Fashion: Haute Off the Rack
Dig gets a new fashion editor
By Jennifer PalpallatocPosted Aug 15, 2012
Alas, Dig’s quest for a new fashion editor has come to an end and we couldn’t be happier to introduce Ms. Jennifer Palpallatoc, otherwise known from here on out (at least to her editor) as the fashion queen.
Hi everyone! I’m so thrilled to take on the role as the new fashion editor of Dig! For as long as I can remember, people have always come to me seeking fashion advice. I even started a personal fashion blog called Haute Off The Rack, which eventually led me to this job. I’m fascinated by the intricacy of couture design and all its glamour, so this is my experiment: to shop personally and purposely on a budget to bring my readers the best of both worlds. I’m beyond passionate about the art of fashion and strive to help women and men feel confident in what they wear. My goal as Dig’s new fashion editor is to maximize your outfit options by presenting new looks and molding what you already own into a wardrobe that best suits your lifestyle. I also plan to feature current stories on local fashion icons, events, designers and boutiques. Please feel free to submit your pressing fashion, style, and beauty questions to me at Fashion@DigBatonRouge.com, and I’ll do my best to help you prevent embarrassing fashion faux pas!
One fashion piece I can’t live without: Confidence. No one should live without confidence. The only way to pull off fashion-forward clothing and new trends is to look like you actually feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, so owning your look is essential. Confidence is what takes an outfit from sweet and simple to a complete knock out!
My fashion icons & inspirations: I derive my inspiration from other fashion blogs like Wendy’s Lookbook, Cupcakes and Cashmere, The Blonde Salad, and Cheetah is the New Black. I also cut out pages of different looks I’d like to achieve from magazines like People Style Watch, Lucky, and InStyle. As far as fashion icons, the classy bombshell Blake Lively is someone who really exemplifies that looking confident is the key to looking great. I also admire Charlize Theron’s cool and laid-back façade when sporting detailed and exquisite gowns, which gives her an effortlessly glamorous look.
My personal style: My personal style always reflects my daily mood and personality. I’m vivacious, zealous, self-confident, a tad dramatic, and always eager for new and exciting things. With that being said, I usually aim for bright colors, fashion-forward items, and classic pieces that I can update with chic accessories and statement jewelry. Since I’m well organized, my outfits always look very tailored and put together. However, one may consider my style continually evolving because I thrive on new looks and trends. Any time I spot a new fun new trend I find a way to incorporate it into my style and make it my own.
My best fashion advice: Never leave accessories as an afterthought. In most cases, they can make or break a look. Adding accessories to your wardrobe, like a new printed scarf or a statement necklace, is the easiest way to update your current look without breaking your wallet. With the right accessories, you can easily transition one outfit from day to night, casual to professional, and even vintage to modern. Be bold, take risks, and use accessories as a way to express your personal style. If you’re on a college budget, my advice is to never to purchase an item that costs more than your rent. Although it may seem like a good investment at the time, remember that when it comes time to ask your mom for a little financial help, you’ll have to suffer through comments like, “Oh, why don’t you drive your new purse to work?” or, “How about you fly those new leather boots to Spring Break?”
Staple items in my closet: I’m a full-time student with three jobs so I’m always on the go. I need clothes that are appropriate for the office, comfortable for class, and easy to dress up or down with the right accessories. My staple items consist of a pair of dark, denim skinny and wide leg jeans, black and neutral-colored wedges or boots, silk blouses in an assortment of vibrant colors, and a blazer. I also consider accessories as staple items. You can find a large variety of shoes and accessories in my wardrobe because I find it’s the simplest way to transition my outfit into different looks throughout the day to best suit my busy lifestyle.
Old trend I hope returns: I’m crossing my fingers that the debut of The Great Gatsby will spark a huge comeback of the glamorous 1920s flapper girl style. I think that the rich, jewel-toned, silk flapper dresses and flared skirts embellished with tassels and sequins gave the women of the ‘20s a carefree and frivolous attitude.
Current trend I dislike: I’m not a fan of the gingham print because it makes me feel like I’m wearing a picnic.
Favorite trend for the fall: Leather clothing and accessories, and toe cap pumps.