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What to Wear Wednesday: The Metallic Skirt

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Once in a while you come across it: that PIECE. You have no idea what to do with it.

It’s. Way. Out. There.

But, nonetheless, you MUST HAVE IT! You’ll figure it out later, you say. And then, the days go by. The weeks turn into months, and the seasons into new seasons. It stares at you from the closet as if to say: “I’m heeeeeere! You booouuught me! You spent your hard earned saaalaaaryyyyyy and HA HA! Here I sit. Money in the garbage!”

Of course, you can’t get rid of it! One day you’ll wear it. One day indeed.

The metallic leather skirt I just saw is one such item. It seems SO OFF THE WALL! But really, when you look at it in its parts, it’s a very simple skirt:

1. It’s a pencil shape (classic)

2. It’s a soft nubuck leather (great for cooler months, and comes into style fairly often)

3. It’s in your colour palette.

Why not jump right in? Because it’s metallic. That’s why. It is definitely a statement-maker but it can also be a very useful piece, if you can just get creative about it.

Here’s a Trademark Tip: when you spot a faaaaabulous have-to-have, concentrate on finding its classic traits. Be it shape, colour or fabric, if an ‘outlier’ garment has something classic to its design, you can treat it as a neutral – and turn it into a surprising wardrobe workhorse!

Metallic Skirt Can Be a Wardrobe Workhorse

This metallic skirt may seem like an ‘outlier’ but by treating it as a neutral, it turns into a wardrobe workhorse!

Skirt: Club Monaco (similar)

Cotton Blend Jacket (L): Maiyet 

Wool Jacket (C): Vero Moda

Cotton Jacket (R): Object Collectors

Sleeveless Shell: Rebecca Taylor

Draped Shell: La Petite Sh*****

Horse Tshirt: LNA

Sweater: Friendly Hunting

Crossbody Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Clutch: Alexander McQueen

Tote: Rabeanco

Loafer: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Sandal: ALDO

Pump: H&M UK

Booties: ASH


Keep Calm & Pack a Carry-On: 7 Days in NYC

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The joy of travel! I’ve been prepping clients for their summer vacations, and now I’m getting ready for my own week-long trip to The Big Apple!

The questions is, if you visit ‘the city that never sleeps’, do you need twice as many outfits? (Scroll down to check out infinite outfits with only 14 items!)

The answer: maybe, but even so – we can absolutely get everything into a carry-on, and here’s how:

Keep Calm & Pack a Carry-On Tips:

  1. Build around 3 colours: 2 neutrals & 1 colour, or 1 neutral & 2 related colours
  2. Pack only items that can serve double- or triple-duty
  3. Reduce your ‘need’ for shoes!
  4. Bring spot remover & a mini laundry detergent
  5. Remember: if you forget something you can always buy a stand-in!

That’s IT! That’s ALL!

Want to see it in action? Let’s go to The Big Apple for a week…

Keep Calm & Pack a Carry-On: 7 Days, 14 items

These 14 items go from day to night, and from downtown to uptown on a walking & dining trip.


1 pair of patterned jeans, over 4 outfits.

A pair of patterned denim is an unexpected & thoughtful approach to a dressing around a basic.


1 striped skirt, over 12 outfits

A striped jersey skirt can go from basic to funky depending on the pieces that support it. Extra bonus: wrinkles never cling to jersey knits!


1 spangled skirt for day and night

A piece with a little pizzazz enlivens a week-long wardrobe. This funky print is made sophisticated & cool when paired with easy-going jersey tanks.


A jersey dress serves every occasion with ease.

You could really ONLY pack this & be perfectly happy ALL WEEK! Double-duty dress/tunic, double-dute day/night. This dress is a perfect packing piece.




What to Wear Wednesday: The Patterned Pant

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The weather has turned warm, but what to do when a skirt or dress doesn’t feel comfortable? You long for something fresh to wear to work that maintains your professionalism yet signals, without a doubt, that you’ve switched from those dreary grey wool suit pants to something more…lively! But HOW? I’ve got two words for you: CROPPED & PATTERNED.

A well-tailored cropped pant in a colour or rich pattern is a great way to ‘work the system’ and still come out on top of the image game at work. Why? The silhouette is conservative – it is a dress pant, not a legging – yet the addition of a colour or pattern and the subtraction of a little length create a modern, almost edgy twist on a classic cut.

