The Closet Diva Spring 2017 Fashion Forecast

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  • Colours – Pink reigns supreme! Blush pink, fuscia pink, fluorescent pink.
  • Trends – Athleisure, Iridescence, florals, light wash distressed denim, stirrup leggings, ties at the sleeves or waist, sweatsuits (yes, matching top & bottoms).
  • Must Have Items – Graphic T’s, bomber jackets, watches with bright coloured bands, sweatshirts, “cold shoulder” tops, dressy jogger pants with elastic at the ankles.
  • Bags – Cinch bags, mini structured bags, graphic print bags
  • Jewelry – Chokers, long statement necklaces, be-jeweled statement pendants and long lanyards loaded with charms, ear cuffs, single statement earring
  • Footwear – Platforms, kitten heels, slingbacks, black Nike runners, colourful Converse runners.

If you need help with your closet, or with shopping for your Spring/Summer wardrobe, please contact me at janise@theclosetdiva.ca.

Fashionably Yours,
Janise Bachler,
The Closet Diva

 

Since 2006, Janise Bachler, The Closet Diva, has been helping men & women learn how to Closet_Rescue_Cover_#3067A2-1dress and to refine their personal image in a way that brings them personal and professional success. Janise is also a professional speaker and author of the book, CLOSET RESCUE, available on Amazon. Janise has appeared on Global TV, CityTV, and featured in the Calgary Herald. Janise works with clients on closet editing, personal shopping and styling services. You can learn more about Janise and her image consulting services at theclosetdiva.ca or contact her via email.

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10 Fashion Resolutions for 2017

As my image mentor, Judith Rasband, always says, “How you look affects how you think, how you feel, how you act, and how others react to you.” In other words, your image impacts you even more than it impacts others. “If you look good, then you feel good”, right? So, I have some fashion and image resolution suggestions to help you feel great in 2017:

