A Worthy Investment: Asymmetrical Hem Skirt post image

If you’re looking to update your date night wardrobe, there’s only one piece you need this season to get your guy’s head turning – the asymmetrical hem skirt.  The modern mini, and even some midi, has gotten a sexy update it’s a look you don’t want to pass up.

This style skirt comes in a multitude of lengths and styles so there’s one out there for everyone. If you’ve been looking for a way to amp up your skirt collection then take a look at these amazing options of one of the season’s hottest trends.

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Style Guide: 7 Sexy Ways to Wear the “Boyfriend” Look post image

Pleated pants, striped cardigans, crisp button-ups, oversized watches, bow ties, and suspenders, there’s something sexy and sensual about a woman in her boyfriend’s clothing. The quirky trend is hardly over with the latest fall fashions featuring menswear-inspired clothing and accessories.

To help you channel your inner tomboy, we put together our top picks that are sure to charm their way into your closet and jewelry box this season. These understatedly feminine pieces accentuate the female form minus the girly frills. So whether you’re dating a dashing schoolboy, banker boyfriend, metro-chic geek, or a rockstar, we promise these looks are good enough for your dude but made for you.

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ANM Must-Have: Resort Pieces For Now And Later post image

Right around this time of the season is when vacations are on the agenda, last minute warm weather getaways are booked, and thoughts of basking in the sun takes your mind far away from the bitter cold you’re living in now.  And nothing is more fun than shopping for new items to wear on this vaca because that means putting away those bulky winter layers and trading up for flowy, lightweight pieces in fun, bold prints and colors.

One downfall – buying these pieces and not being able to wear them until the weather changes.  But don’t fret – you can totally rock these looks when you step back into reality and work them well into your current cold weather wardrobe.

Here are 10 resort pieces to buy now, wear on the beach, and back at home: [Click here to keep reading…]

5 Blazers Every Woman Should Invest In post image

I was going through my closet just the other day and couldn’t get over how many blazers I’ve collected over the years, and with the number I’m pushing you can probably officially call me a junky. But before you go judging, let me explain that you can never have too many blazers. You can narrow it down though and once I really started thinking about it, I realized that there are five blazers that every woman should invest in.

These five blazers will make sure you get through every event, every date, every night out with friends, everyday at work – whatever the occasion, you’ll look fabulous doing it.  Here are my top five picks:

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End of Summer Dresses Under $50 post image

The end of summer is a perennial bummer. Adding insult to injury, I inevitably start to get a bit bored with my summer wardrobe during this final stretch. In addition to feeling tired of the same old cut-offs and summer dresses, there’s also the fact that the last month of summer is usually packed with parties to cram in as much fun in the little time we have left. As such a new purchase (or two or three) is justifiable… as long as you’re smart about it.

You don’t want to invest too much money in an outfit with a limited shelf life and you probably also don’t want to buy something amazing only to wear it once and then send it into storage until next summer. There’s also the fact that all that fun in the sun can often drain your funds leaving you with little to work with by this stage in the game.

If you’re itching for something new, the best solution is an affordable style that is versatile enough to be worn through the fall. Fortunately, I’ve rounded up 10 suggestions that fit the bill. Check out my top picks for versatile summer styles under $50 with tips on how to make the transition to fall. [Click here to keep reading…]

Featured Articles From the Fashion Blogosphere post image

The Prettiest Girl on the Runway Is a Boy– The Frisky

Spring Cleaning: Tips for Organizing Your Closet– The Budget Fashionista

Top 4 Eco-Friendly and Charitable Accessory Lines– FabSugar

8 New Designers Headed for Stardom– Refinery29

HauteLook Launches a Footwear Site– The Cut

How to Wear the Sheer Trend– The Gloss

How to Wear Now: L.A.M.B Fall 2011 RTW post image

Closing out New York Fashion Week, Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B Fall 2011 collection proves that indecisiveness can sometimes have its merits. The collection, a fusion of six mini collections, demonstrates that you can be a new type of girl almost every day of the week with no need to be boxed into a single type.

