Say Yes to the Pool Party | Rock Your Swimsuit this Summer!

cyndy porter swimsuit shopping tips 2

Even if you have a “perfect” body (nobody does!),  swim suit shopping is probably one of your least favorite things to do.  Even when I have felt my best physically, shopping for a swim suit has been like drudgery. Swimsuits are the least favorite, most difficult clothing items that women shop for. However, just like all the other items in your wardrobe, if you know what you are looking for, you can make the process easier and much more enjoyable.

Where do you begin to know what you should look for in a swimsuit?

Your personal brand of course.

What do you want to communicate at the beach, a pool party, or while lounging away in the sun?  Are you sporty, sexy, romantic, elegant, classic, creative, exotic, or bohemian? Your personal brand can be complimented by is a suit that tells your unique story. Start by asking yourself what you want to communicate, then look for swim wear that matches that statement.

Each of these tells a unique story and should tell you something about the woman who wears it. Are any of these styles… you?

   

Next up… what are your style rules; do you know your shape, proportions, scale, and what colors are best for you?  If so, the same guidelines apply to a swimsuit as the rest of your wardrobe.

When shopping for a swimsuit, do you find yourself saying any of these?

My Chest is too Big!

If you would like to minimize your chest and still have the support you need there’s help for you.

Swimwear comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes and it comes with built in support.  Check out Townshop:  they have lots of great options for busty women and you can choose your swim suit based on your bra size.

Triangle cups with larger straps are a great choice, by design they will provide you with more support.

Try a swim dress if you want to add volume on your lower half to create that coveted hour glass shape.

Wear darker colors and solids to diminish bringing attention to your chest and wear a bright bottom to balance things out.


I’m Small on Top!

Go for a top with bright colors, embellishments, ruffles or padding to add visual weight and bring attention to your top.

 

 


My butt is big!

If you are blessed with a curvy booty, you’ll need a suit with enough fabric in that area so you’re not constantly tugging at your bottoms or getting a wedgy.

Designs with solid bottoms and printed tops will help balance you and give you more of an hourglass shape.

 


I look like a boy!

For those with a compact sporty body, you may want to create the appearance of curves with all pieces in your wardrobe and that also goes for your swimsuit.  This is easily done with a top with padding and gathering, and by picking brighter prints and colors. Don’t go for straight-across bandeaus, boy-cut briefs or shapeless full-pieces, unless you wish to enhance your athletic figure. 

 

 


OMG, I have love handles!

If you are a bit hippy, not to worry. A high-waisted bottom works wonders or of course, a one piece will take care of that issue immediately.

 

 


I’m high waisted!

The trick is to elongate your waist and lift the bustline. Low-rise bottoms make your torso appear longer and halter straps or bright colorful tops will draw attention upward.

 

 



I have back fat!

Try a suit with thicker straps to reduce the bulge.

 

 

 



My legs are too short!

Go for suits with that are high cut.

 

 

 



I have thunder thighs!

Opt for bottoms with a little bit more coverage. Bottoms with a skirt can help to conceal part of your upper leg and solid colors will draw the attention elsewhere.

 

 

 


I have a fat stomach!

Hiding a tummy is actually much easier than you would think. Peplums, for example, aren’t just great to wear to the office — they are also perfect for a day at the beach. A full-piece with ruching can also help to conceal your stomach. Choosing any one-piece with a plunging neckline with help to keep the focus upwards, rather than on your midsection.

 


cyndy porter swimsuit shopping tipsReally, don’t you want to enjoy the sun, the sand, and the water?  Don’t you want to go boating, hang out with your kids and your friends? Stop with the body shame and show up with confidence.  You are truly beautiful just the way you are; if you think about your style rules, what colors, shapes, and patterns are best for you and apply them to your swimsuit you will show up looking terrific.  Use the tips above, shop and dress with intention and enjoy your time in the sun!