  1. View fashion magazines with a critical eye.
    Don’t buy the lies. Style is way more important than trends. Every image you see is photoshopped and edited in such a way to make you want to buy their product. Even stick thin models and celebrities don’t look like themselves. Don’t buy it! Make the best of exactly who you are today … the best hairstyle, makeup applied in a complimentary way, an organized closet, clothes & accessories that make you feel create …  to create confidence … and confidence makes us beautiful.
  2. Simplify Your Wardrobe, Simplify Your Life.
    This past year I downsized to a 2-bedroom apartment with very limited storage. I put most of my wardrobe into storage and took about 20 mix & match pieces (a cluster) to my new apartment. Although I have worn the same outfits over and over, I am much happier. It takes way less time to get dressed. I always look great. And, I feel good that I am actually getting my money’s worth out of my clothes. Try paring down your wardrobe to 20 pieces, plus a great pair of jeans, and put everything else into storage or another closet. See if this doesn’t simplify your life dramatically!
  3. Find Your Style & Stop Wasting Money.
    We have all made shopping mistakes. I have seen many pieces in closets with the tags still on them. The easiest way to stop wasting money is to find your style, and the easiest way to find your style to create an online bulletin board and start pinning outfits that you see and love. I use Pinterest and absolutely love it! Eventually you will see your style emerge as you review your “pins”. Then, when you go shopping, do what I do and take a moment to imagine that piece or outfit on your body. If it doesn’t feel right, walk away from it. Only spend money on pieces that feel like you.
  4. Keep Only Your Current Size in Your Closet.
    Do you keep several sizes in your closet in case  you gain or lose weight? I think that we all already suffer from enough guilt. When you are sorting every morning through clothes that don’t fit, you are basically beating yourself up every single morning as you get dressed, and wasting time and energy. Don’t do it! If you have clothes that don’t fit, put them into storage and only bring them out when and IF they fit you.
  5. Keep Only the Current Season in Your Closet.
    Are you sorting through cotton skirts and capri pants trying to find that cashmere sweater for today’s sub-zero weather? That’s just craziness! Remove all off-season clothes and put them into storage (another closet or Rubbermaid containers in storage). This will save you tons of time selecting what to wear in the mornings. And the bonus is that when you bring up your off-season clothes for the next season, it will feel like you have a whole new wardrobe! Try it. You will not regret it.
  6. Update Your Undergarments!
    The New Year is a great time to get some new undergarments. First, go through your undies drawers and toss out worn out bras and panties. Second, go to a lingerie store and get re-measured to make sure you are still the same bra size. Buy 2 new bras (one nude, one in a fun colour) and at least a half dozen new pairs of panties (2 nude, 4 in fun colours).
  7. Edit Your Jewelry.
    I don’t know about you but I have accumulated quite a collection of costume jewelry in the past few years and I know lots of it I haven’t worn in quite a while. Like my wardrobe, my goal is to edit my jewelry down to 20 pieces and put the rest into storage (in small ziplock bags). If I don’t miss it in the next year, I will give it away.
  8. Take a Risk.
    We all can get into ruts. It might be the way you wear your makeup. Maybe you wear mostly black. Maybe you have had the same hairstyle for 10 years. Maybe you haven’t worn a dress or a skirt in a long time. Make a decision to take one risk in 2017 and “just do it”. You might surprise yourself about how much better you feel or the compliments you get.
  9. Start Wearing Real Clothes Again.
    Our generation is obsessed with comfort. This means that we are wearing more and more sporty clothes as daily wear and our wardrobes have come to mostly consist of yoga pants, leggings, hoodies and T-shirts. Gone are the days of dressing up to go to the bank or to see the doctor, or to fly, as our grandparents did. However, designers are now designing real clothes for comfort and if you haven’t tried them in quite a while, you might be surprised. Once in a while, wear a dress to go out for dinner with your spouse. Your husband will love it! Wear a pair of dress pants with a stretch fabric blazer to work or out for drinks with your friends. You will be amazed how special you will feel getting out of those yoga pants once in a while.
  10. Choose Healthy vs. Skinny.
    Being model-thin is a seriously flawed goal and usually unattainable unless you have those genes. Instead of another New Year’s resolution to lose weight, how about simply deciding to make healthier choices in 2017? Choose a bottle of water instead of a Coke with your noon lunch. Park farther away from the mall doors and walk. Stop eating when you are satisfied instead of when your plate is empty or you are stuffed. Go for a walk before you watch that movie or binge watch a season of your favourite show on Netflix … or, better yet, walk on the treadmill while you watch! Don’t order the appetizer and instead drink a glass of water with lemon before your main course arrives. Order a vegetarian pizza instead of your usual “meat lovers” fare. In 2017, make healthier choices instead of punishing your body with yet another fad diet. Respect your body. It’s the only one you’ve got.

I hope these ideas inspire you. And if you want some help editing & organizing your closet, or shopping for some confidence-building outfits, check out my services on my website.

 

Since 2006, Janise Bachler, The Closet Diva, has been helping men & women learn how to Closet_Rescue_Cover_#3067A2-1dress and to refine their personal image in a way that brings them personal and professional success. Janise is also a professional speaker and author of the book, CLOSET RESCUE, available on Amazon. Janise has appeared on Global TV, CityTV, and featured in the Calgary Herald. Janise works with clients on closet editing, personal shopping and styling services. You can learn more about Janise and her image consulting services at theclosetdiva.ca or contact her via email.

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Clusters by the Closet Diva

MINI CLUSTER BY THE CLOSET DIVA (5 pieces)

– Bottom: 1 pair dark skinny jeans
– Bottom: 1 pair skinny burgundy jeggings
– Top: 2 long-sleeve, long length T-shirts (grey, burgundy)
– Layering: 1 grey wool sleeveless vest
Total: $192.00*
*Purchased at Ricki’s by me for me.

