“What is the most important consideration in being considered stylish?” Can it be achieved? Bought? Read on to learn the one surprising secret of being truly style savvy!Read More
Well, favorite readers, Thanksgiving is over and even my leftovers are finished! Hope yours are too, because Christmas cookies are about to make an appearance and the fudge, prime rib, goose and cakes are right behind! So how do we get through the Christmas party season stylishly but with some degree of comfort? The answer is one hyper-trendy but totally stylish word-LEGGINGS!
Yes, I know. You thought leggings were gone, never to return. But I gotta tell ya, leggings are very much "in" now and they are everywhere! The difference between then and now? The old style had you wearing black leggings with a patterned sweater. On trend now? Patterned leggings with a solid sweater or tunic. And these patterns are IDEAL for holiday parties, because they are being shown in metallics, animal prints and bold color combos sure to make you feel, and look, festive!
Leggings go perfectly with today's ankle boots but for fun, try them with your over-the-knee boots! Keep the sweater simple and go for the gusto of big hoops or statement earrings. Looking fab AND wearing an elasticized waist? It doesn't get any more comfortable or fun! So wow your party pals with your great outfit, all the while knowing that you have "room" to indulge! And remember......"trend is today, but style is forever"!!!!
OK, I admit it. I have a girl crush. On Amal Clooney. In my next life I want to live in her closet. The woman has the perfect body for clothes, perfect taste (she NEVER looks over or under dressed) and her own style which helps her carry off a variety of looks from Giambattista Valli to Chanel without looking like she’s copying anybody. Her choices are classic but on trend and her accessories are perfect complements. Who wouldn’t have a style crush?
Of course it never hurts to have the money to buy designer originals. (That’s something else I’m counting on in my next life.) But her STYLE is what attracts people. She keeps her hair and makeup simple but polished and never uses accessories to overwhelm an outfit. In fact, if you look closely, there’s only ever ONE focal point of her look - either the outfit or the shoes or the bag provide a pop of color and trend but she NEVER goes head-to-toe trendy and she never uses color to detract from her outfit - only add to it.
Although this is hard to imagine doing on a limited budget, take a page from Amal’s (see, we’re on a first name basis already) playbook and choose an outfit that fits perfectly (that’s what tailors are for!!!) and flatters your best features. Next, make sure the color is flattering to your face. Then choose accessories that accent the look without calling attention away from it, such as a neutral bag and shoes or one which picks up the colors in the outfit. Then choose jewelry the same way - colorful if your outfit is neutral, neutral and understated if your outfit is full of detail. You’ll find that it’s easier than you think - and more fun. Take my advice. Channel your inner Amal.
My tailor is my best friend. I barely know his last name and, although I've met his wife, I don't know if he has children. I know two things about him. He's an alterations genius and he's expensive.
Very few of us are perfect off-the-rack sizes. From your hips down you may be a 14, but your waist is a 12. Or, broad shoulders may take a size 8 to a size 14. Whatever your figure flaw, your clothes will always look better if you have them tailored. A good tailor will hem jeans so they look identical to the original hem, waist or legs .......just better. REALLY good tailors can remake a shoulder or a collar so that it looks perfect and no one will ever know it was once schizophrenic.......half fitting and half not. But be warned. This kind of a talent will run you some bucks........like $225 to tailor a two piece suit. But it's WELL worth it! Sure beats spending the $4000 a perfectly tailored suit will cost you!
I have several good tailors that I run to when my outfit needs a psychiatrist. These geniuses take the pleats out of slacks, shoulder pad out of leather jackets and shorten suit jackets so that they look like James Bond is wearing them. Wanna take a $500 suit and make it look better than custom made? Call me! I'll fit you with the right tailor who'll fit you with the right look which will make you look like THAT guy or THAT girl. You'll feel like you've added a new outfit to your closet and you'll once again be excited to wear it! The "proof is in the puddling, love" and that's why "trend" is today, but "style" is forever!
Have you ever looked at two women wearing the same outfit and thought,"oh, woman A looks so much better!" But you couldn't figure out why? This, my fabulous readers, is the essence of style.
Style means injecting yourself into an outfit. It's not just wearing the clothes-that's fashion. And it's not just about labels, or the expense, or the exact replication of something you saw Amal Clooney wearing. (BTW-I have a serious girl crush on her closet!). Style is putting together pieces so that they suit YOU. It's the little touches that make your style stand out.
Say, for example, I see two gals wearing jeans, colorblocked sweaters and boots-but one looks boring while the other one looks put together and stylish. What's the difference??
Well, the stylish gal had her jeans tailored so that they're a quarter inch off the ground. The other chick is wearing hers without hemming them and they're dragging on the ground. Stylish Samantha is wearing boots that have a stripe the color of her sweater. Plain Jane is wearing black boots that need new heels and a good polish. Plain Jane is also wearing her daily makeup with no lipstick, while our stylin' sister is rocking a bold pink lip. These are the things that take AN outfit and make it YOUR outfit!
Get what I mean? It's the little touches, the thought process that goes into picking accessories or makeup. It's you taking the time to slide on the cuff bracelet instead of going out bare-armed. It's YOU. So think about that next time you're dashing off to work in one of your "I don't have time to accessorize" outfits. Because you DO have time. You always have time to make "you" into "YOU"!