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5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Winter Wardrobe

Traditionally, we use our “spring cleaning” time to spruce up the interior and exterior of our home. But what do you do about your wardrobe? Do you typically “spring clean” your closet? I’m here to say, if you don’t, you should. My recommendation is to go through your wardrobe twice a year; once as the weather begins to get warmer and when you know that much of what is hanging in your closet won’t get worn for the next four to six months, and once again as the cooler months approach to swap out your warm weather clothes. I know it takes time, but this process will help you get more familiar with your wardrobe. If you want to have a closet full of clothes that you love and look amazing on you, then you need to know exactly what clothes you have and what works well for you. You can accomplish this by actually touching every piece of clothing in your closet twice a year. If you really want to be thorough, consider also going through your jewelry, scarves, belts, and shoes.

For each article of clothing you have, consider these five criteria:

  1. Is the item appropriate for the current season? Am I going to wear it in the next four to six months? If you’re not going to put it on your body, it’s just clutter in your closet.
  2. Has your body changed? If you’re like me and you’ve put on some winter weight, make sure your clothes still fit you perfectly. There is nothing that can kill your image faster than ill-fitting clothes. If you have items that are too tight around the chest, there’s a button that looks like it might pop any minute, or it pulls from behind, don’t wear it. If you’re actively working on losing some weight, put those pieces away in an accessible place and try them on again after you’ve lost those extra 5, 10, 15 pounds, or whatever is necessary, for those items to fit you perfectly again. Don’t forget to look at your backside. People see you from behind at least as much as they see you from the front. Make sure you’re happy with that vantage point as well.
  3. Is every item in tip-top shape or are they scuffed, frayed, stained, or worn out in appearance? I seem to need to buy new white pants every summer for this very reason. If things no longer look like new, get them out of your closet, replace them with new things, and donate the old items to someone else. Your personal brand is not about looking worn out and tired!
  4. Speaking of personal brand, what’s yours? Do you know what image you’re trying to project? Do you know your personal style rules? Do your clothes mirror the image you are working so hard to create? Take a look at each item and ask yourself, “Is this really something that communicates who I am?” If it’s not right for you, it could be perfect for someone else.
  5. Do you have things that are no longer in style? You don’t have to be trendy unless, of course, that is part of your intentional image. But, you definitely don’t want to wear clothes that are out of style. If things have passed their heyday, remove them from your wardrobe.

Your wardrobe tells the world a lot about yourself. I believe you should bond with your things. Know what you own, what looks good on you, and how to wear things in a lot of different ways so that the cost per wear is of great value.

If you have to fight through clutter and if 80% of the clothes in your closet never get worn, you probably don’t love going into your closet, and you probably struggle to look amazing every day. You deserve to feel beautiful every single day and on every occasion. That’s the ultimate goal.

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Roberta’s Bold, Edgy and Colorful Trends for Spring and Summer 2017

Roberta (Our “Trendsetter”) Shares Her Spring/Summer 2017 Style: Bold, Edgy and Colorful.

Cyndy Porter Spring Summer 2017 fashion trend

Ready or not, it’s time to think about spring cleaning – including your closet!

It’s March 1, 2017, and it’s expected to be 70 degrees here in the Washington, DC, area.  We are still 19 days from the official first day of spring and honestly, it feels like winter never arrived. I usually look forward to spring, but with little snow and no snow days at all this year, March 1 feels a bit odd.

If you followed my earlier advice, your spring and summer clothes are out of sight in your closet.  Now we get to set some time aside and plan to go through last year’s items.  Do they still fit?  Do you still love them?  Do they match your brand image and your style rules?  If so, freshen them up and welcome them back to your closet.

Here’s the best part of spring cleaning your closet: shopping for new clothes!

Spring is all about newness, and that includes refreshing your wardrobe. If this sounds fun, read on to learn what’s in style for spring and summer of 2017.  Should you shop the trends?  My answer is always the same:

  • If you have holes in your spring/summer wardrobe – the answer is YES.
  • If your style words are trendy, modern, hip, current and/or relevant – YES.
  • If you learn that what is on trend absolutely matches your personal brand and style rules, especially if it includes some normally hard to find items, colors, etc. – the answer is YES.

