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  We can tailor custom men's suits, dresses, and formal wear for any occassion.

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