Seeing Dots!

Hey loves!!!

Spring is just around the corner and now is the time to stock up on your favorite new trends. Today we are featuring, one of my personal favorites, Polka dots!!

I find polka dots to be more classic than trendy. Do they ever really go out of style? We see them everywhere from the runways to street style.

But how do you add this “trend” to your wardrobe? I created these style boards to persuade you to look at polka dots in a new way and perhaps inspire you to try them this spring!

To create a classic look, try a black and white polka dot dress. Add a fun headband and earrings.

*Style Tip: Every woman can wear the universally flattering A line dress.

This set has a mod vibe. A sleeveless polka dot dress worn with white boots. I toughened it up with the red bag with gold rivets.

*Style Top: Halter style tops highlight toned shoulders and arms!

This style is very bohemian. These flared pants are magnificent! So perfect with a basic black body suit and a cool clutch bag to add a bit of edge.

*Style Tip: Flared legs add curves to a non curvy girl.

So how would you wear polka dots this spring? Please share in the comments section.

Style pretty!!

๐Ÿ’‹ Debra

Tips Every Busy Girl Should Know

Hello beautiful!!!

We are all busy women…single, married with children, even grand mothers… so I put together some ideas to make life a little easier. Rest assured that each tip I share I have personally tried and use.

Let’s begin with rest. What I like to do in the evening, long before I even think of cozying under my blankets, is to choose my outfit for the next day. Check your weather forecast and choose your outfit accordingly. Iron, or better yet steam your clothing, that way everything will be nice and crisp when you put it on. Don’t forget to pick out all your accessories!

Now that all that is taken care of it’s time for some down time. I know many women who have a hard time with this. But you will feel more relaxed if you do something special for yourself… read, do yoga, listen to soothing music, or journal. Do something that you love. This is your time. I like to light flameless candles and listen to audio books. So comforting. Sweet dreams!!!

Mornings should not be filled with to do lists. Instead of stressing once your alarm sounds, why not try praying or meditating. Both of these help calm your spirit and put you in a positive frame of mind.

During the work/school day, be sure to take some calming breaths periodically. This greatly reduces stress. Or take a short walk during your lunch. Getting outside is also a good way to rejuvinate you. Nothing like fresh air and sunshine!

After work/school try to do chores right away because the longer we sit in front of the tv binge watching shows or scrolling through social media on our phones, the less likely we will complete any housework. (Anyone else guilty of this?!)

Spend more time with family and friends. It’s a great way to unwind and build lasting bonds.

Before bed, count your blessings!

Let me know what works for you or if you have any great tips please leave them in the comments section below!

๐Ÿ’‹ Debra

* All photos found on Pinterest*

Trending Now: Preppy Chic

The fall 2019 runway saw many versions of preppy chic. Plaids, houndstooth, window pane and argyle.

I remember my first encounter with preppy style. It was in the early 90s when I was attending the Art Institute for a degree in Fashion Marketing. (At that time fashion magazines were loaded with photos of Super Models wearing tartan plaids and window pane prints. And I remember this well because their glossies were wallpapering my bedroom!!)

Linda Evangelista circa 1990

Iโ€™d never known anyone who embraced preppy style. (This wasnโ€™t my crowd.) Until I met a girl in class who wore long flowing skirts over calf length boots with turtleneck sweaters or sweaters layered over blouses. I admired her individuality.

Although the way we wear preppy chic today may appear differently, the aesthetic remains the same.

Below are some eye candy from the fall runways to inspire you.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Givenchy

Celine

Burberry

Victoria Beckman

Would you try this trend? If so, please leave a comment below and share how you would wear preppy chic!

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Until next time. Style pretty loves!!

๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹ Debra

Photo credits: Pinterest

The Return of Flared Jeans

Flared jeans return this fall. I know some of you are squealing with delight while others are shrieking with terror. I’m kind of in the middle.

You don’t have to look like a hippie in flared denim unless that’s the look you are going for. Then by all means, do it with style!

The trick here is fit. That’s right ladies. Try on several different brands because every size 10 is not designed the same way.

The first thing to think about in fit is the waist. Choose a comfortable waistline.

