Easy Ways to Add Fall Colors into Your Wardrobe

fallFall is my favorite time of year to update or refresh my wardrobe. I love to check out the colors for the season along with how I can utilize what I already have in my closet. It’s also the time to layer your outfits depending on how cold the weather is.

Fall is about color, deep rich color, and you can be on trend without spending a lot of money. You may be surprised that you currently have some of the season colors in your closet already, so check before purchasing anything. After all, the same colors come in and out of style over the years. Fall2

Here are my favorite fall colors that are currently on trend for the season. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors to make several outfits. Perhaps try a different color this year that is part of your season palette. Why not purchase a scarf or jewelry in that color to pop an outfit? You will feel and look good in the new color!

RED

I already have red in my wardrobe since it is my ‘go-to’ and favorite color. So I’m excited that it’s selected as a color trending this fall.

If you have a red jacket, you can match it with a leopard top or blouse along with black or brown slacks. Red and leopard look so rich together. If you haven’t tried it, you should. You can also wear cream (off white) and, of course, black.

Since red always makes an outfit snap, don’t forget to wear it other ways including pants, jeans, dresses, jumpsuits, blouses, tops, shoes, handbags, ponchos, jewelry, scarves, and my new favorite thing, glasses. Yes, red-rimmed glasses, I love them!

Mustard

Mustard is a combination of yellow and brown combined and it creates a muted yellowish-brown color. This is another one of my favorite colors, and it’s been many years since mustard has been selected as a season color.

Most of the time when I wear mustard, I wear it as an accent color, such as a blouse, shoes, handbag, or scarf. This year I might step it up, add a little boldness to my wardrobe, and purchase a mustard jacket or coat. It’s nice to have a burst of color on those cold and dreary days.

Mustard matches well with brown, olive, navy (denim), cream, and as always, black.

Blue (Marine)

This is my new favorite color for the season. Blue is not a color that I have worn, but once I tried it on, I absolutely loved it! It is one of my season colors, but I never tried it before since I was concentrating on other colors. You can always tell when a color is something you should wear — when feel good wearing it and you receive compliments!

The blue this year is a marine ocean color. You can match it with cream, light blue, navy, mustard, mahogany and black.

Mahogany

Mahogany is a reddish-brown color. You will need to be careful with this color since it could be a dark color on some skin tones. You will need to make sure to lighten the outfit with a contrast color. For instance, if you wear mahogany slacks and jacket, add a blush (pinkish), or cream top.

Wear mahogany with teal, marine blue, mustard, blush (pinkish), rose and cream. Keep the outfit balanced with light and dark pieces.

Olive

Olive is another one of my season colors, and I’m so glad it is included in the fall palette this year. Olive works with many colors, and you can match it with tan, pink (blush), brown, orange, cream and mustard.

As you can see on the color grid, there are more colors for fall including pink (blush), plum, orange, sky blue, gray, green, autumn maple, and navy. Do you already have some of these colors in your closet? I bet you do!

Once you know your season colors, you will be able to coordinate colors and create many outfits for any season. Since I know my season colors, have them in my wardrobe and they happen to be in the color palette for fall, I will be able to create many outfit combinations for the season. I have also saved money since there is not much I will need to buy for the season. However, I will purchase a few accessories in the blue since I want to try a different color this year.

Due to the richness of the new fall colors, you should be able to find pieces in your closet that you can mix and match and create many spectacular outfits. The colors this season are so versatile that you can add just a few pieces and bring your wardrobe up-to-date for fall.

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5 Stylish Clothing Items You Can Wear After 60… Even if You Think You Can’t!

leggingsAs a woman over 60 interested in looking and feeling good, you’ve probably asked these questions at one point: Can I wear that? Will I look good in that? Am I too old to wear that? Do I have the right body type to wear that?

Designers are creating the same stylish trends for mature women as they do for the younger generation. The difference is that mature women have a more grown up look and appeal. Therefore, the clothes are not as tight, but still fitted to the body. The fabric is quality, and provides more coverage.

The clothes may also be loser in the waist and hide particular flaws on a woman’s body that may not need to be hidden on a younger female.

Here are 5 stylish clothes you will love when you find the right look and fit for your body type.

Leggings

Recently, Women’s Wear Daily reported that leggings’ sales have officially outpaced denim sales online in the US. Leggings orders have increased by 41 percent in the last year – by comparison, denim orders rose three percent in the same time frame.

