Statement necklace

The right clothes and accessories can shave years off your look.  As one of the co-hosts of the past show, 10 Years Younger on TLC , I worked with women and men who had forgotten about taking care of themselves. They were busy, stressed, taking care of their kids and needed our help. Part styling, part good 'ole fashion listening to them discuss their lifestyles we were able to create makeovers that boosted their confidence, would translate to their everyday life and helped them look 10 years younger. My recent article as a contributing editor of Closer Weekly honed in on helping you look younger by the fashion choices you make.

WRAP DRESS

     

Banana Republic Gemma Wrap Dress, $98 Banana Republic

Maggy London Printed Faux Wrap Dress, $118 Macy's

Creating the illusion of a waist is key to looking younger. Your secret weapon? A wrap dress. It cinches at, for most women, the thinnest part to make it the focal point of your look.

TAILORED BLAZER

     

Rag & Bone Lorimer Blazer, $470 Shopbop

D & G Black Blazer, $372 Yoox

The best way to battle gravity? With structured pieces like a blazer that nips in the waist — they’ll pull trouble spots back into place. Shapeless silhouettes just look dowdy. 

DARK BOOT-CUT JEANS

The quickest way to age yourself is in roomy, light-wash jeans. Opt for slimming dark hues and a wider hem, which balances widen-ing hips. Fabric with 2 percent spandex has enough stretch to give you a perky posterior. 

LARGE SUNGLASSES

     

Protect and cover up fine line with a pair of big shades like Julia Roberts'.

Elizabeth and James "Essex" Sunglasses, $165 Zappos Couture

Sunglasses do more than just protect your peepers from the sun. Oversize shades hide pesky crow’s-feet. Plus, they make the face look slimmer by comparison! Choose angular frames that enhance bone structure. 

A BRIGHT SHIRT

     

No sallow skin here! Jane Fonda's shimmery aqua top gives her a radiant, youthful glow.

Banana Republic Silk Utility Blouse in Cancun Turquoise, $80 Banana Republic

Dark colors worn close to your face can make fine lines stand out. But a bright hue, like apple-green or turquoise, gives skin a warm, youthful glow. Just be sure to wear neutrals everywhere else. 

A BRA THAT FITS

Boosting your bust can take years off of your look. A right-fitting bra will restore your hourglass by lifting the bust up and away from your middle. Perks of a perky chest? Your torso looks longer and leaner. Get properly fitted for free at any bra store. 

SHORT STATEMENT NECKLACE

J. Crew Stacked Stones Necklace, $160 J. Crew

A chunky necklace is totally on-trend, but it can also camouflage skin problems (like sun damage or a crepey neck). Pieces should sit on your collarbone — anything longer draws eyes down. Stones that catch light warm a complexion. 

TRENDY FLATS

Aching feet beg for sensible shoes, but there’s no frumpy footwear here! This season’s crop of chic flats — in laser-cut fabrics or exotic skins — means you can be comfy and stylish. Look for a sturdy rubber sole. 

ches at your thinnest spot to make it the focal point of your look, 

 

It's officially shorts weather! There are shorts styles for every occasion from work wear to date night. Time to step beyond the basic t-shirt and cut-offs and embrace the newest way to wear shorts. From shorts suits for the office that bridge the gap between power meetings and casual Fridays to embellished shorts that replace your LBD for cocktail parties to your denim done better for weekends. 

 

These are a few looks I recently styled. Get a similar look with my additional picks below.

 

Get The Look

The POWER Shorts Suit

Catherine Catherine Malandrino 'Phoenix' Jacket, $138 Nordstrom

Catherine Catherine Malandrino 'Taylor' Shorts, $88 Nordstrom

Vince Camuto Sleeveless Top, $69 Bloomingdale's

Seychelles 'Thyme' Wedge, $95 Piperlime

Splurge: Gucci Soho Leather Shoulder Bag, $1,490 Gucci

 

Embellished Shorts For Parties & Date Night

Boohoo Colette All Over Beaded Shorts, $45 Boohoo

Daniel Rainn Silk Easy Tank, $69 Piperlime

Tinely Road Pleated Cami, $54 Piperlime

Mixed Metal Gladiator High Heels, $275 J. Crew

Diane Von Fusternberg Envelope Faceted Stud clutch, $265 Bloomingdale's

 

Weekends Made Better In Denim

Paige Denim 'Jackson' Long Sleeve Denim Romper, $239 Nordstrom

Crystal Mobile Necklace, $145 J. Crew

Perforated Leather Belt, $55 J. Crew

Stuart Weitzman Platform Espadrille Wedge Sandals, $385 Bloomingdale's 

Holiday Dressing - What to Wear to the Party

Here's perfect picks of what to wear to this season's cocktail parties, festive dinners, neighborhood gatherings and even New Year's Eve fete. 'Tis the season for glitz and glam from cocktail dresses, lace pants, sequin tops, beaded skirts and cropped jackets to the must-have statement necklace. Time to dress up!


Extraordinary Little Black Dresses

These black cocktail dresses won't get lost in a sea of LBD's at the party.

