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On an Island in the Sun

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It's been absolutely amazing here in LA - hot, clear, summer. Turns my mind to play, play play. And if I can't be frolicking in the tropics with underaged cabana boys, then I at least want to DRESS like I am.

Which got me wishing a cute Hawaiian top existed for women. Not the polyster kind that pot-bellied, middle-aged men wear, but something multipurpose and..CHIC.

And low and behold, Hawaiian Moon has the answer.

How adorable and flattering is this cami top? I'm ordering it in Kupu Kupu Cream. Aloha, indeed.

Sale!

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My favorite store, the inimitable Anthropologie, just began its summer clearance. Best of all, they've organized the site so that you can shop by your size!

Summer Clearance

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Check out the sale at ShopBop.com.

Flattering Silhouettes

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If you're a fan of What Not To Wear (and if you're not, you should be) then you know that every woman can find an amazing dress if she just knows what cut to look for. In general, what you need to do is choose the style that gives you a classic hourglass shape. Since most of us weren't born with that, you select the cut that gives the ILLUSION of that shape.

Meaning if you're pear shaped, you choose darker colors for the bottom half, and A-line skirt that floats away from your largest leg point, and a top in a lighter color or pattern to draw the eye. You want to emphasize your strength (shoulders or cleavage) or have a fluttery sleeve top that makes your top look the same width as the bottom. Emphasize a tiny waist and voila! You have the illusion of classic, always appealing curves.

And if you're top heavy, you do the opposite, etc.

But from watching the show, we loyal viewers know that the UNIVERSALLY DIVINE cut on all of us is a dress with an empire waist (the ribcage is EVERYONE'S smallest point) that then gracefully floats away in a perfect A-line full circle skirt. Good for women with hips of all sizes. Also from watching the show, we know that occasionally finding fantastic tailoring means...er...PAYING for it.

Not at all to my surprise, I received an email today from perpetual overachiever Neiman Marcus touting the absolute PRETTIEST, most PERFECTLY CUT dresses I've ever seen. Drop dead gorgeous.

Yes, they're expensive. Truly. BUT...

If you have a special event this summer, odds are pretty good that the women there will either be wearing or yawning at the usual Banana Republic and Ann Taylor dresses. They're pretty, but mass marketed to...the masses. So if you have the money and want to feel like a FREAKING PRINCESS and knock them dead at that wedding, shower, work promotion, garden party, grocery shopping, or high school reunion...


Go buy a timeless, beautiful one of a kind dress here. And then report back to us about the carnage you leave in your wake. "Clean up the drool in Aisle Eight..."

WNTW - June 15, 2006

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Okay people, what did we learn from the newest episode of What Not To Wear?

If you have an outfit that is perfect except for too much of a belly emphasis, SOMETIMES you can distract the eye by using a large belt.

And voila! Pretty and chic again. Soooo easy.

Urgh

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Okay, Neiman Marcus just came out with email of what's hot for fall...BEWARE.

LAYERING:
Cheese and crackers. This trend is going to be a train wrecking into an oil spill.

Remember, DON'T wear it because a starlet or model is. Only purchase items that have a flattering, classical hourglass shape. THAT'S what's attractive on women: our curves. If you look at the mannequin or model and see the clothing changes this shape into a column like a teenage boy, or worse, actually ADDS fabric into a misbegotten, unidentifiable shape...RUN AWAY.

VOLUME OVER SKINNY:
If there's volumes of fabric hiding your waist, you're going to look like a baglady no matter how much the item costs. Belts were meant to accent your waist, not lay aimlessly on your ribcage or thighs.

And leggings and slim leg pants look HORRIBLE on EVERYONE. Even Sienna.

WINTER SHORTS:
I won't even discuss this atrocity. Shorts are barely acceptable in the inferno of hell's waiting room.

COLOR PALETTE:
Japanese mental institution. I'm losing my mind looking at all that grey and black.

Fug is going to have a field day this fall with brainless starlets following Madison Avenue's dictate. At least it will be entertaining, if highly sad.


Oh my. Michael Kors, rocking my world again.

Can't you see fab Rene Russo wearing this in "The Thomas Crown Affair 2". And really, shouldn't ALL our wardrobe be judged by that impeccable standard?

Bathing Beauties

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My favorite swimsuit is on sale at Victoria's Secret. Hot and so flattering!

If you're blessed with well-proportioned curves, hope you caught the June 23rd episode of What Not to Wear. (If not, find it in reruns: "Katie M 2006".)

Best lesson? A wrap shirt is universally flattering on Hour Glass Figures.

Oh, and don't go too low with your skirts. You want a knee-length, floaty A-line.

Featured flat shoe with pointy heel from Sacco. This type of shoe lengthens the leg, especially with the perfect trouser pants or jeans.

Samara Sanchez

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Sammy Sanchez is a Miami based freelance writer, greeting card designer, and self-professed USWeeklyholic. Sammy loves tall coffee light frappuccinos, vino not from a box, and Mark Ruffalo...not necessarily in that order.
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