The best part? These fun bottoms can be worn straight into Fall with a few key changes to their ‘supporting pieces’.

Step away from ye ole ‘boyfriend’ chinos. This is the way to wear cropped to work.

Patterned Pants Summer

Pull out the brightest colours in the pattern in your top, third layer, and accessories to give your outfit a light, summery feel. 

Collar: Jo No Fui

Sunglasses: Prada

Bag: Proenza Schouler

Top:  Kaliko

 Pant: Dorothy Perkins

 Jacket: Top Shop

 Bronzer: Arbonne International

Nail Polish: Essie

Shoes: Zara

Patterned Pants Fall

Make your once-summery pattern cool-weather appropriate by focusing on the deeper and neutral hues in your top, third layer and accessories for an earthier appearance.

Hat: Eugenia Kim

Earrings: Marni

Necklace: Marni

Clutch: L.K. Bennett

Shoes: Top Shop

Top: MICHAEL Michael Kors

Pant: Dorothy Perkins

Outerwear: rag & bone

Cardigan: River Island

Ask Tamara: “Can a Petite Flower Rock a Maxi?”

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I recently posted a couple of blogs all about Maxis (check them out What to Wear Wednesdays: It’s HOT! and What to Wear Wednesdays: The Maxi Dress). While these dresses and skirts can be floaty summer answers to otherwise stiff pencil and A-line bottoms, the lengthy nature of the piece can create a number of figure-flattery challenges. A question that came up almost immediately was:

“Ah, but can a petite flower rock the maxi skirt? Any caveats?”

As a petite fleur myself, this is a question near and dear to my heart. Yes, I do have some guidelines that will allow a person of the 5’4″ and under set to successfully wear a Maxi style and they all revolve around… Fit.

FIT: It’s the key for anyone wearing anything, but it’s particularly important for Maxis. When a Maxi is perfect it will:

a) Show Some Toe: Shorten your hem to about 1/4″ – 1/2″ from the ground when you are wearing the shoes that go with your outfit. With every horizontal line, the body is visually shortened. Show some toe, and maybe some forefoot, but refrain from a sharp line across the ankle or pooling on the floor (if you shorten your skirt to go with heels, please don’t wear it with flats!).

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Trademark Tip: Don’t be a drag! Hem a Maxi 1/4-1/2″ from the floor & for the shoes you’ll wear. Do you show some toe when standing? Perfect! 

b) Hug the Waist: Just like a perfect pair of pants, the waistband of your Maxi should fit well, yet allow you to tuck in a thin top if you wish. Skirts that float around the waist can twist and turn when you walk, and slip too low when you sit down.

c) Just Enough Fabric: A Maxi overpowers when it is too voluminous, and looks skimpy if it’s stretched across the hip or rear. Material should flow across your curves without adding bulk or pulling. Try to grab a fistful of fabric on both sides or at the rear. Lots available? The hips are too broad. Not an inch to pinch? Try going up a size.

Still not sure? Here are a couple of advanced tips to help make you look like a tall(er) glass of water:

1. Asymetric Hems: The aptly named short-long hemline has been big for a few seasons, and it’s sticking around for more. This ‘mullet’ of a skirt is shorter in the front and longer in the back giving you the best of both worlds.

2. Side Slit: A slit to the side of the front of your skirt can elongate the leg and make walking easier in a narrower style. Just make sure the slit is no higher than 2″ above the knee.

Check out the Trademark 10: 10 Maxis That Fit Perfectly! board for some more ‘Pinspiration’.

Maxi Skirt Dos for Petite Women 5'4" and under

Yes, Petite women CAN wear Maxi skirts and dresses! These 3 simple rules will help you look great in long lengths.

What Not to Wear Maxi Skirt

Drowning in long skirts? Petite women should avoid these 3 Maxi mistakes.

What to Wear Wednesdays: The Long Day Dress

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We didn’t skirt around the Maxi length bottom for summer (check out what I said here), but what about the Maxi dress? Whether it’s 100C or -110C, is there anything simpler than just putting on a dress and heading out of the house? I think not. The sense of ease of a one-piece outfit can’t be underestimated, but the level of polish it provides just might be. Depending on the fabric and cut a full-length dress could read as very Boho/weekend festival or on the other side of the scale, as very formal, or black-tie.