So here goes my week according to Gwen … “Soldier Girl” Monday, has me wearing green and khaki tightly tailored looks such as wrap trench coats, twill and leather menswear cropped pants, ties, shearling jackets, camouflage pleated skirts and, to top it off, chic khaki headscarves. “Ragamuffin Girl”

Tuesday has me wearing bright colored menswear inspired shirts, Navajo-inspired printed dresses, skirts, and accessories, and a rasta hat. On “London Girl” Wednesday I am a wearing menswear inspired pieces such as pants, shirts, and ties; leather pants; and plaid suits, skirts, and shift dresses galore.”Buffalo Girl” Thursday has me wearing southwest knits and long wool trenches over long camel colored skirts and wool pants. On “Mod Girl” Friday, I am wearing minimalistic dresses and blouses in black and white prints such as polka dots and strips.

“Glamour Girl” Saturday is all about the 70s inspired long black dresses with gold accessories. With only six mini collections, Sunday is all about the man of the hour, Gwen’s son Kingston who walked down the runway with his mother— he truly is the cutest best clothed celeb kid so why not try for Kingston Sunday?

Read on for some L.A.M.B. inspired pieces that you can wear now to kick start your fashionable week according to Gwen! [Click here to keep reading…]

How to Wear Now: Jill Stuart Fall 2011 RTW post image

Lions, tigers, and Jill Stuart…. oh my!! Known for her flirty, feminine dresses, Jill Stuart went from rather girly to quite animalistic in her Fall 2011 collection. While PETA may not get a kick out of this animal lovin’, the bold colored abstract fox, owl, and eagle prints, along with an array of suede, leather, and fur outfits is enough to make any fashionista develop puppy love or rather go ape-shit!

Stuart’s collection continued with the 70s trend that has been a runway favorite for some seasons, but nevertheless she still managed to make it her own. Along with the fox and owl dessert colored long shifts, below the knee skirts, and tops, Stuart amped up the color with a slew of dessert hued color-blocked separates.

If the ton of vibrant hues of orange, blues, greens weren’t enough, Stuart gave her collection the extra pop of metallic hued dresses, pants, and skirts, making it really shine. While I am a sucker for anything shiny, there really isn’t anything not to love in Stuart’s Fall collection— she even throws in what she does best, a couple of flirty frocks for those girly girls in us all.

While I am in love with Stuart’s foxy collection, I am a little too antsy to wait to try some of these looks. So if you have had enough of hearing my animal references and would rather just wear them, check below for some Jill Stuart-inspired styles you can wear now! [Click here to keep reading…]

Featured Links from the Fashion Blogosphere post image

10 Things He’s Thinking About Your Clothes– Glamour

How to Mix and Match Fall Jewelry– StyleList

The 10 best Dresses of the Decade-InStyle

4 Fashion Experiments We Can Get Behind– Refinery29

10 crazy Paris Fashion Week Looks– The Frisky

Featured Articles from the Fashion Blogosphere post image

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Fashion’s Night Out: The Show Stages Runway Spectacular in NYC– StyleList

Fall Trends Guys Just Don’t Understand– Daily Candy

10 Ways to Achieve Fall’s Military Trend– FabSugar

How to Wear Clogs– College Fashion

10 Fall 2010 Trends We Loved At New York Fashion Week– refinery29

Featured Articles from the Fashion Blogosphere post image

All American Thrift: How to Mix 8 Goodwill Finds for 8 Distinct 4th of July Looks– Sammy Davis Vintage

Sneak Peek! Topshop’s Cozy, Sexy, Cool Autumn/Winter ’10– FabSugar

Testing the Over-the-Top Hat Trend in New York City– StyleList

Style Tips for Hotter-Than-Hell Days
– Refinery29

Take a Peek at Madonna and Lola’s New Line– Coutorture

A Guy’s Take on Female Fashion: Street Chic Edition post image

Sabrina sent me over some pics to review and give my straight guy opinion on “Street Chic Fashion.”

Street chic fashion, as I understand it, is when a girl spends tons of time and money on trying to look like she just threw something on without giving it any thought. Guys have their own version of this when we spend half an hour in front of a mirror trying to make our hair look like we have “bed head”.  Life is funny.

I’ve said it before: I am not a fashion writer and I have no desire to be. But I can look at a picture and give you my male opinion on it, and that’s just what I’m about to do…

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Coachella Recap: Top Styles and Tunes post image

As I mentioned last week, I was given the incredible opportunity to attend Coachella thanks to Amex- (I’m one of the bloggers on their advisory board for the new Zync card and they had a booth set up in the vip area to introduce people to the card). Coachella is famous not only for their consistently incredible lineup, but for attracting some of the most stylish people from near and far. Being surrounded by my two greatest loves- music and fashion- for three days strait was my nirvana. And then getting VIP access and an air conditioned Amex booth with musicians coming and going for interviews all day just orbited the experience to a whole new level.