Why do you think this happened? It’s because leggings are so comfortable and versatile to wear. You can wear them in the winter or in cooler weather, and they give you good coverage for your legs.

I have suggested to my clients to wear leggings as a supportive element for the rest of your clothes, rather than the main garment. For instance; wear tunics and long blouses that fall below the waist. This will make you look long and lean. Add a long necklace and you are good to go.

Leggings look good on all body types and depend on what style of tops and tunics you wear with them. The ponte knit fabric is thicker and hides dimples in the thighs and, overall, provide nice coverage. Your long tunic or top covers your belly, and the leggings show off your fantastic legs. You will be able to hide any tummy flaws.

In the winter, any body type can wear leggings with boots or Uggs. In the spring and summer, wear sneakers or sandals. You will feel stylish and comfortable, along with looking great.

Capris or Crop Pants

Capris are cropped pants that stop above the ankle but usually well below the knee.

This trend is hard to wear, and you have to be very careful. Depending on your height, the capris’ length can be different on everyone. Once you find the length that works for you, you will be all set.

It’s unusual that this trend has been around for so long, especially since they can be so unflattering for many women. Capris shorten the legs and also highlight chunky calves.

They are popular and so on trend due to the following reasons:

  • They can be sexy with revealing the ankle bone.
  • They look great with booties, which are much on trend.
  • They also highlight another shoe trend: shoes with straps and lace ups.
  • They are associated with fun.
  • They keep you cooler in the summer.

Here are some suggestions for successfully wearing capris and looking great at the same time:

  • Choose capris with a higher waist if you have short legs. The high waist will draw the eye up and make your legs appear longer.
  • Wear capris with a tapered or straight leg to create the longest and sleekest look.

The capris or crop pant is a comfortable summer option. Just make sure to create your own look to maintain a long leg and sleek silhouette.

Skinny Jeans

It’s not about age; it’s all about the fit when it comes to wearing skinny jeans. You just need to adjust the style to your changing body shape. As you get older, your body is constantly changing.

To get the correct fit, look at the waist rise, the upper leg and the lower leg. Use this combination and you will get the perfect pair of jeans every time.

Things have changed since we started wearing jeans. The waist height, or rise as it is called now, used to have one height, but now there are many. The waist rise can now start from the naval to the low rise, below the waist and almost at the hip area.

Skinny jeans do not make you look skinny but can make you look leaner depending on how you wear them. It also depends on how they are cut and fit your body type.

You can find specific designers who cater to the more mature women. For instance, Diane Gilman, a.k.a. The Jean Queen, makes jeans specifically for mature women. I have tried her jeans, and they are an excellent fit. The jeans are not tight and concentrate on hiding flaws like the tummy area.

Cold Shoulder Tops

If you haven’t noticed, cold shoulder tops have been around for a few years now. The reason is that the cold shoulder shows the best focal point of the body. It is also easier to wear than the off-the-shoulder top.

This trend is for everyone and is versatile enough for both day and evening wear. Cold shoulder tops can be quite feminine. They have attractive sleeves, and the bonus is, they are very comfortable and cool when the weather is hot.

Wear these tops with almost anything, especially jeans, when the top is loose and flowing. All you need to do is find the right style and fit for you.

Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are all the trend this season.

They are not for everybody, but if you feel you can pull it off, then why not? The body fit makes all the difference. Making sure to look long and lean is the trick, and you will know if you have the right body type for it.

Choosing darker shades helps. Black and navy are chic and versatile, and they immediately slim down unwanted curves.

If you find you have tummy flaws, a jumpsuit that has material in the middle instead of being fitted is ideal.

You should also find a style that is somewhat tailored but not tight. Most of all, stay away from clingy fabrics. Sometimes they tend to rise up at the front and back if they are too tight, creating a “wedgie” effect – try on a few styles to find the most flattering fit for your figure.

The big thing about the jumpsuit trend is that you must feel really good and confident about yourself. If you are unsure about wearing it, then don’t. Your lack of confidence will show on your face and nonverbal communication.

If you aren’t wearing one of these pieces of clothing and you’ve always wanted to, try something new. Go to the store, try them on and find out if they are for you. You might be surprised and love the new you!

 

How would you describe your style? Do you currently wear any of the clothing mentioned above? If so, how do you feel? Do you have more stylish clothes that you didn’t think you could wear, but look fantastic on you? What are they? Please join the conversation!

