The Secret Language of Shoes

No long ago, I was invited to be a judge in a local preliminary pageant for the Miss America Organization.  Having participated in pageants myself years ago, I thought it might be fun to see how things had changed over the years.  It was both interesting and educational being on the other side of the…

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Couture versus Ready-to-Wear

“What’s the difference between couture and ready-to-wear?” It’s a question that’s been hitting my inbox a lot of late from women all over the world.  They may have been reading high fashion magazines like “W” or “Vogue” or are thinking about upgrading their wardrobes, and are wondering what, exactly, the difference is between these designer…

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Are You Ready to Walk the “Red Carpets” In Your Life?

Another red carpet Oscar season has come and gone with the fashion critics all in agreement:  everyone looked smashing this year.  From Nicole Kidman’s Balanciaga to Helen Mirren’s luscious Lacroix, the praise for this year’s for this year’s Oscar dresses was loud and plentiful.  No bicycle pants-wearing Demi Moore or wild Cher outfit in the…

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Does Label Size Really Matter?

Once upon a time, you could not buy clothes at a store.  You could buy the fabric and go home and sew the clothes yourself, or you could pay someone to sew them for you.  There were no other options. Then, in 1818, the Brooks Brothers opened up a shop near the financial district in…

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How to Use Clothing to Establish Your Authority

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you thought you’d be taken seriously, but weren’t?  Like during a business meeting, in the classroom, at a community event, or in some other setting in which you were playing a prominent role?  You went in thinking you’d make an impact, but then received either a…

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