Monday, January 18th, 2021

Your Wardrobe Doesn’t Have to Be Black

If your wardrobe consists mostly of black, then I’m guessing that you aren’t inspired by what you’re wearing. Would you like to be?

I know, I’ve heard it all before – black is easy. I agree, dressing in black easy. This is what I hear in favour of black:

  • It’s easy to find – black is on every rack in every store.
  • It’s slimming.It is, but so is any dark colour.
  • It’s easy to mix and match. It might be, but it isn’t very interesting.
  • And last but not least, it hides dirt. I don’t know that this is a good reason to wear black.

Are you ready to spice up your wardrobe? Here are a few ways to kick black (at least some of it) out of your wardrobe:

  1. Prints: Adding prints to your wardrobe adds interest and colour. The prints available each season will vary and can include, animal prints, florals, stripes, geometric, etc. Prints are trending this season (Fall 2018) so this is a great time to add some prints to your wardrobe. You’ll find herringbone, glen plaid and houndstooth in stores this season.

To spice up your wardrobe I suggest wearing just one print at a time. Try a floral top with neutral pants or a solid top with a print pant or  print skirt.

  1. Texture: Choose textures like sparkle, ruffles, velvet, lace, ruching, etc. to spice up your wardrobe. Putting smooth textures together (especially black) can be quite boring. Don’t be boring. As with prints, use them sparingly.
  1. Accessories:   Scarves: Use scarves to bring outfits together. Choose a scarf with a print that has your best colours and ties your bottom and top together.

Handbags: A handbag is the perfect accessory to add pizazz to an outfit. Try a handbag in one of your favourite colours (one that picks up a colour in your outfit).

Shoes: Let’s not forget shoes. Bring attention to your outfit by choosing a colour other than black or brown. They just need to match in style and work with the colour of your outfit. Wearing a navy dress? Choose red shoes. Wearing jeans? Choose a print.

The Best Undergarments to Shape, Contour & Boost

Clothes do more than keep you warm – they have the power to create illusions. What you’re wearing is either making you appear smaller or bigger; younger or older; sexy or drab.  The style and shape of your clothing ( ie flare vs straight skirt, v-neckline vs  crew neckline, cap sleeves or 3/4 sleeves) and how well it is suited to your body shape (the two should be in alignment) is very important in how your body appears.

However, your undergarments set the stage. Undergarments are very important in making subtle touches such as creating a slimmer waist, a trim behind or a more curvaceous figure. So before you get dressed invest in undergarments to create a good foundation.

Here are a few pieces that you will need to get you started:

To minimize a large chest choose a minimizing bra that provides extra support and also looks appealing. If you have a large bust, to appear more youthful your bust line should be halfway between your shoulder and elbow. A sagging bust is aging.

To slim legs hold in belly, behind, hips and legs wear a body shaper or stretchy slip to hide bumps and create a smooth look. The type you choose depends on what you’re wearing. The undergarment shouldn’t be visible through your clothes.

To slim the middle area and create curves wear a corset.

Look Great in T-shirts and Sweaters wear bras that have molded cups so there are no visible seams and lace showing.

Peeking Straps are a no-no. Wear a camisole with a built in underwire bra. It is great for lift and you won’t have to worry about peeking straps. Or wear a racer back (for tanks with high cut sleeves) or strapless.

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How to Wear the Pencil Skirt

The pencil skirt is always HOT. If there’s one great thing about the pencil skirt it’s that it’s classic  and always stylish. It is also flattering for most body types  and can be worn in many different ways. Depending on the material and what it’s paired with it can be worn to an elegant event or to a day at the beach.

As you know we are all unique in colouring, body type, fashion personality, etc. which means there is not one look (using the pencil skirt) that will be fantastic for everyone.  I’m all about creating the best look so each of these styles look best on the types I have identified…


Date Night

This is a great date night outfit for the classic or romantic fashion personality! This look is best on women who have a hourglass or rectangle body shape and have dark clear colouring. This outfit is best for a dinner date and will win you brownie points because the colour red is synonymous with passion and you’ll get the chance to show off your curves without being revealing. No matter what your colouring there is a red that is just right for you.

Professional Dress

The pencil skirt in a professional look! This look is most flattering for women with warm colouring who have a sporty or classic fashion personality and a rectangle or hourglass body shape.

Casual Day

This is the pencil skirt in a casual look. The flats, denim, jewelry and tote make it casual. This style is best suited for a dramatic fashion personality who has an oval, hourglass, or triangle body shape.

