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Style Q&A - Our Style Editor Helps You Maximize Your Look!

Q: How can I look stylish without burning a hole in my wallet?
A: There are plenty of ways to maximize your dollar, with a bit of creativity, of course.

Ask yourself: Are there items in your current wardrobe that can be transformed with a fabulous belt? If so, check out Anne Taylor Loft or Club Monaco’s reasonably-priced accessories collections. For some colorful jewelry options, both H&M and Banana Republic have fun pieces for under $50 while Intermix’s great selection of Kenneth Jay Lane necklaces and bracelets can’t be missed! You’ll find that items in your closet can be worn two, three, even four ways when you add accessories.

Shop Smart: Shop for selections that will give you mileage by mixing with items already in your closet. Try a classic tailored blazer or a light knit wrap sweater from the Gap or Black House White Market. The overall look of these garments can easily be transformed with a t-shirt, blouse, skirt or dress.

Q: I’m discouraged because the trends I see don’t seem to flatter me.
A: Think of trends as suggestions. Not every body type or personality will wear each fad that comes along. Instead, identify your body’s strengths and accentuate them with timeless or classic pieces that compliment you. If you have a small waist, try items that are belted or cinched in the middle. If you have great legs, try a trouser pant to accentuate shape or a flirty skirt that hits a couple inches above the knee. Shoes are also a great way to show off your style without fretting over figure flaws. A pair of stylish heels can do wonders for your bottom half proportions.

Trendy Accents: Trends are better when used as an accent color or accessory. Try a trendy fashion colored fuchsia belt to capture the essence of summer with
dark jeans and a printed blouse.

Q: I am not comfortable wearing a lot of makeup, foundation particularly, but I know it’s an important part of improving my overall look, any suggestions?
A: Foundation has come a long way. Try a tinted moisturizer like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. It is foolproof, giving you the coverage you need without the tricky application, makeup lines or cakey feeling. Whenever you apply foundation mix it with a facial moisturizer for even application! In the summer you can mix it with an SPF lotion also!

Q: I’m stuck in a rut and I want a makeover, but I don’t know where to start. HELP!
A: If the process is too overwhelming for you, you might want to consider bringing in a professional. An image consultant or personal shopper will be able to help you overcome your concerns and fears about dressing and styling yourself. You will learn how to maintain your image and style on your own and fall in love with fashion again!



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