Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ho Ho Holiday’s

How to dress for the Holidays
When dressing for the holiday’s either for the work place or family gatherings, keep in mind your audience you will be surrounded by.  Knowing what is appropriate and expected will win you a good time for all.
  At a work function, a nice party dress can be expected but only when the event is catered but the “NOT” catered at the office.   If the event is being held at some place other then the corporate dining room, you should defiantly dress for the occasion, but take your lead from your boss.  Always find out where the function is and then inquire about the dress code.  If it is dressy feel free to wear the perfect little black dress… or that French cuff shirt and Sport Coat you’ve been wanting to take out of the closet and be the rock star you know you are, then do it.
If it is an office party, what you wear to work will do fine.
If you are going to a house part for the Ho Ho Holidays, then feel free to ask the host what they are wearing and take your lead from them.  If they say they are dressing up ask them to be more specific to what they are wearing.  For example; if your host is wearing an evening gown well, you really need to step it up a notch!  Remember you can never be over dressed but you can be under dressed…
Happy Ho Ho Holidays!!!
You can also stop by Medford’s, New Jersey Premier Clothing Boutique “Fresh by Karlanne” for some help in this area.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

“Falling” into Fashion

No “Falling” down when it comes to this fall fashion season. 

 This year is all about earth tones and vibrant reds, there are very few purples and even less blues.  So, if you’re not a fan of earth tone just make sure when your shopping this fall to keep in mind each color, your skin tone and make sure you choose something right for you!  Decide on colors that don’t wash you out or make you look yellow.
Be wary of sales people that insist that you look good in a color, that you’re just not sure about…  We all know what’s best for us; just remember to act on what you know.

There are some really fun things this year, Capelets, Wraps and other outerwear that can make or break an outfit.  So, buy what you want just be careful of how you wear it… Remember a single item can make or break your outfit!
Happy Shopping...

Friday, June 3, 2011

It Just Doesn’t Add Up…

As an image consultant, I have patented a list of “Essentials” and “Multipliers” you will see them used in the services I provide. I have been using these for over 28 years and found teaching my clients about these items makes them an educated consumer and gives them a fabulous fashion sense. 

 So, when shopping to get more bang for your buck, adding essentials and multipliers can keep your wardrobe fresh and current.   Most people shop without a plan or even keeping in mind what is needed to reach their goal, or why they are shopping.  This just lead to frustration and the good old phrase… “I have nothing to wear”.

You may ask what are “Essential’s” and “Multipliers”?  Good question and I wish I was asked it more…  It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1.       “Essentials” are items that are necessary in all wardrobes.  For women it can be as simple as; black belt, black shoes, black purse, and a black jacket to top it off.  These are essentials and can be used in many different ways to make sure your wardrobe coordinate and has balance.  This follows true for a man as well.

2.       Multipliers are as simple as, a shirt, pant, shoe or belt that can be used in everyday wear, dressy occasions, or just a night out on the town with friends.  For example; men if you own a French cuff shirt you usually wear it with a suit for business or a special occasion.   However, if you pair it with jeans, a sport coat and a nice pair of shoes you are now making it a “Multiplier” and can wear this outfit for a night out to dinner or meeting friends at a bar. 

The definition of a “Clothing Multiplier” is a piece of clothing that adds multiple, looks, style, and facets to your wardrobe.     

3.       Now, using “Essentials and Mupltiers” can make an “I have nothing to wear” wardrobe in to an “I need to be seen” wardrobe.  Men, remember to make sure your shoes, and belt always matches, and for you woman, make sure your handbag matches your shoes and belt… (If you bring one).

Now your wardrobe adds up!

