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Tunics: A how-to

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The tunic is is a chic, stylish alternative for work or weekend — and, even better, tunics are one fashion statement that works better for real women with real curves (rather than beanpole fashion models). But how do you wear a tunic? Simple!

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Chambray Belted Tunic, $39.90 at Avenue

Fit matters. Don’t assume that “tunic” is synonymous with “oversized shirt.” A big shirt will not make you look smaller — it will make you look bigger (trust me). Choose a tunic that fits properly through the shoulders and chest, and that doesn’t sag or gap or pull.

Watch your hemline. A tunic should hit somewhere between the widest part of your hips and your mid-thigh. A shorter tunic is good with pants, while it’s longer cousin works well with leggings. But be cautious if you opt for leggings; you don’t want to show the world your underwear every time you reach up or sit down.

Give it some structure. Look for longer button-down shirts or slightly A-line sweaters — something with a shape. Trying to balance a larger chest and a smaller waist? Add a belt for definition. But don’t throw on a big t-shirt and call it a tunic. That’s cheating.

Keep your line clean. Pair a tunic with straight-legged jeans or slim cropped pants for work; a pencil skirt also works well with a tunic, especially with a killer pair of heels. For weekend, wear your tunic with leggings (but again, watch the rear view — I’m serious).

I like the tunic pictured above because the belt highlights the model’s waist and makes the shirt look crisp and professional; this is a piece that could go to the office or to a little league game with ease.

Your turn: Where do you shop for plus-sized pieces? I’m always looking for sources — share yours!

The perfect puffer coat (and how to wear it)

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Winter’s here, which means it’s time to face the inevitable style conundrum: how to stay warm and be stylish, at the same time. Impossible? I’m not going to lie — there will be days when you’ll have no option but to choose warm over chic. If you’re slogging to work in a snowstorm, just put on some boots and big heavy coat. But what about all those days when the weather isn’t exactly frightful but you don’t want to freeze?

Pull out the puffer coat. But wear it with care.

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Lands’ End Luxe Down Jacket, $129.50


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How to layer a cowl neck tunic

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Gap cowl neck sweaterI just bought a fairly long sweater (not dress), with a belt. It’s November and a bit chilly. Do people still wear a long sleeve t-shirt under it? If so, is it ok if the t-shirt shows at the neck, or is it better to wear a t-shirt with a v-neck so it doesn’t show and rise above the cowl-neckline?

Thanks!
Ingrid


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Let’s style this sweater, shall we?

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I’ve been seeing this sweater everywhere, and I’m kind of falling for it.

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Women’s Fair Isle Tie-Belt Wrap Cardigan, Old Navy, $39.50

I like how it brings together three of fall’s biggest trends: the chunky knit, the fair isle pattern, and the ladylike three-quarter sleeves. (Ok, they’re not exactly three-quarter, but they’re not exactly “short” sleeves either). So let’s talk about some basic style rules for a piece like this.

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What to pack for a business trip: Five basics

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Truth: Packing for a business trip is one million times easier than packing for a vacation. I’m sure there’s an algorithm that I can use to prove that, but I don’t need to — you know I’m right. Vacations can run the gamut from fancy dinners with your spouse to playground dates with your kids; business trips, on the other hand, consist only of — well, business. Not hard to pack for.

So what do you absolutely need the next time you travel for work? Here’s my five basics list.

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Five things I never leave home without

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Young couple holding shopping bags walking together across the street (tungsten and blurred)

This morning at Facebook, InStyle linked to a piece titled “Five Beauty Products that Flatter Everyone.” That’s all well and good, but I’m more interested in the way they previewed it, which was with the teaser, “I never leave home without my …”

Which got me thinking. What are the five things I never leave home without? Well …

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Closet clean out: What to keep (and how to decide)

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Fall is almost here, which means it’s time to think about cleaning out your closet. While you’re digging out jeans and sweaters, take some time to assess what you have and unload some of what you’re not wearing. Here’s how to decide what to keep, what to get rid of, and what to hold on to for later.

Coat hangers in closet


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Minimalism: A how-to

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Minimalism is back for Fall 2010 and I for one couldn’t be happier. The last time we saw clean, minimalist lines on the runway — or in the stores — was in the 90s, as a reaction to the over-the-top 80s. These days, minimalism has more to do with the recession and a sense that less is — well, less, and thus morally superior to more.

A model walks the runway at the Calvin Klein Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at 205 West 39th Street on February 18, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for IMG)

Calvin Klein, Fall 2010

But minimalism isn’t just about having — or wearing — less; it’s about choosing carefully, or engaging in what the New York Times recently referred to as “calculated consumption.” In a provocative piece titled “But Will it Make You Happy?” writer Stephanie Rosenbloom dissected the connection between money and happiness, with particular attention to consumer culture.

In other words, she asked if shopping made people happy. The answer? No, not really.

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Back to school shopping, grown up style

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My children started school yesterday — can I get a hallelujah? — and now it feels like fall at my house. It’s still hot here, and we’re nowhere near ready to actually bust out the warm clothes, but I’m ready to start thinking about the move from summer to winter.

Back-to-school always gets me thinking about three things: new shoes, new bags, and new sweaters. I wore a uniform to school so that was pretty much my school shopping list for years; now that my sons wear uniforms, their lists are pretty much the same. But while they opt for tennis shoes, backpacks, and school logo sweatshirts, I want something prettier.

Here’s what I’m eying for Fall 2010.

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Personal stylist: How to make the most of your consultation

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Young woman looking at clothes on rack in boutique

I have a dream: Clinton Kelly shows up at my door and goes through my closet, telling me what to wear with what and how to mix and match what I have to make my wardrobe even more efficient and fabulous than it is now.

(In real life he would probably throw half my closet in the trash, but this is a dream, so let’s go with it, ok?)

Having someone else help you make wardrobe choices can be both exhilarating and terrifying. We all get in a rut with our look, because it’s easy and we don’t have time to be constantly reinventing ourselves. But wouldn’t it be great to work with a personal stylist, just for a day?

Well, you can. Even better: you can do it for free.

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