Thursday

Katherine's Picks Fall Fashion

Working at a fashion magazine makes the months—and certainly the seasons—zip by. (click image to enlarge)

At WhoWhatWear.com, our lead-time is at least a month ahead, but we see (and study) the upcoming season’s collections months before the items hit stores.

There are a lot of collections that I flipped for last February: I loved the color palettes at Halston and Proenza Schouler, the washed leather at Alexander Wang, all of the boots and bags at Etro, and pretty much everything by Jenni Kayne. Beyond these, there was one collection that truly stood out, my obsession, otherwise known as Balmain. Every punky, sequined little dress made me want to go clubbing (quite a feat if you know my lifestyle) and the high-heeled moccasin booties made me want to cry with tears of joy. Unfortunately, this collection is sparsely available in the US (you can buy some pieces of the clothing on Net-A-Porter and Browns) and the prices are quite high. That said, I've decided to channel the collection in my own way, through vintage pieces mixed with budget basics (for all of you WWW subscribers, expect an "Inspired By: Balmain story" coming soon to your inbox).

2. Alexander Wang Beanie ($175)
Like most young women interested in fashion, I love Alexander Wang. I purchased quite a few fall pieces from his collection, but I think this cashmere beanie is possibly the item I'm most excited about. I'll wear it all winter, and it's one of those key pieces that will be fit to store and bring back out year after year.

3. Felder Felder Studded Belt ($254)
I’d been looking for the perfect black belt for the new season and happily found this one by Felder Felder. It’s so versatile: I can wear it with my low-slung Current/Elliott Boyfriend Jeans or at my natural waist over a t-shirt dress.

4. Dries Van Noten Sandals ($740, available in Barneys stores now)
I love the combo of the black and brown leather of these Dries Van Noten shoes just as much as its colorful cousins. Both please!

5. Fables by Marti Heil Scissorhand Cuff Bracelet ($595)
When this sterling silver cuff came through our office, I knew I had to have one. This piece perfectly represents this season’s silver jewelry trend: it’s simultaneously tough, sleek, and glam rock chic.

6. Elizabeth & James Baroness Jacket ($565, avail October 15) and Bell Skirt ($365, avail in October 15)
Elizabeth and James continues to inspire me. I love this velvet baroness coat. It has a huge embroidered scarab on the back and it’s truly a standout piece! I’m also crazy about the Bell Skirt, which I’ll wear with a little gray sweater and my black lace tights.

7. Etro Purple Leather Fringe Bag ($1880)
As I mentioned, I’ve been flipping out over Etros handbags. I love the fringe and I love that it’s purple—I just can’t help but think of Prince. For availability, try Etro’s website or 212.247.1200 and tell them you’re looking for bag style number: 1A678 2636.

8. Topshop Snake Ring ($18.50)
Topshop is one of my go-to spots for trendy and inexpensive accessories. You can mix this snake ring with a couple of real pieces of jewelry and a nice watch, no one will ever know it was only $18!

Besides my Doc Martens, the other footwear style I’m going to wear this fall is over-the-knee boots. This trend makes such a statement that (off the runway, at least) it’s best to choose a super simple pair like these from Joie.

10. Kova & T Yasi Dress ($495, available September 1st)
I can’t think of a better place for my Oxy Leggings than underneath this sexy dress by Kova & T. If you haven’t checked out their whole fall collection, you’re missing out!

11. Elle Macpherson Intimates Dentelle Underwire Bra ($60)
Elle Macpherson Intimates makes the most fashionable bras that perfectly peek out from underneath sheer tees and tank tops. This nude French lace bra has gorgeous details and is one of the collection’s loveliest pieces.

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Women's wear Fall/Winter 2008-09 preview

Trend Report

Sweetly sexy and softly dreamy, Roberto Cavalli’s spring runway offered a perfect assortment of pseudo-seventies styles in a palette of soft pastels and pretty purples. (click on image to enlarge)

Around the WhoWhatWearDaily.com office, we’ve been amusing ourselves by referring to this romantic hippie look as romo—it’s like boho, but with more ruffles and less Sienna Miller. Poor puns aside, we had a hunch that we could create an affordable version of the romo styles we saw at Cavalli. With that goal in mind, we pulled a slew of product for today’s story—all under $200, of course—and something’s sure to catch your eye. If nothing but the original will do, we suggest checking out Cavalli’s Pleated Floral Tunic ($1425 on sale) or the mega-platform Wooden Wedge Sandals ($1295 on sale).

1. Topshop Floral Drop Ruffle Dress ($68) The flirty ruffles on the neckline and hem of this summer sundress completely echo the spirit of Cavalli’s runway looks.

2. Steve Madden Dessire Wedge Sandals ($149.95) Balance the floaty romo look with earthy elements, like these five-inch wedge wood sandals. We love how they’re similar to the shoes shown at Cavalli, but still have their own style.

3. Mogil Vintage Fringe Saddle Bag ($180) A little fringe never hurt anyone, especially when attempting a hippie look, so we found this tan leather saddlebag by the Australian brand Mogil. We like how it looks when worn either across the body or on one shoulder with the strap fully extended to maximum length.

4. Topshop Leather Square Buckle Belt ($49) We enjoy juxtaposing the ethereal and girly pieces shown here with sturdier elements, like this simple square leather belt.

5. Gap Wide Floral Print Scarf ($19.50) Gap’s lightweight floral scarf will add a dash of romantic hippie style to any outfit. Not to mention the pretty purple posy print is exactly in the style of Roberto Cavalli’s spring collection!

6. Anthropologie Building Block Bracelet ($80) We love the unassuming beauty of this resin cube bracelet. It’s also available in green and blue, but we like the natural beauty of the brown the best.

7. Acne Racer-Back Tank ($179) This loose-fitting tank from Acne Jeans, our Swedish staple, is made from impeccably cut sheer beige linen. We love the deep armholes and low-cut racer-back fit: it’s sexy, understated, and perfect for the warmer months. Wear it alone and show off your back or layer it over a tighter tank.

