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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 ]

January 3, 2022, 8:56 am by MSP
 
  Exercise in Style It's a new year, and an opportunity for a fresh start. It sure can be. However, cynics often argue that these motivational messages of "getting healthy and fit" in January are nothing more than a sales pitch. Well, they have a point; you can get a fresh start on Febuary 2, or March 5th, for that matter. A fresh start can happen any time of year. However, what happens in January is, people collectively are wanting change and have a desire to make things better than they were last year; this often includes improved health. This week: Exercise clothes that will motivate even the most timid "exercise newbie" Looking for exercise motivation in 2022? You've come to the right place. Relax, put your feet up, and perhaps grab a cup [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 27, 2021, 12:47 pm by MSP
 
  You are probably still in "post-holiday" mode (slowly getting back to your regularly scheduled life). I’d also venture to guess that you are not looking to spend any more money. Plus one other thing, you might be wondering why I'm talking about spring wardrobes! The fact is: you can SAVE some serious money on your wardrobe right now. It's January and the end-of-season sales are just beginning! It's smart to buy basics that you can wear now, plus all the way into the spring. Spend a little, save a lot--it's a saavy strategy for wardrobe planning. When it comes to wardrobe planning; sometimes you need to spend money in order to save money. This is the time of year to plan your core wardrobe and at MissusSmartyPants.com we h[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 20, 2021, 1:44 pm by MSP
 
  Sassy and stylish! Isn't that how you'd like to be described (regardless of your age, height, size, shape, etc.)??? This WILL happen when you know which styles work for your body, and which ones don't. It's that simple.   This week's article "Wear This, Not That" explains what to look for in regards to fit for your body's shape!   Alter, alter, alter. Sometimes correct fit requires an alteration--or two. It's also true that some women require more alterations than others. This is especially true if you are very tall, petite, or your body shape is very 'specialized'. Failure to get the needed alterations makes you look sloppy --so why would you not pay for an alteration that will make you[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 16, 2021, 9:34 am by MSP
 
  It's been pretty warm here in the south (lucky us), yet I wanted to feel a little festive.  The simple addition of a brooch made my wrap sweater and skirt look special and pulled together. Wouldn't you know it...I got a few nice comments from a couple of ladies that loved my brooch and thought it was a perfect accent. Brooches are perfect for any outfit. Add one to a sweater, keep a scarf in place, add one to your handbag, winter hat....you get the idea. Dressy or casual...wear a brooch!   Wearing a brooch like this is good because it brings atttention upward. If you are petite, even better, wear your brooch high up on your shoulder.  Widen your narrow shoulders, by wearing your brooch wide out to your shoulde[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 13, 2021, 3:12 pm by MSP
 
  There's an old saying, "Rules were meant to be broken".  I can't agree more. How do you know a "rule" is worth following anyways? Especially in the fashion world; what make a "rule" the correct way to dress? A lot is left to interpretation. Admit it. You've been a rule breaker from time to time. I think we all have. I'm not afraid to take chances...or break "rules" especially when it comes to fashion. I'll try the latest fashions (age appropriate, of course) and wear the newest colors or trends. But sometimes we have doubts. We aren't always sure if something okay to wear--or not.  Can you wear a navy dress with black accessories? Find out this week how to correctly mix colors together for the right look. Find out what to avoid.    [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 6, 2021, 2:07 pm by MSP
 
  Most women do not spend enough time or thought when purchasing a new bra. If it seems like it fits, they buy it. However, stop and think about it, your bra's sole purpose is to offer you the support you need all day long. That's important, and worthy of spending time to find the right support for your body since you'll be wearing it for up to 18 hours a day.   1. Some sizes are interchangeable. Just like with clothing, you will find when trying on bras, a size 34D in one brand and a 36C in another fit the same-what's up with that?! The fact is, there is no standardized sizing when it comes to bras. So, don't get stuck on a bra size--instead focus on fit.   2. Your straps don't support you. Unlike what many [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 6, 2021, 2:02 pm by MSP
 
