Three-peat: We’re Still Amazing

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Holiday season hazard: I stayed out too late last night and am anything but inspiring today, Foxes. Happily, there is still good news to start the week off on the right foot: our post on how to fit a men’s suit was selected as one of the week’s best by Idependent Fashion Bloggers! If you’re following closely, it’s the third time one of our posts has been selected for the honor and I’m especially excited about this one because Anastazja took the lead on writing it. I’m so lucky to have her talents as part of the Fawkeshunter team. She’s a design and construction master and I can’t say enough about her fit expertise, which is why, if you missed it the first time, make sure to check out the post (and all of the other great top posts below). It’s all you need to yourself, or the men in your life, looking sharp this holiday season. Happy Monday, xo.

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Do you know the difference between a cocktail dress and a gown? Do you know how a man’s suit should fit? How about what you should buy on vacation (as there are SO many things!)… Well, for all the little bits and pieces you need to know this season, we’ve got you covered in this week’s links!

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Monday Inspiration: Smiles, Sequins & Champagne

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Smiles_Sequins_Champagne_Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion Stylist‘Tis officially the season, Foxes! I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings and amazing holiday weekends full of fun (and shopping!). I personally enjoyed filling every minute with friends, family and football.

Today, I’m switching gears and staring down a busy holiday schedule full of clients, parties and a plane trip or two. Steeling myself to face frantic, festive fun, I remembered this quote, one of my faves from The Glitter Guide, and thought it perfectly summed up all we really need this season. With a smile, some shine and bubbles, we can take on anything the holidays can throw at us. Here’s to fun and festivities! Happy Monday! xo

Dress Like James Bond: How to Fit A Men’s Suit

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It’s almost a guarantee that when we’re doing men’s styling and shopping for a suit, our client asks to look as good as James Bond. It’s probably because no one is quite as suave as 007 and also because nothing quite transforms a mere man into a super hunk faster than the right suit. The most important thing in making it the right suit? Fit.

Fitting a suit is extremely important, both for style and comfort. Ill fitting suits look bad, make the man look sloppy and, depending on the nature of the bad fit, make it hard to move. As you or the man in your life gets ready to channel his inner Bond for holiday parties and gatherings, here are some guidelines to looking sharp:

 Shoulders 

Fit starts with the shoulders, which really help to define a man’s figure. A shoulder seam should sit right on your shoulder bone, with no rippling. A shoulder seam below your shoulder means a jacket is too large. And, if you can’t comfortably move your arm, the jacket is too small.                                                                       

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 The Jacket

The right fit in the jacket creates a flattering silhouette, making your shoulders broad and waist narrow. The wrong fit adds weight or makes you look frumpy. You want a suit jacket to  comfortably on the shoulders, fit through the waist and have arms that are trim, but not suffocating. A good test is to make sure you can comfortably move in the jacket while wearing a light sweater underneath. Make sure the jacket buttons, if you never wear it buttoned. If the jacket makes a “X” when button it is too small. If you have no shape in it, it’s too big.

The Jacket

SJacket Lenght

  Sleeve Length

The jacket sleeve should rest at your wrist, where you wear your watch (tip: wear your watch when you fit your suit to make sure it hangs nicely). Your dress shirt underneath should be able to “peek” out at the bottom. A sleeve that goes to your thumb is too long.

Sleeve Length

Jacket Collar

The collar should rest where your neck and shoulders meet (feel for a “bump” to find that spot) . No gaping or bunching.

Jacket collar

The Seat

The seat should fit like a straight- leg jean, assuming you are fitting your jeans properly! Not so tight that the definition of your rear can be seen, yet not so loose it looks like you’re wearing a diaper.