8. Urban Outfitters Grandpa's Pocket Watch Necklace ($28) When creating a romo look, we like to incorporate something that has an antique feeling. This pocket watch necklace doesn’t belong to any of our family members, but it does bring a bit of the past into the present outfit.

9. A.P.C. Gros Bouton Jean ($180) These lightweight A.P.C. jeans are a modern take on the seventies flared jean. They’re made from super soft denim and have a vintage-style wash, which makes them the perfect bottoms to wear with a romo top.

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Men's wear Spring/Summer 2008: Preview

Women's wear spring/summer 2008: Preview

CHECK OUT OUR TOP 5 SWIMWEAR SITES

Want to skip the harsh lighting of boutique dressing rooms?

Try one of our five favorite hassle-free online boutiques, and try on at home.

1. Get affordable beach basics at oldnavy.
2. Check out everythingbutwater for the latest designer styles.
3. Size your sexy top and bottom separately at victoriassecret.com.
4. Lands End's Swim Finder helps you choose the perfect suit for your figure.
5. Hot mamas-to-be head to Tummy Style for sizzling suits that keep growing bellies in mind.

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Accessory Report

We like to think of accessories as the adjectives in the story of an outfit.

A pair of jeans and a white t-shirt might not communicate much, but just add an intricate pair of sandals or an armful of bangles and suddenly you can see an entire point of view. It’s no wonder why we’re obsessed with accessories of all shapes and sizes; their transformative power is truly amazing. On that note, we’re delighted to give you an additional dose of bags, baubles, and beautiful sandals in today’s Accessory Report.

1. Heech ($89) Shoe lovers, it’s time to rejoice, because your search for a must-have pair of gladiator sandals is finally over. Follow Nicky Hilton’s lead (she has them in black) and get a pair of Heech wedges to wear with your floral maxi dresses.

2. Patent Leather Large Tote ($200) This gorgeous roomy tote is sophisticated and practical—you could easily stash your laptop inside—two qualities we enjoy in a bag. The cherry red patent is beautifully bright, but the tote also comes in black and white if you’d prefer a basic color.

3. Jewellite ($69.99-$89) Summer calls for festive shoes and these strappy, high-heeled sandals satisfy that requirement. Balance the shoe’s bold shades with a pair of navy cropped pants and a crisp white tank for seasonally spirited look.

4. Raven ($69) These flat thong sandals are super versatile thanks to the simple silhouette. Wear them with a pair of cutoffs for a casual day outfit or pair them with a skirt and some bold accessories for a dressier look. Shown above in bark, they’re also available in black, emerald, and fuchsia.

5. Hammer ($79) If you’ve been wondering what to wear with your safari-inspired styles and neutral outfits, these sandals might be your solution. These croc-embossed leather t-strap heels would look sharp with anything khaki.

6. Block Party Bracelet ($95) This bright multi-colored bangle is almost as much fun as the similarly named band. The wide cuff makes a statement and reminds us of some similarly shaped bracelets on the Chanel and Cavalli spring runways.

7. Over and Out Clutch ($59) It’s time to diversify your bag wardrobe by picking up this mushroom-colored clutch with gathered detailing. Wear the neutral bag with a simple black sheath dress for a Calvin Klein-inspired, chic minimalist vibe.

8. Rossinis ($79) Whether you go for the metallic version in gold reptile or prefer the brown multicolor option, these embellished sandals will add a touch of boho style to any outfit.

9. Honeypie ($79) Everyone needs a great pair of wedges to wear with their wide leg pants. While wedges can look clunky, the skinny straps on this pair give the shoe a feminine touch. Plus, the pale gold leather is softly neutral, so they’ll work with anything.

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What to Wear

Coachella is upon us, and while this might not mean much to our readers who aren’t decamping for the grassy lawns of Indio's Empire Polo Fields, we bet that many of you have some sort of spring/summer music festival plans.

Whether you’re planning on worshiping Prince this weekend, catching Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings at Bonnaroo, or watching the Gnarls Barkley boys do their thing at Lollapalooza, you need outfits that will keep you cool without forsaking style.

We’ve put together two possibilities that will work for most of your traditional music festivals. Of course, those Glastonbury-attending gals who read WhoWhatWearDaily.com know that it's likely they’re in for another year of glorious mud, and as such, they should look into Hunters and waterproof rain jackets instead!

1. Ray-Ban Outdoorsman Aviator Sunglasses ($129) Underneath everything, we’re pretty practical gals, which is why we’re so enamored with these sunglasses. The hook-like frames hook behind your ears, anchoring the shades to your head so you don’t lose them while engaging in some mid-afternoon dance session. Genius!

2. Opening Ceremony Henley One-Piece ($437) A romper/playsuit is the perfect piece for an all-day outdoor festival because it’s the perfect mixture of fashion-forward and fuss-free. The above one-piece is by Opening Ceremony and is a stunning gray hammered silk. If you fear you’d thrash it to shreds, try the slightly sturdier Sparkle & Fade Brushed Onesie ($32) in midnight.

3. DV by Dolce Vita Carnival 19 Sandals ($65) The likelihood of getting some tan lines is high, so you’ll want to skip those really elaborate gladiators when getting ready for a music fest. Something simple, likes these mahogany leather slingbacks won’t leave you regretting your choice of footwear.

4. M.A.C Nail Lacquer ($10) If you’ve been thinking about trying something other than your usual Ballet Slippers or Sugar Daddy pale pinks, now is the time to do it! Play with a new shade like the above hot pink shade (it’s called Steamy for those inquiring minds) or some other trendy color that you don’t normally wear.

5. Diane von Furstenberg Hori Blouse ($198)The perfect top for an outdoor music festival is something lightweight and airy, like this sublime peapod green blouse from Diane von Furstenberg. Like the romper, this blouse is breathable silk and has a drawstring waist and cuffs.

