Amp Up Your Holiday Party Style

December 17, 2012

With all the great holiday parties coming up, maybe you don’t have extra cash to spend on a new outfit. Or maybe you’re party-hopping and need a fast way to pull a “costume change” and look party-appropriate for two different events. Either way, decorating a regular outfit with accessories is an awesome and versatile way to go!

Here are a few styles you can put together for your Holiday festivities…

Santa and elf hats are no-brainers, but try to think outside the box and come up with a few other fun ideas. A giant tulle bow would look adorable, as would jingle bell earrings, or bright red lipstick and shimmery makeup. The possibilities are endless!

Holiday Festive to Night Club-ready!

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This outfit can go from holiday festive to night club-ready in seconds!

To get this look, start with a basic dress — I love this boat-neck black number. Add a foxy pair of ankle boots and a glittery clutch. Before you head in to a Christmas party, throw on these cute reindeer antlers and a Christmas light necklace. When it’s time to hit the club, just take them off any leave them in your car. A win-win for both occasions!

Formal Affair

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For a formal holiday party, start the look off with a cream dress with ruffled details. Once you have this solid base, spice it up with interesting accessories. Blue chandelier earrings, a cocktail ring, and heels are a great addition to the dress. Fur is all the rage right now, so get in on this trend by pairing this coat with the look. Finish the look with a silver metallic bag.

Rockin’ New Years

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Your holiday style is all about the glam. So what better way to embrace this spirit than with a multi-colored, sequined mini dress? To balance out the glitz and glam of the dress, pair it with a classic boyfriend blazer and some opaque tights. Complete the ensemble with a pair of black heels, simple purple studs, and a teal velvet clutch that picks up on the colors in the dress.

What’s your Holiday party style? 

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Holiday 2012: Fabulous Party Dresses for Less

November 19, 2012

The holiday season comes and goes so quickly, and we all have so many things to get done around the holidays: shopping for gifts, baking cookies, and holiday parties. When does that leave time for picking out the perfect holiday dresses for the season? Start planning early to make sure you find the perfect outfits to wear for the 2012 holiday season.

Remember these pointers when deciding on your dress:

  • Choose the right holiday dress style to accent your figure and that makes you feel comfortable when you wear it.
  • Pick a holiday dress color that is appropriate for the season and also works best with your skin tone. For complexions that have blue or pink undertones, choose white, black, navy blue, red, or shocking pink dresses. For complexions that are pale or pinkish, choose pastels or soft neutrals. Complexions with golden undertones work best when paired with camel, beige, orange, gold, or dark brown dresses. For a creamy white or peach complexion, wear warm colors like camel, peach, golden yellow or golden brown.
  • Get the right size that is the perfect fit for you. When ordering a holiday dress online, consult the size chart. Be sure to have a good seamstress available, as alterations will ensure the perfect fit and make you look your best.

Visit Formally Hers and start planning for Holiday 2012, and browse cocktail dresses or evening gowns today.

  

Fur Season Fur Sure

November 7, 2012

According to the National Weather Forecast there is another potential impact along the East coast, snow! While the Midwest is chilly and damp.  Now, if this doesn’t scream “baby get your fur ready” we don’t know what does. With cold blasts we introduce the hottest fur trends for Fall 2012.

Fur remains one of the key fashion trends for 2012 according to major fashion editors and bloggers. With over 500 top designers utilizing fur in their collections, there are literally thousands of options to satisfy all fashion lovers. To help make your reader’s selection easier, here are some looks and trends, from fall/winter 2012-13 designer collections, currently available at their local fur salons.

 

At Hinsdale Furriers we are proud to be one of the few traditional furriers left in the Chicagoland area that offers on site cleaning, storage, repairs and redesign. Your one-stop source for fashion, trend and fur insight!

