My Angle on Tangles

  
    



We all want healthy, shiny hair-
-free from common hair problems such as static, grease, and limpness–and are willing to change shampoos, styling products, and even how we blow dry or straighten our hair in order to get it.

But perhaps the real barrier keeping us all from having this beautiful, shiny hair is an everyday mundane task most of us don’t even think about—brushing your hair..

Sure, we all know how to brush our hair…we’ve been doing it for years…But…

Are we all doing it right?

In fact, IS there really a “right” way and a “wrong” to brush your hair?
The answer is “yes,” and the fact is that most of us have been brushing our hair the wrong wYfor our entire lives–down instead of up.

Starting at the top of your head and brushing down our strands is actually bad for hair because this could pull the hair out of the follicle…and might eventually make us all prematurely bald.

Instead we should all be starting to comb or brush our hair at the bottom and brush our way up. Brushing up allows you to tackle tangles along the hair shaft, but without this risk of pulling the follicle out of its root. 

To brush your hair in what most of us would call the “wrong” direction, start brushing a few inches from the ends. Once this section is detangled, keep moving up a few more inches at a time and continue brushing sections of hair until you reach the top.

Even though, brushing up your hair like this may feel unnatural at first, if it will keep you from pulling all your hair out…(or at least the hair still left after being with rowdy children or rude co-workers)…wouldn’t this be useful?

But before even trying to detangle your hair, first apply a detangling product. The detangler will make your hair slippery, and the comb will go right through.

  

 

A spray detangler, such as Not Your Mother’s Detangler Tahitian Garden Flower & Mango, works best for fine hair.
  
A lotion detangler, such as Paul MItchell Lite Detangler, works best for “average” hair.
After drenching hair with detangler, brush or comb gently. Never yank through a particularly snarled section in an effort to remove any knots.

Instead gently remove any knots with a detangling brush, Tangle Teezer, or  wide-tooth comb.

  
1.  Detangling Brush…The traditional paddle brush is the best type of  brush to use when detangling your hair. This type of brush is strong enough to detangler your hair, but is still gentle because the flexible plastic bristles of the brush are spaced further apart, and these brushes have a padded base. A densely-packed brush, such as a boar-bristle brush, will pull on your hair way too much as you try to detangle your hair. 

This EcoTools Detangler Paddle Brush, is a great option for  removing tangles. The EcoTools Detangler Paddle Brush has a sustainable bamboo handle, 100% cruelty-free nylon bristles, large paddle, and a vented cushion to provide maximum detangling with minimal pulling and damage.
   
  

2.  Tangle Teezer …The Tangle Teezer is designed with ergonomically designed handle(?!) to fit snugly in your palm and flexible plastic teeth to  make removing tangles and knots quicker, easier, and pain-free… and minimizing hair breakage and cuticle damage.
   

 
3.  Wide-Tooth Comb…A wide-tooth comb, such as this Detangling Comb from The Body Shop is a third option. If you are going to use a comb to detNgle your hair, make sure that the teeth are spaced further apart.
And that, my friends, is my Angle on Tangles…
 

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      Skirting the Issue

        
      A well-chosen skirt can be an important addition to any woman’s wardrobe, and an abundance of different styles makes it possible to find a skirt for just about any occasion. 

      Skirts add virtually limitless possibilities when creating capsule wardrobes. Skirts are more versatile than dresses because simply changing the top can give you a totally new outfit.

       
      First secure the basic skirt essentials in neutral colors such as black, browns, whites and gray. These colors blend in with all seasons and most occasions – from fall to summer, andgo with all color combinations.Your skirt essentials should also be easy to combine with other clothes. So leave out patterns and frilly add-ons.

      After you’ve bought all the basics, add more skirts in colors and styles that reflect your personality. Experiment to find those skirts with your best colors, prints, and hemline shapes.


      Color…Solid neutrals–like black, navy, cream, and khaki–will be worn most often because they can be paired with many different tops to create several different looks. 


      Length...Lengths range from mid-thigh, to above the knee, to at the knee, to below the knee, to mid-calf, to ankle length. 

      Business skirts are typically knee length, or just above the knee. Knee length skirts flatter women over forty the most because they show of your full calves and create a slimming, elongated look. Knee length skirts will always be the smartest choice.