 

 


Here’s what to expect with 2017 spring and summer fashions:

  • Color is Everything. – Color can make or break how you look. Knowing what colors look great on you is the key to looking your best.  Of course, there are art and science elements that need to come together to show you at your best. My Success thru Style Introductory Workshop can teach those, but if you only did one thing, it should be wearing the right colors for you.  If you look good in blue, you’re in luck because all shades of blue are on trend. Especially powder blue which compliments bubble gum pink which is everywhere this season.  These colors are best on cooler skin tones, but the blues, in particular, can be found in warm tones as well.  Yellowis hot and makes for a fun pop of color to brighten up your outfit.  Khaki is being shown in monochromatic outfits and is replacing the skinny jean.  YAY! finally, those skin-tight pants that only flatter 6’ tall models are on the way out.  The Pantone color of year is a warm, bright “lettuce” green. You will see this color everywhere from clothes to interiors to electronics.  It is a hard to wear color, but will no doubt bring greens of all tones into play.
  • Activism is in! – Protest and March slogans are moving from the signs onto your clothes. If you have something to say, wear it proudly this season.  If you are a bohemian style, sporty natural or trendy this is a great look for you! 
  • Go Big! – Big, bold stripes, statement earrings, XXL bags, strong shoulders, really high platform shoes and long necklaces are all hot this season. Warning: remember to match your personal scale if you want to bring attention to you and not your things.  If you are small scale you may want to stay clear of this trend.
  • Pants! – I love the pants that are out now. The pantsuit is still on trend and very flattering.  Skinny pants are being replaced with the ankle pant.  These are great because they can be worn with all heel heights; you can match your skin or pants to elongate or add a pop of color to add visual weight and de-emphasize your hips.  Wide legged pants are in and great to balance a larger mid-section.  And of course, my all-time favorite flare pant in available everywhere YAY for this evolution to pants that flatter.
  • Down with Shoes – If you love super-high heels, you can still find them but the trend is bringing them down. Super-high platforms are in, but in general, stilettos above three inches are no longer trending.  The cone heel is still hot, as is the block heel.  Casual, fun, comfortable shoes are the trend, even “ugly shoes” – decorated plastic crocs like shoes were all over the runway.  Go figure.
  • Sweet Stuff – For the romantic, feminine ladies, you will have lots to choose from. The Victorian era is still trending with floral patterns that remind me of my grandmother’s curtains, ruffles, and things that lace.
  • Drama Queen – If you fall into the edgy, bold, dramatic category then you will be happy to know neon, bad girl punk, and bra tops are some of the styles you can grab on to.

In general, we are moving from the 1970’s to the 1980’s this spring and summer.  But be careful before you bring those dated clothes back into circulation.  New trends are never exactly like the trends of the past (how would the designers make any money that way? 🙂 ) If you are excited to wear the trends, study them, bring them in intentionally, make sure they tell your unique story.

Cyndy Porter Spring Summer 2017 fashion trendBottom line: you are beautiful, and if you know yourself, you can choose to wear a trend or two or stick to timeless classic pieces.

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My 30-Day What’s Your Personal Brand Challenge

Cyndy Porter's 30-Day Personal Branding ChallengeDo you have a personal brand?

If you said yes, you are right.  You do.  Everyone has one.  The question is whether your personal brand is intentional?  

As you may know, my passion is helping women create a personal brand and Show Up, or visually communicate that brand.

I have clients that ask whether a work brand is different than a personal brand.  Under most circumstances, I don’t think it has to be.  If you have a dress code or other reason to show up in a certain way at work, you can do that while still being true to your personal brand.  That’s why I have been doing a video series, my Personal 30-Day Challenge. I am taking short videos every day to demonstrate how I show up as my personal brand for every occasion of my life.

