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Style for Hire Stylist Report Holiday 2012

‘Tis the season of your office holiday party, your high school reunion, your family gathering and your coworker’s baby shower! Feel good about what you’re wearing to each? Reduce your stress and look your best with a fun, time- and money-saving personal stylist! Book an appointment with one of our stylists to make the most of what you’ve got in your closet and amp up your style. Our team is handpicked by Stacy London and trained to work with any body and any budget at any time. The holidays are a time for doing something extra for someone... Why not you? Or if you already get it, how about spreading the love? Give a Style for Hire gift certificate to your favorite fashionistos and fashionistas (or fashion-challenged), and be known forevermore as the Best. Gifter. Ever. Stacy London and Cindy McLaughin Co-Founders

Cindy CEO and Co-Founder

HOW TO: OFFICE TO EVENING

Transition your work wardrobe from day to night during holiday party season Think sparkle! A sequin tank can easily be worn into the office, under a blazer or cardigan. Lauren Matthews Washington, DC @SFH_VALauren

Accessorizing is the way to go. Adding a fabulous necklace and cocktail ring will complete your look. Mahjuba Levine San Diego, CA @SFH_CAMahjuba

A pencil skirt is a great piece to start with shape-wise, because of its intrinsic sexiness through tailoring. Packing a colorful or metallic wallet clutch in your day bag is a favorite trick of mine!

Molly Bingaman Kansas City, MO @SFH_MOMolly

Kimberly Marney Topeka, KS @SFH_KSKimberly

Add heel height - remove the business pump or flat shoes and add a dressy, sexy heel; the higher the better! Photo Credits: J. Crew, AllSaints, Clutch: BCBG, Necklace: Kendra Scott, Booties: Michael Kors

Nancy Plummer Chicago, IL @SFH_ILNancy


Runway to Real way: holiday trends

How any woman can wear the styles from an opulent runway season

BROCADE prints

LACE

Roaring twenties tip

Lace can work on all body types, but be sure to wear it on the features you want to highlight.

Badgley Mischka Bridal 2012

LEATHER

Gucci S/S 2012

ANglophile tip

tip

Cardigan sweaters allow you to layer another pattern, color, and texture underneath each time you wear it which provides more outfit options to wear more frequently rather than a ‘pull-over’ sweater.

If you are just starting to embrace leather, begin with something that incorporates it in the design details - like leather trim. Doreen Dove Boston, MA @SFH_MADoreen

Danielle Phillips Boston, MA @SFH_MADanielle

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With rich hues such as bordeaux compliment all skin tones.

Michael Kors F/W 2012

Louis Vuitton F/W 2012

layers without the look of added weight Molly: Vary the textures and weights of your pieces to avoid looking bogged down in too many fabric, then draw attention toward your face with an eyecatching necklace, earrings, or great shade of lipstick.

Nancy Plummer Chicago, IL @SFH_ILNancy

Miu Miu F/W 2012

LAYERS WITHOUT BULK How to pile on warm

Mahjuba Levine San Diego, CA @SFH_CAMahjuba

Lauren: Thin layers, like tissue turtlenecks or long-sleeved tops under sweaters in cotton or wool blends will keep you toasty without making you look like the Michelin Man. Kimberly: If you want to layer without the weight choose lightweight knits. graduating from darker colors on the outer layers to lighter colors in the center can created a slim visual point of interest. Danielle: Add a belt on top. If it sits correctly on the waist then it will cinch in and give you the hourglass shape. Not sure what belt is right for you? Myself or one of my fellow SFH stylists can help with that! Photo Credits: style.com, Topshop, Reiss, River Island, Tilly’s, Elzzabeth & James


Bra Basics

WHAT TO BUY: holiday wish list What our stylists want...

TO GIVE

One of my favorite things to give are lipsticks. It’s affordable and a fun way for friends to try new colors they would not necessarily get for themselves. Mahjuba Levine San Diego, CA @SFH_CAMahjuba

Cashmere anything. It works for everyone! Kimberly Marney Topeka, KS @SFH_KSKimberly

TO Get

Smoking slippers are the right thing to give both genders. They are an affordable, yet stylish luxury. Then maybe they’ll throw away those ratty things they call house slippers!

A plush fur stole that I can wear with a dress, coat, or sweater Nancy Plummer Chicago, IL @SFH_ILNancy

Doreen Dove Boston, MA @SFH_MADoreen

I like to be sure my gifts are as personal and as thought out as possible. For my ladies I’m looking at the Enamel Initial Cuff from C Wonder for $48. Danielle Phillips Boston, MA @SFH_MADanielle

Geting your under layers perfect is crucial before your wardrobe makeover. None of your clothes will lay correctly unless your bra does! Visit Intimacy - the nation’s bra fit experts - at one of their nationwide locations or www.myintimacy.com to discover your perfect bra. Nancy: Invest in a good convertible bra that will work as a strapless or halter depending on the style of your dress. Make sure the bra color is as close as possible to your skin tone to show through your clothing. Kimberly: Stay away from strapless styles if you are a D cup or larger. The girls need support! If you are in love with a dress that is strapless, a good seamstress can add straps.

A new handbag, in a soft leather that can be worn anywhere. Lauren Matthews Washington, DC @SFH_VALauren

Mahjuba: Some party dresses during the holidays are seethrough, some are slinky. If you’re afraid your bra might show through, take a photo of yourself before heading out to that party. The photo will reveal what others can see - and if your lingerie will show up on Facebook! Photo Credit: Neiman Marcus, Marc Jacobs, Sierra Trading Post, C Wonder, Intermix


what to pack: resort travel

Don’t want to pay that bag fee? Our stylists dish on the real essentials. All our stylists agree: the first thing to remember is your sunscreen. Red skin is your worst accessory!

Bring a scarf big enough to double as a shawl - perfect for the plane and the pool. Lauren Matthews Washington, DC @SFH_VALauren

Photo Credit: Lucky, Net-a-Porter, Diane von Fürstenberg, Neutrogena, Edun

Buy a versatile pair of sandals with an embellishment so you can take them from the beach to the bar. Danielle Phillips Boston, MA @SFH_MADanielle

Make sure your swimsuit that holds you in all the right places - and isn’t faded and stretched out from summer. Kimberly Marney Topeka, KS @SFH_KSKimberly

Don’t forget sophisticated cover-ups, like caftans in digitally printed chiffon, for walking through the lobby to the pool. Remember, dress ‘for the pool’ at the pool, but dress ‘for the lobby’ to get there! Doreen Dove Boston, MA @SFH_MADoreen

Style for Hire Holiday Report 2012  

Style for Hire's 2012 Holiday Report, featuring tips and trend advice from our top stylists from all over the country

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