10 Fashion Tips for Nerds

January 13, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Ask the Guys, Style & Trends

Everyone has an inner nerd somewhere...I most certainly do! If you're a nerd, you should absolutely embrace it, but don't set yourself up to be ridiculed when you wear things that don't flatter you and most certainly doesn't separate you from the stereo typical nerdy look. I'm going to name off 10 nerdy things that you may currently be wearing and tell you what you can replace it with...AND still feel comfortable. Here it goes!

    Company logo shirts are a no-no.

    Company logo shirts are a no-no.

  1. Company Logo Shirts: C'mon really?  Are you really wearing that?  Now unless it is a fabulous stylewithanna shirt...your IT company logo screams "HI I'M A NERD, I JUST THOUGHT I'D LET MY COMPANY DRESS ME."  No honey, NO!  Company logo shirts are free and meant to be used if you must wear that to work, or for laundry day, or when you're doing yardwork or painting or any other household chores where it is acceptable to "rough it".  If you're a t-shirt and jeans kind of person, that's fine!  Try layering different colored t-shirts with no logo, or if you're going to go with a logo, brand name honey -- that's what they're there for.  Same goes for polos: brand name or no name is fine.  Now make sure if you're a skinny guy, you don't shop in the kids section for your t-shirts where your shirt barely covers your belly button.  Get a shirt that is at least halfway down your butt.  And make sure it's not too wide or too fitted. A rule of thumb: if you spread your arms out to the side, you should have about 1" to 2" between you and the t-shirt on either side of you. Find your own swagger though!  Feel confident in what you're wearing and don't show your insecurities.
  2. Tucked in Shirts: Now when you tuck in your shirt, don't tuck it in all the way and then walk out the door!  You must pull some shirt out so it doesn't look so uptight.  Of course dress shirts and certain occasions call for tucking in your shirt, but if you're out with friends, relaaaaax.  Pull out your shirt and it will actually help you feel more comfortable in most situations.  Same rules apply with buttoning your shirts.  You should not button them so far up that people need to perform CPR on you because you've choked and passed out.  Please do not button your shirts all the way up! It's extremely uncomfortable to do and to look at! One of the ways you can exude confidence is by relaxing and really looking like you're relaxed.  Unbutton the top 1 or 2 buttons and wear a white undershirt.  It makes you more comfortable with your look and your body, and less awkward in social situations.
  3. Non pleated pants are not hot.

    Let Dad handle the pleats...rock a more flattering cut.

  4. Pleated Pants: I don't even know why these things exist.  Pleated pants never looked good on anyone!  It makes your hips look big and when you sit down, it puffs up and gives you an air roll at your crotch area.  Not hot!  When you're wearing dress pants, go for a straight fit.  It fits better and is definitely more flattering!
  5. Gym Shoes: I know they're comfortable, but if you're going to go with comfortable shoes, go with something not so bulky. Instead of gym shoes, go for something similar to these Payless Airwalk Kicks.They're inexpensive, comfortable, light weight and trendier.
  6. Phone Clipped on Belt: Unless you're in business attire or sell cell phones at the mall, you should never clip your phone to your belt.  It's bulky and weighs down one side of your pants which sometimes result in showing your underroos.  Definitely do not clip your phone onto your belt if you have a ghetto phone!  I've seen it, it's not good. If you haven't spent the extra money to upgrade your phone, it needs to be hidden in your pocket.  Just don't do it, it's tacky!
  7. Fat Wallets: Wait a sec...is that a third buttcheek? No, it's your wallet! I know you don't carry around that much cash, so why is your wallet so fat??  Sometimes those receipts that we can't bear to throw away, needs to be thrown away!  Clean out your wallet once a month and ditch any old receipts or papers that may be fattening up your wallet, causing you to be lopsided when you sit down.  There is no reason to look like you have a 3rd buttcheek when we spend so much money trying to slim down the 2 that we already have.  Clean out your wallet!
  8. Jackets: In order to stay warm and look good, you have to shop for one that fits you properly.  Guys can throw on a jacket and look so slick and stylish.  I love the look on guys during the winter time when they layer on sweaters, a jacket and scarf...hot.  Make sure it flatters your figure.  I do not want to see bubbly jackets with the tight elastic at the bottom cutting off your circulation and making you look all round and puffy on top.  Here are some options to consider.
  9. Eyewear: Let people see your eyes!  Let people know who you really are and let them look into your eyes.  Don't use your glasses to hide behind -- people want to get to know you and you want to get to know them.  If you're hiding, you're not giving other people the time of day and that's why people stay away from you.  Now I'm not always suggesting that you have to wear contacts.  If you're more comfortable with glasses, there are such things as trendy glasses. Bring a fashionable friend or consult with the eyewear specialist to find the frames that are trendy and fit your face. Frames Direct offers a huge selection of designer frames.
  10. Hair: You guys give me no median here.  You either have way too much gel here and your hair looks like a comb over helmet, or it's too messy like you just rolled out of bed.  Try using hair wax.
    It gives you a more natural look and still holds your hair in place so it's easy to style and it doesn't give you that stiff hair effect.
  11. The Unibrow: Yes....this is classic.  In no way shape or form would you ever need a hair trail that goes from one side of your forehead to the other.  Wax, shave, pluck, do whatever you need to do to separate your eyebrows.  You are supposed to have 2.  You have 2 eyes, and an eyebrow goes on top of each one of those beautiful eyes.  Not in the middle somewhere random by itself.  Do not let yourself be made fun of when you can easily get rid of the unibrow.  Check back for future post on the best hair removal techniques, but for now, any technique you use to remove that hair is absolutely necessary!

