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  • How to get out of a rut [LIVE video]

    How to get out of a rut
    I decided to do an impromptu Facebook Live on Friday because I keep getting asked about how to get out of a rut. Actually, I wasn't directly asked. It's that the real answer to so many little, piecey questions drills deeper than the surface of "what dress to I wear," "what shoe do I wear," but rather it's getting in touch with your core values of what inspires you. Without fully living a life with eyes wide open you are capping...
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  • On Trend: Lace

    Although a timeless classic for special occasions, lace is one of the biggest trends this season. Before we delve into ways to wear lace and make it look modern, have you ever thought about what lace means to you? What does lace evoke, and where does it stand in your life? At first, those may seem like tricky questions especially if lace is not for you. But have you ever thought about the symbolism of lace and it's enduring significance throughout history. From...
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  • How to wear it now? Styling Hacks from Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017

    Oh, my chicster, you know the city most known for that certain oh-la-la style... and when they do fashion week, it's time to take notice! Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017 is one of my favorite fashion week stops because there are so many little trends to steal to reshape your wardrobe, NOW. Most significant are the bigger shoulders, leg-o-mutton sleeves, small waist and that ode to 80's glam. So if you are like me and sported a few of these silhouettes...
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  • How to wear it now? Styling Hacks from Milan Fashion Week Spring 2017

    I'm not going to lie, I may love French chic style, but I'm always partial to Italian fashion so Milan Fashion Week Spring 2017 gets me pretty excited. You know what else puts a smile on my face?  Seeing supermodel Lauren Hutton work the runway. Okay, maybe I'm dating myself, but I owe A LOT to Ms. Hutton. You see way back when I was a kid I had a big gap between my front teeth. My mom was pretty insistent...
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  • How to wear it now? Runway Inspiration from London Fashion Week Spring 2017

    I'm writing you from the vroom-vroom-vroom sound of construction going on in my building. Can't complain too much because we'll be having our own share of rebuilding soon. What I actually do like about renovation is that it really is re-inspiration. You get to look at things a different way and see new possibilities, either in your home or in your wardrobe. London Fashion Week Spring 17 just ended and there were plenty of riffs on a theme that you will...
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  • What to wear now? Look at the New York Fashion Week Spring 2017 runways to tweak your chic

    It's been quite the week of running around with New York Fashion Week, tons of media interviews, and some restaffing. If you are following me on social media (my handle is @focusonstyle), and I hope you are, you've seen some behind the scenes snaps and comments of my week. One of my favorite Fashion Week pit stops was the Donna Karan Urban Zen presentation that harkened classic Donna design... think draping. There was lot's of fashiony inspiration. Naveed wrote it...
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  • How To Make Your Outfit More Interesting With These 5 Tricks

    5 tricks to make outfit interesting
    It's that time of the season when we all want a little fashion boost and not quite sure how to get it. Sure, as of this post, there are plenty of things on sale to add a pop to your wardrobe, but sometimes we find newness in the details of how we style ourselves. I was on a One-on-One call with a business style coaching client the other day and as we were virtually going through her closet, we discovered...
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  • Inspiration overload: Fantasy pieces from Paris Couture Fashion Week … don’t mind that it takes place in Rome

    I have a special treat for you. It's total indulgence. And for me, a super sweet spot.  I've always had a thing for Rome. As a little girl in Brooklyn, I imagined myself living in Italy back in the 50s and 60s during the time of black and white movies, anything Fellini, red sports cars, chic black dresses worn with merry widows underneath, sharp eyeliner, Marcello Mastroianni, elegant yet wild parties, and everything Rome in all its decadent, gorgeous, crazy glory. Truth be told, decades...
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  • What Color Should I Wear?

    the truth about color

    What color should I wear is a question that I am frequently asked as a fashion + style expert. I’ve been traveling a lot lately and meeting many bright and savvy entrepreneurs at business conferences who are totally stymied when it comes to how they present themselves. Color is one of their biggest roadblocks when it comes to creating a chic and professional image. One woman told me that she saw an image consultant who told her to wear brown…

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  • Secrets To My Leadership Style

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    Wanna talk leadership style? You're in for a special treat. It's not often that I talk about the behind the scenes of my business and my leadership style. Running a business is just as chic to me as a pair of shoes. So this time I pulled back the curtain to reveal what not only makes my business tick but my style of leadership that has allowed me to be a successful entrepreneur for the past three decades. You'll also learn...
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  • Dress for Success: What Defines Your Style?

    what defines your style
    What really defines your style?  You've thought about it, and we've spent over 15 years online helping you explore the true meaning of style. And with summer just around the corner, what better a time for style motivation as the new season approaches?    If you crave some more style motivation, don't forget to check out my Daily StyleWORD here on FocusOnStyle. In this stylist advice post, I want to recap what I said to Tina Ann from San Juan Capistrano, CA during...
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  • Business Style Update: Three Ways to Upgrade Your Style Now Even If Fashion Is Not Your Thing

    Don't Blow Your Look

    I was at a business retreat this weekend with fellow women entrepreneurs who suddenly found themselves in the spotlight. Sounds great, right? Nope. These otherwise smart, savvy and successful women looked like deer in headlights when it came to how they present themselves.  Simply because they never really thought about it before. It just was not their thing. And now, they felt insecure, irrelevant, inappropriate and out of touch. It doesn’t have to be that way. Even if style doesn’t come…

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  • A Note From Sharon Haver

    a note from sharon haver-1 Hello Gorgeous,

    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.