Author: Style Sensei

Guide to right jacket style for your body shape

Here is my guide on buying the right jacket to fit your body shape. Pears: Since we are heavier on the bum and thighs and tiny in the waist and upper body, we want to draw the eye upwards with a nice ruffled collar or fur collar or some fun detailing.  The waist should be belted or have a tapered/faux waistline with an a-line or flare bottom.  Make sure the length falls to the knee!  If it’s too short, not only will you be cold, but the eye will be drawn down to your problem areas.   Apples: We want to play down our bulky or too broad upper and midsection and show off our legs.  The best jackets for this body type are structured, with little detail and an empire waist.  No ruffles or bows and etc as these will add more bulk to the problem areas. Rectangles: We want to add curves so have fun with ruffles and collars, buttons and other fun details to help give you curves.  No straight jackets! Inverted Triangles: …

How to wear designer dresses for a fraction of the retail price  

Last year I was invited to a fancy gala for the Toronto International Film Festival. I was thrilled to be going, but like most women I had plenty of cocktail dresses and nothing gala-worthy to consider. I wasn’t keen on spending several hundred dollars on a dress either.  I knew that you could rent designer handbags and dresses in New York and wondered if this could be the case in Toronto. I went on a google hunt and found Rent Frock Repeat a designer dress rental boutique in the west end. I signed up for an account and was able to enter my size, body shape and other preferences.  I was also able to shop online for dresses using a variety of intuitive search filters.  I found three dresses I was really interested in wearing, saved them in my profile with notes, then reserved a free stylist session to go and try the dresses on. When I arrived they had my dresses ready to try, including a couple they had selected for me.   As I …

50 Shades of Grey a.k.a. The Groutfit

I was watching “The Social” the other day and introduced the new fashion term, “groutfit” which actually means wearing two or more items that are grey in a monochromatic look. Stylist Erica Ward suggested that the best way to wear a groutfit is to layer different colours and textures of grey.  Some of the outfits on the show incorporated fur, patent leather, wool, cashmere and some brought in a print into the mix. I think all of this is fantastic however, some people just can’t or don’t know how to wear grey. Grey is a tricky color.  If you wear the wrong shade essentially it can wash your face out causing a sallow, sick looking face – quite literally a grey face!  What is the solution? Find the right tone of grey and make sure that you wear that tone around/near your face.  Remember the summer, winter, fall and spring colours? Warm vs. cold tones? This ensures that you avoid the dark circled, old and tired look. The monochromatic look is pretty cool and sleek …

5 Things You Need to Know About Dressing for Your Body Shape

Photo courtesy of Smarts Snobs Body shape – we are obsessed with it.  Either we are too big, too small, not curvy enough not skinny enough or not lump-free enough.  We can spend tons of money getting this nipped and that tucked, but the best solution to fixing our imperfections is not to fix them at all. No single body is exactly alike and no single perception of your body is alike.  We just have to embrace all our lumps, bumps, curves, and edges and figure out the best way to dress for our shape. Here are 5 things you need to know about dressing for your body shape: Accept your body for what it looks like.  If you are short you will never be tall.  Unless plastic surgery IS an option for you, your body shape will not change.  Be realistic when you think about your body. Everyone has a general body shape, learn yours.  Are you an apple? a pear? an hour glass? a column? an inverted triangle? or an oval? Different cuts of …

the art of class - for the ladies

The Art of Class, For the Ladies

It is a Saturday night. The coolest night club in town has a crowd building outside it.  There is a buzz in the air.  I am waiting in line, keeping an eye out for my partner in crime who has yet to arrive.  My black silk cropped pants, and black tank top sprinkled with silver sequins are comfortable.  The sequins draw attention to my favorite feature, my collarbone.  Turquoise Jourdan pumps, neon orange crystal earrings and a silk shawl are my only accessories.  My hair is pinned up and I am sporting a smokey eye and nude lips.  I get complimented on my shoes, earrings and shawl. As I start to survey the women in line and on the street, I see there a theme to their attire: super tight mini-dress, platform stiletto heels and a lot of mascara.  At 36 years old, I don’t understand the new trend to expose as much of our bodies as possible in the tightest outfits.  At twenty I was always conscious of where to draw the line on how much of my body …

First Impressions

First impressions are SO important and really dictate the outcome of a first meeting in any situation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, a 2009 study on first impressions, found that first impressions could be made based on a myriad of factors such as clothing style and posture.  Even body language  can open or close a first meeting in just a few seconds. I remember once being told by someone that I looked completely unapproachable, stern, angry and snobby. A little floored, I had to take a step back and examine this. What on earth was I doing to create this impression?  I had to sit down and take a good look at what people were seeing.  At that time in my life I spent a lot of time in my head and was so self engrossed in insecurity about my body, my looks, my capabilities, the list is long. Combine that with my body’s response to those thoughts – I didn’t make eye contact with people and when I did I looked through them or away quickly – I …

Your Style Sensei, Jeanette Emery

Hello and welcome to the StyleSmart blog courtesy of me, your Style Sensei Jeanette Emery, nice to meet you!  I am very good at teaching people how to dress in clothes they love and look fabulous in.  Like the hosts of “What Not to Wear” and other such makeover shows, I work with normal everyday people who just want to look good, don’t know how to look good or have no sense of how they want to look.   My approach as a Style Sensei is typically very hands on, I like to be next to my subject, in front of a mirror with clothes, a keen eye, clothes clips and a smile.  But in this blog I will try to teach you all the tips and tricks I know about everything from body shape to cuts of clothing, to colour and camouflage.  My goal is to provide as much visual evidence as I can so that you can get a good grasp of my teachings and are easily able to apply them to you. As …