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  • Fall 2012 Trend Re-Cap – Lace Jewels And Knits to Buy Now


    In with the New: Trends we love for Fall 2012 with a trend re-cap to get you in the know on the eve of the S/S shows… Save for the confusion ladies, these must-have trends are in-stores now. So sit back and take note on all you’ll need to update your wardrobe with come the new season ahead. >>MORE: Fall 2012 fashion FALL 2012 Top Trends: Where: Jewels and Heavy Ornamentation Who: Prada (above), Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Miu Miu Move…

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  • Trend: Boldly Elegant Surreal Jewelry to Brighten Fall


    With our earlier coverage of the Baroque trend sweeping through the Fall 2012 shows comes surreal jewelry taking the spotlight with statement making pieces this season That’s right, after seasons of sleek minimal baubles comes a chance to easily incorporate heady, baroque inspired gems into your accessory repertoire while hitting trend notes in a more subtle fashion. >>MORE: Fall 2012 Maybe designers took a cue from The Met’s retrospective of designers Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaperelli which pointed to their…

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  • Go Baroque! Embellishment Trend Glamorizes Fall’s Must Haves

    Carven fall 2012

    We’ve been so clean. Or girly. Or black and white. But with the fall breeze comes time for glamour. Just a bit. NO, pile it on and on. >> MORE: Fall/Winter 2012 Runway and  Fall 2012 Trends Tzuj it up with the Baroque embellishment trend for an instant wardrobe update. From dollops of golden jewels and lavish fabrics, a little goes a long way. But, if you’re the kind of girl who likes to pile it on, this is ONE trend right up…

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  • Grown-Up and Affordable Eco-Conscious Lingerie From Stella McCartney


      There’s no need to resorting to any more undergarments from Pink anymore -leave those for the kids with Stella, Stella McCartney’s affordable new eco-conscious lingerie line. From one of our favorite designers here at FoS, the urban yet girly sensibility of Stella McCartney just got a little more accessible with the debut of Stella, her new lower priced line of lingerie. And as per usual, Stella benefits from the eco-warrior designer’s conscious stance. >>Want a lean look fast? Shop…

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  • Stylist Advice- What To Wear For A Ladylike Labor Day Weekend Look


    Looking for a chic ladylike look to salute Labor Day weekend and one of the last weekends of summer with while making a transitional statement in style? Go ahead, make the season’s last hoorah a call for glamour, have fun with it! We suggest taking inspiration from actress Guei Lun-Mei who in Jil Sander Fall 2012 at the Taipei Film Festival Awards exuded a retro elegance that was alluring, unexpectedly modern yet sublime. While on-trend to boot. >>MORE: Stylist Advice and Figure Out What to…

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  • If you don’t take my word, Cindy Crawford is also all about self-confidence in how you look too

    Cindy Crawford for C&A

    Get with ME on this one. She’s gorgeous. She’s fit. She’s tall. She’s successful. She’s supermodel Cindy Crawford spieling about her new clothing line that  just debuted in Europe for C&A. So why should we care about what Cindy says back here in the States? The line is for Europe and it’s an advert, right? WRONG.  “So much about looking good is self-confidence and how you feel,” is what Cindy Crawford says in her “behind the scenes” promo video, here: I…

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  • Cheap Chic Alert: H&M Fall is all about strong women with plenty of embellishment


    The three key trends for H&M this fall are embellished, clean cut, in a new fabric, like coated wool. Emphasis is on slacks, a pencil skirt, and something decorated with a strong woman in mind, and a strong shoulder with a enhanced waist… love that! >> MORE: Cheap Chic Watch the H&M video trend report for fall 2012- (it has menswear too): >> DON’T MISS: FASHION SHOWS AND RUNWAY REVIEWS

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  • The Return of the Glitter Heel from Miu Miu – Trend Tuesday


    Last fall the crew here at FoS were beginning to get rather tired of seeing editors and their comrades in Miu Miu’s sensational glitter heeled 40’s inspired booties, yet the labels latest offering for fall, glitter heeled mary-janes, has us re-thinking the versatility of the idea… And with those retro-tinged mary-janes done up in a slew of delicious, vivid patent leather hues, the concept now has an even greater reach as we see them working well with looks high &…

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  • Whoa, There’s Vintage Western Style-A-Plenty


    Inspiration Notes: Vintage Western Style to clean your city palette… We all need a deep breath some time. For me, it happens when I get to kick back at my vacay house and leave the urban grind behind for some mountain air. I consider my family VERY lucky to live in the best, most diversified city in the world (NYC) and to be able to spend quality time in an area with the most gorgeous natural vistas (Jackson Hole, WY)….

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  • Grace Coddington For Balenciaga And Fun Finds From Lanvin


    With Fashion’s Night Out and a new season around the corner comes one surprising collaboration from Vogue Icon Grace Coddington for Balenciaga and some whimsical signature illustrated t-shirts from Alber Elbaz at Lanvin As FNO approaches stay tuned for a bevy of heady collaborations and exclusive scores that will have you singing all the way through fall. First up comes a special collection of accessories from Balenciaga featuring Coddington’s irreverent signature cat illustrations that are certain to instantly become collectors…

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  • The New Flattering Pants – Want It Wednesday


    As we’ve devoted this week to helping you score an updated, easy on the wear and budget friendly work wardrobe for the season ahead comes a selection of stylish trousers that we guarantee will make you look slimmer instantly… How you ask? Well just like the black & white knit dress from Phillip Lim we highlighted last week, color-blocking and plays on print have now made their mark on the classic work ready trouser. >>MORE: Stylish wardrobe options for the…

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  • Artful Prints from United Bamboo for Madewell – Trend Tuesday


    From United Bamboo, New York’s quintessential label for preppy downtown cool with a slightly off-kilter vibe comes one notable, affordable collaboration with Madewell that hits stores today… Over the past decade, New York’s United Bamboo has continually delivered well-made goods that subtly evoke the spirit of the avant-garde without forgoing an easy wear for fashion’s sake. We’ve seen them riff on nautical & architectural themes, preppy regalia, tailoring of all sort -all envisioned with an arty bent that begs onlookers…

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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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    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.




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