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By | Interviews, Videos | 6 Comments
This week I thought I’d share with you an interview I had with Kim Adams recently for her Body Love Breakthrough Online Summit.
It was a real pleasure talking with Kim. In the interview we discuss how dressing stylishly is not just something to be reserved for when you feel you have reached your weight goals but through identifying your body shape and complimentary colors you can find clothes and styling that will amplify your unique beauty.  
I hope you enjoy it.



By | Colour, How To..., Wardrobe Savvy | 2 Comments

One step above multi-tone monochromatic dressing is the wearing a single, saturated hue. Nothing can beat it’s power for creating a style statement that is memorable, timeless, and chic.

The look easily translates from one season to another, simply select a hue that works with your personal coloring then the weather, the current color trend or whatever suits your mood.

Embracing color is such a vital part of everyone’s fashion journey and never underestimate the effect that individual colors can have on your psyche and those you interact with. 

That said wearing it also takes a little more imagination and finesse to ensure the look is visually interesting so here are a few tips.

#1. On The Surface

When it comes to personal styling, there’s no faster way to look like a fashion editor than experimenting with tons of surface textures and tactile elements with your outfit. Texture savvily hints at a deeper understanding of fashion and what truly makes a look chic and current. Look for surface textures like ponyhair, feathers, faux fur, leather, exotic animal skin, chunky cable knits, and the like.


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#2. Makeup Maven

Matching your makeup exactly with the color of your outfit can rob your appearance of personality. Use your makeup look as a contrast to your one-color ensemble. An all black look is instantly given a huge dose of wow from a red lip, while an all white look is give some edge with a goth inspired deep maroon or dark purple lip. The possibilities are endless when it comes to thinking up ideas on how to use your beauty look to update one-color dressing.

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#3. Accessory Game

Break up your single shade look by making a strong accessory statement. Wearing one color serves as the perfect canvas, with which you can really highlight some of your favorite pieces from your accessories closet. The streamlined and clean silhouette and appearance of a monochrome look is made to show off your trendiest bags and shoes. A carefully selected purse or footwear in a complementary color can increase the graphic appeal of your look even further.

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#4. Bedazzle

Wearing a solid colored outfit from top to bottom gives your look a cohesive feel, and gives you more leeway to play around in your bling box. Let your statement neck-pieces, chunky bangles, oversized cocktail rings, embellished sunnies, and trendy chokers come out to play; this is certainly the perfect styling opportunity for it since one color will make the details in your jewelry become more noticeable and swoon worthy.


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#5. Get Intense 

When one talks about single hue dressing, neutrals commonly come to mind. Grays, blacks, whites, and navy blues are your standard and typical go-to hues to pull off this trend. If you want something a bit more exciting or if you’re ready to take more fashion risks and increase your style savvy, embrace color to the fullest by wearing an intense color from top to bottom. 

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#6. Get Detailed

Like they say, the devil really is in the details. You can count on tailoring and clothing details to make your take on one hue dressing a cut above the rest. Features like peplum, Peter Pan collar, military buttons and pockets and menswear inspired tailoring, can all elevate your look and give it a wow factor.

Get Detailed


MARVELOUS MAMMARIES: How to make the most of a large bust.

By | Body Basics, Figure Flattery | 5 Comments

A large bust can be both a blessing and a curse. Yes, your girls may have some of your besties envious and there’s no denying they do turn heads, but finding the line between sartorially stylish and trashy can at times be tricky.

Regardless whether you want to hide of flaunt them, there are many ways to be busty, elegant, and fabulous, all at the same time.

Busty BeautiesTop row: Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Kat Dennings
Bottom Row: Christina Hendricks, Sofia Vergara, Salma Hayek

Support, Fit, Define

While wearing a bra can be a pain the benefits out weight the disadvantages. A well-fitted bra will:

  • prevent peek-a-boo nipples, 
  • lift and define your bustline. Slimming and elongating your torso and presenting a more youthful appearance. 
  • inhibit excessive movement when walking fast or exercising
  • delay sagging

So before anything else invest in a few great bras, no matter what your bust size. If you are large busted, you need a bra built with extra support. It’s all too tempting to cheap-out and buy an inexpensive bra but by doing so you do yourself a great injustice.

If you’re tempted to go bra-less take a few moments to read Gabrielle’s feature:  My Week Of Living Bra-lessly in New York City


Strategize the Lines

If your desire is to down-play your chest size the next thing to do after purchasing a good bra is to be mindful of the style of necklines and collars you wear.


  • ⋁ rather than
    shaped necklines and collars pull attention up and outward away from the bust toward the shoulders.
    ⋀ necklines, i.e., halternecks and collars pull the eye onto the bust and create width.
    Even wearing the right bra can visually reverse the lines – see Lift, Support and Define image (above). A good bra places the emphasis on the shoulders while a sagging bust has the emphasis at the base of the breasts.  

