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Make a Statement

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Spruce up your outfit by making a statement with your neckline.

Necklaces are becoming the rage and fashion statement.  Forget matching your shoes with your bag.  Gather an ensemble based on your accessories – starting with your necklace.

Statement necklaces are bulky and obnoxious; yet, they are fashionable!  This accessory can take any blah – fit (blah + outfit = “blah-fit” AKA boring) and create a trendy look.  When accessorizing with a statement necklace, an outfit becomes versatile.  For instance, if wearing all black is your thing, consider a bright-colored blouse, black knee-boots and a blazer while at work. Meeting the girls for happy hour?  Switch into a peep toe pump – preferably, something more neutral than the necklace.  Despite the setting, statement necklaces are always welcome.

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Denim Squared

Denim seems to be making its way back into the hearts of fashion lovers. I’m not just talking about on the lower half of the body, but on the upper. Fashion-forwards, feast your hearts on doubling the denim. That’s right – denim tops and denim bottoms.

It can be challenging to decide just how to wear your denim. I know we all have our favorite denims, but imagine them paired with a posh denim top. With a clear palette, get even trendier by adding a brimmed hat and knee-high boots over your jeans.

Sewn to perfection seams, flawless button detail, fitted or flared, Denim is the American trademark (well, especially in Texas). Despite the slight color variation between denim, dare to wear! Focus on bringing the two pieces together with accessories, such as: a long three-strand necklace, a thin belt, dark cat-eyed makeup and a red lip! As a clean palette, denim directs attention to your accent pieces (Note: speaking of an accent piece, mix up the look by adding different materials –such as suede or patent leather).

After seeing Givenchy’s 2013 resort collection, I went crazy over the denim dressed model – which wore a wide-armed denim button down, tucked in wide-legged denim shorts, topped off with rustic camel-colored boots, which tied from the ankle up, covering all possibility of leg (pure fabulousness!). This designer breathes life to the idea that accessories are an importance! They can truly emphasis or enhance an ensemble.

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Denim is a material of pure versatility – it can be worn in any season and with any color. The most fun element of Denim is it allows for Fashion lovers to take the reins. It opens the door, allowing for imagination to make its way into your sense of fashion.

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Dare to Wear – The Art of White

Form-fitting and sleek is what this fall season is about. Color has always been a fame to claim – thought to elicit individuality and uniqueness. However, what about the clean palette of the color white and its infinite styling potential?

Fall has transpired as the season for bright solids paired with distinctive patterns. Yet, white has always been identified as a pure, and in some instances, a self-conscious color. Aside from the inconspicuous feelings of the color white, there is simplicity to its nature.

White is a color that is very forgiving, no matter the body type. It gives affirmation to the rule that “less is better.” It is a color that gives way to true fashion, allowing room for bold accessory pairing or accent colors. I have always been a fan of the sleek look married with bold accessories and eye-catching shoes. However, I have always been mindful of the time and place, in which white is worn.

The function or environment, in which you chose to wear white, is important to consider. This allows you to better understand how to wear white. Perhaps, this is why white has gained its reputation of being unsuitable. Do you pair your white skinny jeans with a white tunic and an accent waist belt, or with a grey blazer and a white blouse? Maybe, you ditch the skinnies, altogether and wear a white sweater dress and sheer tights with knee boots.

If incorporating white into your wardrobe is too distressing, try adding lighter shades of color. Lighter shades of color can substitute for white anytime you are considering physique-slimming ensembles. Pale colors, shades of nude and tans can do wonders at smoothing edges.

White is not only chic, but when paired with the right elements it can be seen as very polished or fashion-forward. Many worry about the stark shade “drowning them out.” If this is so, consider altering your hairstyle. Not necessarily the color, but the contour. Opt for a smoother, more chic hairstyle -one with a straight-edge cut, a bone-straight flat ironed look or more defined waves or curls. Whatever the selection, ensure it fits your face and personality.

Fashion is a little strenuous for some, because they try too hard to fit in with the latest trends. Take your time to enjoy. Fashion is in a revolving door – trends will circle back around. When trends resurface, be two steps ahead by adding your own flare. Fashion is truly yours – own it!

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Stylish World

Okay, so every little girl seems to grow up and want to be the most fabulous. However, what is there to keep her motivated through the many years that lie between childhood and adulthood?

As a child I admired the classic look and straight lines of pencil skirts, seamed thigh highs, classic suede pumps; yet, somewhere in between my aspirations and the truth of reality laid a blurred line. As a college student, I couldn’t afford to buy top notch designer wear.  Despite my champagne taste and penny pinching pockets, I found a median.

I’m a people watcher and I have long wondered what separates the eclectic name-brand world from the world I am most familiar with: budget-keeping “tarjay?” I mean, there is something more to fashion besides shopping the look for less or raiding magazines for the next hottest trend. So, like I said, I look to the world that surrounds me. Of course, it’s great to admire the trend setters, but who is to say you can’t become one yourself?

Style is all about working with the canvas you are given: your body. Clothing is all designed differently and naturally, so are our bodies (and personalities). Undeniably, no two people should share the same wardrobe.

Clothing should compliment you, whether it be your body type or personality. For instance, if you are curvaceous, where something flattering to your curves (no horizontal stripes!). If you are working with a smaller frame, wear clothing appropriate to your size.  And, I’m not saying it has to be clingy, just let it be fitting and more importantly, flattering.

With the turn of the season, weather grows colder and nights longer. Layering is a style that will never fade because it’s a way to add color, different textures and of course, stay warm. For any woman’s layering needs, I look to J. Crew and Banana Republic, these stores seemed to invent layering! Besides… the clothing is versatile for no matter the occasion – work, weddings, parties or dates.

I am an ex-shopaholic, I now look to my closet to see how I can make last year’s look this year’s hook-up.  Instead of throwing away those old rags, try playing with the look. Incorporate a belt, different jewelry or layer the look with different colors/textures or even, try a different hairstyle.

With clothing, we forget there are infinite things to do with any one piece. Be different; step outside of the box to define a new you!!

PS: Stop wearing the same outfits. Mix and matching is like having an “infinity” wardrobe…it keeps going and going and going.

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