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

Color Forecast F/W 19/20

So excited about all the new fall colors as revealed by the Pantone Color Institute. I can definitely see these mixed with some of the colors that are currently in my wardrobe.

I found all of these beautiful images on Pinterest.pinterest.com

Loving this romantic Peach Pink! Will look lovely against all skin tones.

Biking Red. A combination of red and brown. Dark brunettes can rock this sultry red.

Sugar Almond. The perfect pumpkin-brown. I have worn this color brown for years. It looks smashing on a golden skin tone.

Paloma. Think the color of soft grey ocean pearls. Dreamy.

Fruit Dove is a fun pop of pink. Wear this one with neutrals.

Bluestone. Powdery blue like a a pair of broken in denim jeans. I predict this one will be a favorite through winter.

Creme de Peach. A feminine neutral.

Eden. A warming earth color. Think of strolling in the park.

Vanilla Custard. A basic everyone will be adding to their wardrobe as it is one of the most wearable colors.

Orange Tiger. Because a girl, or guy, needs a little variety. This bold color is a burst of energy on those chilly days.

This is only a sampling of the gorgeous Fall/Winter colors. Do you have a favorite? Add a comment below to tell me how you will be wearing these colors.

Style pretty!!!

💋 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!!!🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂

On the Runway…Living Coral

Good morning lovelies!!

Today I want to share some images of Pantone’s Living Coral as it was shown on the runways. Some designers used the color very boldly and others were a little more restrained. Today I am featuring the designs of Elisabetta Franchi and Primavera Estate.

This first photo is one of my favorites. It’s from the spring 2019 Primavera Estate show and it features not only beautiful coral in a gorgeous pleated halter top and blazer but a pair of highwaisted denim cropped jeans complete with a fringed hem and decorated front pockets. So on trend!!

This second look is from the spring 2019 collection of Elisabetta Franchi. Wrap dresses are an essential in your wardrobe as they go from day to evening. Add a camisole below your dress for a modest work look. Style tip: You can take this dress from spring into fall by wearing it with boots.

This show stopping coat dress was featured on the runway of Elisabetta Franchi. Everything about this dress says confidence. High low hems remain prominent this year. This may be a little too risque to wear alone for some. Cigerette/stove pipe style trousers in a neutral color would make it easier to wear.

Etro never disappoints and in 2019 there were many lovely pieces like this printed dress. Perfect for the Bohemian woman!! The ruffled sleeves mimic the tiered skirt. The three quarter length sleeve is wearable on all body types.

Another example of the way Primavera Estate chose to use Living Coral. In shots of color…notice the shoes, bag and belt!! Bold stripes in colors mimicking a run rise paired with neutral colored wide legged capris. The emphasis being a small waist. So chic!

Elisabetta Franchi accented the waistline with a bodice top and semi full pleated skirt. This look exudes femininity. Style tip: A pleated skirt is a great way to minimize fuller hips.

This last look is another from Primavera Estates and one I feel it is the most fun way to wear Living Coral. Anyone can wear this casual chic look. Style tip: Pair a verticle striped skirt (which lengthens you) with a coral tank top or tee shirt. Top it off with a demin jacket & flats.

So now that you have an idea of how the designers showed Living Coral, how will you wear it?

Photo source: Pinterest

Living Coral…

Previously in the winter of 2018, the color authorities at Pantone announced Living Coral as the color of 2019.

So what’s so special about this vibrant shade of orange? One only needs to look at this bold color to feel energized. It brings a certain lightness with it.

Those at the Color Institute said of Living Coral that it symbolizes

our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Those who know me know what an optimist I am and so I am embracing this beautiful color.

This color may seem intimidating to some, but I believe this warm color will look lovely on all skin types.

Below are some style boards I created to give you some inspiration when choosing Living Coral.

For the Trend Setter . If you are long legged and short waisted, this is a look for you. Think Victoria Beckham. A column of color keeps the eye moving & creates a long silhouette. I chose to pair it with golden yellow accessories.

For the Romantic… I repeated the above color combination. A petite would look stunning in this feminine peplum blouse with bowed & sleeves. Add a swinging pair of shorts & chunky heeled sandals to the mix. Because the top is the showpiece, keep your accessories to a minimum.

If coral is too shocking for you, I would suggest trying it in small doses to see if it’s right for you. The make up industry has really embraced this color featuring new eyeshadow pallets, lipsticks and nail lacquers.

You may also wish to try it in your accessories…a pretty printed scarf, a fun bag, or beaded jewelry. The choice is yours.

What do you think about Living Coral? Would you try it and if so how? Please leave a comment below to share your thoughts.

Style pretty!!

Debra💋

 

Photo credits: Pinterest

Style Boards: Stylewise by Debra on Combyne

Other Sources: Pantone

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💋