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Welcome to Personal Styln …How to Transitions your Style from Summer to Fall!

Personal Styln!

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It’s sweltering outside. So you leave the house in a sundress…then the weather shifts and the temperature drops 20 degrees. Now you’re freezing! How are you supposed to look your best…yet be comfortable at the same time when the weather is so finicky this time of year?! Let our Personal Styln team help you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall with some helpful hints to help you start your day with ease…with looks to please!

 

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at affordable prices but to have fun in the process.

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How to Transition your Style

from Summer to Fall!

OUR TOP 5 DO LIST:

  1.  Say yes to white pants…even after labor day…just pair with grays, military greens, or browns and light suede boots, natural sandals or sneakers.

      

  2. Longer sweaters or ponchos in natural or darker colors and big cable knit are perfect to tie around your waist or drape over your shoulders, but ready to throw on when the weather drops!

       

  3. Blazers are this seasons go – to staple.  Wear with jeans, over knit summer dresses, even shorts with tights for a great transition look.

      

  4. This seasons must have jeans are all about the HEM…Embellished-Flounce-Frayed-Step…wear with an ankle boot, loafer, mule with this season’s chunky heel, or sneakers.

      

  5. Maxi dress, or a floral dress with blue jean or military, or bomber jacket.

              

 

 

 

 

The perfect Summer /Fall transition

go -to Styln Must Have…

The Blazer, worn in various sizes and shapes.

The longer blazer elongates your frame for a perfect thinning look,…just make sure that you balance your sizing…if your blazer is boxy make sure your bottom half is more fitted, if you’re wearing a more full pant, add a more fitted blazer or belt it!  The style below hits all the right proportions!

 

Love this look!

 

THE MUST HAVE WHITE SHIRT!

 

 

   

Like what you see?…Need help finding it?  

Contact our Styln Team to help you locate

that perfect White Shirt at affordable prices! 

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WHAT WAS SEEN ON THE

RUNWAYS FOR FALL 2017…

 

 

I’m not a big fan of real fur, but there are wonderful imitation options

out there that can still give you that classic look!  

My fake fur vest below is one of my favorites!

 

 

Just remember to not over do this look unless you’re going to a rodeo…LOL

 

 

The look below is a classic transition style that never gets dated…

I love this whole look…perfect for travel!

I love this whole look…perfect for travel,

and you can mix and match each piece to get more than one outfit for your stay.  

Add a black sweater mid calf dress or skirt,…throw in a white boyfriend shirt or

dressy silk red or off white flowy shirt and you’ve got 3 or 4 different outfits!

 

 

 

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Winning Derby Style!

Dress

When selecting your dress for the Kentucky Derby the recommended practice is to keep it simple, so it doesn’t take away from your hat. You can also let the color and excitement of spring inspire you and select a dress full of color, or floral or equine patterns. Vineyard Vines, the official style of the Kentucky Derby, has created a line of dresses just for the Kentucky Derby. And remember to dress in layers, the Kentucky Derby is an outdoor event and the weather can be hard to predict.

Shoes

No Kentucky Derby outfit is complete without the spring heel or sandal. But remember, Churchill Downs historic grounds can be tricky to maneuver and the day is long, so remember to pack a backup pair of flats, just in case!

Accessories

Jewelry

Since the hat is the focus of Derby fashion, there’s not much need for large, statement jewelry. Let your hat be the attention grabber as your primary accessory and keep the jewelry simple. You can also celebrate the day with Kentucky Derby themed jewelry.

Bags

The Kentucky Derby is a long day, with a lot of walking, so pack accessories accordingly. We recommend a large bag (but be sure to stay within the size limit) to carry a pair of shoes, a bottle of water, your program, sunglasses, sunscreen, a poncho, and anything else you might need during the day. In that bag, pack a smaller clutch or over-the-shoulder bag for your cash, wagers, phone, and essentials that you can grab to go make a wager or snap a quick picture of the celebrities on the Red Carpet.

                                    

Hats

What sets the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks apart from other sports and entertainment events? Is it the world-class horses? The Hollywood stars? The romantic Twin Spires? Well, first and foremost, it’s the hats! Part Southern tradition, part spectacle, the Kentucky Derby hat parade is much of what makes “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” one of the greatest people-watching events in the world! From the fantastic to the sublime, there are no rules or limits when it comes to choosing your Derby hat.

