Posts Tagged ‘confidence’


Oprah has stated in her bra revolution series that 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong size bra. In my own personal styling experiences, I would confidently state that every single woman I have dressed over a span of 20 years has been wearing the wrong bra size. Why do women wear the wrong bra? Your bra becomes that piece that you put on with an autopilot motion and it  stays in your drawer for years without a thought of updating. Young and old, slim or curvy, every single woman needs to go for a professional fitting every six months to ensure that you are wearing the right size and that you have proper coverage. Why do you need a new bra? It is one of  the most important foundation pieces to your wardrobe and you will instantly look better in your clothing. I have seen tears shed once women experience a proper fitting bra, it is life altering in the best way. There are few areas of your wardrobe that you really need to invest and undergarments should be where your start.


Where to begin. I recommend heading to Nordstrom or to Soma Intimates where the experts can measure and direct you to the right brand for your body. Begin building your bra wardrobe with a wear with everything nude, seamless bra that looks best under a simple white tee and beyond. Next, I would add a smooth, seamless black and then have some fun with something sexy and textured for those fun, evening outfits.

Next on your list is a body smoother, a must have for under all skirts and dresses. It will smooth and shape your belly and thighs giving you an instant boost of confidence. My favorites come from Assets, made by Spanx and found at Target, I recommend one in nude for under your lighter fabrics and one black for your darker bottoms. You will find a new found confidence when you smooth out your bottom half!


Begin your day putting on the best undergarments and I promise you will love your look.

Yours in style,


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Summer is a season that everyone loves. This is the season of warmth, extended sunshine, and happiness. It’s also a time when your style can go horribly wrong or beautifully right. You need options and there are plenty of new and exciting styles, shapes and products to keep you cool and your look HOT!  I found great pieces that are easy to wear, easy to pack and will give you instant fashion and style. This summer, be that girl that everyone is drawn to because you have it all going on. You make looking good, look easy.

The Caftan


This one piece, draped gown feels as comfortable as loungewear and has a very luxurious look. You feel instantly glamorous when you drape one of these pieces over your body. I love it’s versatility wear it poolside as a beach cover up or out to dinner for an evening out on the town. Heads will turn when you arrive in one of these effortless summer dresses.




The Legacy Skirted Legging


This brilliant, one-piece fashion combination is an instant boost of confidence, covering you in all the right places! It looks great with a t-shirt or tank for a casual walk with the dog, or yoga class. I love its versatility because it can also be styled differently throughout your day for all of your activities. Pair it with a blouse, dress up your tee with a scarf, and denim jacket or wear it with a blazer to give it a chic, European flair. You are that woman who is appropriately dressed for your life but takes it up a notch without even trying. Choose the right pieces and show your friends how easy it can be to look fabulous EVERY SINGLE DAY.


The Romper


The romper has returned from the eighties. I remember wearing these in terrycloth as a kid! Today, they are modern and fun but you definitely do not need to spend a lot of money on a piece that may just be here for a season.  Check out FandF Clothing, a British store bringing us their fabulous and on trend looks at affordable prices. The first two stores in Holyoke, Massachusetts and Trumbull, CT with many, more stores to come.

As a stylist who has dressed women for almost 3 decades, I believe that women deserve to look and feel their best everyday and it’s easier than you think. I want you to enhance your look because it will enhance your life!

Dress for every moment because every moment matters.

At your service,

Debbie Wright











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I hope this week’s Cup of Fashion finds you all safe and doing well after Hurricane Irene.  Time to look ahead at a great week to come, with sunshine and support for those neighbors who may need our help.   For many of us,  the kids return to school and the feeling of a starting fresh, fills us all. I don’t think we ever quite lose that feeling that we had as children heading back to school in the Fall, it is a magical time of year.  You may be wondering what these fall fashion tips have to do with home decor, well, the two topics are interrelated on so many levels. To start, when our homes are clean, organized and look presentable, we feel happier, our mood is improved  and we feel in control! The same emotions are felt when our wardrobes are organized, updated and we have a style for the season that flatters us and makes us feel confident.  All is good in our world if the two are connected and in sync.

I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting and knowing an INCREDIBLE woman, whose gift in decorating and pulling looks together for your home is special.  She creates stories with home decor pieces that reflect the feeling in your home and your family. The positive energy that is created with her touch, makes you smile and instantly feel good.  Her name is Laura Smigel, Owner of The Bleu Willow. You can hire Laura to come into your home for a few fall fashion updates like decorating your mantle, tabletop, entryway etc, to give your home a fall look that feels and looks great. It is what I call, an affordable luxury.

