Friday, May 24, 2013

Fashion fact or fiction?

Do you still follow the rule, "Don't wear white before Memorial Day?" Chances are if you do, you probably stick to other fashion rules passed on by your mother or grandmother like, "shoes and handbags must match" or "never wear red if you're a redhead."

Well, maybe it's time to put those fashion myths to rest.  Live a little, as my mother-in-law used to say, and pair up navy shoes with a black handbag.  And, while you're at it, how about a whole new fashion makeover? 

 If you' d like some help shedding your current style, check out Secrets of style : the complete guide to dressing your best every day. It promises to make "fashion understandable, achievable and, maybe most importantly, fun." In chapters covering everything from shopping and storage to specific clothing items (like suits, shoes and lingerie) to particular occasions (e.g., traveling and maternity), the editors share tips many readers would never even think they needed to know.  

 Not ready for high fashion or runway styles?  Then Women's Wardrobe  may be what you need.  In three simple steps, this book helps you to put chic into your outfits.  By learning to mix style with color and texture, you, too, can develop fashion savvy that may not shout "haute couture" but is just right for soccer games or the next school fundraiser. 

 Ok, forget about whether it's ok to wear white or if your red hair clashes with your new red sweater.  Many of us just want an answer to the question, “What should I wear to work?”  Lands' End Business Attire For Women  will help you quickly and confidently assess your workplace and your style, so you’ll always know exactly what to wear to work.  It’s a practical, down-to-earth, and eminently sensible guide to dressing for work with a sense of style and fun, leaving you lots of time for life’s bigger questions.

How many times have you bought a jacket or dress that looked fabulous on your friend but looks just plain lousy on you?  Enter British fashion advisors and authors Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine.  The duo is best known for the BBC television series What Not to Wear and have also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show as makeover experts. In their best-selling book, What Not To Wear , they say, "style isn't something you are born with, but something any one can learn." In another bestseller,  What You Wear Can Change Your Life , Trinny and Susannah show you how to redefine your look and style from head to toe.

So, how about it. Are you going to ignore your mother and break the rules? I'm all for it, but then I'm not a red head and my shoes never match my purse.

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