Wearing a hat to the Kentucky Derby is believed to bear good luck! The long-established fashion was started by the women, however, over the last few years, many men have taken part in the tradition as well. Wearing a hat is much like getting into costume, you might be pleasantly surprised to see what type of character you become. From the fantastic to the sublime, there are no rules or limits.

Within the seated sections of Churchill Downs, you will find hats of elegance and style. Generally speaking, women wear wide-brimmed, “Southern Belle” inspired Kentucky Derby hats. The hats can be decorated with flowers, feathers, bows and ribbons of any color to express creativity and individuality.

In the Churchill Downs Infield, hats are a bit more eccentric! You will see hats in all shapes and sizes, as well as some hats exuding humorous themes!

Dress or Hat – Which Comes First?

You can exhale – there are two answers here!

Some will say that you absolutely get the outfit first. Then you design your hat to go with the outfit. (The argument here is that it’s easier to custom design a hat than to “make” an outfit to go with a hat!)

Then there are those who say that you must definitely purchase, create or design your hat before picking out the outfit.

Most often in this case, matching the dress (or outfit) to your hat involves personal preference, however,  keep a few things in mind in getting dressed:

  • If your hat is having a pattern party, keep the dress design simple.
  • If the hat is simple and elegant, keep the outfit simple also for a classy look.
  • If you want a funky outfit, keep it consistent and accent the hat most of all!
  • If you have long hair, showcase a ponytail slightly to side or keep it down to one side to highlight the color on your face.

You will find lots of debate on this subject & emdash; so finally the NO answer is THE answer!

Hat or Fascinator?

A more recent trend in Kentucky Derby headwear is the fascinator. Smaller than a traditional hat and just as stylish, this piece of headwear has become more popular among Kentucky Derby attendees over recent years. Recently popularized by Kate Middleton, these chic, headpieces are made from a woven disc topped with feathers and netting and secured to your head via a comb or headband. They can be simpler to wear than a hat, and won’t give you hat hair!

Derby Hat on a Budget

Sure you can have a custom hat created if you want to splurge, but you can also make an elegant hat using materials from around the house and garden. Not to mention make a visit to your local craft shop for your decorating needs.

                          

Men

The Kentucky Derby provides a splendid excuse for men to get just as dressed up and decked out as the ladies! The modern Derby man possesses an unparalleled color palette. Sun-drenched, tropical colors in bold stripes or busy plaid and bright pastels steal the limelight. Although, if you want a more polished look, a classic navy or seersucker blazer is always in style.Starting with the pants because it is the eye-catcher from a distance, gents should turn to sun-drenched pants in vibrant colors like Key Lime, Ocean, Bermuda Pink, and Citron. Any one of these colors paired with the right shirt and blazer will make you stand out like no one else.

Now that you have the pants you know that you’re going to have some fun with the shirts. A great dress shirt in a complimentary color will go a long way. Don’t be afraid to grab a fun gingham or striped shirt to turn it up. This is the one day of the year that more is better. One option that is a must for some is the monogram on the shirt!

The jacket is what brings everything together and you can’t go wrong with the classic navy blazer. If you want to have a little fun on top though, a nice chalk stripe can really make the ladies’ big hats turn. As far as 2- button or 3-button it’s a person preference but we recommend sporting the 3- button side vent for a more polished look.

Next is the tie. Most gentlemen wear a necktie, but a bow tie is always a great option. If you never wear bows, try it out and you may like it. As the official style for the Kentucky Derby, Vineyard Vines offers an assortment of Derby-themed ties and bowties that will make every man look dapper and distinguished.

For shoes, there are many types of horse bit loafers out there and everyone has their idea of who makes the best ones. The most important thing you need to know is that they should be worn sockless.

Top it all off with a fedora or bowler hat for the complete Kentucky Derby look. Men’s Derby hats are generally solid in color and inspired by the style from the 1920s.

Now you are ready to throw back some bourbon and tie on a bowtie. The most important thing about your Derby outfit for men is to be confident. No matter what you wear, it’s how you wear it gentlemen.


FALL TRENDS 2016!

From statement furs to velvet,..this fall season….almost Anything Goes!

.And though some of these styles are great on the runway…

they can seem a bit extreme for everyday life.

 But it’s always nice to know what’s happening in the world of fashion…

and how to add some of those latest trends into your personal style!  

And remember…if you need some help with some tips

on how to add some of these trends into your personal wardrobe,…s

end us an e-mail at:

personalstylin@gmail.com

Let the Styln begin!

