The Stylist Corner
Over the years, customers have reached out to our stylist asking about fashion do's and don'ts and other style tips. We thought we'd share the growing collection of questions and answers. Happy reading! We hope you take away some helpful tips!

I love your Connie Roberson tops but I’m unsure how I’m meant to style them. Please help!

Jane from TN

The Connie Roberson tops are perfect for dressing up for formal events while still staying comfortable! If you choose to wear your top closed, I recommend wearing a simple tank underneath. Pair yours with any of our dress pants and you can do no wrong! If you choose to wear your top open, try styling it with an underpinning that shares a color with the print of the top. Add a necklace or earrings to accessorize and complete the look!

I would love a fun necklace or earring/bracelet recommendation — it's a summer cocktail party so not too formal. I love your color combos and am having a hard time!

Mary from IL

One of my favorite new designers we’ve added this year is Sylvia Toledano. She has a penchant for mixing and matching colors to create eclectic and interesting designs. She plays with peaches, teals and golds. Her pieces are perfect for any occasion!

I’m looking to update my wardrobe this season. Could you please tell me what in your opinion are the “must haves” for summer?

Deborah from NC

Summer is the perfect time to upgrade your wardrobe! My recommended pieces to elevate your style this season are floral dresses, printed jeans, embroidered tops, pastel blazers and white denim. Choosing lighter fabrics and softer colors gives you an opportunity to freshen up your look!

I have a very busy work schedule and always have issues with dressing from day to night. Any suggestions on how to do this while still looking put together?

Rebecca from FL

For day to night dressing, I advise clients to focus on key pieces that can be worn as the base of an outfit and can elevate your look. These pieces include: a tailored blazer, a wrap dress, a pencil skirt and a clutch. Styling your outfit with any of these items gives you an extra dose of sophistication that translates from day to night. Really in doubt? Try accessorizing. An extra sparkle can glam up any look!

Any suggestions on how to accessorize for a wedding? I always seem to overthink it!

Gillian from TX

I consider accessories to be the cherry on top of any outfit! When dressing for a wedding, I recommend taking a good look at your outfit and keeping the silhouette in mind while gradually adding pieces that accent your best features. For example, if you’re wearing a dress that shows off your neckline, try accessorizing with a necklace to draw attention to that area. Feeling like you want to focus on your waist? Add a belt to your dress! Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to accessorize, as long as you feel your most confident.

What are your thoughts on wearing white? I grew up being told that white could only be worn between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But I think the rules have changed?

Patricia from TN

One of fashion’s age-old myths is that you can’t wear white after Labor Day. Have the rules changed? The short answer is — yes! With white boots becoming a wardrobe staple and plenty of white winter coat options to choose from, this fashion myth has been debunked. The trick is to pay attention to fabrics. As long as your fabrics are appropriate for the season, wearing the color white is something that can be played with all year round!

Are there certain colors that just shouldn’t be paired together, like black and navy?

Linda from Washington D.C.

Believe it or not, black and navy have actually become a trendy pairing in recent years! There is no simple answer here because color combinations can vary based on shades, tones, fabric, etc. Having said this, though, there are some color combinations that tend to be unflattering more often than not. Here are a few to steer clear of:

  1. Gray and Brown
  2. Red and Green
  3. Green and Pink
  4. Green and Orange
  5. Purple and Yellow
  6. Red and Orange

What are the spring trends this year that you think are easy to wear and will not go out of style anytime soon?

Jackie from OH

Spring has arrived, and the trends this year are instant classics! You may already have many of these in your closet. If you do decide to invest in something new this season, there are plenty of styles you could wear year after year. See the full list below!

Polka Dots: This timeless print has been seen all over the catwalks and in fashion editorials this season. Wear as a spring dress or a top to pair with jeans for a classic look!

Scarf Prints & Ties: There’s no need to only wear your scarf styled as a scarf! Try adding to a handbag or as a headband around your hair.

Bold Black & White: This spring, the trend is for a very bold, monochromatic look. You can always add a little color with your accessories if you don’t want to stick entirely to neutrals.

