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Fashion Style Expert Sharon Haver shares fashion stylist advice and dress tips on how to be chic on FocusOnStyle, the fashion style blog online since 1999. Premium services include the C'est Chic Crash Course and VIP Style Mentoring.

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Stylist Advice: What to wear in New York + not look like a tourist

 Dear Sharon:  I’ll be visiting New York next month and staying in Greenwich Village. I’m there for a wedding but concerned about  dresses and street clothes for walking around NYC and what to wear to visit friends. I’m 46 years old, 5’6″,  size 4 and have a ruler shape. I’m very thin now after an illness...

Original Post at Stylist Advice: What to wear in New York + not look like a tourist

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: July 8, 2015, 4:42 pm
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Closet Overhaul 101: What about the clothes you don’t wear

1-2-3, PURGE! I was talking to some of my mom friends the other day about making the best use of what we already own.  A few of us got together and the conversation about spring cleaning turned towards rethinking ways to coordinate or style up the clothes, shoes, accessories, and bags that sit in our...

Original Post at Closet Overhaul 101: What about the clothes you don’t wear

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: June 10, 2015, 10:13 am
Madrid Fashion Week

Madrid Fashion Week

What a better time for style motivation than a summer spotlight as the fun season wraps up so you have the time to get back in gear for fall?  I’ve pulled these style mantras to move you back in focus  to feel more inspired about yourself.  If you crave some more style motivation, don’t forget to...

Original Post at Style Motivation Week! Abundant Style Mantras- 10 Ways to Make the MOST of What You’ve Got

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: June 9, 2015, 10:31 am
My parents visting a cousin's house back when they were still engaged.

My parents visting a cousin's house back when they were still engaged.

It’s my birthday again (better to have them then not too), and I still feel the same way. Although, I conveniently can’t remember which birthday it is. Shhh, don’t tell me, sometimes ignorance is bliss. Enjoy this reprise of some solid advice to keep that youthful spirit! —S.H. It’s my birthday today, woot, woot for...

Original Post at How to Look Ageless OR 9 Geezer Magnates That Read Old and Why to Avoid Them

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: May 30, 2015, 10:03 am
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Elvis and Priscilla Presley's Honeymoon Hideaway in Palm Springs

Palm Spings in the  style mix, baby! It’s been a throwback, go forward time around here. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or even Twitter, you probably saw some snaps I shared from my trip to Palm Springs. Initially, I was in Southern California for a high level business conference… because we are never beyond...

Original Post at Palm Springs Style – Timeless style inspiration is greater than what’s in your closet!

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: May 24, 2015, 3:45 pm
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Cannes Do Chic- White is summer’s new black

I’ll Have What She’s Having: A summer romance with my dry cleaner White is definitely on trend for summer. But I have to admit a slow love to ditch my go-to black beyond white t-shirts, jeans, sneakers, and classic, crisp white shirts (follow the links for style tips). Maybe it was last week in the California...

Original Post at Cannes Do Chic- White is summer’s new black

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: May 22, 2015, 5:26 pm
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Bell Bottom Flare Jeans, yeah baby, they’re looking so right again

Instant Style Uplift: For both your butt and spirits! If you’re looking for a quick style update that’s right for summer and beyond, look no further than a pair of bell bottom flare jeans. The wide leg jean is creeping back into style and looks and so right. Pair them with some wedge espadrilles for...

Original Post at Bell Bottom Flare Jeans, yeah baby, they’re looking so right again

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: April 21, 2015, 3:00 pm
STEP UP YOUR STYLE

5 Simple ways to update your look without looking old

It’s the perfect time to consider how to update your look without totally reinventing yourself…  let’s leave that to Madonna who does it better than anyone else. Updating your look is a way to stay modern and relevant without looking dated and dowdy. But you don’t need a complete makeover, just a little fine-tuning to...

Original Post at 5 Simple ways to update your look without looking old

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: April 21, 2015, 10:00 am
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How to Wear It Week! How to style a white T-shirt

This week’s summer spotlight is How to Wear It Week. Let’s look at different ways to wear everybody’s wardrobe stable. 3 ways to dress up or dress down your favorite piece of clothing I don’t know about you but I spend a good amount of time wearing classic T-shirts. They are easy, timeless, and I love the...

