September 2010 · Written By: By Stacie Kress Booker · Copyright: Florida Trend Magazine
Advice from Florida fashion experts:
> Don't do business casual without a sports coat at hand. If it's sweltering outside, you can take it off in the can but don the jacket once back inside for a professional touch. Pair the jacket with a casual button-down shirt (never short-sleeved), and add a pop of color with a pocket square.
> Golf polos should stay on the golf course and out of the office.
> For business casual, men can forgo socks, but skip the flip-flops as well. Instead opt for a slip-on loafer; it's casual yet ensures you're appropriately dressed for the office.
Cristina Ladin is making a name for herself in south Florida as a personal stylist with a growing client base. The 28-year-old started her business, Live-Couture, only a year ago after nearly seven years in public relations and marketing.
Ladin focuses on classic clean lines and likes edgy statement pieces. Fashion icons Carolina Herrera, Chanel and Missoni are her inspiration, along with relative newcomers such as Milly, MiuMiu and Tory Burch. She makes house calls, takes clients shopping and gives seminars. A wardrobe consultation costs $350. Add a two-hour personal shopping trip, and the rate goes up to $650. A head-to-toe wardrobe consultation runs $1,500. Says Ladin, "I like to think of my business as a lifestyle brand bringing fashion into the every day."
Ladin's Tips on Fall Fashions
> Patent leather pumps will be big this fall. Consider a lighter color, like nude.
> New, lightweight cashmeres give you the look and feel of a fall sweater without creating extra heat.
> Menswear for women should be structured and tailored to fit you perfectly.
> Use color for a fall effect. It may still be hot outside, but you can look like you're dressed for a change of season in the new fall colors.