6. Hollister County Line Shorts ($34.50) If you don’t have a super worn in pair of jean shorts already—which you should—then immediately pick up some like these lightweight and light wash cutoffs from Hollister. We also would like to tactfully suggest trying on a size or two bigger than you normally wear, because skintight shorts are a loathsome look (and uncomfortable too).

7. Mia Enchantress Sandals ($60) These sandals are elegant and pleasantly affordable too! The slim straps add interest to the sleek shape and the braid detailing is a nice touch. The sandals are available in a soft pewter color, as shown above, or a pale metallic gold, which is also attractive.

8. Forever 21 Beaded Glam Bangles ($9 each) There’s something glamorous and earthy about these simple beaded bangles. While an arm of monochromatic bracelets wouldn’t look bad, we like the look of contrasting bangles better.

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Shelf Life: Books

From New York street art to vintage fashion, check out what’s hitting bookstores this season.

Four-time Journey Prize nominee Craig Boyko’s witty first book, BLACKOUTS (McClelland & Stewart, $30), considers the difficulties of remaining true to yourself.

WALKER'S WAY: MY YEARS WITH WALKER EVANS (PowerHouse, $38), illustrated with over 50 images, sees elegant Isabelle Storey reflect on her 10-year marriage to the noted photographer, 30 years her senior, a man who beguiled her with his charm, style, talent—and glittering social circle.

Style writer Nick Foulkes captures the magic of one of New York’s most elegant, storied hotels in THE CARLYLE (Assouline, $75).

New York Times perfume critic Chandler Burr’s second book on fragrance, THE PERFECT SCENT (Henry Holt & Co., $28), follows the creation of two perfumes at opposite ends of the industry’s spectrum: one for the luxe house of Hermès; the other, Sarah Jessica Parker’s signature scent for Coty.

French photographer Le Bijoutier’s THIS MEANS NOTHING (PowerHouse, $38) documents a decade of New York street art in chalk, marker, stencil, paint and poster.

Cataloguing the upper end, THE WORTH OF ART (2) (Assouline, $25) has Judith Benhamou-Huet weigh in on the price of priceless works.

Academy Award–nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis outfits her illustrated overview of silver-screen glam, DRESSED: A CENTURY OF HOLLYWOOD COSTUME DESIGN
(CollinsDesign, $88), with an intro by stylish cinema star Anjelica Huston.

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Gap Design Editions Return with Phillip Lim and More!

Last year, we loved our Gap Design Editions white shirts from Thakoon and more, and we can’t wait until next month to see our favorite up-and-coming designers’ latest riffs on the classic white shirt.

The second collection is an exclusive partnership with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners — Band of Outsiders, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Michael Bastian, Philip Crangi and the designers of threeASFOUR. “Gap represents American iconic dressing and just to have the chance to design three white shirt and have my take on it was so fun,” says Lim, whose designs are donned by celebs like Natalie Portman and Lauren Conrad. Best of all, the pieces have expanded this year to include menswear and jewelry by Philip Crangi. All the limited-edition items are affordable, from $35 to $88, and hit select Gap stores on April 15th. So mark your calendars, and get ready to snatch up these chic classics before they’re fashion history.

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Line We Love

Love is a fickle thing and you never know when it will strike. We were recently zapped with fresh fondness for a line that’s been under our noses for some time.

The collection that inspired such affection is Tashkent by Cheyenne, a lovely line of unfussy, unostentatious, and thoroughly unique shoes from the Brooklyn-dwelling designer Cheyenne Morris.

This season there are so many crush-inducing options available from Tashkent that it makes decisions difficult. How can one choose between the washed metallic linen Sanchez, the cool shape of the J. Cole wedge booties, and the perfect sand color of the Weahly woven wedges? Or figure out if the black leather wrap-around Zidane heels trump the burnt sienna Charlton flats or the Givenchy-esque Baggio sandals? Sadly, dear readers, we don’t have the answer for you. You’ll have to make that love match yourself!
The Charlton ($396)These leather woven flats have lots of lovely nuances, like a large cutout and buckle closure at the ankle. They’re available in tan, as shown above, and bronze.

The Weahly The Weahly ($438) We fell hard for these braided suede sandals with a three-inch wedge heel.

The Baggio ($315) A simple navy slip-on sandal is elevated with stud-and-metal embellishments.

The J. Cole ($415) As they are one of the most popular shoes in the line, each season Morris does this ankle bootie shape in a different fabric/material.

The Sanchez ($426) These heels are covered in a linen fabric that’s shot through with a bit of gold thread, so they have subtle sheen.

The Zidane ($506) We like these peep toe bootie heels so much we’re using them in an upcoming episode of Who What Wear TV! They’re available in black, as shown above, and cream.

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2008 Hairstyles

It’s easy for men to get locked into a standard hairstyle that they think works. So, while every trip to the barber finds them asking for “the usual,” that’s not the way to approach a finely tuned style.

Thus, men everywhere must make the concerted effort to reinvent their hairstyle every few months or so -- or at least once a year. That’s why, with another year underway, we suggest paying heed to the current haircuts displacing the obsolete styles of yesterday and reinventing “the usual” with one of these modish 2008 hairstyles.

Buzz cut
Forget the faux hawk; it’s completely last season. This year, the most confident, self-assured men will opt to take it all off; they’ll rock a simplistically chic hairstyle with a pure and simple buzz cut. With a pared-down look that’s more traditional and clean, the buzz makes an appealing haircut for guys who can say a lot in a little. Like the statement it makes for, say, Matthew Fox. His closely sheared scalp alludes to a no-frills approach to style that’s both direct and sophisticated. For Fox -- and any other guy who opts for this 2008 hairstyle -- sporting a buzz shows how easy men’s fashion can and should be.

What it says about you: Unfussy and stylish, you prefer a streamlined style that speaks for itself and offers a laid-back elegance and handsome appeal.

