Fashion Files: The Case of the Pretty Podium Girls

It’s Tour de France in my house. We’ve recorded the race and each night, my husband and I watch a stage together. Like the majority of the people tuning in, my husband is focused on the race itself and how the participants employ different strategies to rise to the top of this grueling multi-day event. My focus? Well, of course, it’s on the Podium Girls.

A fixture at the Tour de France prize-giving ceremonies, the Podium Girls, or Hostesses as they are also called, are these beautiful young women who help honor the winner at each stage. But what I find so utterly fascinating are the outfits that the Hostesses don. I mean, there was Fabian Cancellara, being recognized for his tremendous efforts in conquering the first stage, all I could ask is “what are those girls wearing?”

Stage 1 Winner Fabian Cancellara

Each outfit is tied back to the sponsor’s colors, so on this day, the Podium Girls mirrored Powerbar in black jumpsuits with yellow detail in the form of a belt and headband. Hmmm. Now when I think of Powerbar, I think of strong, athletic and super-fueled, so how about a sleek black Prada track suit, with yellow Puma sneakers? The headband could stay, but let’s skinny it up.

But then, the outfits came decidedly more demure as they moved to the jersey-presenting ceremony, with Fabian was joined by two Hostesses in tailored pale yellow sheaths. Very lovely. Particularly love the swept-up do with a boat-neck dress.

Stage 1 Yellow Jersey presentation

In addition to the yellow jersey for the stage winner, there are other recognitions, such as the green jersey for the best sprinter. Now these outfits remind me of a gal in the Orbit gum commercial, with the long neckerchief.

Alessandro Pettachi

This green is such a fun color, I would have loved to have seen them in a green and white Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress like this one.

Diane Von Furstenberg

In between, there have been various suits, dresses and outfits in yellow, black and green, but so far, none has been more captivating – and sometimes more distracting – than the dresses worn when the best climber is recognized. In this category, the rider receives a red polka-dotted jersey , so the ensuing ensembles have been pure spectacle. Here’s my funniest fave:

Now, Carrefour is a European supermarket chain, so I’m not really sure why the skirts resemble umbrellas, but they do feel like something Carrie Bradshaw might have worn in the 80s, albeit with a better fitting top. Just think what Kate Spade could do with this category!  I love this sheath dress – just needs to be in red.

Kate Spade

So carry on Tour de France! I can’t wait to see what your lovely Podium Girls showcase next!

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July 10, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Fashion Files. 4 comments.

How to: Get Booted

For July 4th weekend, we headed to Mammoth for one last ski of the season (yes, I did say ski!). Après-slopes today, my friend and I hit the town to take advantage of the summer ski sales. On the list? A new pair of ski boots. Now I know that this is a fashion blog, but hey, boots are boots!

Nordica ski boots

Though we didn’t find a match, we did walk away with some great boot shopping tips thanks to a super knowledgable sales guy at Footloose (one of the best ski shops in Mammoth). Here’s what we learned;

  • Size It Up. Always get your foot measured. It helps the sales staff see the shape of your foot, which will enable them to find the beat fit.
  • Flip Out. Before you try it on, turn it over. The “sole” of the boot should match your foot’s shape. Narrow foot? The sole should be narrow too.
  • Line It Up. Ready to try it on? Not quite yet. Pull that liner out first. Your foot should have about an inch of breathing room between your heel and the back of the boot.
  • Time to Try. With the liner back in, slip that tootsie in. The boot should conform to your foot. Too tight is not right – just like with all shoes – but the boot should be quite snug. Too loose and you won’t have the stability you need to get you safely down the hill.

And my tip for ski boot shopping? Buy in July. $800 pairs were going for $250. Now if I could only find a Louboutin sale like that one.

July 5, 2010. Tags: , , , . How To. Leave a comment.

How To: Pick the Right Summer Pants (Or “Put back the capris!”)

I started working on a post about how to pick the right style of shorts for your legs (coming! promise!), but as I was browsing through TJ Maxx looking for inspiration (and some wedges on sale), I found myself in the most horrific aisle of the store – the capri section. As I came to a screeching halt, my eyes transfixed on the way-too-vast selection in front of me , I knew that I had to shelve the shorts story and send a plea to all of you. Put the down capris down and slowly back away!

Capris do not look good – on anyone! Need proof? Just pick up a Victoria’s Secret clothing catalog and check out the capri section. Capris make those gorgeous models’ calves look they have grown two sizes. The problem – the capri ends mid-calf, and since they aren’t fitted, they make your leg look thicker than it really is.

Now, I know what you are going to say. They are just so comfortable! I understand as I do indeed own a few pairs of capris. Each summer, I seem to be drawn in by their refreshing fabrics and fun colors, but I’ve got stronger over the years and am now able to resist their persistent pull. Mostly because I’ve branded an image in my mind, of myself, wearing white linen capris that had branding at cuff. I shudder just to think about those pants.

