Must-Have: The Demi Dress

Nothing is more classic or more versatile than a sheath dress.  Easily paired with a sharp blazer for work or a delicate wrap for an evening out, a perfect LBD has been a must-have in women’s wardrobes for decades – so it’s no surprise that this timeless cut made it to our “Fabulous Five”.  But the perfect sheath isn’t always easy to find.  That’s why the “Demi” dress was designed with fit and comfort in mind.  In Ming Wang’s signature wrinkle-resistant, lightweight knit, this style flatters curves and exudes class, from boardroom to dinner out – especially during summer’s social season.  Get it in your favorite seasonal colors but if you’re a fan of the classics, it’s guaranteed in-stock in black year-round.

Wedding Season

If your social calendar is filling up and your mailbox is laden with a few more heavy stock invites, you know it’s that time again: wedding season.  Whether you’re a mother of a bride (or groom) or attending a reception, Ming Wang has bright new styles for all the events that follow. From a casual bridal shower to a formal dinner, finding the perfect look has never been easier.

Mother of the Bride: Ming Wang M5009A “Mariposa” Jacket, Adrianna Papell Gown and Dorothy Perkins Black Satin Fan Heels

Formal wedding: Ming Wang M5021A Jacket, M5021B Confetti Tank, MK22 Black Pleated Skirt, Kate Spade Open-Toe Pump

Outdoor wedding: Ming Wang M5000A Jacket, MD03 Black “Demi” Dress, Nina Ankle-Strap Sandal

Bridal Shower: Ming Wang M5014A Jacket, Donna Ricco Shirtdress, and Madeline Wedge Sandal

All Ming Wang styles listed coming soon to Nordstrom.com!

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend

This long weekend calls for clear sunny skies and warm temperatures. Making it the perfect time to fire up those grills! Whether you’re hosting your own or attending one, maintain your effortless style (while staying cool throughout the day) with a pair of ankle pants and a flow-y tunic.  So the only thing you have to worry about is perfecting your delicious potato salad.

If you’re going on a quick getaway don’t let planning what to pack stress you out. Instead pick pieces that you can easily mix and match. My favorite item to pack is my little black dress; it really goes a long way! Wear it by itself with a few accessories or throw on a bright jacket for a night out. Not only will you pack lighter but you’ll also have multiple outfits with just a handful of pieces.

What do you have plan for Memorial Day weekend and most importantly what will you wear?

-Carolyn

 

Dressing for your age

Have you ever hit a moment where you just didn’t feel comfortable with your style?  It could have been at your high school reunion where you found people telling you that you didn’t changed at all. (And you were actually wearing that same shirt and pant from “the good old days”.) Or you were out to dinner with your husband only to see a girl half your age and size wearing the same outfit.  As dramatic as my example may seem, it does happen. I have worked with countless clients that have suffered from dressing too young! The struggle is where to start and what style will best suit them today.

I myself have had more than one moment in my life when I realized change was much needed. I changed styles after I married my husband Eric, from wearing clothes that were too tight to eat and shoes too high to walk, to a much more sensible, comfortable style. I also changed styles after moving out of NY to my new home in Fort Worth, TX.  As you may imagine weather, lifestyle and career played a major role.

To find your perfect style you need to first ask yourself what influences you. For example:

  • What styles fit your personality?
  • What are your activities?
  • Your body type
  • You’re career
  • Are you married? Do you have children?
  • Where do you live?
  • How old are you?

Once you’ve figured out your major influences, figuring out what you need becomes easy! Do a little spring cleaning in your closest, throw out items that are too tight, short or revealing, keep well fitted items like jackets and bottoms. Re-build your wardrobe by incorporating basics for a solid foundation. Look for classic pieces that can take you from season to season and don’t forget you can still have fun with prints and colors. Remember to try things on, and if you find you’re asking yourself – “Is this too young for me?” it probably is!

-Carolyn

Wardrobe building: A great foundation

I often find many women coming to me and asking me questions on wardrobe building, usually on how to start it and how to maintain it from season to season.  All these questions prompted me to write a quick blog to help any of my readers who find themselves asking the same thing.

No matter what season we’re in a great wardrobe starts with a good foundation. A good foundation is essentially made up of basic pieces that can either be worn on its own or can be layered underneath multiple items. Just look at how one basic shell (MT42) from Ming Wang can be worn in different ways.

I paired the shell with my most comfortable pair of jeans, added fun accessories for an easy yet effortless look. Makes it the perfect base to layer on long open tunics, dress shirts or a trendy new vest! Just a rule of thumb when dressing – keep your proportions in check! If you’re going to wear longer and looser items on top make sure your bottoms are fitted and vice-versa or you’ll end up looking larger than you really are.

Basics are so important for wardrobe building that Ming Wang decided to call its top basic items the “Fabulous Five”! What other items do you think make for a great wardrobe?

-Carolyn

Welcome May

Introducing the Glacier/Stone/Zest color group, pebble-inspired yellows and grays are sharp and bright. Take a look at our inspirational board to see what other elements went into this group. (Click to enlarge image)

Will you give these colors a try?

-Carolyn

The Flavors of Cinco de Mayo

Mexican restaurants across the country will be packed as people come together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but few really know what they’re toasting their margarita to.  The most common misconception is that May 5th is Mexico’s Independence Day (which is actually on September 16).  What the day really commemorates is Mexico’s unlikely victory over the French army in 1862, when Mexico was outnumbered two to one in the Battle of Puebla.  The surprising win not only boosted the Mexican army’s pride, but also united the country – certainly a cause for celebration!

Dress the part by mixing bright red, white or green into your Cinco de Mayo ensemble and then get in the festive spirit with two of our favorite, easy to make recipes below.  And don’t forget your sombrero!

 

Classic Margarita

You will need:
1-2 oz Tequila, per serving
1 oz Triple Sec, per serving
4 Limes (or approx. ½ cup of pre-squeezed lime juice)
Salt, to rim the glass (optional)
Ice

Start by creating the salt rim on the Margarita drink by rubbing the rim of the glass with a fresh lime slice and dipping the rim of the glass in a small plate covered in salt. Pour three-quarters of ice into your glass. Depending on how tall your glass is (and how strong you want your margarita) measure and pour 1-2 shots of tequila and 1 shot of triple sec. Mix in lime juice, stir with a straw and enjoy!

Fresh Guacamole

You will need:
2-3 medium size avocados
1 jalapeno (seeded and chopped)
1 small onion (chopped)
2 tomatoes (seeded and chopped)
1 cup of fresh cilantro (chopped)
2 limes (juiced)
Salt

Cut the avocadoes, careful not to cut into the pit, peel and toss into a bowl. Mix-mash the avocado with a potato masher (or fork), until the avocados have a chunky texture. Mix in the jalapenos, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, lime and salt. You can serve them with chips or any vegetables.

Share any festive images you have on Ming Wang’s Facebook page!

-Carolyn