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Lindell Cullottes
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Tricky Statement: Culottes. You may worry about how to make culottes look flattering if you don’t look like a supermodel. It’s all in the proportions and what pieces you wear with them. These contemporary fitting Club Monaco culottes are one of our favorites for their front pleat styling and length - you get all the ease of pants, with the beautiful look of a skirt. The pleats stem from a wider waistband that keeps them laying flat without adding any bulk. And you really do get the best of both worlds because the back of these culottes are styled like trousers, with welt pockets (and no pleating) so there’s no volume added in the back, thank you very much. As you can see from this picture, a simple white shirt is all you need to complete the look and keep it simple and timeless. Because of that waistband, you can tuck your shirt in, too. The fabric has great movement to it (and is super soft).
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07/14/2015

I Can’t Wear That…Can I? 5 Tricky Styles Demystified

With the turn of every fashion magazine page and the viewing of every style segment online or on TV, there is some “amazing” new fashion trend we just “have to have”. And some of them may seem so tricky that you can’t imagine ever pulling them off – and more importantly, you may have no interest in trying to pull them off because they seem too trendy or bold or just not you. At Mark Shale, we love to find new styles but also think it’s essential to be able to incorporate them in to your existing wardrobes. We always want you to look modern, fresh and appropriate, and feel like you are looking current without that “trying-too-hard” feel. So this week, we’re blending these 2 ideas by taking some of the current trends that may seem out of your normal comfort zone and putting them into looks that will (hopefully) change your mind.

Take a look at a few trends we’ll be dissecting and then head over to “5 Outfits to Simplify 5 Tricky Style Trends (& Make Them Your Own)” to see complete outfits incorporating these tricky trends into completely modern and appropriate outfits for the Mark Shale lady that won’t seem tricky at all. If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media.
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Level 99 - Chambray Romper
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Level 99 - Chambray Romper
Chambray Romper
Level 99
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Tricky Statement: Jumpsuits & Rompers. This isn’t a new trend, but it’s certainly one that is still very current – and one that we know some ladies are still hesitant about. But as the seasons have passed, brands have gotten more evolved in how they design jumpsuits so they can flatter our behinds and create proportion that can work on everyone. Like a dress, once it’s on, you’ve got a whole outfit. It can be worn dressy (as we’ll show you in this week’s Fashion Finds) or casually, like this Level 99 chambray romper. The modern fit meshes with the easy style for an ideal way to do a romper (which is just the shorts version of a jumpsuit) for a weekend day. The drawstring can be adjusted to sit at your waist or closer to your hips, so the shorts can be worn shorter or longer. The drapey fabric not only looks great, but it is lightweight, so you’ll be able to wear it day to night.
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Rebecca Minkoff - Finn Cross Body Clutch
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Rebecca Minkoff - Finn Cross Body Clutch
Finn Cross Body Clutch
Rebecca Minkoff
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Tricky Statement: Fringe. You don’t need to be a cowboy or part of an ‘80’s hair band to make this one work in a subtly cool way. There are several ways to do it, like in our accessories that provide stylish edge without looking like you’re trying too hard. Rebecca Minkoff’s mini suede crossbody bag gives any outfit a cool boho vibe that is right for every age. It’s small, so it doesn’t overwhelm. And since suede is great year round, you’ll be able to wear it now and throughout Fall/Winter, as this is a trend that continues. You can see it styled here with a silk dress to show how it works with an elevated piece. And it is the ideal accent to a pair of jean shorts or slouchy pants and a tee for any weekend day.
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Cooper & Ella - Cutout Short-Sleeve Blouse
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Cooper & Ella - Cutout Short-Sleeve Blouse
Cutout Short-Sleeve Blouse
Cooper & Ella
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Tricky Statement: Cutouts. This is a trend, that after a certain age, many ladies choose to shy away from. And we get that – even agree with that, based on a lot of the pieces of clothing that show so much skin. But there are also ways to have that cutout illusion without giving the milk away for free, as our dads used to say. Cooper & Ella was reading our minds when they designed this blouse. The very subtle slits at the shoulders and along the neckline are the perfect hints to the trend that give this silky top a light and open feel in a body skimming fit that is comfortable and easy. The longer shirttail hem in the back is split, so this top looks great untucked with any trousers or jeans.
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Ella Moss - Souk Mini Dress
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Souk Mini Dress
Ella Moss
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Tricky Statement: Surplice Wrap Necklines. The ‘70’s inspiration that is taking over reveals itself in all the sexy wrap styles and surplice necklines in style right now. And for some, they can feel too revealing or just hard to put together with other pieces without feeling like a costume. Here’s a trick that works like a charm, and most every person wearing this trend well is in on to: fashion tape. Add this double-sided tape along the edge of the fabric inside the neckline and, voila, you have the plunging neckline that is customized just for you. And it’s stickier than regular double-sided tape, without leaving any residue when you peel it off. This Ella Moss dress generally stays closed on its own, even on ladies with larger chests, which is one of the great things about it. The stretch fabric has a great mod print that you can start wearing now, with sandals, and you’ll love it just as much with tights and boots in the Fall. The ¾ sleeve and neckline are a slimming combination. Adding a simple wide black belt will accentuate your waist and help conceal any hip or lower belly bumps (hey, we all have them).
 

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