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

I’d never known anyone who embraced preppy style. (This wasn’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!!

💋💋💋 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!!!

💋 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!!!🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂

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!! ❤

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,

Debra💋

Favorite Things

Hello lovelies!!!

Do you remember that song from The Sound of Music 🎶 These Are a Few of my Favorite Things🎵?

Well that inspired this post. I figured it was about time I shared a bit of my favorite things. I hope you enjoy and are inspired to share some of your favorite things as well. With that said, let’s get started…

I am an avid reader. But I think you already know that about me. I adore mysteries especially Diane Vallere’s fashionable mystery series (there are many!!) And novels by Sarah Jio, Lisa Wingate, Karen Kingsbury and Michelle Moran to name a few.

I also enjoy crochet. I taught myself to crochet using a child’s book from the library. Lol! My current passion in crochet is the mandala that has become ever so popular. I haven’t hooked one…yet…

I love nature & taking long walks or hikes in the woods (especially in the crisp fall air). It is one of my happy places and where I feel close to God because He created the earth & all of the creatures in it.

Another one of my favorite places is near water. If I can hear it, my heart is content. A rippling brook or waves crashing. It soothes my soul.

I also enjoy my yoga practice. It is wonderful for flexibility, relieving stress, & getting in touch with your body. It also boosts your self confidence. I practice daily with Sarah Beth Yoga. I have learned how to shut out the noise of life and how to let go of negativity during my practices. It helps me feel well rounded as a person.

I also have some activities I would like to learn such as swing dancing, macrame, how to grow healthy succulents, and glamping with my girl friends.

I hope you enjoyed my little post. What are some of your favorite things? Please share in the comment section below.

Love,

Debra💋

Inside Chanel

Hello lovely,

Today was a holiday here in the US so this morning I lounged in bed catching up on some of my favorite you tubers.

I feel especially inspired by Inside Chanel. It was a quick video about the iconic jacket that was immediately embraced by the public upon it’s release.

Chanel was definately WAY ahead of her time and designed clothing that women could actually move in. What a visionary! No wonder the public, no… the world, flocked to her unrestrictive frocks.

Just take a look Inside Chanel…The Jacket

A Chanel jacket is one piece I would definately invest in. Or perhaps a good copy.

How about you? As always leave your comments below.

Love,

Debra