Bangs
Atypical 2008 hairstyles for men, like bangs, are popping up everywhere. Bangs establish a chicly disheveled element suited for those who favor cutting-edge style without the pretense. Leaving a tousled swoop of hair covering the forehead, this cut creates an air of nonchalant classiness, while adding a classic component. Need an ideal example before committing to this look? James McAvoy and his foppish bangs charmingly augment his unassuming demeanor. This sharp look works perfectly for any guy who, like McAvoy, chooses to employ a slightly modest yet slightly contemporary appearance.

What it says about you: You have a stylishly reserved, free-spirited approach to your style, but you manage to keep it up-to-the-minute.

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Obsession du jour: Benjamin Eyewear

As you may have guessed, we're starting today off with the fourth episode of Who What Wear TV’s New York Fashion Week Series. In this segment, we meet up with a fellow Angeleno, the fantastically talented Katy Rodriguez. We were invited to an intimate showing of Rodriguez’s Fall 08 collection and were delighted by what was presented (as you will surely be as well). Check out the episode and don't miss today's story...

We’re always on the prowl for a new pair of sunglasses to add to our ever-growing collection. Lately we’ve been circling a certain stylish line of absolutely amazing shades and trying to decide which ones to pounce on. While we deliberate over our exact targets (perhaps the Nicole with clip-on for Katherine and the Kayne for Hillary), we wanted to turn you on to our Obsession du Jour: Benjamin Eyewear.

Of the 10 different styles, it’s hard to play favorites, but we simply must draw your attention to a few of our beloveds. First of all, we’re crazy about the clip-on aspect. It’s very Brenda Walsh during her sophomore year of high school, in short, total perfection. Also, we’re really keen on the Maggie (Mary Kate Olsen needs to own these, if she doesn't already), as well as our aforementioned favorites.

Check out the complete collection at Lee Lee Lunettes.

1. Nicole in black with clip-on, $500
2. Kayne in clear/yellow rose, $325
3. Maggie in silver, $275 (available May 1st)
4. Kayne in tortoise with clip-on, $500
5. Benjamin 001 in tortoise, $325
6. Linda in black, $325 (available May 1st)

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The Extra 10 Percent: Hot Spring Accessories

With a nylon watch strap and a pair of classic sunglasses, your new accessories will put you over the edge.




Classic Sunglasses
Sunglasses are not an area in life where a man should be hip or trendy or ahead of the curve, so the next time you’re in the market for new shades, do yourself a favor and flip through a celebrity tabloid. Notice all the shapes, sizes, and tints favored by the flash-bitten young swells out in L.A., and then go in the opposite direction. They could be wire-rimmed aviators or chunky tortoiseshell frames -- Michael Kors’s latest sunglass collection, pictured here, offers variations on both -- but make sure they’re something you could imagine wearing next year, or even in ten years. Because the best sunglasses are always the classic ones.


Sunglasses (from top: $295, $235, and $200) by Michael Kors.



Nylon Watch Strap
Lose the metal or leather watchband for the summer and replace it with a nylon strap. It’s sweat-resistant and machine-washable, and you can easily swap out darker options (like the famous NATO strap, bottom, a favorite of J. Bond in Goldfinger) with more-colorful ones.


From top: Nylon straps by Smart Turnout ($30) and J. Press ($29); NATO strap ($22) available from West Coast Time; watches by Bell & Ross ($1,750), Breitling ($3,800), and IWC ($3,400).


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How To Organize Your Closet

If you’re a busy man on the go, you can minimize prep time in the morning and gain valuable minutes by creating a closet that’s as organized as your timetable.

To find out how you can sneak in some extra time to read the last few pages of a company report or even just give yourself time for a more leisurely breakfast, read our top tips on how to organize your closet.

Don’t keep what you don’t need
One of the biggest problems facing overstuffed closets is that they’re full of clothes the closet owner doesn’t need. Some people are simply lazy and haven’t cleaned out their closets in ages, while others are attached to certain garments or feel wasteful throwing out items that are not full of holes.

The fastest way to organize your closet is to own fewer clothes because visually it will be easier to find what you’re looking for. To organize your closet, take everything out and dump it on your bed; go through each piece of clothing one item at a time and assess when you wore it last. Apart from formal wear, if you haven’t worn something in one year and it’s in good repair, donate it to charity. Most charities will come to your door to pick up your castaways, so don’t think giving away your clothes is going to become an arduous chore you don’t have time for. Every year, repeat this process to make sure your closet stays organized.

Another way to organize your closet clutter is to store seasonal apparel. In the winter, take all your summer clothes and store them in a suitcase, then do the same in the summer with your winter apparel.

Lastly, every time you go shopping and buy something new, get rid of another garment from your closet that’s looking a little old or is no longer trendy to ensure you maintain approximately the same volume of clothing.

Hang like garments together
Stop wasting time rummaging around in your closet by using two simple systems that will help you retrieve individual garments. First, hang all garments that belong in the same category together -- i.e., sweaters next to sweaters and dress shirts next to dress shirts. At all costs, avoid hanging clothes by color family. This system will simply make a big mess of your closet because people tend to think “I want to wear a sweater,” rather than “I want to wear something brown,” so use the more intuitive grouping system of clustering similar items together; this is the correct approach when figuring out how to organize your closet.

Within a category of garment, however, do maintain a color system. For example, hang all your dress shirts from darkest to lightest, and do the same with your pants, sweaters and T-shirts. Abiding by this rule makes it a snap to find specific items.

In addition to these systems, organize your closet by arranging classes of garments on a continuum from most formal to least formal so that all your suits are together (in color order of course) at one end, while your most casual T-shirts hang together at the opposite end of your closet.

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Safari Chic

In particular, we’re currently channeling Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner’s style in the very gorgeous 1953 movie, Mogambo.

