Archived article: Cobalt Blue for Fall 2012

Bold colors carry over into Fall 2012, but what is the color of the season this year?

English: Cobalt blue Deutsch: Cobaltblau

English: Cobalt blue Deutsch: Cobaltblau (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Fall, you may notice bold colors of summer are carrying over into Fall.  Many clothes you see in stores right now have a minimalist look to them.  Bold colors are paired with white, creating a stunning bright look.  Color blocking with crisp clean structured designs can be seen in many of the major department stores.  As Fall lines don the racks of your favorite stores,  be sure to include cobalt blue in your Fall wardrobe.  Upon review of the many fashion magazines and clothing store ads, you may have noticed, the big bold color for Fall 2012 is this deep rich hue of blue.  Enjoy your fall shopping.  Be sure to check back soon for my list of “Must Haves” for Fall 2012.  Thanks for reading.


Fabrics and Textiles, visit a great site to make your own fashions

Chintz & Company on Homer St

Chintz & Company on Homer St (Photo credit: t-dot-s-dot)

A variety of contemporary fabrics. From the le...

A variety of contemporary fabrics. From the left: evenweave cotton, velvet, printed cotton, calico, felt, satin, silk, hessian, polycotton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever made your own clothes?  Many of us believe this is an art left to fashion designers. When I was young, I took sewing classes in hopes to become the next famous designer.  I made some cute pieces that received many compliments.  Of course, I’m older now and those items have long gone to the good will.  If only I saved a few.  My creations of the 70’s may have made a comeback.  If you like to sew your own clothing, there is a great youtube site to check out for tips on creating your own one of a kind designs.  Learn how to make your own gladiator sandals, necklaces, shirts, hobo bags, scarves, costumes and much more.  This site incluces how to videos and information about sewing.  Visit:

below is a list of textiles and fabrics to use to create your own designs.














An example of cotton sateen fabric, used to li...

Electrically conducting yarn

Electrically conducting yarn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Harris tweed fabric

Harris tweed fabric (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




chantilly lace

Terry cloth.

Terry cloth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)















Pills on a knit fabric
Pills on a knit fabric (Photo credit: Wikipedia)










harris tweed





















patent leather














terry cloth











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Archived article: Hot Colors and Trends for Spring

Do you have this Spring’s hot color?  As you may have noticed, when shopping this Spring, many bright colors and bright colored jeans are in the stores right now.  Colored jeans are big this year with bold bright colors.  Of course pastels are always a hit for Spring, but have you noticed specifically which colors are hot for 2012?

earthtone colors for Spring 2012

Pastels this year are subdued and muted so they have a more earthtone look.  Beige tones, tans and whites are hot. Black and white is a classic look each Spring and quite abundant this year.

orange/ coral

However, the big bold spring color this year is orange.  The orange coral tone is popular.  Perhaps you have noticed this color this year as you have started your Spring shopping. Have you also noticed different tones of orange?  Orange adds a pop of color to earthtones and muted pastels.  Even if you don’t like orange, you could pick up an orange lightweight scarf to wear with a tank top under a chiffon see through blouse. A pop of orange color will keep you current this year.

Add orange with earthtones this Spring/Summer.

Archived article: Spring 2012 Fashion Must Haves

Do you have the must have items for your Spring 2012 wardrobe?

As the warmer Spring and Summer months arrive, many of us get the itch to go shopping and update our wardrobe, replace older pieces of clothing and add new trends to our wardrobe.  As we transition into the warmer months, so too does our wardrobe.  We begin wearing lighter colors and lighter materials to keep cool.  But what are the must have items for Spring 2012?  Do you already have them stashed away in your closet?  

I have put together a list of my top ten essentials for Spring 2012.  My top ten list is based on my research of the many fashion magazines one can refer to as well as my personal opinion of what I, as a consumer would wear.

You can take this list to your closet and see what you already have.  Perhaps you only need a few items, or venture out to buy everything on this list.