The seat

The Trouser Break

In general, pants should rest comfortably below the ankle bone, but not touch the ground. Almost every suit needs this alteration, especially because fine suits come unfinished. The break of a trouser describes the fold or bend above the cuff of the leg and you can choose to have a full-, half-, quarter- or no-break based on personal preference. Trouser Break

Fit images: Real Men Real Style

 

Black Friday Deals from Around The Web

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Black Friday copyCall me a masochist, but I l-o-v-e braving the crowds Black Friday. My trick for staying sane through it all? I order my gifts online (like awesome Fawkeshunter Styling Gift Certificate Specials). I just think it’s fun to be part of the madness and to take advantage of it being socially acceptable to shop in pajamas. I usually use the opportunity to load up on items to donate to holiday causes.

Even without the added stress of needing that one perfect thing, Black Friday (and its digital twin Cyber Monday) still requires strategy. There are some great deal guides online and these are our favorites to help you map out a gifting game plan. Happy shopping, Foxes. xo

We’ll add any other great deals we see. If you tell us where you’re excited to shop in comments, we’ll make a point to look for sale details.

Monday Inspiration: A Lot of What We Love

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Let's Do What We Love and Do A Lot of It - Marc jacobs Quote - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistFeeling grateful one of my favorite holidays is so close, this Marc Jacobs’ nugget of wisdom seemed like the perfect way to start our Monday, Foxes. Whether it’s family time, Black Friday deal hunting or just lots of pumpkin pie, here’s wishing you loads of what you love this week. Happy Thanksgiving! xo

Haute Holidays: Personal Styling Gift Certificate Sale

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Styling Gift Certificates - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion Stylist - Best Christmas Gift for Her - Fashion Christmas GiftHappy (almost) holidays, Foxes. If you’re like me, you’re already making your lists and checking them twice. I’m all about experiences over things this year and want to remind you this is the one time of year gift certificates for our personal styling services are on sale!

We’re giving you bonus styling time with 2-hour or longer gift certificate purchases. Share the gift of style with someone you love or spoil yourself:

  • $250 – Two-hour styling certificate
    Holiday bonus: 30 minutes free, for a total of 2.5 hours of styling. Applies to a single appointment.
  • $375 – Three-hour styling certificate
    Holiday bonus: 45 minutes free, for a total of 3.75 hours of styling. May be applied across two appointments.
  • $500 – Four-hour styling certificate
    Holiday bonus: One-hour free, for a total of five hours of styling. May be applied across two appointments.

Buy certificates online or e-mail Rachel to arrange.

All gift certificates are personalized and may be use on in-person or virtual styling services.

Mail Delivery available through Dec. 19 for a $5 printing and shipping charge.  E-mail delivery is free through Dec. 24. Fawkeshunter Gift Certificates are available in any $25 denomination. Haute Holiday specials may not be combined with other styling credits or used toward Keaton Row purchases.

Monday Inspiration: Good Shoes Take You Good Places

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Good Shoes Take You Good Places - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistSo, imagine you’re jetting off to attend a fashion conference in another city and, when you arrive and unpack your suitcase, you realize you forgot a shoe. Not a pair of shoes, just a single shoe (say the left one) from the perfect pair for the event. It’s enough to ruin your whole day, much less your whole outfit. I know, I did it last week.

If you’re like me, shoes really can make or break your day. And if you’re also like me, they can also make or break your foot–I insist on being able to walk in what I wear. And, when the perfect style combines with the perfect step, you feel like you can (and you often do) conquer the world. Here’s to starting the week off on the right foot (like my shoe that made the trip). Happy Monday, Foxes. xo

Style Crush: Birthday Girl Grace Kelly

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Well If There's One Thing I Know, It's How To Wear The Proper Clothes - Grace Kelly Style - Rachel Fawkes San Fracisco Fashion Stylist

People always ask how I got into styling. Truth is, I remember being obsessed with clothes and what people were wearing from the start. And not long after that, I was obsessed with Grace Kelly and what she was wearing. She’s easily one of, if not THE strongest, influences on my personal tastes. Today, on what would have been her 85th birthday, a look at a few of my favorite fashion take-aways from one of the most enduring style icons ever.

