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Petite Fall Playbook x Blogger Jean Wang, Part II

Find out how to flaunt fall’s chicest trends from our Petite Fall Playbook.

The Trend: “Stand out from the crowd in bold black and white,” says Stephanie Altieri, the buyer for our Petite Women’s Shop. “This seasonless color combo can carry you year-round.”

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Extra Petite blogger Jean Wang shows The Thread how to make a play on fall’s black-and-white trend from her petite point of view.

The Look: Vince Camuto Lace Print Crepe Dress, slim logo belt and red satchel

THE THREAD: Which accessories do you think help to enhance a petite frame?

JEAN WANG: With any body type, it’s all about dressing in the right proportions. I love a good, slender-heeled pump. For handbags, I like big bags as much as the next gal, but choosing a size that doesn’t overwhelm your frame is key to looking put-together. When shopping for handbags, I like to ask a friend to snap photos of it on me from the side and back, to check how the proportions work with my frame.

THE THREAD: When do you feel you’re at your most beautiful?

JEAN: There’s not a specific moment, but I started to feel my most beautiful after I was able to embrace my own body type and better understand how to dress for my proportions. Having that confidence in yourself and your body helps you feel more beautiful in any situation!

Get more stylish advice from Jean in Part I of our Petite Fall Playbook guide.
And head to Jean’s blog for everyday fashion inspiration that fits.

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Petite Fall Playbook x The Extra Petite Blog

Stephanie Altieri, the buyer for our Petite Women’s Shop, has curated a selection of her must-have fall fashions. Broken down into five persuasive trends, the Petite Fall Playbook will help you to look your best—in styles selected just for your size.

Try the Precious Metals trend.

The Thread taps Jean, the blogger behind ExtraPetite.com, to model the Precious Metal trend from the Fall Playbook and gain some expert sizing advice in the process.

THE THREAD: Describe your personal style.

JEAN: I love mixing classic, feminine pieces with the occasional trends, and pairing splurge items with bargain or thrifted finds. Personal style for me is constantly evolving—discovering and refining it through fashion experimentation is all part of the fun.

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THE THREAD: When it comes to fall essentials, what are your must-have items and why?

JEAN: For fall, I love lightweight coats that can carry me through winter with some creative layering. At the top of my list is the belted trench, which is a classic piece that’s incredibly flattering on every body type. It’s comfy over a simple tee in early fall, and it can be doubled or tripled up over thick sweaters and scarves once the temperatures cool down (the waist-cinching belt saves you from looking too bulky!). To switch it up, a leather jacket is another fall must-have—a fitted one in a neutral color will pair just as easily with jeans as it will with a dress for the office!

THE THREAD: The motto for your blog is “The quest for fashion that fits.” Can you share any styling/shopping tips that you’ve learned through blogging?

JEAN: The most important lesson I’ve learned is that buying a few well-fitting, quality pieces beats owning a closet full of mediocre-fitting items that you’ll forget about next season. I used to buy a number of items that fit okay but not great. Some of these were bought for the thrill of a sale, or for instant gratification. I’ve since learned to have a well-thought-out wish list and to only purchase things that are quality enough to warrant spending extra on tailoring (if necessary!) to make them fit perfectly.

I often hear from readers who are just starting out building a wardrobe or who are on a budget and are unsure where to begin. My recommendation is to look around for inspiration and make a list of the top pieces that will suit your lifestyle for years to come. Shop for those items patiently and with a critical eye for quality and fit. Don’t forget that small tweaks, like a hem job, can make a big difference. (Another reason why I love the Nordstrom card—it’s an allowance for free alterations each year!)

Discover the City Slicker trend.

Check out Jean’s take on our City Slicker trend when you visit her blog.

—Qianna Smith

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Fashion Week Food & Drink

The Sweet Side of Paris Fashion Week

From the fabulous fashions to the decadent delights, the week of chic in Paris is a sensory experience unlike any other.

The Thread found our guest editor Zanita Morgan and her bestie Rebecca Laurey of Raspberry & Rouge enjoying a break between runway shows on the rooftop of the Terrass Hôtel, located in the artsy Montmartre district. Get a taste of the sweet life at Paris Fashion Week from two fabulous fashion bloggers we adore.

Treat Yourself: “I love this location,” says Zanita, a model turned photo blogger. “The 7th lounge is a hidden gem and a great place to relax in the midst of Fashion Week chaos.”

Parisian Pastries: It’s impossible to not develop a passion for food and fashion while in Paris.

The Art of Friendship: “It’s been great attending Fashion Week with Zanita. We both live this slightly fashion obsessed life,” says Rebecca, based in the Netherlands. “We met at an event in Barcelona in May, and we’ve been bonded ever since. We have this great international friendship.”

Bon Appétit: Classic French desserts like tarte aux fraises et à la crème, mille-feuille and éclairs are divine little pleasures.

Toast of the Town: Be inspired and add a little French twist to your daily style.

