It’s the little things …

Jennifer Lawrence in her tangerine-red couture gown and slim black belt

Jennifer Lawrence in her tangerine-red couture gown and slim black belt- Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Details in dressing are important. It’s the little things that help you reach your style potential and create value that will take your look over-the-top. When I saw Jennifer Lawrence in her gown at The Golden Globes, the tangerine-red dress was beautiful, yes, but it was the slim black belt that made it stand out! Accessories, when done right, are accents that bring charm and identify you and your personality: a belt on a cardigan sweater, a necklace worn in an open v-neck, or the right bracelet on your wrist. Other details are critical, as well. I have spoken about the need for a good fit and having a tailor in your arsenal. Proper seams add sophistication to your shirts and jackets, and slacks hemmed appropriately for your size will do the same. Pops of color brighten an outfit, but more important, your mood. Think of a colorful handbag or clutch, or scarf worn around your neck, or even a manicure, the next time you want to feel brighter.

It’s the little things that bring huge benefits!

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On trend versus trendy


On trend nail color, opaque orange/tangerine
“Big Hair, Big Nails” by OPI

There is a difference between fashion that is on trend and fashion that is trendy. The trick is to figure out which side you want to be on. I try to choose on trend because I find that when I choose trendy, I often make mistakes. Have you done the same?

Fashion that is on trend is about modernizing your looks, even the classics. Buying on trend these days, means adding certain pops of color to your wardrobe. Now that it is summer, for instance, bright colors are everywhere. Accessorizing an outfit by adding an orange or yellow tee or a colorful scarf with your neutral khakis is on trend. Choosing a new color for a manicure or pedicure is subtle yet very much on trend.

Fashion that is trendy, on the other hand, is buying something of-the-moment simply because it is of-the-moment, without really thinking about whether it works for you and your body type. This is when mistakes happen. Recently, I bought skinny light gray jeans and regretted the purchase as soon as I brought them home because really, who looks good in skinny light gray jeans?? …

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