Took a little advice from myself and joined my eternally chic and stylish fashionista friends for a little dinner alfresco this past week.
It had been a positively brutal week at work – my über-chic mentor/boss was vacationing at Lake Como (probably having dinner with George Clooney no less), which meant that I was stuck at the office screening calls and taking delivery of all the gorgeous swag she picks up while wending her way across Europe.
Must admit that my dampened spirits were immensely perked when I unwrapped a gorgeous handbag, along with the note: “To Darling She She, for all your hard work while I play. xoxo, Lady Boss.” That woman sure does know the way to a fashionista’s heart!
Anyhoo, after a week of unwrapping, organizing and drooling over her goodies, I was more than ready for a little R & R (Refreshment and Retail therapy) with the girls. We chose a darling little bistro overlooking the Bay, so we could watch the sailboats gliding by and enjoy the fresh sea air. And it just happened to be right smack dab in the center of some of the best shopping territory around.
Which meant, of course, that instead of watching the boats sail by our focus was totally on the fashionistas strutting their stuff in and out of the shops. Which bodes well, however, because we were able to cobble together this fabulous little list of the best looks for fall!
The Look: Lunch with the Girls
. What you are going for here is chic-without-looking-like-you-are-trying-too-hard, stylish-without-looking-like-you-just-came-from-Glamour-Shots. One of this fall’s great shift dresses in plaid is an ideal choice. You can keep it real by accessorizing with funky wooden bangles, chunky leather sandals and an edgy handbag.
. Another option is a great pair of tweed trousers paired with a sleek but feminine top. Wedges make a great footwear choice. Add a bold belt, pile on the skinny metal bracelets and finish with a colorful patchwork handbag.
The Look: Night on the Town
. You can never go wrong with the classic Little Black Dress. Choose the LBD that best flatters your shape. Evening is the time to break out the bling, so snap up a pair of embellished skyscraper sandals , skip the necklace but slip on a couple of gorgeous bangles and a pair of sparkly dangle earrings, and finish with a charming clutch.
The Look: Casual Fridays
. Time to move away from the ubiquitous designer denim/college intern look. Mix it up a bit with a great kimono style dress in natural fibers. Slip into a pair of comfy flats, add a big men style watch, a funky pendant necklace and a slouchy hobo and you are good to go!
. If you haven’t had the chance yet, you have GOT to check out the new Richard Chai designer collection at Target. Yes, I said Target! Fabulous dresses, skirts and tops to absolutely die for (and at absolute killer prices!)
The Look: Weekend Fun!
. Gotta love a comfy knit sweater dress! It makes a stylish change from the normal weekend uniform of jeans and sweatshirts, no? A gorgeous knit dress is the perfect go-to outfit for an afternoon of leisure; just remember to keep the look casual by choosing the proper accessories.
Tights or leggings will keep you toasty should the weather turn brisk, and a great pair of mid-calf or knee boots adds the perfect cachet. Finish with a couple of long chain necklaces and a canvas messenger bag.
The Look: Full-On Fashionista Alert
. This is it girls. This is where you pull out the big guns. A great dress, that’s a given. Platform skyscrapers will not only add to your physical stature, but the right pair will boost your fashionista status as well. The necklace: strands of antique silver chain.
The bracelet: colorful sea-glass discs The ring: something modern and a little edgy. And above all else, an absolute KILLER handbag. Check out Bag, Borrow or Steal for the latest hottest designer bags to RENT! Happy fall shopping darling girls! She She Me Log on to www.shesheme.com and sign up for your free newsletter!
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Carla Laney is the owner and Executive Editor of SheSheMe.com an online fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine for professional women ages 20 and older.