How do you shop?

Shopping bag

It seems that online shopping is definitely gaining in popularity, especially since many items can easily be purchased without having to personally experience them. Take electronics, for example. There’s no need to see it in person – the specs are the specs.

But with clothing, do you trust the sizing charts when ordering online? What happens when it arrives and is completely wrong for you? Recently, I experienced the best in customer service with a sales consultant who took the time to learn what I liked, pulled clothing she thought would work for me, and assisted with minor alterations. The result? I have some absolutely amazing pieces that fit me perfectly.

You can’t get this kind of experience online. Hands down, there is nothing like the sharp eye and expertise of a highly qualified sales associate.



Sparkle and glow

Red and gold Christmas baubles on background of defocused golden lights. Shallow DOF.

November, December and January tend to be busy months for Christmas parties and year-end celebrations, not to mention New Year’s Eve.

If your social calendar is starting to fill up, you’re probably wondering what to wear. Many party dresses are sleeveless – which is great if you live in Arizona. In the frozen north, however, it’s tough to look dressy and keep warm.

Here are some ideas to sparkle-and-glow your way through party season:

  • The Little Black Dress (LBD) is a staple in any wardrobe. If your dress has sequins or other sparkly embellishments, but sure to keep jewelry to a tasteful minimum.fitted red sequin dress
  • Colour is a great way to stand out in a sea of LBDs. Jewel tones work especially well at this time of year.
  • Look for luxurious fabrics. Silk, cashmere, suede or leather lend an upscale feel to any outfit.
  • Make a statement. Choose a focal point for your outfit, such as a statement necklace, chandelier earrings or a sparkly cuff. Choose one only.
  • Classic and elegant are always in style. Avoid very trendy or deconstructed pieces that might appear too casual for the occasion.gold and black wrap
  • Carry a wrap. This is a much more elegant way of keeping bare shoulders warm than a jacket or sweater.
  • Heels are always appropriate for dress-up parties. Choose pumps as they are much more in keeping with our winter climate. Slinky sandals can work if you wear boots to the event and change into your shoes. Carry a drawstring bag into which you can put your boots and check the bag with your coat.
  • Consider slimming shapewear to ensure a smooth silhouette.
  • Mature women should avoid miniskirts. At or just above the knee with a killer pair of heels is very sexy.
  • If you’re not comfortable in a dress or skirt, consider loose, wide-legged trousers paired with a tuxedo jacket. Very of-the-moment and perfectly appropriate if styled with a gorgeous piece of jewelry. When wearing trousers, heels are de rigeur in order to maintain the feel of elegance.

If you’re unsure what the dress code means for your next event, check out my previous post on navigating dress requirements.