There you have it, your first few steps to being a more fashionable nerd.  It's ok to embrace your inner nerd!  My tips are for you to not get yourself made fun of to have even more issues to tell your therapist about.  Hope this helps, if you have questions, leave me comments!

Weird and Unusual Handbags

January 6, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Entertainment, Featured, Style & Trends

So, you're at a party and you sit down and you start messing with this...thing...on the table and you're wondering, "What IS this??"  Is it an old record?  Is it...a keyboard?  It's taking you awhile to figure out what this is, you're kind of tipsy and you figure, maybe that's why it's taking you so long.....but then again maybe it's just a purse.  And the girl across the room is wondering why you got your hands all over her bag, but luckily she's kind of tipsy and she doesn't really care because you're kind of cute...but...it may also be because...again...she's kind of tipsy....it's a happy and hazy time for all of us.

Or...maybe you're bored at work and you need a little entertainment, well...hopefully this does the trick until someone finally falls out of their chair and you can laugh hysterically....

Check out these unique and fun bags I found!

Watering Can Handbag

A great way to get the watering can underneath the spout! You ever have that problem?


I could be wrong, but it looks like these plates are from Kentucky....c'mon guys...really?


Well, if you can't listen to it anymore, carry it around


Nothing easier to clean than a Stainless Steel Bag

Bags made from skateboads

This is a good way a girl can use a skateboard

Owl Handbag



It's like a cheap version of a Judith Leiber...'A' for effort


How Durable are these? My purses are ALWAYS heavy...what do I have in there??


This is made of Tinsel, I'd rock it, this is cute

Take Out Handbag

It's like a Starbucks mug for take out, I like it!


Do you think in Paris they carry purses that look like the Washington Monument? Nah, not as trendy...

Made from Tires

So this is what they do with old tires, of course...


These I can appreciate, very unique


A model with beauty AND brains


I tell ya, rhinestones can spice anything up

Flower purse

Cute for a little girl, Creepy for a big girl...


Someone has a lot of time on their hands...

candy wrappers

This has GOT to be the same person!


This is what will happen when our computers become touch screen

TV Purse

Do you need bunny ears for this TV?


Looking to add some weird handbags to your collection? Check out these items currently on eBay:

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How To Incorporate Sequins Into Your Wardrobe

January 3, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Style & Trends

I'm realistic, I know that most people are fashion lazy and often throw on a t-shirt and jeans. And maybe you're a little intimidated by sequins because you don't want to feel like a disco queen. Well, let me give you some tips on how to incorporate the right amount of bling.

Daytime Look:  
T-shirt & jeans

T-shirt & jeans

Target: Sequin Cap

Target: Sequin Cap

Sequin Scarf

Target: Sequin Scarf

Faceted Bracelet

Forever 21: Bracelet

Slouch Boots

Slouch Boots

Party Look:  
Guess Foxy Flare Jeans

Guess: Foxy Flare Jeans

Sequin Party Top

Forever 21: Party Top

Luxe Glitter Cuff

Forever 21: Glitter Cuff

Career Look:  
Rhinestone Button Shirt by Jones New York

Jones New York: Rhinestone Button Shirt

Sequin & Ribbon Necklace - Nordstrom

Nordstrom: Sequin Necklace

Forever 21 - Sequin Waist Skirt

Forever 21: Sequin Waist Skirt

Are Sequins Back?

January 1, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Style & Trends

Sequins are trying to make a come back, and personally, I dig it!  But how much is too much?  Well, that all depends on the occasion and your personality.  It is not for everyone, but sequins forces you to have a little fun with yourself....embrace it!  So whether you are able to go all out or you just want a touch to accent your outfit, rock the right amount of bling for your style at any budget!

Nordstrom: Adrianna Papell $168

Nordstrom: Adrianna Papell $168

Forever21: $27.80

Forever21: $39.80

Nordstrom: MARC BY MARC JACOBS $298

Nordstrom: MARC BY MARC JACOBS $298

Forever21: $24.80

Forever21: $24.80

BEBE: $49

BEBE: $49

Target: $12.50

Target: $12.50

BEBE: $29.50

BEBE: $29.50

Forever21: $12.99

Forever21: $12.99