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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!

  • 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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  • Can A Midi Dress Look Chic & Not Matronly? Yes, Look At Gwyneth Paltrow

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having: An elegant midi dress that doesn’t scream old lady frumpy AND you can wear it to work! Here’s some stylist advice on how to make a forever-chic statement like actress Gwyneth Paltrow in a knee-length number and not look matronly. Turning head’s for over a decade with her innate sense of style that remains forever-chic, actress Gwyneth Paltrow‘s recent appearance in a minimal Burberry textured dress should work for you as a source of inspiration […]

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  • Age-Appropriate Everyday Chic via Susan Sarandon’s Fierce Oxford Flats

    Filmmaker Michael Moore and actress Susan Sarandon attend Tribeca Talks Directors Series during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    I’ll Have What She’s Having:  Pretty, polished, and casual at any age. We all get so wrapped up on the fantasy of fabulous sometimes that we tend to forget the simple casual style that most of us wear on a daily basis. For that very reason of  feigning “senior moments” on everyday style does that core easy part of our wardrobe get forgotten, particularly when looking polished, modern and age-appropriate fashion is on the menu.   Filmmaker Michael Moore and actress Susan […]

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  • Patricia Clarkson In YSL – Age Appropriate or Aging?

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    You’ve got that perfect gala gown, you’re in great shape, don’t let your insecurities get the best of you! Last week actress Patricia Clarkson looked on par with other elegantly turned out celebs in Yves Saint Laurent at a fete for The Metropolitan Opera, and while she looked fantastic in a black-tie gala gown fit for a beauty, she took to hiding her hands and neck in a rather aggressive manner. >>More: Age Appropriate Fashion Tips She looks great, in […]

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