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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.

Can you smell the fresh paint? Drumroll please... pop on over to the home page of FocusOnStyle and you will see a VERY new web design. It may look simple to many of you but it has been months in the making. There has been a massive amount of behind-the-scenes, "under the hood" tech action going on and I'm proud to say that the new look is live. You'll notice the "blog" section of the site is still there, simply...

Original Post at Welcome to the FocusOnStyle NEW web design!

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: October 5, 2015, 5:22 pm
Take the Top Five Trends from Milan to heart right now and what will you have? A wardrobe that's on the mark & ready to go a season ahead of the rest! No need to think about trends too much when you have them all sorted out right here, right now. With expert style tips to boot. Fashion Week: Why Should You Care About The Runway? Here's a look at the Top Five Trends from Milan Fashion Week Spring 2016...

Original Post at The Top Five Trends To Incorporate Now from Milan Fashion Week Spring 2016

Author: Naveed Hussain
Posted: September 29, 2015, 5:25 pm

When looking at fashion shows and the endless show cycles, remember that the most important information you can gleam from them is how to dress for today: Right now…

Original Post at The Top Five Trends To Incorporate Now from London Fashion Week Spring 2016

Author: Naveed Hussain
Posted: September 29, 2015, 5:11 pm
It's officially fall! The New York air is still mild but with that crisp autumn breeze. Not quite ready to commit to boots and too much of a chill for sandals. What to wear this weekend? Can't go wrong with (re)new(ed) classics like the Adiddas Stan Smith (see mine with the red trim below) or Superstar. White sneakers are not only still on trend but looking so right to lighten up your transitional wardrobe. Top off with a biker jacket or blazer,...

Original Post at Continue the white sneaker trend…

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: September 26, 2015, 2:32 pm
On Periscope... Finding stylish pieces shouldn't be limited to the obvious. There are plenty of interesting and unexpected finds to be had when you take your inspiration out of the box. I attended the Periscope Summit this week in New York that took place uptown in Harlem. Although I've passed this open air African market on several occasions in the past, I never walked through it. Since, it was right next door to the summit, I decided to pop by...

Original Post at Harlem Style – Shop Global In Your Local

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: September 25, 2015, 6:20 pm

When looking at fashion shows and the endless show cycles, remember that the most important information you can gleam from them is how to dress for today: Right now…

Original Post at The Top Five Trends To Incorporate Now from New York Fashion Week Spring 2016

Author: Naveed Hussain
Posted: September 18, 2015, 4:50 pm
Are you dreaming of a Paris getaway? I've got a great quick read for you. Bright Lights Paris: Shop, Dine & Live . . . Parisian Style by Angie Niles is a chic Francophile travel guide that's as indispensable as a what to do in Paris guide as it is a how to dress like a Parisian tip sheet. The delightful book is so granular in its Parisian style observations that it even breaks down what the French girls wear arrondissement by arrondissement, that's neighborhood...

Original Post at Brights Lights Paris- a chic Francophile travel guide that you don’t need to leave home to enjoy

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: September 16, 2015, 12:43 pm
Kisses, not lipstick, should linger... I know it's cool --graphically-- to leave a lingering lip print in a photo... but in real life it's kinda tacky. Looking classy is all about the blot! Here's's what to do: Apply lipstick, blot with a single sheet of tissue, lightly set with face powder. Add a second layer of lipstick or gloss and lightly either blot again OR put your index finger in your mouth and pull out so that your finger "grabs" the extra lipstick. You'll...

Original Post at Beauty Quick Tip: Never let your lipstick linger

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: September 11, 2015, 10:48 pm
Until the calendar officially changes, the weather may still be iffy warm but my mindset is totally in fall mode. Nothing says transition more than a pair of wide leg crop pants, gauchos, culottes or whatever name suits your fancy. The nuances of each are not as dramatic as the style power of the old school length that is new again. The mid length is great for when you're not quite ready to think about tights but want a little...

Original Post at Crop Pants, Culottes, Gaucho… whatever you want to call it, the mid length pant is perfect for transition to fall

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: September 9, 2015, 3:22 pm
Love this simple wristlet scarf hack from Céline. So easy to create a bracelet out of your favorite square scarf. All you need to to do is wrap and tie for good-to-go chic. Photo via. RELATED: How to wear a scarf- Video Styling Tips

Original Post at Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down…

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: September 9, 2015, 1:51 pm

How many shoes do you own that you almost never wear? I know for me, it’a A LOT! Earlier this summer, I started a little shoe challenge for myself. Every day, I would make the effort to pull out a pair of shoes that I forgot about (I’m a shoe fiend) and work them into my wardrobe again.  To keep track, I’d take a fast #shoefie (that’s a selfie for shoes) to document it. What happened was that since I…

Original Post at Join me for the Shoefie Diary Instagram Challenge: Shop your shoe closet!

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: August 13, 2015, 9:36 pm

 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 and learning to dress my new body. Any advice I appreciate greatly! (A. via Fashion Advice) >> MORE: What to Wear posts Welcome to my city and…

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

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 closet and never really get worn, or even lost in the mix. So, the big question became a riff about the clothes you don’t wear…

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

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: June 10, 2015, 10:13 am

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 check out my Daily StyleWORD here on FocusOnStyle or on Pinterest. –S.H. Abundant style is having a wardrobe that WORKS for you; not the fantasy you…

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

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 me!  You think how to look ageless doesn’t cross my mind? I’ve gotta admit that when I think of the numeric add up for my…

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

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: May 30, 2015, 10:03 am

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 learning new ways to stretch our brand muscle. Then, The Hubs and Mr. Poodle joined me for some local exploring.   The mix of professional…

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

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 sunshine where I lost count on the plethora of white jeans,  but these Cannes Do Chic snaps certainly make the case for adding something white to…

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

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: May 22, 2015, 5:26 pm

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 instant height, your  platform sandals to raise your butt, and if you’re leggy, a pair of Birks for off-handed charm. Even I, miss fear of white…

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

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 finesse what you already have. I like to start with small details to maintain an ageless chic allure … 1) Free Up Your Hair You…

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

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: April 21, 2015, 10:00 am

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 utilitarian edge that holds everything else together. If there’s one workhorse item in your closet, it should be a white T-shirt. Be it designer or 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

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 combination of elements that work in harmony to look great or not so great together. Think about shades, textures, hues, pattern, cut, balance, shoe style,…

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

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 sick. A case of food poisoning to rival that scene in The Exorcist times seven. The following day had me feeling like I was bitten…

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

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: April 19, 2015, 11:01 am

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 the photos in magazine editorials or fashion bloggers who pose their day away (where do they get the time?). Everyone has a different approach to…

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

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 me and you’re not 12.” You see, Allegra is in her late 40s and was in personal stylist situation where the person she turned to…

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

   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 than looking at ease in my appearance. I guess what I want is the opposite of the overstyled looked you see on reality TV. I’m…

Original Post at How to get an effortless sense of style

Author: Sharon Haver
Posted: April 11, 2015, 10:24 am