      Long skirts are generally more casual, but can often be overwhelming and awkward.

      Short skirts show off more leg, while long skirts are more modest, and usually more practical for everyday wear. 


      Material…Material choices are vast, causing some women to feel overwhelmed with options…and the material of the skirt is important because this determines how it looks and when it is most appropriate to be worn.

      Knowing what a skirt will mainly be worn for can be helpful in determining what material to look for.

      Certain fabrics are preferable to others, but woven fabric with tight weaves stands up well, does not shrink significantly, launders easier, and needs less ironing.

      Heavy fabrics–such as wool, canvas, and denim–are great during the colder months. 

      Lightweight materials like chiffon are better when lined, so that they hold up longer over time and are less transparent. 


      Fit…It is important to choose a skirt that fits correctly, so take the time to actually measure your hips and waist before going shopping.

      Choose a skirt that fits properly at the waist. The skirt should is tailored, but not too tight.

      Women with large hips should always choose their skirt size based on hip size. High waisted pencil skirts and fitted miniskirts will also have to fit over your hips. For professional wear, choose a skirt that is a few inches bigger than your actual measurement.


      Body Type…Some skirt styles are a simply more flattering to certain body types than others. Knowing your personal body type allows you to focus only on those skirts that are best suited to your natural figure. 

      Full-figured women look best in sleek pencil skirts that hug your curves in all the right spots, and skirts that fall just below the knee that will hide larger knees and help calves look slimmer. 

      Taller women look best in long skirts and dark colors ..and should avoid bulky pleated and ruffled styles 

      Pear-shaped women, those of us who are biggest on the bottom, look best in A-line and pleated skirts

      Petite women look best in skirts that make your legs look longer, such as high-waisted skirts and fitted skirts that fall above the knee. Also avoid long skirts because they can appear overwhelming. Instead look for large patterns and bold florals to draw the eye downward.

      Women with “boy-shaped” bodies can wear many different skirt styles—such as clingy knit skirts that enhance limited curves…and .ruffled or tiered styles with fitted waistlines that create and add shape and substance to figures that lack natural curves.


      Shopping for Skirts…Trying various styles will help you find a skirt that looks good and fits comfortably.

      The best skirts will be those that best match your personality, show off your best features, and hide or disguise any flaws. Also think about where the skirt will be worn and what the weather will be.

      Knowing the different skirt styles available can help make it easier for you to find the perfect skirt.

        
      1.  A-Line…A-line skirts are fitted at the waist and wider at the hemline…creating a triangular; “A-shaped” appearance. A-line skirts are rather casual and look especially nice on curvy women.

        
      2.  Asymmetrical Hem …The classic asymmetrical skirt is usually made from lighter fabrics, has some panels falling longer than the others, and obviously has an uneven hem The layers of light but voluminous fabric in this style provides a very feminine look.

        
      3.  Bubble…The bubble skirt consists of layers and layers of fabric either wrapping around in semi-circles or draping down to create a puffy silhouette, commonly referred to as the “bubble.”

      The volume and draping of the extra fabric and the tucking of the hem underneath creates a puffy look; perhaps not a good thing for most of us.

        
      4.  Circle…Circle skirts are full skirts with fabric descending from the waist to form a perfect circle at the hem.They are made in a variety of fabrics and lengths.

          Who Wears Short Shorts

            
          Shorts are a staple wardrobe item in summer weather, and having a variety of different shorts in your closet can obviously expand your outfit options..

          But finding shorts that are appropriate, comfortable, and wearable can sometimes e a challenge.

          1. Appropriate…The main question as to whether shorts are appropriate or not is length. Shorts come in many different lengths, and choosing the perfect lengths primarily depends on what you personally prefer and why/where they will be worn…
          Three standard lengths of shorts are short shorts-those with a 3″ inseam..lmid-range-those with 4″ inseam…and Bermudas—those with a 12 inseam.

          Typically a pair of midrange shorts that are neither too tight nor too baggy are the most flattering on everyone. Stay away from short-shorts unless you are in amazing shape.

