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Ask Annette & Debbie: Is the Cold Shoulder Still Cool?

Dear Annette & Debbie, Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are practically everywhere, and while I love the shape, I wonder if it’s too late for me to commit to the trend. Is it on its way out? Is there a way I can make it feel fresh? —Morgan W.

Dear Morgan, We are of the belief that the cold shoulder isn’t going anywhere—and for good reason: it’s feminine, creates a beautiful silhouette, and elevates everything from cutoffs to jeans to dresses. The other good news is that there are so many fresh iterations of the trend, whether you want to keep it demure or pump up the volume, there’s something for every comfort level here at Intrigue.

Beginner

If you’re apprehensive about revealing too much for the office, or just like to keep it simple, opt for a top or dress that shows off subtle slivers of collarbone and décolletage. Pair with a platform shoe and add a dramatic earring to finish.

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Intermediate

Straps, ruffles, and asymmetrical details are the next step. Ultimately, these necklines are more festive and make the most sense in a dressed up scenario; you’ll want to balance the intricate details with subdued classics—pencil skirts work particularly well, even denim.

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Advanced

We love the drama here. These elaborate blouses can go both ways: super dressed-up with elevated pants or a skirt, even a streamlined jean for a night out. Keep the shoes and bag simple so they don’t compete with the neckline.

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Hope these tips helped! Remember, we are just a phone call, message or drive away.

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Shocking Runway…Has Fashion Gone Mad?

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Headliner:  “Minimalism is taking a backseat to some cuckoo clothes this fall, and we’re not sure whether to applaud or scream”…In Style Magazine.  Call us crazy, but not everyone can pull off the look Jeremy Scott designed for Moschino’s Fall 2014 collection…and,who’d want to, may be the question!

Designers have been dabbling in surrealism since the 1930’s; a prime example is Elsa Schiaparelli’s quirky collections influenced by artist friend Salvatore Dali.  Although today’s rockers,  like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, take liberties with eccentric styles seen on the runway, that just might not work for gals like you and I.

Intrigue is the fashion sense voice  translating “Runway to Reality”!

Collage BlogdressesAt Intrigue, you will find timeless dresses with abstract prints such as shattered glass, or accordion pleating, even embroidered floral detailing reminiscent of your mother’s china by the likes of Nicole Miller, Joseph Ribkoff and Tadashi bringing that catwalk look off the runway and into your closet.

Annette Matczak Tymoski & Debbie Matczak Ruth shop the best designer looks for you, interpreting the radical runway theatrics, creating pleasant visual play for everyday living.  “We bring NYC to Bucks County” for daytime playing or evening festivities in an endless variety of styles to suit individual taste.  Be inspired; express your style in living color…Intrigue-ing thought!

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Opposites Attract: Black & White

Welcome Intrigue-ing Fashionistas!

As our Spring season is now in full swing, we find it fitting that our first blog blast touts trending Black and Whites. Who knew…Surprise!  The classic statement made by neutrals in contrast, bold black and hot white, comes with new direction…”Just add color, or not”!  Feel the freedom to accessorize with nature’s brights or natural neutrals.

Never out of style, we are seeing this strong craze heading straight into Fall 2014…an economic obsession!  You’ll find a zillion ways to change-up basics that make you happy and set the stage for power dressing at the office or daytime playing in style.  Dynamic evening attire is bound to express your romantic side…be brave!

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Black and white interpretations are being seen on the “RUNWAYS” of Trina Turk, Chanel, and Diane von Furstenberg, to name a few.  You can showcase your vitality by mixing prints, color blocking, wearing geometric patterns or accenting with unexpected details.

Here at Intrigue, the “REALITY” of this eternal trend is ever so present! Check out our story wall showcasing designer dresses from Joseph Ribkoff, Nicole Miller, Yoana Baraschi, and Laundry.ImageBe inspired by Intrigue’s edge and InStyle’s “Haute Minimalism”.  The magazine article notes: “REASONS TO LOVE IT!  Architectural shapes and structured fabrics give way to swirly skirts, slouchy pants, and dresses that skim the body in a stripped-down palette of black and white. It’s a citified way of dressing that radiates a cool confidence.” Looking for a more causal way to wear the trend?  Look no further as Intrigue’s sporty wearables exhibit the classic contrast addiction too!

ImageShop looks from Bailey 44, Burning Touch, Elie Tahari, and Ted Baker.

Create your own reality but resist the urge to inject a predictable pop of color. Keep the look cohesive with black or nude footwear. If you’re not used to wearing color or prints, explore a more adventurous side to your style with pattern play!  Pair a printed bottom with a crisp white top, wear a printed dress, or take it a step further by mixing prints such as polka dots with stripes to create a unique and fun look. For the faint of heart, play it safe by blending solids.

We hope you are feeling inspired to create excitement in your Intrigue-ing spring wardrobe.  Thanks for joining us!

Until next post…Bring your personal fashion fabulosity to life!

 

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