NYFW Spring Trends

{2015 spring trends from the runaways of new york fashion week}

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is underway, launching a month of fashion weeks across the globe.  We’ve shared some of our favorite outfits and designers this week, but today it’s all about analyzing the trends coming down the runaway and how we can start wearing them as soon as possible.

Silhouettes + cinched waists

NYFW Spring Trends Silhouettes and cinched waists

Donna Karen, DVF, Novis, Rebecca Minkoff and many others are flaunting the hourglass shape for spring, but it comes with a twist: a-lines and flowy skirts.  So think a cinched waist with a thin or wide belt and then material floating down and around your legs.  Come chilly weather, cinch your coat a la Victoria Beckham.  In short, look forward to pretty spring dresses and highlighting your curves as often as possible!

Asian infusion

NYFW Spring Trends Oriental Infusion

Vivienne Tam seems to have started it all with her collection inspired by a recent trip to Beijing’s famous Forbidden City.  The infusion of Asian culture and eastern textiles was evident on the runaway this season as designers mixed in airy fabrics, watercolor forest scenes, classic cherry blossoms and lots of foliage.

To wear this trend, try pieces like this orchid print top tucked into a pencil skirt, or this oriental print dress that can be worn for pretty much any special occasion!

A pretty work suit

NYFW Spring Trends A pretty work suit

This spring designers are all about reinventing the traditional business suit.  DVF’s navy suit featuring a tiered skirt with gathering accents  is to die for (and makes us wish that hemline was a tad big longer), and a we’re loving this Kaelen white suit with feathered fringe at the waist, too.  Altuzarra featured gingham-print suits (who knew that pattern was going to come back into style?!), and Karen Walker showed off the most stunning pant suit ever!  Costello Tagliapietra even showed off a silk suit!

So to perk up your suits this spring, go for an unusual pattern, color, structure or even texture that you would not normally go for.  For example, this yellow Tahari Arthur S. Levine suit is perfection!

Drop the hemlines

NYFW Spring Trends Drop the hemlines

There were a few short hem lines, but a lot of the skirts and dresses featured hem lines that hit a few fingers below the knee (usually with a thigh-high slit, but we highly discourage the slit for work!).  There were fancy cocktail dresses by Lela Rose, pretty coral midi skirts by DKNY, a purple suede pencil skirt by Derek Lam, and the most beautiful skirts in neutral colors by Jill Stuart.  To wear this trend right now, try this Rochas midi-length skirt.

What trends are you most looking forward to copying from this season’s shows?
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It’s Time To Begin Thinking About Fall

{the everygirl’s fall essentials guide}

Labor Day has passed, and retailers and bloggers alike are thinking fall.  The Everygirl recently published a post highlighting fall trends and wardrobe essentials.  As with everything the Everygirl does, the list is flawless.

While many of the pieces are not appropriate for the office, the plum lipstick, dark metallic nail color, ankle booties and art deco jewelry are spot-on and perfect for the professional female.  Read the full post for more fall inspiration…

And for additional fall inspiration, check out our Preparing for Fall board on Pinterest.


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Fashion Week: Recreating Looks from the Runway

{how to recreate the best looks from fashion week}

Jason Wu showcased a variety of gorgeous dresses, skirts, blouses and matching separates in subdued hues ranging from hunter green to navy to retro orange.  We love Wu’s designs, in particular, because while they’re artful and sophisticated, they are far easier to transfer from the runway to real-life.

Jason Wu Spring 2015

[Photo credit:  NY Times Style Magazine Blog]

So, how do you take Wu’s inspiration and create your own outfit?  We’ve gone ahead and done it for you:


Jason Wu 5

[Photo credit:  NY Times via nowfashion.com]


This gorgeous black gown has a beautiful sheen and drape to it.  To take this look and make it office-appropriate, start with this Splendid Woven shirt dress and add a more structured black belt to tie it together.  Throw on pointy-toe flats and a sleeveless open-front sweater, and you’ve got a chic business casual look for fall.

Or, try a more straightforward approach with this Steven Alan Alcot Dress or this uber-affordable Mango Belted Waist shirt dress.

If you’re really in the mood to splurge, this Valentino number is just as glamorous as the Wu original and could be worn to work and then onto a fancy cocktail reception.  Stunning.


