The Secret Weapon in Your Closet


It is effective, it gets the job done, it says so much about you, and it can definitely be deadly. No ammunition needed here, we’re taking about the LBD, little black dress. You hear fashion people frequently put this on the top of their “must haves in every woman’s closet” lists, and their is a reason: well, it IS a must have. With Valentine’s day around the corner, we all need a reminder that we can totally not wear a confections, saccharine, hue and still look fab for whatever we do on that lovely or not so lovely day!

Let’s break it down. The concept of the LBD was influenced by of course the Queen of Chic, Coco Chanel in the 1920’s and that’s what makes this a classic, “must have”.


Lets REALLY break it down:

The little part is not in terms of the size, all sizes need an LBD, but more in terms of length and because when you put little in front of a phrase it’s pretty darling.

Daily Look!

If you do not know this already, we will reiterate it for you: Black is super flattering. It has magical powers that make you look and feel slimmer and when you stare in the mirror you think, “why do I not always wear head to toe black?”

We all have formal and not so formal events that we must, and want to attend and when we have a dress in our closet for such events it makes life easier when, for instance; we are told at the last minute, do not want to go and do not want to buy something new, have no time, or stained the outfit we planned on wearing while eating pizza in preparation for the event. Whatever the reason, having this piece forever in your arsenal makes life so much easier.


Choosing a dress that fits you like a glove and makes you feel confident is the key here. Just any dress that happens to be black and maybe “little” does not qualify. It must be the perfect dress. They exist. Sometimes it means hunting a little bit, but in the end the benefits pay off. Choose something that fits your lifestyle; maybe you want to be able to throw a leather jacket over it and wear it on a more casual night? Maybe you want to be able to transition it to all seasons?

The LBD is your best friend and can be the most versatile piece in your wardrobe. Find a classic and one that you truly love. Find your weapon and wield it wisely!


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Come join us as Chivvistyles host THE OFFICIAL MUST HAVES for Spring 15 at Neiman Marcus Willowbend Feb. 11


We are beyond excited and honor to partner with Neiman Marcus Willowbend to host the runway for THE OFFICIAL MUST HAVES for Spring 15 on Feb. 11 from 2-4. We want YOU to come out and have tea and learn all about Ken’s Trends for 2015.

We will have the SCHOOL OF STYLE with Jeanette Chivvis at Neiman Marcus series coming soon…..stay tuned for all the fun fashion details!

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The great Galliano returned to the runway in London today. After his “leave” as Artistic Director of Christian Dior, his stint in rehab and his study of Judaism – What a difference those years made on him and his design aesthetic.

The collection was built on deconstructing menswear and the transparency of layering different textures and fabrics. It was a reflection on the actual metamorphosis of Maison Margiela being deconstructed from the old and recycled and redesigned to launch a new vision for Maison Margiela.

It was deeply transparent and illustrated his trials and tribulations he had experienced in the last couple of years. I love collections that really reveal so much about the designer and where they have been or going in their emotional life and this was definitely one of those shows.

The “Artisanal” collection has been created by Maison Margiela over the years by seeing beauty in things that are often taken for granted in everyday life and giving them a newly enriched life by using them in a completely new way.

I love second, third chances in life… I love forgiveness and the chance to recreate your life. I think this was such a spiritual collection rooted deep in the need to change and become a better person and designer.

BRAVO, GALLIANO! can’t wait for the ENCORE! . .

See below the highlights of this deeply moving show:






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Oh Marsala…Cheers to a Year of You

Named for a wine, the Pantone color of 2015, Marsala, can be just as intoxicating; evoking a warm inviting feeling, the color is appealing to a wide range and looks equally as great on men and women and on loads of skin tones. Marsala isn’t just for your chicken or wine glass anymore! Marsala is this seasons NEW BLACK!
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With the host of GOOD MORNING TEXAS, Carrie McClure – We were doing selfies backstage right before the segment!

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MARSALA RULES! loved all these fabulous ladies…what a PERFECT MORNING!

Check out the latest style segment on Good Morning Texas here.

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For the gal who takes trends head on and makes them her own, Pair Marsala with another awesome Spring piece, culottes!

Break up the print with a great jacket in a blush tone; a perfect contrasting color. Jennifer looks chic, cool, and trendy in her leather culottes, Marsala color top and pastel coat all from Neiman Marcus Willowbend. This fabulous watermelon tourmaline necklace by Shona Jewelry tops it all off along with great Shoe Dazzle pumps!

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For the free spirit who loves light weight pieces: chose a fabrication of kimono or jacket in a print in a contrasting color pattern and throw it back with a great pair of Marsala pants and now you’re color-trendy and true to your gypset roots. Shona, designer of Shona Jewelry layered her own line of necklaces to make the look even more boho.

This beautiful lightweight half-kimono style jacket by Etro from Neiman Marcus Willowbend is so perfect for spring, alongside the great pants and top also from

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We all need a statement coat and this Burberry trench from Neiman Marcus Willowbend in the tasty wine hue is a slight throw to the sixties yet still very modern and perfect with a great bootie like these from Shoe Dazzle. Noel pulls it off perfectly, espescially with those Marsala locks she has!

An accessory like this Tory Burch bag from Neiman Marcus Willowbend is also a great piece you can wear year round in this near burgundy shade, and the perfect size to go from day to night.

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Small doses of Marsala is a great way to bring it into your wardrobe without committing to a full Marsala overload. Incorporate the color in a floral print like this great dress from Neiman Marcus Willowbend, worn by the lovely Kayla.

Throwing on a pair of flirty heels in a color of the pink family for an evening out is stylish and feminine. Try these from Shoe Dazzle for extra spunk and flirt. Great earrings and simple bracelet like these from Shona Jewelry are the perfect final touch.

Incorporating this hue can go seamlessly from the current winter season into spring and summer and then perfectly into fall later this year. So let’s all welcome Marsala with open arms and say cheers to you Marsala; we could just drink and eat you up, or maybe even wear you!

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Thank you to Randy Anderson for all Images, Paige Anderson for Hair and Makeup, Shona Jewelry for the fabulous jewels, Shoe Dazzle for divine footwear, and Neiman Marcus Willowbend for all of the wonderful garments.

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