Annual Shearling, Leather and Cloth Trunk Show & Sale

October 14, 2012

Fall Fashion 2012

September 12, 2012

Slowly creeping into storefronts near you…Fall/Autumn 2012 is upon us. With record temperatures all across the country this summer, one can’t help but believe that the pendulum might swing just as severely in the opposite direction this coming winter. Let Hinsdale Furriers help take the chill out.

Fur is getting its perennial spotlight this Fall – but not without a twist. Find yourself a fur aficionado this season with fur sleeve jackets, patchwork prints, and bold colors. This isn’t your grandmother’s fur.

We have fur in every shape, style, color and length and it will be the thing to wear this winter. Taking a cue from the fall 2012 runways the message is clear…

As purveyors of fashion, we believe that understanding the symbiotic relationship that fashion and art have helps fashion lovers appreciate the artistry behind the fashions they wear.  We also believe it will help fashionistas appreciate the genius that designers like Raf Simons bring to the table for iconic brands like Christian Dior.

At Hinsdale Furriers we are proud to be one of the few traditional furriers left in the Chicagoland area that offers on site cleaning, storage, repairs and redesign. I invite you to stop by and say hello. It’s all fashion, it’s all fabulous…it’s all at Hinsdale Furriers.

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Dressing Tips

August 2, 2012

It may not be your special day, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to look gorgeous. The problem is that dressing for a wedding can be tricky. Because you shouldn’t have to stress out about a wedding that isn’t yours, we’ve put together some tips to ensure that you’ll turn heads while sticking to the dress code. Now all you’ve got to worry about is how to get that cute groomsman to dance with you.

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Basic Do’s and Don’ts

Do

  • Wear summer colors like turquoise, melon, strawberry, or kelly green
  • Wear cute pumps and/or sandals for an inside wedding/reception
  • Wear black (with color) to an evening wedding
  • Wear something sexy- but tasteful
  • Wear a linen pants suit

Don’t

  • Wear white, unless the bride requests it
  • Wear black to an afternoon/morning wedding. Pick something colorful
  • Wear heels for an outside wedding/reception (your heel will get stuck in the grass)

Dress for the time and place

Afternoon ceremonies tend to be more casual than evening soirees, so first take into account what time the event is taking place. At noon, it’s perfectly appropriate to wear a summer sundress or pastel skirt, while at six; it’s more fitting to wear a satin or chiffon cocktail dress. Many weddings nowadays call for a wardrobe change between a low-key ceremony and fancy reception. Determine how much to dress up or down according to the time and venue of the event.

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Choose Complementary Accessories
A metallic pair of sandals or shoes are the perfect partner to a summer dress. For a ballroom affair, select strappy stilettos or peep-toes. If the event is taking place outdoors, you may want to opt for wedges or flats that won’t get stuck in the grass or sand.

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It’s also important to choose the right bag. Find a small clutch or wristlet that complements your outfit and fill it with your essentials, among which should be powder. Summer means heat, and heat means sweat, so be prepared.

Go Light on Makeup and Jewelry
Fresh; minimalistic makeup is more flattering for a summer wedding. Ditch the heavy lipstick and apply a shimmering gloss to keep lips moist and shiny. Be sure to wear a sunscreen if you’ll be outdoors, but go light on the foundation or wear a light coating of powder instead.

Because you’re probably wearing a light, breezy dress, you should also go light on the jewelry. Cumbersome baubles look awkward with an airy ensemble, so trade your chandelier earrings for pearls or studs. A little bling goes a long way in the summer time.

Come in and visit with us at Formally Hers. We feature ladies’ formal wear, mother of the bride or groom, cocktail attire, shoes and evening bags; everything you need for that perfect summer wedding attire.

Fur Redesign – Does it seem like you’ve had your fur coat fur-ever?

July 23, 2012

Do you have a fur coat in your closet that you never wear anymore? Well, you are not alone. According to National Fur Federation, 1 out 5 of women in North America has a fur coat in their possession. With little over 300 million people living in the US and Canada, that makes a lot of fur coats!

