Spring Style Ideas and Spring Colors

Ah, yes! Spring is really almost here. I can smell it in the air, especially this week. The temperatures have gone up for us here in the Midwest and one can only hope we are out of the extreme cold spell.

This has really had me thinking a lot about this year’s Spring styles and Spring colors. I have to say, the colors this year for Spring/Summer 2019 are my most favorite yet! Of course, there are some pastels but there are way more other colors than in recent years that are not pastels, and that makes me happy!

I thought I would show you the list so you can use it when shopping for some new spring styles.

And while we are on the topic, I will share with you what we are seeing a lot of for Spring and also into Summer:

~ Dresses, dresses, and more dresses! Again, this makes me happy because I wear dresses in Spring/Summer more than any other time of the year. I am a huge fan of feminine dresses (I have shared with you my love for Gal Meets Glam) and excited to incorporate even more into my wardrobe. The style of dresses we are seeing most are a-line, wrap, and sheath. The good new about a-line is that it is flattering on all body shapes, just make sure you study the top of the dress for the right style for your shape. This is where they can differ. The wrap dress is also flattering on all body shapes but just be careful of the top of the dress as well and make sure it’s not super low-cut.

~ Wide Leg Pant is back and the styles are so flippin’ adorable! I have to say I haven’t worn this style of pant in a while but I have already purchased a couple for this Spring/Summer because the redesign of the style is supper flattering and so stylish. I am drooling over them this year!

~ Jumpsuits are also a big hit for this year. There is a jumpsuit that is flattering for all body shapes so take a look around and see what style looks best on you. I really the ones from Gal Meets Glam, JCrew, Madewell, Zara, Anthroplogie, and Nordstrom. If you haven’t worn one in a while or are not sure, ask me! I’m happy to provide my feedback and assistance.

~ Espadrilles, another favorite of mine! I remember back in the 1990s when these were so popular but they have made a fantastic comeback. Today’s espadrilles are lined with bow detail, patterns, platform, and in sneaker style. They virtually go with anything! I like the ultra feminine styles myself but check them out. I love to wear them with dresses and jumpsuits.

So there you have it! Let me know if you have questions. I hope you enjoy the spring styles and colors as much as I am. There is definitely something for everyone!

Have a beautiful weekend ladies!

Carrie

Pantone Spring/Summer 2019 Color Palette

Pantone Spring/Summer 2019 Color Palette

What's Your Style Story?

If you could wave a magic wand and make your biggest styling/wardrobe challenge disappear, which challenge would you choose? What would that look like?

On the blog this week I want to hear from you and your frustrations on getting dressed everyday. Let me tell you a little story.

Years and years ago, I used to be you. I needed help. I wanted to feel better, I wanted to stop wearing the same thing over and over again (you know, that 20% of your clothes that we tend to wear while 80% stays on hangers), I wanted it to be easy for me, and I wanted to know the tips and tricks to make it happen. I was a unique dresser in High School (ok, so midi skirts and Doc Martins, yes that was me). But as I started college in a field very different from fashion (medicine to be exact and we all know scrubs are not very fashionable, but necessary). I couldn’t deny my love for style and my eagerness to learn. I knew there were a lot of things that went into it but I didn’t know what they were. And I never felt I was an artistic person (I had almost zero artistic skills and could only draw eyeballs and flowers) but I needed to explore. That’s when I decided to apply for a job in fashion retail. I studied what I could from a friend who was in fashion merchandising and landed a fun job where I worked for several years as I went to college.

Those years taught me a lot and I learned a lot about the industry. I did go on to graduate college with a B.A. in Psychology, worked in research and continued my education with two more college degrees, an M.P.H. and M. S. in Research administration. I’ve been working in medical research for the past 19 years. And while I have enjoyed working in this field, knowing that every day the research continues is another day someone could be cured of an incurable illness or their life improved by advances in medicine, I still needed to be aware of the voice in my head that was telling me I am meant to do something more.

