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October 4, 2022, 3:04 pm by MSP
 
  This week, we're talking about denim! When the weather cools, I love to wear denim.  And guess what? Recent survey shows, I'm not alone. According to Invista: every woman owns 8 pairs of jeans and wears denims the average of once a week.  A fall uniform. Denims are on the top of our fall list of "go-to" staples. A typical fall/winter outfit usually consists of one of our favorite jeans matched-up with a knit top, or fuzzy sweater, or even a long tunic, fitted jacket or cardigan-plus a colorful scarf (or accessory) added for good measure. Gravitating towards comfort and warmth as the weather cools means wearing our jeans <<grin>> Q: Are your jeans flattering on you? Do your denims make the most of your s[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 26, 2022, 10:54 am by MSP
 
  Dear Leslie, Any tips on which footwear to wear with different styles of jeans?  I am 60 and need to wear lower heeled shoes/ boots, but want to look stylish this fall. A foot wear review would be terrific!   Thank you, Patti   MSP HERE: Dear Patti and MSP SYSters,   Yes! Let's do an update/review of the best shoes (of course, lower-heel options) for fall.   I agree, my fussy feet don't want anything on them that's not comfortable. Yet, I also want fab footwear. I believe we all want to look our best from head to toe (or shall we say "from head to shoe"). Fall Shoe Update this week: What to wear and how to pair your fall footwear with your jeans; from wide to slim leg (...plus other fall looks). As the wea[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 22, 2022, 10:40 am by MSP
 
    Still got it at 80, thanks to MissusSmartyPants...   I was crossing the parking lot at Trader Joe's, when a car stopped to let me cross. As the driver passed, she opened her window and called out "you look really nice". I'm 80 years old and have followed MissusSmartyPants for a number of years. You are never too old to have a bit of style, even at the grocery store!    Many thanks! Marina     MSP HERE:   Yes! I love this! ...And I totally agree...you are never too old to have fabulous style (and obviously you looked fabulous).   Love, Leslie MSP     Q: Can you say that about your current style?   You can with a MSP Style Membership!   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 22, 2022, 10:39 am by MSP
 
  How to Layer Correctly   As the weather cools, you'll appreciate this handy style advice ;)   To layer successfully you need to do 2 things:   1. BOTH layers made out of lightweight fabrics (bulky fabrics make you look bulky, therefore they don’t work well).   2. The first layer must fit you snug. If not, your layers will slide around and not look right or stay put. The first layering is usually longer too.   Layering pieces to consider:     __Short and long sleeved thin soft tees (in pretty fall colors) __Tanks and camisoles in every conceivable color __Vests in menswear plaids or long sweater vests __Variety of scarves __Long or layered necklaces __Classics like v[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 19, 2022, 12:14 pm by MSP
 
  Want a week's worth of stylish outfits-fast? You've come to the right place! I'm always chatting it up about the need for more versatility in our wardrobes. Without a doubt, a basic yet versatile wardrobe is essential for any woman that wants to be more stylish. Why is this aspect of wardrobe building so important? Because instead of purchasing clothes "willy nilly" (without a plan) where nothing really goes together-with a planned wardrobe suddenly, you see outfit possibilties. Simply put, a small coordinated wardrobe yields more outfits. Once you establish a core wardrobe.... you will purchase less clothes; yet you will be able to create more outfits...which in turn makes YOU more stylish.   THIS WEEK: L[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 15, 2022, 2:04 pm by MSP
 
    You spend hours trying on clothes and spend hundreds of dollars (or more) on clothes-yet when you open your closet, you can't find a thing to wear! What gives??? How can you stop this wasteful spending and start loving what you wear?!?     This common dilemma can be a thing of the past if you deploy these 5 tips below:   1. Go with quality. While fast fashion (trendy items) are super-tempting...too many trendy clothes are a waste of your hard-earned money. Most trendy pieces are made cheaply and will wear out quickly. Instead, stuck with quality items that are classic in style. Invest in one quality piece vs. 5 trendy items that will soon need replacing.   2. Get the right fit. One of the[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 12, 2022, 10:41 am 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 right. Every woman wants to look her best. But not every woman has it figured out how she can fix style mis-haps, or how to avoid them all together.     This week is for you. Get the answers of how to wear something this way-not that way. This week's article is full of ideas of how to "wear it this way, not that"!   STOP "making do" with waistlines too tight or gaping in the [ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 5, 2022, 2:34 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 in the mornings. Welcome early fall. Cooler weather is a refreshing change. It's almost fall! Prep now; before the new season arrives. You'll be right in-step with the latest fashions and 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: lots of clever ideas of how to wear (and layer) 10 items you already ha[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 3, 2022, 4:55 pm by MSP
 