I would be remiss if I didn’t share my first Coachella experience, so read on for my show highlights and roundup of he key festival trends.
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Featured Links from the Fashion Blogosphere post image

Elle’s Joe Zee, Kate Lanphear, and Anne Slowey Sound Off on Bloggers
– Fashionologie

Inspired by…Clueless– College Fashion

How-To: Shop and Wear Vintage
– FabSugar

Happy Anniversary: Dr. Martens Turns 50
– JC Report

Spring 2010 Trend: Socks and Stilettos
– Second City Style

Weekend Links: This Week’s Top Fashion Stories post image

2010 Pre-Fall– wwd.com
With some designers planning sweeping shows and intimate showroom presentations, this pre-season has metamorphosed into a season of its own. See 50+ collections.

Diane Von Furstenburg to Design Home Furnishings Collection– coutorture.com
Pleasing textile lovers everywhere, Diane Von Furstenberg has announced she is working on a collection of home furnishings as part of a licensing deal with Springs Global. The line reportedly will include bedding, bath, and tabletop.

Dannijo Jewelry Launches New Site and Hot New Collection– stylelist.com
The edgy-chic accessories line Dannijo (a favorite of Beyoncé, Blake Lively and Lake Bell) just launched an addictive new Website that’s part retail therapy, part inspiration.

You’ll See it Everywhere– nymag.com
NY Mag has sifted through the trends and determined what we’ll all be seeing, in some form, for the next four months, from round sunglasses to bangles to sparkles

After Hours at the Globes– fashionweekdaily.com
The inside scoop from the InStyle and Cartier post-globes bashes.

Don’t Follow the Trends, Start Them: Tips To Become More Fashion-Forward post image

My mission when starting ANM wasn’t just to talk about style, but to encourage all of your to come into your own style-wise and to cultivate your own signature style, one that puts your creativity to the test and makes you feel truly amazing from the inside out.

I am not a fan of ‘trends’ in the conventional sense. I believe that mindlessly hopping onto any trend band-wagon negates what fashion is all about- expressing yourself and showcasing your individuality. Now if you legit love something, notwithstanding its ‘trend’ status, then I am all for wearing it. However, I will never advocate buying and wearing something just because it’s hot and then sending it to the back of your closet when it’s not.

Look at Chloe Sevigny, Mary Kate Olsen, Kate Moss, Agyness Deyn, and Rihanna– all ladies who don’t ever follow the trends, they dictate them. These gals don’t seem to care what other people are doing or what other people will think of what they are wearing. They wear what they love, they take risks, they break rules, and they OWN it. While all of them have very different and distinct styles, all are widely renowned and emulated for their unique styles.

So what separates the fashion-forwards from the fashion-victims? I have thought long and hard on the subject throughout my career in fashion and have uncovered some tips that will help you on your trend-setting way.

Read on to check them out! [Click here to keep reading…]

Shop the Looks at Style.com: From the Runway to your Closet post image

Style.com is without a doubt the ultimate online go-to guide for all things fashion related. They are known for their up-to-the-minute Fashion Week coverage and with their new Shop The Looks e-commerce initiative, you will not only have the chance to discover the current and upcoming trends, you can shop for them as well!

Each runway slide is tagged to correspond with one of the trends available in the Shop The Looks section (metallic, boho, goth, floral, etc. etc) . So let’s say you’re browsing through runway images and fall in love with a particular style, print, silhouette, theme, and so on (which happens to me quite often), well just click on the “Shop the Look” link and you will be taken to a page where you can browse through dozens of available styles that fit that particular trend.

Style.com has always been the first stop for fashionable consumers when planning their purchases. Shop the Looks now gives them immediate shopping gratification,” said Rachel Wintner, Associate Publisher of Style.com. “The editors of Style.com have vetted all looks, which provides a customized, well- edited shopping experience for the user. It also creates a unique opportunity for advertisers to reach that user.”

Shop The Looks can be accessed through any runway image on Style.com or from the Trends + Shopping section of the site: style.com/shop.

Use this new feature to shop for current trends or to get ahead of the curve by shopping for next seasons key styles. Either way, a more fabulous and fashionable you awaits!

