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No Sweats Please - Dressing for Life


"What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language." —Miuccia Prada



It is surprising to observe women during the cocktail hour at swanky upscale restaurants arriving in sweatpants, work out jackets and tennis shoes or just sweatpants and flip-flops. Or to notice women out and about during the day in this casual attire at functions that have nothing to do with working out.   This is a trend that is on the rise and frankly does not flatter anyone (man or woman) no matter how thin and svelte the physic. In contrast, television, cinema and even the Housewives franchises denote women dressed up both for daily and evening affairs.  Furthermore, any woman in the public eye is always carefully attired, which in turn creates self confidence and adds to the mystic of being a savvy and professional woman.

Now, this fashionista loves work out attire (Nike, Zella, Lululemon) for running, tennis and for any athletic endeavor.   Afterwards, pants or dark hued jeans with a spring colored shirt, fun coat, shoes, scarves and colorful handbag is a must.   It is always exciting to dress up for the occasion whether meeting friends for lunch or happy hour, having "date night", attending plays, social functions or even getting your nails done. A Forever Chic Style fashion maven would rather wear an Audrey Hepburnesq, Sophia Vergara, Nicole Kidman fashion ensemble and be memorable.



Amal & George Clooney

"My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses." —Audrey Hepburn


 
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An Actual Conversation in Seattle, WA at a Restaurant

Cast of Characters

SEATTLE: Two women going to a play in Seattle met for happy hour.  Attire: spring jackets, black pants, brightly hued pumps and red lipstick.
NY & FL: Two women from New York and Florida sat next to them.
Famous Chef:   Visited table.

***In fact, everyone bent over backwards to make sure the Seattle ladies had a wonderful experience at the restaurant before the play. They were not in their 20's nor dressed provocatively and instead were attired in simple and classic clothing creating a wave of interest in the restaurant.

 The Conversation

NY & FL:        Are you two ladies from Seattle? You are both beautifully attired.
SEATTLE:      Yes, we are both from Seattle.
NY:                  WOW! I have never see anyone dressed up in Seattle during happy hour!
SEATTLE:      Well, we always dress up when we go out.  However, when we just walked in - I noticed a group of people at the bar looking fantastic and was surprised.
NY & FL:        Oh, they are all from out of state attending a convention next door.
SEATTLE:      Interesting.
NY & FL:        You ladies even have red lipstick on which is so not Seattle.
SEATTLE:      Thanks, this is just who we are and we like dressing up.  
Famous Chef:  Walks over to table.  Well, you two ladies look like spring has arrived.  You both are definitely trend setters.  Why women do not spend more time dressing up and be "oh so French" and trend setters is a fascinating question.
SEATTLE:        Thank you with big smiles.

Moral of the Story

Do you want to be noticed?  Do you care? Do you want extra perks?  Everyone makes a decision on a daily basis on how they will be perceived within in 30 seconds of meeting someone.  It is the beauty of life and of course a very personal choice.  Every Forever Chic Style maven knows that showing off the best self with apparel creates a sense of self-confidence no matter shape or size.

"Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends." —Kate Spade


Kate Spade - Spring 2015

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Powerful Women "Dress for Success"

 

"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants." - Karl Lagerfeld


If sweat pants and work out gear were acceptable at night for dinner or professional endeavors then the following women below in powerful positions would have donned athletic gear and presided over the events.  However, successful women know that dressing for success is a must in business, in daily life and definitely for prime time affairs.  In other words, these three women exude self confidence and know how to command a room verbally, physically and with intelligence and beauty.


I. First Lady Michelle Obama was stunning in a shimmering silver gown at the 89th annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The curled hair, dress and smile was electrifying and memorable.

First Lady Michelle Obama




II. Angelina Jolie, active humanitarian and special envoy for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, was dressed in a cream and gold skirt suit commanding the room with a powerful speech on Syrian refugee crisis Friday, April 24, 2015.


Dame Angelina Jolie, Actor, Director and Humanitarian








Diane Sawyer, ABC Correspondent


III. Diane Sawyer, ABC Correspondent, presiding over the ABC interview of Bruce Jenner on Friday, April 24, 2015, wore standard black pants, white blouse and appeared perfectly coiffed and poised for the heart wrenching interviewed that garnished 17M viewers.  Yes, she stated she hates to wear makeup but still she does to impress and complete the ensemble.



