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Author Archive | Sharon Haver

  • On Trend- How To Wear White Right a la Gwyneth Paltrow and Kelly Rutherford

    2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show - VIP Day

    I'll Have What She's Having: White clothing tips to not look like a bride, a nurse, or the Good Humor man! According to old school fashion rules, Memorial Day is the official time to finally break out the whites. There's no need to look at calendar to see when wearing white looks right, if you know how to put it together!But mixed in the right way, white is fantastic!Take for instance, Gwenyth Paltrow in her white blazer and shirt. She…

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  • American Cool: What is cool to you?

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    What is American Cool? One of the highlights from our family trip to Washington, D.C. this weekend was taking in the “American Cool” exhibition of 100 People Who Define Cool in Arresting Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. It’s a collection of 100 photos that go deep into the soul of those who posess that certain edge. In this selfie world of “duck lips” and “signature poses” we often lose the spontainaity that comes with honestly capturing oneself as these photos of…

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  • How to Dress to Look Taller – Petite Fashion Tips Video


    For this week’s look back to celebrate the 15th anniversary of FocusOnStyle online, let’s peek at my video about how to dress to look taller when you are a petite. While ‘ya looking, how abour my hair? I think my stylist was having a Jane Fonda in Klute moment.  Enjoy! — S.H. Petite Fashion Tips to Dress to Look Taller from the Sharon Haver for at Lord & Taylor New York Petite Video Series… Haven’t you ever seen a…

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  • Add a classic retro feel to your biking shoes by way of Chukka boots

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    Stylist Advice- How to Style Vintage Menswear Shoes… classic is key Dear Sharon: What to wear with these Bridgeport Hush Puppies shoes (pictured below)? I got these shoes a while ago at a Thrift Shop and they were so cute that I couldn’t let them pass me by. The problem is, when I brought them home, I didn’t know exactly what to wear them with… and it turns out that they’re actually shoes for men… but they look pretty unisex. Maybe I can pull ’em off?…

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  • Let’s Look: Selma Blair does casual chic the way many of us dress everyday (even me)


    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Nothing beats a good T-shirt for comfy, casual every day style! Umm, I don’t know about you, but I spend a good chunk of my time wearing T-Shirts.  They’re the kind of easy casual chic items that can be comfy wearing  while I zone out writing (yes, there’s a zone) and then throw a jacket over and maybe a pair of heels and instantly look pulled together. But maybe it’s not a heels day but…

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  • How to dress French when you are not. Wear a classic jacket or coat


    One of the more popular reader questions around here is how to dress French. For this week’s FocusOnStyle 15th anniversay online post, let’s revisit these very chic & classic jacket and coat tips from 2010 which remain very relevant & stylish today and onwards. That’s what timeless French chic is all about… the right pieces in your wardrobe that both endure and look modern.  Would you like a boost to help you get the look? Please add yourself to the C’est…

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  • Introducing the Daily StyleWORD: Motivational Style Tips, Fashion Quotes + Affirmations For Image Boosting Greatness!


    How about a daily style tip, fashion quote, motivational boost of encouragement, or alluring affirmation to kick start your day? Pretty good, I say. With that, I present the Daily StyleWORD, and there’s a hashtag for it too (#styleword). A collection of good morning boosts to rev you up, share on Pinterest, reTweet or Facebook like. You name it. Share it with those you think will benefit, or keep it to yourself. But act on it. Ponder it. Revel in…

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  • Stylist Advice- How to wear patterned & stylish rain boots like a grown up

    puddle jumpers so pretty

    Dear Sharon: Patterned rain boots are everywhere this spring. Is there a stylish way for a grown woman to wear them, or are they a fashion disaster? (Frances via Fashion Advice) >> RELATED: French Chic Trench Coats at a Certain Age No, no, patterned rain boots are not a fashion disaster at all. As a matter of fact, the wildly patterned, crazy colored patterned rain boots from a few seasons ago have given way to a more sophisticated and rugged look of puddle jumps. Some,…

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  • Here’s how YOU can look like Heidi Klum on the beach!


    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Easy Beach Style like Heidi Klum’s convertible sarong cover-up Ok, looking like Heidi Klum on the beach is a major stretch for most of us. But not this time. Here’s how… Whether you’re heading out of town for spring break or plan on hitting the pool this coming summer, here’s great inspiration for covering up… Heidi Klum does a fast twist around her neck and her Theodora & Callum Scarf  instantly does a switch-a-roo from a big,…

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  • Stylist Advice- How To Look Hot On A First Date but not too hot that you come off the wrong way

    DIANE von FURSTENBERG Dress - Aurora Three-Quarter Sleeve Dress at Bloomingdale's

    We sometimes get so confused as to what to wear on a first date. Through the years, I’ve been asked all sorts of dress questions, particulary from women re-entering the dating scene. In this week’s 15th Anniversary post, let’s reflect back to what a lovely lady over 40 should consider to wear on a first date.  Oh, as far as her date, I have some advice for him here too. —S.H. >> MORE: Dating Dress Tips Dear Sharon: I’m in my…

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