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A Word On Back Pockets

We all have our little fashion pet peeves, things that drive us crazy that we avoid doing or wearing and wish others would too. One of my pet peeves is that many women buy things without taking the time to look in the mirror at the item before they buy it. Not just a cursory glance but really examine the garment on you from all angles, front and back in the mirror. The garment needs to fit and hang well at all angles and all the buttons, seams and pockets need to enhance the garment.

One of the things I have noticed lately is that many women are wearing dress pants with super unflattering back pockets. Either the angle of the pocket is wrong or the pocket lining is thicker than the pant fabric and you can see the whole outline of the pocket or the size of the pocket does nothing for your backside. A general rule of thumb to keep in mind is that the back pockets should be proportioned in size to the size of your bottom. If the pockets are too big it can make a flat bottom look worse and if the pockets are too small they can make a curvier bottom look bigger.

Another pocket style that seems to cause problems is the back flap pocket, flap pockets are best left to be worn by flatter bottoms to give fullness to what they don’t have and when worn on a curvier bottom they just serve as two bulls eyes that move up and down with each step drawing attention to area you would rather not. Most good dress pant manufacturers have dropped this pocket style and instead use the nearly invisible straight pockets.

Next time you are out pants shopping take the time to really examine how you look in the pants from all angles before plunking down your hard earned cash on a pair that will just make people whisper behind your back.

Lucky.com has a great body friendly guide to pant front pocket styles that is worth reading. You can read it by clicking here.

An example of a flap pocket:

Always flattering straight pocket:

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Faking It

Let’s just admit it-there are certain days when you just don’t feel like putting a lot of thought into your outfit for whatever reason, you are having a fat day or you just want to be comfy or whatever, but there are 4 must have accessories that can add a bit of style and class to any outfit whether is is from Neiman’s or Target. I think it is important to invest in a few high end accessories that are timeless and will never go out of style but up the fashion quotient of any outfit.

My never fail, dress up any outfit must haves are a Burberry Scarf, Designer Sunglasses (Prada and Chanel are my faves), a Louis Vuitton Speedy handbag and a nice piece of jewelry (pearl necklace, diamond stud earrings or a nice watch). Throw any one (or all of the above) on with a black tee from Target, jeans and sneakers and you will instantly look chic, even though your outfit is lacking any real style. The above items scream good taste and high end status and thus rub off on whatever else you are wearing. 

Burberry Scarf: The trademark Burberry plaid has been a symbol of British luxury since it first appeared on the lining of a trench coat in 1924 and when used in the form of a scarf it adds a dash of style to any look. Available at www.burberryusaonline.com.

Designer Sunglasses are a relatively inexpensive way to jazz up your look and there are so many great styles to choose from. Check out www.neimanmarcus.com for a great selection.

Louis Vuitton Speedy is the perfect purse, roomy, versatile and the signature monogram canvas is an instantly recognized symbol of chic. Available at www.eluxury.com.

A pearl necklace, diamond stud earrings (real or faux) and a nice watch are simple and elegant and lend these qualities to the rest of your outfit.

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Cheer Me Up

Grab a pen and paper and copy down this sure fire trick for erasing the winter doldrums that tend to roll around this time of year. My sure fire trick that will cheer you up in a flash is, buy yourself a pair of earrings! Trust me it works wonders!

The other day I was at work (boring), hating what I wore that day (tired of wearing winter clothes), fighting a cold (crappy) and looking out the window at a another gray, cold and blustery day (yuck). I was in desperate need of a pick me up and instead of reaching for another Dove chocolate heart I decided to log on to Viv and Ingrid’s website and buy myself a sparkly bauble. Shopping is such a wonderful cheering aphrodisiac and with a few clicks of my mouse, my usual smile was back in place. The same cheerful sensation came again a few days later when I saw a little brown box on my doorstep containing a gorgeous, shimmery pair of ombre swarovski crystal wrapped hoop earrings. The picture on the website does not come close to doing these earrings justice, they are beyond beautiful and perfect for adding a little oomph to your winter wardrobe. Go ahead spend yourself a little happy! Ombre Wrap Hoops available at www.vivandingrid.com.

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