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Forever Chic Style - Two Options



Victoria Beckham



I.  Classic Suit Attire:  Simple to throw together, quick and appearing confident, formidable and ready for anything.  Look for a longer jacket, skirt and matching pants.  This St. John outfit is an example of timeless suiting.  The idea is to not always wear together but rather mix and match with color pieces, jeans etc.,  while adding in jewelry, scarves and other accessories. The Theory pants are essential in the wardrobe and can be easily combined with a colorful top, jacket, leather jacket, and cardigan.  Lastly, a pair of classic pumps can be worn with everything in a Forever Chic Style closet.  

The Suit -  Always Look for Longer Jacket


St. John Collection Bouclé Knit Jacket with Crepe Trim - ($1,295)

Must Have Pants - Theory



Theory 'Custom Max' Stretch Wool Pants ($295)

The One and Only Pump



Tirra Pointy Toe Pumps

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The Dark Denim


"I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity—all I hope for in my clothes." —Yves Saint Laurent




Gwen Stephanie




II.  Dark Denim Jeans:  Jeans, pumps, boots, scarves and sweaters all are perfect for daytime and even "date night".  Of course, colorful tops, handbags, lips and jewelry all add to the fanfare of dressing up for an evening affair.  In spring and summer try a pair of vivid hued jeans or classic white too!



Paige Denim 'Skyline' Skinny Jeans (Mona) $169.00

 

 Notice the Pumps...


'Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.' - Marilyn Monroe




Paige Denim 'Verdugo' Crop Skinny Jeans ($158)


The Pop of Color...




Longchamp 'Le Pliage Cuir' Leather Handbag ($555) Array of Sunshine Hues


Bling, Bling, Bling



kate spade new york small square stud earrings ($38 Now $28.50)





Take note and purchase a few core pieces that can be worn over and over again. Put away the athletic gear and embellish in a few timeless apparel choices.   Invest in a gorgeous Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress for a bit of nonchalant pizzazz, or add a scarf in vivid rainbow hues or a beautiful broach to a lapel.  In other words, spice up the outfit and enjoy the moment with wit, intelligence and new found confidence.  Notice the change in self image and observe the respect created from taking the time to show off the best you every day and at every event in your life.


Carpe Diem

Christy Turlington & Linda Evangelista


'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.' - Leonardo da Vinci


Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style


Lilly Pulitizer Options - Nordstrom & Lilly Pulitzer Online


"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." 

- Bill Gates

 
 
 
 

The Lilly Pulitzer for Target collaboration was obviously a profitable public relations stunt for both companies.  The line sold out unbelievably within hours or it seemed in just minutes at Target on the launch date April 19, 2015. Additionally, Target will not replenish stock for the fashionistas who waited eagerly in line at stores for a pretty Lilly creation. The Lilly Pulitzer for Target debacle both online (all sold out on the West Coast by 8:00 a.m.) flourished on social media yesterday and made news on The Today Show Monday morning. To further create dissent and injustice some shoppers loaded up carts only to place the items on EBay for sale (9400 items).  As a former career person at a major tech company who understands the "launch" process of a product, it would have been wise to perhaps select certain items that would have enough stock on hand for the buyers rather than leaving the customer frustrated and empty handed. In light of the shock and disappointment, it is my obligation as a fashion writer to point readers to other options.  Yes, the price point will be higher but perhaps one piece of Lilly will suffice instead of nothing at all.   And, yes, customers will remember. 






 
 

 

"Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you."  - Mark Cuban

 
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Lilly Pulitzer at Nordstrom

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"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." - Marilyn Monroe

 


 

The Juice Stand - Lilly Pulitzer

 

The Diva Dress

 
 
I.  Lilly Pulitzer Divine Dresses: Colorful, playful and fun.  Lilly Pulitzer brilliantly took one idea and launched beautiful Palm Beach apparel in 1959.  And, to think it all started by selling juice to customers at a juice stand - pure genius!
 
 
 
'Britton' Floral Print Cotton T-Shirt Dress - $88
 
'Charlene' Print A-Line Dress - $188
 
 
Print Pima Cotton Maxi Dress - $178
 
 
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The Stylish Tote

"Being happy never goes out of style"  - Lilly Pulitzer

 
 
 
II.  The Handsome Handbag:  A tote is fitting for travel or daily adventures.

 
 
 
'Resort' Tote - $148
 
 
'Cabana' Tote - $178
 
 
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Everything Else!