1. She Knew Dogs Are A Must-Have Accessory

Grace Kelly and Poodle Oliver - Rachel Fawkes Bay Area Wardrobe StylistIt’s a well-known fact I am crazy for my canine chums, so was Grace…well for her canine chums. She had lots of pets through the years, but none so photographed as her black poodle Oliver. He was a wedding gift from co-star Cary Grant and sailed across the Atlantic with her when she journeyed to Monaco to become a princess. He even sat alongside her when she faced the paps aboard and the future princess carried him in her arms when she disembarked in Monaco.

 

 

2. She Influences Princesses & Princess Brides Everywhere To This Day

Grace Kelly vs. Kate Middleton Wedding Dresses - Rachel Fawkes Bay Area Wardrobe StylistWhen the rest of the world was squealing McQueen at the most recent royal wedding, I was like, holy Grace Kelly copycat Kate Middleton. To be fair, Grace was the first normal girl to marry a prince and have her wedding broadcast live around the globe, so it was probably fate her style influenced K-Mid’s. Truth is, the lace bodice, long sleeves and full skirt of her Edith Head-designed gown stand as one of the most iconic and copied wedding looks ever.

 

 

 

3. She Inspired Hermès Original Namesake BagGrace Kelly - Hermes Kelly Bag - Rachel Fawkes Bay Area Wardrobe Stylist

Pre-Birkin, Hermès‘ most iconic namesake bag was The Kelly. Originally named the Sac à dépêches, the structured handbag earned a new nickname after Princess Grace faithfully carried it to hide the early stages of her first pregnancy. Legend has it she fell in love with the style when she carried one as part of her character’s wardrobe in Rear Window. It stuck as one of her style staples throughout her life and Hermès officially renamed the bag for her in 1977.

 

 

4. She Was Geek Before It Was Chic

Grace Kelly in Glasses - Geek Chic - Rachel Fawkes Bay Area Wardrobe StylistGrace didn’t have the best eyesight and snaps of her in her glasses are my favorite. She was so, so pretty she was almost unbelievable. Something about her putting on specs makes her seem more real and human to me. I’m especially fond of a series of her playing charades while on her pre-wedding journey to Monaco taken by Howell Conant.

Monday Inspiration: SHMILY

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SHMILY - San Francisco Fashion Stylist Rachel FawkesI love this acronym/saying. Written on a note or signed at the bottom of a letter, it’s a super simple way to tell someone how special they are. I first heard it in college and still have notes with it from those days posted up in my office. They remind me on stressful or down days I’m loved. I hope today’s post inspires you to send some similarly lasting good vibes out in the world and to share these six letters with someone you care about. I promise it’ll earn you both a smile.

The person who first shared it with me is having a hard week. I hope when she sees this, she’ll know this post, and the love that y’all are putting out in the world as a result, are inspired her & the people she loves. Happy Monday, Foxes. Share the love. xo

Winter Layers Done Right

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After college, I moved from LA to DC with a closet full of sundresses and flip-flops. I held out as long as I could, but when winter set in my first year, I was desperate for warm clothes and shoes. So, I hit the shops and made a major rookie mistake: I bought the (most fashionable) warmest sweaters, sturdiest boots and heaviest coats possible. Awesome outdoors. Not so awesome indoors. Five minutes and I turned into a gross, sweaty mess. Runny make-up and dehydration, that’s how this California girl learned the lesson of lean winter layers.

Earlier this week, I shared some of our favorite layering tips for looking cool while staying warm with you. Today, I’m showing you how to pull ‘em all together and serving up some of my favorite vest and belt combos (I’m obsessed with this!), layered jacket picks and hats to finish your look. Of course, click for more styling tips or to shop the look on Keaton Row. Here’s to being chic and cozy this winter, Foxes. Happy weekend. xo

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Keep your layers lean and look for opportunities to add color and shine to fight dull gray days. I love the color of this lean sweater dress, which looks polished on its own or chic with the belted vest. If heels won’t work for you, sub this season’s hot combat-inspired boot or a flat chelsea boot to look equally as chic.

 

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