          2. Comfortable…Finding the right fit should involve first measuring your waist, hips, and inseam. inseam lengths are determined by the height and length of your leg. To measure the inseam, run a tape measure from the bottom center of your crotch straight down…

          Comfort also depends on the material that the shorts are made from. Fabrics that have more structure, such as linen and silk-cotton blends are most appropriate for dressy shorts. Stretch denim is more comfortable than regular denim.

          3. Wearability…Neutrals and bright, solid colors are going to mix and match with other items in your wardrobe. Also try to steer clear of large patterns. 

          Pair your shorts with shirts that offer contrast in color and texture—such as a loose shirt worn with tailored, fitted shorts.

          Types of Shorts

          Having a selection of several different types of shorts—casual, dressy, and athletic —available will give you more flexibility

          1.  Casual Shorts 

             
          Cargo…Cargo shorts are knee length, baggy, and feature large pockets on the sides…such as these Carhartt W El Paso Shorts.

            

            

          Frayed
          …These shorts have frayed bottoms to create a sloppy, casual style Levi’s Womens Distressed Frayed Hem Denim Shorts.
          2.  Dressy Shorts

            

          Bermuda…Bermuda shorts are typically knee-length shorts that look like cut-off and hemmed trousers…such as these PURE JILL COTTON-STRETCH BERMUDA SHORTS from J Jill.

          Culottes…Culottes have a flap in front that covers the shorts, making them appear like a skirt; designed to appear more feminine but still have functionality

          Walking…Walking shorts are everyday shorts that are designed for comfort; most of the time they reach mid-thigh and are fairly looseWalking Shorts & Bermuda Shorts – Varies but should hit 1″ above the knee

          10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Shopping for the Perfect Pair of Pants

              
          Finding the perfect pair of pants can also be challenging. So here are a few questions to ask yourself when shopping for the perfect pair..

          1. Are the pants lined? Lined pants can help conceal any lumps or bumps.

          2. Are the pants too high?

          3. Are the pants too low?

          4. Are the pants too tight?

          5. Are there creases or “smiling” across the crotch?

          6. Can you can grab at least an inch of extra fabric on your thighs?

          7. Do the pants sit too far below the belly button?

          8. Do you have a visible pantyline?

          9. Do you have the dreaded “camel toe,” outline of your lady parts, through the pants?

          10. What material are the pants made from? A heavier fabric, like wool gabardine or cotton twill,are more flattering. 
          Now for a few brands and styles that I have found to be the best fitting through the years…your body type (and what is your body type)? classic trousers from popular labels: 

          Wardrobe Staples…Bottoms…Leggings—Oh What Lovely Legs You Have (or have not)

              
            Leggings—worn for warmth, comfort, style, and athletic wear— are perfect for creating a smooth base layer for long tunics and short dresses. 
            But leggings come in a wide variety of colors, fabrics, and lengths.

              So how do you choose the perfect ones to buy?

               1.  Color…yes, leggings do Come in a wide variety of solid colors and prints, but lighter-colored, brighter, and patterned leggings draw attention to your legs and emphasize the lower body…and unless you’re very tall and bone thin? So typically steer away from these.

              Black and darker-colored leggings have a moreslimming effect on the legs, flatter all body shapes, coordinate well with a wide array of outfit choices, and just plain out far less tacky.

              Fabric…are usually made from a Lycra or a spandex blend, but can also be made from cotton, silk, lace, and wool. 

              They can also be sheer or opaque, smooth like tights, or textured like cable-knit. 

              Jeggings are a hybrid between jeans and leggings. They are made of a stretchy denim material that has had elasticated fibres added during production to give the denim plenty of stretch and to create a softer, less rigid fabric. Jeggings are more versatile and durable than standard leggings.

              Length…Length of leggings usually depend on where you are going to wear them and what length you yourself actually like best.

              1. Ankle-Length Leggings...Ankle – length leggings They provide full coverage and warmth and can be worn beneath  dresses, skirts, pants, and longer tops. Ankle-length leggings cover a wearer’s entire legs, reaching all the way down to the ankles. They are commonly worn with boots or high heels. Full length leggings help make your legs look longer, especially dark leggings worn with heels, and best flatter slender women.  . 