Here’s my top ten 2012 Spring Fashion Must Haves List:

  1. Peplum top
  2. Shorts suit
  3. White pumps
  4. Printed frame sunglasses
  5. High waisted flare pants
  6. Pleated skirt
  7. One shoulder dress or top
  8. Oversized rectangle clutch
  9. Lace or crochet accented top or dress
  10. Metallic tank

oversized clutch

wear shorts as a suit

Dress Styles for Your Body Shape

The dress?

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What is your signature dress style?

There are many dress styles to choose from, so how do you choose which dress style is right for you? Your body shape is the key factor. Once you determine your body shape, you can narrow down the search for your signature dress style.  There are many online quizzes you can take to determine your body shape; however, my favorite body shape quiz is by designer Joy Wilson. The quiz can be found at:

You will find that most fashion buffs agree that there are five basic body shapes: hourglass, pear, apple, strawberry and rectangle.  When did we get so hung up on body shapes anyways?  Well, if you have been following my blog, you know how I love history, so guess what, I think I found the answer.  In the earliest part of the 20th century, artist Charles Gibson, drew a picture of  “ideal American women.”  This picture was called the “Gibson Girls.”[1]  The girls in this picture were drawn in dresses with high collars and very thin waist lines because of the corsets they wore in that time frame.  This may be where the perfect hourglass concept began.  Dress designs began to change during World War I when women began to work outside of the home while the men went to war.  Uniforms and factory aprons replaced the corset style dress.[2]  Flapper dresses, pencil skirts and poodle skirts were next to follow, and dress styles emerged.

Certain dress styles compliment your figure more than others, so once you determine which body type you are, you can narrow down your search for your signature dress style.  I have listed dress styles below under the appropriate body shape to help you determine which dress style is your signature style.  If you have determined that you are a pear shape, then go to the pear shape list to determine your signature dress style.


Look Of The Day 20100107 - Silk Blouse and Pen...

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Lucky you, you can wear just about any dress a designer makes.  My preferred look for hour glass ladies are these dresses:

Baby doll dress


Pencil skirt cuts




Women that have a pair shape can disguise their bottom half with a flowing style dress and accent their necklines with rouching to enhance their bustline.  This gives a more evened out look. Pear shapes look their best with these style dresses:

Vintage Yellow Linen Tent Dress

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If you have an apple shape, your goal is to have your body appear slimmer.

A-line skirt

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A dress with a V neckline can help elongate your look, while adding an A-line skirt can offer the illusion of a waistline.  I feel these dress styles are best for apple shape women.


Coat dress

Shirt dress



This shape refers to the top heavy woman.

Pastel Rose Print Dress

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I would recommend staying away from spaghetti strap style dresses and high necklines as they only accentuate the top heavy form.  To even out this body shape, I recommend:

Tank dress with wide straps

Empire waist




Rectangular shaped women need to add curves, therefore, dresses that have color blocking, vertical stitching and accentuated accents help create a curvy look.  I recommend these styles for rectangular shapes and adding belts to create a waistline.


Belted tank dress

1966 Spiegel catalog sheath dresses

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Many dress styles have emerged over the years since the first haute couture fashion house in Paris was established by Charles Worth in1857. [3] These are not the only style dresses that can be found out there, however, these styles are my personal recommendations.  Have fun shopping for your signature style.

[1] Jones, Jen. Fashion History, Looking Great Through the Ages. Mankato, Minnesota, Capstone Press, 2007.  P. 14.

[2] Jones, Jen. Fashion History, Looking Great Through the Ages. Mankato, Minnesota, Capstone Press, 2007.  P. 15 – 17.

[3] Jones, Jen. Fashion History, Looking Great Through the Ages. Mankato, Minnesota, Capstone Press, 2007.  P. 12.

Your Signature Boot Style

What style boot is it?

Black high-heeled boot. Image for 'Spike heel'...

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Do you have a favorite boot style?  If you do, then you have found your signature boot style.  There are so many boot styles to choose from when you go shopping.  Do you know what the name of the style of your favorite boots are?

