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  • Looking for some special occasion inspiration? Drool over Haute Couture Fall 2013 Runway highlights

    Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2013

    Dream a little with Haute Couture Fall 2013 runway highlights for wedding, bridal, formal and special occasion inspiration. Take note now from Bouchra Jarrar, Christian Dior, Martin Margiela and Valentino Listen, I can almost bet that not one of us can ever afford a true haute couture gown. That’s ok. There’s a rare madame somewhere who can and  a celebrity who will borrow it. Why pay attention to haute couture? Why bother worrying over the latest designs for the jet-set? Especially when […]

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  • How to Wear It- Flashback Big Shoulder Pads Are In, But Are They Right For You?

    Rita Ora wearing Emanuel Ungaro

    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Musician Rita Ora makes a case for big shoulder pads in Ungaro, and it worked! Shoulder pads, one of those fads we all said we hoped never to come back, are back… Yes you read right, big shoulder pads have been making a return on runways as of late for a bolder silhouette, that can actually come in handy. What makes these big shoulder pads relevant & modern? >>WEAR THE TREND NOW: How to Wear […]

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  • Stylist Advice- Dressing a Very Petite Hourglass Figure

    Salma Hyak

    When we start to struggle with our figure & style it’s best to discover a body type muse for some style inspiration… I chose Salma Hayak as the muse for my reader who wants to know how to dress a petite hourglass figure. Read on- Dear Sharon: Hi Sharon, I am in my early twenties and am having trouble finding age-appropriate clothing because of my size. I am 5’2 and about 115 pounds with an extreme hourglass figure, 37-23.5-36. I get a […]

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  • Mens Style Spring 2014 – How to Wear Paris Fashion Week Clothing Now

    Givenchy Spring/Summer 2014

    Not sure your guy will wear much of this, and in many cases, that may be a good thing. But you’ll want to keep it on your style barometer, so take a peek at Mens Style Spring 2014 from the Paris runways and  how  to adapt it into more  guy-friendly, wearable fashion. – S.H. Direct from Paris: Mens Style Spring 2014 Runway Trends & How to Wear them Now… Judging by the last few uncharacteristically cool summers in Paris and London, […]

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  • Looking for salon quality hair color at home? I found it with eSalon

    Me, with the start of some e-Salon color correction

    Taking it into my own hands: My search for salon quality hair color to use at home. I don’t know if this ever happens to you but every so often my colorist decides that I’m his personal Tressy doll and gets all experimental with my hair color.  Remember last year’s mess where Gad taught us the 3C’s of corrective color? He saved me too from the chopping block and shared tips on how to prevent a bad haircut. You may have […]

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  • Are you looking for age appropriate dressy clothing to wear and NOT look like an old lady? Style solutions right here!

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    Our latest reader style question asks what to wear to a wedding after menopausal weight gain. How can she look age appropriate in dressy clothing? What can she wear to hide her slight bump in size? And not look like an old lady? Let’s discuss… I am 55 years old. I am 5 ft 8″ tall. I have always been quite skinny until menopause. I now weigh 146 pounds, and my body has changed. I have a bit of a […]

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  • John Varvatos Fashion Show Photos Spring-Summer 2014

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    JOHN VARVATOS Fashion Show Photos / Runway Collection Spring / Summer 2014 Milan Fashion Week – Menswear A return to elegance. This is how John Varvatos sums the spirit of his spring/summer 2014 collection. “Modern men want to dress up again. Still, they do not want to feel stiff,” says the designer. >>MORE: FASHION SHOWS AND RUNWAY REVIEWS “I imagined a nonchalantly dressy wardrobe for today’s men, mixing day and night, refinement with an edge and sophisticated ease. While working on this collection, I […]

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  • Mens Style Spring 2014 – How to Wear Milan Fashion Week Clothing Now

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    Direct from Milan: Mens Style Spring 2014 Runway Trends & How to Wear them… Ok guys, some of you want to put their peacock feathers on and we have some men’s style from Milan, from everyday to avant garde. Spring 2014 Mens Collections saw the city up its ante on style with a dozen or so incredibly strong outings, chock full of inspiration for now. In all, classic tech sport apparel met romanticism for a duality that wasn’t unnecessarily intellectual, […]

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  • Easy Summer Hairstyles by Way of WEN by Chaz Dean

    Hair by WENN

    Beautiful Hair Alert: Easy Summer  hairstyles with real women inspiration: I don’t know about you, but I certainly logged in plenty of hours watching hair expert, Chaz Dean and his line of products, WEN by Chaz Dean go through his TV demos on QVC and pondering the products at Sephora. I’ve probably dedicated a chunk of my insomniac hours watching beautiful hair as Chaz describes his unique 5-in-1 formula that takes the place of your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner. I have no […]

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  • Let’s talk about summer pants! The 5 best pant styles & how to wear them

    An array of summer pants styles & a head's from resort 2014 too!

    Nothing like a wardrobe update by way of some the best summer pants and how to wear them. Get your game on with a plethora of style options from the new crop to full-out sidewalking grazing palazzo. I’ve got you covered on what to wear now and into the next couple of seasons. >> RELATED: The five best trends from resort to wear now   Flare Pants The flare leg pant  has become a workwear staple. Add a higher heel […]

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  • Ageless Beauty Tips Steal- Madonna’s makeup at the MDNA Tour documentary premiere

    Madonna MDNA Tour Documentary Premiere Look

    I’ll Have What She’s Having– Grown up glam & vivid red lips a la Madonna’s makeup Who: Madonna at the premiere of her MDNA Tour documentary in NYC takes a stand on ageless beauty & full out glam Inspiration: Marlene Deitrich’s iconic 1930’s look from the movie “Morocco” With: Madonna’s makeup artist, Sammy H. Mourabit, used Votre Vu products >> MORE:  Red lipstick tips & inspiration How to get Madonna’s makeup look… For a flawless complexion, after moisturing,  dabbed Votre Vu’s Love Me Deux Concealer […]

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  • How to look pretty when you forgot about taking care of yourself

    Looking beautiful is much about how YOU see yourself.

    Have you ever been so overwhelmed in what life offers you that you forgot about taking care of yourself? Or continue to put everyone else’s needs in front of yours?   Let’s help this reader look pretty again- we all deserve that! –S.H. Dear Sharon:  I need some serious advice. I have always been the plain Jane type, and have never really felt beautiful. I am 25 years old, I have two children and a wonderful husband. All my life I have […]

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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.







    ps

    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.

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