The classic film takes place Kenya and the plot is set in motion by Ava Gardner’s character, who is on the hunt for a different sort of "big game" than one might associate with a safari. Specifically, she’s tracking a rich man, and naturally high jinx ensue when Gardner gets tangled up with Clark Gable and Grace Kelly. Plot aside, both actresses wear exemplary versions of safari chic ensembles and should be your muses for this look. You can also check out the spring runways of Bottega Venetta, Versace, and Donna Karan for their modern versions of Mogambo.

The pieces we pulled for today’s Currently Channeling can be easily introduced into just about any wardrobe (no pith helmets are involved, we swear), like the Oversized Safari Cardigan by 3.1 Phillip Lim ($640). The camel color is a universally flattering neutral and you can also button the whole thing up and wear it as a sweater dress. You can also try the Suzie Shirt Dress ($24.80) for a similar shape.

Another easy way to get the Mogambo look is to procure a shoe with sturdy straps. For example, the nude patent leather and stacked heel of the above Steve Madden Simmerr Sandal ($109.95) combine no-fuss natural color with utilitarian style. Finally, for those of you who just want a hint of the savannah try an armful of bracelets like Kenneth Jay Lane’s Striped Wood Bangle ($45) or the Larchmont Wood Bangle ($5.80) from Forever 21. We also adore Kenneth Jay Lane’s Wood Teardrop Earrings ($45) for that subtle safari look.

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Accessory Report

To start things off, we shall first examine the bright bag du jour for Jessica Alba.

Ms. Alba switched up her traditionally neutral-colored totes for a slouchy ultra-violet purse that provides a pop to an otherwise simple outfit. She’s currently carrying the Midday Midnight Saint-Germain Crazy bag by French cult-handbag designer Gerard Darel ($720). As Darel's wares are difficult to track down here in the States, we'd also like to point out a few other options. The grape tone of the Dior Babe Small Shopping Bag ($2290) is lovely (it’s the same shape as Mary Kate’s bright bag), as is Prada’s Nappa Stripes Small Hobo in Dark Lavender ($1495). Also, take a look at the Sabina Leather Convertible Bag for a subtle version of the style ($245).

Moving on to the blue hues, Rachel Bilson was just spotted with Chloe’s Anoushka Shoulder Bag in Aquafresh on her arm ($1560). Check the Chloe website for colors and availability. Staying in the blue family, we also like the sprightly turquoise of Miu Miu’s Small Shoulder Bag ($760) as well as the darker color of Mulberry’s Roxanne Tote ($770). Lesa Wallace also makes a budget-friendly bright blue bag; try the Kaila Bag in Turquoise ($218).

Now, we shall return to the aforementioned Mandy Moore, who warmed up the gray ensemble she wore to the Peter Som show with a Coach Alligator Ergo Hobo in Coral Red ($8000). The one-of-a-kind bag was made just for her and, sadly, cannot be special ordered. However, the folks at Coach do have lots of other ways to satisfy your style cravings, like the Ergo Patent Leather Large Hobo ($458). While a swell-looking red bag is hard to come by, we did find two truly awesome options in orange. Check out the sweet shape of Be and D’s Perry Mini Satchel in Orange ($695) and don’t miss Banana Republic’s Flatiron Embossed Shoulder Satchel in Persimmon ($228).

Our last look comes courtesy of Leven Rambin and the lemon yellow Rebecca Minkoff Nikki Hobo ($600) she carried during New York Fashion Week. The young actress paired her bright bag with equally bold dresses for an insouciant and fresh look. While there are many taxicab-colored bags around, right now we’re fond of Zac Posen’s Bo Mixed Leather Bag in Honey ($1195) as well as the classic shape and canary shade of the Marc by Marc Jacobs Posh Turnlock Dot Bag in Sun ($498).

Photo of Jessica, Pacific Coast News. Photo of Rachel, X17. Photo of Mandy, Splash News. Photo of Levin, InfGoff

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Trend Report

After a super somber fall season (we’re not complaining, just saying), the exuberant spring runways were a visual treat.

One of the trends we loved was the sort of global bazaar vibe many collections seemed to be channeling. In the spirit of the above image from the Oscar de la Renta show, we pulled together some of our favorite items in keeping with this theme. Feel free to indulge, nothing’s over $200!

1. Topshop Animal Print Dress ($70) Always on trend and affordable, Topshop naturally has the most fantastic global bazaar offerings. We love this cotton (machine washable!) animal ikat print dress with a drop waist.

2. Forever 21 Eclectic Composite Necklace ($8.80) One of the fall’s main jewelry trends—the statement necklace—is lingering through the spring. This Lucite and plastic bead necklace with metal charms is quite sophisticated for Forever 21 and a great way to update your accessory stash.

3. Cocobelle Studded City II Sandal ($98) It is imperative to start sourcing your spring and summer sandals now, as the best (most attractive, not necessarily most expensive) tend to sell out early. We suggest trying these Grecian-style leather sandals in brown, as shown above, black or natural. The stud detailing and ankle tie give the good old gladiator a bit more interest.

4. Yves Saint Laurent Mosaic Sun Powder Palette ($57) While a beauty product might seem like a non sequitur, we had to include this beautifully patterned bronzing powder from YSL. It’s one of the rare products pretty enough to come out in public.

5. J. Crew Wide Hand-Painted Enamel Zebra Bangle ($68) At Just Cavalli, the models strode down the runway with thick bangles on their wrists. If a forearm full of bracelets seems a bit over the top, you can still get a hint of that feeling with this eye-catching bangle. It’s available in brown, as shown, as well as black/white and yellow/white.

6. H&M Woven Clutch ($12.90) While you’re more than welcome to buy a big-ticket tribal clutch from say, Oscar de la Renta or Fendi, there are also many other options that won’t max out your credit card. This fantastic (seriously, it’s amazing in person) woven clutch won’t be available at your local H&M until mid-February, but a piece with this price is worth the wait.

7. Spitfire Candybar Sunglasses ($35) As we’re talking all things spring today, why not throw in a pair of sunglasses? These oversized frames with curved sides are an easy classic to incorporate into your collection. We like the subtle details, like the curved arm and white and brown frame.

8. Anthropologie Brown Scalloped Rhinestone Cocktail Ring ($98) Part of the global bazaar style involves wearing pieces that are inspired by natural materials (like wood and tortoiseshell). The shape of this coin-sized, resin, glass, and brass cocktail reminds of an exotic shell.

9. Diane von Furstenberg Printed String Bikini ($175) DVF is the mistress of prints and has an eye for how a simple but bold pattern can really elevate simple design. Just check out the above swimsuit for an example. The string bikini’s classic lines aren’t exceptional, but the suit as a whole is, thanks to von Furstenberg’s black, tan, and white print.

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Wearing Layers

Fashion, like a good relationship, works best when you understand its many layers.

This not-so-new but all-important concept is crucial. Wearing layers has the ability to spruce up traditional outfits, like the fundamental T-shirt and jeans combo, plus it allows you to reuse your basic wardrobe staples time and time again, recreating different outfits. Basically, wearing layers takes your clothes -- and your look -- to a whole new level.
Follow our tips for wearing layers and you’re guaranteed to multiply the options in your wardrobe -- in addition to looking dapper for the ladies.

Avoid oversized or bulky garments
The fundamental rule for wearing layers is: Avoid oversized or bulky garments altogether. The purpose of layers is to create a warm, sophisticated look that’s both smooth and complementary. Layering pieces that are too big or too bulky will only defeat the purpose. Piling on clothes that are either too large or too heavy causes you to appear disheveled and overstuffed. For example, a nice sweater worn over a dress shirt that’s too big looks messy and unkempt, while adding a heavy wool sweater over a collared shirt appears hulking and disproportionate. So, when wearing layers, use only those garments in your closet with a classic light and tailored fit.

Wear heavier fabrics on top
As you start building a layered outfit, start with the lighter fabrics underneath and the heavier ones on the top. When wearing layers, you should build them gradually in terms of weight from the inside out. In constructing the outfit this way, your overall appearance will be fluid because you are actually “building up” your look. Failure to do so will create a cumbersome, sad-looking outfit that’s unbalanced and aesthetically displeasing. Picture a polo shirt over a cotton T-shirt -- that works. Now picture a polo shirt over a cotton sweater -- that’ll make you look like a social retard.

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Make Each Month Gorgeous with Yellow Box Beauty

With all the great cosmetic brands out there, it’s becoming next to impossible for a beauty junkie to keep up with the hottest new products.

And that’s precisely why we love yellowboxbeauty.com so much. The cosmetics club functions as your very own personal beauty shopper, delivering a fresh box of fantastic finds to your door each month for around $30. Trend-forecasting founder Nicole Jaffe is a genius at discovering the best up-and-coming beauty brands, most effective skincare lines, and most innovative products. Past Yellow Box Beauty collections include a set of gorgeously packaged cosmetics from cult brand Besame, a sampling of MUD’s pro essentials, and Nougat London’s indulgent bath line. Click here to learn more about the joining the club — and get yourself ahead of the beauty curve.

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Redo Your Living Room For Under $500

Rehauling your living room on the cheap is a challenge to say the least.

You want a new look for the room you spend the most time in, but you can’t expect to get a sofa set, an entertainment unit and other big ticket-items all for under $500. When it comes to redecorating your living room, you’ll have to accept buying larger items in stages and making do with what you have in the meantime. It is possible, however, to multiply the cool factor of your living room on a budget and turn it into a venue others will want to hang out in. Adding a couple of interesting pieces and changing a few accessories in the room will really go a long way in altering the living room’s appearance.We’ll show you how to take your living room from drab to fab using contemporary items that will create a space both your buddies and your dates will want to chill out in.

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Roberto Cavalli for H & M

Following in the footsteps of fellow guest designers Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli has created a limited-edition collection for H&M that’s sexy, festive, and very affordable.

Launching today, the Cavalli line will be available at 10 H&M’s in the US as well as 200 stores worldwide (check hm.com for availability) and consists of everything from long, silk, party dresses to work-appropriate trousers to leopard-print lingerie.
The collection is not available online (sadly), but there is an entire section of the H&M website that has behind-the-scenes information about the line, including an interview with Cavalli himself and images from the Terry Richardson-photographed campaign. We pulled a few key pieces from the line for today’s story, but there are loads more lovely options in stores. Just be sure to head over to the selected stores soon, as the best items always fly out of stock (and, obviously, they won’t be getting additional shipments).

1. Ruffle Front Sleeveless Blouse ($49.90)
2. Shorts ($49.90)
3. Necklace ($34.90)
4. Bracelet ($49.90)
5. Ring ($19.90)
6. Blazer ($99.90)
7. Gold Shoes ($129)
8. Silk Blouse ($59.90)
9. Faux Fur Jacket ($249)

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Shopping Alert: Hollywould Goes to Target!

Like Proenza Schouler, Alice Temperley and Devi Kroell before her, accessory designer...
Holly Dunlap is taking her luxe footwear and handbag line to Target. Hollywould, already a favorite of stars like Eva Longoria, is now available to those of us without movie star budgets through December 16. Expect girly heels and night-out clutches in rich, bold colors. We love these red peep-toe pumps, only $30, and matching satin clutch, just $20 — perfect for upcoming holiday parties. Shop the entire collection at target.com now!

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Get A Trendy Vita Bracelet To Benefit Breast Cancer!

Celebrities like Jessica Alba and Hayden Panettiere love Vita’s chain link faux snakeskin bands.

Not only do Vita’s trendy bangles go with everything, but they come in all different shades from bright orange to deep purple. If you haven’t already snagged a Vita bracelet, now is the perfect time to do so. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, Vita has teamed up with RevolveClothing.com to offer a light pink 24 karat gold plated bracelet. From each $66 sale, $44 will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure with a guaranteed minimum donation of $10,000. What better time to jump on a trend? Get your Vita Breast Cancer bracelet at revolveclothing.com.

