Frances Little and Sarah Van Boven of MSN’s Lifestyle site have alot to say about burnishing your image and polishing your look this fall! I really feel we can benefit from these great pieces of advice. We all know we are glamorous, but sometimes we have the tendancy of losing ourselves in the chaos of mommy life. Stick with this advice and you’ll remain true to your glamorous self and make a great impression on others when necessary.
Here’s what Little and Van Boven have to say:
They can tie a scarf, knot a belt, size up a boot heel, and kick the stuffing out of a pinstriped suit. They know what jeans wash is cool and what cocktail is hot. But above all, they’re thoughtful. About dressing. About behavior. About attracting the right kind of attention at just the right time. Which is what separates the truly stylish from the merely fashionable. Here, a practical guide to polishing up your look and burnishing your image this fall.
1. How to Order a Drink
In our 20s, we thought that ordering a Jameson on the rocks made us look badass and that we couldn’t go wrong with a nice glass of house Chardonnay. Ah, youth. On the rare occasion now that we give a damn what someone thinks, we have one inscrutable go-to drink: vodka soda with a twist. It’s not pink, it’s not seasonal—in fact, you could call it the Drink Without Qualities.
2. How to Maintain Clothes Like a Pro
Snip out hanger loops in new tops and dresses, or they will poke out when you wear them. They exist for the store’s convenience, not yours.
3. How to Dress it Down
Scale back the statement necklace for day by going with silver instead of gold and pairing it with a thin, silky T-shirt.
4. Black is the new dark wash.
But get it in a true blue-jeans cut—five-pocket, straight leg, starting just below the waist. The Levi’s Eco style has skinny, tapered legs—not a tight, leggings-like fit—that we especially love.
5. How to Keep Stretch Jeans Snug
Stretch jeans need a little heat to restore their fit, but be sure to grab them out of the hot dryer the moment they’re no longer damp— you’ll forestall the slow, inevitable death of the elastic in the fabric.
6. How to Talk About Sports
You are not required to like sports. You are not even required to pretend to like sports. But utter cluelessness is beneath you. A few guidelines: Familiarize yourself with the approximate beginning and end of the pro sports seasons. Not having an opinion about the Lakers’ record is fine; not knowing that the season is over is lame.
The same goes for time periods
: Baseball has nine innings; bundesliga ergebnisse
football and basketball have four quarters; hockey has three periods; soccer has two halves.Upsets are the most exciting thing about sports.
Watch highlights of the most buzzed-about games on YouTube so you can join in the national conversation. (Just check out when the U.S. soccer team beat Spain in this year’s Confederations Cup.)
7. Weekend Wear
First, the rules. No dresses. No skirts. No black in the country. And nothing dangling from your neck except a cashmere scarf or a subversive-style chain necklace.Here, what to wear on weekend days:
In the city: Slim black pants, ballet slippers or platform booties, thin sweater or T-shirt, cashmere jacket and scarf.
In the country: Slouchy jeans, motorcycle boots or Wellies, waffle-knit cashmere sweater, chunky scarf, peacoat.
8. How to Flirt
Wear red. Women who dress in red are seen by men as sexier than those who wear white, green, blue, or gray, according to a University of Rochester study. Not convinced? Ladies in red are 56 percent more likely to get asked out on a date than someone wearing blue.
Flash your…wrists. The most demure of body parts isn’t so innocent after all. “Their glands emit pheromones, so we become aroused on an unconscious level by seeing the wrists,” says Martin Lloyd-Elliot, a psychotherapist and author of The Secrets of Sexual Body Language (Ulysses Press).
Dim the lights. Candlelight is flattering in more ways than we realize. A University of Chicago study found that men perceived women with dilated pupils to be more attractive.
Stand tall. “We pay attention to someone who’s higher up,” says psychologist Beverly B. Palmer. Less obvious: Consider where you’re pointing your toes. You can tell if a person really likes you if their toes point toward you.