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Fashion Stylist Advice: When you need fashion advice, style tips & what to wear & how to wear it, ask our stylist Sharon Haver & her team of contributing fashion, beauty, and style experts!

  • The Ultimate Shorts Trends Shopping Guide

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     Are you game? I’m not sure when the moment was exactly that took shorts from the casual comfy set to a de rigueur piece  in so many women’s wardrobe, but it did. The thing is, when it comes to shorts trends, MOST women just can’t get the styling to work. No matter how much they try or OVER try. Let’s get it right with the hottest styles this summer. We’ve even pulled some fab styles in the FocusOnStyle Ultimate Shorts Trends Shopping Guide […]

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  • Stylist Advice: You can do this! Audrey Tautou’s easy fitting pants and a girly blouse for French chic élan

    Loooove the mix of an otherwise girly ruffled blouse with man-tailored pants. It's the unexpected hit of French chic that you can add to your wardrobe.

    I’ll Have What She’s Having: A lively masculine/feminine French chic mix that hits smart notes by way of a soft blouse and tailored, easy fitting pants We should really call this post, “mix this DON’T match that” as  it’s the unexpected combination that works so well. Love the mix of an otherwise girly ruffled blouse with man-tailored pants spotted on French actress Audrey Tautou. It’s the unexpected hit of French chic élan that you can add to your wardrobe. Pairing something frilly […]

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  • Stylist Advice: Do you want Sofia Veraga curves? Try these flare jeans tips

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Flare jeans that look chic and not mumsy like Sophia Vergara’s do Sophia Vergara has been making a case for flare jeans over their skinny jeans sister as she’s been spotted working her HABITUAL Hayworth Flare jeans all over town lately. I could probably guess it’s because THE curvy one knows that the POWER of flare jeans worn the right way can work wonders on your figure. Here’s how you can do some figure-balancing magic … Flare legs will balance […]

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  • How to wear pastels and look chic not chintzy- look at Tilda Swinton & Marion Cotillard for style ideas

    Tilda Swinton poses at the "Moonrise Kingdom" photocall during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Sophisticated dusty pale colors that never scream juvenile You must know that I’m not a fan of grown up women wearing baby pastels… in one wrong wimpy shade, you instantly take a hit to your personal power right down to that of  a kid. >>> MORE: Do you need more style inspiration? Read how Michelle Obama wears pastels to look chic But strong women CAN pull off pastels– particularly on these unbearably hot days (ok, not […]

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  • If Nicole Kidman’s d’Orsay Pumps Don’t Make A Case To Get You Out of Clod-Hopper Platforms, Nothing Will!

    Nicole Kidman at the "The Paperboy" Photocall - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Sexy, chic and sophisticated  & stunning  d’Orsay pumps that you won’t be laughing at in photos in years to come Hey, am I looking at YOU? The lady teetering along in mega platforms because you think they are trendy? Listen up, if you can’t walk in a shoe, no matter how in style you may think they are, that’s no-no numero uno. Add the fact, that looking like Clydesdale in a clod-hopper is most difficult to pull off at […]

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  • How to wear yellow- It’s THE bright trend color, but oh so tricky to pull off

    Italian actress Marta Gastini poses during the photocall of "Dario Argento Dracula"

    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Sunny yellow that looks chic and not like a box of Peeps gone wrong Personally, I’m usually not a fan of one of  BIGGEST trend colors this season. Yet, I LOVE how this plunging V yellow dress looks on Italian actress Marta Gastini at Cannes earlier this week that I just may be a color convert.  >>MORE from the French Riviera: Cannes Do Chic  Sunny yellow that’s oh so pretty and bright as a shade is often disastrous […]

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  • FRENCH CHIC SHIRT LESSON 101: A classic white shirt balances a vivid print a la Leïla Bekhti

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having:  What to wear with a bold print skirt? A white shirt, of course, is oh soooo French Chic! Leïla Bekhti, the French actress, knows that the best compliment to something bold and bright is palette cleansing clean, classic, and crisp starkness by way of a perfect shirt. >> MORE from the French Riviera: Cannes Do Chic Let’s review the styling finesse of the bold “Renaissance painting” print Carven skater skirt  from last fall that she wore  at Cannes the other […]

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  • Everything’s right about a bare midriff and how to wear a crop top like Freida Pinto

    Frieda Pinto wearing a Salvatore Ferragamo midrif baring 2-piece outfit at the Cannes Film Festival

      I”ll Have What She’s Having: A flirty bare midriff in balance & how to wear the look. I sure know about this one! I think I spent a good decade of my life running around in a variety of bare midriff crop tops! Having a 22 1/2 inch waist at the time I barely (cheesy pun, I know) met a midsection baring top that I didn’t like. >> RELATED: AbFab, Rooney Mara in Miu Miu Belly Baring Chic What […]

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  • Flaunt This Not That: Jennifer Lopez Strategically Cut Out Swimsuits

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      I’ll Have a What She’s Having: A flattering swimsuit that camouflage figure flaws and spotlights positives Call it a cut out swimsuit or a monokini, the strategically cut out swimsuit is the swimwear must-have this season. Just take a look at Jennifer Lopez photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue magazine, pictured above, looking more than fabulous. Not quite as covered up as a one-piece swimsuit and not exposing too much flesh as in bikini, the cutout swimsuit is your […]

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  • French Chic Shoe Lesson 101: Red shoes pops a simple LBD, a la Berenice Bejo

    Argentinian born French actress Berenice Bejo, who will host the opening ceremony of the 65th Cannes film festival

      I’ll Have What She’s Having: The right, bright shoe with a classic LBD is oh soooo French Chic! Less is more when the elements are right in this French Chic Shoe Lesson 101. Berenice Bejo, of the The Artist fame, totally gets it when it comes to adding a bit of personalization and pizzazz to a LBD. Just look at her pictured here, earlier at a photocall at the Cannes Film Festival. Truth be told: This is my favorite red […]

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  • When to wear flip-flops? Jessica Alba gets it…

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    Stylist Advice: Can I wear flip-flops in the city? Oh yes, the “when to wear flip-flops” in place of proper shoes debate continues… Frankly, the idea of wearing flip-flops as shoes in the city wrecks my nerves. UNLESS, you are heading back from a pedicure as Jessica Alba is caught doing in New York.  At a certain age, it is no longer cute or stylish to wear your beach shoes like a regular pair of shoes. It doesn’t read trendy, […]

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  • Age-Appropriate Casual Chic for the Silver Hair Set: How To Shop To Master An Ageless Stylish Wardrobe

    An ageless look from Banana Republic

    Sometimes age-appropriate casual chic can be a tough call to shop for… a FocusOnStyle reader shares how to work around it…  Thanks for the article/photos on Susan Sarandon. Any advice for a retired 60 year-old female graphic artist, (60)? I like to be somewhat trendy/edgy while still being age appropriate and doing it on a budget. I’ve begun a capsule of sorts (turquoise, charcoal and some violet), and it helps a lot, but if you could recommend basic pieces one should have […]

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