 Keep in mind while purchasing new items for your wardrobe existing pieces you already have in your closet that may work with other essentials and multipliers.  This can help you in moving in the right direct of revitalizing, and giving you multiple outfits and sprucing up your wardrobe.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ready, Get Set, "Go Summer Clothing”

“5 Simple Ways to Lose Weight in Time for Your Summer Clothing”
Here are five simple things you can do to slim down for summer clothing.   The first thing you want to do is make sure you don’t set your goal too high, try however to move forward with a plan that’s realistic.     
Losing weight is a state of mind- instead of thinking about how hungry you are or what to eat next, plan your day to include things you have wanted to do like organizing your closet and forge forward in getting it done.  Remove your winter clothing and replacing it with Spring/Summer.   This way food isn’t always on your mind and you have a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
1.       Don’t eat first thing in the morning- have a cup of coffee, and 2 glasses of water, let things settle than have something small with some protein in it.   The coffee will get you going and the water fills your belly so you’re not as hungry.

2.       When snacking, eat smart!  A piece of fruit can do it. (Banana, Pear, Apple or some Grapes)  Fruit has fiber and is composed of simple sugars; it will give you a burst of energy you are looking for and will digest quickly.  Fruit also breaks down best when eaten alone.

3.       Lunch can be fun- make a salad or half a sandwich with some chips, cut down the portions from what you usually eat.  Drink 1 to 2 glasses of water before you start eating.  Again, this will fill your stomach and make you less hungry.
4.       Eat Dinner early- if you can’t eat early try eating protein and greens.  Portion size is everything, eating several small meals can help you digest better and keep your body fed.  Starving yourself just sets you up for failure.

5.       Don’t cut carbs or fat out completely, your body will just try harder to hold on to them.  Just reduce them, and replace with something healthy, like a bowl of fiber cereal with skim milk.  This will also give you some fats and carbs, while satisfying your hunger with a healthier choice.
Exercise whenever you can, even taking a walk after dinner.  Any extra effort will help you fit into that little pink bikini or those awesome swim trunks.  In no time at all you will feel better and improve the fit of your new Summer clothing.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Show Critique: “What Not to Wear”

Or Should We Call It “What Not to Watch”?
In the clothing industry we “Fashion & Image Consultants” like to keep up with what is new, current and trend setting.   So we read trade magazines, go to trade shows, meet with vendors and buy product.  Always keeping an eye on what is best for the client, and when I say “Best” I mean what is correct in the industry in keeping up with the times.  However, I have watched a show called “What Not to Wear” several times now.   I’ve been watching and waiting for their advice to improve, or maybe just give some advice, direction, or even discuss and show the client some specific ideas.  Well, that just seems like too much to ask!  I stress to my clients friends and fans NOT to follow this show.  I have seen these two individuals throw away amazing items that you can change and incorporate into a functional wardrobe and they tend to give very bad advice when they do!  And I will be more than specific on this in a moment, but first…

The female host of the show often looks like she doesn’t have a mirror or has ever read trade magazines, been to a trade show, has bought or sold anything in the apparel industry!   The male host dresses pretty well, but face it- most of my gay friends understand they need to pay attention to detail, and they tend to dress fabulously.  Look, all they really do in this show is hire someone to cut your hair, do your makeup, and give you 5 thousand dollars to spend, then throw away all your clothing.  What they need to do is sit with the person, show them some current looks, go through their wardrobe teach them the essentials, how to use them, and why they’re so import to everybody’s wardrobe. 

