory pants.
|Theory 'Innis' Wool Sweater - $263.90 - After Sale - $395|
|Equipment - 'Sloane' Crewneck Cashmere Sweater - $178.90 - After Sale - $268|
|Trina Turk - 'Haya' Merino Wool Sweater - $218.90 - After Sale - $328|
The Boot Collection
IV. Boots are Made for Walking: Boots are everywhere this season from riding boots to the pointed toe sisters. Invest wisely and wear the dancing boots from season to season with good leather care maintenance.
|Enzo Angiolini - Eero' Leather Boot (Wide Calf) (Online Only) (Women) - $134.90 - After Sale - $199.95|
|Ivanka Trump - 'Anaba' Pointy Toe Over the Knee Boot (Online Only) (Women) - $129.90 - After Sale - $199.95|
The Fancy Underpinnings
|Dita Von Teese|
V. Essentials that Count: Hanky Panky is the thong to have on hand. Match with a bra and know one is always looking good from head to toe.
- Rule #1: Panty lines are unacceptable.
|Hanky Panky - Regular Rise Lace Thong (4 for $52)|
Check out mid-rise and high-waist options on sale too!
- Rule #2: Visit Nordstrom and be fitted properly prior to purchasing a bra. Even I found out I was wearing the wrong size.
|Natori - 'Feathers' Underwire Bra - $44.90 - After Sale - $68|
|Calvin Klein - 'Seductive Comfort - Customized Lift' Underwire Bra - $28.90 - After Sale - $44|
- Rule #3: Purchase "The Best" PJ's ever by PJ Salvage. Soft, comfortable and pretty. Most are ugly but these standout!
|'Modal Essentials' Lace Trim Camisole Pajamas (Nordstrom Exclusive) $58 - After Sale - $88|
Rule #3: Load up on Spanx, nylons and socks during the sale.
VI. The Timeless Tell Time Watch: Yes, the IPhone and smartphones tell the time. However, a stylish watch stands out in a crowd. After all, always glancing at the cell is not refined when out with friends, dinner etc. A slight flip of the wrist and the time is neatly flashed in secret. One is either "in" or "out" when it comes to manners and etiquette. Snap up a Michael Kors watch and notice the world at large rather than refer to the social media machine, which often interrupts conversation and living in the present. Add a few wrist bangles for additional bling.
|Michael Kors 'Baisley' Crystal Bezel Chronograph Bracelet Watch, 41mm (Nordstrom Exclusive)|
|Kate Hudson - Le Divorce (2003) Kelly Bag|
VII. The Perfect Handbag & The British Pound: Choose a handbag with clean lines and with simplicity in detail. Additionally, a beautiful wallet is a necessity for a fashionista on the go. The wallets by Ted Baker are sublime and very feminine.
|Rebecca Minkoff ''Medium M.A.B.' Studded Tote - $196.90 - After Sale - $295|
Personal Favorite - Have several Longchamp handbags! Best ever.....just saying...
|Longchamp - 'Veau Foulonne' Leather Shoulder Bag (Nordstrom Exclusive) $224.90 - After Sale - $340|
|Nordstrom - 'branton square - mills' satchel (Nordstrom Exclusive) $299.90 - After Sale - $448.00|
|Ted Baker - 'Crystal Bow' Matinee Wallet - $86.90 - After Sale - $130|
|Nordstrom - 'Animalia Ripple' Wool Scarf - $38.90 - After Sale - $59|
|Michael Kors - 'Original' Logo Stud Leather Belt - $44.90 - After Sale - $68|
|Alexis Bittar - 'Lucite®' Bangle (Nordstrom Exclusive) - $82.90 - After Sale - $125|
|Nadri - Small Pavé Hoop Earrings (Nordstrom Exclusive) $29.90 - After Sale - $45|
IX. Lions, Tigers and Leopard - Oh My!: Leopard prints remain spot on for Fall 2014. Anything leopard is a meow occasion. Do not wear leopard head to toe. Instead, choose one item and pair with black pumps, sweaters or anything in a complementary hue.
|Halogen - Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair & Leather Pencil Skirt (Regular & Petite)|
|Ivanka Trump - 'Nyle' Pump (Women) - $89.90 - After Sale - $134.90|
|kate spade new york - 'inga' cat eye sunglasses - $89.90 - After Sale - $145|
X. The Ultimate Wrap Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg's icon jersey wrap-dress was created in 1974. This classic dress remains in vogue and is flattering on every woman.
