Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fashion Work Outfits: Part 4

Happy Tuesday! 

Hope you had an awesome weekend! Today, I want to share with you more classic fashion work outfits. I love classic looks because you can never go wrong. Fabulous accessories are a must. Through the years, I experimented with different styles until I found my own. Adding your personal touch to your outfits will always be the best. We express ourselves through our clothes. Finally, always go for comfort when choosing your outfits. If you feel uncomfortable, it will show. 

Hope these looks inspire you. Have a question or comment, please let me know. 

Stay fabulous!
Jackie M.
Jewelry designer and fashion stylist at Roxie&Loulou

Friday, March 27, 2015

Weekend Fashions: Part 2

Happy Friday fashionistas!

The weekend is here. Time to relax and enjoy yourself. You may have some chores to do, errands to run, maybe some shopping or a hot date night. Whatever you have planned, don't forget to do it with style. Here are some looks to inspire you!

Accessories like a cool checkered scarf can add warmth and style to your outfit!

Don't forget the 3Bs: Ballerinas, bracelet and a bag.

Add a touch of color to your outfit.

Match your outfit and accessories.

Have a style question, or comment, please let me know.

Stay fabulous!
Jackie M.
Jewelry designer and fashion stylist at Roxie&Loulou

Monday, March 23, 2015

Fashion Work Outfits: Part 3

Welcome to the third week of selected fashion work outfits! How did last week's selection inspire you? For this week's selection, I chose outfits with a touch of spring. With all the snow in my yard(sigh), and maybe in yours too, we all need some color to remind us that spring is finally here. So, I leave you with these fabulous inspirations.

Need help, advice or have a question, please let me know. Glad to help you!

Stay fabulous!
Jackie M.
Jewelry designer and fashion stylist at Roxie&Loulou

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Weekend Fashions!

Do you ever wonder what to wear on the weekends?

When it comes to weekend wear, we all think of comfort. But let's not forget style. Jeans is the my go-to clothing and it is the staple piece every womans should have in her closet. Paired with a tshirt, a fabulous blouse, a great pair of shoes, you cannot go wrong. Don't forget the accessories to complete your look.

Here are some outfits ideas I hope will inspire you.

Have a question, need fashion or accessory advice? Please feel free to ask me.

Stay fabulous!
Jackie M.
Jewelry designer and fashion stylist at Roxie&Loulou

Monday, March 16, 2015

Classy Fashion Work Outfits: Part 2

Hello fashionistas!

After my last post about classy work outfits, I decided to show you another series. So, here are 5 more classy work outfits. I hope they inspire you!

If you have any question, comment or need fashion advice, please let me know.

Stay fabulous!
Jackie M.
Jewelry designer and fashion stylist at Roxie&Loulou

Friday, March 13, 2015

15 Quick Fashion Tips for Men

Here are 15 Quick Fashion tips...from a woman's perspective

1. Fit is Key – The most dramatic improvement you can make in your style is to make sure everything fits impeccably. Most guys wear clothes that are too large. Make sure everything you wear is almost hugging the shape of your body without being tight. Bad fit is an epidemic. 

2. Keep it simple  You want a wardrobe that looks great on you, but dont overdo it. Dont wear more than three pieces of jewelry or more than three colors. Dont dress like a rock star unless youre in a band. If you want to be flashy, a simpler but stylish look would be sporting a black striped dress shirt with a white blazer, a dark pair of jeans, a dressy belt, and your sharpest dress shoes. You could also add a flashy watch or a simple accessory like an interesting necklace, but nothing more.

3. Change the way you see casual – casual doesnt have to be boring. Have fun with a collared shirt or a checkered cargo shorts. If you need inspiration, check out online pictures or ask a fashionista.