I decided although I was helping friends and family members and referrals with their style and assisting them with styling for photos and various occasions, I knew I could do better than just relying on my experience in fashion retail and pro bono work. I decided to attend the Fashion Style Institute, working under the lovely Stylist, Gillian Amour who has worked with top notch clients (celebrity clients) and luxury fashion brands. She was a great mentor and upon completion of the program, I became a Certified Personal Stylist. I learned an exorbitant amount of information (from body shape styling to color analysis to high fashion styling to jewelry consultation) and have been applying it ever since. With my years of experience and knowledge of the industry, I launched Storyteller Stylist in January 2019 so that I could fulfill my new calling in life-to serve women who needed my help and to do it with compassion, understanding, and grace. And to watch women light up and feel amazing once they work through it with me and find their true authentic style is why I do what I do.

Now, going back to the beginning. What are your biggest challenges? Wave that magic wand and comment in the blog or email me directly what you want to disappear when it comes to your styling/wardrobe challenges. Tell me your style story. Because this is about YOU and what I can do for YOU.

Talk soon,

Carrie

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Week 5 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery- Hourglass

A dress that accentuates the slender waist is great for the hourglass shape. The pencil skirt shows off the nice curves and the top that hits at the lower waist is especially flattering for the hourglass.

A dress that accentuates the slender waist is great for the hourglass shape. The pencil skirt shows off the nice curves and the top that hits at the lower waist is especially flattering for the hourglass.

Week 5 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery- Hourglass

This week (and final week of body shapes), we will be discussing the body shape known as the Hourglass. This is the preferred body shape in fashion as we dress to strive for this shape. This goes back many years as this body shape signals fertility. Times have changed but the nice thing about this body shape is the slender waist and dressing to flatter it. For this body shape, you are naturally curvy with a defined waist, your bust and hips are close to even in size, and you may have a fuller bust, hips, and thighs. Think Sofia Vergara, Tyra Banks, and Scarlett Johansson.

Is this your body shape? If so, here are some tips on how to dress the Hourglass and show off those curves!

What the Hourglass body shape should wear:

1.       Wrap dresses look great on this body shape because of the defined waist.

2.       Tops with a v-neck and/or a boat neck.

3.       Shirts that hit at the waist and are structured.

4.       Tailored pants and jeans (think skinny pants/jeans here).

5.       High waist jeans and pants to show off your waist.

6.       Pencil Skirt looks great on this body shape (I love the Pencil Skirt on all body shapes though!).

7.       Dresses and more dresses! This shape looks great in all dress but if they are flowy, add a belt around the waist.

What the Rectangle body shape Should NOT wear:

1.       Avoid overly baggy clothes as this will only give the illusion of having no shape.

2.       Boxy shirts as they will hid your beautiful shape.

3.       Long, flowy dresses also should be avoided as they are shapeless (unless you put a belt on the waist).

4.       Avoid low rider jeans (well, I think everyone should avoid low rider jeans, again I say this).

5.       Avoid clothes that just cover up your body and look shapeless.

I hope you enjoyed the Body Shape discussions and found it helpful. Let me know if you have questions. I’m happy to assist! Have a great weekend.

Carrie Hagee,

Owner and Founder, Storyteller Stylist, LLC

 

 

Week 4 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery-Rectangle

Define the waist and show off those beautify legs!

Define the waist and show off those beautify legs!

Week 4 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery- Rectangle

  • This week we will be discussing the body shape known as the Rectangle shape. For this body shape, the shoulders, waist, and hips are all mostly equal in measurement. This body shape is more on the athletic side, but the waist is less defined than the hourglass body shape. Weight gain tends to be in the torso first and your buttocks is flatter than round. Think Natalie Portman, Cameron Diaz, and Hilary Duff.

Is this your body shape? If so, here are some tips on how to dress the Rectangle in order to create more of a silhouette to your figure.