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Insider Secrets: 7 of the Best Interview Tips to Stand Out!

The job interview can be a nerve-wrecking and intimidating experience and it’s not always clear what employers are looking for. However, interviews play a key role in determining if you are a good match for the company.

Here are 7 of the best interview tips to make a lasting first impression.

What Makes an Interview Successful –

The first step in winning the interview is to understand what a successful interview looks like. Here are 4 key aspects to keep in mind:

  1. It’s conversational:

Think of the interview as a conversation not an interview. Get to know the interviewer and ask what exactly is needed for the role and what kind of person they are looking for. Once you know what they are looking for, you can answer the questions explaining how your experience meets their needs.

  1. Its Professional:

Walk into the interview confidently, shake the interview’s hand with a firm handshake, smile, be pleasant, make eye contact and introduce yourself right away.

  1. It’s Authentic: Be yourself

Show your personality and be you. Employers are looking for staff that shows a sense of self. You are showing the employer you’re not afraid to present your opinion.

 

What Employers Look for at an Interview –

  1. Your appearance

Dress the part and project a professional presence. Employers are seeking people who exude a sense of poise, confidence, and competence. Be sure to wear a touch of color, for example a black matching outfit with a red blouse. Red symbolizes confidence and power.

  1. Are you the right fit for the position?

You’ve probably heard employers mention they are looking for the right “fit”. But what does that really mean?

It means tha people want to work with who they like and can get along with. You are being evaluated on the following: Are you likable? Are you positive, fun and/or interesting? Will you be a team player and adapt easily to the company culture?

  1. Are you connecting with the interviewer and/or team?

Did you work with someone the person knows? Discuss how you met them and an interesting fact about the person. This will automatically help you make a connection. Another way to connect, is once you are in the interviewer’s office, look around the room. Do ythey pictures of their kids, family or sports?

I have commented to the interviewer how cute their kids were and wow this really opened the person up. It turned out it was their grand daughter and we openly connected when I talked about my daughter. Try to find someone to connect and have something in common.

  1. Are you motivated to do the job?

Show your passion for the job. I had a hiring manager tell me he was always looking for person who has the “twinkle” in their eye. This shows your excitement and confidence that you can do the job.

The more carefully you prepare, the better you will do.

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You Can Have Comfort & Style: 3 Must Haves for Fall!

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This has been a dilemma for quite a while. Do you dress for the latest fashion trends or do you want to be comfortable?
At last, designers are getting it, especially for women over 50; you can now find clothing and accessories that are stylish and comfortable. Here are a 3 must have pieces to have comfort and style.
Dusters

Dusters are a must have accessory for your wardrobe. They are a light, loose-fitting jacket. This is so versatile and can be worn from day to night and it never

goes out of style. Wear it with jeans, slacks, skirts and dresses. They come in different lengths, from shorter below the waist to calf lengths. If you are petite make sure to wear a shorter duster with shoe height so you will look long and lean. You can throw this over anything and always look stylish.
Sneakers
Sneakers are all the rage for fall and it is stylish to wear them with pants, skirts and dresses. You will also find them with a bit of a wedge as well as decorated with metellic colors. Comfort and style is definitely in this fall.
Long Tunics
Invest in long tunics that fall below the waist and cover the buttocks as well longer that may hit the thigh areas. You can wear them with leggings, skinny jeans and slacks. This will create a long and lean look. Make sure the tunic is slightly fitted and not too over sized. Otherwise you will look wider instead of leaner.
Try one of these must haves to transition into fall and find out out how comfortable and stylish you can be at the same time.
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Is Boxed Dressing for You?

Is Boxed Dressing for You?

Workwear Kits for Women: A Breakthrough or a Bore?

Some women feel boxed in by the prescriptive work wardrobes that services like MM.LaFleur deliver based on your career needs. Others can’t imagine life without them

