Sundresses for Women: How to Choose a Sundress that Flatters

Sundresses for Women PinterestThe heat is on, the sun’s shining, and it’s the season for one of my fave items…sundresses!

Cheery colours.

Pretty prints.

Funky designs.

Sassy styles.

Yep, a sundress is a Summer style statement and super easy to wear.

You can dress it up with heels or play it casual with flats. You can pair a hat for an Audrey-esque touch or go with a head scarf for a  Boho vibe.

See, a sundress is what every summer wardrobe needs at least one of, if not more.  It’s a definite must have. (Psst…head here to know what the 3 other summer style must-haves I recommend are).

And if you’ve known me for a while, you know my fashion philosophy is quite simple: Your style is all about YOU and not about my current obsession with the sundress. 😉

So, in that spirit of styling with YOU being front & center, I want to share some style tips to keep in mind when choosing a sundress that will flatter your best features easily.

1. When to Choose the Wrap-Style Sundress

The wrap-style sundress is perfect for women who have an hourglass shape or if you have a narrow waist and want to show it off, because it nips in at the waist and falls fluidly around curves.

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Oh, speaking of shape, here is my ONE tip to dress right for your body shape. 😉

 

2.Should You Opt for an A-Line Sundress?

An A-Line sundress is a classic and helps show off your shape but at the same time, slim it down too.

It’s a Win-Win!

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That’s why it’s a fave among women with fuller hips and thighs (if you have a Triangle shaped body that is fuller on the bottom half).

Just make sure you don’t go for a style cut too wide or it will make you look bigger than you actually are. You want something that just skims over the hips.

 

3. Maxi or Mini Sundress for Simple Style

A maxi sundress is great if you want to add volume and curves to your lower half.

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It’s also a great choice if you want to conceal heavier legs. Pair it with flat sandals and you have a super stylish  and comfy summer outfit in a flash.

Minis are great if you’re petite, or you have stunning legs to show off (very common for the “Diamond” body shape).

 

4. Consider Collars, Necks and Waists

Finally, consider if you’d like to show off your totally toned arms with a sleeveless or strappy sundress. If your shoulders and back are your best features, highlight them with a halter sundress.

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An open collar or V-neck sundress will be perfect for you if you have a smaller chest or bust.

Want to be a little sassy and show off some décolletage? Go for a sexy strappy style.

See?! The sundress is so versatile that you can easily choose a style that is so YOU!

Ready to shop for one? These are my fave places to shop for clothes – maybe you’ll find one here.

Now I want to know…do you have a sundress that flatters your features? What style is it? Share with me below.

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“Lazy Day” Style

lazydaystyleIt’s been another crazy week for me with client appointments, so when I had a day off yesterday and the weather was co-operating, I decided it was the perfect time to take a trip to the local park with my Son.

This particular park has an awesome playground and splash pad, so needless to say, it was full of Moms (and a few Dad’s) soaking up the fun with their kiddies, but there was one Mom that stood out for me – in a good way.

I’m sure you have noticed this same woman as well. Well, not the EXACT same woman unless you were at the same park as I was yesterday, but the same “kind of woman.” :-)

She didn’t stand out because was the prettiest, the thinnest, or even the most youthful – but she just looked cool. 

She was wearing a simple white tank top with a pair of black yoga pants that had some ruching details down the sides of the legs, some metallic Birkenstocks, and a little straw fedora hat. Oh, and she was carrying a fun floral printed tote. Her outfit was simple but looked effortlessly stylish.

I’m willing to bet you’ve admired the same type of woman, right? The one who always looks put together and cool, and super confident in her clothing.

You CAN be that woman!

Whether it’s at the park, picking up the kids from school, or running around doing your weekend shopping/errands…

Here are some of my fave options:

  • Go for a pair of fitted yoga pants/leggings with a cute longer top, either a fun slightly off the shoulder style in a great colour/print or a simple tank with an open denim shirt over top.
  • Make sure one of the pieces are in a fun print or “great for you” colour. Depending on your shape and what you are comfortable with will depend on whether you go for a print/colour on the bottom or top half of your body.
  • If yoga pants aren’t your thing, a pair of jogger/drawstring pants with a cool fitted graphic tee or printed tank is a great option as well.
  • I would then add a simple chain necklace, lightweight scarf (if it’s not too hot), or a cool hat (like the stylish playground Mom) as a simple “finishing” piece.

