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5 Must Have Winter Accessories

(This Winter Be BOLD, Not Cold!)

Winter doesn’t officially start for another 10 days, though the cold weather has many of us thinking it’s already here! 

Whether you plan to spend time outdoors or just want to stay warm and toasty while walking to work, in your office or relaxing at home, these winter accessories will get you through the season with style. 

I’ve highlighted this year’s top accessories to help you be fashionable bold and not cold, this winter. 

Ponchos

Ponchos are one of my favorite items to wear when the weather gets colder.  I love, Love, LOVE, ponchos!!  Why?  Because they hide all the “icky bits” (i.e. the weight around my waist), while providing warmth and style.  Most of all, ponchos are an easy layer piece to wear that can also be the focal point of your outfit. 

A true classic never goes out of style (see below)

If you make a poncho the focal point of your outfit,  make sure to find the right poncho for you body type, so it will balance your shape accordingly. 

Ponchos are available in all shapes and sizes ranging from big and bulky, long and draping, to lightweight and body skimming.  Fortunately, you can wear any type.  The key is know how to wear each particular poncho to compliment your silhouette. 

Poncho & Necklace from Marla Wynne @ HSN.com 

For instance, if you wear a draped style (as pictured to the left) then you must balance the silhouette by creating a slimming effect on the bottom.  Do this by wearing skinny, straight-legged jeans or leggings and your favorite leather bootie or suede, over-the-knee boots.  A good rule to remember is that when you wear bulky or flowy items on your upper body, wear straight and narrow on your lower body.  This creates balance. 

Additionally, you can belt a long poncho if you want to create the illusion of a waistline or accentuate one.  Though be certain this works for your shape, as it will also bring attention to your tummy area. 

Try bright colored hues according to your color palette that consists of prints, paisleys, stripes or checks.  

Ponchos for Plus Sizes

Chiffon Poncho by Marla Wynne

Ponchos work for curvy ladies too. 

It is cozier than the summer kimono and can be used as a layer piece or light jacket, especially if found in a fabric like the chiffon shown in the photo. 

A poncho is actually ideal for a plus size lady who feels a little insecure, as it help cover areas she may consider a “flaw”. 

No matter the reason, you should definitely get a stylish poncho to complete your winter wardrobe and feel good when you wear it. 

Winter Hats

Hats are great for fall and winter and this year they are everywhere and available in a variety of styles including knits caps, felt berets (pictured below right) or a wool fedora. 

Color continues to be all the rage this winter, so look for fun, colorful hats to spice up your wardrobe.  As you can see, I have a teal, wool fedora (pictured below left) and I absolutely love it.  I feel great when I wear it, which is often as it can be dressed up or down. 

Winter Fedora in Teal
Wool Fedora in Teal

When selecting a hat to add to your accessories, you want to take into account the shape of your face as well as the color of your hair, eyes and skin.  For example, most oval faces shapes (like mine) is better served by a hat with a brim versus a small beret.  Why?  Because of balance.  Oval faces are longer so having a brim helps to bring attention to the eyes by adding width and creating balance. 

Try on several different styles to learn what looks best on you. 

Boots or Booties

Comfortable & Stylish

There is such a variety of boots and booties this year.  Why not try something you’ve never considered;  you may be surprised of the outcome! Also keep it simple and base your decision on your style and color since there are so many choices this winter.  

The variety of boots includes cowboy or western style, precious metal mules, pointed toes, snake skin, leather or python, (which is considered the new natural).

I’ve never considered myself a cowboy boot person, but I recently tried on a pair of western inspired booties and they were so comfortable!  Not like the stiff leather of yesterday.  Things have changed (thankfully) and you can now find low heels with so much style.

Suede Knee High Boots in Taupe

Another option to consider is the over the knee boots (pictured right).  They have 2” inch heels, pointy toes, a zipper on the side for easy access into the boot along with a stretch grommet in the back, allowing for larger calf sizes, leggings and jeans.  

I love these boots as they too are super comfortable, even with the heel.  I can walk long distances and be in them all day.

Over-sized Scarves

Bold over-sized scarf for Winter
Bold, Warm & Versatile 

Another popular accessory this winter is a big scarf.  Again, the key is finding the one that you really love and looks good on you.  By having your palette colors on the scarf, you will feel even better wearing it.  

The scarf I’m wearing captures both prints and colors found in my palette:  teal, red (a blue red), cream and a leopard print, all of which I absolutely love.   

With the weather already cold throughout the country, find a scarf that will keep you warm and that also coordinates with your coats and jackets.  

Another benefit of a bold, over-sized scarf is that it can also be worn as a shawl or wrap. 