    

Aidan Mattox Beaded Cocktail Dress, $365 Saks Fifth Avenue

Alice + Olivia Bergen Sequin Mesh-Back Ballerina Dress, $419 Saks Fifth Avenue

Gold Dresses for Kisses Under the Mistletoe

    

Parker Hayden Silk and Bead Dress, $396 Piperlime

Ark & Co. Sequin Chevron Dress, $98 Piperlime

Silver Dresses Guarantee Party Drama

    

Carmen Marc Valvo Silver Organza Dress, $409 Saks Fifth Avenue

BCBG Max Azria Sequined Cocktail Dress, $368 Saks Fifth Avenue

When You're Ready to Give Your Little Black Dress a Rest

    

Carmen Marc Valvo Brocade Peplum Cocktail Dress, $595 Saks Fifth Avenue

Halston Heritage Side Ruffle Sheath Dress, $445 Nordstrom

Shimmering Sequin Tops

      

Parker Carol Beaded & Sequin Top, $286 Saks Fifth Avenue

Tory Burch Sequined Top, $495 Saks Fifth Avenue

Pretty Skirts For Multiple Parties

    

Milly Inverted Pleat Skirt, $245 ShopBop

Pim + Larkin Sequin Mosaic Mini - Multi, $89 Piperlime

Longer Skirts With BIG Impact

    

Line & Dot Sirene Sequin Maxi Skirt, $168 Anthropologie

Tibi Simona Jacquard Full Skirt, $395 ShopBop

Cropped Party Jackets

Skip the blazer and scarf like wraps and choose one of these.

    

Showstopper Sequin Cropped Jacket, $30 Forever 21

Skies Are Blue White Metallic Jacket - White/Metallic, $89 Piperlime

Bold Statement Necklace For When Your Dress Or Top Needs Some Sass

    

RJ Graziano Color Luxe Geometric Statement Necklace, $75 Bloomingdale's

 Luxury Blue Flower-Shaped Diamond Necklace, 33 Light in the Box

Cinch the Waist with a Stand-Out Belt

    

Glitter Belt, $32.50 J. Crew  and Metal Plate Bow Waist Belt, $14 ASOS

The Accessories to Finish Off Your Look

    

Report Zany Black Bow Heels, $100 Piperlime

Diane Von Furstenburg Lytton Sequined Floral-Print Clutch Bag, $217 Neiman Marcus

Contributors:

Christina's Pick

    

Statement Necklace, $22 ASOS and Tinley Road Vegan Leather Miniskirt, $39 Piperlime

The Holidays come around and so do all the parties and family gatherings. You've spent all the money on gifts for other people, but you can't forget about the most important...yourself! Make a statement without overdoing the sparkles with a multi chain necklace that can spice up your holiday look. And for the gift that keeps on giving, a leather mini that can be used year after year and as multiple outfits.

Street Swag

Lauren's Pick

The Whole Package Navy Strapless Dress, $92 Lulu's

I'm going for a winter wonderland look this holiday season and whether the party is fancy or dance-y, I just want to sparkle! This flirty little dress from Lulu's really is the whole package: it's got glitter, it's got sequins, it's got a pretty bow to make you feel like a present! To complete the ensemble, I paired it with navy, glitter heels and a silver, iridescent eye shadow. Party guests are gonna need their ski goggles on when I walk in!

Endless Amusement

For this week’s Friday Favorites we pay homage to one of my favorite quotes about fashion. Working as a fashion director and stylist, I’ve come to enjoy all the hues that designers use when creating a collection. However I’m always overjoyed when a designer embraces bold colors. So this week we share our Cerulean Blue favorites.
 
From the beloved, Devil Wears Prada:
 
Miranda Priestly: Something funny?
Andy Sachs: No, no, nothing. Y'know, it's just that both those belts look exactly the same to me. Y'know, I'm still learning about all this stuff.
Miranda Priestly: This... 'stuff'? Oh... ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don't know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise, it's not lapis, it's actually cerulean. You're also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn't it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic "casual corner" where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of "stuff."
 
Alison's Pick
 
 
Stella McCartney Cerulean Blue Collarless Silk Blouse, $308 Neiman Marcus
 
This collarless blouse is the perfect opportunity to show off a statement necklace.
 
Christina Wright's Pick
Classic Q Trifold Wallet, $200 ShopBop
This cerulean Marc Jacobs wallet would go perfect with my bright aqua purse. It's no secret that blue is my favorite color, but not just any old boring sky blue. I love shocking, fun, insane pop of color blue! Be sure you have your sunglasses on when I come around with my eye-popping blues. 
 
Lauren's Pick
 
 
Scotch Naturals in Seaboard, $23 SG Nails
I had to go with this nail polish because with this, you can incorporate cerulean into every look! It was tough to narrow down my favorite pick this week, because cerulean is one of my favorite colors! It's splashed all over my wardrobe and jewelry. A bonus, Scotch Naturals uses an eco-friendly, water-based formula without any of those harmful chemicals most nail polishes have. I give it two cerulean-painted thumbs up!
 
 
Christina Moffitino's Pick
 
 
Ton-Sur-Ton Beaded Bib, $30 Anthropologie 
 This Anthropologie necklace has such a cool ombre of cerulean that drew me to it. When it comes to jewelry, I love statement pieces. I have a slight obsession with buying necklaces in bright pops of color. I love that it can add the perfect pop to any ensemble.
 

We love this look for workwear. Unless you work in a corporate setting where skirt suits and hosiery are still required, most work attire has become far more creative. Many in my industry haven't bought a full matching suit in countless years. Instead, it's the art of mixing separates. This look works multiple ways in your wardrobe and easily transitions from 9-5 to cocktails. The skirt, while fitted, isn't mini so there's no concern you're showing off the goods if you bend down. The blouse is a classic staple for your closet while the blazer will work with a skirt, pants or even jeans on weekends. And what better way to create your own style identity than with accessories. The bib necklace and gold toe cap heels are statement makers. The necklace would help make a simple strapless black dress stand out and the cap toe heel poking out from under long hemmed pants in any color from red, burgundy, teal to hunter.

 

    

                 Blouse, H&M $56                        Crepe Open Front Blazer, New Look $40    

 

Color-Block Pencil Skirt, Shopbop $118      

      

 Jeweled Bib Necklace, Go Jane $29                Toe Cap Pumps, Mango $110

 

Ostrich Embossed Shoulder Bag, Zappos $64

 

 

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