4. Pay attention to your supporting pieces - Some sweaters are lean and others are big and chunky. The first rule of thumb is that your top and bottom halves need to match. If you’re wearing a big, chunky, rugged fisherman knit sweater, your bottom needs to be rugged, too. Don’t wear a fisherman’s sweater with a beautiful silk-and-wool suit pant. Instead, wear it with something as casual as cargos or jeans, or dress it up with a tweed blazer.

5. Never go shopping alone  Most of the time, its tough to trust the sales people because they usually work for commission. Shop with a friend or a fashionista who will give you their honest opinion. 

6. Stay a notch above – Don’t overdo it, but dare to take some risks. It’s always better to be a little bit overdressed than underdressed in any setting. All you have to do is think about where and who you’re going to be with and just step it up one notch. But make sure you’re not better dressed than someone who is more important in a certain setting, like your boss. That would be awkward.

7. Never underestimate the power of details – The last thing on is usually the first thing noticed. So mind the details instead of throwing together the main parts of your outfit. “Details” can include a scarf, a subtle pocket square, or the way you tie your tie knot. Details make you look more polished and gives you style. That's always attractive.

8. Invest in an awesome pair of shoes – If its one thing that women will notice, its your shoes. Especially how clean and sharp they look. Its easy to wash and press the rest of your clothes to keep them looking new, but most guys disregard their shoes. Show that youre a man of taste by getting a great pair of shoes and keeping them in pristine condition. That way they will last longer too.

9. Fashion Tees with logos – When youre going around with a big logo on your shirt, make sure you wear it in the right social setting. Please do not wear your cool Metallica tshirt to meet the parents. You want to make a good impression. Instead, go for a classic v-neck tee or a nice clean shirt. 

10. Disregard trends – Beware of buying something just because its in right now stick to what you truly like. A lot of people rush to get in on the latest trend and end up with a bunch of clothes they dont wear. Its better to learn to build a versatile and timeless wardrobe first then bring in your own twists with some of the new fashion. This one tip will save you so much money! 

11. Don’t be a sucker for brand names – Before you decide to purchase an item, ask yourself if you are buying it simply because of the brand name or because you love the quality and style. Ask yourself,  “Would I buy this if there was no logo on it?” Like trends, brand names are costly. Your personal style shouldn't be about a brand name. It should be about you.

12. Continually cultivate your image – Invest more time and money into your image. Cultivate your fashion sense. Your style is a huge mode of communication, and is worth caring for as much as your education, career, and relationships. Plus, a stylish man is a confident man. For example, your style can be rugged(which I love; that's why I love my man's style. It's so sexy). You can also decide to be rugged one-minute and classy in the next. As long as you keep it stylish and not wear your pants for all the world to see your bottom, you're on the right track.

13. Ask for real feedback - Most of your friends and family aren’t going to go out of their way to tell you what looks bad. You have to ask for it. In fact, ask anyone and everyone you trust to tell you the truth. Ask your hairstylist, ask your best friend, ask your mother! Don't forget, you have the final decision. Take the feedback and build on it.

14. Upgrade your shave - Even if your fashion is golden, an unkempt beard can be an attraction killer. The Grizzly Adams look is passé. Unless it's the hockey series and you want to support your team, keep it neat. Please we beg you!

15. Experiment with style  The only way youll really learn, is if you go out there and try new things. Make an effort to try something completely out of your comfort zone. Many times youll end up loving something you never thought you would. If you make mistakes, life goes on. So many guys are afraid to express themselves through their style, dont be one of them. 

Well, there you go. Hope this helps you. If you have a question or a comment, please let me know below this post. 

Stay fabulous!
Jackie M.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Trouser, Socks & Shoes

Trouser, socks and shoes...how to sort it all out?

Sometimes it’s the simplest of things that can cause you the most frustration. For you, fabulous men, it might be your new tie that just can’t be knotted at the right length or that button on your cuff that just won’t button. No worries. We all have occasions when a molehill becomes a mountain. 