              2. Capri-Leggings…Capri – length leggings have a more casual feel than full-length leggings. They work well with mini-skirts,  oversized sweaters, and long shirts.

              Be sure that the Capri leggings that you choose end at the mid calf. If not, they will simply look like full-length leggings that are just a little bit too short.

              3.  Footed Leggings..Footed leggings are similar to tights, but they are made from a thicker material.. These leggings are great for wearing with dresses, skirts, long buttondown shirts, and coat-style cardigan sweaters during the winter.

              Always make sure that your top covers the top of your thighs and your butt. Leggings are basically meant to be a type of an undergarment, not actual pants. 

              4.  Knee-Length Leggings…Knee – length leggings fall to just below the knee and are typically worn for various forms of exercise, such as dance, gymnastics, and yoga…but they could also be worn under skirts and dresses. Knee-length leggings can flatter legs with a heavier calf.

              5.  Stirrup Leggings…Stirrup leggings are similar to ankle-length leggings, but they also have a connected elastic-type strap, called a stirrup, that wraps under the arch of the foot.  The stirrup prevents the leggings from riding up and gathering at the ankles.These leggings are typically worn as pants instead of a layering garment.

                Wardrobe Staples…Genius Jeans 

                  
                All women face challenges when shopping for  that “perfect” pair of jeans 

                Jeans are a year-long wardrobe staple, so finding ones that don’t look like “mom” jeans, give us the comfortability that we crave, and actually flatter our changing bodies often takes effort, diligence, and endurance.

                Questions to ask yourself when shopping for the “perfect” pair of jeans include…

                • Are they long enough to roll down and wear with boots? 
                • Are they long enough to roll up and wear with sandals?
                • Are they “suffocating” you?
                • Are they too high or two low?
                • Do they allow just the right amount of stretch to hug your curves? 
                • How do they fit around the waist?
                • How good or bad does your butt look in these jeans?
                • Would you haveto wear a belt with them?
                • There are several different cuts of jeans available. these include…

                1.  Boot-cut…Boot-cut jeans-those that are fitted around the thighs and butt, but a little more relaxed around the calves and ankles-help “balance” out your figure.

                2.  High-Waisted…High-waisted jeans accentuate and flatter your waist, and will elongate your legs. Petites look best in high-rise jeans for this reason.

                3.  Low-Rise Jeans...Tall women, on the other hand, look best in low-rise jeans, but be careful not to pick a pair that is so low rise that they expose a little too much of your curves, such as your butt crack,  every time you sit down…

                4.  Skinny Jeans…A pair of streamlined skinnies creates a sleek look, but also accentuates your shape and highlights your curves….(which could be either a good or bad thing). They can also make your legs appear a few extra inches longer. Choose a pair of skinny leg jeans that has a contoured waist and is made from a stretchy material that will “give a little” in the hips and rear. Steer clear of a super skinny, too-tight-of-a-fit jeans.

                Other things to pay attention to…

                • Dark wash denim creates a slimming effect. 
                • Higher prices don’t always mean better fit or quality.
                • Lighter color washes draw the eye downward.
                • Struggling to get into the legs is a key to finding good jeans. If the jeans you try go on easily, go down a size. Jeans always stretch.
                • The waistband should be snug enough to fit two fingers down the back. If you can fit your whole hand, they are too loose, if only one or no fingers, they are too tight.

                  
                Citizens of Humanity Avedon Slick Skinny jeans…$188

                  
                 Levi’s Curve ID Low Rise Bold Curve Skinny Jeans…$80

                  

                Lucky Brand Charlie Low-Rise Skinny Jeans…$60
                 

                       
                    Lauren Conrad Slim Bootcut Jeans…$20

                    Wardrobe Staples…T-Shirts–The Looks, The Feels of Cotton

                      

                    T-shirts have evolved from basic undergarments issued as part of the standard military uniforms during World War II as an undershirt….to now being a wardrobe staple for both women, men, and kids of all ages…available in a wide variety of fabrics, necklines, sizes, and shapes.

                      Every capsule wardrobe should include several solid colored t-shirts for layering with  jackets and sweaters.

