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

Jewelry Trend & DIY

feather bib 

Hello dolls!!

Do you ever think about jewelry as an extension of yourself? When you envision the queen of England at a formal affair, can you picture her without her crown? Well that’s exactly why I want to share with you today. Your jewelry should not be some after thought. It should speak about who you are.  An extension of yourself.

Fall jewelry trends feature layered necklaces, lariets or the Y necklace. Statement pieces in mixed metals. Bibs and chockers caressed necks on the runways.

Tassles, beading, and feathers graced earlobes. Nature inspired jewelry that lent a festive vibe.

 

fringed earrings

 

Today I want to share with you how to create some of these trendy pieces to add to your fall wardrobe. All you need is a little time and patience. And of course a trip to your local craft store or your own jewelry box. If you are like me , you save those bits that look interesting. You know, the broken pieces from your favorite necklace that you no longer wear and have discarded.

 

braided metallic necklace

 

  • Firstly, you must decide on a design. I am choosing the earrings I shared above. To recreate these little beauties from Anthroplogie, you will need hoops that open and close. You should choose a size that doesn’t overwhelm your face. Remember that jewelry,  like make up,  is meant to enhance your features. Here is a link to purchase inexpensive hoops claire’s I have purchased these in the past and they work well for creating your own Anthro inspired earrings.

 

  • Secondly,  you will need chains in mixed metals to embellish your hoops. Either recycled necklaces or chain from the craft store will do. Remember to pick chains with links that will slip over the hoops easily.  You can cut your chain  in any length, but for this look I will keep mine one half inch.

 

  • You will also need a tool to cut the chain with which you can purchase at a craft or hobby store. They are usually located in the jewelry and bead section. They look like this :

 

wire cutters

Here’s a link to purchase these if you don’t happen to have any…wire cutters at JoAnn’s

Take your time cutting your chain. Place the cutters on one side of a link and firmly press handle to cut.  Sometimes you need to wiggle your cutters a bit to completely open the link.

Once cut thread chains over hoops and try them on. If the chain length is too long for your taste, you can easily adjust  by cutting them shorter.

Wear your new fall jewels with your favorite jeans & tee or a dress and boots. They are versatile enough to wear from day to evening.

 

weekender

 

All of the jewelry pictures belong to Anthropologie with the exception of the Weekender Polyvore style board.

 

 

 

Colors of Fall 2017

Hey lovely!

I hope you are enjoying the cooler temperatures we have been experiencing in the northern states. It’s been such a pleasure to breathe the fresh, sweet air and feel the caress of a warm breeze across my cheeks. Fall weather is here!

That leads me to my next topic which is transitioning some fall colors into your wardrobe. So what are the colors for fall you may be asking. One of my favorite colors chosen by Pantone Color Institute is Autumn Maple. It is a refreshing rust tone that immediately brings to mind  beautiful fall foliage.

 

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To keep color from overwhelming you, introduce it in small ways such as accessories. Transition this rich color with cream, ivory, taupe, or brown.

Another color I find myself drawn to is called Grenadine. Have you ever flavored a drink or perhaps added a wee bit to ribs? Delicious! And I think you will find that this color is as well.

This bright color will add interest to an otherwise casual outfit. A snuggly cardigan, always a hit on its own, becomes the star of your ensemble. Try adding grenadine with jewelry if you aren’t ready to embrace its richness.

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Another favorite of mine for fall is Navy Peony.  Just the name alone entices me. A full bodied blue that adds warmth to any outfit. Try it in a dress, on your nails, or let it wrap you in a shawl. Wear it with your favorite faded denim jeans and a peach top. Accessories love this blue too!

navypeony.swatch

 

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Which of these colors will you be wearing this fall?