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Let’s Get Ready For Fall From Top to Bottom: Accessories and Footwear

Accessories have the power to make a plain look exciting. When I visit clients at their homes, in their closets it is obvious that for many women choosing the right accessory can be somewhat frustrating. That is why I always come prepared with pieces that will work with many outfits and personalities.

-Add a scarf with fringe or a tassle this year for a touch of trend.
-Layer a variety of long and short necklaces.
-Peruse your jewelery drawer and you will find a treasure trove of pieces you have not worn in years to layer.

Pam with accessories

 

Getting your closet ready for the fall is not an easy task. Positive Reflections can help you prioritize and organize your closet for an updated look. It is the time of year again to put away your sandals and take advantage of boot sales.

Today boots come in many different shapes, heel heights, round toes, pointy toes, half boots, ankle boots and shoe boots . There is a boot for every personality and style. This season, pairing boots with a slim fitting dress and a great pair of tights (textured or plain) can give you a fresh new updated look.

Below are examples of what is on trend as well as comfortable, clunky, and funky styles for people on the go. Also I have included some of my own picks for fall footwear. Shopping also begins with the proper footwear for my client’s lifestyle. Remember: comfort always takes priority over fashion.

 

More Boots

 

Fall Boots

 

 

Pam's Picks

 

Please comment or email me, I’d love to hear your questions about your perfect fall wardrobe.

Let’s Get Ready for Fall From Top to Bottom – Bottoms Up!!

 

Bottoms Up

 

  • -Skinny leg pants are still on trend this year, but not for everyone.
  • -Pair your trousers with a blazer for a professional appearance. For a more business casual look, try a turtleneck sweater, cold shoulder, or oversized.
  • -Wide leg and flare pants are fun for parties and events. Paired with a sequin black top, flares and wide leg pants are great for holidays!
  • -The classic straight leg in jeans, wool, or a blend are the perfect choice for a casual or professional look.
  • -Try a mid-length or long duster. They can be found in a variety of colors and fabrics. Some have long sleeves and some are vests. These are a wonderful layering items for the Fall.

 

When it comes to jeans we all have our favorites. Some of you may not even want to wear jeans. Happily, this year higher waisted jeans are easy to find and way more comfortable. A high waisted jean in the right size and fit is the perfect way to avoid the dreaded muffin top.

 

Jeans

 

  • -Avoid torn jeans for the office, even if they are on trend.
  • -A dark wash will take you from day to night. And has a more polished appearance.
  • -Straight leg jeans work well for curvy body types.
  • -Flare jeans are easy to wear and comfortable on your calves.
  • -Pair your flare jeans with boots and booties for the perfect fall-ready look.
  • -As always, try on a variety of skinny jean brands and sizes to find your perfect fit.

Let’s Get Ready For Fall From Top to Bottom: Undergarments.

I was shopping with a friend the other day and she suggested that I do a blog post on bras. I agree because we all have issues with finding proper fitting undergarments. Sometimes they are so hard to even get on that you feel that you are in a vice.

The first thing I do when I am with a client in a their closet or dressing room is discuss undergarments.

Even more important than the clothes you wear is what you put underneath.

The right bra and body shapers can transform any outfit.

To determine the best fit get measured by a professional bra fitter to ensure that you haven’t gone up, or down in a cup size. I have noticed with some clients, as well as myself that as we age our bra sizes increase. I advise my clients when shopping for undergarments to try on several manufacturer’s styles to see what fits best. After all, a C cup in one brand may be a D in another.
Bra Measurement

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Large breasted women might consider minimizing bras. These undergarments don’t flatten your shape but hold you in, give you support, and a more slimming profile.

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Small breasted women can benefit from the right bra as well. I suggest a demi style which offers shape, form, and lift.
Good bra fit

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Bra Tips

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Underwear:
As with bras, not all undies are created equal. Your underwear should hide your flaws and accentuate your features. Your body type, your problem areas, and the clothes you wear all dictate your choice of underwear. Again, the golden rule is fit, be sure that your underwear, no matter the style fits you properly and is flush against your skin. By far a visible panty line is the number one outfit killer.
Visible panty line

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Shaping Up:
Shape wear has certainly come a long way from grandma’s girdles.
When selecting shape wear, always choose a size a little larger so it doesn’t dig into your skin and cause extra bulges.
Your grandmother's corset

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Styles vary from one piece shape suits to shape wear that targets specific body parts such as the tummy, hips, and thighs. Most brands even offer varying degrees of control. But, what you choose depends on your outfits. I prefer the smooth, clean lines you get from a one piece garment.
Shapewear

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Body Shaper

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As always I am here as your personal wardrobe and image consultant. Call or email me to get ready for fall!

Let’s Get Ready For Fall From Top to Bottom – Start with your hair

As a blonde I know how important it is to keep the tone of my hair just right. As a woman over 50, I also love long hair, but when my hair gets too long I tend to feel dragged down. It’s important in the fall if you don’t have a good hairdresser to find one you really relate to.

Pam and hair stylist

Pam's haircut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-To keep my hair curly, smooth, and frizz free as seasons change I use L’anza’s Smoother Straightening Balm, Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream, and Kerastase Keratin Thermique Cream.

Hair Products

 

 

Highlights

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-Tone down hair with lowlights and highlights to combat the effects of sun exposure and damage to your hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Get a good professional conditioning.

