Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Reminder from your "Cyber Stylist"...

Reminder from MissusSmartyPants...A strong sense of personal style isn't about following trends. It's about wearing things that make you feel great and having confidence in your own standout look.

Have a stylish week! Love, Leslie aka MissusSmartyPants

Monday, February 18, 2013

10 Ways to Get Your Style Fired Up Again

10 ways to get your style fired up again:

1. Catch a flick. Movies are very influential on the fashion world. Costumes are used to set the mood, personalities, and time period. Take a moment and think of movies past and present. For example, ‘Flash Dance’ suddenly every teen girl wore tunics and leg warmers; ‘Annie Hall’ started the trend of dressing like Diane Keaton. Or ‘Legally Blonde’, a Tiffany heart necklace became the norm for every girl’s wish list.

2. Lace up your sneeks. Go to your mall and lock your wallet in the trunk!  Go window shopping (not spending) and check out the storefronts. Observe the latest styles and trends and make note of the ones you love.

3. Become a couch potato. Watch TV just to see what the characters are wearing. Check out what “older” women wear…like the women on CSI, Oprah, The View, and Kelly Ripa. Find same-shaped celebs and copy their style!

4. People who need people. People watch. Admittedly, this is one of my favorite things to do! Go to the mall, a park or cafe and watch people--and more importantly what they are wearing. Critique what they are wearing and if you think it’s working…let them inspire you.

5. Sign on the dotted Sign up for emails from your favorite stores. Even if you can’t afford to always buy from them…let them inspire you with new styles each season.

 Want a quick way to becoming more stylish? 
Invest more in wardrobe essentials that you can wear a variety of ways....

6. Go ask Alice. Or, any other trusted friend, sister or those whose style you admire. There is nothing like getting inspiration for your style from a real person.

7. Gloss over the mags. Take a look at the magazines. I’m not talking teen magazines. It can be any magazine from Redbook to Woman’s Wear Daily. A variety of magazines will show women of all ages. Look at what they are wearing.

8. Talk with your teen. No, don’t have THE talk!  Ask them for fashion ideas, silly! They may not quite get where you are coming from—heck we don’t get where they are coming from either! It’s worth a try--they are walking billboards for all the latest styles and trends!

9. Stamp your passport. Travel! Different cultures can inspire your style. See what is popular in another country. I remember going to Paris, France as a teen. The classy styles the women were wearing became “fashionable” years later here in the States!

 10. Don’t be a victim. Know when to pass on a style or trend. It is more important to dress age appropriate…don’t dress like your daughter or grandmother either! You need to be comfortable in your own skin.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Get Your Burning Style Question Answered!

This week at you'll get your burning style question answered!

Simply ask your question on my MissusSmartyPants Facebook Fan Page and read the answer this week at MSP in your Personal Profile! You'll want to use this LIST as a reference guide to help you when you get stuck in a fashion dilemma from time to time.

You'll learn answers to style questions like these (and more):

How to wear a necklace so that it won't compete with your belt
Tucked in or let untucked? What's the rule?
The right top length when wearing a skirt
To wear a necklace properly when you have a full bust
How to wear bootie-shoes
How to go sleeveless
How to wear brown and black together or navy and black
Can a woman with a full-booty wear skinnies?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

White Under White is a Fashion Don't

Just a little reminder...under white tops (and light colored ones too) a WHITE BRA is a fashion DON'T.

A NUDE bra (close to your skin color) always works under white and light-colored fabrics!

Here's a photo of what NOT to do :)

This fashion don't was posted in the MissusSmartyPants Style Forum here...

There are lots of great posts on this 'white under white' issue...however there's another great tip posted regarding white pants and pocket show-through here.

RareGemma says: One of my sewing magazines showed me how to solve "visible pocket" issue with white pants. That's where you can see the pockets through the pants in the front. You just get some nude fabric, trace out the pocket, cut the single piece of the nude fabric, turn the garment insideout and and sew it onto the pocket (on the side that faces the front) The nude fabric masks the white fabric of the pocket!

That's pretty cool idea for those that still want to keep their pockets...I've always suggested you have them cut out!

4 Steps to Chic

1. Start with a feminine top 2. Pair with classy slacks 3. Ground with bold shoes 4. Finish with statement earrings ...