Vogue – 758pgs of Pure Bliss

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Red Lips – David Letterman once asked Anna Wintour (former Editor and Chief of Vogue) if you have only $20 to spend on  “being fashionable” what should you buy?  Her response “you could always buy a lipstick.”  That’s so true for Fall 2011.  Pictures of women with retro red lips and fluttery eyelashes are everywhere in this year’s issue.  Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Rouge ($23) was featured in the Index.  I might not get to jump on every trend this year but I will definitely invest in a high quality red lipstick:

Vintage Hollywood Glamor for women.  Glamor is definitly the right word.   “In difficult times fashion is always outrageous.” Elsa Schiaparelli.  It’s Katie Perry/Marilyn Monroe inspired pin up girl for those with the courage to flaunt it.  Scarlet Johannson/Grace Kelly elegance for those who like subtle glamor.  Naughty or nice either way you can’t go wrong with tailored feminine pieces, long lashes, skinny waists, perky boobs, high heels, soft bouncy wet set curls, knee length dresses and voluminous skirts.  Pulling off this look is surprisingly cost affordable.  A lot of today’s inexpensive fashion items are the staples of yester-year.  Want sky high perky boobs like the early 60s?  Go to walmart and reach for the 18hr bra in a box ($20).  Want the flawless curls? Raid the hair roller department at the dollar store ($3).   Can’t afford a diamond necklace?  Neither can I.  A strand (or two.. or three) of freshwater pearls will do the trick ($25+).  Paired with wardrobe staples a girl can look expensive and trendy without having to pay a fortune.

Slim suits & Skinny Ties for Men  Gone are the days of cargo pants and ratty t-shirts.  Suits and shiny shoes are back in and I’m very excited about it. 

Fur – Fur jackets, capes, boots, bags, gloves,  dresses, belts, etc. etc. etc were all over this month’s issue.  Trying to go all out with this trend could cost a small fortune.  I think a simple fur scarf & fur lined gloves paired with staples will do the trick.   Not into wearing dead animals?  There are plenty of authentic looking look-alikes on the market.  Some of them are softer, more cost effective and more durable than the real thing. 

Ankle Boots.  Are in.  Undeniably so.  I might be a social outcast for opting out of ankle boots but they’re just not flattering on my body type.   Even so, if you like them, stock up… this is your season!

Jacket & Boots paird with EVERYTHING.  Double points for jacket & boots paired with skirts & dresses.  And tripple points for a grey trench/boot pairing.

Grey, Tan, Wine & Berries  Is how I can best describe this year’s color scheme.  

Simple Leather Bag You should always end on a good tote.  The simple leather bag is a trend I can stand behind.  No fancy clasps or prints.  This is a load up once, take everywhere & wear with almost anything kind of bag.  [Round of applause] 

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