Jason Wu 4

[Photo credit:  NY Times via nowfashion.com]


A white shell with a dramatic ruffle feature is a great addition to any professional wardrobe.  For an affordable version of the above, consider this Michael Kors sleeveless tie neck blouse.  Pair it with a patterned pencil skirt, such as this Autumn Bloom Pencil from LOFT, or this a-line wintery floral in slate gray.


Jason Wu 2

[Photo credit:  NY Times via nowfashion.com]


A slouchy black trouser + a belt + embellished top is perfectly office-appropriate.  These custom stretch trousers from LOFT are affordable yet sleek in a cotton-polyester blend with some sheen.  As for tops, this embellished Pim + Larkin top is adorable and would work easily with a cream or black blazer over top.  For the holidays, consider something more flashy, like this sequined top from Calvin Klein.

Have you been paying attention to fashion week?  What have your favorite runway shows been thus far? 

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Just In Time

{a guide to pronouncing the hottest names in fashion}

Thanks to Harper’s Bazaar, we no longer have any excuse to mispronounce the hottest names in fashion.  And just in time for SS15!  Check out their two part guide here and here!

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Happy pronouncing!

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Post-Partum Attire For Professionals

{what to wear when you are transitioning from maternity clothes to non-maternity clothes}

One of our readers posed a brilliant question: as a professional woman coming off of maternity leave, what are the best transitional clothes to own before you are ready to get back into your pre-maternity clothing?  Whether your leave is 6 weeks or 6 months long, and whether you return to your pre-baby weight quickly or not, this is an issue most of us mamas have faced.  It simply takes some time before your body is up for being what it used to be.

We get it, and here are our wardrobe solutions in the meantime:

Invest in loose-fitting blouses:

Loose-fitting blouses are en vogue at the moment, and are ideal for any post-baby body.  If the bulk of your transitional clothing investment is here, you are doing the right thing – these blouses will accommodate any discomfort you may have with wearing anything too tight around the midsection, but they’ll make valuable additions to your wardrobe long after your are back to your ideal shape.

We love kaftans, and this Michael Kors Mixed Print Flowy Top is up there as both a transitional piece and an investment piece down the line.  Pair with a cropped pant or pencil skirt and you’re good to go.


Any blouse that is slightly more fitted on top and A-line toward the mid-section is also perfect for a transitional wardrobe piece.  We love this Shoshanna blouse in peach (the sleeve detail is lovely and draws the eye up) as well as this split neck blouse by Graham and Spencer (again, the detailing at the top is good for keeping the eye focused upward if you are self-conscious at all about your mid-section).


Go for low-waisted pants:

Low-waisted pants are not necessarily for everyone, but we’ve found that in those transitional months our mama friends love pants that sit below the belly rather than across.  The low waist is more comfortable, and because it’s designed to be a bit looser than your traditional higher waisted work pant, doesn’t create unwanted bulging (particularly when paired with shape wear – see below).  (I suppose there is an argument for high-waisted pants to pull everything together – this depends on your comfort threshold in those early months.)  The Limited carries a great line of low waisted pants (the “Drew”) that we’ve had a lot of luck with post-maternity.


Find your dream wrap dress:

A wrap dress is for the ages.  Everyone should have one.  And by everyone we mean post-partum mamas in particular.  A wrap dress is flattering on every woman, is forgiving in the mid-section, and can be loosened or tightened to conform to your body no matter the stage.  If you’ve still got a bit of belly, the wrap and tie will not interfere and will keep that all on the DL.  As you flatten out and return to whatever shape you are aiming for, the wrap can be pulled tighter for a sleek and chic look.  It’s iconic, and so are you mama!  This Banana Republic Gemma Wrap dress is a classic – and, in black, is perfect for new moms.


Pick cosy coverups:

In those post-baby months, feeling cosy and comfortable is high on the list of priorities (i.e., sweats are a pre-back to work staple in my view).  When you head back to work initially, there is no reason to shake this up too much.  That is, we’ve found that you will still need a little bit of that comfort feeling until you are back to your old self.  Go for cardigans and other cover ups that are work appropriate but still comfort inducing, and that you can wrap around yourself and feel like you are settled in your skin.  This BB Dakota oversized cardigan is a great transitional piece, but our heart skips a beat for this Thakoon ribbed knit vest.  The Thakoon vest is a little pricey, but this is the type of item we’ll be wearing post-maternity and for a long long time after.



