5 Fashion Mistakes You Can Avoid Making

5 Fashion Mistakes You Can Avoid Making | Sedruola Maruska

Fashion mistakes are common, we all make them. Thing is, they’re not mistakes because we’re not “age appropriate” or “wearing the latest fad.” The reason they’re mistakes is because they are particular to each of us.

I’m huge on wearing what makes you feel and look good. You don’t have to justify your unique style to anyone. However, there are still some fashion mistakes we make when we think it’s just our “style”

23 Fashion Tips for Timeless Women

5 Fashion Mistakes You Can Avoid Making | Sedruola Maruska

Dress Your Body Shape

The biggest fashion mistakes I see are when we don’t dress our body shape. When we dress for someone else’s body and not the one we live in. Not only is it obvious, it can give the wrong message.

There are several different body shapes that we as women can have. According to Shop Your Shape there are 8 major types (click to view). We put so much emphasis on weight that we fail to see that dressing our shape is what’s most important.

Knowing accepting and embracing your body shape is the first step in not making the fashion mistakes so many women commonly make.

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Your Clothes are Too Small

This fashion mistake always baffles me. Why wear clothes that are too small? Although I can come up with a few reasons, they all seem like excuses. Wearing something that doesn’t fit appropriately can keep you in a state of constant “dieting” which isn’t good for the soul or psyche. If it’s too small don’t wear it or buy it.

Thing is, wearing clothes that are too small may cause unnecessary discomfort. Not to mention, they can also be damaging to your circulation (depending on how small they are) and cause skin chaffing. Whatever your reason to wearing clothes that are too small, reconsider. Instead, try putting something on that’s just right to see how much better it feels.

Your Clothes are Too Big

When my husband and I got married, he had tons of shirts and sweaters in his closet that were sized “large”. My husband is 6’3 so it was understandable that most of his years he, and others, assumed he was a large. Then we went shopping and I asked him to try on a medium. I’ve never bought my husband a large from that day forward.

Wearing clothes that are too big makes it difficult to feel good. Yes, you may think you’re comfortable, but chances are that’s the story you’ve told yourself. Even our most comfy clothes (you know your lounging pants) make us feel better if they’re the right size.

I’m a woman. I know all about the various changes our bodies go through each month. I know there are times when we just feel “fat” and our clothes reinforce that feeling. What I’ve found is that if I wear clothes that fit and aren’t too big around those times, I feel better. You just may find you do too.

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Too Much Is Going On

I’ve heard the phrase “less is more” so often it seems cliche. Thing is, nowhere is that phrase more relevant that when it comes to fashion mistakes. I’m not talking about wearing less clothes (although some situations may call for that) I’m talking about over-accessorizing.

Accessories are the finishing touch on an outfit well put together, but what if it’s too much. You’ve added the statement necklace, but then put on the statement earrings (so those two things begin to fight for attention). After that, on go the twelve rings and bracelets. I think you see where I’m going.

The finishing touch, should be the thing on your outfit that gives an extra pop, not overpower your outfit. Paring down on accessories means letting your natural beauty, fashion taste and confidence show. Yes, less, in this case, is truly more.

Outdated / Old Clothes

Last but not least, work on rotating clothes out of circulation on a regular basis. I’m all for comfy, familiar clothes, but they’re usually the ones that stay home all the time.

Creating a wardrobe that works means having timeless pieces mixed in with trendy pieces for going out. Keeping older pieces at home means looking fresh as much as possible. My system for rotating my clothes is to take something out every time I buy something. That way I have no clutter, breathing room and my clothes stay fairly up-to-date. That’s not to say I don’t have 10 – 15 year old pieces, but those were either bought to last, or never go outside.

23 Fashion Tips for Timeless Women

Conclusion

Fashion mistakes are universal. We all make them. The trick is to learn and grow beyond them. Wearing clothing that fits may be all that’s needed to make a complete difference.

Your Turn

I’ve laid out these five fashion mistakes here for you, did they trigger some thoughts of your own? Are there fashion mistakes you see often that you think can easily be altered? Share your thoughts in the comments. We’d love to get extra tips!



23 Fashion Tips for Timeless Women

23 Fashion Tips for Timeless Women | Sedruola Maruska

As women we encounter fashion tips at every turn. There are fashion tips for your height, weight, skin tone, age, etc. The list of things to do and not do when it comes to fashion can get very complicated.

