A question I am asked often is it okay to always go bare-legged? Well, speaking as a wardrobe stylist, it is more fashionable to go sans nylons. But when I am consulting professional women, I tell them that it depends on their particular industry and office atmosphere. Lets’ talk about this – it is modern to show a bare leg or to wear tights. Nylons are a little passé. So when you have the choice of what you can wear, choose tights or nothing at all. But this is not always acceptable in the work place since both those choices have a more casual vibe to them. A really conservative profession such as a lawyer, or accountant should consider wearing a nude or sheer black nylon with their work wardrobe. It is simply a classier look that needs to be presented to your clients. But most industries are not that buttoned up, so you can forget the pantyhose. Actually there are signs nylons may even be coming back in vogue since Kate Middleton has been seen sporting nylons with her dresses, we’ll see. So on to our next dilemma, since we can’t camouflage our legs with nylons, how do we present a nice bare-legged look when our legs may not be so perfect? An easy fix is to spray our legs with Sally Hansen Air Brushed Legs for a polished sun-kissed look.
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To Go Bare-Legged or not to Go Bare-Legged, That is the QuestionMarch 23rd, 2013
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How to Fit a BlazerOctober 10th, 2012
This is a question I have been asked a hundred times, so I always make sure to explain what I am looking for when shopping for blazers with my clients. I thought I’d share with you the key items to remember when you shop for your next blazer:
First, make sure it fits in the shoulders – The seams needs to hit right on the top curve of your shoulders. This step will eliminate a blazer that fits too tight (you know when you can’t give a hug comfortably!) or to big that your frame is drowning in the jacket.
Next, make sure you can button the blazer. If you can’t it is too tight!
Then look at the stance (where the top button hits). It is an important part of how the blazer fits that many overlook. The stance should hit below the middle of the bust, if it’s higher it can create the “uni-boob” look. And this is also an area that you don’t want to gape; if it is gaping open, the blazer is too small. It’s important to get this right since the open area above the stance helps create a longer neckline which helps to draw the eye up and create a slimmer silhouette.
The sleeves should also be checked. It should hit you at the meaty part of the inside of your hand, unless it is meant to be a 3/4 length sleeve or bell sleeves.
If you are shopping for a traditional blazer, the back hem should not completely cover your derriere. A flattering length is when it cuts your bottom right in half – which gives the fabulous illusion of a smaller butt!
So remember these steps and your blazers will always flatter!
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Test Your Knowledge With Our Fashion QuizSeptember 7th, 2012
There is much debate about fashion and many opinions out there. Fashion trends come and go and opinions change on what is acceptable and what is not. So are you in the know? Check below for the answers for some of the most asked questions we receive.
Can you wear metallic during the day?
Yes, a metallic is great for day or night. The trick is not over doing it when wearing it as a daytime look. For daytime pair a great metallic peep-toe or sandals with trousers or wide legged jeans, and grab a great bag, like a metallic snake-skin one. It is a chic option for a handbag, plus it adds texture to an outfit.
Do your shoes and bag have to match?
No, they don’t have to match. In fact, if they don’t, it adds even more interest to your outfit. A neutral outfit looks great with a bright colored shoe and a more neutral bag. If in doubt keep the shoe and bag within the same color palette as your outfit.
Can you mix patterns and textures?
Yes, and you should! A silk blouse looks great with a tweed jacket; and a pin dot or floral shirt can look great with a pin stripe pant. Again, this is a great way to add dimension to your outfit. Just remember when mixing patterns to find a mutual color in both patterns to unify the look.
Can you wear white after Labor Day?
Yes, you can wear white in the fall and winter. Just keep the fabrics heavier for an appropriate cooler weather vibe. And make sure to keep the white looking white, which can be difficult with the messy weather we can have in certain parts of the country. For an updated look, try pairing a bright white shirt with an off-white jacket or winter white pants with your favorite sweater. Make the outfit “pop” with a colored accessory.
Should you match your eye makeup to your outfits?
No, wear eye makeup that accents your eye color and complexion. This is a good way to update your look. You want your eyes to look bright and alive so be sure to wear eye colors that compliment them and your skin tone. Find out your colors with a Color Analysis so you can get it right.
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Shorts in the Office?July 21st, 2012
A question I have been asked several times is it appropriate to wear shorts to the office? My answer is, it depends. If your workplace has a relaxed dress code or if you are in a creative field, then it is acceptable to wear. However, there are some things you should keep in mind when attempting this look to avoid looking like you are heading out for a day at the beach.
To make sure this look is done right you need to choose shorts that fall just above the knee. Choose a solid, neutral color as well to keep a more professional look to the outfit. When shopping for you shorts, you will want to find ones in a quality material such as sturdy stretch cotton. This will keep the shorts from having a too casual look. Finally, you need to make sure you are pairing your shorts with the right tops and accessories. Choose dressier pieces to keep your look professional. Good choices are a tie neck blouse or fitted blazer. A bold necklace or bracelet will set the outfit off. Finish with the perfect shoe; a pump, wedge or embellished flat.
Follow these guidelines and you will be set for the office while enjoying the comfort and coolness of shorts.
(c) 2012, Dulcet Style LLC