Want the cake and your outfit too?

It’s tough dressing up knowing you’ll be stuffing yourself at your special holiday meal.  So, I’ve come up with some helpful tips on how to dress for your future overeating escapades.

Tip #1: NO Belts!  Unless you want to look super ladylike and undo your belt a couple of notches like your Uncle and Father-in-law then do not wear one.

Tip #2: A blazer or cute jacket is a great piece to add over a tight dress or simply to hide any unwanted Holiday fluff.

Tip #3: Try anything with an empire waist.  It gives you a nice slim waist and doesn’t hug your tummy so you are free to eat that third piece of pie!

Tip #4: Get a cute oversized shirt or tunic and pair it with skinny jeans or leggings!

Tip #5: Unless you want to be sucking in your tummy all night, stay away from anything high-waisted.

Tip #6: But really, just wear something you are comfortable in–this isn’t Kitchen Fashion Week!


This top can be dressed up and down!  So try it with some dark skinny jeans or some dress pants.

Vineyard Vines (top): $20.00; Gold Hawk (top): $40.00; necklace: $16.00

This sweater is comfy and it has some accents that help camouflage certain problem areas.  : )

J. Crew (skirt): $14.00; J. Crew (sweater): $36.00; necklace: $12.00; pearl necklace: $20.00

Instead of putting tights with this try a pair of leggings–they are not as restricting.

Juicy (blazer): $48.00; Max & Cleo (dress): $30.00; Torsade (necklace): $20.00

These are just a few ideas, if you think of anymore tips let me know in the comment section!


Ciao Bellas!


The Girls at Designer Renaissance

Egg nog, Tinsel, Holiday Parties….Oh My!

‘Tis the season for fun and friends, drinking eggnog till the end.  We’ve got you covered, we’re the clothing elves, for your holiday parties till 2012!

We can help you look Dashing in something dressy,

like a Vixen in something spicy,

or like a Comet in something out of sight!


Happy Holiday Shopping!


The girls at Designer Renaissance

Summer Lives On

Can’t go without your favorite Summer tops throughout Winter?  Well, don’t fret.  Here at Designer Renaissance we love using a little technique called: Layering.  Using this wonderful trick, I’ve taken a Ralph Lauren silk sheer blouse with no sleeves (selling here for $40.00) and made it part of three Fall/Winter looks.  Now you can save money by using your summer clothes throughout the whole year!  Imagine that!  Now let Summer live on.

BCBG MaxAzria (jacket): $48.00; Splendid (cardigan): $36.00; Blank (jeans): $40.00;

belt: $12.00; Chico’s (necklace): $16.00

Banana Republic (dress): $16.00; Eileen Fisher (top): $28.00; Foxmoor (jacket): $48.00; Chico’s (necklace): $24.00

PS: Please wear this with some sweater tights to keep warm : )

J. Crew (cardigan): $16.00; H & M (pants): $8.00; Sao Paulo (sweater): $8.00; Chico’s (necklace): $20.00

PS: Skinny jeans are still hot now, but flares and bell bottoms are coming back in!

Stay warm!


The Girls at Designer Renaissance

Thirty or Under Thursday

Need to save more money during this season, but just can’t give up your love for shopping?  Well stop by the store and check out our sale items!  There are numerous ways to be frugal here.  I’ve created three adorable looks all for $30.00 or under to prove it can be done.

Proto Cycle Lab & Co. (jeans): $17.00; Jolt (jacket): $10.00; H & M (top): $3.00

Total Price: $30.00

Stuart Weitzman (boots): $10.00; Talbots (dress): $9.00; Belt: $3.00; Necklace; $6.00

Here’s a tip: To add a little uniqueness to an outfit take off the  included belt or tie and replace it with

one of your favorites (or buy a new one : p)

Total Price of Outfit #2: $28.00

Michael Stars (top): $5.00; Moth (cardigan): $10.00; Cynthia Rowley (skirt): $15.00

Now pair this with your trendy flat brown boots and you’re ready to go!

Price of Outfit #3: $30.00

Now you can have new outfits along with spending money for all your Holiday spending!

Ciao Bellas


The girls at Designer Renaissance