Though most jeans out there are skinnies, most women have curves! If your curves are mainly in your hip area, then balance your figure by adding some flare at your pant leg with a boot cut jean. This proportion will straighten your silhouette and minimize the width of your hips.
Also forgo the low rise and choose the mid or high variety to smooth out the tummy and avoid “muffin top.”
Back pockets are important, too- be sure the pockets aren’t too high, which could create the look of a larger back side then desired. And be sure to minimize the bling and bright stitching and say no to pocket flaps.
“Slim, straight or boyish figure”
If your figure is slim, or perhaps you want to add more curves, as many women with “boyish” type figures do, go for silhouettes that will accentuate your figure. Skinny jeans that hug your hips and calves will create a curvy line. Accented pockets will add shape to your derriere, and so will the narrow ankle width. The wash of the denim is also important- when the jeans are faded in certain areas like the backside, the fading can contribute to a curvier look.
Skinny jeans can look sexy, but mystery is sexier. Style your skinnies with a hip-skimming untucked top for a little coverage. Straighter leg options can look great with or without your top tucked in. And remember when styling your outfit, that third piece such as a jacket or cardigan will instantly amp up your look.
For the ladies who would prefer a little more height, create the illusion of a longer leg with a straight leg jean, or a skinny. At the end of your hem, choose a pointed toe shoe to extend the length for as long as possible. Beware the boot cut style which can visually shorten the leg, since there is not a lot of length between the hip and the flared hem.
However, if you need a boot cut to balance your hip (see “curvy figure” above) then go for a minimally flared version. This subtle boot cut also works for the days when you want to wear boots and functionally need the width of the hem. Keeping your jeans outside your boots (instead of doing the trendy jean tuck) will create a longer line to add height to your petite frame.
For the most flattering and dressiest look, go for a dark wash. This is also the best option for casual Friday if jeans are allowed. (This is true for the guys, too.)
Subtle vertical fading down the center of the thigh can slim and elongate the leg, because the inner thigh and outer thigh will appear darker. However, beware extreme fading, as well as fading at the backside which can make it appear larger.
While it’s cool to have the look of distressed denim, beware of bold or too much whiskering (the thin horizontal lines and folds created by linear fading and wrinkling around the fly and upper thigh area.) This denim finish can be unflattering and will draw attention to this area of the body. Whiskering can often look too young, but also- why would you want attention at your fly area?
Lighter denim wash washes are more casual, and will also draw more attention to your lower figure then dark washes.
“Colored, coated and printed denim”
Pastel colored denim carries the same rules as white jeans- they will definitely draw attention to your lower half. Bright colors do the same, though their depth of color can conceal slightly better than their lighter cousins.
If you want to go for a light color for a fresh spring look, but are self-conscious of your hip area, then wear a long, hip covering tunic or blazer in a color that’s at least a little darker, to deemphasize this area and bring attention down to your legs.
Deep jewel tone colors are easier to wear, and more flattering to pull off because they’re darker.
Printed denim for spring is au courant, but beware of patterns that accent the wrong places or appear too busy.
For rocking your patterned denim, I recommend keeping the rest of the outfit neutral and fairly simple. A dark top will ground the look, and a long top will minimize the intensity, while providing more of a subtle “wow” factor.
Colored denim and patterned denim are fun fashion trends, but as with all trends—decide if these are right for your style (and your figure), don’t spend too much, and don’t be a slave to fashion!
For weeknight holiday events, choosing an appropriate outfit that perfectly portrays festive flair can be tricky if your event is right after work and you have to plan for it at 6am. Luckily, there are some easy ways that you can take your 9-to-5 look straight to cocktails with just a few special tweaks that will avoid having to pack a whole separate outfit.
See today’s Denver Post for “5 Tips: How to take your look from the office to evening for holiday parties”, and read on for outfit ideas and more…
Embellish your staples with shimmery pieces. A party-perfect embellished tank or blouse works while concealed at the office, when the rest of your outfit is classic. Keep it understated with a sleek pencil skirt, basic blazer or cardigan, and daytime-appropriate scarf. But then bring that sparkly piece out to play for your after-work event by leaving your blazer or cardigan and scarf on your chair as you head out. Then top it off by adding evening accessories – chandelier earrings, a luxe clutch, wrap and glam shoes – the better to sparkle with!