When considering shoes, socks and trousers – and what colour goes with which, it can be teadious to know figure out how to wear your new olive chinos with a blue Oxford shirt. What shoes to wear? What socks work better?

The Sock Situation
Here is a simple guide(from a woman's perspective) on how to combine your trousers, socks and shoes for those occasions where you need to appear a bit more refined and put together – be it during business hours, at a formal event or meeting the parents. Hopefully this will help you.

Firstly, let’s clear up this part of the problem. The general rule you should stick to here is to make sure your socks are the same shade or darker than your trousers

For example, blue trousers = navy socks and mid grey trousers = charcoal socks.
However, as with any truly scientific law, there is an exception – and it comes in the form of brown
Within the spectrum of brown including beige, tans and khakis, just to be clear. In this situation, ensure your socks are a shade darker than your shoes. I generally find that this approach also works when you are wearing olive or burgundy trousers.

What about a suit trouser with stripes or checks? Simple: pull out the colour of the less dominant stripe. For example, a navy trouser with a grey check calls for some grey socks to highlight the pattern.

What about a stripe or patterned sock? Firstly, make sure it’s not too in your face. Secondly, use the dominant colour of the pattern as your base. So a navy sock with thin white stripes is going to be paired with your blue trousers.

The Trouser/Shoe Equation
Now for the real deal. Unless you enjoy no break in your trousers or cuff them a lot, the only time people will see your socks is when you sit down – whereas your trousers and shoes are on display all the time. So obviously, there’s slightly more to consider here.
I think the simplest way to break it down is by knowing what shoes go with the trousers you’re planning to wear, rather than the other way around. 

  • Blue trousers = brown/black shoes.
  • Grey trousers = brown/black shoes.
  • Brown trousers = brown shoes.
  • Black trousers = black shoes.

Of course, there are always going to be a few curveballs. For example, what about the aforementioned olive trousers? Well, personally, I'd say stick to brown, especially a darker shade, but I think black can work too, along with another lesser used colour: burgundy. I find it to be the shoe that can go with just about any colour of trouser and sock. Perhaps that’s just me. Plus, if you are looking for the unique but classy shoes, the cool leather burgundy shoe will emphasize your personality.

So there you have it! All there is to know about pairing your trousers with your socks or shoes, and all that’s in between. Your loved ones, friends, boss and colleagues will appreciate the attention to detail. PS. I leave you with this visual guide you can save and print ;-).

Tell me what you think? Did I get it all terribly wrong? How do you normally solve this problem? Let me know.

Stay fabulous!
Jackie M.
Jewelry designer and fashion stylist at Roxie&Loulou

Monday, March 9, 2015

Men's Fashion: 5 Rookie Mistakes

Top 5 Fashion Mistakes Men Make

With so many trends presented every season, it's no wonder many of you fabulous men tend to ignore them and just dress without considering your personal apparence. Sometimes, trends last so long, you forget to figure out your own style. So, I propose to return to the basics. Here, we go...

1. Oversized Suits
Or just oversized anything for that matter. It seems to me that most guys are wearing a size or two too big for them.
Larger clothing does not communicate whatever you think it does (power, masculinity, extreme weight loss?). It only ends up making you look small and sloppy. Instead, try these looks.

2. Bad Trousers
This is pretty much enemy number one for guys who think they have style across the country. Yes, those are some pretty cool camo chinos you’ve got on, but have you seen that pooling around your ankles? You look like a military midget.
I love seeing my man in a pair of camo pants, but remember, beloved man, get thyself to a tailor and have him custom fit your trousers. You will look and feel a lot more better.

Here are examples of well-fitted trousers.

3. Square Toe Shoes
I like to think that when it comes to fashion or just style in general, no item is ever truly out of the game. Just look at the resurgence we’ve seen in cardigans and tweed trousers that were previously associated with being a granddad.
But in the case of the square toe shoe, I think it’s safe to say we’ve put the nail in that coffin for good. Because, hey, guess what? Your feet aren’t square are they? So your shoes shouldn’t be either. 
P.S. A too pointy shoe is NOT attractive either. My advice? Go with the natural curve of your foot.

