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  • Fancy Footwork? You bet with these gorgeous Velvet shoes, slippers, wedges, and boots!

    Verona - Eggplant Velvet Pat Vince Camuto

     I’ve got a fall trend that REALLY offers something for everyone. Velvet shoes. Don’t wait for holiday to tzuj up your style when you can add some allure by way of a touch of luxe to your fancy footwork be it a stunning skyscraper heel from Nicholas Kirkwood to updated and on trend velvet Doc Martens. How can we think about velvet without considering the classic smoking slipper, with updated style of course!? And, sexy dressy velvet pumps (love the…

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  • Stylist Advice- How to beat cold feet? Bootights & sheepskin insoles to the rescue


    Dear Sharon,  I’m hoping you can help me out. Now that the temperature is dropping I finally get to break out my boots. Happy me! I love wearing tights with boots but find that my feet are always freezing, especially at work. I really need to beat cold feet while looking stylish and office appropriate. >> RELATED: Style Guideline for Women Entrepreneurs I usually wear an ankle sock over my tights for added warmth but they tend to slip down and bunch up…

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  • How to Glam Up Everyday Clothes? Look at Kate Hudson Wearing Ann Taylor


    Just out: Ann Taylor’s Holiday 2012 ad campaign starring actress Kate Hudson What makes my morning soar is to see everyday, real world clothes look glam and gorgeous. Not the red carpet fabulouso outfits that are totally aspirational and inaccessible to our real lives- but real clothes designed for regular women, and that they happen to be worn by a gorgeous actress. Marketing genius, yes.  Style strategy to think about– you bet. Kate Hudson (okay, we won’t think about the rumor…

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  • Target and Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection Look Book Highlights

    Joseph Altuzarra cocktail set

    Discover highlights from the Target and Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection Look Book and get ready for budget friendly items that don’t skimp on the chic… Over the past decade Target, the forever stylish retail giant, has been giving budget conscious fans of high-end designer fashion a run for their money with a slew of on the mark collaborations with some of the best designers of the moment. And as our own interest in fast-fashion collabos has most certainly waned, a…

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  • Stylist Advice: Are Flared Pants in Style?


    Expert stylist’s advice, our weekly installment of style & lifestyle questions from YOU for us to contemplate is back, first-up comes a query on flared pants that everyone could learn a thing or two from  From Suzanne-   Are flared and/or belled pants still fashionable to wear?    With Miuccia Prada’s Fall takes on the bookish, print filled charm of the haute 70’s and fashion’s latest fixation on reworking the perfect pant in every shape imaginable, it was only a matter…

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  • Cheap Chic Alert: Martin Margiela for H&M Sneak Peek


    Cheap Chic fans rejoice as avant-garde pioneer Martin Margiela unveils a collection for H&M this fall… That’s right, the mega-retailer is sure to have another crowd pleasing hit on their hands judging by first look at the just released lookbook images. We at FoS have been longtime fans of the labels beautifully considered deconstructed patterns and subtle, subversive elegance. And over the years many of the more basic Margiela items, especially the tailored pieces, become closet constants. >> MORE: Cheap…

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  • Coat Alert: Military Chic

    Smythe Double Breasted Boucle Coat

    Is it getting chilly where you are? It is here and that’s time to think about some stylish layers. Here’s the best part of the military chic coat trend, it’s not really a trend but a twist on classic styling that comes in and out of fashion every few seasons. Regardless of making the top trend list for any particular season, military chic always looks right because it’s a trend based on a classic. >> RELATED: Shopping Guides of Fos…

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  • Have Yourself a Renoir Moment- Impressionism and Fashion in Paris

    Impressionism and Fashion

    Art in Paris: We know you love fashion. But, if you also love Impressionism as much as I do, you’ll be captivated by Richard Nahem‘s report on the Impressionism and Fashion exhibition that melds art and clothing.   The Impressionism and Fashion show at Museé d’Orsay in Paris explores the link Impressionist artists had with fashion and clothing. Renoir, Monet, Manet, and Degas capture the fashion of the day between 1860 and 1880 with over 80 portraits, much like many current day fashion bloggers…

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  • How to look pulled together in jeans? Look at Christie Brinkley’s ageless style for inspiration

    2012 Smile Train World Smile Day Hosted by Christie Brinkley

    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Grown-up gorgeous in down-to-earth and polished jeans Crazy that what so many of us wear so often can be impossible to pull off– with style. Don’t fret. Look no further than perennially gorgeous Christie Brinkley for celebrity style inspiration on how to look pulled together in jeans. Ok, you may not look like her (who does??), but you can master her sublime style and look pretty darn fabulous too. And, it’s far more realistic than fantasizing about…

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  • Get An Instant Update with These Five Trends Now


    Jump into the season in style and get an instant update with some of the easiest trends to incorporate into your look now -at any budget. Get inspired with these attainable styles…  Fall’s finally here and if you’re up to date with our daily suggestions here at FoS or not, there’s nothing to lose with a refresher course on what’s current that you can get your hands on immediately. So sit back and take note! >>DISCOVER: Top Fall 2012 Trends Part…

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  • In the Bag- Work The Color Block Trend One Piece at a Time


    Now a perennial trend, color-blocking has become all the more accessible with heritage minded bags done up in contrasting hues for a quick, colorful & graphic addition to any look. Color-Blocking, we’ve seen it on just about every single runway over the past few seasons and as we’ve pointed out before, it happens to be one trend that you can use to your advantage. Especially when looking to highlight and conceal certain areas of your body while adding a jolt…

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  • La Bella Figura and The Genius


    A funny thing happened to me at the Genius Bar- it was more chic than geek. I’m the poster child for excessive Mac consumption (and, not of the cosmetics variety) so I’ve spent plenty of time perched at a Genius Bar. This weekend was no exception. While we were waiting for a diagnostic to run its course on my ailing iMac the Genius and I started chit-chatting to pass the time. Once he learned that I was in fashion, he…

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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.