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What tops can I wear when I have big arms?

Posted by: Smilie on Sunday/November 04/2007 - 11:33 PM
When you go shopping for shirts, you should always inspect the arms to see if there is elastic band in the sleeves. If there is, and the sleeve is shorter than three-quarter length, put the shirt back immediately. Most kinds of puff sleeve are disasters waiting to happen for thick-limbed women, because no matter how good the shirt looks on you, those bands are going to cut right into your upper arms. You also want to avoid sleeveless tops and halter necks. Both shirts create narrow necklines that end up making your arms look huge.

You can wear flimsy....

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Winter Fashion Faux Pas -- and How to Avoid Them

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/February 05/2006 - 05:47 AM
When the temperatures plunge to sub zero, your first thoughts aren't about fashion. And while there's something to be said for putting function before style, especially in winter weather, that doesn't mean that you have to look frumpy as you battle the elements! Here, five big winter fashion faux pas -- and what you can do to avoid them:

Faux Pas: Wearing clunky, chunky, take-me-snowshoeing boots for daytime. Sure, your boots need to protect your feet from snow, ice, and slush, but they don't need to be big, bulky, and totally un-chic to do so!

Fix: Choose a stylish but warm pair....

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Accessorize Your Winter Coat

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/February 05/2006 - 05:43 AM
Part of the joy of snowy, blowy weather is buying a brand-new coat. And whether you pick a parka or a pea coat, one thing's certain: The coat's not enough. In fact, to make your winter coat wearable, you need to accessorize! Here, the hats, scarves, gloves, and other add-ons that'll make your coat cozy and stylish:

The Coat: Down Parka

The accessories: Rugged and whimsical. Try a ski-inspired knit cap in stripes or a colored solid. A pom-pom on top is a fun bonus! Then add a similarly sleek long scarf and knit gloves for an outdoorsy vibe. To make the....

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Holiday Dressing Dos (and Don'ts!) for the Office

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/December 22/2005 - 04:30 AM
Spread good holiday cheer and style by following our festive-dressing dos and don'ts:

Don't Pull out the cleavage-baring, super-sexy clothes for your holiday office party. Do Think festive instead of sexy. Slip a lace-trimmed camisole under your office suit, or swap your regular blazer for a velvet one. Add chandelier earrings and strappy heels for an elegant (not too-sexy) look.

Don't Go overboard with holiday-themed accessories like appliqued sweaters, jingle-bell earrings, Santa pins, and candy-cane-patterned socks. DoConsider getting in the holiday spirit with color instead: Wear a red, green, or blue sweater over dark slacks; or sport a scarf in red-and-green or....

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Winter Fashion 2005 Shimmers and Shines

Posted by: smilie on Monday/December 12/2005 - 05:32 AM
Gemstone shades offer magnificent color. Rich, earthy browns and vibrant gemstones are the colors of winter 2005. Pair amethyst and lapis with sapphire. Try jade with emerald and basic brown or black for a stunning look. Metallics accentuate garments and add shine to accessories this season.

Bohemian inspired velvet fashions are here

The romantic layered look continues into winter. Keep the camis in your closet – just add a flowing blouse embellished with sequins or rhinestones. Finish the look with a jacket, shrug or cape. Look for micro capes with a satin ribbon tie, shrugs or fur trimmed capes.


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The Look of Fall 2005

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/September 08/2005 - 03:50 AM
Brown is the new basic Brown is taking over as the new fashion basic. Pair vibrant peacock blues or emerald greens with basic brown. Other fall shades include purple, plum, cinnamon, mango and burnt orange. Metallics are back in a big way, gold and sliver accentuate fashion garments and accessories this season.

Layers are the look

Camis, tanks and t shirts embellished with sequins or gemstones are perfect under a jacket, shrug or cape. Look for micro capes, shrugs with a satin ribbon tie and fur trimmed capes. Brocade jackets are stylish and luxurious, this is the fabric of the season.The brocade....