                        And typically t-shirts are made of cotton…because cotton naturally breathes, stretches, and moves with the wearer. Cotton is soft, breathable, lightweight, and affordable.

                          But cotton is not all simply cotton. There are actually five different types of cotton available…each with its own distinct characteristics:…

                                
                            Cabela’s Women’s Combed Cotton V-Neck Tee Shirt

                            1.  Combed Cotton:…Combing cotton aligns its longer fibers and produces a softer and more durable fabric. Combed cotton t-shirts typically last longer than plain cotton varieties. This high-quality cotton has a higher thread count, but is a bit pricier than other options.

                                
                              Baserange Women’s Natural Cotton Lege Long Sleeve, $110

                              2.  Organic Cotton
                              :…Organic cotton is environmentally friendly since it is grown with minimal use of fertilizers and pesticides. This is great for an environmentally conscious audience, but it also comes with a higher price tag.

                                
                              Everlane Cotton V $15, Everlane

                                3.  Pima Cotton:…Pima cotton is woven from very fine, extremely thin cotton strands chosen from a particular variety of the cotton plant. These are comfortable and soft t-shirts that are resistant to stretching and fading and that tend to get softer with wear. 

                                  
                                 Hanes Womens 4.5 oz., 100% Ringspun Cotton nano-T T-Shirt

                                4.  Ring-Spun Cotton:...Ring-Spun cotton is created by twisting and thinning the cotton strands. It is usually pricier but extremely durable, lasting a very long time.

                                    
                                   Buck Mason Slub Tee $28, Spring

                                  5.  Slub Cotton:...Slub cotton is woven, creating slight lumps and a unique texture. It’s airy and lightweight, making it great for summer.

                                  Wardrobe Staples-Tops-Sweaters…How to Choose a Red Neck

                                    
                                  As we approach the beginning of fall and winter… (even though it’s still 95 degrees here in Texas most days)…it’s time to drag out or start thinking about dragging out the sweaters…and probably even buy more.

                                  But there are so many sweaters available that you may find the choices a little overwhelming. How do you know which sweaters look best with your body type, face shape, and neckline?

                                  Let’s take a look at several different styles of sweaters and necklines and consider which ones will be the most flattering based on both the shape of your face, body, and neck.

                                    

                                  1.  Boat Neck


                                  Design……sits near the collarbone and extends horizontally outward onto the shoulders and parallel to the bustline 

                                  Best for…

                                  Bustline…makes it seem more pronounced. 
                                  Face Type…can enhance the beauty of a heart-shaped face
                                  Head…provides a balancing effect for women with a smaller head
                                  Neck…flattering for women with long necks, can make an overly long neck appear slightly shorter

                                      
                                    2.  Cowl Neck 

                                    Design…the collar of a cowl neck sweater  folds over and lies on the shoulders and chest to create a drape around the neck

                                    Best for…

                                    Body Type…excellent for apple-shaped women because they open up the neck area and are not as form-fitting…also great for pear-shaped women because they draw the eye up and away from the lower body 
                                    Bust line…excellent for busty women because they open up the neck area and are not as form-fitting

                                        

                                      3.  Funnel Neck

                                      Design…similar to a mock turtleneck except that the neck extends upwards from the bodice of the shirt in one piece instead of being a tube sewn onto the neckline…excess fabric could either stand straight up or roll over

                                      Best for…

                                      Neck Type…short neck, as the collar does not normally cover most or much of the neck length

                                         
                                      4.  Jewel Neck

                                      Design…a plain rounded neckline that rests near the base of the throat 

                                      Best for…

                                      Bustline…makes the bustline more noticeable
                                      Face Type…heart-shaped
                                      Necks… long, because the jewel neck minimizes attention to the neck and 

                                        
                                      5.  Mock Turtleneck… 

                                      Design…similar to a turtleneck, but about half as long…stands up on its own… gives the appearance of a turtleneck without the extra folded-over fabric

                                      Best for…

                                      Body Type…woman with a slimmer build.
                                      Bustline…makes busty women look confined and somewhat matronly
                                      Neck Type…short

                                         
                                      6.  Turtlenecks

                                      Design…have a long tube of fabric that is longer than the neck serving as the collar and draping around the neck…can also be folded over once for a neat appearance at the base of the neck…often form fitting with long sleeves and a hem that ends at the waist or top of the hip.

