How to Wear Tweed

Most of the time when we say tweed, people automatically see the image of a university professor wearing a jacket of this very fabric with elbow patches, an assortment of books in one hand and an attaché case on the other. Others see tweed jackets as something only equestrians wear. However, this season tweed is experiencing something of a fashion moment, restyled and refined by designers. Now that fall is here, it is the perfect time to incorporate tweed fabrics into your wardrobe. If you already have a few timeless tweed pieces in your wardrobe, when it comes to how to wear tweed, it is as simple as updating them with new trend based pieces. A tweed jacket or skirt is timeless. They are great for making up a corporate wardrobe. A tweed pencil skirt is a great thing to have in your wardrobe – simply team it with a silk blouse and pumps. When styling a tweed jacket, team it with tailored trousers and ballet flats. The key with these timeless tweed pieces is to ensure that the garments are tailored and well fitted.
Tweed can be very dressy, so a great way to play it down is by mixing it up with funky trend based accessories. This black tweed skirt with zipper accents provides a great background for this colorful neon blouse. Neon is not only an on trend choice, but adds a playful touch to a tweed based outfit.
Tweed bags are a chic take on the trend. A range of designer labels have tweed versions of their top selling bags. For a ladylike look, team a tweed bag with a silk or chiffon blouse and high waisted jeans.
Keep an eye out for colorful tweed pieces. They are an interesting alternative to common black and neutral tweed fabrics. Colorful tweed fabrics are also great for wearing on a casual basis.
There are a range of tips on how to wear tweed. One of the key tips for wearing tweed is to not wear too much of the fabric at once. Keep it to one piece of tweed at a time, and dress it up or down accordingly. What are your best tips on how to wear tweed this season?

What is the Right Boot for You?

I love boots!! A great pair of boots are a clothing staple that should be found in every woman’s closet. There are tons of different styles and color options. So, when thinking about what are the best shapes of boots and heels for different body shapes, consider your shape and what will balance it. Stiletto heels with their long slim spindly shape are best for slimmer body shapes and those with slim calves and ankles. Stacked heels are better for those with the feminine curvy hip and thigh and curvier calves and ankles. Wedge heels can be finer and suit slimmer shapes, or wider, and suit curvier shapes. Cone heels can work on many shapes as they have some sturdiness. Completely flat shoes work best on those with average to longer legs. Kitten heels are more flattering on women with proportionally smaller feet. A platform wedge is great for any woman with shorter legs who wants some extra height, but does not necessarily want to wear a high heel. Knee high boots are universally flattering. Knee high boots make your legs look longer and slimmer, which is why they are so great. However, if you have shorter legs, avoid those with lots of buckles, straps or other horizontal details as this will shorten their apparent length. Motorcycle (mid-calf) length boots are only good for those with very slim calves as they cut you across the calf and visually widen the size of your legs. Ankle length boots can be worn by anyone under pants, but if you want to wear them with skirts / dresses, they need to fit closely at the ankle, and your skirt / dress needs to end above the knee. The more you want to elongate your leg, then choose longer, well fitting boots with little detail and a heel. Match hosiery to your boot color to further elongate. If you have long legs you can add more detail to your boots and you do not have to match hosiery. So what is your body shape, and which heel and boot shape is your favorite?

What To Wear To Work ~ Pretty Dresses Monday to Friday

Every woman can look pretty yet professional at the workplace with the right selection of apparels. Work appropriate skater or flare dresses are one of the best choices as they are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also suitable for almost any body shape. Just make sure the length of the dress is not too short and the fitting is right and you are good to go. Here is a guide to some great picks for a whole week at work.

Monday Blues? Look great in a pretty blue floral dress and chase away any negativity.
Trick Tuesday? What should I wear today? When you cannot make up your mind, a classic monochrome number may be your best answer.
Mono landscape
White Wednesday? In the mood for some accessorizing? A mono-color dress is perfect for this purpose. I love how the bright statement necklace and golden cardigan compliment the crisp white eyelet dress so well.
Thirsty Thursday? Looking for unique floral prints? The orchid is such a gorgeous flower yet it is seldom used as a print on dresses. I found this one, it is simply adorable.
Joaquim Portrait\
TGIF! It is end of the work week as well as date night…Choose a sassy leopard print dress. You can add a black jacket to tone down the look during work hours, and then loose the jacket for date night.
Inspiration from Pinterest.

