Fashion Fridays!

Handbag Know-How:

There are so many types, sizes and styles of handbags in the stores and it can be tough sometimes to figure out what to purchase.  You may be one of those people who will wear the same handbag everyday no matter what you’re wearing or you may be the person who changes purses like you change your ………; well anyway.  I’m the latter.  I change handbags on a daily basis, depending on what I’m wearing.  whether you’re like me or not this list will be a great help to you.  These are “do’s” and “don’ts” of sporting your handbag.

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Do:

Own at least one great quality handbag in a basic color e.g., black or brown.

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Make sure your bag works with your proportions.

Carry a bag that is in sync with the style of your outfit and shoes.

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Carry a beaded bag with a velvet outfit, not velvet on velvet.

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Buy inexpensive ‘in fashion’ bags to stay current.

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Don’t:

Over stuff your bag with unnecessary junk.

Carry a bag at the widest part of your body – bust line, waistline, or hip or thigh-line.

Carry a summer style bag with a tailored suit.

Carry a wicker style bag when wearing hosiery. It will only cause snags.

Match a beaded bag with a beaded dress. A satin or velvet bag would work better.

Don’t go into debt over a designer bag unless it is in a classic style.

Team heavy leather bags with lightweight clothing.

Fashion Friday!

Shopping 101

Shopping is a fun activity for most women, but I do know that there are some who would rather go to the dentist than have to go shopping. I’m not that girl.  I love to shop even if I’m not buying anything. My daughters and I can spend a full day shopping.  I like to see what type of items the stores have year round.  The key is to learn how to shop so that you won’t have to stay in the stores for hours at a time.

You want to be familiar with what stores have the best bargains. This is another reason to shop often.  I’ve even asked the store clerks when their weekly sales start and when they get new merchandise in. Who doesn’t like to save money?

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You want to have a few “go-to” stores where you can always find what you want. If you don’t shop around you won’t find that store. You may find that some stores have better summer items than winter items.  You’ll want to find the stores that carry more of your size and style.  What hours are they open?  Are you able to shop after work or does their store hours only allow you to shop on the weekends?  These are all good questions to ask when looking for that “go-to” store.  Also you may have more than one “go-to” store and that’s fine.

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Keep your wardrobe of separates down to two or three basic colors for maximum versatility and ease.  Meaning you can match these colors with most of the other items in your wardrobe. This will make shopping much easier as well.

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Don’t spend a lot of money on here today gone tomorrow trend items. Buy your wardrobe foundation garments including coats and shoes in the best quality you can afford. These are items that are timeless and should last a long time.

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Here are more shopping do’s and don’ts:

Keep impulse shopping to a minimum.

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Don’t go into debt over clothes.

Shop designer labels when on sale.

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Develop an accessory wardrobe to vary the look of your outfits.

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Never shop last minute for an important or expensive garment.

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Consider the price beyond the price tag. If you can’t afford to dry clean the garment, then pass it by.

Now go Shopping……

Some Resources:  Zulily, Nordstrom, Sole Society, Jollychic, Lane Bryant, Stein Mart, Dillards, TJ Maxx, New York & Company

Fashion Friday!

I thought this would be a great time to repost my Holiday post from last year.  Enjoy!

Dress for the Holiday, don’t become the Holiday!

With the Holidays around the corner, the stores are already stocking their shelves with Holiday décor and Holiday attire. Among the attire are those wonderful Holiday sweaters and leggings and socks and earrings and necklaces and hats and scarves and so on and so on and so on. Some of them are in beautiful colors and come in 3D. Some of them light up and may even glow in the dark. You may even find some that speak to you, if you push a button or two. Well, like I’ve said in the past, just because it’s a trend doesn’t mean you have to follow it.

BEWARE OF SOME TRENDS!!

I don’t want to offend any of you who love to wear your Holiday sweaters and other Holiday attire, but it is not fashion forward. If you want to look festive for the Holidays you can dress in the colors of the Holiday and look very festive without looking like you ARE the Holiday!!! Some people get confused believing that if it is Halloween they should wear their Halloween sweater or shirt, or pants or whatever during the week of Halloween…..Nooooooo, stop it, don’t do it. Unless you are a kindergarten or pre-school teacher wearing them to school to amuse your class or giving a Halloween party for kids or going to an ugly Holiday sweater party, don’t do it; at least not if you are trying to be in anyway fashion forward. Although, My husband had a valid point. He said even the kindergarten teachers can amuse their kids with their bulletin board décor and leave the Holiday attire at home. I at least gave them a reprieve.

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I have to be honest, there was a time in the past when I wore a Holiday sweater or shirt.  I can’t believe I’m telling you this, but you need to know that no one is perfect and I have since repented…. 🙂  We all must grow when it comes to our fashion sense.  We must learn from our mistakes and vow never to do them again.

There are so many ways to dress for the Holidays and look festive and fashion forward and I will show you how. Always start with the colors of the Holiday. You can mix and match them in so many different ways. Be creative. Remember what your style is. If you are a person that likes to dress in a Boho style, you can still dress that way in your Holiday colors. If your style is romantic, stick to that style, but use the colors of the Holiday. Don’t lose yourself in the Holiday. Still be you. Fashion is about always being true to who you are no matter what, but adapting to the situation.

Halloween Stylin:

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I’m not going to give you a visual of what not to wear, because I’m afraid some of you may take those ideas and run with them, so I’ll keep those to myself.  I’ll just show you how to look your fabulous Holiday best and no one will mistake you for actually being the Holiday.

Christmas Stylin:

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After seeing these alternatives, I hope you now know that dressing for the Holidays can be fun and easy.  You don’t have to purchase all of the Holiday paraphernalia to be festive.  Have fun, but keep it simple.  Don’t lose your since of style no matter what Holiday is around the corner.