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Summer 2005 Sizzles with Sequins

Posted by: smilie on Saturday/August 20/2005 - 08:27 PM
Summer 2005 is full of “bling”—a buzzword used to describe the rhinestones, sequins and beads that adorn clothing, accessories and shoes. The glitz adds a romantic twist with a hint of retro 70s style for the season.

Bright Colors

Textured fabrics, whimsical floral printsTextured fabrics, whimsical floral prints, and sparkling sequins add interest and excitement to any outfit. A bold, vibrant palette of rich ocean turquoise, crisp salad greens and shades of golden and mango orange paired with beautiful pink lipstick are the colors to keep an eye out for.

Fun, Feminine Skirts

Nothing says summer like a skirt—a great way to keep you....

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5 Fashion Trends You Thought You Couldn't Wear

Posted by: smilie on Friday/July 29/2005 - 01:35 AM
Every season brings new trends. And among the clothing looks we love and the looks we loathe are the looks we long for, but feel we can't quite pull off. But what if we told you that you probably can pull off some of those items -- if you wear them the right way? Here, five big trends you might think you can't wear and tips on how to make them work.

The Full Skirt

If you're a woman with curvy hips, ample thighs, or a bit of a belly, you probably stay away from voluminous bottoms for fear that they'll make....

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Swimwear Report: Summer 2005 Trends

Posted by: smilie on Friday/July 29/2005 - 01:18 AM
Lamé and Metallics

Let your inner goddess shine in a divine metallic suit. This trend shows up in the briefest of bikinis as well as beautifully constructed one-pieces, so it will work for any body type. And for that extra touch of glamour, cover up with a sheer chiffon wrap or dress.

Tribal Chic

Don't have room in your budget to plan an African safari this summer? That doesn't mean you can't bring a little taste of the Serengeti to your beach vacation. Deep, rich hues and strong prints are what make this trend - and its wearer - stand out. To complete....

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Shoes are worth 1,000 words

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/July 07/2005 - 03:44 AM
According to Cleary, a woman who enjoys the open-toe shoe look is detail-orientated and has a flare for the arts. Sneakers often find their way onto the feet of witty women who enjoy sarcastic or ironic humour; while the stiletto, an obvious favourite of Cleary's and a shoe she believes all women should aspire to own, is worn by confident, self-possessed women.

While her tips on completing the look — beauty tips on how to customize a pair of shoes or tips on what to wear with them — are noteworthy, the writing is riddled with too many clichés and assumptions.....

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Stepping into Summer Fashion

Posted by: smilie on Monday/June 06/2005 - 02:02 AM
Stepping into fashion this summer is so simple--just focus on your feet.

* Funky sandals are a must! Clear acrylic, beaded, and bright, colorful sandals make excellent choices.

* With the emphasis on your feet, now is the perfect time to pamper yourself with a pedicure.

The breeze of romance is in the air. The look is clean, simple and ultra-feminine.

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Steppin' Out In Style!

Posted by: smilie on Friday/June 03/2005 - 03:36 AM
Sick of feeling like you've got no style?

Internationally known beauty expert Diane Irons has the top secrets for putting some flair into your fashion sense.

Here are some of the best ways for you to go from blah to bombshell in just a few simple steps.

1. Style is not being afraid to stand out. You can accomplish your own personal style by taking an article of clothing and wearing it in an innovative way.

2. Style is having a having a trademark and being recognized for it. It could simply mean that you're never seen without red shoes or a red purse!


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Fashion Trends Overview: Ten Things You Need in Spring-2005

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/May 03/2005 - 12:22 AM
Ten things you need in summer-2005:

1) The wide-legged pant, preferably khakis – CK Khaki and Gap will do

2) The tunic – shirt or a dress – to be worn over slim capri and Bermuda shorts

3) Something feathery: a belt, a cap, some detailing will do

4) Platform shoes: the hippier, the better

5) Bermuda shorts in classy shades of ecru, beige, black or khaki

6) The tiered skirt with LOTS of embellishment

7) Something python to clutch

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10 tips: Be stylish this spring

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/February 27/2005 - 06:23 PM
Welcome to 10 tips! Each week we bring you 10 must-know pieces of advice on your favorite beauty and fashion topics. Get a jump on spring fashion and beauty with these easy ideas: 1. Get romantic. Try a flowing white blouse with ruffles or shirring. 2. Try bold eyes. Sheer blue and purple shadows are hot for spring. Use them as shadow liner if a full lid of color seems too intense. 3. Wear a tiered skirt. Choose one in simple white, or go for a bold pink or orange.

