Jumpsuits!!

Jumpsuits are everywhere right now, but they can be a little intimidating if you have never worn one before. They may be inspired by men’s coveralls, but they can be totally feminine and sophisticated in the right cuts and with the right styling. Let these ten stylish tips show you how it is done — it is easier to pull off than you think.

1. Define your waist ~ A slouchy, straight-up-and-down jumpsuit can be cool too, but cinching in the waist is a great way to define your shape add a little extra femininity to your look. Belts are the go to, of course, but tying a lightweight jacket or shirt around your waist can look pretty chic too and it has the added benefit of hiding that whole oblong-butt thing that sometimes happens when you cinch in the waist on a loose, flowy jumpsuit.
2. Break it up ~ Break up that big block of color with a lightweight jacket. Leave it open to elongate your body or wear it on your shoulders for some instant street style cred. A crossbody bag, worn in front, is also good for adding a little visual interest to your look.
3. Glam it up ~ Jumpsuits are just as good for evening as they are for day, especially when worn with glitzy metallic accessories and a sleek tuxedo jacket — perfect for a fancy dinner or a chic black tie cocktail party.
4. Show some cleavage ~ A deep, plunging neckline is hella sexy, but it is also great for breaking up a graphic all over print. Use a short necklace, bold earring, or face framing hat to help draw the eye up, away from your cleavage.
5. Make it sheer ~ Peek-a-boo sheer panels are a great way to show skin without giving it all away — sexy and feminine and just the right amount of subtlety.
6. Mix hard and soft ~ A leather jacket and chunky metallic jewelry are great for adding a little edge to a feminine and flowy pastel jumpsuit.
7. Choose a feminine print ~ Polka dots, florals, hearts, kisses, whatever. A good, feminine print can make even the most masculine silhouette look totally girly. Also, backless is always feminine.
8.Go for a bold color ~ Bright colors are automatic attention-getters — great for those times when you want to show off your shape.
9. Release your inner animal ~ If a full-on leopard jumpsuit is not for you, try a modified or abstracted animal print like this one and pair it with neutral layering pieces and accessories for a more subtle and sophisticated look.
10. Just add a heel ~ When in doubt, add a high heel — even the most utilitarian-looking jumpsuit can be completely transformed by a good pair of heels.

What Gretchen Wore

I love, love, love when I find a steal! This sexy stretch lace skater dress fits & flares to flatter every curve. It was originally $69.95, but the day I was in Lane Bryant Outlet they were having a huge sale. Everything was 40% off. I also had Real Women dollars (their version of a coupon). So this spring dress only costs me $22.52.
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What Gretchen Wore

I received my next piece from Gwynniebee.com. Just a reminder, if you are unaware of what Gwynniebee.com is, check out my blog from December 9th. I am not a huge fan of the paisley print on this shift dress, but wanted to share the look anyway. If you like a dress or top but think the print is too busy, I suggest adding a cardigan or jacket to tone down the look.
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Essential Item for Spring 2015: An A-line Dress

As I mentioned the other day, one of the must have items for spring is an A-line dress. An A-line dress is very girly and romantic. It is a perfect way to show your feminine side. It is not difficult to wear an A-line dress. In fact, it is one of the most versatile styles of dresses that one can wear. An A-line dress looks and works best with most body shapes and figures, especially the rectangular, oval, inverted triangle and pear body shapes. It is the perfect dress for graduation parties, wedding, baby showers, afternoon cocktails with girls or a date.
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Inspiration from Pinterest.

What Gretchen Wore

I received another item from Gwynniebee.com. This stretch knit top with scoop neck and three quarter raglan sleeves in leopard print at front with black colorblocking is awesome. I am going to be sending it back, but only because it is warming up down south. I will re-closet this item for next fall. I paired this top with a red pencil shirt and my black Nine West booties to complete the look.
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Spring 2015 ~ Must Haves

Yes, spring is just around the corner!! This spring you know you will need a new dress for graduation ceremonies and outdoor parties, a pair of sandals that look presentable in places other than the beach, and a bag that works with the floaty fabrics and light colors of the season. Then there are the fashion trends you want to invest in, those droolworthy colors, cuts, and fabrics we first saw on the runway back in September. I will be covering spring looks over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!!

How to Wear a LBD ~ When Black is not Your Color

Tips for wearing a little black dress, when black is not really your color.
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Wear it at night
When you turn out the lights, you cannot see colors in the same way. The light at night is not as bright, and there is already so much shadow around, black is not as harsh on skin.

Fabric Choice
Look for a black dress in a fabric that make the black less black. Silk will generally make a colour less intense, versus satin. Mesh, lace or chiffon are a bit see-through and therefore your skin will slightly alter the affect of the black and soften it down.

Consider the Neckline
A lower neckline will cast less shadow on your face as compared to a high neckline. Cool dark shadows will increase the appearance of lines, wrinkles and double chins.

Up the Makeup
Adding a bit more foundation and a stronger lip colour can help to compensate for an unflattering colour.