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How to style pleats – here are the best ways to wear a pleated skirt

Colorful striped pleated skirt with black overcoat

Pleated skirts are popular and trendy. The cinched waist and elegant longer hemline look great on all body silhouettes. Depending on your mood and schedule, they can be dressed down with flats and a biker jacket or dressed up with traditional heels and a slimline top. It’s the perfect blend of street style and feminine sophistication. We’ve gathered some of favorite outfits to give you some ideas on how to style a pleated skirt. Continue reading How to style pleats – here are the best ways to wear a pleated skirt

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How to shrink a leather jacket

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An expensive leather jacket must fit well to look attractive. Leather stretching and shrinkage occurs naturally over time. You’ll find a leather jacket’s fit changes after being worn for some time. To achieve a custom fit, you must shrink the leather jacket to form fit your body. Here are various ways to properly shrink a leather jacket. Continue reading How to shrink a leather jacket

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How to shop for clothes at an online boutique to get the best fit, price, and quality apparel.

A closet full of clothes from an online boutique like Ivy and Pearl Boutique

When shopping online, even without a fitting room, it’s doesn’t have to be hard to fit clothes without trying them on. All it takes is a clear understanding of your personal measurements and a product sizing chart. Continue reading How to shop for clothes at an online boutique to get the best fit, price, and quality apparel.

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How to pick a great winter coat – the best style, material, and features for a functional coat that makes you look your best

How to pick a great winter coat

Coats can be bulky and unwieldy, but during cold, winter months they are a necessity. We’ll discuss the various coat materials and styles so you can pick the right coat that is both practical and stylish. Continue reading How to pick a great winter coat – the best style, material, and features for a functional coat that makes you look your best

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How to clean and care for leather to make it look its best and last forever

How to clean and care for leather to make it look its best and last forever

Leather offers many benefits over artificially manufactured fabrics. It is functional and can be used for apparel, boots, shoes, handbags and even jewelry. It’s a classic material that is durable and hardwearing. It works for men and women and for various layers and clothing styles. But over time, leather can dry out from normal wear and tear, heat, and sunlight. Excessive dryness is the single biggest threat to leather products and can lead to unsightly cracks and creases. Leather requires more maintenance than normal apparel – but with the leather cleaning tips below, it doesn’t have to be a nightmarish affair. Continue reading How to clean and care for leather to make it look its best and last forever

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Tips (and tricks) on how to style that Little Black Dress (LBD)

The classic little black dress or LBD

A little black dress (LBD) is a black dress cut simply and often quite short. It is a recognized symbol of style and elegance and few will argue that the “little black dress” is the most functional dress around. In fact, it is considered an essential piece to complete a woman’s wardrobe – the one to turn to when nothing else seems to work. But the LBD is also a blank canvas that you can use to express your unique self. Continue reading Tips (and tricks) on how to style that Little Black Dress (LBD)

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How to choose the right neckline for your body type and shape of body parts

Neckline types - simple diagram

Just like apparel type, color, and pattern choices can accentuate favorable body parts, the choice in neckline can be used to deemphasize (or emphasize) various body parts. Here’s how to choose the right neckline for your body type and shape of body parts. Continue reading How to choose the right neckline for your body type and shape of body parts

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How to mix and match prints and patterns like a pro to create the perfect look

Perfectly matched prints and patterns

Every artist knows that a break in repetitive pattern draws the eye. Similarly, continuing a seamless pattern creates a balanced, harmonious effect. In fashion, we can use these principles to our advantage to create a magnificent look by properly matching prints and patterns. Continue reading How to mix and match prints and patterns like a pro to create the perfect look

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How to dress well for Fall weather and stay fashionable

How to dress well for Fall weather and stay fashionable

The change in seasons brings a change in fashion. And no season’s new fashion brings more excitement than Fall. The arrival of cool weather and the change in nature’s encompassing color dictates a few easy-to-follow fashion rules to help you transition from Summer to Fall. Continue reading How to dress well for Fall weather and stay fashionable

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The perfect purse – How to pick a handbag that matches your outfit and body type

The perfect purse - How to pick a handbag that matches your outfit and body type

Matching a purse to your outfit and body type

The days of matching your handbag and shoes are over. And good riddance. Who can afford purses to match all those shoes! Still, accessories are key to looking well put together. The guidelines below will help you select the right handbag for your outfit and body type. Continue reading The perfect purse – How to pick a handbag that matches your outfit and body type