11-5-18 THIS WEEK: Quick Fall Fashion Fixes

November 5, 2018, 2:54 pm by MSP


Dear SYSters, 

At the start of every new season MissusSmartyPants.com gets overwhelmed with an inbox full of emails. We get hundreds of requests for style help.

Questions range from: how to wear tights with skirts and dresses, how to choose the right color of tights based on the shoes, choosing the right lengths of winter jackets and coats... and so much more!

Of course, we are happy to help a SYSter in need, but our inbox fills back up as quickly as we answer each email. We decided the smarter thing to do would be to answer ALL of your 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 shoes or boots, how to add in this fall's fashion trends and colors...and much more!



Here's one email, for example, answered: 

Dear Missus Smarty Pants,

I have a question about chambray shirts. I noticed that they are blue (in essence, jeans colored) and since I am a Spring Season, should I wear that color? Do they come in other colors as well? I have not bought one yet because I haven't cared for that color on me. I would love some tips on that.

Thanks, Janet



Dear Janet,

A chambray shirt is a classic for every woman's wardrobe. It's a must-have essential for many because of its versatility and unique layering ability.

You can wear a chambray shirt with, well, just about anything. Wear it with dark or distressed jeans, under a bright red v-neck sweater, with a long pencil skirt (tucked in), over a dress (belted) or, you can open it up like a cardigan and wear it as a top layer with a striped tee underneath-for a weekend chic look. Really, the ways to wear a chambray shirt are endless!

In regards to the color, a chambray shirt (a work-inspired button-down) comes in many tones of blue. From very light (washed out) blue to cornflower blue, to dark denim...and every shade in-between. The Spring color palette can (and should) wear blue! The key is to find the shade that looks pleasing on you. You may find you need a deeper blue than what is most common for chambray shirts. Keep looking and find your favorite shade. 


Here are 3 outfit examples of how you can wear a chambray shirt...

_Match it up with a warm camel jacket

_Add a sparkly statement necklace

_Wear it with a navy cardigan and striped A-line (or pencil) skirt 


Caslon Button Front Chambray Shirt (petite, misses, plus)


Do you have a fall dressing dilemma (or two) you would like answered? 

For example, now that the weather is finally cold enough to wear your new fall sweater; what will you wear it with? How can you layer your sweater, and what colors work best? Should you wear a necklace, or not...etc. These perplexing questions often go unanswered when you stand in front of your wardrobe mirror. Relax. MissusSmartyPants is here to share the answers to YOUR most emailed questions

This is more than just a weekly article; it's a useful style tool you can use all season long! 



Order your MSP Personal Profile & get this week's "Fall Fashion Fixes"


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

This week: Purchase a new pair of opaque/textured tights. Get at least one pair in the most wearable colors for your winter wardrobe: black, dark gray and textured dark brown.


Tights remain the stylish option for keeping your legs warm (and comfortably covered) in the colder months. You can wear them with cropped trousers and pumps, with longer midi-skirts and dresses, and any style of boot as well.

Do you still have a few pairs of tights from last year? Take a look at them right now. Do they still fit correctly and are they snag-free? You may want to add another pair like a textured tight in the mix. Be sure you have several pairs in rotation so you can wash and dry one, while the other pair is ready to go.

Love, Leslie MSP

P.S. I’m often asked which brand of tight I prefer. My favorite is the “Hue” brand. They are good quality and end up being well worth their cost by the end of the season.


Hue Brand 2-Pack Tights


What's the MissusSmartyPants Style System all about? 

Here's the answer...

Leslie, I have been following your dressing advice for several years now and I thought you would like to know that this 61 year old grandmother received the best compliment this past Sunday at church.  One of the ladies at church said hello to me, asked me how I was doing and then said, "Bonnie, you look like a young girl!"  I was wearing a black pencil skirt (just below the knee - I'm a "C"), black flats, a black short sleeve tee with a long tan 3/4 sleeve sweater.  I am a Spring and well aware that black near my face is not the most flattering for me so I wore a teal statement necklace and medium gold/teal hoops. The teal, gold & tan complimented my Spring complexion and kept the black tee from causing me to pale out.  My makeup was still in the Spring color range. 