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SUMMER STYLN 2016!

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OUR FAVORITE TOP 10

MUST HAVES FOR SUMMER 2016!

  1.  1.-WHITE JEANS
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2. BOHO MAXI…

COMFY, COOL AND

PERFECT FOR SUMMER!

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3.-DENIM JACKETS and VEST

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Look great with Maxi Dresses!

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4.-WHITE ANYTHING

White Done Right!

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Jumpsuits are still Hot this Summer!

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5.-SHOULDER BARING TOPS AND DRESSES

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6.-PONCHOS for Spring/Summer!

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7.-FRINGE IS STILL IN…

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8.-STRAPPY SANDALS

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9.-WEDGES

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10.-STATEMENT EARINGS

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Love white with Navy Blue and a touch of yellow for summer!  

The handbag below with summer staple white jeans,

a fun tee and Navy Blazer is a perfect look for summer!

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Show off those beautiful shoulders with this summer’s hot shoulder baring looks.

Add a drapey navy or white or orange cardigan or fun poncho and your ready to go!

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Great figure flattering bathing suit!

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Add a beautiful full scarf and a large straw hat and your ready for the beach…or pool..:)

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MORE SPRING/SUMMER TRENDS!

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Love is in the air this summer…

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THAT SPECIAL EVENING!… 

IT’S TIME TO SPARKLE!

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Perfect for any age!  

Love the color!

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Winter White for the Holidays!

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Don’t forget the Bling!

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Great for New Year’s Eve Part!

Need a little help or guidance in punchasing

any of these items…or just a quick question

about what to wear or how to wear it???

 Contact us at:

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or add a little animal print…espcially with Reds!

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For the Young at Heart…

Great Legs?…Show them off!

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RED IS ALWAYS A GREAT CHOICE OVER THE HOLIDAY!

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When in doubt…think Jumpsuit!

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Just a statement jewelry and handbag…and your good to go!

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Love the neckline of this basic black jumpsuit…

Black Jumpsuits can replace the LBD!

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Also great for entertaining…notice the comfort shoe…

FLATS!

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Maxi’s are great too!…Soooo Slimming!…

Especially paired with a long vest…Fur???  

See below…

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Love this vest over a Maxi Dress and Boots!

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FLARES ARE BACK AGAIN!

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HOW TO TRANSITION FROM SUMMER TO FALL WITH EASE…

Just add a jacket or sweater to you favorite summer dress or comfy white jeans,…

a pair of boots or chunky heels,…toss on a felt hat…and your good to go!

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Jean Jackets and Maxi’s…the perfect duo for fall!

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Yes you can wear white jeans after Labor Day! 🙂

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Add Grey or Brown sweaters and boots with your whites and transition right into fall!

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Just add a black leather jacket with your favorite summer dress

and your good to go!

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70’s Style

CHUNKY  SUEDE HEELS & BOOTS FOR FALL…

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For more Fall Styln Tips check out our Sister Website …

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YOUR  Guide on What to Wear To

This Summers’ Thoroughbred Horse Racing Season

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Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Fri, Dec 05, 2014 @ 09:01 AM plus

added tidbits from Suzee!

The New Style Rules You Need To Know

Before Heading To Ascot This Year

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Royal Ascot:

Six stunning hats designed by top milliners

A collection of six stunning and unique hats has been designed for Royal Ascot by the country’s best milliners.

The Royal Ascot Collective features individual pieces from iconic

designers Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Piers Atkinson, Noel Stewart,

Rachel Trevor Morgan and William Chambers.

Piers Atkinson’s Royal Ascot hat is an ivory sinamay cartwheel with a feminine

round crown and the whole is festooned with white flowers from an idyllic English country garden.

He said: “Royal Ascot is a thrilling event for milliners; we see

a vast array of hats and hat wearers and the event is truly a designer barometer of style.

“Every type of well-dressed woman is in attendance and all share the same two elements;

all are well dressed and elegantly feminine and that is why this lovely wide-brimmed,

floral design is my choice for the Collective.”

Stephen Jones’ hat ‘Hysteria Wisteria’ is very modern and playful – in his own words he said:

“You’re very kissable in it.”

Noel Stewart designed his hat as part of a story about the English country garden and the elegance it inspires.

He said: “The clean and soft flowers combined with the classic boater shape

create the perfect sophisticated summer mood for Royal Ascot.”

