Fall/Winter Essentials: Neutral Cashmere Sweater

One of the best things I love about shopping for the frigid temperatures is knowing that some of your key    pieces will last  for a few more seasons. Lets face it, I’m sure we all have that one dress, shirt or shoe for the past six years that absolutely nothing would make us get rid of it. Nothing screams stylish, warm and comfy more than a clean cut cashmere sweater. Cropped, crew and turtle necks are some of my favorite types of sweaters that I try to add a new twist to revamp its look. While we’re in the midst of reigning bold neutrals in particular beige, creme and off-white hues, stylista’s Rihanna and Olivia Palermo shows you how to wear a neutral cashmere. Detailing and accessorizing adds a dash of excitement to any boring staple. The Chic Notebook’s shopping tip for this Fall/Winter essential is durability. Remember bargain shopping can be fun and easy but it’s also good to invest in that one item that wont wear or tear.

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Earth Tone Hues For Fall

I’m a firm believer in translating summer to fall pieces. After going all out to get the best trendy staples this summer it would be heart wrenching to see them all go to the bottom of storage. As much as I believer in making your pieces work all year round, I also stand by revamping and freshening your look as the seasons change. This summer it was all about the floral, digital prints, bright geometric patterns, bold colors so as we slowly sip into the mood of fall I’m creating a new wardrobe.

January is when we make all our new years resolutions of what we should accomplish in the upcoming year, we sometimes tend to change our image whether is style or beauty but in Vogue’s September Issue Documentary it was made official that September is the fashion’s new year. So while you go back to school, back to work, back to wearing those lace up boots and cashmere pieces let’s incorporate in little trendy pattern. Earth tone hues can help with this transition.

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This JCrew model is wearing a full earth tone ensemble. Khaki jacket mixed with the different ground shades of brown and grey makes it even more fun…

Nicholas K models.
photos via Style.com

Fall Trend Alert: Tweed Jackets

This Queen Elizabeth inspired should occupy a hanger or two from your fall closet. Rachel Zoe orgasms over her packages from Chanel with multiple tweed jackets on the season premier of TRZ Project, but we can do the same on a basic budget.

This piece is the epitome of a transitional day to night staple. Beyonce paired her pink Chanel tweed with cute off shorts and a casual graphic and ofcourse the ever-so-famous pair of louboutins while Jessica Biel executed a stunning red carpet ensemble in Oscar De La Renta tweed, ruffled top and dressy slacks. Forever 21, H and M and Top Shop including a few vintage stores will carry a vastly more affordable version of the pieces these A lister’s are spotting.
Inspiration…
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Rachel Roy Octopus Ring

In case you’re wondering why The Chic Report loves Rachel Roy so much then this should answer your question. This week my overwelming obsession with one of a kind rings continues. I praise the Rachel Roy collections season after season merely because her work carries a flirtacious edge pushing fashion boudaries to create the most impeccable pieces. Ladies! When I saw this Octopus cocktail glam ring I immediately fell in love. Sparkles, Pearls… a definate summer must have.

Summer Must Have: Cropped Tee’s

The Chic Report  is back with another summer must have for all you stylish readers out there. There’s nothing more comforting in apparel than the old classic tee. Its up to us to re invent and revamp each season. This summer cropped tee’s are really strong in the ready to wear department. Have trouble figuring out what to wear to the family barbecue, a comfortable outfit to go shopping or night at the movies with the besties then throw on a cropped tee. Add accessories or play your look down by choosing nautical trends, a cute graphic or sheer for a clean relaxed look. they’re simple, cute and comfortable. TopShop, Zara and H and M have these on demand!

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How would you wear your cropped tee’s this season? Let us know…


Summer Must Haves: Rompers

Happy Memorial Day…Hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday whether you went out to a picinic, barbeque or relaxed at home I’m sure you are very excited about the hot summer days approaching. Have trouble figuring out what to add to your shopping list? Dont worry The Chic Report is here to save you! There are fabulously afforable must have staples and key pieces appropriate for summer. A great statement this season is the retired romper. Its back and more fashionable than ever. Take a look at the sets below.
1. Never forget to accessories however in some cases less is more…

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2. Whether its mixed, digital, animal or tribal print add some pattern to your wardrobe.

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3. Ever heard the “All-denim-everything” if you have a hard time putting denim pieces together then the light acid wash romper makes it easier.

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4.Floral is the new black! Like patterened garments floral prints are vibrant this season. Play with your look adding dash of colors to your wardrobe

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Spring Trend Alert: Sailor Stripes

Spring is finally here… HALLELJAH! Its getting warm outside so you know what that means; an opportunity to be stylish with a lighter more workable wardrobe. I’ve decided to track our favorite trends from the Spring 2010 runways, dissect them to the core to bring you The Chic Report’s list of “SPRING MUST HAVES” sauteed with a twist of elegance and affordability. In my next few posts you will find incite on fresh ways to work your wardrobe incorporating the trends from high end designers for the fashionista-on-a-budget. Some looks might be of benefit from having a fresh dated stamp on them (e.g “embellished/statement shoulders”) but not this trend which is number one on our must have list. Remember the “fashion rule” that stripes make you look bigger? Someone once told me that rules were meant to be broken, so in this new fashion era we’re throwing all rules out the window and taking risks with our choices. Although Sailor Stripes might receive less recognition because of it simplicity its proven versatility wins over everything. This nautical trend is spotted on the racks, shelves and show windows of every store I’ve visited this past week. Urban Outfitters, TopShop, New York and Company, H and M and even Forever 21 have joined the sailor stripe band wagon for Spring/Summer 2010. The sailor inspired collection brings classical pieces back to earth and its best to pair them with easy, all American basics. Guess whose wearing stripes?
The City’s/Elle Magazine’s Oliver Palermo in Club Monaco Tee.

In a flirty red and white striped dress. Black bow, silver jewelry, black booties and clutch adds edge to such a simple staple.


Alexa Chung paired her blue and white striped tee top with navy blue jumper shorts. Simple but this is a great look.
Need inspiration? I’ve created two sets with nautical/ sailor stripes inspired pieces…

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Let me know what you think about this trend…Comment below! and follow!