Glamour: Hot Looks for 2008

January 10, 2008

(CBSWith 2007 all but over, you’re probably thinking ahead to what you might be wearing in 2008.   On The Early Show Monday, Suze Yalof Schwartz, executive fashion editor-at-large of Glamour magazine, offered a sneak preview of next year’s chic, “in” looks.  All the outfits Schwartz spotlighted can easily be incorporated in your existing wardrobe.   She didn’t focus on prices as much outfits typifying trends.   Schwartz says the key to being a great shopper is to not only focus on the current season’s trends, but the ones going forward.

The top trends she sees for the 2008 spring season include:

LOOK 1: MENSWEAR + SHINE

Mixing masculine and feminine isn’t news, but stealing your boyfriend’s blazer and throwing it over a sequin t-shirt dress is! Though this look certainly isn’t office-appropriate, it definitely works.

SPORTCOAT — Phillip Lim (wool/cashmere blend)
DRESS — Banana Republic (sequins)
BAG — Banana Republic
SHOES — Stuart Weitzman

LOOK 2: RUFFLES + PINK

This look exemplifies the message of spring / summer 2008. The ruffled sleeve detail is a touch of 1940s glamour that feels modern in 2008. Add to it a high-waisted, above-the-knee skirt in the season’s most important color — pink!

TOP + SKIRT — Khoon Hooi (silk blend)
BAG — Hollywould for Target
SHOES — Stuart Weitzman for ScoopNYC

LOOK 3: FLORAL ANY AND EVERYTHING + THE NEW PANT

Flowers never go away, but they can’t be hotter than they are this season. The new shape pant is still straight, but cropped above the ankle. A pair of high heels gives a modern twist.

TOP — DVF at Bloomingdale’s (silk)
BAG — Hollywould for Target
PANTS — Theory at Bloomingdale’s (wool and polyester)
SHOES — Steven by Steve Madden

LOOK 4: ASSYMETRICAL TOPS + FULL SKIRTS

Give ’em the cold shoulder: This top is great paired with jeans and skirts, and will be a great transitional piece from winter to spring. A high-waist full skirt. touching just above the knee, is both the cut and length du jour.

TOP — Banana Republic (cashmere)
BAG — Rafe
SKIRT — Club Monaco (silk and cotton)
SHOES — closet

LOOK 5: THE ART–INSPIRED DRESS

Stefano Pilati created a movement when this dress appeared in his 2008 Cruise Collection, then magically appeared in spring collections all over the globe. Don’t be surprised if you’re walking through stores and feel like you’re walking through an art museum; many of the season’s pieces have been inspired by both modern and classic artists.

ENTIRE LOOK —- YSL Cruise 2008 Collection

Care not for what your girlfriends think of your new outfit.  The question is, my darling, does the proverbial “he” think that you look good.  Do you want to attract more females or are you trying to catch a good man?  Yes, you want a man (unless you are a lesbian, and they are many times attracted by the same things that attract men…for obvious reasons…but I digress).  If you want a man…dress in a way that men find attractive.

Don’t know what men find attractive?  Buy a men’s magazine like Black Man, GQ, or Maxim.  Sure, the women may not be wearing a whole lot of clothes…but you will find “dressed” women in those publications.

Tips: 

  • Show off your curves with form fitting garments…but not TIGHT garments.  There is a difference.  Not a mu-mu, not latex…you know what I’m saying, Dear.
  • Cleavage is your friend.  Leave an extra button undone on that stiff work blouse.  Note: A hint can go a long way, but no one needs to see your nipples.
  • Wear heels, it’s worth the pain.  Does wonders for the look of you butt and calves.
  • Don’t walk out of the house without considering what you are wearing.  You can meet a man at the 7-11…really you might
  • Makeup is not just for a night on the town.  Eyeliner, mascara, and lip gloss…you should always have these 3 handy.  Even without foundation, they can transform your face

Those are just a few tips/hints.  More to come.

I believe that there are beautiful women, average women, and ugly women.  Who gets to judge?…men.  Who has to deal with it?…whether they like it or not, women.  This is the way of the world.  Personal preference rules.  That’s why advertisers work so hard.  They are working to change your mind.  The way you think, what you think, what you prefer, and what you will invest your hard earned money in.  Who will invest in you?  Who is willing to buy into what you are selling?

Ladies, if you don’t have a man, you are not working hard enough with your advertising.  Your product may have gotten too old.  The packaging may be ugly.  People may be taking your product for granted and assume that any brand name will do.  You don’t have time to sit on the shelf.  There is way too much competition, male and female, for a good man.

Are you bleach, are you peanut butter, are you a trash bag?

NO.  You are a woman.  You have assets, selling points.  You need to maximize, flaunt, and let the world know about what you are selling.  But, no…you let the world see how dirty the back storeroom is.  You let them see you cooking in a nasty fast food kitchen.  You have a hand made sign over your storefront.  You are not “doing it” girlfriend.

The time has come for women to wake up and stop crying about having or not having a man.  You don’t have a man because no one wants to buy what you are selling.  It’s time for RESEARCH and DEVELOPMENT 101, Ladies.

Let’s get it!