Sometimes I’m tempted to try wearing leather but since I’m not in my 20’s anymore and am not as slim as I used to be, I worry that it wouldn’t look appropriate. What do you think? Is there a way to incorporate leather in my closet in a tasteful way?

Jennifer from CA

Leather is more timeless (and ageless!) than many tend to think. Luckily, there are ways to introduce this into your wardrobe without worrying about overdoing it. If you’re unsure how to start, try incorporating leather in your accessories, such as choosing a leather belt or a handbag. Playing with different textures can also make your outfit more interesting while easing into the leather trend, such as wearing a leather skirt with cotton or a knit top. There are many ways to play around with leather, but as long as you feel your best, there’s no right or wrong answer!

Which fabrics are best for travel?

Stacy from MI

Packing for a trip can be challenging at times, especially when you want your clothes to stay in good condition while traveling! Keep these wrinkle-free fabrics in mind the next time you are shopping or packing for a trip:

  1. Wool
  2. Lyocell
  3. Polyester
  4. Cashmere
  5. Spandex

Animal prints seem to be a trend season after season. I'm in my 40s now and would love to give this trend a try. What is the best way to incorporate an animal print into my outfit without making it too "loud"?

Ruth from CT

A great way to introduce animal print to your wardrobe is by starting small, maintaining smaller proportions of the print and using it as an accent to your outfit. Think accessories or shoes! A pair of animal print flats can go a long way by adding texture and depth to any look. Or try a leopard print belt, such as our B-Low the Belt Milla belt, as another chic piece to incorporate in your wardrobe and to elevate any outfit.

Is there an art to layering? I see beautiful, polished outfits in magazines (like a button-down plus a sweater plus a jacket or a dress plus a cardigan plus a scarf), and they always seem so effortless. How can I do this on my own without looking bulky or frumpy?

Diane from VA

When it comes to layering, it is most important to stick to the right proportions. Try to keep most of the layers on the lighter side and mix in one big piece. For example, a bulky coat can be layered over a slim vest and a fitted button-down top. Or, you can wear a chunky sweater layered over a fitted turtleneck or dress. As long as you limit your ensemble to only one large piece, layering is always a flattering and stylish way to dress for all seasons!

I love handbags! Every so often, I like to invest in a nice leather bag that I know I'll be able to use all year round. Besides black, which other colors work across all the seasons, as well for spring as they do for fall?

Sarah from SC

Black has been and always will be a fashion statement, but there are other colors that are equally versatile. When investing in a handbag that works for all seasons, I recommend gravitating towards shades of red, green or tan. These colors ultimately can be worn with both lighter and darker tones across all seasons. Plus, a fresh pop of color always contributes to the overall outfit, leaving you looking current and stylish!

I have wide shoulders, a large bust and full hips. Which dress silhouettes do you think would be most flattering on me?

Maureen from PA

Finding the perfect dress is all about looking for silhouettes that highlight your figure in the best way. For your body type, I recommend dresses with elongated necklines such as scoop, square or v-necklines. Moreover, focusing on the waistline will give you the most flattering result! Try gravitating towards wrap dresses or any dresses that are narrow and nipped in at the waistline; they tend to give the illusion of an hourglass figure.

What is the secret to getting the perfectly cuffed sleeve? I can never seem to get it right!

Terri from NJ

A cuffed sleeve can instantly give your outfit that cool factor in just a few simple steps. The trick is to unbutton your cuff first, then fold your sleeve halfway up your forearm. Then fold it in half again, leaving the cuff peeking out. This will give you a stylish, yet put together, look!

What is the one most important styling tip that you give to women?

Susan from MA

Pay attention to how you feel in clothes by understanding your body type. Focus on your favorite feature and what kind of fit or silhouette makes you feel your best. Fashion is more emotional than people think! Building a closet with clothes that inspire you to be your best self is most important, no matter the occasion.

Which items do you think are worth splurging on?

Amy from TX

Items that are worth splurging on are always going to be items you can make the most use out of. Consider investing in pieces that can be worn through various seasons and that will last over time. Coats, blazers, trousers and shoes are great examples.

I love prints! But, I'm never sure how to mix and match them as I'm afraid to clash or overdo it. What is your approach to pairing different prints together?

