SOAP BOX subject: Size IS Everything

Author: msmona  //  Category: Tips

What is it with women who refuse to wear, or even try on, different sizes?  I’ve worn each one listed above and still have a healthy relationship with my closet!  *SIGH*

While statistics show the average woman is a size 14, we’re bombarded daily with images of magazine models and store mannequins wearing what I haven’t seen since elementary school.  Could that be the reason some stick with specific fashion lines, to keep within their comfort zone?  Is that why racks are passed by, to avoid looking at a larger size than what they’re used to buying?  Hmm…

I believe it may be more about Attitude than what the tag says.  Not only does sizing vary between manufacturers, but also the way each piece is measured and stitched together.  And don’t EVEN get me started on finding the wrong size tag clipped to the incorrect item.  Ugh!  So, if you’ve fallen in love with that adorable, slightly snug size 12 summer dress, keep trying until you’ve found the one that fits most comfortably and fulfills its purpose – business professional or casually chic.  No fear, no worries! 🙂

Most importantly, see the Doc and be the healthiest woman you are meant to be!  Know you are amazing and beautiful in whatever size you choose to wear. 🙂

MsMona

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SOAP BOX subject: Pant Hem Perception

Author: msmona  //  Category: Tips

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Seriously, a DRAGGING pant hem?!

As a woman in business, I network in many circles, especially with other women in different communities.  I’ve seen fashion ranging from the good, the bad and the questionable, but when I see this I have to ask myself:  beside the fact that it’s a potential hazard, does she realize how this makes her look from a business perspective?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a long leg line.  Trust me – I’m a whole 5 feet tall and even the “Petite” length is several inches past my toes. 🙂  But this is just sloppy and, honestly, makes it look like she’s too lazy to go to her local tailor for a $10.00 hem job.  So what does your appearance say about you?

Research shows 60-90% of communication is non-verbal.  This includes eye contact, haptics (touch), body language and what we wear.  Remember the phrase, “Looks aren’t everything”?  Well, there might actually be more to that statement when it comes to dressing the part.

I totally get the cute jeans and flat sandals trend, with the intentional fraying of a hem line.  And if that’s what you’re selling, fantastic!  However, whether you are visiting an office environment to call on a client, or meeting a colleague for lunch, think about their first impression before you choose your wardrobe.  Will your pant hem communicate “mess” or “success”? 🙂

If you’d rather D-I-Y this project, a variety of snaps and bonding seam tapes are available in the fabric stores.  What others have you tried?

MsMona

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Welcome to a New Year – and MsMona.net!

Author: msmona  //  Category: Tips

Happy New Year from beautiful Dallas, Texas and welcome to MsMona.net, a blog with tips and tricks to discount shopping for the so NAUTE couture. 🙂

Now, let me preface this by saying I am absolutely not against couture shopping – some of my favorite stores carry the most gorgeous name brand pieces.  However, not everyone can afford boutique, or even some department store, pricing.  If it’s in your budget this year, fabulous!  If not, don’t worry – stick with me and you’ll look just as amazing!

Let’s start 2011 off right with a hearty “Congratulations” to our great city.  Check out this link:  Forbes names Dallas #2 in their list of Best U.S. Shopping Cities!

Rock on, Sisters! 🙂

MsMona

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