LA Stories: In the Pink and Double Vision
LA Story: In the Pink
This is a perfect example of everything I DON’T like in a dress for myself…the colour screams, it’s pink, and it’s trendy but I LOVE it! I always advise my clients to invest in the good pieces, divest in the trendy and take care of everything like, couture. Thankfully, I listen to my own advice because it serves me well. I bought this inexpensive dress, Zara, a few years ago, wore it once or twice and I’m happy to say that it’s back! Not that I’d be deterred from wearing it even if it wasn’t.
My inexpensive dress incorporates 2023’s most popular trends…it’s a cross between Pantone colours: Rose-Violet and Viva-Magenta and it’s not just a maxi-dress it’s also a column-dress and it has an attached cloak. Colour-Blocking is another strong trend in 2023 and I’m right, en pointe, with my, Sam Edelman, sling-backs, vintage handbag and flower pin, Amazon, that are within the colour range of Viva Magenta. My ankle bracelets get doubled up with my everyday gold Mariners chain, Gucci, and large rhinestones, Melinda Maria Jewelry. Small investment with a HUGE reward!
style-tip: buy only what you love even if it may be out of your “norm” and do consider my advice about purchases care and storage.
LA Story: Double Vision
Sweater/knit dresses were trending for Fall and will continue forward so let’s find some new ways to extend their lives. I’ve taken my midi-length sweater dress, Dazy Fashion, and layered it over a long floral print bias-cut slip dress, Vintage. I find the juxtaposition of the different fabric texture and lengths to be so interesting and unexpected. The midi-dress over the maxi-dress makes my short self look long and lean. I mean, what’s not to love about that?
To join my polar opposite dresses, together I’ve pulled colour from the underdress for my accessories and sandals, Steve Madden. I want to keep the eye moving vertically which means nothing flowing outward, just up and down to reinforce body length. My off-white flower pin, Amazon, gets placed at the hem of my sweater dress and I’ve wrapped a thin pale pink feather boa, Amazon, around my neck. Both items bring additional softness, (like the underdress) and create a balance with the heavier sweater fabric. My little beaded floral handbag, Vintage, and pearl earrings complete my whimsical layered look.
style-tip: the easiest way to expand your wardrobe is by finding new ways to wear your garments – it’s worth the extra thought.
*please treat your wardrobe well many people worked very hard to get it to you
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Cheryl Benton, aka the “head tomato” is founder and publisher of The Three Tomatoes, a digital lifestyle magazine for “women who aren’t kids”. Having lived and worked for many years in New York City, the land of size zero twenty-somethings, she was truly starting to feel like an invisible woman. She created The Three Tomatoes just for the fun of it as the antidote for invisibility and sent it to 60 friends. Today she has thousands of friends and is chief cheerleader for smart, savvy women who want to live their lives fully at every age and every stage. She is the author of the novel, "Can You See Us Now?" and co-author of a humorous books of quips, "Martini Wisdom." Because she's lived a long time, her full bio won't fit here. If you want the "blah, blah, blah", read more. www.thethreetomatoes.com/about-the-head-tomato