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May 25, 2020, 8:18 am by MSP
 
To me, saying "How to Age Gracefully" is like hearing nails scratch on the chalkboard. Intially, it rubs me the wrong way! Age gracefully, they say. Must I? Does aging gracefully mean I must take a backseat, start to become unseen, and quietly go off into the distance of retirement? I think NOT. As an "older" woman chronologiclly, I feel age is more subjective. To start, think about the woman you were 10 years ago. You are a totally different person is many aspects of your life, right? We change physically, mentally, emotionally. When are start feeling negative about "aging" I remind myself of this quote, "Do not regret growing older. It is a priviledge denied to many". We are blessed to be alive, and we have so much to offer with our gained wisdom over the years.  [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 18, 2020, 5:20 pm by MSP
 
  Are you going to the pool this summer? That's a question you probably can't answer quite yet. Given the current conditions, most of us don't know. If the answer is "yes"....you must have a pool in your own backyard. If not, perhaps it's a kiddie pool or an oscillating sprinkler that will keep you cool this summer. Regardless, a nice swimsuit, one that fits you correctly and makes you look fab is in order.  It is that time of year. Time to think swimwear.  What will you be wearing this season? Will you be needing a new swimsuit? Or, perhaps you are wondering if the one you have right now is good for your body type?   Shop early while the selection of swimwear is strong, and the sales are just beginning. Take advantage of shopping [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 12, 2020, 7:51 am by MSP
 
  When is the last time you updated your bra? Has it been awhile...perhaps longer than a year? A bra update can quite literally be an uplifting experience. And...we all know a well supported bust is a more youthful looking bust.  What is the best bra style for you? Well, that depends. There are many variables. That's what this week's article, "A Bra Updated" is all about. Finding your best style for your shape, and figuring out what your fit problems are; and what causes them. For example, slipping straps, why straps dig in, why an underwire is uncomfortable for you-and so much more. Decipher these fit issues and solve them once and for all. If the bra fits, wear it! Well, that's the crux of the problem. Too many women are not wearing a bra [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 7, 2020, 8:23 am by MSP
 
  Q: Cover up my arms in hot weather...Yes or No?   Dear Leslie, On most days unless it's extremely hot outside, I prefer to cover my wobbly upper arms. I really do feel more comfortable when my upper arms are covered rather than exposed. I live in the south so most days are pretty warm but I try to keep them covered. Can you recommend a cute style of top that I won't overheat in and one that still allows my upper arms to be covered? I'm a body type C in case that helps. I have learned so much from your program and really love getting it every Thursday.  Thanks! Fondly, Maureen   MSP HERE: Dear Maureen,   Thanks for your style question. I feel any woman t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 5, 2020, 11:44 am by MSP
 
  Some things in life are inevitable...like taxes and getting older. Getting older certainly has its perks (discounts, feeling wiser, other people's opinions don't weigh as heavily on you) and it has its drawbacks too (stiff back first thing in the morning, feeling overlook, or outdated).  Another thing that happens as we age...we gain extra flesh around our waist. Between dealing with an over-scheduled life and natural shifts in our body’s hormones; before we know it...we end up with an expanded waistline-and a tummy we want to hide!   This week at MSP, how to fake a waist (10 ways)... You can look amazing. Learn to dress in clothing that minimizes your waistline. Learn this week your best dressing styles, the most sl[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 27, 2020, 12:26 pm by MSP
 
  Our lives have shifted quite abruptly-whether we like it or not. Either, you are super-busy making one "delectable" meal after the other for the entire family and refereeing kids' arguments, or you are on the other end of the spectrum, feeling alone and isolated. These uncertain times have created drastic changes in our lives. When we support one another, we can say, "No worries, we will endure this". We can help one another not by a physical presence, of course, but with positive, supportive vibes. We need each other. Our lives are on pause right now, so let's do more than just navel gaze (although that could produce some interesting results). This is a good time for self-reflection. Let's deeply examine our appearance from a "third person" sort [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 21, 2020, 4:58 pm by MSP
 