Get some shape wear.  We were not big fans of shape wear pre-baby, but we definitely get it now.  Whether it’s traditional Spanx or body suits in various colors, shape wear will make you feel confident and allow you to go about your professional life without any distractions.

What transitional, post-partum clothing do you love?  Let us know in the comments below!




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The Summer Sweater

{a sweater to transition you from summer into fall}

One of the best parts about the last days of summer and the first days of fall are the temperatures: somewhere in between cool and hot where the mornings start out chilly, but the afternoons still bring plenty of sunshine.  And it’s exactly in these days that the summer sweater belongs.  Yes, it sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s totally a thing.

A summer sweater is a sweater made of lightweight material that can be comfortably worn even when it’s quite warm outside.

For example, this Lou & Grey Marled Stripe Sweater from LOFT reminds us of our summer beach vacations (although it’s also available in white).

Lou and Grey marled stirpe sweater

This J.Crew Tunic Sweater would look amazing with black cigarette pants (just tuck the front of the top into your pants, but leave the back loose) and pointy-toed heels (maybe a dash of leopard if you’re feeling especially sassy?) for the office and then styled with skinny jeans and your favorite flats for the weekend.

Jcrew Tunic Sweater

Can we talk about how comfortable this knit jumper looks?  Tuck it into your favorite pencil skirt (with a matching-colored camisole underneath!).  And once the temps cool, layer it over your favorite white button-down and slacks.

Ollie V-Neck Fluffy Knit Jumper

In this pre-fall season, a cardigan like this Sago Pirate one will be your best friend.  Just keep it in your handbag or at your office to throw it on over literally anything if you’re feeling chilly.

All Saints Sago Pirate Cardigan

The thing about summer sweaters is that they can be worn multiple ways: as a regular top or layered over pretty much every other top.  For example, this beaded Milly sweater looks so good standing alone with your business professional wardrobe.

Beaded Milly Sweater

Do you wear summer sweaters or do you prefer to keep your wardrobe strictly season-appropriate?

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Olivia Palermo + Piperlime

{piperlime’s latest guest editor picked the best pieces for fall}

Olivia Palermo styles for Piperlime

We are big fans of Olivia Palermo here at HOM, so when we heard that she’s the latest guest editor for Piperlime, we were quick to investigate the rumor.  Yes, it is true – you can now shop Olivia’s favorites on the Piperlime site + learn how to style the perfect outfit.

So far, we are obsessing over this perfect pair of Kate Spade black patent heels with a pointy toe that are a must-have for every professional woman and professional plaid button-downs for fall like this one in black and white or this Maddox shirt in navy/red.  Granted, the assortment of Olivia’s picks is quite varied and covers a lot of different styles, but somehow, she always makes it work. At the very least, we’re excited about the styling tips from this collaboration!

Will you be adding any of Olivia’s picks to your wish list?
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How To Wear White After Labor Day

{which whites can be worn to work after September 1st}

You’ve heard this question posed a million times, and you’ve likely heard a million different answers.  At HOM, we don’t think you have to stop wearing white simply because the first of September has passed.  There are certain guidelines, however, for wearing white after Labor Day in a professional context, and to us, appropriateness depends on the type of white item being worn.  Read on to see what we recommend:


White shoes after Labor Day are a no-no.  Sneakers are fine, of course, but put the white pumps and strapy sandals in the back of the closet until next summer.  Nude shoes are fine to continue wearing until the weather gets cooler and tights become necessary.


You can continue to wear your LWD for another few weeks or longer, depending on how summery it looks.  If your white dress is made of a textured or more hearty fabric, throw on tights and closed-toe pumps or booties for a cute fall look.  Or, try throwing a patterned button-up underneath your white dress to autumn-ize it.  For lighter fabric or linen dresses, wear them another time or two with nude pumps before retiring them for get year.  For example, you can wear this Embellished Stone Dress from Ann Taylor in Winter White all year long.


Skirts and Pants.

Like dresses, you can wear these for a few more weeks before switching them out for fall colors.