The day dress for night. A tailored sheath dress stays incognito during the day with a blazer, simple necklace, belt, basic pumps and briefcase, all in neutral tones. But after hours, this navy staple sheath becomes a perfect backdrop for an over-the-top bib necklace, clutch, wrap and shoes in jewel tones. Winter blues? Far from it.
The lady’s tuxedo. A sleek black suit also transitions effortlessly from a work go-to outfit to a dramatic canvas for accessorizing. Keep it tame from 9 to 5 with a teal tie-neck blouse and black pumps. Even hang up your jacket during the day if your office attire is less suited up. But amp up your outfit for evening by playing off this season’s chic black-and-gold trend – swap out your top for a shimmery gold silk cowl-neck blouse. Swap your professional pumps for strappy black and gold metal stilettos and swap out your day bag for a structured lace-inspired clutch. Finally, top it all off with a black laser-cut leather cummerbund belt. Menswear-inspired it may be, yet so feminine, chic and of the moment.
All in the accessories. Whatever outfit you choose, don’t be afraid to pile on the little extras for your holiday events. You’ll shine a little brighter if you add some glitz to your look. Especially with a minimalist outfit, more is more when accessorizing! Mix your metals, mix your jewel tones and be bold with your statement pieces– after all, fashion should be fun!
Honorable mentions. Adding a touch of fur- real or faux – to your outfit instantly glams it up. There’s none shown here, but it’s certainly worth a mention, especially if your after-work event is particularly dressy. A refined plush collar, scarf or wrap will keep you cozy and make any outfit look chic and luxurious.
The icing. A mini on-the-go makeup kit will refresh you after work, and adding a little drama is just as important to completing your party look as is jewelry. A swipe of red lipstick or smoky eyeshadow effortlessly takes you into night.
And for him… Your man can also easily prep for after work with a few added details. Come party time, he need only add a sport coat, pocket square and maybe even a tie clip to his classic button down and office pants (or dark, stylish denim if they’re appropriate in his office). Just make sure he wears his nice leather shoes in the a.m. to polish off his look.
Keep in mind… Even if you do have time to choose a whole separate ensemble for your soirée, you don’t have to wear head-to-toe sparkle to look festive. Dressing for the holiday season should be about expressing yourself, and you can do that even in your dressy jeans if the occasion allows. Shine on!
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It’s the official first day of fall, and I’m kicking off the season next week with a presentation on fall style at Denver’s Goldyn boutique! On Tuesday, September 25 at 5PM, come learn how to adapt runway-worthy trends for your closet. With free cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and 20% off your shopping, you’ve got a great excuse to make Tuesday a girls-only night out!
Click the invitation to visit the event’s Facebook page for RSVP and a map!
Fall’s color palette is always decidedly moodier than that of sunnier months, but that doesn’t mean the mood has to be “gloom”. Add some drama to your autumn wardrobe with one (or three) of the season’s reworked jewel tones and neutrals.
1/ Darken your palette but keep your brights. Burgundy, navy, and black are this fall’s “it” colors, but you can start wearing them now. Infuse your wardrobe with these rich hues, even mixing them. Navy and black combined is unexpected, yet very chic and sophisticated! Or layer a printed blouse with a cardigan or blazer in navy or burgundy, and your dark tone will act as a neutral. Also, you don’t have to phase out all your hot colors once the weather cools. Carry forward your bright yellow, bold blue, cherry red and bright orange tones from summer. For example, a tangerine tee or blouse will work effortlessly with the changing leaves when topped with a blazer in autumnal tones such as rust, cognac and burgundy.
2/ Add leather to your look. Start small while it’s still hot out, then up the ante once the crisp air arrives. For example, start by adding a wide leather belt to a soft blouse or dress, and leather booties, too. Then get ready to switch out your blazer and cardigan for a hip leather jacket. Try on a fitted style, and if the leather is a light enough weight, the jacket can be worn all day indoors as part of your outfit. And for an extra trendy take on your jacket, choose a military-inspired style.
