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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? 

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.

  

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 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.

Customer Service on the Web- Can It Be Achieved?

October 26, 2010

I thought that if we did business over the web we would lose the personal touch that we are so known for… boy was I wrong! The following is a series of emails I exchanged with Heidi, a bride purchasing a used mink stole to wear over her wedding dress. (When I check my email each morning I am notified of any on-line purchases and then I send an email to the customer. The following are the conversations with Heidi initiated by her $80.00 purchase of a mink stole.)
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Heidi
Thank you for you order. Tuesday we will be cleaning and covering the monogram on your new stole. It should be shipped out by Thursday. We will email you tracking information when it is shipped. Please let us know when you have received it.

Thanks for your purchase

Susie
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“Hi Susie,
Thanks for the email! I wondered if you could tell me a little more about it because the picture didn’t really show the collar so I was wondering if it is no collar/shawl/hooded ? It looks adorable and I’m really excited to have it for my winter wedding.
Thanks,
Heidi”

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“Heidi, it doesn’t have a collar it is beautiful it has a sort of set back look around the neck. If you are not in love when you get it let us know right a way and send it back!

Congratulations on the wedding!

Susie”
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“Susie,
Holy crap – this stole is awesome! I love the set back shawl collar. It is so unique and I really wanted something a little different. The color is perfect too because my wedding dress is a warm pink. Also, living in NC means I don’t really need a jacket or coat and so this is something I can wear often, even with my dressy black and white snake cowboy boots. 🙂 I’m just thrilled!
I had a Q about item 2287 – is the width adjustable? It looks a little overlapped in the picture. I’m asking because my best friend is a plus size (maybe 22W or 24W) and I wonder what the length is and if it is adjustable.
Thanks so much!
H”

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“Glad you love it Heidi! #2287 won’t fit but the other stoles on the site are all large enough- I just tried each and everyone on.

If it is okay with you I may use your note in my blog! No last names or addresses

Thanks

Susie”
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“Hi Susie,
Thanks for letting me know about the stoles and their sizes. I will keep an eye out.
SURE you can use my comments on your blog (sans last names and addresses). Please do! I saw some of your posts – love your new hair 🙂
I really appreciate what you do with This Old Fur. I don’t want to buy new out of respect for the animals and it’s such a great service and easy to buy “new vintage” from Hinsdale.
Heidi”

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After rereading these notes, I feel like I am accomplishing the same level of customer service and personal relationship as I do with my “face to face “clients. Buying a fur is a big investment, be it a used fur or a new one. I feel that the customer should be educated and treated with honesty no matter if they are in my showroom or on a computer. It is very unfortunate that not all web businesses share the same integrity.

Fall Trends

October 12, 2010

I came upon this great article talking the fall fashion trends( published in – The Quad News on October 10th, 2010 it is so worth reading. Of course the thing that most excited me was that fur has become a staple on the runways this year. If you purchase either a new or a used fur it will add luxury to your Fall and Winter fashions.

How to choose a consignment shop

June 1, 2010

Are you thinking about bringing clothes you no longer wear to a consignment shop? What should you do first?
First, you should go out shopping at the consignment shops you are considering bringing your items to. Do you like the atmosphere? Do they provide good customer service?
Does it look like a boutique or a rummage sale? Are the items they have for sale things that you would wear? If they are styles and brands that you would purchase, chances are shoppers would purchase your items.

Next, you should ask about the consignment policy and procedures. Do you need an appointment? What is the split? When are you paid? How long is the consignment period? What happens to the items that don’t sell? Are you able to pick them up? Do they get donated and if so, who gets the donation receipt?

Once you find a consignment shop that meets your needs, go home and clean your closets. Be sure that the items you bring in are cleaned and pressed. You wouldn’t want to buy dirty clothes and neither would other shoppers. I strongly suggest that you sort your clothing by season. Most consignment shops are seasonal; they do not take summer items in November nor winter items in June.

When you bring your items in, be sure that the items are going to be accepted for sale. Confirm the date that you would need to pick up any unsold items. Then tell all your friends that you found a great place to shop. Remember: the more people that go into the store, the more sales will be made – so spread the word! When you get the check for your sold items, you will be glad that you told your friends. Perhaps you can even find a new outfit at the same consignment shop.

Fur Fashion 2010-2011

May 22, 2010

Melissa and I just got back from a whirl wind trip to the International Fur Fair in Montreal. It was great to see old friends and the new styles for the coming season. Here is quick run down of what to expect for 2010/2011 season: The stoles stole the show. That’s right, stoles have returned to the fur fashion scene in full force. The combination of chic shapes, fashionable fabrics and innovative fur techniques has created new styles that won’t remind you of your grandmother’s stole. You can expect to see luxurious mink stoles with cap sleeves, silky knit rex capes accented with rosettes, stretchy and comfy ¾-sleeve boleros with bows, and lavish cashmere flings with fox trim.

7/8 length coats are extremely popular this season. No matter which fur type or fabric, coats that hit just below the knee are everywhere. Look for styles that are fitted, belted, trench, swing and straight in a myriad of fur and shearling types and textures, along with trendy new fabrics.
Overall, the Fall/Winter 10-11 season will be a strong season for fur fashion with an emphasis on more relaxed styles for the everyday casual lifestyle.
I promise more pictures as inventory arrives.

If Consignment Shops Could Speak

January 22, 2010

Consignment Bridal Gown with SleevesI love the stories I hear while working at our new resale shop. It is almost as if the wedding dresses, evening gowns and even the evening bags and shoes have a life of their own. When the consignees bring in the items I hear where they wore the items. We have a dress that went to Obama’s Inaugural Ball and a wedding dress that was never worn because she found out in the nick of time “what the groom was really like”.
I also get to hear the plans for the items being purchased. Since our store specializes in evening and formal wear most of the purchases are made with an event in mind. Today alone, I sold St. John suit off-white with rhinestones that is going to a Bar Mitzvah in New York City, a pair of Ferragamo pumps that are going on a Cruise and Bridal Gown. My favorite was the  birdal gown to a bride who was on a budget – she shared with me that by only spending $300 on her dress she could include a few more friends on her invite list.

This is definitely a rewarding business. I will from time to time share other stories about the adventures of our formal wear!