  3 Step Comfy Chic The word we keep hearing to describe this pandemic is "unprecedented". Many are suffering financially with a sudden loss of job; and all of us have been told to stay-at-home to social distance from one another. These are unusual times. For sure, these drastic lifestyle changes have changed the way we all dress day-to-day. About now, you are probably finding your extending "Staycation" style is getting a little sloppy. While staying safe at home, you do have other options besides yoga or sweatpants, plus beefy t-shirts. While at first, it felt good to wear the most comfortable things we could find because we needed to cocoon ourselves from the unknown. Now, it's time to get ourselves a bit more put together so we can feel more like our old selves[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 14, 2020, 2:08 pm by MSP
 
  10 Tips for Buying Online Since the Coronavirus, stores have been shuttered closed, and if they were open any time soon; you’ll probably be a little hesitant to shop inside. Perhaps this will change over time, or perhaps we will shop even more online. Either way, shopping online definitely has its benefits: no need to wait in line, leave the house or even change out of your pajamas.    While buying online comes with a long list of pros, it can have a few drawbacks too, like those fancy jeans arriving several sizes too small. To save yourself time and aggravation (no returns or disappointing surprises), use these ten tips for shopping online.     Never be diappointed from an online purchase again! Buy with confidence. These 10[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 6, 2020, 1:39 pm by MSP
 
  The winter boots have been put away, now you must choose from sandals to sneakers. What warm season shoes should you wear? The right shoes can be harder than selecting your outfit. Often, you doubt you've choosen the right shoes for what you are planning to wear. How can you tell if your favorite shoes are right for your outfit, and if they are still 'in style'? Outdated shoes for sure will make you look outdated. So, how do you know when it's time to retire your favorite kicks and buy something new?    This week MSP helps you:  1. Navigate the latest shoe trends 2. Determine the right shoes for your outfit   Shoes are "completer" pieces that improve your style. This week-the shoe guide will ex[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 30, 2020, 6:42 pm by MSP
 
  This week: The Definitve Guide to Shorts and Crops This is the warm season guide you'll use all season long!   SYSters want to know.  What to wear when it gets real warm out. As women we have lots options; like wearing a sundress or skirt, but more than likely when it's really warm, we will start wearing shorts and cropped pants.  Admittedly, I'm a little apprehensive about showing more skin as the weather warms. I know most women are. However, wearing the most flattering shorts and crops for our body type will make us look and feel our best. This week, it is my pleasure to share with you (this Thursday in your Personal Profile) "The Definitive Guide to Shorts and Crops".   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 29, 2020, 6:27 pm by MSP
 
  Wear color saturation correctly    Since you may have found yourself with some time on your hands...Why not figure out how to use color saturation!   The colors you wear together should be similar in intensity so that your look is cohesive. In other words, pastels go together and jewel tones should be worn together. It is best not to mix saturation because more often that not, it won’t look quite right.   Try these pleasing color combinations:  soft pink and mint green soft pink and heather gray mustard yellow and amethyst stone white (or tan) and pure white   Deep color combinations: fuchsia and navy  navy and kelly green   Agai[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 26, 2020, 9:17 am by MSP
 
Oh my! How things have changed in just over a week. We are living right now in an unsettling place and time. Part of me wants to comply and do the right thing (staying home, social distancing) which I am doing-the other half wants to get out there and take on the world. While we are adapting (or doing our best to adapt) to a new way of living, it seems like a good time to access our current wardrobe and personal image. Let's look in our closets this week and see if we can check all the boxes on my top 14 ways to look fab. This week, 14 ways to look fab-even in these challenging times. These are ways to feel good even though your life and routines are being challenged right now. Of course, when things get back to normal, you'll use these tips again.   Join me. T[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 17, 2020, 1:43 pm by MSP
 
Dear SYSters,  To say the recent events have been stressful is an understatement. I honestly forgot to send out my "what's happening at MSP" weekly email. My life, and schedule have been turned upside down; nothing feels settled right now. I'm sure you can relate. These are unsettling times. As of lately, information keeps changing (it seems to change not just daily, but often hourly). We have been called to come together as one for the sake of humanity. We must distance ourselves from one another, stop our regularly lives, and take to temporary hibernation. This is how we will defeat the Coronavirus. We can do this. Thank goodness we have the internet to connect us all.   Soooo, continuing on with the regular scheduled topic is a good diversion from [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 9, 2020, 4:09 pm by MSP
 