The Elements in a Typical Career-Dressing Kit: Companies like MM.LaFleur, a version of whose ‘Bento Box’ package is pictured below, make work wardrobes a no-brainer. All items available at mmlafleur.com. From left: The Gloria Top, $145, and the Phoebe Earrings, $155; ‘Wear to Work,’ a guide to office style by MM.LaFleur, $26; The Woolf Jardigan, $195; The Foster Pants, $195; The Lagarde 2.0 Shirt, $190; The Catherine 2.0 Dress, $295
The Elements in a Typical Career-Dressing Kit: Companies like MM.LaFleur, a version of whose ‘Bento Box’ package is pictured below, make work wardrobes a no-brainer. All items available at mmlafleur.com. From left: The Gloria Top, $145, and the Phoebe Earrings, $155; ‘Wear to Work,’ a guide to office style by MM.LaFleur, $26; The Woolf Jardigan, $195; The Foster Pants, $195; The Lagarde 2.0 Shirt, $190; The Catherine 2.0 Dress, $295 PHOTO: F. MARTIN RAMIN/ THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, STYLING BY ANNE CARDENAS
Why We Hate Them

MANY PROFESSIONAL women find that getting dressed for work is, well, work. That would explain the rise of personalized-box shopping services like MM.LaFleur, Stitch Fix and Trunk Club, which take the legwork out of the equation. Though all the services ask shoppers to fill out a survey about their style and needs, each takes a slightly different approach. MM.LaFleur sends a “Bento Box” of coordinating, office-appropriate pieces, designed in-house, based on that information. Stitch Fix and Trunk Club, meanwhile, have a stylist pull appropriate pieces from an array of brands to fit the bill. All allow no-sweat returns of items the customer finds wanting for any reason. In most cases, it’s a one-time deal; no subscription required.

Such services may be a boon to many professional women seeking an efficient wardrobe solution, but you could argue that they’re making career dressing a soulless, personality-free proposition.

After all, this is 2017, not 1987. “The rules of workwear are much more fluid now,” said designer Adam Lippes, whose colorful and feminine—but still office-going—clothes have earned him a devoted following. His customer, said Mr. Lippes, has strong opinions about her personal style and wants to wear his clothes—say, a pinstriped shirt dress with floral embroidery or a pair of tailored, high-waisted dark denim jeans—her way, not as prescribed by a pen-pal stylist.

Plus, we live in a world where we’re surrounded by information. With a flick through Instagram or a skim of the editorial section of sites like Net-a-Porter, a woman can find ample inspiration for both her work look and off-duty wardrobe. Because even if buying clothes is admittedly a chore, you risk squandering all the fun of fashion when it’s mostly prefab.

In some ways, these companies are playing to many women’s fear of fashion. “Fashion can feel like such a exclusionary sport that women reject it before they feel like it can reject them,” said Leandra Medine, founder and chief creative officer of the Man Repeller website. Ms. Medine suggests examining what you like about the way other women are dressed. “Those are usually signs of your personal style,” she said. Ms. Medine believes in the power of expressive fashion: “Getting dressed lets me feel like a better version of who I am, or escape the reality of what I don’t like to be.”

Why We Love Them

FOR THOSE who think that box-service uniform dressing takes the fun out of fashion, consider this: MM.LaFleur and its peers aren’t necessarily targeting magazine editors and aspiring style stars. (Though Stitch Fix does encourage women to explore unknown brands.)

Rather, their value is expediency. Busy women, with obligations tugging from every side, don’t have the luxury of time to shop. And in real life, women also have jobs where wearing the latest Prada platforms might be frowned upon or in violation of the dress code. From that vantage point, dressing for the office starts to seem a lot less exhilarating.

“There’s a big disconnect between the fashion world and professional women,” said MM.LaFleur founder and CEO Sarah LaFleur. She realized this when she met creative director and co-founder Miyako Nakamura, a fashion designer who was then head designer at Zac Posen, and began to talk about her idea. “I said, ‘I’m thinking of the lawyer or the banker who walks to work in flats and then switches out to heels in the elevator.’” At the time, Ms. Nakamura had little awareness of these professional women and their particular needs.

Ms. LaFleur was talking about women like Megan L. Brackney, a Manhattan attorney, and Kim Lear, a Minneapolis-based consultant, who are both MM.LaFleur devotees. “I don’t like to shop. I don’t have time for it,” said Ms. Brackney. MM.LaFleur “doesn’t have a ton of stuff, so you’re not sifting through 150 pages of crap.” Ms. Lear began wearing MM.LaFleur about a year ago. Among other things, she appreciates that the fabrics don’t wrinkle and that the company often sends things she might not have chosen. “The real value is that they kind of force you to try stuff that you wouldn’t normally pick out for yourself,” she said.

