One of the most useful things about Twitter (and, frankly, there are not many as far as I can tell, not yet) is the stream of tidbits I pick up following the dozen or so people on my list. The most useful by far, at least for purposes of my blogging, is InStyle‘s Twitter feed. That thing is non-stop! They must have a dedicated team working round-the-clock on it … not that I’m complaining. I have to admit that I’ve picked up more than the occasional style (and post) idea from their updates. I mean, some of their tweets are irresistible; for example, last week they tweeted about both “10 things every woman should own” as well as “how to wear fall’s hottest colours”. I can’t resist anything list- or colour-related. Of course, I had to check these out … and blog my thoughts to you. What else is a blogger to do?
Although I find the idea of “10 things every woman should own” a little random (why 10 specifically?) and presumptive (not every women will need the same things), I was intrigued by InStyle‘s list. I agree wholeheartedly with some of the choices (though, again, not necessarily for everyone), and I find others puzzling. Here’s the list, along with my 10 x 2 cents:

1) Black blazer. I don’t disagree with this one, per se, but I go through phases with blazers – you could say I have a love-hate relationship with them. Sometimes I love them, sometimes I find that they remind me of a straight-jacket, comfort-wise. Personally, I would say a nicely-tailored black (or cream) cardigan is equally useful.
2) Leopard print scarf. This one’s a head-scratcher. I like leopard print as much as the next gal, but is a leopard print scarf a necessity? Not really. A nice pashmina-like shawl is probably more practical and versatile. I have gotten a ton of wear (and compliments) out of my pale pink one.

3) Red flats. I love red flats! Red shoes can be a little “look at me” flashy, but they’re sobered up by the flat heel.They’re a good way to jazz up a casual outfit without giving up the casual factor.

4) Striped (T) shirt. Again, I have nothing against them (in fact, I love my white-and-red striped tee) but I’m not sure they’re a wardrobe “must” for everyone. I will say that the nautical look is frequently recycled, and a striped T-shirt is a key piece of that look. A striped T-shirt with a pair of cropped pants can also project something of a “jolie Parisienne” vibe.

5) Statement necklace. I am the queen of statement necklaces – need I say more?

6) Little black dress. Of course. Unless you hate black, having at least two is a good idea – one for day/office wear, and one for evening/special occasions. Finding the style most flattering can be a little more challenging, but this is one case where your options are generally pretty extensive. The LBD ain’t ever going out of style … or stores.

7) Black opaque tights. Um … sure? OK, they’re awfully useful, but I don’t know that I would rank them in the top 10 of, well, anything. Except hosiery.

8) Oversize watch. I love this idea in principle, but I kinda hate it on me. I have weedy wrists, and an oversize anything always makes me feel a little self-conscious. Having said that, this list reminded me of the ridiculous watch I once bought on a whim. How dope is this:


9) The classic trench. Agreed.

10) Flared jeans. I don’t hate flared jeans; I really don’t – unless we’re talking about 70s flare. I’m just more of a boot cut person. But as long as the flare isn’t excessive, I take no issue with flared jeans. Honestly.


Some of my personal picks for essential items? A “nude” shoe; black pants (you know my preferences); a crisp white shirt or T-shirt; the perfect shade of red nail polish (not a wardrobe item, but a classic nonetheless); a pair of diamond studs (or CZs); a black pencil skirt; a high-quality, structured leather bag.
The InStyle tweet about the hot colours for fall was a bit disappointing. It didn’t offer any revolutionary ideas for mixing/matching colours – the most frequent suggestion being to pair everything with black. Duh! But I’m always interested in knowing which colours are hot … if nothing else because I might get inspired to look at clothes in my closet in a new (more favourable) light. So here are InStyle‘s top picks:
1) Cobalt blue. Love it —  and it goes really well with yellow (as well as the usual black).

2) Gold. Too high maintenance for me — it usually involves sequins or lame’.

3) Purple. Fantastic colour that, in the right shade, flatters most complexions.

4) Camel. Wonderfully versatile. A camel-coloured sheath dress is a modern twist on the LBD.

5) Sheer black. Hmm, not really a colour … but I love anything sheer, so I’ll let this one pass.

6) Emerald green. Finally! Being a redhead offers an advantage.

7) Bright red. Sigh! Being a redhead kinda takes the fun out of it.

Your turn — what are your must-have items? Any fall “it colours” you’re intrigued by?

5 Comments on Tweet, tweet, tweet

  1. I agree with you about the “10 things every woman should own” and how arbitrary it is! I think it’s a list for a younger working woman with an office job. If you work in a more casual environment, or a non-office job, you probably don’t need a black blazer or little black dress. And I’m not sure a leopard print scarf is a need – leopard’s hot this fall (judging from the mall last weekend) but animal print goes in and out of fashion.

    Now for the colours – that’s too bad they didn’t give you any other options but black. I would put almost anything there with grey in various shades (except the camel). Navy (the neutral I always forget about) would be nice with the camel, red and gold, and could be really cool with the cobalt, emerald and the right shade of purple. The camel, red, and gold would be nice with brown. If you had the right shade of brown you could match it with the emerald and purple. I’m not sure about the cobalt and brown – maybe there’s room for an experiment!

    Plus, gold works without sequins or lame – I have a pretty little harvest gold sweater that I love. I like it with darker brown, grey, and black.

  2. Dearest fashion Maven,

    First off, where can I find the (most beautiful ever) belt featured on 2 pages in the latest vogue over various sweaters in its article on the fall sweater? The pink/red bow belt is precious…and I need! (Although, I’m hoping you can maybe make a suggestion as to a cheaper version).

    Next, any ideas where I can find a similar look to the flannel, peep toe boots features in the new Instyle? I am falling madly in love (almost enough to bear the $895 price tag…but not quite!) Seen anything promising in your travels?

  3. @ Anonymous — the belt (and it is beautiful, I agree) is Prada. It is $355US. I believe that there are matching shoes … at least shoes that feature the same bow. They may end up being the topic of a post soon 😉

    Believe me when I say that I covet this belt HARD. I have seen nothing like it in local stores recently … or ever. However, one can hope. Stores like H&M, Zara and Forever 21 are known to “borrow” from current collections, so if you don’t mind an “inspired” piece, that might be your best bet. Alas, not quite the same as the real thing!

    As for the Loubs … I can’t think of anything off the top of my head, but I will keep my eye out. I’ve seen similar looks, though not in flannel, at Michael Kors.