EXPANDED CLUSTER BY THE CLOSET DIVA (10 pieces)

– Bottom: 1 pair dark skinny jeans
– Bottom: 1 pair skinny burgundy jeggings
– Bottom:  1 pair black skinny pant
– Bottom: 1 black faux leather skirt
– Top: 2 long-sleeve, long length T-shirts (grey, burgundy)
– Top: 2 short sleeve, long length T-shirt (white, b/w stripe)
– Layering Piece – 1 grey wool sleeveless vest
– Layering Piece – 1 black faux leather/cloth vest

Total: $395.00*
* Purchased at Ricki’s, Dynamite, RW & Co. by me for

As with any cluster, I can expand it with pieces I already own such as a black blazer, a denim jacket, etc. This 10-piece cluster will provide me tons of outfits for my life right now.

P.S. If you need help putting your closet into clusters for easier dressing, or to purchase a new cluster as I did for the Fall, I am offering SPECIAL PRICES for a limited time! Email me for more info.

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Fall Fashion Forecast 2016

  • Colours – Burgundy, grey & beige combo’s, dark blue, rosy beige, mustard, olive.
  • Skinny or Wide-Legged? Despite the predictions, I am seeing tons of skinny pants out there, with some straight leg options, but not too many wide-legs. I think we are all still in love with skinny pants with a knee-high or bootie boot for them to disappear yet.
  • Must Have Items – Long sweaters or long sleeveless sweater vests, graphic sweaters, animal print anything.
  • Bags – Structured, boxy purses with short handles, small backpacks, graphically printed or decorated bags, purse charms (especially bunny tails).
  • Jewelry – Chokers, long, delicate chains.
  • Footwear – Chelsea boots, loafers, block heels.

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For more examples of these trend items, check out my Pinterest page called Closet Diva – Fall 2016.

 

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Spring Fashion Forecast 2016

Spring is nearly here and the new fashions are starting to hit the stores! So I thought it was time for my “What’s In For Spring” post to help you with your shopping.70891524-6cef-4416-a59f-8cc364971001

Colours – Orange, Yellow, Pink, Denim Blue.

Romance – Think feminine staples like lace and ruffles.

California Dreaming – Tie die, beachy styles.

Sporty Influence – Bomber jackets, athletic wear, striped platform flip flops.

Global Traveller – Vibrant prints, on-trend embroidery, tribal patterns.

Stripes – Stripes are everywhere … shoes, bags, dresses. Just remember, the wider the strip, the wider it makes you look. Narrow stripes work for most everyone.

Boudoir – Basically silk slip dresses and camisoles. Never my favourite look. I think this should be reserved for the bedroom.

Off the shoulder – Tops & dresses showing your beautiful shoulders.

Flower Power – Florals & petals everywhere, even on shoes & handbags.

Handbags – Strong graphic designs & small backpacks are on-trend.

Wild, Wild West – Fringes & suede still showing up on the fashion horizon.

If you need any help with your Spring shopping, you know where to find me.

Fashionably Yours,
Janise
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Fall Fashion Forecast 2015

This Fall offers something for everyone. There is the menswear influence, lace and artsy bold print. Jeans will be available in straight and flaress. Boots and booties are huge, especially in rich greys and burgundy.

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  • Marsala (Pantone Colour of the year
    an earthy wine red)
  • Navy blue
  • Camel
  • Pastels such as begonia (light pink)
  • Python prints
  • Plaid

Trend Items

  • Fur vests and fur accents on sweaters & coats
  • Maxi sweaters, vests & blazers (duster length; mid-calf length)
  • Wide leg pants & culottes
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  • Capes
  • Structured handbags
  • Tailored trousers
  • Long-length blazers
  • Shoes – Mary Jane’s, loafers
  • Brooches

 

 

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What Not to Wear for Stampede at the Office

The Calgary Stampede is an iconic tradition in our fair city and for 10 glorious days we get some relief from business attire and get to to dress like cowboys and cowgirls while we enjoy pancake breakfasts, beer gardens, and hay bale decor.Western_women

However, the 10 days of Stampede are not an excuse to wear jeans, a T-shirt and your flip flops! If our employers are generous enough to let us wear western wear to the office, then we should put some effort into dressing appropriately. Today, as I walked the streets of the downtown over the lunch hour, I witnessed the good and the bad of Stampede dressing. Most of the good outfits were worn by men. One very good-looking young man on the C-train had on a Wranglers western shirt, Wrangler jeans, a straw hat and some well-worn cowboy boots. I am sure lots of women would want to take that cowboy home!