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MORE FUN HATS AT ASCOT

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And leave it to the Brits to always add some humor!

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Back on this side of the Atlantic…

For the Ladies…

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Now ladies, if you’ve spotted pictures of Kentucky Derby pasts and celebrities in attendance, I’m sure you have a slight idea of the type of outfit you should be targeting. Regardless, I’m about to share some Derby fashion trends, as well as offer tips for comfort, so you’re prepared for the long days at Churchill Downs.

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When is comes to Kentucky Derby Hats…

The Bigger the Better!

 You will see some of the biggest, most outrageous hats you’ve ever seen in your life at Churchill Downs on Derby day.  Ruffles, flowers, tulle, ribbons, bows, bright colors, wide rims, high feathers, you name it…you’ll see it!

Pageantry is huge at the Kentucky Derby and drawing from horse racing’s British roots, it all starts with the hat for the ladies. It gives you a chance to add some creativity to your outfit and show off your personal flair.

And do keep in mind, your hat is doing much more than adding elegance to your outfit. It’s also shading your face from the Kentucky sun!

 

 Fashion at the Kentucky Derby continues to change with the eras. With that in mind, your goal is to combine southern elegance with modern class.

Kentucky Derby Outfit Derby Experiences QuintEventsKnee-length dresses are most commonly seen, but flowy dress and skirts, rompers, pants, or dresses with a tighter fit are also seen often.

 Kentucky Derby attire can be worn throughout the summer season with just a few adjustments…Unless it’s a Big Event…(Grade 1 Stake)  you may want to leave the huge hat at home. But if you feel you outfit won’t be complete without it…then by all means include the hat!  That’s what is so great about the horse races…It’s a Sport of Traditions and Style!…The Sport of Kings!

 

There are three key things to remember when picking out your ensemble:

 

1.  — Dress for the Weather –

  You will be outside at the track all day long. This means, there will be nowhere to change if you are hot or cold. Therefore, ensure your outfit is something you’ll be comfortable in, no matter the weather.  Bring Sunscreen!…And if it’s cool…bring a warm wrap even though you may not want to cover your beautiful outfit!   Also…some tracks do not  allow  umbrellas so pack a rain poncho…

 

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2.  –Make Sure You Match –

This might sound silly, but the more wild your hat is, the harder it is to make sure you match. If your hat is your focal point then opt for an outfit in a solid color which compliments the hat design, and vice versa.  But remember…YOU ARE THE STAR!

 

3.  –Comfort is Key
The last thing to keep in mind when planning your outfit is comfort is key. If you’ve never attended the Kentucky Derby before, let me let you in on a secret…You’re not just going to be at Churchill Downs for an hour or two. You will be at the track from around ALL DAY!!!

Therefore, if you know your feet will be killing you after wearing those great 5 inch heels, bring a pair of packable flats or flip flops. If you know you’re not going to be comfortable wearing that outfit all day long, choose another outfit!

Don’t sacrifice your comfort for style, regardless of what the magazines say!

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For the Gents!

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Guys, as a general rule of thumb, you want to dress as if sophistication is meeting southern flair. You want to be suave, yet sophisticated; classy, but out of the box!

Most gents in attendance at the Derby will be seen wearing suits, and trust me, the sky is the limit with the character you can bring in here. I’m talking bright colors, pastels,stripes, checkers, pin points, searsucker, etc.!  Same goes at most of the other big events thoughout the summer too!

Whichever suit you decide to go with, just make sure your shirt and tie (optional, but bow ties are all the rage!) compliment it. As far as shoes go, I suggest Sperry’s, loafers or dress shoes.

And same goes as it does with the ladies; remember, it’s going to be a long day and you want to be comfortable!

 

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LOOK FABULOUS WHILE KEEPING FIT THIS SUMMER!

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LOOK COOL…SAVE YOUR SKIN!

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THIS SPRING IS ALL ABOUT SOFT FLOWING

FABRICS AND COLOR!

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THIS SPRING…THINK PINK!

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LOOK FABUOUS FOR FALL!

As the weather changes it’s time to make a few changes in your closet…

It’s time to put away some of those lightweight summer styles

and bring out your more heavier weighted textured fabrics.

You can keep a few lightweight skirts and flowy dresses

and add a big bulky sweater and boots for a transitional look…

And you don’t have to put away those white jeans…

Bulky grey and brown sweaters with white jeans and

light suede boots is another great transitional look!