"A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so."  ~ Mahatma Gandhi


 

Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style

 
 
 

Lilly Pulitzer Calling - Lilly Pulitzer for Target


Summer Happiness - Lilly Pulitzer for Target  


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In-store and Online

Sunday, April 19, 2015



Lilly Pulitzer & Target, New York City,  April 16, 2015 - Kate Bosworth, Bella Thorne, Ellie Kemper

"Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink" - Lilly Pulitzer

 
 
Embrace visions of yellow sunshine, blue skies, shimmering swimming pools, fragrant flowers, and frothy cocktails with a special collaboration between Lilly Pulitzer and Target in-stores and online on April 19, 2015.    The time has arrived  to infuse a rainbow of color into a Forever Chic Style  wardrobe after months of donning boots, jeans and shades of black, grey and brown.  The very thought of vibrate hues and dancing designs evokes happy thoughts and smiles. What a better way than to celebrate the birth of spring and summer 2015 than with Lilly Pulitzer for Target.


About Lilly Pulitzer - American Resort Wear





Classic dresses are at the core of this iconic brand founded in 1959. Lilly (McKim) Pulitzer - a renowned Palm Beach hostess and socialite,whose husband owned several citrus groves, cleverly pioneered the Pulitzer brand by selling orange juice.  Lilly, a fashionista, sold orange juice at a posh stand off of Worth Avenue.  She designed kicky printed shift dresses to wear while working at the stand because the patterns camouflaged the juice spills beautifully.  Catching the eye of more than one beauty including Jackie Kennedy, Lilly started selling her dresses at her juice stand, and American resort wear was born!



Jackie Kennedy


Lilly Pulitzer for Target - April 19, 2015

"Life is a party.  Dress like it."  - Lilly Pulitzer

 


Capturing the American resort brand's playful and colorful prints, the limited-edition collection features 15 exclusive and original prints.  The designs are original works of art, created by Lilly Pulitzer artists specifically for this modern collaboration.  The 250 resort-inspired pieces include classic Pulitzer dresses, shoes, accessories, swimsuits, home goods and cosmetic. The price point is between $2- $250 for both women and girls to be exclusively available at all Target stores in the U.S. and Canada and Target.com beginning April 19.


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Top Five Lilly Pulitzer Must Have's


The Iconic Palm Beach Dress

"Live every day like it's Happy Hour!" - Lilly Pulitzer

 

Lilly Pulitzer & Target, New York City,  April 16, 2015 - Bella Thorne, Emma Rossum, Kate Bosworth, Ellie Kemper
 
 
I.   Lilly Classic Sheath:  Slip on whimsical and brightly spirited sheath dresses for day and night.   The glorious hues will send rays of happiness for any occasion.















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The Palm Beach Swimsuits

"Being happy never goes out of style." - Lilly Pulitzer

 




II.  Sassy Swimsuits:  Snap up several swimsuits from a vast selection of traffic-stopping styles meant to flatter a woman's silhouette.













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The Essential Pieces

"It's always summer somewhere."  - Lilly Pulitzer






III.  Shorts, Pants and Tops: Brightly colored pants, shorts and tops add a festive affair to any hour of a summer day or night.
















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The Finishing Sunshine Touch

"I didn't set out to be unusual or different. I just wanted to do things my way." - Lilly Pulitzer





IV.  Scarves, Sandals, Lips and Nails:  Everything a Forever Chic Style maven needs to complete a spring and summer color infused ensemble.  An assortment of exclusive L'Oreal lipsticks and Essie nail polishes, just of this collaboration, will complete the look.
















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Glamorize the Home with a Summer Kick

"Everyday is an adventure so enjoy the journey." - Lilly Pulitzer



V.   The Palm Beach Home Front: Jazz up a home with swizzle sticks in silver and gold, tinted glass champagne coupes and striking Collins glasses.  Add in beach towels, pillows, plates and let the party begin!


















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Lilly Pulitzer for Target - April 19, 2015


Mark your Calendar, Make your List and Happy Summer Shopping!






Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick