The caftan is all about lounging and luxury. Banish the images of Mrs. Roper in Three’s Company or your grandmother in Miami. These are not your grandmother’s caftans we’re talking about. We are talking Talitha Getty in Marrakech. Cristiana Brandolini in Venice. Diana Vreeland at her ruby-red apartment in Manhattan. It’s so low-key and so unapologetically antifashion that it has once again become one of the most fashionable items in the world.
You’ll find the best designer caftans—Muriel Brandolini (Cris- tiana’s daughter-in-law), Allegra Hicks, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche—at the high-end stores. If you want the real deal, go to an ethnic shop, where you can find the traditional Moroccan or Indian versions. Either way, paired with a string of beads and some flat shoes, the caftan remains the epitome of jet-set chic. Wear it over your bathing suit and with a pair of flip-flops. Or dress it up with a high metallic sandal and a pile of exotic bangles. Play around with it. Look at the old fashion photographs from the ’60s and ’70s, and take notice of style icons like Babe Paley and Marella Agnelli. These women wore the caftan the way it is meant to be worn.
The cable-knit sweater, also known as the fisherman’s sweater. The cable-knit will always be seen as classically preppy, but it can also be runway-worthy. There is a version of the cable-knit for every aspect of one’s personal style. Find your match, and you will have a go-to garment for the rest of your life. Whichever version you go with, it will remain the kind of wardrobe staple that allows you to be cozy and casual, yet unbelievably stylish at the same time. The cable-knit sweater sends that message of casual indifference “Oh, just something I threw on”. And yet it also sends a message of supreme style “ . . . but I knew what I was doing”.
And one must always send a message.
The uninitiated associate the brooch with grandmothers and great-aunts and think it is only to be worn on the neckline of dresses. But the fashionable are aware that it is capable of so much more. It is an accessory that allows you to show off your creative side. Find ironic designs and large, interesting pieces. Put them in your hair, on your hats, on unexpected places on your clothing. Follow the lead of women like Sharon Stone, who tied back her husband’s white shirt with a dragonfly pin and stepped out on the red carpet in 1998. Or Charlize Theron, who ingeniously placed a brooch on each strap of her amber Vera Wang dress for the 2000 Oscars. A few years later, she placed two diamond flower brooches in her perfectly coiffed hair. Google these images, and then go scour the vintage shops and your grandma’s jewelry box to find brooches you can play around with.
A friend suggested this gel liner to my mom and so we tried it.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT
Now gel reinvents liner:
• Oil-free formula holds highly concentrated pigments in a clear gel base
• Smudge-proof and waterproof for 24 hours
• Most intense line for lasting drama
• Safe for sensitive eyes and ophthalmologist-tested
• Contact lens safe
It also comes with a free brush. But if you want a thinner brush, you could buy another separately.
Based on my very first try and experience, this eyeliner is much easier to use and apply. You don’t need to dry it unlike the liquid eye liner. Plus you could really play with the application (it depends on you).
FOR BEST RESULTS
DEFINED LOOK: In small strokes, glide liner across lash line from inner to outer corner.
DRAMATIC LOOK: Define- In small strokes, glide liner across lash line from inner to outer corner.
Enhance- Extend and thicken line from outer corner up towards brow; wing out for extra drama.
Looks more dramatic with an effect. Lol.
This is definitely worth every peso. It glides on nicely and smoothly. Try it now!
Sneakers from VANS
Zebra Top from COTTON ON
Top from AHLENS
Crop Top from FOREVER21
Ruffle Tank Top from FOREVER21
Long Sleeves from PROTOTYPE
Top from FOREVER21 (turned it into a fringe top)
Go ahead, steal it. Or at least borrow it for a very, very long time. Take his cardigan. Dads, grandpas, brothers, friends, and roommates are all fair game, too. The boyfriend cardigan had a high-fashion moment when Marc Jacobs did grunge and the models appeared on the runway with skirts, combat boots, and over- sized cardigans. But the boyfriend cardigan had been around long before grunge and will remain long after. Perhaps because anything that looks like it was stolen out of your boyfriend’s closet will never go out of style.
The jacket that women blatantly stole from the boys and then wore it better, as is so often the case. Women wear it with sleek white pants or on top of little black dresses; we wear it with skinny black jeans or khakis. Girls most often wear it with heels instead of the stan- dard prep-school penny loafers. The beauty of the blazer is that it does a tango between the masculine and the feminine, the formal and the casual, the preppy and the trendy, the smart and the sexy. You can’t quite pin it down, and therein lies its charm. A chic untraditional way to buy a blazer is to buy it unconstructed or over- sized or shrunken for a dramatic and fash- ionable look.