Dressing Slimmer

The next best thing to working out and eating right is finding figure flattering clothes that make you appear slimmer without any effort. I have found some foolproof styles that work every time for any body type and occasion. The first is the cardigan. Cardigans slenderize with fine textured knits and skim trouble spots, but still show your shape. You can highlight the thinnest part of your torso with a single strategically placed button, or choose a V-neck with ribbing where you want attention. Trousers with a stretchy, supportive fabric glide over jiggly areas with foolproof fit will flatter every figure. You can appear slimmer in seconds with these stealth slenderizers. High-waisted skirts are another diversionary dynamo. They seem to raise the waist, make you look leggier, and hit at the narrowest part of the rib cage to emphasize curves. Topping off your look with a fitted blazer is my favorite slimming tip. A well fitting blazer can not only magically make you look super put together, but it it can also have a slimming effect. Look for a blazer that comes in slightly at the waist and hits just below the hip. The right fit is the most important, so do not be afraid to take yours to a tailor to get it sized just right all over. Perfect with trousers, skirts, and even jeans. Wearing a lighter colored blouse or T-shirt underneath can also make you waist look smaller — it’s magic!

Style Rules ~ Break Them or Not?

Are some style “rules” made to be broken…yes! Styles change, rules change, trends change…change is good. So here are some styles “rules” below, to break or not to break?

Rule 1. Blue and green should never worn together. Well I break this one all the time. Cool greens with cool blues, warm greens with warm blues look gorgeous and are a common color scheme found in nature. This is a definite must break.
Rule 2. Red heads should never wear red or pink – everyone can wear a shade of pink or red, most redheads look better in warmer reds and pinks, so go ahead and wear these colors.
Rule 3. Never wear white or black to a wedding – this is one I would break, but first I would check with the bride to find out what is acceptable at her wedding. I have been to weddings where the bride wore green and she was more than happy for others to wear white or black. If the bride is wearing white, then never wear white. Some brides are happy for guests to wear black, especially for an evening wedding.
Rule 4. While we are on the subject of white – never wear white after Labor Day. I’m actually not a fan of white shoes any time of the year. Nude or camel shoes are so much more stylish. As far as white clothes go, winter white is so gorgeous – why limit what you want to wear with strange outdated rules?
Rule 5. Never wear hosiery with open toed shoes. This is a rule you should stick to. You can get tights that stop at the ball of your foot to allow for open toed shoes.
Rule 6. No bright colors at funerals. I would suggest you stick with darker, more somber colors, unless of course that bright colors were requested by the departed.
Rule 7. Always match shoes and handbags. This is a must break rule! They can be the same color, but should not look like they came as a set. But why not team your red shoes with a black handbag, or your brown shoes with your burgundy handbag? There are just so many options, why be limited?
Rule 8. Do not mix gold and silver jewelry. When mixing metals, do not go 50/50, look at an 80/20 mix instead. There are many beautiful pieces that mix gold and silver in the one piece, use one of these to then mix other single color metals into your outfit.
Rule 9. If a garment has belt loops, and you can see them, wear a belt. I agree with this one. I often remove belt loops off clothing that I do not want to wear a belt with, and for garments like jeans, I wear my tops over the top so you do not see the loops. But if you can see them, wear a belt.

Some rules you can forget and do what you like, such as do not wear long dangly earrings with glasses – who made this one up? Or you cannot mix prints – oh yes you can – and you should! My favorite style rules to break is the where that says plus size women should wear long tops and baggy clothing. Form fitting clothes are more flattering and slimming. Often those long baggy tops are actually highlighting rather than hiding.

How to Wear Ankle Boots

It took me a while to get on board with the ankle boot trend, mostly because I felt like they made women’s feet look chunky, and cut off the leg line. Who knows what happened, but I could no longer resist them? Now I own a couple of pairs of them in different colors. Along the way I have discovered a few ways to wear them so they are flattering. There are so many fun ones out there: wedge, heel, flat, laced, or buckled. And they are a big trend again this fall — so you really should own a pair. Check out the pictures below. There are ten great ways to wear your booties. And remember, you do not need these exact pairs to create great outfits — use these outfits as inspiration to wear your ankle boots well, no matter what style they are!

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