5 Tips for Wearing White

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4.Think Twice About Wearing White Shoes

White shoes scream "summer!" and are a popular choice for warm weather months. But since white shoes make your feet look bigger and can also visually "chop up" your leg and make you look shorter, they may not berepparttar best choice for your image goals. Look for shoe styles that elongate, or steer clear of white shoes entirely and opt for flesh-colored shoes instead.

5.Don't Wear White to a Wedding

Unless you'rerepparttar 141987 bride or inrepparttar 141988 bridal party, don't wear all-white to a wedding. While a white blouse worn under a different-colored garment is okay (like a pastel suit, for example)repparttar 141989 tradition still holds firm: white is reserved forrepparttar 141990 bridal party. Don't try to compete withrepparttar 141991 bride on her big day.

Finally, if you don't likerepparttar 141992 way white looks on you or if white just "isn't your color," try an off-white shade instead like ivory, eggshell, or oyster. Pure white looks good on only a fraction ofrepparttar 141993 population, so don't despair; try another shade instead.

Wearing white is a great way to look chic, stay cool, and enjoyrepparttar 141994 warm weather months. If you employ these tips when you dress, you can look calm, cool, and collected - even onrepparttar 141995 hottest days.

Diana Pemberton-Sikes is a wardrobe and image consultant and author of "Wardrobe Magic," an ebook that shows women how to transform their unruly closets into workable, wearable wardrobes. Visit her online at www.fashionsavvy.com

Couture versus Ready-to-Wear

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If you like to readrepparttar society pages to see who's wearing what, you'll notice that socialites who can afford to buy couture often say so. The caption under a photo might read, "Jane Doe in Versace, Susan Smith in Donna Karan, and Tiffany Jones in Givenchy couture." Translation? Jane and Susan bought their gowns ready-to-wear, while Tiffany had hers custom made.

So should YOU indulge in designer labels as your income allows?

It depends.

Yes, designer labels have a certain cachet and are associated with an elevated income, and yes, you can look like you have a lot more money than you do by buying your favorite labels at discount designer websites or at overstock retailers like TJ Maxx and Marshall's.

But you have to be careful ofrepparttar 141986 message you're sending.

If you're a receptionist dressing like a jet setter, it will raise eyebrows - particularly your employer's. Your boss may wonder how you're funding your clothing obsession. Are you living in a dive and driving a junk heap? Maxing out your credit cards? Skimming a little offrepparttar 141987 company coffers (which is how one fashionable thief was caught, showing up to work every day in designer apparel)? Whateverrepparttar 141988 reason, unless you're very vocal about how you cleverly come by your high-end finds, your luxury image may have your higher-ups questioning your ability to handle money - and stall your career in its tracks.

Similarly, if you have a job with a typically high income (doctor, lawyer, stock broker) but are running around in discount apparel, you'll have people wondering just how bad you are at your job that you're not able to afford nicer things. True, illness, school loans, job losses, and other financial hardships happen, even to people with high incomes. But if you're dressing discount in a designer environment, people will begin to question your ability - and your income will suffer. Call it human nature.

So how can you dress appropriately for your income WITHOUT raising eyebrows? By keepingrepparttar 141989 number of labels you wear in line withrepparttar 141990 amount of your paycheck.

If you have a lower income, one or two pieces by your favorite designer (like a jacket or pair of jeans) would not be out of line - provided you buy them second hand (like on eBay) or at an overstock outlet like Loehmann's or TJ Maxx.

Have a higher income? A status handbag, watch, or pair of shoes will instantly telegraph your position. Even if you don't care about such things, your status-y clients will, and since people talk, you may be surprised by how your business grows by adding a few of these pieces to your wardrobe.

And who knows? If you playrepparttar 141991 game right and meet your goals, you may someday find yourself seriously contemplating whether you should buy a special piece ready-to-wear, or have your favorite designer whip it up just for you from his couture collection...

Not sure whether your designer brands are sending the right message? Diana Pemberton-Sikes is a wardrobe and image consultant and author of "Business Wear Magic," an ebook that shows women how to dress appropriately at every rung of the ladder. Visit her online at www.fashionsavvy.com .

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