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How to Wear It Week! Everyday Mom Chic: Julianne Moore gets how to wear a cute summer hat and not look like a run of the mill hipster

Julianne Moore at LAX wearing Hat Attack’s Julia floppy fedora.

This week’s summer spotlight is How to Wear It Week. Let’s look at this favorite post about wearing a summer hat with élan. I’ll Have What She’s Having: A cute summer hat that’s classic and chic with easy, non affected summer style Hipster hats are really ironic. Afterall, the hipster style point of view for wearing a hat is to kinda look like an independent thinking progressive, anti-establishment cool dude. Yet, if everyone is running around wearing the same dang fedora, [...]

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How to wear anything: Top 5 style maxims to tweak your chic

Discover your inner Carrie, if you must.Did you ever notice how some women can barely pull off wearing a pair of jeans and a T-shirt without looking like they are about to clean out the garage? While there are others who are the masters of the craziest, most way out combination that always seems to work on them?From the character Carrie in "Sex and the City" to fashion impresario Anna Piaggi, pictured here, the Italian fashion writer and style icon [...]

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

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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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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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

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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Cannes Do Chic: How to modernize a full skirt flare dress a la Chiara Mastroianni

I’ll Have What She’s Having:  A classic flare dress that looks fresh and modern From our series of the  best of Cannes Do Chic to help you get it together with ease… I love a flare dress. Chiara Mastroianni’s (daughter of Catherine Deneauve and Marcello Mastroianni) nonchalent edge modernizes her 50’s silhouette flare dress from Dior. The cut boasts a certain timeless grown-up sophistication that works so well with both a curvy figure and for those looking to create a curvy figure. But, [...]

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Cannes Do Chic: Can’t beat a timeless crisp blue shirt a la Sofia Coppola

It’s that time again… my favorite red carpet. The one where everyone looks so pulled together, so classic, so Cannes Do Chic (click on that for past coverage)! Yup, it’s the Cannes Film Festival so let’s get our style sparks going with some inspirational I’ll Have What She’s Having starting with Sophia Coppola‘s crisp blue shirt. When you’re looking for a simple, chic, ageless, and E.A.S.Y. way to get out of the house for running around town, the office, or even a film festival [...]

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Puma knocked itself off and I want in!

Shoe Alert: A couple of summers ago, I bought a pair of Puma by Hussein Chalayan Black Label open toe wedge bootie platform net sneakers. Let’s break that down. I have never been a fan of open toe booties, most hybrid sneakers, and net shoes, well… BUT, I loved these shoes. Wore them to death as they were one of the most comfortable summer shoes ever that seemed to work with just about everything in my closet. You can tell [...]

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The Shopping Gene…

Or, what my mom taught me about quality, bargains & a discerning eye I had an early Mother’s Day surprise when my husband unearthed a few envelopes of photos while he was hunting through some storage. This set of pre-digital pics were most likely what I had given my mom when my son was an infant. And, now ended up being tucked away in a box. What a pleasant surprise to see photos of my mom with my 11 week old [...]

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Stylist Advice- What is Italian street chic?

Italian street chic is one vibrant source of inspiration that’s worth giving a go when looking to give your look a playful yet grown-up sense of whimsy… Dear FocusOnStyle: What is Italian street chic? I am going to a event where this style of dressing in required. Please help. Grazie -P.G (M.C via Fashion Advice) Unlike the timeless simplicity of quintessential French Chic, a quick scan through Italian street style images sets one thing for certain; the Italians do have more fun with it and a [...]

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