On the other hand, it seems that, like business attire, women have far more options so they also have far more opportunities to make mistakes. Today I saw shorts, mini skirts and dresses worn with jean jackets, but showing much too much leg for the office. I also saw tube dresses worn with small plaid short-sleeved blouses thrown over as a “shirt jacket”. Stampede gives us an exemption from modesty in our offices? I don’t believe so. I also saw women in jeans, ordinary T-shirts and weekend sandals. Sorry, but that is not western. That is just laziness. If I was their employer, I would inform them that Stampede week is not an excuse to dress sloppy all week. You either dress in proper western gear or you wear your business attire, period.

If you are unsure what to wear, here are some ideas that will get you well on your way to dressing western smart for the office:

Ideas for Ladies

  • Western embroidered shirt, jeans, belt with large belt buckle (see picture on the right), and cowboy boots.
  • Same with a denim skirt, no shorter than 1″ above the knee when standing.
  • White button down shirt or T-shirt with a denim vest or jacket, and a coloured denim jean (think white or a pastel colour), and boots.
  • Floral or lace dress, again no shorter than 1″ above the knee when standing, with a denim vest or jacket, and cowboy boot.Target-Booties
  • A tan-coloured cowboy boot will be the most versatile. Jeans may be tucked into the boot ONLY if they are skinny jeans. A traditional boot cut jean is preferred with the pant leg over top of the boot. Other types of boots don’t usually don’t look western enough unless they have a stacked heel.
  • White T-shirt, floral or lace skirt , denim jacket or vest, cowboy boots
  • Lace or floral blouse, jeans, cowboy boots
  • For more ideas, visit my Pinterest board.

Ideas for Guys

And guys, I am not completely letting you off the hook. That “sort of” plaid shirt in your closet is not the same as  a Western shirt. Western shirts have details that differentiate themselves from regular shirts. If you are unsure, visit a western store and have a look at their offerings. And every man in Calgary should own a pair of Wrangler jeans, a Western belt with large belt buckle, a cowboy hat, and a decent pair of cowboy boots! Trust me, the hat and the boots will make you look sexier and taller.Cowboy

Lastly, most of us have western clothes in our closets from years of Stampede dressing. However, some of you may need to update things a bit. I discarded a fleece jacket a couple of years ago from the 90’s that looked dated. Today I saw some long frumpy skirts and jackets that were long overdue to be replaced. There are lots of stores in Calgary, including the ever affordable Walmart, that offer trendy western wear at this time of year. And, if your budget is tight, try a second-hand store like Value Village or a consignment store. Or better yet, wait until the Stampede is over and then buy great items at half the price for next year!

Happy Stampeding everyone!

Fashionably Yours,
Janise Bachler, The Closet Diva

 

Since 2006, Janise Bachler, The Closet Diva, has been helping men & women learn how to Closet_Rescue_Cover_#3067A2-1dress and to refine their personal image in a way that brings them personal and professional success. Janise works with clients on closet editing, personal shopping and styling services. Janise is also a professional speaker, author of the book, Closet Rescue, available on Amazon, and a co-host on the talk show, Kim’s Kitchen, seen on Shaw Cable. Janise Bachler has appeared on Global TV, CityTV, and has been featured in the Calgary Herald

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Turning 50 Reno Project on Me!

I turned 50 this past December (2014). I tried to celebrate but, to be honest, I wasn’t that thrilled. It felt like I was forever saying good-bye to my youth and that I had only decay and aging to look forward to. Our society is so obsessed with youth, as you know.

