What is Up-Classic?

WSR wrist gloves and infinity scarfI love wrist warmers. I like to call them wrist gloves because I wear them almost year ’round in my office and with work clothes.   

Although they do help keep you warmer at the office by covering those pulse points, that’s not the reason I love them. 

I like the way they make my arms and hands look. I like the sleek lengthening look I can get by using classic colors and simple styling. 

And they’re great for showing off bold jewelry. They create this backdrop at the wrist that elongates the arm and hand and makes anything on your wrist stand out.

 And, if you put the wrist gloves with similar colors in pants or tops, and add a coordinating scarf – you will look slimmer all over! No kidding! 

Styling with similar coordinated solid colors creates the illusion of slimming and lengthening the torso, legs and arms while adding drama at our best features – the neck and wrist! 

I don’t know about you, but that is the kind of fashion I want; fashion that makes me look better and  accentuates my good parts.  I tend to ignore the super trendy in clothes but go for it in jewelry, scarves and accessories. 

That’s my definition of up-classic fashion.

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How to stop trending and become a classic.

Madame X, the John Singer Sargent classic, wears a WSR black velvet tube scarf

Spending too much on one-season items? Get off the fad-track.  A few seasonal trends add punch to your wardrobe, but if you have a closet full, you’ll be spending a ton of money on items you can throw out every year.  Here’s how to stop trending and become a classic.

YOU have a style (vs. some one else’s/designer’s style).  Designer fashion should only be a base point for YOUR style.  What is your style?  Start by thinking about what you want from your personal style: to be the standout in the crowd, have the only “something” in town (scarf, dress, bag, shoes), be comfortable and stylish…?  What do you want to say at work? Professional, fun and flirty, funny, knowledgeable?

Now, take a look at some people wearing something similar to your style and go from there. You can do a lot of personalizing with accessories over classic traditional clothes (no, I did not say out-of-date clothes, just classic lines, prints and colors). A little brown work dress for instance, can be made over completely with complimentary patterned leggings, great shoes that make your ankles look smaller and your legs longer, a scarf that draws attention to your pretty face and long neck, or a stand-out belt to show off your small waist. Add a classic designer black blazer and you WILL stand out at work – in a good way.

Camouflage flaws always. Forget fashion that doesn’t work with  your body shape, face shape, length of your legs…  We all know that skinny jeans do not make you look skinny! In fact, a narrow leg only works on women that already have long thin legs…and thighs!

Add sentiment to make it yours – like a great scarf, bold bracelet cuff or a bright green bag! Go big with accessories but in keeping with your newly defined style.

Oh, and one more thing. Never refer to your clothes by the designer name! This is YOUR look!

Go bold at the wrists

Favorite Bracelets

“It’s the jewelry that actually makes the look”, says fashion stylist Jesse Garza, co-founder of Visual Therapy, a New York wardrobe consultancy, and co-author, with his Visual Therapy partner Joe Lupo, of Life in Color: The Visual Therapy Guide to the Perfect Palette for Fashion, Beauty, and You!. Says Garza, “I love a flattering, clean backdrop with a statement piece–a pop of color.”

I’m with Jesse.  Although, I wear classic lines and colors in clothes, jewelry is where we can dress it up and go bold. My favorites are statement pieces, chunky, authentic storytellers–like a triple-strand of big beads; a thick, geometric bangle; or the Shakespeare cuff (shown in the photo). Perhaps as a reaction to tough economic times, precious jewels have been stowed away, replaced with semiprecious stones such as lapis, pyrite and quartz; and materials such as horn, resin and even Lucite.

Lupo and Garza take a slightly scientific approach to jewelry.  Balance is important – one piece near the top of the body- earrings plus a necklace or great infinity scarf–a ring on one hand (if you have the fingers for it) and a bracelet on the opposite wrist. Create a drama explosion around the face and another at the wrists.

Left to Right:  filigree metal, gold cuff, golden circleShakespeare cuff