There are all types of holiday parties and what to wear can always be challenging. Unless the attire is clearly stated such as "Black-tie". But what if it isn’t and you are not sure what type of place it is or who will be there?
We start to make ourselves anxious about what is appropriate to wear. Well one thing I always say for various occasions is that there is always a range of appropriate, some people will be a little more dressy and some will be a little more casual, but as long as you fall within that range- and love what you are wearing than enjoy!
There is a caveat to my rule (about loving what you are wearing) that applies to business-related holiday parties and it is this. You may love that short backless, tight dress, but overtly sexy is not appropriate for a business holiday party.
Hopefully, this is abundantly clear, but let's lay out some more specific guidelines. A hem length above the knee is perfectly fine, but one that barely covers your butt and looks like you will have a fashion mishap should you try to sit down or get into a cab is an absolute "no".
Stay away from bearing too much skin on top too. Hopefully, the no-to-cleavage is obvious and you should probably err on the side of caution with too much shoulders or back showing too. Luckily the "cold-shoulder" tops that are trending right now, cover your arms and the peak of shoulders can still be appropriately sexy for these events.
So basically, if it looks like a Kadashian would wear it, stay clear of the look for your corporate parties.
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So what can you wear?
Holiday is a time to kick it up a notch. This is the place you can add sparkle and bling.
Clothing with lurex or metallic fabrics is a go.
Accessories with rhinestones - "yes please".
Your favorite high heel party shoes - "for sure!"
Punch up your makeup with glittery eye shadow, fake lashes, fun nail polish or a darker pout if you like.
If you recently bought that super sexy outfit, have fun wearing it to New Year’s or a friend's party. Now go have fun!
Recently I was featured in an article on The LIST about clothing hacks to flatter your figure. I wanted to share it with you, along with some of the great things the other experts had to add.
And then I thought I would expand upon it and make an entire insider newsletter about it. So here you are, hope you find some useful tidbits.
When your eye sees large expanses of fabric it says "large". Color blocks in any direction, seaming and vertical panels will trick your eye by breaking up large areas, into smaller sections and hence you look smaller.
This can also be achieved by accessories such as jewelry, belts and scarves breaking up large expanses of fabric.
Scoop necks and V-necks break up a large chest area with skin. Turtlenecks will elongate your chest and are great for smaller chested women.
Boatnecks are good for narrow shoulders and wide hips, as it will even out your proportions. The same is true for flared / bootleg pants as they will balance out wide hips (and they are trending NOW!)
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Shoes that match pants, are skin colored, low cut toes, or cut out sides, will elongate legs.
Wrap dresses, loose, untucked, drapey tops will all help to hide a tummy.
Your body portions play into what will look good on you too. If you have a long torso - wear empire or cropped jacket. The opposite is true for a short torso - wear drop waist or tunic and your belt below your waist.
Now make sure you read the rest of the article for more great info.
What staples in your wardrobe are you forgetting about?
Do you remember picking out your first day of school outfit?
I know that you are probably not thinking about your summer wardrobe, maybe just making-do with what you have. Actually, this is a great time for a self-assessment. What haven't you worn yet and why? Try to wear it or consider getting rid of it.
I have created some summer looks that I hope will give you inspiration for new ideas with your wardrobe. Bonus styling tips for each.
(These items are shoppable - click on the board for more info on each item)
Stylist Tip - Outfit 1 - picking up the red accent in the shoe, makes the look cohesive without being too matchy-matchy like a totally red shoe would do.
Stylist Tip - Outfit 2 - although mixed metals have no longer become a faux pas, when wearing many accessories, especially when they are near each other (or when they are big & bold) keeping the same metals makes for a polished and sophisticated look.
Stylist Tip - Outfit 1 - Start from the print. Keep it clean and don't compete with the focal piece.
Stylist Tip - Outfit 2 - keep the accessories in the same bohemian vibe as the key pieces.
Shopping in a store or on-line, may seem like an overwhelming project for you, after all, the options are endless! For me, it is like being a kid in a candy store. Let me take that burden off your shoulders and help you create beautifully curated outfits (either from your closet, in stores or on-line) that fit your personal style and make you feel so confident.