So, I decided a renovation project was in order. No, not in my house … but a reno project on me. Here are the 4 reno projects I undertook and my scores on the results:

1. Laser Vision Correction
I have always hated wearing glasses. My asymetrical hairstyle meant that my bangs were always bumping into my glasses and I just never felt attractive in glasses no matter how modern or cool of a style I purchased. So I decided to correct my near-sightedness. I booked my surgery with Lasik MD whose commercials advertised, “Starting at $499 per eye.” $499 my foot! $3700 was the quote, supposedly, because of my astigmatism. Anyways, I took advantage of their financing offer and booked my surgery. Surgery was a breeze and recovery was a day of misery and a week plus of discomfort.

Am I happy with the results? Some days. As I write this, I am wearing reading glasses. What they didn’t tell me is that the surgery would completely obliterate my close-up vision. I now need reading glasses to be on the computer, read my iPhone, read the side of boxes in the kitchen when cooking, and a myriad of other things I can no longer read that I completely took for granted. It annoys the heck out of me! I basically exchanged my dependence on glasses for distance for glasses for close-up. Not sure that is a winning deal. And I didn’t get 20/20 vision according to my post eye exam. Some days I see better than others, it seems. I do love wearing normal sunglasses and not having to switch to different glasses when I go indoors. I love the freedom from glasses around the house and watching TV, but now I have to have a pair of reading glasses in every purse and every room in my house.

So, would I recommend it? I would wait until they come up with some solution to correct both issues. It can’t be that far away, can it?

I give this reno project a 5/10.

2) Tattoo’d Eyebrows

A lot of women get tattoos when they go through their mid-life crisis. I contemplated it, but I couldn’t figure out what I would want on my body that I could never ever change?!?! However, I decided to get my eyebrows filled in with permanent ink … basically a tattoo. Between years of plucking my once thick brows to a thin line and losing eyebrow hairs as I have aged10942310_951943858181212_4807372686433556951_n, my eyebrows were down to almost nothing. I had to draw them in with a pencil every single day! I wanted freedom from that!

Again, not a cheap procedure … $700, but I wanted to go with a reputable clinic. I booked in with Maria from Pink Permanent Ink. She had a good website with lots of “Before” & “After” pictures and I wanted the hair stroke type of fill-in, which is a bit more expensive and time-consuming, but provides a more natural result. Maria put freezing gel on my eyebrows and then we drew and re-drew the eyebrows on my face until I was happy with the look. To be upfront, the freezing didn’t take well for me even though she applied it several times. It apparently works on some better than others so it was a bit painful. It was kind of like a razor blade making little scratches into your face but it wasn’t excruciating. When we were done, I thought it looked good but you really need to let it heal to see the end results.

After a few weeks, I decided I wanted more fill-in and a stronger shape, so I re-booked a follow-up, which is only $50 if you book within 8 weeks. This time, Maria thickened the brow and defined the shape. After a few days of healing, I was super happy! It looks fantastic and I don’t have any regrets. Apparently they have to be re-filled every 2-3 years but I don’t care. I absolutely love how they look! I can’t tell the difference between where my real hair ends and the hair strokes tattoo is. And I don’t miss drawing them in every day and I love having eyebrows even without makeup on.

I give this reno project a 10/10.

3) Spiked Hair
I had always admired Pink’s funky, mohawk-like haircut and thought I’d like to try it “one day”. Then I saw a young mom in my local McDonald’s with the exact colour and haircut, and I begged her for her hairstylist’s name and salon, which she gave me. I booked the appointment. I had just started dating a new guy and I almost chickened out, but I figured he hadn’t been in my life long enough to have a say in my hair. By the way, I have much history with men in my controlling my hair. I swore by the time I was 50, I would stop letting men influence my hair decisions!

