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Amy’s Ultimate Styling Tips: Part 1

It’s time to stop being selfish and share all of my deep, dark styling secrets. I enlisted my assistant Sara to play fashion reporter to gather all of this incredibly important information. Here goes……From my brain to your closet, here goes a 2 part series of MY ULTIMATE STYLING TIPS!!!

 

1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FASHION QUOTE?

 

 

I always look to Coco. You never want to look overdone, you go from great to tacky in an instant.

 


 

2. WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS?

I LOVE J Brand skinny, high waist skinny jeans. They come in 2 styles, the Alana style for petite women (no hemming!) and the Maria style for ladies over 5’3″. They feel like leggings. Warning: They stretch A LOT so buy a size smaller then you think you should. I swear, they will be falling off of you otherwise. You will thank me later.

 

Alana, for the petite ladies under 5’3″

 

Maria, for those who were blessed with height over 5’3″

 

Chiara Boni La Petite Robe is the most perfect LBD (little black dress). Their dresses are basically created like a body shaper undergarment so they hold everything in! They are also timeless so you will have it for years. It is a pain in the ass to get on, but totally worth it.

 

 

Stuart Weitzman is one of my favorite shoe designers. They are great quality for the price point and always have a range of styles from classic to funky. My favorite high heel of all time is the Nudist style! They come in tons of colors and 3 different heel heights. The ultimate option for styling potential is the nude color, heel height choice is based on your pain threshold. Legs for days…..

 

Etsy.com is my go to place to shop from local artisans and support small jewelry designers. I find the best pieces at the best prices while supporting other fellow entrepreneurs!

 

 

Veronica Beard does the best blazers in town. They are perfectly fitted and a great wardrobe staple no matter what your day to day looks like. They immediately bring some sass to any look! Fun fact: They are sister-in-laws both named Veronica who decided to build a fashion empire together.

 

 

 


 

3. WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO OUTFIT?

For fall I go for high waisted jeans, a body suit and layer on one of my many leather bombers. I choose accessories and shoes based on how my day looks. Simple, chic and easy is the best way to go no matter who your audience is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FASHION TREND?

Sneakers for everything! I believe function and fashion should be best friends. I truly love a high top because it will work from fall all the way until early spring.

 

 


 

5. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE FASHION TREND? 

Being uncomfortable! Your confidence level will plummet if you can’t breathe or your feet are killing you. Feeling good is your ultimate accessory, you can be stylish without having to suffer.

 

 


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (OTHERWISE KNOWN AS MY AWESOME ASSISTANT):

Sara Wolters is a wonderful wife and brand new mom to a very stylish little boy. She lives in Holland, Michigan spreading the good fashion word by assisting Amy and working on her own style blog, MySara.style. She and Amy share the same love for all things fashion and teaching people that EVERYONE has the ability to be confident AND stylish.

SHOP NOW: End of Season Sales

It is my favorite time of year. That’s right, end of season sales!!!! Don’t be shy, buy. As if you really need a reason, but in case you did, please see all that I listed below. You’re welcome.

You WILL wear it next year.

Your wallet will thank you.

Timeless items at a GREAT price.

Because getting a deal feels SO good.

NOW, WHAT TO BUY!!!!! Your personal shopping list should include a great wool coat, a warm puffer, winter boots built for comfort, a neutral bag that goes with everything and that fun piece you have had your eye on…..

 

Coat

A great end of season purchase should have several components:

A great price tag.

The ability to be worn for seasons to come.

Be a quality item. Buy splurge pieces.

 

This coat is a perfect example. It is by Mackage, one of my favorite designers. The quality is there and the style is fun yet classic meaning you will rock this bad boy for years to come.It is originally $750, now $562. That’s 43% off!!! It may still be pricey, but if you think about the cost per wear (how much you will wear it vs. the price) it is WAY worth it.

