Levels of Style

I believe that there are three levels to becoming a stylish woman:

  1. Learning to love and accept your body, just as it is
  2. Learning to dress your body in a way that aligns with your personal figure flattery priorities
  3. Learning to dress your body in a way that expresses your creativity and tastes

Accessing that third level through expressive dressing can help foster self-love and self-respect while simultaneously providing a fun and rewarding creative outlet. But tackling the first two is what makes that third one truly possible. Many of us try to skip to expressing our creativity through personal style, but in my experience, doing so before making serious strides toward self love AND sussing out how you want your style and body to interact often leads to frustration, confusion, and backtracking. read more

Originally posted 2011-01-20 06:23:27.

What is Sophistication?

What does it mean to dress in a sophisticated way?

Reader Deb wrote to me with this fabulous question:

As a middle-aged woman, I often hear style gurus advise women of my age that we can wear trends as long as we “wear them with sophistication.” I’m happy that age-related style rules (no long hair after 35) are no more, but I’m floundering a little with the sophistication bit, especially sophistication on a budget.

Would wearing just solid colors be more sophisticated? Have you helped any of your clients with this issue? Is sophistication just one of those things that you recognize when you see it, or can it be described? read more

Originally posted 2011-01-14 06:05:21.

Reader Request: How to Find Your Perfect Boots

How to shop for and buy your perfect pair of boots

Reader Kimbra sent me this request:

I was hoping you could point me in the right direction for a pair or two of fiscally conservative multi-purpose boots. The type that can be worn with a pair of jeans or a skirt as well as either keep my feet warm or have room for thick socks. For example, at work I am on my feet most of the day as well as inside/outside so a versatile pair of boots appropriate for indoors and outdoors that can be worn with jeans or something more professional would rock my world. read more

Originally posted 2010-11-29 06:00:00.