and the winner is . . .

we interrupt regularly scheduled programming here at stylebriefs to bring you this special report on the oscars. we don’t miss a red carpet and the oscars are, well, the academy awards of red carpets! below, we each have selected our favorites. which ones did you love and which ones needed to stop? by martha this is hard. i haven’t seen anything that really really blew me away and honestly the ones that usually hit it out of the park only made it to first base. now in saying all that there were some beautiful dresses. lupita nyong’s beautiful blue plunging dress was breathtaking. cate blanchett looks like old time hollywood. i also loved jennifer lawrence’s dress with the diamonds draping down her back but maybe she wants to rethink the high heels […]

do your skirts hang low . . . (part one)

do they waffle to and fro? if your skirts don’t hang low, they should. skirts are long (for spring), and long is good (if you are over 5’4″). no longer reserved for the “Jessas” of the world, the spring runways moved the longer, somewhat flowy skirt to the forefront. since my legs are not my favorite body part, my heart lept with joy as the longer skirts just kept coming down the runways. from the looks below, i get the idea that a longer skirt done right can be very refined AND sexy – and to be honest, i haven’t felt that way about a long or midi skirt in a long time. stay tuned for “do your skirts hang low” part two, which will post next monday. i’m pulling together some […]

building a bridge to spring . . .

the end of february makes me anxious for spring. and each year I am surprised at how hard it can be to transition my wardrobe without (a) freezing to death, (b) looking ridiculous, or (c) getting super depressed that I am still stuck in dark, drab woolens when it is 65 degrees by lunchtime. this year I am determined to build a bridge between my mostly winter and mostly summer wardrobes by grabbing a few pieces earmarked just for spring. this look from zara is both stylish and a good bridge. being boxy, mock turtle, and cropped makes the jacket on trend for spring (the fall runways have more of the same, so I think it is a good bet it will work next spring as well). i suspect all of our […]