I have always believed style is really an outward manifestation or expression, of someone’s inner beauty- so I always express this to clients and ask them how their “inner beauty” should be expressed on the outside.  Their answer always gives me some direction.  The hosts of “What Not to Wear” carelessly toss their client to the wolves and belittle them for their fashion choices, instead of giving direction.   They discuss body type but rarely explain to the client, or should I say victim, what is right for them and how to accentuate their figure.  Isn’t that their job?  At the end of the show they slap some makeup on them, do their hair, and put them in the best outfit they can find and throw them back into the world with a new wardrobe and very little knowledge of how they got there.
When sitting with an individual it’s important to consider their lifestyle, which they do, however without that they wouldn’t have an opening to their show.   I always keep in mind their daily activities, work place, social life, and family budget.  They give very little applicable advice to their guests.  Essentials are key items that belong in everybody’s wardrobe, regardless of their lifestyle, activities, or budget.  Essentials are wardrobe multipliers, which help you, coordinate several outfits, and are easily used in work, home and play clothing.  For example, a black shirt, black shoes, black belt, black slacks, black jacket.  Obviously your items don’t all have to be black- choose another color if you want but this is just an example.  These items all play a role in building wardrobe multipliers.  Shoes should match your belt and handbag if you’re a woman, and for you men: shoes, belt, socks and jacket if you are wearing a jacket that day- they should all coordinate, and they are what we call essential multipliers.  Again, the black belt, shoes and purse can all be worn at either work or play and sometimes in your daily routine making them essential multipliers as well as a good use of your wardrobe.   None of this advice is ever expressed nor understood by the victim who just had their wardrobe thrown out. 
Personally, you would learn more by just reading my services and blogs than you would from watching 20 episodes of this show.  My clients understand and appreciate what I do for them because I teach them “how” to dress, how to follow current looks, and how clothing can be used for their individual body type, personality, and lifestyle.  So in closing I am asking you to not take advice given in this show. 


If you need Fashion Advice, an image makeover, need to hire a Personal Shopper, or an Image Consultant in the New Jersey & Philadelphia area, please contact me, Karla, at NJFashionDiva@gmail.com.  We can tailor custom men's suits, dresses, and formal wear for any occassion.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

No Dashing from Fashion

The Good the Bad and the Ugly
The Good News; this year there are more pretty, flirty, flattering Spring styles than you can count.  The Bad News; it’s hard just to pick one dress, slack, shirt, or jacket.
Thanks to designers like Dior, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and Donna Karan, fashion can be dashing.  With an unbelievable selection of fun fabrics and a hint of sophistication, shopping can become a play ground of fun even when shopping for essentials to add and update your wardrobe.   Now for the Ugly-  well there just isn’t any.  In the midst of so many wonderful fits and styles you can really spruce up and put a little spring back into your wardrobe.
Make sure you have your essential “multipliers”, and have them coordinated.  Shoes should match your belt; purses should match your shoes, and your shirts and slacks should be versatile enough that they play a role in your business or casual attire. 
Men, try something fun- pick up a shirt with some embroidery or fabulous print on it.  Right now shirts with snap buttons, plaids patterns, and epaulets are hot and look great as well.  Epaulets, if you don’t already know, are the button down straps on the top of the shoulders, like the ones you might see on some military uniforms.  Adding a French cuff shirt to your wardrobe is the easiest way to step up your style.  French cuff shirts are universal and timeless- they never go out of style, like a classic Rolex.  You can find French cuff shirts for any occasion- a shirt to go with your Diesel jeans, or one to upscale your business attire.  Cuff Links are as diverse as buttons these days- you can even find cuff links in the shape of a bottle and corkscrew which would be perfect for that cocktail party you’re going to.
Ladies, try to find some new accessories, like big hoop earrings, and maybe a loopy necklace to match.  Here’s a fun, but effective fashion strategy when shopping for accessories- coordinate the earrings, with your necklace, belt, shoes and even your purse.  You should focus on purchasing your accessories in sets, instead of accumulating random pieces on a whim- this will prevent the headache of trying to coordinate random accessories with an outfit later.  Just have fun with it but remember accessories can make or break your outfit, so don’t go overboard.

If you need Fashion Advice, an image makeover, need to hire a Personal Shopper, or an Image Consultant in the New Jersey & Philadelphia area, please contact me, Karla, at NJFashionDiva@gmail.com.  We can tailor custom men's suits, dresses, and formal wear for any occassion.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sadly “Daddly Jeans”