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See? There is such a thing as Effortless Style!

If you’d like some more “done for you” outfit ideas so you can always look effortlessly stylish and stop stressing about what to wear, then you should check out my “Effortless Style Kit” where I share with you my 15 Must Have pieces for every woman and exactly how to style them.

I just introduced it in last month and it’s been getting rave reviews ever since!

“People need the Effortless Style Kit. Like, everyone!  It has EVERYTHING you need to have a solid style base – it’s so complete. You’ll print it, save it, and use it everyday.”  -Marie-Josee

So, if you’re looking to take the stress out of getting dressed, check it out here.

In the meantime,

Happy Styling!

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The BEST Tip for Dressing Your Body Shape

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As a Personal Stylist, I have never come across a client who hasn’t had some sort of issue or negative feeling towards some part of their body – and I have worked with every shape and size of client, from a double zero to a size eighteen.

It is no secret that as women, we can be pretty hard on ourselves about our bodies.

By the way, I always ask my clients to list their 3 favourite and least favourite physical features, and time after time, they can easily list the ones they don’t like, but really struggle with coming up with the ones they do like.

Today, we are going to change that though.

Say it with me sister…

Alright, are you ready for this?

Watch the video below to get going…

                                           

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A Sneaky Styling Trick to Know Which Colours Go Together

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Have you ever struggled mixing and matching colours in your outfits – especially when one of your pieces has multiple colours in it and you don’tfeel like pairing it with a neutral. Or have you ever wanted to try a new colour combination but not sure what “works”?

Check out my video below for  a sneaky styling trick to know which colours go together.

                               

 

 

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Hate shopping for clothes? Then you need to go here!

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If you hate shopping for clothes, then I have a great option for you that may just change that.

Especially if you get easily overwhelmed with shopping, or just don’t have the time or patience to wander from store to store in the mall looking for what you need.

The answer?

Shopping at Discount Department Stores.

I can see you rolling your eyes already because that’s the same response I get from my clients when I suggest it to them as well. But stay with me here…

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In North America we have places like Winners, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls (but I am sure these types of stores exist worldwide), which carry great brand names at lower prices. That’s one reason I love them so much but the main reason is they are an “easy” place to shop. Seriously.

Now, if you have no idea what you are looking for they may not be the best best. BUT if you have an idea of what you want to buy, they are amazing!

For example, let’s say you want some new sleeveless tops for Summer.

Option #1 is to go to the mall, wander from store to store looking for sleeveless tops and having to search throughout each store (because the sleeveless tops will be scattered throughout the store), until you find some you like.

OR

Option #2 is to go to the discount department store, head to the section labelled “Sleeveless Tops”, go to the area within the Sleeveless Top section that carries your size, and visually scan that section for colours or prints/patterns you like. Done.

Which shopping option sounds easier to you?

I know I don’t always have time for Option #1 and that’s why I LOVE shopping discount department stores. Sure, there may be fewer options, but if you are someone who easily gets overwhelmed with the choices when shopping (and I know there are a lot of you out there), less can be more!

So, the next time you have a specific item(s) to shop for, try out your local discount department store – I am willing to bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is!

And if you have no idea what you need when it comes to clothing and are looking for some guidance, you should totally check out my new “Effortless Style Kit“!

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The Effortless Style Kit is a digital download that includes the McLatchie Must Have’s (the 15 items every woman should have in their wardrobe…by the way, there are no LBD’s or trench coats mentioned), and complete head to toe outfit ideas for each Must Have as well as shopping links for each piece shown (in case you happen to see something you really love).

You can find out all about it (and get it) HERE.

In the meantime,

Happy Shopping!

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My 3 Summer Style Sanity Savers

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Summer is officially here!

Sunny days, vacation time, extra time with the family.

On the flip side, it can also mean stupid sticky weather (which means less clothing than usual) and jam packed social schedules – both of which can be a little tricky to deal with when it comes to getting dressed.

So, how do you look (and stay) cool when it’s super hot and don’t have time to think about what to wear?

My Top 3 Summer Style Sanity Savers (try saying that 3 times fast!) might help you…

1) Get a Strapless Bra. They make them in every size, so there is really no excuse for not getting one.