                                                           Tassel Earrings

This year will be remembered as the winter of BOLD jewelry! 

tassel earrings make a bold statement
The “it” earring 

Tassel earrings are one example of this fresh, new creativity in fashion.  The earrings are designed with simple, colorful threads or beads and come in numerous shapes, lengths and sizes, though the overall design is still the same.  Tassel earrings make a strong style statement, so step up your game this year and buy a pair.  

The trick is to make certain the length and width are appropriate for your face shape.  Sometimes this style can make an extremely bold, larger than life statement, so take some time to find the right fit for you.  

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How To Build a Capsule Wardrobe For The Holidays (And Spend Less!)

Worldwide the fashion industry is a $25 trillion industry that is one of the biggest consumers of  water.  People go through 80 billion pieces of clothing every year and the average American produces 82 pounds of textile waste annually.  This is a far cry from previous generations when clothes were viewed as an investment; something so valuable they were to be tended to, mended and worn for years versus today’s cheap wear “once-and-done” clothing items that are considered so disposal, that we dump pounds into landfills every single day.

In this article I will show you how to create a capsule wardrobe for Fall, Winter and the Holidays, which will allow you to look different every time you wear the same basic pieces while also feeling good about not adding to the mounds of textiles in landfills. 

What is a capsule wardrobe? 

A capsule wardrobe is simply building on what you already own in your wardrobe to create groups of 5-12 related pieces that can be worn in a multitude of combinations.

Here I’m presenting a capsule wardrobe of 7 essential pieces and using my favorite palette colors of red, black and cream with a hint of teal.

The capsule contains these seven pieces: 

  • Red Ruana
  • Cream Ruana
  • Black Tuxedo Pants (or Black Trousers)
  • Chambray Tuxedo Pants (or Jeans) 
  • Cream Slacks
  • Black Pointed Toe Booties
  • Red Pointed Toe Booties

Look #1

Red Ruana, Black Tuxedo Pants, Black Pointed Toe Booties with red sweater 

This look goes from work to play!  The red is called a “blue red” hue, so it is not overly bright, which allows it to work for fall and the holidays.  Having a ruana in a bold color will help you work it into your wardrobe.

It also helps if you know your color palette as this will save you a lot of money by not buying colors that wash out your complexion or make you look older.

See the tuxedo strip!? 

Everyone should have a pair of classic black trousers in their closet; it’s a work horse of any wardrobe that can be dressed up or down, especially for the holidays.  However, this year I want to wear a different style trouser. 

While also a classic, the black tuxedo pants have just a little bit more “flair” from the silk stripes on the side.  While these too have variations, especially to the leg (skinny, wide, straight), this pant style has been and will continue to be around for years to come. 

Look #2

Black Tuxedo Pants, Black Pointed Toe Booties with velvet kimono topper and velvet tank top 

With this ensemble, you take the same black tuxedo pant from the first collection and arrange for a more formal event by pairing with a velvet kimono topper and velvet tank top.

This outfit is so comfortable, you will feel almost guilty!  Additionally, it allows for dressing up as much as you want with jewelry.  I recommend either red or silver.

Look #3

Red Pointed Toe Booties, Chambray Tuxedo Jeans with chambray blouse 

This ensemble will quickly become your go-to outfit! The chambray tuxedo pant with a matching shirt is monochromatic (the same color on the top and bottom). However, adding the red booties also adds confidence and whimsy with its cherry pop of color.  Adding a little red to your necklace will pull it all together making the outfit work for numerous occasions. 

Look #4

 Red Ruana, Chambray Tuxedo Jeans, Pointed Toe Booties  

Pair the red ruana wrap with the tuxedo jeans and booties for a fun and  casual, but put together look.   

Look #5

Red Ruana & Cream Pants with red sweater  

Luckily, true white is back too, and beautiful as ever. If you are not sure how you will look in cream, find out through your color palette.  Or, if you haven’t had your color palette done, go to the department store and try on several items in the color cream.

Look #6 

Cream Ruana, Cream Pants, Black Booties with turtleneck sweater

The final look brings the capsule all together with the cream ruana, cream pants and a turtleneck sweater.  Being a true neutral, you can finish off the ensemble with your preference of either black or red booties, both will look amazing!


Two pointers for this season: 

  1.  If you buy only one new piece of clothing, make it outerwear or a topper.  Why?  Because this is what people see first and makes the first impression.  
  2. If your boots or booties are round or almond toe, you may want to consider an update.  Pointed toe is in and will be stylish for some time. 

Warmly, 

Brenda

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Good Morning Friends, Faithful Readers, Fans, & Family,

  • Are you trying to get ready for the holidays? 
  • Still frustrated with your closet options? 
  • Have an upcoming interview or special event you need to get ready for, but dreading? 