Men & Jeans; Either You’ve Got It or Forgot It.
Let’s start with they forgot it, and Sadly Daddly Jeans.  Seems like the majority of the men these days are wearing something we women like to call “Daddy Jeans”. These jeans have become a phenomenon occurring with men between the ages of 35 and 49.  Before these ages we can find men wearing Diesel Jeans, Do Denim, Fly Paper and Lucky Brand.  I’m not sure what occurs during this period of a man’s life but it’s almost like the brain has blown a fuse.
Gentlemen, if you are wearing jeans that are over your belly or you have a yard of fabric in your mid to lower region, and you’re between the ages of 35 and 49 you are wearing “Sadly Daddly Jeans”.  This means you have not looked in the mirror or bought a new pair of jeans in years.  I’m not saying that these jeans didn’t have a time or a place- I’m just saying that now is not the time or the place.  These Daddy jeans are acceptable home repair environments, gardening, or working on a greasy old car.  I’m not recommending a “sadly daddly” man to crowbar himself into a fashion forward pair of jeans for the sake of changing their look, especially if they feel awkward.  Even Levi’s, a company better known for their “man jeans”, offers a transition style for men looking to take the next step: The Levi’s 527s for example.
Men, there are some of you who have just “Got It”.  You’re the man who pays attention to ads in magazines, what people are wearing, and typically make efforts to purchase new clothes each season.  Getting it isn’t enough, understanding it helps.  Information is easy to find, you can use Google to learn about current trends, fashion, and style.  I recommend ‘people watching’ at your favorite watering hole, or even in Rittenhouse Square.  Don’t hesitate to simply ask someone whose fashion sense speaks to you, where they buy their clothes.  Just remember not all modern trends are for everybody.  Pay attention to your body type, height, and weight when choosing something new.
Those of you wearing “Sadly Daddly” jeans, don’t fret.  You can break free and feel comfortable with your choices just following a few simple rules:  1) Find a look that interests you.  2) Keep in mind your body type, height, and weight.  3) Don’t buy something your uncomfortable wearing.  There are too many choices out there today, so find something suitable for you.
Doesn’t it feel rewarding and even refreshing, to abandon your closet to try something new?  Sometimes the compliments you receive for trying a new style can even confirm you made the right decision: “You look great! What did you change?”  Everybody has the equal opportunity to feel good about what they wear because fashion can accommodate any person, body type, or personality.  Fashion is flexible and can flatter anybody, provided they make the right decisions.  You don’t have to wear skinny jeans like Justin Bieber to be up-to-date, you just have to willing to try something new.  I applaud those men who have stepped out of their comfort zone, stepped up to the plate, and took a swing at style.  Fashion is all about progression.


If you need Fashion Advice, an image makeover, need to hire a Personal Shopper, or an Image Consultant in the New Jersey & Philadelphia area, please contact me, Karla, at NJFashionDiva@gmail.com.  We can tailor custom men's suits, dresses, and formal wear for any occassion.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Five to Thrive for the Season

Five things You can do to Spruce up your Spring Wardrobe!
1.    Layout your favorite pieces and buy something little and new for each of those items- make sure you can mix and match the items that you choose with other pieces.

2.   Remove at least 5 pieces for that same Spring wardrobe, look for signs of wear and tear, faded fabrics, or muted colors; Remember it’s Spring so choose things that are dull, uninteresting, and drab to remove.
3.    Accessories are a must! Again, find some favorite pieces from last season and see if you can find a few new pieces to add to it. Keep in mind when changing accessories that the weight of the items makes a difference. Fall is usually heavy looking and thick. Spring is usually light, thin and dangly. So when choosing items to add, make sure they flow together. Again, when choosing your items, briefly look through your accessories and remove any damaged, broken or lost single items.  This will keep you from searching for them later and taking precious time when you could have the right pieces in your hand quickly. This is important when you’re in a hurry,

4.    Outerwear.  Review all your pieces and decide on which one of those pieces still works this year and looks fresh. Take that piece and move toward the front of the closet so it gets the most use.

My personal favorite of the five to thrive is next!

5.    Shoes.  Men and Women, go into your closet and take a sandal, a dress shoe, and either a work out shoe or a casual shoe, then remove and replace… look for scuffs, wear and tear on the leather, heels, or toes. Simply find something that is fun and versatile for what you plan to wear this season.

Enjoy the change of season and the clothing most of all.