  4 Ways to Spend Less on Clothes   You spend hours trying on clothes and spend hundreds of dollars (or more) on clothes-yet when you open your closet, you can't find a thing to wear! What gives???      This common dilemma can be a thing of the past if you deploy these 4 tips below.   1. Go with quality. While fast fashion (trendy items) are super-tempting...too many trendy clothes are a waste of your hard-earned money. Most trendy pieces are made cheaply and will wear out quickly. Instead, stuck with quality items that are classic in style. Invest in one quality piece vs. 5 trendy items that will soon need replacing.   2. Get the right fit. One of the main reasons you[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 3, 2022, 4:49 pm 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 ]

August 29, 2022, 9:55 am by MSP
 
    The fall season is just around the corner. It officially starts September 22, but now is fall wardrobe planning season. Take the next 4 weeks to start getting together your fall basics. This week is part two (2) of the Fall Preview!  Get excited, it's definitely time to plan your fall wardrobe. The weather will soon 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 fall trends, styles + trendy new autumn colors.. Which fall trends will you want to add this season?   Know before you buy. EDIT your wardrobe. I recommend a wardrobe "edit" at least every six mon[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 25, 2022, 5:01 pm by MSP
 
  It's the extra somethin' around your middle that makes it so hard to dress. What's a SYSter to do when you have belly fat? The answer is to dress smarter and work with your shape so you will look and feel your best.    Here are 6 tips to hide/minimize that stubborn belly fat: 1. The right undergarments. Choose a bra that is not loose and saggy (or you will look, well, loose and saggy). Consider high-rise underwear to minimize bumps and aid in comfort.   2. Straighten up. Make a conscious effort throughout the day to correct your posture. We hunch at our computers and look constantly down at our smart phones. Over time, it takes a toll on our posture. Roll your shoulders down and back, hold you head high and look slimmer f[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 22, 2022, 10:56 am by MSP
 
  Fall is on its way!  Okay, it is not quite here.  However, now 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 here 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 know the "hot" color for fall? Want to perk up your style? Don't know what to wear come fall? You will find all the answers in MSP's "Big Fall Preview 2022". What to wear, how to w[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 15, 2022, 3:08 pm by MSP
 
  With our wallets feeling squeezed right now, saving money on your clothing budget is a no-brainer. One of the best ways to obtain high style at a low price is to shop at consignment stores. These “second-hand” shops are not second-hand at all when it comes to style. Today’s consignment shops closely resemble chic and upscale boutiques. When you walk in, you might think you can’t afford to shop there, LOL! However, consignment shops allow you the opportunity to snag some deals on some high-end brands!     Too often we forget consignment stores even exist. This week, we concentrate on the in’s and out’s of shopping at consignment shops. What to buy, when to buy it, and how to shop the racks to find your best bargains.   &[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 8, 2022, 10:43 am by MSP
 
  Getting your style to come together (often for the first time in your adult life) can either be a frustrating ordeal, or one of the most amazing experiences a woman can have! Really, there's something magical about knowing you look your best.   I’m on board! I'm here to help you improve your style and make it an amazing experience. This week, we use the element of color and play around with it. By using new colors you will get a fresh perspective with your late summer outfits.   Summer is the perfect season for wearing more color. So, let’s do this! Let’s fire-up our wardrobes (and our style) with more color!     Summer is the perfect season to infuse more color in your outfits.   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 1, 2022, 11:18 am by MSP
 
  Beat the Heat   How can you look and feel stylish when it’s really hot outside? While adding layers, scarves and jackets are certainly out of the question…just how do you look stylish when it's hot and sticky?   In this week's article, "Beat the Heat" I've got 10 tips to keep you cool and stylish!         Chico's Eyelet Elbow Sleeve Top       Don't sweat it. Instead, beat the heat with these 10 tips that will keep you cool. There's no reason to not look and feel your best!       Get started today! Improve your style with a MSP Personal Profile!   MSP's Weekly Style Mission In honor of the back-to-school season starting...w[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 25, 2022, 10:43 am by MSP
 