MM.LaFleur is so popular among women lawyers, said Ms. Brackney, that she often runs into other women at conferences wearing the same dress. She is unfazed by it, amused even. In one instance, the twinning pair took a photo together. And anyway, there’s a double standard when it comes to uniform dressing. “I’m at a conference now,” said Ms Brackney. “Seventy-five percent of the men are wearing khakis, blue shirts and a navy blue blazer, and they’re not walking around upset.”

5 Simple Tips to Feel More Confident About Your Style After 60

ConfidenceDo you sometimes feel uncertain about your outfit selections and not sure how to boost your confidence? Real confidence comes with accepting your personal quirks and working with them. In this way, you can dress with confidence by knowing your look and playing to your personal strengths. Here are five “feel good” style secrets.

Style After 60 Tip: Dress for Your Body

To feel confident in your clothing, I suggest embracing your best body features and strengths. All of us have body parts that we want to conceal. Maybe you love your legs and hide your mid-section.

Even if you don’t love your arms, the majority of women at any age can wear the cold-shoulder top. It’s been popular for over a year and keeps showing up for all the seasons. The great part about it is that is shows off the most beautiful part of your body and doesn’t accentuate any flaws.

Regardless of your size, shape or favorite body feature, here are a few key rules:

Fit is the key, no matter what your dress size is.

Everyone is a critic about what you wear, so dress for you.

A tailor is your best friend, next is fit and this is the key.

Don’t be afraid to play with patterns to enhance and camouflage areas of your body.

Be Comfortable with Your Style Choice

If you don’t feel 100% confident about your clothing choice before leaving the house, then don’t wear it!

Try this quick trick: Take a full-length picture of yourself and see how you look. The camera doesn’t lie. I always do this when I’m trying on sunglasses and want to select the right style. I can always tell which one I should buy based on the picture along with how I feel in them.

You will be able to recognize the right outfit during the moment you look in the mirror and feel nothing but pride, satisfaction, happiness, empowerment and confidence in what you’re wearing. The most important thing to remember is to make sure the outfit feels comfortable in the way you present yourself to the world.

Know Your Colors

Examine your closet and experiment with different colors to find out which hues work best with your complexion. Ask a close friend what colors look good and work best for you.

It will also be beneficial for you to understand your skin surface tone, which is the color you’d use to describe yourself (light, medium, tan, dark, etc.). Your skin’s undertone is the color underneath the surface. You can have the same skin tone as someone, but a different undertone, which are cool or warm.

If you have cool undertones – pink, red or bluish undertones – colors that look great on you include mint or kelly green, teal, lavender, purple, navy, hot pink, rose pink and burgundy.

For warm toned skin – yellow, peachy or golden – colors that look good on you are peach, yellow (lemon and mustard, which has more brown tones), brown, red, lime green, orange, kelly green and mint green.

Define Your Personal Style

Combine your personality into a wardrobe to help you define what is unique about you and in turn you will always feel good about your outfit choices and style. Here are seven descriptors I use to help you identify your personal style:

Sporty

Causal, relaxed fit and likes natural fibers such as cotton, denim and corduroy. Christie Brinkley wears this style.

Traditional/Elegant

Classic and high-end luxury with preferred fabrics such as woolens, tweed, raw silk and gabardine. Dianne Feinstein and Angela Lansbury wear this style.

Feminine

Romantic look and prefers fabrics such as lightweight sheer silk, soft linen, lace, eyelet and chiffon. Princess Diana wore this style.

Casual Chic

Professional and classy casual look and prefers double cotton, designer denim and lambskin leather. Cameron Diaz wears this style.

Creative/Artistic

Free spirited look and prefers layering with different fabrics including tweed, textured cotton, polka dots with paisley floral, and geometrics. Madonna prefers this style.

Dramatic

Bold look and fabrics include linen, leather, double knits and gabardine. Diana Ross wears this look.

Alluring

Hourglass figure and shows off different parts of the body and prefers an animal print fabric. Sharon Stone and Cindy Crawford prefer this style.

Once you can define your style you will be able to personalize each outfit with accessories and save time deciding what to wear each day.

The Power of Accessoriesfun hat

Accessories complete the outfit and have the power to instantly make you comfortable in your own skin and boost your confidence. Try a few of the following accessories for the season.

A pair of comfy sandals, flats or heels – I’m always looking for style and comfort, and I think the designers finally got it right. There are so many stylish and comfortable selections out for the season including Birkenstocks, slide-in mules, or heels with ankle straps.