An Evening of Elegance

This example looks best on a  woman who has a romantic fashion personality. She is light and warm in colour temperature and has a rectangle or hourglass body shape.

Have you ever noticed that when you go to an evening event almost every female in the room is wearing black? Why? It’s easy, it’s slimming and the stores have lots of black. What most women don’t know is choosing a different colour or neutral – one of their best colours will not only create a slimming look they will look stunning because they are wearing a colour that suits their hair, eye and skin tone. This look can be recreated using most any colour. The choice is yours.

Jeans – 3 Different Looks

Do you love jeans? Even though jeans are the hardest wardrobe item to fit, most women have at least one pair and some have dozens of pairs. Where do you stand?

Jeans are a very versatile wardrobe item and can be dressed up or down. I’ve noticed that even though there are many options, most women stick to wearing jeans just one or two ways.

It’s time to get out of the box.

Below I have three (3) ways you can wear blue jeans and a black cami to get different looks. Believe me, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to jeans, so why not have a little fun with it?

I’ve used just one cami, which can be worn both ways lace or no lace but in the pics below two different camis are shown.

Jeans & Cami = 3 Ways

This option is a little dressy and includes flats for those who can’t wear heels.

This option – #2 is casual. It still has the jeans and cami – but also has jacket with a little pop of colour, the shoes have been traded for booties and the accessory is earrings.

Option #3: Starting with the jeans and cami the boots have changed, a handbag has been added and a pearl necklace to bring it up a notch.

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7 Ways Fabric Impacts Your Outfit

If you looked in your closet and asked yourself, “How many of my clothes do I wear and how many of the outfits I wear do I LOVE?” What would your answer be?

You might wonder what ‘loving your clothes’ means. Does it mean ‘they’re okay, I don’t hate them’ or ‘this is as good as it’s ever been’ or ‘ I don’t believe I could ever love them while I still have weight to lose, I can’t afford something better, or….you fill in the blank’.

For me, loving my clothes means that as soon as I’m dressed in the outfit I’ve chosen for the day, how I feel instantly improves. It feels good, it’s comfortable and it brings out my best features.

I haven’t always felt that way. When I was younger I loved clothes  and dressing up but I didn’t know what to buy or how to put outfits together, I was usually never satisfied with what I’d chosen. It was either too small, to itchy, didn’t match or it lacked something to make it look great.  Because I saw other women dressing well, I knew it could be done and that’s when my education in line, design and fabric began.

It’s my intention to help you to start loving your wardrobe as well.  To feel great in any outfit something you must consider is fabric. Remember how I said it seemed I would buy itchy fabrics? Well, being itchy is not the only reason.  The right fabric will not only make you feel comfortable, it will also look great.

  1. When you shop how often do you consider fabric?  Fabric is amazing. Fabric can change the look of a jacket or skirt from office wear to evening wear.  For example, imagine a pencil skirt in three different fabrics. The shape of the skirt stays the same but where it is suitable to be worn and how it looks is quite different.
  2. The fabric you choose for the occasion is important too.  Cotton-polyester is great for a casual workplace like a sports store but is too casual for a law firm. A silk dress might be great for a summer party but unsuitable in a professional environment.
  3. Silks can be worn day and night all year long in a warm climate but in cold climates silk is usually worn during summer and for evening wear during the winter.
  4. Knits are great for business wear for all body shapes as long as they are not worn too tight. Tightness causes bulges at the waist, hips and above and below the bra line. It’s important to wear undergarments that fit well and don’t create extra bulges
  5. Fabrics that bag and sag will ruin the look of an outfit. This can be avoided by not purchasing inexpensive rayons and knits. The next time you’re shopping notice the difference in how they feel. Better fabrics are heavier.
  6. Fabrics should also balance each other.  Similar weights of fabrics easily balance each other, two light-weight fabrics for example or a light-weight with a medium weight and a medium weight with heavier weight fabrics. However, lately it has become trendy to wear fabrics of different weights together. It can be done strategically.
  7. High quality fabric (costs more) holds its shape, lasts longer and looks and feels good. It is worth buying fewer pieces that are good quality because you will look better and they will last longer.

Take a few minutes and go through your closet as ask yourself, “How many of my clothes really make me feel fabulous when I wear them?”  It might just mean making a few slight changes to make a big impact or you maybe you’d like some guidance in making your wardrobe be one you love.


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