  It's HOT!  So, let your summer accessories do the talking! When you're wearing awesome accessories...you'll be stylish no matter where you go, or what you do!    Fun Fact: Accessories are a woman's BFF.  Looking stylish in the heat means your accessories are on-point.  Without 'em...you are just wearing a summer top and bottom!   Mind the gap. One fab thing about accessories is they have the ability to to bridge the gap. For example, a simple dress can go from everyday casual to a night-time dressy by simply changing the accessories. That's how powerful accessories are! This means you don't need an extensive wardrobe-just fun accessories. Another fab thing about accessories is [ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 18, 2022, 12:37 pm by MSP
 
    I just spent six long hours inside a client's closet. She hired me to help her decide what stays and what goes. Her closet was so crammed full of clothes there was no way you could possibly add another item! It was so crammed full there was hardly any place to stand. Too many clothes IS a problem. Why? Because all these clothes are mostly bad purchases; essentially they are all clutter! This client said she loved to shop, but somehow with all these clothes she didn't feel stylish and still had a hard time finding somethin to wear.   My client hoped I could make sense of all her clothes (because she had so many).  What she really needed was a wardrobe plan (something she clearly didn't have)...Plus add [ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 11, 2022, 2:48 pm by MSP
 
  Three's a charm. It's all about adding one extra item to a basic outfit of a top and bottom. It's the "secret sauce" that takes anything you wear to the next level. But in the hot summer weather; what can you add when you prefer to wear less?!?   The third piece rule: essentially it is a rule you apply when dressing. The rule is; your outfits should always incorporate three pieces, not including your shoes. Your top and bottom are considered first and second pieces, leaving your third piece to be a extra outfit element. This week you will learn various ways to apply the "third piece rule" to every outfit-from super-casual to dressy. Find out how to look stylish using the "third piece" rule in the summer! You will be amazed[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 7, 2022, 3:01 pm by MSP
 
  Dear MSP,   Can you please address how to dress the body that is in transition? I actually started my diet in November and have lost quite a bit of weight and I need some guidance with this unfamiliar body and how to purchase so I don’t spend a lot on clothes that hopefully I won’t wear long.    Thanks Cathy L     MSP HERE: Congrats on your weight loss! Now that your your clothes are fitting kinda loose, it’s all good and exciting, except now it means you need new clothes!   But buying a whole new wardrobe is impractical and expensive while you are in transition of weight loss. So what’s the new thinner you to do?   As a fashion stylist/ personal shopper I’ve worked with lots [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 28, 2022, 9:53 am by MSP
 
  15 Amazing Style Secrets Every morning when you get dressed, wouldn't it be nice to know few "secrets" that can make you look and feel even better? It sounds good, doesn't it? This week MSP shares with you 15 amazing tips (that are mostly known only by stylists). These 15 tips could quite simply change the way you look and feel about yourself!    THIS WEEK: Get makeup tips, amazing closet organization ideas, see how to adjust your body proportions-fast + tips on how to wear accessories right-and much more!     Why am I sharing these secrets with you? As a fellow busy woman, I understand how hard it is to find real useful advice. In the past, I've p[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 27, 2022, 10:33 am by MSP
 
  Oh no!!! Something looks off...but what could it be?  What is wrong that is making your outfit look so bad? Something is off, but you can't quite put your finger on it. Sometimes we just can't see the forest through the trees. Well, I can't help you with the 'tree'  part...but lucky for you...as your fashion stylist, I can help answer ALL your burning style questions! I'm going to tell you (oh-so nicely, of course) what's wrong with your outfit. More than likely something or several things you are wearing are proportionally wrong for you. This week you'll get the answers you need to fix your style faux pas.   This week: MSP answers to your most perplexing style questions! Come and get it! This week: get answers to a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 20, 2022, 12:01 pm by MSP
 
  Just a few weeks ago, we were impatiently awaiting nicer weather; and now suddenly, it's hot outside, really, really hot!  Dressing in hot, sticky weather is a real challenge. And now you wonder what could you possibly wear without becoming a dripping-sweaty mess?! This week’s style article is for you: "Style For Hot Summer Days". It's full of outfit suggestions for those hot and humid summer days! (Because obviously you've got to wear something LOL!) The key is to wear LESS but in a stylish way.   Summer brings us sales and we'd be silly not to take advantage of a few deep discounts on basics we can wear now (and into the fall season). However, our main objective in late June, July and August is to figure out how to dress stylish[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 13, 2022, 12:50 pm by MSP
 
