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The Chic Shop
Issue No. 74
by shop girl
January 18, 2008

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2008: What's Hot - What's Not

Well, you survived another December. Too much to eat, too much to drink, too much money spent, too many obligations. (But you looked fabulous all over town, right?) Now five pounds heavier and a few (hundred) dollars poorer, you’re feeling pretty flattened. (You know, you wake up January 1 and you can hardly believe you told THAT joke the night before.)

Fear not, fellow fashionisti. The New Year gives us all a golden opportunity: make a fresh start. Erase all the missed cues, missteps, and misunderstandings from the year before, do your research, and reinvent yourself. And what better way to advertise this new-and-improved version of your fabulous self than by refining and reinterpreting your wardrobe? Take the great basics you already own (you HAVE been paying attention, haven’t you?), those fine high-quality classic outfit starters, and add a few key pieces from the exciting new trends for 2008 to really jazz up your look. Pretty soon, you won’t even remember that embarrassing joke. And neither will anyone else. Notepads ready? Ahem:

HOT: Bright colors. Yes, we were there this fall, but there’s no way you can get away with the electric palette in the winter that will fly in the summer. Think of hot raspberry, lemon yellow, grass green, and Caribbean blue …(Oh, now this snow is really getting me down.) Pick up a bright blouse, a dynamite pair of Bermuda shorts, or an electric ballet flat. Don’t be afraid to wear different colors, either: green shoes with a yellow sweater, or pink blouse under an orange jacket. Mix your brights with white, dove grey, cream and khaki for 2008.

NOT: Pack away the bright red and deep purple for now, as well as charcoal, chocolatSteveMadden.com, Shop Now.e, and dark darks. Work the ones you have until the thaw, but skip them for spring. Exception: navy blue. Good for now, and experiencing a renaissance for later.

HOT: Sleek silhouettes. Think early nineties, but eased with a New-Look-esque femininity. Exemplary designers are Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and Donna Karan: pared-down pieces with razor-sharp cuts but elegant fabrics. Add a jacket with a jewel neck, cinched waist and interesting seams to your standby pencil skirt for a crisp approach to workwear. Hang onto the shift dress in modish colorblocks (especially if they’re pale colors) and when the weather permits, lose the boots and tights for chunky-heeled sandals. (And man, am I mad I pitched those black thick-strap, tapered wedge sandals I had in ’96.)

NOT: Last summer’s floaty floral skirts and hyper-feminine ruffles. Ruffles are still a great detail, but they’re more dramatic and edgy than in past seasons. Choose a swing jacket with a gathered ¾-length sleeve, or a delicate detail down the front of a blouse, but think sleek, not Elizabethan.

HOT: Patterns are following this graphic trend as well. Choose from a variety of mod geometrics, animal stripes and spots, or ethnic prints like ikat or bohemian batiks to add visual zing to your ensembles this year. And it’s a pretty safe bet that black-and-white combos will always be in. For footwear, two-tone shoes are all the rage, as are bold, electric colors.

NOT: Soft, watercolor Victorian florals and mini Liberty prints for day; if you’re dressing up for an event, there are sensational girly dresses all over. But for daywear, eighty-six those Laura Ashley throwbacks from last summer. Think BOLD.

HOT: Preppy with a nautical twist. In my opinion, the color combo for the kate spade crowd this year will be Kelly green and navy blue. Read the latest Polo look book for a refresher course, or anything in the Ralph Lauren lines. Hop on those seersucker stripes, too, in a wide leg trouser or a straight skirt, when the weather warms. And speaking of nautical, check out the selection of premium sailcloth duffel, tote and accessory bags at True Wind. From weekend duffles to classic totes, they are fantastic!

NOT: Varsity prep. Which is not to say that it’s out, per se, because it never reeeeally will be, but it’s not the freshest look on the quad this year. Pack away your librarian cardigans until the next revival.

HOT: The waist. Emphasize it in a trim shirtdress, or skim it with a sleek tunic, but make sure it’s highlighted, especially if you have a true hourglass shape. Stock up on belts, if you haven’t already, and cinch away.

NOT: The belly button. Wouldja put away the hip-huggers and midriff shirts, Britney? Muffin top is so over.

HOWEVER: A low-or mid-rise jean will certainly flatter those of us with a high waist or a few curves; just keep the skin under cover, please. There are soooo many adorable solutions darlings!

HOT: Wide legs. Jeans, khakis, dress pants – they’re all wider. Great news for those with fuller hips and thighs! Add a few inches to your height (and visually redistribute those holiday pounds) by wearing platforms or heels under yours.

NOT: While they’re still seen all over major metropolises, the word from the designers-that-be is that the super-skinny jean is over. The good news is that, thanks to Audrey Hepburn, the cropped slim trouser is and will be a sleek and stylish look for the ages. Work the skinnies-tucked-in-boots look through the early part of the year, then stash your supplies for the release party of the next version of Sabrina.

So that ought to give you something to look forward to. We’ll have to talk more about this as the year progresses, but for now, hit those January sales! Use your revamped outer package to highlight the improvements you’re making inside, and shine like the sun in 2008.

Happy New Year,

Shop Girl

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