The Best of Fall

As the air gets a little crisper, the apples are fully visible on the trees, and when the September issue of Vogue arrives it means, to me, the fall fashion season has officially begun. This fall is filled with so many great trends! Here is The best of Fall so far… oxblood, gold, leather, motorcycle jackets, fitted blazers, lace, cap toed shoes, animal print, dark lips, and peplums to name just a few!

The Best of Fall

Looking Good for Back to School

As a mother of two teenagers, and having always been an aspiring fashionista, I completely understand and relate to the needs of a fabulous back to school wardrobe.  For most teenagers, who and what you are is greatly communicated through your clothes, your style.  So parents it is important we let our kids/teenagers have free reign on this expression…don’t fight them, help them. Of course some boundaries and limitations should be formed, mostly budget and appropriateness.  Here are some tips and inspiration for both you parents and teens to make the most out of your back to school shopping…

I do hate saying this, but, first impression is everything.  No matter how much you think it doesn’t matter it does. It has been said that you make your first impression of someone in the first 10 seconds of meeting them! With that I would say go ahead and find that great first day of school outfit…your peers and teachers are definitely going to be sizing you up!

My first piece of advice before taking on a shopping extravaganza, is to clean out the closet. Cleaning out the closet before heading out shopping will help you truly know what you need and what you don’t need. Figure out the items that no longer fit you, you no longer like, or have seen better days and need to be tossed. There are tons of great organizations and shelters that are always looking for donations. If you have items that have never been worn and still have tags on them I strongly suggest eBay. Use the cash to invest in new replacement pieces.

Whether your shopping expedition will take place at Wal-Mart or Bloomingdales, set a budget. Shopping vintage stores and yard sales can be fun and help you save a lot of money.  I love eBay for vintage t-shirts and jackets! For shoe shopping I discovered you can find tons of discount coupons for all the major shoe websites. Keep in mind you don’t have to buy your entire fall/winter wardrobe at once. Spreading it out can be less overwhelming. Remember September and October can still be warm so sweaters and jackets can be purchased a little later.

Most of us have a look or persona we portray.  If you or your teenager hasn’t figured that out yet, explore that. It will help you find clothes you love. Are you Rocker, Feminine, Preppy, Sporty, Artsy, etc.? Find your individuality!

Here are some examples…

Rocker, Edgy…

Preppy…

Artsy…

Now, learn the trends. Trends are a way to be current. This season we are seeing so much in fashion! As always I recommend incorporating whatever trend you love but do not spend a lot! Trends go in and out and it is very likely you will be clearing your closet of these items next year.

Huge, huge!!! Varsity jackets and sweaters…

Motorcycle Jackets, Moto Jackets…

Floral, sorry boys I have to leave you out on this one…

Cardigan Sweaters…

Chambray Shirts…Denim Jackets…

Blazers…

Graphic Print Tees…

Plaid…

Colored Bottoms…

Guys often have a harder time creating their style.  I recommend trying the layered look. Layers add interest and create total functionality…mornings are cold waiting outside for the bus and schools are usually warm.

Adding accessories for guys is also an easy way to create individuality. It’s also a way to add new life to an old outfit.  Try a scarf, an interesting belt, a watch with interchangeable bands, a quirky bow tie (my son has a whole collection!), fun socks, or a pop of color with a bright backpack…

Girls generally have an easier time. But accessories again are fun and easy pieces to add to your look.  Try scarves, belts, stacked bracelets, bright tights, a unique backpack, and anything else you love and are attracted to…

Shoes are so important.  I think it is a requirement to wear a brand new pair on the first day of school, that started back when you were in Kindergarten. So choose something fabulous and comfy! You can even design your own unique pair at www.converse.com

Looking Good for back to school doesn’t have to be about spending a fortune, buying an entire new wardrobe, or stressing over your clothes. It’s about being creative, finding your uniqueness, and being proud of who you are, no matter what that is. Good luck and have a fabulous year!

xo-Robin

Learn How to Play Up Your Curves and Love the Way You Look!

So many women want to look “thinner”…the reality is they can…without starving themselves on a crazy diet or exercising compulsively. All it takes is learning how to dress YOUR body in a flattering, relevant, non-sabotaging manner. Learning how to recognize the body parts you want to play-up and the body parts you want to play-down and learning about silhouette and fabrics.

Let’s start with the foundation…literally. Undergarments are the key to having clothes do what they are supposed to do…flatter and fit. No matter what your size I will always recommend a bra fitting by a professional bra fitter. If you don’t know one or know how to go about finding one please contact me, I will find you one. Just having a good bra will help create definition in the waist. Your girls need to sit high and be contoured…not torpedoed or sagging.

Shapers and smoothers for stomach, thighs, or tush will also be part of a good foundation. They will create smooth lines and rid garments of panty lines, muffin tops, and anything else we might want to conceal.

Often women with curves feel  the best way to dress their bodies is with loose-fitting, baggy garments. In fact, this should not be the case. Finding clothes that accentuate and define are the key. A relaxed cut in a top is fine when you don’t add too much volume. Wearing garments that are too loose and carry too much fabric will only add volume to your frame. Here are two looser fitting tops that work really well…

Women with larger chests or who are top-heavy, structure is the key…nothing flowy. You want to find the definition between your chest, waist, and stomach. But remember, your bra is going to be the most important garment in your wardrobe…here are some silhouettes that work beautifully on your body type…

Jackets are so essential in every woman’s wardrobe they will conceal a large bust or stomach, lock and load the chest, and create a waistline…

Dresses to me are easy pieces to throw on and look great.  But silhouette, once again is key…for a curvier girl opt for waistlines that gather, cinch, or belt…

My three most important guidelines to dressing is to be current, emphasize whatever it is about your body that you like/love, and don’t be afraid of color!! Curvy girls should wear colored denim…

One fabric, I am loving and we will be seeing a lot of this fall is ponte..ponte is a double-knit interlock fabric. It offers the best of both worlds…it has stability and firmness and flexibility and softness. This means it can be used in dresses, blazers, and more structured pieces and hold its shape but still maintain comfort and give. These features make this an ideal fabric for figure-flattering dressing. Here are some amazing ponte pieces…

The color-blocking in this dress offers optical illusions that define and conceal…on top of the fabulous material!

This Ponte pencil skirt (yes, a pencil skirt) skims and flatters the waist, hip and thighs without be clingy or creating more volume…

Another example of a mixed media ponte skirt and a great ponte jacket…

I hope these tips help you gain the confidence and ability to dress in a manner that will have you looking great and ulitimately feeling great…

xo-Robin