4. Untucked Office Shirts
Please, do not take your usual office dress shirt, leave it untucked and combine it with a pair of jeans. No, no, no. All this communicates to people is that you either don’t know how to dress yourself or you just don’t care about how you dress. Neither of which are going to help you on a night out. Keep it classy and sexy no matter what type of shirt you wear.

5. Trim Your Wallet Fat
In the same way that bad shoes can kill a great outfit, so can an awful wallet. There’s nothing worse than seeing a guy who is well dressed, nailing the details such as pattern mixing, good shoes and grooming only to see a huge wallet-sized bulge in his pocket. I can’t imagine how embarrassing it must be to have to pull that thing out at the bar or on a date.
I’m pretty sure you don’t need all those old receipts, business cards and expired coupons. Get yourself a slim credit card holder that can fit a couple of notes, cards and an ID and that’s it.
Keep it simple, please.

Need help? Message me below.
Stay fabulous!
Jackie M.
Jewelry designer and fashion stylist at Roxie&Loulou

Friday, March 6, 2015

Classic Fashion Outfits For Work

The 5-Day Work Outfit Guide!

When it comes to work attire, we all want to look fabulous. But we also want to feel comfortable and confident. Here are 5 outfits to inspire your work week outfits because we all know how lives can be demanding.

Need help or advice on putting your outfits together? Email me at roxie.loulou(at)gmail.com

Stay fabulous and have an awesome weekend!
Jackie M.
Jewelry designer and fashion stylist at Roxie&Loulou

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Perfect Fashion Accessories

    How to choose your accessories?

    When choosing fashion accessories to match your outfit, consider the color, scale and style of the pieces, and keep the occasion in mind.

    When you're wearing black, white or other neutrals, accessories in any color look stylish and coordinated. If you're wearing a colorful outfit, make sure your fashion accessories don't clash.
    It all goes back to the basics of the color wheel. 
    Primary colors, are red, blue and yellow. 
    Secondary colors are those that result from mixing two primary colors (i.e., red plus yellow equals orange).
    Primary and secondary colors that are side by side on the wheel are analogous to each other. They work very well together when they are matched on the same level of lightness or darkness.
    If you want to make a big fashion statement, choose primary and secondary colors that are opposite of each other on the wheel. Pairing these colors is bold and adventurous, and some shades don't look as good together as others. Avoid partnering red with green, though, unless it's the holiday season. Experiment to find which colors work best for you. In general, don't use more than three colors in your whole ensemble.

    The scale of your fashion accessories is important, too. When you're wearing patterns, simple accessories are the best option. Accessories and jewelry that are too busy will make prints look tacky. The same goes for ruffled, sequined, embroidered or otherwise embellished garments. 
    Wear understated accessories to keep the emphasis on your outfit. 
    The scale and shape of your handbag is also important. Consider your body type in addition to what you are wearing. 
    Tall, thin women look best with short, slouchy bags such as hobos and clutches. 
    Petite women should avoid oversized satchels; these bags overwhelm their small frames. 
    Short ladies should also steer clear of handbags with long straps. 
    Plus-size and hourglass-shaped women look fabulous with medium-sized structured or boxy handbags to balance out their curves.

    Fashion accessories can define your style. A white shirt and jeans or simple black dress can look completely different depending on your choice of handbag, shoes, jewelry and other accessories. Here are some common accessories to consider, depending on your personal style:
    • Classic accessories -- pearl- or diamond-stud earrings, silk scarf, leather clutch and classic black pumps
    • Glamorous accessories -- chandelier earrings, bib necklace, large cocktail ring, crystal-embellished clutch, oversized sunglasses and sky-high heels
    • Playful accessories -- chunky jewelry, hobo bag, headbands, skinny belt and colorful ballet flats
    • Edgy accessories -- thick cuff bracelet, choker necklace, studded handbag and black leather booties
    • Workday accessories -- delicate necklace, classic watch, large satchel or shoulder bag and kitten heels
    • Casual accessories -- candy-colored bracelet or watch, Wayfarer sunglasses, crossbody bag, floppy hats and knee-high boots or espadrille sandals.