Dorothy from FL

Mixing prints is a trend that never goes out of style and pulling off the look is totally doable. For starters, I recommend keeping the prints in the same color family for a polished tonal look. Another tip is to treat stripes as a neutral and pair with a floral or graphic print.

I retired recently and am in the process of rebuilding my wardrobe. What are the 5 or 7 pieces that you think should form the foundation for my new wardrobe?

Heather from CA

Every woman needs wardrobe staples, and I recommend choosing essential pieces that can be dressed up or down and are versatile enough to be worn together:

  1. Classic white tee
  2. Little black dress
  3. Dark wash jeans
  4. Neutral knit sweater
  5. Black pants
  6. Tailored blazer
  7. Striped shirt
  8. Festive dress

There are so many different pant styles these days - skinny, ankle, bootleg, wide leg, etc. What are the "rules" I should keep in mind when figuring out what to pair with each style?

Rebecca from IL

There are many different styles of pants out there, so it's easy to feel overwhelmed! My biggest advice is to keep proportions in mind when planning outfits around these styles. For example, if you’re planning on wearing a pair of wide leg pants, try to avoid tops that have a billowy silhouette. Instead, I suggest pairing wide leg pants with a slim cut blouse to avoid making your frame appear disproportionate. Also, pay attention to which proportions flatter your features. For example, skinny jeans tend to be more versatile than bootleg jeans for different body types because they accent the most slimming parts of the frame.

Midi dresses are everywhere this season. I love the look, but I'm only 5' 3", so I worry the length won’t work for me. What is your advice to petite women like me who are interested in trying out a midi dress?

Betty from NC

Midi dresses are a great transition into spring. For a petite woman, I suggest aiming for a hemline that falls above or below mid-calf where the leg is a little slimmer. Another suggestion is to draw attention to your waistline; choose silhouettes with a tie or a sash to highlight the most flattering part of the frame. Lastly, wear styles that have a slit that shows off some leg to draw the eye up, making your silhouette seem longer and your frame taller. And, don’t forget a good pair of heels always helps elongate your figure.

I’ve always heard that certain colors are better for some and not for others. Can you provide some guidelines on colors that work well with fair complexions vs medium vs dark?

Grace from MD

Understanding which colors complement your complexion is essential in building your wardrobe. First, I suggest looking in the mirror and asking yourself “am I warm or am I cool”. If you have cool undertones, you likely have light eyes, hair and skin. Choose colors that reflect those hues such as light greens, blues, purples and anything pastel. Try to steer clear of palettes that are too orange or bright yellow; they’re too strong for your complexion. If you have warm toned skin, you likely have darker hair, eyes and skin. Look for colors that take inspiration from the warmer end of the spectrum such as bright reds, oranges, creams, camel and all things earth tones.

I have so many neutral pieces in my closet - black, navy, beige, white. I'd love to incorporate more color into my wardrobe this spring. What are some "safe" colors that I can start with?

Laurel from NY

In order to add more color into your wardrobe, it's important to understand your complexion and which tones flatter you most. Determine whether you have a cool complexion or a warm complexion in order to identify the safest colors for you to gravitate towards. Cool complexions pair well with light greens, blues, purples and anything pastel. Warm complexions work well with bright reds, oranges, creams, camel and other earth tones. Still not sure where you stand? Colors that flatter all skin types include teal, eggplant, blush and red!

The one area I always struggle with is accessorizing. I'm naturally more conservative, but there are times I would love to be bolder. How can I accessorize to stand out more without looking like I’m trying too hard and feeling silly?

Cynthia from GA

Accessories have the ability to jazz up any outfit! So, where do you start? Focus on the outfit itself; I like to think of it as the foundation. Is it neutral? Colorful? Does it feature textural details or an intricate print? The complexity of your outfit informs the complexity of the layer you'll add to your foundation. If you feel that your outfit is on the complex side, I recommend keeping the accessorizing simple by adding a necklace or an earring to accent the look. If you think your outfit is more simplistic, add more layers to your foundation. Try pairing a scarf with a belt or a bracelet for a little something extra.

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