Blouson Nior Raffia Bra Top: Raffia Riffraff
By Couture Snob Kelly on February 10, 2012 6:00 am

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Here it is, the most impractical top I’ve ever seen. I’m all about a thick straw weave when it comes to spring totes, but raffia all up against your skin is a different story.

Blouson Nior’s raffia bra top is lined in suede (to match the straps and double back buckles), so it’s not itchy – that’s what you’re thinking right? But get this: it’s reversible, so you can showcase the suede side. And guess what? Hard, coarse right up against the most sensitive skin on your body.

You might be tempted to do it for the sake of a bold fashion move, but it isn’t even that cute! Even with the best high-waisted skirt, you’ll look like you converted your farmer’s market tote into a top. On sale, it might be a fun conversation item to have in your collection, but even at half-off, it’s still nearly $950!!! This is one basket-weave that shouldn’t make it to the picnic. At Browns Fashionspacer for $945.79 (£590), from $1,871.59 (£1,180).

On the Rag, Tops
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Top 5 Tricks of the Eye: Easy Dress Disguised as Couture
By Couture Snob Kelly on February 9, 2012 6:00 am


These dresses are proof that gorgeous doesn’t always have to be fussy. Opting to be comfortable will always make you look better because you feel good, and that’s where it all starts. I suffer for fashion only on a very limited basis; the rest of the 350 days, I go for happier options – dresses that flatter without putting me in a funk.

1) Torn by Ronny Kobo Tara Pleated Dress: It looks like bandage dress but with none of the discomfort. The asymmetrical pleats are flattering and you will still be able to breathe, thanks to the soft jersey fabric.
On ShopBopspacer for $298.

2) Isabel Marant T-Shirt Dress: Let the exotic floral print do all the work, and just relax underneath. The ornate pattern distracts from the fact this is essentially a comfy tee.
At Barneys New York for $815.

3) Thakoon Addition Twist Front Dress: Thakoon is a man who knows how to flatter a body without torturing you. Royal purple silk has been gathered for a dressy-chic appearance.
At Barneys New York for $550.

4) 3.1 Phillip Lim Side Twist Dress: Here, it’s all about the cut. Laid-back jersey provides an hourglass figure with its easy draping.
On ShopBopspacer for $275.

5) Diane von Furstenberg Folie Dress: This is an entire outfit of calculated separates in one. Stretch-silk fabric and a low-slung belt make it effortlessly comfortable, while it looks like you put effort into your ensemble.
On ShopBopspacer for $385.

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Top 5 Valentine’s Day Treats: Underneath It All
By Couture Snob Tina on February 8, 2012 6:00 am

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The holiday for lovers gives new meaning to the term “intimate apparel.” While the thought of getting all dolled up for your man could make some feel like they’re trying too hard, I say go for any excuse to don new lingerie! It’s not like it will go unappreciated – just keep it simple and chic and don’t forget to be yourself. Because your personality is the sexiest accessory of all.

1) La Perla Mezzanotte Triangle Bra: There is something so sexy about a triangle bra free of underwire. Especially when it’s in delicate panels of Chantilly lace and sheer tulle, for a cutout effect. At La Perla for $260.

2) Stella McCartney Clara Whispering Stretch Silk-Satin Chemise: The classic seduction that comes with this vintage-inspired slip speaks of the lust in a Tennessee Williams play. With the modern back-baring cutout, desire will be your name. On is neither affiliated with the authors of this page nor responsible for its contents. This is a safe-cache copy of the original web site.