Dress to Impress

Embrace your personal style at work

Workplace fashion for women has come a long way over the years, but options still can be limited for choices that are professional while allowing you to show off your personal style. If you are ready to move beyond the basic pant suit, here are some options that allow you to express your personal flair:

Statement colors
Many women shy away from wearing bold colors at work; the key is to choose one bold piece. You can try a jewel-tone blouse paired with neutral pants or even a fuchsia pencil skirt partnered with a neutral top. If you are hesitant to wear a bright piece, but still want to add color, opt for a structured bag in a daring color like Kelly green, hot pink or electric blue.

It’s a wrap
A wrap dress is a wonderful option that is both feminine and professional. When choosing a perfect wrap dress, look for solid colors or delicate patterns with a length that falls below the knees. Wrap dresses can have a tendency to show off cleavage as well (depending on your bust size and where the wrap tie falls); so a bandeau or camisole insert can alleviate any peek-a-boo issues.

The sheath dress
While a black sheath dress might sound boring, it really gives you the perfect canvas to create a variety of looks. You can wear it alone with simple black or nude pumps or top it off with a structured blazer, cardigan or fun scarf. The possibilities for layering and accessorizing are endless with this classic dress, giving you the opportunity to express your unique style. You can also look for sheath dresses in different solid colors, or even fabrics such as tweed. This universally flattering dress is ideal for day to night, going from the office to happy hour.

What’s Your Purse-sonality?

Handbag Choices That Suit Your Needs

A good leather bag is a statement piece. As a VIP accessory, it’s a reflection of your style that can both embellish and update what you wear. Like good shoes, a good bag is an investment. It’s important to be confident that it will work well across your wardrobe for the office, weekends and even dressier occasions. How you want to carry your purse and what you’ll be carrying in it are also key considerations.

It’s wise to spend time in front of a mirror trying on bags before you invest, even if you prefer doing your shopping online. Get a feel for the weight of the bag you are considering. Assess first hand whether or not it can hold your essentials. Check out the straps and how you look and feel using them. Do you prefer the ladylike look of carrying a short handled purse in the crook of your arm, or the hands- free versatility of a shoulder bag? A bag can be too large or too small for your frame, lack pizzazz or be too busy, or be overly structured or too casual for your liking.
Whether you change your bag daily, or are more inclined to stick with just one favorite, here’s a little insight into some basic looks and their benefits for you.

Satchel. A highly versatile purse with a ladylike vibe, it comes with a shoulder strap as well as handles to carry it. It’s somewhat structured and boxlike, so it can stand up on its own and is large enough to hold quite a bit. It’s great for work and weekends.

Tote. This double handled carryall is ultra-popular right now. It’s a practical multitasker for women with all kinds of lifestyles. You can throw in your wallet, phone and tablet, or your child’s snack and sweater, and still move around hands free. 

Clutch. For those who travel light, it holds just the essentials. Smaller dressy versions are a favorite for evenings out. Look for a clutch with a wristlet to make it easier to hang on to when there are drinks and canapes to consider. Some come with removable straps, making it a more versatile purchase.

Crossbody. With a strap longer than a regular shoulder bag, it works well for those who walk to work, commute via public transportation, or travel. It keeps your belongings close and more secure than some alternatives. Look for dressed up mini versions with room for a door key, lipstick, phone and credit card only, for occasions that call for dancing all night.

Parisian Chic 2016

Your guide to effortless French style

She’s an icon who never goes out of style. Who? The French girl and her forever-effortless Parisian chic style. And her classic, but cutting edge feel has never been more of-the-moment than it is now. Which means you can have it too!
 
With that in mind, here’s your guide to Parisian Chic for Fall/Winter 2016.
 
Bold accents
Don’t go all black – break it up with a hint of bright color. Think shocking yellow or bright fuschia belts and neck scarves (which in and of themselves are very Parisian and very hot this season).
 
Tweed!
It came back in the 90s and it’s back now, but in Paris, tweed never went out of style. Pair a black and white tweed jacket with a single color ensemble of any shade and you’re sure to be chic at any event or occasion!
 
Statement sleeves
From bell sleeves to zippers and everything in between, sleeves that don’t simply sit there are all the rage this year and a simple way to display Parisian style. Opt for surprises (like a hint of color, a different pattern or texture inside) and up your fashionista cred.
 
Embellished Denim
Ditch the skinnies for a high-waisted pair of jeans with a wide leg and some form of embellishment. Leather, embroidery, stripes and zippers are of the moment, and add a little something extra to your everyday outfit.
 
And finally, never underestimate the power of…
 
A black leather jacket
You read that right. A so-called biker jacket in a cut that flatters your form adds instant style to any outfit. Be a rebel and wear one with your favorite little black dress, or add a tough-girl touch to your most feminine tight jeans and sweater look, giving just the right contrast to your dainty jewelry and kitten heels. This classic statement piece evokes edgy elegance, effortlessly upping your sex appeal, after all, isn’t that what Parisian chic is all about?!

Time For A Haircut?

4 hot trends to try

If you are looking in the mirror and feel like your hair style needs an update, this is a great time to make a change. The trendiest haircuts are chic, wearable and best of all, easy. Here are some to try:

The Lob

If your hair is long and you want to make a change, but nothing too dramatic , a lob is the perfect, most versatile haircut for you. This style falls right at the shoulders, giving you the look of long hair, with the styling options and chicness of short hair. This is a look that can be worn straight, curled, tousled and always looks in style.

Bangs!

Bangs are back!  Some options to experiment with are long fringed bangs that hit your eyebrow (for a retro 70’s vibe) or short, blunt bangs that show off your facial features. Even women with curly or courser hair can try this style for a fun, modern-retro look.

Modern 20’s Bob

If you dare to go a little shorter, a 20’s inspired bob might be the perfect cut for you. This is a shorter version of a bob and looks modern if worn tousled or wavy. Note: This style does require maintenance to keep it looking fresh, so be prepared when you choose this cut.

Textured layers

If your hair is long and you want to change it up a bit, ask your stylist for long, textured layers, which creates movement and volume in your hair. This look can be done with shorter length hair as well to create depth and texture.
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