Minimize with triangles

  • Low trumps high.
    High necklines cause a large bust to be engulfed and exaggerated.


  • Narrow verses wide.
    The importance of this depends on your size and how you feel about your breasts and upper body. The wider a neckline or collar, the wider your chest will appear.


  • Angular verses curved
    Angular design lines have the power to counteract curves. Use them if you feel you’d like to play down the fullness of your breasts.
    Round necklines will emphasize your voluminousness. 


  • Vertical over horizontal. 
    Another clever technique to elongate and slim your upper torso is to incorporate vertical design features or accessories.  From button-front tops, pinstripes to open jackets and accessories like oblong scarves this can be a real winner.  

 Run a Lean line


Selecting a statement accessory is all about scale. Picking dainty jewelry or finishing off a look with a small bag can look unbalanced with your bust. Medium to large statement necklaces or details that sit above your bust line are among your best options. You can also try long line necklaces and pendants as long as they don’t bounce as your walk or fall within the cleft of your bustline. Alternatively try some dazzling chandelier earrings. Dramatic pieces will draw the eye up, and away from your bust line.

As for purse options, a major leather carryall is not only functional, it’s also the best option to minimize and balance a large bust. Bags that are narrow in depth from back to front will also not add extra width to your torso if carried under your arm. For the evening, try a trendy over-sized clutch instead of a small minaudiere.


Accessories are not the only embellishments worth noting. Garment embellishments such as frills, motifs and texture will add extra bulk to your chest so keep these minimal.

Get it Together

When it comes to tailored blouses, dresses, and a perfect fit, darts should be given much of the credit. When positioned right (pointing and ending near the nipple) the results can be spectacular. Darts allow for ample room while providing torso shape – always a good thing when you want to highlight a small waist.

Buttonhole position and direction likewise can have a significant impact. The perfect place for center front buttons is where one sits midway between your breasts where they are fullest. Alternatively close set rather than wide set button also work well – both allows the blouse to close without gaping. Buttons often sit above and below this point and are a major cause of unsightly blouse gap.  

Another smart technique used in higher end garments or by designers who truly care about fit is a horizontally cut buttonhole located where the garment is likely to experience most strain. For women, this can be between the breasts and at the hipline while for men it’s at the stomach. Horizontal buttonholes allow for more lateral movement and, as a result, the garment will gap and strain less    


Sleeve Logic

When it comes to enhancing or minimizing the apparent size of your bust your sleeves are the power players. Where they end creates a strong horizontal line across your body add to or deflecting attention away from your bust.

To minimize your size wear a half to full length fitted or slender sleeves.  To accentuate your size end you sleeves at the widest point of your breasts.

Sleeve Logic


Shape Up

A curvy body and/or a voluminous bust are assets to be proud of, not hidden so don’t hide your curves undergarments that swamp your body.

Semi-fitted to very fitted (depending on your weight and how much you love your girls) is the way to go. As a second option softly flowing tops and dresses will also work.

A nipped in garment from just under your bust to your waistline will create desirable curves while also cleverly concealing a large bust if that is your desire. Avoid narrow lapels in favor of medium to medium-large versions as well are streamlined, non-fussy styles and embellishments as well as jackets that button under the bust. 

clebrate your shapeAlter It

Rarely will off the rack garments fit you perfectly. A good alteration service can make a just-so garment look made for you and is worth the investment in yourself and your image – hands down.

Please Don’t

To complete my ramblings here are some final thoughts on large bust fails.


BigBustBlundersA: Too much horizontal width across where Jill is already large. Half length sleeves also widen upper torso: 3/3 sleeves would have been better.

B: Blousing makes Christina’s breast look like they are sagging below her waist.

C: Shapeless: when you have a sultry figure don’t hide it .

D: Heavy, wide lower sleeves drag Christina’s shoulders down, narrowing then and making them appear more sloped as well as making her bustline appear lower. 


Here are some great how-to features from bloggers who intimately know large bust issues.



By | Fashion History | One Comment

From Cleopatra’s garb to Marie Antoinette’s extravagant taste in fashion, all the way down to the garb of Medieval peasants, the clothes we wear have always carried meaning within societies.

No garment a woman wears is more worthy of discussion than pants; they epitomize and mirror how women have advanced in society.

For the depths of time, women have been seen as the lesser of the human species. Lesser in strength, rank and intelligence. Men were the hunters and protectors while women were the breeders, gatherers and food preparers. As time moved on women were also used as a symbol of one’s wealth and status. In the 1800s women’s bodies were covered with multiple layers and contorted with corsets. Likewise in the East, women wore many layers and had their feet bound. These entrapments made activity extremely difficult and I expect diminished the enjoyment of life. It stands to reason that the time would come for a revolution.