We can help!  And we’d like to do it at your favorite places to shop.

We are booking in-store, workshops and events for November and December and would love to see you at your favorite store. 

Please send us your recommendations or the name of your favorite boutique in the Walnut Creek and Greater Bay areas. 

If you know the store owner or store manager, just email us their information. We’ll reach out to make the arrangements and make certain you are first on the guest list.

Can’t wait to see you!   

Brenda

Look of the day!

A midnight blue suede moto jacket, paisley matching tank top and Juliet pant rounds out my look today. The jacket is great for all body types and hardly goes out of style. The Juliet pant is so comfy, fits nicely and comes in a variety of fall colors. The outfit is great for an interview, business meeting, or out and about.
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Never Say, “I have Nothing to Wear Again”, Discover your Wardrobe Lifestyle and Season Color! – Out Now!

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To My Friends, Family, Clients, and Faithful Readers —

As some of you may know, I published my book, ‘Never Say “I Have Nothing to Wear” Again’ a couple of months ago; however, this book officially releases this Tuesday, October 16th! I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you! 
You can get your Kindle copy, here. 

or, purchase through my website, here. 

I thank you for your support and appreciation for my passion for styling women and helping them seek their true beauty. I am also so eager to hear what you all think of my newest book. Please show your support by leaving a positive review on Amazon! 

Warmly, 

Introducing Designer Marla Wynne

Check out one of my favorite designers, Marla Wynne, who will be on HSN (Home Shopping Network) Sunday, October 14, 2018. 

You don’t just buy clothes with her line, you build a wardrobe and you will have the clothes for a long time. They won’t be out of style the next year.

If your style is classic and you are looking for a great fit, easy elegance, comfort and style, this designer is for you. Most of her pieces are washable and her jewelry is simple and elegant.

I receive the most compliments from her line and I always feel great in what I wear.

Let me know what you think.

Find out showtimes at: https://www.marlawynneshowtimes.com

https://www.hsn.com/marlawynne

#marlawynne, #fashion, #style, #hsn, #image

Is Your Closet TOO Trendy?

It’s fun to have trendy clothing pieces versus your classic wardrobe staples. A challenge of having more trendy items than basic, classic pieces is that it’s harder to mix and match trendy pieces to create several ensembles.

For example, if you bought a floral print blouse this year, don’t be surprised if you have a hard time matching it with other items of clothing in your closet! It can be so disheartening when a fashion shelf life has expired before you get to wear it. Do not be discouraged, though! Let’s go back to the basics for a moment.

Below are a few basic core pieces that should be in your wardrobe:

  • Black dress
  • White button up blouse
  • Jeans – dark wash
  • White T-shirt
  • Black pants
  • White or black sweater
  • Blazer
  • Denim jacket

Now, once you have some basic pieces in your closet, it’s okay to buy trendy pieces from time to time. If you have your basics, then you will always have something to wear. Once you have a solid foundation, buy trends that fit your style. For example, think of how many different versions bohemian wear there are. Ask yourself what will be a trend you can see yourself wearing more than once.

Buy the fit and style that best fits your image (example; look for simple lines if you have a classic image) and that way it’ll have a future in your closet (and on you!) after the season has faded.

Having at least the basic essentials of a classic, core wardrobe will always give you an edge-up to “Never Say, I Have Nothing to Wear”, Again!

#7 Reason You Don’t Have Anything to Wear                                      How to Make Sure you Do!

Hourglass – Curves, curves and more curves!

Your shoulders are relatively 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.

Rectangle shape

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

oval shape

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

Pear/Rectangle

Figure out your body shape and start purchasing the right fit for your body shape and have something to wear.

The Big Day is Approaching –

                  Book Release – Tuesday, October 16, 2018

                                      E-Book and Paperbook

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In recognition of the launch of my new book, entitled “Never Say, I Have Nothing to Wear”. Again! I will send you a daily message regarding reasons you have nothing to wear. The book is set to launch on October 16th and in celebration of that I want to share some wisdom inspired by the book.

                        #9 Reason You Don’t Have Anything to Wear

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            You’re Shopping without thinking of your Wardrobe!

I’m sure the feeling is a familiar one: you open your closet and with your hands on your hips, you say, “I have nothing to wear”. Yet here you are, with clothes in your closet. You Do have something to wear!

What are your purchasing habits? Do you shop trends instead of having basics that match anything? Do you shop when you are emotional, (happy or sad)? Do your clothes match with what’s in your closet, you can’t create outfits or constantly trying on different personality styles that’s not your style or feel good on you?