Take a look below for a few key pieces that you may want to add to your existing wardrobe,

or a few must have items to update your look!

Remember you don’t have to go crazy…

You are the key to your Personal Style…

and it’s as unique as the unmistakable individual YOU!

5 TRENDS TO ADD TO UPDATE YOUR FALL STYLE!

1.  50 SHADES OF GREY…

The timeless elegance of grey paired with

green,…soft lavender or pink, or grey on grey…

Yes Grey Matters this Fall 2014!

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2.  DENIM DONE RIGHT…

DISTRESSED, LEATHER, SKINNY, HIGHWAISTED, BOOTLEG, COATED…

A MUST WITH YOUR BULKY SWEATERS AND BOOTS,…

OR STATEMENT JACKET AND HEELS…

OVER 40…LOVE NYDJ’S…GREAT FIT…NO MUFFIN TOP!

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3.  A TOUCH FUR or Leather…

FAUX OR REAL…

A touch of Fur,…Faux or Real,.. always adds that extra personality to your fall style.

Colored furs are even more fun!

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4.  THE PERFECT COMFY SWEATER

Sweater Dresses,…Big and Comfy,…Wrap Sweater Coats

A Must Have  item for your Go To Style!

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5.  That Perfect Go-To Dress!

You always want to be prepared for that Special Occasion…!

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Check out the new longer lengths too…

especially in skirts

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A FALL STAPLE!

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THE BOOTIE

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COLOR!

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OUR TOP 5 MUST HAVE PIECES

FOR FALL 2013!

1.  LEATHER

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2.  PENCIL SKIRT

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3.  LADY-LIKE PUMPS

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4.  SOMETHING ANIMAL PRINT

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5.  SOMETHING IN COBALT BLUE

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 Have you updated your Fall Wardrobe yet?…Well now is the time to start thinking about what you might want to add to your basic go- to’s…or you may want to clean house and start fresh…it’s up to you and your budget.  I usually find myself searching for a few pieces to add to my already existing wardrobe to look up to date, but still comfortable in my every day go-to’s that are comfy and budget friendly.  A few key pieces that are a must have this season is definitely something in LEATHER.  What’s great about leather this year is that it can be real or faux…both look great and the faux is budget friendly too.  So check your wardrobe to see if you have a pair of skinny leather jeans or a pair with a little leather on them.  Coated denim is a great leather look too.  If leather jeans don’t fit your personality…then at least look for a drapey sweater with a little leather on it,…or a leather bomber jacket,…or a blazer with a touch of leather.  Another must have this season is a longer PENCIL SKIRT.  These look great in black with a little leather accent too.  You can pair your skirt with a simple white shirt, your black cardigan, and another fall must have…a pair of BLACK HEELS.  Notice I didn’t say Stilettos!  Even though stilettos can look great not everyone feels comfortable in 4 inch spikes…especially if you may have to actually walk in them.  This season offers great lady-like pumps with heel heights for everyone.  From Kitten Heels, to nice 2- 3 inch comfy pumps that you can actually walk in!  A nice added touch would be an ANIMAL PRINT scarf…another carry over must have!  COBALT BLUE is a great color that looks good on about anyone… I like to pair a silky cobalt blue shirt with your black jeans or skirt.  Adding these keys pieces will definitely update your fall look…you’ll look Hot as the weather gets cool!!!   Personal Styln Tips!  