Familiarity Breeds Contempt

Elizabeth Smith Miller was the first American woman to wear trousers in public in 1851. She was gardening one day and was simply fed up with her long skirt getting dirty. She wore an early version of trousers, and was a brave soul for doing this because it was extremely uncommon to go out in public wearing pants as a woman during this time because trousers belonged to men, not women. Miller wore these pants when she visited her cousin Elizabeth Cady Stanton and both of them wore trousers to the Seneca Falls Convention for women’s rights. This is was an extremely bold move and further extolled the sentiment that women believed themselves the equals of men.

Religious persecution swiftly followed as the wearing of pants was denounced by preachers who preached it was against Gods commandments. Deuteronomy 22:5 from the Old Testament of the Bible states, “the woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.” Those women brave enough to venture forth in pants were heckled and by all and young boys were encouraged to throw pebbles at them.

Enter Amelia

During the 1890s Amelia Bloomer was a prominent figure in the suffrage movement of the 1800’s. She fought for a less restrictive form of dress so women could excerise and generally lead a healthier life. Bloomer proposed a style of dress where women wear looser clothing and shorter skirts, with long shorts worn underneath. These shorts were there after called, “Bloomers,”.


World War I

Not until World War I were women able to freely and openly wear pants as part of everyday attire. With the majority of males called away to serve their counties, women were needed to make up the shortfall in the labor-force by performing roles previously assigned to men. This meant working in factories, on the land and in occupations such as mechanics. This was a crucial point in fashion and women’s history, the necessity to wear pants and take on male roles also led to the popularity of casual wear.


A Touch of Coco

During the roaring 20’s, designer Coco Chanel inadvertently popularized the trousers when she wore a pair of sailor pant’s during a summer trip. Fashion savvy women everywhere soon followed suit.


Blue Jeans and Teen Rebels

Levi’s were originally invented for work men in the late 1800’s. However during the 1950’s blue jeans were increasingly donned by Hollywood celebrities, which led to their popularity among teenagers. Elvis Presley and James Dean are two celebrities credited for the prominence of blue jeans during that era. Both Presley and Dean wore jeans, which were typically worn by the working class, as a statement of youth rebellion against the establishment.


Elvis and Dean

Genderless Fashion and the Mod Invasion

The 1960s was all about liberation. Mod fashion was taking over the world, and of-the-moment UK brand Courreges, introduced its own line of blue jeans which heralded the start of the designer jean movement.

Movie stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Katharine Hepburn all embraced the sultry style of their chic pants-wearing predecessors Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Women confidently wore pants to demonstrate their freedom and independence, and at the same time highlighting the emergence of a genderless fashion counterculture. That said pants were considered not appropriate for many occasions and could as this 1968 news feature explains get you kicked out of a restaurant.   


70s, 80s, and 90s

No longer a novelty, by the 70s pants had earned a permanent place in women’s wear. From the denim flare trend of the 70s, the designer jean fad of the 80s and the ripped denim and power pantsuit trends of the 90s, women’s love of pants were set in stone and always evolving in style.

That said up until about the late 1990s it was forbidden or at least frowned upon to wear pants for most business workplaces. 


The Present-Day Pant

So pants are here to stay; no longer just worn for comfort through a long work day, they are part of our everyday wardrobe and it’s not uncommon for most women to own more pairs of pants than skirts and dresses combined. While pants are still worn for comfort, they are also considered necessary in women’s wear from casual to dressy.

We’ve certainly come a long way, considering that pants are now even considered conservative in a world of shrinking skirts.

Today designers and brands are constantly altering silhouettes to meet the modern woman’s needs and lifestyle. Embellished denim, trousers for red carpet events, printed pantsuits—the style possibilities are infinite.


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By | Figure Flattery, Wearing Classics | 6 Comments

Do you have a favorite pair of pants that you feel you can’t live without. A pair you know you’ll be devastated to lose when eventually they wear out? 

What makes them so special? Is it because they fit like a glove, or make your behind look like you’re J. Lo, or maybe they allow you to move freely without the fear of hearing a tear? There could be an endless laundry list of reasons as to why you love your pants, but in the end those were also the factors that influenced your purchase decision.

The reason why so many women wear their favorite pants until their practically fall apart, isn’t because of laziness, or financial frugality but because of effort it took to find a pair that looks and fits so well.  

Pants are without doubt the second most difficult garment to shop for.  What’s the first? Swimwear – but that’s a feature for another day.

It probably took you at least an hour trying on all kinds of pant styles trying to find that elusive pair that met all the standards you set for yourself.  Or did you luck-out, and don’t really know what about these pants you love so much, are so right for you? 

Knowledge is power, and when you’re armed with the knowledge of what style elements suit you best, you’re search for that perfect pair of pants is made so much easier.  


The best pants are without doubt classic, tailored styles; from flat front pants to pleated trousers, a straight or tapered leg, classic tailored styles are your closet staples and everyday workhorses. In a solid, neutral color they will stay current for years and can easily transition from a windy winter day to a steamy summer night. From formal occasions to work, and onto dressy casual activities. 

