The Perfect Fall Wardrobe in 5 Easy Steps!

As we head to the Fall and dream about having that perfect wardrobe.The one that is fully integrated  and well edited that epitomizes your style and fully covers all your needs yet manages to look fresh and exciting every time you step out.

Some swear it is just an urban myth and is impossible but with these 5 easy steps you can attain  wardrobe nirvana.The biggest mistake people make is buying one offs,a cute top or a great outfit or some divine shoes and when you bring it home and add it to your closet it just does not give you a cohesive wardrobe.My definition of a dream wardrobe is one that you can get dressed completely in the dark and when you step out into the light you look like a million bucks.

This is the perfect time to do a little planning,Fall is not quite here but we pretty much know what is coming in the next two weeks.Here is what you need to do.

Step 1-Be honest about your body and lifestyle.

As we age our body shape often changes so does it if you have lost or gained more that 15 pounds your shape changes.It is important to dress the body you have,not the body you have or the body you plan to have.Take a few minutes to measure yourself and confirm your body type.Here is a cheat sheet to help you.

Be honest about your lifestyle,if you work from home buying a whole lot of dresses and suits is not going to help.Take stock of what you wear 80% of the time.Do not buy something because you friend is wearing it and loves it.

Step 2-Stick to a Color Story

For the majority of what you wear stick to 4 complimentary shades and work with them.This allows for optimal mixing and matching.For the Fall I like mixing two dark tones with a mid tone and an accent.If you are a print person do add one great print.You can have a color story for work and another for casual if you like.Here are some on trend color stories for Fall 2019.

Step 3- Go for Quality and Fit over Quantity

As Americans we love variety but here is where we should take a lesson from our European sisters.French women tend to have less but it fits them perfectly and is the very best quality they can afford.This is very important when it comes to Outerwear,Bags and Shoes.Quality pieces tend to last longer so in the long run they actually cost less.

Step 4-Create your Core or Foundation

Just like a great house begins with a foundation your wardrobe is built on core pieces or essentials.These are the work horses of you wardrobe that multi task in many outfits.Depending on your lifestyle you may have different core pieces.Make a list of what your items are and make sure you have them,that they fit and are in good condition.Create a checklist and if you do not have it make sure you acquire these pieces first.Here is an example for a professional who works in a casual office.

You should add some on trend fashion tops to balance out your selection.The general rule is that you should have 3 top options for every bottom.Make sure these pieces flatter you really well,if not go out and get a piece that does,here are some guidelines.

Step 5-Work with your Budget

The best way to do it is to follow the 80/20 Rule. 80% of your funds go to carefully planned items to fill your wardrobe gaps.The balance 20% goes towards impulse buys,whims and sales.Here are 10 wardrobe basics that are always in style and give you the best bang for your buck.

So with these five simple steps,a little planning and some smart shopping with a dose of self control you can have an amazing wardrobe.

Love,Sunil

 

 

 

 

Scarves and the Summer-Seen all over NYC

Just like Sex and the City,Scarves and Summer is an integral part of the New York style scene. Make them a key part of your Summer Style.They are extremely versatile and can be used as a headwrap, a top, a skirt or even a dress

The windows at Bergdorf Goodman featured a stunning array of Hermes scarves worn in all kinds of ways.I used this as inspiration to create 6 different ways you can transform a scarf in a quick jiffy.

SCARF

Remember your scarf is your Lifesaver and can elevate a simple outfit in an instant.Keep a couple handy in your bag at all times.

Here are some options with easy instructions. I have taken some of the guesswork out for you.

Summer Scarves

Choose one or two in a light weight cotton or poly chiffon,usually a 36″ square works really well.Since this summer is about print matching you can use two contrasting scarves to create a wow look.

Have a Stylish Summer
♥ Sunil

 

Tips for a Stylish Canada Day!

This weekend kicks off all the fabulous events that celebrate Canada day.We are all patriots especially this close to a day that celebrates unity and birth.I feel so much kinship with Canada right now that I am celebrating it as well.I have travelled to so many amazing places in Canada, met so many wonderful people and am totally in love with this amazing nation.

This is the one time a year that you can get a little carried away and indulge in some red,white and maple leaf mania.It is such a fine line between creating a fabulous fashion forward patriotic look or ending up with something that looks like it escaped from a parade.If you want to rock some over the top patriotic style by all means go for it.

For most of us it is about a balance between showing off our patriotism and being stylish.To find the right balance is a challenge.

So if you are in the mood for  displaying some all out Canada day madness or just a subtle hint of your patriotic spirit.Here are 3 tips to do it right.

 

Red and White is such a classic Summer combination and you cannot go wrong with it.If you are not a fan of red take a Kate Middleton route and go with all white with some fabulous red accessories.

You can jazz up the simplest summer tank and shorts combo with some really cool red and white accessories.I personally love ones that incorporated the maple leaf.Think of mixing flag inspired accessories with denim or chambray for a more casual look.

One of the most stylish ways to rock patriotic style is with a fabulous manicure.Then mix it up with blue jeans and a crisp white shirt and you have a very chic Canada day look.

So how every you choose to dress the most important thing is to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments and diversity of a great nation.Happy Birthday Canada and know that you lead in so many wonderful ways.

Lots of Love to all my Canadian friends

Sunil

 

Effortless Style all Summer!

With Summer almost upon us.Here are ten tips to great Summer style.

Do not use the heat and humidity as an excuse to lose your sense of style.Summer is very often the busiest time of year for a lot of women and keeping things fresh and simple is the way to go.