THIS WEEK'S ARTICLE: Update Your Hairstyle Dear SYSters,   This morning as I poured my coffee, and I managed to spill some coffee on my tan slacks (I attempted to wash the stain out, but it was noticeable all day). In the afternoon I opened the mailbox to an unexpected bill, plus I had an extra deadline to meet. There were lots of stressors today—but I handled all of them without freaking out! What was it that made me so resilient? I was having a “good hair day”!   Knowing my hair was styled just right made me feel like I was wearing a suit of armor. I was having a “good hair day” and nothing could penetrate my good mood. Having great looking hair is like wearing clothes that flatter your body type--it’s some[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 2, 2020, 4:21 pm by MSP
 
  It's week two of MSP's "Big Spring Preview"... The fun and fashion trends continue!  This week, you get parts one and two (the complete list) of what-to-have this spring, and how to wear it. Get ready for spring-now. This crazy up and down weather is so typical for early March. These fluctuations in temperature prompts us to prepare our closet for the change of season.  Editing my closet is on the top of my list this week. I'm rotating heavy winter jackets to the back of my closet, and moving lighter-weight blazers and "spring-like" sweaters towards the front. Even if I still have to wear several layers at one time, wearing lighter (and brighter) clothing is the best option for this in-between time. Is your closet ready for s[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 24, 2020, 2:47 pm by MSP
 
  Spring is almost here! Spruce-up your wardrobe instantly with this spring's freshest colors & trends!   Prepare now...spring will be here before you know it.  If you're still looking at half-melted snow piles, get excite, but hang tight. Your snow will melt away very, very soon. It doesn't matter that it's still cold out-it's time to plan your spring wardrobe. What new items will you add once the weather warms? GET this week's complete article (posting on Thursday in your MSP Personal Profile) "The Big Spring Preview-Part One"...it's the "what-to-buy & how-to-wear it" guide for this spring! We still have a couple of months of unpredictable weather; however NOW is the time t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 17, 2020, 5:10 pm by MSP
 
  Excuse me, for jumping on my soapbox for a moment. I have to say, it really upsets me that fashion magazines are more about selling ad space and copies than they are about actually helping women! These shiny magazines aren't cheap either. You spend good money, then end up with a bunch of ads for things you can't even afford--and that's just crazy. What a H-U-G-E disappointment. You were lured into buying this magazine by the promise of an article that looked like it would help your style or suggest something new and fun--but instead you got nothing.    Instead of sales pitches and/or product placements of clothing and makeup you can't afford (like $400 dress slacks or $200 face lotion-what a joke) ...Use[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 10, 2020, 2:25 pm by MSP
 
Dear MSP SYSters, Nothing annoys me more than being told I can not wear something simply because of my age. Really? Just exactly who decided certain items of clothing should no longer be worn by woman who's over a certain age? Is thirty, forty, or fifty-or beyond, that's too old? Of course we need to assess our own bodies and decide what's best covered up and not exposed. But, what we wear should be of a more personal choice-not necessarily an "age" related thing. By using a full-length mirror and reviewing our backsides, most women can come to an intelligent decision whether they should be wearing something, or not. A good rule of thumb is; if you have doubts, then you should not wear it. Listen to your gut. As a stylist who has helped [ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 3, 2020, 2:41 pm by MSP
 
  Color-Inspired Style Don't wait for spring! Update your wardrobe now by adding in MORE COLOR! This week at MSP, we explore creative ways to mix more color into your wardrobe!  Instead of relying on your main color choice, (probably way too much BLACK) let MissusSmartyPants introduce (and inspire) new ways to add more color into your core wardrobe.  No more boring combinations of “black + another color”. Get excited about mixing fresh colors combinations like: lavender with peachy pink, a rose pink with soft brown, soft fuchsia, deep periwinkle, turquoise, and daffodil yellow with other colors—all pretty colors, found in nature! Plus mix in this season's new color: Classic Blue.   This week: [ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 27, 2020, 1:42 pm by MSP
 
