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How to Tie a Square Knot

Fifteen years ago I shared how I tie a square knot (or reef knot.) It bears repeating because it’s a simple and effective styling tool that, to my eye, makes quite the visual difference. It’s the type of knot you can use for tops, dresses, swimwear, and toppers that have ties that require knotting. The square knot is also ideal for neckerchiefs, scarves, and some face masks. The square knot is used extensively in fashion and style because it is visually decorative, stays put, looks neat and tid...
Tags: Fashion, Instant Style Tips


Putting the “Personal” in Personal Style

An effective, efficient and enjoyable personal style is sustainable and ethical, individual, manageable, practical, authentic and therapeutic (or SIMPAT for short.) A common thread through these elements is that they are personal. This is obvious when it comes to your style being individual, authentic and therapeutic. But it’s also true for the ways your style is sustainable, ethical, manageable and practical. The decisions are very personal. Here are three things you can do to amp up the person...
Tags: Fashion, Instant Style Tips


Happy Feet: 16 Practical Tips

Many of my clients are picky about foot comfort. From bunions, hammer toes, blistering, plantar fasciitis, arch pain, burning on the balls of the feet, to Raynaud’s and ultra narrow heels that slip out of shoes. Some have extremely high insteps and arches that make footwear hard to fit. Some have pinky toes that slip out of sandals. Some need WWW sized footwear, and some need to fit custom-made orthotics into their shoes. It’s tricky finding comfortable shoes, especially when our feet change as ...
Tags: Fashion, Raynaud, AGL, Instant Style Tips, Pedag, Supportive House


My Top Thirteen Style Tips

Thirteen years and thousands of blog posts later, there’s a lot of content about fashion and style on YLF. If I had to narrow it down and choose my thirteen favourite style tips, these would be them.  1. Dress Your Body in Clothes that Fit Today Embrace your size and shape. That means acquiring clothes that fit well and make you feel attractive, because your body deserves to be stylishly adorned right now. Not several pounds up or down from now. If you’re on a long weight loss or gain journey,...
Tags: Fashion, Individual Style, Instant Style Tips


20 Stylish Do’s & Don’ts

Here are some thoughts on style that I revisit at the beginning of every year. I hope they resonate with you too. Don’t compare and despair because you’ll never be happy. Compete with the best version of your current self, and be satisfied with that. Do create outfits that adhere to your personal figure flattering priorities. Don’t add to your list of looks that are poison eye because there is a version of every trend for everyone. Do judge the outfit, but not the person wearing it. Don’t take ...
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Your Favourite Styling Techniques

I’ve noticed that there are a few styling strategies that I use frequently in my outfits. The first three pander to my personal figure-flattering priorities which are to create outfit structure, shorten my neck, and lengthen the leg line. The last panders to my need to create polish and look visually pulled together.  1. Chunky Pearl Necklace Fills the Gap I have a long neck that looks even longer because of my narrow shoulder line and pixie haircut. I effectively shorten my neck and broaden m...
Tags: Fashion, Outfit Creation, Instant Style Tips


Ten Fashion Fallacies

Fashion is still quite fickle, but it’s a lot less rigid than it used to be. We are living in an era that is accepting and encouraging of all sorts of outfit juxtapositions, outfit proportions, colour combinations, fabrications and silhouettes. Never before has there been as much variety in fashion and style as there is right now. The fashion industry has a long way to go in terms of celebrating diversity of age, body type and beauty, but things are improving. Small change is better than no chan...
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Six Tips for Happy Spring & Summer Feet

The snow and ice is gone, the sun is out, and temperatures are up. That means showcasing your feet in sandals, mules, slides, and pumps with open heels. Or wearing closed Summer shoes — like ballet flats, loafers and oxfords — without socks.  The transition from wearing socks and boots to open footwear and footwear without socks requires some foot prep. Here are six tips that will help you to have happy Summer feet. 1. Pedicure Well-groomed feet make open footwear shine, and add polish to your...
Tags: Fashion, Grooming, Footwear, Instant Style Tips


My Top 25 Style Tips

I’ve been in the fashion world for more than half of my life. I’ve learned so much and it makes me very happy to share my experience with others when it can help them on their style journey. Here are are my top style tips in no particular order.  Style is beyond size, age and body type. It’s an energy and confidence that is expressed through clothing, footwear and accessories. An authentic style is one that’s manageable and makes you happy. It celebrates that style is PERSONAL, and emanates fro...
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Invisible Belts for Trousers and Jeans

If the waistband on a pair of trousers or jeans is slightly too large, they will slip down. An alteration can prevent this, and is most  effective when there’s a large portion of the waistband that needs taking in and the fit of the bottoms is curvy.  Sometimes the alteration is not worth the effort and expense because the waistband is only slightly too large, but still sufficiently ill-fitting to make you tug at your bottoms all day. Or they fit well in the morning, but bag out and fall down ...
Tags: Fashion, Fit, Instant Style Tips


Seven Dated Style Guidelines

We’re living in an era that is accepting and encouraging of all sorts of outfit juxtapositions, colours, fabrications, silhouettes and combinations. Never before has there been as much variety in fashion and style as there is right now. Although the fashion industry has a long way to go, it’s also more diverse than it used to be. All this to say that there is absolutely no one way to be stylish. That’s the style principle that grows stronger each year.  As a result, the style guidelines that ...
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Prevent Thigh Rub with Slip Shorts

Thigh rub and chafing can happen when you wear skirts and dresses. It’s particularly uncomfortable in the Summer because of heat and perspiration. Some stick to wearing shorts, pants and jeans to avoid the rubbing. But the right foundation garments can have the same effect, and allow you to wear skirts and dresses comfortably. Skimmer boyshorts underwear effectively prevent your inner thighs from rubbing together. They’re like wearing a slip with legs, hence the description, “slip shorts”. Un...
Tags: Fashion, Underwear, Instant Style Tips


Slanted Front Pockets That Narrow the Waist

Jackets with front zippered or welted pockets that slant at an angle are visually flattering. That’s because the slant of the diagonal lines draws the eye inward to give the illusion of a narrower waist. The angle of the pockets can slant upwards or downwards to create the same “narrowing effect”. And some slope at a steeper incline than others. The examples here illustrate the point quite well. Welted or zippered pockets that are positioned horizontally or vertically close to the waist don...
Tags: Jackets, Body Type, Instant Style Tips