A sassy handbag – Try a color like coral, blue or yellow. You’ll be surprised how much the handbag adds a pop of color and updates the outfit.

Statement sunglasses – A classy pair of sunglasses can take you from drab to fab, instantly. You will also beat the heat, in style.

Hats – These protect you from the sun as well. I noticed hats with writing on the side of them this year, like “Bon Voyage,” “Off to the Beach” and “Dear Summer.” What fun conversation pieces as well!

Look Great in the Morning

We are all busy and to take an extra few minutes to look great in the morning will make you feel more confident. Try putting your outfit together in the evening so you will know what you are going to wear in the morning. This will save you at least 5-10 minutes or more of time the next morning.

Try spending more time getting ready by making sure your make-up is on properly and hair is in order in the morning. I had a client who applied her makeup in the car at stop signs. Needless to say, she never felt entirely good about the way her make-up looked. It just takes a few extra minutes in the morning to complete your look and feel good about you.

 

How would you describe your personal style? Which tips are you using or plan to use to feel more confident about your style? Do you have others that you can suggest that are working for you? What do you think is the essence of style after 60? Please join the conversation.

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Mid Year Check-Up! 5 Ways to Look and Feel about your Style in 2017

Feel GCan you believe we are already half way through the year?

It’s the perfect time to check in with yourself to make sure you are on track with how you are feeling about yourself.

Here are 5 ways to feel and look good about your style this year. It makes a great difference in how you feel. You can start with one simple change.

DO YOUR CLOTHING CHOICES MATCH YOUR LIFESTYLE?

First and foremost you must have the appropriate clothing in your closet in order to have something to wear on a daily basis.

Do you sometimes pass over new jeans, morning after morning, in favor of an old pair?  Only 20 percent of the clothes in the average person’s closet are worn on a regular basis, according to a survey from California Closets. Another survey by Voucher Cloud revealed that the average woman has $550 dollars of unworn clothing in her closet. Most commonly unworn items in her closet are shoes and coats.

Decide what type of clothing you need to have in your closet. For instance, if you are working a full-time job, then your closet should have 80 percent business clothing. The other 20 percent could be casual, sporty, casual chic, and a few items for evening wear, depending on what you need.

Decide what you need in your closet and you will never say you have nothing to wear again.

Wear colors that compliment your skin tone

Examine your closet and experiment with different colors to find out which hues work best with your complexion. Ask a close friend what colors look good on you and work best with your complexion.

It will also be beneficial for you to understand your skin surface tone, which is the color you’d describe yourself (light, medium, tan, dark, etc,). Your skin’s undertone is the color underneath the surface. You can have the same skin tone as someone, but a different undertone which is as follows:

  • Cool: (pink, red or bluish undertones)
  • Warm: (yellow, peachy, golden undertones)

If you are cool under tones, colors that look great on you include:  mint or kelly green, teal, lavender, purple, navy, hot pink, rose pink and burgundy.

For warm toned skin, colors that look good on you are:  peach, yellow (lemon and mustard, which has more brown tones), brown, red, lime green, orange, kelly green, and mint green.

Are you wearing the appropriate clothing for your Body Type?

Do you know your body shape? This is the first step in feeling good in your clothes and building your personal style. It’s important to make sure your clothes fit in proportion to your body shape.

Knowing your body portions and what you need to adjust or camouflage will make you self consious of your body and can lower your self-esteem.

Explore the 5 different body shapes and identify your body type.

Hourglass, Rectangle, Apple/Oval, Pear/Rectangle, and Inverted Triangle.

HourglassCurves, curves and more curves!
Your shoulders are relatively as wide as your hips/thighs and your waist is distinctly narrower than your shoulders and hips/thighs.

Rectangle– Shoulders are as wide as your hips/thighs. Your waist is as wide as or just narrower than your shoulders and hips/thighs.

Apple/Oval – Shoulders are narrower or as your hips/thighs: from the front view, your waist appears the same width or wider than your shoulders/hips.

Pear/Rectangle – Your hips are wider than your shoulders with a round, sloping shoulders, a well-defined waistline (and might even have killer abs), your buttocks and thighs are full and round. Pear body shapes gain weight on their thighs.

Inverted Triangle – Your shoulders are wider than your waist and hips/thighs.

