Say “YES” to Wearing a Dress This Holiday Season!

Karen Dorland Image ExpertI know, I know… we just finished Thanksgiving and here I am bringing up the subject of dressing for the special Holiday Season in 2013 and saying YES to wearing a dress! How many Saturdays are left? Well as I write this, there are 10 weekends left before Christmas.

The ease of slipping into a dress, adding a few accessories and running out the door makes dresses a must-have wardrobe option for any season. If a dress fits well and flatters your coloring, there is no easier way to get dressed. I’m here to help you choose a dress and determine the few items you’ll need to pair with it in order to create an outstanding outfit. Continue reading

7 Fall Fashion Solutions For This 2013 Season

2013 fashion copyFashion can be fun and entertaining—but let’s not forget that it can also solve fit problems. It’s challenging to see runway models in designer fashions and translate how those fashions would work on real women with real bodies. You don’t have to do that. I’ve already scouted the latest 2013 Fall trends and found 7 fit solutions. Let’s explore what might work for your fit challenges.

Fit Challenge:

A. “I never find boots that will go over my thicker calves.”

B. “Boots are always too big because my calves are thin. There’s always an unsightly gap between my leg and the top of the boot.”

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4 Timely Shopping Tactics for Fall 2013

8320799685_2dc0efd770You may have been waiting for the right moment to freshen up your wardrobe basics or to update your classics. Plan that shopping trip and get ready to stock up. Here are 4 timely shopping tactics for the 2013 fall season.

Classic shopping list

  • The moto jacket never looked better and there are many versions to choose from. The one you buy this year will be in style for years to come.
  • Loafers in flats or heels look great with the menswear fabrics of this season plus they’re comfortable and stable compared to a high heel.
  • The wrap dress created in the 70s satisfied millions of women with curves. Buy one in a color or print that flatters your natural coloring and it will be one of your classic go-to pieces.
  • There’s hardly anything easier than wearing a pantsuit. The matched pieces always give you a put together look in daytime or evening. Get one in a quality fabric and it will last for years.

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9 Easy Tips on How to Shop When You Don’t Have Time

bigstock-Happy-mature-woman-with-laptop-48317717What do you do when you feel like you have the urge for something new but no time to shop? Everyone’s busy, but here are 9 easy tips to keep you feeling good when time is tight.

  1. Shop your closet. You already have a boutique. Spend time putting three outfits together this week. Mixing up what you already can feel just as exciting as buying something new.
  1. Shop trusted consignment stores. If there’s a consigner that seems to consistently reflect your taste and the sizes fit your body, ask the store owner to call you when that person has brought in new pieces.
  1. Have your “Style Words” with you. What is the message you want to convey through your clothing?  Trendy, dramatic, approachable, sensuous, classic? Does your new purchase fall into any of the categories on your card? Next time we are together, we can review them.
  1. Always carry your colour palette with you. It can easily be tucked into your purse. This way your new purchase will mix and match with the items in your closet or suitcase!
  1. Shop while you’re traveling, but only if you stick close to your style formula. Some things bought in Ecuador might look great in Ecuador but when you get them home, you may have a “What was I thinking” moment. If you travel with a companion to larger cities and have time on your hands, shopping can actually be relaxing. Even if you just window shop, when you get back home your eyes will be able to edit what’s in the stores much faster because of your earlier shopping field trip.
  1. Do you have long layovers in airports? Some airport shopping might be just the thing. Again, stick to your style formula! Some of the shops in airports offer fun style solutions that might be out of the ordinary from where you live.
  1. While you’re at the airport, pick up a fashion magazine from another country. England’s Harper Bizarre, French Elle, or Australia’s Vogue are great choices. Start a style file by ripping out things that appeal to you. When you get home, hand them over to your image consultant or stylist and ask her to help you interpret the looks in your price point.
  1. If this isn’t the right time to spend time on your wardrobe, look in your closet and see what brands are already working for you. Go online and see if there’s something that strikes you this year from what that brand is offering. If their lines stay true to size, ordering and filling in with a few new things could be a breeze!
  1. Hire an image consultant. They know the resources, the trends, and the timing of when things are going to be in the stores. Additionally, an image consultant studies you and your lifestyle and interprets what’s best for you from the overwhelming selections each season. She can make your shopping time so efficient. The results will exceed your expectations! Isn’t it time you contact your consultant today?

Share your time saving tips with me! I love getting feedback. And don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too if you have one via the commentluv feature here on the site.

Until next time,

Karen

 

10 Tricks of the Trade in Swimsuit Fashion

bigstock-Senior-Woman-Having-Fun-In-Swi-39240712Still wondering whether you want to accept that pool party invitation? Last time we talked about 8 tips on pool party wear for poolside confidence. Here are an additional 10 tricks of the trade in swimsuit fashion to further build poolside confidence. You may not secure a page in Sports Illustrated but you may be more confident lounging by a pool or ocean-side at a resort. Continue reading