Stylist Tip - Outfit 1 - Keep your super casual outfits more polished for the office. You can sub in a white tee for a more weekend look.
Stylist Tip - Outfit 2 - A pop of color in the accessories adds some fun to a neutral outfit.
Stylist Tip - Outfit 1 - Pull out colors from the print. Using different colors for the shoe and the bag makes it look more naturally styled and not overly international.
Stylist Tip - Outfit 2 - Accessories are key. Add a hat to shade yourself and for added style.
You may not see your personal style in these outfits. These are just examples of how to craft a well-styled outfit. Personal style is not a one size-size-fits-all. That is why my tag line is "Style For Your Lifestyle".
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It was my birthday July 2nd....
Every year on my birthday I receive a card in the mail from Banana Republic, to be used for $15 off my purchase. Now we all know that stores intend for us to spend more money and it usually benefits them to give us that little bit of money to start us off.
Last week, I ran into an old friend that I had not seen for about 10 years. Wow, amazing right?
Well after our encounter, I thought to myself "How did I look?"
Do you hate bathing suit shopping? Bathing suit shopping is not fun for many women. Most of us have our body image issues and as we age they may become worse. I wish I had the magic fix, sorry I don't.
This time of year we often get invited to more weddings than usual. And one of the first questions is what to wear? Here are some general tips and guidelines that may be helpful.
Where is the location of the wedding?
OMG 80 degrees yesterday, Spring has officially sprung!
As always, I like to update you on what the new trends of the season are, so you can be informed, which if any, you would like to add to your wardrobe.
How do you know when a trend has gone out of style?
I once gave a live webinar where someone asked me this question. Although I think I gave a pretty decent answer on the spot, it made me really think about it some more after.
I recently shared with you how to accessorize by mood or theme.
I got great feedback that it was very helpful, and wantedto expand on the lesson to share with you how to best accessorize if you are wearing a print.
It is a pretty simple, yet effective strategy ...you ready for it?
Do you love to shop, but frankly you are not that good at it?
Maybe you pick up a piece here because you are "in the mood" and another there because it is on super-sale. There is no rhyme, reason or intention for your purchases and you don't even know what will work with your wardrobe.
If you are anything like my client Faith, you have a closet full of clothes, bags and accessories in every color that can mix and match into great outfits, but you don't really know how to put it all together. HELP!!!
Nothing to wear to your holiday events?
And you really don't want to go out and spend money on a new outfit.
Or you just got invited last minute to an event and have nothing to wear.
Have no fear, I can help you easily and inexpensively transform your day wardrobe into holiday attire!
It is a simple way to make your outfits more stylized. Use the 3 piece rule when you have a basic top and basic bottom. If you have a basic dress, it will become the 2 piece rule. This rule does not apply to ornate, highly designed items.
You can never have too much closet space, am I right?
Especially in NYC, we just don't have the kind of space that our suburban friends have.
What to do? Well yes, first, I am going to recommend getting rid of all the clutter you don't need, but that is a whole other newsletter. Here I am going to tell you the best ways to physically organize your closet to best utilize the space and see everything you have. (And note to suburban friends you should still do this too.)
You don't need to store away EVERYTHING
Although the weather will probably still be warm for a while, once it is after labor day, I still get that "back to school" mentality. The change of seasons, cool breeze in the air, makes it time to start thinking about what type of items to infuse in your fall wardrobe. Think of this change of seasons like a fresh start, similar to new years.
Shopping is a sport for me. I love to find extra markdowns and get the best price. Last month I bought a denim skirt at Banana Republic, originally $76 and I paid $4.20. This is not the first time I have found great deals either.
As the summer continues, I have been noticing more and more that women often automatically put everything back to black as a go-to color that supposedly "goes with everything."
Although this isn't on the official "fashion don't list", I am here to tell you that there are better choices which will instantly make your outfit look more cohesive and stylized.
Top 10 summer style tips
1) Try out some fun clothing. Maybe a trend or two. Summer clothing is generally a smaller investment than winter clothing. Think a fun tank or dress is less expensive than a winter coat.