 




 Puffer

A warm and cute puff coat is a must in anyone’s life if you are forced to live through a frigid winter. Why not get a great coat at a great price if you know your life involves future winter weather? This is your “DUH” moment.This Vince Camuto coat with faux fur trim was originally $400 but is now on sale for $280. Yes, please. Time to click and buy.

 


 



Boots

Another “Oh hell, I have to live through this crap again next year” item is a great winter boot. This pair by Aquatalia is water proof and is seriously the best cold weather boot on the market. You want to invest in your snow boots, cold and wet feet are NOT cute. Originally $650, these boots are on sale for a mere $386. Again, we are not looking for cheap, we are looking for a great deal. That means steep discounts off of GREAT quality items.

 


 


Purse

You will always end up using a basic black bag so why not purchase a super stylish one at a fantastic price? This designer Calvin Klein bag was originally $1290 and is now $645. This classic bag is your “everyday, for seasons to come, throw everything in, make your outfit look good no matter what” bag. If there is any item on this list that you should go for, it’s this one.

 


 

 Faux Fur Vest

Now it’s time for some fun. There are always those pieces you see that you want, but refuse to pay full price for.
They always seem like something that you shouldn’t buy because there are so many other things you “need”. Now is the time to buy those items! Get your “fun” piece on sale. That item you have been longing for is now within your reach…..

 

 

 

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Inspired Style: Holiday Party Time!

Holiday party time is in full swing and that means sparkle and sass are appropriate for all ages, body types and lifestyles! Oh how I love this time of year, my inner 10 year old is able to come out and play. I deem December “sparkle month” because I can. 

 

 

 

‘Tis the season to LOVE all things shiny no matter what your body type. There is always a way to work in a sequin, shimmer or rhinestones during December. Check out the looks below based on your shape and go forth fabulously.

 


 

Skirt, Pumps, Blouse, Tights

 

Let’s work that hourglass shape ladies, shall we? The key is to ALWAYS highlight your waist. Be sure to tuck this shimmer green top into your a-line pleated leather skirt to truly define your mid-section. Add a fun, patterned tight with a rhinestone heeled pump to push this look to the top. You can always go a little further in your styling during the holiday season and especially for a party!

 


 

Pants, Jacket, Studs, Top

 

Well hello my rectangular friend. Keep that straight and sleek figure looking great in a modern women’s tuxedo. A cocktail dress is NOT your only option when attending a cocktail party. Think outside the box and choose something that truly makes you stand out in the crowd. Pair your tux with a sequin top and rhinestone earrings to push your party look to a 10.

 


 

Dress, Blazer, Pumps, Earrings

 

Inverted triangle have no fear, the holidays are here. Grab that sassy LBD (little black dress for those that need translation:) and re-style it for some holiday cheer. Add a touch of red to really pop at the party. Using a structured, waist length blazer adds sophistication to your look and compliments your shape. A crystal pump and small rhinestone earrings will elevate your look with just the right touch of sparkle.


 

Pumps, Dress, Blazer, Earrings

 

You are going to be the belle of the ball this December apple shape! Create a waist by choosing a waist length blazer to layer over your dress. As shown above, choose 2 different colors for your dress and your blazer. This only continues to highlight your “waist” even more. Choose a trendy (and super fabulous) mule to top off your holiday look. Why not add a touch of crystals and feathers to your footwear???

 


 

Tunic, Boots, Earrings, Clutch

 

Don’t think I’ve forgotten your my pretty pear shape! A great style for you this holiday season is a tunic dress. Not only does this compliment your shape, but it allows you to eat and drink until your heart is content. My kind of fashion! Change it up by adding a tall pair of heeled boots, not every party dress needs to be paired with pumps. A sparkle, envelope clutch is a perfect punch for your look AND works for any night out once the holidays are over. Re-style everything!

 


 

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Trends for Your Shape: Rectangle

Every season new and fabulous trends hit the fashion runways and every season I get the same question, “But what works for ME???”. Finding the perfect trend for your body type can be tough. Not to mention that some trends are just flat out crazy and no one, no matter what body type, should be trying them. Let me be your “what the hell is my body type and which of these crazy trends do I choose” guide.