What the Rectangle body shape should wear:

1.       Wrap dresses look great on this body shape because it creates some definition to the waist.

2.       Tops with diagonal lines work great as well.

3.       Shirts with detail but be careful not to add too much here. Stripes or some small prints are good.

4.       Where two different colors (example, black pants with red top) to create some curves.

5.       You can add a belt in the smallest part of your waist to add some definition.

6.       Skinny and/or straight leg pants and jeans are a go for this body shape.

7.       Knee length dresses are great at showing off your gorgeous legs.

What the Rectangle body shape Should NOT wear:

1.       Avoid overly baggy clothes as this will only give the illusion of having no shape.

2.       Too tight pants or jeans as this will also show a lack of curves in the body.

3.       Long, flowy dresses also should be avoided as they are shapeless.

4.       Avoid low rider jeans (well, I think everyone should avoid low rider jeans).

5.       Avoid shirts that are too boxy as they will only further hid your shape.

Remember, we want to create that imaginary hourglass shape with our clothes to balance out our body proportions in order to look and feel the best in them. This is part of the process in finding your authentic style.

Next week we will cover the final body shape know as: Hourglass. Have a great weekend!

Define the waist with the rectangle body shape helps to give it some shape.

Define the waist with the rectangle body shape helps to give it some shape.

Carrie Hagee,

Owner, Storyteller Stylist

 

Week 3 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery-Triangle

Week 3 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery- Triangle

This week we will be discussing the body shape known as the Triangle shape. For this body shape, the hips measure larger than the shoulders and waist. Your arms and shoulders appear proportionately slimmer. Weight gains first appear in your bottom, thighs and hips, followed by your tummy. You may have short legs and a long torso, or a balanced shape. Think Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Kim Kardashian.

Is this your body shape? If so, here are some tips on how to dress this body shape so that you can better balance out your hips and provide more harmonization with the upper body.

What the Triangle body shape should wear:

1.       You want to highlight your upper body and downplay your lower body.

2.       Add a ruffle top or detailed neckline. You are trying to draw attention to your arms and shoulders.

3.       In the warmer months, sleeveless works great on this body type. Show off those great arms and shoulders!

4.       Uneven shirt hemlines draw attention away from the hips.

5.       Wear darker shades on the bottom and bright and/or prints on top.

6.       Flowy bottom skirts help to hide full hips, also a fit and flare dress.

What the Triangle body shape Should NOT wear:

1.       Avoid big prints on the bottom half and horizontal striped pants.

2.       Too tight pants or jeans as this will only accentuate your hips.

3.       Avoid cargo pants with big pockets.

4.       Avoid short shorts.

5.       Avoid too short dresses or dresses with tulle on the bottom half. It creates more bulk.

Remember, we want to create that imaginary hourglass shape with our clothes to balance out our body proportions in order to look and feel the best in them. This is part of the process in finding your authentic style.

Next week we will cover the body shape know as: Rectangle. Have a great upcoming weekend!

Carrie Hagee,

Owner, Storyteller Stylist

This jumpsuit is great for showing off the slender upper body and concealing the hips to create a harmonious figure.

This jumpsuit is great for showing off the slender upper body and concealing the hips to create a harmonious figure.

Fit and Flare dress works well on the Triangle body shape. This dress shows off the arms while the flare conceals the larger hips.

Fit and Flare dress works well on the Triangle body shape. This dress shows off the arms while the flare conceals the larger hips.

Week 2 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery- Oval (Round)

This week we will be discussing the body shape known as the Oval (Round) body shape.

For this body shape, the shoulders are narrower with fuller hips, midsection, and larger bust size. You also have beautiful, shapely legs. Think Jennifer Hudson, Oprah Winfrey, and Melissa McCarthy.

Is this your body shape? If so, here are some tips on how to dress this body shape so that you can better balance out your midsection, and untimely creating perfect harmony.

What Oval (Round) should wear:

1.       Go for V-neck and other open neck tops. They will help draw attention towards your bust and away from your midsection. Use details on clothing above the waist as well.