In actuality, the super casual and ultra formal dress codes are where this silhouette  is often at its best. But, can you wear it to work? Obviously ballgowns and strappy sundresses should be reserved for the occasions they’re named for, but there are some cases where you can wear a long dress to work. Your professional polish will depend on how you accessorize it.

Look Professional in a Maxi Dress

You CAN look professional in a Maxi dress! It’s all in the accessories.

Blazer: Object Collectors Item

Bag: 3.1 Philip Lim

Pumps: BCBG

Dress: Anna Sui

Earrings: John Hardy

Glasses: Mod Cloth

Lipstick: Laura Mercier

Watch: Rolex

Maxi Dress for Weekend

Maxi dresses are ideal weekend wear. Casual, chic, and comfortable.

Hat: Guess

Sunglasses: J.Crew

Tote: Mark & Graham

Dress: Anna Sui

Vest: Vila Clothes

Ring: Repossi

Sandals: LuLu*s

What to Wear Wednesdays: It’s HOT!

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Whoo! It’s Hot in Here! We are FINALLY in the hot days of summer, and it’s times like this when the question on everyone’s lips is: ‘how can I look professional in this crazy heat when all I want to do is wear NOTHING!?’  Actually, the more interesting question I had this week was:

“Tamara, I have a maxi skirt that I live in on weekends. How can I wear it to work without looking like I’ve mentally skipped off already?”

Most people reserve long skirt lengths for formal and weekend wear, but then there are many for whom long lengths are a daily preference or requirement. For everyone, the way to create a professional look with a long skirt is to be mindful of fabric choice (lightweight, opaque, with some drape – not stiffness), volume (low, no ball gown styles or multi-layers), and colour combinations (keep current, not ‘uniform-y’ by mixing neutrals with trend colour accents).

A long skirt is also a chic way to enjoy keeping cool outside, but staying temprature-regulated the A/C is on high in the office, and it can greatly extend the usefulness of a summer piece you may have already invested in! 

Wear It To Work…

How to Wear a Maxi Skirt to Work

Classically ‘office appropriate’ supporting pieces make this Maxi skirt outfit an office ‘DO’!


Earrings: Anita Ko

Bag: Oasis

Shoes: Zara

Top: 9 & Co.

Skirt: New Look

Blazer: Celebboutique

Belt: Miss Selfridges

Wear It On the Weekend…

How to Wear a Maxi Skirt Casually

Get lots of longevity out of one great skirt by supporting it with weekend favourites for a casual twist.

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Bag: Rabeanco

Shoes: Rupert Sanderson

Top: Jacquemus

Belt: Jocasi

Skirt: New Look

Earrings: From The Earth

Necklace: Zolie Designs

Bangles: Wallis

Cloud Appreciation Society

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Last night’s dreadful storm in Toronto flooded our streets, our homes, and yes, even our closets. When you finally got home safely, was your rain gear still in tact? Better yet: had you even brought a brolly to work yesterday?

Heading back out to work the day after a dreadful storm is the last thing anyone wants to do – especially if your rain gear was destroyed on the commute home the night before!  I was lucky enough to beat the clouds home, but as I watched through my windows as the storm rolled in, and saw the news streaming in on my Twitter & Facebook feeds last night, I just couldn’t believe it! And, when the neighbours arrived home, drenched the to bone, I couldn’t help but think: we need a back-to-work wardrobe plan for the rest of the week because this rain isn’t gonna quit!

Don’t let torrential downpours rain on your style parade. Your style is weather-proof! Here are two new favourite combinations. One romantic, feminine, and trendy, the other edgy, urban, and avant. Which do you like best?

Cloud Appreciation Society Rain Gear

 Heart Umbrella: Felix Rey

Striped Vinyl Tote: Jordan Marsh

Matte Black Rain Boots: Burberry

Transparent Pink Rain Jacket: Valentino R.E.D.

Transparent Grey Rain Jacket: Wanda Nylon

Black Lace Umbrella: Modern Crochet Club *not actually intended for rain

Vinyl Reptile Tote: Foley + Corinna

Flame Pattern Rain Boots: Chance of Rain

Got a reliable trench already? Make your classic staple a versatile favourite again by changing up your accessories. Check out our Tis the Rainy Season post for some inspiration.

And Colour of the Year Goes to….Tangerine Tango!