Complete your outfit with accessories

Accessories complete the outfit and have the power to instantly make you comfortable in your own skin and boost your confidence. Try a few accessories for the season:

  • A pair of comfy sandals, flats or heels – I’m always looking for style and comfort, and I think the designers finally got it right. There are so many stylish and comfortable selections out for the season including Birkenstock’s, slide-in mules or heels with ankle straps.
  • A sassy handbagTry a color like coral, blue or yellow. You’ll be surprised how much the handbag adds a pop of color and updates your outfit.
  • Statement sunglassesA classy pair of sunglasses can take you from drab to fab, instantly. You will also beat the heat, in style.
  • HatsThey protect you from the sun as well. I noticed hats with writing on the side of them this year, like “Bon Voyage”, “Off to the Beach”, “Dear Summer”, make fun conversations, as well.

Never again leave the house feeling uncomfortable about your style choice

If you don’t feel 100% confident about your clothing choice before leaving the house, then don’t wear it. Try this quick trick — take a full-length picture of yourself and see how you look. The camera doesn’t lie. I always do this when I’m trying on sunglasses and want to select the right style. I can always tell which ones I should buy based on the picture and how I feel in them.

You will be able to recognize the right outfit at the moment you look in the mirror and feel nothing but pride, satisfaction, happiness, empowerment and confidence in what you’re wearing.

 

By doing all of these things you will continue to feel better about how you look and present yourself to the world. Its starts with how you feel about your style.

To your beauty,


For a complete Color Analysis, including a FREE color palette of your customized colors, contact Brenda at brenda@firstimpressionsmatter.com or call (707) 648-7991 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Summer Wardrobe Sizzle

Summer is the season for being outdoors for events such as bar-b-ques, vacations, reunions, music festivals, weddings, graduations and sports.

But one of the major challenges to being fashion forward is the cost. The average family spends $1,700 dollars on clothes annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It accounts for 3.5% of a family’s expenses, on average.

In 1930, the average American woman owned 9 outfits; today the figure is 30 outfits, one for every day of the month.

However, changing seasons doesn’t mean you need to completely overhaul your wardrobe, just make a few bold statements. Adding accessories will instantly update your wardrobe.

The styles for the season are all about updated classics, easy shapes, and unexpected combinations.

Try these five easy ways to reboot your wardrobe for summer, and make your wardrobe feel more current.

Choose light floral, print fabrics

Keep cool and wear lightweight, breathable fabrics such as linen, cotton, rayon, georgette (which is similar to chiffon), silk, and jersey.florals

Brighten up your wardrobe with florals, prints and color. This can inject some of your personality into your wardrobe. At times, you may need to tone down the big and bold florals and prints. You can do this by wearing either floral on the top and solid on the bottom, or vice versa.

Make sure that the scale of the floral pattern aligns with the frame of your figure. A large floral pattern can overwhelm a petite woman. A miniature pattern can look too dainty on a woman with a larger frame.

Other factors to consider are the placement of the patterns and the contrast of the colors. The colors should compliment your skin tone.

Try something different this season with florals, prints and lots of color!

Wear a fun hat

fun hatThe thing is, hats are for just about everyone; you just have to find the right shape that flatters your face. There are so many types of hats from mild (narrow brim) to wild (wide brim). You can look for cool banded fedoras, structured Panamas, striped floppy hats…basically, every style under the sun.

At the top of the list, and as a fashionable way to protect yourself from the sun, try a wide brim or floppy hat.

The latest and newest trends for the summer are hats with words written on the brim. Wear one and then watch out for compliments and conversation!

Statement sunglasses

fun sunglassesSunglasses are now considered the best accessory to have. It can change your entire look without a lot of effort. You can have a make-up free day and still look gorgeous.

Italian designers including, Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Prada, Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace, sell over 7.6 billion Euro of eye-wear a year (including prescription). This is big business since more and more women have several pairs of sunglasses these days.

Have you noticed Oprah wears glasses with almost every outfit? Glasses are her main accessory standard.

Slides, slippers, high heeled mules and sneakers

This season’s mood is casual and easy, and shoes that just slip on strike the perfect chord. fun sneakersSome of this season’s favorites–such as slides, backless loafers, slippers and high-heeled mules–don’t have an ankle strap, which helps lengthen the leg. These casual designs offer some sturdier heels and feature elegant, clean lines. Expect a few fun surprises – like velvet slides for summer.

Sneakers are all the rage this summer, and it is stylish to wear them with pants, skirts, and dresses. You will also find them with a bit of a wedge as well as decorated in floral and metallic colors. Comfort and style is in this summer.