So comfort you want? Then comfort you shall have. Here are some alternatives to the capri.

Pack it Up. The Cargo Pant is a hot trend for the summer. You no longer have to worry about smacking someone with your side pockets like with cargo pants of old. These days’ cargoes are simple and slim. Check out the J.Crew Linen-Silk Cargo Pants.

J Crew Linen-silk cargo pants

It’s Okay to Slouch. Summertime is the right time for a little slouching. Though relaxed in the fit, slouchy pants still look great on a date, especially with when rolled at the cuff. Pair with stacked high heels and a fun tank. Gap Slouchy Pants

Gap Slouchy Belted pants

Elongate It. Just because it’s summer, doesn’t mean you have to wear short pants all of the time. A full-length pant in a light fabric can feel and look just a fresh, especially in fun summer colors or a crisp white. Check out the Old Navy Button Front Wide Leg Pants – love the wide bottoms.

Old Navy Button Front Wide Leg Pants

Island Fever. Living the luxe life? Try the Georgie’s St. Bart Pant – gorgeous brown silk for tropical island nights or perusing Parisian shops by day.

Georgie St. Bart's Pant

June 27, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . How To. Leave a comment.

put2gether pick: jonesing for j.crew

Maybe it’s because I just watched a back-to-back marathon of Royal Pains on Bravo, but all I can think about is Hamptons style. So not surprising that I’m seriously loving everything J.Crew right now. Their casual cool is perfect for a stroll in Southampton. Here are a few of my faves:

Craving a Cardi: Loving the two-toned look of the Palisade Cardigan and the delicate wrap at the waist. I’d go for the charcoal and black, natch, over crisp white shorts and a delicate tissue tee.

Palisade Cardigan

Cowboy Couture. I’ve been on the hunt for a great denim shirt for about 5 years now. Yep, five years. Somehow, my favorite denim shirt didn’t quite make the move from our last home, so I’ve been looking for  a great replacement. Here are two fun ones:

  • The Selvedge Chambray shirt looks like it fell right out of your man’s closet, but it’s got a tailored sensibility. Love the color, love the cloth, love the cut.

Selvedge Chambray shirt

  • The Denim Utility Shirt-Jacket puts a fun twist on an old concept. Nipped in at the waist with a bit of a tie, you can layer or leave it alone.

Denim Utility Shirt-Jacket

Add It On: And there are far too many accessories to wax upon about (though I did just pick up their pearl and silk wrapped necklace on sale for $19.99!), but had to share this belt. Adds the edge that I love, but so pretty in white!

Studded Leather Belt

Do you love J.Crew too?

June 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . put2gether pick. 3 comments.

How To: Get Some Life Out of Your Tunic

Nothing says summer like a tunic. Though I tend to steer towards the New England uniform (white, black, beige and navy), I can’t seem to help myself when summer rolls around and the tunics come out. The colors and patterns make me absolutely giddy. Well, maybe not giddy, but at least willing to try some pink.

As I was pulled into a store simply because the tunics featured in the front window, I thought how sad it was that the gleeful tunic had to hibernate come fall. So here are some thoughts on incorporating more fun into your wardrobe, courtesy of the tunic.

So let’s start with the fab navy-blue ikat-print tunic I recently got at Toss in San Francisco (that was the store with the tunic display – so smart).

Classic Cover-Up. Since it’s summer, we’ll start with the obvious – the beach cover-up. Throw over your suit and pair with your favorite beach bag, Havaiana flip flops and floppy hat.  (Sorry to get off topic, but can’t resist sharing my new fave sunscreen – Neutrogena’s new Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock in SPF 70 – perfect under makeup).

Free Flow. After a day in the sun, freshen up that tunic for a summer’s meal with skinny white pants, gladiator sandals and a chunky beaded necklace. Leave that tunic flowing free over or tie off with a skinny belt.

Missing the waves while at work? Sneak a little tunic fun into your work wardrobe. Here are three ways to make it work:

  • You’re Penciled In: Grab your favorite pencil skirt and you are good to go. Tuck in your tunic and pair with a statement necklace and complete with stacked high heels.

  • Well-Suited: Slip the tunic under your suit to wow up your wardrobe. Try an all-black or all-white suit to make the tunic stand out. Just tuck it in and trot it out. Add a metallic necklace and a bit complementary color at the foot (such as orange with navy) to complete the look.

  • Cool Casual: Have Causal Friday in your office? Dig out those paper-bag waisted pants and skimmers for a just-come-from-the-pool casual look. Again, tuck that tunic in to highlight the paper-bag waist.

So there are five ways to get some life out of that favorite tunic. What’s your favorite one look like?

June 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . How To. Leave a comment.

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