Posts Categorized: Style

Personal style definitions: Boho

By IN Advice, Personal Style

What is Boho style and is it *your* personal style? Learn more about what Boho is--and where to find it.

Can’t tell classic style from chic? Not sure what “boho” means, anyway? The Personal Style Definitions series cracks the code on some of the major style categories.

While the term “Boho” as a style designation is relatively new (and single-handedly created by Sienna Miller, if the fashion press is to be believed), its characteristics aren’t. Many of the aesthetics ascribed to Boho would have been called hippie, and maybe even grunge, in decades past. (The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style gives it another name: California Casual.)

This is the style of freedom, eclecticism, earthiness.

How to tell if Boho is your style

Warning: generalizations ahead! There are always exceptions to these “rules,” of course, but it’s quite likely that if Boho is your style …

  • your wardrobe contains pieces like a peasant skirt, faded denim and a printed wrap blouse. Materials are organic, not synthetic. Your shoes are gladiator sandals. Your necklace is made of wooden beads.
  • you wear labels like Free People and Charlotte Ronson, and shop in stores like Urban Outfitters or Topshop.
  • your style idols include Stevie Nicks, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss and Jade Jagger.
  • your color palette is earth tones and washed out colors.
  • you prefer being thought of as natural and relaxed.
  • you enjoy creating outfits by pulling pieces you love and combining them in new ways; you love style that’s serendipitous, rather than deliberate.

A perfect Level 2/weekend Chic outfit: scarf blouse, faded bell bottom denim and slouchy boots, worn with stacks of beaded bracelets scored on Etsy. (Here’s a great example of this outfit type from Holly of My Years of Fabulous.)

If she wears other styles, you’re most likely to find a Boho woman in pieces that are Romantic.

Boho Mamas, does this sound like you? What would you add to the description of this style category?

Still not sure which style is right for you? “What’s My Style?” is the fast, fun workshop that will teach you how to identify your personal style—and build your own signature look. For less than the price of a lipstick, learn how today!

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Day to night outfit idea: Summer tunic top

By IN Personal Style, Try This Thursdays

day to night outfit idea: summer tunic top

Tunic tops are so easy to wear, and flattering to most body types, they make a versatile piece of a summer wardrobe.

This outfit idea takes a brightly colored J. Crew Factory tunic from day to night in summer style.

The shoulder strap straw bag will carry you through the day.

If you really want to keep things easy, split the difference and create a dressier casual look that can be worn to brunch in the morning or cocktails in the evening with equal ease: keep the daytime cropped pants and wear them with the evening outfit’s sandals and chunky necklace.

Fab mamas, how do you like to wear tunic tops?

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Personal style definitions: Chic

By IN Personal Style

Personal style definitions: What Chic style is

Can’t tell classic style from chic? Not sure what “boho” means, anyway? The Personal Style Definitions series cracks the code on some of the major style categories.

When I think of the Chic style, I think “European”—or French, to be more precise. Chic women are elegant. Chic women are put-together. Chic women have that impeccable air of je ne sais quois. They may not all shop in Paris, but it sometimes seems that way!

How to tell if Chic is your style

Warning: generalizations ahead! There are always exceptions to these “rules,” of course, but it’s quite likely that if Chic is your style …

  • your wardrobe contains pieces like a black cashmere turtleneck, fitted blazer and wide leg jeans. Your shoes are peep toe slingbacks. Your necklace is a silver pendant.
  • you wear labels like Calvin Klein, Chanel, DVF, Banana Republic, A.P.C. and Isabel Marant.
  • your style idols include Catherine Deneuve, Ines de la Fressange and Halle Berry.
  • your color palette is black, black and black, with accents of white and bright primary colors, like red and cobalt blue.
  • you prefer being thought of as elegant and impeccable.
  • you would rather buy a very few well made, more expensive items than many mass market ones.

A perfect Level 2/weekend Chic outfit: white T-shirt, black leather jacket, wide leg jeans and Bensimon sneakers, worn with two silver necklaces of different lengths.

While Chic women often dress in nothing but this style, you may also find them mixing in items that are Classic or Modern.

Chic Mamas, does this sound like you? What would you add to the description of this style category?

Still not sure which style is right for you? “What’s My Style?” is the fast, fun workshop that will teach you how to identify your personal style—and build your own signature look. For less than the price of a lipstick, learn how today!

Drab to fab: Brunch outfit

By IN Advice, Personal Style

Drab to fab: Brunch outfit

When you’re a mom, perhaps especially if you’re a working mom, brunch is a luxury. It means you have an entire morning to do nothing more than enjoy a delicious meal, a cup of coffee, maybe even a mimosa.

To me, that’s a special occasion worth dressing up a bit for!

This brunch outfit takes a typical weekend outfit of polo shirt and khakis and takes it up a level. Slimmer silhouettes read dressier than loose, so the white polo shirt gets an upgrade from the standard boxier shape to a more feminine fit.

And it’s brunch, dahling, so replace your plain baggy khakis with something more fun, like a print. Pick the pattern that suits you best, whether it’s pale and floral or darker and geometric.

Leave your everyday day bag at home and grab a fun tote, or even that clutch you’ve forgotten in the back of your closet (if it’s not covered in sequins; that’s a bit too nighttime for dining in the day).