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Trendspotted: Yummy Buttery Yellow

Maybe it’s the blooming of daisies, goldenrods and black eyed susans.

Maybe it’s our boredom with orange. Or maybe it’s the beach inspiring us. All we know is that yellow has sprung to the front our fashion conscious and is making us smile.

So if you want to wear something more, well colorful than white that’s still light, bright, and airy - try buttery yellow. Whether it’s called pale yellow, sunflower yellow, canary, pineapple, lemon, or daffodil, you’ll want to spread it on a piece of bread and take a bite.

Accessorizing Tip: Yellow gives a fresh, clean look to clothes, but don’t wear too much. It’s best to choose a single yellow item for your look. Accessorize yellow clothes with bursts of jewel tones for high drama. As an accessory, yellow goes with lots of colors, but if you’re not sure, we always like it with white.

Interiors Tip: We love this color for fashion, but if you have an eco-luxe themed house with dark brown furniture, buttery yellow is also the perfect complementary color for accenting!

Some of our favorites:

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Fashion Loves

Editor’s Day Out: Victoria

North America’s first Adidas women’s concept store, Bellla on Johnson (560 Johnson St., Suite 104B, 250-380-0994, belllaonjohnson.com), is one of the hippest stops in Victoria’s Old Town. Modern necessities, such as Stella McCartney’s sports performance collection of edgy sweats and Adidas’s performance Adilibra line, are displayed against the original brick walls of the Market Square building, which is now over 100 years old.

Tucked slightly below street level, Graciela (561 Johnson St., Suite 102, 250-381-8614) has a wealth of up-to-date footwear labels with a punch of attitude, such as Faryl Robin, Irregular Choice, Miss Sixty and Steve Madden. Don’t miss the artfully displayed selection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

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How To: Buy Her Jewelry

For many guys, buying jewelry for a woman is intimidating and discouraging.

Like her shoes and her clothes, her jewelry speaks directly to her personal tastes, yet it uses a language and lexicon most of us find obscure and barely familiar. Meanwhile, some pieces of jewelry are loaded with symbolism ready to pop us like land mines if we’re not careful.

As a result, buying the right piece of jewelry begins to feel a lot like being down to your last dart, and in the wide sprawl around the bull's-eye, around getting it right, there seems to be a thousand ways to miss the mark and get it all wrong. So, here are some suggestions -- both general and more specific -- to steer you in the right direction.

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Wax It Painlessly (Really!)

We don't know about you, but bikini waxing is the bane of our existence.

Unfortunately, it's also a necessary evil on hot summer days. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make the hair-razing experience less frightening.
To start, avoid harsh waxes that may irritate your skin. Try using an organic brand instead. "A lot of synthetic waxes have mineral oils," says Venice Beach, California, aesthetician Elisha Reverby, who has created her own at-home kit. "You're trapping moisture, which can clog pores long term."
Also steer clear of spas that practice double dipping, where the same pot is used on different customers—a definite no-no in the beauty biz. "People say the wax kills bacteria, but if the wax were hot enough to kill bacteria, you'd get third-degree burns," says Reverby.

To get your bod beach-ready at home, follow these simple instructions:

1. Make sure your hairline is scrubbed clean.
2. Use baby powder to absorb sweat and oil.
3. Put a cool compress dipped in aloe vera in the freezer.
4. Apply wax to the sides and then underneath the bikini area in small patches. "Pull your skin with one hand so it's taut," advises Reverby. "Pulling the skin will make it hurt less and gets the hair out from the root."
5. Never repeat waxing. Ever. "Get one good pull," says Reverby. "If you missed a little bit of hair, just leave it alone. Don't keep going over an area, because it will bruise your skin."
6. Pull your cool compress out of the freezer. "That area is going to be tender," warns Reverby. "Everyone gets inflammation after waxing, but a cold compress will help reduce swelling."

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Finally, a Swimsuit That Forgives!

It’s that dreaded time of year again. No, not tax season—swimsuit season! But don’t fret. We know how you can sizzle, even if summer's kickoff has caught you off guard.

At West Hollywood's Malgosia, designer Sonia De Mello recently showed off a new line of swimwear that included the trés chic Vitoria, which works wonders for women with curves thanks to large side cutouts and a thin line of material connecting the top with the bottom.

Uh, how does that work? "The result is this very slimming illusion," a rep for the line tells us. "The cutout sides and back make the body look like it has more of an hourglass figure, while providing just a touch of tummy coverage."
Looks like you'll have no reason to shy away from showing a lot of skin this summer, and you might even end up with some interesting tan lines. Suntan lotion, anyone?

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Our Favorite Style Clicks of the Week

ASOS.com, famous for its affordable celebrity-inspired fashions, has just launched a luxe line that already has us drooling.

Did you know that famous flyer Amelia Earhart was also quite the fashionista?

Good news for beach bums. Reading a racy or thrilling novel can help you burn more calories!

Pumps and flats — in one! Sheilas’ convertible heels were created to keep women drivers safer, but they’re also pretty chic.

Sienna and Savannah Miller’s Twenty8Twelve clothing line launches July 26th in New York.

Usually simple in style, J.Crew throws a curve ball with these fantastic glitter T-strap heels.

For those with rapidly expanding bellies, Fashiontribes.com has put together great round up of mom-to-be fashion tips.

Bellasugar gives China Glaze — an eggshell blue nail polish named For Audrey in honor of Breakfast At Tiffany’s — a test run .

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Trendspotted: Be More Like the Swiss

You’ve read the trend reports. And today’s Stylehive post on cool cork boards. You bought that bright graphic mini you’ve been eyeing for weeks. You know what’s hot. Now, the only question is how to accessorize without going over the top.

