Category: From a Stylist

Toddlers Gone So Sweetly….Stylish!

By , August 10, 2011 10:03 am

Style can perhaps be easily learned when you are young enough.  And it certainly helps if you have a mom that’s stylish.  Toddlers today are looking better than ever.  I guess we can thank Gucci (see video) as well as Rachel Zoe (now a mom) who is starting a kids line.

Don’t we all want to have “lil” ones to dress.  I am fortunate to have a 14 year old son.  However, dressing a male is somewhat more limiting than dressing a female.  Jeremy has developed his own urban street skate style. I guess I might have influenced him somewhat.  And I never knew there were so many different styles and brands of sneakers.   Currently, I am enjoying checking out his clothing brands and he is learning how to shop wisely online.  A good way for mother and son to bond.

This Fall attend Introduction to Fashion Styling and discover the stylist in you.   If you are not in New York, check our courses online:  Intro to Fashion Styling and The Out of Towners Guide to Online Vintage Shopping.

Very stylishly yours, Emma Sosa

Emma Sosa teaches SXF 300: Secrets from a Professional Shopper, SXS 100: Introduction to Fashion Styling, SXT 500: Star-Quality Vintage Shopping, and SXT 810: “Going Green” and Staying Fashion Right- Earth Friendly Fashion Stores.

The Iconic Shirtwaist Dress

By , July 13, 2011 2:23 pm

1950s Jonathan Logan Summer Plaid Day Dress

This summer, the dress is the way to go for comfort and style. Be it long or short, the simplicity of a one piece dress allows you to spend more time thinking of your accessories. And isn’t that easier then figuring out what top or bottom to wear together. The right shoe, jewelry or belt will add just the right finishing touch. So stay cool this summer by perhaps choosing the iconic shirt waist dress which has come a real long way just like women have.

Vintage Colorful Plaid Shirtwaist Dress

The concept of the shirt waist dress originated from a man’s shirt and was seen as early as the 1900s. Although it has a menswear influence, it’s anything but masculine. The 1950s iconic shirtwaist dress, as seen in movies like Pleasantville, emphasized the female waist and the bust and was very feminine. Casual and dressy versions of the shirtwaist dress were staples in a woman’s closet from the time Dior introduced the “New Look” silhouette in 1947. These dresses were worn with petticoats underneath to increase the skirt’s volume and create a more festive look, and girdles to make the waist smaller, creating a very flattering silhouette. They could also be worn casually without a petticoat and were then referred to as house dresses.

So cheers to the shirtwaist dress, you’ve come a long way baby! Try one on!

1950s Cotton Shirt Waist Dress in Olive Green with Orange Floral Print

Emma Sosa teaches SXF 300: Secrets from a Professional Shopper, SXS 100: Introduction to Fashion Styling, SXT 500: Star-Quality Vintage Shopping.

Summer is Finally Here!

By , June 22, 2011 9:24 am

FROM A STYLIST

Fashionistas rejoice!

It’s officially Summer and we can shed those layers and put on some color! Michael Kors is the epitome of American fashion and he has  shown a wonderful way to wear Summer’s bold and vibrant colors with accessories we can use all year round…..classic natural brown leather. What better way to make yellow “sophisticated”, hot pink more bold and greens pop! Something so classic, so American, can make clothing so different.

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So go to your closet and pull out those leather belts, leather bags, leather sandals. No colored leather please. Just good old natural cowhide! Have fun! Summer is here but, hurry, it won’t last long.

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Sadia Seymour teaches SXS 100: Intro to Fashion Styling, SXS 110: Fashion Styling Confidential, and SXM 010: Styling Fit Fundamentals.

From Fall to Spring/Summer

By , June 8, 2011 9:14 am

FROM A STYLIST

We all want to keep up with the trends but, don’t want to go broke every season! Who has the money for that? How can you take your fall clothing and update or mix and match it for spring and summer. We’ll take this look from Kenzo Fall 2011 and add a few items.

Kenzo Fall 2011

For a transition to Spring, we’ll use top and add a few pieces for the change in weather. In the morning it start off cool and take off to unseasonably warn weather so, lets open all  the buttons on the shirt and expose a classic gingham yellow and white bralet. For a nod to the warm weather we are excitedly hoping for, put on a pair of classic linen cuffed shorts. Tuck the plain side of the shirt in to the waistband of the shorts to keep the floral design showing. Add a pop of color on your feet with these orange wedges. You are all set for what ever weather mother nature throws your way.

All Saints Clothing

As it gets warmer and we need to work to a Summer look, let’s keep the leather jacket for an edgy evening out! Let’s keep a neutral palette with light grey knit harem pants and a cream bralet under our jacket. Add these architectural black leather, wood and gold sandals to kick the look up a few notches! Add a layered necklace with feathers and feel like a real rock goddess as you attend the hippest rooftop party overlooking the NYC skyline!

Top Shop Clothing

Invest in trendy accessories and you can stretch some of your fall wardrobe into current seasonal looks. Now run to your closet and pick your favorites! Some great places to shop for accessories and shoes are Zara, All Saints, Top Shop, Forever21, Gap, Banana Republic and flea markets!

Sadia Seymour teaches SXS 100: Intro to Fashion Styling, SXS 110: Fashion Styling Confidential, and SXM 010: Styling Fit Fundamentals.

Before/After Work Outfit

By , May 25, 2011 1:17 am

FROM A STYLIST

With the warm weather approaching , we all are staying out a little later after work to enjoy the night air. Especially on Friday nights! What you don’t want to do is go home and come back out. The couch is deadly! So, how do you take a work outfit and bump it up to a jazzy night look without carrying another bag? Easy….accessorize! I saw this outfit from the GAP that features their flare leg jean with a crisp white top and heels. Classic, clean summer outfit that’s suitable for work but, we need a transformation.


The Mini Alden Tote Bag from Brahmin is a refreshing twist on adding red to a white and denim look and showing your knowledge of this season’s “it” color, Orange. It’s acceptable for work and when you remove the long strap and carry by the top handles, it converts to a chic evening bag. It holds what you need for a day at work and secretly holds your style secrets! With a quick trip to the Ladies room you can transform yourself into your evening Diva. Put on your layered gold and silver multi-strand necklace, multi-strand bracelet and a trendy fun ring (all from Banana Republic) and you have taken your “classic” look to a chic and sexy look for a night on the town.

Sadia Seymour teaches SXS 100: Intro to Fashion Styling, SXS 110: Fashion Styling Confidential, and SXM 010: Styling Fit Fundamentals.

Look of the Week

By , May 18, 2011 3:24 pm

FROM A STYLIST

I was sent this recent Marc Jacobs ad with the question,
“How could one wear something like this to work?”

This romper is definitely for the bold woman who works in a creative, non-corporate industry. Is it too high fashion for everyday? Is it office appropriate? Absolutely not, but, it depends how you put your outfit together and is it figure flattering. Everything is not for everybody. This is not for the shy! Whatever option you choose, edgy or casual, you are sure to impress! Shoulders back, head up and negotiate that deal!

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Sadia Seymour teaches SXS 100: Intro to Fashion Styling, SXS 110: Fashion Styling Confidential, and SXM 010: Styling Fit Fundamentals.

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