That’s why today, I’m only looking at you as a woman. That’s right, I’m not going to say you can or can’t do this because ____________. I’m going to give you solid fashion tips that you can use no matter what size, shape, age or skin tone you have.

When I say “fashion tip” I’ll bet you thought of clothing first. That’s normal since that’s what we all think of as fashion. . . but that’s only first on  the list because fashion is more than your clothes. Ready?

23 Fashion Tips for Timeless Women | Sedruola Maruska

Fashion Tips for Clothing

Clothing is the base of your outfit. Let’s make sure you have a few key pieces that will help you look put together no matter what.

Pencil Skirt

The pencil skirt is a staple. When you have a pencil skirt in your wardrobe you’re ready for anything. Pencil skirts tend to come in the basic neutral colors (black, grey, brown, navy) because as a staple you want to be able to pair them with most any top. If you’ve never considered a pencil skirt for your wardrobe, please, think again. You’re in for a lovely surprise.

Little Black Dress (LBD)

If you don’t have a little black dress in your closet, here’s my fashion tip for you, go find one now (after you’re done reading this of course 🙂 ). The little black dress is as timeless as time itself (did that make sense?). When in doubt about what to wear, a little black dress will save you time and heartache. Just pair it with the right shoes and accessories (which we talk about below) and go confidently on your way!

Crisp White Button Down Shirt

Not the kind your man wears (well, maybe), but the kind that’s tailored to fit your curves. A nicely tailored white shirt will work nicely with your pencil skirt when it’s time to be your powerful self. When you find a style that you love, make sure to get three. White is tricky and gets dingy after a few washes. Keeping a few on hand means you’re always looking your best.

Dark Wash Jeans

Oh boy! We just got to the part where I know we all have a bit of a headache. We love jeans, but finding the right fit shouldn’t be so hard right? Here are a few jean fashion tips to keep in mind: 1) Look for jeans that are made for YOUR body not the body you want, or think you have; 2) If you need to, go to the men’s section and try some of those on. You may be pleasantly surprised; 3) For a classic jean, you don’t want too much lycra, but at least 2% helps the jeans to fit better and retain their shape; 4) Take two sizes into the dressing room. One you think is the right size, one you think is one size (or half size) too small. Try them both on and see how much better the one you thought was too small fits. Jeans will stretch. Buying the size smaller will save you heartache.

White T-Shirt

Yes! It’s a fashion piece that never goes out of style and it’s for both men and women. Get a quality crisp white t-shirt (or four) and use it to your hearts content. There are different weights and shapes to a white t-shirt so get one that flatters the body you have, then pair it with those amazing jeans you just bought. Oh, and by the way, you can also wear it with that pencil skirt for a slightly dressed “down” look. There’s no end to what you can do with a plain white T so have fun with it!

Tailored Black Pant

Just like the pencil skirt if you have a pair of black slacks made to fit your body, you’re always ready. Things to consider when picking your pants: 1) make sure the distance from the crotch to the waist fits properly. No sagging in that area. It’s very hard to tailor a pant that doesn’t fit in that way; 2) Don’t worry about length. Find yourself a great tailor who’ll be able to alter the length as needed; 3) Pick a pant that works with YOUR body so it’s flattering and not puckering. The tailored black pant can also be any other staple color, depending on your preference.

Fashion Tips for Footwear

Let’s talk shoes. I know, we LOVE fun shoes and that’s great! Especially when it comes to making that black pencil skirt with white button down shirt outfit sing. But, there are staples when it comes to footwear so let’s consider what they are.

Black Pumps

The most worn and worn out shoe in most women’s closets is the black pump. Whether you like a kitten heal or a stiletto, having a pair that’s comfortable is the goal. Again, if you find one you absolutely love, there’s nothing wrong with getting two pair. It’s a staple, you’ll be wearing it a lot so splurge a little to save yourself heartache in the end.

Riding Boots

Brown or black it’s up to you, but having a good pair of riding boots in your closet can’t be beat. They’re easy travel and casual choices that help pull together a great look.

Ankle Boots

Again, just like the riding boots, these staples are key. I buy a good pair of ankle boots almost every year because they are my “go-to” footwear from Fall to Spring. Whether I’m wearing a skirt, dress or pants, they work and are the easiest to throw on.

Fashion Tips for Outerwear

Remember how I told you your clothing are only the base of fashion? Well, the toppers are the finishing touches. Footwear is where you begin to pull together the statement you want to make. But your outerwear is special.

