We got so many interesting comments to the post about dyeing optic white garments to other more flattering colors that I wanted to share some additional tips and resources. It’s funny – when the folks who teach the wardrobe consulting program at FIT were considering “LOOKING GOOD … Every Day” as their textbook, one of their questions about the content was “Would anybody actually dye their clothes a new color?” Your collective enthusiasm for the idea confirms that plenty of people would!
Larger scarves in super-soft fabrics are on-trend and a great way to add polish and pizzaz, even to casual outfits including jeans. But I often get questions about how to wear them. The good news is that several of my favorite, super-easy techniqures for smaller rectangular scarves work equally well for their oversized cousins. Take a look …
I say again and again that we all have permission to be the best-dressed person in the room at any given time. Well today that “room” was the grocery store aisle, where I wheeled my cart up behind a woman – I later learned her name is Cheryl – wearing the most fabulous jacket. Since my husband wasnt there to restrain me, I kept wheeling until I was close enough to start a conversation and ask if I could photo her — right there between the greeting cards and the cleaning supplies — to share with all of you.
New Year’s gym memberships notwithstanding, precious few of us are as smooth or toned as we’d like to be, especially from the waist down. Fortunately we can improve on what Mother Nature (and Father Time … and Sara Lee) have given us – thanks to new developments in underlayer garments.
Call them shapewear, slimmers – whatever – but put one on and you can look subtly trimmer and more sleek. Bumps and bulges are minimized or disappear altogether. Choose from these categories:
There are multiple companies devoted entirely to the manufacture and marketing of this supposed Must-Have. But the crazy thing is that it overpowers the vast majority of women.
Need proof? Check out the collage below. Ask yourself which woman actually shows up in the photo (CLUE: the cream shell bottom right) and which squares are just pictures of optic white shirts, with the women wearing them virtually unnoticed.
Even as plaids cycle in and out of the fashion spotlight, some style gurus hold the opinion that they are generally unflattering and add visual pounds. But when you explore the issue more closely you’ll find that certain characteristics can make plaids much more flattering … or less so.
Prints really call attention to themselves in an outfit. And there’s more to picking an optimal print than just the color scheme. You also want the design to echo the angularity or curved nature of your facial features and to harmonize with the scale of your body. So let’s consider those characteristics one by one.
It’s relatively easy to use the strips in your Color Fan to guide the selection of solid color garments. But using one to help choose prints can sometimes be a little bit more confusing. Here are three specific tests you can use to make the very best choices.
Yesterday I attended a fund-raising brunch for a fabulous local organization named Safe Connections. More about their serious purpose later. But first … the woman seated next to me was a perfect example of our points-of-connection concept. See how many connections you can spot between Lynn’s outfit and her own inherent characteristics. Then look for the resulting connections within the outfit itself.
I’ll share my answers after I tell you about the organization. And I’d love to hear your answers in the COMMENT section below.