The first step is knowing what body type you are (which is difficult enough). Know this, none of us fit into one body type, we are typically a mixture of a few. Don’t let this overwhelm you, just go with the basics of your body type and utilize the general rules of those body types. I will be doing a series focusing on 5 body types, rectangle, apple, pear, hourglass and upside down triangle. I will be sure to explain the criteria for each so you can finally figure out what body type you are! 

  

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First up is the rectangle body type. This body type is defined by being very straight with narrow shoulders and hips. You typically have no super definable parts, smaller bust, smaller bum, straighter and less curvy.  Your weight is evenly distributed throughout your entire body.

 

oversize blazer

 

Double Breasted Blazer

 

The first trend that will be huge this year is plaid suiting, it is going to be everywhere. There are a lot of ways to rock this look, but as a ruler body type, go big or go home. You have the amazing luxury of wearing things oversized without having it make you look bigger. A double breasted blazer is insanely difficult for most body types to wear (you can’t really have boobs), but you can do it! Go super over-sized and long (this allows you to pair it with leggings too). You even have the option to pair it with slender or wide pants, the world is your oyster. Less curve= the ability to wear over-sized pieces.

 

Puff sleeve

Puff Sleeves

The next trend that is making a strong comeback is the puff sleeve. The rectangle body type is very straight and even allowing you to add volume in unexpected areas. You will not look big as long as you pair this puff blouse with a slender bottom half, think skinny jeans, ankle pants or a pencil skirt.

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Slouch Boots

And the final trend I strongly suggest for the rectangle body type is slouchy boots. You may not think of shoes as being good for a specific body type, but slouchy boots can be difficult. On a wider leg they will only add more width and be very heavy looking. On a rectangle body type, you typically have a more slender, straight leg allowing you to add slouchy volume to your foot.

So my rectangle body type readers, now you have the beginnings of your fall shopping list! These trends are perfect for your straight, rectangular shape and will add that extra pizazz without looking like your poured on every trend of 2018!

How to Pack for a Warm Getaway

Now is about the time when I have fully lost my mind over the cold weather. As a New Yorker, it has been some form of cold for about 5 months. This is when the sentence, “Why do I live here???” starts to go on repeat in my head. What is the short and sweet conclusion to solving the cold weather blues? Vacation baby.

There is nothing like a quick warm weather getaway to brighten your smile and give you the dose of vitamin D your body is desperately craving. Choosing to leave your stresses behind does not mean you should now begin stressing about what to pack. The easiest way to calm your styling nerves is to remember, less is more, literally. The joys of a quick jaunt to a beach weekend with above 80 degree temperatures is that the less you layer, the better. You should EASILY be able to pack 4-5 outfits, plus swimsuit options, in a carry-on bag. If you start to think about checking something, you have gone too far. YOU DO NOT NEED 10 “MAYBE” OUTFITS CRAZY. You need 4-5 awesome looks and you should pack with that in mind.

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I was lucky enough to attend my friend’s wedding in Cabo this winter making it the perfect warm getaway I was looking for. Full disclosure, the looks you are about to see are “Mexico” inspired, but it’s the concept of how I packed for this short trip that matters. You should never pack items to be styled later, the key to great packing is all about creating the looks PRIOR to going.  Yes, you will obviously throw in a few extra items for the “just in case” moments of the trip, but overall, you should have styled looks for all the “events ” ready to go. The events could be as simple as: 4 days on the beach, 2 days in town shopping and 4 dinners out. You most likely will have some idea of what you are doing even if it isn’t formally scheduled.

 

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Don’t jump ahead of yourself and become overwhelmed by making the perfect outfit for every moment of the trip, take a step back. Start by asking yourself the below questions:

*Are there any pieces you love and definitely want to bring?

*Do you have favorite items that always seem to work, even if you are having a styling melt down?

*What is the temperature there both in the day and in the night?

*What activities do you plan on doing? Is this a drinking trip or will active adventure be mixed in??