Perhaps you are a boot lover and have many pairs of boots. How many boots and shoes do you have in your closet?   Have you ever wondered who owns the most pairs of shoes/boots? I used to think that anything over 100 was a lot. Did you know that Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France from 1774 – 1793, was known for owning about 500 pairs of shoes? [1]

You may have heard that Imelda Marcos owns about 3,000 pairs of shoes[2], which are now displayed in a museum.[3]  But did you know, that Danielle Steele, the famous author now has them beat with about 6,000 pairs of shoes?[4]

You may have many styles of boots in your closet, but do you go for the same pair of boots each time?  Along with your favorite shoe style, boots are part of your signature style.  When selecting your boot style, you should consider these factors:

  • Heel height
  • Heel type
  • Boot height
  • Style
  • Comfort

Heel height is what you feel comfortable wearing.  You may choose to wear flat heels over stilettos.  The type of heel you wear is a personal preference.  You may be comfortable in a wedge, and not a stiletto heel.  The style you choose is also a personal preference as you may like boots that end mid-calf  instead of ankle.  You may be more comfortable in a mid-calf boot, but dislike ankle or over the knee boots.

To help you narrow down your signature boot style, you can use the above list.   Jot down your preferences next to each item, then go through the below list of boot styles.  Cross off each boot style that does not have one of your preferences in the definition.  Once you have done this, you have narrowed down your style preferences.  You may only have a few styles left to choose from, but these are your signature boot styles.  Now when you go shopping, you’ll know exactly what to look.

Below is a list of boots styles that has been added to my Fashion Library Section.

Happy Shopping!

Biker boots – black rugged leather look with a square toe. Leather straps go around the ankle and up from the sole and joined with a metal ring or chain.  These boots are low with about a one inch heel.

Chelsea boots – ankle boot with either a square or pointed toe with wide elastic on the side for pulling on and off.

Combat boots – very high cut work boots. Usually made from a thick leather, with wide rugged soles.

Cowboy boots – half calf high boots with pointed toes.  These boots have a heel approximately one inch high and are made of leather or exotic skins such as python, or crocodile.

Go-Go boots – shiny boots with a chunky square heel.  Tight fit with a zipper and ends just below the knee.

Granny boots – an ankle boot with a low heel and narrow toe.  These boots have either a lace-up or a button up front.

Over the knee boots – Stiletto boots that have a cuff cut over the knee.  The cuff cut in the material helps with bending and sitting.  Over the knee go only a few inches over the knee.

Riding boots – these boots are knee high, with a low heel and a flat sole.

Shearling boots – sueded leather, flat boots. Variations of fur lining and accents are common.

Space boots – lightweight boot, flat sole with a flat heel that goes half calf high.  Usually made with a weather resistant material.

Stiletto boots – these are boots that fit snuggly (skintight) with a stiletto heel.  Usually made of leather and variations are from mid-calf to knee level.

Wedge boots – this boot is a variation of stiletto and go go boots, except that it has a wedge heel.

Wellington boots – rubber boots that rise just below the knee.  They have a thick rubber sole and are pull ons.

[1] Stalder, Erika. Fashion 101 A Crash Course in Clothing.  Ed. Zest Books, San Franciso, CA, 2008, by Orange Avenue Publishing, p. 101.

[2] Stalder, Erika. Fashion 101 A Crash Course in Clothing.  Ed. Zest Books, San Franciso, CA, 2008, by Orange Avenue Publishing, p. 101.

How to Wear Bracelets and Bangles in 2011/2012

The trend for bracelets and bangles this year is stacking.  No matter what your preference is in jewelry, stacking bracelets has become a fabulous trend.  This year, while the recession remains at a stand still, is the year to stock up on small (less costly) bracelets. Chunky bracelets are still fun and you will still find them; however, the thinner smaller bracelets are on the rise. 

This photo shows a combination of leather and silver. Pairing together different texture combinations adds depth.  Stacked bracelets can be worn with casual clothes, or you can dress them up.  Leather and chain bracelets are big for 2011/2012. Wrap around leather bracelets are the big hit this year. The more bangles you stack on one arm, the more glamorous you become. There are so many styles and colors to choose from, you could have a different look each day.

Before you run out shopping, visit your jewelry box and pair together a few bangles and bracelets that you already have. You can pair a silver chain with just about anything to dress up your look.  If you do not have a leather bracelet, perhaps you have a wooden one. It’s cost effective to turn what is old into what is new, so stacking bracelets is a thrifty way to stay in style.

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