Since I started dressing the Missussmartypants way, people are surprised to know that I really weigh 170 lbs.  One lady even commented that she thought I was in the 130-ish lb. range. My 29 year old daughter recently said to me, "I didn't think the time would ever come that I would be interested in my mother's clothes".  She even recently borrowed that black pencil skirt of mine to wear to a wedding!  I receive compliments often on my complexion, when it's really the color of the makeup and clothes that are so flattering.  Thank you for helping me age gracefully!  

Bonnie in Ky


Do you set your clothes out the night before?

Here's how I put together outfits with sweaters or cardigans...

Dear MSP,

I've always folded my sweaters/cardigans because I've been told it keeps their shape better, although they wrinkle. However, when I'm trying to put together new outfit combinations it's difficult to see how the sweaters will look in an outfit when they're not on a hanger. Are there any ways around this? Any special hangers or something to make this easier? How do you put together outfits with sweaters & cardigans? 

Thank you! Gale


MSP HERE: Dear Gale,

Here's how to hang my sweaters, cardigans and sweater dresses so they don't stretch out, I hang them with FELT covered hangers as shown here in my closet. These hangers keep your clothes from sliding and falling onto the closet floor and keep your knits from stretching out when you FOLD them on the hanger.

Hope that helps! Love, Leslie MSP


Dear Msp:

A success story...the other day at work a co-worker who I don't interact with a lot stopped me in the hallway and said "You are looking good. What are you doing? Your hair looks good, your outfits are stylin' and you look like you have lost weight." SMILE. Why thank you! I have started an exercise program (and in my head continued to list off I'm taking care of myself, AND dressing for my body type, standing up straighter, having a better attitude, etc.) Another SMILE.

Love, Linda


Dear MSP Leslie,

I have been getting your profiles for almost a year now. I am so glad that I signed up BEFORE I lost all the weight I've been trying to lose. I am on target to have lost 65-70 pounds in a year. I signed up for the profiles about the same time I started losing weight. Your service has made such a difference in my life!

I am sure I lost pounds visually by just learning how to dress for my body type, but as I lose weight it has been helpful to continue to buy clothes right for me. I shop at a plus-sized consignment shop because I don't want to spend a lot of money on clothes while I'm still losing so regularly.

I just got a call today from the shop owner asking me to be a model for a style show for her store! This is all thanks to you teaching me how to shop for my body and how wearing the right clothes has changed my view of me. Thanks so much for your service and advice!

Love, Rhonda


Dear Leslie,

I am a new syster and recently got a compliment from a co-worker who is quite stylish herself. I follow your advice and guess what? It worked! She told me what a cute jacket I had and how great I looked. (I followed what YOU recently said about the right jacket) I am happy with my “makeover”.

Thank you for helping women, this is a great service!

Blessings, Barb


Dear MissusSmartyPants,

Today, I started the transition to learning how to dress.  I am 55 y.o and never can remember a time when I felt so good in what I wore after my 30th birthday.  You see, I have gained a lot of weight during these past years.  I have gained and lost over 500lbs doing this life time.
My self esteem has always been low and I really didn't know what to do.  A few months ago, I ordered a profile and even then, I did not know whether I was a D or E.  There are times, even now, after having you all select for me, that I still feel like I could be an E but onward with this story.
I have always bought my clothes too big because of my large protruding stomach, large hips and behind and I wanted to make sure everything was covered up.  Well today, I went shopping and I remember some of the things I read about necklines and that I was not my size and to just try on clothes.  I went to our local dept store and began trying things on based on what I read in my profile
I have never enjoyed shopping but today looking in that mirror, I really felt good about the outfit I chose.  It was a smaller size and something I would not have put together for myself, I just stood looking in that mirror and smiling.  I looked smaller and I was happy with what I chose.  I bought the outfit and will try to find other things that make me happy.
Thanks for your help.  This is the first time,  I felt great buying something that I know I will wear for a long time.  I am soooooo glad that I purchased the profile and I look forward to getting information every week.  The pictures are a big help.  I can see what works with what and when I go shopping, I look for that style.  Haven't told any one about my new found secret shopper but I am taking more pride in myself and in what I wear.  I know everyone else can see the difference. 
Thanks again,
Flying in NC