  Closet clutter. It's an emotional statement to say the least. But what is it that makes us hold on to clothes we are not wearing? Why keep it when we only wear 20% of our closet? Exactly what is that 80% in our closet not being worn? For example, if you no longer have this item, then you will suffer terrible consequences later.  That’s where we get, “Oh, I’ll use it someday” or “What if I need it someday and then I don’t have it”.   This week, we examine the "how and why" we accumulate closet clutter. Once we understand its origins, we can work to remedy the situation. Most of the clutter comes from an emotional base. However, really understanding our human needs vs. wants can help us find some clarity. One of the biggest areas[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 6, 2022, 1:05 pm by MSP
 
  "Buy the best quality you can afford"...this is the mantra every MissusSmartyPants MSP SYSter knows well. They have learned that a good core wardrobe is the foundation to fab style. But, what if you could purchase certain core pieces... at really low prices? Well then, that would be awesome! The time is now. The summer months of June and July are sales months. This IS the best time to score quality pieces at bargain prices! Stores are just beginning to mark-down items so they can clear out most of the summer merchandise. Soon, early fall clothing will replace summery ones. Mid-season gives you deep discounts-yet you'll still wear these basics into the fall. Ladies, this is the time to score! (FYI: Fall clothing arrives in stores mid-August...yeah I kno[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 2, 2022, 12:13 pm by MSP
 
  A Fab Packing Tip-for you! Enjoy the warm weather of summer. Take a family vacation, or steal a long weekend away for two. While you are at it, pack a few fun necklaces to change up your basic outfits. No worries, they won't get tangled with this fab packing tip. When I saw this tip, I knew I had to share it with you.   Go ahead and pack a few wardrobe-changing necklaces!  Simply "press n' seal" your jewelry, then roll them into your suitcase. No worries about them getting tangled!   Need more help packing? Check out USA Today's fabulous list of 10 packing tips every traveler must know.     [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 31, 2022, 3:49 pm by MSP
 
  One of the most common reasons a woman looks bad in her clothes is because her clothing is off-balance.  I'm talking about understanding clothing proportions. You look bad when your clothing proportions are out of sync your own body's proportions. Keep in mind, body proportions are not necessarily height or weight issues. You can be large of stature or short and perfectly proportioned, or you can be tall and slim and totally off balance. This article is a must! Don't miss out. This week's article is: Proportions 101. It's something every woman needs to know about. Dressing for your body type helps "balance" your shape, there is no doubt about that. However, adjusting more specific "figure flaws" helps you look your best. By knowing how to mak[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 23, 2022, 1:26 pm by MSP
 
  Sizzling Swimwear NOW is the time to shop for swimwear! The selection is still good and the prices are starting to drop. So, don’t procrastinate if you need a new swimsuit. However if you don’t need a new swimsuit, use this style guide to assess your current suit (review its style, fit and current condition)...you may also want to add another swimsuit into the rotation.   The right swimsuit is one that you look and feel fabulous in...  This season find your best... and get out there and enjoy yourself!   This week, find your “perfect” swimsuit.  The Personal Profile shopping guides at MissusSmartyPants will be full of fabulous swimsuits, cover-ups, hats, totes, and more! Y[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 16, 2022, 10:53 am by MSP
 
  Nothing annoys me more than being told I can't wear something because of my age. Really? Just exactly who decided certain articles of clothing should no longer be worn by a woman over a certain age? And, what is that magical age? Thirty, forty, or perhaps fifty is 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 as well our complete look, 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 h[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 9, 2022, 1:13 pm by MSP
 
  Five Minute Outfits Pressed for time...again? Urgh! It's so frustrating when you are running short of time, and you still can't find something wear! When mornings begin like this, it can set a negative tone to your day. It can make you feel out-of-sync all day if you are dressed in an un-styled way. Wouldn't it be nice to wake up and know you've already got something fabulous to wear? It also means you can elax because your outfit is already planned and set aside. There is no longer a rush to your mornings, and now they are relatively stress-free when you use my "MSP's outfit" way of dressing. Have only 5 minutes? Perfect. That's all the time you need with MSP's "5 Minute Outfits". In five minutes fast-you're stylish and ready to go. TRY MY OUTFIT MA[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 5, 2022, 8:58 am by MSP
 
