By Andra Naylor
There are just some things you should know. Like your astrological sign. How to change a tire. What to serve with red wine. You should also be in the know with what’s hanging in your closet and what needs to hang in your closet. Below is a sampling of current terminology that will make you sound as chic as you look.
We all know what pumps are, especially if you made it through the â€˜80s. And I’m sure you’ve heard of the MusÃ©e d’Orsay, Paris’ museum dedicated to the artistic creation of the second half of the 19th century. But the pump d’Orsay (pronounced door-say), my favorite shoe style, has a little-known name. The d’Orsay is a woman’s shoe in which the vamp of the shoe is cut away very close to the toe box, and the sides are cut away, revealing the arch of the foot. It was named after Count D’Orsay, a French dandy who became the center of a fashionable artistic and literary circle in London in the early 19th century.
Stand out this season in the Steve Madden â€œBlingâ€? patterned d’Orsay pump for $99.99 on Solestruck.com or buy the ultimate â€” a pair of Manolo Blahnik patent black leather d’Orsays at Neiman Marcus for $565.00.
Pashmina is actually a type of goat native to Kashmir, Pakistan. Its fleece has been used for thousands of years to make the highest quality of shawls and has also come to bear the same name. A pashmina as we know it â€” a luxurious oversized shawl â€” is rarely 100% pashmina. Most are a blend of pashmina goat hairs with silk, while others are a mix of cashmere and silk. Scarves and shawls that are 100% pashmina are typically coarse and too fragile to wear, although designers like Carolina Herrera and Donatella Versace have integrated the fabric into past collections. Pashminas are offered in every color of the rainbow and are a cozy addition to the winter wardrobe.
Try out a 100% woven featherweight pashmina in indigo blue with fringed ends in a shimmery metallic contrast from Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent available for $90.00 on bluefly.com.
All my friends rave about them. If you haven’t already, you have to try a pair. Spanx is an innovative hosiery line that slims the stomach, thighs and rear, and most importantly, eliminates VPL (Visible Panty Lines). What began as a line of footless pantyhose became style’s greatest weapon. I’ve tried Spanx’s seamless mid-thigh shaper that is slimming and comfortable and have my eye on the new Bod-a-Bing line that offers pants, skirts and tops with a thin, built-in Lycra-spandex liner.
Try the Spanx Bod-a-Bing black skinny pants from Nordstrom for $72. These perfect-fitting pants have a built-in, hidden liner that erases flaws and smoothes the entire silhouette. For fitting help, go to www.spanx.com.
All summer I saw girls in gauchos, the wide-leg swing pants that became the season’s #1 trend. Like ’em or not they’ll be around for awhile – culottes are the cold-weather sister of gauchos that just moved in. Culottes are not just long shorts, they’re pants designed to look like a skirt. (Don’t confuse them with the skort either; a skort are shorts masquerading as a miniskirt that generally fall to mid-thigh.) Culottes are often criticized for making even the tallest woman look short, but if paired with the right shoe it’s a fresh alternative to pants. Culottes look great with both flats and tall boots and can be dressed up or down.
I recently bought BCBG’s black â€œMonicaâ€? wool culottes with satin tuxedo stripe from Von Maur on sale for $98. I also love Lauren Moffatt’s corduroy culottes with gold hardware V- shape thin leather band that slenderizes the hips ($242 at activeendeavors.com). Pair them with pumps and patterned nylons!
Now test your fashion knowledge by matching these terms with their definitions.
“Galaxy” (Okay, we gave this one away!)
1. Vintage shop in West Hollywood popular with celebrities.
2. A refreshing collection that falls between winter and spring that offers more than just swimwear and cover-ups.
3. One of the most coveted fashion accessories ever, a purse named after a French actress-singer.
4. Skinny-as-hell jeans that gained popularity when Kate Moss tried out the sprayed-on look for herself.
5. This season’s must have dress designed by Roland Mouret that flatters the figure and provides the wearer with the perfect silhouette.
(answers: Birkin 3, Resort 2, Supefine 4, Galaxy 5, Decades 1)