My goal is to share how I show up (even when feeling under the weather!) and inspire others to do the same.  My 30-Day Personal Brand Challenge is on my YouTube channel, or even better in my Success thru Style Facebook group.  In this closed group for women (which you are invited to join if you aren’t already a member), I’ve also shared the videos.  You are invited to post pictures of yourself and ask questions about your brand.  Many women are participating and receiving invaluable feedback.  I’m up to Day 13 of the series, with more to come!

Cyndy Porter's 30-Day Personal Branding ChallengeTake a moment and think about how you want others to perceive you and what you are doing to make that happen. 

Think about the people you know, your friends and colleagues you can rely on all the time.  You know they will return your phone call promptly.  They will help you if you are in need.  They send you cards on special occasions, check in on you when you are down and not well and they always have a kind word.

How about your brilliant friends, those you can count on them for words of wisdom?  Are they well educated and informed?  Do they always do the right thing? Are they benevolent and give back during the holidays and donate time, money and used goods to a good cause?  Are they spiritual and go to church every Sunday, or crafty and give out homemade cookies and gifts?  Are they authentic and tell it like it is?  Are they athletic or health oriented and always encouraging others to live a peaceful, healthy life?

I can go on and paint a picture of the people in your life who make a positive impact and how they do it.  What about you?

I can also paint a picture of those people who let you down.  Can you think of a friend who is always late?  Maybe you know someone who is critical and judgmental or who gossips about others.  They talk about themselves and always need to be right, or they don’t do what they say they will.  You count on them to show up for parties or events that are important to you but they always have an excuse as to why they can’t come and usually at the last minute.  Or maybe they don’t show up at all.

All of these things make up who a person is.  They are the behaviors that make up a personal brand.  They are commonly not intentional.  Most people don’t say this is who I am or how I want to be perceived by the world and then go about communicating that.

It’s even simpler than that.  When you meet someone new they decide what kind of person they think you are in less than 7 seconds.  Once you know how you want to be perceived you can visually communicate it through your hair, makeup and the clothes you wear.  That’s what my video series is all about.  I hope you join my Success thru Style Facebook group, follow along and start to share your personal brand.  I’d be happy to give you feedback for your own, 30-Day What’s Your Personal Brand Challenge!

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3 Color Tips for Flawless Fashion

Cyndy Porter's 3 Color Tips for Flawless Fashion

Image is a powerful communication tool, creating an impression of your personality within seconds of a first meeting.  Fashioning a polished style that allows you to look put together and tells the story of who you are can be life changing.

Unfortunately, most of us were never taught how to do this.

It’s a process that involves learning new techniques. As we practice these techniques, like anything else, over time it becomes second nature.

Color image style fashion Dorri Scott BeforeThe single easiest thing you can do to change your style is to add color to your wardrobe.  My clients tell me just making this one change can have significant results.  I have been working with one client, Dorri C. Scott, for just over a year.  She already had a beautiful style that she credits to her life experience as a church-goer.  Dorri has a larger-than-life personality and therefore felt it was appropriate to downplay the vibrancy in her wardrobe.  She wore a lot of neutrals and mostly black.  I shared with her that this approach doesn’t usually work.

Unconsciously, we expect people to mirror on the outside who they are on the inside.  If you are in vibrant colors, we expect a vibrant personality.  If you are in soft, muted colors, we expect a soft muted personality.  Unfortunately, if you wear dull, neutral colors we expect you to be dull.  If you are NOT dull, as in Dorri’s case, it is psychologically jarring to see you in nondescript clothes.  Today, Dorri wears vibrant colors, she looks amazing and is received as the successful, vibrant and powerful woman she is.

Dorri knows what colors to wear because I gave her a professional color analysis and she has a great eye.  She mixes and matches colors in interesting ways.  Popping a cobalt blue dress with red shoes and a red patterned shawl for example.