                                      Best for…

                                      Bustline…large-busted women tend to look even larger in turtlenecks, so care should be taken to choose a finely knit material and add a layer that creates a longer line
                                      Face Type…heart shape…can provide flattering concealment for a double chin
                                      Neck Type…can have a slimming effect on a wider neck and not best on short necks, although older women may like the neck camouflage offered by a turtleneck sweater

                                          
                                        7.  V – Neck 

                                        Design…V-shaped neckline with long sleeves and ribbed cuffs and hem…wide at the top and slants inward, coming to a point at the bottom. 

                                        Best for…

                                        Neck Type…Since they show a narrowing section of skin, they can have a lengthening effect on the neck. This illusion makes them popular among women with shorter or wider necks visually elongate the neck. They typically give women with short necks a more elegant appearance.Thicker Neck or Double-Chin
                                          

                                          Things to keep in mind when shopping for sweaters…

                                          1.  Close-fitting sweaters work well with wide-leg pants and flowing skirts. Bulky sweaters look best with snug bottoms, such as a tight pencil skirt, skinny jeans, or leggings…

                                          2.  Keep in mind the events, occasions, and activities that you might want to wear the sweater…the climate you live in…and any accessories that you might need to go with your new sweater.

                                          3.  Smaller, thinner jewelry works better with light sweaters or those in a fine-gauge knits. Thinner necklaces look even smaller when worn with heavy sweaters.

                                          4.  Thick sweaters look best with longer, thicker necklaces or long, thin chains with bold pendants. 

                                          5.  Tying or draping a scarf around your neck and shoulders gives a sweater extra flair.

                                              Wardrobe Staples-Tops…Sh** You Should Remember When Buying New Shirts

                                                
                                              Everyone typically wears some sort of day, every single day of every single year for pretty much our entire lives…so most of us have at least how many  shirts hanging in our closets…
                                              But how do you know that the next shirt will be an item that you wear at least once a week…or will join the other shirts that will simply remain in your closet for how long before being donated to Goodwill?

                                              Here are a few tips to remember…

                                                

                                              Fabric


                                              There are two types of material that fabric can be made of-natural and synthetic…and there are good things and bad things about each of them. For example…

                                              Natural Fabrics

                                              • 1.  Cotton…Cotton is one of the most commonly used fabrics. Cotton shirts should have easy “breathability” and a soft feel.
                                              • 2.  Linen…Linen is slightly rougher and thinner than cotton. This lightweight material is great for summer.
                                              • 3.  Silk…Silk shirts are generally smooth and have a sheen that works great for formal occasions.

                                              Synthetic Fabrics…Polyester is the most common synthetic fabric used for shirts. Polyester is lightweight and dries quickly after being washed.


                                                Other Notes about Choosing Fabric

                                                Look for shirts labeled as “stretch cotton.” Stretch cotton prevents wrinkles and allows for comfortable all-day wear.

                                                The material should be thin enough to be layered beneath sweaters, but heavy enough not to be able to see through.

                                                Dry cleaning shirts will help shirts them retain their color, shape, and crispness.

                                                You do not need to wash or dry clean your shirt after every wear. You should be able to get at least two wears out of the shirt before you need to wash it or have it dry cleaned.

                                                  

                                                     

                                                    Color


                                                    1.  Avoid large prints if you want to look slimmer.

                                                    2.  Black shirts and white shirts are suitable for all women and pair well with most other garments.

                                                    3.  Blues and greens vary a great deal in tone, but darker shades generally suit darker features and lighter shades lighter features. Reds and pinks are a good choice for those with green eyes and a tan skin tone. 

                                                    4.  Horizontal stripes make you look fatter.Vertical stripes make you look taller.

                                                    5.  The classic “must have” white shirt might not be a “must have” for you personally. Instead your perfect shirt because bright white doesn’t flatter everyone. Your “must have” shirt might instead be soft white, ivory, or even a very pale pastel. Bright white typically looks best on women with dark hair and light skin.

                                                      

                                                    Cut


                                                    1.  Different Types of Cut..lCrew necks and V-necks both shorten a longer neck, whereas scoop necks tend to lengthen a neck. Boat necks broaden narrow shoulders.

