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The Draped Neckline

The draped neckline is such a dilemma. I know, there are bigger problems going on in the world, but for lots of people ( several of my fashion followers), this is a BIG problem.

Here are the issues: 1. It never hangs just right. 2. It is completely annoying when it doesn’t hang right and keeps moving. 3. Often times it is difficult to style because your neckline is open, but the draping is overwhelming. Worry no longer, I will save you from your draped neckline nightmares.

You see this dress and you want to wear it, but your “nightmares” keep crawling up on you and almost keep you from pulling out your credit card. If anything should scare you, it should be the satin fabric that will stick to every nook and cranny and most definitely wrinkle as soon as you sit down. Don’t let the drape be your fearful factor!

Answer number 1: Buy a draped shirt that has some sort of small weight in the front. It will actually keep the drape in the correct place and will keep you from fidgeting with it so much. So I guess that answers number 2 as well! A draped shirt will fall out, fall in and basically keep moving as you keep moving. By putting a small weight inside the seam at the center of the drape, the designer is allowing it to now be an effortless silhouette. This is the only time you will ever thank anyone for “adding weight” to you.

And now for answer number 3, the most important! How do you style this damn thing? Well, it is pretty simple. NO NECKLACES. Consider the drape your necklace. It is all the detail and attention that this little neckline needs. You do not need to overdo it. If anything, add a great pair of earrings to the look and keep all of the focus at the top. I would also pull your hair back, just like this model is doing, to accentuate the neckline even more. Of course if your hair is short, all the easier! The other choice is to keep the earring super simple, think studs, and adds lots and lots of fun bracelets OR a huge costume ring. You are separating the attention enough that nothing is competing with anything.

So do not fear the draped neckline any longer. You can pull this off. The only NO, NO is that if you have a super ample bust, this ain’t for you. You little weight is going to get lost in your lots of bust. Sorry super curvy gals!!!

Photo courtesy of velita.com/collections/dresses

Sassy N Stylin’: Cropped Sequin Blazer

I love easy and breezy fashion. Finding that one piece that puts it all together without it looking like you were trying too hard. That stylish accessibility that makes it look like anybody could pull together such a fabulous frock. That really is when you know you have made it in the fashion world…

This Bebe cropped sequin blazer is that item. The “piece de resistance” that you will reach for over and over because well, it just seems to go with everything! How much do we (by we I mean my very stylish audience) love those pieces?!? This sassy blazer seems to make it all come together so effortlessly. Over a black t-shirt, over a dress, with a high waisted shirt, it just seems to work.

Just as this lovely model is showing up, you have a few options for styling. You can choose a longer layering item for under your new, awesome cropped sequin blazer OR you can choose a higher waisted bottom piece (pants or skirt) to meet the bottom of the blazer. The only in between is a one-piece jumper dress. The greatest thing about this item is that it is fancy and casual at the same time! This gives you the option to style it up or down depending on your destination. The sequin is that little bit of sass that makes your entire ensemble pop. Cropped layering pieces fill a void in your wardrobe… Anything that is empire style or cut at the waist needs a layering item that mimics this silhouette. Cropped pieces might just save your wardrobe (trust me ladies!), and this might just be the savior itself!

Bebe cropped sequin blazer
$98.00

Fashion Faux Pas: Too Tight Clothes!

I know this is not what you expected to see when you clicked on my blog today. I am hoping that your guttural reaction was to hold back from throwing up. This was at least my goal. I want your reaction to be so strong that I truly get my point across with no ifs, ands or buts. This is the beginning of my series, “Fashion Faux Pas Central”, so be ready and prepare yourself….

Fashion faux pas number one: Wearing your clothing too small. Of course it may not be as obvious as this particular picture, but I am trying to make a strong point here. At no time or age is it acceptable to wear your clothing too small. You need to accept the size that you are and buy appropriate clothing for that time in your life. Unfortunately most of the world does fluctuate in size and your wardrobe needs to reflect this. That does not mean that you keep your size 2 dress from 1984 packed in your closet because you might, just might, fit into it again. It ain’t happening sister, move on and pass it on. This does mean that you need to have a range of sizes for the reality of your everchanging figure. Stuffing yourself into a top or buying something that is 2 sizes too small as incentive to lose weight is a big faux pas! Accept yourself and your curves because dressing appropriately for them will not only make you look your best, it will give you the courage to actually lost weight! You don’t want to consistenly remind yourself that you need to lose a few, you want to use positive reinforcement to get you on the “lose a few” bandwagon! When you look and feel good, it encourages you to continue moving in a positive direction. Sausage stuffing clothes are never good for your own psyche or for the eyes of those poor people around you. Love your awesome, sexy self and buy the right size.

Photo courtesy of askmen.com

The Jean Western Shirt: A Do or a Don’t?




I have such mixed feelings on this. Truthfully, this can be a super hot piece if done correctly. And oh God, it can be painful when done wrong. The problem is, it is SO easy to get this one wrong!

Over the years of working with private clients and digging into the deep, dark depths of many ‘O closets, I have found lots of scary things. The jean shirt is definitely one of them. I will admit that in my day I have trashed quite a few and now, lo and behold, they are back on the trendy wagon. Even I can be wrong sometimes:)

The problem with this piece is that it can be so damn hick that unless you completely funkify it, it looks like you should be at a hoe down in the back woods of Alabama. Not that that is a bad place to be, but there is a very specific look that only works at such a soiree and will not fly anywhere else!
There should be a warning label when purchasing this shirt, “DO NOT EVER WEAR WITH JEANS”. I think many manufacturers forget to attach that tag. How harmful for the very delicate eyes of so many people. It pains me to see the jean tuxedo done so deliberately.

Take a cue from Vanessa Hudgens, show off your sexy, funky, fun side when working the denim western shirt. By pairing it with short shorts and boots you are playing up the western element while touching upon a modern trend. How I do love a themed outfit, not like you are going to the hoedown, but maybe just merely passing by…. She even goes as far as to pull in some western styled jewelry with her cuff bracelet. And look at that fringe bag, LOVE the added effort Vanessa!

So pull out that jean western shirt and start styling. But, be wary and heed the lessons that I have so deliberately taught here. Walk on the right side of fashion and pull off this trend correctly.. Giddy up!

Topshop Bleach Denim Western Shirt: $55.00

Picture courtesy of AlmostAmanda.blogspot.com

Elizabeth and James by Olsen Sisters


It truly does amaze me that these two young girls, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, have created and maintained an empire. When am I going to watch them crash and burn damn it!?! The other insane factor is that I actually like everything that they are doing from the way they dress (alright, it is not always perfect!) to their two clothing lines. Yes, I said two. Thank God they decided that acting should be the smaller sub-set of their careers because I really do think that fashion is their strong suit. Two very talented, pint-size gals.

They run both Elizabeth and James and The Row. Elizabeth and James has some very chic and classic foundation pieces while The Row is more of an upscale line of t-shirt style garments. Either way, my high-end clients love their stuff. It isn’t even a faux pas to wear this stuff, they actually sell it at the best stores in town. Full House stylin’ has come full circle!

The quality is top-notch and any piece is worth being your splurge item for the season. They are long-lasting basics that will get you through the fashion storm well into the future. I promote spending money when it is completely useful and realistic and shopping the Elizabeth and James line (named for their siblings) is totally worth it.

Elizabeth and James Comfort Technical Chiffon Dress
$495.00