WHITES ARE IN YOUR SIGHTS!

April 15th, 2014

There is something about daffodils popping through the flowerbeds and those first few warm days that invoke the desire to switch over our closets to Easter pastels and Lilly Pulitzer brightly colored prints. We are tired of the greige, browns and blacks of the winter landscape and the fashion runway, thus we begin to embrace these softer tones and WHITE!

Even if you live in the north, white is in your sights by pairing it with caramelly browns and pale pinks. Our spring and summer lines have a number of great white items to chose, including Egret, our white/silver lurex canvas shorts, and Parker, our longer white stretch diamond jacquard shorts. We have a terrific white stretch twill jean skirt called Nova, and a pair of stretch denim twill slim leg jeans in the same name. A popular selection has been our Chrysler white stretch cotton sateen twill ankle pants (above).

Take a look at a few of our knock-out tops that will help you leap into Spring:

Barbie, our hot pink and geranium jersey color blocked top, or our Chloe red, fine gauge, chevron stripe tank top worn with Dallas, a fantastic poly tech, belted trench style jacket necessary for all climates.

You can never go wrong wearing black and white, especially this detailed Piano black and white knit cardigan.

This spring we are seeing a ton of chambray tops. Our Bluegrass chambray stretch cotton blouse looks fantastic with our slim leg Nova jean or Parker shorts.

My clients often say “But white makes me look fat!” If you are afraid of visions of the Pillsbury Dough Boy, try a wider leg to help balance out your shape. They also worry about their Casper-the-Ghost legs. I think it’s a personal preference of using a well applied, non-streaking tanning cream, going to a spray-on-tan salon, or selecting my personal favorite of a trip south!

(Photo: PopSugar)

THREE WAYS TO WEAR WHITE, ALL WITH SOME FLAIR!

For a Young Look:

Pair our Violetta tunic with Parker shorts. Our Bellissima sequined embroidered lace sleeveless tank with white jeans, or our Ghost top and Pansies shorts are also guaranteed to fetch compliments. I personally love our Pucker magenta sleeveless top and Starstruck diamond circle jacquard shorts from our summer line (below).

For a Corporate Casual Look: our Ladybug sweater set fine gauge polka dot tank and cardigan looks cheerful yet classic with a white skirt or pants. Need a jacket in the office? Try our Tourista zip front jacket with Luminate wide leg stretch rayon linen pants

For a Lady of Leisure Look:  You cannot beat this Ballad sweater set in sky blue fine gauge plaited jersey with Chrysler, our white stretch cotton sateen twill ankle pants. Looking for more color? How about our Isla aquamarine, white and silver jersey sleeveless t-shirt and Vinca aquamarine 14-gauge jersey long cardigan? It’s drawstring detailing allows it to be worn long or at the waist.

Bonus piece for all: Our Toscana long, fine gauge rib knit cardigan is a great piece to carry along with you for airplane rides and air-conditioned restaurants.

 

By Kristie Sheanshang, Sales Consultant

Kristie Sheanshang writes the style column for Cincy Chic, has a monthly “Dare4Flair” TV segment on FOX 19, represents the Etcetera clothing line as well as the Rodan + Fields Dermatologists skin care line,both of which will help you Create Compliments each and every day. As a style consultant, closet cleaner, personal shopper and public speaker, Sheanshang enjoys helping women look and feel fantastic by finding clothes and skin techniques that best fit their body, lifestyle and wallet – without looking like everyone else. Flair is a 2011 Winner – Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce WE Celebrate “Businesses WE Watch.”

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a stylist help us pick out great outfits everyday? How about having a trainer, and a chef to keep us looking and feeling great.  Celebrities and those in the public eye are under a microscope most of the time.  Though the perks would be pretty amazing, it would be tough to lose your anonymity. That part of their life I would not enjoy.  It is nice to run errands in your gym clothes without worrying about getting your picture snapped by paparazzi.

Though most of us don’t have the above perks and the pains that go with, we all want to look our best.  When we look great on the outside, it always helps boost how we feel on the inside. You know, the whole first impression thing is true and we meet new people everyday.

We find influences all around us. From news, television, movies and magazines, we are inspired.  The season and temperature affect what we wear. What our day entails obviously dictates what makes the most sense in our outfits.

As a 40+ year old woman in the fashion industry, I want to look stylishly hip, age appropriate, and never dumpy. I do keep up with the fashion news/blogs, and that includes seeing many celebrities.  Though many celebs dress more outlandishly than is necessary and appropriate, there are a handful of women with great style, who are always fun to watch.

One celebrity who is always cute and well dressed is Reese Witherspoon.  She looks great running around town and is stunning on the red carpet.  She goes from the girl next door to high end glamour with ease.