                                                    2.  Shirttail…Shirts with a long tail, one that covers your bottom and hits right around the bottom of your bottom, are more likely to stay tucked in. A rounded shirttail hem is easier to tuck in.

                                                      

                                                    3.  Shoulders…

                                                    Short sleeves should come down to the mid upper arm-closer to the elbow than to the shoulder-in order to hide flabby arms

                                                    Sleeveless shirts should have arm holes that are cut quite close to the armpit, so that your bra is not exposed.The shoulders should be wide enough to hide your bra strap.

                                                    Shoulder seams should hit squarely on your shoulders, not above or below. Rip out any shoulder pads.

                                                    4.  A tailored style is always more flattering than a looser style..

                                                      

                                                      Size


                                                      The right fit and proportion is key. An incorrectly sized buttondown will either pop open in between the buttons and exposing the body, or too much extra fabric billowing around the body which is not flattering

                                                      The shirt should fit closely, but not so closely that it clings to your sides or gapes open between the buttons. 

                                                      When trying on a shirt, take the time to sit down in order to test for clinging, gapping, and overall comfort across your back.

                                                      Never intentionally buy too large of a shirt. The extra fabric might not be able to fit into your pants or skirt.

                                                        

                                                        Wearing


                                                        Tucking the shirt in and wearing a belt makes an outfit look more professional, but shirts can remain untucked if the shirt does not fall past mid-hip. 

                                                        Wear the sleeves buttoned and pushed up, or unbuttoned and rolled up. ..no higher than mid-forearm. 

                                                        Wearing a camisole underneath helps the fabric to lay flatter against the body, thus keeping the shirt closed. It also prevents any exposure if the shirt does malfunction.

                                                        Wardrobe Staples-Tops…Dresses (and what the heck is “business casual”?!)

                                                           Creating a “business casual” work wardrobe on a budget often means different things from job to job, industry to industry, office to office, and state to state. 

                                                        But even though there is no “official” rulebook or guidelines for dressing “business casual,” there are basic principles such as…

                                                        1.  Choose slightly more structured versions of what you already like to wear.

                                                        2.  Create a “uniform.”
                                                        This takes the work and the panic element out of getting dressed every morning. Two examples of “uniforms” would be almost always wearing A-Line skirts, low heels and blouses…or wide-legged pants, Oxfords and a sweater.

                                                        3. 
                                                        Don’t worry too much about what everyone else is wearing. Business casual runs the gamut in any given office. 

                                                        4. Dress comfortably…
                                                        Feel free to be yourself…If you feel uncomfortable, you won’t look very professional.

                                                        5. Dressing professionally means dressing to do your job in a well-groomed and non-distracting fashion. 


                                                        6. Establish a color palette.


                                                        7. Get tips from your coworkers. 


                                                        8. Ignore the “dress for the job you want” thing.
                                                        Dress for the job you actually have and for what is right for you. You don’t want to look like the geek who is trying way too hard.

                                                        9. Invest in a few keys pieces.  Add other items slowly…. It’s much better to have a smaller wardrobe full of great pieces than a closet full of junk. 

                                                        Don’t try to build a wardrobe all at once. First buy the bare minimum pieces, and get a sense of what your office is like and what feels right on you in that environment. Then you will have time and money to make better choices.

                                                        10. Know your brands and what you’re looking for.

                                                        11. Never wear denim, shorts, miniskirts, crazy makeup, or anything vinyl or sequined. 


                                                        12. Quality pieces, taken care of properly, will generally last much longer than cheap pieces
                                                          It makes sense to invest in things you know you’ll actually wear often…such as black trousers, pencil skirts and blazers.

                                                        13. Sell old clothes to offset the costs….Selling old clothes on eBay or at consignment stores will help the people currently needing that item and provide you additional cash for the new items you need.

                                                        14. Shop online….Even though shopping online means that you obviously will not be able try the clothes on before buying them, you can often find really great deals.

                                                        15. Stay away from full-priced department store items….Great pieces can be found much cheaper at stores like T.J. Maxx and Ross, and consignment and thrift stores.