New Year’s Style Resolutions

Resolution: (rez-so-lu-shun) n. You got this.

We all make resolutions at this time year. Some are overly ambitious, some are incredibly obvious. Some we keep; most we don’t.

I’d like to give you a short list of fashion resolutions I hope you’ll be able to keep in 2018. These tips will help you stay stylish and comfortable throughout the year.

Resolution 1 – Leggings are not pantsleggings as pants

This has nothing to do with body shape or size and everything to do with the realities of what clothes are intended to do. If you’re wearing leggings, you *must* wear a top that hits about mid-thigh to cover your “swimsuit parts.”

Resolution 2 – Yoga pants are not appropriate for work

Unless you’re a yoga instructor, please leave the yoga pants at home. These stretchy pants are super-comfy, but just like your fuzzy slippers, have no place in a work environment.

Resolution 3 – No flip flops at work

It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing $500 designer, bling-encrusted flip flops, unless you’re a lifeguard there’s no place for these at work.

Resolution 4 – Easy on makeup mature_skin_makeup

Makeup trends come and go as quickly as fast fashion, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow every trend. If you’re over 35, consider dialling down the cosmetics. Use tinted moisturizer instead of heavy foundation. Use neutral browns on your eyelids, and use eyeliner on top lid only. For daytime, less is always more.

Resolution 5 – Things should *go together* not match

This is one of the hardest rules for people to get since we often feel more comfortable knowing our outfits *match.* However, stylish women know that pieces should go together, using complimentary colours, mixing large-scale and small-scale prints, and adding a pop of colour through an interesting handbag. Unless you’re trying to pull off the elegant monochromatic look, everything else should coordinate, not match.

Resolution 6 – Shoes are everythingchristianlouboutin-militante-3151010_bk01_1_1200x1200_1434712192

…and not just because we love ‘em. Your shoes make your outfit. If your shoes are too casual, they will drag your outfit down. In addition to the no flip flop rule, keep athletic shoes and UGGs out of the workplace. Make sure your footwear is clean and in good repair.

Resolution 7 – Plan your outfit the night before

Let’s face it. Half-asleep in the dark is no way to choose what to wear. Instead, think about what your day will bring and plan your clothes accordingly. Think about shoes (flats or heels?), warmth, and any special considerations, such as meeting a new client or making a big presentation. You also have lots of time to check that your clothes are clean and in good repair. If something’s not, deal with the issue and choose something else.

Most importantly, resolve to be the best possible you. Be gentle with yourself and have a great year!


Who are fashion shows really for?


The September fashion shows have come to an end. This is the time when designers showcase their new looks for Spring/Summer 2018. Well, most of them do. Some showed “see now, buy now” looks ready for immediate purchase.

As the fashion industry contemplates the future of fashion weeks, the shows, and the guests, I think the styling of looks has, in many cases, gone beyond aspirational and is now so “artsy” that as they appear, these looks are not wearable.

I have been a Burberry fan for years. I love the tailored looks, heritage and quality construction that the House produces. In an attempt to push the envelope this year, creative director Christopher Bailey took show attendees on a wild ride. In my opinion, too wild. It was difficult to think this is the same House who brings us the well-crafted, highly coveted trenches that have been the Burberry staple for years.

This September’s show was received with high praise from the fashion industry, however I wonder how many women really felt inspired to rush out and make purchases.

Burberry FW 2017

Burberry, September 2017

The looks had way too much going on to really see the offerings clearly. This look (left), for example, shows four different prints under a plastic raincoat. Firstly, I don’t know anyone who could pull off this look as is. Secondly, I’m sure each piece is exquisite, but so many things are piled together, it’s difficult to really appreciate any one piece. It’s a big jumble. A hot mess, really – the kind of look that would have landed the wearer on “What Not to Wear.”

Contrast this with the elegant Sonia Rykiel House, and their Spring/Summer 2018 show in Paris, just a few weeks after Burberry.

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Sonia Rykiel, Spring 2018

This look also uses multiple patterns, but the styling is more refined and focused. This is a look that most women I know could pull off. It’s easy to see the top and skirt, and they look cohesive.

Not that anyone from these houses care what I think, but I’m hopeful that as the fashion industry considers the future of fashion weeks, they think about staying in touch with their customers.

I’m much more inspired to look to Sonia Rykiel than Burberry.

How about you?