White blazers are more versatile than white dresses, skirts and pants.  Wear white blazers into the fall, and if the blazer is tweed – like the lovely white Color Block Blazer by Rececca Taylor, below – or another heavy fabric, you’ll be able to wear it all year long!


Blouses and shells.  

White blouses, shells and button-ups are perfectly appropriate for wear year-round.

Nail polish.  

Be careful- white nail polish can still work in seasons outside of summer, but make sure it’s not too stark as compared to your wardrobe.  In other words, if your summer wardrobe features a bunch of bright colors and your fall wardrobe has a lot of subdued hues, match the tone of your fall wardrobe with an off white, gray or mauve-y nail color as opposed to straight white.


White is perfectly appropriate, and tres chic,  in fact, for jackets and coats. Check out this gorgeous white linen straight cut coat from Mango.


Do you agree with our rules for wearing white after Labor Day?  Add to the discussion in the comments to below!

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Office Talk

{some clever ways to add color and personality to your office}

We talk a lot about how to best present yourself in an office or professional setting via attire, but, as of yet, we haven’t talked much about office decor.  We are so grateful to one of our readers for suggesting this topic, as the way your office looks is absolutely a reflection of both your style and your professionalism.

This is an easy thing to overlook, but we’ve realized from personal experience that this is important not only from an aesthetic perspective, but from a well-being perspective, too.  When you like your office space, you’ll enjoy coming into work more, too.

Here are a few tips for making your office look great and for feeling good about being in your office.

1. Keep Your Office Neat

This is a challenge for busy professionals, and for lawyers in particular.  But nothing is more calming, centering, and productivity-making than a tidy office.  If your office is not neat and well-organized, any tips about styling your office are useless.  We try to make a habit of spending 5 minutes at the end of each day, and a half an hour on Friday mornings, organizing and cleaning up our office so it is presentable for colleagues and clients, and bearable to be in on a day to day basis.

2. Control The Lighting

A friend of ours suggested this years back and we’re so glad he did.  Rather than suffering through dim or flourescent lighting that can plague many offices, turn those off and opt for some soft or bright lighting (at your preference) by bringing in a lamp or two.  Choose a few different types of lamps you can strategically place around your office for style and for pleasant, non-headache-inducing lighting.  And they don’t have to be proper “office” lamps, either.  Choose some unique lighting to add interest to your otherwise plain office.  For a great selection of all kinds of lighting, Ikea is our go-to.  For example, this Klaab table lamp would be a brilliant addition to any office space.


(So few people do this, by the way, but it’s completely genius and will change the way you work for the better.)

3. Get some Statement Desktop Pieces

Without cluttering your desk, opt for a few statement pieces that will add interest and color to your office.  Some of our staples include a unique business card display case like this handmade business card holder.  A guaranteed talking point.


We also like to keep an assortment of nice frames (with pictures of family, friends, pets, etc. – as long as they are all professional) on our desktop.  You can mix and match the frames for a home-decor-at-the-office feel, which will certainly lift your mood no matter how you’re feeling about your work on any given day.  World Market has a great selection of inexpensive, colorful frames.


Since we believe strongly that success in any office environment depends on mentorship, collegial efforts, and making connections, we like to keep thank you notes on our desk as well.  That way, anytime someone assists you in any way in your career, you can pop a thank you note in the mail with little effort.  Choose bright cards like these notes from Tiny Prints and leave them out on your desk for an additional spike of color.

thank you

4. Time It

Much like with lights, we have rarely seen colleagues bring in clocks of their own, but it’s such a great idea.  Clocks are a fun and inexpensive way to decorate your office, and functional, too.  We love this colorful Watch Me Clock by Normann Copenhagen that we came across on Fancy recently.


5. Flowers

Office plants are so 1980s.  When we picture desk-top plants in an office, more than anything we picture some dejected guy walking out of the office carrying a cardboard box filled with desktop items, and a limp plant hanging over the edge.  Sad.  We are big fans of skipping the plants and keeping a nice, bold vase at your desk instead.  Each week, bring in fresh flowers and add some instant life to your office space.  Nambe carries some gorgeous and truly unique vase designs.


What do you keep on your desk?  Share in the comments below!


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Happy Labor Day!

Like you (hopefully), HOM is taking the day off in observance of this important day of observance.  We wish you a fun, safe and happy Labor Day!


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