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 […]
Fashion tips & trends: Trendy fashion advice to ageless chic, women’s clothing that always looks right for you!
I popped uptown yesterday to the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s new Anna Wintour Costume Center for the press preview of its first exhibition, Charles James: Beyond Fashion spotlighting the career of the legendary 20th-century Anglo-American couturier (1906–1978). Through the years, I’ve seen pieces of James work and many of the gowns on display seemed like beautiful old friends that I was delighted to reaquaint with. But it wasn’t a gown that made me smile. It was seeing his white celenese satin jacket with eiderdown […]
I’ll Have What She’s Having: Jessica Alba’s casual runaround style is something to take note of next time you are out & about and on the go… The actress and busy mom recently stepped out in your average but forever stylish plaid top and jean ensemble recently but what made her look so memorable was her gorgeously face framing vibrant ombre topper. And what is becoming a signature cute floppy fedora for her too! So next time you are heading out […]
I'll Have What She's Having: White clothing tips to not look like a bride, a nurse, or the Good Humor man! According to old school fashion rules, Memorial Day is the official time to finally break out the whites. There's no need to look at calendar to see when wearing white looks right, if you know how to put it together!But mixed in the right way, white is fantastic!Take for instance, Gwenyth Paltrow in her white blazer and shirt. She […]
Spring comfort shoes mark a trend that’s worth taking from the runway… Finally, in style and practical options are here! Ok, some will call them ugly. Let’s just say they’re stylishly ugly (how’s that for a fashionable oxymoron?). After years of seeing girlfriends in freakishly tall platform heels and wearing confining yet proper shoes myself, I for one am on board with what’s been coming down the runway, and you should be too. Might I add, this is one throwback […]
How to style a chain belt for today? Classic chain belts are on the downside and tend to be aging for most who remember wearing them in the last go round… Let’s help this reader discover a modern classic take on a chain belt and how to mix metals for the right kind of chic. Dear Sharon: It is ok to wear a metal link belt and a metal necklace? Or skip a necklace when wearing a metal link belt? -Helen (M.C […]
For this week’s look back to celebrate the 15th anniversary of FocusOnStyle online, let’s peek at my video about how to dress to look taller when you are a petite. While ‘ya looking, how abour my hair? I think my stylist was having a Jane Fonda in Klute moment. Enjoy! — S.H. Petite Fashion Tips to Dress to Look Taller from the Sharon Haver for About.com at Lord & Taylor New York Petite Video Series… Haven’t you ever seen a […]
I’ll Have What She’s Having: Nothing beats a good T-shirt for comfy, casual every day style! Umm, I don’t know about you, but I spend a good chunk of my time wearing T-Shirts. They’re the kind of easy casual chic items that can be comfy wearing while I zone out writing (yes, there’s a zone) and then throw a jacket over and maybe a pair of heels and instantly look pulled together. But maybe it’s not a heels day but […]
4 eyewear styles on trend, and worth giving a shot this season… Just like shoes and bags, a great pair of sunglasses can uplift your look and keep all eyes on you with little to no effort. And last week we were lucky enough to hit up NYC’s VisionExpo and take in all of the latest & greatest to help you discover new styles to get set for spring. Overall, one of the biggest trends we were floored by was […]
Breaking fashion rules to make it right. Dress out of the box and get some style. The hot trends for this season compose of breaking historic fashion rules to move forward with fabulous style.
I’ll Have What She’s Having: Easy Beach Style like Heidi Klum’s convertible sarong cover-up Ok, looking like Heidi Klum on the beach is a major stretch for most of us. But not this time. Here’s how… Whether you’re heading out of town for spring break or plan on hitting the pool this coming summer, here’s great inspiration for covering up… Heidi Klum does a fast twist around her neck and her Theodora & Callum Scarf instantly does a switch-a-roo from a big, […]