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Outfit Formula: Fit & Flare Dress and Flat Mules

This outfit formula showcases strategy #8 for lengthening the leg line with flats, which is to wear dresses with waist definition. This styling strategy is especially effective with knee-length and midi dresses, where the hemlines are longer and the tendency to feel short-legged is greater. 

The narrowing of the silhouette at the natural waist visually raises the length of the leg line from the hips upward making your legs go on for miles in flats. The definition at the waist creates outfit structure, adding a streamlined effect.

Fit-and-flare

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Fab Finds: Easy Breezy Summer Items

It’s hot just about everywhere in the northern hemisphere at the moment. In fact, CNN mentioned last week that 2018 is the fourth hottest year on record. On that note here are some very breezy tops and dresses to wear in high heat. Lots of colours and sizes to choose.

1. Cloth & Stone Benton Ruffled Tank

Ignore the stock photos because this top looks great UNTUCKED, and simply worn over pants, shorts or straighter skirts. If you want more structure, semi- or fully tuck. It’s got one of those magical necklines that looks good on most bust sizes and neck lengths. The armholes are

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Fab Finds: Easy Breezy Summer Items

It’s hot just about everywhere in the northern hemisphere at the moment. In fact, CNN mentioned last week that 2018 is the fourth hottest year on record. On that note here are some very breezy tops and dresses to wear in high heat. Lots of colours and sizes to choose.

1. Cloth & Stone Benton Ruffled Tank

Ignore the stock photos because this top looks great UNTUCKED, and simply worn over pants, shorts or straighter skirts. If you want more structure, semi- or fully tuck. It’s got one of those magical necklines that looks good on most bust sizes and neck lengths. The armholes are

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The Pros and Cons of Pointy-Toe Footwear

Pointy-toe footwear was at the forefront of fashion for decades, until it completely disappeared in the ‘90s. It slowly made a comeback in the early ‘00s, gained its long lost momentum, and is once again completely mainstream. 

Pointy-toed footwear comes in a range of point shapes. From gentle almond toes and classic pointy toes, to toe boxes that are extremely long and pointy resembling witches shoes. Pointy-toe shoes and boots have their good and bad qualities.

Advantages

  • Elegant, pretty, polished and dressy.
  • They create Modern Retro Charm.
  • Dramatic pointy toes add theatrical drama to an outfit.
  • They lengthen the leg line, which is especially effective when you wear low-vamp flats.
  • A great fit on narrow, low-volume feet.
  • Pointy toes look amazing peeking out from under long-length boot cuts, bell-bottoms and wide-leg pants.
  • They visually lengthen a short foot to create balanced proportions. This is visually effective when you are tall, and have relatively small feet for your height.

Disadvantages

  • Uncomfortable fit on wide feet with short toes because toes are squashed into a too small space that is contrary to the shape of the foot.
  • They might cause long term foot pain and challenges when they are an unnatural fit for your foot.
  • In some settings they can be too elegant, pretty, polished or dressy.
  • Too much of a witchy vibe.
  • They make your feet look too long. This has been the case with some of my petite clients who have relatively large feet.

I LOVE the look of pointy-toe footwear because of my ‘80s and Modern Retro

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How Outfits Create Elegance

Many of my clients aspire to looking elegant in their outfits. I also aspire to that, so I’ve thought quite hard about what it means to me. What makes an outfit elegant is extremely subjective. Elegance means different things to different people. I’ll share what I think and I’m curious about the extent to which your thoughts will coincide with mine.

First, it can be argued that elegance has little to do with the outfit, and more to do with the manner, poise, posture, elocution, movement, grace and confidence of the wearer. That’s

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Birkenstock Arizona: A Trendy Modern Classic

German Birkenstocks have been around for years and for good reason. Their very supportive and comfortable footbeds are a hit with a certain type of foot: high volume, wide all over, with high arches and insteps. Visually though, Birkenstocks are quite the acquired taste. Their overtly casual, chunky, and somewhat masculine appearance make them the antithesis of a traditionally pretty and refined sandal. As a result, Birkies have sometimes been described as unstylish, dowdy and unattractive shoes in the past.

Of course, fashion is fickle, and before

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