Laura and I have a few tips for you to infuse some fall fashion updates into your home and your closet.


Find new  items or colors that complement your home and your closet.  By adding a few signature things that YOU LOVE , you will be able to re-invent a look for your room or several looks for your wardrobe. Mix n Match instead of overspending. Shopping for vintage pieces will  add personality and uniqueness to your home and wardrobe. Infuse the unexpected into both areas of you life.


Love this one. Find looks that you like in magazines and duplicate them. If you find a look you love, use it as a roadmap to create  the same look for you. Be sure that when admiring movie star fashions that you focus on a person of similar age and body type.  Look at home decor magazine and pictures that speak to you and would fit into your home.


Stop wasting time and money. Only purchase pieces you LOVE.  If you pause before you purchase, and ask yourself:  DO I LOVE IT? WHERE WILL I PUT IT?  HOW WILL I WEAR IT?  If  the answers are perfectly clear, than move forward.  ( I may actually save you some money with this one, I HOPE I DO.)

4) REFER TO YOUR RESOURCES. It does take a village and with today’s social tools and access,  we can reach experts in all areas.  Email us and we can help you with our affordable services to get the looks you LOVE!

Here are a few recent photo’s of clients I took shopping and we found some great vintage finds to add into their wardrobe, cost under $20.00! STOP IT. Fashion is FUN AND EXCITING!

Take a Look at some of Laura’s treasures – make sure to call if you are interested in any items you see.Find her on Facebook or on http://www.thebleuwillow.com, or 860.264.1556

Yours in Style,


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Ah, Springtime a season for bright sunshine, warm weather and easy dressing.  I realize that some women may not feel instantly at “ease” when dressing for Spring. It often means less layering and more exposure.   I want to make sure you feel as confident in your clothing for Spring and you do for Fall.   This Spring add a few dresses and skirts into your wardrobe. They work for all lifestyles, they are easy, comfortable and figure flattering. The key to looking and feeling most confident is having the right undergarments.   The best invention EVER was the Power Panty by Spanx and also by Assets (a Spanx company).  You can find them online at http://www.Spanx.com  FREE SHIPPING with no minimums!  You can also find Assets at stores like Target. These power panties remind me of  the spandex bike shorts of the 80’s, that yes, many of us worked OUT IN! UGH,  what a ridiculous memory!   These panties are very comfortable and give you a smooth look and the control you want under dresses and skirts.  They work for all body shapes and give you the boost and protection you need.  I promise ladies, they WORK and you should own one in black and one in nude.  The black to wear under your darker colors and nude for whites and your neutrals.  They also last FOREVER!  I have owned mine now for a couple of years and they are still in great condition and they give me the look I want.   Now, go be beautiful and wear some great dresses and skirts this Spring.


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It’s a brand new year, a year of new beginnings, a fresh start, a clean plate.   If you’re like me you  love this time to refocus your thinking and to begin approaching life in the most positive way.  By now, you have all heard these words many times and many of you hear the words but don’t put the words to action. This is the month to commit to taking action for YOU!   My experiences continue to show me every single day the true power that comes from a having a positive self-image.  A great practice every day is to look into your bathroom mirror and begin to see and acknowledge  all of the good first!  For example, complement your beautiful eyes, your long neck, your perfect nose, your great shoulders (btw,  every body type looks good in clothing that reveals a little shoulder).  I know that many of you begin the new year with goals to get in shape to be healthier and to ultimately look and feel better, as do I.  Begin to experience the power that you will release instantly when you begin to see your beautiful reflection.  You will reach goals beyond your wildest imagination and you will enjoy the rewards of your choices every step of the way.  Here are a few of my style tips that will instantly help you to feel thinner and better about yourself TODAY.  ENJOY THE JOURNEY.

I have 5 ways to Style Yourself Skinny that will help you to begin looking at  yourself differently and positively TODAY!  What a powerful way to tackle each new opportunity to work towards your goals for 2011.

Tip # 1. Look at the LINES! The lines in a top can draw the eye in and create the illusion of a small waistline – even if we have eaten too many holiday cookies.

It all about drawing the eye in at the waist even if you tend to carry some extra weight in the middle. The lines in a garment can make you look like you have just lost 10 lbs while keeping you comfortable, confident and looking slim.   If you have a long torso and a small waist BELT IT – the belt should hit right under the ribcage paired with a fitted top and you will look like a runway model.

This Diane von Furstenburg top found on http://www.shopstyle.com is a great choice! It’s an A-line shape and the lines will work their magic.

