Rockin’ the Jumpsuit

There are several ways to rock the jumpsuit trend. No matter the season or occasion, there is always a look you can pull off by wearing one! I did not like the concept of the jumpsuit at first. Then I realized there is no denying it, a jumpsuit can really be a cute look. It is a trend I am seeing everywhere, so I have decided to embrace it. Of course, with every trend, there are do’s and don’t. Black is always a good choice. An all black jumpsuit is not only slimming, but can look very sophisticated. Obviously, avoid jumpsuits that are too tight. Opt for loose cuts in flattering fabrics instead. When wearing a jumpsuit, you should try to keep the interest on top. Try a v-neck or halter top. Wild patterns are typically unflattering and difficult to pull off with this look. Keep your patterns simple or choose a bold color instead. You can always make a statement with your accessories.

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Inspirations for these pictures from Pinterest.

Wearing Pastels in Winter

Why should we stop ourselves from wearing something we love just because of the season? There is no reason to shy away from light colored pieces during the winter months. Soft pastels are a fresh alternative to greys, blacks, and browns when the temps are still a little frosty. Whether you choose a blush pink or an icy mint, light colored pieces are absolutely irresistible and refreshing. The days of “you cannot wear white after Labor Day” are gone!! Mixing pale pastel colors with heavy fabrics such as leather can soften the look and bring life back to your wardrobe during the longer winter days. I suggest when wearing pastels during the winter, you add darker hued accent pieces to balance the look. Use darker colors to camouflage the areas you do not like and add pastels to enhance a favorite part of your body. The best way to rock this pastel trend is by incorporating it into your already existing wardrobe.

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Fashion Over 40

Are your mom jeans giving away your age? If you are a woman over 40, you need to know that you can be just as sexy and good looking as your younger counterparts. The worst thing you can do is to dress too young. It has the opposite effect, and makes you look like you are trying too hard to look younger. Put down the mini skirt. Even if you have great legs, mini skirts are not meant to be worn by women in their 40s. Skirts that hit right above the knee are much more attractive and flattering. Add a sexy shoe to show off your legs. Skip the baggy jeans and look for tailored dark wash jeans that show off your shape. Do not worry about ALL trends. Instead, I suggest you find a print or a bold piece of jewelry and develop a signature look for yourself. The style confident women I know say that the idea of age appropriate dressing has no meaning for them. It is more about body appropriate dressing. Style after 40 is not about competing with your daughters or dressing like the girl you were 20 years ago. It is about dressing like the girl you are now.

LBD for Every Body Type

Everyone should have their go to little black dress, so they are ready for an event or party without a stressful last minute dash to the mall. The little black dress comes in so many different styles, you just need to find one that flatters your figure. The easiest way to balance a bottom heavy figure is to choose a little black dress that skims over the lower half of the body. Fuller skirts disguise heavy hips, while showing off the waist. A fitted halter or strapless silhouette, which accents a trim upper body, is very flattering for bottom heavy figures.

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If you do not want to show off your legs, you can still look gorgeous in a little black dress, instead of hiding your legs in pants. Just choose a longer skirt like the one below.

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You do not need to hide your upper body if you have wide shoulders. Instead, look for body balancing details like the trendy asymmetrical neckline, like this one shoulder style.

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Flatter a full bust by drawing the eye to sexy slit sleeves like on this trendy little black dress below. Balance a top heavy figure by opting for a flattering necklines suchs as the V-neck, square neck, wrap or portrait style.

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Most clothing actually hangs better on women with smaller busts, but if you want to add more volume up top look for embellishment or fullness on the bust. This dress below has allover rosettes, including on the bust, which give you a flattering boost.

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If your body lacks natural curves, add feminine presence with texture like with this ruffled black dress. You can also pump up the volume with extra details like full sleeves, ruched waist, layers and ruffles.

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Dressing Room Mistakes

When something does not fit perfectly in the dressing room, we tend to crumple it up and kick it across the floor, right? Instead, take a minute and figure out why it does not work before dismissing it. Do you just need a smaller or larger size? If the trousers are too long, think about having them tailored if they fit everywhere else. Basically, slow down and consider your options before putting it back on the rack. Another mistake women make when trying on items is not looking at the care tag. We have all been burned by a gorgeous dress we bought that wound up costing a fortune in dry cleaning bills. There are plenty of clothes that say dry clean only, but can be hand washed. Natural fibers respond well to hand washing. Further, do not only shop the sale rack. I love a bargain, just like the next girl. The main problem with the sale rack is that you often end up purchasing things just because they are on sale, not because you have a real need for that item. You can find some great bargains in there! But before you dive in, just remind yourself of these pitfalls so you are not caught off guard. Lastly, consider what you will be shopping for before you leave the house. If you have looking for dress for a party and you already have the shoes, take them with you to the store. You definitely want to try them on together. If you are looking for blouses, make sure you wear or take the trousers or skirt you will be wearing those blouses with, so you know how they will look together. On a final note, just remember shopping is not supposed to leave you stressed out and in tears, wishing you had a different body. You are beautiful just the way you are, and as long as you steer clear of these shopping mistakes, I guarantee you will have a much better experience on your next trip to the dressing room.

One Blouse: Different Looks

We all love new clothes, but most of us do not have the money to purchase new clothes all the time. So, one of the things for me in learning to “work my closet” has been to learn how to wear my existing pieces in different ways. Figuring out how to do that helps me get more use out of my wardrobe without having to buy new clothes. Most people tend to wear an item of clothing only one or two ways, so being able to imagine a piece being worn four, five, or even ten different ways can be mind-blowing! Check out this polka dot blouse paired five different ways. You could easily make even more looks pairing this blouse with different skirts.

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Here another example. Take a cute black and white striped dress and mix it up.

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Look through your closet and experiment. You can pair different accessories, add a cardigan or jacket and really change the look of one piece.

Combining Colors

Do you ever wonder how your favorite fashionistas put colors together to create eye catching and impressively colorful outfits? The color wheel is a fantastic tool.

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It is fairly easy to understand. You can make the following combination by using the color wheel as your guide:

1. Colors directly next to each other (i.e. yellow and yellow-orange; yellow and yellow-green; violet and blue-violet)
2. Colors that form right (90 degree) angles with each other (i.e. yellow and red-orange; blue and violet-red; green and orange)
3. Colors directly across from each other (i.e. yellow and violet; blue and orange; red and green)
4. Colors that form a T (i.e. blue, orange, and violet-red; yellow, violet, and red-orange; yellow, blue-green, and red-orange)
5. Colors that form an X (i.e. blue, orange, violet-red, and yellow, violet, blue-green, and red-orange)

Since brown, black and white are a neutrals, they go with virtually every color on the color wheel. Try pairing a chocolate brown jacket with a fuchsia blouse for a fun and bold look. Now there you go, a breakdown of how to use color combinations to spruce up your wardrobe. You will be looking more fab in no time!!