Twelve Fashion Tips for her and him

  1. For women: a flesh toned Shoe will elongate your leg and work with just about every outfit in your wardrobe.
  2. For men: Have a good pair of versatile black shoes with a matching belt, and have a good pair of versatile brown shoes with a matching belt.  Versatile means shoes that are comfortable can be worn with casual jeans, or a good pair of dress slacks.
  3. For women: when purchasing jewelry try to match the scale of the design with the scale of your facial features
  4. For Men: When picking ties, coordinate the scale of the pattern with the scale of your facial features.
  5. You can mix patterns, but there is an art to it, so be careful! Make sure that if you mix patterns, like a striped tie with a check shirt, that the scale of patterns are not the same.  If you are going to mix patterns, you want them to be very distinct from each other, with a common thread like one color.
  6. Collars for both men and women should be chosen to compliment the scale of neck, shoulders and face.
  7. For men: Think carefully about pleats versus flat front pants. Pleats can add a lot of excess and unwanted volume.  Flat front pants are a cleaner look but in the wrong material can be too revealing.
  8. For Women: When purchasing trousers, consider the pockets; if you are rounder in the hip and rear you may not want pockets, or find horizontal pockets. If you are smaller in the rear, vertical pockets and back pockets can be great.
  9. Go through your clothes at the beginning of each season and try everything on, make sure you still love it all and it is all in good condition, get rid of anything that no longer works or looks dated and make a list of everything that needs to be replaced
  10. Accessories are the key to finishing an outfit; this includes those items you carry around with you every day; your wallet, phone, watch, purse, briefcase, even your umbrella. Don’t be ambivalent when picking these items, think about their style, and if that style represents you well!
  11. Show off the parts of yourself that you feel really good about: if it’s your eyes, where a great accessories that accentuates their color, if it’s your white teeth, wear white, if it’s your hands wear a flashy ring.
  12. Five Good Quality Classic pieces that everyone should have: A trench coat, a suit jacket, a white shirt, great jeans, “go –to” shoes

Being a mom and staying stylish

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Mothers dressing up http://www.pinterest.com

As a mother now, I’m always checking out other women who are pushing strollers, caring baby carriers or have little one’s in tow.

I can’t help it, I suddenly feel some kind of weird kindred bond to them.

As an Image Consultant, I also find myself studying there clothing choices, not to judge, but more from curiosity to see what may be working for them.  It is field research with an entirely new point of view.  Staying put together and taking care of yourself while taking care of children is a difficult challenge and by far not an easy thing to accomplish.

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Putting your own needs last happens quickly.  It is an easy slope to start sliding down; the first time you are overwhelmed with mom stuff and give into the “it’s easy and it’s comfortable, and who cares anyway” choice.  Every time you walk out the door and wear that ugly sweatshirt in public it makes it that much easier the next time, until you’ve stopped noticing what you look like at all.  So I’m always doing a bit of mental research on how to avoid that first wrong step.  I’m constantly surprised and pleased with many of the ensembles I see put together from my fellow mothers who did manage to maintain their own personal style while stilling being able to get around their daily duties as a mom.

There are some creative, fashion forward ladies out there who seem to manage getting out of the house looking great with the diaper bag, stroller, carrier and even the baby!

I’ve seen a lot of skinny jeans with boots and a long cardigan wrap.  And why not?  It is a great look, it works, it is comfortable/manageable and allows for some personal style. I’ve seen this look dressed up with silky tops and fun jewelry… (all child tested of course, and until your children are older than three maybe skip the dangly earnings!)  I’ve seen it made more casual chic with a great scarf and blingy belt.  The other recent trend that works great is the maxi skirt or dress with a low maintenance jacket or cardigan.  Again it’s easy, cute and can have so much individual personality.

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One of the most stunning scenes was a gorgeous woman placing a baby carrier in a big SUV cooing over the child inside, she wore 3” nude pumps, a fabulous DVF style dress and a chic ponytail.  She was probably non-human she looked so perfectly polished…but the wrap dress was a stunning statement on anyone and what a perfect mom-uniform!

I just love seeing mom’s looking stylish and chic, it’s so thrilling for me, and I really do feel so great for them.  I hope that all Moms can always feel as great as these women look!