If you need Fashion Advice, an image makeover, need to hire a Personal Shopper, or an Image Consultant in the New Jersey & Philadelphia area, please contact me, Karla, at NJFashionDiva@gmail.com.  We can tailor custom men's suits, dresses, and formal wear for any occassion.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Ladies & Gentlemen “Walk this Way”

Shoes, Shoes and more Shoes
Get ready to look down; you might be amazed at what you see! Shoes, shoes and more shoes, which usually means when you’re looking down you won’t like what you see or maybe you will? Depending on the next few statements… Unfortunately “Men” you are the biggest offenders of wearing bad, old and outdated or unpolished shoes. Men if you are still wearing a round toe shoe from 5 years ago, it’s time to update your footwear, because there are some fabulous footwear for men now. With leaders like Cole Haan, Bruno Magli, and Zengara you can hit a home run every time.
So, Men let’s move towards a more current fashion with your footwear. If you are looking for something a little more stylish but not over the top, my suggestion is going forward with a little more of a pointed but squared toe look, this will bring you up to date and glide you into our current times … If you’re more of a fashion gentleman you should move towards the more elongated narrower pointed toe. This look is fashionable and very stylist, but careful you don’t want to purchase a shoe style that does fit your personality… If you make this mistake the bottom line is you’ll find the shoes sitting in your closet until the style comes back around.
Ladies, Ladies, Ladies, welcome to “Spring” and I say that because women’s shoes are more fabulous then ever! It’s a free for all for women, ladies feel free to run wild.  Pumps, Sling Backs, Open Toe, High Heels, Sandal’s with heels and Sandals with flats it’s all out there, fabulous, fabulous.
Ladies now is the time to go into your closet and throw away all the shoes with nicks, scrapes and ratty heels… I haven’t seen a bad spring shoe out there… Everything from BCBG, Guess, Steven Madden to “yes” even Jessica Simpson! From bangles around the ankle to strappy slides.

The shoe industry has out done themselves this year, and it’s time to shop. Keep in mind your wardrobe while shopping but have some fun!
If you need Fashion Advice, an image makeover, need to hire a Personal Shopper, or an Image Consultant in the New Jersey & Philadelphia area, please contact me, Karla, at NJFashionDiva@gmail.com.  We can tailor custom men's suits, dresses, and formal wear for any occassion

Sunday, March 13, 2011

“A Line” vs. “Pencil” Skirt

“A Line” vs. “Pencil” Skirt

 An “A Line” skirt is beautiful, elegant, and should only be worn by certain body types.  A Lines skirts aren’t exactly figure friendly. If you prefer an A Line skirt you should look for a few different silhouettes. The more flattering styles of an A Line skirt is usually one of the following types; wide or high wasted and tight to the top of your butt and flares from that point down.  Those styles are the most complimentary to many figures. I truly find that they are best worn by little girls with frills and women with small waists, little butts and very trim.    
The forgiving “Pencil” skirt… Women, listen up, because here is some good advice… The “Pencil” skirt is wonderful, elegant, classic and yet sexy skirt. And “YES” one of the most forgiving styles that women can wear in a skirt. Its straight lines and narrow pencil-like form can make almost any woman’s figure sensual, sexy and slimming. 

Remember when wearing a pencil skirt, keep in mind your height and weight before choosing the length of the skirt.  Pencil skirts, come in many varieties, and can be worn short, long, or as a mini skirt. They can also have slits on one side, both sides, in the back or the front.  Depending where the slit is determines what kind of look you are going for.  The front side slit can mean sexy but conservative; a slit in the back in the middle usually means business-like; and a slit on either one side or both sides means sexy.  So, when choosing your pencil skirt choose wisely- the location of the slit can reveal a lot about you.

If you need Fashion Advice, an image makeover, need to hire a Personal Shopper, or an Image Consultant in the New Jersey & Philadelphia area, please contact me, Karla, at NJFashionDiva@gmail.com.  We can tailor custom men's suits, dresses, and formal wear for any occassion