12-26-17 THIS WEEK: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

December 26, 2017, 8:20 am by MSP


It's the end of the year...the best time to take an assessment of where your life is thus far. How are you doing style-wise?


Examine your life thus far. Right now, take this moment and think about life and the meaning of it. What does it mean to live a good life? Are you succeeding? Do you have things you still wish to do? Do you have regrets? This last week, as I've been deeply pondering this topic and wondering how to present it, something amazing happened. While browsing the internet looking at the latest fashions, this video somehow presented itself  to me. The Good Life Project. It caught my eye immediately. It's a video that asks 29 people to explain the meaning of a good life. As you can imagine you get 29 different answers! These people give their opinions with many heartfelt responses that will make you really think! Take a listen and see if you define a "good life" in some of the sames way they do. The Good Life Project video

Part of living your good life is getting out of your comfort zone. There are so many ways you can do this. It can be a physical challenge, a personal challenge, a "pay it forward" type of challenge you do every day or it can be with your image--your style! This week at MissusSmartyPants.com is a list of top ways to transform YOUR STYLE. Most of these suggestions are not things you would normally think about or even consider--but then this is no ordinary week! As your fashion stylist, I want you to be the best you can be. 

Being "middle age" or older is the time in your life where you really want to look and feel confident about your style...after all, so many years and experiences, goodness you've earned it! Your wardrobe should reflect ageless and timeless style while at the same time reflecting your personal strengths. At this time in our lives, we are going through transitions, both mental and physical. We begin to feel invisible. That's the last thing we want! The answer to this dilemma is in rediscovering clothing that reflects us as a current, yet classic woman. You are relevant; it's time for your image to be relevant and fabulous!


Join MissusSmartyPants this week!

It's Time For An Amazing Transformation Of YOU!



MSP's Weekly Style Mission

This week's Style Mission is: Wear an A-line skirt!

This week wear an A-line skirt. WHY? Because it's one of your best 'figure fixers' ever! If your hips are narrow OR if your hips are curvy--this skirt (dress) A-line style will make it look "perfect" and more balanced.

Don't have an A-line skirt? Consider adding it to your running list of needed "wardrobe basics" you carry with you in your handbag. Your best A-line skirt would be one in a solid color (perferably dark color) that you could wear year-round! Perhaps you'll run into this 'figure fixing' skirt on a sales rack?

Wear a versatile A-line skirt with dress pumps (for work or church) OR wear it with opaque tights and stylish flats for a more casual look! Take on this style mission (challenge) and wear an A-line skirt this week!


This flattering A-line skirt has slimming pleats in a pretty metallic fabric...just perfect for adding holiday sparkle!

Pleated Midi Skirt


Via MSP's Facebook page: "I am grateful for the advice you give. I take advantage of your free tips. I have started shopping in my closet and gotten complements from several friends about looking put together and the accessories I use with necklaces etc. All because of you. This is all your fault I have a folder I keep catalog color ideas and clippings of outfits in. Same with an email folder when the dept stores try to entice me with outfit pairings and coupons by email.i have always had a lot of clothes, but now I am creating outfits. Thank you for all your help. I am grateful for you. Leeanna"

What do YOU think? Agree or disagree?

So long slouchy? I've always suggested my SYSters select a handbag that is opposite of their body type. For example, if you are slender and athletic in build...pick a hobo or slouchy handbag. If you are curvy-shaped you should then select a structured handbag.

According to Jennifer Baumgartner, PsyD author of "You Are What You Wear" arm candy with squared-off edges will make people view you as powerful (it's similar to a briefcase). A structured shape is naturally associated with success and power. On the other hand, a sack-shaped handbag communicates a more carefree attitude than a confident one. "It's called a hobo for a reason," says Baumgartner. "People connect it with a free-spririted person, someone who doesn't have a strong sense of organization."

Agree or disagree? Email me your comments at: missusmsp@yahoo.com


Your handbag choice says a lot about your personality...yes OR no?


Kate Spade Candace Satchel

What SYSters are Saying

Dear SYSter Leslie,

First, I want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I am enjoying and benefiting from the advice you give each week in my personal profile.  I have not had to spend nearly the time or the money that I feared would be required to give my wardrobe quite a lift!  I am now receiving regular compliments on my appearance that I credit directly to you!  

Thank you! Karen


Dear Leslie,
Thank you for helping me improve my style. I never knew what style was. I grew up missing a fashion gene or something, lol!

With your website I am now learning how to dress my shape and it makes such a difference! Not only do I get compliments at work, someone asked my opinion about a purse. I could not believe it! My life is changed for the better!

I have a question about bras as I am still learning these girl things. Last week on your BTR show you mentioned how wearing the proper size bra can make you look better in your clothes. I need to replace my bras, mine really are pitiful looking and I have put this off long enough.

Can you tell me how long bras last and how many bras should I have in the first place?

Thanks for this wonderful service! Donna

MSP HERE: Dear Donna,

Your bras will last a full 12 months IF you do the following:

  • Purchase quality bras
  • Rotate at least four(4) bras so that each of them gets equal wear
  • Never wear a bra two days in a row. Let the elastic “rest” a day
  • Hand wash (w/ baby shampoo or lingerie wash) OR machine wash gentle. NO Woolite (this oil-based product ruins elastic) If your machine has an agitator (put bras in a laundry bag)
  • NEVER put your bras in the dryer!
  • Don’t use them for working out; wear sports bras
  • Store them neatly to preserve the molded shape of the cups

Purchasing quality bras gets expensive, so it makes sense to make your investments last. One of the best ways to do that is by washing your bras in lingerie bag on a gentle cycle. The bag keeps them from twisting-up and stretching out in the wash.


Your silhouette will look slimmer when you are wearing the correct size bra (The fact is: 8 out of 10 women are NOT wearing the right size bra) so if it's been awhile since you have purchased a new bra, ask a sales associate for a professional fitting--don’t guess your size!

Love, Leslie MSP

P.S. I will do a style article in the near future about bras and how to get the right fit...stay tuned!