  Some things in life are inevitable...like taxes and getting older. Another thing that happens, as we age, we tend to gain a little "extra" flesh around our middle! Between dealing with an over-scheduled life, and natural shifts in our hormones; before we know it...we end up with a fuller waistline.  What's a SYSter to do? What is the best way to dress when your waistline has become somewhat undefined? Should you continue to squeeze into what you've always worn, or hide under something loose and baggy? The correct answer is NEITHER of these. Both are poor options for women with undefined waists. Both (squeezing into tight clothes or wearing baggy ones) will make you look bigger than you really are!   The right styles ca[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 20, 2020, 1:40 pm by MSP
 
  It's a big week at MissusSmartyPants.com! All you need is fifteen (15) pieces. That's right. Just fifteen pieces and you'll be able build a whole month's worth of outfits!  Amazing? Yes, it is. This week, I'm going to show you how. Follow my step-by-step plan. This method of dressing will open your eyes to how easy (and fun) it is to be stylish! This handy information is something every woman should learn because it improves one's self-confidence. THIS WEEK: Hit the "Re-set" button on your style. When I find myself thinking I've got lots of clothes, yet nothing to wear - I use my capsule wardrobe magic. It helps me get creative again with what I have in my closet.   The "magic" is to pick out a small number of pieces that [ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 13, 2020, 3:00 pm by MSP
 
  There's nothing better than feeling confident and good in your own skin. When everything in your life churns along like a well-oiled machine; it feels good. However, too often women lack confidence when it comes to what they wear. This makes me sad because it doesn't have to be so. But, no worries. This week I'm sharing my fail-proof 8-step plan to help every woman improve her dressing confidence.  In Thursday's Personal Profiles...8 step-by-step ways to interpret the seasonal trends age-appropriately, of course. No more guessing if you have a trend right, or not. No more guessing if a style is too young for you, or not. Learn 8 fab ways to "refine" your style.    What woman doesn't want to look and feel age-amazin[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 8, 2020, 6:56 pm by MSP
 
  5 FREE Things You Can Do to Elevate Your Style:     1. Wear a little makeup every day. You already have it in your drawer, yet you don’t take the time to put together your “face”. When you do wear a little color, your skin coloring looks brighter, teeth appear whiter, and you enhance your natural beauty-and that’s what makeup is really all about anyways.    2. Whatever you wear-create a waist. Throughout history the laws of attraction have shown that women who have a smaller waist in comparison to their hips naturally appear more attractive and powerful. This means if you are hiding under big tees and loose yoga pants you are giving away your power. Show off those curves! Be proud of your curves, as[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 6, 2020, 3:52 pm by MSP
 
  It's the start of the second week of January. Christmas and all the festive activities are now behind us. The ornaments are packed away, until next year. Our living rooms are reset back to their normal arrangements, and the expired Christmas tree is a distant memory. Our lives have hit the reset button.  January is the "back to routines" month. There is nothing special happening anymore, and these days are often referred to as the "winter doldrums"--that funky in-between time. It's the middle of winter and all we can do is wait impatiently for spring. We can do nothing to change the cold weather, but wait.  This in-between time is a good time to bed down, hibernate, and organize our closets....after all, we've got at l[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 30, 2019, 2:05 pm by MSP
 
  The countdown to 2020 is on.  Are you resolved to move more in 2020?  Aren't we all in search of something that will motivate us improve our health and fitness? What's it going to take to get you to move more, and make exercise part of your regular routine? Well, I can't think of a more positive, fun way to motivate a new routine than new exercise gear! This week's article has got just the stuff.   There's nothing more motivating than a pair of new sneakers to "kick-start" your exercise routine! Fresh kicks in a fun color will definitely add spring in my step...how about you? Nordstrom: Adidas Swift Run Sneaker   Many, many years ago (in a galaxy far, far away) I used wear b[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 23, 2019, 1:15 pm by MSP
 
  Fast Figure Fixes This week's article is about defining and refining your personal assets.  By taking time to evaluate your shape (from head to toe) you learn how to play-up your assets, and mininize other areas that you wish to minimize. No one is perfect nor are our bodies; and that's what makes us real women. So, if we play up our assets-we gain confidence...and that is true definition of real style! This week, find out what to wear if you have a short neck, long neck, full bust, small bust, long or short waist, full tummy, flat or full bottom, heavy thighs, and so much more!  With style being more about putting together a complete look and feeling good about your appearance; this week's article helps you focus on your actual figure flaw[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 16, 2019, 2:38 pm by MSP
 
