A kaftan is a perfectly stylish cover up. However, did you know that it also looks great with white jeans? I am all about putting multiple outfits together from one core piece. As a stylist, I help my clients get more mileage out their wardrobe.

This fabulous kaftan makes for a fashionable cover up over this bathing suit. After the beach or pool, simply switch out the suit for white jeans. Chic, comfortable and easy. You are ready for a beachside dinner with your significant other or a patio dinner with friends. Enjoy!

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This time of year, sweaters need to be pulled out of the closet. The great thing about sweaters, is that they provide a ton of warmth. And they fall into the "easy dressing" category. It doesn't take much to get a finished look with a sweater, if you know how to mix and match, as well as accessorize.

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You will find with the above example, any sweater can be worn with any of the pants - and would work well for several body types. ahnew.jpgBy adding a few key accessories, a simple sweater takes on a whole new look. This particular handbag makes wardrobe transition a breeze, as it goes with practically everything. I have to admit, I am a big fan of turtleneck sweaters when it's really cold outside. By adding a belt, scarf or long necklace, my turtleneck sweater is suddenly enhanced. Or, if I want to channel Audrey Hepburn, I might wear a thin black turtleneck with black or camel pants and stunning shoes, keeping the accessories simple. With tunics playing a big role this season, the possibilities for creating new looks are endless. Sometimes, it's just a matter of getting some of those pushed aside sweaters in your closet out to play. Have your own fashion show, and learn how to reinvent the sweater in a snap, adding your own personal style!
The motorcycle jacket isn't just for bikers nowadays. Thanks to fashion designers, their modern refinement to such a tough jacket makes it stylish for all to wear. While you may never have considered owning a moto jacket, you might just change your mind.

refined-motoOf course it had to be Alexander McQueen to turn me onto the moto jacket. Rest assured, there are many fantastic versions out there in every price range - making it easy for most everyone to pull it off. Personally, I love pulling other edgy pieces together with the jacket, such as the boots and jeans, while softening the look a bit with the scarf and handbag. The black hoops are the happy medium. See, the moto jacket isn't so far fetched.

If you're not ready for leather, check out Marc by Marc Jacob's biker cardigan. A great alternative, especially since the moto falls into the trendy category.
Dresses are a huge part of the season, yet with a chill in the air, they may not be the first thing in your closet that you reach for. However, they can be. With the right layering pieces, that Spring dress can easily move with you into Fall and Winter by layering pants underneath it. This particular dress with sash belt works well for an hourglass body shape. Or, get the warmth you seek by layering opaque tights and a long shirt underneath a brambled tweed shift dress. This type of dress is flattering on a rectangle or inverted triangle body shape.

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Don't be afraid to play with color. Blues and purples look fantastic with greens. And textures, such as patterned tights, can certainly liven up any look. Layering a cardigan over a dress, provided it's the right shape, can work nicely. The dress featured below works with either cardigan, befitting the colors of the season.

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With boots being the shoe of choice for most of us during the cold months of the year, fringe-boots.thumbnailenjoy varying the styles and cuts. But do consider your body shape when it comes to the fuller boot — fur, rouching or fringe — which is gaining popularity. For example, these CL beauties (yes, I tried them on) don't do any favors for an hourglass figure.

As always, your personal stylist is here to help should you have any questions or doubts about what garments, shoes and accessories work best for you based on your personal style and body shape.
I talk a lot about jacket structure with clients. Of course, not every body shape screams structure. However, for those whose body is most flattered by it, here are some great examples of taking it up a notch. Look for detail. Detail in a jacket, the outermost piece that you are wearing, allows you to play the rest of your outfit simple. Everyone knows I am a jacket girl. It's typically my signature piece (aside from shoes, of course). Find your signature piece and work it. Even if it's not a jacket, you will still benefit from having a few in your wardrobe. Take these two jackets from Amberlynn Designs. The black jacket is fitted, following the lines of the body, with a peplum detailed finish in the back. The cream cropped velvet jacket has ruffle detail, a satin tie bow, and beautifully finished shoulders. Both are easy statement pieces.

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We've discussed the trench coat. You should know that now is the time to find the perfect one on sale. Remember, when in doubt, consult with a professional. This will enable you to make the best decisions with your investments, rather than making purchases that don't flatter you, and consequently, you don't enjoy or wear.

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