Your body type, personal style and lifestyle should also play their roles in your purchasing decision.

If you have a short body and long legs you will not necessarily look good in the same style as someone who has a long body and short legs. Likewise if you have the challenge of a full tummy, flat bottom or wide thighs your style selection needs to be one that minimizes the trouble area and directs attention elsewhere.



Fit and style go hand-in-hand.

The most flattering trousers for women should be well-fitting at the hips and either smoothly contour over the buttocks, or fall vertically to the floor from the apex of the derriere in the case of straight or wide legged pants. Pockets should lay flat and close – they should not gape. 

When it comes to fit, make sure the waist is neither too loose or too tight. It should circle your waist without any fabric gaping out from your body, or being so tight you feel like you’re being squeezed. If you can’t easily slip two fingers sideways between the waistband and your body, try the next size up – you can always take them in at the waist.  A tight waist can cause the dreaded “muffin top” which is unsightly and will make you appear larger. 

If you’re heavy in the torso aim for pants with a slightly higher waist as these will slim everything down while also visually elongating your legs. I also suggest torso slimming camis to eliminate rolls and bra bulges.

When you are in the fitting room test how you look and feel while moving around in the pants – bend, sit, squat and take a little walk. Denim and leather can be relied on to stretch some while cotton and man made fabrics will not.

Try to shop with someone you can trust to be completely honest with you, or keep things real with yourself when deciding on a new pair of pants.

If you have a generous derriere, this might also cause fabric to bunch a bit in the back.  Try going up a size and don’t forget the crotch area; we’ve all heard horror stories of camel toe, moose hoofs, etc. Look at where the pants are pulling as the lines usually point to the source of the problem: a smiling crotch is cause by a rise that is too short to accommodate for your bottom and horizontal pulls at the thighs indicate there is not enough width in the leg.




In my book comfort reigns supreme, and is the result of wearing the right size and having any necessary alterations made. Too many women focus on the number on the tag. Style and fit are far more important, especially when you remind yourself that there is no consistent sizing anywhere, except within an individual brand. So aim for a flattering style and comfortable fit, rather than a size.  Then when you’ve found the perfect pants, if you don’t like the number on the label simply cut it off!  That way you’ll be able to focus on how the pants make you feel, rather than the fact that you had to go up or down from a certain size. 



The list of fabrics and blends for pants could go on and on for days. If you want pants that will stretch yet hold their shape, look for less than 5% of lycra or spandex in the fabric. Sturdy, medium to thick stretch fabrics give the best appearance if your leg is not as firm as it used to be.  Flimsy or light weight stretch fabrics will only highlight every lump and bump.

Wool holds its shape, is comfortable to wear and has a quality appearance, making it perfect for a professional wardrobe. Leave leggings, linen pants and jeans for weekend wear since they tend to be on the more laid-back side of bottoms.

Pants that are lined can be relied on to give a superior appearance as they allow the outer fabric to flow past the skin, increases the comfort level and the longevity of the pants as they reduce strain on the seams.



The rise of you pants is important to how they will ultimately look and feel. Low rise pants require a firm, flat stomach to pull off, while high waists are flattering on fuller figures, and can work wonders at concealing tummy problems. A mid-waist length sits just under your navel and tends to be universally flattering.

While in the fitting room do the squat, bend, kick dance to help you decide if your rise amply covers your behind.



Your best leg widths depends on your height, weight, and shape. Shorter women can rock wide-leg pants as long as they flare out more toward the knee or lower. If they flare out any higher they can consume a petite frame and substantially reduce your apparent height.

While a straight fit can seem a bit boyish on a less curvier frame by working some heels and a cute belt into the look you’ll soon create femininity and shape.

A ‘skinny’ fit can look great on countless body types, as long as they fit well, the fabric is sturdy and they are comfortable. Remember, bunching at the crotch or digging into your hips is always a bad sign. Adding boots either under or over the pants will add variety to the look.  Boots in the same depth or color as the pants will elongate your legs while in a different color will add interest.

Cropped pants and trousers tend to look best on tall women and generally speaking the closer the hem is to the leg the shorter the pants need to be to look good and vica-versa. How short you can go will depend on your leg length and the style of shoe you choose.



Bunching or frayed hems and pants touching the ground all indicators that your pants need taking up.

Heels can solve the problem if you can find the right height. For a length that will work with both medium height heels and flats stand bare footed and have your pants hemmed at the point where they touch the ground.

Thanks to some Parisian inspiration, rolling up your pants is very chic right now; it’s an effortless and free way to control the length. Usually a relaxed fits look best when rolled up once or twice, but lately celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker have taken to one long fold on skinny jeans. This really depends on your personal style, and how much leg you want to show.



