STYLE ADVICE: Spring Cleaning

There are two things we love about the arrival of spring; color, and outdoor seating for happy hour.  I don’t know what it is about a nice day that makes us want to drink. I blame it on my college education and many plentiful spring days in Bloomington, Indiana in my undergrad youth. Anyhow, lets move on before I get sad because I now have to work instead of going to class hung over and sitting in the back of lecture not participating.

We here at Fashion After Noon are strong believers of fashion’s favorite color, black but when the sun shines and the temps increase, we just want to add a POC, pop of color.  This spring add some leg wear. Color denim is not a new trend but it is differently exploding this upcoming season.  Another pant to add to your dresser drawer is a floral trouser. Add a sandal heel and neutral color basics such as a white rolled sleeve T, denim button down or whatever your little fashion forward heart desires.  As always, both these selections can be edged up by cool jackets, Alexander Wang heels and a badass attitude.

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STYLE ADVICE: How to Rock a Bad Romance

After Lady Gaga’s triumphant hit, every Nooner wanted a bad romance. Why wouldn’t we? The scenario demands great sex and great drama, as well as a promise of great love. I remember when my friends and I surrounded our apartment’s kitchen island and started talking about it. Next thing you know, I’m hit with a bad romance and let me tell ya its not what its cracked up to be.  My phone was ringing and ringing like it was Grand Central Station, wait wait that’s another song.  Thankfully I was surrounded by shots and tables to dance on to get out my bad romance excess anger. Need less to say even having a tragic love affair demands sartorial choices.

Let’s take a page from our girl, Carrie Bradshaw. Throughout her thirties she was slammed with an on and off again relationship with Mr. Big.  It was never easy to deal with but thank god Carrie had a long luxe fur coat to put over every outfit. Oh you thought I was going to say thank god she had her three best friends? Well that’s always good too but that coat is what demands attention and lets face it you can feel better about yourself crying in fur rather than your friends poly blend. Now back to Carrie, even if she looked like shit, with that jacket on she held resemblance to Kate Moss every time she lit a cigarette. Lesson, get a fur jacket.  If we had our pick of all the furs in the land, a Nooner prefers a cropped black fur coat in pre and post bad romance times.  With that said, we are still fine with the one our grandma passed down to us.

Once you’re in a bad romance, your lover never goes away.  There like that drink that you swore never to have again because it got you really drunk and left you with a hangover the whole next day. But they’re you ago again, ordering it the following week. Don’t you ever learn?! Damn the day you spotted him in the crowd with his perfectly product enhanced hair.

STYLE ADVICE: How to Bitch Slap Your Interview (Fashion Wise)

Nooners are not necessary lazy, we are just idealist and feel work should be something to love. Work is “work” until your miserable in your cubicle everyday for eight hours. Soon enough, you hate your life because your boss is a bitch and is jealous that you dress better than her. That is not your fault and neither is that printer problem. Like seriously people, you didn’t graduate college with a tech diploma, okay?  You really don’t know.  Between you and me, I threw out my printer in May because it was jammed. Yes, yes we all know that no job is ideal but let’s cheers to finding one very close to the dream we envisioned in our head. With that, the interview outfit is just as important as printing out resumes and researching the company.

The key to not being fashion bitched slap on an interview is mixing your own personal style along with the style of the company. Always add a sense of you but be respectful of where you’re going.

REMEMBER to always look neat and put together no matter how edgy the brand. When interviewing for a magazine, it is helpful to consider the looks of the editors who work there rather than the magazine it self. The magazine is great for inspiration but how the editors dress is a better reflection on what the magazine looks for. It came to my attention that some featured pictorials are for flash and fashion only and not for sporting in their hallways.  ALWAYS know what the brands over all look is because their over all goal is to hire someone who reflects that image, even if it’s an internship position.

Final note: Brands and companies in the fashion industry hold themselves up to the highest level, even if it’s a dying brand. Respect the brand and let them know you know your shit. Be a fashion bitch back.

Now you have the fashion down, in a perfect world that would be enough.

STYLE ADVICE: 5 Fashionable Drinks to Adopt

Don’t be naïve to think that people don’t judge you on your drink order.  I mean I’m judging you and let’s face it people have something to say about everyone and everything. I know, I know, judgey woogie was a bear. I don’t really know what the nursery rhyme actually means but it always reminds me about that one Sex and the City episode. Wait, wait, wait where was I going with this? Oh yes. Your drink choice is just like a pair of shoes and no one should be caught dead in something dated or lame. Here’s 5 types of drinks its okay to order when out on the town.

• Vodka tonic – Simple and classic with a bad girl edge.  Kate Moss drinks it so you know its cool.

• Vodka Gimlet – Like a vodka tonic but with a sour favor. It’s for those people who complain that vodka tonic taste like nothing (hello that’s the point).

• Pomegranate Martini – The new “it” martini once every loser started drinking cosmopolitans. If you need to drink one, than opt for this one instead of the later.

• Fresquita – Andy Cohen’s new favorite drink. We love everything Andy Cohen does, from his cute jew boy smile to the housewives, WWHL and now his drink choice. If your didn’t know, its just tequila (patron please) and fresca.

•  Tom Collins – Vintage and hip.