Color image style fashion Dorri Scott BeforeTips to Add the RIGHT Colors to Your Wardrobe:

  1. Dorri is not alone.  I find most of my clients have closets that are void of color.  What about you?  Take a look next time you’re in your closet.  I recommend organizing your closet by color.  Put all your jackets together, hung from lightest to darkest with similar colors together. Do the same with your pants, tops and dresses, etc.  You will quickly be able to see what you have.  Do you have lots and lots of black and gray?  If so, that is common and a sign that it is time to add some color.
  2. Of course, your personality is only one factor.  You also want to consider your skin tone.  Are you warm (with yellow undertones), or cool (with pink or blue undertones), what color is your hair, your eyes, and your skin?  Do you have hair, skin, and eyes that are similar in tone or do you have dark hair and light skin; thus a higher natural contrast.  All of these things impact the best colors for you.  Learning about yourself in this way helps you make smart choices about the colors you should wear in clothes, eyewear and jewelry.
  3. Next, get creative with color combinations.  Use the color wheel as a tool like an artist.  At a basic level, colors that are adjacent on the wheel (blue and green for example) work well together, as do colors that are across the wheel like blue and orange.

Cyndy Porter's 3 Color Tips for Flawless FashionAre you energetic, dynamic, vivacious?  If so, you need bright, happy colors to match your personality.  Are you lovely, sweet, demure and soft spoken?  Then muted colors, maybe pastels, are right for you.  Maybe you are elegant, sophisticated and refined?  Color is still good but in a less dramatic manner.

The bottom line: learn your colors and incorporate them into your wardrobe.  It is the easiest thing you can do to take your style to the next level.  You will get compliments and feel great about yourself just by implementing this one technique.

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Are You Stuck in a Fashion Rut?

Cyndy Porter Style Conversation: Fashion RutHave you noticed how many women are stuck in a certain style or image – a fashion rut? They may look older than they are, or potentially younger. They blend into the crowd, sometimes apologizing for how they look while feeling frumpy and uninspired.

They probably tell themselves and others that looks don’t matter.

But of course, our appearance matters.  We are judged in less than 7 seconds when we meet people for the first time and that first impression is largely based on how we look.  How you look can draw people to you or push them away.  It can build self-esteem or deplete it.

Are you stuck in a fashion rut?  Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Have you had the same hairstyle for five years or longer?
  2. Are you afraid to move clothes out of your closet that no longer look good on you?
  3. Are you too busy to shop, apply makeup, get your nails done?
  4. Do you wear the same things all the time?
  5. Is your closet void of color? You wear black and gray because it is easy and they go with everything?
  6. Do you feel frumpy and uninspired when you leave your closet, look in the mirror before you leave for the day?
  7. Do you wear the same accessories every day or none at all?
  8. Do have a closet full of clothes yet nothing to wear?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you may indeed be stuck in a fashion rut.  If this is you, don’t feel bad, you are in the majority.  It’s like diet, time management, and self-care: these things are habits.  How you dress and look, what you eat, how you spend  your time, whether you take the time to prioritize yourself, are all habits and behaviors we have grown up with.  If you want to make a change you need to change a long-established behavior – that’s easier said than done!

So do you just accept a fashion rut or are you ready to make a change?

Cyndy Porter Style Conversation: Fashion RutFirst, you need to determine your WHY.  Why would you want to change your style?  Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do I feel good about how I look?
  2. Do I feel confident and inspired when I get dressed?
  3. Do I feel current and relevant?
  4. Am I attracting people to me?
  5. Do I get compliments about how I look?

If the answer is no, the next question is do you care and why do you care?  Do you want to grow a sales team, move up the corporate ladder, get more business? Are you ready to feel better about yourself, attract your partner… get a partner? For real change of any kind, you need to have a reason to want to make a change.

Once you know WHY then we move onto HOW.   How do you move past your fashion rut and gain that closet full of clothes that you love?  You can hire an image consultant like me to help you get there, but you can also start with going through your closet and thinking about which pieces you love. If you no longer like any item/s in your closet, then move them aside or give them away. There are countless women out there who would love and need them.

