2-25-19 THIS WEEK: 10 Fundamentals of Perfect Style

February 25, 2019, 3:09 pm by MSP


Last week while waiting to meet with a client, I sat outside at a local cafe. I like to arrive early so I can get my thoughts together, as well as "people watch" for a few minutes. As I sat, I noticed staring back at me on the glass window an applied decal of a Coco Chanel quote. It was early in the day and all the seating along the window front was available, so I could have easily sat anywhere; but for some reason I was drawn to this one particular chair in the corner. I found it funny that a quote from Coco Chanel would be right in my face as I sat, lol!

If you know me, I often quote Coco Chanel. I find her ideas about fashion and life "spot on". Hmm..."This quote's a good one" I thought to myself as I sat and waited. Since I passionately believe every woman should be all she invisions she can be; this quote's idea that a woman's clothing reflects her true self hit, a nerve with me. It was a powerful message. However, not all women feel they have reached their full potential with their clothing, and they are unsure of how can express their style and personality. How can I make a difference? How can I help women dress with more confidence? How can I help women wear clothing that truly reflects their inner-self? 

It was providence: I was meant to see this quote. It was a destiny, of some sort. Maybe I'm over-thinking things here, but I choose to think about it this way. Sitting and waiting made me pause about my passion and desire to help others. It made me take a mental note of what I hope to accomplish here at MissusSmartyPants each week. It made me ask myself again, "Am I helping women reach their full potential with their style? What more can I do?"


Here's the quote from the cafe window that moved me to write this post; 

"Adornment is never anything but a reflection of the self"



This week, we examine 10 Fundamentals of Perfect style. These ten essentials are the "ground rules" of style. They are the how-to's of finding your very own brand of chic style. They are the things you very well might be missing!

Follow these ten fundamentals of style. They will guide to to a more fulling journey of self-discovery. Tick-off each one and become that wonderful empowered woman that is feminine, yet unbelievably strong! It's yours for the taking.


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MSP's Weekly Style Mission

This week: Take care of what you already own. NO shopping allowed!

Think about how many clothes you've relegated to the back of your closet (or hidden on the top shelf). Why are so many of your clothes not being worn? Are they missing a needed button, or has the hem come undone, or the zipper needs replacing? Wouldn't you LOVE to put these clothes back into weekly rotation?

Guess what? It's anti-procrastination week! This week, I challenge you to gather up all the clothes that need mending/altering...and get 'em fixed this week! 

For just a minimial cost, you'll get these clothes (previously just stuffed into your closet) back into rotation. It will feel like you've got 'new' clothes again, LOL!

Love, Leslie MSP


What SYSters are Saying

Dear Leslie, 

I just wanted to say THANK YOU!! Your advice and help have been wonderful. I cleaned out my closet this week and got rid of 100 things!!! I had clothes that didn't fit right and things I was just hanging on too. Now I know what type of clothing looks best on me, I know what basics I need to buy, and I am very picky about my purchases. I stopped by a new thrift store to check it out today and laughed when I saw some of my donated clothing in there. Thanks again for all of your help, I feel like a NEW WOMAN! Fondly, Jollene



I am slow to change and accept my body type for what it is. I don't have a weight issue and look slim to everyone else, so why I couldn't accept being a Cute Curves type. After soliciting the help of a wonderful female sales person - giving her my needs to jeans and my color preferences - she quickly offered to pull some items together for me to try on. Your article on jeans and fit were so helpful to me. I bought the NYDJ and it fit the best of any I have tried on, teaching me that Missus Smarty Pants recommendations are about shape - not about how much I weigh. I got to take a look at how I have been judging myself and comparing myself to so many women I know. 

Following your recommendations for my type in addition to those for tall women - helped me finally gain more comfort and confidence and I learned to ask for help from a very sweet sales person who saved me so much time. I appreciate what I am learning and hope to learn to shop for a few items at a time, learn about which stores carry brands that work for me and cultivate relationships with helpful staff.