Next is the leg. The leg of your denim should skim the top of your shoe. I know magazines feature glossies of women wearing jeans draping the floor, but do yourself a favor and keep it real. No one wants to wind up in the emergency room.

Style tip: The best look is a snug fit from the thigh to the bottom of your knee.

Width of the flare is also a factor in the fit. A narrow flare looks more natural than a huge bell.

Because flared jeans come into vogue every 10 years or so I wouldn’t invest a huge amount of money in a pair.

Dark denim always looks more professional. Choose a dark pair to wear to work with a patterned top and blazer or long cardigan.

A lighter wash is fun for weekend wear. Grab your favorite denim, add a comfy tee shirt and hooped earrings.

Stores like Old Navy and Target offer affordable clothing. You could even try a second hand store! It’s good for the environment and your wallet!

Style Tip: When buying jeans, make sure to take along a pair of heels with you as well as what you are already wearing. This gives you more options for length and how you plan to wear your flared jeans.

Fashion is for fun. But dress well to impress.

Style pretty!!!

๐Ÿ’‹ Debra

Photo credits: Pinterest and Shop Look style boards created by Stylewise by Debra

Fall Style

Ahhh! Don’t you love waking up to a brisk fall morning, but by mid day you are sweltering? The changing of the seasons can make dressing a bit frustrating. So what’s a girl to do?

Layers! I can’t stress this enough. I wear them all year, but they are even more important during seasonal changes. They keep you warm in the mornings & cooler nights.

I like to start with a cami beneath my shirt. This is your foundation. Choose a cool cotton. Man made fibers are much easier to wear during warmer days.

Then build by adding a lightweight cardigan sweater. Rayon’s are fabulous and drape wonderfully.

Finally add your bottoms. Anything from jeans to long skirts goes!

Lastly, accessorize! Infinity scarves, shawls & pashminas are all great pieces that add pizazz to an outfit as well as add extra layers of warmth when you need it.

As you can see from the look above, layering is rather simple. This look takes you from a warm day and into the evening.

Style Tip: Monochromatics return for fall. Pick one color, or several similar colors, and build your outfit from there. Monochromatics add height.

I created this look on the Shop Look app. Look for it in your App Store!

Happy Fall!!!๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

Denim Trends for 2019

Hello lovely!!

Have you been enjoying 2019 so far? It’s been really exciting for me… learning new things & stepping outside my comfort zone…but that’s another post.

Today I wanted to talk about my favorite denim trends for 2019. Although I adore my skinny jeans & will most likely never give them up, this year jeans are more relaxed & loose fitting. So I will embrace them. I’ve already purchased a boyfriend jean!! โค

Do you actively hunt for high waisted jeans? Then I have good news to share. High waisted jeans are IN. This is the first time I have tried them & oh my!! No need for shapewear with these babies!

Along with higher waistlines are the return of the flared jeans... a nod to the 70s. Not everyone likes flares, but I always have because they hug your thighs and knees before descending to the floor. Super cool!!

Hemlines get an update this year. You’ll be seeing more fringed ankles on full length and cropped jeans. Distressed hems and unusual hemlines (think let out seams) will be a thing.

And lastly, and certainly my favorite, is embroidery. It has actually been showing up on jeans & shorts the last couple of years, but this year it is said to be BIG. (FYI, I already knew this and have been wearing mine faithfully. )

Are you as excited as I am to try these trends? Or do you already have these trends in your wardrobe? How would/do you style them?

Here’s a style board I made on combyne.

Photo sources: pinterest & combyne

So thankful…

Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn’t mean one should forget all of the blessings in their life.

I’m so thankful this year because I was able to actually step outside of my comfort zone and I opened my own Poshmark shop. You can visit my shop @ debra_stylewise on the app. I haven’t made much money there as I have bought more than I’ve sold (Lol!) . But I am thrilled that I took a chance. Remember my word for the year…courage?…

I am also really excited that I have made some new friends. And I even began a new career in my 50s. Wow!! I’ve also been more dedicated to my yoga practice and that has made me more confident and healthier. That’s a LOT to be thankful for.

So what about you? What are you thankful for? Please let me know in the comment section below.

One last thing I am thankful for are my readers. You all are so lovely and I appreciate you taking time out of your day to read my posts. Thank you.

Much affection,

Debra๐Ÿ’‹