Forget the fashion rut! Why not have a closet full of clothes that you love and learn to put them together so you feel fresh, vibrant, confident, your personal best every day?

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Jeans: Finding Your Perfect Fit (Without Throwing One!)

cyndy-porter-perfect-jeans-fitJeans are a staple in most women’s wardrobes;  you can dress them up or down, wear them rarely or you may feel you can never have too many pairs. But one thing I am sure we can all agree on is that we aren’t happy if our jeans don’t fit perfectly.

A great fitting pair of jeans makes all the difference. So what’s right for you: skinny, trouser, faded with tears and rips, dark wash, boot cut, flare or curvy?

5 ways to find your perfect fit:

Cyndy Porter Style Conversation How to find your perfect jeans1. Style: Let’s start with the Skinny Jean. They have been popular for years now, but are they right for you? Mostly likely, NOT! Skinny jeans are a stylist’s nightmare. Why don’t designers make clothes that actually fit the average woman? Do they really think we want to emphasize our hips and make it bigger by contrast, giving us the look of an ice cream cone? Also, it’s not attractive to wear a tunic to cover up those skinny jeans, unless you want to look like a lollipop – a stick on the bottom and a wide, shapeless blob on top. How these became popular and why they are still around is beyond me. Who DO they look good on? Well, just as the name implies, if you are tall and skinny you can get away with them. Even so, I much prefer the skinny flare.

What’s a Skinny Flare? This is a very flattering pant. It fits well around the waist and is slim along the legs but just above the ankle it flares, creating width at your feet and a balance point for your hips. This is a great look for women with lean trim legs but some width around their hips. It is also great for a rectangle body type that needs to create curves wherever possible.

Cyndy Porter Style Conversation How to find your perfect jeansOn the other end of the spectrum from the skinny we find the Trouser Jean with spandex. I love these for women over 40. They are comfortable, they give where you give, they come up over your tummy holding it in, so there’s no muffin top hanging over the waistband. Not My Daughters Jeans, were the first to introduce this concept but it is now available everywhere. If you are self-conscious of your weight, this is a great jean to consider. They are more refined and sophisticated in appearance than most other jeans out there.

Then there’s the Bootleg Jean. This is the standard stemming from the old west where the pant leg needed to fit over cowboy boots. This is a flattering style and can be found in low-rise as well as high rise, dark wash, stone wash, distressed, you name it. Because the pant is a little wider at the shoe it helps to balance out a gal’s hips avoiding that inverted triangle look that is common with the skinny.

Cyndy Porter Style Conversation How to find your perfect jeans2. Color:  Jeans are blue, but they are also white, black, gray and every other color you can image. When you add color to a jean it takes the style up a notch. It is still a casual look but much more of a statement. If you love the practicality and comfort of jeans but want something a bit more interesting I recommend looking into jeans in a color.

3. Wash: Over the years we have seen acid wash, stone wash, faded, torn, and of course a dark wash jeans. I suggest thinking about your personal brand or style identity when it comes to this. The dark wash is not a fad and is a classic style. It is best for someone who wants to be perceived as elegant, sophisticated, classic. If you are more trendy, sexy, bohemian or youthful, some of the others can be a fun addition to your wardrobe.

Cyndy Porter Style Conversation How to find your perfect jeans4. Pockets: I’m sure you have seen a large variety in the size, shape and design of pockets on jeans. Rhinestones, details, colored thread, all bring attention. If you wish your bottom was larger these are great. If you wish it was smaller, then stay away from embellishments in that area. Also, a small pocket can make you look large as can a large pocket. If you want to deemphasize this area I would go with a pocket to scale.

5. Rise – The final factor is the rise of the pant. Knowing your body proportions will help with this decision. For example, if you have a long torso you will want a mid to low rise jean. If you wear a low rise be sure to also wear an untucked top and a layered look. If you are self-conscious of your belly, a high rise pant is a good choice to hold it all in.