Color, pattern and texture are all up to personal preference. Solid colored pants in neutral tones will be the most versatile. Medium dark to dark colors are the most slimming.

Vertical stripes elongate the legs while prints look best when they are neither too large nor too bright. Printed pants have lately become a staple in any fashionista’s wardrobe! They add some fun and edge to every look.

For women worried about having thin legs, a textured pair of pants can visually help add a little weight. Satin sheen is also becoming a popular option for pants but can add extra visual weight so be sure to add heels and attract attention high on your body with your accessories.



DOUBLE TROUBLE: how to wear a double-breasted jacket

By | How To..., Trend Tutorial | 2 Comments

Love them or hate them double breasted jackets are raising their heads again as we once again borrow from men’swear to fulfill our fashion fancies.

Adding a jacket to any outfit instantly increases its formality however a double breasted jacket lifts the bar still higher. With its strong structured shape and military origin, an instant air of command and confident is immediately evident.

Whether for the office or to dress up a pair of denim cutoffs, a double-breasted jacket will lend your look a certain panache that can’t be beaten.

It’s true that a double-breasted jacket can be a little tricky for women petite women, those with a large bust and those who are curvy. These sartorial challenges should not be avoided, but rather embraced. Love the skin you’re in and let your curves guide you, there are always ways to make a style work for your frame and your body type.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when opting to wear a double-breasted jacket:

  • Skim Don’t Swamp.

Lighter fabrics and trim a fit will skim your curves nicely and won’t overpower a petite frame. Bulkier fabrics and over-sized styles necessitates broad shoulders and are more suited to taller frames. They also add unnecessary visual weight and can be aging. 

The key here is to look like your jacket is “borrowed from the boys.” There is a fine line between trendy oversized blazers, and looking like you fished it out blindly from your boyfriend’s closet. 

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  • Shape Trumps Straight.

Jackets with a semi to very fitted shape, are much more flattering and elongating. Boxy jackets on all but the tall and slender can leave the wearer shapeless and chunky around the middle. If you are unsatisfied with the silhouette of off-the-rack jackets, consider taking it to a tailor and getting it taken in at the waist to emphasize and show off your figure more.

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  • Break the Rules

Men have always be taught that double breasted must always be worn closed but as women like everything else we love to break free of masculine constraints. The straighter the fit of your DB jacket the better you are to wear it open to regain an elongating line and break the overpowering horizontal effect.  All but the most fitted and/or flared DB jackets are best left open – weather and common sense permitting.

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  • Think Low Hip to Thigh.

For all women except those with balanced boyish figure short, straight DB jackets will be difficult to pull off and will easily highlight any vertical or horizontal disproportions. To counteract the effect: wear it open, opt for fit ‘n’ flare varieties or those that are nipped in at the waist and accompanied by a full skirt or pants.  


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  • Perfect Fit.

When it comes to tailored pieces such as this jacket, fit is everything. Lapels should lie flat against the chest and there should be no ripples of fabric across the back or shoulders and every button should be able to be buttoned without strain. Sleeve hems should not fall below the base of your thumb.

Jackets that close low on the body will rarely sit smoothly over a large bust. Made to measure double-breasted jackets will be the exception. 

  • Be Clever with Closures.

The greater number of buttons in the front and the closer the buttons are set, the more slimming the jacket will be. Buttons set wide apart make the upper torso appear broader.

Eight or more buttons lead the eye up and down the jacket creating the illusion of height, rather than width.

If you are large busted, avoid buttons that splay out into an inverted triangle shape, as this will increase the apparent size of your bust. However, these are wonderful if you are smaller above your waist than below or would like to appear a little taller.

Almost all buttons are focal points which pull attention towards them. This calls for wise placement to ensure all the attention is focused towards/onto your smallest area.

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By | Trends | 5 Comments

It may be cold outside and the urge to snuggle into your fleecies may be all too appealing, but Winter is a fabulous time to get your sartorial savvy in gear. With so many ways to look on-trend this winter it’s easier than ever to be comfortable, cozy and hot on trend.

From the start, resist the urge to settle into a winter uniform and try to mix things up a bit. Insert some of these trends into your closet and see how much they can do enhance your personal style. There’s nothing like a fabulous ensemble to make a dreary cold day feel just that much better. So step out of your winter style comfort zone, and step into these visually arresting textures and fashion forward silhouettes.

Oversized Sweaters

Oversized knits and sweaters are a quick and easy way to upgrade your winter style. These generous sweaters aren’t just cozy and comfy, they make you look like you know a thing or two about fashion editor style. The important thing to remember is to balance their oversized silhouette with a tailored or sleek outfit pairing; you never want to look like you’re drowning in your own sweater.

If you feel the bulk is a little too much for your scale or weight try a smaller size as this will often be the key to a perfect look for you. For maximum chicness, wear your oversized sweater with sexy ankle booties and finish with bold, red lip.

