Dress like it is Easter Sunday!

 

There are valuable fashion lessons we can learn from how we dress for Easter Sunday and apply them to our daily life especially right now.

 

1.Putting on your Sunday Best

When it comes to this holiday we go through our closet and pick out an outfit that makes us feel and look our best.This is very important right now because we can easily go into a downward spiral where our entire wardrobe is sweat pants and pj’s.I saw this sign in a store window and it captured the role of clothing in our life,

It is more important that at this time that we do good and it starts with looking good.

 

2.Planning your Outfit

Many of us start a couple of weeks ahead look in our closet and pull a few options together.If something needs to be mended,cleaned or pressed we take care of it.Taking a few minutes the night before or the first thing in the morning can helps us look good and not feel stressed about what to wear.

 

3.Do not be afraid of Color

Nature at this time of year gives us a bounty of color,here are some pictures that I took one Easter I spent in San Diego with my fabulous friend Marijane Relth(Who is never afraid of Color).So take this time of year to add some color to your life and to your wardrobe.

 

4.Embrace Print

It is all around us right now so say come on in.Print is a great way to make you feel good.

 

5.And Finally Dress for Joy…

Easter Sunday is about JOY so make your wardrobe a source of  joy in your life and not a source of stress.I have created a coloring book for you to download and print so you can have some fun with the little fashionistas in your life playing with color and print.It is based on some of my fashion illustrations for my line Storyline Collection.Click on the link below to print it.

Storyline Coloring Book

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 2020

Here are the top trends for this season,some have been around for awhile and others we are seeing for the first time.I would say if you are only buying one shoe this season make it a Loafer.

This is the most versatile shoe of the season you can wear it with a blazer for work,with jeans as a casual statement and pair it with a dress for evening.This borrowed from the boys trend has been around for for awhile and keeps getting stronger so it is a great shoevestment.

Also called a slide the key feature of this shoe is that it has no back.This makes it a great wear at home,driving and pool shoe.It is usually a flat or has a small kitten heel.It works best in the warmer months when you want to dip your toes in the ocean.

Must have shoe of the Summer and go with a tall one only if you have long legs.They are a little hard to get on and off but they do look fabulous.

A Flatform(yes it is a word) is a flat platform a staple in Japan for centuries it is being reinvented this Spring with A Sporty/Casual edge.If you are a shoenista this is a trend for you.

Why limit wearing Jewelry on you body when you can also wear it on your feet.Think of shoes that double up as necklaces,rings and cuffs.This is the must have shoe trend for evening.

 

 

 

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

“Happy Shoe Shopping”

♥ Sunil

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

 

 

 

 

How to do denim right!

 

August is usually the month when the fashion industry from magazines to stores focus on denim.Jeans are a great way to transition from Summer to Fall and a great pair is the building block to a versatile wardrobe. It is important to update your jeans to flatter your figure and reflect current trends.I have been designing denim for almost 25 years and here are the most frequent questions I get.I have answered the questions briefly so you get the information you need and do not have to spend hours researching.

1.My Workplace now allows me to wear Jeans to work. What are the rules to follow?

  •  Go for a Dark Wash with Minimal Decoration or a Crisp White
  • Dress up with Dressy Tops,  Light Sweaters & Jackets
  • Add Elegant Accessories
  • Keep it Smart with a Casual Vibe
  • Pick the Right Shoes
  • Here are some images of denim being done right for work at this time of year

 

2.With so many different types of denim, what should I look for in a Pair of Jeans that will be Versatile?
  • Stretch – Comfort & Fit(Look for a 4 way stretch)
  • Poly Cotton or Cotton Spandex Blend – Easy Care and shape retention
  • Great Hand with a Clean Wash
  • Mid Weight (8 ozs to 10 ozs) – Great all Year durability
  • Classic Style
3.I have heard so much about having the Right Fitting Jeans in order for them to be Flattering. What should I be looking for when I try a pair on?
  • Contoured Waistband
  • Waist – Not too Tight you should be comfortably insert two fingers into the waistband
  • Rise – 1 to 3 inches below your Belly Button
  • No Whiskers in Front
  • Fitted through the Thigh and Knee
  • Flared or Straight depending on your Body Shape and preference
  • Check out you Rear View should be snug but not too tight
  • The side seam should be straight( if it is distorted your jeans are too tight)
4.What is the Correct Length for my Jeans?
  • Front – Slight Break not too much fabric
  • Flats in the back -Touch the Floor
  • Heels in the back -1/4 inch off the Floor
  • Better to have separate pairs to wear with heels and flats,but an H on the label for the ones that are hemmed for heels
5.In order to get the Best Fit from my Jeans what should I wear under them?

Magic begins with the Right Foundation,make sure your underwear is:

  • Not creating any Visible Panty Lines
  • Not too Tight
  •  Has a Lower Rise than your Jeans
  • Nude in color is best specially under white jeans
  • Tummy and Thigh control if your jeans are super skinny
6.What is the most flattering jeans for my body shape?
  • Pear Body Shapes: Bootleg with dark wash,medium rise
  • Apple Body Shapes: Straight Legs that is cropped with a higher waist
  • Strawberry Body shape:Wide leg or flare is a lighter wash,decorated below the knee
  • Hourglass Body shape:All leg shapes and rises work but avoid boyfriend jeans
  • Pencil Body shape:longer length straight or flared legs,slightly higher rise
  • See cheatsheet for other flattering details

6.What should I be looking for right now?
  • The Good news is that  Skinny,Flared,Baggy and Straight Legs are in this season
  • We are seeing a wide variety washes from super light to deep darks,go with a light wash light now and darker towards winter
  • The high waist straight leg jean is a must have right now so if you do not have one do get it
  • Pintucks and Ribbon are big details and the do flatter and lengthen your legs so do pick up a pair
  • Embroidery is a must have and really adds a touch of fun to your jean wardrobe.
  • Hem details are a great way to bring some drama when you wear jeans in the evening or on the red carpet

So these are the top seven issues that come up in most minds when they shop for denim.Take your time to find the right pair for you.It is worth the effort.I say have 3 pairs,a great pair that you can wear to work,a super comfortable and cute pair for weekends and a dressy pair for evening.

 

 

 

 

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