  With Christmas only 19 days away (can you believe it?)...that means you'll want at least one festive outfit ready-to-go.  As the holidays roll around, we can easily get stressed because there are so many things to do. Make this year easier by having at least one (maybe two) stylish outfits ready AHEAD OF TIME.   DON'T get stressed out... MSP shares casual & dressy holiday outfits with you! Suddenly, you're invited to a festive event. What will you wear? Do you start stressing about what you'll wear? Relax, and don't turn down that invitation! This week's "Festive Outfits" has something for every BODY TYPE (both dressy & casual looks)!   This week: suggestions for every holiday even[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 29, 2021, 12:34 pm by MSP
 
  Revisiting Your Classics   “Why are you so dressed up?” I look down at my outfit and said, “I’m not dressed up; I’m  just wearing jeans and a t-shirt.” “No. You look really nice. Are you going somewhere?”  This is a conversation I have often, even though I'm wearing jeans and a t-shirt (or a sweater). So, why do people think I’m dressed for something special when I’m usually going to only run a few errands? The answer is, because of how I'm using of my classics. Do you want to look chic-even on casual days? Do you want to appear timeless with a touch of sophistication? If so, you will enjoy this week's article, “Revisit Your Classics”.  You’ve seen this woman before. She's sophisticated, and always loo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 22, 2021, 10:37 am by MSP
 
  You have put together a fabulous outfit and you’re excited to show it off…however, you have a dilemma. What shoes should you wear?   It’s not easy to choose the right shoes. So, what are the rules for selecting the right shoes based on your outfit? How do you know you’ve got it right?   This week, learn how to match your shoes to what you are wearing. From slim skirts to wide-leg trouser-get the LIST that shows you how to pick the right shoes for your outfit.      Gain Style Confidence With This Week's Article, "How to Pick the Right Shoes"  AND a MSP Personal Profile Membership!   MSP's Weekly Style Mission In a style rut? Try something new with your style. This week: Wea[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 18, 2021, 9:52 am by MSP
 
What to Wear for Thanksgiving Dinner   Need a few ideas to inspire your Thanksgiving dinner outfit?     You'll want to wear something that is... 1. In seasonal colors 2. Family appropriate 3. Contains 1 accent piece 4. Is definitely comfy!   Need more outfit suggestions?  Order your MissusSmartyPants Personal Profile for suggestions based on your body type!   Happy Thanksgiving & Family Blessings to all!  Love, Leslie MSP   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 15, 2021, 3:07 pm by MSP
 
  What could be better than stylish outfits "ready-to go"? It happens this time every year; you find yourself in need of a stylish outfit, yet you're busy. Soon, all of holiday activities take over and there is no time. There is no time to put together a few outfits that make you feel pretty. Make this year different. With MSP's help, there is no need to stress out and let your style suffer. Instead, let it shine! With "Grab n' Go Outfits"...you'll have stylish outfits ready-to-go-all on one hanger!    THIS WEEK: Grab N' Go Outfits. Key essentials you need to put together fab looks-all on 1 hanger!   Imagine, being able to grab a hanger with a complete outfit (including the accessories) and simply ge[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 8, 2021, 1:48 pm by MSP
 
  The temperature is dropping and there is a chill in the air. It's time to bundle up in style. Add a warm (and stylish) winter coat or jacket to keep the cold winter chill away.    Here in the south, the need for a heavy winter coat only lasts for a few months. However, in northern climates, the need for a winter coat may include several ultra-warm ones that will be worn into the early spring. What winter coat (or cold-weather jacket) will you be wearing? Will it be last year’s, or do you need a new one? If it is last year’s coat...is this coat flattering for your body type? If you need help deciphering the winter coat (and jacket) trends this year, Thursday's article is for you. It is all about the right j[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 5, 2021, 7:11 pm by MSP
 