Amber bleached my hair. It was a long process but she was smiley and chatty so I tried to relax and just go with it. Then she started cutting. At one point, I thought it looked great and then she cut another 2 inches off. Yikes! She dried it, complained about my curly hair … lol, and applied product. Ta da … Pink’s hair and my face. 11265314_10153233068610170_7384332181924709102_n

It took me a few days to get used to it. I got tons of compliments. Lots of people loved it. Those who didn’t, said nothing. On the plus side, I have never had such a low maintenance haircut. It was super easy … no hair dryer; just put in some product and out the door. I felt funky and courageous and really glad I did it. On the negative side, I didn’t feel “pretty” anymore so I have decided to grow it out.

I recently had Amber undercut my hair and I love it! Hey, people, that @#$% grows. Live a little. Try something new. It’s fun!

I give this improvement a 7/10. Good experiment but perhaps not for me long-term.

4) Lean & Strong

Have you ever heard of Danielle LaPorte’s “Desire Map”. She says that setting goals is not very effective and that we should instead set desires … how we want to feel, which is what we are really after anyway when we set a goal. One of my desires was to feel lean and strong. It wasn’t about being skinny, but about feeling healthy and good in my clothes. Well, over this past winter, for whatever reason, I put on 15 pounds. Yuck. I hardly noticed except when I brought up my summer clothes from storage and half of my wardrobe didn’t fit anymore. Waaaaaaaaaah! I actually have more summer clothes than winter clothes (my preferred season), so this was a travesty that I couldn’t wear them and, as a single mom, I couldn’t just go and replace everything.IMG_4214

With the upcoming summer (bathing suit & shorts weather) as an incentive, I called up my friend, Mark, who had been bugging me to check into Isagenix. Mark recommended the “30 Day Cleanse & Fat Burning Program”. I thought, “I can do anything for 30 days, right?”, so I ordered it. When my box of product arrived, I weighed myself. 152 pounds. Ugh. 130 was my goal, so that equaled 22 pounds. I just finished my 30-Day Program and I am happy to report I have released 14 pounds. Only 8 more pounds to go! I will stay on the Isagenix products until I reach my goal weight, probably
in 3-4 weeks.

I give this reno a 10/10. Somehow EVERYTHING seems more possible when your weight is under control!

Am I done now? I think so. I don’t have a yearning to get plastic surgery or Botox anytime soon. I am feeling pretty good in my leaner body and with my new eyebrows. I think it was good for me to kick myself out of my rut and challenge myself. I am not on the warpath to find the “fountain of youth”, but I also didn’t want to slide into my 50’s quietly. I want to LIVE BIG, LOVE BIG and BE LOVED BIG! How about you?

Go, be glorious!

Fashionably Yours,
Janise

RESOURCES:

1) Lasik Eye Correction Surgery – http://www.lasikmd.com

2) Pink Permanent Ink Clinic – http://pinkclinic.ca

3) Accentric Salon & Spa, Stylist: Amber, Ph: (403) 281-9111

4) Isagenix 30-Day Cleanse & Fat Burning Program – http://bachler.isagenix.com

5) Skincare: Nerium – 2 simple products; 1 day and 1 night. My skin has NEVER looked better (ok, maybe when I was 20 … lol.) www.calgaryqueen.nerium.com

6) Non-toxic Personal Care Products – Melaleuca. I swear by it. I don’t want to bombard my skin with chemicals I don’t need to. http://www.melaleuca.com

7) Non-toxic Cleaning Products – Melaleuca. Effective and again, non-toxic. I want my home to be a safe place, not full of toxic chemicals. http://www.melaleuca.com

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Top 10 Must-Have Items for Your Summer Wardrobe

What does a stylist live in over the summer? Here’s my must-have list for my casual summer wardrobe:

  1. White Pants – fitted; denim, linen, or cropped, or all three
  2. Denim Jacket – blue or white; good for over T-shirts or a sundress when it’s cooler or aimageir-conditioned.
  3. T-shirts – Plain white, black & white silkscreened, and/or fun colour
  4. Walking Shorts – beige or olive green
  5. Colourful Top or Blouse – patterned with a colour/white mix
  6. Sundress – Something that is cool and makes you feel pretty, whether a maxi or short.
  7.  Drawstring Pants – Great for quickly pulling over bathing suit bottoms, or add a T -shirt & denim jacket and you have a go-to-the-movies outfit.
  8. Lightweight Sweater – for cooler evenings or an early morning run to Starbucks or an Egg McMuffin.
  9. Summer Bag – Think fun colours or patterns and ess structure to accommodate your sunglasses, sunscreen and books. Time to put that black utilitarian bag into storage for a few months.image
  10. Sparkly or Embellished Sandals – I have a pair of “diamond-studded” beige flip-flop type of leather sandal that I wear with everything. I highly recommend them over rubber … lol.

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Nude Hose – Yay or Nay?

For years, women have shunned pantyhose in favour of bare legs, and nude hose was considered frumpy and old-fashioned. However, the “Kate Middleton Effect” has brought hosiery back into the limelight. Hosiery has been flying off the shelves in Europe and Japan, and now, even in North America, and I am personally cheering on this trend.

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Kate Middleton brings back nude hose!

As a stylist, in my opinion, hosiery is always required in 3 instances:

  1. Formal skirt suit – If you are on stage, making an important presentation, or you work in a conservative professional office, nude hose is required with a skirt suit or a pencil skirt.
  2. Formal cocktail dress – I attended a formal Christmas party last year and saw a number of women with “screaming white” bare legs worn with their fancy “LBD’s” (Little Black Dress). It looked awful! Sheer black hose looks great with an LBD or a bold colour such as red. Otherwise, nude hose is your best choice.
  3. Cold weather – As a stylist, I personally only recommend a bare leg in the summer — never winter! No matter what you think of nude stockings, bare legs look out of place once it gets cold outside. If nude stockings aren’t your thing, then go with the opaque tight.

BENEFITS:

  • Pasty white legs are not attractive! If your legs aren’t long, tanned and toned, then the nude hose will make your legs look better.
  • Hosiery smoothes out uneven skintone.
  • Hosiery smooths dimpling under white or cream pants.
  • Hosiery creates a sleeker line under knitwear.
  • Hosiery reduces rubbing in shoes.

 RULES:

  • Nude hose is meant to be NUDE. It must match your skin colour or you will look dated. Suntan stockings on someone with fair skin should be outlawed.
  • Don’t wear with open-toed sandals or shoes! There are now toeless options out there.

    Sheer Anklet

    HUE Diagonal Ribbons Anklet in Peach Sorbet

HOSIERY TRENDS

  • Thigh-High’s – These are very comfortable and if you get a run, you can discard one instead of the entire pair.
  • Subtle Patterns – Dotted hosiery makes more of a style statement, but for the office, avoid heavy patterns and sexy options such as seamed or a fishnet.
  • Sheer Anklets – An edgy new look is a sheer anklet with a sandal. Not for everyone, but kind of fun.
  • Opague Hose – The black tight has been back in favour for quite a while for our cold, winter months, and flattering on everyone. Colour is fun, but black is always a classic.

HOW TO BUY HOSE

  • Department stores carry the best selection. Avoid the discount brands at stores like Walmart. With hose, you get what you pay for! I love the HUE brand from the Bay. Nordstrom’s carries another quality brand from DKNY.
  • Denier is the key. The higher the number, the more opaque it is. If you want very sheer, go for a very low number. More coverage, go for a higher number.

I sincerely hope that pantyhose makes a major comeback. I believe, sadly, that some women have stopped wearing skirts because they are not happy with their bare-legged look. Nude hose makes your legs look great and besides, most men think hosiery is sexy! Ladies, I challenge you … go buy a pair of nude hose that match your skintone and wear them with Princess Kate pride. Let’s reclaim our femininity and wear those skirts again! Or be even braver, buy a seamed pair, and watch your man drool!

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