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Winter Recap Part 1: Favorites

March 7, 2011

Winter Recap Overview

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Spring is coming…I can feel it!  Or maybe it’s because I am counting down the days to Daylight Savings Time.

But before we say “goodbye” for a few months, here are a few favorites from this past winter.  The only thing missing from the outfits above are my suede boots, which you’ll see in a second!

Suede Skirt

Winter Recap: Suede Skirt Outfits

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One of my many favorites is my black suede skirt, which I came across completely by surprise.

I had extra time and saw a consignment shop someone mentioned had amazing finds. In all honesty, I am not a huge consignment shopper but there are phenomenal finds out there!

Let’s take a look at each outfit:

  1. Love this for an every day outfit.  It’s simple, classic and slimming.  And, notice my *favorite* boots that actually fit my curvy calves!
  2. On a day when it’s important to stand out, a red velvety jacket paired with a printed shell is a fantastic way to get noticed.  I also like this outfit as one that can transition from work to happy hour with co-workers.
  3. It’s always nice to have something that can transition to a fun affair after hours.  The high-contrast ruffle shirt paired with a red jacket does just that.
  4. I love horizontal stripe that works with my proportions and style.  This one helps with a casual look when paired with a dressier sweater.
  5. An all-purpose denim jacket pairs great with suede and tones down a bold pattern on a shell.

Tweed Pants

Winter Recap: Tweed Pants Outfits

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These tweed pants are from Talbots, one of my favorite stores.  They are lined, have a great drape and fit and they are an excellent quality.  On top of it, they go with everything in my closet!

  1. A simple shell and cardigan plus a bootie or heeled shoe make for a classic can’t-go-wrong look.
  2. Pairing the feminine ruffled shirt with a masculine denim jacket offsets the frill factor while being work and happy hour appropriate.
  3. The ruffled shirt and red jacket transition easily from the suede skirt to tweed pants.
  4. I have always loved the idea of teal and red and was thrilled to find the shell had a hint of teal.  Pairing the shell with the teal cardigan gives the tradition of plaid a twist of today.
  5. Tone down the bold printed shell and dress it up with a plush corduroy jacket in teal for a look that still pops.

With versatile and harmonious pieces, there are truly endless options.  But before I end this post, a couple of additional comments about winter:

  • To keep warm, I wear camisoles under everything.  A thin cotton camisole that fits close to the body is warmer than a satiny or silky one but regardless, the extra layer is essential in Minnesota.
  • Another trick I use to stay warm is wool socks.  I wear them inside my boots and with my winter heels.  A finer wool knit – which was incredibly difficult to find this year – will still look professional with long pants.

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The Draped Cardigan…Dos and Don’ts For Different Body Shapes

March 4, 2011

Draped Sweater Dos and Don'ts

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If we are lucky, the draped cardigan will be here to stay.  In many ways, I love these more than a simple cardigan because more people can wear them.  That said, there are so many styles that it’s about selecting the right one.

At the end of the day, the best option will provide a balanced shape to the body while draping gracefully in the right places.

The two examples above show the same cardigan in two different colors on two different people.  Continue reading to find out which one is Fabuliss approved.


Draped Sweater: Do This

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The examples above work for different body shapes based on how they fit each body.  A few additional do’s to keep in mind:

  • A longer sweater can be more flattering on women who carry weight in the belly area.
  • Look in a 3-way mirror to ensure the back fits and is shaped to fit your curves.
  • The sweater should drape and lay well against the body and other clothing and not “stick” or wrinkle.
  • Pair with the right first layer – whether it is cotton, silk or satin – for the best drape.
  • When possible, opt for color over defaulting to black.


Draped Sweaters: Don't Do This

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The examples pictured above don’t do any of the beautiful models any favors.  Avoid these mistakes:

  • Hiding out in a piece of clothing should be reserved for inside your home on a day that important people will definitely not be stopping by.
  • While some of these looks might look appealing from a comfort standpoint, they are not made to flatter.


Draped Sweater Review

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Now that you have seen examples of what works and what does not, let’s look at these draped cardigans again.  Fabuliss approves the cardigan on the left for several reasons:

  • The high contrast vertical stripes create a slim and tall silhouette.
  • The horizontal stripe and volume around the hips appears to balance out her shoulders and ruffle-enhanced bust.
  • The color works well with the model’s dark hair.

There are SO many options so if you don’t find what you are looking for in one store, keep looking until you find THE ONE.

This post is dedicated to Twitter fan Jessica, a.k.a. @J2Milla.

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Fabuliss Helps Mary, Part 3 – Mix & Match, Favorites

February 25, 2011


Fabuliss Favorites of Client Mary

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There is nothing like getting a client into clothes that bring out the best, add to confidence and communicate the right messages.

From fit to color to style, the above looks are my top favorites on Mary.


Blue Shirt Mix & Match

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A simple wardrobe that includes the right items creates so many possibilities for mixing and matching.

Above, we took a dark blue shirt and mixed it with jackets and sweaters for three different looks.


White Shirt Mix & Match

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A white shirt with a bold print could overwhelm and send off a message to stay away.  When paired with colorful jackets, the distinctive shirt helps Mary stand out in a crowded room.

Learn more about Victory Ventures, which is how I met Mary.  As part of Victory Ventures, I help people take care of their body/image in order to thrive personally & professionally.

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