  Could there be anything better than knowing how to dress to flatter your shape the best way possible? Umm, no! When your body looks balanced (by choosing the right clothes based on your shape), you look your best-and your confidence soars.  Balance is everything. It's a matter of proportions, actually. Think about it, every time we eat, we try to balance the proportions of our food. We don't want to eat a whole pound of meat, or too much candy at one time because it's not a healthy or balanced thing to do. We are trying to balance the correct amount of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. The same can be said about what we wear each day. We should be trying to find the correct proportions in the clothing we wear. We need t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 9, 2019, 1:59 pm by MSP
 
  A new year is just around the corner and this means a renewed opportunity to "update" yourself. When it comes to fashion and beauty, no woman wants to suddenly realize that she has become "outdated" and frumpy.  A yearly "review" or personal assessment, is the perfect way to personally evaluate yourself. It's an important tool for every woman. The fact is, most women want to be seen as classy and classic. We do not want to be an example of bad style choices, or one wearing outdated clothes and is stuck in a fashion moment from the past! The best thing we can all do for ourselves is to know what's "in style" then decide what styles are our best for us.  Don't compare yourself to others!!! If you don't have a designer handbag or fancy shoes...you [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 9, 2019, 1:53 pm by MSP
 
My Gift To You: Festive Style Tips   Since it's the season of giving and I've been so blessed by your support and continued positive comments; I would like to thank you all.    It's my turn-to give back to you. So, I've put together a list festive style tips just in time for the holidays!     From festive-casual to dressy holiday looks, I've got outfit ideas to help you get your festive look just right.    Warm wishes and holiday blessings to you and your family! Love, Leslie MSP      With the arrival of the holiday season, we often find ourselves (sometimes, quite unexpectedly) with an occasion we need to dress for. Instead of being excited about dressing up, we panic. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 2, 2019, 2:51 pm by MSP
 
  Hoping everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving. It's always such a pleasant holiday-a gathering of good food and good people. It's still one of my favorites. Oh my! It's already December. It's time to get ready for Christmas. To make your holidays less stressful, I have a tip to help you-have a few planned outfits ready ahead of time. Think of a few occasions you will need to dress for, then start getting your outfits together (right from your closet). No need to buy more clothes. When you see how easy it is to stretch your basics in clever ways, you'll be wondering why you didn't do this sooner! This week, creative ways to wear one item-in three different ways.   This week's article is all about: Wearing One Item, Three Ways.   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 25, 2019, 3:19 pm by MSP
 
  One thing is for certain-things never stay the same. Time moves on, we get older, and the styles we wear change over time. It's hard to know how to stay current and age appropriate at the same time. However, you can relax, because that's where I come in! As your "cyber stylist" I'm here to help you look fabulous in the body you've got today-and to help you keep a modern look to your style. That's what this week's article is all about...14 Fashion Rules to Break. By knowing how to change the way you wear something, or how to wear it in the first place-you'll never second guess yourself, or your style! Can you wear a navy dress with black accessories? Is it still a fashion "no-no" to mix navy and black in one outfit, or how about brown [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 19, 2019, 2:22 pm by MSP
 
  You've been invited to Thanksgiving dinner.    What should you wear? Here are 3 comfy, yet stylish suggestions...   Look fabulous on Thanksgiving (in U.S. Thursday, November 28th)...or perfect for any fall get-together!   Choose from these stylish combinations***   1. Cream cable-knit sweater, plaid scarf, dark slim jeans, animal-print flats.   2. Deep Marsala sweater, bold gold-link necklace, cream quilted vest, tan twill denims, tan booties.   3. A-line knit sweater dress, trendy necklace, knit cap, flat riding boots.     *** Get more stylish outfits suggestions based on your body type with a Personal Profile style membership[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 18, 2019, 3:05 pm by MSP
 
  Great style is attainable for every woman. I know this to be true with every bone in my body. However, I know there are plenty of women out there that would disagree with me. Their reasoning might be that some women are born with a "fashion gene" and others, are not. Well, couldn't disagree more. Style is something that can be learned. As a stylist, I have worked with women from all walks of life who thought they could not be stylish. Yet, each and every one of my clients; I've managed to change their opinion. How did I do it? I showed them a few fashion tricks, shared a few tips specific to their body type, and got them into a great fitting jacket-just right for their shape. Viola' they looks instantly fabulous! Each and every one of them were a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 13, 2019, 4:53 pm by MSP
 