|Diane Von Furstenberg - 'New Jeanne 2' Print Silk Wrap Dress - $243.90 - After Sale - $365|
The Keaton Effect
XI. One Name - Majestic: The Majestic French brand is the softest fitted layering pieces on the market. A perennial favorite with a fitted shape is cut from a supersoft stretch knit. The fit is superb and long sleeve crew neck top and turtlenecks last year after year. Perfect for under a jacket, with a suit or under a sweater. A bit expensive yet worth every penny versus cheaper brands that pill after many washings. Majestic will last several years. Order up during the sale.
|Majestic - Long Sleeve Crewneck Top - $79.00 - After Sale - $135|
|Majestic - Turtleneck - $79.00 - After Sale - $135|
The Magical Jeans
XI. Jeans, Jeans, and More Jeans: Jeans are imperative for football games, everyday wear and outings. Jeans can be dressed up or worn casually. The Fall 2014 jean are the popular high waist "skinny jeans" that can be worn now with sandals or in the fall with a pair of sassy new boots. Select dark blue denim. Here are a few favorites:
- J Brand - Can't go wrong with J Brand jeans. Why even my husband gave me a shout out to replace my bootleg jeans with the new skinny style. I am hooked on J Brand. If you are daring branch out and by the colorful hues - not on sale - so much fun!
|J Brand 'Maria' High Rise Skinny Jeans (Supreme) (Nordstrom Exclusive) $118.90 - After Sale - $178|
- The J Brand wine color is in for fall. Additionally, the material is the same as the summer colors. Soft, gorgeous and oh - so comfortable.
|J Brand '485' Skinny Jeans (Dark Plum) $118.90 - After Sale - $178|
Can't Go Wrong White Blouse
|Celebrities Rocking The White Shirt!|
XII. The White Shirt: A crisp white blouse in a wardrobe is imperative. Can be worn all year round under jackets or alone with jeans, shorts, skirts and the list goes on. Add jewelry for sparkle and glimmer!
|Lafeyette 148 New York - 'Leora - Excursion Stretch' Blouse - $165.90 - After Sale - $248|
|Nordstrom Collection - Abella' High/Low Shirttail Hem Poplin Blouse $98.90 - After Sale - $148|
|Celebrities in Workout Gear|
XIII. The Athletic Diva: Keep in shape with workout apparel. Looking good in the gym and around town.
|Zella - 'Essential' Jacket - $58.80 - After Sale - $88|
|Nike - 'Legend 2.0' Capris - $39.90 - $60|
|ASICS 'GEL-Kayano® 20' Running Shoe (Women) - $119.95 - After Sale - $159.95|
The Home - Downton Abbey - That is!
XIIII. The Home Front: Antica Farmacista home diffusers add subtle fragrance to any room. The whiff of beauty is so refreshing when entering the home. Lots of scents to chose from and the sizes too.
The Ladies from Seattle: Information on Antica Farmacista from website: http://www.anticafarmacista.com/fragrances
Antica Farmacista was established in 2003, as the first company to introduce the home ambiance reed diffuser in the U.S. Owners Shelley Callaghan and Susanne Pruitt have since grown the brand into a luxury fragrance collection, targeting high end retail and hotel markets domestically and internationally. Antica was built on the founders’ philosophy of “whether for the home or body, each and every one of us should have a signature scent that tells our own personal story”. Through the brand’s unique scent formulations and luxurious products, there is a fragrance fit for each personality.
|Antica Famacista -'Lavender & Lime Blossom' Home Ambiance Perfume|
8.5 Ounces - $44.22 - After Sale - $66
16.9 Ounces - $62.98 - After Sale - $94
- Beauty department has lots of gift boxes on sale.
- J Brand high waist jeans - Maria are on sale.
- Active wear selection
- Tennis shoes
Words of Advice - Keep Fashion Simple - Think
Audrey Hepburn focused on the classics such as turtlenecks, simple tee shirts, clean lined coats, black pants, head turning suits, cashmere sweaters and classic pieces. Trends are wasteful. Focus on buying high quality items that will last versus a funky concoction that is here today and gone tomorrow.
|Audrey Hepburn: British Actress, Humanitarian and Style Maven (1929 -1993)|