-Invest in a good shampoo and conditioner to use daily. My favorites are the Frekkai Essential Shea Conditioner and the Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Radiant Color Deep Conditioner.

Shampoo and conditioner

 

 

 

 

 

-Consider a new hair style by shaping and eliminating split ends.

-If you are ready for a change from long to short, here are a few ideas:

My friend Deborah at the blog, Fabulous Over 40 shows a great example of a short yet stylish hair cut below.

Short Haircut

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Meredith Viera

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Before and After

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As part of your wardrobe consultation we can discuss hair options that can elevate your new look as we transition to the colder months!

 

What Not to wear to work!

And just a reminder of some things that are inappropriate – you should always avoid

  • Flip flops
  • Worn out shoes
  • Wrinkled clothing
  • Dress or skirts too tight or too short
  • Showing clevage
  • Too much skin
  • Some outfits are cute and adorable for a picnic or party, but never meant to be worn to the office.

If you are not sure if it’s suitable for work, then select something else from your closet.

 

Never at the office

 

What do I wear to work?? – Professional Presence

Professional Presence

When creating personal professional presence your visual appearance reflects the image you want to project.   It determines how people will remember you.  These professional outfits can easily go from day into night for client dinners and events.

  • Your appearance speaks volumes about you
  • Dress for the position you want.
  • The right accessories enhance your professional appearance.
  • Keep cosmetics conservative and neutral.
  • Break up a suit to wear as separates.
  • What do you notice in others visual professional appearance?
  • How does your choice of outfits convey what you want people to notice about you?
Pam in professional dress

A simple dress with the right accessories makes a very professional statement.

 

If you need more help click here to learn about my Professional Corporate Image package.

 

 

What do I wear to work? – Business Casual

Summer Business Casual

BUSINESS CASUAL THIS SUMMER!!
When dressing for business even in a casual environment here are a few points to remember

  • Dress like you mean business.
  • Dress for the position you want even in a casual setting
  • Casual means comfort not sloppy
  • Check your whites for stains.
  • Own an Iron
  • Casual jackets or cardigans keep you warm in air conditioning
  • Always be aware of the dress code.

If you need help with your casual business dressing take a look at my Personal Wardrobe Consulting packages.

 

 

Swimsuit Confidence and Cute Coverups      WHAT DO I WEAR??

Are you dreading the thought of buying a swimsuit this summer?. I know it is not just the purchase that gives so many of us the anxiety and torture, it is the process of trying so many on until you finally settle on one.

Here are a few tips to remember when shopping for one. After all I don’t know many women that go through the process without some frustration.

  • Find swimsuits with an hourglass pattern to create you own hourglass figure.
  • If you are full figured, a built in wire cup is flattering and shaping. 
  • Miracle Suits are a perfect choice to pull everything in. 
  • Tankinis are versatile and flatter many body types
  • Camouflage your muffin top with a long waisted tankini
  • Opt for small prints to distract from your stomach 
  • Look for solid bottoms for a slimming effect
  • Don’t look at yourself and mourn the body you used to have
  • Focus on the Positive!

Swimsuits

Bathing suit shopping can be overwhelming when you walk into the department and see lots of bright, wild colors.

Focus on finding one that repeats or compliments your hair, skin, or eye colors. Already you’ll feel more attractive in a bathing suit.

 

Cover me Up

Maxi dresses can be a perfect beach or pool party cover up. They are comfortable with a variety of necklines to compliment your swimsuit.
A lovely Kaftan doubles as a cover up or summer top. Slip on a pair of capris or cropped jeans and you are ready to go to dinner.

All you need to make your poolside entrance is one bold accessory. Consider the wide brimmed floppy hat, a generous lightweight infinity scarf, or a metallic heeled sandal.

 

Pam and Jane in their coverups at the pool.

Pam and Jane in their cover-ups at the pool.

Graduation Parties, and 4th of July parties are fun to look forward to, but WHAT DO I WEAR? is the question. 

Comfort is key in choosing the right outfit.  Depending how you feel about your legs shorts or cropped slacks are a good choice.  Cotton, linen, cold shoulder tops make a statement.  And of course wear red, white or blue for the fourth of July.  When wearing a comfortable pair of jeans choose a great top to finish off your look.  Sandals, wedges  and espadrilles always work for an outdoor party.

Don’t forget the extra accessories!!

  • Bold beautiful  colorful tote bag
  • Earrings, bracelets, or necklaces complete your outfit
  • Make sure all the pieces relate and harmonize with each other
  • Have fun choosing a pair of Sunglasses this summer

 

dressing for july 4th

Graduation party ideas

Sundresses in  beautiful floral prints are always a good choice for a graduation party.  They are comfortable, casual and pretty.

Grad Party

I am invited to a wedding this summer. What should I wear??

  • If the invitation is not specific about dress attire, feel free to wear a dress you love and feel great in.
  • It is always OK to wear a the Perfect Black Dress to an afternoon or evening Wedding.
  • Black Tie optional can be confusing to many of us. Choose a cocktail dress in a color that compliments you, or black.
  • Accessories always finish your look
  • If the wedding is on the grass, consider wearing a wider heel or wedge.

 

Summer Wedding /Black Tie Optional

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