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By Suze Solari

Wardrobe Consultant

We are right now experiencing the last few days of doning our light weight coats & leather jackets...the ones of which we have about 10 of (well, I do) and can only wear for about 2 months out of the year?

Now is the time to invest in a few options to winterize your look and warm your body.  Which leads me to Today’s Style tip: mix n’ match outer wear from MUSE.  Heather Anderson runs this bustling boutique, where there is no shortage of cute ensembles to tempt oneself.  Located on Marion street for about 2 years now, Heather’s philosophy is to bring effortless chic to Mother & Daughter; offering apparel that is both classic & contemporary, appealing to women of all ages, and budgets. 

No winter wardrobe is complete with out a little fur, faux or real - vintage of course.  I have about 4 vests, and put them on over a light weight coat, jean jacket, or long cardigan.  The fur gilett (which is a fancy word for vest) adds extra warmth to the core and a textural mix to your outfit.  Try the faux raccoon vest from ‘Le Phare’, $145. so soft and luxe, it looks real.  Equally on trend is shearling: faux suede with ruffle edge and hook/eye closure from ‘Oxmo’, $86. could not be cuter.

The vibrant orange wool blend car coat from ‘Pink Martini’ for $ 138. will bring instant Parisian chic to any outfit with its 3/4 button cuff sleeve & slight bubble hem.  I freek out over the ‘Drew’ black plush cape, $286. with its asymmetrical leather trimmed zipper and pocket detail, love the return of the cape!  These looser styled toppers simplifies layering underneath, and can be worn with trousers, or pair with a dress, long socks & tall boots.  

I could prattle on & on about the fresh & inspirational mix of clothes & accessories at MUSE, but I have to say, that I come in to see Heather.   Thoughtful & warm she will invite you to shop at your own pace, or sit down and relax on her comfy sofas -feeling right at home.  Muse is host to a constant array of events, including the recent  ‘Style Night by the Founding Moms’ where Yours Truly spoke about mixing color & pattern into your wardrobe.  Don’t miss the upcoming Black Friday weekend event, starting Nov. 25th: if you spend $100, you receive $20. off your purchase, and gift bags to the first 50 people.  See you there, I’ll be wearing a fur vest.

 

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Vera from Oak Park  

Posted: November 28th, 2011 11:52 AM

Thanks for the great style tips. I'll be sure to pop in to Muse to check out the vests and other great clothing they always have. Love shopping local.

Vivian from River Forest  

Posted: November 26th, 2011 11:49 AM

On trend? really?? Fur -faux or not, I can do without. I think it's hideous.

Sarah Corbin/shopping  

Posted: November 22nd, 2011 8:35 AM

Gift Bags? That is fantastic!

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