  What are your numbers? Use your measurements to balance shape.    Do clothes often pull, are not long enough, or on the other hand, too long? Do you sometimes feel clothes just never fit you right? Guess what, most of these problems can be resolved if you know more about your body's proportions.      Measure yourself: __Top of head to underarms ___ __Underarm to break of the leg (where your upper leg bends) ___ __Break of leg to the knee ___ __Knee to floor ___ By knowing where on your body you are long or short can help you adjust your clothing lengths to balance your shape.  For example, you can change how long your legs appear by changing the length of your jacket...of course how much you change[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 1, 2021, 1:52 pm by MSP
 
  Dear SYSters,  The beginning of every season MissusSmartyPants.com gets overwhelmed with emails.  So many questions. Questions range from: how to wear tights with skirts and dresses, how to choose the right color of tights based on shoes, choosing the right length of winter jackets and coats... and so much more! Of course, we are happy to help a SYSter in need, but our inbox backs up as quickly as we answer each email. We decided the smarter thing to do would be to answer ALL style questions at one time. Yes, it's a brilliant idea.   ALL of your fall questions will be answererd in this week's article "Fall Fashion Fixes".  Find out how to select the right hosiery for your fall shoes or boots, how to add in t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 25, 2021, 1:31 pm by MSP
 
Looking for new ways to refine your style? Who isn't, right? This week, we explore new ways to add flair, and a touch of polish to your already existing outfits. Why dress plain and boring when you've got confidence to fashion finesse to show off!     Get the list of 7 ways you can instantly add interest and excitement to every day outfits. I always like to remind my MSP SYSters that expressing yourself through clothing is a fabulous way to show yourself love and kindness. 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 This week: Purchase a pair of opaque/textured tights. Get at least one pair in the most wearab[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 18, 2021, 12:02 pm by MSP
 
  Looking good in jeans; what woman doesn't want this?! Especially in fall when we start wearing jeans more often. Looking fab in jeans can be yours, this week at MissusSmartyPants.com As the weather cools, we pull out our denims and blue jeans and wear them frequently. Soon, they become our regular "go-to" item. Wouldn't you like to know your denims and blue jeans are the best for your shape? Chic Jean Outfits. Creating fab jean outfits takes more than just great fitting jeans. You've got to put your look all together. With a few style ideas (which you'll find in this week's article) you'll be all set for fall. Are your jeans flattering you? Are your denims are making the most of your shape? Are you wearing the correct size, the right cut[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 11, 2021, 3:04 pm by MSP
 
  I am always talking about the need for more versatility. Without a doubt, a basic yet versatile wardrobe is essential to being a stylish woman. Wardrobe building without a plan means you'll have a lot of clothes, but nothing really goes together. This is sad and unnecessary. With a flexible, yet resourceful core wardrobe.... you purchase less clothes; yet you are able to create more outfits...this in turn makes you more stylish! See how this works? Repeat this mantra: Do not purchase something unless "You can wear it at least three different ways". I know I say this often, and perhaps you hear my voice (in your head) saying this while you shop, LOL! As a stylist, I know "one item, three ways" is the only way to shop be[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 4, 2021, 11:07 am by MSP
 
  Makeup and the Older Woman   Dear MSP SYSters,    A couple of years ago I visited a department store makeup counter. The visit was long over-due. I'll be the first to admit it: my makeup needed some serious updating!    This was a “Wakeup for my makeup”!   I needed an update. I knew for a long time my makeup choices and application techniques were not all they could be. I told myself, "This is something you've got to do for yourself, girl". Then suddenly, one thing led to another and I made it happen. I couldn't be more delighted, because now I know how to apply eye shadow properly, and I found out where my blush should be placed (who knew?)...even my husband said, "Oh wow! You have eye lashes; I never kne[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 27, 2021, 12:49 pm by MSP
 
