Are any of these trends calling your name?

With shorter days come cooler temps and another season of new trends. As usual there are some varying opinions; I am highlighting the ones that everyone seems to agree on.

Bling is back! From drop earrings to embellishments, there is much more shine this season. So bring back out your feminine, sparkly jewelry. Drop earring can be a way to add height and they do work for the office, though I would go light on the shine.   Reacting to last winter’s weather, the short black flat boot will be “in” and practical. Wow what a concept! And shoes will be trending towards lady loafers; footwear with a stacked kitten heel for comfort. Pair these with tights in both solids and patterns. Other accessory looks that will be around are long skinny scarves with a boho influence and long gloves, an influence from the new Mrs. Clooney.

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As for the styles that will be hot this season, it all seems to center around keeping warm. That means layers. Skirts will have something for everyone. There is the carwash pleat, think box pleats cut open, the flounce skirt that has been dubbed “happy hemlines” and the always popular mini skirt. I see pairing the pleats and mini with the chucky oversized sweaters or turtlenecks, which are making a return this year. How about a sleek turtleneck with a flounce skirt for the office? And the pant silhouette makes a change with the return of the flare and higher waisted, wide leg styles which can give you the long leg and tiny waist look. If you aren’t a fan of this pant try a wide belt at the waist to give that cinched in look; instant hourglass shape.

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Texture treatments are very prevalent. In addition to the chunky sweaters, there is lots of fur, both faux and real. Coat cuffs with fur, fur on boots and shoes, fur stoles worn diagonally over coats and shearling coats. Do the designers sense something about our upcoming winter weather? Another texture is fringe, which began last fall. You will see fringe at the hem of vests, and on dresses. If that is a bit much for you, try it as an accessory such as on a scarf or purse.


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And it’s time to breakout your poncho. It can be a great layering piece to go over a blazer in lieu of a coat.

These are a few snippets of what you’ll be seeing in stores. Does this work for you? Remember, just because it’s a trend, doesn’t mean the style is right for your body type.


What outfits are hiding in your closet?

It’s too soon……

Is this what you are thinking as the pools begin to close and the temps get cooler at night? Well, even if the calendar dates are quickly moving closer to fall, you may feel you aren’t ready to give up on some of your favorite outfits. Cardigans to the rescue!

In today’s post you may notice some familiar pieces from previous posts. I am using those items to emphasize how easily you can change a summer item into something you can continue to wear into September.

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Take the chambray dress, which is great for the woman who is bigger on the bottom. Put on a colorful cardigan that ends at the waist to draw interest above the waist. Are you someone who is bigger on the top? That favorite maxi can continue well into September with the addition of an open cardigan that ends below the waist. The wonderful sun dress that the woman with a little extra in the middle has worn all summer can still look great with a dark shrug. Wide pants are continuing to be popular as the temps begin to fall. Add a decorative cardigan that ends at the waist for the curvy woman. This will continue the balance of volume with interest in the top and bottom. Last but not least, if you don’t have a lot of natural curves, we can create that illusion for the non-curvy woman. Using the horizontal striped skirt, we add a bright shrug with short sleeves. This will add volume across your top to balance the stripes that will add width to the bottom. Voilà, who says you don’t have curves.

While the weather is still warm, continue to use your sandals as your footwear, but as the climate changes these outfits will look just as good with a close-toed shoe or boot. And of course, don’t forget to add belts, scarves or jewelry to complete your outfit.

So savor your favorite items as long as you can with these ideas. Our next post will be talking about the trends for the upcoming fall season.

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Have you tried…….