Trench Coat

A beautiful, stylish trench is priceless. Fashion tip here is this: love it so that even if you’re wearing pajamas underneath, people will still think you’re dressed to impress! This is an investment so make sure you love what you get because it flatters your body and it’s made well.

Winter Coat

Again, buying a winter coat that doesn’t need to be replaced each season and that’s made well is a must. I purchased a winter coat about five years ago because the style was super cute and it was made well. My coat has definitely held up in that time. My lining (which is a great way to know if you’re buying quality) is in tact and I know my coat can easily go for another 5 years. The key is not to buy something that’s a “fad” but that has classic lines. No one will ever know when you bought it if it’s timeless.

Blazer(s)

Find your style and get a few blazers. They are instant polish to any look. Wearing jeans and a white t-shirt? Throw on a black blazer and your ankle boots, done! The great thing about blazers is you can get a couple in neutrals, then go crazy with color is you’d like (we’ll talk about color below). There are no rules except the ones you decide work for you.

Fashion Tips for Accessories

This is where your outfit pops! Accessories are like the icing on the cake. They show your personality and they’re fun! Accessories help you tell your story. Some days may be understated, while others are bold bright and cheerful. You get to decide. The list I’m sharing is to help you get the staples. . . the rest is all you!

Sunglasses

Get some! Get a pair that works with the shape of your face (just like your clothes work with the shape of your body). Sunglasses are not only fashionable, but they help protect your eyesight. I’ve been wearing sunglasses since I turned 30. If I feel even a hint of a squint, I throw on my sunnies! It’s probably why my eyesight started getting tired at 48 vs. 40. Get one pair or get may pairs!

Studs

They do not have to be diamonds to be a staple. Studs of all types are perfect for any outfit. If you don’t feel like putting on larger earrings, throw on studs (diamond, pearl, gold, silver) in any size. Lifesaver.

Pearls

Having a string of pearls (real or engineered) is also a great staple for your wardrobe. Timeless beauty is what you get with a string of pearls. The length is up to you!

Scarves

There is no time when a scarf was not a fun, easy fashion statement! Whether you’re wearing it on your head, neck or waist, a scarf can pull an outfit together and change it’s whole appearance! A casual look becomes “casual chic with a scarf. Have fun here. . . remember, there are no rules!

Fashion Tips for Dressing

You now have the basics so this is where I share fashion tips on how to wear what you have. The most important thing to remember is, you need to be comfortable with yourself and your clothes. You ultimately decide what works best. The information above is to help you find the basic pieces. You now get to put them together.

Get Good Fit

Dress the body you have not the one you wish you had. No amount of wearing the wrong thing, that doesn’t flatter, is going to give you a body you weren’t born with. Love, treat and dress YOUR body. That’s truly what will make you feel your best.

Simple Prints

Pair staples with bold prints, but pair bold prints with simple prints. Too busy doesn’t work for everyone. Be aware of how the whole outfit looks.

Flatter Your Figure

This goes along with getting a good fit. Accentuate the positive, minimize the less flattering so your figure shines. I often get the compliment “your clothes look so good on you” but that’s because I don’t wear anything I feel makes my less “happy” features stand out. People will think everything looks great on you when you’re working to flatter the figure you have.

Less is More (Jewelry)

If you’re wearing a statement necklace, pair it with your smaller studs. Let the necklace make a statement all by itself! If you’re wearing outstanding earrings, let them stand alone, they don’t need any help or competition. There are times when more is more, but if you have a statement piece, let it speak.

Curb Your Skin Show

Low necklines pair gracefully and beautifully with longer skirts to give longer lines. You don’t have to show all to be or even feel sexy. Shorter skirt billowing blouse. I think you get the idea.

Groom Accordingly

Take care of your skin, hair & nails. Yes, it does matter. Whatever your preference, looking groomed is always better than looking ragged. Hangnails, dirty hair, etc. You may be wearing your best, but if you’re small details aren’t speaking the same language, your whole look may fall flat.

Animal Print

Last but certainly not least is to get some animal print in your closet. Timeless and easily paired with anything, you’ll find whatever you have in animal print will be your staple.

That’s it! That’s my ultimate list of fashion tips. I’d love to hear from you? Do you already have the basics? Do you have a different list? Please share in the comments below, we’d love to hear more tips. It’s how we round out our learning!