1. Keep it light and layered

Simple and interesting is the key. Always have a cardigan, jacket or light wrap handy for those fluctuating temperatures as many places have their air conditioning on full blast. Make sure every piece in your outfit can stand on its own.

2. Crisp

Always have a white cotton shirt handy it goes with everything. If you do not own one steal one from a man in your life.Throw it over your outfit to hide what is underneath.

3. Stay Chic

All that fabulous color and print but watch out not all of it works for your skin tones specially early on. When in doubt go black and white. Style icons love this classic combo for a reason. Feel free to pop it with a touch of red, pink or yellow they are all 3 summers must have colors.

 

4. Be well shod for summer

Bright colors and great patterns, Block heels and wedges, Matte and shine, This year has yielded a bounty of stunning summer shoes.

 

5. Belt it

The skinny belt or chain belt is your friend. It instantly dresses up even the most casual tank top and gives you definition when you wear something loose and flowy.

 

6. Invest in Summer Bling

Simple dramatic accessories and summer are the perfect fit. One statement piece like a long layered necklace or a dramatic earring is great. Keep it simple. A powerful style statement this summer is just one dramatic cuff.

 

7. Go bagalicious

Summer fashion tends to be minimal so make your bag a statement. For evening go really small with a clutch mini cross body or a mini drawstring. For day go big with a bright bucket, graphic tote or a soft leather hobo.

 

 

8. So fresh

Keep summer makeup light fresh, fabulous and with SPF.Just a touch to keep you on point.Focus either on the eyes or lips,never the whole face.

 

9. ”Made” with the right shades” and hat

A face flattering pair of quality sunglasses is essential for fashion and eye protection.So is the perfect hat.

 

 

 

10. Scarf 911

Always have one or two handy. They work as a great cover up, can battle a bad hair day as a headband,headwrap or tie or add a touch of print and polish to a simple outfit.

 

 

“Do not let the heat and humidity turn you into a “Hot Mess”

♥ Sunil

 

How to find your perfect shoes this Spring!

We all dream of finding that perfect shoe,it takes a little bit of effort and energy to find your perfect mate.Here are some tips to finding the shoe that flatters you.It is no secret that the right shoe can make your outfit.

Shoes are the pedestal on which your entire look is built.These simple pointers that will get you on the right road to finding the perfect shoe.

 Finding the right fit at the shoe store

1.Try different sizes in the shoe that you like,sizing is not standard you may be a size 8 in one designer and easily be a size 9 in another designer.Most European designers tend to fit smaller than American designers.If ordering online look at the reviews from other shoppers about sizing.

2.Try to shop in the afternoon or the evening,your feet tend to swell during the day so if you shop first thing in the morning you may get a shoe that will not be as comfortable.Try not to shoe shop on very humid days.

3.Walk on an uncarpeted surface,this will give you a better idea on how the shoe will feel on a pavement or hard surface,shoes feel different on a soft plush carpet.

4.Try on both feet,most of us are slightly larger in one foot than the other so make sure both feet feel fine.Some people will quietly switch one of the shoes for a half size bigger which is not the right thing to do.You are better off getting the size that fits and putting a pad in the foot that is loose.

5.Move,wriggle your toes,flex your ankles and make sure you sit and stand.If any part of the shoe rubs or catches on your foot blisters are on their way.

6.Do not fall for the salesperson line”It will stretch out” or “it will be more comfortable when you break it in”.Chances are if they are not comfortable in the store they are not going to be comfortable at the event you are going to wear them to.

7.Not only does a shoe need to fit,it needs to look like it fits,if your toes dangle out of an open toe shoe or your heels slide of the back the shoe may fit but it does not look like it fits.Also make sure you foot does not break the style lines of the shoe.

Pay attention to details

Heels,A medium height flatters most people(2″ to 3″) make sure that shape of the heel compliments your body shape for example if you are petite a thick chunky heel can look heavy so you want a slimmer  heel.

Vamp,This is the top part of the shoe.The most flattering are low V or U shaped ones that show the right amount of toe cleavage(yes that is a thing) are best with dresses and skirts.Avoid wearing high cut vamps with skirts as they can shorten your legs.Think about what you will be wearing the show with most of the time

Toe Shape,a tapered toe provides the most flattering look but stay away from ones that are too pointy as they can distract from your outfit.If you find tapered toes uncomfortable opt for a more oval toe.

Straps,Pay attention to the position and the width of the straps.A wide strap over the instep will draw attention to your feet,a slim T strap elongates your feet and an ankle strap will draw attention to your ankles.So be aware of this specially if you have thick ankles or heavy calves.

Color,Black  works with most colors except for light ones where nude is a better option.Tans and khakis work best with denim.For evening do match the color of your shoe to your outfit or go with a great metallic.If you wear a lot of solids do go for a bit of print and pattern to pep up your look.Monochromatic your thing,then texture is your friend.

Remember a shoe that matches your skin toe will make your legs look longer and goes with every color. Off whites and soft pinks work better on most people instead of a stark white.Yellow and green are the hardest shoe colors for most people to wear unless you are dark skinned and then nothing is off limits.

Trends for Spring 2019

Neutrals dominate the season with multiple shades of nude,beige and tan.They are the perfect compliment to all the color and print out there.

Fashion is all about opposites so as dressy shoes go nude,sneakers are all about color and print.

Knots,Ropes,Ties and Seashells are all major trends this season.

This season is about 3d trim and embroidery to create visual interest.

Probably the most fun you can have with shoes this season,not the most practical but definitely the most delightful.

 

So with a little effort and energy you too can be like Cinderella and find the perfect shoe

“Happy Shoe Shopping”

♥ Sunil