All posts tagged: Fashion

Hey you! Yes YOU! Why haven’t you submitted your contest entry yet?

Originally posted on STYLESMARTSENSEI.COM:
??This contest is for men and women in the Toronto area to win a free StyleSmart experience. Either a Shop-a-Holic Smarts or Closet Smarts consultation with your Style Sensei, Jeanette. (Valued at $650) One runner up will receive a 40% discount off their choice of service. What do you have to do? ?Share your favorite outfit and tell me why you like it so much. It’s that easy! Here’s how: 1. ?Submit a short video or provide full length clear colour photos showing yourself in your outfit in full frame to your Style Sensei. Don’t forget to include your full name and the best way to reach you.? 2. ?Describe why you love the outfit so much. The colour? Fashion? Textures? Fit? What it hides? What it emphasizes? 3. ?Share a style problem you need the most help with.? 4. ?Submissions are due on December 31st. ?I will announce and feature the winner here on January 16th so don’t forget to follow my blog!? Good luck! Your Style Sensei, Jeanette…

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 …

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 …