From changes in fashions, to tensions from animal activists, many women stop wearing their fur coats. But what is surprising is that most women would rather leave their fur coat in the closet than exchange or sell their coat. There are several reasons for this behavior:

  • They invested a lot of money in purchasing a fur coat and do not want to lose their investment.
  • The coat has a sentimental attachment. Many people inherited their fur coats from the mother or even their grandmothers and want to keep it for sentimental reasons.
  • The coat does not fit anymore. Like most people in today’s society, our body changes with time. Because fur coats are usually tailored fit, it may change how you feel about it when wearing it.
  • The style of the coat is no longer trendy. Your fur coat might have been the latest style when you bought it several years ago, but now it looks outdated with all of the sizzle gone.
  • Too hot, too heavy and not convenient. In most cases, fur coats made 30 years ago were very heavy. Of course they were also extremely hot, bulky and a pain to get in and out of the car.

No one can argue that fur is durable and long lasting, as long as it is properly cleaned and stored by a professional furrier. It is these same characteristics that sometimes make it possible to keep them hanging around for long durations. In proper conditions, a fur coat can last 30 to 40 years. No other garment can last this long, nor would you want to have a piece of clothing last so long. Could you imagine wearing pants that was in style 40 years ago?

Thankfully there are a few things you can do to fish out that coat from your closet. Furriers have come up with many innovative tailoring techniques that can make your fur coat looking new, much more comfortable and in style. Fur redesign is an art in fur making. We can now take your old existing fur coat and redesign it into something modern.

Fur redesign is a feasible way to extend the life of your coat, it is also environmentally responsible. Think of it as recycling or re-using a piece of garment. Stop by and see our samples or talk to us about our other ideas and share ideas of your own.

It’s “bashart”

May 27, 2011

The word Bashart is the only way I can describe reading today’s Fur Insider Blog. Bashart is a Yiddish word meaning destined. I must give a little background information to this story. In our house, my husband takes our Bichon’s Charlie and Scally for their last walk before bed. However, if they need a midnight potty break it is mommy to the rescue. Last night, after their final walk, my husband says to me “I am leaving a 2×4 near the door in case you take the dogs out in the night.” I looked at him as if he was from outer space (he’s from England, but the Brits aren’t quite that crazy). He noticed my expression and explained there was a coyote in our yard when he took the dogs out. The coyote didn’t run; they actually had a stare down. I am happy to say both dogs slept through the night. Then this morning I noticed an entry on the Fur Insider Blog called “The-Coyote Question : “Now it’s no surprise that you’ll hear the usual commentary from the anti-fur folks when the issue of trapping coyote comes up. But, have you ever encountered a coyote? This is another case where the species has proliferated and now colonizes major cities across the US, preying on pets and livestock and even hurting small children in their search for food. Just last week a friend of mine in Encino, CA was heading out to meet a friend for dinner and when she opened her back door to let her dog in she found her dog being mauled by a coyote.”

On behalf of Charlie, Scally and myself we hope you will read the rest of the article.

Charlie and Scally taking a rest

Fur Fashion 2011/2012

May 11, 2011

I just returned from the International Fur Fair in Montreal.
The runway shows gave an overview of the Fur Fashion trends for Fall/Winter 2011/2012,. I would say there were 6 major trends from the international runways. These trends are as follows:
Color – vivid brights and saturated jewel tones.
Vintage – highlighting the 20’s and 30’s, and also the 60’s and 70’s.
Key Furs – crazy textures and full furs (like Mongolian Lamb).
Collaged Furs – combining different types of furs together within one garment.
Contrast Sleeves – using different fur types for the body and sleeves.
Fox Trims – full fox collars and borders.
But let’s be honest, what models wear on the runway doesn’t exactly translate well to what we wear every day.
My next blog will be about what I purchased for our store and what the manufacturers were truly selling.