This morning I was heading to the pool for a class then, meeting up with a fellow entrepreneur over coffee.  So what was I going to wear that was easy to transport to the pool along with accessories, of course.  Too hot for crop pants, a skirt meant a top, maybe shrug and jewelry.  Too much to carry!  I turn to where the pants and dresses are in my closet.  There is it, a jersey knit dress in a ’70s pattern of coral, yellow and orange.  Easy!  Because the dress has a bold pattern, all I had to add was pair of earrings and I was done. And I always get tons of compliments when I wear this dress; a shift style that works well even though my body type is bigger on the bottom.   I have dressed it up for work, or dressed it down for casual meetings like today.   Is it this easy for you in the mornings?  It should be, particularly in the summer when we all want to maximize our outdoor time enjoying the weather and not standing in the closet figuring out what to wear.

I have assembled a few examples of dresses for each of the 5 body types I have discussed before.  It’s all about creating balance in your figure which can be done not only by the cut of the dress but with colors and patterns.  Add some accessories and you are off to spend time doing what you really want to do.

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V A C A T I O N !!

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Summer officially starts on Sunday and in this area the kids are finally out of school. That means it’s time to think about that summer getaway.  So what can you do to make the escape easier on you from start to finish? Pre-planning and packing light.

If you are going by car with endless room you may not worry about it, but if you are flying, packing can be a challenge.  I always want to take things I usually don’t wear at home; you know that cute pair of shorts you bought on your last tropical outing that are bit on the wild side for wearing out to a casual dinner at home. Let’s see if we can squeeze them in.

Let’s start with the pre-planning. How many days are you away and how many outfits can you realistically wear? Do you plan on an outfit for day and change for the evening? Think back, did that really happen the last time? If you are in a bathing suit all day are you really going to get dressed for dinner and is your destination going to require something more than a casual outfit? These are the questions to ask yourself. If you are not going to the beach, is it a climate that might need a heavier layer than a t-shirt? With these answers we move on to selecting what to bring. This is where creating your own travel checklist can help. I started one several years ago and tweak it every time we come back from vacation.

First pick a neutral shade as your base color. You can do this for either the tops or bottoms, but I would suggest it be your bottoms for the most flexibility.  According to where you are going that may include jeans (dark is preferable as they can go dressy or casual), a skirt  (maxi would be great) and a pair of slacks  (maybe a pair of the trendy soft pants or an ankle pant). In tropical locations, I always bring a denim skirt and opt for sun dresses over shorts for comfort. And remember, neutral does not always mean black and tan. Gray and navy work really well to maximize your options. I always use the fewer bottoms to tops ratio when packing and if you are going to a warm destination, always consider that you will only wear the top once (unless it’s a layering piece).

Select tops to add color and interest to your outfit.  If you brought along a pattern bottom, you can opt for a solid top or you can really go trendy and use another pattern as long as both patterns have the same dominant color.  No matter what tops you select be sure that each top goes with at least 2 bottoms to give you maximum options and there should be tops that can be layered.

Now add the accessories.  Scarves and jewelry can change the feel of an outfit from casual to dressy in an instant.  Patterns in a lightweight scarf can pull together a great outfit that has a solid top and bottom. For jewelry, I would recommend taking only one metal color.  Because the beach can be harsh on metals,  bring your costume jewelry and leave the good stuff at home. A metal belt is a great way to accentuate the waist and dress up jeans for an evening out.

Did you remember a small purse for evening and shopping? And don’t forget your pashmina for the plane, train and evenings out.

There is plenty of debate on the best way to pack all those clothes; fold, roll, bundle or investing in wrinkle resistant clothing. I have used  an envelope packing system such as the one from Eagle Creek for years. It keeps your clothes neatly folded,  maximizes space and makes it easy to pick out items without unpacking the entire suitcase; handy when you are on a multi-location trip.

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Put jewelry inside your shoes so you use every inch of space.  Swap out the jewelry for dirty clothes on the way home.  And if at all possible, wear the bulky item on the plane. Avoid the urge to throw in one more thing as you are about to walk out the door with your suitcase in hand.  Trust me on a long trip the only people that will notice that you wore those same jeans 4 times is you because you had tops and accessories to make it look like a totally new outfit every time.


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