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Winter Trends have been turned on their head with this year with pastel colors. Instantly mood-boosting with colors ranging from pale cotton candy pink, icy pastel blue, or cool mint green, these are just some of the hues to choose from when shopping for this years Winter Trend pieces.

Wearing a trench coat or sweater in a pastel color feels much more novel than sticking to your tried and true winter colors of black, camel, and navy. A quick jolt of color always makes things interesting and can punch up a pastel for those who look best in stronger colors.


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Statement Fur Coat

This year instead of donning your same old topper, search out a vibrantly colored or patterned fur coat. A show-stopping coat like one of these is sure to instantly increase the fashion points of any look you decide to wear it over.

If you intend wearing a bulky, short version, slender pants will be a must to prevent Yeti impersonations. Longer versions allow for more vertical elongation and less bulk means less visual weight.

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Wide Leg Pants

Full, flowing and comfortable, we say hat’s off to the sleek and easy-to-wear trend of wide-leg pants. Paired with anything from tailored tops to patterned knits there are literally thousands of ways to style these pants.

If you’re feeling a little height deprived or a touch heavy the secret is ‘length’ and proportion control. The combination of a long length, high heels, and pointy toes will create leg-lengthening miracles and when combined with a fitted or fluid top the results can be breathtaking. Leave the short widths to your taller, slimmer sisters.

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Military Inspired Style

More than the super trendy military green color, the military inspired style trend is also about utilitarian detailing and classy brass buttons. Military green is an easy to wear and easy to pair color that is a no-brainer to add into your style rotation. If you’re looking for a more pronounced military style statement, opt for outerwear with brass buttons or pants with cargo detailing. This is a more unexpected way to pull off the military trend.

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Poncho Scarf

Popularized by the Burberry runway and spotted on style royalty like Sarah Jessica Parker, Cara Delevingne, and Olivia Palermo, the poncho scarf started out as a micro trend but quickly and vastly gained traction among fashion lovers everywhere. An over-sized blanket-like scarf worn as a cardigan or extra layering piece has proven to be the most wearable trend and the ultimate must-have for the winter season. Wear it as a scarf or wear it like a poncho, or cinch it with a belt, the choice is yours. Any way you choose to style it, this piece is endlessly versatile and will never exhaust its chicness. You just have to get creative and inspired with it.


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There’s no trend that seems more tailor-made for winter than shearling. Whether it is a full shearling coat or a statement shearling collar, the wooly texture adds warmth and tactile depth to any look. Shearling effortlessly combines fashion and function. If you’re feeling less adventurous, you can also opt for shearling accessories like boots or shearling-accented handbags.

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Which of our Winter Trends will you be adopting?





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The welcome increase to warmer temps initiates the desire to take a fresh look into our closet, to pull out our old favorite pieces and scourer the shops for which trends to adopt. This year, no different to past, the stores are filling fast with fresh looks created from old favourites. Here are our top seven most wearable trends.


Not relegated to picnics and homely outfits anymore, Diane Von Furstenberg’s runway has ensured gingham’s reign for the coming season. This sweet vintage inspired print trend is our top pick to insert a little bit of trendiness into your look. You can opt for its more traditional black and white look, or you can pick gingham in a brighter hue for more pizzazz. The best part about this trend is that it’s classic enough to be versatile. So whether you’re wearing a gingham blouse with daisy dukes or with a pencil skirt, this print translates into chic street style.

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Another classic that’s making its comeback, shirtdresses are here to stay for the season. Cinch with a belt for more shape or keep it loose and flowing, the shirtdress can say polished or it can say laidback. It really all depends on the styling. The silhouette of this dress is simple enough, yet the tailored details are borderline menswear-inspired and make it ideal and adaptable for different body types.


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Polo Shirts

Reveal your peppy side in cool and comfy polo shirts. To embrace this season’s polo trend is to pair them with items that give it a more modern, feminine feel – which means you may want to ditch the khakis and sneakers. Instead, get creative and combine it with unexpected pieces that showcase your curves. 

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White Sneakers

The athletic trend continues its strong foothold in the fashion industry, and this summer’s footwear of choice certainly reflects the dominance of sporty style. White sneakers are versatile, comfortable, and chic. What’s not to love? Instead of your flip-flops or ballet flats, choose white sneakers for a more modern approach when it comes to styling your summer staples, like your maxi dress, white shorts, or denim skirt.

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A cross between Bermuda shorts and palazzo pants, culottes are an easy pick to wear during the hot summer months. This is mostly due to its wide leg and breezy shape, which makes it cool and comfortable for you to wear. Most fashionistas get intimidated when it comes to styling culottes, but the key is to balance its volume. Wear it with sleeker tops like halter tops or sleek tanks, and always cinch and emphasize your waist and curves to make a flattering silhouette.

