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RULES FOR FASHION?  Not really – guidelines is the word that sums up the expert advice given at Saks Fifth Avenue in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, by the co-authors of the newest entry in the “ …For Dummies” wildly successful how-to book series that teaches readers about just about any subject they want to master.  This tome is titled “Fashion for Dummies,” and it’s written by Jill Martin, the TV anchor on the Today Show’s “Ambush Makeovers,” and fashion-focused co-author Dana Ravich.

 

Here are terrific tips the two authors gave to the seminar audience to help avoid fashion mistakes:

 

  • Buy what meets your own values.  Jill Martin confided to the attendees that “I buy what I like.  But I do believe in investing in really good things, and accessorizing from there.”  Her co-author Dana Ravich is a bit different:  “I place importance on good accessories because I’ll wear the same basic things all the time, and just change the look (with accessories.)”  For her Saks seminar, Jill wore Jimmy Choo heels she’s had to the shoemakers a few times, a $600 Missoni dress, and $5 H&M earrings.  Money should match durability:  “Don’t spend $500 on a pair of sandals that you wear to death all summer and then toss after the season,” Ravich said.  Pay much less and “be done with them.”
  • Toss anything that’s not a 10.  What does Jill Martin mean by this?  “Nothing in your closet should be there unless it’s a 10 … so that every time you get dressed, even if you’re throwing something on, you don’t feel thrown together.”
  • Someone questioned:  “Isn’t such a pared-down wardrobe boring?”  No, not at all countered Dana Ravich:  “Women tend to wear a handful of their items repeatedly, and there’s no reason to waste money on things you’re not really going to wear much anyway.”

 

CHOOSING ACCESSORIES THAT RATE A “10” IS ALWAYS GOOD SENSE.  HERE ARE SOME GREAT PIECES WITH A TOP-VALUE SCORE:

 

 

 

 

 

  • Intertwining Hoop Earrings.  Timeless design.  Gold/silver plating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                Out With the Old!

 

 

  • Whites must be brights.  No kidding!  Their comments were emphatic and brief.  “Any white T-shirt that’s not pure white, get rid of it.  Invest in new white T-shirts every season.”  –And they tagged the ones from last season still in your closet as “probably 7’s or 8’s (out of the necessary rating of 10.)
  • As you get older, accessories are more important.  Why?  Because the latest fashion might be miniskirts, which look best on teenagers and twenty-somethings.  “It’s about using accessories to match the trends.  Shoes change.  Bag sizes go smaller, larger.  And jewelry changes.  As you get older, hopefully you’ve already sorted out who you are, what fits on your body type, what suits your personality and what your style is,” Ravich noted.  “…Maybe the trendy color is sky blue or neon pink, so you get a fabulous purse that’s in that trendy color.”  Or an on-trend necklace, earring or bracelet can do the trick.

 

 

Probably the best advice the co-authors gave was:  Build your wardrobe around staples … your staples.  “I really believe classic must-haves can take you anywhere,” Jill Martin says.  Whatever your style, the must-have list would include a little black dress,  classic beige trenchcoat, black leather bag, pearl necklace.  And simply adjust the mix if you tend toward hippie, grunge, gaga or any of the other more dramatic stylings of today.  Look in your closet:  see which items are truly “staples” for you.  Then you can ramp up the fashion quotient on each piece with specially-chosen accessories.

 

 

HERE ARE SOME CLASSICS TO SERVE AS STAPLES FOR WOMEN WHO JUST WANT TO APPEAR SERENELY BEAUTIFUL:

 

 

 

 

 

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