|Questions? We have the answers|
|Wednesday, February 2, 2011|
By JUDITH TAYLOR
We take seriously the questions you ask. Some of them we acknowledge directly and some we share in our Fashion Thought column. You are thrilled when we mention you by name. We only share your questions or comments with your permission.
You may be asking for yourself or someone else concerning style and fashion. It is always our pleasure to assist you. If we do not have the answer we will research until we find what you are seeking.
It may surprise you that we get the same inquiries over and over. Thank you for allowing us to share your comments and concerns. We have lots to discuss so let’s get started.
Lynda asks if rubber boots are OK to wear with jeans. Lynda, let me first catch some up on the boots you are asking about. They really are rubber boots! They can come in vivid colors and designs. This trend started in New York City. They are worn with or without leggings in sunny or raining weather. This trend paired boots worn with scarves. The scarves caught on quickly. We immediately accepted the scarf trend in Tennessee. The rubber boot trend came later.
Yes Lynda, wear your boots with jeans making sure they are tapered or pencil style. These are best worn with a skirt or a long sweater.
Jessica wants to know, “If skirts are getting shorter, or what?” We had to laugh about this, Jessica, we would have thought this question might come from your Mom.
Absolutely shorter…scary shorter, Jessica. But even scarier are the longer sweaters that are posing as a top/skirt. They are even shorter than your skirts. The skirt styles are coming back longer. Is that a Halleluiah chorus I hear from the parents? The skirt length has gone as short as it could. It has to come back longer.
Harold says that he is “more than shocked” at the leggings his sister is wearing.
Way to go, Harold is looking after his younger sibling. We must agree with you. After visiting a major department store recently we were shocked. A woman in the cosmetic area was handing out perfume cards. I have to admit she was something to watch. She was wearing a cropped T-shirt with leggings and nothing more! It looked like she forgot her skirt and everything else. After my working in retail, it amazed me that she got past her boss or the management.
Harold, this is why your sister is trying to wear this style. Leggings have their place but not worn alone. Winter weather makes leggings a good choice on a cold day. But they should be under a skirt or a LONG sweater.
Kendra wants to wear hair pieces and asks,” If she can wear them to school?”
You can have short hair this morning and long hair by afternoon. The pieces that you are asking about do not come cheap!
Why not visit a salon that has some hair pieces and ask them? Better yet, if you have a wig boutique somewhere close, go and try them on and see if you even like them or not. Sometimes they can overpower a small face. Better save your money for this trend. One thought on this idea for parents. It may be easier to add a small hair strand than to have her dye a blue streak in her real hair!
Deidra wants to find “some things that do not make her look fat.” So many of you have asked this question. Start at the bottom, literally.
Dark jeans, dark pants, or dark A-Line skirts allow a visual slimming appearance on any body. Black is worn in the puppet studios to appear invisible behind the scenes.. Learn from them. Keeping one color head to toe gives an unbroken visual line. If you wear a skirt, add dark tights or leggings with a dark shoe. This works magic when trying to conceal. Fitted tops with a thin belt are also a trick to hide some pounds. Fitted wins every time over full tops. Add a jacket and watch the pounds go away. Remember,
“If you cannot see it, it is not there.” Jackets are wonderful for hiding a tummy or hips.
Lisa asks, “Is there is a universal style in jeans?” Yes, Lisa, and it is the straight leg or the boot cut.
These styles flatter almost everyone. IF we have large hips and we wear pencil cut jeans, it only accentuates that area. If we wear the straight cut, it balances the hips. It is an instant slim look.
The pencil or tapered leg pant or jean has been here for a while. Look for this to be changed. In fall 2011, the designers are introducing a looser fit in the pant or jeans. In Tennessee we tend to be one of the last to give up a style …so you will still see the tapered trends here in the fall.
One last question from Mia. “What do you see in the shoe styles for 2011?” Shoes have become a real status symbol for those that have no budget. No longer are they to be the last accessory, but many times the shoes will make the outfit. You may have heard of the 12-inch heel height from Europe.
They began attracting the elite and costing mega bucks. They are catching lots of press for the rich and famous. You have no doubt seen the red color under the higher priced shoes. Oprah introduced the look on her television show. Just so you know, you sit and talk in this shoe. It is awkward to walk in these beauties.
You can walk in a higher heel if is it is a wedge style. Notice the runway models trying to walk in the newest styles. They had to learn to do the high stepping all over again. For the most of us, we will stay somewhere in the 3-4-inch height in a pump style. Boots have run the gamut between 3- and 6-inch heels. Look for chunky heeled shoes coming this spring.
Keep the questions coming…always a pleasure.