In fashion, what goes around comes around, and so it is with the shirt dress. Suddenly, these classics look like just the update our spring wardrobes need.
- Shelly Basket Weave by Elaine Turner $135.99
- Kenneth Cole REACTION flats, $59
- J.Crew’s Panama Hat, $58
- Ann Taylor’s Exotic Chain Bracelet, $68
- Peony Peeptoe at Ann Taylor, $158
- Chico’s Zimbabwe necklace
- Daisy Fuentes Mesh and Wooden bangles set, Kohls, $19.60
- Matiko Rosa Sandal, $122.
- The CEO by Carol S. Miller, $250
There are plenty of celebrity stylists to attest that under those fabulous gowns on the red carpet is a multitude of body shapers and a maze double sided tape. What makes the most difference isn’t what we see on the outside.
Hair style: I once read a survey in which more women said they’d rather change their doctor than their hair stylist. If you’ve got a good one, keep them, and if you don’t, find one. An updated hairstyle can make a BIG difference in your look. Once you have it, it needs to be maintained.
Hair color: If you’re doing root touch ups in between colorings, it’s in the best interest of both of you if your colorist advises you how to do it and what color to use. Your touch ups should blend seamlessly into the color your professional applies.
Glasses: Hair gets noticed, then glasses get noticed: or vice versa. You get the picture? They either date you or make you look smashing. Since you’re wearing them on your face, consider them a necessary accessory and make sure they’re the right style, shape and color. Colored frames (plastic or metal) are more modern and usually more flattering than wire frames and frameless glasses.
Bras & shapewear: Even if you know your bra size, things shift; it’s worth getting fitted by a professional periodically. While you’re at it, take advantage of her knowledge to get into the right shapewear. These items are wardrobe game-changers because anything you put on over them will look better. See 007 Breasts for more info on how to find the perfect fitting bras.
A good tailor: Finding a good one may take a few false starts, but it’s worth it. You don’t have to be a designer shopper. Quality is available at most price points. But what really makes anything work is the fit.
Shoes & Handbags: Most stylists will say spend your money on shoes and handbags and buy cheaper clothes. You’ll often see celebs and editors photographed wearing $1000 shoes and $50 jeans, but rarely the other way around. But we know that there are plenty of great shoes and handbags that don’t command 3 and 4 figure price tags. Buy quality, but don’t necessarily pay big bucks for it.