3/ Don your denim. This fall’s denim trends are easy to incorporate once the summer heat breaks. The past spring and summer’s colored denim gets a sophisticated update with richer jewel tones and fall colors. Leather-like coated jeans come in light, medium or heavy weights (from their wax-like treatments), and add an instantly edgy attitude. Metallic varieties are having a moment as a way to add shimmer. Pair your daring denim with pretty, summery tanks and soft lightweight cardigans for a seamless season transition, as well as an interesting mix of textures.
4/ Dress in layers and layer your dress. Your favorite summer floral or geometric dress works straight into fall with tights, a soft leather jacket, and booties. And the accents don’t have to be black – gray, brown, navy, or maroon are great neutrals to ground the patterns.
5/ Summer shoes get the boot! Try closed-toed pumps and booties with your summer clothes while it’s still warm. Capped toes, platforms and embellished statement shoes are some of the new season’s hottest accessories. Just be sure to include burgundy in your fall collection—this sumptuous shade in leather or suede will stand out in the sea of black.
Take a look at the colors of fall…they seem a bit brighter than traditional fall colors! Notice that Tangerine Tango is continuing from spring, so carry over your bright orange tees and frocks and layer them for the fall season…
Also I’ve seen in various trend reports that Navy is “the new black” and that jewel tones are back this fall- whether in colored denim, leather, velvet or wool… also be sure to score some burgundy in your wardrobe, or as the fashion world is calling it- “oxblood.”
More to come in the months ahead. But for now, enjoy summer while it lasts!
My 5 Tips for The Denver Post this month are all about your summer getaway to a beach (or pool) destination. Please click the link to view the article:
The Denver Post “5 Tips: Advice on packing for a beach vacation”
1. For the beach • A swimsuit that flatters your figure is a good investment. Look for a style with built-in shapewear to flatter your bustline or minimize your tummy. • Shorts and a top will work as a cover-up, but the ease and simplicity of a dress style adds a sophisticated and even glamorous note. • Sunglasses are important, so protect your eyes and add a little movie star appeal at the same time. • A big straw hat can act as your own personal umbrella to keep the sun off your face. • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen offering protection from both UVA and UVB rays. If you need to look tan, use a self-tanning lotion before getting to your destination.
2. One piece • Dresses are an easy option, but mix up the styles: Go long for day and short for night. A casual belted maxi dress is a relaxed, comfortable daytime look. For evening, show off that fake tan with an above-the-knee shift and strappy sandals.
3. A leg up Shorts come in all shapes, sizes and fabrics: cropped or Bermuda-style, printed or solid. Go by what looks best on your figure and legs. Not comfortable in shorts? Try capris in khaki or a range of colors.
4. Top it off
• T-shirts will lend versatility to your wardrobe. Pack modal/spandex blend styles in flattering colors. Avoid designs with sayings or logos that scream “tourist” or look juvenile.
• A knit tank top on a toned upper body looks great with a flowy skirt; just be sure to wear the right bra or use a bra clip to conceal your straps if it’s a halter or racer-back style.
• If you like blouses, try a loose-cut printed style paired with slim shorts or capri pants.
• A sweater might be the only cover you need on breezy nights. Try an open-knit linen style to throw over a dress or top, or a cardigan for air-conditioned restaurants and airplanes.
• A beach tote is a necessity. If you can’t pack a huge straw bag, fold a soft canvas one or a waterproof mesh bag into your luggage.
• A handbag in a bright color works for your carry-on and sightseeing adventures. If you’ve got the room, tuck a clutch style inside your handbag for travel. Then wear it solo for evenings out.
• A skinny metallic belt looks good with shorts and capris; a wide one in brown leather will work with your maxi dress.
• Try a big airy, gauzy scarf to make your shorts and tank look instantly chic and also help take the chill off of aggressive air conditoning.
• Two to three pairs of shoes should do it. Try open, strappy flat sandals for the beach, the maxi dress and casual daytime excursions; and strappy heels for night. Lightweight tennis shoes are great for walking. Try the ones that look like ballet flats. (Reserve your cross trainers for sessions at the gym.)