Original Post at How to Wear It Week! How to style a white T-shirt

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: April 21, 2015, 6:01 am
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What Color Shoe to Wear With What: The (Non) Definitive Guide to mixing and matching shoes to your outfit

If I could only count how many times I have been asked, “what color shoe to wear with…?” I’d probably run out of digits. Here’s the thing, there really is no, that’s right zippo, answer on what shoe color you should wear with what color outfit. In style, there’s no blanket cookie-cutter answer, but a...

Original Post at What Color Shoe to Wear With What: The (Non) Definitive Guide to mixing and matching shoes to your outfit

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: April 20, 2015, 7:00 am
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Style Motivation Week! When you are out of your comfort zone…

This week’s Spotlight is all about Style Motivation… ’cause if you can’t get motivation, you can’t get it together… regardless of what IT is. Sometimes, you need a little kick to get out of your comfort zone and that’s what this post is about. So kiss that style rut bye-bye.– S.H. The other night I was sick. Really...

Original Post at Style Motivation Week! When you are out of your comfort zone…

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: April 19, 2015, 11:01 am
Gray classics from Zara

Gray classics from Zara

Do you think it involves six-inch platforms and three mixed prints everyday? Eh, think again on what fashion people wear in their real lives. You might discover that it’s a lot like you. I often hear that someone has shied away from fashion because they think it’s too complicated.  Well, it is if you follow...

Original Post at Really, what do fashion people wear? It’s more normal than you think

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: April 18, 2015, 10:48 am
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The Dress Your Age Question: How do you know if your personal stylist is right for you?

I was just on the most interesting phone conversation. One of my ladies, I’ll call her Allegra, was talking to me about the C’est Chic Crash Course and if we were the right fit. She said, “I’m confident to know that you won’t tell me to wear ridiculous pink glitter shoes. I know you’ll get...

Original Post at The Dress Your Age Question: How do you know if your personal stylist is right for you?

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: April 16, 2015, 10:50 am
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How to get an effortless sense of style

   Dear Sharon:  I really want to know how to have an effortless sense of style. What are the tips to achieve a look that is elegant, sophisticated, but understated and doesn’t look like I tried too hard, in other words, effortless style. I’m always afraid of looking high-maintenance and a little too preoccupied with my appearance rather...

Original Post at How to get an effortless sense of style

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: April 11, 2015, 10:24 am
Stay at home mom

Stay at home mom

Ok, not too old  for one of our 15th anniversary online posts, but rather important in honor of Mother’s  Day. Yes, ladies you can look pulled together when you have a super casual lifestyle. have read with this week’s Mommy Chic post. –S.H. What to wear when all the moms are fashion plates. Let’s discover...

Original Post at Mommy Chic: Easy style stay at home mom clothes- YES, you can wear yoga pants!

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: April 10, 2015, 12:19 pm
SPANX Tights - Uptown Tight-End-Tights Blackout at Bloomingdales

SPANX Tights - Uptown Tight-End-Tights Blackout at Bloomingdales

There are so many different types of pantyhose- sheer, demi sheer, nude, opaque, tights, lace, and the list goes on and on. Let’s help this reader, and you, figure out what type of pantyhose to wear with what.   I have a draw full of black pantyhose- sheer, opaque, very opaque, and a few textured...

Original Post at Stylist Advice- Sheer or Opaque, what type of pantyhose to wear with what?

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: April 8, 2015, 1:25 pm
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Stylist Advice on how French women look chic in flats & you can too!

One of the many Bonus Expert Interviews in my C’est Chic Crash Course is on the topic of how to master Parisian Chic Anywhere! A key element to French chic style is giving up the heels here & there and wearing flats. But “their” flats never look frumpy or dumpy. So I pulled up this post on how...

Original Post at Stylist Advice on how French women look chic in flats & you can too!

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: April 3, 2015, 7:01 am
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A little French Chic… the cashmere poncho

I’ll Have What She’s Having: A very simple and forever French Chic poncho A trip to Paris was supposed to be on my docket for next week. But we have far too many other quick jaunts on the schedule for that trip to work out now. Still yearning for a getaway to Paris, I found this...

