Fashion briefs: Gidigio shoes owner from Italy stops in Lawrenceville

| Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 6:44 p.m.

Giorgio D'Alessandro, owner and designer of Gidigio shoes from Italy, will be at Pavement on Butler Street in Lawrenceville from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 15. Customers can enjoy snacks, drinks and sales while perusing his spring collection.

Details: 412-621-6400

Model search

Culture Cloz Boutique in East Liberty is seeking diverse female models to represent the company. Applicants who are U.S. residents and over 21 should email a head-shot and full-body photo by March 1 to and go online to pay a $25 application fee. Models must be available for a live casting call on March 15 and a photo shoot on March 16.


Spring show

The W by Worth spring 2014 show is Feb. 21 to 27 in Squirrel Hill. Customers who make an appointment will receive a one-on-one personal shopping experience. Call for location.

Details: 612-718-6656

Make a donation

Wagner Quality Shoes on Butler Street in Lawrenceville is collecting used and new shoes until Feb. 28. The footwear will be delivered to Soles4Souls, an anti-poverty organization that create sustainable jobs and funds direct-relief efforts, including distribution of new shoes and clothing.

Details: 412-682-2759

Moms and moms-to-be

Consignment Cottage, a consignment store in Moon, is looking for spring maternity clothing beginning Feb. 14. Clothing should be no more than three years old.

Details: 412-262-0833 or

Work it

Kat Griffin of shares her advice with People Style Watch on building an office-appropriate wardrobe without overspending.

Consider the kind of job you have: Before buying something new to wear to work, ask yourself how you spend your day. Are you usually behind a desk? Since people will mostly see you from the waist up, buy a variety of tops, jackets and necklaces. Spend less on a couple of key bottoms that you can rework many times. Do you often speak in front of people? Buy flattering clothes that you can comfortably stand in, like a stretchy pencil skirt and cushioned nude heels.

Invest in one power outfit: “It's good to have that go-to look on days when you need to look amazing — whether you have an important job interview or a big meeting with your boss. Try a jewel-toned sheath to stand out,” she says. “If you can get the cost-per-wear down to a reasonable amount, it's worth the investment.”

Stick to a simple palette: Build your wardrobe around one or two base neutrals. A combination like black-and-white or navy-and-tan is easy to mix and match. Accent basic hues with colorful jewelry, a fun scarf or an eye-catching bag.

Go for seasonless style: Avoid buying too many clothes in seasonal fabrics like suede, leather and brocade. Instead, look for versatile materials like cotton, lightweight cashmere and breathable blends.

Don't buy too much: For most people, a week and a half's worth of looks is all you need for your work wardrobe. You'll have enough items on hand to create different ensembles. Accessories are an easy way to add variety.

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