Cyndy Porter Style Conversation How to find your perfect jeansHaving jeans in your closet can be a great go-to for comfort, versatility and style. Learn which style of jeans are right for you and think of it as your formula. Once you know your style or styles, the best color, wash, pockets and rise, you will no longer struggle to find the right pair of jeans for you. My favorite tip: figure out which designer makes the best fit for you and buy multiple pairs.

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Wear This, Not That: 8 Fashion Trends You’ll LOVE this Fall!

Wear This, Not That: 8 Fashion Trends You'll LOVE this Fall!It’s Fashion Week in New York but they aren’t talking about what’s in style this fall and winter, they are talking about next year.

If you are like most of my clients, you are in the present: shopping now for this fall and winter.  You want to know the colors of  this season, the hot styles and how fall fashion 2016 brings timeless and trendy together.  

Don’t you think the styles on the runway are crazy and often ugly?  I sure do.

The designers are artists; their styles are about an art form and not necessarily about making women look beautiful.  Let’s face it, if size 2, 6’0″ supermodels don’t look good in the first revolution of these styles, neither will we.  So why follow these styles?  Because a toned-down version of the outlandish trends that are showing up on the runway are what shows up in the stores.

I have chosen one of my favorite designers http://www.worthnewyork.com/ to show you runway (images on top), Worth’s take on the style (bottom).

1) Leverage the Pants Suit:

I love this trend.  It comes in many shapes and sizes so that the jackets and pant styles will fit all body types and proportions. Plus, the monochromatic style is great for almost everyone.  If you are petite and want to look taller, if you are thick and want to be thinner, this style is for you.  It can work with any style personality and any many fabrics.

2) Travel Back for Renaissance Romance:

Bring out your sweet and romantic side with sheer fabrics, ruffles, florals and flared sleeves. If you are a romantic feminine style type or just want to bring out your pretty side these will be great additions to your wardrobe.

 

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3) Fun and Sassy Fringe:

It may not be as practical as other options, but fringe or tassels can update classic styles with a bit of fun.  A client asked me, “but won’t this go out of style soon, is it worth spending money on trends such as this?”  I agree it is on the trendy side.  But if you stick to classic styles and mainstream designers, you have years to wear it.  Fringe and tassels are a new trend and women are practical, so it will take years to go out of style (but it will go out of style).  If you are looking for long term investment pieces, I would not add this to the top of your list unless you absolutely love it and know you will get a lot of use out of it in the next couple of years.

4) Classic Capes and Capelets:

Capes are classic and they are everywhere right now.  They can be found in both practical and not so practical applications.  Some are built into sweaters and dresses with a bit more trendy feel.  Others are great for covering up.  If you are tall or heavy, a longer cape is a good choice for you when you want to bring attention to your face. If you have smaller breasts, a smaller capelet can be fun.

5) Off the Shoulder:

This one shoulder, both shoulders or cold shoulder trend has been around for a while and the designers don’t see it going anywhere soon. I especially like this look when you want to show a bit of your arm and are self-conscious and/or no longer like to go sleeveless.

6) Gray Suits You:

Gray isn’t for everyone, but it is a great neutral for women with cool coloring (blue and pink undertones).  If that’s you then now may be the time to shop;  you will find gray dresses, jackets, slacks, skirts and pants suits.  Checkered prints are especially on trend.  This is a smart investment.  These pieces will not go out of style and can be easily incorporated into a capsule wardrobe.

7) Velvet Everything:

It’s not just for evening anymore! We saw this last season and it’s back with a vengeance. From jumpers to jackets, shoes, skirts and dresses you can find velvet in any color and design.  It’s a fun trend to bring a bit of pizzazz into your wardrobe.

8) Leather it Up:

Anything you like can be found in leather. Soft leather and stiffer leather, traditional colors and wild colors, dresses, shorts, tops, skirts: if you like leather now it the time to shop.  In general, this fabric is best for those of you that have a trendy, dramatic, edgy style personality.

