1-15-18 THIS WEEK: Casual, Yet Chic

January 15, 2018, 2:02 pm by MSP


Casual, Yet Chic

At MissusSmartyPants.com your Personal Profile membership gives you tasty tidbits of style advice weekly. Since knowledge is power, MissusSmartyPants wants YOU to feel empowered, bold, and confident. MSP wants you to totally "own" your own brand of style! A big part of that is learning how to dress well when you are dressed casually. This seems to stump many women and they often feel sloppy instead.

Ah-ha! It's that moment when the lightbulb comes on in your head, and you suddenly "get it". Thanks to MissusSmartyPants, you find yourself having lots of these moments with your style. Putting together casual yet stylish looks based on your body type and your lifestyle will energize you like nothing else. You'll "get" how to put together casual-chic outfits that aren't boring or sloppy, instead they totally rock-and so will your confidence!


No matter your age, shape, size, or unique body proportions... 

Nothing feels better than style that rocks!!!

Let me jump on my soapbox. I need to vent for just a moment. I must say, it really bothers me that most fashion magazines are more about selling ad space than they are about truly helping women. Style magazines are expensive too! You can spend up to $6 a magazine, and then, wind up with not much more than a bunch of advertising. Most of the magazines' ads are for things you can't afford to buy in the first place (like $300 slacks, really?!)-it just doesn't make sense.  


MissusSmartyPants.com offers practical advice.

This week: the 3-step process to casual-chic outfits!


Since most women have a casual lifestyle a majority of the time, it's only fitting (pun intended) that this week's concentration is on "casual attire". We all want to look our best even though we don't dress up that much. However, sometimes our casual outfit is a wee-bit too casual, and perhaps even sloppy. Well, not anymore! After this week's article, you will have a style "ah-ha" moment.

If you work outside the home; your job may require dressy-casual style. What is too casual, and what constitutes too dressy? When it comes to the "rules" of dressing casual, we are left to our own devices of not knowing when we are too dressed up, and when we are too casual. Relax, help is on its way.


What do all these 3 casual outfits have in common?

Find out this week...The "secrets" to dressing casual-chic! 



Learn how to put together casual-chic outfits. There are several keys factors every casual outfit should contain. This week, I'll break down the "how to's" of fab casual outfits. You'll learn what every casual-chic look MUST contain--and what to avoid to get your look just right. There will be lots of photos. That's right...REAL STYLE ADVICE YOU CAN USE! 


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MSP's Weekly Style Mission

This week: Wear a brooch! 

Brooches are oh-so fun to wear. Yet, most women overlook them. So, when's the last time you wore on?

Talk about a conversation starter...a pretty brooch will get you lots of attention (so be prepared)!

MSP's favorite: Dressing backwards. One day this week, create an outfit around a brooch you are planning to wear. I call this method 'dressing backwards'...because instead of planning what you wear first---THEN accessorizing; you START by selecting your brooch first (or other unique accessory) THEN plan what you are going to wear with it. In other words, start with your brooch (or other accessory) then choose what you'll wear with it. <cool idea, huh?>


5 ways to let a brooch spark your outfit's creativity...


Get crazy! You can wear a brooch so many ways. You are only limited by your imagination, so let your creative juices flow!

_Wear one on your denim jacket (one of my favorite ways)

_Perch it up high on your shoulder

_On a hat

_At your bust on your shirt or sweater

_Pin it onto a neck scarf

_In your hair (either pinned to a hair tie OR on a headband)

_Pin your brooch onto your handbag.


How are you going to wear your brooch? Share how with us how you wore yours. Send your email to: missusmsp@yahoo.com   Love, Leslie MSP


What SYSters are Saying


"Ankle pants for petites?"

Hi Leslie, I wanted to ask your opinion about ankle length pants for petites. I see that you recommend that petites wear a longer length pant (in the special "Petites and Talls" info). I do feel more comfortable in longer lengths, but with so many ankle pants on the market now, I just wondered what your advice would be. And thank you for your writings about your fitness journey...it is very motivating! Blessings, Toni 



Dear Toni,

That's a great question! When you are petite, you want to visually lengthen your body as much a possible. This means a longer straight-leg pant creates a longer vertical line on your body. This  will always be your best pant style. This style advice never goes out of style. However, in style right now are ankle (or cropped) pant lengths. The best way for a petite woman to wear this shorter pant length is to wear a heeled shoe in the same color as the pant-or avoid this style all together. Hope that helps!

Love, Leslie MSP



MSP: I am loving the more detailed style articles lately! 