    When following these basic tips, accessories can take any outfit from drab to fab. They can also help extend your wardrobe because you can achieve multiple looks from one basic dress just by changing your accessories. To look your best, put as much effort into selecting your fashion accessories as you do the main components of your ensemble.

    Need help or advice with choosing your accessories? Email me at roxie.loulou(at)gmail.com

    Stay fabulous!
    Jackie M.
    Jewelry designer and fashion stylist at Roxie&Loulou

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Perfect Party Dress

How to Choose the Perfect Party Dress?

Receiving a party invitation can be very exciting. And it can also cause some anxiety when you don't know what to wear.
When choosing the perfect dress for your party, you must consider the occasion, the perfect color, the dress style and body shape, the fabric, the price and the accessories
Traditionally, dresses were only available in chain shops, department stores, clothing stores and fashion houses. Nowadays, they are available online from designers around the world.
Finding the perfect party dress is not so easy. The following tips will help you.

1. The occasion.
The occasion is the first thing to consider when choosing a dress for any party. Most hosts usually inform their guests on the dress code for the party thus making the process of choosing your dress much easier. However, if there is no specification on the dress code, then you should consider the formality of the gathering while you are choosing your dress.
  • For formal parties such as upscale dinner party and official lunch you should select more a conventional cut and avoid a dress that falls above the knees.
  • For informal parties such as a wedding or a birthday party, you should select more with fashionable cuts that show off a lot of skin are acceptable.
  • A cocktail party dress can be more stylish and trendy .

2. The perfect color.
When you choose your party dress, you must consider a color that suits your skin tone. Otherwise it will useless for you.
  • Dark skin: If you have a dark skin, look good in light colors such as white, yellow, green and pink will suit you well. Brown and black will make you fade into the background. For example, a yellow dress is better suited for darker skin women.
  • Fair skin: If you are fair-skinned woman choose a dress that is brightly colored. Avoid white and yellow. If you’re dark-haired with fair skin, red and green will look beautiful.
  • Medium skin: If your skin tone is medium, you should go for neutral shades such as brown, grey and blacks which are striking against your skin tone and look elegant. You can also try blues and reds. Warm tones are perfect with your coloring.

3. The dress style and body shape:
While you are choosing a party dress, it is important to keep your body type in mind and also consider about the latest style.
  • Heavy women look good in well-fitting dresses and alternatively slim figure women wear loose fitting dresses.
  • If you are a woman with a heavy bust, you can look good in square-necked, low-cut dress. Alternatively, women with a small bust look gorgeous in dresses with a low neckline or ones with thin straps.

4. The fabric:
When you choose a party dress for your special occasion, you must consider the fabric
For example, if the dress is made from low-quality fabric it is always noticeable. Jersey and knit fabrics can cling to your body and make you look bigger than you are, depending on the style. These can also make the dress look more casual and are not appropriate for formal party dresses.

5. The price:

Price consideration is the important factors for party dress selection. Select you party dress based on your budget. You don't have to break the bank to look fabulous.

6. The accessories:
Finally, once you have chosen that perfect party dress, adding the perfect accessories will complete the look. You can never go wrong with diamonds and pearls. If you want a more unique look, add a touch of vintage to your dress. Whatever you choose, an elegant necklace paired with matching earrings, bracelets and ring will always do the trick. 

Need personalized help or advice?
Email me at roxie.loulou@gmail.com

Stay fabulous!
Jackie M.
Jewelry designer and fashion stylist at Roxie&Loulou