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August 2010

Change-Just-One-Thing Fashion Upgrades

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Modernize Your Shoes


Before: Some shoes stay in fashion for years, but decade-old mules have not. Their shiny white patent leather material (especially in contrast to her dark skin tone) make others notice her shoes first, rather than her great dress or bright smile.

Clothes Calls: Nine Fashion Decisions We've Made for You

1. I've heard it said that there's one hemline that will always be correct. What is it?
The perfect hem hits the top of the knee or an inch above—no higher. Period. If you despise your knees,  wear a skirt or dress that grazes the bottom of the kneecap and a higher heel. But odds are your knees look fine.

2. Can I wear brown and black together? Navy and black?
Yes! And since all three colors function as neutrals, there's not much heavy brain work involved. Especially on the upper half of the body, navy is kinder than black, which tends to draw color out of the face. A brown or navy shoe, belt, or bag worn with a pair of black pants shows that you possess a certain amount of flair. To make this look no-fail, always match socks or hosiery to your shoe.

3.What should a woman never wear if she wants to dress her age?
In your 20s: Matching suits—dressing like a Park Avenue matron just makes a young person look dated.

4. In your 30s and up: Colored tights—too juvenile. Low-slung jeans, shorts, or skirts—no one wants to see muffin top or midriff.

5. In your 40s and up: The schoolgirl look—rounded collars, pleated plaid skirts, and pinafores look wrong on grown women. Short skirts—hems that hit midthigh or higher aren't appropriate no matter how hot your legs look.

6.In your 50s and up: Anything strapless—unless you're wearing a jacket or other shoulder coverage. Innerwear as outerwear—leave the bias-cut slipdress in the bedroom (and, for that matter, the terry cloth hoodie and sweatpants).

7. In your 60s and up: Bikinis—there are gorgeous one-piece swimsuits that don't reveal the whole landscape.

8. No matter your age: Nude or white hosiery—better to go barelegged with a spray tan. Shoulder pads—honestly, why? Ankle-length straight skirts—flattering to exactly no one. Retro trends—if you were old enough to wear it the first time, don't revisit it.

9. Safe at any age: Heels (two inches and up)—they make every pair of legs look toned. Jeans—there's a modern pair made for every body shape. T-shirts—a soft, fitted cotton tee always gives off an unstudied, contemporary vibe.

Blog written by Angela Barbagallo, Fashion Stylist tips from oprah.com
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7 Things You Should Never Wear If You're Over a Certain Age

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SHORT SKIRTS
Avoid miniskirts or short shorts, especially with Uggs. A skirt should be an inch above or an inch below the knee; tiny shorts are only for the beach. And if it's warm enough to bare your legs, ditch the boots.

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BARE MIDRIFF
Don't expose your stomach, even if you have rock-hard abs. It's never appropriate.

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TUBE TOPS
The cut looks unflattering even on young, perky bodies, so imagine what it does to women who need a lift. Tube tops smush the boobs and create the appearance of underarm flab, even if you don't have any.

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SHREDDED DENIM
If you wore this trend during the first go-around in the '80s, that's a sign you shouldn't resurrect it. In fact, follow that rule with every trend.

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A TUNIC WORN AS A DRESS
Tunics treated as dresses cut you off at midthigh. Try a tunic over leggings: problem solved.

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BRIGHT NAIL POLISH
As you age, skin gets more sallow—and neon colors don't look good against it. Red or coral is as daring as you should go.

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ROMPERS
Adult women should not take style cues from little girls.

Blog written by Angela Barbagallo, Fashion Stylist tips by Adam Glassman from oprah.com
Style Angel Corporation Pty Ltd
1 Bracken Close   Engadine NSW 2233 Australia
    Ph  02 9520 9940   Fax 02 9520 9018  Mob 0407 032 531
angela@styleangel.com   www.styleangel.com 

©Style Angel Corporation 2010

4 New Ways to Wear a Black Suit

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Swap in a Cardigan

A suit jacket, pants, or skirt mixed with less structured pieces makes for a modern take on business dressing   

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Layer the Jacket Over a Dress

Wear your jacket with a dress nonchalantly, as if it were a boyfriend blazer. Flip up the collar or push up the sleeves to instantly make it look more youthful. The pairing of this jacket with this dress, which resembles a top and a skirt, proves that black and navy are brilliant together.

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Add a Splash of Color

Accent black with any bright but yellow (which would make you look like a bumblebee). A red corset and matching pumps enliven the suit. "I'm in black almost every day," Michelle says. "This top is a great update." A tailor can easily line a jacket's sleeves with bold fabric.

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Dress It Up for Evening

"Even though I wouldn't wear a sequined top at work, I'd wear the jacket and pants and change my shirt on the way out," says Michelle. Cropped wool flannel pants tone down the shell, and black and silver create a no-fail dressy look.

Blog written by Angela Barbagallo, Fashion Stylist tips by Adam Glassman from oprah.com
Style Angel Corporation Pty Ltd
1 Bracken Close   Engadine NSW 2233 Australia
    Ph  02 9520 9940   Fax 02 9520 9018  Mob 0407 032 531
angela@styleangel.com   www.styleangel.com 

©Style Angel Corporation 2010