The solution is easy: keep it neutral. Anything in the family of nude, flesh tones look best when accessorizing bright prints. Sunglasses, jewelry, shoes, and handbags should all be in the same color story.

But don’t worry, neutral doesn’t have to mean boring. Try Jill Stuart’s off-white pumps in eyelet, or a short leather knot necklace from Malababa.

When you keep it monotone, your accessories have a chance to show off a lot of detail and embellishments, like braiding, texture, or bling!

Neutral accents are a wardrobe staple: they look classic and go with virtually any look, so go ahead and invest in a few!

Here’s some of our other favorite neutral accessories…


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Item of the Day: Victoria's Secret PINK "86" Henley Tee

Summer is here and life is officially good.

If you love the Sun as much as we do, then you're likely to love this "86" Henley Tee by Victoria's Secret PINK ($22.50). It's a great sporty style and would look great over your bikini top as you head to the beach!

Victoria's Secret PINK "86" Henley Tee

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Scents of the Season

Our five standout summer fragrances, one for each mood.

Kenzo Flower by Kenzo($68, at the Bay)

The latest fragrance from Kenzo is a fresh blend of bergamot, Bulgarian rose, white musk and vanilla—all in an alcohol-free formula that won’t dry out your skin. (A downside to alcohol-free fragrances is that they tend not to linger as long, so keep one at home, at work and in your beach bag.) Almost as enticing as the juice itself? The bottle. The trademark shape—meant to evoke “a poppy in the city,” and to be as tall and slim as a high-rise building—is given new vigour with a colourful kite design.

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Teen Fashion Photo Gallery: Delia's Summer Styles

Well ladies, bikini season has finally arrived, so you know what that means--time to start shopping for your cutest poolside look!

Delia's Summer Styles - Swimsuits & More

As usual, we're always obsessing over something, and today it's this very "Juicy-esque" striped terry cloth bikini by Salinas (at right).

What do YOU darlings think? Would you rock it? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Shops Alert: Gap's Designer Collections

Move over H&M. Make some room Target. Starting today, Gap is introducing a limited edition collection of white shirts designed by three of the hottest design labels in the industry (and winners of the 2006 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund): Doo.Ri, Rodarte and Thakoon. The Gap Design Editions is the retail giant's first major foray into guest designer collections, and it's no doubt a response to the high-end collections like Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler being offered at its competitors. The emerging labels Doo.Ri, Rodarte and Thakoon are favorites of Hollywood starlets like Cate Blanchett, Hillary Swank, and Drew Barrymore. And for $68-$88, you can find fabulous pieces by these designers at your neighborhood GAP and online by clicking here.

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Hot Finds - Eco-Chic

Looking for a way to reduce, reuse and recycle? Check out five items the stars are using to help save the planet.

To-Go Cup

THE FIND Wide-mouth 8.6 oz stainless steel thermal bottles
THE PRICE $20 each
BUY ONLINE reusablebags.com
WHY YOU WANT IT When Julia Roberts takes her cup of joe on the road, she carries it in a reusable mug. To tote yours in style, try these leak-proof thermal bottles made of recyclable stainless steel.

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Weigh Yourself Like a Celebrity!

Getting on my scale is never the highlight of my day -- and rarely a moment that I giggle with glee. So when I saw the Celebrity Scale, I saw a rare opportunity for laughing at my weight (in a good way). The brainchild of Irish designers Angry Associates, the scales measures you in terms of "celebrities" so you can weigh anywhere between Gizmo to the Karate Kid to King Kong. And now I know that if it looks like I'm creeping up toward Mr. Ed, it's time to re-think feeding time. To buy your own, go to angry-associates.com, for $68 plus shipping. -- Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

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30 Trends: Shop Coast to Coast

Celebrating 30 years of FASHION Magazine with 30 Trends from our favourite shops

Knickers’n Lace
Willow Park Village, Calgary
403.225.1413 knickersnlace.ca

For the past 17 years, Knickers N’ Lace has been educating women about proper fitting garments. Enjoy the intimate and professional atmosphere our sales associates provide. We are dedicated to making you feel beautiful from the inside out!

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Marcia Cross and Amanda Peet Love Babycakes

They are so deceivingly pretty, that it takes you a minute to realize how practical Babycakes of Scottsdale actually are as a gift for the mother-to-be. What looks to be a cake built of flowers are amazing bundles of gifts that are one, two, or three tiers of baby clothes, toys, blankets, diapers, wash clothes and much more. All these goodies are packed generously in a flower covered cake topped with a handpicked ornament of the sender's choice. Choose between blue, purple, pink, green, yellow or neutral tones for flowers and products and have it delivered right to the new mom's door! Marcia Cross and Amanda Peet both loved their special deliveries recently. Babycakes, $190- $384, can be ordered online or by calling 1-888-302-BABY.

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Fashion Loves

Floral scents that contain notes like gardenia add a feminine touch to your fragrance library.Editor’s Tip: This designer’s signature scent gets a pretty, limited-edition package just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Heart Marc Limited Edition Eau De Parfum Spray, $80. At Holt Renfrew across Canada.

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Montreal Notes: Blush Lingerie

Reaching for your makeup case may be one way to add a little colour to your cheeks, but why not take the sexier route with Blush Lingerie (blushlingerie.com). The Montreal-based company’s line of sweet nothings has had hearts racing for over 20 years. Slip on the pale pink lace Pretty Baby set (camisole, $30, and hipster, $20), and get ready for a reaction that is guaranteed to be the complete opposite of demure. At The Bay (585 Ste-Catherine St. W., 514-281-4422, hbc.com).

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Fashion Loves

Puppy love

Keep your pooch looking precious in a cozy sweater while walking in a winter wonderland.Editor’s Tip: A bright knit is a fantastic way to keep Fido warm while he’s frolicking with his friends at the park.

Old Navy sweater, $17. At Old Navy across Canada, oldnavy.com. Categories for this posting: Clothing

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