NM Cusp Trend Insiders with Caroline McGuire

NM CUSP Director Caroline McGuireNeiman Marcus CUSP did it again with another great style show to provide insight on this seasons trends.  The NM CUSP Fashion Director, Caroline McGuire, styled the looks impeccably to produce the great balance of fun and classic that defines the CUSP style.  What I love about the CUSP department is the opportunity to building your work and fun wardrobe without neglecting either dimension of your life.  By adding in pops of color and classic shapes you have an assortment of options that can be mixed and matched to easily move from work to play and back seamlessly.



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Pink, pink and more pink

Pink and white skirt Pink and white skirt back Hot Pink JacketPink rules supreme this season and the combos are fabulous.  For me pink is classic but the classic becomes new by mixing up the patterns and shades.  This season’s options allow you to really turn up the pink if that is a color that works for you or turn it down to add a sprinkle of fun and color.  My top picks are this hot pink jacket and beautiful pink print skirt.  What is great about either pieces is the flexibility to apply to different environments.  You can take a rather drab look and add a real punch of color that adds life and fun, while remaining professional.  It is a lot easier to splurge on an outfit when you can wear in different environments.

Fun Prints

Just Cavalli print jacket Just Cavalli print jacket back Leoprint SuitPrints still reign supreme and the do a lot to balance shape and fun.  As with pink they can be paired down or turned up.  Fun prints can be a bit distracting in the office but are the perfect pairing when you want to do a quick change for fun after work.  Take a look at this stellar Just Cavalli Romantic Nature Print Jacket or Veronica Beard Leopard Print suit.  The prints are fun and bold but by breaking it up you can keep your foundation of elements that work in different occasions fully stocked.

Mix it up!

Printed accordian skirtStretching out a full wardrobe to cover your entire life can overstretch your budget.  Being able to repurpose pieces so that you define the occasion lets you splurge on the things you really love, that express your own style, but also avoid keeping things from collecting dust in the closet.  Caroline styled several lux pieces with CUSP staples to produce looks that were unique but had the ability to sculpt into different settings.  The repurposing of the pieces prevent the tag from defining where you should wear the piece.  Just as outfits can be dressed up, then can also be dressed down.  A great example is this pairing of an evening ball gown skirt with a crop top or casual jacket.  Adding fun pieces can break up the formalness and give you more uses out of items you love.

Black and white are still classic 

Black Robert Rodriquez DressBlack and white always goes back to the must have foundational pieces of your wardrobe.  This is the things all other outfits are built off of and when you are in a rush they are the easiest pieces to grab and go. Prints assist in making the black and white pop.  Both the dress and skirt used in the fashion show point out that black and white does not equal boring.  Try mixing up the shapes to add some extra intrigue.


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