Enhance Your Style & Elevate Your Professional Image!

Seminar next Wednesday, June 10, 8am-10am

Your wardrobe and the way you present yourself says a lot about you and affects how others perceive you.   Join us to learn tips for aligning your personal style with your desired image, and dressing for your profession, with style.

Space is Limited.  Register Today!

Cost:  $55

Seminar is open to the public.

Location: Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC | 717 17th Street, Suite 2800 | Denver, Colorado

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Fashion Event Tomorrow, April 19!

Join RL Style tomorrow, April 19, 3-6pm at the PrAna Flagship Store for a free event, 1147 Pearl St, Boulder!  Get to know PrAna! It’s cool, casual lifestyle clothes and stylish active clothes, for women and men.  Join us for a styling presentation for your spring/summer wardrobe and stay to shop.  

Bring your family for snacks, sips, shopping promos and more!

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And announcing another upcoming workshop…

Wednesday, June 10, 8-10am, Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC | 717 17th Street, Suite 2800 | Denver, Colorado 

RL Style, LLC is very proud to participate in the 2015 Professional Development Series for Women in Energy.  This event is open to the public!

Enhance Your Style and Elevate Your Professional Image                                          Register Here Today, and also check out the awesome lineup of events in the series,

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Would your company or association benefit from a seminar on style and professional dress?  Please inquire about booking a seminar for women and men.

Spring Trends 2015

Spring into Style!

 

Wave goodbye to your winter wardrobe, because spring is upon us at last! This year’s spring trends are fun, easy, and best of all: you don’t even have to get rid of last year’s essentials. Last spring’s hot colors, white and pink, have outlived the winter and are back in full blast! Florals, botanicals and painterly prints are also hot this spring, so embrace this quintessential trend. However, if you want to stand out, keep in mind the following trends and tips to look fresh and stylish:

1) Denim All the Way: Don’t be afraid to mix and match denim, because you’ll just look cool and classic. Whether it’s a denim skirt or jeans with a light weight chambray shirt, make sure you vary the shades of blue to contrast your outfit.

2) Painterly Prints: If you’re not a huge fan of florals or botanicals and crave a more unique spring pattern, look for abstract “painted” looks. Printed dresses are an easy solution, or if you have a great printed blouse, pair this with a solid or denim bottom.

3) Bohemian & 70’s Vibe: Give your outfit a dose of hippie with some fringe accessories, such as shoes or purses! Also, flowy-sleeved blouses, long dresses/skirts, and deep colors like burgundy, green or spice market hues will greatly enhance your free spirited look.

4) Head-to-Toe White: Forever classy and always chic, wearing all white is the perfect spring look whether you’re taking it easy or going out for dinner.

5) Army/Navy:  Military-influenced styles endure with army green, neutral khakis and always classic, nautical navy.  Think utilitarian jackets, trench coats, anoraks, uniform-inspired dresses, and even fashion cargo pants.

6) Marsala Wine: Looks like an autumn tone? Time to think outside the crayon box. Wear it in spring, summer, fall & winter, sleeveless or not, and mix it with soft, cool tones of blush or aqua for a fresh mix. Flattering on just about everyone, Marsala is the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year.

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This Sunday, March 8: Celebrate International Women’s Day in Style with 303 Magazine

International Women’s Day

Click to learn more, and RSVP TODAY!

 Bring a friend and have a ladies’ day out with fashion, hair and makeup tips, and free champagne just for wearing purple!

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Upcoming Fashion Events

Tomorrow, February 18, 4-6pm at the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.  We’ll be talking Spring Fashion Trends, adding style to your look, building your professional wardrobe and elevating your game, all while sipping wine…

Invite a friend and Register Here!

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Sunday, April 19, 3-6pm at the PrAna Flagship Store, 1147 Pearl St, Boulder.  Get to know PrAna! It’s cool, casual lifestyle clothes and stylish active clothes, for women and men, too.  Join us on a Sunday afternoon on the Pearl St. Mall to talk about Casual Spring/Summer Fashion, with a styling presentation by moi, and a shopping discount!  Bring your family for drinks, bites, kid activities and more.  Details coming…

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Wednesday, June 10, 8-10am, Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC | 717 17th Street, Suite 2800 | Denver, Colorado 

RL Style, LLC is very proud to participate in the 2015 Professional Development Series for Women in Energy.  This event is open to the public!

Enhance Your Style and Elevate Your Professional Image                                          Register Here Today, and also check out the awesome lineup of events in the series, including March 12 from 8-11am, “Improving Interpersonal Effectiveness,” for honing your communication skills!  The instructor is the fabulous Anna Conrad.

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Would your company or association benefit from a seminar on style and professional dress?  Please inquire about booking a seminar for women and men.

Top 10 Trends for a Fabulous Fall Season

As posted on Inspire52, check out the list of must-have fall fashion trends…click here for full article:
(Inspire52 is an awesome daily dose of positive news…read
here to learn more.)

