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  • A Reader Asks: What to wear to a Baptism?

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    Our latest reader style question asks what to wear to a Baptism. Can she wear a mini dress to her child’s baptism? Is short too short for a religious occasion? Let’s discuss… Next month my daughter’s baptism. I’m thinking of wearing my H&M white lace mini dress, pictured above, with navy peep toe heels and a navy blazer (if the weather requires it). My problem is this, the dress is so short to wear alone in church? I’ve thought of a dressy pair […]

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  • Clothing Care Tip: I figured out how to fold T-shirts neatly- The Miracle Fold is my secret!

    a ridiculous amount of striped t-shirts. folded in a cinch by The Miracle Fold and my lack of patience

    I have to admit when it comes to how to fold T-shirts neatly, I get a bit anal. There must be a part of me left over from random still-life stylist jobs (I almost always worked with models) where the idea that every crease in a perfectly stacked set of shirts looks crisp, pristine, and most important, EVEN…. like in a catalog or on a store shelf. Admittedly, I have since developed a fascination with the Japanese shirt folding video […]

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  • Stylist Advice- What to wear with really flashy shoes

    Jeffrey Campbell Martini Studded Ballerina Flats

     I just bought these beautiful Jeffrey Campbell Martini Studded Ballerina Flats and I don’t know what to wear with them. I’ve tried to get some help from friends, but they think the shoes are “too gold” or “tacky.” I was thinking about taking them back but I don’t want to because I love them. Can you please give me some ideas or suggestions? I can’t figure what kind of tops or dresses to wear with them. Thanks, I’ve attached a […]

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  • Natural Red Carpet Beauty is NOT an Oxymoron! Get some French chic inspiration by way of Léa Seydoux

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    Cannes Do Chic Beauty: Let Léa Seydoux Teach You A Thing About French Beauty Looking natural, gorgeous, and knowing  how much makeup to apply can result in a fine line between looking overly made up (that K family) and washed out and frazzled (heeeeello, mirror). Instead of a makeup “how to look made up on the red carpet” tutorial, let’s look at how to look just as pretty as we would like in our everyday lives… maybe, even with a […]

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  • Are you game for vintage style? Try a full 50’s inspired skirt [HINT: It’s all over Cannes]

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    I have rule around here about never wearing vintage too literally when it’s a style that YOU wore in its first fashion outing as it seriously dates you… in other words, makes you look o-l-d. So if you watched I Love Lucy in anything other than a rerun, skip this look. But for the rest of us, why not try a midi-length, flippy & full 50’s inspired skirt for some summer dash?   It looks great as an airy summer […]

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  • Cannes Do Chic Red Carpet Elegance + Grace Worth An Inspirational Look

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Easy, elegant chic red carpet fashion that you wish you saw come out of Hollywood but really can pull off for YOUR next big night out I hope some of you spend the weekend getting your closet organized thanks to yesterday’s tips on How to Clean Out Your Closet and What to Toss for a Business Chic Wardrobe.  I know I will be binging, purging, and editing my closet this weekend when I’m not on […]

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  • 16 WAYS TO GET YOUR WORK WARDROBE TOGETHER: How to Clean Out Your Closet and What to Toss for a Business Chic Wardrobe

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    With spring/summer comes transitioning wardrobe staples and learning what to toss for classic Business Chic when looking to clean out your closet And lucky for all of us, the fashion tides have continued to herald minimal, forever-chic heritage dressing which means you can safely reorganize your work wear for the long haul. >>YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN READING: Work It: Style Guidelines for Women Entrepreneurs Start by committing to a ritual of cleaning out your closet twice a year to maintain […]

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  • Stylist Advice: Can I wear this Rebecca Taylor maxi dress to a wedding?

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     Would this Rebecca Taylor pleated maxi dress be appropriate for a guest to wear to a formal(bridesmaids and MOB’s will be in long dresses) summer June wedding in Wisconsin? The wedding will be late afternoon and the reception is at a formal hall.  (M.W. via Fashion Advice) >>MORE INSPIRATION: Couture Dresses to Dream About   First off, great find! We instantly recognized this pleated maxi as a score for many a reason, besides the Rebecca Taylor runway show. With its neutral color, it serves as a versatile […]

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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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  • 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.