  I love hearing how you have lots of fabulous clothes (I love clothes too). However, the truth be told, this is often the problem. Too many choices is chaotic. I’ve got a style challenge for you. (It's similar to what I suggest in my eBook: The Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe). Move all your clothes over to one side of your closet. Then in the next week, put back the outfits you wear for that week to the other side. Notice how you grab (often) the same things over and over. Why does this happen? What about the rest of the items in your closet, why aren't you wearing them? This challenge helps you see what you really are wearing. Now it's time to figure out why. More than likely the items worn the most check all the boxes: fits well, is in a color you like, mixes and[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 2, 2022, 11:42 am by MSP
 
  Do you stare into your crammed closet, yet can't find a thing to wear? As you look through every possible item-nothing appears to be a good option. This is when you realize; you're in a style rut. Yes it happens, and it's super-frustrating!  You need to do something in order to change your style (or rather lack of style). Relax. MissusSmartyPants is here to the style rescure with this week's article, "Sure-Fire Ways to Refresh Your Style". These timely tweaks will transform your style instantly...so what are you waiting for?   This week, MSP has the right "tweaks" to help you refresh your style!   Over the years, I've found the reason many women, including myself, get into "style ruts" in the first pl[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 29, 2022, 6:50 pm by MSP
 
  Sometimes we make things more difficult than they need to be. I know I'm guilty of doing this all the time. I find it's my need for perfection that leads me to know everything about something...before I even dare take one-step forward. I call this "analysis paralysis" and it gets me often, lol!   Instead of a complete third degree investigation-I'm opening my eyes and my mind and just getting in there and DOING IT. Whatever it is that's new to me, I'm going forward and learning as a go.    Most of this "wait and figure it out" attitude pops up its ugly head when it come is to learning new technology. I hesitate to push buttons and easily get frustrated. However, on the flip side, when it comes to my fashion-I'll take lots of [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 25, 2022, 9:32 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 overlooked 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)...   Learn to dress in clothing that minimizes your waistline. This week, learn your best dressing styles, the most slimming pants[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 18, 2022, 10:57 am by MSP
 
    We always want things to happen quickly. In today's modern technology, things do happen fast-in fact; things happen lightening fast! While learning to pause, take a deep breath and have patience are good life skills, there's no need for your style to evolve slowly. If you have good basic wardrobe-building pieces in your closet right now-instant style can be yours! There some things you can do that will move it forward quickly. That's what this week's article is all about: Looking "amazing everyday"...and quickly at that.    When I want to look "amazing everyday" even in my casual attire... I add a blazer and necklace to my tee and jeans!   Everyone is fixated on FAST (me included)... so, woul[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 11, 2022, 10:31 am by MSP
 
  What happened to you? You’ve been wearing the same styles for some time...and now you are bored with your lack-luster style. You know you must step-up your game, but you seem to only buy MORE of the same things! It's frustrating when you don't know where to start. Life happens and you get stuck in a rut. Perhaps you need a complete "re-do" of your style. You could spend thousands of dollars (if you have it) on a personal stylist, but honestly you prefer to re-make your style quietly-all by yourself.   Yup. Life changing style advice is a mighty big claim... However, these 20 tips are ones you should check off in order to update your appearance!   Use this week's list of style 20 tips to re-do your appearance. Check them off, one by on[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 4, 2022, 10:42 am by MSP
 
  Finding Your Own Personal Color Contrast   As we figure out our own personal color season; be it a Spring, Summer, Autumn, or perhaps a Winter-what is often missing is one key element regarding your coloring.    What's missing is: NOT knowing your color contrast. Armed with this information, you can use your own color contrast to dress in colors that not only flatter, but in colors that awaken your skin tone, and brighten your eyes. Wearing the right color contrast can (visually) take years off of your appearance (how cool is that?!).   Knowing your color contrast is like getting a shot of color vitamins. The best part: Every woman has her own color contrast within her color season. This week, I help you classify your col[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 28, 2022, 1:11 pm by MSP
 
  Lately, you can't help but feel a pinch in your wallet. What's a SYSter to do when money is tight; yet a new season is on its way? I'm glad you asked, because this week I have your answer. Actually, there are seven (7) things you can do to increase your style without buying anything! We all want to look our best, feel our best, and live our best life. A big part of feeling good, is to feel good with what we are wearing. There is nothing better than knowing your style looks up-to-date and yet, is age appropriate.   This week: 7 ways you can "Up Your Style" without spending one dime!   YES! Your style can to come together without buying a thing. Use these 7 dressing strategies to look your best; while at the same time keep your wallet clo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 21, 2022, 12:52 pm by MSP
 
