Posts Categorized: style

How to Be Your Own Stylist

I firmly believe that any wearable item can look good if styled properly. OK, maybe not cloven-toed shoes or butt-cheek-exposing short-shorts, but pretty much everything else. Trendy items like jumpsuits, tricky items like ankle booties, even garments that fit imperfectly or hit your body at strange angles can all be strategically styled in ways that will make the items look natural and you look amazing.

And since I want you all to feel confident in exploring style as a means of self-expression, to try new things and branch out, to grow your skills at assembling amazing outfits, I thought I’d write up some instructions on how to cultivate a stylist’s skill set. read more

Originally posted 2011-08-02 06:09:30.

Swimwear Shopping Tips and Resources

Swimwear shopping tips and resource: How to make the process less traumatic and more effective!

Women’s collective fear of swimwear shopping has become a cliche: Everyone knows that the average gal enjoys searching for a new bikini about as much as she enjoys major dental work. But if your old suit is looking battered and you opt to brave the shops this season, you’ll find a wealth of new styles available in a huge variety of sizes. And a few key tips can make this traditionally painful shopping process far less traumatic.

FEAR NOT THE TWO-PIECE

One-piece swimsuits are considered more modest, but they can cause uncomfortable fit issues on some figures: If you’re long in the torso, these suits may pull at the crotch or dig into the shoulders. If you’re short in the torso, these suits may bunch up at the bust or in the midsection or even sag off your rear end. Two-pieces allow for more flexibility, especially for long- and short-waisted women but also for anyone whose top half is substantially smaller or larger than her bottom. With a one-piece, you’re stuck with manufacturer notions of size. With a two-piece, you can buy a medium top and extra-large bottom to suit your unique proportions. (Or any combination, of course.) And you needn’t stick to skimpy string bikinis! With the advent of tankinis – suits with traditional bikini bottoms and tank-style tops – you can still get plenty of coverage. read more

Originally posted 2013-06-20 06:22:18.

Reader Request: Prioritizing Wardrobe Wants

Tips for prioritizing the items on your wardrobe wish list

My fantastic client S. e-mailed me this question:

I can see though that this will be a lifelong process and I will never “done.” There are many, many areas where I can continue to learn and evolve. This leads in part to one of my questions, how do you decide how much to buy? I know this is intensely personal and based on many values, but I would be curious how you and other readers make this choice. I filled some obvious holes to make items wearable that I couldn’t even use. I also wanted to have some dresses and other fun pieces and I bought those, but I wouldn’t say I have any real needs now. Yet, I can see areas where I could fill in with items that are more on trend or would look better to my eye and to be a stylish dresser I think that one needs to continue to shop. Angie at You Look Fab had a piece a few months ago from a reader on setting a budget, which I really enjoyed, but for me this is about more than a budget. How do I weigh among wants, which pieces to buy? How much is enough? How many times does a piece have to be worn to have made it a good investment? read more

Originally posted 2013-08-12 06:46:49.