It’s officially fall, and it’s finally starting to feel like it.  So with the crisp air upon us, it’s time to switch out your closet, start layering and implement some of your fave fall trends to boost your wardrobe.  So how should we describe the season’s trends?  Practically anything goes from menswear-inspired to lady-like, from minimalist to embellished, from relaxed to sporty, from pastels to darks.
Let’s take a look at what’s hot this season…  Click to read what you need and shop the styles…
Top 10 Trends for a Fab Fall Season

 

Inspire52 & Rachel Lefort Style

If you haven’t already heard of Inspire52- check it out today!  It’s a daily blog of happy news, founded by the amazing and influential Mel Robbins and Mandy Burgan.  Rachel Lefort Style will be the exclusive Style and Fashion Contributor to this blog… starting with our latest article… Look for the article HERE, and be sure to “Like it” on Facebook and sign up for Inspire52 daily e-mails.  They’re very short, fun and interesting, and isn’t it great to hear happy news?

Four Fashion Essentials For Your End of Summer Getaway

To learn more about Inspire52, click here, too.

End of Summer- Getaway in Style

End of Summer Getaway

Getting ready for your end of summer getaway and don’t know what to pack? No matter which vacation spot you’re headed to, skip the stress of planning your outfits and pack these 4 essential ensembles. Looking fabulous, even while casual is a must for any vacation. Imagine sipping cocktails oceanside wearing a beautiful, long maxi dress with chic sandals and gold jewelry. This look is simple and comfortable while romantic and perfect for a summer evening. Feel like a celebrity lounging by the pool: dress up your pool attire with a printed silky cover-up, then accessorize with a cool fedora and tote. Taking a day trip into town to shop at all the local stores? Dress up your t-shirt with a necklace, printed skirt and strappy flats. Finally, be sure to include a great date night dress and heels for your last night out.  Go soak up that sun and enjoy, because fall is around the corner.

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Cold Spring Fever

It’s that time of year again, when despite the lingering cool weather, it’s an exciting time to welcome spring fashion into your wardrobe.  Spring is a time to freshen up your style, shed some heavy layers and incorporate new trends into your outfits. There are many ways to transition into spring, such as selecting softer colors, floral prints and lighter fabrics, though still layering for warmth and added style.

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For a casual everyday look, contrast ankle-length dark denim with a lightweight pale-colored blouse. Go even farther with your spring look by adding blush pink accents, such as a light pink leather jacket, spring coat or shoes.  Not only is pale pink the hottest color this spring, but it is also very feminine and flattering.  A styling trick that works wonders is simply adding color- either in small pops such as shoes or in statement-making pieces in soft tones, which will help you to look effortlessly stylish.

Another way you can transition into spring is by selecting more patterns, such as botanical and abstract prints. Switch out your typical jeans for loose-fitting printed trousers, or instead of wearing a solid blazer try one with a floral pattern. If these trends are too daring for your style, go instead for a printed blouse or a printed shoe.   Wearing printed clothing also allows you to complement your outfit with more colors. For instance, the white flowers on the blazer can be accented with white accessories.  White is another big trend for spring, as well as black and white together and color-blocked shoes and bags, which will give any outfit an ultra-chic, sophisticated edge.

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Transition your Wardrobe for Fall

It’s August, the kids are back in school, and although it’s still pretty hot out, the fall fashion season is here!  While you may not feel like pulling out your heavy fall clothes, there are several ways you can begin to transition your wardrobe and add some autumnal attitude to your style.  Click the link to my style tips from today’s Denver Post to learn more…

“Five Tips: How to ease your wardrobe into autumn”, The Denver Post

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Find your flattering denim

No matter how you style your look, it’s imperative to start with the right fit for your figure.  Spring is a great time to edit your wardrobe and add some new things to freshen your look for the season’s transition.  But as you go through your closet and hit the stores, be discerning about the way things fit, including your jeans.  If you’re not sure of the best silhouette for you, follow these guidelines… (click to read article in The Denver Post, and see more tips below.)
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“Curvy” figure

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.

“Petite figure”

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.

“Denim Wash”

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!

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A Seamless Transition from Work to Holiday Party

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…

Seamless Transition: From Work to Holiday Party

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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Fall for Boots

Boots are one of fall’s hottest accessories.  Check out today’s article in The Denver Post for
tips on buying boots.  And feel free to post any of your style questions!
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You’re Invited: My Fall Trends Presentation at Goldyn of Denver

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!

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Click the invitation to visit the event’s Facebook page for RSVP and a map!

Autumn’s Hottest Colors

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.

The "It" Colors of Autumn
Jewel Tones. Rich colors continue to have a place in your fall wardrobe – just substitute summer’s cobalt for teal, orchid for aubergine, and crimson for burgundy. Like their brighter cousins, these hues take perfectly to tonal pairings. Take a cue from the changing leaves and try tangerine with rust, or brighten burgundy with bold magenta accessories.
Neutrals. Midnight blue and charcoal are great alternatives to black – more unexpected and just as versatile, a great way to ground autumn’s brighter hues. Try a navy leather motorcycle jacket over a bold printed blouse, or tame teal skinny jeans with deep blue pumps or oxfords. Keep less as more by using magenta or orange accessories as just a pop of color in a monochromatic gray outfit.  If bold colors aren’t your forté, keep neutrals classic by pairing a navy wool trench with cognac boots and gray trousers.
Edgy Black. Black gets a makeover this fall and takes a more front-and-center role than just  a neutral backdrop. Pull out all the stops and elevate your daytime look with a mix of inky leather and denim. Take an all-black ensemble to its natural habitat of glamorous evening events with black silk, a tux jacket, or a pencil skirt with a leather peplum detail.
Remember: If a particular color you love isn’t your most flattering, don’t despair – just wear it on your bottom half or shoes instead of near your face.
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