I love strong female characters on television; and certainly their wardrobe is an essential ingredient to defining them as intelligent, powerful, and savvy.  Can you imagine Kerry Washington on Scandal without her gorgeous suits, dresses, and coats? She rocks every look they put on her.

So, for us mere mortals, putting our best look together isn’t always top on our priority list.  We have carpools, homework, “real” jobs, houses to keep up, groceries to buy and dinner to make. But with a little effort and knowing what works for us, we can be our own stylist and look chic and pulled together. A great jacket goes a long way. So does having a few key pieces in our closet that we know we feel good in.  Add a touch of make up and a great necklace or scarf and we can be ready for the paparazzi all day long. Remember to smile for the camera…!

Jennifer Stuhlreyer, Sales Consultant

“I love to dress the fashion forward woman and will always do my best to find that great piece to add your wardrobe.  My goal is to provide women the highest level of personalized service to help them build a wardrobe that will make it easy for them to look and feel great. Etcetera is the perfect solution for the busy woman who doesn’t have time or interest in shopping.”

 

 

 

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SPRING! This exciting season brings increased daylight, warmer temperatures, and the rebirth of flora and fauna.  It also a time when love is in the air.

Wedding invitations will start to arrive soon.  It is such a privilege to witness the beginning of two people in love starting their life together.  It is also a great reason to buy a new dress!

WHAT TO WEAR

White tie, black tie, black tie optional, semi-formal, casual?  Dressing appropriately is a sign of respect for the bride and groom on their wedding day. Unless the bride specifically requests a black-and-white theme, do not wear white to a wedding.  Give the bride her props, let her shine and be the focus of attention.  Unless you know without doubt the bride is wearing white, steer clear of ivory, off-white, blush, or champagne. Remember, too, that a wedding is not an occasion to wear anything too skimpy or overtly provocative, nor is it a time for business attire.  Even the Queen of the Pant Suit, Hillary Clinton, wears a dress to a wedding.  Dress for fun, but keep it chic.

Beach Wedding — you’ll look chic, fresh, and beautiful in our Fiona peasant-styled dress with the Mango belt.  Coral and pink work beautifully together.

 

City Chic — dance the night away wear Etcetera’s Countess dress.  This beautiful dress flatters almost every body shape. Black dresses used to conjure up thoughts of mourning, but a black cocktail dress to an evening wedding is perfectly acceptable.  Just make sure the dress is fun and festive, reflective of the occasion.


Cocktail receptions are popular across the country.  Not only will a chic dress serve you well for this special occasion, it will be a welcome addition to your closet for years to come:

Destination Wedding — packing is crucial when you’re off to a wedding in another location.  Keep in mind fabrics that travel well.

Garden Wedding — a warm breeze and the fragrance of flowers create an inviting, intimate setting for a wedding.  Select colors from nature’s color pallet.  Wedges are the perfect choice for garden settings.  You’ll look stylish without having to worry about your heels sinking into the turf.

Etcetera takes the guesswork out of what to wear.  Your professional wardrobe consultant will put you together so you you’ll look fantastic. All you need to do is enjoy the wedding!

Claudia Phillips is an Etcetera Area Development Manager in the Tar Heel State of North Carolina. A Chicago, transplant, Claudia is a born fashionista. While playing Barbie with her young girlfriends, Claudia loved helping the other “Barbies” get dressed for the big interview, courtroom case, or night on the town with Ken. A certified master stylist, Claudia loves sharing her expertise by training sales consultants to help in her mission to make America beautiful – one woman at a time.

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Today, we end our Who Are You series with the Hourglass.   The Hourglass girl’s weight is evenly distributed on top and bottom with a defined waist.

Remember our goal:  Emphasize the positive and hide the negative.  The most flattering look is one that will make your figure appear like an hourglass with shoulders and hips that are in proportion and a waist that curves in.   Lucky you, you are already there.  For your Hourglass girls, look for clothes that emphasize your natural shape.

How do you know if you’re an Hourglass? Your bust and hips are well balanced and you have a very defined waist.  Your shoulders are generally gently rounded that align nicely with your hips.  You have a lovely side as well as front profile.

Your goal is to show off your proportionate figure. 

Avoid anything that makes you look boxy.

Draw attention to your waist.  Wide belts over shirts are a great way to show off your waist.

Proportionally dress the top and bottom half of the body while accentuating the waist.  Add volume to both to and bottom half equally to maintain balance.

 

Look for:

Tops that are belted, form-fitting, wrap style, tailored shirts, V-necks and other lower necklines are important for the well-endowed girl.  Slimming necklines like open shirt collars, V-neck, halters, cowls.

