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  • Continue the white sneaker trend…

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    It's officially fall! The New York air is still mild but with that crisp autumn breeze. Not quite ready to commit to boots and too much of a chill for sandals. What to wear this weekend? Can't go wrong with (re)new(ed) classics like the Adiddas Stan Smith (see mine with the red trim below) or Superstar. White sneakers are not only still on trend but looking so right to lighten up your transitional wardrobe. Top off with a biker jacket or blazer,...
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  • Harlem Style – Shop Global In Your Local

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    On Periscope... Finding stylish pieces shouldn't be limited to the obvious. There are plenty of interesting and unexpected finds to be had when you take your inspiration out of the box. I attended the Periscope Summit this week in New York that took place uptown in Harlem. Although I've passed this open air African market on several occasions in the past, I never walked through it. Since, it was right next door to the summit, I decided to pop by...
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  • Brights Lights Paris- a chic Francophile travel guide that you don’t need to leave home to enjoy

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    Are you dreaming of a Paris getaway? I've got a great quick read for you. Bright Lights Paris: Shop, Dine & Live . . . Parisian Style by Angie Niles is a chic Francophile travel guide that's as indispensable as a what to do in Paris guide as it is a how to dress like a Parisian tip sheet. The delightful book is so granular in its Parisian style observations that it even breaks down what the French girls wear arrondissement by arrondissement, that's neighborhood...
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  • Beauty Quick Tip: Never let your lipstick linger

    Kisses, not lipstick, should linger... I know it's cool --graphically-- to leave a lingering lip print in a photo... but in real life it's kinda tacky. Looking classy is all about the blot! Here's's what to do: Apply lipstick, blot with a single sheet of tissue, lightly set with face powder. Add a second layer of lipstick or gloss and lightly either blot again OR put your index finger in your mouth and pull out so that your finger "grabs" the extra lipstick. You'll...
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  • Crop Pants, Culottes, Gaucho… whatever you want to call it, the mid length pant is perfect for transition to fall

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    Until the calendar officially changes, the weather may still be iffy warm but my mindset is totally in fall mode. Nothing says transition more than a pair of wide leg crop pants, gauchos, culottes or whatever name suits your fancy. The nuances of each are not as dramatic as the style power of the old school length that is new again. The mid length is great for when you're not quite ready to think about tights but want a little...
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  • Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down…

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    Love this simple wristlet scarf hack from Céline. So easy to create a bracelet out of your favorite square scarf. All you need to to do is wrap and tie for good-to-go chic. Photo via. RELATED: How to wear a scarf- Video Styling Tips
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  • Join me for the Shoefie Diary Instagram Challenge: Shop your shoe closet!

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    How many shoes do you own that you almost never wear? I know for me, it’a A LOT! Earlier this summer, I started a little shoe challenge for myself. Every day, I would make the effort to pull out a pair of shoes that I forgot about (I’m a shoe fiend) and work them into my wardrobe again.  To keep track, I’d take a fast #shoefie (that’s a selfie for shoes) to document it. What happened was that since I…

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  • Stylist Advice: What to wear in New York + not look like a tourist

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     Dear Sharon:  I’ll be visiting New York next month and staying in Greenwich Village. I’m there for a wedding but concerned about  dresses and street clothes for walking around NYC and what to wear to visit friends. I’m 46 years old, 5’6″,  size 4 and have a ruler shape. I’m very thin now after an illness and learning to dress my new body. Any advice I appreciate greatly! (A. via Fashion Advice) >> MORE: What to Wear posts Welcome to my city and…

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  • Closet Overhaul 101: What about the clothes you don’t wear

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    1-2-3, PURGE! I was talking to some of my mom friends the other day about making the best use of what we already own.  A few of us got together and the conversation about spring cleaning turned towards rethinking ways to coordinate or style up the clothes, shoes, accessories, and bags that sit in our closet and never really get worn, or even lost in the mix. So, the big question became a riff about the clothes you don’t wear…

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  • A Note From Sharon Haver

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    Thanks for taking the time to stop by  FocusOnStyle !

    I'm the editor in chief and resident fashion + style expert  with over 25 years experience in the fashion biz as a stylist, syndicated fashion advice columnist, and web entrepreneur.

    I hope you love the best of women's fashion and top style trends as much as I do.

    More important, I want to help you make the most of what YOU've got !

    I want your personal style to be organic to you, flattering to your body type , and not contrived or cookie-cutter but a natural extension of just one of the many things that you do everyday, including what you wear to work.

    As your style mentor , I share insider tips & tricks to help YOU get the awareness to do it yourself and stand out from the pack.

    Yup, it's about discovering the D.I.Y. stylist in YOU!

    That’s what I’m here for. To empower you to get it going on.

    Back in 1999, I founded the site as a 24/7 platform where anyone can get expert stylist advice, fashion tips, and style trends to make the most of what they've got... long before the term "fashion blog" became part of our language.

    If you are new to the FocusOnStyle, a good place to start is with my series of free online fashion and style guides , curated from some of our post popular topics. If you have any questions that you would like considered to be answered on the fashion blog, please ask for  fashion advice here .

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    Don't miss out. Hop on my newsletter to make the most of what you've got!  Passport to French Chic is my gift to you.

    As a stylist I'm about YOU, not me.

    I'm not about gushing over  celebrity style  or preening over a picture of a cute outfit that I or my team is wearing. I do use style icons, from wherever they may be, as a launch point to help YOU tweak to chic to bring  red carpet fashion  to your closet, in a way that makes sense for YOU!  We call that, " I'll Have What She's Having " around here. We look at the runway to inspire you to stay on top of your game, because as a New Yorker, I personally know that looking modern is the best revenge! When you want style motivation , FoS has that too!

    Style shouldn't have an expiration date...

    We know that great style is not only for teenyboppers, and age-appropropropriate & ageless style  doesn't mean dowdy. Consider FoS as a go-to resource for how to wear and what to wear (almost) anything at any age with high, yet definable style that suits your lifestyle.

    Pretty, sexy chic is the NEW fabulous, and it's right at , online since 1999.




    If you want to work with me closer, I have a few V.I.P. one on one stylist spots that I open up periodically.