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  • Stylist Advice- How to make your shoes fit when your feet are different sizes

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    Let’s help this reader with his shoe question to find narrow width shoes for his wife who has two different foot sizes.  Dear Sharon:  My wife has narrow feet. To add to this, they are also two different sizes. We are traveling frequently and I would like to gift her some fine high fashion shoes ($800 to $1500) but I do not know what brands are available in narrow widths. And, if any designer brand will allow to have two differing sizes at time of…

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  • For a romantic summer night or bridal hair inspiration, here’s a flowery updo to try

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    If you’re craving young & fresh romantic hair for a special event or even your wedding day, get some flowery hair inspiration from the Dolce & Gabbana runway. Redken Creative Consultant Guido delivered, as one might expect from Dolce & Gabbana, classically beautiful hair. The style was ultra-feminine, with a soft braided updo pinned with gold coins, flowers and other equally ornate hair accessories, specially selected by the designers. While the hair was not adorned uniformly, the overall Romanesque look…

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  • My Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding Recipe


    Food! Yup, we’re talking about yumminess today.  Ok, so what does this have to do with style? A lot. Style is where you find inspiration. Even if it’s what you eat the first thing in the morning. Or, think about serving as a treat– a topping of chocolate shavings and mint leaves anyone? It’s the little goodies that make the big picture that much easier. I have so many exciting and focus driven things on my plate (yes, the pun was…

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  • Who says there aren’t different ways to style short hair?

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    Short hair is certainly becoming a “thing” lately with so many actresses deciding to make the crop from pixi cut to longer in the front. I know there are a jillion different ways to style short hair, because once upon a time, Gad Cohen cut my hair to the shortest its every been. And blonde too!   Here’s Gad’s expert hair advice in case you’re considering a short cut this summer.– S.H. THE SHAPE SHIFTERS… No, I’m not talking about…

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  • Ageless Style: Easy does it classic white separates by way of Monica Bellucci and Carole Bouquet

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Something that’s probably in your closet right now. Some of you are asking for more age-appropriate style tips, along with how to wear it stylist advice from pieces that are already in your wardrobe. Continuing our series of the best of Cannes Do Chic to help you get it together with ease, let’s look at  Monica Bellucci and Carole Bouquet, two of Europe’s loveliest actresses for gorgeous, Ageless Style inspiration. > Note: This story is chock full of related style tips. Don’t forget…

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  • Stylist Advice- Too Big Swing Dress Redo

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    I’m trying something new by adding my styling tips to a photo provided by you, the reader. If you like this new dress redo feature, please tell be in the comments below.  Dear Sharon: Many of my friends and I have been having problems making our swing dresses fit or style them into an outfit. I personally recently bought a lovely black swing dress but the size just doesn’t work. I’ve sent you a link to the dress to see its style…

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  • Pleasingly Pleated


    I’m not always a fan of “big” dresses, and glittery shoes typically look a few seasons back for me. But put it altogether on Marion Cotillard and the result is sublime. Styled by the wrong hands, a plisse pleated dress like this can be overwhelming. But the simplicity and ease of Cotillard’s hair, makeup, and confidence make this Dior Haute Couture look stellar. Another lesson learned in that it’s not what you wear but how you wear it.  More from the…

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  • Cannes Do Chic: Who needs heels? A shoe alternative you should try for summer evenings out


    I’ll Have What She’s Having: A smart evening shoe alternative for when you want to dress up? They’re out there… You’ll never guess what kind of shoes Ines De La Fressange (above) is wearing under that sensational dress, but you’ll want to wear them… No, not heels. Flats! Today’s installment of our series of the best of Cannes Do Chic see’s two utterly glamorous actresses walking the red carpet in something many of you may not consider for evenings out. But with inspiration from…

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  • Cannes Do Chic: The one item every woman should own

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Take it from the chic set at Cannes, a classic white blouse will easily anchor your bold pieces or create an instant shirt dress Today’s installment of our series of the best of Cannes Do Chic has a wardrobe stable making a stellar appearance at the photocalls and red carpets of the Cannes Film Festival, the celebrity event where we see things that WE can actually wear! Hooray! How can something so simple look so great? Well, isn’t that…

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  • Don’t feel defeated by menopause: Look Great At Any Age, A Timeless Approach To Elegance

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    Happy Saturday! For this week’s 15th anniversary of FocusOnStyle online post, let’s help this reader save her style as her body is changing with age becasue with the right style intervension, we can all look great at any age. –S.H. Menopause and Beyond Fashion Tips How to achieve style that only gets better over time… Dear Sharon: Help, I look frumpy all the time! At 53 years old, I’m almost through “the Big M”. I,  like many of us, used…

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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.