Size DOES matter!

I will never be confused with a WNBA player. At just a shade over 5 feet tall this can present some problems when I’m shopping for clothes. To find slacks that don’t cover my shoes or skirts that don’t look like a Grandmother would wear I usually head to the store’s Petite section. When assembling my wardrobe I take extra care to make sure my clothes don’t make me look even shorter than I am.

In today’s post you can see that my skirt just covers my knees. And my top fits my form and ends a bit below my waist. That’s another trick for those of us with body shapes more like a clock than an hourglass. When a well fitting blouse flares out for the bottom few inches it accentuates the hips and narrows the waist. Keeping with my love of color I chose a vibrant purple for this piece to work with a clean winter white skirt.

Topped with a large brimmed felt hat and anchored by some tall boots with medium (and comfortable) heels really helps to stretch out the illusion of height. I like to add some stylish animal prints, faux fur or both for a touch of nature and finish with a wine colored purse for my signature splash of color; and why not? Some of my favorite colors are red, white and rosé!

Cheers!

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How to wear a houndstooth winter coat—Put some bite on with Houndstooth

Just heard the news about the typhoon in The Philippines. It seems like those poor people go from one natural disaster to the next. When I lived in Shanghai, I met several Filipino performers. Many of the bands at the better hotels, bars and restaurants featured singers from this beautiful country. Everyone I met from there was friendly, upbeat and talented. I hope everybody will be ok.

Houndstooth has a long history in the fashion world. It can be very chic and modern but can be a busy mess if you are not careful.

Tips:
Choose a classic black and white pattern if you have doubts.
Choose simple cuts, houndstooth by itself already makes a statement. You don’t want it to drown out the rest of your outfit.
Wear it with white or black or jeans. If you would like a modern and sleek look, then pair it with black skinnys.
Use some bold color accessories to give a little bit of a color pop and contrast..

But by all means, rock it!

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