And lest you think I’m picking on Crocs by including their iconic clogs in the “drab” column, surprise! Those fab sandals are Crocs, too.

Now go out and treat yourself to brunch with a lady friend or two this month. I guarantee you’ve earned it!

Learn more about how to dress for your figure, clean out your closet and create outfits that are fab, not drab, in the Frantic But Fabulous style workshop—including a checklist of closet essentials.

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Personal Style Starter Kit: Jewelry

By IN Personal Style

Your personal style starter kit for jewelry

Fab mamas: Ready to reclaim your personal style, but don’t know where to begin? The Starter Kit series is for you: helpful tips and how-to’s, all in one place.

If you don’t own much more than a watch or a pair or two of earrings, the Personal Style Starter Kit for jewelry is here to help you build a jewelry wardrobe, whether than means a few key pieces, or a jewelry box full of delights.

How to start wearing (more) jewelry

As with clothing, expect your jewelry wardrobe to change over time, both in its size and what’s in it. (My own jewelry collection has gotten a lot more varied since my early days of buying the same simple silver necklace over and over!)

The key pieces are meant to last, but you can build around them to suit your changing taste, changing styles and even changing colors in what you wear.

Learn more about how to dress for your figure, clean out your closet and create outfits in the Frantic But Fabulous style workshop—including a checklist of closet essentials, like jewelry.

Personal style definitions: Classic

By IN Personal Style

Understanding the Classic personal style-and how to tell whether it's right for you

Can’t tell classic style from chic? Not sure what “boho” means, anyway? The Personal Style Definitions series cracks the code on some of the major style categories.

Of the major style “genres,” Classic is perhaps one of the most common, because it’s so easy to wear and its pieces are mostly timeless and traditional–hence the category’s name. Variations of the Classic style include preppy.

How to tell if Classic is your style

Warning: generalizations ahead! There are always exceptions to these “rules,” of course, but it’s quite likely that if Classic is your style …

  • your wardrobe contains pieces like a white button down shirt, pencil skirts, flat front trousers and a trench coat. Your shoes are ballet flats. Your necklace is a string of pearls.
  • you wear labels like Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Talbots, Anne Klein, L.L. Bean and J. Crew.
  • your style idols include Grace Kelly, Katharine Hepburn and Sofia Coppola.
  • your color palette is mostly the basics: navy, charcoal, white, khaki, black.
  • you prefer being thought of as tasteful, rather than trendy.
  • you would rather make conservative choices than daring ones.

A perfect Level 3/casual Friday Classic outfit: white shirt, blazer, straight leg denim and loafers, worn with a strand of pearls and pearl stud earrings.

And Classic doesn’t always have to ride alone: the two other categories most likely to cross-pollinate with Classic are Chic and Sporty.

Classic Mamas, does this sound like you? What would you add to the description of this style category?

Still not sure which style is right for you? “What’s My Style?” is the fast, fun workshop that will teach you how to identify your personal style—and build your own signature look. For less than the price of a lipstick, learn how today!

Personal style definitions: Cracking the code on the major style categories

By IN Personal Style

Personal style definitions: Cracking the code on style genres

Can’t tell classic style from chic? Not sure what “boho” means, anyway? The Personal Style Definitions series cracks the code on some of the major style categories.

Part of defining your personal style is getting to know and understand the kinds of clothes you like best. Once you’ve done that, you’ll probably find that your taste corresponds to a personal style category.

With a name for what you like, it’s much easier to narrow in on the kinds of garments to look for and where to find them. It also helps you identify a style idol or mentor to, ahem, borrow outfit ideas from!

In fact, when you think of someone who has a signature look, a consistent style that she wears over and over again, this look is most likely one of the major personal style categories.

Personal style categories

I like to think of these like genres: where film has genres like comedy, noir, horror, and drama and music has genres like jazz, rock, blues and country, fashion has types of personal style. And like film and music, there are many different categories, but a few standard ones that most all others come from (or are combinations of).

  • Classic. Perhaps the most American of styles, Classic is timeless and traditional; preppy is a sub-style. You’ll find the classic woman wearing label like Ralph Lauren and J. Crew.
  • Chic. Often associated with European fashion, chic style is categorized by elegant, clean lines. Chic lovers wear Calvin Klein and Banana Republic.
  • Boho. Romantic’s more eclectic cousin, Boho, or Bohemian, is printed and patterned, full of peasant blouses, wrap tops and organic materials.
  • Modern. Sometimes called “avant garde,” this is the edgiest of the major style categories. Think of what an art gallery owner would wear, or a New York fashionista. Lots of black in this wardrobe. Sub-styles include rock and roll.
  • Romantic. Sweet, soft and flowing, this style is characterized by lighter colors and aesthetic touches like ruffles and lace.
  • Sporty. The most active style; sub-styles include outdoorsy. Sporty doesn’t specifically mean athletic clothes, but it often means knits, cottons, denim and other natural fabrics in looser silhouettes.

The most adventurous fashionistas mix and match from these categories to create looks that are truly signature.

Which of these styles sounds most like you?

Still not sure which style is right for you? “What’s My Style?” is the fast, fun workshop that will teach you how to identify your personal style—and build your own signature look. For less than the price of a lipstick, learn how today!