  11 Ways to Wear a Brooch   What's an amazing accessory that's hardly ever worn? It's a brooch. It's time to bring this fab accessory center stage. Give it a go in your wardrobe and see what happens.      Here are 11 Ways to Wear a Brooch:   1. Add to a winter hat.   2. Add to a knit cap.   3. Pin onto a sash belt.   4. Cluster 3 brooches on a sweater (at your collar bone).   5. Make a simple handbag sparkle.   6. Glam up a basic dress.   7. Hold a scarf in place.   8. Decorate your jean jacket.   9. Hold a fly-away cardigan closed. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 4, 2019, 5:48 pm by MSP
 
  Current mood: Warm and cozy. A warm winter coat will keep you "snug as a bug" while showing off your chic style.  This week at MSP: The Ultimate Guide to Outerwear. Your complete guide to the best warm sweaters, jackets and winter coats...just right for your body type!        The air is cool and crisp making it perfect weather for a stroll through your local farmer's market or a city walking path. Enjoying nature’s beauty while its cool and crisp invigorates your mind, body and soul. All that's probably need right now is a light jacket or a couple of layers to keep you warm. However, soon (especially if you live in a colder climate) you'll need a real warm winter coat to bundle up[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 4, 2019, 12:18 pm by MSP
 
  4 Items = 12 Outfits There are only 8 weeks left in this year, and I've been thinking. I have been thinking about what I hope you've learned (fashion wise) by being a SYSter at MissusSmartyPants. One concern that keeps coming back to me is wardrobe planning. Did I explain it enough, did I break down HOW to get the most success from your wardrobe basics?   Did I stress how critical it is for every woman to put together a wardrobe-with a plan? Simply put; it's one of the best things a woman can do for herself.    Reality is: a lot of women secretly live with chaos in their closet. They have a closet full of clutter, yet no real planned wardrobe. Too often they buy clothing on impulse and sporad[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 30, 2019, 7:28 pm by MSP
 
  REMINDER: SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK (Saturday November 2)     ​The days are now shorter...but the "it" item for fall is a LONG cardigan!    From mid-thigh to knee length and longer, long cardigans offer you just the right amount of warm while making you one stylish SYSter!   Wear them with slim or straight-leg pants, leggings, sheath dresses, pencil skirt and boots.  Long cardigans are versatile and fun!   Nordstrom Bobeau High/Low Jersey Cardigan (many colors/petite, misses)       Login to your membership to view these articles below. (Each style article is posted for 4 weeks-then they're gone!)   NOW POSTED:   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 28, 2019, 3:15 pm by MSP
 
  This week: The Power of Accessories I’ve been wanting to share what makes some women so stylish, while others, not so much. The answer my dear SYSters, always leads me back to the same conclusion-it’s the accessories that make all the difference. Yes, accessories are that powerful!   For example, say you and I are both wearing identical outfits. Our basic outfits will look completely different depending upon our choice of accessories, shoes, and handbags. Every woman has her own unique spin, or take on accessories...and that's a good thing! It's how you accessorize that shows off your uniqueness and personality.     THIS WEEK: Learn flattering techniques to accessorize your outfits... More is not [ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 21, 2019, 8:06 am by MSP
 
  How to Mix Patterns Like a Fashionista   When I say pattern mixing, do you instantly think, "Oh, no! It would look like I dressed in the dark!"    Mixing unexpected patterns and prints has become a huge fashion trend, and I for one like it! Of course, there can be a fine line between looking stylish, or looking like a hot mess! I'm here to help you get it right. Go bold with pattern mixing, or keep it simple-the choice is yours. Either way you will look more stylish and more than likely you will get twice the use out of the clothes you already have.   Look chic and on-trend. Yes, you can look stylish and chic by mixing several patterns in one outfit. Use MSP's "does it mix" chart + 6 mixing g[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 17, 2019, 8:27 am by MSP
 
