Get Savvy About Style
Let’s face it...sometimes you could use a little "oomph" in your style. A new way of looking at your wardrobe, a simple set of what works and what doesn't when wearing your clothes that aren’t about trends and a short checklist to help you when you go shopping. I understand! As a stylist, I share tips and tricks about style on a regular basis with clients and friends. Whether it’s getting a celebrity ready for the red carpet, helping a woman add some new pieces for Spring, getting a gal ready for her wedding or just helping a friend or client choose the perfect bra to wear with a party dress - yes, that happens! Because I know when I'm rocking the right outfit head-to-toe, I can't stop smiling. I believe every woman deserves to look and feel good in her clothes, so read on for my favorite tips and tricks to help you feel confident.
I'd love to hear from you, so please tell me #SimplyTheOne tip or trick that has worked for you.
First things first. Before I have a client try on new clothes, I start by ensuring that she has the right foundation in place that will make her look and feel better in her clothes. The perfect foundation begins with finding a bra that fits. So, I always check out her intimates first. I’m not being naughty; I just know that the right-fitting bra can help a women appear taller and slimmer and her clothes will look better on her. I’ve seen first-hand the remarkable effect the right bra can have on a woman. Every gal needs a bra wardrobe that includes the t-shirt bra, the bra that works under sheer clothing, the bra that can help lift, support and smooth your body and, most importantly, they should all be comfortable & stylish. I recently found THE bra that covers that entire checklist from Barely There; it's their new Simply The One bra. Simply The One is the bra you'll turn to almost every day of the week because of its support, comfort and great variety of neutral colors that you can stock up on.
My top tips for your bras and intimates:
Never underestimate the powerful confidence of a super set of skivvies.
Your underthings shouldn’t be a distraction. You want a bra that stays in place, gives you support, doesn’t ride up or poke you. Barely There's Simply The One bras will get you dressed for every day of the week and every event. The Simply The One bra has the perfect combination of neutral colors to keep you feeling pretty and enhance how your clothes look and fit your body. It has Comfortwire technology, which means the wire is on the OUTSIDE so you don't feel it on the inside. It's made from one piece of soft fabric so you'll get a seamless comfort. Plus, Barely There has included one of my favorite features, convertible straps, which makes Simply The One the most versatile bra in my drawer. The convertible straps make it easy to wear with almost every outfit, whether it's a racer-back tank, halter dress or one shoulder style top. Simply The One is available instore at your local Kohl's or online at Kohls.com for $38.
Bra shopping is like shopping for swimwear or jeans—you have to try them on to the find the right flattering fit. You know this, but I'm telling you again, your breast size changes due to weight fluctuation, babies, workout routine and more. Go get ’em sized!
Bulges on your sides and back never look good. You may be wearing the right size bra, but the wrong style. This can happen even when you’re not overweight. So look for bras with a wider flat band, which will offer a smoothing effect. If I didn't have on the right bra, like Barely There's Simply The One, you'd see every line or small bulge through this dress, but thanks to its one-piece technology for truly seamless wearing and light foam cups which help shape and support this dress looks smooth.
Cold weather, air-conditioned theaters, restaurants and offices can lead to an uncomfortable situation I call “your headlights are on.” No woman likes the unwanted attention of eyes on those. So instead of lots of padding, donning an extra sweater or sticking on nipple covers, avoid a thin or sheer bra. It may pretty, but you'll be distracted when you notice you're poking through and I've found those bras have a short "life," meaning they develop small tears or pulls in the fabric quicker.
I like the Carrie Bradshaw character from Sex and the City just as much as my girlfriends. I easily fall prey to watching the reruns for the fashion. Who doesn't!? But I'm not a fan of showing off the bra just as much as the clothes. When it comes to sheer types of clothing, you want to match your bra closest to your skin color so the bra seems to disappear on your body. And what doesn’t work is a white bra under a white t-shirt. Flesh toned and black bras will be your go-to bras.
And lastly, just like you go through your closet and clean out the clutter, do the same for your intimate drawers. Once or twice a year, empty your underwear and bra drawers and get rid of the ratty, pilled and grungy intimates. And toss the ones you haven’t worn in ages. Go buy a new bra that fits your body.
My Style Tips:
The most important tip I tell everyone:
Every trend is not for every body! All trends do not work for all people. Wear only the trends that suit you. So try it on before you buy it.
You’ll never be asked to leave a party because you’re overdressed. Everyone appreciates a chic gal. Compliments will occur guaranteed! It's when you underdress that people whisper.
Too tight is never right. If you can’t breathe or there’s a bump or bulge - leave it behind.
Don't fall prey to what I call "sale psychosis." I've walked into many of my client and celebrity closets and see tags hanging on clothes long after they buy the item. When I ask them the story behind the purchase they always tell me it was on sale. Only buy an item that you adore whether it's on sale or full-price. And ladies, if you regret the purchase then return it, don't waste your money on clothes that go unworn.
Get out of your jeans once in a while. Dress like you’re trying to impress someone you’re attracted to or take on the role of a stylish celeb. Just walk with confidence and skip the sneakers. There are too many options from lace-up brogues to slip-on flats that are comfortable enough to run errands or dash after the kids.
Choose heels more often, even if they’re only one inch—they change the shape of your body and your attitude.
The right alterations can make an outfit go from ho-hum to wow. You don't have to spend a fortune to get a dress hemmed or a shirt nipped in on the sides. Sometimes taking items you already own and tweaking them suddenly gives them a "new" life in your wardrobe. For example, remove the sleeves of a dress or hem a long skirt to knee length. Find a good tailor or seamstress in your town or city. Your local dry cleaner probably has one.
When dressing up, wear bottoms that rise over your belly for the smoothest lines under tops. For jeans, skip the low rise and choose a mid-rise style.
Always try clothes on. All designers cut differently and even the same designer may have different fits from skirts to pants. You want clothes that fit and flatter not just scream color or the designer name. Remember, there is no fashion police on the street pulling you over and checking your labels or size. I wear brands from all price points and mix them up along with vintage finds and items I've swapped with girlfriends. And I have clothes in four sizes in my closet due to the way different brands cut their clothes. I don't care and neither should you.
A-line skirts are THE answer to just about every body type. Whether you’re curvy, slender, have hips, want a waist or are trying to hide your thighs. An A-line skirt will create a waist, fall nicely to your knees and hide practically anything you need it to. The A-line dominates my skirt rack!
Excessive details can add weight. Patch pockets, ruffles, big buttons, epaulettes, wide collars—they all add extra “weight” and accentuate what you have underneath.
Play up your good parts. Great gams, buff biceps, a long neck, a pretty face or beautiful hair need to be highlighted by your outfit.
Remember that style is very different from fashion. Find what works for you - whether it is classic, eclectic, edgy or romantic - and go full throttle!
Girlfriends, this is truly the MOST IMPORTANT:
Smile and make eye contact - it's harder for someone to be critical of your clothes when you are lovely and interesting!