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‚

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!!

Debra๐Ÿ’‹

 

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!! 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’‹

Chic Fall Outfits

Hey loves!

Sorry I was away for such a very long time. You know how sometimes you have a mental block and before you know it time has completely gotten away from you? Well…That’s me. Lol!

Because I was having a mental block, I headed over to my favorite place to find inspiration, Pinterest. There I found some truly amazing outfits to help you look chic while staying cozy this fall. Without further ado…

 

The Bardot sweater may never go out of style. Wear it with jeans and boots for a casual afternoon jaunt to the library. What’s better than a cozy evening in with a good book or movie?

 

Neutrals can go miles in your wardrobe! Although this nicely layered outfit is made up of neutrals, there is a good mix of textures andย  whisper pink which helps keep it interesting.ย  Quick tip: Always wear your sunnies in the fall and winter when the sun is closest to the earth.

 

A bright fall colored sweater adds pizzazz to basic denim. I like the long tunic style sweaters worn over skinny jeans. Slip on a pair ofย  flat heeled boots and a fun scarf and it’s casual weekend wear.

 

Teal is so perfect for any time of the year. This rich tone that marries well with the many shades brown. I like the whimsy of theย  peacock feather earrings and plaid scarfย  in this set.

 

Remember that chambray shirt you couldn’t get enough of? It gets new life when worn under a sweater. An unexpected statement necklace in place of a scarf keeps this outfit fresh. *Note the animal print flats*

 

Loving this nature inspired look. I love long hikes through the woods, especially this time of the year when the leaves are turning their gorgeous colors and softly crunching underfoot. You can take that feeling along with you by pairing a colorful sweater, jeans and a pair of hiking style boots.

 

Flannels are still hot. Layer them over tees and tanks to keep you cozy. Add skinny jeans with boot socks and leave your shirt untucked or wear high waisted jeans and tie up your flannel.

 

Lastly, a light sweater in a rich tone worn with jeans, an animal print coat and simple jewelry. So chic!!

There are so many great sets on Pinterest to give you inspiration on how to style your own wardrobe. All of these came from Pinterest and I claim no ownership to them. I will share some of my own style boards in a future post.

Which look is your favorite? Leave me a comment below.

Happy Fall!

Debra๐Ÿ’‹

Favorite Things

Hello lovelies!!!

Do you remember that song from The Sound of Music ๐ŸŽถ These Are a Few of my Favorite Things๐ŸŽต?

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,

Debra๐Ÿ’‹