Style Girl *FASHION FIX* – Make it Maxi!

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Butter by Nadi maxi dress from Torri/Bell

Since I’m still in the midst of planning the FASHION FIX’s Sex and the City
Premiere Party and women across the country are getting ready to see
their favorite foursome on the silver screen again, the question of the
week is still lingering in the air, “What are you going to wear?”

Whether you are channeling Carrie, Samantha, Miranda or Charlotte, chances are
you’ve considered some incarnation of a maxi dress – a sexy and drapey
number, a bohemian caftan style or even a belted shirtdress style.

In a recent interview with E!, Sarah Jessica Parker said that the long, maxi dress, or “Desert Chic” look would be one of the hottest trends from the Sex and the City The Movie 2.

As always, stylist extraordinaire Patricia Field meets the style challenge of dressing the stars in bold, dynamic color and sexy silhouettes while keeping the peace in Abu Dhabi.

Being that SJP was recently appointed Creative Director for Halston’s Heritage label (available in Wilmington at Beanie + Cecil), it’s only fitting that Carrie is seen in a variety of Halston Heritage dresses, including the “Iconic” pleated maxi in orange, which harkens back the disco days of Studio 54.

When you’re not heating up the dance floor, maxi dresses are also a great
choice to beat the heat during the day for a more breezy, bohemian
look. In order to exude maximum style in your maxi dress, keep the
following tips in mind:

  • The maxi dress should not overwhelm your frame. Pick a style that has some flow to it, but that fits in all the right places.
  • Since you are opting for a longer hemline, balance out the silhouette by showing some skin up top with a strapless style, off-the-shoulder or a peekabo lace t-back.
  • Avoid too-clingy jersey fabrics that spotlight “problem areas.” And, remember to wear seamless undergarments.
  • Accessorize.
    Add a few delicate long, layered necklaces, hammered bangles or a belt
    – low-slung for a a boho look or cinched for a more polished take.
  • Simplify your beauty routine
    by sticking with minimal makeup and an effortless, slightly tousled
    hairstyle to complement the easy, breezy vibe of the maxi dress.
    Try a messy side braid or loose, low bun.
  • The biggest style challenge with a maxi? Choosing the right pair of shoes. Typically,  flat sandals, gladiators or a chunky wedge platform look best.
  • The hem should fall somewhere between your ankles and the top of your shoe. If your maxi is a bit short, try an espadrille style sandal to balance the silhouette.
  • Avoid anything too glitzy. The dress length creates enough glamour on its own. Keep it simple & chic!

Maxi dress from Torri/Bell


LAST CHANCE! Offer expires May 31st.

Call 910.509.SKIN for more details.

Cheryl Kent, one of Wilmington’s most sought-after hair stylists, is collecting hair for non-profit Matter of Trust, which is creating mats from recycled hair to naturally collect oil spills from the ocean.

Talk to your hair stylist about connecting with Cheryl to join this “Hair Cares” effort.

To find out more details, become a fan of Cheryl Kent Hair on Facebook or

contact Cheryl at Ward Hair Salon – 910.395.0771

Photo: Leslie Koehn of Gloss Photographic

May 28

Charlie Mars Show

Soapbox & The Pour House


WHAT: Singer Charlie Mars is coming through town for the Southeastern leg of his tour. If you missed Charlie’s FASHION FIX article on matters of style, click HERE.


Friday May 28th at The Pour House in Charleston at 10pm


I’ll meet you there! For tickets to The Pour House show, click HERE.

May 28 + 29

Thread Social Trunk Show

Beanie + Cecil


WHAT: Beanie + Cecil will host a special Thread Social Trunk Show featuring fashionable frocks
and cocktail dresses perfect for a summer soiree, wedding or girl about town look.

WHEN: Friday May 28 and Saturday May 29 10am-6pm

WHERE: Beanie + Cecil at Lumina Station

May 28 – May 31

Cynthia Rowley Memorial Day Sale


WHAT: Enjoy up to 70% off

WHEN: Friday May 28 to Monday May 31

WHERE: 341 King Street / Charleston

June 2

Caster and Cocktails Trunk Show

412 Nun Street


WHAT: Interior Designer Debby Gomulka presents a Caster and Cocktails Trunk Show featuring Doncaster’s Summer
2010 Collection. Discover Doncaster’s luxurious fabrics, flattering fit and stylish looks for all ages and all sizes (up to 22), along with
cocktails and light refreshments. Get your “new look” for Summer styled by “Style Girl” Jess James and Shannon Dunne of James + Dunne Styling.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 2nd from 7:00-9:00pm

WHERE: 412 Nun Street / Downtown Wilmington

For more info, visit or call Debby at 910.352.7339.

June 8

Cynthia Rowley Bridesmaids Launch


WHAT:Shoppers are invited to celebrate the launch of Cynthia Rowley Bridesmaids collection, with dress fitting by Bella Bridesmaid Shop. Bring your bridesmaids!

WHEN: Tuesday, June 8 / 4 – 6:30PM

WHERE: STEMS /  208 Coming Street  Charleston

RSVP: or 843-577-8013

June 25-26

Alice & Olivia / Monkee’s Trunk Show & Fashion Show

Lumina Station


WHAT: Alice & Olivia’s nationwide traveling trunk show is setting up shop at Monkee’s at Lumina Station. Even better, they are joining forces to present a high-style runway fashion show.

More details coming soon!

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