  Fall weather means you will need a jacket in the morning. Why I love jackets. Jackets (and blazers) give instant polish to any outfit, from casual to professional. They are your ultimate completer piece. Why? Because they are 2 things: chic and essential... Jackets add chic style. As you login each week (to your Personal Profile) you quickly learn the best silhouettes and proportions for your particular shape. Without a doubt, on the top every stylist’s lists are adding the right jackets and blazers to every woman's wardrobe! Fall is the perfect time to add new jackets and blazers. Jackets are essential. A great fitting jacket (or blazer) keeps you warm, but even better they can fool the eye into believing the we[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 20, 2021, 12:50 pm by MSP
 
  With warm autumn colors filling the racks and shelves at your local stores (and online), it’s tempting to go on a shopping spree and buy all the latest trends. But instead, I suggest you search your closet for 5 essentials before rushing to buy anything. At least start with these 5 essential...before you shop for fall. Clothing with summer prints can certainly be packed away until next spring, but many summer pieces like strapless dresses, graphic tees, denim pieces, and tank tops work well into the fall season.  With 5 key items you can create a new fall wardrobe without breaking your budget.   Use this week's article to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your current wardrobe into the fall season.    SAVE*SAVE*SAVE USE THIS[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 16, 2021, 9:46 am by MSP
 
    It takes more than just a top and bottom to create an outfit...   For a stylish look...think “completer piece” every time you dress!   For example, if you are wearing....A stylish blouse with a v-neck (check) and its in a pretty color (check) that’s fab. However, if you only wear it with an uninteresting bottom, well that’s BORING!   A casual dress without an accessory? No way! Add a long beaded necklace, and grab a fitted blazer-now you have an outfit.   With a little more planning and forethought you will look stylish everyday. ADD a “completer” piece and your tops and bottoms (or dresses) and look a lot more stylish. Completer pieces are jackets, blazers, a vest, statement necklace, sassy shoes, sca[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 13, 2021, 12:41 pm by MSP
 
  Fall is almost here...well, it officially starts September 22; but now is the time to plan your fall wardrobe...and that's the fun part.  It's also week two (2) of the Fall Preview! Get excited, because 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 and boots again!    This week at MSP: Get the latest in fall trends, styles + 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 twic[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 6, 2021, 10:25 am by MSP
 
  Fall is on its way! Okay, not just yet...    However, it 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!    Get your copy of MSP's "Fall Preview 2021".   This in-depth style guide will be your go-to guide all season long! This complete guide will be your go-to reference for all things related to fall's fashions and trends. Want to perk up your style? Don't know what to wear this fall? Find all of your answers in MSP's "Fall Preview 2021". What to wear, how to wear it, plus the new trends and fall colors.     Thi[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 2, 2021, 6:49 am by MSP
 
  Happy September!   This month marks changes in the weather and changes with our wardrobes. September means starting to wear light layers and warmer colors that reflect fall.    [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 30, 2021, 11:37 am by MSP
 
  It's a new week at MissusSmartyPants!  This week I'm thrilled to share: THE top secrets to looking fab in your clothes. Get ready...because these tips will revolutionize the way you dress!   The most common (and irritating dressing concerns) women have are how to hide back fat and muffin tops.  This week we camoflauge them forever!   This week's topic "Hiding Back Fat & Muffin Tops" is a mighty big challenge. You and I know the truth... there is no magic wand that instantly erases bulges from the back or tummy area. However, what we can do, is dress in clever ways that hides and minimizes these areas. Just a few adjustments with your wardrobe is all that's require[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 28, 2021, 3:47 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 can't find[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 23, 2021, 2:39 pm by MSP
 
  Is it fall yet? Well...ummm, no not yet. But season is going to change, and when it does, your wardrobe needs to reflect that.  This week is about extending your summer wardrobe into the fall season. It's still blazing hot, but in a few weeks we start to notice cooler mornings.  Change to fall colors. During this transition time-start to change the colors you are wearing. Put away your beach sandals and wear a leather sandals and booties with your cropped pants instead. Instead of a pastel pink tee, opt for the warm wine-colored one instead. You get the idea. Start adding a touch of autumn to your outfits now. This week s-t-r-e-t-c-h your warm season wardrobe into chic and "trendy" outfits you can wear into the fall. Yo[ More |  Email |  Print ]