Jackets and dresses that are nipped at the waist.

Belts wrapped around the narrowest part of your waist.

A-line skirts and pants shaped around the hips.

You can wear most bottoms, just be sure they are balanced with your top.

Watch out for:

Anything shapeless, baggy or boxy, raglan sleeves, two low necklines, sleeveless tops, and dropped waists.

Proper shoulder and bust fit.

Be certain that skirts and pants are not too tight across the hips and tops are not too tight across the bust.

Clothing that is too fitted; semi-fitted is the most tasteful for this body type.

Anything too frilly (ruffles, etc.)  Your body is already girlie enough.

There are no hard set rules in fashion, so please keep in mind these are only basic guidelines.  Hopefully, you’ll take away a tip or two that will help you in the future.  And, if you remember a few guiding principles, you’ll be good to go.

Clothing that clings, pulls, puckers, gaps, or bags across the bust, arm holes, sleeves, shoulders, tummy, hips, bottom, and crotch is not flattering to any shape.

Wearing oversized and baggy clothes will only make you look bigger.

Proper undergarments are a must.

Wear what makes you feel beautiful!

IDEAL OUTFITS FOR THE HOURGLASS SHAPE:

 

Claudia Phillips is an Etcetera Area Development Manager in the Tar Heel State of North Carolina. A Chicago, transplant, Claudia is a born fashionista. While playing Barbie with her young girlfriends, Claudia loved helping the other “Barbies” get dressed for the big interview, courtroom case, or night on the town with Ken. A certified master stylist, Claudia loves sharing her expertise by training sales consultants to help in her mission to make America beautiful – one woman at a time.

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SPRING BREAK COUNTDOWN

March 25th, 2014

For the past few weeks, the weather has been on again, off again pleasant, here in the sunshine state. We’ve worn boots and sweaters one day, and short shorts the next. But in recent days, I have to admit, the weather has been absolutely be-au-ti-ful. The breezy, yet sun-filled days have put me in the mood for Spring – my very favorite season!

Yes, that means I’ve started the countdown to Spring Break, and have decided that even after my youngest son graduates, I will continue to have my own Spring Breaks!

You really don’t have to go anywhere to have a Spring Break; but, if you are as lucky as I am to get to escape, it is the BEST time of year to take a break from it all, to hit the restart button, and make the fashion shift.

There is no better feeling than when you can relax, soak up — even if only for a few minutes — that first post-winter, warm ray.  For my family, Spring Break equates to a time to re-connect with friends, head to our favorite beach spot, and enjoy some down time away from the routine!

Spring Break undoubtedly calls for the not-so-fun, side of fashion: skin-baring bathing suits. That’s why I make it more about the darling cover up, the strappy sandal options, the perfect pedi and, of course, the stylish sunnies to help make it fun. I’ve also created a few Etcetera looks that may even inspire YOU for sunny days ahead — and, with Etcetera’s 2014 Spring & Summer collections, it’s so easy to look amazing for Spring Break, wherever that may be.

When taking a trip to a beach destination, an easy dress always serves as a definite wardrobe staple. The first thing I’m packing is Etcetera’s JAIPUR from the new Summer 2014 collection. This black and white, sporty shirtdress is perfect for day or night — with flip flops or heels. Add a slight pop of color with a coral beach tote, a pastel clutch or bright-colored, floppy hat—and you’ll be soaking up the compliments!

For a sizzling outdoor look, try SPORTY, a bright coral shift dress, which showcases the sporty-chic trend of the season. Add a pair of wedges or sandals, and you will be the talk of the poolside happy hour.

If you’re looking for a great, bold top to add pizzaz to your wardrobe, try GRENADINE. This is a ‘hot,’ sleeveless blouse that you can throw over our WAYFARER mini-skirt, STARSTRUCK shorts, or ankle-length PATIO pants. Add a flat, gladiator sandal or a funky wedge heel, and you will be ready for any fiesta.

Our tropical printed FERN top, our JUNGLE slim skirt, or our fluorescent-tinted CITRINE blouse will punch up any beach-ready look.

And, for those day or evening moments away from the water, you can create a stylish evening ensemble with MIAMI. It makes a statement all on its own — no beach required!

Lynette Earley, Interim Area Manager
Lynette is one of Etcetera’s bloggers who will share her thoughts on trends, style, fashion and fun with a her sunny, southern charm. When Lynette is not busy managing and recruiting as an ETCETERA ADM in central Florida, she is likely serving others in some way.  A self-proclaimed busy bee, Lynette is the consummate volunteer, teen-age boy mom, free-lance writer, pink freak and girly girl who loves traveling, reading, exercising, yoga, fashion, girlfriends and beach time!

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