Ask Allie: Dressing Professionally in the Heat

It’s already hot where I live and will only get hotter and humid. How can I look professional and stay cool? My lined suit pants are already feeling oppressive.

Dresses!

I’m all about dresses when the temps rise. You get the air flow, but you still look polished. Thing is, it’s all about cut and fabric. Wrong choice and you’re just as miserable as if you’re wearing acetate-lined tropical wool trousers or else you look like you’re dressed in a paper bag or ready for a Mai Tai.



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Spring Capsules, Travel, and Trends with NIC+ZOE [Sponsored]

Nordstrom asked me to share the NIC+ZOE Spring collection and I had no problem saying yes. In the past year, NIC+ZOE has become a favorite brand for me to recommend because of its blend of classic styling and incorporating trends, its reasonable price for the quality, and it’s broad selection of sizes and lengths. I was especially thrilled to share the Spring NIC+ZOE collection because it’s like a pre-made capsule wardrobe. Let me show you what I mean:

Wardrobe Oxygen: Plus Size Spring Capsule Wardrobe from NIC+ZOE at NordstromShop the Look: wide leg linen pants | perfect slim cut pants | twirl flirt skirt | printed asymmetrical shell | perfect tank | wrap top | chiffon hem cardigan | diamond dot textured cardigan | open stitch sweater

This is a capsule of work-friendly yet not stuffy pieces from NIC+ZOE’s plus size line.



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Talbots Fall 2015 Plus Size Collection and Style Guide

Talbots Fall 2015 Woman Collection Style Guide

I know I just shared Talbots last week, but I was pretty psyched to see that they’re recognizing their plus size/Woman collection with its very own style guide.  Talbots invited the stylish Tanesha Awasthi from the blog Girl With Curves to share her insights and style tips. While I see style guides on a pretty regular basis in my inbox, it’s rare to see one so polished and featuring nothing but plus size fashion and models.



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Talbots Fall 2015 Lookbook Sneak Peek

Talbots Fall 2015 PreviewThis summer underwhelmed me when it came to Talbots – too nautical, too matronly yet also too cutesy for my tastes. However, checking out Talbots’ Fall Look Book got me excited.  One of the benefits of being a blogger is getting to see some of the collections early.  I scrolled through the online display and kept saying YAAAASSSSSS! THIS is the Talbots I love – classic, simple, understated, yet feminine and elegant and carefully incorporating current trends.



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