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 Circle Bags

The geometric appeal and contemporary aesthetic of circle bags are precisely what makes it such a huge trend. Minimalist in its trend origins, these round mini cross body bags instantly up the chicness and Euro street style feel of your look. The whimsical shape of these bags spells fashion editor style right away. When you add gold hardware, zipper details, studs, or bright colors into the mix, these circle bags quickly transform into a wardrobe must-have.

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 Gladiator Sandals

Say ta-ta to the thicker straps of the trendy gladiator sandals from the 00’s. This season, gladiator sandals have been reincarnated with thinner and more delicate straps and with more sleek shapes. Whether it’s a lace-up gladiator heel or boho-inspired flat sandals, gladiator sandals are the quintessential summer sandals. Greek goddess inspired and a perfect companion to your summer tan and cocktail in hand, gladiator sandals can go from city to beach, cabana to the club.


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With so many trends to chose from, what will be your go to trend this summer?



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Every fashion industry insider and style lover worth their salt will tell you to hold onto to your mom’s or grandma’s vintage threads since they’re bound to come back in vogue in the not to distant future. All trends are cyclical and this season, the 70s are again taking the fashion world by storm. Now before you conjure up images of Studio 54 and Woodstock, let me remind you that this year’s 70s revival is more modern and definitely more tailored.

Just like with every other trend that resurfaces, the key to pulling off the 70s trend is to strategically mix classic or personal sartorial staples from your closet to some choice pieces from the prevailing trend. Decking yourself out in head to toe 70s garb will have you labeled fashion victim in a snap. The trick is to carefully choose iconic 70s pieces that speak to your personal style and work with your lifestyle, and figure.

The following is a rundown of trend wardrobe items worth considering adding to your wardrobe to embrace 70s flair.

Platform Sandals

Now this kind of footwear is a no-brainer to add to your closet. Platform Sandals don’t just give you height, it has the added appeal of being comfy too. These sandals are perfect for the summer with breezy pants or sundresses. However, platform sandals look just as good when worn with tights and socks during transitional weather. Platforms certainly have a 70s appeal that women of all ages and body types can confidently rock. These look best when paired with another item on this list, the flared pant.

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Wear anything fringed and you’ll be well on your way to a 70′s vibe. The texture and bohemian feel of a fringed bag is a fun and low commitment way to add some 70s trend to your wardrobe. If you’re feeling more daring, you can try your hand at fringe jackets, skirts or shorts. A fringed clutch is a quirky way to add a contemporary edge to an evening outfit. 

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For a straight shot into the 70s don some flares. Whether its denim or a more polished trouser, wide legs pants and flares are versatile and fashion forward.

The wide leg bottom works especially well to balance wide hips and tall frames. If you’re of a more petite stature, consider a slight flare so as not to overwhelm your look. Denim bell-bottoms will look great with your favorite staple tees, while tailored wide leg trousers is a great departure from standard office wear.


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70s Floral

Floral prints are another vital part of the 70s trend. The late 60s to the early 70s was the flower power age after all, and this was when the bohemian and hippie movement started. Florals were a big part of that fashion history. Reach for a vintage floral piece if you can, and opt for bolder and larger print florals over the more dainty feminine type of floral print. Sweeping florals from head to toe can be your go-to maximum drama high impact look this season.


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Fur Movement

The opulence and elegance of those 70s disco days, of Studio 54, and Andy Warhol downtown parties are manifested in the dominance and richness of fur. It may be a fur vest worn with denim or fur-lined collar, or even a luxurious fur stole, the texture that fur gives to a look cannot be overlooked and demands the right kind of attention.


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Oversized Sunnies

Again, just like with every fashion trends, accessories are the quickest, most hassle free, and least risky way to get into a trend. Oversized eyewear especially in oval shapes or in rose-tinted styles are a great way to hint at some 70s bohemian vibe in your look. As always, try a pair on and see what works with your face shape.


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Floppy Hats

Wide brim floppy hats aren’t just exclusively for the summer anymore, this head accessory looks just as stunning in the fall/winter too. Floppy hats are a bohemian style staple that is fast becoming a must-have outfit add-on that every fashionistas reaches out for, especially when in need of some extra glam. Neutrals are an easy pick, but picking more bold hued hats like in royal blue or Marsala will give your look a definite upgrade.


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Peasant Tops

Another bohemian 70s piece that will work for all ages and body types, the peasant top is a great investment for your summer/vacation wardrobe. If you’re younger, go for more vibrant prints and off-shoulder variations and pair with denim cutoff and boots. For a more mature wardrobe, opt for earthy tones and breezy fabrics that you can work for a variety of occasions.

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Lace-up Sandals

Instead of your boring, old flip-flops or ballet flats, you should mix it up with lace-up gladiator sandals. Thinner straps in nude and blush tones are universally flattering and will go amazingly with your maxi dresses and denims.