Zanita is in MISS WU Pocket Crêpe de Chine BlouseAbstract Chain Jacquard Skirt (both Nordstrom exclusives), MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Blake’ Bracelet Watch and Dogeared ‘Reminder – Infinite Love’ Boxed Pendant Necklace in Gold Dip. Her beauty statement comes in the form of NYX Black Nail Lacquer with Black Pearls and Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Pur Couture’ Lip Color 001 Le Rouge.

Rebecca is in MISS WU ‘Delicate Leaf’ Print Crêpe de Chine Blouse & Pleated Leather Skirt (both Nordstrom exclusives) and kate spade new york ‘skinny mini’ bow bangle in silver. Perfectly polished nails in Deborah Lippmann ‘Jewel Heist’ Nail Color in ‘Rolling in The Deep’ complete the look.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

Our thanks to The 7th lounge at the top of the Terrass Hotel! With stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, it’s an ideal setting for an apéritif or a sunset dinner in the heart of Paris.

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Nordstrom x Nylon TV: Ashley Madekwe at New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week may be over, but you can relive the sartorial circus again and again in our latest video collab with Nylon TV (check out our last one with Kat Graham). This time around, we dropped Revenge actress and high-profile style blogger (seriously, check out Ring My Bell!) Ashley Madekwe into the fashionable fray and watched her work it in of-the-moment pieces from Leith, MINKPINK, Tildon, Mural and more.

Check out how the beautiful Brit reps cool Savvy style while serenely navigating the crazy that is NYFW.

Strut your own Savvy looks no matter where you are with covetable Closet Pops that are super easy on your bank account.

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DETAILS Magazine Tech & Tastemakers Summit

Susie Bubble. Bryanboy. Scott Schuman: three notable names from a long list of digital style stars that have climbed the ranks of fashion thanks to the blogosphere and social media.

Our techno #selfie obsessed culture continues to be a hot topic as the landscape gets more and more flooded with hyper-opinionated creatives in both the women’s and menswear space.

DETAILS magazine is driving the conversation on technology this New York Fashion Week season, presenting the first ever Tech & Tastemakers Summit. This topical event gathered fashion influencers, digital innovators, creative-thought leaders and print/web editors to discuss what’s now and what’s next for online.

The power panel (left to right) of Eugene Tong DETAILS Style Director, Lawrence Schlossman @SartoriallyInc, Megan Collins @StyleGF, Sean Sullivan @ImpossibleCool, fashion insider Nick Wooster, Tommy Ton @Jak&JilBlog and Michael Williams @AContinuousLean were tasked with discussing how they have leveraged their blogs into profitable businesses without compromising the authentic and personal nature of their trade.

Photos that set the trends: “I was just trying to crash the shows, and my camera gave me a way in. There was never any intention of making money; it was all in good pleasure,” says Tommy Ton, Style.com resident street photographer, who made his dream of working in fashion a reality with his Jak & Jil blog.

Meet menswear’s girl next door: “Blogging is very personal because you and your brand are inevitably intertwined. And you shouldn’t feel like you’re selling out because you get to do what you love,” says Megan, who gave up a career in advertising to work full-time on her blog Style Girlfriend.

The man’s world of Nick Wooster: “I am the fraud up here. I would like to figure out how to do that [what these bloggers do]. I am here to take notes,” says Nick, a noted fashion director who credits social media for his surge in Internet popularity. “It started with Tommy and Lawrence taking my picture at Fashion Week. I’ve worked in retail since I was 15. I’ve been around clothes all my life, and my style is really just a reflection of who I am.”

How tech-savvy is your everyday style?

Qianna Smith
Photos by Craig Arend @ Altamira NYC

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The Infinity of Donna Karan x The Glamourai

The Glamourai’s Kelly Framel models the Infinity Dress for the second installment of her insider look at Donna Karan.

I will always invest in items that can truly be worn in multiple ways, and this dress fits that description better than anything I’ve ever seen. Just as the four classic elements encompass all aspects of existence, so this dress can be worn anywhere and any way you can imagine. While the possibilities are truly limitless, I chose to style it in the four ways I felt best represented the elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire.

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FIRE is the energy and nobility of the cosmos, the element of creativity and inspiration, of passion and transformation. It is a dress no longer encumbered by neckline, instead worn in strapless simplicity, wrapping thrice around the body in the quintessence of red-hot heat.

WATER runs deep; it is the element of emotion, intuition and love. It is romantic, sweetheart sleeves spilling smoothly over the shoulders, as effortless and serene as a softly sparkling sea.

Visit TheGlamourai.com to read the entire article.

Timeless. Versatile. How do you wear your Donna Karan Matte Jersey Infinity Dress?

Shot on location in Montauk, New York, by photographer James Katsipis in collaboration with Donna Karan New York and Nordstrom.

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Savvy Loves: Blogger Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies

We at Savvy HQ have had a crush on Utah-based blogger Rach Parcell of Pink Peonies for a while now (here we spotted her at Fashion Week). The brunette beauty puts together classic, ladylike looks tweaked with personal twists—like a pop-of-color bag or a bold piece of jewelry—that get us at hello. We’re excited that she loves us too.

