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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!

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Where do you shop?

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Happy Holidays

Shopping season is in full swing. As you prepare for Christmas or Hanukkah, I’m interested to know where you shop for friends and family.

In most cities, the really interesting boutiques are the small, independent shops in trendy (or not so trendy) areas. Here you will find unique brands and lines that don’t dominate the mall. You’ll also find knowledgeable help to select merchandise that fits your needs – especially if you’re gift shopping.

Online shopping is a game changer. I find there are really good online offerings at some of the US’s major chains, especially specialty shops for plus size and big & tall. Canada’s selection in these categories is very limited. Check out Macy’s for a great selection of reasonably priced clothing. Saks and Nordstrom are strong contenders in designer fashion. All ship to Canada using Border Free – a service that calculates exchange, duty and taxes which you pay at checkout. It’s hassle free!

While I can’t compile a list of independent shops for every city, here are some thoughts for the Edmonton area:

124 Street

  • Shades of Grey
  • Floc Boutique
  • Pear Tree
  • Vespucci Ladies Consignment

Downtown

  • Who Cares Wear?
  • Workhall Studio

Whyte Ave

  • Gravity Pope
  • Bamboo Ballroom
  • Lola’s
  • C’est Sera
  • Galibelle (for interchangeable shoes)
  • Avenue Clothing Co.

St. Albert

  • Bella Maas Boutique (also in Sherwood Park)
  • Cerulean
  • Modern Eyes

Southgate Centre has a great mix of chain and independent stores.

West Edmonton Mall has a luxury row that includes Tiffany, Kate Spade NY, Marc Cain and others.