*Who will you be traveling with and what is appropriate?

*What basic items do I need no matter what? Think hat, bathing suit, sunglasses, underwear……

These questions are meant to make your life easier so when you begin to think about what to bring, you will already have guidelines.

 

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Next up, start pulling out the items that fit the guidelines you have already set out for yourself. You should start thinking about the questions in advance of doing this and keep a note in your phone that lists the items. That makes your packing time that much easier! After you pull out those items, start to think about pieces that could easily mix in with any of the chosen pieces. This would be something like a jean jacket to layer, a gold pair of sandals, jean shorts or a neutral colored swimsuit cover up. You MUST include items that can be re-styled with multiple outfits to save room in your very tiny carry-on (thank you annoying airlines).

 PACKING LIST

 

Above is a great example of a typical packing list for a 5 day warm weather getaway. Obviously you should put your own spin on it by including specific items from your own wardrobe, but this is a good baseline list. You most likely WILL NOT use everything on this list, but pulling all of it out and seeing where the styling fairy (you) takes it is a good place to start. What you do not style, you should put back in your closet. I reiterate, YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING THE KITCHEN SINK!! If you do not style it at home, you do not need to bring it. Be hard on yourself by truly following this rule. You will finally NOT over pack and you will avoid becoming overwhelmed upon arrival because all of your looks are already styled.

 

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Now comes the fun part, actual styling!!! Remember, you have already done the hardest part so styling is going to be a breeze….. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you CAN do this and that you are not going to rip your hair out. Lay out all of the items on your list either on the floor or on your bed. Keep the pieces to be styled multiple ways on one side and your more fun, singular options on the other. This is defined by neutrals that can easily blend in without being fully recognized and loud, individual pieces that are showstoppers. For example, the outfit above has a white tank (neutral, lots of styling options) and crazy pants (fully recognized and loud). Don’t shoot yourself if you can’t figure out the difference, just go with your gut. This makes it way easier to mix and match things knowing that you are only re-using the “to be styled multiple ways” items well, multiple ways.

 

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I only have one main warning to clients and followers, limit your shoes and bags!!!! This is the fastest way to overpack and weigh down your suitcase. You do not need a different pair of shoes and bag for EVERY look. You need neutral yet fabulous options that can realistically go with multiple looks. This typically means the bag or shoes should be metallic or nude in color, these options give optimal styling potential! As for bags, a great beach bag, a daytime casual bag for roaming around and one evening option are all that is needed. FOLLOW THE LIST. Stop the madness, you are overwhelming yourself even more by brining TOO MUCH stuff. The only pass you get is on accessories. I’m all about switching up a look by choosing different accessories and they don’t take up any room. Lots O scarves, tons of jewelry and sassy sunglasses are always easy to stuff into your bag so bring it on.

 

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The final step is styling some bomb outfits for your dope upcoming trip. This is your time to shine. Mix pieces from the loud side and pieces from the neutral side to create some fabulous options. The easiest rule to follow is this:

NEUTRAL + NEUTRAL= AWESOME

NEUTRAL + LOUD= AWESOME

LOUD + LOUD= POSSIBLY CRAY UNLESS YOU ARE A SUPER FASHIONABLE GAL

Stick to only what you have pulled based on your list and it will make your life so much easier. You can worry about jewelry later if it is too overwhelming now, you should have enough with you to make the final touches once you arrive at your destination. The most important thing is to follow your itinerary and style realistic outfits for what you will be doing. Do not style more outfits than you need, you are only making your own life more miserable. Remember, the entire point of following this system is to make you not explode! Finally, TAKE PICTURES, it will make your life so much easier once you get there and have to remember what the hell you did at home. All of the looks you see above were done following this system. Long before they were put on my body in Mexico they were styled on the floor at home in my apartment. I confidently went to Cabo knowing I would be fab, you can do the same sans the blood, sweat and tears. Go forth and pack confidently!

 

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Crop Top, Cover Up, Blue Earrings, Ring, Palazzo Pants