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  • Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s PUNK: Chaos to Couture at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Left: Sid Vicious, 1977. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Dennis Morris - all rights reserved Right: Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), 2011. Vogue, March 2011. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by David Sims.

    Every once in a while f-a-s-h-i-o-n takes itself way too seriously and fails to remember the heart + soul that is the inspiration for its being. There, I have said it. I wanted to love PUNK: Chaos to Couture at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. But when you take the grit out of a movement and distance it from its authenticity, what’s left are derivative pieces which, when standing alone, are lost in the vapor that is a hot flash of…

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  • Punk Inspiration? Here’s some luxe punk to rev up your look!

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    Once upon a time there was the Rich Hippie Look, now thanks to the Met, the latest fashion oxymoron is the Luxe Punk. Take punk inspiration from Chaos to Couture and try these tough looks on for instant edge, and an easily accessible update that’s daringly fun and always hip The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s much hyped, Punk Inspired costume exhibition which opened yesterday, had us thinking of how punk has inspired fashion so immensely that you can use it your…

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  • Ultimate Spring 2013 Runway Trend Resource Guide: It’s time to review, revive, repeat + wear!

    Spring highlights from Jil Sander, Ralph Lauren, Balenciaga, and Valentino

    Off the catwalks and on to your inspiration, here’s the Spring 2013 Runway Trend Resource Guide to spruce up your style. Fashion Week (you know that “week” is has really become over a month and globally then some) is designed for the trade and shown way in advance for the buying season. Starting with NEW YORK FASHION WEEK, then hitting LONDON FASHION WEEK, over to MILAN FASHION WEEK, and closing with PARIS FASHION WEEK all the major cities produce more than enough of content. While we show you…

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  • Stylist Advice- How Can I Wear Head-To-Toe Denim?

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Rocker head-to-toe-denim à la Gwen Stefani that can really suit me too! Dear Sharon: What are your ideas on trying out the head-to-toe denim look when I am old enough to remember it being on-trend, the first time around? I try my hardest to keep my look age-appropriate, so how can I avoid making a misstep? (K.A via Fashion Advice) RELATED: Denim, how you like it!  You aren’t the only one who remembers that early 80’s moment when…

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  • Do you want to see the history of lace making? Virtually visit the Lace Museum in Calais, France

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    How they make lace… from then to now with an inspiring road-trip uncovering the history of lace With wedding, prom and formal season about to commence, we bring you our very own Parisian ex-pat who set about to uncover the rich history of lace. From styles evocative of the Victorian era to the modern day romance of Kate Middleton’s spectacular lace wedding dress, there’s plenty to take inspiration from for the season ahead. >>MORE: Make lace modern along with these…

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  • Are you looking for something ageless that never goes out of style? Try classic French Chic black + white

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having:  Classic French chic by way of can’t go wrong black + white I love a trend that is age-appropriate for everyone, has endless mix and matching possibilities, is striking and classic, and never goes out of style. Hard to find? Not when you consider the endless appeal of classic French Chic black and white, the classic tried & true color combo that never gets dated. Look at the inspiring Paris street style ladies pictured here to easily tell that…

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  • From Plus size to not, what to wear as you lose weight?

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    Dear Sharon: I have undergone weight loss surgery and am about half way to my goal; just over 50 pounds gone so far. I have always been a plus size gal and I find that I have no idea where to start with clothes shopping in smaller sizes. I don’t know what looks good on me or where to begin. I don’t want to spend a lot of money yet, but need a few things to see me through to the next stage. Any…

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  • No time for (much) makeup, try a matte red lip a la Marni

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    Matte red lipstick for the love of color, a runway look you could STEAL right this minute… I don’t know about you, but there sure are days for me when a quick swipe of makeup is just what I need to look alive. Crazy on the go days with no time for makeup and plenty of desire to glam it up and not scare children with a pasty looking face. I’ve got a quick beauty solution. And, it’s a catwalk…

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  • How to Dress Classic- Discover the can’t live without pieces in your wardrobe

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    Collect well & you’ll have some things forever… From work to play, every smart wardrobe starts with pieces you can’t live without! Learn a few simple lessons and get set with a practical, timeless foundation once and for all. When it comes to how to dress classic, the RIGHT elements easily become the ‘can’t live without pieces’ in your wardrobe. Consider those tried-&-true gems as the glue bound to create a well-balanced, working wardrobe with infinite possibilities. >>MORE: Ideas on How…

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  • Three Ways to Double Duty Your Style- Business fashion for a back to work mom

    Look for pieces that do double duty for a back to work mom- like these from Ann Taylor

     Dear Sharon: It’s time for me to address what it takes to create a wardrobe of business fashion for a back to work mom. After being away from the concrete jungle for 6 years, it’s time to go back to the office on a part-time basis. The thing is that my wardrobe is looking a bit dated and close to a size smaller although I am hoping to get back to my original weight. I want to start to rebuild my…

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  • Paris Street Style Trend Report: How to Wear Sophisticated Pastels

    How to wear sophisticated pastels a la Paris street style

    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Dusty Pastels & Make-Up Neutrals have dominated trend reports over the past few seasons: Learn How to Wear Sophisticated Pastels to get in on the action… While pastels and timeless neutral tones are nothing new, its more than safe to say that they haven’t looked this refreshed and rethought since their heyday in the 90’s. And maybe that’s exactly part of the reason that pastels seem so fresh as they make for a great alternative…

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  • How to Layer Necklaces- French chic style inspiration à la Ines de la Fressange

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    Ooooh la la, we are having a bout of baubles this week. First, we learned how to wear the new statement jewelry trend and now it’s time for something classic. When it comes to piling on jewelry, the result can be heavy-handed or absolutely superb. Let’s get some French Chic style inspiration on how to layer necklaces with Ines de la Fressange style ! The former model, muse and lifelong spokesperson for glorious French Chic shows you how to layer necklaces like…

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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  FocusOnStyle.com , online since 1999.

    Best,

    S.H.







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