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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

STYLE WATCH: Emmys jewelry

While some stars opted to wear classic jewelry pieces for Sunday's Emmys, others brought a bit of creativity to the red carpet by mixing metals and layering necklaces. We say, "Bravo!"

But don't think layering is only for designer gowns. Unleash your inner fashionista and strut your overlapping accessories with a number of outfits, including wrap dresses, V-necks or even a chic T. Try different metal- gold, silver and platinum- and size combinations to find what works for you.

Lori's likes the layering trend because it's a fantastic urban look, and it allows us to make a personal statement through fashion. While you should be careful not to go overboard, this trend's key is to experiment and have fun!

Friday, August 25, 2006


HOBO's black Hayward clutch is cute and compact, but it's carrying a big punch a Lori's right now and is one of this week's top sellers.

The bag is classically styled, perhaps after its namesake, silver screen starlet and beauty icon Susan Hayward. However, HOBO uses cracked leather and silver to give this dish a modern twist. It's a cool way to dress-up a pair of jeans or dress-down a little black dress. Either way we give it a standing ovation. Hurrah!

Other quick sellers during the week were our Susan Danielles whimsical silk headbands, and BCBGirls' Larry, a pretty peep toe pump with a flirty bow.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

TREND WATCH: They're baaaack...

They say fashion trends come in 20 year waves. As the calendar is flashing 2006 that theory seems right-on since we're seeing "the best of the 80s" spreads in all of the fall fashion magazines.

Here's how we like to follow the trend. Step one, find a long, over-sized sweater. Be sure to define your waist by layering a wide belt over your top of choice. Step two, give the outfit a sleek look by wearing slim leggings. Step three, slip into some stiletto booties to capture the complete 80s attitude.

Of course Lori's can help you find perfect shoe for step three. In addition to the lovable Saple 2, don't forget about Jeffrey Campbell's Velux pictured in the August 15th post. You may want to try the Corsica from Matisse as well. If booties aren't your fashion choice, try pairing your leggings with some great almost-flats. Luichiny has the right look.

Have fun!

Friday, August 18, 2006

STYLE WATCH: I thought that looked familiar!

It's going to be a great season at Lori's as a few of our prized possessions have been- or will be- featured in fall fashion magazines.

The September issue of Lucky hasn't hit the stands yet, but we can give you a sneak peek. Right there on the glossy pages of the fashion publication is an olive Franco Sarto cotton tote with brown leather handles. It garnered the attention of those in the industry for its military interpretation and perfect size. We have in store and online for its great price, too.

In other news, our own little Hobo gem "Margo" in ruby red was picked for Cosmo's summer style edition. Although it was nice for warm weather days and nights, Lori's thinks it's just right for fall with its seasonal ruby hue, antiqued gold details and trendy ruching.

Have you seen any of our bags in the fall magazines? We'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

THIS WEEK'S HOT LIST: Jeffrey Campbell bootie

Here's the scoop on last week's hottest sellers at Lori's Lincoln Park store.

Several shoppers were drawn to MIA's Hepburn, a cute little leather flat with a short pointed toe. Chances are good our style intelligent Armitage Avenue visitors were pairing them with leggings, or maybe tights and a skirt. It also looked like some gals were buying for upcoming weddings or other special events, because the Caparros Beethoven in bronze was a fashionable choice. Others, wanting to enjoy the beautiful Chicago weather perhaps, picked up pairs of Havaiannas.

It was Jeffrey Campbell's Saple-2 bootie that was most popular at lorisshoes.com. Apparently our online shoppers have a keen eye for the 80s-chic trend! We recently added a second Jeffrey Campbell number for those that didn't keep their 80s booties but wish they had, check out the black leather Velux.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

TREND UPDATE: Menswear everywhere...

The man-tailored/menswear trend is all over the pages of fall fashion magazines. We're seeing skinny, crisp tailored white shirts paired with slouchy pants and cable knit sweaters. Of course, we're here for shoes and accessories, so what does the menswear trend mean at Lori's?

Well, spotting menswear-inspired shoes is pretty easy. Just keep an eye out for features like wingtips, perforated leather trims and metal accents.

It's getting the trend done right that's confusing. Remember, man-tailored pieces should not fit like men's clothing! Oh no. Instead, the cuts should look tailored, allowing you feel feminine and sexy. That includes footwear and accessories, too!

Many of our Italian brands like Enrico Antinori and Alto Gradimento have a man-tailored feel, yet they're still soft and feminine. A little closer to home, Jeffrey Campbell and Sam Edelman have great menswear styles.

STYLE WATCH: What's hanging around celebrity necks

Lately young celebs have been spotted sporting deadly accessories, or should we say dead accessories? Several have been caught wearing skull and crossbones pieces in gold and silver, which has been mirrored by skull and crossbones scarves, shirts and shoes etc.

As a small extension of the trend, other necklaces with statement-making charms like anchors and skeleton keys are starting to create buzz.

We have a number of great styles for fall. Check out designs from W.A. Studios and Ben Amun.

LORI'S SUCCESS STORIES: Help me with my shirt dress!

Having a problem finding the right pair of shoes? The perfect bag? What necklace to wear to your upcoming black tie? Lori's here for you. Over the years we've come to the rescue of thousands of lost fashion souls, ready to unearth each customer's personal style treasure.

August 6-We had one such fashion drifter in our Lincoln Park store recently. She was heartily searching for shoes to pair with the shirt dress she'd purchased for wearing to her husband's 40th birthday surprise party. The dress was really cute, knee length with a brown and blue pattern.

Veteran sales assistant Loraine, a style guru, was there to lend a hand. She helped find an adorable Sam Edelman peep toe, sling-back pump made with brown burlap, wood beads and a printed fabric. It had the perfect combination of sophistication (don't we all want to look sophisticated?!) and fun (hello, it's a party!).

Another Lori's success story. The bash, and the shoes, were a big hit!

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