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The Power of Personal Style

Posted by: smilie on Saturday/February 19/2005 - 07:28 PM
Eight stylish women share the secrets that make them standouts.

• Fun & Funky

• Urban Chic

• Free Spirit

• Professional

• Vintage

• Fit & Strong

• Preppy

• Daytime Sexy

Fun & Funky

The way you dress, the jewelry you love, the perfect haircut -- all help create confidence, command respect and turn heads. Just ask these eight style-savvy women.

Shelly Bomb, 36, costume designer and a creative director for Anti-gravity, a performance group.

What does your look say about you? That....

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How to Keep Your Clothes Looking Sharp

Posted by: smilie on Saturday/January 29/2005 - 03:27 PM
So you've cleaned out your closet from ascots to zoot suits. You've begun to think twice about each new purchase. There's space on your hangers and wiggle room in your drawers.

And now: Time for a brush-up on caring for the things that

matter, so they'll always look as new as the day you brought them home.

The first rule: Dry-clean. As expensive and hard on the environment as it is, professional care is key if a garment calls for it. Hand-washing usually doesn't work as well, and neither do those DIY dry-clean products (they don't let you immerse fabrics in a solvent....

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Clothes Encounters Of The Stylish Kind

Posted by: smilie on Saturday/January 29/2005 - 03:20 PM
Make no mistake. There’s a big difference between style and fashion.

Style is subtle. It’s the mode that makes you stand out in a crowd. If you have style, it doesn’t matter what’s in style. The clothes and accessories you wear will stand the test of time.

That means bypassing the racks of trendy clothes. You know how it goes: in one season, out of your closet the next.

Think of all the styles that have come and gone. If you closely examine the contents of your closet, do you find that most of your outfits are out of date?

Well, I’m going to....

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Look Thinner Without Dieting (5 Secrets That Work!)

Posted by: smilie on Saturday/January 29/2005 - 03:17 PM
What’s up, slim?

They're the words most women long to hear. Who doesn't want to be complimented for a fabulous figure? Even if you haven’t reached your goal weight, you can still look slim and trim. The secret is using a bit of fashion sense, which is where I come in.

I've got the dressing dos and don’ts. You’ll appear sizes smaller … without ever shedding a pound. It’s as simple as knowing what’s flattering and what’s not. Because when it comes to fashion, a little flattery will get you everywhere.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled feature, your five free beauty....

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More older women ignoring the short-hair convention

Posted by: smilie on Friday/January 21/2005 - 04:27 PM
Decades ago, when beauty experts thought teasing your hair to sculpt it high as a smokestack was the epitome of chic, somebody somewhere decreed that women over 40 should not have long hair.

Of course, that was before Botox and step aerobics and antioxidant face creams. It was before hair weaves and hair extensions and extra-hold mousse.

And it was definitely before country music queen Loretta Lynn sailed into her 70s with black hair falling decidedly below her strong shoulders, and author Toni Morrison accepted the 1993 Nobel Prize for literature (at age 62) with a wreath of silver dreadlocks gently gathered....

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A Fresh New You for Spring 2004

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/September 21/2004 - 03:30 PM
It's time to kiss winter goodbye and smell the flowers! So get ready to trade in your coat and winter boots for a light pair of pants and some ballet flats. Spring 2004 brings a palette of rainbow colors - shocking pinks, citrus oranges, leafy greens, lemon yellows, light pastels, soft corals - bold and vibrant colors that will make you come alive.

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