Tip #2  Wear smooth undergarments – the way your dressed under your clothes does more for your look that the outside layer.  A nude bra and smooth panties,  set the foundation for looking smooth and skinny in your clothing choices on a daily basis.   My favorite undergarments are from Soma Intimates – their  vanishing lines technology eliminates any visible panty lines of the past, they are amazing! http://www.soma.com.

Tip #3 Wear black opaque tights with black platform pumps or black shoe booties. This emphasizes the leg beautifully and makes any leg look long and lean. My favorite, the SPANX opaque tights. They sell a reversible pair that offers 2 for 1, one side is black and one side is brown.  There are also other color combinations available.   I LIVE in these tights all winter long – they are comfortable and the wear like iron. They wash and wear beautifully, you will love the way your look wearing these tights.

Tip #4 Wear the right style hat for your body shape. It is TRUE, looking your best is all about balance and proportion and this applies to hat styles as well. Hats add a flair of style to any outfit. Select a hat that compliments your skin tone then choose your outfit based off of the hat choice.  Full figured women need to choose a hat with a wide brim to balance their frame while a petite frame should wear a hat that is smaller in shape and more delicate.  Your face shape should be considered when choosing the best style hat for you.  For example, a round face looks best in a hat with a wide brim while a wider face looks best with a more round style of hat like a beret.

Tip #5 Last but certainly not least think about your posture. Having good posture can instantly enhance your figure and by standing taller with your shoulders back – your frame will appear leaner.

At last – I always like to leave you with a great quote!   Now, go be beautiful and enjoy the day.

“It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Yours in style,

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Ahh, the beach, a beautiful and tranquil place that offers warmth, relaxation and fun times for all.  A dream day for many of us is  sitting on the beach on a comfortable chair with great friends, good books and nothing else to do but to soak up some wonderful vitamin D. This dream beach day may all too often be overshadowed with riding waves and building sand castles with our kids  (also fun, just much less relaxing).  Beach season is here and  the desire to feel beautiful at the beach emerges, can’t we all just look like the Kardashians, the epitome of beach beauties?  YOU  CAN feel confident at the beach in the right suit, so where does  one to shop for this  perfect suit?  Friends, I need to tell you about Gottex – an amazing suit that offers sleek, slim and flattering styles that will make you look like an E celebrity in your own right on the beach.  The colors and styles are incredible and the Gottex lycra  is incredibly durable. If you care for  your suit properly it will be an investment that will last for many seasons to come.  I love the assortment of Gottex found at Everything But Water. I heart the swimwear that designers have exclusively made for this store. The suits are designed to fit and flatter a “real womans” figure.  The Gottex is designed to give every body a sleek and comfortable fit with its high percentage of  lycra.  This season you will also find incredible beach cover ups that also double as stylish tunics. The tunic cover ups are so versatile, layer them with a tank and wear them with skinny jeans and/or white pants for evening.


We have heard for decades that swimwear and jeans are  the most dreaded items for women to find and to love.  The GREAT news is that once you find a pair of  jeans and a swimsuit you LOVE you will wear them forever until they are completely worn.  The designers of today are offering incredible styles and  fabrics that fit the body without looking tight and this  gives a women confidence in her clothing.  It’s a whole new world for us with many options of figure flattering styles – it shouldn’t be painful any longer.  I am committed to help YOU find the right styles and the right fit so that YOU feel YOUR BEST EVERY DAY (even at the beach), YOU DESERVE IT!

Yours in style,


Found at Everything But Water

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There are so many reasons to get inspired each season to wear beautiful outfits and to look YOUR BEST! A new season can provide a good reason to get healthier and to get dressed like you MEAN it, EVERY DAY! Many recently tuned it to watch the Oscars but fashionistas are most interested in the designer clothing being worn by amazing celebrities. What I admire most is the ability for the designers to dial into the personal style and shape of each of the celebrity models. It is said that a women of great style knows what looks good on her and works it like nobody’s business. Wearing clothing and accessories that complement your body, your personality and your lifestyle will guarantee you a feeling of CONFIDENCE!

As a fashion stylist (who dreams every night about being the Rachel Zoe of CT and MA.) I can NOT help but be completely obsessed with Rachel Zoe and the incredible business that she has built branding herself. She exudes the Hollywood glam culture with her love of Chanel and Lagerfeld. Check out some of her stunning accessory items on http://www.qvc.com.

Other big designers are also hitting the bullseye with their affordable collections that are now available at
TARGET STORES. Zac Posen and Jean Paul Gaultier both have collections in stores now. I LOVE the dresses, the trench coats, the collections are a must see.

GREAT DESIGNER DUDS at a fraction of their designer prices. I hope these tips help you to expand your closet full of clothes that you LOVE this season.

All of my best
Your Confidence Building Stylist,

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