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Yes, you will have to try on quite a few to find the perfect and most comfortable fit, and you will also have to pay a bit more for a really good one, but it is seriously money well spent. When you have a strapless bra (or bandeau), you are no longer limited to only wearing tops that cover your bra straps or worse, having to wear layering cami’s underneath your thin strapped Summer tops and dresses. Ahhhh…less layers in the heat!

2) Try a romper or a jumpsuit. Again, it’s a matter of trying some on to see which styles suit you best (and there are styles to suit every size and shape), but these have been a lifesaver for me lately.

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When I am in a rush and want to look pulled together in a flash (in other words, I don’t have time or can’t be bothered to think about what to wear with what, these are my newest “go to” pieces. Add an accessory and some cool shoes, and watch the compliments start flying your way!

3) Buy a pair of Metallic Shoes. Whether they are flats, sandals, wedges, or heels…it doesn’t matter.

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A metallic shoe is must have in every woman’s closet not only because they help dress up the most basic look, but also because they go with everything. yes, metallic is a neutral.

So there you have it – my Top 3 Summer Style Sanity Savers!

What do you do to stay looking cool in the heat? I’d love to hear about your Style Sanity Savers in the comment section below.

By the way…if you’re interested in finding out the 15 Must Haves I think EVERY woman should have in her wardrobe, you should check out my new “Effortless Style Kit“.

In the meantime…

Happy Styling!

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Colour Inspiration

colourIf you’ve been reading my Blog for a while now, you may already know, I don’t own one piece of black clothing. It’s not that I dislike black, I just don’t like it for myself.

I know I am in the minority with that one though because it’s the most common colour I see in my clients wardrobes. And when I ask them why they have so much black, I get the same answer over and over again…”It’s easy.” As in, you can put any colour with it and don’t have to worry about if it will “go” together.

So, it’s not that they love black either – they are just nervous about trying to pair other colours together  so they play it safe. Which often breeds boredom.

Can you relate?

If you’re wanting to experiment with more colour in your wardrobe but not sure where to start or how to know what can go with what, I have a super cool (and easy) way for you to figure it out.

Look to things outside of clothing for colour inspiration!

For example, that beautiful flower arrangement you just bought to brighten up your home? Use the colour within it to inspire you to create a colourful new outfit.

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Or that funky knit blanket you have? You LOVE those colours, and can see they work together well, so you know they will work in an outfit too.

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Or scour the internet or home decor magazines for pics of interior designs and find one you’re drawn to, and use the colours from that as your inspiration for your next outfit.

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Now it’s your turn!

It’s the perfect time of year to start experimenting with some new colour combinations.

Go out and have some fun with it!

I’d love for you to leave a comment below letting me know what you used as your inspiration.

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Your Happy Style

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The other day I posted this pic on my Facebook page, showing one of my fave pairs of Spring shoes saying how happy they made me feel.

Heart embellished, pink suede, open toed, with an “easy to manage” respectable heel height. Seriously, these are HAPPY shoes!

Everyone should have pieces of clothing (and by “clothing”, I mean clothes, accessories, shoes, etc.) that make them just a little bit giddy – items that make you smile, put a little spring in your step, and you’re excited to wear.

If you don’t have any, you need some…STAT!

So, I started thinking about “happiness inducing” pieces and the one item that came to mind that could work for everyone??? Polka Dots!

A classic print (that is in all the stores right now by the way), you can’t be angry when looking at a polka dot. They just have this playful vibe about them.

So, I thought I’d put together a few outfit combinations using polka dots to get your creative juices flowing and give you some inspiration to try this fun print.

 

polkaoneStyle Tip: Pair colourful polka dots with other Springtime neutrals like denim, white, or a soft grey. Then add in a contrasting colour shoe and accessories to up the fun factor!

 

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Style Tip: Go for a neutral coloured polka dot piece and pair it with another print or pattern in a similar colour palette (with one added “pop” of colour of course!) to get creative with your polka dots. Super stylish but super easy!

 

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Style Tip: When in doubt, do your dots in your footwear and build the rest of your look around your shoes. Keep it all within the same colour palette like the look above, or take it up a notch (but be prepared to get noticed!) with a contrasting colour like a pink, orange, or purple. Seriously smile inducing style!

So, are you ready to get your smile on with some “happy style”? If polka dots aren’t for you, what would make you giddy with excitement to wear? Share your tips and ideas in the comment section below.