12 Ways to Feel Sexy Instantly

12 Ways to Feel Sexy Instantly | Sedruola Maruska

The other day as I was getting dressed I started to feel sexy instantly. I began to feel more excited, confident and sexy as I completed my look and wondered why that was.

As I thought about it I realized there were a number of things I did when I wanted to feel sexy instantly. But was it just me? Couldn’t be, so I posed the question to a few friends and on my Facebook Page. Sure enough, many of the things I thought made me feel sexy instantly, also worked for others!

Hallelujah! We can feel sexy instantly with some of the easiest things in the world. . . so here’s my list!

12 Ways to Feel Sexy Instantly | Sedruola Maruska

1 – All Things Spa

Getting a pedicure, manicure, facial or massage can make you feel sexy instantly! Maybe it’s because you’re super relaxed, or maybe it’s because you’ve been pampered and that’s enough to make anyone feel super sexy! Do it yourself or get it done, either way, when you’re done, you’re sexy!

2 – Matching Underwear

When you put on a matching bra & panty set it not only makes you feel sexy instantly, it makes you feel powerful! The strongest colors are red and black (I think it’s because of the “naughty” factor) but whatever color you choose will work.

3 – Music

For me it’s Jazz or Soft Rock. For you it may be heavy dance beats or classical music. Whatever the music, cranking it up and allowing yourself to be wrapped up in the tunes will definitely make you feel sexy instantly.

4 – Candlelight

Dim the lights and light the candles. The “mood lighting” will definitely help you feel sexy instantly. Make is a scented candle for added vibes.

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5 – New Hair

There’s nothing like doing something new with or to your hair to help you feel sexy instantly! Color, cut, curl, straighten, no matter the change, if you fall in love with the style you’ll instantly feel and exude sexiness!

6 – Makeup

Specifically focusing on your lips and eyes. Wearing lashes or pluming up your own lashes with mascara will compel you to use your eyes in a different way. Why, because you’ll feel sexy instantly and want to project that.

Wearing red or a bold color lipstick will also entice you to use your lips or even move your mouth differently as you speak. You’ll also want to smile more, that that is a great way to project the sexiness you feel.

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7 – Heels

I know when I want to make any outfit feel sexy instantly all I have to do is is pair it with heels. There’s something about adding inches to your height that compels you to strut, which is a total projection of how sexy you feel.

8 – Glass of Wine

Quietly enjoying a nice glass of wine is an instant sexy booster. You can do it anywhere you’d like (I sometimes find myself working, on the floor in my closet with a glass of wine. Yes, it feels very sexy. Don’t drink? You can get the same feeling by mixing yourself a virgin drink in a wine glass. As my sister once said as she drank her juiced beet, kale and apple drink from a wine glass, “everything tastes better in a wine glass.”

9 – Dressing Up

Putting on an amazing outfit, doing your makeup just right and strapping on some heels will make you feel sexy instantly! Whether you have somewhere to go, or you’ve decided to make & have dinner at home with your bae, dressing up in “the works” will always make the evening worthwhile. Start with this cute black & white off shoulder top 🙂

10 – Food

Chocolate covered strawberries. Chocolate. Sushi. Fries. There are just certain foods you eat that make you feel sexy instantly. It’s not necessarily about the food itself, but about the emotions, company or ideas it evokes.

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11 – Flirting

When I want to feel sexy instantly or I’m already feeling sexy, flirting with my hubby always ups the feeling. Whether it’s your significant other, the waiter or the cute young valet parking your car, flirting will make you feel sexy instantly. There is magic in flirting since it makes both parties feel good, especially when nothing needs to come of it.

12 – Sunglasses

Need I say more?! When you’re ready to go and that last touch, sunglasses, goes on, you feel that instant sexy feeling! One look in the mirror lets you know, you’re right! Find your style, or the fad, throw them on and you’re ready to roll!

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Do Them All

For me, the most fun thing is combining a few of these to get maximum float! Wearing bold lipstick, getting totally glammed up and going out for drinks is the ultimate in sexy rush. It’s the reason people go out on dates. It’s the reason married couples need to make time for dating. Feeling sexy in the presence of your significant other is bliss.

I think it may be time to set a date with your man, woman or girlfriends and feel sexy instantly!

Do you have something you do that’s not on the list? We’d love to know what you do to feel sexy instantly! How do you tap into your inner Goddess? Share in the comments below, I’m all for sharing!