    Want to look taller, thinner and more stylish? Most of us will answer an resounding, “Yes, of course!”    Here are 3 “rules” to use every time you dress...   Wear a standout color! We are so quick to grab anything black because “black is so slimming”. Think again. A bold monochromatic outfit can be just as slimming. Just be sure to get the fit “body skimming”. Your style will totally rock because you’ll wearing a standout color in a sea of black!   Add the right heels. Even a slight heel elongates the legs which makes you look taller and slimmer. Of course comfort is paramount. Look for platform and wedge styled shoes with practical heel heights you can easily walk in.   Play[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 14, 2019, 2:55 pm by MSP
 
  How many times have you dressed and wondered if you are wearing a style or trend correctly? Do you often have doubts if the fit of your clothing is right? Well, wonder no more. This week, together we explore how to "wear it right". Just last week while standing in a long check-out line, the woman in front of me turned around and commented on my tied scarf. She said she had noticed me shopping earlier and had always wished she knew how to tie a scarf like mine. I smiled at her and quickly showed her how easy it was...in three quick steps. She was amazed it wasn't that hard to do and said she would be eternally grateful that I showed her how. This woman appreciated this brief moment of style help because now she will start wearing her scarves that are buried away[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 7, 2019, 1:35 pm by MSP
 
  Mornings are becoming cool enough to start the day with a light sweater (or jacket). It's refreshing to feel a bit of crispness in the air. This change in weather also means it's the start of layered outfits. However, many women come across a few problems when they try to create a cool "layered" look. If done wrong, your layered look can make you look over-dressed, or even worse; heavier than you really are.   Wearing layers correctly, not only helps you adjust to the fluctuating fall temperatures; it's also very stylish! Talbots Lined Quilted Vest (petite, misses, plus sizes)   Careful! You don't want to look like the Michelin Man!  This week: "5-Steps To A Perfectly Layered Outfit" shows you how to[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 30, 2019, 2:08 pm by MSP
 
  Are you sad summer is coming to a close? Honestly, I'm not. I've grown weary of the heat and humidity and I'm ready to kick my flip-flops to the back of the closet. I'm psyched for the arrival of cooler days, which means lots of layering opportunities. From boots to blazers...I say, bring-it-on!!!     This week, get pumped-up for fifteen (15) inspiring fall looks (you will want to "copy"). From office to weekend-these chic outfits will get you energized for cooler fall weather!     ​Join today and get MSP's "Inspiring Fall Outfits" article + access to a body specific dressing plan   MSP's Weekly Style Mission This week: Take care of what you already own. NO shoppin[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 23, 2019, 1:41 pm by MSP
 
  Buy Less, Have More Style   Are you heading into this new season hoping that this will be your most stylish one yet? I am here to help you achieve that goal.   This is your guide to buying less, shopping better, and transforming your style in the process. Sounds like a mighty big accomplishment (and it is) yet it is so doable. I’m sharing 12 rules to buying less, yet increasing your style.     The right essentials in your closet will e-x-p-a-n-d your wardrobe (while saving you $$$ in the process). This week, find out what to have in your core wardrobe for fall!         This week: 12 wardrobe rules, or resolutions to undertake now so that you can make space, save money...an[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 16, 2019, 1:54 pm by MSP
 
  Do you sometimes look in the mirror and know there's something off with what you're wearing? Yet, the bigger problem is; you have no idea what it is, or how to fix it! It's frustrating when what you’re wearing doesn't look quite right. It's even more frustrating when you like the color or the style, but again, something doesn’t look quite right. Every woman wants to look her best. But not every woman has it figured out how she can fix her style mis-haps, or how to avoid them all together.     This week is for you. The answers of how to wear something this way-not that way. This week's article is full of ideas to "wear it this way, not that way"!   STOP "making do" with waistlines too tight or gaping. Don't think th[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 14, 2019, 7:47 am by MSP
 
  Dear MissusSmartyPants, You mention the importance of having more basics in your wardrobe frequently, but I'm not sure what constitutes a basic. I'm assumming it's clothing that are simply constructed, but won't that make your wardrobe boring and plain? Can you help out a style newbie? Why should we have more basics and exactly what are they? Many thanks, Carole What's a wardrobe basic? MSP HERE: Dear Carole, That's a great question. Wardrobe basics are the foundation (or strength) of your wardrobe. Your wardrobe should be 70-80% of these basic items: dark denims, dress slacks, casual pants, classic shorts, cotton v-neck sweaters, cardigans, button-down shirts, dress blouses, cotton tees (various sleeve lengths), basic sheath[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 12, 2019, 8:23 am by MSP
 