Since subscribing, using your advice has helped me pare down and revamp my wardrobe. I am finally wearing clothes that look great and project the look I want. These in depth articles are really helping me to polish my look and I have been getting compliments left and right that usually have the word "gorgeous" and "classy" in them. As a tired busy lady with a fuller figure, it has been years since I've gotten feedback like that. But it has helped me to remember how vibrant and choosy I used to be with my appearance.


I joined MSP because I needed help dressing my new shape after two kids and I realized I rarely took the time to look put together unless it was required.  Now I feel confident because I know everything in my closet looks good on me. Not to mention the colors! What a difference a color palette makes! You were the first to tell me I am a Winter and I doubted at first, but once I gave the Winter palette a try, I was amazed at how it made by skin glow and hair shine.  Thanks for the inspiration and the patience to be picky until I find the items and colors that enhance me the way I am right now.  -Chelsey


Dear Missus Smarty Pants,

Thank you for writing about exercise wear this week! You must have read my mind because I thought this would be a great topic.

These days, I go to the gym six days a week, but that’s not where I started.  About 4 years ago, after having a baby and being a stranger to the gym for a couple of years, I started doing aerobics 2 or 3 days a week at a church.  I went to Target and bought a few tops and bottoms to get me started.  I couldn’t agree with you more about dressing the part.  Wearing proper exercise wear in the proper fabric makes a big difference in how you feel while you’re exercising.

After a year of sticking with that, I felt I was ready to join the big local health club and decided to update my exercise clothes and I thought I’d share some of the lessons I learned:

#1 – be careful wearing any color bottom other than black!  I was horrified after a class when I noticed in the mirror that it looked like I had peed in my pants!  Fabrics darken when they get wet, so test it out at home first!

#2 – I couldn’t agree with you more on the cotton t-shirt.  It looks bad, it feels bad, plus the fabric gets heavier when it’s wet.  I don’t know how people do it.

#3 – Don’t depend on the built-in bra in some tops!  Again, I was horrified after a class (thankfully not the same class as #1) when I saw these two wet spots right on top of my boobs.  I had depended on the built-in shelf bra and it let me down.  Unless my top has foam padded cups, I always wear a sports bra (with foam padded cups) underneath.  As in lesson #1, wet fabric darkens! The foam cups seem to absorbed the sweat before it reaches the fabric.

#4 – Your recommendation of the vanishing edge panties by Soma saved me from the thong!  I don’t worry about VPL’s and they stay put, so no panties moving around where they shouldn’t.

vanishing edge panties by Soma 

#5 – As far as the stink goes, I do throw my sweaty gym clothes over the edge of the laundry basket when I get home to let them dry, but I do go ahead and toss them in the basket until I do my dark/color load (which could be a few days).  On laundry day, I wash them all in warm water with a small amount of detergent and about ¼ cup of my homemade laundry booster (1 box washing soda + 1 box borax).  I then hang them to dry.  I NEVER put my expensive lycra in the dryer!  I’ve been doing this for years and have no stink and my 3-year old Lucy clothes still look like new.  My personal opinion is that people tend to use too much soap in the wash, which doesn’t rinse out completely, and that is what hangs on to the smell.  I only use a tablespoon of Tide for my largest loads; most of the time, I only use a teaspoon or two (in a front-loader).  Adding vinegar in the softener dispenser can help rinse out all the detergent, too.

#6 – I really like my Asics and my spin classes, too! J

Thank you for this topic this week.  I practically live in my gym clothes.  I lay them out the night before and put them on first thing, even if it will be a while before I go to the gym, because just like you and FlyLady said, I’m ready to walk out the door, no excuses.
Speaking of, I’ve got to run to my class!
Lots of love for all you do, Beth in Washington State


"Correct pant length please!"

Dear Leslie, 

Many thanks for continuing to educate us about the details of stylish 
dress -- I am thrilled to have the new number "3/4 of an inch from the 
floor" as my new and faithful guideline for wearing slacks.  

Wow did that 
make things easier all of a sudden. Knowing how much length is enough on 
slacks has long been a tough dilemma.  My inseam falls at the borderline 
of average/tall and it is an ongoing issue to know which way to go.  Now 
I have a real working number to strive for (and purge by). 

It's the extra details like this that make my MSP subscription an investment 
returned many times over and helps change the look to better and better. 

Thanks a million, Susan


Our hem length is very important to the overall proportions of our body…so get it right! A pair of pants will be correctly hemmed when your hem clears the heel of your shoe (approx. ½” past the heel) but rests on the front part of the shoe, creating what is called a “break”. 

MOST women (regardless of height) wear their pants too short! (BTW, most catalog models shown are wearing their pants too short)

Love, Leslie MSP