Women lunches, power lunches, ladies lunches, charity lunches, Lunch and Learns, birthday lunches, lunches with our gal pals and let’s not forget, brunch. WHAT TO WEAR? So many choices, I want them all!
Did you know that every woman can look fabulous in today’s top trends regardless of her body type? It just takes knowing what the right styles and colors are, for your specific body, hair color and skin tone. Defining your personal style can makes you feel comfortable and look confident. We come in all sizes and shapes. The five basic body types are: triangle, inverted triangle, rectangle, oval and hourglass. Ultimately the goal is creating balance to allow us to ROCK our clothing. Necklines, collar types, sleeve lengths, jacket lengths and shapes, princess seaming, waistline placement or lack of a waistline, hem lengths, skirt shapes, pant shapes, leg openings, hem heights, all have an effect on how clothing fits your body and either enhances or detracts.
Skin tones can be warm, cool or neutral. The right color will complement your skin tone and make you appear rested and alive. The wrong color will have the opposite effect and you’ll look tired or ill. Have you ever felt really good and have someone ask you if you are tired? Conversely, have you ever been tired and had someone say how great you look? Color is a powerful tool!
So what ARE we wearing for all these wonderful lunches? Ladies who lunch have a spectrum of options. DRESSES are the prevailing choice, especially for younger women, although admired and worn by all. Prints or solids, embellished or plain, shirtwaist, empire waist, or no waist; sleeveless, cap, short, three-quarter length, bracelet, or long sleeves.
Sheaths still run the show, yet A-lines, and full-skirted dresses are popping up everywhere. Throw on a jacket, cardigan, bolero and your look becomes more professional. SUITS have come a long way! Seldom do you see a basic black or navy suit. Bright colors are “in,” especially for spring! Fabrics range from multi-color tweed to jacquard prints, to colored washed denim. Important elements are embellishments, fringe, color blocking, and mixed media. Going somewhere fun? Add a hat or fascinator!
SOFT SUITING is another “go to” option. Knit jackets and cardigans can be just as elegant when paired with flirty or pencil skirts. Pants are still a wardrobe staple and the new wide leg is comfortable and glamorous. Pair it with a simple sweater and statement necklace or fabulous pearls. The skinny leg pant with a jacket and scarf is an easy look and will take you to more casual venues. Now that we are dressed and ready dine, the next question is WHERE to go? So many choices, I want to try them all!
By Robin Finnell, Wardrobe Stylist