    Are you stuck in a fashion moment?!?   Sometimes it’s so obvious to other people, yet it isn’t noticeable to you.    Could it be others wonder why your style is outdated, while you don’t know you’ve been stuck in a fashion moment? All of us hope that I am referring to another woman! But, could it be you?         Can’t see the forest through the trees? Perhaps. Ask yourself the following questions and find out!   Here are the 4 biggest fashion mistakes women make:   1. Having the same hairstyle year after year. You are getting older, but perhaps that same style you wore as a teen just isn’t flattering as it use to be.   2. Followin[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 9, 2019, 2:32 pm by MSP
 
  Some things in life are inevitable. Like taxes and getting older. Another thing that happens, as we age...we tend to gain a little "extra" around our middle! Between dealing with an over-scheduled life, and natural shifts in our hormones; before we know it...we end up with "a little extra" around our waistline. We can do our best (diet and exercise) to combat the extra in the middle-however a really BIG part is dressing to slim the middle.  What is the best way to dress when your waistline is somewhat undefined? Should you continue to squeeze into what you've always worn, or hide under something loose and baggy? The correct answer is NEITHER. Both are poor choices for women with undefined waists. Both (squeezing into tight clothes or wearin[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 2, 2019, 4:46 pm by MSP
 
  Dear SYSters,  Here in the South, the weather continues to be warm, with a few days of lower humidity (thank goodness). With cooler mornings soon on their way, all that will be needed is a light jacket or sweater before heading out the door. Welcome to early fall. Cooler weather will be a welcome change, and quite refreshing. It's almost fall! Prep now; before the new season...and be right in-step with the latest fashion trends-yet there's nothing to buy! This week's article is about s-t-r-e-t-c-h-ing your summer wardrobe into fall. It's about using those warm season items to create chic and "trendy" outfits for fall.  This week, get lots of clever ideas of how to wear (and layer) 10 items you already have in[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 26, 2019, 4:05 pm by MSP
 
  Denims. As the fall season begins, we start to set aside the shorts in favor of our favorite denims and blue jeans. Soon, they become one of our regular go-to items. Wouldn't you like to know your jeans are flattering for your shape? Our typical fall/winter outfits often consist of one of our favorite pairs of jeans matched up with knit tops, fuzzy sweaters, long tunics, a jacket and cardigan, plus a fun scarf added for good measure. This cold weather "uniform" is perfect; however the key is to make sure our jeans fit us properly. Don't let saggy inseams and ill-placed pockets make you look dated. Get the latest this week in denim styles and get your best fitting jeans based on your body type. Are your jeans flattering your body? Are you [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 19, 2019, 2:10 pm by MSP
 
  Fall is almost here...well, it officially starts September 23, but it is wardrobe planning season...and that's pretty awesome.  It's also week two (2) of the Fall Preview! Get excited, it's definitely time to plan your fall wardrobe. The weather is just beginning to show signs of change, and before you know it...you will be wearing fuzzy sweaters, boots and tights again!    This week at MSP: Get the latest in fall trends, styles + trendy new autumn colors..   Find out which trends you'll want to add this season!   Before you buy-EDIT your wardrobe. I recommend a wardrobe "edit" at least every six months. Clean out and declutter your closet at least twice a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 12, 2019, 7:47 am by MSP
 
  Fall is on its way! Okay, not just yet. However, is the best time to start planning your fall wardrobe. Whether you want to completely revamp your wardrobe, or just add in a few new pieces, MissusSmartyPants is ready to help you have the most stylish fall ever!    This week get your copy MSP's "The Big Fall Preview".   This in-depth style guide is one you'll use all season long! This complete guide will quickly become your 'go-to' reference for all things related to fall fashions and trends. Want to perk up your style? Don't know what to wear? You will find all the answers in MSP's "Big Fall Preview 2019". What to wear, how to wear it, and the new trends and fall colors.   T[ More |  Email |  Print ]