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Every seasons style influencers and pros scour industry sites for a first glimpse of ‘what’s next’. I always say that in fashion, living in the present means being a season ahead of the curve!

One of the most important influences each year, and each season, is colour. Remember that scene in The Devil Wears Prada about the Cerulean Sweater? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwYZVEjlQ5Q)

OK, yes it’s extreme (and mean) but it really is pretty much how it works! However, if there is one, most important resource on colour, it is Pantone. And, each year Pantone selects the Colour of The Year! This year’s honoured hue is called ‘Tangerine Tango’ and I bet you’ve already seen it creeping into both women’s and men’s wear haven’t you?

Oranges are fairly challenging to wear, but it is here for 2012, so here are a few creative ways to add it into your wardrobe. Don’t be shy, it’s time to tango. 😉


Sunglasses: Balenciaga
Bag: Prada
Shoes: Le Silla
Dress: Michael Kors
Sence Copenhagen
Necklace: Miso
Bracelet: Sence Copenhagen

Blazer: J. Crew
Rings: Reiss
Bag: Big Buddha
Top: H&M
Pants: Vivienne Westwood
Scarf: Etro
Earrings: Jamie Joseph
Watch: Oozoo
Flats: Tory Burch

Earrings: Monsoon
Necklace: Satya
Bracelet: Alexander McQueen
Top: P.A.R.O.S.H
Pants: Alexander McQueen
Hat: Noel Stewart
Bag: Ralph Lauren
Shoes: Lauren by Ralph Lauren

Jacket: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Shirt: Daks
Pants: Life/After/Denim
Sunglasses: Burberry
Watch: Timex
Belt: Barbour
Shoes: ASOS

: Armani
Pants: Menlook
: Drykorn
Belt: Anderson’s
Shoes: Antoine & Stanley

Try This Trend: White Denim

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White denim can seem so tricky! But actually, a good denim gives more ‘support’ than a lightweight summer fabric, which makes them the perfect way to test out wearing white pants. Choose skinny, tailored ones for a classic silhouette, or pair white with another trend – the Flare leg – for a contemporary statement.

Nail Polish: Essie
Nude Pumps: Rupert Sanderson
Blouse: Aubin & Wills
Sweater: Ella Moss
Necklace: Kate Spade
Clutch: Chloe
Bracelets: Alexander McQueen & Chanel

Earrings: Douglas Rosin
Watch bracelet: Oasis
Wedges: MICHAEL Michael Kors
Shirt: Tory Burch
Jeans: Goldsign
Sunglasses: Tom Ford
Tote: J. Crew
Rings: Reiss

Ask Tamara: Statement Necklaces

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You know we love great jewellery in any season, but statement pieces are so on trend this year that it’s the perfect time to explore the different lengths of necklaces exist.  With so many options, how do you choose the right one?


From chokers to extra-long necklaces, there is a perfect piece for everybody – and for any outfit.

Ever wondered how to choose the right length? In the above image, you’ll see can see how different necklace lengths look, or ‘sit’, on an individual.  Here are some do’s & don’ts for each length:

14” – choker
DO wear chokers with tops that show off the neck.
DO embrace this latest necklace trend because it is all over popular retailers.
DON’T overdo it with a super blingy choker, it’s likely to be a one-hit wonder – unless your Style Vocab dictates otherwise.
DON’T go too tight! Make sure you can easily swallow by sneaking one finger between your neck and your choker.

 16” – crewneck and 18” – jewel necklace
DO invest in good pieces. Jewel length is the most versatile length, you’re sure to have it a long time.
wear a pendent on these lengths with a V-neck (or ‘cheat’ a V-neck over a round neckline), or choose a rounded version to wear with rounded necklines.
DON’T look choked up by adding it to a high neckline.
DON’T forget to add personality with pendants!

 20” – scoop & 24” – deep scoop
DO choose these lengths to elongate your neck.
DO highlight these pieces by wearing simple tops with them.
DON’T wear with plunging necklines. Hey…eyes up HERE.
be afraid to layer these necklaces. The complexity is fantastic!

 30 to 33 – extra long
DO wear with high necklines, to create drama and elongate the torso.
try doubling or tripling these lengths to add versatility to your accessories.
DON’T forget to layer these necklaces for a great multi-strand look.
DON’T wear long super long necklaces if you are petite as they can overwhelm your figure.