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The Value of Accessories

Never underestimate the power of accessories. Without them, your outfit can look so-so or regular. Adding the perfect belt, necklace, earrings and/or cuff-style bracelet can give you just the right boost between average and amazing.

Cuffs are all the rage and can be purchased for as little as $5 or as much as $5,000 depending on materials used. Add them to a blazer and jeans or wear them with a sleek sheath dress.


New Rules for Pantyhose

Most fashion experts agree that pantyhose are a thing of the past. However, with the advent of major designers such as DKNY, creating the sheerest nudes, it is acceptable to find uses for the classic look--complete with hosiery.

When choosing pantyhose, do your best to either match your skin color exactly, or match your shoes. Do not wear a light colored hose with a dark outfit or vice versa. It just looks messy and not well put together.

Pantyhose will remain a personal choice, but with certain outfits, especially formal, it is an absolute necessity as opposed to bare toes peeking from under a full-length gown.

Wear your pantyhose, but wear them correctly.


Choosing the Right Shoe for The Right Price

The shoe is the most important accessory of all. For day, a simple pump with a mid-height heel (2-3 inches) is recommended. If we are going with black, don’t be afraid to have a dash of color as long as you have a nice, seasonal blazer or scarf to pull the colors together. A good pump can be worn for many seasons provided the heel is a classic style such as stiletto, which typically does not go out of style. Those with trendier shapes or chunkier heels may date your look.

When choosing a shoe for the evening, go for metallics, open toe sandals, ankle straps and higher heels (if you can handle it and if you are not required to walk around much). Ideal high-heel scenarios are dinners without dancing or excessive walking requirements. Again, classic styles, colors and heels are able to last from season to season.

If you absolutely must match your shoe to your outfit (and you are not opting for black), again shop for shoes off season and if shopping at an off-priced retailer, keep in mind that most stores receive deliveries on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings.

If you can get away from the office for lunch on one of those days, you have a much better chance to nab your favorite designer shoe in just the right color for under $30!


Trends To Avoid

A basic overview of trends to avoid is: Looks from the eighties, Extremely Loose Fitting Clothes, Metallics (as a rule—avoid a whole outfit made of shiny fabric – however certain pieces are acceptable), or Full Satin outfits. These are all to be avoided for different reasons; but in short, the basic theme here is affordability vs. wear-ability. Simply put, if you don’t think the trend will last, then avoid it. You should be able to tell if something is going to stick around by waiting at least one season before making the splurge. If you must go for the trends and you’re on a budget, go for good looking and decent quality copies. Since the look is trendy, there is no need to worry about it not lasting a long time since it will probably last at least as long as the trend.

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