Statement earrings

Statement earrings continue to be big this summer, but in new materials and styles. Boho-styles use fringe and tassels from organic materials. Designers are creating bold, structural earrings by playing with graphic metals to develop new ways of doing hoops and long drops. Statement earrings are a great, inexpensive way to change the look of an outfit.statement earrings

If you’re going to wear big earrings, pay attention to the shape of your face. Keep everything around your face simple – avoid necklaces and go for a more natural hairstyle. These earrings are a nice compliment to the off-the-shoulder top trend – especially the longer earrings that are almost shoulder length. Lean into your own sense of style: the style really has to be authentic and what your brand represents to you in order to make it work.

How do you plan to update your wardrobe this summer? Do you have another tip not mentioned in this article? Join the conversation below.

 

To your beauty,


For a complete Color Analysis, including a FREE color palette of your customized colors, contact Brenda at brenda@firstimpressionsmatter.com or call (707) 648-7991 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.

Pay it Forward on Father’s Day!

 

I took my husband to breakfast this morning and as a gentleman was leaving the restaurant he walked over to our table and told my husband to Have a very Happy Father’s Day! When I received the bill, the same man had paid $20.00 on our bill and wrote a short note that said “Have a Great Father’s Day”. What a nice thing to do. Let’s pay it forward to all the Father’s today, it does’t have to be money but a small jester will make someone feel extra special.

 

5 Tips Boomers Can Show Bosses They’ve Still Got Pep in Their Step!

Boomer TipsThe workplace has changed and competition is fierce. In the past, seniority and experience played a major part in who stays and who leaves in the workplace. Now it’s all about who can produce the most, be flexible and change at a moment’s notice without any back talk.

With the changing workforce, Boomers are still working and not retiring as quickly as in the past. According to a Gallup survey, almost 8 in 10 of the youngest Baby Boomers (50-51) are working full-time, part-time or seeking work, a figure which declines to roughly one-third among the generation’s oldest (67-68).

Boomers are also working with or reporting to a Generation X or Y and may sometimes face challenges that they are seen as being old or out of touch with what’s going on in the workplace.

Based on my experience with interviewing, and after having discussions and interactions with Generation X’ers and Millennials, here are 5 tips for Boomers to show their bosses that they’ve still got it and have the pep in their step to do the job.

Make Sure Your Technology Skills Are Up-to-date

Keep your computer skills up-to-date and if you are feeling challenged, ask your kids or grandkids or take a class. Try not to ask anyone at work if you can help it, or else you may get the reputation of not being up-to-date with your computer skills.

I once worked with someone who was making $50 an hour more than I did and everyone in the office knew it. She did not even know how to turn on the computer or attach a document to an email. Everyone was upset because she was making more money and eventually no one wanted to help her. The feeling was that since she was making so much money she should have known basic computer skills. Needless to say, she didn’t last very long at the company when bosses found out she was computer illiterate which was causing disruption in the office.

Show Your Energy

There is a myth that older workers have low energy since they have gone through many work experiences and have seen it all.

Raise your enthusiasm and show that you are excited and willing to learn. Keep yourself refreshed, revitalized and happy to roll up your sleeves to participate in projects.

Be Engaged and Interested

Show that you are interested in others’ points of view. Listen intently and demonstrate eye contact, lean in and use short words such as, “Got it!”

Be Flexible and Adapt to Change

Sometimes things don’t go as planned at work or in life. Meetings are changed at the drop of a hat or run over time. Show you are flexible and can go with the flow. With speed as the driving force in most organizations today, not everything will run on schedule. Don’t get flustered when things change. Show that you are adaptable.

Open Up To Generational Differences

There will be times when your boss may be younger and/or less experienced than you. Stay open to receiving direction from someone younger even though you may have more experience and knowledge. There is still something to learn from the relationship. Connect and engage and find something you both have in common.

I have been in meetings where my new boss introduced a book or idea that I learned about years ago while I was at another company. Just listen, accept ideas and don’t go overboard stating that you knew about the same idea or learned about something before.

Click reply. In what ways do you still have pep in your step either at your job or in your daily life? Are you utilizing any of the tips above? Join the conversation.

 

To your success,


For a complete Color Analysis, including a FREE color palette of your customized colors, contact Brenda at brenda@firstimpressionsmatter.com or call (707) 648-7991 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.