Weekend Links: This Week’s Top Fashion Stories post image

Michael Jackson, Style Icon– wwd.com
Women’s Wear Daily takes a look at the late iconic pop star’s sense of style and his influence over the fashion industry through out his long and successful career. Michael Jackson’s songs are frequently heard during runway shows and his styles worn two decades ago still inspire designers today. It takes a certain kind of star to turn a single sequined glove into a cultural symbol.

Farrah Fawcett: forever Generation X’s favorite pinup latimes.com
Her legacy in the pop culture canon will always begin and end with the beguiling poster of her in a one-piece swimsuit with a tousled blond mane and megawatt smile.

‘Fat-shionistas’ Band Together for Full-Figured Fashion Week– nymag.com
A group of ladies dubbed “fatshionistas” hope the event- Full-Figured Fashion Week- will open retailers’ minds to fashionable plus-size clothes. They say the industry assumes plus-size women only want their clothes to be comfortable and slimming, and that it hardly makes any attempts to design plus-size clothing that might not be those things, but is trendy.

Boots With Summer in Their Step– nytimes.com
This season, the summer boot has emerged as the must-have shoe, spotted not just on the runways of coveted labels like Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Haider Ackermann and Ann Demeulemeester, but all over town, at all types of affairs, and worn with short cocktail dresses. In the June issue of Vogue, they even appeared on bridesmaids.

The 8 trends you should buy in the sales– timesonline.co.uk
Don’t discount these trends just because they’re 50 per cent off: you can get some real bargains now that will last ages.

Hottest Summer Sandals post image

Hottest Summer Sandals

Chic, comfortable, easy-to-wear sandals are absolute musts for summer and can be worn from day to night and take you from the beach to the bar.

Studded, fringed, beaded, braided, laced- there are so many amazing trends this season sure to match your favorite shorts, dress up your shortest miniskirt, and compliment your best maxi dress.

While embellished styles can be hard to turn away from, it’s important to be selective with whichever sandal you purchase and to make sure the style is as functional as it is fashionable. If you’re craving something on the statement-making side but don’t want to go too extreme, try styles accented with subtle fringe, small studs, downsized buckles, or a laced-up style (my personal favorite).

Read on for the 10 hotted summer sandal trends! [Click here to keep reading…]

Weekend Links: This Week’s Top Fashion Stories post image

The REAL Scoop on the Fate of Just Cavalli– Fashionweekdaily.com
Designer shows 20 pieces in Milan showroom, says younger line may go back in-house for short-term

London returns to the ’80s– iht.com
The 80’s emerge as the overriding theme at London Fashion Week

Designers Get a Taste of Sticker Shock– Wsj.com
Vera Wang is taking to heart retailers’ demands for lower prices

Milan Fashion Week– wwd.com
The latest from the collections in Milan

Esquire ’09 Best Dressed Real Man– esquire.com
Meet the new men in town.

Fashion Week Trend: Glamour-Goth post image

We saw lots of interesting trends for Fall 2009 during this past Fashion Week- some old (velvet, florals, neon color, sequins) some new (the 80’s, voluminous shoulders, endless mixing and matching of prints and textures) and some that were both old and new, like the return of goth. Black is always a dominant shade during the fall shows but this season, it was kicked up a notch and taken to seriously sexy territories with a prevailing gothic reference point interpreted in a way that was super sexy, not scary.

More on the fabulous goth-styles after the jump!

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Trend to Try: Thigh-Highs post image

Trend to Try: Thigh-Highs

This weekend I took a bit of a fashion risk and sported a trend that isn’t really much of a trend right now but definitely should be: Thigh-highs! My love of thigh-highs was re-ignited during Fall Fashion Week at shows like Rag & Bone and Sass & Bide. I was kind of disappointed when this trend didn’t explode, but does something have to be insanely popular before we can try it? I think not.

Thigh-highs are the perfect alternative to tights right now, as winter slowly gives way to spring, and will add some understated sex-appeal to your look while still keeping your gams nice and warm.

The length of your dress of skirt is key when it comes to rocking this style and should hit about 1-2 inches away from where the thigh-highs end. You can use your knee-highs to make a basic look a more fashion-forward like Vanessa Hudgens, or to be a bonafide statement-maker like everyone’s favorite fictional fashion risk-taker Carrie Bradshaw!

It is also worth noting- since this is also a relationship and lifestyle site- that while most guys don’t really care for tights, they LOVE the thigh-highs. Trust me.

Read on to check out some FAB thigh-high styles.

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