The Week in Style

This week’s best around the Internet to keep you entertained and in style.

Looking good is strictly business

Items from ShopStyle's "Strictly Business" curated shop. From left: Dress, Lauren Ralph Lauren; Watch, LaMer Collections; Earrings, Max&Chloe.
Items from ShopStyle’s “Strictly Business” curated shop. From left: Dress, Lauren Ralph Lauren; Watch, LaMer Collections; Stud Earrings, Max & Chloe.

ShopStyle has a curated shop of classic items especially for women who work in a strict business-attire setting but still want to look chic. Formal business looks typically are heavy on neutrals, so play with details and accessories to differentiate yourself from the office pack.

Fast fashion at your door

Shop Away! H&M Opens U.S. e-commerce cite.
Shop Away! H&M opens an U.S. e-commerce site. 

H&M finally opened an e-commerce site in the U.S. this week and across the country, many women are smiling.

Wardrobe swap

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Chic TV: Charlize Theron is producing a fashion-based reality show. (Image via Us Magazine)

Actress/Producer Charlize Theron is partnering with Bunim/Murray Productions (creators of MTV’s “The Real World”) for a fashion-based reality show about women swapping closets and how they cope with walking in someone else’s style.

The show, Whose Closet is it Anyway,” is the true story of three very stylish women, picked to trade their closets with each other, and have their disapproval of the other women’s wardrobes taped, to find out what happens when women stop being fashion snobs and start … who knows???

Top editor naps top job at Essence

Vanessa K. Bush is Essence magazine's new Editor. (Images via Essence).
A Change of the Guard: Vanessa K. Bush (left) is Essence’s new Editor-in-Chief after Constance C.R. White (right) was shown the door earlier this year. An Essence magazine cover from September ’98 (center). (Images via Essence.com).

Essence magazine announced Vanessa K. Bush as the new Editor-in-Chief. Bush had been the acting EIC since February, when fashion veteran Constance C.R. White left the magazine after clashing with the powers that be at Time Inc., Essence’s parent company. Essence has been the lifestyle bible for many black women for over 40 years.

“Blog of the Week,” new to The Week in Style, highlights a blog we think you should know about.

Fashion is deeper than you think (Blog of the Week)

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Katherine Hepburn (Image via Sociology of Style)
Katherine Hepburn (Image via Sociology of Style)

Fashion and developing your personal style are not frivolous, folks. There is deeper meaning to why and how we choose to present ourselves.

This week’s blog is Sociology of Style, founded by Anna Akbari, Ph.D., a fashion and image consultant and professor at New York University. The blog presents a highly intelligent, sociological viewpoint on style as a “key component of identity construction.” Dig into smart insight from why we’re addicted to bargains (more than a manipulative technique by retailers, apparently dopamine is also a cause!) and whether you’re a brand whore, to the social significance of wearing veils and modesty. And, you have to watch Akbari’s chat with fashion industry icon Valerie Steele in the Executive Style Interview – Steele’s books are a must-read for serious fashion and style aficionados. 

Enjoy your week ahead!

WoWo Style

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In the Nude

In the Nude

Nude shoes are a wardrobe workhorse: they lengthen your legs, go with everything, and can transition effortlessly from day to evening – no need to pack an extra pair of shoes for after-work events.  A simple, classic style is timeless and shines in any work environment; pick a fun pair with intricate details and fancy flourishes to stand out in the office.

Here are WoWo Style’s top nudie picks under $250.

1. Sole Society “Addy ”  – This is no ordinary flat, with the Chanel-esque look and a vintage t- strap ($50, solesociety.com) 

2. Betsey johnson “Aavery”  – Plush suede and scalloped edges add a bit of fancy to this   pump ($80, heels.com)

3. Boutique 9 “Justine” – Find a nude to flatter any skin tone ($120, shopbop.com)

4. GUESS “Nedodan” – You’ll get “where did you get those?!” all day in this canvas and polka-dot number ($99, guess.com)

5. Coach “Shawna” – Splurge on a modern Mary Jane that will carry you stylishly through several seasons ($248, coach.com)
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