  Guess what? It's going to warm up in the next few weeks, or so. Will you be ready? More than likely when the warmth comes your way-you'll wear a pair of shorts or crops. Be ready with a few stylish pairs.   This week: Over 40 Wearing Crops and Shorts Guide (plus other spring bottoms) 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, crops and capris for our body types will make us look and feel our best. This week it is my pleasure to share with you (this Thursday in your Personal Profile) "Over 40 Wearing Crops and Shorts Guide" (plus other stylish spring options).   This week's article is dedicated to f[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 14, 2022, 11:36 am by MSP
 
  It's week two (2) of MSP's "Spring Preview" The fun and fashion continues this week!  This week: the remaining LIST of what to get for your wardrobe this spring...and more importantly, HOW to wear it! I'm just as excited as you to start wearing the new spring trends as soon as the weather warms up. Luckily, recently we've had some beautiful weather here in the south. Even though it might not be warm in your neck of the woods without a sweater; start wearing the lighter, brighter colors of spring's palette (check out all the colors in part two).   Spring has (almost) sprung! I'm loving the new spring colors! Chico's Embellished Zebra Tunic (sizes 0-22)   Are you loving the new trends and colors thus fa[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 7, 2022, 11:58 am by MSP
 
  Spring is almost here! Spruce-up your wardrobe instantly with the latest spring colors & trends!   Prepare now for spring.  If you're still looking at half-melted snow piles, get excited, but hang tight a bit longer. Your snow is going to melt away very soon. Regardless of your local weather; it's time to plan your spring wardrobe. What new items will you want to add to your wardrobe 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 to prep your closet. Start clea[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 28, 2022, 10:55 am by MSP
 
  It's a big week at MissusSmartyPants.com! All you need is fifteen (15) pieces. That's right. Just fifteen (15) pieces and you can build a whole month's worth of outfits!  Amazing? Yes, it is. This week, I'll 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 items that mix and mat[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 24, 2022, 5:30 pm by MSP
 
  Prepare your closet now for the new spring season! 10 simple...yet practical tips for organizing your clothes and closets.   1) Edit your wardrobe. The reality is, too much stuff makes anything more difficult and challenging. It’s common knowledge among professional organizers that we typically only wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. Are you the exception? If not, take a long, good look at your clothes and decide what you wear most, the least, and not at all. Remember to focus NOT on letting things go and feeling the loss—instead focus on finally having enough room in your closet to see the clothes you wear every day. Clear out the clutter and keep only what you wear and love. Bonus points for the joy you’ll experience knowing that everything[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 21, 2022, 10:56 am by MSP
 
  THIS WEEK: Whoo hoo! I'm sooo excited. I'm sharing "5 fast and easy early spring looks" created right from your closet! Using just a few of your wardrobe basics, these stylish early spring looks will come directly from your closet.   Easy layered outfits are perfect for this time of year when the temperature fluctuates. It's that in-between time-you are tired of winter, yet spring is not quite here. By using our basic pieces, then adding a few bright colors we can create some fabulous layered looks perfect for this time of year!   Get the "Fast 5...5 Fab Early Spring Looks" this week.   One of my favorite things (if you've been a MSP SYSter for awhile you know this by now) is wearing one item three[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 14, 2022, 2:19 pm by MSP
 
  If the bra fits, wear it! Well, that's the problem. Too many women are not wearing a bra that fits properly. Not only is this uncomfortable (slipping straps, or a band that digs into your flesh) this is not a good look either! Poor-fitting bras are everywhere! Just look around. In fact, up to 80% of women are wearing the WRONG bra! Could this be you?! Could yours be wrong in size, or in style--or both?   A poor fitting bra is not only uncomfortable--it's unflattering Ask yourself these questions: Does your bra band ride up in the back?  Does your breast tissue spill over or bulge under the cup?  Do your cups pucker or gap? OR, do your cups runneth over? Do your straps sl[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 7, 2022, 2:30 pm by MSP
 