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For a taste of her sartorial prowess, check out how she’s repping the recent monochrome trend by pairing these bright-blue WAYF track pants with matching Sole Society pumps and a slightly preppy blouse that echoes the cool tone. Not to mention that contrasting M•AC ‘Candy Yum Yum’ lip. Sigh. And the crush continues…

–Jenny Yule

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Nordstrom Exclusive: The Glamourai x Donna Karan

The Glamourai’s Kelly Framel returns for a second collaboration with Nordstrom, and this time around, the partnership includes designer Donna Karan. The New York-based fashion house tapped the noted blogger for the coming fall and resort seasons to blog about all things Donna Karan, modeling looks available both online at Nordstrom and in our stores.

Check out this sneak peek of Kelly’s first post that went live today, which features her stylish point of view on Donna Karan’s “7 Easy Pieces”:

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The Essential Piece: Donna Karan Collection Mélange Stretch Sequin Skirt

Black Basics: Donna Karan Collection Vintage Stretch Leather Jacket & Slim Jersey Pants

“Many trends come and go with the ever-changing zeitgeist, and few are the movements that have had as lasting an impact on the way women dress as Donna Karan’s 7 Easy Pieces, a concept first debuted in 1985 that continues to shape the sartorial landscape of today,” says Kelly.

Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down: Donna Karan Seamed Body Dress with Jersey Sleeves, available in stores. For store locations, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463 or via Live Chat (7am–1am Eastern).

To read the full article and see even more gorgeous imagery from her Montauk, New York photo shoot, visit Kelly’s blog, TheGlamourai.com.

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The Curvy Girl’s Summer Guide To Style

From Vince Camuto to Lucky Brand to MICHAEL Michael Kors, the Nordstrom Encore division has the brands you love and the trends you crave and—most importantly—has them in the sizes you want.

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Bold & Beautiful: Find the perfect plus-size head-to-toe looks online.

Finding clothes that accentuate the body is essential for any woman who’s looking to curate a confident wardrobe. Yet with so many options both online and in stores, the task can be daunting for even the savviest of shoppers.

On the hunt for figure-flattering solutions, The Thread enlisted four shapely fashion influencers to share how they learned to cultivate a unique personal style by embracing their curves. Meet our guest-bloggers for the week!

Denise Caldwell: A stylist and fashion commentator with a curvy point of view.

A New York-based fashion insider, Denise Caldwell has 8 years of experience working alongside many of the world’s top stylists at Harper’s Bazaar−Brana Wolf, Melanie Ward and Mary Alice Stephenson. A wardrobe expert herself, Denise has outfitted the likes of Leighton Meester, Michelle Monaghan and Tyra Banks. When she’s not playing dress-up, Denise serves as contributing fashion editor for the menswear site MindTheChap.com. She is also a fashion authority on all things curvy and has appeared on FOX News and Good Day Live, offering on-camera style advice for women of all types of shapes and sizes.

Tune In: On Tuesday, Denise gives the scoop on how she keeps it chic while maintaining an on-the-go New York lifestyle.

 

Allison Teng: A serial shopaholic and the blogger behind Curvy Girl Chic.

A self-professed shopaholic and plus-size style expert, Allison Teng is always finding new ways to fit more clothes in to her closet. Based in the O.C., she gravitates toward fashions that fuse a city edge with a Cali-chic vibe. She is the creator of the plus-size fashion focused blog Curvy Girl Chic and is also a Lucky magazine contributor. Allison’s fabulous point of view on all things curvy has garnered her features in glossies such as Seventeen, People and Glamour GRE.

Tune In: On Wednesday, we head to Germany with Allison, who shows us how she looks fab while traveling on holiday.

 

Meg van Huygen: This Seattle native is on a journey to look retro and rad.

A proofreader for Nordstrom.com, Meg van Huygen has enjoyed a multifarious career, majoring in classical piano performance at Cornish College of the Arts before stepping into journalism, tech and fashion worlds. She got her sartorial start in the grunge era, vintage-picking at the consignment stores in Seattle’s University District, and has amassed a collection of over 150 cocktail dresses from myriad periods. Her niche fashion focus is on the murky, underrepresented Venn intersection of tall and plus size.

Tune In: On Thursday, Meg will reveal how she incorporates vintage accessories into her modern wardrobe to create a freshly individual fashion statement at work and on the weekends.

 

Marie Denee: This L.A. style expert is the creative force behind the plus-size blog The Curvy Fashionista.

Keeping it curvy since 2008, Marie Denee is the mastermind behind The Curvy Fashionista, a fashion and lifestyle blog catering to full-figured, confident and chic women. Since launching her blog, Marie has been determined to show the fashion world and fellow plus-size women that they too can don the latest and greatest trends and styles. Marie was voted top 20 bloggers of 2012 by Black Enterprise magazine, writes for The Curvy Blog for Vogue Italia and curates her favorite plus-size fashion finds for Nordstrom.com.

Tune In: On Friday, go behind the scenes of a Nordstrom shoot and fashion presentation with our resident curvy style guru.

Get your fashion fix with our Anniversary Sale Curvy Trend Guide.

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