Wear This, Not That: 8 Fashion Trends You'll LOVE this Fall!It’s great to know what’s in style so if there are things you love, you know now is a time you can find them.  My recommendation is to pick a couple of things you are missing from your wardrobe and update your style.  If you love a trendy look check out these images and work some things into your wardrobe.  If you are more classic traditional or sporty natural it’s still good to know what’s trendy.  Remember that it’s always about knowing who you are, communicating that style or personal brand and buying clothes that make you look your personal best.

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Trend Alert: 2016 Fall Colors Have Arrived!

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Although January is the beginning of the year, I have always felt the year really begins in September, especially when the 2016 Fall colors are announced.

September is the end of the sun filled, lazy days of summer and the beginning of a more serious, focused season. From kindergarten to college graduation, the year begins in September – kicked off with back to school shopping!  Fall is a favorite season; filled with a sense of newness, and possibilities.

Fall shopping is still a time of opportunity, it’s a great time to rethink your image and your wardrobe. 

Most of my clients are not fashionistas.  You are women who have busy lives;  you’re successful, and you know how you look is one of your most powerful communication tools.  You, like most people, might have little knowledge or interest in the fashion trends. But if you do wear the trends or the colors of the season you are among a small group of individuals who appreciate that same fine sense of fashion.

So why bother? Color speaks volumes to communicate who you are and showcase your best features. If you’ve had a color analysis you know what I mean.  When you know what colors best complement your skin, hair and eyes you see what a difference it makes.  By knowing what colors are on trend you know whether they are YOUR colors and it’s a time to shop. 

So what are the colors of the season? Leatice Wiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute™ put it this way, “Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.” 

Here are the Pantone 2016 Fall Fashion Color specifics:

download (4)1. Riverside Blue: a warm blue that can be worn if you have warm skin tones.  Works well with most eye colors.  It’s a calming color that connotes stability.

f79da8392e3f9ab1a96051765ec6b8522. Airy Blue: A cooler blue that is softer in tone.  Very light and airy as the name depicts.

moodboard-pantone-fashion-color-report-2016-sharkskin-17-39143. Sharkskin: A beautiful gray, great for those of you with cool skin tone.

 

moodboard-pantone-fashion-color-report-2016-aurora-red-18-15504. AuroraRed: Is bold, sensual, exciting, dynamic and exudes confidence.

5warm-taupe5. Warm Taupe: Suggests reassurance and stability, a timeless color.  A great neutral this season.

Moodboard-Pantone-Fashion-Color-Report-Fall-2016-Dusty-Cedar-18-16306. Dusty Cedar: A fall and winter version of the Pinks we’re used to seeing in spring. Exudes warmth and welcome.


0bab0f18f6ea7293d8c2bba2e37b5c3e7. Lush Meadow: A beautiful rich emerald gem color, elegant, vibrant and sophisticated.

moodboard-pantone-fashion-color-report-2016-spicy-mustard8. Spicy Mustard: Adds another splash of vibrancy with gold undertones.

moodboard-pantone-fashion-color-report-2016-potters-clay-18-13409. Potter’s Clay: a beautiful subtle shade of orange that is perfect for fall a color that connotes substance and strength.

 

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10. Bodacious: A bright, rich purple, with pink undertones. A color that lends itself to expressive color combinations and projects creativity as well as loyalty.

 

2016 fall colors pantone fashion vertIf these are colors that resonate with you and they are in your color palette (they complement your skin, hair, eyes and personality), then now might be a time to shop.  This is a reason to follow trends.  If you look amazing in blue for example, 50% of all fall fashions are said to have blue hues.

However, keep in mind this is not the time of year for the best deals (more on that here). If you don’t need clothes now,  or if you are a budget shopper, wait until December when fall fashion is on sale.

My advice, do both.  If you LOVE the hot fall colors add a few select items now.  Do it with intention, make sure they are perfect for you. You can still value shop at the end of the season 🙂