Smart Style from Wrap Cardigans to Clever Costumes

October Smart Style Item

All wrapped up

The wrap cardigan is quickly gaining ground on the traditional button-up style as a must-have for a cool-weather wardrobe. It’s fun, feminine and versatile. You can find it in short lengths or longer in your favorite fabrics such as cotton, cashmere and more. Wear it open or belted or choose one with a tie front. The best part is these stylish wraps are so “in” this fall you can find one just about anywhere, at any budget.
Wrap cardigan by Johnny Was Los Angeles

Clever costumes

At Halloween the emphasis is definitely on the kids in those cute, silly or slightly scary costumes that you photograph for posterity before heading out the door for trick-or-treating. But what about a costume for you? Maybe you finally will attend that adult costume party you have been avoiding the past few years for lack of ideas. It need not be an elaborate get-up.

With a pair of black leggings and a T-shirt, you could become a mime or a black cat. Scarecrows and the ’60s flower child are easy to pull off with a couple of key items such as a flannel or tie-dye shirt. If you’re more adventurous and like pop culture, there are sure to be a lot of Lady Gagas, Alices in Wonderland and Robin Hoods out there this year. More popular in recent years are themes that whole families can be a part of: Try Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Wizard of Oz or the Flintstones. You’ll have a lot of fun and the kids will get a kick out of seeing Mom and Dad dressed up, too.

Cool pregnancy sleeping

One of the many side effects of pregnancy is a fluctuating body temperature, which can at times make for hot, sticky sleeping. Investing in a sleep set made especially for maternity may mean less tossing and turning at night.

Made of the same type of wicking fabric that fitness enthusiasts have found beneficial for sweaty workouts, these maternity gowns will help you stay dry under the sheets. Wicking fabric is a specially engineered fabric, usually polyester, that lifts moisture away from the skin. Several brands on the market carry maternity styles, such as Majamas (www.majamas.com) and Cool Sets (pictured, www.coolsets.com).

Diaper caddy

Now new moms can look like “Mrs. Fix-It” wherever they go. Does baby have a dirty diaper downstairs, but the changing supplies are upstairs in his or her room? There is no longer a need to go trudging through the house. The Toolbox Diaper Caddy lets moms be prepared anywhere for a diaper change. The caddy has a built-in handle and holds up to a dozen diapers and a wide assortment of creams, ointments, cotton balls and other necessities.

Made by Skip Hop, it retails at $24 and comes in fashionable white, sky blue and raspberry. It’s also BPA-free, phthalate-free and PVC-free. Some assembly is required. Visit www.skiphop.com.

‘Local’ is in fashion

If you’re going to add one little piece of bling to your fall wardrobe, try supporting a local jewelry artist. There will be plenty of locally made merchandise to choose from at fall and holiday craft shows.

Many Triangle retailers also carry local artists’ work, so be sure to ask when shopping. Your purchases of locally made jewelry will help support the local economy and allow the jewelers to continue practicing their trade.

Whether it’s beading, glass, metal or mixed media, many artists often teach classes in their communities, sharing their talents with others. And you will not just take home another necklace, but a piece of wearable art as well.

Moon & Lola jewelry has been featured in several national magazines. Designer Kelly Shatat works from her Apex studio. For local Moon & Lola retailers visit www.moonandlola.com.

Wendy Lemus is a freelance writer and mom who followed her fashion interests to open a women’s boutique, OP Lauren, in downtown Apex.

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