Until next time…

Happy Styling!

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Surprise!

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This post is going to be a bit different from the norm – and I am going to be super honest with you. So I hope you stick around to the end because I have a special surprise in store for you.

When I first created Wardrobe Mixology earlier this year, I thought I would run it on a monthly basis, but I soon realized, I just can’t do that.

Unlike other online self study programs that you just download and go at it on your own (kind of like a really intense e-book), Wardrobe Mixology is different.

Yes, you get the content and lessons delivered to your inbox. Yes, you can go at your own pace and not have to worry about falling behind. And yes, you will have the materials forever so if you do fall behind, you can just pick it up again when you’re ready.

But how is it different?

Well, even though I share with you the same style guidelines and tools I share with my one-on-one clients, and you’re learning it all via my video and written lessons, you’ll never be alone.

With our private WM Facebook Group, you’ll have a place to go to ask any questions, get feedback, and even toot your own style horn as you make progress. It truly is my fave feature of the program! I am in there EVERY DAY answering one-on-one questions and if there is something you are too embarrassed to ask in the group, I am always just a private message away!

So, why am I sharing all of this? Well, for two reasons actually.

The first is to explain why WM will not be run on a monthly basis.

In order for me to make sure I am able to give you my undivided one-on-one attention, I can only commit to running the program twice a year (oh, and in case you haven’t heard, it won’t be offered again until September).

The second reason I am sharing all of this is because as an Entrepreneur, I have taken my fair share of online courses and programs and understand the pro’s and con’s. And it got me to thinking about the reasons why you may not be sure if Wardrobe Mixology is right for you.

So, I wanted to address what I think may be the top 3 things preventing you from signing up.

1) The time commitment.

I get it.

We start June 1st and maybe you’re worried with the Summer coming and all that that entails (kids out of school, vacations, etc.), will you have the time to complete the program?

Well, first things first.

I have made the program with the busy woman in mind, so that means straight and to the point lessons and action steps. But if you find yourself falling behind, no worries. You have the material forever and access to our Facebook group forever, so if you ever fall behind, just jump back into it when you’re ready.

Plus, the material is evergreen. So, what I teach you about making over your wardrobe is a repeatable process you can use again and again as you plan to update your wardrobe season to season. Pretty cool, right?

2) Can an online program REALLY help?

Like I said, as an Entrepreneur, I have taken a number of online programs and of course, some were more helpful than others. But because I have taken so many, you can be sure I made this one top notch by giving you EVERY THING you need to know to make over your style and your wardrobe.

Check out Jenn’s transformation! Amazing, eh?

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Jennifer was able to do this all on her own thanks to Wardrobe Mixology, but she also made sure to utilize my one-on-one help when she got stuck.

Remember, I make myself available via our Facebook Group and private messaging because I want to make sure you succeed and give you that extra one-on-one support.

Seriously, my one-on-one packages begin at $997US so Wardrobe Mixology really is a steal at only $197US.

3) Which brings me to what may be your next possible objection to signing up. Cost.

Though the program is a total steal at only $197US (and the price will be going up when I run it again in September), I am offering a special FLASH SALE!

I really want to help as many women as possible with this program and I don’t want money to be a factor, so I am bringing back the early bird pricing for 48 hours only! Yep, you can get in for only $147US until this Friday @ midnight.

This is truly an amazing program – if I do say so myself! Not only will it change your style and wardrobe, but your life as well. I know, that’s a pretty bold statement to make, but I have seen some amazing transformations happen (both inside and out) for the women who have taken part already.

Actually, maybe I should just let them tell you in their own words.

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Remember, the FLASH SALE ends Friday at midnight and Wardrobe Mixology begins this coming Monday, June 1st.

Hope to see you there!

 

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How to Dress Like a 4 Year Old

 

How To Dress Like a 4 Year Old (2)Remember when you were a little girl and you had so much fun playing dress up? And you loved parading around and showing off your “new look”? You were just so proud of what you had put together!

When was the last you felt that way about an outfit?

In today’s post, I am going to give you 3 ways to have more fun with your style and take your everyday outfits up a notch.

Watch the video below to find out more…

Oh, and if you’re looking for some 1-on-1 help with your wardrobe and taking your style notch, the registration is now open for the next session of my online program Wardrobe Mixology which begins June 1st.

 

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