2.       Avoid details in clothing on the waist because this draws attention in that area and that is the area you are trying to draw attention away from.

3.       Monochromatic works well with the oval (round) body shape.

4.       Use vertical draping to create long, vertical lines and elongated appearance.

5.       Knee length dresses and skirts will show the slimmest part of legs and elongate.

What Oval (Round) Should NOT wear:

1.       Stay away skinny jeans and skinny pants as they will make your midsection appear larger. Straight leg looks great on this body type.  

2.       Body hugging dresses or shirts as this will only accentuate the area you are trying to balance.

3.       Avoid clothes that add bulk or extra fabric.

4.       Avoid large prints.

5.       I don’t like to see turtlenecks on this body shape as I feel they are not the best as they can make you appear larger than you are.

Remember, we want to create that imaginary hourglass shape with our clothes to balance out our body proportions in order to look and feel the best in them. This is part of the process in finding your authentic style.

Next week we will cover the body shape know as: Triangle. Enjoy!

Carrie Hagee,

Owner, Storyteller Stylist

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Week 1 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery-The Inverted Triangle

Week 1 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery- The Inverted Triangle

This week we will be discussing the body shape known as the: Inverted Triangle. See, I promised I wasn’t going to refer to your body shape as a fruit!

The inverted triangle looks just like it sounds. For this body shape, the shoulders are wider than the hips with amble bust and a wider upper back. Your bottom is typically flatter with a narrower waist and hips in comparison to your upper body. Think Renee Zellweger, Demi Moore, and Angelina Jolie.

Is this your body shape? If so, here are some tips on how to dress this body shape so that you can better balance out your lower half with your upper half, and untimely creating perfect harmony.

What Inverted Triangle should wear:

1.  Go for V-neck and other open neck tops. They will help elongate the upper body and draw the eyes inward and away from the shoulders.

2.  As far as pants go, because your bottom half is smaller in proportion to your upper half, create some density here with a boot-cut jean or an A-line skirt.

3.  Cinching the waist is also recommended as it creates a balance with your upper and lower half for this body shape.

What Inverted Triangles Should NOT wear:

1.  Stay away from cap sleeve shirts as they will make your shoulders appear even bigger and draw attention to them.

2.  Leggings and pencil skirts will draw attention to your smaller lower body and make your upper body appear even larger and more out of proportion.

3.  Avoid baggy shirts that will only make your legs and bottom appear even smaller and your upper body even larger.

Remember, we want to create that imaginary hourglass shape with our clothes to balance out our body proportions in order to look and feel the best in them. This is part of the process in finding your authentic style.

Next week we will cover the body shape know as: Round. Bye for now!

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Let's talk ankle boots on this Fashion Tips Friday!

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This week on my Instagram page (@storytellerstylist)I talked about how to wear ankle boots. I even went live because this appears to be a topic a lot of women struggle with.

When it comes to ankle boots, the question I get most often is to tuck or not to tuck? Here is my take on this and some fun ways to style your pants with your ankle boots.

I am not a fan of the tuck. Nope, I just don’t do it. It can make your legs look boxy because there is no break in the line of the leg at the ankle. It also makes your jeans look too long for you.

So what are your options?

  1. Cuff your jeans so that just a little skin shows above your boot. This actually creates a long, lean line. This is my favorite way to wear them.

  2. Cropped jeans work great here too, skinny or wide leg both work.

  3. If you don’t want to cuff them, buy jeans and pants with the length so that it hits above your boot. Or you can hem them to make them shorter.

  4. A frayed hem looks nice with ankle boots but again, keep the bottom of the jean above the boot, not tucked in the boot.

  5. A messy cuff can also look great with ankle boots.

And while we are on the topic of ankle boots, pair them with dresses and skirts too! Just be sure to not show your socks above your boots (unless you have some really awesome stylish socks that showing them would make the outfit look better) if you are not wearing tights.

Have a great weekend!

Carrie Hagee

Owner, Storyteller Stylist, LLC