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Think Bianca Jagger’s all white jumpsuit in Studio 54. This one-piece closet workhorse is a chic investment that will outlast this current 70s trend. The clean lines and wearability of this piece make it an easy pick. If you’re going to update your closet this season, let the jumpsuit be a part of your style overhaul. Whether in more structured silhouettes and dressed up fabrics or whether done in denim or more casual and playful prints, jumpsuits are stunning on just about everyone. As an added bonus, this piece can easily go from work to play, AM to PM.


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IN LOVE WITH LACE: 10 ways to wear lace year round

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Lace is the fabric of femininity and elegance. From medieval fashion to the roaring 20s, lace has always been in vogue.

From a feminine item and used primarily for dressy events, lace has evolved into a versatile fabric that can be worn by women of all ages, used within many garments and easily transfers from season to season. It’s unwavering elegance and ladylike romantic feel makes it a winner in our book. 

Lace for Summer

White Lace

The breathability and sheerness of lace make it a no-brainer choice for summer dressing.

White lace is an especially good choice, it’s a modern classic that exudes innocence and has that girl-next-door vibe. Whether you choose a full lace cover-up to wear over a slinky sheath dress for summer parties or a dainty fit-and-flare lace dress, white lace is the ideal form of the go-to sundress. Other looks to experiment with are: white lace tanks layered underneath chambray shirts or denim jackets, white lace maxi dresses for the beach, and a white lace matching set with sherbet color accents.

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Ladylike Lace

Lace is a quick fix for summer office dressing. Lace has that preppy polish to it that gives visual texture and dimension to your work ensemble, without taking away from that professional vibe. Try a lace midi skirt with a structured dark floral top with a blazer over it for a look that commands respect and attention while conveying feminine elegance.

Another option is to wear a lace top underneath a matching colored pantsuit. Lace is also a great styling choice for the summer weddings and formal events that are sure to pop up on your social calendar. Lace dresses done in either white or cream will keep you cool and feeling fresh while still looking chic and on-trend. You can even wear shorts with a lace top and blazer for as glam alternative to a frock.

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Colorful Lace

For a look that’s sure to say summer, seek out lace pieces in bright and vibrant colors. If that’s not something you’d like to invest in, you can pair your more traditional white/beige lace pieces with vivid summery colors like orange and yellow. Either way, there’s a number of ways to make bright color work with lace. For example a coral orange mini dress with tan espadrille wedges will instantly up your style for any summer afternoon party. Alternatively, take your lace skirt out to brunch with edgy hues like bright purple and electric blue, and pair with a graphic tee and statement heels.

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Lace for Winter

Lace Layering

The easiest way to wear lace when the temperature drops is to use it as a layering piece. 

A summery lace dress can transition quickly into fall when worn with opaque tights and a cozy cardigan. While a sexy lace see-through top can add a dash of seduction to winter pieces such as the classic trench coat or a fur-lined jacket. If you have a lace crop top from summer, try wearing it over your sweaters or long-sleeved shirts for an extra dose of style. It’s all about balancing the lightness of lace with more heavy fall/winter appropriate pieces.

Feel like baring your lingerie is not your thing? Cover up underneath with a nude camisole to work the trend with out the embarrassment.

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Lace Detailing

Sometimes, a touch of lace is all you need to jazz up your fall/winter ensembles.

A lace sleeve detail or a lace hem on a classic pencil skirt can make a big difference in your overall look. Lace also can soften the image of any look, and is a great way to combat those dreary and cold days.

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Dark Romantic Lace

If white lace is your best bet in the summer, when the leaves start to fall it’s time to turn to the darker shades of lace. Black, purple, and red lace is more suited to the season. The modern and contemporary feel of lace done in dark hues exudes drama to the fullest.

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Statement Lace Outerwear

Turtlenecks, oxford shirts and coats done in lace add a feminine feel to your go-to pieces for the winter. This will do wonders for your fall/winter style rotation since lace increases the stylishness of your look and gives your look more texture and visual curb appeal.

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Classic Silhouettes

Sometimes, it is best to stick to tried-and-tested classic silhouettes that already work for your body type and personal style. Just a little lace to change up your go-to look, and you’ll get out of any style rut. A lace tunic over blue jeans also looks so refreshing and more put together than your standard cotton tunic top. Midi skirts, A-line dresses, and LBDs when upgraded with lace convey increased sophistication.

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Structured Lace

Lace is commonly associated with flow and airiness. Adding lace to more structured silhouettes and shapes creates a look that combines power with femininity. The contrast between ladylike lace and modern structured shapes simply oozes confidence. This also makes a great look for the office.

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A hint of lace is more than enough for a shot of sexy. With just a dash of lace detailing, you can express your sexy style without being too over-the-top or without overwhelming you. A lace sleeve there or lace pant piping detail here is all a fashionistas needs to finish off your look of the day.

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