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You Get What You Pay ForMarch 25th, 2014

We’ve all heard the saying “You get what you pay for” and we believe that definitely applies to your clothing.  Make no assumptions; there are exceptions to the rule, but more times than not this saying is true.  Have you ever really thought about the quality vs. quantity of your clothing?  Many of you hcolorsaven’t and it’s time to take notice.

This isn’t to say that you should spend outside your budget for clothing, but you should always buy the best quality you can afford.  Take note of quality details when shopping for clothing.  Look at the construction of the garment; are seams sewn securely and hems stitched tight?  There is nothing worse than stepping on a hem that has come undone while you’re wearing the pants.  Or pulling the stray thread on a top and the seam comes apart.  Both have happened to us which makes us more aware of what to look for. Other general construction items to pay attention to are:

  • buttons- make sure they are secure
  • seaming-make sure seams lay flat especially on blazers, jackets and fitted button down
  • blouses, lining-most blazers should be lined

Another major item to pay attention to is fabric and fabric care.  Will you really dry-clean that garment if you purchase it?  If not, don’t buy it, it’s that simple!  You need to care for the garment like the care label reads.  This is especially important with a few materials (modal comes to mind) if it is not washed correctly it will look worn-out after one washing.  Notice the fabric type, if the sweater sheds all over you in the dressing room it will do the same in your closet, car, etc.  Use fabric type and content to determine shrinkage and stretching too.

(c) 2014, Dulcet Style LLC

Tweak your Fashion with a Masculine TurnNovember 14th, 2013

Androgyny1Opposites attract, and many times the opposite of something makes the display look more attractive, such as men’s inspired clothing on women. This season it is a big trend so we see the work of many designers who are inspired by the menswear style.

Options such as blazers, vests, oxford shoes or loafers are in accordance with the androgyny trend. Masculine suits, ties, shirts, suspenders, and boyfriend jeans often identify a menswear style. But remember, appearing masculine does not mean that you can’t play with colors and patterns; you want to make sure to balance the look.

Let’s take a staple menswear item that is hot this season – the tuxedo jacket, and discuss how to mix and match this masculine piece and feminine style to look sleek, chic, and glam!

1.  Choose a classic white tuxedo jacket and add some drama. Play light by adding sweet accents like a brooch, or a floral scarf, or a statement necklace. Play up the effect by choosing slim fit pants.

2.  Another idea on how to incorporate a tuxedo jacket; wear it with a mini floral dress, or a girly blouse (ruffled or patterned) and a mini skirt for the best of both worlds.

3.   A final idea for a really fun night out, you can maintain a sleek look with the jacket, but choose shorts for a more dynamic vibe. Wear some classic items such as vintage earrings or a simple dainty necklace to keep that classy chic style.

Happy styling and don’t be scare to experiment!

Copyright (c) 2013 Dulcet style, LLC

Do you Know your Fashion Terms?September 26th, 2013

fashion abcHave you ever heard of “Fashion Du Jour” or “prêt-à-porter”? If you have not, we have summarized 7 of the most used words in the fashion industry that you need to know.

1.Ready to Wear / Prêt-à-porter

Most of what we see in the fashion boutique is a collection of ready to wear or prêt-à-porter in French. This term is used to describe a collection of mass-produced labels. Usually this collection are made with standard clothing sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL) and are readily available in stores.

2.Haute Couture

Contrary to the “ready to wear”, the term haute couture means high quality clothes. The designer uses this word to describe a line of custom-made clothing. A haute couture gown will only be made by order and made to client’s measurements. This line is luxurious, exclusive, and definitely one of a kind.

3.Fashion Seasons: Spring / Summer / Fall / Winter

Luckily for us, fashion trends are still determined by the four seasons in the western countries, like our beloved USA. Within a year, clothing labels will hold the two major fashions show Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. For Spring/Summer, the labels prepared a collection of lightweight materials and bright colors. As for the Fall/Winter, darker color selection is selected, and then the use of materials such as fur and leather are often included in this season. Then at the time of transition between the two seasons, several designers usually issue as a Mini Resort Collection or the Pre Fall as a sneak peek for a large collection later.

4. Fashion Faux Pas

The word “faux pas” in French means offenses against the social norms that exist, ranging from customs to rules or etiquette. While the “fashion faux pas” itself is used when someone is caught wearing the wrong dress code for an event, or even the wrong style for the trend.

5. Fashionista

At first, the word fashionista was used with negative connotations.   Now the media uses this word to describe someone who has incredible personal style, succeedes in creating a trend of his or her own, or is able to combine high fashion with a vintage collection. The purpose of the term is to encourage everybody to have their own stylish style and not be dictated by the trends.

6. Fashion Editrix

Actually fashion editrix has the same meaning of a female fashion editor. The use of the word “Editrix” instead of “editor” is the result of the additional word “dominatrix”. Editor + Dominatrix = Editrix. Therefore, this nickname is usually referred to women in senior leadership positions like Anna Wintour of Vogue magazine USA. Anna’s opinion is so important that the designers ask for her approval prior to indirectly launching their latest collections.

7. Fashion Du Jour

Fashion du jour is also one of the terms that we often read or hear. The word “du jour” itself is derived from French and means “today”. So the fashion du jour has a sense of fashion for today or can also be considered “the latest fashion/trend”.

How to Fit a BlazerOctober 10th, 2012

Nike Fleece Blazer at Zappos.comThis 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!

(c) 2012, Dulcet Style, LLC

Super-Affordable Designer DudsAugust 6th, 2012

Vintage Chanel bag at Rent the Runway

Vintage Chanel bag at Rent the Runway

How often have you flipped through a magazine and loved a celebrities look, but knew the price tag on her designer dress was more than your monthly mortgage payment?  Don’t despair, style diva, there is now a resource to help you feel like an A-lister.  Now you can wear all the trendy, expensive designer clothes that you wish without breaking your budget.  Rent the Runway offers designer dresses and accessories 90% off the retail price.   You’ll have access to 150 different designers and over 25,000 dresses and accessories.  Here is the best part, we have partnered with Rent the Runway to offer you even more savings.  Save an additional 20% off with our exclusive discount code offered only to our Dulcet Style clients.  Contact us and mention that you would like this special promo code, we will be happy to give it to you!


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