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  • Shocking in Paris! Schiaparelli Haute Couture, why not?


    I don’t know about you, but my day certainly could use some fantasy, frivolousness, whimsy, and eccentric charm. Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is generally a gorgeous snooze fest since Christian Lacroix no longer shows. But Marco Zanini in his second Schiaparelli Haute Couture foray for Fall/Winter 2014-15 embraces the flamboyant legacy of the designer who put shocking pink on the map. MORE: Runway We’ve got all the Schiaparelli couture photos here for you to drool over. Don’t worry, none of us can…

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  • Business Chic: What to wear in a freezing office when it’s hot outside!

    Summer Layering Cardigans

    We all know that there can be some crazy tempreture fluctuations especially in the sweltering summer when the A.C. gets turned up. Let’s help this reader get her Business Chic in gear & figure out what to wear in a freezing office when it’s hot outside with some smart & stylish layering tips.  Dear Sharon: I’ve taken your advice and transitioned my wardrobe for summer as I’ve just relocated to the dreadfully humid environs of Houston for work but now my big dilemma is…

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  • What the Savvy Parisians Use: French Chic Summer Beauty Picks


    It almost seems like an oxymoron to call French Chic Summer Beauty sensible. But it really is. There’s a very logical, edited, and precise way that Parisians approach their beauty. It’s all about the ease of effortlessly looking better than natural, with a few savvy secrets thrown in for good measure. I’ve pulled a few new and timeless French Chic beauté favorites for you to consider adding to your routine this summer. They are all available stateside (just click on their…

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  • Summer Chic Noir- Black Never Boring or Basic When You Style It Like a City Girl

    Summer Chic Noir

    There’s something about black. Maybe I started to be a fan because I’m a native New Yorker and the perennial color du jour is chic + never faltering black. It’s the one color that has that cool edge besides being the glue to almost everything else you own, and says I’ve arrived rather than where am I going. Try that mint green, why don’t you? I’m not talking about dour and dreary funereal black that washes you out. But the dynamic and…

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  • What to wear post baby weight to feel confident about your body

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     Dear Sharon:  I have always had a small frame. I am about five foot and weigh about 130 pounds. Well, I just had a baby about two months ago. I have baby fat still which makes the fitting clothing I normally wear out of the question. Wearing baggy clothes is also a no go since I am so short and do not want to appear bigger than I am. Therefore, I am at a loss as to what my choices are. My most important goal…

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  • My classic color nail polish for a pedicure

    OPI kennebunk port

    A friend of mine was asking about finding a classic color nail polish for a pedicure. She just decided to try a vibrant orange and although the color rocked, it just didn’t work for her. I totally get it. As much as I like to experiment,  and get excited about nail trends, personally, every time I change my polish color, I end up wishing for my next pedicure to go back to my tried and true OPI Classics Collection Kennebunk…

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  • Spex Appeal- How to Find the Right Sunglasses and Eyewear Shape for Your Face


    This week’s look back at one of FocusOnStyle’s 15th Anniversary shopping advice posts takes in how to find the right sunglasses and eyewear for your face shape just as the blinding rays of summer begin to hit us. Learning how to find the right pair of sunglasses for your face shape not only helps you go incognito in style, but also helps instantly add glamour to any look while protecting your eyes and skin from the suns harmful rays. Keep on trend…

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  • 10 ways to know if it’s your signature style or time to get out of your style rut?

    are you in a style rut

    Today’s BIG Question: Are you in a style rut or are you extremely confident about your signature style? Is every day the same for you when it comes to your style? Do you feel you need a way to snap out of the same old, same old style because you’re boring yourself to death? Is it really a style rut after all? Or, merely a need to add some zing to what you already have and love. It’s easy to…

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  • What’s on your mind? Do you need some free fashion advice? Reach out and share…

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    As we’re getting into the start of the hot & muggy days of summer here, so many of us are winding down. But not here. We’re actually gearing up for some fab new additions to the FocusOnStyle lineup. In addition to my VIP One on One Stylist Style Mentoring Sessions, I’m working hard on creating the C’est Chic Crash Course and some other premium offerings. Just for you. We’re also doing a bunch of updates to the FocusOnStyle site itself……

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  • Here’s how to wear the high waist bikini: High waisted bathing suits- not old lady anymore

    High waist bathing suits seen at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014. Cutout by BCBGeneration, unmatched by Poko Pano, prints by Mara Hoffman Swim

    As we look back at stories packed with timeless style advice for FocusOnStyle’s 15th Anniversary,  we’ve taken into account that beach season is around the corner – so what are you going to wear? As gorgeous and as in impeccable shape that you may be, we all know the pressure one feels when looking to find the best swimsuit for their bodies so be sure to take note of one of the season’s top bathing suit trends with a little…

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  • What to Wear: A Dress Redo from casual to corporate, from student to professional

    casual to corporate

    Dress redo to master what to wear to transition your style when your lifestyle changes. Dear Sharon: I’m a 36 year old mom who has spent the last decade of my life somewhere between completing school and mommyhood. I’m about to graduate and need some ideas to build a professional looking wardrobe to wear for my new part-time job that’s a bit corporate. I’m thrilled to enter the business world with my degree under my belt but my student wardrobe…

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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.