• Finally, pack a few jewelry items, such as a statement necklace in a wooden, tribal style. Or try glam-girl gold mixed with hot colors; these pieces will pair nicely with your dresses and your casual looks, too. Pile on bracelets for added style.
This month my 5 style tips for The Denver Post focused on floral prints and ways of wearing them. Please click the link and check out the article! (Then come back here for more, and post your questions and comments!) And remember to subscribe to The Lefort Style Report blog for style tips!
Memorial Day has passed (and yes–now you can officially wear white! ….That’s if you actually adhere to this strict fashion rule of days past.) So let’s celebrate the warm weather, the gardens blooming around us and the anticipation of summer by infusing our wardrobes with a burst a florals. Of course for those who are wary of the potentially busy patterns, remember that it doesn’t have to be head to toe in table cloth manner; instead, incorporate printed florals in small amounts that are just enough to freshen up your outfit. Check out the fashion collage for ideas that you can replicate at home, and read on for the specifics…
If your wardrobe is filled with mostly solids, especially in dark colors, then adding a surge of summer with a fun floral can be just what’s needed for building an interesting outfit, injecting some personality to your look, and even providing a little extra joy to your day. For example, a sleeveless floral blouse (and even a colorful belt) could be a perfect accompaniment to your business suit while remaining professional. A floral blouse could also pair nicely with jeans to dress them up for casual Friday or Friday night out. Additionally, try switching out your solid pencil skirt for a printed cotton sateen pencil skirt in a floral pattern. Then pair your printed skirt with a solid tee and cotton blazer for a chic, stylish warm-weather look. Add a stylish necklace and closed-toe pumps for a polished, professional look.
2/ Tone it down
Although floral patterns can be bright, bold and busy, you can easily tone down your floral pattern and über-feminine feeling by adding a little bit of “edge” to your look. For example, top a floral dress with a cool jacket or vest, that just might channel a bit of rugged, utilitarian or tough-girl attitude. Think a pinkalicious, petal-patterned floral frock, then throw on a cropped, fitted denim jacket, a motorcycle style jacket, or a lightweight anorak. Instantly cool! Or if it’s just too hot for the jacket, try topping your dress with an earth-toned leather belt instead.
3/ Big flowers, small flowers
The scale of the floral pattern should align with the frame of the figure wearing it. A large floral pattern can overwhelm a petite lady. A miniature pattern can look too dainty on a woman with a larger frame. Other factors to consider are the placement of the patterns and the contrast of the colors. If the floral is not in a pattern that repeats all over the garment, then beware of which part of the figure is being highlighted by the placement of the print on the body. And keep in mind that bright, bold colors as well as high-contrast color combinations will draw more attention and potentially add more width to the figure, compared to lower contrast, darker or more tonal combinations.
4/ Floral pants?
Really? You may have seen this trend in the store windows and magazines, but thought “no way—I’ll skip that trend.” (And if you’d like to deter attention away from the lower part of your figure then you’re right, skip this one). Otherwise, yes this trend can be done tastefully. It just depends upon the colors, contrast, scale and the overall outfit. Go for a floral pant in a softer palette and try pairing with a long top. If you picture your figure divided into thirds, picture the lower third (from about the mid-thigh, down) showing your floral pant. Think slim-cut soft floral jean with long tunic and khaki cotton belted trench jacket that skims the thigh. Then go for an open sandal in a nude or soft metallic. The only wow factor should be the pants, and the rest of the outfit toned down and cool. And if you’ve got the gams, girly floral shorts are your “barbecue-chic” must-have.
5/ Accessorize with florals!
Accessories are a fabulous way to add a feminine touch to your look in a subtle, unexpected manner. Pair your wardrobe staple black pants with a floral shoe, and wow! Or try some floral flats with your slim cut jeans, tailored Bermuda shorts or solid skirt. Add instant flair to your look by mixing a floral clutch bag with a solid cocktail dress. And, of course, effortlessly tossing on a silky floral scarf with a simple outfit may just channel that inner Parisian in you.
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