  Looking to get out of a style rut? Perhaps you are. There is no shame in that. We all get in style ruts from time to time.  This week, explore new ways to add flair and style to already existing outfits. Why look boring when can show off your fashion finesse!     Get the 7 ways you can instantly add excitement to every day outfits. Remember, expressing yourself through clothing is a fabulous way to show yourself love and respect. Simply put; when you look good, you feel good!   Get the List of 7 Ways to Improve Your Fashion Finesse with a MSP Membership! MSP's Weekly Style Mission Do these 5 FREE Things to Elevate Your Style:     1. Wear a little makeup every day. You already ha[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 3, 2022, 5:58 pm by MSP
 
  Dear Friends,   Nothing is more aggravating than marching into your bedroom and flinging open your closet doors–to find that you have nothing to wear! Ugh! This is not a good way to start your day. Instead, you want to start your day with calm.   You probably do have a lot of clothes—it’s just that nothing either goes together or looks quite right! So, what’s a gal to do?!   First, you need to understand why this happens. It’s most likely because you bought clothes without a plan. Maybe you purchased most of your clothes because they were on sale, or when you suddenly needed something to wear. There’s good news and bad news with this scenario. The bad news is; you don’t know what you have to work with. The good news is; man[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 31, 2022, 2:15 pm by MSP
 
  Looking for a quick and easy way to improve your style? Have you ever considered accessories are the answer? Accessories are the fastest way to get your style together without spending lots of money. Accessories can do wonders to even the most basic or plain outfit. They take the same ‘ol basics and instantly give them an updated look (and at a fraction of the cost you would pay if you bought more clothing)!   Accessory overload is chaotic NOT stylish...     Coco Chanel said, "Always remove one thing before you leave the house. Less is more."  Accessories can... 1. Pull unrelated pieces together 2. Transform an outfit into a completely different look 3.&nbs[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 24, 2022, 3:44 pm by MSP
 
    Dressing Your Proportions Want to look fab in everything you wear? Of course you do! It's a matter of proportions. Every time we eat, we try to balance the proportions of the food we eat. We know a whole pound of meat or full bag of candy are not healthy choices. We need to find the correct balance between our fats, carbohydrates and proteins in the foods that we eat. The same can be said about what we wear each day. We should be trying to find the correct balance with our body's proportions. We should be dressing with our proportions in mind. Dressing for your proportions means you can look fabulous in everything you wear. Knowing what your body's proportions are, and more importantly-how to dress them to balance your shape. As your "cybe[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 17, 2022, 4:02 pm by MSP
 
  The Ultimate Guide to Dessing Slim Feeling good in your clothes can make your day and boost your confidence. It’s true! Think about it: We all have a certain pant or a dress that makes us feel totally amazing every time we wear it. The problem is, we can’t just rely on a few pieces. We need more information of why we look good in some things and not others. We need to know how to "dress slim".    Choosing your wardrobe (based on your body type) along with clever dressing tips will have an enormous effect on the way you look-and feel. So, on days when you’re not feeling so confident, use these tips from this week’s article, “The Ultimate Guide to Dressing Slim”...and BAM...you're suddenly lookin' an[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 10, 2022, 5:03 pm by MSP
 
  Everyday Vogue At MissusSmartyPants.com your Personal Profile membership gives you tasty tidbits of style advice. Since knowledge is power, MissusSmartyPants wants YOU to feel empowered and confident. MSP wants you to totally "own" your brand of style! A big part of that is dressing well when casually dressed. Casual style stumps many women and they often feel sloppy instead of chic and confident. But it doesn't have to be that way. You can look everyday vogue while dressing casually-it's my job to show you how! Ah-ha! It's a lightbulb moment when you suddenly "get it". Thanks to MissusSmartyPants, you'll have lots of these lightbulb moments with your style. Putting together stylish casual looks (based on your body type) will energize you like noth[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 10, 2022, 9:19 am by MSP
 
  Dear MSP SYSters, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for 17 amazing years!        I have been running this website, maintaining style memberships, and writing a weekly style blog for 17 years. Wow, where does time go?! Last week I asked MSP SYSters to share their stories of how MissusSmartyPants has helped them over the years. Thanks to all of you! Your stories are impressive and humbling at the same time...and I couldn't be prouder. Love, Leslie MSP   Here are a few stories you emailed to me: Hi Leslie, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your fitness story.   We all can encourage one another and as someone who has failed in my diet and fitness goals many times.   It is [ More |  Email |  Print ]