Of course, every Nooner loves champagne in all courses of life. Its great in the morning, lunch, dinner, post dinner, pregame, dancing on a table, you name it and its great. The same thing goes for Wine. Any type really, I prefer Pinot Grigio but the fact of the matter is that I can slug down anything and that’s the Nooner way.

Also, made to order specialty drinks with flare are great and receive a check plus in our book. We love drinks made with love, mainly because alcohol has had our back since we can remember (well, except for last weekend and then that time last month).

Don’t Dare to Drink These 4 Cocktails

• Shirley Temple – Your not cute or youthful because you drink this, your probably annoying.

• Long Island Ice Tea – I loved LI ice teas when I was in college but it’s embarrassing to order once out. Exception: Long islands are okay to drink on when its summer, during the day.

• Morning Drinks at Night – Its okay to drink a mimosa or bloody mary for brunch but not okay to drink past 5pm. Seriously, they may be good but it just doesn’t make sense.

• Apple Martini – Its dated, too 90s and not in a good way.

*the above drink was well enjoyed at the randolph at broome, nyc. 

STYLE ADVICE: Day Off Day Clothes

Don’t we all love a long weekend? Although everyday is a long weekend for us, we love when everyone can enjoy as well.  For some, it’s another day to brunch or another day to read in the park but Nooners have another fantasy for a Monday off. Today is the perfect chance to finally stay in bed for the whole day with your man while the only thing you will be consuming will be champagne and each other. Actions like this don’t involve clothing but every Nooner should have the necessary loungewear.

The cool knit pant for when the champagne runs out and you need to run to the liquor store.  Fashionable to pair with heels like Carrie Bradshaw or slouchy cool with converse.

The nightshirt, so at least you can have something covering yourself when the Chinese food is delivered.

The silk robe is key for seducing or perfect for lounging on the couch with your man. It may even help your effort in trying to convince him that the Housewives of Beverly Hills is actually a good show.

The luxe t- shirt is perfect for snuggle time and also easy transferable to be apart of your everyday wear.

Together all these pieces are perfect for your survival of the four day weekend. The other necessities you can find at your local drug store.

STYLE ADVICE: Old Enough to Know Better, Young Enough Not to Care

Oh it’s the age old saying of the twenty something’s of America. Sure maybe, I can’t afford 14 dollar drinks but I’m old enough to know that but still young enough not to care if I have to get by on almonds for the rest of the week. Being poor, what a great diet plan.  Savings? Do you mean the money I’ve been putting aside for the Proenza Schouler PS1 bag?

Just like these daily right and wrongs of growing up, clothing choices bare the same decade old question.

It’s not okay to wear tights as pants. I don’t know how many times Blair Waldorf has to tell you this but here I am doing her dirty work. With that, we are still young enough to pair those tights with denim shorts. To the old, this look does not make sense but neither does twitter.

The perfect shoe to pair with that ensemble is the combat boot. It’s the perfect rebellion to the world and the style lets your illustrate how you battle through your own day to day antics. Fuck me, I forgot to close out my tab at the bar, let me grab my combat boots and walk there!

Together, we’re old enough to know better but still young enough not to care.

STYLE ADVICE: The Minor Details

It’s obvious that great bags and shoes separate Nooners from the common folk of the world.  With that, true style icons go beyond this common notion and stylize themselves from their head to their toes.  Ultimately, it’s the minor details throughout the day within your wardrobe that become essential for conquering fashion grounds.

Can’t help but to remember in the Fall 2009 DSquared RTW show how models strutted down the runway clutching Starbucks Venti Lattes, blackberry’s, retro shades, and even totted around US Weeklys.

Key items for stylization success:

–       A cool phone case. I suggest not picking an outlandish color as a cover (Just say no… to orange). Pick a shade that is the majority of your closet. It will either match with your cardigan or pop against your all black attire. Nooner approved: Most Incase products but esp. this one.

–       It’s a no brainer to have a cool ipad case but the difference between gaudy and cool, people seem to forget. Nooner approved: DODOcase for J.Crew 

–       If you don’t have an iphone – An Ipod in a color that matches your daily style.

–       A Venti or Grande Starbucks Coffee cup. This cup is always the perfect walking accessory.  Are you into the environment, or want to save dough? Stores now offer ceramic Starbucks looking reusables.

–       For those non-coffee drinkers (boo): Vitamin Water.  Way back when, in the first Sex and the City movie, Pat Field stylized the color of the liquid/bottle to match with the girls outfits.

–       A Magazine for a much needed in-between class down time.  W always uses great colors for their covers along with saucy layouts. Can’t go wrong with Vogue or opt for a WWD to gain more fashion cred.

–       Nail polish. Blake Lively once said in an interview that she changes polish daily depending on her outfits. For this fall, I am really into a dark shade of heather grey.

–        Also be on the look out for Alexander Wang’s new Objects Collection which is an assortment of personal items such as lighters, playing cards, notebooks, bike locks and more. Stay tuned to Alexander Wang’s facebook page to view pictures as well as to hear the launch date.

–       Even more little things to stylize: An agenda book, pencils/pens, laptop, umbrella, notebooks/folder…

Now every part of your day is in style.