Original Post at A little French Chic… the cashmere poncho

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: February 26, 2015, 4:06 pm
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Best of Oscar Red Carpet Fashion 2015

I’ll Have What She’s Having: I’ll be live blogging the best of the Oscar Red Carpet Fashion (come back during the night for more) Rosamund Pike (above) in a red, form-fitting gown is going to be a hard one to beat. absolutely stunning. Totally movie star appeal. Simple pulled back hair. Dream on… And, she...

Original Post at Best of Oscar Red Carpet Fashion 2015

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: February 23, 2015, 12:46 am
Haute Couture Fashion Show Spring Summer 2015 in Paris

Sit back and watch the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Shows-  Spring / Summer 2015 Videos

I thought it would be nice to have bump of inspiration today so that you can think about beyond what’s in your closet. Sit back and watch the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Shows videos. Take note of color, textures, silhouettes, combinations and luxury at its finest. Dream a little dream of possibility and how inspiration filters...

Original Post at Sit back and watch the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Shows- Spring / Summer 2015 Videos

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: January 29, 2015, 2:43 pm
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Haute Couture Inspiration- Schiaparelli Paris Spring/Summer 2015

On this snowy New York day, nothing could be more uplifting that the divine wit and whimsy from the Schiaparelli Paris Haute Couture Spring 2015 Collection shown during Paris Couture Fashion Week. The collection called “Reflections of Elsa” is described as “an ode to self-confidence” with surrealist touches in homage to Elsa Schiaparelli like trompe l’oeil hands that...

Original Post at Haute Couture Inspiration- Schiaparelli Paris Spring/Summer 2015

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: January 26, 2015, 9:11 pm
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Red Carpet Your Way: Try these celebrity style accents at home!

I’ll Have What She’s Having: Red carpet your way style inspiration a la Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Claire Danes at the S.A.G. Awards It’s so easy to dismiss what you see on the red carpet as a fantasy that will never fit into your real life. But, use what you see as an inspirational launch point...

Original Post at Red Carpet Your Way: Try these celebrity style accents at home!

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: January 26, 2015, 3:25 pm
This chair was only the bones when I found it at the Brimfield Flea Market, I left the back exposed and used a deep blue Chanel Velvet. The mirror was found in my mother attic. The vintage sign came from the 25th street Flea Market in New York City

This chair was only the bones when I found it at the Brimfield Flea Market, I left the back exposed and used a deep blue Chanel Velvet. The mirror was found in my mother attic. The vintage sign came from the 25th street Flea Market in New York City

Living large on a small budget. It’s not about money. It’s about home style! Cowboy Chic: Interior designer tips to add some rustic Western Home Decoration to your home style with luxury Flea Market Finds for a ‘Rustic Big Chill’  I’m always up for a challenge when it comes to home style. Many of you know...

Original Post at Luxe Western Home Decoration Ideas on a Bargain Budget. Trust Me, You Will Want to Go West!

Author: Brad Boles
Posted: January 15, 2015, 11:00 am
John Galliano For Maison Margilea, "Artisinal" 2015

John Galliano For Maison Margilea, "Artisinal" 2015

I have mixed feelings about this. To start, I’m a Margiela fan and probably wear a piece in some form or another, from one of the collections, almost every day, starting with the 14 pairs of shoes & boots that are in the front rotation of my closet. I love the understated and edgy appeal....

Original Post at John Galliano for Maison Margiela. Discuss.

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: January 14, 2015, 2:50 am
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Red Carpet Your Way: Wear Pants to a Formal! Go against the grain and stand out (Golden Globes a la Emma Stone)

Honestly, I couldn’t get myself into the Golden Globes fashion this year. There were plenty of pretty reds, a lot of ho-hum, and a good amount of  “they look nice but so what.” Really, when’s the next time you (or I) will be dolled up in a major gown? It’s fun for the first few...

Original Post at Red Carpet Your Way: Wear Pants to a Formal! Go against the grain and stand out (Golden Globes a la Emma Stone)

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: January 12, 2015, 3:41 am