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Ever wonder how celebrities always manage to look so pulled together, whether they’re walking the red carpet or running to get coffee? No, they weren’t just born that way. They have a secret weapon: stylists who are armed with an arsenal of pointers and solutions for helping them look their best. But you don’t have to be an A-lister to get the inside scoop on how to look fabulous. We asked stylists for their best advice on chic dressing, so that you can look like you were styled by the pros—even if the only event you’re dressing for is another day at the office. 1. Find a pair of heels that you love. “Wear a shoe with a heel—even if it’s a small one,” says Gail Ambeau, a fashion designer and stylist in Jackson, Mississippi, who hosts the “Fashion Forward” segment on Conversations LIVE! Radio. The higher the heel, the slimmer you’ll look, because it elongates your legs and forces you to throw your shoulders back—creating killer posture—as you walk. Noelle Cellini, a personal stylist with My Best Foot Forward in Chicago, looks for heels with a platform. These comfortable styles hold your arch at a more gentle angle and give an extra bit of support at the balls of your feet. 2. Create your ideal shape. Yes, clothes alone can help you do that. If you have wide hips, give the impression of a smaller waist by finding a dress or top that wraps where you’re the slimmest, suggests Cellini. Try on several sizes and styles to find something that falls at a flattering angle. Clothes shouldn’t pull or cling to you; instead, they should skim your body. Women with wide shoulders will benefit from V-neck shirts. “The deeper the V, the narrower your shoulders will look,” says Ambeau. By exposing a sliver of skin below your neck, this style subtly draws the eye downward, giving the illusion of a more vertical silhouette. (Photo by Shutterstock.) 3. Downplay your flaws. If you aren’t crazy about your legs, don’t draw attention to them by wearing light-colored pants or jeans with sanding or whiskering, says Cellini. Pale colors and details will immediately attract the eye. Also avoid cargo-style pants with pockets on the thighs, which add bulk where legs are often the thickest. To minimize a tummy bulge, look for tops and shirts with a wide band at the waist, suggests Kami Gray, television and film wardrobe stylist in Portland, Oregon, and author of The Denim Diet. She likes Alternative’s Eco-Heather Short-Sleeve Deep V-Neck Hoodie ($38; AlternativeApparel.com), which has a wide panel that effectively conceals your stomach.

4. Don’t be intimidated by shapewear. Today’s shapewear is much more body-friendly than older versions, promises Gray. No more pinching hooks and straps, or binding fabrics that leave you blue in the face. Take the time to find pieces that work with your body and your budget. Gray recommends the Underwire Long Leg Bodysuit by Body Wrap ($80BareNecessities.com) to create a smoothing effect under dresses and pants, and the Yummie Tummie brand of tanks for midsection control. Check out Target’s ASSETS line (a low-cost line designed by the makers of Spanx). When trying on, if something feels a little too tight at the store, it’ll feel 100 times tighter after four hours at a cocktail party. Choose a larger size that will still hold you in for maximum comfort. (Photo courtesy of BareNeccessities.com.) 5. Check out unexpected stores for great finds. For fun, trendy items—like scarves or chunky jewelry—head to the juniors department. You’ll find plenty of stylish accessories for a lot less than you would in the women’s department. Because the menswear look is hot, Tracey Vest, the fashion consultant for online shopping resource ShopforClothes.com, based in Las Vegas, suggests heading to the men’s department for oversize button-downs, T-shirts and sweaters. Since menswear tends to be boxy and not fitted, pair these tops with leggings or skinny pants and belt the waist to create a feminine look. For DIY accessories, like ribbon-tie necklaces, pick up supplies, including pearly beads and pretty ribbon, at a crafts store to make your own.

6. Stock up at end-of-season sales. No matter what will be trendy next fall, you’ll always need basic black T-shirts, which you’ll find on sale now, says Vest. Look for other winter staples, like wool pants, sweaters and outerwear at deep discounts, too. 7. Follow trends—to a point. Of course you don’t want to look frumpy, but there’s no reason to buy stylish clothes if they don’t flatter your figure or aren’t age-appropriate. Short skirts are hot right now, but if you aren’t a teenager they can be difficult. To find one that works with your figure, look for styles that are only a few inches above the knee. “Make sure that it covers the widest part of your thighs,” says Ambeau, “and wear skin-tone heels to give your legs length.” (Photo by Shutterstock.) 8. Spend where it counts. Don’t skimp on great-fitting staples that you’ll wear for years, urges Debbie Wright, a fashion and lifestyle consultant in Connecticut. Invest in hardworking closet staples like black pants, a white blouse and a black pencil skirt. “These items are the foundation of any wardrobe,” says Wright. Because they can be styled to look great for variety of different occasions, they should fit your body perfectly. 9. Shop for your size. Many women buy clothes that are just too big, hoping to hide their flaws, says Wright. In reality, loose-fitting clothing actually makes women appear larger, not smaller, because it deprives them of a shape. So don’t hide behind miles of fabric. Instead, look for tops that skim your shape but don’t billow, such as jackets with cinched waists. If you’re buying something that contains Lycra—especially jeans—opt for a size that’s a little too tight in the dressing room. It’ll stretch to fit your body perfectly, whereas a bigger size (the one that fit like a glove at the store) will sag after a few weeks. Read more: Dressing Tips from Wardrobe Stylists at WomansDay.com – Personal Style – Woman’s Day

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