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  • Do you want the perfect way to dress up jeans? Try classic plaid!

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Cozy and casual chic plaid that’s the perfect way to dress up  jeans Sometimes dressing up is really a spin on what could be dressing down. Truth be told, I love plaid. Especially red plaid. Always have. For me, plaid runs the gambit from my collection of cowgirl chic western shirts to classic American sportswear iterations, like my Geoffrey Beene vintage red plaid coat, pictured left, that I may just pull out and wear again. Aside from […]

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  • Stylist Advice- Men’s job interview style for a business lunch

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    This reader question is about men’s job interview style for a business lunch. Women also need to pay heed to not trump the person who is conducting your interview. Dear Sharon: I have a lunch interview at a fairly upscale restaurant next week. I am a guy who has no fashion sense. However, I do know that I will be suiting up for this occasion. I have a navy suit, white shirt and black tie. My question is, should I take off my suit […]

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  • Everyday Chic: 10 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Fall (if you don’t have these key pieces already)

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    Sharon & I want to help you get a grip on Everyday Can-Do Chic with these 10 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Fall… …. and, with continuing trends, you may not even have to add anything new -lucky you! Transitional weather dressing is hitting most of us this time of year and with that in mind we’ve taken a moment on what you can easily do to update your style to stay on trend and look your best. Take inspiration […]

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  • Seeing Double: Stacked Heel Bootie Look-A-Likes From High to Low

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    Stacked heel booties, something everyone should have by now – but can you tell the difference here? It’s like seperated at boot birth! We are big fans of Maison Martin Margiela and Sharon is most definitely Margiela shoe crazy.  As much as Sharon loves her classic stacked heel booties from MMM, we also love a smart deal (who doesn’t?). Meet her Margiela doppelgänger, courtesy of Banana Republic! That’s right, as Banana Republic continues to generously retweak wardrobe essentials, we were thrilled […]

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  • Celebrating Roger Vivier in Paris, the Creator of the Stiletto Heel and More

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    Celebrating Roger Vivier in Paris, the storied creator of covetable footwear for even the most regal of society women, with a new retrospective honoring his legendary career: Richard Nahem, our FocusOnStyle Parisian correspondent, has an admitted fancy for genius shoes as he worked in a family retail shoe business as a teenager selling platform shoes and later on at the Delman Shoe Salon at Bergdorf Goodman in the early 80’s, dispensing shoes to the hautiest of women. Let’s hear what […]

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  • You really want to see this: Azzedine Alaia Paris exhibition at Palais Gailliera

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    Azzedine Alaia is simply a master at his genius. I don’t now about you, but I’ll always covet the few Azzedine Alaia pieces that I was lucky enough to own. Stepping into the world of Alaia is a universe driven to make the woman’s body look as beautiful as possible, never edging on vulgarity or over exposure.  Let’s have Richard take us on a virtual tour of this extraordinary  homage to Alaia in Paris. —S.H. It’s fashion month in Paris with the […]

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  • How to Dress Up A Dress – The Greatest Building Block of Them All

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    Let’s call this DRESS WEEK! You know how to accessorize with French Chic street style from Paris Fashion Week, which new skirt length looks modern, and NOW: How to Dress Up A Dress! Get the most out of your money as we close our week covering the benefit’s of a simple frock to help you discover what works for you when it comes to that one essential piece. The right dress & skirt can take you far, so take note as […]

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  • Try A New Skirt Length and Update Your Look and Attitude

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    Try A New Skirt Length, go ahead and challenge yourself, you just might be surprised at the results… Like a good dress, a good skirt can take you quite far sartorially speaking, but unlike a dress you get even more wear as you can mix & match like there’s no tomorrow. And since we all know how easy it is to get mundane with what you already know looks good on you, we thought you might want to consider a […]

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  • Le Dress: C’est French Chic Street Style That You Can Wear From Paris Fashion Week

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having: French Chic Street Style styling details to amp your dress I’m a little obsessed with the ease and élan of these Paris Fashion Week street style snaps. Let’s once-over what makes the styling work & how you can get inspired to update your wardrobe like the lovely ladies (and gent) that Richard snapped at Paris Fashion Week. Scroll to the very end for similar styling to shop right now. Ladylike Classic with quirky youthful edge   […]

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  • Get ahead of the curve: 4 top trends Paris Fashion Week Spring 2014 to try now because YOU can!

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    Cheat Sheet to Style! Fresh from Paris runways come the 4 TopTrends Paris Fashion Week highlights from the Spring 2014 Collections + how YOU can steal the look NOW! Listen up, wanna know the easiest way to look super stylish & save money? Get THE look ahead of the curve. Why wait for next season? Really, why? You can find these trends way before the runway collections hit the stores next spring, maybe even on a sale rack. Style it […]

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  • Must Have Alert: THE blouse of the moment, is a French Chic Bow Blouse à la Ines de La Fressange

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having: A classic chic pussy bow blouse that looks fresh and edgy I can sometimes have a real love/hate attitude with pussy bow blouses (sounds odd, I know). When done right, they look modern, chic and feminine. Even rocker-ISH, just look at the tie neck styling from Saint Laurent in red worn with skinny leather leggings as a premier example, pictured right. Yet, taken too literal, or styled too femininely, they can get frumpy and look dated like a […]

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  • Two to watch from Paris Fashion Week: Audra & Andrew Gn Spring 2014

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    Ohh la la, you will love these stunners from Paris Fashion Week… Richard‘s foray around  Paris continues with two stops at Andrew Gn and Audra. Two collections that may not be on the tip of your tongues just yet but surely will. You may remember the sculptural chic black and white gown by Andew Gn that Elizabeth Moss wore to the Emmy’s last week. It’s simplicity was a red carpet standout Audra, will be a name to watch. It’s hard not to […]

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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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    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.